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The Wylie Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It was founded in 2011 by community members who sought to “promote public awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the history and traditions of the City of Wylie.”

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Board Members


Jennifer Wakefield, President
Jon Lewis, Vice President
Alexis Tapp, Secretary/Treasurer


Kirstin Dodd
Eugene Hauptmann
Bob Heath
Larry Taylor
Karla Warborg

Wylie Historical Society By-laws

Article I. Name.

Section 1.01. The name of this organization shall be the Wylie Historical Society.

Article II. Objectives.

Section 2.01. The objectives of the Wylie Historical Society shall be to:

  • promote public awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the history and traditions of the City of Wylie and its predecessors through educational programs;
  • collect, preserve, conserve, interpret, and exhibit materials relating to the City of Wylie and its region;
  • preserve and protect buildings and sites of historic interest in the Wylie area;
  • mark places of historic interest with suitable monuments and markers; and
  • serve as a clearing house for other organizations concerned with Wylie area.

Article III. Limitations.

Section 3.01. The Wylie Historical Society shall always remain a nonprofit organization.

Article IV. Membership and Dues.

Section 4.01.All persons or organizations interested in the Wylie Historical Society may become regular members of the Society upon paying the established dues, in advance, for one year.

Section 4.02. The Board of Directors of the Society may grant special categories of membership (sustaining membership, contributing membership, life membership, honorary membership) to persons providing special services or remuneration to the Society.

Section 4.03. Membership dues shall be established by the Board of Directors; said dues shall be on a calendar year basis.

Article V. Meetings.

Section 5.01. Commencing Calendar Year 2012 Regular Meetings of the membership shall be held by the Directors or by the Members at a Regular Meeting.

Section 5.02. Special Meetings of the membership may be called by the Board of Directors or by six Regular Members.

Section 5.03. Meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President or three Board Members.

Section 5.04. A quorum shall consist of those Members present at any Regular or called Meeting of the Society. A quorum of the Board of Directors shall be three members present and voting.

Section 5.05. Any legitimate motion shall require for its adoption a majority vote of the Members or Directors present.

Section 5.06. The Society shall have an annual membership meeting in November.

Article VI. Board of Directors.

Section 6.01. The Society shall be governed by a Board of Directors. Said Board shall be made up of the following voting Members, which shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and five to nine Directors who shall be elected at the annual meeting held in November. Each member shall serve for a period of three years, or until a successor is duly elected and installed. Officers may serve for two consecutive three-year terms in one office. Terms may be staggered.

Article VII. Officers and Their Elections.

Section 7.01. Nominations for Officers of the Society mentioned above shall be made by a Nominating Committee of three members, in good standing, who shall be elected by the members.

Section 7.02. A vacancy occurring in any office shall be filled for the unexpired term by a person elected by majority vote of the Board of Directors. Should a vacancy occur in the office of the President, the Vice-President shall serve until the term expires, or a special election is held.

Article VIII. Duties of the Officers of the Society.

Section 8.01. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society and shall be a member ex-officio of all standing committees, except the nominating committee, and shall perform all other duties usually pertaining to the office. The President shall be Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Section 8.02. The Vice-President shall serve as an aid to the President, shall perform the duties of the President in his absence or inability, and shall be in charge of arranging all programs and meetings.

Section 8.03. The Secretary shall be in charge of the administrative office of the Society, including its files and collections, and files of the Society’s publications, etc., which are held by that office. The Secretary shall answer official correspondence of the Society and perform such other duties as may be delegated to that office. Upon being relieved by a duly elected successor, the Secretary shall pass on to that successor: all files, collections, copies of correspondence, etc., belonging to, or pertaining to, the Society. The Secretary shall also keep the minutes of all meetings. A report of actions taken at Board of Directors Meetings will be provided to each Board Member as soon as practicable after each meeting.

Section 8.04. The Treasurer shall receive all monies for the Society, shall keep an accurate record of its receipts and expenditures, and shall pay out funds for bills incurred by the Society. All non-recurring expenditures in excess of $100.00 shall be approved by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall be able to present an up-to-date statement of accounts at any regular Society meeting, and shall upon request from the Board of Directors supply all records for audit. The Treasurer is responsible for filing all federal and state tax forms.

Article IX. Committees

Section 9.01. There shall be such Standing Committees created by the Board of Directors as may be required to promote the objectives and interests of the Society.

Section 9.02. The Chairman of each Standing Committee shall be appointed by the President, subject to approval of the Board of Directors.

Section 9.03. The President shall appoint such temporary committees as are necessary to accomplish other temporary objectives of the Society.

Article X. Amendments.

Section 10.01. Suggestion for changes to the bylaws may be presented by members in good standing to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will present changes to the by-laws to the general membership with a minimum thirty-day notice. These By-laws, duly adopted, may be amended either partly or wholly, at any Regular or Called Meeting of the Society, by a majority of the members present and voting.

Section 10.02. In a bona fide emergency, or when actions must be taken prior to a Meeting of the Membership, the By-laws of the Society may be amended by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors and the Amendments provided to the Membership at the next meeting for their approval.

Article XI. Dissolution of the Society.

Section 11.01. Should the Society be dissolved, the Board of Directos will ascertain that all debts are paid and that the assets of the Society, including property owned by the Society, are turned over to one or more non-profit organizations exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Any assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the District Court of Collin County.

Approved September 20, 2011