We are an Arizona Non-Profit Corporation that aims to protect Tucson and its neighborhoods from health damaging noise, other environmental risks and safety concerns, related to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other military aircraft. We advocate economic, scientific and technological development of Tucson in a way that supports and promotes a good quality of life for all of its citizens.

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Tucson Forward Inc. Bylaws

Tucson Forward, Inc. (TFI) protects and enhances Tucson’s economy and the livability and property values of Tucson by promoting limited over-flights of quieter, safer military aircraft. TFI educates Tucson residents and government agencies about problems associated with the noise and safety of military aircraft. TFI works with other organizations, individuals, and government agencies. to re-establish safety, health, and quiet enjoyment for the residents of all Tucson neighborhoods.

We inform residents and officials of the significant dangers involved with single engine, single pilot aircraft, including those carrying live ordnance, contrary to Federal law, under the National Environmental Policy Act. We endeavor to protect and improve the economy of Tucson, our health, safety, environmental quality, property values and well being.

Annual Meeting

1. An annual meeting of Directors and Officers shall be held during the first quarter of each year at the date, time, and location established by the President.

2. A quorum shall consist of 50% plus one of all Directors (excluding the President).

3. Except for amendments to these Bylaws, all issues shall be determined by a majority vote of the quorum.

4. Proposed amendments to these Bylaws shall be distributed to all Directors at least one week prior to a vote upon the amendments. Amendments to these Bylaws shall be determined by a two-thirds vote of all Directors.

5. Directors may participate in meetings via telephonic or video communication when they cannot be physically present.

6. Voting by proxy is prohibited.

Board of Directors

1. Any interested individual may serve as a Director. Nominations for Directors may be made by any interested individual. At TFI’s annual meeting, each nominee shall be voted upon by the Directors; the nominee shall become a Director by majority vote of the quorum.

2. Each Director shall serve a term of two years, and may be reelected at the end of each term.

3. The Board of Directors shall consist of a minimum of five Directors (including Officers), and a maximum of twelve Directors.

4. If the Directors decide upon an informal action outside of the annual meeting or a special meeting, they may do so with the consent of a majority of all Directors. Each Director’s consent may be delivered to the President via mail, e-mail, or fax.

Officers

1. Any interested individual may serve as an Officer. Nominations for Officers may be made by any interested individual. At TFI’s annual meeting, each nominee shall be voted upon by the Directors; the nominee shall become an Officer by majority vote.

2. If more than two nominees are being voted upon for an Office, and if none receives a majority vote, then the Directors shall vote upon the two nominees who received the most votes in the first vote.

3. Ties shall be decided by the toss of a coin.

4. Each Officer shall serve a term of two years, and may be reelected at the end of each term.

5. The Board of Directors may elect two or more individuals to serve concurrently as co-officers for any office.

6. If an office becomes vacant, the President shall convene a special meeting of the Board of Directors to elect an Interim Officer. The Interim Officer shall serve only the remaining term of the vacated office, unless reelected at the end of the term.

7. Officers shall serve as Directors, even if they have not been specifically elected as Directors.

8. Officers and their duties are:

President

a. Determines the date, time, and location of each annual meeting.
b. No earlier than sixty days and no later then ten days prior to each annual meeting, provides advance notice to all Directors via letter or e-mail.
c. Convenes special meetings as necessary.
d. No later than two days prior to each special meeting, provides advance notice via letter or e-mail.
e. Determines the agenda for each meeting, after soliciting input from the other Directors.
f. Presides over all meetings in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.
g. Acts as a neutral facilitator while presiding over meetings; does not vote; is not part of the quorum.
h. With the informal advice and consent of the other Directors, appoints spokespersons and other TFI representatives as necessary.
i. With the informal advice and consent of the other Directors, establishes committees as necessary, and appoints committee members.
j. At the end of each calendar year, designates two or more Directors to audit the Treasurer’s Financial Year End Report.

Vice President

a) Assumes the duties of the President during the President’s absence.

Secretary

a) Keeps minutes of all meetings.
b) In a timely manner, distributes draft minutes of meetings to the
attending Directors; makes additions and corrections to the minutes as
suggested by the attending Directors; distributes revised minutes to the
attending Directors for their approval; distributes approved minutes to all
Directors. All distributions shall be by mail or e-mail.
c) Keeps all relevant records (except financial records) as required by Arizona law.
d) With the Treasurer, submits an annual report to the Arizona
Corporation Commission by May 1 of each year. Submits other records
(except financial records) as required by law.
e) Safeguards all records (except financial records), and ensures they are
reasonably available to all other Directors.

Treasurer

a) Collects and keeps all TFI funds, except necessary petty cash, in a Federally insured checking or savings account.
b) Disburses TFI funds as necessary to meet TFI’s obligations.
c) Keeps records of all income and expenditures, including expenditures
of petty cash.
d) With the Secretary, submits an annual report to the Arizona
Corporation Commission by May 1 of each year. Submits other financial
records as required by law.
d) Safeguards all financial records, and ensures they are reasonably
available to all other Directors.
e) At the end of each calendar year, prepares a Financial Year End Report
that shows beginning and ending balances and all receipts and
disbursements; provides the Year End Report to auditors appointed by the
President, and answers their questions.

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Tucson Forward in the News:

F-35 Panel at Tucson Ward 6

Tucson Forward in collaboration with Democracy for America held a panel discussion about the F-35 on February 10, 20010 at the Ward 6 Office. The panel consisted of a noise and linguistics specialist who played a recording of the F-35, a retired air traffic controller who has worked at both TIA and D-M, a recently-retired supervisory Federal Engineer who focused on the EIS process, and a City Councilman from El Mirage, Az that has been battling the F-35 beddown.

Panel Members

Audience at F-35 Panel

Hundreds Attend the EIS Scoping Meeting

Citizens Opposed to the F-35 Wait Outside the EIS Scoping Meeting

Hundreds Jam Room at EIS Scoping Open House

Tucson Forward Citizens in Black Discuss the F-35

Hundreds of Tucson Forward members, many dressed in black and sporting signs or “No F-35″ lapel stickers, descended on the EIS Scoping Meeting held on March 5, 2010 at Roskruge Middle School.

Citizens Are Sceptical

There were many complaints about the lack of information at this meeting. The public was not told about the design flaws in the F-35 or where exactly it will fly or how loud this untested high-tech jet will be. Whose house will be designated “Incompatible with Residential Use”? Will they be loading live ordnance at Tucson International Airport? Which schools would this aircraft fly over? What impact will it have on hearing, especially on children’s hearing.? Hundreds of comment forms were submitted. The majority attending this EIS meeting opposed the bedding down of the loudest military aircraft the U.S. has ever produced.