Veterans For Peace, Inc.
Humboldt Bay Chapter 56
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this association shall be Veterans For Peace Humboldt Bay, Chapter 56 (VFP56).
This association is a chartered chapter of Veterans For Peace, Inc. (VFP), a national non-profit veterans' organization.
ARTICLE II. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others
(1) Toward increasing public awareness of the costs of war
(2) To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
(3) To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
(4) To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
(5) To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.
We invite all people who share this vision to join us.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall be in accordance with the guidelines set by the national Veterans For Peace.
ARTICLE IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Section 1. The Board of Directors to be known hereafter as the Coordinating Committee shall consist of such number of members as is established by resolution of the existing Coordinating Committee and ratified by the chapter membership at the next regular chapter meeting.
Section 2. The Coordinating Committee shall meet periodically, but at least once during each calendar year.
Section 3. Quorum
(1) A majority of the Coordinating Committee shall constitute a quorum.
(2) Nine chapter members at any meeting shall constitute a quorum.
Section 4. Upon a vacancy, the Coordinating Committee shall nominate candidates for Secretary or Treasurer subject to ratification by the chapter members.
(1) Upon ratification, the Secretary and Treasurer shall become members of the Coordinating Committee.
(2) A chair for the Coordinating Committee may be appointed by the Coordinating Committee as deemed necessary.
Section 5. Nominees for vacancies on the Coordinating Committee may be made by any chapter member. Vacancies on the Coordinating Committee may be filled by majority of the Committee subject to ratification by the chapter members at the next chapter meeting.
Section 6. A Coordinating Committee member may be removed for cause with the approval of the majority of the Coordinating Committee and ratification of the chapter membership.
Section 7. Special meetings of the Coordinating Committee may be called for any purpose at any time by any two Coordinating Committee members. Reasonable notice of the time and place of the special meeting shall be provided each Coordinating Committee member.
Section 8. The Coordinating Committee may contract for services with a majority vote of the Coordinating Committee members subject to ratification by the chapter members.
Section 9. Amendments to the bylaws shall be submitted to the Coordinating Committee for consideration and shall be brought forward to the next general meeting as new business to be voted on at the following subsequent general meeting. Amendments shall require a two-thirds vote of the chapter membership for approval.
ARTICLE V. DUES
Chapter Memberships are contingent on the payment, in advance, of the chapter annual dues set by the Coordinating Committee and approved by the chapter membership. The Coordinating Committee shall have the authority to set rules for waiver of chapter dues in situations it deems appropriate. We recommend our chapter members pay annual dues to become members of national VFP.
ARTICLE VI. CHAPTER RULES AND REGULATIONS
Section 1. The rules and regulations governing the Chapter shall mirror those enumerated in the bylaws of the national VFP organization except as superseded by the chapter Bylaws.
(1) Regular membership meetings shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order
Section 2. A member may designate in writing a proxy for voting on specific old business.
Section 3. Requests for sponsorships or endorsements at the general meeting shall be submitted as formal motions.
Section 4. Proposals for financial expenditures shall be approved in one of two ways:
(1) either by approval of the Coordinating Committee followed by a majority vote of the chapter members at a subsequent general meeting, or
(2) it shall be proposed as new business at a general meeting and shall receive a majority vote of the chapter membership at the following months general meeting.
Section 5. The Coordinating Committee shall have the discretion to make emergency allocations of funds up to $400 upon a 3/4 vote of the Coordinating Committee members. Rationale for such allocations shall be presented to the chapter membership at the next regular membership meeting.
Section 6. The Coordinating Committee shall consider each monetary request taking into account:
(1) the Chapter’s current financial condition;
(2) the Chapter’s outstanding fiscal or other obligations;
(3) the Chapter’s planned commitments and obligations; and
(4) whether the request is consistent with the purposes, principles, objectives or goals of the Chapter.
Bylaw revisions 01/20/2011
Revisions approved 03/3/2011
Quorum revision approved 6/6/13