A. CONSTITUTION / General Body


3.1.

 

The General Body of the Association shall consist of all active members of the Association.

     

3.2.

 

The General Body shall have the power to elect or dismiss the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees, elect or dismiss any member of the Executive Committee or the Board of Trustees or any other Committee or subcommittee of the Association.  It shall have power to make specific recommendations to the Executive Committee.  It shall have the power to change the provisions of the AssociationÕs constitution and Bylaws and the power to dissolve the Association.  The General Body shall exercise these powers according to the procedures outlined in this constitution.

The calendar year of the Association will run January 1st through December 31st each year.

     

3.3.

 

The Annual General Body Meeting of the Association shall be held once a year with two-week advance notice. It should be held on or before December 15th.  The business carried out at the Annual General Body Meeting may include the election of the Executive Committee, members of the Board of Trustees, review of the AssociationÕs activities, financial status and any other matter related to the Association.

     

3.4.

 

If extenuating circumstances prevent holding of the Annual General Body meeting in December, then by approval of the Board of Trustees, the Annual General Body Meeting may be advanced or postponed by no more than 60 days.  However, the date of the advancement or postponement of meeting shall be announced by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

     

3.5.

 

A special General Body Meeting to discuss a particular special agenda may be called by a majority vote of the Executive Committee or by a majority vote of the Board, or by a written petition signed by at least 1/3 of the active members of the Association.  The President shall call the special General Body Meeting within four weeks from the date such request is received.

     

3.6.

 

The quorum of the General Body Meeting shall consist of 1/3 of the dues paying members, physically present at the meeting or represented by proxy.  A simple majority vote of all present in the meeting shall be used for passage of all transactions except those specified explicitly.

     

3.7

 

If a General Body Meeting fails to achieve the quorum then any transactions that are essential for the normal and routine functioning of the Association may be approved by a majority vote of all present in the meeting and with a subsequent approval by a majority vote of the members of the Board

     

3.8

 

The motions to amend the constitution or to dismiss the Executive Committee shall require an affirmative vote of 2/3 of the vote of the members and the Board of Trustees present at the time of the motion is being considered.

     

3.9

 

The motion to change the Bylaws of the Association shall require 2/3 of the vote of the members and the Board of Trustees present at the time of the motion is being considered.