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blakdawg
03-05-2012, 7:16 PM
According to California law, members of a nonprofit mutual benefit association (such as CRPA) have the following rights:


Right to inspect the articles of incorporation and bylaws. Cal. Corp. Code 7160. Every corporation shall keep at its principal office in this state the original or a copy of its articles and bylaws as amended to date, which shall be open to inspection by the members at all reasonable times during office hours.

Right to an annual report. Cal. Corp. Code 8321. Within 120 days of the close of the fiscal year, each corporation must prepare an annual report which must contain "[a] balance sheet as of the end of that fiscal year and an income statement and a statement of cashflows for that fiscal year, [a] statement of the place where the names and addresses of the current members are located . . ." and disclosure of any significant financial dealings between the corporation and its officers/directors. The report shall be accompanied by any report thereon of independent accountants, or, if there is no report, the certificate of an authorized officer of the corporation that the statements were prepared without audit from the books and records of the corporation. Each member must be notified yearly of their right to receive this report, and a copy of the most recent report must be mailed promptly to any member who requests it.

Right to copies of charitable reports filed with the Attorney General. Cal. Corp. Code 8324. Periodically, charitable organizations must file reports with the California Attorney General's office regarding their operations. Members have a right to receive copies of those reports from the corporation upon request. The corporation may impose reasonable charges for copying and mailing the report.

Right to records regarding members' meetings. Cal. Corp. Code 8325. For a period of 60 days following the conclusion of an annual, regular, or special meeting of members, a corporation shall, upon written request from a member, forthwith inform the member of the result of any particular vote of members taken at the meeting, including the number of memberships voting for, the number of memberships voting against, and the number of memberships abstaining or withheld from voting. If the matter voted on was the election of directors, the corporation shall report the number of memberships, or votes if voted cumulatively, cast for each nominee for director. If more than one class or series of memberships voted, the report shall state the appropriate numbers by class and series of memberships.

Right to inspect or copy member lists. Cal Corp. Code 8330-8332. Members have a right to inspect or copy lists reflecting members' names, addresses, and voting rights/status upon request, notice, and disclosure of a legitimate purpose. The corporation may refuse the request, or seek court approval to reject or modify the request if the corporation believes the request is made for an improper purpose (e.g., one unrelated to the members' interests as members.)

Right to inspect accounting records, corporate books & records. Cal. Corp. Code 8333. The accounting books and records and minutes of proceedings of the members and the board and committees of the board shall be open to inspection upon the written demand on the corporation of any member at any reasonable time, for a purpose reasonably related to such person's interests as a member.

Fjold
03-05-2012, 8:03 PM
According to California law, members of a nonprofit mutual benefit association (such as CRPA) have the following rights:

Right to inspect accounting records, corporate books & records. Cal. Corp. Code 8333. The accounting books and records and minutes of proceedings of the members and the board and committees of the board shall be open to inspection upon the written demand on the corporation of any member at any reasonable time, for a purpose reasonably related to such person's interests as a member.
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I wonder if that includes "Executive Board" meetings?