The Friends of the Smith-Harris House

Statement of Objectives

1. To help the Smith-Harris House Commission preserve the House as a living memorial of East Lyme history.

2. To aid the Smith-Harris House Commission in restoring, furnishing and decorating the interior, exterior and grounds of the Smith-Harris House to as nearly as possible the period from 1840 to 1850, as an example of Greek Revival architecture and the life-style of an East Lyme farm family of that period.

3. To develop programs which will benefit the public in at least one of the following: education, enrichment or entertainment.

Become a Member

We invite you to join the Friends of the Smith-Harris House, and to support our efforts to preserve the House and provide programs for the public.

Membership information can be found here.


By-Laws

Article I. Purpose

Section 1. The purpose of Friends of Smith-Harris House, Inc. is to aid the museum of the Town of East Lyme known as “Smith-Harris House” on a non-profit basis.

Section 2. To help the Smith-Harris Commission preserve the house as a living memorial of East Lyme history.

Section 3. To aid the Smith-Harris Commission in restoring, furnishing, and decorating the interior, exterior, and grounds of the Smith-Harris House to as nearly possible, to the period, as an example of Greek Revival architecture and the life-style of an East Lyme farm family of that period.

Section 4. To develop and conduct programs which will benefit the public through educational events, entertainment or community enrichment.

Article II. Membership

Section 1. There shall be four classes of members: Active, Honorary, Business and Nonprofit Organizations.

Section 2. Honorary Members shall be nominated and elected by the Board of Directors. They shall not be required to pay dues.

Section 3. Dues shall be set by the Board of Directors and payble beginning the first day of January each year.

Article III. Board of Directors

Section 1. The affairs, funds and property of the corporation shall be arranged and controlled by a Board of Directors consisting of not less than nine nor more than sixteen.

Section 2. The term of each director shall begin following the annual meeting.

Section 3. All voting in the meetings of the Board of Directors shall be in person only and a majority of its members shall constitute a quorum. A representative of the Smith-Harris Commission shall serve as a liaison to the Board.

Article IV. Officers

Section 1. The officers of the corporation shall be a President, Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer.

Section 2. The duties of the President shall be to preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and regular meetings. Committee Chairmen shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board. He shall be an ex officio member of all standing committees.

Section 3. Duties of the Vice-President shall be to act in place of the President when the President is not available and shall carry out those duties normally assigned to the President. He shall serve on the Auditing Committee.

Section 4. Duties of the Recording Secretary shall be to keep the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and other meetings. The duties of the Corresponding Secretary will be to be responsible for all correspondence deemed necessary by the Board.

Section 5. The duties of the Treasurer shall be to maintain the financial accounts of the Friends of Smith-Harris, Inc. He shall receive, record and deposit all monies from membership, donations, and programs, pay all bills against the corporation upon approval of the Board. He shall present a summary report listing total receipts and expenditures, cash on hand and outstanding bills at each regular business meeting of the Board of Directors. He shall give a summary report at the annual meeting. He shall have his accounts audited at least annually by a committee appointed by the Board.

Article V. Standing Committees

Section 1. Membership Committee. This committee shall seek membership, keep a membership list, and make requests for annual dues. The chairman shall report on membership at regular meetings and the annual meeting.

Section 2. The Nominating Committee. No member of the Nominating Committee can run for office. The nominating committee shall present a slate of officers at the annual meeting and preside over their election.

Section 3. The Auditing Committee. This committee shall be chosen by the Board of Directors with one member at large from the membership, the Vice-President, and one member of the Board not being an officer.

Article VI. Meetings

Section 1. The annual meeting of the Friends shall be on the first week in June. The purpose of the annual meeting shall be to elect officers, announce Directors for the ensuing year, to act upon official reports, and to conduct any other business as may be appropriate.

Article VII. Finances

Section 1. No officer or director shall commit the corporation to any financial obligation without prior approval of the Board of Directors.

Section 2. In the event of the dissolution of this corporation or its termination for any reason whatsoever, its assets remaining after the payment of all debts shall be turned over to the Town of East Lyme. These remaining assets should be credited as income from the Smith-Harris Commission.

Article VIII. Amendments

Section 1. The Certificates of Incorporation and these By-Laws may be amended by resolution of the Board of Directors at a meeting called for such purpose, subject to the laws of the State of Connecticut.