Chapter Constitution

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CONSTITUTION
OF THE
WASHINGTON, DC CHAPTER OF
FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC.

PREAMBLE

This organization operates under the authority and charter granted by the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University National Alumni Association, Inc. (the Association), a direct support organization of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and functions as a constituted body of the Association. We, the alumni and supporters of Florida A&M University, do hereby establish this Constitution.

ARTICLE I
NAME AND SYMBOL

  1. This organization shall be known as the Washington, DC Chapter of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University National Alumni Association, Inc., hereinafter referred to as the Chapter.

  2. The symbol of the Chapter shall be the same as the Florida A&M University’s official seal with “National Alumni Association, Inc.” appropriately inscribed. 

ARTICLE II
PURPOSE

The purpose of the Chapter is to provide a forum for alumni and the community to plan and implement programs to enhance and ensure the continual existence of Florida A&M University as a viable, charitable, and educational organization within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the corresponding provisions of the laws of Washington, District of Columbia, governing nonprofit organizations, and any future corresponding provisions of the United States Internal Revenue Law.

ARTICLE III
SUPREMACY 

  1. The Chapter’s Bylaws shall be adopted pursuant to this Constitution.

  2. The Chapter’s Constitution, Bylaws, or any other adopted policies, procedures or governing rules shall be pursuant to the adopted constitution, bylaws, policies and procedures of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association, Inc., hereinafter referred to as the Association, and of the FAMU National Alumni Association, Inc. Northeast Region, hereinafter referred to as the Region.

ARTICLE IV
MEMBERSHIP AND DUES

 

  1. Categories of membership are defined by the Association. A member may be designated as having attained Life Membership status once the one-time assessment is paid, in full, to the Association and the member meets other qualifications as established by the Association. Life members who are paid- in-full shall then be exempt from paying national dues.

  2. Eligibility for Chapter membership
    1. Alumni Membership - Alumni of the former Normal School, the former Florida A&M College, and Florida A&M University, hereinafter referred to as the University, and persons who have completed at least one academic term at the University, and left in good standing, shall be eligible for alumni membership in the Chapter.
    2. Associate Membership - An individual, nota student or alumnus of the University, who desires to support the Chapter and who is interested in advancing the causes of the Association shall be eligible for associate membership in the Chapter.

  3. A person shall be considered an active memberor member in good standing, when all applicable Association annual membership dues have been paid in full, at each level – National, Region, and Chapter. Active membership shall be further prescribed in the Bylaws.
    1. Life members are required to pay Chapter dues to be considered active members of the Chapter.
    2. Active members may be classified as Alumni Life Members, Associate Life Members, Alumni Members (non-Life), and Associate Members (non-Life).

  4. All membership dues paid shall not be refundable.

  5. The amount of Chapter dues shall be determined by the general membership.

  6. The membership year, which defines the time frame for the payment of dues, shall coincide with that of the Association, currently January 1 – December 31.

ARTICLE V
FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year of the Chapter shall coincide with that of the Association, currently July 1 – June 30.

ARTICLE VI
OFFICERS

The officers of the Chapter shall be: (1) a President, (2) a Vice President, (3) a Recording Secretary, (4) an Assistant Recording Secretary, (5) a Corresponding Secretary, (6) a Financial Secretary, (7) an Assistant Financial Secretary, (8) a Treasurer, (9) an Assistant Treasurer, (10) a Parliamentarian, (11) a Sergeant-at-Arms, (12) a Chaplain, (13) a General Counsel, and (14) a Historian. All officers, except the General Counsel and the Historian, shall be duly elected. The General Counsel and the Historian shall be appointed by the President. No person shall hold more than one office at a time. The election of officers shall be held biennially. The procedure for election of officers shall be prescribed in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE VII
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

  1. Regular meetings of the general membership shall be held monthly from September through June and as further prescribed in the Bylaws.
  2. Special meetings shall be called by the President, or appropriate designated representative, with proper notice to the membership as prescribed in the Bylaws.
  3. A quorum for general membership meetings shall be ten (10) active members of the Chapter.

ARTICLE VIII
EXECUTIVE BOARD

The Executive Board shall consist of the elected and appointed officers of the Chapter, the Immediate Past President, and the chairperson of each standing committee. The Bylaws shall prescribe the duties and responsibilities of the Executive Board.

ARTICLE IX
COMMITTEES

The Standing Committees shall be: (1) Program and Strategic Planning, (2) Nominating, (3) Bylaws, (4) Scholarship, (5) Membership, (6) Student Recruitment, (7) Fundraising, (8) Governmental Relations, (9) Communication, (10) Rattler Booster, (11) Finance, and (12) Auditing. The Bylaws shall prescribe the duties of each committee.

ARTICLE X
PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the proceedings and business of the Chapter, to which they are applicable, unless otherwise provided in this Constitution or Bylaws.

ARTICLE XI
AMENDMENT

This Constitution may be amended at a regular or special called general membership meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, provided that a written notice of intent to amend has been sent to all active Chapter members at least thirty (30) days prior to the said meeting. This notice shall include the written proposed Constitution amendment(s).

ARTICLE XII
DISSOLUTION

Upon dissolution of the Chapter, unless otherwise prescribed in this Constitution, assets shall revert to the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association, Inc. However, if at the time of dissolution, the Association has dissolved or plans to dissolve, all assets of the Chapter shall be distributed to Florida A&M University for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or a state or local government, for a public educational purpose.

 

Adopted on the 2nd day of February, 1996

Constitution Committee

Johnny Jones, Chairman
David Bryant
Frank Porter

Leroy C. Bell, President

Amended

January 9, 2010

 

Revised on the 5th day of January, 2013

Bylaws Committee

Artisha R. Polk, Chair
Leroy C. Bell
Arien P. Cannon
Penelope Jones
Joseph K. Moore
Robert J. Warren

Robert J. Warren, President

Amended

February 7, 2015

PROVISO TO THE CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

Provided, that any reference in the constitution or bylaws regarding the change of the term of office (from three years to two years) and the addition of elected officers (e.g., Assistant Financial Secretary, Assistant Treasurer) will not go into effect until the 2014 election process.

 

 

 

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