The association shall bear the name "Association for the
Protection of the Environment of Latourelle Lake" (APELL).
The mailing address of the association shall be as follows:
(amended July 15, 2008)
207 Chemin Lac Long,
RR1 BLUE SEA, QC JOX 1C0
The objectives of the Association shall be to:
- Depollute the waters of Latourelle Lake (Lac Long) and its
- Protect the shallows, shores and forestial border of the lake and
it's tributaries against any form of degradation;
- Sensitize the public to the problems of protection of the quality of
the natural environment;
- Apply to the Ministry of Environment for the studies and services
available under the provincial Lake Program;
- Influence municipal authorities to adopt by-laws for water
decontamination, and the protection of the natural environment;
- Support any other efforts aimed at improving the quality of life
around the lake;
- Ally with the Federation des Associations sur la Protection de
1'Environnement des Lacs (FAPEL) and its member associations to pressure
government authorities for legislation, by-laws and the budget which
will ensure the protection of lakes.
- Support any efforts aimed at the best interests, financial or
otherwise, and to oppose any attempts to thwart the best interests of
members of the Association as a community within Blue Sea, insofar as
these efforts do not result in secondary interests taking on an
importance over environmental concerns which shall forever be the
dominant consideration of our Association.
- Membership is open to all persons 18 years of age or older who are
owners or tenants of a cottage or property located on or in the vicinity
of either lakes Latourelle or Morisette.
- One name only can appear on a membership card.
- A member may secure a proxy form in order to allow a specific person
to vote on his/her behalf if unable to attend an Association
- Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings and participate in any
activity put forth by the Association. However, only members in
good standing are allowed to vote.
- All regular members must pay an annual fee, the amount of which is
to be proposed by the Executive from time to time and approved at a
General Meeting. (amended Sept 26, 2009)
- This fee must be paid within each calendar year.
- All members, primary or secondary, from either lakes Latourelle
and/or Morisette have equal voting rights.
- Only paid members have the right to vote at the Annual General
Meeting. Paid members may also be considered as "members in good
The Annual General Meeting
A special general meeting of members must be held each year at the
place and time indicated in the notice.
Special General Meeting
A special general meeting may be convened by:
- Order of the President;
- Resolution of the Board of Directors;
- The written request of at least ten percent of the members in good
standing addressed to the President or Secretary and specifying the
purpose of the meeting.
Upon receipt of such a request, the Secretary is to immediately
convene the meeting.
Notice of a special meeting must include an agenda; no subject other
than those indicated in the agenda may be discussed.
Notice for General Meetings
The notice for either an annual or special meeting, signed by the
Secretary and indicating its location, time and purpose must be either
posted in the appropriate public places or communicated to members by
any other procedure chosen by the Board of Directors.
Quorum for the General Meeting
The quorum shall constitute 10 paid members which must be present in
order for the meeting to legally proceed.
- At all general meetings voting shall be by raised hands unless a
paid member calls for secret ballot;
- The meeting chairperson will abstain from voting unless there is a
tie, in which case he or she will cast the deciding vote;
- Only members in good standing have the right to vote at general
meetings and the list of eligible voters shall be retained by the
Board of Directors
- The Association will be administerd by a Board of Directors
comprising seven elected members, as well as two alternates.
- If through resignation or any other reason a vacancy occurs on the
Board of Directors, the Board may appoint one of the alternate directors
to fill the post and assume the rights, privileges and duties of that
position until the next annual election.
- Nominations for office, signed by at least two members in good
standing, may be presented to the Secretary at least one week before the
- In addition, nominations for office will be called at the annual
General Meeting and any person so nominated for any office must be
proposed by at least one member in good standing, and seconded by at
least another member in good standing not of the same family unit as the
person nominated.(amended 1997)
Meetings of Board of Directors
- The Board of Directors shall meet at least three times a year, these
meetings being called by the Secretary at the request of the President.
Other meetings may be convened by the Secretary at either the
President's request, or that of three members of the Board of
- Any resolution signed by all members of the Board of Directors will
be as valid as if it had been adopted during a meeting duly convened and
Additional Duties of the Board of Directors
In addition to the duties required to carry out the stated objectives
of the Association, the Board of Directors, by majority vote, shall
decide if at any time the Association should get involved in any subject
matter outside the traditional objectives of the Association.
Notice of Board of Directors
A notice indicating the time and place of the meeting must be sent to
each member of the Board before the meeting.
Quorum for the Board of Directors
Five members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.
The president is the chairperson. In his or her absence, the
Vice-President will take charge. All members of the Board have the
right to vote, a majority carrying the rule. In case of a tie, the
President casts the deciding vote.
Election to the Board of Directors
- The members of the Board of Directors are elected every two years at
the annual general meeting. (amended 1997)
- In an election year, the second General Meeting of the Association,
held in mid-summer, usually in July, shall be considered the Annual
General Meeting. (amended 1997)
- Notwithstanding the holding of such elections for office, the
current Board of Directors shall continue to hold office and to carry
out its normal responsibilities until the end of the current elected
term, which shall be the end of September in the year during which an
election is held. (amended 1997)
- The newly elected Board of Directors shall assume its normal duties
and responsibilities at the end of September of the year during which an
election is held. (amended 1997)
- At the first Board of Directors Meeting after the last General
Meeting of the year during which an election is held, at a time and a
place mutually acceptable, both the old and the new Board of Directors
shall attend. The official hand-over of power shall here take
place, and the attendance of both Boards of Directors will hopefully
insure continuity between them on matters then outstanding.
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is composed of a President, a Vice-President,
a Secretary/Treasurer and four Directors.
Vacancies of the Executive Committee
If through resignation or any other reason a vacancy occurs on the
Executive Committee, the following procedures will prevail:
- If the President is unable to complete his/her term, the position
will be filled by the Vice-President who will hold office until the next
general election. (amended 1995)
- If the Vice-President, the Secretary, or the Treasurer is unable to
complete his/her term, the Committee may appoint someone from the Board
of Directors to fill the post and to assume the rights, duties and
privileges of that position until the next general election.
Removal of a Member of the Executive from Office
- If there is a perceived abuse of power by any member of the
Executive, with the exception of the President, or if any member of the
Executive, President excepted, does not carry out his/her functions in a
proper and diligent manner or seems to be abandoning, in part or in
whole, his/her responsibilities, the other members of the Executive may,
by a simple majority vote, declare the position vacant. (amended
- If there is a perceived abuse of power by the President, or if
he/she does not carry out his/her functions in a proper and diligent
manner or seems to be abandoning, in part or in whole, his/her
responsibilities, the other members of the Executive, or a group of
members in good standing representing ten percent (10%) of the general
membership, may request an election to fill the post of President.
Such a request will be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the
Association. Such an election vote may not be held earlier than 30
days after the Secretary will have advised all of the members of the
Association of such an election call. In the interim, the
Vice-President will assume the role, rights, and responsibilities of the
President. (amended 1995)
Duties of the Executive Committee President
The President is the official representative of the
Association. He/she presides at all meetings of the members of the
Association and of the Board of Directors.
He/she acts as required or authorized by law and exercises all the
powers and duties attributed to him or her by the Association by-laws.
Duties of the Vice-President
The Vice-President shall, in the absence, death, disability, or
resignation of the President, replace the later for the remainder of the
term and shall exercise all the powers and duties confered in him or her
by the Board of Directors.
Duties of the Treasurer
The Treasurer is the Guardian of the funds, investments, debts and
all valuable documents of the Association. He or she shall deposit
in the name and to the credit of the Association in a bank or Credit
Union so designated by the Board of Directors such funds belonging to
the Association which shall have been turned over to him/her.
He(she) shall keep detailed records of the receipt and disbursement of
Duties of the Secretary
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the
Association as well as all meetings of the Board of Directors in a book
provided for that purpose. He or she shall see to it that all
meeting notices conform to the by-laws of the Association or the law and
that all bonds, reports, certificates and other documents and records
are properly updated and filed.
Members of the Board of Directors and Executice Committee shall not
receive any renumeration for their services except for the travelling
expenses legally incurred while conducting the normal business of the
Association, as well as telephone and other legitimate association
expenses approved by the Board of Directors.
- Cheques and other commercial documents shall be cashed, accepted,
endorsed and signed by the Secretary/Treasurer and the President or the
- Documents requiring the signature of the Association may be signed
by the President and another member of the Board of Directors so
designated by the Board, or the President alone, if so designated to do
so in any specific instance by the Board of Directors.
If a quorum is not obtained by 30 minutes after the hour scheduled
for the meeting, the meeting shall be adjourned.
Amendments to these by-laws or to any Association by-law shall be
proposed in writing by the Board of Directors or by 10 members in good
standing to the Secretary and approved by a vote of not less than
two-thirds of the members in good standing present at a meeting duly
convened by the Board of Directors.
A copy of the proposed amendments must be posted to all members of
the Association at least 10 days before the date of the special or
general meeeting at which they are to be presented for a vote.
A financial report shall be presented at the last General meeting of
the Association every year, usually held in September, copies to be made
These by-laws are Revision 5, dated September 26, 2009.
Copyright © 1996 APELL
All Rights Reserved
Updated: April 21, 2010
Mise Ó jour: le 21 avril, 2010