ARTICLE I - NAME, ORG PURPOSE, EIN, STATUS & MISSION
Section 1: The name of the organization shall be Service Dogs of Florida, Inc.
Section 2: Service Dogs of Florida, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, more
specifically: For people with disabilities... to provide trained service dogs to people whom have disabilities,
including on going support services and training. For the community...To educate, enlighten and enrich the lives of
individuals in the use of quality trained dogs in disability awareness presentations and demonstrations in schools,
churches and throughout the community.
Section 3: EIN - 27-1961406, pending approval for 501c(3)
Section 4: Status is Active within the State of Florida
Section 5: Our Mission - Service Dogs of Florida is a not-for-profit organization that offers dignity, hope, and
independence by providing highly trained & skilled service dogs and technology to individuals with disabilities while
serving the community by advancing public education of disabilities, the ADA and service dogs through advocacy,
education, research and service.
ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Membership shall consist only of the members of the Board of Directors.
President, Secretary and Treasurer. All other staff, volunteers or committies are non-voting.
ARTICLE III - ANNUAL MEETING
Section 1: Annual Meeting. The date of the regular annual meeting shall be set by the Board of Directors who shall
also set the time and place.
Section 2: Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called by the Board of Directors.
Section 3: Notices. Notice of each meeting shall be given to each voting member by mail, not less than three weeks
(21 days) before the meeting.
ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1: Board Role, Size, Compensation. The Board is responsible for overall policy and direction of the organization. The Board shall have up to,
two (2) and not fewer than one (1) director. The Board shall have up to, three (3) members. The board members receive no compensation and volunteer
their time and any cost incurred is picked up by individual personal expense for any and all meetings or events involving the Board of Directors.
Section 2: Meetings. The Board shall meet at least quarterly (every 3 months - January, April, July, October) at an agreed upon time and place.
Section 3: Quorum. A quorum must be attended by at least sixty percent of the Board members (2) before business can be transacted or motions made or
Section 4: Notice. An official Board meeting requires that each Board member have written notice no less than three weeks (21 days) in advance of
Section 5. Officers and Duties. There shall be three officers of the Board consisting of a:
President - Kenneth Lyons
145 East Story Road
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Secretary - Patricia Schiavoni
11951 BACKLAND PATH
POLK CITY, FL. 33868 US
Treasurer - Ronald Schiavoni
11951 BACKLAND PATH
POLK CITY, FL. 33868 US
The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of Board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes
at all board meetings, sending out meeting announcements, distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each Board
members, and assuring that corporate records are maintained.
The Treasurer shall make a report at each Board meeting. Treasurer shall chair the finance committee, assist in the
preparation of the budget, help develop fund raising plans, and make financial information available to Board members
and the public.
The President of the board is to oversee the organization and ensure each officer is doing their duty, assisting
Section 6: Vacancies. When a vacancy on the Board exists, nominations for new members may be received from present
Board members by the Secretary, no less than three weeks (21 days) in advance of a Board meeting. These nominations
shall be sent out to Board members with the regular Board meeting announcement, to be voted upon at the next Board
meeting. These vacancies will be filled only to the end of the particular Board member's term.
Section 7: Resignation, Termination and Absences. Resignation from the Board must be in writing and received by the
Secretary. A Board member shall be dropped for excess absences from the Board if they have three un-excused absences
from Board meetings in a year. A Board member may be removed for other reasons by a three-fourths vote of the
Section 8: Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board shall be called upon the request of the President and or
Vice President of the Board. Notices of special meetings shall be send out by the Secretary to each Board member
postmarked, no less than three weeks (21 days) in advance of the meeting.
ARTICLE V - COMMITTEES
Section 1: The Board of Directors appoints all committee members and create committees as needed, such as finance,
fund raising, etc.
ARTICLE VI - MISCELLANEOUS
Section 1: Under no circumstances is any one affiliated with this organization to suggest or tell any client or
potential client to refinance there home, dip into 401k, acquire a credit card or anything along those lines, just to
pay for there financial needs while in our program.
Section 2: (A) Said organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific
purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt
organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal
(B) Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the
meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code,
or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such
assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Please of the county in which the principal office
of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations as said
court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
ARTICLE VII - AMENDMENTS
Section 1: These By-Laws may be amended when necessary by one (1) Board Director but with full approval of a majority.
Proposed amendments must be submitted to the Secretary in a timely manner to be sent out with regular Board
These Bylaws were approved at a meeting of the Board of Directors of Service Dogs of Florida, Inc. on March 7th, 2010.