Faubourg St. John, established in 1708, is a neighborhood located just north of Broad Street at the intersection of Orleans Ave.
It is approximately 75 city blocks in area and has an average elevation of about 1 foot above sea level. Not bad when you consider about half of New Orleans is several feet under sea level. More than 4,000 residents call Faubourg St. John home.
One of New Orleans’ finest neighborhoods, Faubourg St. John is famous for its stately trees, abundant parks, spectacular homes, world-class museums, vibrant bayou, excellent restaurants and fine shops throughout the neighborhood especially along its business districts on Ponce de Leon and Broad Streets.
Faubourg St. John contains the full range of residential uses, fun and friendly business districts, office space, a wide range of medical services and a small amount of light industrial property. This full range of land use, plus the economic and ethnic diversity of the neighborhoods’ population qualifies Faubourg St. John as a premier destination.
FAUBOURG ST. JOHN
“Where Big Dreams Grow!”
Fodor’s had this to say:
Just up Esplanade Avenue from the French Quarter, Faubourg St. John is known for its beautiful shady lanes, gorgeous homes, and laid-back vibe. Great restaurants, cafés, and bars dot the landscape, with sidewalk seating and relaxed patios.
It’s also home to the New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course and Slots, one of the nation’s premier horse-racing venues, and the world-famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 opens its gates onto Esplanade Avenue, inviting visitors to explore the rows of above ground tombs and mausoleums.
At the end of the avenue you’ll discover Bayou St. John, the scenic waterway that meanders through Faubourg St. John, and ends at the lakefront. You’ll find all sorts of people out enjoying the wide grassy banks—biking, fishing, or just strolling along and admiring the reflection of a sunset in the smooth water.
Steve Mardon is the current president of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. Steve is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared on websites and in newspapers, magazines, and newsletters, including Newsweek, the Times-Picayune, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “Innovations Exchange.” He also has collaborated on three books on health, including The Harvard Medical School Guide to A Good Night’s Sleep. Steve lives on Bell Street with his wife, Kim, and their two daughters.
Jim Danner is the Vice President and Safety Director for the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. Jim is also the Vice President and Principal Civil Engineer at Denson Engineering where he is responsible for civil and structural engineering design and analysis for a variety of domestic and international clients. Jim’s design experience includes structural and foundation analysis, building renovations, site improvements, utility systems, and marine designs. Jim has examined the Magnolia Bridge for the upcoming renovation and makes sure all the stages are structurally sound every year at Jazz Fest. Jim Danner is recognized by several Federal and State Courts as an expert in Civil and Structural Engineering.
Matthew Amoss grew up in Faubourg St. John and recently moved back to the neighborhood in 2014. Matt is the current treasurer for the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Amoss Trading Services, Inc., and an active participant in the community. He is a former Board President of the International School of Louisiana, and currently serves on the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Board. Matthew holds a B.A. in Physics from Middlebury College and a J.D. from Tulane University. He proposed to his now fiancé Madeline Brown on the Magnolia Bridge, and they will be married in April this year within the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park.
Seth Levine is a partner in Jones Walker’s Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group and practices from the firm’s New Orleans office. His practice involves a wide range of commercial transactions, including financing transactions, real estate, foreclosures, and bankruptcy. Seth is a former president of the Faubourg St. John and lives in the neighborhood with his wife Alexis and their 2 children.
Michael Cohn is an advocate for all things Faubourg St. John. He has a special interest in Faubourg St. John’s Community Garden at the corner of St. Philip and North Dupre and is a former president of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association and also served as treasurer. Michael is currently employed as the Chief Financial Officer at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Michael holds a degree in finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from Tulane University. Michael lives on Ursulines Avenue with his wife Pam and their 3 children.
Greg Jeanfreau is a past president of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. He enjoys playing upright bass, guitar, and drums and restoring historic homes. Greg and his wife Winter love dining out at Faubourg St. John’s fantastic eateries and attending the wonderful festivals in the area throughout the year. Greg believes our indigenous culture is one of the best in the world and he has been a die hard Saints fan through good times and bad.
Rocky Seydel is a past president of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the top lawyers in the New Orleans area. He is an accomplished mediator and his ability to get along with anyone has served him and the community well. He has served as the chairman of the New Orleans Alcohol Beverage Control Board for many years. Rocky and his wife Meg started Voodoo on the Bayou over 25 years ago. This annual party has served as a great get-together and fundraiser for the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. Rocky has been a champion of Faubourg St. John for decades and the neighborhood is lucky to have him!
R. Erich Caulfield lives on Esplanade Ave. Erich is a management consultant and member of the Activities and Membership Outreach Committees. After three years working for the White House, and a total of five years in government, Erich founded a management consulting firm, The Caulfield Consulting Group, here in New Orleans. A Louisiana native, Erich loves the city and is active in a variety of community and regional organizations. His favorite things about the neighborhood are the events and festivals, City Park, the bayou, and the restaurants
Board member Sarah Stogner, and her husband Jeremy Adkins, live on Dumaine Street. Sarah is a local attorney and member of the FSJNA zoning committee. She loves historic homes, obtained her realtor’s license last year, and enjoys helping friends and family with real estate ventures for fun. Jeremy has two boys from his first marriage and the couple is expecting their first child together in December, 2014. The family’s favorite things about the neighborhood are the bayou, Jazz Fest, and City Park.
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Board members Charlie and Brenda London have lived in Faubourg St. John since October, 2005. Brenda is a native of New Orleans and Charlie has been in the area since 1975. Brenda works on the Outreach Committee and was FSJNA’s treasurer for 4 years. Charlie helps out where he can but his main focus since 2006 has been Faubourg St. John’s neighborhood website and social media presence. He was also a board member of the Louisiana Landmarks Society for two years. Charlie and Brenda live on Grand Route Saint John and love the eclectic nature of Faubourg St. John. They are also enamoured of Faubourg St. John’s architectural gems and the neighborhood’s significant contribution to the founding and growth of New Orleans. With its great restaurants, grocery stores and friendly shops, Charlie and Brenda believe there are not a lot of reasons to venture far from Faubourg St. John. Everything you need is right here!
Brenda works at a local art gallery and Charlie works for a multi-national railroad. Both can be reached via email at email@example.com
Pushpa Ramaiah, Linda Landesberg, Kerry Tully and Gloria Martin are also board members.
Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association | P.O. Box 19101 | New Orleans, LA 70179
Form 990-N 2013
The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association (FSJNA), organized in 1977, is a benevolent group interested in continuing improvements in this historic New Orleans neighborhood through its people, children, historic waterway, public spaces and other environs.
FSJNA has participated in numerous beautification efforts throughout Faubourg St. John from Parks and Playgrounds to simple street plantings. A few examples of this are Desmare Playground, rebuilt by FSJNA in the early 90’s and beautified with tree plantings in 2008, the maintenance and care of Fortier Park, the beautification of the median on Esplanade Avenue and plantings along Bayou St. John. FSJNA worked in conjunction with KABOOM to restore the children’s’ play area at Stallings Playground, which was negatively impacted by Hurricane Katrina. After playground equipment was installed, FSJNA obtained a loan to purchase additionally needed rubberized safety tiles for the area. FSJNA also continues to apply for grants to support these activities. Our Keep Louisiana Beautiful grant allowed us to obtain benches and garbage cans for local parks.
FSJNA works to keep its membership informed. The http://FSJNA.org website (available to anyone) is a library of the events, benefits, and programs FSJNA provides. Additionally FSJNA.com is a resource for paid members (dues are $10 per year) this is a “yahoo group” website where members can exchange ideas, get neighborhood information, and even get hurricane updates. During our recent barrage of hurricanes over the last few years, this site was a welcome source of information from people who stayed in the neighborhood to those who evacuated. It can be very reassuring to know the status of your home when you are away. The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association is also represented on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.
While zoning matters can be contentious, they are a necessary function of an involved neighborhood organization. FSJNA has successfully negotiated and worked with most of the neighborhood businesses to protect the quality of life and increase the appeal of the area for those businesses and residents through limiting traffic and noise pollution, helping with the elimination of blight and providing safer streets.
FSJNA also works with and reaches out to other non-profits and bordering neighborhood organizations by participating in area festivals, cultural events, community workshops and informational seminars. Future work will continue to focus on building partnerships with local non-profits and community organizations to help retain the historic character and positive quality of life we enjoy.
Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association, Incorporated EIN 74-2633439 A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Past and potential fundraising activities include solicitation of private donations by members through email and in person, applying for grants and matching government funds, and holding special events such as a historic home tour, continued involvement with the Fortier Park Fest, Bastille Day Festival, Esplanade Holiday Fest, Bayou Boogaloo, and FSJNA’s annual fundraiser, Voodoo on the Bayou. The money raised is used to support implementation of community programs and advocacy throughout Faubourg St. John. All of the FSJNA board members always have and continue to serve on a voluntary basis.
Additional information about the activities of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association, Inc. is available online at:
Our Yahoo Group website: http://fsjna.com/.
Our public website is located at www.fsjna.org.
FSJNA works to maintain the parks and playgrounds in our community, helping a cash-strapped city to stay beautiful. The links below feature some of what we have been able to do:
Fortier Park: http://www.viddler.com/explore/katrinafilm/videos/15/
Trees planted in 2007 and play equipment at Desmare Playground:
Olive Stallings Playground Play area:
In 2011, FSJNA planted thousands of iris bulbs along the banks of Bayou St. John.
FSJNA also fertilized trees in the area.
Artwork courtesy H. Eric Hartman
BYLAWS OF THE FAUBOURG ST. JOHN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED | REVISED SEPTEMBER, 2010
ARTICLE I | NAME OF THE ASSOCIATION
The name of this association is the Faubourg Saint John Neighborhood Association, (“FSJNA”). FSJNA is established in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
ARTICLE II | PURPOSE STATEMENT
The purpose of the FSJNA is to provide a neighborhood forum for discussion and resolution of any and all matters, policies, and decisions affecting the members of the Faubourg St. John community and neighborhood (the “FSJ”), as well as the character and livability of the FSJ. The FSJNA shall provide an open process by which all members of the FSJ community may involve themselves in the affairs of the
neighborhood. As needed, the FSJNA shall advocate for the residents of FSJ, and function as liaison between the community and commercial interests, the City of New Orleans, area events and initiatives, and other community groups.
ARTICLE III | PHYSICAL BOUNDARIES
The FSJ neighborhood is generally regarded as bounded by Fortin Street, Onzaga Street, North Broad Street, Orleans Avenue, North Carrollton Avenue, Esplanade Ave, Moss St, Parkview Place, the eastern boundary of the St. Louis Cemetery, St. Vincent Street, Leda Court, thence again to Fortin Street.
ARTICLE IV | GOVERNING BODY
Section 1 Definition and Eligibility of the Governing Body.
a) The governing body of the FSJNA is defined as follows: The Officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Executive Board shall be composed of not less than 11 and not more than 17 members of the FSJNA, including the 4 Officers.
b) Executive Board members must be fulltime residents within the boundaries of the FSJ.
c) The Officers shall be members of the current Executive Board and shall be elected annually at the time of the election of the Executive Board.
Section 2 Terms of Office
a) The terms of office for Officers and Executive Board members shall be 1 calendar year. General elections shall take place at the December annual membership meeting and the term of office shall begin on the following January 1.
b) The Officers of the FSJNA shall hold office until their successors are elected and qualified in their stead.
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Section 3 Duties and Powers of the Officers
The President shall be the chief executive officer of the FSJNA; he/she shall prepare the agenda for, and preside at all meetings of the General Membership and the Executive Board. At his / her discretion, the President may appoint a surrogate chairperson to preside over any individual meeting. A draft agenda shall be posted on the FSJNA website at least 3 business days prior to any scheduled meeting. The President shall have general and active management of the business of the FSJNA, and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Executive Board and of the General Membership are carried into effect. The President is responsible for the conformance of the Association to the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. He/she shall appoint an Executive Board member or Advisory Board (as defined in Article V) to be a chairperson for each standing committee.
In the absence of the President, his/her duties shall devolve upon the Vice-President. The Vice-President shall have the responsibility of the supervision of all committees, subject to the consent of the President and the approval of the Executive Board.
The Secretary shall take minutes of all Executive Board, General Membership, and Nomination and Election meetings, and shall provide for such minutes at subsequent Executive Board meetings for approval of the Executive Board. He/she shall give or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the FSJNA General Membership and of the Executive Board, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Executive Board under whose supervision he/she shall be.
The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds of the FSJNA and of the disbursements under the direction of the Executive Board. He/she shall keep a record of all monies received and paid out, making a report of same to the Executive Board and to the General Membership at each regular meeting thereof, and whenever requested to do so. The Treasurer shall maintain an up-to-date list (including names and addresses) of currently active Officers, Executive Board Members, Advisory Board Members, and General Members.
Section 4 Duties and Powers of the Executive Board
The Executive Board shall:
a) Be charged with the management of all of the affairs of the FSJNA, and as such it shall act in the best interest of Faubourg St. John.
b) Establish a yearly plan of priority issues and projects for the FSJNA.
c) Inform the General Membership and solicit their opinions on any pertinent issues in the neighborhood.
d) Have access to all documents and communications regarding FSJNA business only during their current term of office, and only in furtherance of FSJNA business.
e) Make decisions and represent the interests of the FSJNA on all matters for which it is impractical to present to the General Membership in advance. All material actions shall be reported to the General Membership at the next regular Executive Board and General
f) Implement decisions of the General Membership, and recommendations of the Committees that have been adopted by the Executive Board.
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g) Prepare FSJNA statements as approved by the Executive Board, and present these to the appropriate city agencies as needed for zoning, land use, ABO license and other relevant issues as required by those city agencies.
h) Authorize the expenditure of FSJNA funds for operating expenses.
i) Each Executive Board member shall serve on at least serve one committee during their term of office.
j) In the case of the absence of any Officer of the FSJNA, or for any other reason that the Executive Board may deem sufficient, the Executive Board may delegate, for the time being, the powers or duties of such Officer to any other Officer, or to any individual provided a majority of the entire Executive Board concurs therein.
k) In addition to the powers and authorities of these By-Laws expressly conferred upon it, the Executive Board may exercise all such powers of the FSJNA and do all such lawful acts and things as are not by statute or by Articles of Incorporation or by By-Laws directed or required to be exercised or done by the General Membership.
l) For the purposes of conducting the business of the FSJNA in the intervals between the meetings of the Executive Board, the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer shall act with full authority subject to the approval of the Executive Board at the next
duly regularly scheduled meeting of the Executive Board.
Section 5 Vacancies of Office
A vacancy of an Executive Board member, other than the President, may be filled by appointment by the President, providing two-thirds of the Executive Board members present vote to concur. General Membership shall be advised of this action.
Section 6 Removal and Resignation of Officers and Executive Board Members
a) Resignation of any Executive Board member shall be in writing to the President. b) Any Executive Board member may be removed at any time upon the recommendation of a majority of the whole of the Executive Board and a two-thirds vote of the General Membership in attendance at a General Membership meeting provided a quorum is present as outlined in Article X.
c) Upon the vote of a majority of the Executive Board, three consecutive absences from Executive Board meetings shall be deemed a resignation.
Section 1 Definition and Eligibility of the Advisory Board
a) The Advisory Board of the FSJNA (the “Advisory Board”) shall be composed of up to 15 members, and shall not include FSJNA Executive Board members currently serving.
b) The Advisory Board is intended to enhance the efficacy of the Executive Board by preserving institutional knowledge and providing counsel as needed on issues facing the Executive Board.
c) Eligibility to serve on the Advisory Board is not limited to members of the General Membership.
Section 2 Selection of Advisory Board and Terms of Office
a) The Advisory Board shall be elected by a majority vote of the outgoing Executive Board members.
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b) The outgoing Executive Board shall convene for this purpose prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year, but subsequent to the December election meeting.
c) Advisory Board members must consent to serve.
d) The terms of office for Advisory Board members shall be one calendar year.
Section 3 Duties and Powers of the Advisory Board
a) Advisory Board members are non-voting members whose duty it is to inform and advise the Executive Board and General Membership when requested and as needed.
b) Advisory Board members shall have access to all documents and communications circulated to and for the Executive Board, only during their term of office.
c) Advisory Board members are encouraged but not required to attend Executive Board and General Membership meetings.
Section 4 Vacancies of Office
The mid-term vacancy of an Advisory Board member is not required to be filled, but may be filled by appointment by the current President, providing the new appointee consents and two-thirds of the
Executive Board members vote to concur. The General Membership shall be advised of this action.
Section 1 Specifications and Eligibility
General Membership in the FSJNA (“General Membership”) is voluntary and open to all persons of at least 18 years of age who either reside within the physical boundaries of the FSJ, or own / operate a business or property within the FSJ boundaries.
Section 2 Dues and Classifications
a) General Membership in the FSJNA shall consist of the following types; any one individual may have only one class of membership:
Individual Membership an individual member shall have 1 vote
Household Membership consisting of up to 2 adults at 1 residence, a household membership shall have up to 2 votes
Non-resident Property Owner Individuals who own property within FSJNA but who reside outside of the FSJNA boundaries may be members but will be limited to 1 vote regardless of the extent of property owned.
Commercial Membership available for the owner or operator of a business within the FSJNA boundaries, a commercial membership shall have
b) Dues for each type of membership shall be reviewed annually and adjusted as needed by the Executive Board.
c) The annual term for memberships is based upon the calendar year; all dues are up for renewal on January 1 of each year. Renewal must be paid in full prior to March 1 or the member is no longer active.
d) New memberships that are paid in the last quarter of the year (Oct – Dec), will remain in effect for the entire following year.
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Section 3 Non-Discrimination
In determining its membership, as well as its policies, recommendations or actions, the FSJNA will not discriminate against individuals or groups on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex,exual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, legal citizenship, national origin, income, or political affiliation.
Section 4 Powers and Rights of Membership.
a) Active members of the FSJNA have the right to participate in Committees, vote at General Membership meetings, and participate in the election of the Executive Board.
b) The ultimate power of the FSJNA shall reside in the hands of the General Membership. The General Membership shall have the power to ratify or reject any actions or resolutions adopted by the Executive Board and Officers. Ratification of actions or resolutions of the Executive Board and Officers by the General Membership is presumed unless expressly rejected by means of a vote by the General Membership, as provided herein below.
c) The General Membership shall have the power to reject any actions or resolutions adopted by the Executive Board and Officers by a two-thirds vote of the eligible, voting membership present at the next consecutive General Membership meeting, or at a specially called meeting following the said action or resolution.
Section 5 Termination of Membership
All classes of General Membership may be terminated under any of the following circumstances:
a) Nonpayment of dues.
b) Voluntary written statement of withdrawal.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Section 1 Definitions
a) Interested Person: Any member of the Executive Board, Advisory Board, or an FSJNA Committee and any FSJNA member with governing board delegated powers, who has a direct or indirect financial or material interest as defined below, is an interested person. b) Financial or Material Interest: A financial or material interest is not necessarily a conflict of interest. A person who has a financial or material interest has a conflict of interest only if the Executive Board determines that a conflict of interest exists. Some examples of a financial or material interest are if the person has, directly or indirectly, through business, investment, or family:
i. An ownership or investment interest in any entity with which the FSJNA has a transaction or arrangement
ii. A compensation arrangement with the FSJNA or with any entity or individual with which the FSJNA has a transaction or arrangement
iii. A potential ownership or investment interest in, or compensation arrangement with, any entity or individual with which the FSJNA is negotiating a transaction or arrangement iv. Any other interest whereby that person stands to achieve a personal benefit or gain
c) Compensation: Direct and indirect remuneration as well as gifts or favors that are not insubstantial.
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Section 2 Procedures
a) Duty to Disclose: In connection with any actual or possible conflict of interest, an interested person must disclose the existence of the financial or material interest and be given the opportunity to disclose all material facts to the Executive Board and members of Committees
with governing board delegated powers considering the proposed transaction or arrangement.
b) Determining Whether a Conflict of Interest Exists: After disclosure of the financial or material interest and all material facts, and after any discussion with the interested person, he/she shall leave the Executive Board, Committee or General Membership meeting while the determination of a conflict of interest is discussed and voted upon. The remaining Executive Board members shall decide if a conflict of interest exists.
c) Procedures for Addressing the Conflict of Interest
i. An interested person may make a presentation at the Executive Board, Committee, or General Membership meeting, but after the presentation, he/she shall leave the meeting during the discussion of, and the vote on, the transaction or arrangement involving the possible conflict of interest.
ii. The chairperson of the Executive Board or Committee shall, if appropriate, appoint a disinterested person or committee to investigate alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement.
iii. After exercising due diligence, the Executive Board shall determine whether the FSJNA can obtain with reasonable efforts a more advantageous transaction or arrangement from a person or entity that would not give rise to a conflict of interest.
iv. If a more advantageous transaction or arrangement is not reasonably possible under circumstances not producing a conflict of interest, the Executive Board shall determine by a majority vote of the disinterested Executive Board members whether the transaction or arrangement is in the FSJNA’s best interest, for its own benefit, and whether it is fair and reasonable. In conformity with the above determination it shall make its decision as to whether to enter into the transaction or arrangement.
v. All discussion, disclosure, and decisions regarding the above shall be recorded in the minutes.
Section 3 Violations of the Conflicts of Interest Policy
a) If a member of the Executive Board or Committee has reasonable cause to believe a member has failed to disclose actual or possible conflicts of interest, they are obliged to inform the member and the Executive Board of the basis for such belief and afford the member an
opportunity to explain the alleged failure to disclose.
b) If, after hearing the member’s response and upon further investigation as warranted by the circumstances, the Executive Board determines the member has failed to disclose an actual or possible conflict of interest, it shall take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action.
Section 4 Compensation
a) A voting member of the Executive Board who receives direct or indirect compensation from the FSJNA for services is precluded from voting on matters pertaining to that member’s compensation.
b) A voting member of any Committee whose jurisdiction includes compensation matters and who receives direct or indirect compensation for services from the FSJNA is precluded from voting on matters pertaining to that member’s compensation.
c) The preclusions outlined in this Article do not prohibit any voting member of the Executive Board or any Committee whose jurisdiction includes compensation matters and who receives
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direct or indirect compensation from the FSJNA from providing information to any Committee regarding compensation.
Section 5 Annual Statements
Each member of the Executive Board, Advisory Board, and FSJNA Committees and any FSJNA member with governing board delegated powers shall annually sign a statement which affirms such person:
a) Has received a copy of the conflicts of interest policy;
b) Has read and understands the policy;
c) Has agreed to comply with the policy; and
d) Understands the FSJNA is charitable and in order to maintain its federal tax exemption it must engage primarily in activities which accomplish one or more of its tax-exempt purposes.
FSJNA shall indemnify and hold harmless each Executive Board member now or hereafter serving the FSJNA from and against any and all claims and liabilities to which he/she may be or become subject by reason of his/her now or hereafter becoming or having heretofore been an Executive Board member or officer of the FSJNA and/or by reason of his/her alleged acts or omissions as such Executive Board member, whether or not he/she continues to be such Executive Board member at the time when any such claims or liability is asserted, and shall reimburse each such Executive Board member for all legal expenses reasonably incurred by him/her in connection with defending any or all such claims or liabilities, including amounts paid or agreed to be paid in connection with reasonable settlements made before final adjudication with the approval of the Executive Board, whether or not he/she continues to be such Executive Board member at the time such expenses are incurred; provided, however, that no Executive Board member shall be indemnified against any claim or liability arising out of his/her own gross negligence or willful misconduct or shall be reimbursed for any expenses incurred in defending any or all such claims or liability or settling the same unless in the judgment of the Executive Board members of the FSJNA against whom such claim or liability is asserted has not been guilty of gross negligence or willful misconduct. The foregoing right of indemnification shall not be exclusive of other rights to which any Executive Board member may be entitled as a matter of law.
Section 1 Standing Committees
At the first Executive Board meeting of the fiscal year the President shall appoint an Executive Board member to be the chairperson for each standing committee, and these appointees shall serve until a new President assumes office.
The Standing Committees include but are not limited to:
Membership Outreach Committee
Public Safety Committee
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Section 2 Special Committees
In addition to the standing committees, special committees may be established by a majority vote of the Executive Board or by the President.
Section 3 Eligibility for Committees
Participation in FSJNA committees is open to the General Membership.
Section 4 Committee Reporting
The chairperson of each committee shall make a report to the Executive Board or General Membership at each regular meeting. Contents of these reports shall be captured in the minutes of each meeting and made available to the General Membership.
Section 1 Schedule and Notice of Executive Board Meetings
a) Regular meetings of the Executive Board shall be held monthly at such time and place as the members of the Board may determine; the time and place will be announced at least one week prior to each meeting.
b) Special meetings of the Executive Board may be announced by the President on five days notice to each Executive Board member, either personally or by mail or e-mail. At the written request of a majority of the Executive Board special meetings of the Executive Board shall be called by the President or the Secretary in like manner.
c) Executive Board meetings, regular and special, shall be open to the General Membership and general public.
d) General Membership and the general public shall be notified of Executive Board Meetings by information posted on FSJNA website not less than five days prior to the meeting.
Section 2 Schedule and Notice of Election and General Membership Meetings
a) The General Membership of the FSJNA shall meet a minimum of four times per year, once each in the months of March, June, September, and December, as called by the Executive Board.
b) The Annual Election meeting of the FSJNA shall be held at the last scheduled General Membership meeting of the current year, which shall be in December. Written notice of the annual meeting shall be mailed or delivered to each member entitled to vote at such address as
appears on the membership roster of the FSJNA, at least two weeks prior to the meeting.
c) Special meetings of the General Membership may be called, for any purpose, by the President or Vice-President and may be called by the President or Secretary at the written request of the majority of the Executive Board, or at the written request of 25% of the General Membership entitled to vote as of 15 days prior to such request. Such requests shall state the purpose or purposes of the proposed meeting.
d) General Membership and the general public shall be notified of General Membership Meetings by posting on FSJNA website not less than five days prior to the meeting.
e) Business transacted at all special meetings of the General Membership shall be confined to the objectives stated in or germane to the call.
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Section 3 Procedures and Participation in FSJNA Meetings and Activities
a) A meeting may be called to order without a quorum present, however voting may not occur until a quorum is present.
1. A majority of the sitting Executive Board shall constitute a quorum for all regular and special Executive Board meetings.
2. 10% of general membership shall constitute a quorum for all General Membership meetings.
b) The FSJNA does not require the use of Roberts Rules of Order in conducting its business. However, the general principles embodied in Roberts Rules are acknowledged as valuable to conducting orderly and productive meetings.
c) The Executive Board and General Membership meetings shall follow the agenda as presented by the President. The order of business shall be, as far as applicable and practical, as follows:
1. The President states procedures for the meeting, as outlined in e) and f) below
2. Resolutions and actions taken by the Executive Board
3. Reports of committees
4. Unfinished business
5. New business
d) At any meeting of the General Membership, every member having the right to vote shall be entitled to vote in person. The right to vote shall be determined according to the membership roster as of 15 days prior to the meeting at which the vote is taken. The number of votes each membership classification is allowed is outlined in Article VI.
e) The General Membership and the Executive and Advisory Board members shall behave in a courteous and respectful manner at all FSJNA meetings and other activities. The FSJNA may impose sanctions up to and including expulsion from the meeting or activity for violations of this section.
f) A member wishing to participate in an FSJNA meeting shall raise their hand and respectfully address the presiding officer, who will recognize participants as time on the agenda allows.
g) Proxy voting is not allowed at any time.
NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Section 1 Election Meeting
Elections will be conducted at the annual meeting of the General Membership in the month of December, pursuant to Article X.
Section 2 Eligibility for Office
Officer and Executive Board member eligibility is set forth in Article IV.
Section 3 Nominations
a) The President shall appoint a nomination committee which shall include at least four Executive Board members in September. The committee shall name the persons recommended for the various Executive Board positions and shall present its recommendations in writing or by e-mail to the Executive Board prior to the October Executive Board meeting.
b) Candidates chosen by the nomination committee will be presented to the General Membership at the October Executive Board meeting. Nominations from the General Membership will be accepted during this meeting and also during the November Executive Board meeting. A roster
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of nominees will be presented to the General Membership a minimum of 15 days prior to the December election meeting. This process does not exclude nominations from the floor at the December General Membership election meeting.
Section 4 Election Procedure
a) Only members of the General Membership in good standing with current dues paid shall be eligible to vote. The right to vote shall be determined according to the membership roster as of 15 days prior to the meeting at which the vote is taken. The number of votes each membership classification is allowed is outlined in Article VI.
b) A complete list of the names of members entitled to vote at the annual election, arranged in alphabetical order, shall be prepared by the Treasurer and be available where the election is to be held and shall be open to examination by any FSJNA member.
c) Voting will be by secret ballot at the December election meeting from among the eligible members in attendance. Proxy voting shall not be allowed. The election of the Officers and Executive Board shall be by popular vote. A run-off vote will be taken in the event of a tie for
any of the Officer positions. Run off procedures will also apply in the event that there is not a clear plurality of votes to fill each Executive Board position. Runoff elections will occur at the January Executive Board meeting; if a 10% quorum of the General Membership is not present at the January meeting, the Executive Board will resolve by vote.
d) Two members of the nomination committee, along with two members of General Membership shall together count ballots and certify results. The President shall appoint these four individuals and shall oversee the counting of the ballots.
The General Membership and Executive Board are encouraged to reconcile differences, whether inside or outside the scope of these grievance procedures, through one-on-one dialogue or mediation.
Section 1 Eligibility and Process to File a Grievance
Any active member of the FSJNA who believes that a decision, action, or policy of the FSJNA has violated the Bylaws or other binding documents of the organization, may file a grievance to the Executive Board. Grievances must be submitted in writing to any Officer of the Board, within 45 days of the alleged violation.
Section 2 Complaint Receipt and Procedures
Any Officer receiving a properly submitted grievance shall immediately forward said notice to the entire Executive Board. Within seven calendar days of receipt of the grievance, the President of the Board shall appoint a Grievance Committee, comprised of five persons, as follows: two current Board members (the Board President shall be excluded from this committee), and three other persons, regardless of FSJNA membership status. The Grievance Committee shall, within 10 calendar days from its receipt of the complaint, set a date and location that is acceptable to the complainant to hear the complaint. Notice must be provided to the General Membership as well as the complainant at least seven calendar days in advance of the hearing. The Grievance Committee’s consideration of the complaint shall be open to the public and the findings of a grievance shall be a matter of public record. Deliberations of the decision-makers, however, may be held in executive session.
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Section 3 Final Resolution
Within 30 calendar days of the hearing, the Grievance Committee shall make a determination on the complaint and notify the complainant in writing of their determination. Determinations shall be noncompensatory. These determinations shall be reported to the Executive Board and the General Membership at the next scheduled meeting.
Section 1 The Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the FSJNA shall begin on January 1 of each calendar year and extend through December 31.
Section 2 Bank Accounts
The Treasurer shall establish and maintain bank accounts. The Executive Board may authorize transfers to and from checking accounts to an interest bearing savings account. The signatures of the President or the Treasurer, and one other Officer shall be required on all checks.
Section 3 Types of Funds
Funds of the FSJNA shall be classified as either General Funds or Project Funds.
a) General funds may be used for any purpose authorized by the Executive Board or the membership which is not inconsistent with the purpose of the organization.
b) Project funds will be separately accounted for, and will be used only for the purpose stated in the request for funds. If project funds in excess of those required to complete the project are collected, they will, upon completion of the project, be returned on a pro-rata basis
unless the amount due any source is less than $10.00 in which case the amount due that source shall be transferred to the general fund.
Section 4 Authorization of Expenditures
Officers and Committee Chairs may expend funds not to exceed $100 for items required for committee use with the approval of the President of the Board. Expenditures of over $100 to further the objectives of the FSJNA may be authorized by a majority of the Executive Board at an Executive Board meeting or by a majority of the General Membership present at a General Membership meeting. No expenditure shall be authorized which exceeds the current balance as reported by the Treasurer less prior commitments.
Section 5 General Integrity
No FSJNA funds, gains, profits or dividends may accumulate for the personal benefit of any member of FSJNA, its Executive or Advisory Board Members or Officers, or be distributed to any of them for their personal use.
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Section 1 Revisions to Bylaws
These bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed by the 2/3 vote of the General Membership present at any regular or special General Membership meeting called for that purpose, provided a quorum is present as outlined in Article X.
Section 2 Policies and Procedures
The Executive Board may adopt policies and procedures in addition to these bylaws. Provided that a quorum is present as outlined in Article X, policies and procedures adopted by a 2/3 vote of the quorum of the Executive Board at a regular Executive Board meeting shall be followed as the official regulations of FSJNA unless and until they are amended or rescinded by a subsequent 2/3 vote of the Executive
Board at a regular Executive Board meeting.
Bylaws approved by a unanimous vote of the General Membership on September 15, 2010
by Angela Carll
Times Picayune – November 15, 1985
Bayou St. John is the reason New Orleans is located where it is. The bayou provided a connection from the Mississippi River overland via an old Indian path to Lake Ponchartrain.
A number of historic landmarks still stand in this neighborhood to remind visitors of the city’s heritage.
The Old Spanish Custom House, built in 1784 at the corner of Moss Street and Grand Route Saint John, is the oldest structure in this neighborhood.
Another renowned home is the Pitot House, named for James Pitot, the second mayor of New Orleans. Built in 1799 at 1370 Moss Street, the Pitot House was later moved a short distance up the bayou to 1440 Moss in 1970.
The Tivoli amusement park once stood where the Pitot House is now. It featured a pavillion, orange trees, and dances were held there on Sundays.
Much of Bayou St. John remained swampy and unable to be developed while the city was attempting to drain the area, which was called “back of town” as early as 1835.
In 1866, the city started using the bayou as a drainage receptacle, and a community of houseboats grew up along it. In 1936, the State House of Representatives declared the bayou a non-navigable stream.
Fort St. John, where the bayou and lake meet, was originally built as a fortification by the French and later became the most prominent resort area in New Orleans during the 1930s. The Old Spanish Fort still stands on this site.
The fort is a modern-day battleground. The Orleans Levee Board has proposed replacing the Lakeshore Drive bridge that spans the bayou at its entrance to the lake with a grade-level crossing using culverts for water to flow back and forth from the lake to the bayou.
Members of the Bayou St. John Improvement Association have sued the Levee Board to halt construction, arguing that wind moves water currents and that the City Park lagoons which are fed by water from the bayou will soon stagnate. They also contend that closing the mouth of the bayou will damage an important part of the city’s historical heritage.(The “waterfall dam” near the mouth of Bayou St. John was removed in 2013. Please visit the link for more information: http://fsjna.org/2012/08/update-on-dam-removal/)
Although the bayou today lacks even the rowing clubs, which were popular in the last century, a drive along its curving shore shows typical Louisiana country homes. It still exists to remind us of New Orleans’ earliest beginnings, and why the city was built in a place that seems most improbable to us today.