VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
CHAPTER # 96, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, INC.
ARTICLE I - OFFICE
The principal office of the Chapter shall be located at an
address to be designated by the Chapter, and it may be the
residence of an officer.
ARTICLE II - PURPOSES
The purposes of the chapter are:
(a) To help foster, encourage and promote the improvement
of the condition of the Vietnam Veteran.
(b) To promote physical and cultural improvement, growth
and development, self-respect, self-confidence and usefulness of
Vietnam-era Veterans and others.
(c) To eliminate discrimination suffered by Vietnam Veterans
and to develop channels of communication which will assist
Vietnam Veterans to maximize self-realization and enrichment of
their lives and enhance life-fulfillment.
(d) To study on a non-partisan basis proposed legislation,
rules, or regulations introduced in any federal, state or local
legislative or administrative body which may affect the social,
economic, educational or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era
Veteran or others; and to develop public policy proposals
designed to improve the quality of life of the Vietnam-era
Veterans and others, especially in the areas of employment,
education, training, and health.
(e) To conduct and publish research on a non-partisan basis,
pertaining to the relationship between Vietnam-era Veterans and
the American society, the Vietnam War experience, the role of the
United States in securing peaceful co-existence for the world
community and other matters which affect the social, economic,
educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era Veteran or
(f) To assist disabled and needy War Veterans including, but
not limited to, Vietnam Veterans, and their dependents, and the
widows and orphans of deceased Veterans.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Classes and Dues. There shall be three classes
of members of the Chapter: individual, national organization, and
associate. The requirements for Chapter membership shall be the
same as those requirements set forth for membership in the VVA.
(a) Individual members shall be persons (i) who are
individual members in good standing of Vietnam Veterans of
America, Inc. ("VVA" or "the National Member") and (ii) who pay
in advance the annual chapter membership dues in such amount as
determined from time to time by the Chapter except for any person
or class of persons whose dues are waived by National, which
waiver shall also act as waiver of Chapter dues.
Individual membership in the Chapter is open to any veteran
of the military service of the United States who served on active
duty during the period from August 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975, or in
the Indochina Theater irrespective of time of service, paying in
advance annual dues set by the National Member and the Chapter,
and conforming to, and complying with, the VVA Constitution,
rules of the National Member, and bylaws of the Chapter now or
hereafter in effect. Individual members shall file with the
Chapter Secretary, their DD Form 214, or other proof of
qualification for membership.
(b) The National Member shall be VVA.
(c) Associate members shall be persons who are associate
members in good standing of VVA, and who are accepted as
associate members of the Chapter. Associate members shall not
have the right to vote nor shall they be eligible to hold an
elective position or be elected or appointed as a voting delegate
to the State Council or National Convention. The Chapter shall
have the right not to accept associate members.
(d) Failure of any member to maintain membership in good
standing in VVA shall automatically result in the termination of
such person's membership in the Chapter.
Section 2. Voting Rights.
(a) Each individual member shall be entitled to one vote on
each matter submitted to a vote of the members, as set forth in
the rules and regulations of VVA.
(b) The National Member shall have the right to vote on each
matter submitted to a vote of the members relating to (i) the
amendment of the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws of the
Chapter, (ii) a liquidation, dissolution, merger or consolidation
involving the Chapter and (iii) the sale, exchange, mortgage,
pledge, or other disposition of all, or substantially all, the
assets and property of the Chapter. The affirmative vote of the
National Member shall be necessary to decide any matter upon
which the National Member is entitled to vote. The Board of
Directors may not take any unilateral action on any matter on
which the National member is entitled to vote.
ARTICLE IV - MEETINGS OF MEMBERS
Section 1. Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the
Chapter shall be held on such date as shall be determined by the
Board of Directors of the Chapter and announced to the individual
members at a Chapter meeting or by a notice to the members at
least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.
Section 2. Annual Meetings. The annual meeting of the
members of the Chapter shall be held in April of each year on a
day and at a time and place to be determined by the Board of
Directors of the Chapter, for the purpose of electing Officers
each for one-(1)-year terms; Nominating Committee members each
for one-(1), or two-(2) year terms as determined by the Chapter;
Directors each for one-(1), or two-(2), or three-(3) year terms
as determined by the Chapter; State Council delegates who shall
be elected for terms of two (2) years at annual meetings
occurring in each even-numbered year; and for the transaction of
such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
Section 3. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the
members may be called at any time by the President, and shall be
called by the President or the Secretary at the written request
of a majority of the Board of Directors or of the members in good
standing. A special meeting may also be called by the President
of the Corporation or the chairperson of the State Council of the
state in which the Chapter is located.
Section 4. Place of Meetings. All meetings of the members
shall be held at the principal offices of the Chapter, or at such
other place as the Board of Directors may select and designate in
the notice of such meeting.
Section 5. Notice of Meetings. Notice of the annual
meeting and special meetings specifying the purpose for which
such meeting is called, the date, time, and place it is to be
held, shall be delivered either personally or by mail to each
member entitled to vote at such meeting at least than ten (10)
days before any special meeting and not less than thirty (30) nor
more than fifty (50) days before any annual meeting. Notice
shall be sent to the National Member at its office in Washington,
D.C., for all meetings where the purpose for which the meeting is
called is a matter upon which the National Member is entitled to
vote in accordance with Article III, Section 2 of the By-Laws and
for any meeting called after the Chapter has been suspended or
its status revoked in accordance with Article XVI of these
Section 6. Quorum. The presence in person of 10
percent, in person, of the members entitled to vote at any
meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any
business, provided, however, that the presence in person of 25
percent of the members entitled to vote at an annual meeting
shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business at
said annual meeting. The State Council may modify such quorum
requirements in the event that the members of the Chapter
requesting such modification are regularly unable to attend
meetings because of incarceration.
Section 7. Voting.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in these By-Laws, or the
VVA Constitution, the vote of a majority of the individual
members present and entitled to vote on a matter at a meeting at
which a quorum is present shall be necessary for the adoption
(b) Each individual member shall be entitled to only one
vote on all business submitted to the membership for a vote, and
may vote only in person in a manner designated by the Board of
Directors. The National Member may vote in person or by written
proxy. Such proxy shall be exhibited to the Secretary at the
meeting and shall be filed with the records of the Chapter.
ARTICLE V - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. Number, Election and Term of Office.
(a) The number of Directors of the Chapter, including the
Officers listed in (b) below, shall consist of not less than five
(5) nor more than fifteen (15), and the exact number shall be
determined by the Board of Directors, subject to approval by the
members of the Chapter.
(b) The following Officers shall be Directors for a term
coterminous with their respective terms of office: President,
Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer, and such other
officers as have been authorized and elected by the Chapter.
(c) The Directors shall be elected from among the individual
members in good standing of the Chapter by the vote of the
members present in person and entitled to vote at the annual
meeting of the members or as hereinafter provided. Each such
Director shall hold office for a one-(1), two-(2) or three-(3)
year term, as determined by the Chapter, until the next annual
meeting and until his or her successor is elected and has
qualified. A director may succeed himself or herself any number
Section 2. Duties and Powers. The Board of Directors of
the Chapter shall be responsible for the control and management
of the affairs, property and interests of the Chapter; for
keeping the National Member advised of all activities of the
Chapter; for complying with all reporting requirements
established by the National Member or by local, state or federal
law; for guiding the Chapter so that the various provisions of
the Articles of Incorporation, including the purposes for which
the Chapter was organized set forth therein, are complied with;
and for making recommendations and suggesting programs.
Section 3. Annual Meetings. The Board of Directors shall
meet immediately prior to the annual meeting of the Chapter
members; and said meeting shall be considered to be the annual
meeting of the Board of Directors.
Section 4. Other Meetings. Meetings of the Board shall be
held at least four times each year inclusive of the annual
meeting as scheduled, or when called by the President of the
Chapter or by one-third of the Directors, at such time and place
as may be specified in the notice thereof. The President of the
Corporation or the Chairperson of the State Council may call a
meeting of the Chapter when he or she deems such to be in the
best interest of VVA.
Section 5. Notice. Notice of any meeting of the Board of
Directors shall be given at least five (5) days prior thereto by
written notice delivered personally or sent by mail or telegram
to each Director at his or her address as it appears on the
records of the Chapter. Such notice shall be deemed to be
delivered when mailed or delivered for telegraphic transmittal.
Any Director may waive notice of any meeting, in the manner
hereinafter prescribed. The attendance of a Director at any
meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting,
except when a Director attends a meeting for the express and
stated purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business
because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.
Section 6. Quorum and Voting. A quorum of the Board of
Directors shall be two-thirds of the whole number of the Board of
Directors or that number greater than two-thirds which is closest
to two-thirds when the number of Directors is not divisible by
three. The act of a majority of the Directors present at any
duly constituted meeting at which there is a quorum present shall
be the act of the Board of Directors, except as otherwise
provided by law; by the VVA Constitution, rules, procedures, or
directives; or by these By-Laws.
Section 7. Vacancies. Any vacancy occurring in the Board
of Directors or in the position of State Council Delegate due to
death, resignation, refusal or inability to serve, shall be
filled, for the unexpired portion of the term, by a majority vote
of the full number of remaining Directors though less than a
Section 8. Absence from Meetings. Any member of the Board
who shall be absent from three Board meetings without adequate
notice and excuse acceptable to the Board, shall be deemed to
have resigned from the Board.
ARTICLE VI - OFFICERS
Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Chapter shall be
a President, one or more Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, a
Treasurer and such other Officers as the Board may, from time to
time, deem advisable.
Section 2. Election, Term and Vacancies. The Officers of
the Chapter shall be elected by the members at the annual meeting
of members. The Officers shall hold office for a term of one
year. Each Officer shall hold office until his or her successor
is elected and has qualified. An Officer may succeed himself or
herself any number of times. A vacancy in any office due to
death, resignation, refusal or inability to serve shall be filled
for the unexpired term thereof by the Board of Directors, subject
to the approval of the members at the next meeting, except that a
vacancy in the office of President shall be filled for the
unexpired term thereof as specified in Section 4 of this Article
Section 3. President. The President shall be the chief
executive officer of the Chapter and, subject to the direction of
the Board of Directors, shall supervise and control all of the
business affairs and property of the Chapter and shall see that
all orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect.
The President shall preside at all meetings of the members and of
the Board and shall appoint all chairpersons of committees,
except the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee.
Section 4. Vice-President. In the absence of the President
or in the event of his or her inability or refusal to act, the
Vice-President (or, in the event there be more than one (1)
Vice-President, the Vice-Presidents in the order designated)
shall perform the duties of the President, and, when so acting,
shall have all the powers of, and be subject to, all the
restrictions upon the President. The Vice-Presidents shall
perform such other duties and have such other powers as the Board
may from time to time prescribe. In the event of the death,
removal, or resignation of the President, the Vice President
shall assume the position of President for the remainder of his
or her term.
Section 5. Secretary. The Secretary shall record all the
proceedings of the meetings of the Board and of the members in a
book to be kept for that purpose, and shall perform like duties
for the Executive Committee when required. He or she shall give,
or cause to be given, notice of all meetings for which notice is
required by the VVA National Constitution or these By-Laws and
shall operate under the supervision of, and perform such other
duties as may be prescribed by, the Board or the President. In
the event of a conflict, the Secretary shall act pursuant to the
instructions of the Board. The secretary shall obtain and shall
have custody of a corporate seal for the Chapter if required by
law. The Secretary or an Assistant Secretary shall have
authority to affix the same to any instrument requiring it, and
when so affixed it may be attested by the signature of the
Secretary or such Assistant Secretary. The Board may give
general authority to any other Officer to affix the seal of the
Chapter and to attest the fixing by his or her signature. The
Secretary shall be responsible for the safe-keeping of all Forms
DD214 or other acceptable proof of military service tendered to
him or her by any member. He or she shall forward to the
National Member a copy of said form for each duly elected
officer, and for each duly elected director.
The Assistant Secretary, if there be one, shall, in the
absence of the Secretary or in the event of his or her inability
or refusal to act, perform the duties and exercise the powers of
the Secretary and shall perform such other duties and have such
other powers as the Board may from time to time prescribe.
Section 6. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have charge and
custody of all funds and securities of the Chapter and all funds
or securities in any way generated, collected or obtained in
connection with Chapter activities; and the Treasurer shall be
responsible for such funds and securities and the receipt and
disbursement thereof. He or she shall keep full and accurate
accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the
Chapter and shall deposit all monies and other valuable effects
in the name of and to the credit of the Chapter in such
depositories as may be designated by the Board.
The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the Chapter as may
be ordered by the Board, taking proper vouchers for such
disbursements, and shall render to the President and the Board at
its annual meeting, or when the Board, the President, or the
National Member so requires, an accounting of all transactions as
Treasurer, of the financial condition of the Chapter, and a full
financial report, based on the books and the accounts audited
annually by a certified or other public accountant or an auditing
The Assistant Treasurer, if there be one, shall, in the
absence of the Treasurer or in the event of his or her inability
or refusal to act, perform the duties and exercise the powers of
the Treasurer and shall perform such other duties and have such
other powers as the Board may from time to time prescribe.
Section 7. Checks and Bond. The President, Vice-President,
Treasurer or any other officer designated by the Board, shall be
authorized to sign checks and drafts. Any officer so authorized
shall obtain a Fidelity bond or other surety for the faithful
discharge of the above duties in such sum and with such surety as
the Board may determine, the expense shall be a charge to the
Chapter; provided that a bond may be dispensed with by the Board
of Directors of the National Member, upon the written request of
the officer of whom bonding is required, and their written
ARTICLE VII - COMMITTEES
Section 1. Nominating Committee; Nominations. The
Nominating Committee shall consist of at least three members
elected by the membership at the annual meeting. The Committee
shall prepare a slate of Officers and Directors and submit the
list for consideration by the Chapter members one (1) month prior
to the election. Additional persons may be nominated by any
member at the annual meeting. Any person nominated by the
Nominating Committee or otherwise shall submit a copy of his or
her Form DD214 demonstrating Vietnam era active duty U.S.
military service or other acceptable forms evidence of
eligibility for office, to the Secretary, and shall not be
entitled to be considered for election until such act is
accomplished. The method of nominating the Committee members is
determined by the Chapter. Election of the committee Chairperson
may be by the Committee members themselves soon after the
election, or by the Chapter membership when the Nominating
Committee is elected.
Section 2. Executive Committee and Committees of Directors.
The Board may appoint an Executive Committee and such other
Committees of Directors as may be required. Such committees
shall consist of three (3) or more Directors, shall have such
powers as the Board shall set forth in the resolutions
establishing such committees and shall make recommendations to
the Board and perform such other services as the Board may
require, but they shall not have authority to modify any action
taken by the Board.
Section 3. Standing and Other Committees. The President
shall appoint from the individual or associate members the
Chairpersons of eight (8) standing committees: Membership
Affairs, Public Affairs, Governmental Affairs, Veterans Affairs,
Community Services, Economic Affairs, Minority Affairs, and
Constitution, and such other special Committees as the President
deems desirable. The members of such Committees shall be
individual and associate members of the Chapter, but need not be
Officers or Directors, appointed by the Chairperson of such
(a) The Membership Affairs Committee shall receive and
approve applications from individuals and others wishing to
become members of the Chapter and shall be alert to build the
membership of VVA and the Chapter by pointing out the advantages
and services available to members. The Membership Affairs
Committee shall also establish procedures by which an individual
member's status as a veteran may be authenticated. Such
procedures shall be in accordance with guidelines promulgated by
the National Member.
(b) The Public Affairs Committee shall act as a liaison
between the various Committees of the Chapter and the news media
and it shall publicize in the community the purposes, goals,
role, activities, and projects of VVA.
(c) The Governmental Affairs Committee shall seek through a
program of education, to improve the social, economic, and
educational well-being and physical welfare of the Vietnam-era
Veteran and other persons through the legislative process at the
local, state, and federal level. The Committee shall monitor
legislative activities and represent the opinion of the Chapter
membership at public hearings and with public officials.
(d) The Veterans Affairs Committee shall present
Chapter programs related to a variety of subjects and special
interests. The Committee should coordinate its activities
closely with the President, other Officers and Committee
(e) The Community Services Committee shall identify
essential social needs related to Vietnam-era Veterans, their
families, and others, and projects in the community related
thereto, and shall stimulate appropriate Chapter involvement of
resources to meet the needs or assist the projects.
(f) The Economic Affairs Committee shall develop programs of
awareness on the part of the economic and employment sector of
the needs of veterans in employment and business, and shall seek
to improve the economic well being of veterans through such
(g) The Minority Affairs Committee shall identify and
develop programs of awareness of and programs of interest to
minority veterans of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and shall
seek to expand the membership of minorities in the Vietnam
Veterans of America. The Committee shall coordinate its
activities closely with the President, other Officers, and
(h) The Constitution Committee shall serve to advise the
Board of Directors as to matters of interpretation of the
provisions of the Constitution and these Bylaws, in accordance
with guidelines and determinations of the Corporation.
Section 4. Term.
The terms of the Committee Chairpersons and members of the
Committees shall be as follows:
(a) The members of the Nominating Committee shall be
elected to serve a one-(1) or two-(2) year term of office until
their successors are elected and have qualified.
(b) The members of the Executive Committee and other
committees of Directors shall serve for such terms, not to exceed
the member's term of office as a Director, as shall be determined
by the Board of Directors.
(c) The members of the Standing and other Committees shall
serve for a term terminating at the annual meeting of members
when the term of the President who appointed the Chairperson
of the respective Committees terminates.
(d) Any member of any committee may be reelected or
reappointed to additional terms, so long as such member continues
to qualify as a member of such committee.
(e) The Board of Directors, by vote of a majority of its
members and notwithstanding the provisions of Section 6 of
Article V, may remove the chairperson of any committee,
including the Nominating Committee, for cause, in accordance
with provisions of the VVA National Constitution; or rules,
procedures, and directives of the National member.
(f) The President of the Chapter shall, after consultation
with the Chapter Associate Members and the approval of the Board
of Directors, appoint an Associate Member Liaison, who shall be a
non-voting member of the Board of Directors, and who shall serve
to advise the President and the Board of Directors as to matters
of particular concern to associate members.
ARTICLE VIII - FINANCE
Subject to the provisions of the VVA National Constitution
and the rules, resolutions, and procedures of the National
Member, the Chapter shall have the power to raise funds as are
necessary to its operation in such manner as the Chapter deems
ARTICLE IX - FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of each Chapter shall commence on the first
day of March and end on the last day of February, each year.
ARTICLE X - SEAL
The Chapter shall provide a corporate seal, if required by
law, which shall be in the form of a circle and shall have
inserted thereon the name of the Chapter, and the state and year
ARTICLE XI - WAIVER OF NOTICE
Whenever any notice is required to be given pursuant to the
Articles of Incorporation of VVA or the Chapter, or by the VVA
National Constitution or the rules and procedures of the VVA
National, a waiver thereof in writing, signed by the person
entitled to such notice, executed at any time, shall be deemed
the equivalent of giving such notice.
ARTICLE XII - DISCIPLINE
A. The discipline of a Chapter member shall be the primary
responsibility of the Board of Directors of the Chapter. The
Chapter may, for good cause shown, suspend or revoke the Chapter
membership of a member, or impose other sanctions it deems
appropriate. A Chapter may also petition, through resolution of
its Board of Directors, the National Member, to impose sanctions
against a member whom the Chapter has brought charges according
to the procedures of the National Member, and which has sustained
the charges, upon completion of the procedures mentioned
B. No sanction imposed by the Chapter upon a member as a
result of charges having been brought and sustained after a
hearing shall be so harsh as to constitute cruel or unusual
punishment, or disproportionate to the nature of the offense.
C. The suspension or revocation of the right to hold office
in the Chapter, or the imposition of any sanction against any
member, of the Chapter shall be in accordance with a uniform code
of procedures adopted by the National Member. Such code shall
provide for adequate protections of the rights of the accused
party to a fair hearing, representation by counsel or a member of
his or her choosing, to appeal an adverse determination before
appropriate Committees of the Corporation or otherwise, to
present evidence on his or her behalf, and to confront his or her
accusers. All charges against a member must be in writing, signed
by the accusing part, and specifying the provisions of the VVA
Constitution or the rule or directive of the National member
alleged to have been violated. No member shall suffer any
sanction unless he or she has first been provided the opportunity
for a fair hearing pursuant to the code of procedure adopted by
the Board of Directors of the National Member.
ARTICLE XIII - PRECEDENCE
The articles of incorporation and bylaws of the Chapter are
subordinate to the Constitution of the National Member and shall
not be interpreted by the Chapter contrary thereto. Upon
adoption of any amendment of the National Constitution which
contradicts any portion of the articles of incorporation of the
Chapter or these bylaws, the requirements of the National
Constitution shall take precedence. Any provisions of the
articles of incorporation or bylaws of the Chapter which are
contrary to the National Constitution are null and void and the
Chapter shall promptly remove them from the articles of
incorporation or bylaws by amendment; however provisions of the
articles of incorporation or bylaws of the Chapter which are not
in conflict with the National Constitution, shall not be
ARTICLE XIV - CHAPTER RESTRICTIONS
VVA and the Chapter are, and are intended to remain,
independent organizations devoted to furthering the interests of
Vietnam-era veterans and to carrying out the purposes set forth
in Article II of these VVA Chapter By-Laws. The Chapter's
activities shall be conducted with the utmost observance of
ethical standards and propriety of conduct. The Chapter shall
not, without the express written permission of VVA or affected
State Councils or Chapters where such fund-raising activities
conflict with VVA, State Councils, or Chapters: (a) independently
arrange for, endorse, or offer to Chapter members or others, the
sale of any commodities bearing the logo or name of the National
Member unless the products clearly identify the Chapter or State
Council marketing the product; nor (b) maintain fund-raising
programs involving (i) direct mail, (ii) telephone solicitation,
(iii) workplace donations through payroll deduction, or (iv)
regular and continuous sale of alcoholic beverages.
All fund-raising activities must comply with applicable
federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations.
ARTICLE XV - POLITICAL ENDORSEMENT
A. A member or Chapter may not endorse, on behalf of the
Chapter, State Council, or National Member, any candidate for
elected office or position.
B. The Chapter may comment upon and endorse on behalf of
said Chapter any candidate holding or proposed for an appointed
position that directly affects veterans affairs; Provided that
all such comments and/or endorsements made by the Chapter with
respect to Federal appointees must be made in consultation with
the appropriate Department Head or Officer of the National
C. The Chapter may, after debate and upon affirmative
vote of two-thirds of the individual members present at a duly
constituted meeting of the members thereof, adopt positions or
policies on other foreign or domestic issues, provided, however,
that any such policy or position must be clearly identified as
the position of the Chapter adopting such policy or position, and
not that of the National Member, any State Council, or any other
ARTICLE XVI - WITHDRAWAL OF CHAPTER RECOGNITION AND
The Chapter shall be organized and operated in conformity
with the purposes set forth in Article II of these By-Laws and
the policies and standards formulated by the Board of Directors
of the National Member.
The National Member, by summary action of its President, may
preliminarily suspend this Chapter if in the President's
reasonable belief the actions of this Chapter are detrimental to
the best interests of the National Member. Notice of preliminary
suspension, and of the reasons therefore, shall be mailed or
telegraphed to the Chapter and shall be effective upon mailing or
delivery for telegraphic transmittal. In the event that this
Chapter is preliminarily suspended, all power of self-governance
and operation of the Chapter, including all voting rights of the
members, Officers, and Directors, shall immediately vest in the
NationaL member, which is empowered to take control of the
Chapter's assets, real and personal, and to manage the operations
of the Chapter until the suspension terminates.
Within 45 days after preliminary suspension, the Board of
Directors of the National Member or a Committee thereof shall
afford the Chapter an opportunity to present evidence and
arguments in its behalf in a forum and at a time and a place
mutually agreed upon. If the Board or Committee finds that the
Chapter has made statements or engaged in conduct detrimental to
the best interests of the National Member, it may suspend (for a
particular period or on condition) or revoke the Chapter's
status. In case of revocation of the Chapter's status, all
Chapter powers vested in the National Member during suspension
shall continue to be so vested, and in addition the National
Member shall be authorized to take all necessary steps to
dissolve the corporate status of the Chapter and to distribute
all assets of the Chapter remaining after payment of chapter
debts to itself or to any charitable organization.
ARTICLE XVII - RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS OR
Holding office or being a director in another organization
or association whose objects and purposes are similar or related
to those of the National Member may lead to conflict with the
responsibilities of a Chapter Officer or Director to the Chapter
and to the National Member. To avoid such conflict, a Chapter
Officer or Director shall first obtain consent of the Chapter and
of the National Member (expressly or through written policy) to
such service in another organization or association. Failure to
comply with the provisions of this article shall be deemed the
equivalent of and shall constitute the resignation of such person
as an Officer or Director of the Chapter.
ARTICLE XVIII - RULES OF ORDER
All proceedings of the Chapter shall be governed by Roberts
Rules of Order (Newly Revised).
ARTICLE XIX - AMENDMENTS
The individual members shall have the power to amend, with
the approval of the National Member, those portions of these
By-Laws which establish annual Chapter membership dues, and the
quorum required for the transaction of business at any meeting of
members. Other provisions of these By-Laws may be amended only
when such amendments are proposed by the National Member. Each
proposed amendment of these By-Laws shall be approved by the
affirmative vote of two-thirds of the individual members of the
Chapter present and entitled to vote at a special meeting of the
members called for such purpose in accordance with Article IV,
Section 5, of these By-Laws. After approval by the individual
members, the full text of the proposed amendment shall be
submitted in writing to the National Member for its approval, at
its office in Washington, D.C. The proposed amendment of these
By-Laws shall be effective upon the written approval thereof by
the National Member.
RW/ 15 Feb 89, Rev. 11 Jul 89