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Naturist Legacy Inc. and its by-laws

Principled by-laws contributed to Naturist Legacy's success

Quoting from "Manitoba's Naturist Legacy is open for business":

Naturist Legacy's business structure is somewhat unique. It's not a 'mom and pop' club, a co-op or a commercial, for-profit corporation. We are instead a membership-based non-profit (non-share) corporation. No one 'owns' Naturist Legacy. It's governed and managed by a board of directors (elected by the membership), who are in turn governed by the corporation's by-laws.
SOURCE: This excerpt is from "Manitoba's Naturist Legacy is open for business," an article published in the Winter 2012-13 edition (Vol. 27, No. 4) of Going Natural magazine (Federation of Canadian Naturists). It was written by the Naturist Legacy Board.



Quoting from the "Naturist Legacy Inc. Business Fundamentals Guide":
Naturist Legacy Inc. is a non-profit (non-share) corporation. No one "owns" Naturist Legacy Inc. It's governed by a board of directors (elected by its membership), who are in turn governed by the corporation's by-laws (approved by its membership). The by-laws are the "DNA" of this corporation, and the board of directors are its brain, eyes, ears and hands.
SOURCE: This excerpt is from the "Naturist Legacy Inc. Business Fundamentals Guide" (PDF), a document published in February 2013. It was written by the Naturist Legacy Inc. board of directors.



Historical By-laws and Amending Documents

2010
Read the original Naturist Legacy Inc. By-laws (PDF) approved by members on September 11, 2010.

2011
Read the Notice of By-law Amendments (PDF) dated November 7, 2011. Excerpt:

Amendments to Article 17(d) are indicated by strikethrough deletions and underlined additions as follows:
17(d) If there are more candidates for director than there are positions, the election The election of directors shall be by secret ballot. The election officer referred to in these by-laws shall be responsible for the balloting process and shall act as scrutineer.
Purpose: To ensure that all elections of directors are by secret ballot, thereby assuring proper representation of members’ voting rights per Schedule A.
Read the amended Naturist Legacy Inc. By-laws (PDF) approved by members on November 26, 2011.

2012
Read the Notice of By-law Amendments (PDF) dated September 24, 2012. Excerpt:

Amendments to Article 16(e) are indicated by strikethrough deletions and/or underlined additions as follows:
16(e) Those persons seeking election to the position of director will be required to demonstrate and fulfill certain skill sets and working criteria that will be predetermined by the standing board of directors, as they are needed to fulfill the working mandate of the corporation. The corporation, through its nominating officer, will disclose and make available such criteria in reasonable time that the nominating officer may find suitable candidates. For the good of the corporation, the majority of directors shall at all times be comprised of individuals possessing extensive business experience, briefly defined as:
(1) Having worked in a management or professional position within the private or corporate sector, and/or

(2) Having owned or operated a successful company, and

(3) Possessing direct experience with and understanding of the financial, accounting, marketing and operational functions of a corporation or private sector organization or business.

Purpose: To ensure that the majority of directors will always possess the knowledge and experience necessary to effectively manage the often complex business and financial affairs of the corporation.
Read the amended Naturist Legacy Inc. By-laws (PDF) approved by members on October 13, 2012.

2013
No amendments.

2014
Read the Notice of By-law Changes (PDF) dated October 24, 2014. View Schedule A (PDF). Excerpt:

NEW OR AMENDED BY-LAW PROVISION
SECTION 22 - DISPUTE RESOLUTION
22.1 Disputes or controversies among members, directors, officers, committee members, or volunteers of the Corporation are as much as possible to be resolved according to mediation and/or arbitration according to this section.

22.2 In the event that a dispute or controversy among members, directors or officers of the Corporation arising out of or related to the Articles or this by-law, or out of any aspect of the operations of the Corporation is not resolved in private meetings between the parties, then without prejudice to or in any other way derogating from the rights of the members, directors or officers of the Corporation contained in the Articles, this by-law or the law, and as an alternative to the person instituting a law suit or legal action, the dispute or controversy will be settled by a process of dispute resolution as follows:

1. The dispute or controversy will first be submitted to a panel of mediators where the one party appoints one mediator, the other party appoints one mediator, and the two appointed mediators jointly appoint a third mediator. The three mediators will then meet with the parties in an attempt to mediate a resolution.

2. The number of mediators may be reduced from three to one or two upon agreement of the parties.

3. If the parties are not successful in resolving the dispute through mediation, then the parties agree that the dispute will be settled by arbitration before a single arbitrator, who will not be any one of the mediators referred to above, according to The Arbitration Act of Manitoba (C.C.S.M. c. A120) or as otherwise agreed upon by the parties to the dispute. The parties agree that all proceedings relating to arbitration will be kept confidential and there will be no disclosure of any kind. The arbitrator’s decision will be final and binding and will not be subject to appeal on a question of fact, law or mixed fact and law.

4. All costs of the mediators appointed will be borne equally by the parties to the dispute or the controversy. All costs of the arbitrators appointed will be borne by the parties as may be determined by the arbitrators.

New: Adds dispute resolution provisions.
Read the amended Naturist Legacy Inc. By-laws (PDF) approved by members on November 8, 2014.

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LOOKING BACK

I'm a founder of Naturist Legacy Inc. and Naturist Legacy Park. I was with them for seven years. The first four of those years are well-documented here. The last three are not. My membership ended on April 30, 2017.

The thing I loved most about my time with Naturist Legacy was the learning. There was "nuts and bolts" stuff, like learning how to incorporate a non-profit organization, and learning how to build a nudist park from the ground up, and learning how to run it. And then there was the deeper stuff, like what I learned about human nature during those seven years, and what I learned about myself after all was said and done. It was all incredibly interesting!

"You can't connect the dots looking forward," Steve Jobs once said. "You can only connect them looking backward."