OVERCOMING BLINDNESS

CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE I.

Name: The name of this organization shall be Over Coming Blindness aka American Council of the Blind of Tuscarawas Valley (ACB of Tusc. Valley).

 

ARTICLE II.

Purpose: The purpose of Over Coming Blindness is to promote the independence,

quality and equality of life for the blind and visually impaired through

education, support and advocacy.

 

ARTICLE III.

Membership: Membership in this organization shall consist of two types:

A. Active members are individuals, who are eighteen years

    of age or older and may or may not have a visual

     impairment.

B. Patron members – Individuals, who make contributions

     to the organization but have no interest in becoming an

     active member.

 

ARTICLE IV.

Expulsion of Members: Expulsion of members shall be dealt with in a special

provision of the bylaws.

  

ARTICLE V.

Voting:

A. All active members, who have paid their membership dues have

    the right to vote.

B .The president or the presiding officer shall have the right to vote

     in a tie situation.

 

ARTICLE VI.

DUES: Payment of dues shall be based on a calendar year.  The amount

of the membership dues will be stated in the bylaws.

 

ARTICLE VII.

Officers, Duties and Term in Office: A. This organization shall have the following officers:

     1. President, Vice President, 3. Secretary,

     4.Treasurer and 5. Trustee  

B.  The individuals, who hold the offices of president,

      vice president and trustee must be visually impaired.

C.  The duties of the officers shall be performed according

      to Roberts' Rules of Order Revised unless otherwise

      stated in the bylaws.

D.  Officers shall serve a two year term.

 

ARTICLE VIII.

Disciplinary Action of Officers:

A. Malfeasance of duty by an officer shall be dealt with

     in the bylaws.

  

ARTICLE IX.

Meetings:  

A. Meetings will be held once a month excluding emergencies.

B. At the first regular meeting of the new year, the current

    constitution and bylaws shall be reviewed.

C. The president shall call additional meetings at his or her's

    discretion.

D. A quorum consist of a majority of members, who are blind

    or visually impaired and at least three officers present in

    order to conduct an official meeting.

E. When procedures other than those outlined in this

     constitution are needed Roberts' Rules of Order Revised

     shall be used.

 

ARTICLE X.

Amendments:

A. Changes to the constitution and bylaws must be approved by

      a 2/3 majority of the members present at the meeting.

B. One copy of the amended or revised constitution and

     bylaws shall be kept permanently by the secretary.

 

ARTICLE OMEGA

Contributions Made to the Organization: All contributions made by contributors will be tax exempt as

long as we maintain our classification as a tax-exempt organization.

  

RESTRICTED

 

ARTICLES XII AND XIII

 

WHICH COVER

 

GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS

 

CONCERNING NON-PROFIT

 

ORGANIZATIONS

 

 

ARTICLES XII AND XIII

 

OF THIS CONSTITUTION

 

SHALL NOT BE

 

ALTERED OR ABRIDGED

EXCEPT FOR

 

GOVERNMENTAL CHANGES.

 

 

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Effective: January 01, 2011

 

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OVERCOMING BLINDNESS

BYLAWS

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ARTICLE I.

Membership Dues:

A. Dues are $ 15.00 a year which shall be paid by the 15th of February.

B. When an individual pays their dues to the local ACB, they also become members in the ACB-O and the national organization.

C. If a member is delinquent in paying their dues, they will not be permitted to vote until the dues are paid.

 

ARTICLE II.

Expulsion of Members:

A. The expulsion of a member shall be handled by the officers and approved by the President.

 

ARTICLE III.

Duties of Officers:

A. The officers shall perform their duties according to Roberts Rules of Order Revised and the ACB-O.

 

ARTICLE IV.

Disciplinary Action of Officers:

A. Malfeasance of an officer will be handled by the remaining officers.

The membership will be informed of what resulting action was taken.

 

ARTICLE V.

Committees:

A. Members of the committee must be current members of the ACB of

Tuscarawas Valley but not necessarily a member of the board.

B. The chairperson of the committee shall be appointed by the president unless designated otherwise.

C. The chairperson shall choose who will serve on the committee.

The president shall have final approval.

D. Board members will not be required to serve on more than

two committees or chair more than one committee at a time.

 

ARTICLE VI.

Request:

A. Any person may request assistance in purchasing an Item (except for the purchase of a computer) which would assist them with their daily living needs.

B. All request must be submitted in writing.

C. Individuals can only apply for assistance one time.

D. All requests must be approved by the board.

E. The most cost effective option will be considered.

 

ARTICLE VII.

General Structure of Operation:

A. There will be one monthly business meeting and social activity if the weather permits.   Individuals attending the social activity will be responsible for their own expenses unless informed otherwise.

B. When fund raising or public activities are scheduled, the membership

will be asked to participate if at all possible. Activities of this nature

must be approved by the membership.

 

Effective on January 01, 2011

 

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CHAPTER POLICIES

 

 

Fiscal Responsibility

 

Before money can be spent on a project, the executive board along with the sponsor of the project if there is one will setup a budget limiting how much will be spent on the project.

 

 

Equipment Policy

 

Equipment which has been replaced due to improvements in technology or repair parts are no longer available shall be taken off the chapter’s active equipment inventory.

 

This equipment shall be given to blind or visually impaired individuals at no cost or a small donation to the chapter according to their ability to give.

 

The blind or visually impaired individual will be informed of the fact that the chapter relinquishes all responsibility to the equipment.

 

 

Chapter Reimbursement Policy

 

The chapter reimbursement policy is in two parts.  The first part is chapter expenses in doing daily business.  The second part is expenses incurred in doing fund raising events. All bills and receipts must have the Treasurer’ approval before they are paid.  Receipts hand written by chapter members except for the mileage reimbursement form shall not be accepted.

 

Chapter Expenses in Doing Daily Business

 

Expenses connected to the chapter’s website and daily operating expenses like the cards sent to members and stamps will be paid by the chapter’s debit card or reimbursed by receipt.

Fund Raising Expenses

 

Expenses such as food, paper and advertising shall be reimbursed at the amount on the receipt.  Printer ink shall be reimbursed at ten cents a copy.

 

Chapter and Fund Raising Expenses

 

Mileage incurred while doing business for chapter shall be at fifty cents a mile.  The person requesting reimbursement must fill out a mileage reimbursement form.

 

Unexpected expenses incurred while doing business for the chapter shall be reimbursed at the amount on the receipt.

 

 

Effective on August 13, 2012