The Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation formed under California state law governing corporations. As of August, 2002, it became a 501(c)(3) corporation in the eyes of the IRS. Among other things, this means that any donations made to the Council are tax deductible.
The Council is governed by a Board of Directors which has its own set of bylaws regulating its activities. These bylaws determine how the Board is structured, the meetings it holds and how it carries out its responsibilities.
Currently, the Board is composed of representatives from each of its chapters. Each of these chapters — Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Mountain Center and Pinyon — operates autonomously from the Board. The chapters elect their own officers and meet on their own schedule.
The intention of this structure is to allow each chapter to meet the needs of its own individual community but also to be able to provide input to and seek help from the larger group whenever appropriate through its representatives on the Council Board of Directors.
The Board currently has the following slate of officers which is elected annually by the Board itself at a meeting in February. This election takes place after the chapters hold elections (on a rotating basis) in January to name representatives to the Council Board of Directors.
- First Vice President
- Second Vice-President
In addition to the officer positions, the Board also has the option of naming Board members to take charge of specific responsibilities. For example, the Project Managers who obtain volunteers for projects (e.g., Woodies), calls or emails them when activities are planned where they are needed, and records the number of hours they contribute to the Council.
The Board usually meets on the Tuesday of the week preceding the second Saturday of each month. It also holds special meetings as required.
Since the Council is not a governmental body, its meetings are not subject to the public disclosure provisions of California's Brown Act. This means that Council members are eligible to attend Board meetings but the Board can choose to go into closed session to discuss confidential matters when needed.