Silicon Valley Chapter
Silicon Valley, California
Military Officers Association of America
PREAMBLE OF THE BY-LAWS
To inculcate and stimulate love of our country and the flag;
Approved 21 November 1991
ARTICLE I - Name and Status:
SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER
or SVC MOAA, for short.
2. This organization shall be a nonprofit and nonpartisan corporation, incorporated under the laws of California, and operated exclusively for the purposes specified in Article II.
3. Officers and other members of the Board of Directors shall not receive any salary, wage, or other compensation for their services. The Board of Directors may, by resolution, authorize reimbursement of approved personal expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
4. No member, officer, or agent of SVC MOAA shall be liable for acts or failure to act on the part of any other member, officer, or agent. Nor shall any member, officer, or agent is liable for his acts or failure to act under these bylaws, excepting only acts or omissions to act arising out of his malfeasance.
5. SVC MOAA shall use its funds only to accomplish the purposes specified in Article II. No part of said funds shall inure, or be distributed, to its members, except as provided in Article I (3).
6. In the event of the dissolution of SVC MOAA, and after the discharge of all lawful obligations, any remaining assets shall be given to a nonprofit organization whose purposes, objectives, and tax exempt status are similar to those of SVC MOAA. Selection of such organization will be designated by majority vote of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE II - Purposes:
(a) To promote the aims of
2. Subject to the provisions of Section 1 above, regular membership shall be limited to Officers and Warrant Officers who are on the retired lists, whether or not drawing retired or retainer pay.
3. Only Regular members shall be entitled to vote on any matter submitted to the membership for vote.
4. In addition to the class of regular membership provided for in Sections 2 and 3 above, special classes of membership are authorized to be conferred by the Board of Directors upon first receiving the written recommendation of a Regular or Associate member or an Auxiliary. Those special classes are:
(a) Associate Members: (1) Officers and Warrant Officers of the stated services who are on active duty, (2) Former Officers and Warrant Officers who were separated under conditions acceptable to the Board of Directors.
(b) Allied Members: Commissioned and Warrant Officers, retired or active, who previously served or currently serve in the Armed Forces Allied with the United States, at the time of such service, provided the individuals concerned are acceptable to the majority of the members of the Board of Directors.
(c) Affiliate Members: Individuals who have served in an executive or professional capacity under competent orders or authority with any of the U.S. Forces in a combat zone in time of war, provided the individuals concerned are acceptable to a majority of the members of the Board of Directors.
(d) Honorary Members: Individuals upon whom such membership has been conferred by the unanimous vote of the Board of Directors:
(1) In recognition of exceptionally meritorious service rendered our nation; (2) In recognition of outstanding service in furthering the purposes of SVC MOAA as set forth in Article II of these By-Laws; or (3) In recognition of a member's election or appointment to public office with policy making responsibilities affecting any of the seven U.S. Uniformed Services.
5. The special classes of membership as listed in Section 4, above shall not be entitled to vote on any matter submitted to the membership for vote.
6. Auxiliaries: Spouses of regular and special classes of membership, widows and widowers of any deceased individuals who would, if living, be eligible for regular or associate membership may choose to associate as Auxiliaries. Remarriage will not affect eligibility. Auxiliaries are not members and may not vote, hold elected office, or be required to pay dues. Auxiliaries are considered honored individuals and are encouraged to participate in all committees and functions of SVC MOAA.
7. Membership in any of the above is open without regard to race, sex, color, or religion.
ARTICLE IV - Dues
2. Changes to the annual dues shall be determined by the regular membership normally at, but not limited to, the annual meeting of the membership in November. If no action is taken by the voting membership with respect to the amount of dues, the dues shall remain the same.
3. The annual dues shall become payable on the first day of January of each year. Members who fail to pay their dues within 60 days there from shall be notified by the Secretary that if payment is not made within the next succeeding 60 days they shall be dropped from the rolls, without further notice and without hearing, and thereupon forfeit all rights and privileges of membership.
4. New members joining on and after the first day of November shall pay full annual dues to be credited to the following year and shall be exempt from any dues for the current year.
ARTICLE V - Meetings
2. Subject to approval of the Board of Directors, regular meetings of the membership shall be held monthly. All activities will usually be held the fourth Thursday of the month.
3. Special meetings may be called by the President, or any three members of the Board of Directors at such times and places as deemed desirable.
Note: Text above in italics adopted April 22, 1999 as a change.
2. The President shall preside at all Board of Directors meetings.
3. 1st Vice President shall preside at all Board of Directors meetings in the absence of the President, and shall be Chairman of the Program Committee.
4. 2nd Vice President shall preside at Board of Directors meetings in absence of the President and 1st Vice President, and be oversight officer for membership and recruiting.
5. The Secretary shall:
a. Keep and publish appropriate
minutes of all Board of Directors, Membership, or Special Meetings, and
conduct official correspondence.
6. The Treasurer shall:
a. Collect all dues, contributions
and all money belonging to SVC MOAA, record and account for the same, deposit
such funds in a recognized financial institution, the accounts of which
are insured by an agency of the Federal Government, unless otherwise directed
by the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VII - The Board of Directors
3. All members of the Board of Directors shall have one vote except President or presiding officer, who may vote only in event of a tie. Should any member hold more than one office simultaneously, he shall only be authorized to cast one vote.
ARTICLE VIII - Committees
2. A Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President at such time as he deems appropriate, but not later than the September meeting of the calendar year. This Committee shall consist of at least five members. The Nominating Committee shall endeavor to include an appropriate mix of willing and able nominees from the various Uniformed Services in SVC MOAA.
ARTICLE IX - Elections
ARTICLE X - Quorum
2. The number of Directors and Officers to constitute a quorum to conduct a Board meeting shall be a minimum of four.
ARTICLE XI - Amendments
2. A majority of two-thirds of those present and voting, subject to a quorum, is required to amend the By-Laws.
ARTICLE XII - Rules of Order
ARTICLE XIII - Statutory Compliance
2. These By-Laws are severable. If any part of these By-Laws is found not to be in compliance with law, the remaining provisions remain in force.