ARKANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION

Adopted June 14, 1979 As revised from the 1919 constitution of the Arkansas State Association for the Blind Amended June 1984 Amended June 1989

ARTICLE I NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1 - Name:

The name of this organization shall be the Arkansas School for the Blind Alumni Association.

Section 2 - Purpose:

The purpose of this organization shall be to engage in activities which: 1. Assist the Arkansas School for the Blind in providing quality educational and social services to its students; 2. Promote the general interest and well-being of blind and visually impaired citizens in Arkansas; and 3. Conduct annual conventions to assist in accomplishing the two above-mentioned purposes as well as to provide times and places for reunions of its members.

ARTICLE II MEMBERSHIP, DUES, AND VOTING

Section 1 - Classes of Membership:

The membership of this Association shall consist of four classes: Active, Associate, Life, and Honorary.

A. Active Membership:
Active members shall consist of blind and visually impaired persons who are 18 years of age or older and those Associate and Honorary members who are elected by a two-thirds majority vote of Active members present and voting at a regular business session, except that students of the Arkansas School for the Blind may not hold membership. Persons shall be considered as blind or visually impaired if deemed as such by a generally recognized agency for, or organization of, the blind. Active members who are present at business sessions of the Association shall have the privilege of the floor in all discussions, may make or second motions, and shall be entitled to one vote. Active members who were present at the time of the organization of the Arkansas State Association for the Blind (the name of this organization before June 14, 1975) or who paid their initial fees on or before July 1, 1919, shall be deemed as charter members.

B. Associate Membership:
Persons who express and maintain an interest in assisting the Association in accomplishing its purposes as set forth in ARTICLE I are entitled to Associate membership. Associate members shall have the privilege of the floor in all discussions but may not make or second motions and shall not be entitled to vote. Associate members are entitled to Active membership if nominated at a regular business session and elected at a following business session by a two-thirds majority of active members present and voting. Except that Associate members may be elected to Active membership at the business session at which they are nominated by a unanimous vote.

C. Life Membership:
Active and Associate members are entitled to Life membership in the class of membership to which they belong upon the payment of 25 times the amount of the annual dues of such class into the treasury. Annual dues paid prior to the request for Life membership shall not count toward the payment of the Life membership fee. Persons holding Life membership before the adoption of this constitution shall not be assessed any additional fees.

D. Honorary Membership:
Persons who have performed special services for the Association or who have achieved distinction in any honorable pursuit are eligible to be elected to Honorary membership. The vote of two-thirds majority of the Active members present and voting at a regular business session shall be necessary for election to Honorary membership.

Section 2 - Payment of Dues:

Active and Associate members shall not be entitled to exercise their privileges of their respective classes of membership as set forth in Section 1 of this article at an annual convention until they have paid their dues to the Treasurer for the year in which the annual convention is being held. Dues for Active and Associate members shall be established and revised from time to time as necessary by the active membership at a regular business session. Life membership dues shall be 25 times the amount of the annual dues for the class of membership (Active or Associate) to which persons are entitled to belong. Honorary members shall not be required to pay dues.

ARTICLE III OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1 - Officers:

The officers of this Association shall consist of President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer.

Section 2 - Duties of Officers:

A. President:
The President shall preside over all meetings of the Association and Board of Directors; appoint all committees; and perform all other duties as are usually required of such an officer.

B. Vice President:
The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in his absence and chair the Program Committee unless the President designates another person as its chair.

C. Recording Secretary:
The Recording Secretary shall keep minutes of the proceedings of all meetings; keep a roll of the names of members attending each convention; and perform all other duties usually required of such an officer.

D. Corresponding Secretary:
The Corresponding Secretary shall attend to all correspondence of the Association; and shall maintain a list of the names and addresses of members of the Association.

E. Treasurer:
The Treasurer shall collect all funds; pay all bills of expenditures having the approval of the Board of Directors; make loans when approved by the Board of Directors; forward the names of the members who have paid their dues during the current year to the Recording Secretary; forward the names and addresses of new members and changes of address of other members to the Corresponding Secretary; make annual reports to the Association; and make available the Association's records from time to time to be audited as required by the Board of Directors or the Association.

Section 3 - Election of Officers:

A. Terms of Office:
All officers shall be elected for two-year terms at a regular business session of the Association's annual convention during even-numbered years. The President and Vice President may not serve for more than two consecutive terms unless elected to additional terms by a two-thirds majority of members present and voting. No limit shall be placed upon the terms to which the Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer may be elected.

B. Method of Election:
To be elected, a candidate must receive a majority vote of the membership present and voting. If no candidate receives a majority vote, there shall be a run-off election between the two candidates receiving the largest pluralities.

Section 4 - Board of Directors:

The Board of Directors (hereinafter the Board) shall consist of the five officers, the past President - who may serve for no more than one two-year term, and six Board members who shall serve four-year terms. No limitation shall be placed upon the number of terms which Board members may serve. The members of the Association are the supreme governing authority, and the Board may not take any action which conflicts with policies of the Association.

Section 5 - Duties of the Board:

The Board shall select the time and place of the annual convention; approve all expenditures; fill vacancies of Officers and Board members occurring between elections; approve loans; approve recommendations of the Program Committee; originate ideas for the growth of the Association; and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Association.

Section 6 - Election of Board Members:

A. Method of Election:
To be elected to the Board a candidate must receive a majority vote under the same procedures as set forth for the election of officers in section 3 of this article.

B. Terms of Office:
Candidates selected to fill Positions 1, 2, and 3 shall be alternated with Positions 4, 5, and 6 on a staggered basis. Elections will occur in even numbered years, and Board members will serve four-year terms.

Section 7 - Removal of Officers and Board Members:

An Officer or Board Member who fails to attend three consecutive Board Meetings without valid reasons, (the validity of such reasons to be determined by the Board) shall automatically be removed from the position to which he was elected.

ARTICLE IV PROCEDURES FOR CONDUCTING MEETINGS

Section 1 - Procedures:

Unless otherwise specified, the procedures for conducting all meetings of the Board and the Association shall be those contained in ROBERTS' RULES OF ORDER latest edition.

Section 2 - Quorums for Meetings of the Membership:

Twenty-five active members of the Association shall constitute a quorum for conducting business.

Section 3 - Quorum for Meetings of the Board:

Six members shall constitute a quorum for conducting business.

ARTICLE V LOAN FUND

Section 1 - Maintenance of Fund:

The Association shall maintain a loan fund for use by its Active members who are blind, except that loans may not be made to members of the Board. Loans may not be approved if as a result the balance of funds in the Association's accounts would be reduced to less than $500.00.

Section 2 - Procedures for Making Loans:

Applications for loans shall be made to the Treasurer, who, after investigating the conditions and arranging terms, shall report requests and recommendations to the Board for its consideration. Loans shall be made at the rate of interest as established and revised from time to time by the Board.

ARTICLE VI AMENDMENTS

This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of members present at any regular business session of the Association. Amendments may not be adopted at the business session during which they are presented, except that amendments may be adopted at any regular business session by unanimous consent.

ARTICLE VII NON-PROFIT STATUS

Section 1 - Purposes As Prescribed by the Internal Revenue Code:

This Association is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes; including for such purposes as the making of contributions to organizations which qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

Section 2 - Prohibitions as Prescribed by the Internal Revenue Code:

No part of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable, to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons except that the Association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Section 1 of this article. No substantial part of the activities of the Association shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Association shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing and distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the Association shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or to (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Revenue Law).

Section 3 - Dissolution As Prescribed by the Internal Revenue Code:

Upon dissolution of the Association, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the Association, dispose of all of the assets of the Association exclusively for the purposes of the Association in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the County in which the principal office of the Association is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

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