Kent County Commission on Aging

(Term 3 years - Unlimited # of members)

Ronnie Edelman 12/31/17 Lauretta M. Freeman 12/31/15
Olythea B. Hunley, 12/31/17 Muriel Cole (Commissioner Rep)
Margie Baker 12/31/16 Harry J. Pisapia 12/31/15
Patricia E. Clarke, Chair 12/31/16 Joseph Harding 12/31/15
Hermione S. Bantum 12/31/16 Bill Blake 12/31/17
Mary Etta Reedy 12/31/2017 Samuel Johnston 12/31/2016


Date indicates expiration of term.




Article I -  Name
The name of the Commission shall be Kent County Commission on Aging, hereinafter referred to as the “Commission”.
Article II – Purpose
The purposes of the Commission are:

  1. To advocate for the senior citizens of Kent County, Maryland.
  2. Provide information, guidance, advice, and recommendations to the County Commissioners of Kent County (“County Commissioners”) pertaining to senior citizens.
  3. Obtain, develop, and provide information concerning programs and services, available funds, and other resources at the local, state, and federal levels regarding the concerns and needs of senior citizens.
  4. Plan, initiate, and implement projects or activities for the benefit of senior citizens as authorized by any applicable budget.
  5. Support programs offered by organizations that provide services to help elderly persons to be independent and stay in their homes as long as possible.
  6. Generally, to do all things necessary or proper to promote the interests, well-being, and quality of life for senior citizens in Kent County, Maryland.

Article III – Membership

Section  1. The Kent County Commission on Aging is composed of twelve (12) members and one (1) ex officio member from the County Commissioners or their designee, all appointed by the County Commissioners, and compensated for reasonable expenses, relative to attendance, as from time to time set by the County Commissioners. Whenever a vacancy occurs either at the end of the term or for the unexpired portion of the remaining term the Commission will submit recommendations to fill the vacancy to the County Commissioners for their consideration.

Section  2.  Commission members will serve for a period of three (3) years, beginning January 1. The system of staggered terms shall be maintained. Members shall be eligible for reappointment and any vacancy in an unexpired term shall be filled by the County Commissioners for the unexpired term.  Current terms shall be as stated in Appendix A to these bylaws.

Section  3.  Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation.
Section  4.  Members are expected to attend all meetings. Any member who fails to attend four (4) out of nine (9) meetings during a calendar year will be considered to be an inactive member. Inactive members may be removed from the Commission by the County Commissioners upon a formal request adopted by a simple majority of voting Commission members or by the initiative of the County Commissioners.

Article IV – Officers

Section 1.  The officers of the Commission shall be a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Section 2.  The Commission shall elect a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for two-year terms in November of those years in which the officers’ terms expire.   A Treasurer and Secretary shall be appointed by the Chairperson for one-year terms in November.

Section  3.  Members of the Commission may not hold more than one Commission office at a time. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson may not serve more than two consecutive terms in any one office.

Section  4.  Chairperson. The Chairperson shall be the principal executive officer of the Commission and shall have the following general duties:

  1. Presiding over regular and special meetings of the Commission, when present;
  2. Signing documents and correspondence on behalf of the Commission which the members have authorized to be executed;
  3. Representing the Commission to the Kent County Commissioners, the community, and other public bodies;
  4.  Providing direction and leadership to the Commission in the execution of its duties and responsibilities; and,
  5. In general, performing all duties as may be prescribed by the members from time to time.

Section 5.  Vice-Chairperson. In the absence of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall perform all of the duties of the Chairperson and, when so acting, shall have all of the powers of and be subject to all restrictions upon the Chairperson. The Vice-Chairperson shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Chairperson or requested by a majority vote of the members.

Section 6.  Secretary. The duties of the Secretary shall be to prepare correspondence and other materials on behalf of the Commission, as directed by the Chairperson. The Secretary shall also keep attendance records, minutes of all Commission meetings, and shall be the official custodian of the records of the Commission, shall insure compliance with the requirements of the open Meetings Act, Md. Ann. Code, as adopted and amended from time to time, and shall be responsible for compliance with Public Information Act requests, as necessary. In October of each year the Secretary shall notify the Chairperson to review terms and appointments. In addition, the Secretary shall provide all required notices, perform all duties incident to the office, and assume any and all other duties from time to time that may be assigned by the Chairperson.

Section  7. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall keep account of all funds of the Commission and the disbursement thereof, and report quarterly to the Commission regarding these transactions. In March the Treasurer shall present a draft annual budget for consideration and approval of the Commission and the County Commissioners.

Article V – Meetings

Section  1.  Regular Meetings. The regular meetings of the commission will be held on the third Friday of every month at a time and place in Kent county, Maryland, determined by the members. All meetings, regular or special, of the Commission shall be open to the general public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act,  Title 3 of the General Provisions Article, Md. Ann. Code, as amended from time to time, unless lawfully closed in accordance therewith.

Section  2.  Special Meetings. Special meetings shall be called by the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson upon the call of three (3) or more voting members, and shall be held at a time and place designated by the officer calling the same. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call. Except in the case of emergency, at least seven (7) days notice will be given.

Section  3.  Quorum. A quorum of the commission shall consist of not less than seven of the total number of duly appointed and voting members of the Commission. The ex-officio member shall not be a voting member or be counted toward a quorum. No action shall be taken in the absence of a quorum except to adjourn the meeting to a subsequent date.

Article VI – Committees

The Chairperson is authorized to create and appoint committees to perform such duties and functions as the Commission may determine.

Article VII – Funding

The Commission shall be authorized to engage in fund-raising activities, from time to time, provided they are otherwise lawful and conducted in compliance with all applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations, including regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service.

Article VIII – Annual Report

The Commission shall submit an annual report of its activities to the Kent County Commissioners and will keep them informed of important happenings in the interim between such annual reports.
Article IX – Adoption of Bylaws

Adoption of these bylaws shall occur upon approval by the Kent County Commission on Aging and the Kent County Commissioners.

Article X – Amendment of Bylaws

Amendments of these bylaws may be proposed at any time by a motion made and seconded by any voting member at any regular meeting of the Commission. The amendment shall be placed on the agenda and voted upon at the next meeting. A two-thirds vote of all members of the Commission is necessary for approval. Amendments approved by the membership shall be subject to approval and adoption by the County Commissioners before becoming effective.

Duly approved by Motion of the Commission on December 12, 2014.


Date______________                                                                                 _________________________
                                                                                                        Patricia E. Clarke, Chairperson
                                                                                                        Kent County Commission on Aging


Duly approved by Resolution 2015-03 by the County Commissioners of Kent County, Maryland  on January 13,2015