BYLAWS OF THE BAKER HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIOn
A Colorado Nonprofit Corporation
Revised and adopted 23 May 2023
ARTICLE 1: NAME AND BOUNDARIES
The name of this nonprofit corporation shall be the Baker Historic Neighborhood Association,
and it shall be abbreviated as BHNA.
The mailing address shall be:
Baker Historic Neighborhood Association
PO Box 9071
Denver, CO 80209
Or such other address as the Board of Directors may determine.
The boundaries of the Baker Historic Neighborhood Association shall be:
- Northern Boundary - West 6th Avenue
- Eastern Boundary - Lincoln Street
- Southern Boundary - Mississippi Avenue
- Western Boundary - South Platte River
The area within these boundaries shall be known as the "Neighborhood."
ARTICLE 2: OBJECTIVES
BHNA shall provide a vehicle for the Baker neighborhood residents to pursue opportunities for
cooperation, to understand the Neighborhood's history, and to maintain and improve the
BHNA will create a sharing, cooperative and social atmosphere. More specifically, BHNA will:
- promote neighborliness;
- encourage improvements to the physical appearance of the Neighborhood;
- provide a powerful, unified voice;
- encourage members to participate in BHNA, Neighborhood, or other related activities;
- promote communication and peace among residential, commercial and industrial sectors of the Neighborhood;
- encourage inclusiveness;
- seek solutions for specific Neighborhood problems;
- promote a positive image of the Neighborhood;
- develop BHNA’s identity and visibility;
- inform and educate neighbors about issues that affect them;
- cooperate with other organizations on common goals;
- take action to improve the quality of life in the Neighborhood;
- develop resources to pursue the above objectives.
ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP
Membership is open to those who are at least 18 years of age who are residents and/or owners
of real property in the Neighborhood. BHNA may charge annual membership dues to defray
costs associated with various activities and programs in which the organization engages.
Annual membership expires in the same month the following year.
ARTICLE 4: OFFICERS, DIRECTORS AND THEIR ELECTION
The elected officers of the corporation shall be:
- Vice President
In addition to these officers, three (3) Directors at large will be seated.
Officers and Directors shall be nominated annually at a general membership meeting to
be held in November and a ballot of willing candidates will be prepared and publicized to
the membership within ten (10) days of that November meeting. An election will be held in
December either by special meeting or by an electronic voting method agreed to by a majority of
members at the November meeting. The term of newly elected Officers and Directors shall
begin January 1st of the following calendar year.
Officers and Directors shall serve for a term ending December 31 of each year. No
Officer or Director shall be eligible for election to the same office for more than three
No person may hold more than one office at the same time.
ARTICLE 5: THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors shall be composed of the Officers of the Corporation plus three Directors elected at large by the general membership.
The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the supervision of the affairs of the Corporation
between its general membership meetings, fixing the time and place of meetings, making
recommendations to the Corporation, and performing other duties as specified in these Bylaws
or the parliamentary authority. None of the Board of Directors’ actions shall conflict with
decisions made by the general membership. BHNA shall take reasonable efforts to maintain a
publicly accessible archive of minutes of the Board of Directors, committee and membership
meetings. The Board of Directors shall report its decisions at the next general membership
The Board of Directors shall have sole power, on behalf of the Corporation, or any of its
committees or sub-units, to incur indebtedness, or solicit funding. The Board of Directors shall
prepare a budget for each fiscal year running from January to December with line items
including income and expenditures for all corporate activities, events, donations and other
Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called at the discretion of the President. There shall
be at least six meetings of the Board of Directors called and convened between the annual
general membership meetings. The Board of Directors may conduct email votes in accordance
with Colorado Statutes.
Any member of the Board of Directors missing three consecutive meetings without a valid
excuse shall be automatically removed from office.
ARTICLE 6: COMMITTEES
Section 1, Classes of Committees
Committees shall be of two classes: Standing Committees and Special Committees.
Section 2, Special Committees
There shall be such Special Committees as the Board of Directors shall create or shall be
created by a simple majority vote of those Members present and voting at any general
membership meeting. A Special Committee shall be created for a stated period and specific
Section 3, Definition of Standing Committees
Standing Committees shall be constituted and operate as follows:
- Standing Committee Chairperson. The Chairperson of each Standing Committee shall be recommended by the newly elected Board of Directors following the annual election meeting in May after assuming office (or as required to fill vacancies) and confirmed by the general membership at the next regularly held general membership meeting.
- Standing Committee Members. The Chairperson of each Standing Committee shall
- recommend members of the Committee, and such members shall be confirmed by the general membership at any regularly held general membership meeting.
- The term of chairpersons and members of Standing Committees shall be for one year (or remainder thereof) and shall conclude when succeeding Chairperson and committee members are confirmed or reconfirmed.
- A quorum of Standing Committees shall be a majority of members of the committee or three, whichever is less.
Section 4, List of Standing Committees
1. Zoning and Planning Committee. The Zoning and Planning Committee shall receive all applications and correspondence regarding zoning and land use including but not limited to:
a. Alley vacations
b. Special use permits
c.Requests for variances
d. Zoning changes
e. New building & development
f. Liquor, cabaret and marijuana licensing
g. Area, transportation or neighborhood-wide plans
h. Policies of bodies administering the above
i. Investigate, review and evaluate these issues
j. Help neighbors understand potential impacts
k. Make recommendations to the general membership or the Board of Directors.
2. Landmark Review Committee. The Landmark Review Committee shall generally support historic preservation activities in Baker, specifically:
a. Participate in Denver Landmark Preservation (LP) design review programs.
Review demolition requests of properties within the Baker Historic District, as well as those outside the district that LP has deemed have potential for designation.
b. Review and investigate other historic preservation issues that arise.
Help neighbors understand the benefits and processes of historic preservation in Baker.
a. When LP formally refers a project to the Committee for design review, the Committee is expressly granted the authority to present formal advisory comments on behalf of BHNA to LP. Such comments shall be immediately reported to the Board of Directors, and shall be reported to the membership at the next meeting. The Board or membership may modify the Committee's comments by a majority vote.
b.All other other recommendations shall be referred to the membership and/or Board as reports per Section 5 below.
3. Election Committee. Shall gather nominations for positions, tabulate votes, report out results, and recruit candidates to fill vacancies. The Election Committee shall provide timely information to the members about openings and nominations for the Board of Directors.
Section 5, Reporting and Limitations
- Reports. Committees shall submit reports of their activities to the general membership and/or Board of Directors, which shall include any recommendations, as directed by the Board of Directors or these Bylaws.
- Limitations. No Committee member shall take a public position on behalf of BHNA except as directed by vote of the general membership or the Board of Directors or these bylaws.
- No Committee member shall incur expenses on behalf of the Corporation except as authorized by the Board of Directors or these bylaws, nor shall any Committee commit the Corporation by any declaration of policy.
The President shall be an ex officio member of all committees.
ARTICLE 7: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in the most current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the
Corporation when they are applicable and when they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws, or
any special rules the Corporation may adopt.
ARTICLE 8: ELECTIONS
Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting and shall be elected by ballot.
In the event that a vacancy occurs in any office or in the Board of Directors during any given
year, other than a vacancy in the office of President, it shall be filled for the unexpired term by a
person elected by a majority vote of the general membership. In the event of a vacancy in the
office of President, the Vice President shall become President, and the resulting vacancy in the
office of Vice President shall be filled by a person elected by majority vote of the general
ARTICLE 9: MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
There shall be at least six meetings of the general membership held per year, one of which shall
be held in November, and which shall be the annual meeting. An agenda for the meeting
shall be posted on the BHNA website not less than five (5) days prior to each scheduled
General Membership Meeting.
Special membership meetings may be called by the President, by a majority vote of the Board
of Directors, or by the written request to the President by 25 members of BHNA. The President
shall choose the time and place of the meeting and give at least seven days notice by posting
on the BHNA website, by posting signs, and by other means commonly used for contacting
BHNA members. The notice of any such special meeting shall state the specific purpose
thereof, and no business shall be transacted at a special meeting except as stated in the notice.
Any such meeting shall be held within fourteen (14) days after the majority vote of the Board of
Directors or receipt by the President of the written request as described above. A quorum shall
consist of the members present, with at least two officers present.
For meetings at which some or all attendees are not present in person, motions shall be made
in writing and visible to all attendees. Audio-only attendees, or anyone so requesting, shall be
accommodated by reading the motion aloud. Chair may use a call for “any objections” to
proposed motions in order to expedite routine or minor procedural actions. Any objection would
lead to a formal vote on said motion. Voting is open only to members and votes shall be held by
written and/or verbal roll call, or by raising of hands, or equivalent depending on the method of
the meeting. Votes for Board of Directors members shall be made by secret ballot or equivalent.
A record of meeting attendees may be kept including name and whether the attendee is a
member or guest. Meeting attendees shall not be required to identify themselves.
ARTICLE 10: AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by two-thirds vote of the members
present and voting at any general membership meeting, provided notice of the proposed
amendments shall have been given at the previous meeting or in the BHNA newsletter one
month prior to the next scheduled meeting.
ARTICLE 11: QUORUM
A quorum shall be those members present at any general membership meeting.