Our Board and Bylaws

Chairperson  Lynn Viesti
Vice Chairperson  Lee Rumley
Secretary  Kimberly Nolan
Treasurer Pete Deleo
Sandy Morgan
Members at Large Tyra Dellacroce
Carolyn Augur
Charlene Chiaro
Douglas Jones
Marcia Winter
Firehouse Art Gallery Liason  Lynn Viesti
 City Alderman Representative Bill Bevan


Board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 12 pm at Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue, Milford, CT.


Milford Fine Arts Council (Doing business as Milford Arts Council)





Section 1       Name:

The name of The Council shall be the Milford Fine Arts Council, Inc. doing business as Milford Arts Council (The Council)The principal office of The Council shall be located in the City of Milford, State of Connecticut as the Board of Directors shall designate.


Section 2       Mission:

The Council shall support and foster artistic, cultural and educational opportunities for the benefit of the Greater Milford Community through the creation of environments and programs for artists to work and present, as well as encourage the promotion, development, acceptance and appreciation of the Arts.



Section 1       Qualifications:

Only individuals who have paid their annual dues shall be granted the status of a Member of The Council of Fine Arts.

Section 2.      Rights and Responsibilities of Members

Council members are entitled to:

  • Present themselves for consideration as a member of the Board of Directors
  • Stand for office as a director and/or officer of The Council
  • Be a member of any standing or board-created committee and/or Task Force of The Council
  • Attend and participate in The Council Annual Membership Meeting
  • Propose resolutions for the future guidance and direction of the Board of Directors and,
  • Annually Vote for the slate of MFAC Board of Directors which shall include Trustees.

As members of The Council, a member is expected to:

  • Maintain their status as a member in good-standing
  • Attend and participate in the Association Annual Meeting

Section 3.      Commencement and Term of Membership

Commencement of Membership:   Memberships shall commence when the member has met the qualifications specified in this Article II section 1 above, and has registered for membership by providing the Association Board Secretary with notice in writing of such qualifications, including but not limited to the prospective member’s name and address.

Section 3       Term of Membership:

Members shall serve for as long as they remain in accord with the requirements for membership described in Article II Section 1 of these by-laws.

Members must be notified in writing by The Council secretary when their membership is no longer in effect.

Section 4.      Resignation and Removal

Any member may resign from The Council by either submitting a written resignation to the President or Secretary of the Corporation or not paying their annual dues.

A member’s resignation is effective upon notification unless otherwise indicated or at the date when dues have not been paid.

Any member who ceases to qualify for membership shall automatically cease to be a member.



Section 1.      Place of Meetings

Annual and special meetings of The Council shall be held within the South Central Connecticut region at a location designated by the Board which is the most accessible to all members.

Section 2.      Meetings

Annual Meetings shall be held in the month of June before the start of the new fiscal year, or other such month as determined by the Board of Directors.

At each such meeting The Council shall elect individuals to serve on the Board of Directors as hereinafter provided and to transact such other business as may be placed before it;

And, in accordance with rules duly adopted by the Board of Directors for the conduct of such meetings, any member may propose resolutions for the future guidance and direction of the Board of Directors, and the standing committees, and the conduct of The Council’s business, provided that resolutions be received no later than three (3) business days prior to the meeting and provided that any such resolution is consistent with these By-Laws and with the Certificate of Incorporation  of The Council.

Special meetings – It shall be the duty of the Chair of the Board of Directors to call a special meeting of The Council members if directed by resolution of the Board or a petition signed by twenty (20) percent of the total number of the Memberships. The notice of any special meeting shall state the time, place and agenda items for such a meeting. No business other than that specified in the notice shall be transacted at any special meeting.

Section 3.      Notice of Meetings

It shall be the duty of the Secretary to notify members by mail of each annual or special meeting.  The notice will state the purpose, time and place where the meeting is to be held and shall be mailed at least (15) fifteen days, but not more than (30) thirty days prior to the meeting.

Section 4.      Quorum

At each annual and special meeting, the presence at least 10% of the members in good standing shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Section 5.      Voting

  1. At annual and special meetings of The Council, each current member in good standing with voting rights is entitled to one indivisible ballot on issues coming before the meeting. Unless otherwise specified in these By-Laws, a majority of ballots cast on any issue during any such meeting at which a quorum is present shall determine the issue.
  2. For purposes of determining eligibility for voting at the annual meeting, Members shall be in good standing as of the 15th day of the month prior to the month in which the annual meeting is held.

Section 6.      Proxies

Only a designated adult household member may exercise their right to vote.

Section 7.      Order of Business

The order of business at each annual meeting of The Council shall be as follows:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Proof of notice of meeting or waiver of notice
  3. Reports of Officers
  4. Reports of Committees
  5. Election of Directors (when appropriate)
  6. Unfinished Business
  7. New Business
  8. In the case of special meetings, items (a) through (d) shall be applicable and thereafter the agenda shall consist of the items specified in the notice of the meeting.

Section 8.      Roberta’s Rules

Unless these By-Laws specifically provide otherwise, Roberta’s Rules latest revised edition, shall be the rules of parliamentary procedure of this organization.





Section 1       Powers

  1. The affairs of Council shall be overseen by the Board of Directors whose number, election, removal and tenure shall be established by these By-Laws.
  1. The Board of Directors shall exercise all of the powers of The Council except those otherwise conferred or reserved by law, by the Articles of Incorporation or by these By-Laws.
  1. The Board of Directors shall have no authority to issue capital stock.
  1. The Board of Directors shall refrain from all activities not in conformance with The Council’s status as an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Section 2          Composition and Number

The business of The Council shall be directed by a Board of Directors composed of no more than 15 (fifteen) and no less than five (5) persons as decided by resolution.

Section 3       Purpose:

The Board is legally and morally accountable for fulfilling the mission of the Milford Fine Arts Council.  The board’s purpose is to set corporate policy, make long range goals, assess results, and, serve as ambassador to the community and any individual and entity that does or could support The Council.  In all its work, the board shall exercise reasonable care to avoid harm and assure success.

The Board of Directors shall work with the staff of The Council to advance the mission, the core values and the long-range goals of The Council.  Nothing in this Section 3 or elsewhere in these Bylaws shall be deemed to change or alter in any respect the standard of care applicable to the directors of a non-stock Council, or any limitations on the liability of the directors, under the Act, the Certificate of Incorporation, these Bylaws or other applicable law. All directors, as such, also shall have voting rights and responsibilities of The Council.

Section 4       Roles and Responsibilities of Directors:

The Board of Directors shall:

  • Determine the Organization’s Mission and Purpose
  • Provide Proper Financial Oversight
  • Ensure Adequate Resources including making or getting an annual financial contribution and volunteering for at least one fund raising event
  • Ensure Legal and Ethical Integrity and Maintain Accountability
  • Ensure Effective Organizational Planning
  • Recruit and Orient New Board Members and Assess Board Performance
  • Enhance the Organization’s Public Standing
  • Select and Support the Executive Director and Assess His or Her Performance

Section 5       Election:

The Directors, each which shall be paid Council members in good standing, shall be elected by the affirmative vote, by ballot, or otherwise, of a majority of the members, provided a quorum is present, at the annual meeting from a slate, prepared by the Governance Committee and mailed to each member of the Board at least 10 days in advance, or have been presented at a previous meeting.

The immediate Past-Chair shall serve for a one-year period upon the completion of their board term.  The Past-Chair will have all the rights and responsibilities accorded an elected board member.

Section 6       Directors Terms:

The Directors shall serve for a term of three (3) years.  No director shall be removed from office, or have his/her term of office shortened, because of a reduction in the prescribed number of directorships.  No director shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.

A director serving in the role of an officer with less than two (2) years remaining in their second term as a director is entitled to extend the length of their term as a director to correspond to the time remaining in their position as an officer.

A director who completes two (2) terms may return as a director only after completing one (1) year off the board.

Section 7       Removal:

A director may be removed from office at any time with or without cause upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the directors.

A director who is absent from three (3) consecutive board meetings without excuse shall be removed from office.

Notice of removal, with or without cause, shall be given in writing by the Secretary or the Chair prior to the next board meeting.

Section 8       Vacancies:

Vacant directorships may be filled for the unexpired portion of the term by the Chair.  In the event the number of vacancies lowers the number of Board members below the minimum required by these bylaws, the Board will be empowered to operate with less than the minimum number of Directors until such time as the vacancy is filled.

Section 9       Compensation of Directors:

The directors shall not receive a salary for their services as Directors.  By vote of the Board of Directors, the directors may be allowed compensation for expenses and fees incurred for attendance at meetings of the Board of Directors and its committees, as well as other related meetings and trips, as set forth in the vote.



Section 1       Officers:

The officers shall also serve as directors and include the Chair (formerly referred to as President), Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Section 2       Election:

The Officers shall be elected by the affirmative vote, by ballot, or otherwise, of a majority of the Directors, provided a quorum is present, at the annual meeting from a slate prepared by the Governance Committee. In addition, the Immediate Past Chair shall also serve as an officer of The Council.

Section 3       Titles and Duties:

The Chair is the chairperson of the Board of Directors and shall:

(a)  Preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors;

(b)  Appoint the chairpersons of all committees of the Board of Directors except as otherwise specified in these Bylaws;

(c)  Serve as an ex officio member of all committees of the Board of Directors;

(d)  Work in partnership with the Executive Director to achieve The Council’s goals;

(e)  Be responsible for the annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director;

(f)   Present reports from time to time as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors and such additional reports as may be needed; and

(g)  Act as a signatory on checking accounts of The Council in accordance with policies established by the Board of Directors.

Section 4       Vice-Chair:

The Vice-Chair shall:

  • In the absence or disability of the Chair perform the duties and exercise the powers of the Chair.
  • Serve as a member of the Governance Committee.
  • Act as a signatory on The Council checking accounts in accordance with policies established by the Board of Directors.

Section 5       Treasurer:

The Treasurer shall have prepared the financial statements described in Section 3 of Article VIII of these Bylaws.  More specifically, the Treasurer shall:

(a)  Serve as the chairperson of the Finance Committee;

(b)  Review the annual budget and present in conjunction with the Finance Committee:

(c)  Recommend, in consultation with the Finance Committee, the auditors for the approval of the Board;

(d)  Present a financial report with recommendations at all Board of Director meetings;

(e)  Have responsibility for monitoring the financial well-being of The Council, in conjunction with the Finance Committee;

(f)   Assure that all financial forms are filed as required by law and an annual independent audit is prepared; and,

(h)  Act as a signatory on checking accounts of The Council in accordance with policies established by the Board of Directors.

 Section 6       Secretary:

The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of directors, and shall authenticate records of The Council, unless any of such duties are delegated to another officer by the Board of Directors.  The Secretary shall give notice of meetings as required in these Bylaws.  The Secretary shall have custody of all books, records, and papers of The Council, except those in the custody of any other person authorized to have custody and possession of books, records, and papers by a resolution of the Board of Directors.  More particularly, the Secretary shall:

(a)  Be responsible for the recording of the minutes at all meetings of the Board of Directors;

(b)  Be responsible for signing and assuring the filing of those documents of The Council, as required by law; and

(c)  Be responsible for providing notice to directors of their respective meetings in accordance with these Bylaws.

Section 7       Immediate Past Chair:

The immediate Past Chair shall serve a one year term as a member of the Nominating Committee of the board and assist the new Chair during the transition.

Section 8       Terms of Office:

Each officer shall serve for a term of two (2) years and no officer shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in any one office.

Any officer may be removed by the Board of Directors at any time with or without cause and with or without notice or hearing.  Any vacancy in any office shall be filled by the Chair of the Board of Directors.

Section 9       Vacancies:

In the event of the death, resignation or incapacity of the Chair; the Vice Chair shall become the Chair for the remainder of the Chair’s term.





 Section 1       Annual Meeting:

The annual meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held once each year in the month of June or such other month as determined by the Board of Directors.

The Directors shall be elected by the affirmative vote, by ballot, or otherwise, of a majority of the members, provided a quorum is present, at the annual meeting.

Section 2       Regular Meetings:

Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at the time and place specified from time to time by resolution of the Board of Directors.  Notice of regular meetings of the directors shall be given not less than seven (7) days before the meeting.

Section 3       Special Meetings:

Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the Chair.  Notice of a special meeting shall include a description of the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, and only those items included in the notice may be voted upon at the special meeting.

Section 5       Quorum and Voting Requirements:

A majority of the prescribed number of directorships shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board of Directors.  The affirmative vote of a majority of the directors present at a meeting at which there is a quorum shall be required for action on any matter by the Board of Directors.

Section 6       Procedure:

Robertas Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be used for all proceedings of The Council, subject to special rules as have been or may be adopted.

Section 7       Participation in Meeting by Teleconference or Similar Means:

A director may participate in a meeting of the Board of Directors by, or conduct the meeting through the use of, any means of communication by which all directors participating in the meeting may simultaneously hear one another during the meeting.  A director participating in a meeting by this means is deemed to be present in person at the meeting.



Section 1       Role of Committees

As established in these by-laws and by resolution, the Board may designate and appoint one or more standing committee or task force for the purpose of supporting and informing the work of the Board.  Such committees or task forces, except for the Executive Committee, shall act solely in an advisory capacity to the Board.

The designation and appointment of any such committee or task force and the delegation thereto of authority shall not operate to relieve the Board or any individual Director of any responsibility imposed upon it or the Director by law.

Section 2       Action

A majority of the committee or task force members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.  The act of a majority of the committee or task force members at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the committee.

Section 3       Leadership

Unless otherwise stated in these by-laws, the Chair shall appoint the chairperson of a committee or task force.  Each Chair shall identify and recruit individuals for their committee or task force.

Section 4       Membership

All standing committees shall be comprised of Directors and members in good standing.  Unless otherwise stated in these by-laws, the Board shall annually appoint committee members.

Section 5       Standing Committees

The three (4) Council standing committees will be as follows:

  1. Executive Committee – There shall be an Executive Committee composed of the officers of The Council and the chairpersons of the standing committees. The Executive Committee shall:
  • During periods between scheduled Board meetings, be empowered to conduct emergency business on behalf of The Council, and such other business as the Board may, from time to time, delegate to the Committee. The Committee shall report its actions to the Board at the next most immediate meeting of the Board.
  • Hire and annually review the performance of the Executive Director against goals and objectives approved by the board and compensation.
  1. Governance Committee – There shall be a Governance Committee, chaired by one of the Directors of Board and which shall:
  • Oversee the ongoing training of the Board members and serve as mentors to new directors to the Board.
  • Oversee the business and strategic planning processes as necessary.
  • Serve as the Nominating Committee to solicit and recommend a slate of candidates to serve on the Board.
  1. Finance Committee – There shall be a Finance Committee, chaired by the Treasurer and which shall:
  • Propose for Board approval and monitor an annual operating budget for the Association.
  • Recommend property management plans and procedures, annual property budgets, and the selection of a property management firm when necessary.
  • Coordinate with other committees the development and monitoring of Housing Development and Property Management budgets and shall review all such budgets.
  • Review and report upon the monthly financial statements of The Council for both operations and projects.
  1. Endowment Committee – There shall be an Endowment Committee, comprised of the Board Treasurer, former Trustees and new appointees, and it shall:
  • Annually elect a chair from its members
  • Monitor and report on a quarterly basis to the Board the status of all funds invested for the purpose of the Council.
  • Advise the Board as to whether there are any risks facing the growth of the Endowment.
  • Propose to the Board any changes in investment criteria and/or plans.
  • Recommend a strategy for the investment and/or spending of any Endowment earnings.
  • Annually report to the Membership on the overall status of the Endowment and advise that funds have been invested and earnings expended consistent with donor intentions.
  • Recommend additional Committee Members.

Section 6        Non-Standing Committees/Task Forces

The Board and/or Chair may choose on occasion to establish that a Non-Standing Committee Aka Task Force is needed to support the board for one or more tasks.  Task Forces shall:

  1. Be comprised of members in good standing and at least (1) Director
  2. Have a clear and concise statement of assignment and expectations
  3. Have a clear start and end date
  4. Report its activities and results to the full board by the date selected by the Board.



Section 1          Executive Director
The Board of Directors shall employ the Executive Director of The Council and shall authorize the employment of other employees as are needed to carry out the mission and responsibilities of The Council.  The Executive Director shall select the other employees who shall be hired within job descriptions, salary ranges and hiring procedures adopted by the Board of Directors.

Section 2       General Authority:

The Executive Director has the authority to carry out his or her responsibilities in accordance with the core values, mission and policies established by the Board of Directors.  The Executive Director shall provide the leadership to: (a) continually improve the quality of programs and services (b) maintain sound management of agency resources (fiscal, personnel, etc.) and (c) assure positive representation of Milford Fine Arts Council to the community.  In partnership with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall success of The Council.

 Section 3       Check Writing Authority:

The Executive Director shall be authorized by the Board of Directors to sign checks and contracts, and enter into other agreements on behalf of The Council within the limits established by the By-laws, and the policies and resolutions of the Board of Directors.

Section 4       Job Description and Other Duties:

The Board of Directors shall develop, establish, and from time to time revise an Executive Director job description that details responsibilities in the following areas:  legal, regulatory, contract compliance; mission, policy and planning; management and administration; fiscal; governance; and community and public relations.



Section 1       Provisions of the Act:

At all times The Council and its officers and directors shall be subject to and abide by Section 33-1127 through Section 33-1130 of the Act, concerning Directors’ Conflicting Interest Transactions.  The terms of such Sections of the Act shall supersede any conflicting terms or conditions set forth in these Bylaws or in any policy or resolution of the Board of Directors concerning conflicts of interest.

 Section 2       Conflict of Interest Policy:

A conflict of interest will be deemed to exist whenever an individual is in the position to approve or influence Council policies or action which involve or could ultimately harm or benefit financially the individual, any family member, and any organization in which he/she is a director, officer, member, partner or shareholder.

The Council will annually ask each board member to sign a conflict of interest statement that includes all potential conflicts of interest.

Section 3       Declaration of Conflict of Interest

If at any time during a Board member’s term on the Board of Directors, the member determines that the member’s affiliation with any person or entity causes an actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest with the member’s duties to The Council, the Director shall immediately notify the Board Chair or other Officer of the Board who shall hereafter proceed in accordance with The Council’s Conflict of Interest Policy in effect at such time.




Section 1       Generally:

None of the income or assets of The Council shall ever be distributed to, or inure to the benefit of, its directors or officers or to any private individual.  The Council may, however, may reimburse directors for reasonable expenses.

Section 2       Voluntary Dissolution and Liquidation:

The Council may be dissolved at any time by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members at a meeting for which notice of the dissolution has been given. In the event MILFORD FINE ARTS COUNCIL Inc. is dissolved as a Council within the State of Connecticut, and ceases to exist for the stated purposes, the certificate of dissolution shall be filed with the Secretary of State in accordance with the statutes of the State governing the dissolution of non-profit Councils, and such assets as remain shall revert to an escrow account for a period of three (3) years to allow time for reorganization.  If reorganization is not accomplished within that length of time, such assets shall revert to a federal income tax exempt agency or organization serving citizens with intellectual and other disabilities, as directed by the last elected Board of Directors of The Council.



Section 1       Indemnification and Advances:

The Council shall be bound by and shall comply with the provisions of Section 33-1118 of the Act pertaining to mandatory indemnification of directors, and Section 33-1122(c) of the Act pertaining to mandatory indemnification of officers, employees, and agents.  The Council shall indemnify its directors, officers, employees, and agents to the fullest extent permitted by law.  In this regard, the Board of Directors may advance funds for the purpose of paying legal expenses in the defense of any claim for which indemnification may be available to the fullest extent permitted by law.  The Council may purchase and maintain insurance providing greater indemnification than that permitted by the Act on behalf of any individual who is or was a director, officer, employee, agent, member, or other representative of The Council to the extent set forth in the policy of insurance.

Section 2       Fiscal Year; Financial Statements:

The Council’s fiscal year shall run from July 1 to June 30 of each year.  The Council shall prepare an annual financial statement that includes a balance sheet as of the end of the fiscal year, an income statement for that year, and a statement of disbursements and receipts for that year.  If the annual financial statement is reported upon by a public accountant, then the report of the public accountant must accompany the statements.

Section 3       Amendment of Bylaws:

These By-Laws may be altered, amended, or repealed, and new By-Laws may be adopted by majority of the ballots cast at an annual meeting or special meeting of the members of the organization, provided that a copy of the proposed amendment has been included in the notice of meeting.


Section 4       Liability Policies

In accordance with Federal, State and local laws pertinent to The Council, The Board will annually review its policies and practices and ensure that The Council keeps current its coverage for                                                                                                                                                                                                                             D & O, whistleblower, and document destruction and retention.

 Section 5       Record of Changes:

Whenever a Bylaw is amended or repealed, or a new Bylaw is adopted, the action and the date on which it was taken shall be noted on the original Bylaws in the appropriate place, or a new set of Bylaws shall be prepared incorporating the changes.

Section 6       Amendment of Certificate of Incorporation:

The certificate of Incorporation may be amended at any time by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at a meeting for which three weeks’ notice of the amendment has been given.  No change shall be made in the certificate of Incorporation which will affect the exempt status of The Council under Section 501(c)3 of the Code.

Section 7       Inconsistencies with Certificate of Incorporation:

In the event of any inconsistency between the Certificate of Incorporation and these Bylaws, the terms of the Certificate of Incorporation shall prevail.

Section 8       Administrative Office:

The principal administrative office of The Council shall be located in Connecticut at such place as the Board of Directors may from time to time designate.  The Council may also have other offices within the State of Connecticut as the Board of Directors may from time to time determine.

Section 9       Statutory Reference:

The term “Act”, as used in these Bylaws, shall mean Title 33, Chapter 602, of the General Statutes of Connecticut, as amended from time to time, or any replacements of Title 33, Chapter 602.

Certified by the Secretary of Milford Fine Arts Council as the Bylaws adopted by resolution of the Voting Members and the Board of Directors of The Council on ______________________.


Secretary for Milford Fine Arts Council’s Board of Directors                                                         Dated


Chair for Milford Fine Arts Council’s Board of Directors                                                                Dated