ARTICLE I — NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Central Ohio Chapter (COC), hereinafter referred to as the chapter.
ARTICLE II — PURPOSE
The purposes of the chapter shall be to promote the purposes and objectives of MOAA; foster fraternal relations among retired, active duty, and former officers of the uniformed services and their reserve components; protect the rights and interests of active duty, retired, and reserve component personnel of the uniformed services and their dependents and survivors; provide useful services for members and their dependents and survivors; and serve the community and the nation.
ARTICLE III — STATUS
Section 1. The chapter shall be a nonprofit organization, operated exclusively for the purposes specified in Article II above.
Section 2. Officers, directors, and appointed officials shall not receive any stated compensation for their services, but the board of directors may authorize reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
Section 3. Nothing herein shall constitute members of the chapter as partners for any purpose. No member, officer, or agent of the chapter shall be liable for acts or failures to act on the part of any other member, officer, or agent. Nor shall any member, officer, or agent be liable for acts or failures to act under these bylaws, excepting only acts or failures to act arising out of willful malfeasance or misfeasance.
Section 4. The chapter shall use its funds only to accomplish the purposes specified in Article II above, and no part of said funds shall inure or be distributed to members except to reimburse authorized expenses.
Section 5. In the event of dissolution of the chapter and after the discharge of all liabilities, the remaining assets shall be given to a nonprofit organization whose purposes and objectives are similar to those of the chapter, such organization to be designated by a majority vote of the board of directors.
ARTICLE IV — MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. The membership of the chapter shall be composed of men and women who are serving or have served on active duty or in one of the reserve components as a commissioned or warrant officer in any of the seven U.S. uniformed services (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Navy, and Public Health Service) as well as survivors of any deceased individuals who would, if living, be eligible for membership or spouses who are in support of these members.
Section 2. Subject to the provisions of Section 1 above, membership shall be of four classes: Regular, Surviving Spouse, Supporting, and Honorary. Honorary members are those recommended for membership by a member and approved by the chapter board of directors.
Section 3. Applications for Regular, Surviving Spouse, or Supporting membership shall be submitted in writing to the board of directors. Regular, Surviving Spouse, or Supporting members shall submit recommendations for Honorary membership in writing to the board of directors. The board of directors shall be empowered to accept or reject any application or recommendation for membership.
Section 4. The board of directors may drop any member for good and sufficient cause after that member has been given an opportunity to be heard.
Section 5. Regular, Surviving Spouse, and Supporting members are not required to hold and maintain membership in national MOAA. However, membership in MOAA is strongly encouraged.
ARTICLE V — VOTING
Section 1. Except as otherwise provided in these bylaws, all questions coming before the membership shall be decided by a majority vote of the members present at any scheduled meeting of the chapter.
Section 2. Only Regular, Surviving Spouse, and Supporting members in good standing or, as determined by the board of directors, present at a meeting of the chapter shall be entitled to vote. Honorary members are not entitled to vote.
Section 3. Proxy voting shall not be permitted at any meeting of the chapter.
Section 4. An attendance of fifteen voting members shall constitute a quorum at any chapter meeting for the transaction of business.
ARTICLE VI — DUES
Section 1. The annual dues for each member for the next calendar year shall be determined by the membership at the annual meeting, after receiving the board of directors’ recommendation in the matter. Honorary members are not required to pay annual dues.
Section 2. The annual dues for a calendar year shall become due on 15 January of that year.
Section 3. The board of directors may, without further notice and further hearing, drop any member from the rolls for failure to pay dues. The member shall thereupon forfeit all rights and privileges of membership.
Section 4. Any chapter member who has been dropped for nonpayment of dues may be reinstated upon reapplication for membership and payment of annual dues for the current year.
ARTICLE VII — MEETINGS
Section 1. There shall be an annual meeting of the chapter during the month of January for the receipt of annual reports, the determination of annual dues for the next calendar year, the election of officers and directors, and the transaction of other business. Notice of the meeting shall be mailed or emailed to each member at least 20 days in advance.
Section 2. Regular meetings of the chapter shall be held each month unless otherwise decided by the board of directors. Notice of each meeting shall be mailed or emailed to each member at least 15 days in advance.
ARTICLE VIII — BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The board of directors shall be composed of the elected officers (president, vice president(s), secretary, and treasurer), the immediate past president, and directors.
Section 2. The elected officers/directors shall be elected annually or biennially by the membership at the annual meeting. Each elected officer/director shall take office at the first regular or special meeting in the calendar year following election and shall serve for a term of one year or, if elected biennially, for a two-year term.
Section 3. The board shall have supervision, control, and direction of the affairs of the chapter, shall determine its policies or changes therein within the limits of the bylaws, shall actively prosecute its purposes, and shall have discretion in the disbursement of its funds. It may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of its business as may be deemed advisable and may, in the execution of the powers granted, appoint such agents as it may consider necessary.
Section 4. The board of directors shall not be authorized to adopt resolutions or to establish positions in the name of the chapter.
Section 5. The board shall meet upon the call of the president at such times and places as he may designate and shall be called to meet upon demand of a majority of its members. Notice of each meeting of the board of directors shall be sent to each member of the board at least 10 days in advance.
Section 6. A majority of the entire board shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the board.
Section 7. All questions coming before the board shall be decided by a majority vote, with each member of the board present being entitled to one vote. Proxy voting shall not be permitted.
ARTICLE IX — OFFICERS
Section 1. The elected officers shall be a president, vice president(s), a secretary, and a treasurer, each of whom shall be a Regular, Surviving Spouse, or Supporting member of the chapter.
Section 2. The membership shall elect officers at the annual meeting. Each elected officer shall take office at the first regular or special meeting in the calendar year following election and shall serve for a term of one or two years or until a successor is duly elected and installed.
Section 3. Normally, a member shall not serve more than two consecutive terms as president; however, this provision may be waived if there are no volunteers to assume the office and the member agrees and the board of directors concurs in having the member serve another term.
Section 4. The first vice president shall fill a vacancy in the office of the president automatically. The second vice president shall fill a vacancy in the office of the first vice president automatically. Vacancies in other offices shall be filled as the board of directors may decide.
Section 5. The president shall be the chief elected officer of the chapter, shall preside at meetings of the chapter and of the board of directors, and shall be a member ex officio, with right to vote, of all committees except the nominating committee. The president shall also, at the annual meeting and at such other times as might be deemed proper, communicate to the chapter, or to the board of directors, information or proposals to help in achieving the purposes of the chapter. Further, the president shall perform such other duties as are necessarily incident to the office of the president and/or for the good of the chapter.
Section 6. In the event of the president’s temporary disability or absence, the first vice president shall perform the duties of the president. In the event of the temporary disability or absence of the president and the first vice president, the second vice president shall perform the duties of the president. The vice presidents shall perform other duties such as the president might assign.
Section 7. The secretary shall provide timely written notification of all meetings of the chapter and of the board of directors and shall maintain a record of all proceedings. The secretary also shall carry out these duties: maintain the membership records, prepare such correspondence as might be required, maintain the chapter’s correspondence files, and safeguard all important records, documents, and valuable equipment belonging to the chapter. Further, the secretary shall perform such other duties as are commensurate with the office or as might be assigned by the board of directors or by the president.
Section 8. The treasurer shall maintain a record of all sums received and expended by the chapter, collect the members’ annual dues, make such disbursements as are authorized by the chapter or the board of directors, deposit all sums received in a financial institution approved by the board of directors, and make a financial report at the annual meeting or when called upon by the president. Funds may be drawn from the account in the financial institution only upon the signature of the treasurer. The funds, books, and vouchers in the custody of the treasurer shall at all times be subject to inspection and verification by the board of directors.
ARTICLE X — COMMITTEES
Section 1. The president, subject to the approval of the board of directors, may annually appoint standing and special committees such as might be required by the bylaws or might be advisable.
Section 2. The standing committees of the chapter may include membership, legislative, personal affairs, program, public relations, budget and finance, and auditing.
Section 3. At least 60 days before the annual meeting, the board of directors shall appoint a nominating committee of up to five regular members, not currently holding elective or appointive office, to nominate candidates for the elective offices. The committee shall notify the secretary in writing (or email), at least 30 days before the annual meeting, of its proposed slate of officers and directors for the next calendar year, and the secretary shall list in the chapter’s newsletter the nominated candidates for the elected offices or email a copy thereof to each regular member at least 20 days before the annual meeting.
ARTICLE XI — AMENDMENTS
The bylaws may be amended, repealed or altered in whole or in part by a simple majority vote of the membership at any duly organized meeting of the chapter, provided that a copy of any amendment proposed for consideration has been made available to each member qualified to vote at least 15 days before the meeting.
ARTICLE XII—THE FLAG
The American flag shall be displayed and honored at all meetings of the chapter.
This is to certify that these bylaws were approved and adopted at the organizational (or annual or regular or special) meeting of the Chapter at Columbus, Ohio on <date to be determined>.
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