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Article I: Name, Membership, Applicability, and Definitions


1.1. Name. The name of the Association shall be Carlisle Commonwealth Community Association, Inc. ("Association").


1.2. Membership. The Association shall have one class of membership, as is more fully set forth in that Declaration of Protective Covenants for Carlisle Commonwealth ("Declaration"), the terms of which pertaining to membership are specifically incorporated by reference herein.


1.3. Definitions. The words used in these By-Laws shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Declaration, unless the context shall prohibit.

Article II: Association: Meetings, Quorum, Voting, Proxies

2.1. Place of Meetings. Meetings of the Association shall be held at the principal office of the Association or at such other suitable place convenient to the members as may be designated by the Board, either in the Community or as convenient thereto as practical.


2.2. First Meeting and Annual Meetings. An annual or special meeting shall be held within one year from the date the Association is incorporated. Annual meetings shall be set by the Board so as to occur no later than 30 days after the close of the Association's fiscal year.


2.3. Special Meetings. The President may call special meetings. In addition, it shall be the duty of the President to call a special meeting of the Association if so directed by resolution of the Board or upon a petition signed by at least 25% of the Total Association Vote. The notice of any special meeting shall state the date, time, and place of such meeting and the purpose thereof. No business shall be transacted at a special meeting, except as stated in the notice.


2.4. Notice of Meetings. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to mail or to cause to be delivered to the Owner of each Lot subject to the Declaration (as shown in the records of the Association) a notice of each annual or special meeting of the Association stating the time and place where it is to be held and in the notice of a special meeting, the purpose thereof. If an Owner wishes notice to be given at an address other than the Lot, the Owner shall designate by notice in writing to the Secretary such other address. The mailing or delivery of a notice of meeting in the manner provided in this Section shall be considered service of notice. Notices shall be served not less than ten nor more than 60 days before a meeting.


2.5. Waiver of Notice. Waiver of notice of a meeting of the members shall be deemed the equivalent of proper notice. Any member may, in writing, waive notice of any meeting of the members, either before or after such meeting. Attendance at a meeting by a member, whether in person or by proxy, shall be deemed waiver by such member of notice of the time, date, and place thereof, unless such member specifically objects to lack of proper notice at the time the meeting is called to order.


2.6. Adjournment of Meetings. If any meetings of the Association cannot be held because a quorum is not present, a majority of the members who are present at such meeting, either in person or by proxy, may adjourn the meeting to a time not less than five nor more than 30 days from the time the original meeting was called. At such adjourned meeting at which a quorum is present, any business which might have been transacted at the meeting originally called may be transacted without further notice.


2.7. Voting. The voting rights of the members shall be as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation and the Declaration, and such voting rights are specifically incorporated herein.


2.8. Proxies. At all meetings of members, each member may vote in person or by proxy. All proxies shall be in writing, dated, and filed with the Secretary before the appointed time of each meeting. Every proxy shall be revocable and shall automatically cease upon conveyance by the member of such member's Lot, or upon receipt of notice by the Secretary of the death or judicially declared incompetence of a member, or of written revocation, or upon the expiration of 11 months from the date of the proxy.


2.9. Quorum. The presence, in person or by proxy, of 20% of the total eligible Association vote shall constitute a quorum at all meetings of the Association. The members present at a duly called or held meeting at which a quorum is present may continue to do business until adjournment, notwithstanding the withdrawal of enough members to leave less than a quorum.


2.10. Action Without A Formal Meeting. Any action to be taken at a meeting of the members, or which may be taken at a meeting of the members, may be taken without a meeting if one or more written consents setting forth the action so taken shall be signed by members holding the voting power required to pass such action. Action taken without a meeting shall be effective on the date that the last consent is executed, unless a later effective date is specified therein. Each signed consent shall be delivered to the Association and shall be included in the minutes of meetings of members filed in the permanent records of the Association.


2.11. Action By Written Ballot. Any action to be taken at any annual, regular or special meeting of members may be taken without a meeting if approved by written ballot as provided herein. The Association shall deliver a written ballot to each member entitled to vote on the matter. The written ballot shall set forth each proposed action and provide an opportunity to vote for or against each proposed action. Approval by written ballot of an action shall be valid only when the number of votes cast by ballot equals or exceeds the quorum required to be present at a meeting held to authorize such action and the number of approvals equals or exceeds the number of votes that would be required to approve the matter at a meeting at which the total number of votes cast was the same as the number of votes cast by ballot. All solicitations for votes by written ballot shall indicate the number of responses needed to meet the quorum requirements; state the percentage of approvals necessary to approve each matter other than election of directors; and specify the time by which a ballot must be received by the Association in order to be counted. A timely written ballot received by the Association may not be revoked without the consent of the Board. The results of each action by written ballot shall be certified by the Secretary and shall be included in the minutes of meetings of members filed in the permanent records of the Association.


Article III: Board of Directors: Number, Powers, Meetings


A. Composition and Selection.

3.1. Governing Body. The affairs of the Association shall be governed by a Board of Directors. Directors must reside in the Community and shall be members or spouses of such members.


3.2. Number and Nomination of Directors. The Board shall consist of between seven and twelve members. Directors shall be nominated from the floor and may also be nominated by a nominating committee, if such a committee is established by the Board. All candidates shall have a reasonable opportunity to communicate their qualifications to the members and to solicit votes. (Section 3.2 was amended by the Board of Directors of Carlisle Commonwealth Community Association on December 10, 2001, February 11, 2002, May 13, 2002 and on October 11, 2004.)


3.3. Election and Term of Office. Directors shall be elected at the Association's annual meeting. All eligible members of the Association shall vote on all directors to be elected, and the candidate(s) receiving the most votes shall be elected. Initially, six directors shall be elected to two-year terms and six directors shall be elected to a one-year term. At the expiration of the initial term of office of each director, a successor shall be elected to serve for a term of two years. The directors shall hold office until their respective successors shall have been elected by the Association.


3.4. Removal of Directors. At any regular or special meeting of the Association duly called, any one or more of the directors may be removed, with or without cause, by a majority of the Total Association Vote and a successor may then and there be elected to fill the vacancy thus created. A director whose removal has been proposed by the Owners shall be given at least ten days' notice of the calling of the meeting and the purpose thereof and shall be given an opportunity to be heard at the meeting. Additionally, any director who has three consecutive unexcused absences from Board meetings or who is delinquent in the payment of an assessment for more than 30 days may be removed by a majority vote of the remaining directors at a meeting.


3.5. Vacancies. Vacancies in the Board caused by any reason, excluding the removal of a director by vote of the Association, shall be filled by a vote of the majority of the remaining directors, even though less than a quorum, at any meeting of the Board. Each person so selected shall serve the unexpired portion of the term.


B. Meetings.


3.6. Organization Meetings. The first meeting of the Board following each annual meeting of the membership shall be held within ten days thereafter at such time and place as shall be fixed by the Board.


3.7. Regular Meetings. Regular monthly meetings of the Board may be held at such time and place as shall be determined from time to time by a majority of the directors. Notice of the regular schedule shall constitute sufficient notice of such meetings.


3.8. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board shall be held when requested by the President or by any two directors. The notice shall specify the time and place of the meeting and the nature of any special business to be considered. The notice shall be given to each director by one of the following methods: (a)by personal delivery; (b)written notice by first class mail, postage prepaid; (c)by telephone communication, either directly to the director or to a person at the director's home or office who would reasonably be expected to communicate such notice promptly to the director; (d)electronic mail or message; or (e)by commercial delivery service to such director's home or office. All such notices shall be given or sent to the director's address or number as shown on the records of the Association. Notices sent by first class mail shall be deposited into a United States mailbox at least four days before the time set for the meeting. Notices given by personal delivery, telephone, or electronic message shall be given at least 48 hours before the time set for the meeting.


3.9. Waiver of Notice. The transactions of any meeting of the Board, however called and noticed or wherever held, shall be as valid as though taken at a meeting duly held after regular call and notice, if (a)a quorum is present, and (b)either before or after the meeting, each of the directors not receiving notice signs a written waiver of notice, a consent to holding the meeting, or an approval of the minutes. The waiver of notice or consent need not specify the purpose of the meeting. Notice of a meeting shall also be deemed given to any director who attends the meeting without protesting before or at its commencement about the lack of adequate notice.


3.10. Quorum of Board of Directors. At all meetings of the Board, a majority of the directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the votes of a majority of the directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall constitute the decision of the Board.


3.11. Compensation. No director shall receive any compensation from the Association for acting as such.


3.12. Open Meetings. All meetings of the Board shall be open to all members.


3.13. Executive Session. The Board may adjourn a meeting and reconvene in executive session to discuss and vote upon personnel matters, litigation in which the Association is or may become involved, and orders of business of a similar nature. The nature of any and all business to be considered in executive session shall first be announced in open session.


3.14. Action Without A Formal Meeting. Any action to be taken at a meeting of the directors or any action that may be taken at a meeting of the directors may be taken without a meeting if one or more consents, in writing, setting forth the action so taken, shall be signed by a majority of the directors and delivered to the Association for inclusion in the minutes for filing in the corporate records.


3.15. Telephonic Participation. One or more directors may participate in and vote during any regular or special meeting of the Board by telephone conference call or similar communication equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other at the same time, and those directors so participating shall be present at such meeting. Any such meeting at which a quorum participates shall constitute a meeting of the Board.


C. Powers and Duties.

3.16. Powers. The Board shall be responsible for the affairs of the Association and shall have all of the powers and duties necessary for the administration of the Association's affairs and, as provided by law, may do all acts and things as are not by the Declaration, Articles, or these By-Laws directed to be done and exercised exclusively by the members. In addition to the duties imposed by these By-Laws or by any resolution of the Association that may hereafter be adopted, the Board shall have the power to and be responsible for the following, in way of explanation, but not limitation:


  (a) preparation and adoption of an annual budget in which there shall be established the contribution of each Owner to the common expenses;


  (b) making assessments to defray the common expenses and establishing the means and methods of collecting such assessments;


  (c) providing for the operation, care, upkeep, and maintenance of all areas which are the maintenance responsibility of the Association;


  (d) designating, contracting, hiring, and dismissing the personnel necessary for the operation of the Association and, where appropriate, providing for the compensation of such personnel and for the purchase of equipment, supplies, and material to be used by such personnel in the performance of their duties;


  (e) collecting the assessments, depositing the proceeds thereof in a bank depository which it shall approve, and using the proceeds to administer the Association;


  (f) making and amending use restrictions and rules and regulations;


  (g) enforcing by legal means the provisions of the Declaration, these By-Laws, and the rules and regulations adopted by it, and bring any proceedings which may be instituted on behalf of or against the Owners concerning the Association;


  (h) obtaining and carrying insurance against casualties and liabilities, as provided in the Declaration, and paying the premium cost thereof;


  (i) paying the cost of all services rendered to the Association or its members which are not directly chargeable to Owners; and


  (j) keeping books with detailed accounts of the receipts and expenditures affecting the Association and its administration.


3.17. Management Agent. The Board may employ for the Association a professional management agent or agents at a compensation established by the Board to perform such duties and services as the Board shall authorize.


3.18. Borrowing. The Board shall have the power to borrow money, but only with the majority approval of the members of the Association in attendance at a special meeting called for that purpose.


3.19. Fining or Suspension Procedure. The Board shall not impose a fine (a late charge shall not constitute a fine) or suspend a member's right to use any part of the Common Property unless and until the following procedure is followed:


  (a) Notice. Written notice shall be served upon the violator by certified mail sent to the last address of the member shown on the Association's records, specifying:


  (i) the nature of the violation, the fine or suspension to be imposed and the date, not less than 15 days from the date of the notice, that the fine or suspension will take effect;


  (ii) that the violator may, within ten days from the date of the notice, request a hearing regarding the fine or suspension imposed;


  (iii) the name, address and telephone numbers of a person to contact to challenge the fine or suspension;


  (iv) that any statements, evidence, and witnesses may be produced by the violator at the hearing; and


  (v) that all rights to have the fine or suspension reconsidered are waived if a hearing is not requested within ten days of the date of the notice.


  (b) Hearing. If a hearing is requested, it shall be held before the Board in executive session, and the violator shall be given a reasonable opportunity to be heard. The minutes of the meeting shall contain a written statement of the results of the hearing. No fine or suspension shall be imposed prior to the date that is five days after the date of the hearing.


Article IV: Officers


4.1. Officers. The officers of the Association shall be a President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Board may appoint such other officers, including one or more Vice Presidents, Assistant Secretaries, or Assistant Treasurers, as it shall deem desirable.


4.2. Election, Term of Office, and Vacancies. The officers of the Association shall be elected annually by the Board at the first meeting of the Board following each annual meeting of the members. A vacancy in any office arising because of death, resignation, removal, or otherwise may be filled by the Board for the unexpired portion of the term.


4.3. Removal. Any officer may be removed by the Board whenever, in its judgment, the best interests of the Association will be served thereby.


4.4. President. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association and shall preside at all meetings of the Association and of the Board. The President shall have all the general powers and duties which are incident to the office of the president of a corporation organized under the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code.


4.5. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Association and of the Board and shall have charge of such books and papers as the Board may direct and shall, in general, perform all duties incident to the office of the secretary of a corporation organized in accordance with Georgia law.


4.6. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have the responsibility for the Association's funds and securities and shall be responsible for keeping full and accurate financial records and books of account showing all receipts and disbursements, for preparing all required financial statements and tax returns, and for the deposit of all moneys and other valuable effects in the name of the Association or the managing agent in such depositories as may from time to time be designated by the Board.


4.7. Resignation. Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board. Such resignation shall take effect on the date of the receipt of such notice or at any later time specified therein, and unless otherwise specified therein, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.


Article V: Committees


 Committees to perform such tasks and to serve for such periods as may be designated by the Board are hereby authorized. Each committee shall be composed and shall operate in accordance with the terms of the resolution of the Board designating the committee or with rules adopted by the Board.


Article VI: Miscellaneous


6.1. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Association shall be the calendar year unless otherwise determined by resolution of the Board.


6.2. Parliamentary Rules. Roberts Rules of Order (current edition) shall govern the conduct of all Association proceedings, when not in conflict with Georgia law, the Articles of Incorporation, the Declaration, these By-Laws, or a ruling made by the person presiding over the proceeding.


6.3. Conflicts. If there are conflicts or inconsistencies between the provisions of Georgia law, the Articles of Incorporation, the Declaration, and these By-Laws, the provisions of Georgia law, the Declaration, the Articles of Incorporation and the By-Laws (in that order) shall prevail.


6.4. Amendment. These By-Laws may be amended upon the affirmative vote or written consent, or any combination thereof, of two thirds of the total number of directors on the board of directors.

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