Welcome to The Lake Chapala Society

Maple tree Maple Tree Planting Ceremony - January 29, 2015.
Celebrating 70 years of friendship between Canada and Mexico.


L. to R.
Ben White, LCS President
Sara Hradecky, Canadian Ambassador
Hector Espana, Delegado Ajijic
Francis Uy, Canadian Consul

The Lake Chapala Society in Ajijic, Mexico is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutual exchange of knowledge, expertise, culture, heritage, language and talents, thereby contributing to the social enrichment of its members as well as the lakeside Mexican community.

Annually, we have almost 3,000 members and associates from nations around the world. For almost 60 years, we have been helping newcomers and old-timers, both full and part-time, to have a more enjoyable and stress-free life here at Lakeside.

In addition to providing social, recreational and educational opportunities for expatriates, the Society also assists the local Mexican community through education in computer technology, English, art, and academic programs, as well as offering an ongoing student aid program and Spanish language library.

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THE LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY A. C.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015
10:00 a.m. LCS N.J. Patio


Agenda

1. Call to Order
2. Establishment of Quorum
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Adoption of Minutes - Annual General Meeting Minutes of the March 13, 2014
5. President’s Report
6. Recess Annual General Meeting and Convene Extraordinary Meeting
7. Adjourn Extraordinary Meeting and Reconvene Annual General Meeting
8. Ratification of 2014 Financial Report
9. Receipt of the 2015 Budget Projections
10. Receive Report from External Financial Auditor for 2014 & Ratify Appointment of External Auditor 2015
11. Ratification of Membership Categories & Dues
12. Ratification of Reserve Fund Deposit
13. Report on Annual Objectives
14. Election of Board Officers & Directors-at-Large
15. Adjournment



THE LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY A. C.
Extraordinary Meeting Agenda
March 18, 2015
Proposed Bylaw Revisions to the
Constitution of the Lake Chapala Society A. C.


I. Call to Order
II. Establishment of Quorum
III. Adoption of Agenda

1. Article 2 Vision and Mission Statement Revision
Current Vision and Mission 1) Our vision is a future where all Lakeside residents continually have a role in enriching the community’s quality of life, vitality, and prosperity through the exchange of knowledge, expertise, culture and language. Proposed Vision: 1) Our vision is a future where all Lakeside residents continually have a role in enriching the community’s quality of life, vitality, and prosperity through the exchange of knowledge, expertise, culture and language.
2) The mission of The Lake Chapala Society A. C. is To contribute to the social enrichment of its members and the Lakeside community. Objectivo: 2) La promocion de la participacion organizada de la poblacion de la Ribera del Lago Chapala en las acciones que mejoren sus propias condiciones de subsistencia.


The English translation of the revised mission statement is: The promotion of the organized participation of the population on the Shore of Lake Chapala in actions to improve their own living conditions.

This language is required by the Mexican government for The Lake Chapala Society A. C. to obtain donatario (tax-exempt) status in Mexico and eventually in the U.S. and Canada and allow the LCS to issue tax exempt receipts for donations. The remainder of the constitution would remain as is.

2. Article 9 Board of Directors
Current
9.01.1 – The Board of Directors is comprised of no less than 9 and no more than 13 members in good standing including 4 Officers. Non-officers are referred to as Director-at-Large.
Proposed 9.01.1 – The Board of Directors is comprised of no less than 9 and no more than 13 voting members in good standing including 4 Officers. Non-officers are referred to as Director-at-Large.
9.01.4 – No spouse or significant other may serve on the Board of Directors concurrently. 9.01.4 – No spouse or significant other may serve simultaneously as a voting member on the Board of Directors.
9.01.5 – The immediate past president is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors without a vote. 9.01.5 – The immediate past president serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors without a vote.

3. Article 9.04 Obligations of the Board of Directors
Addition


9.04 (j) 5) – The Board of Directors may permit any Officer or Director-at-Large to participate in a regular or special meeting by, or conduct the meeting through the use of, any means of communication by which all directors participating may hear each other during the meeting. A director participating in a meeting by this means is deemed to be present in person at the meeting.

4. Article 11 Funds
Addition


11.01 3) – Annual membership dues will be adjusted annually according to cost of living (COLA) as set by the Bank of Mexico for the preceding 12 months beginning May 1st of each year. The rate of increase will be effective the following January. Any request for an additional dues increase above the COLA would require approval at an Annual General Meeting.

IV. Adjourn Extraordinary Meeting