CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
GEORGIA MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC.
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this organization shall be Northeast Chapter, Georgia Military Officers Association of America, Inc. (NEGMOAA).
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be –
To bring together commissioned officers and warrant officers, active and retired, and persons who have held status as commissioned officers or warrant officers, of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (and its predecessors) and the National Guard and Reserve components thereof, for the purpose of supporting the objectives
To inculcate and stimulate love of country and of our flag;
To defend the honor, integrity and supremacy of our National Government and the Constitution of the United States;
To advocate military forces adequate to the defense of our country and to oppose any influences whatsoever, calculated to weaken the National Security;
To promote State and National legislation that is in the interest of military retirees, active duty military members, other veterans, and their familys;
To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and views among military members;
To develop relationships with other military organizations and help other community organizations;
To create harmony and a spirit of camaraderie among officers of the military through organized program of social and fraternal activities designed to accomplish these aims.
Section 2. To actively support the legislative aims and objectives adopted by the Military Officers Association of America, Inc.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING RIGHTS
Section 1. Regular Members of this organization shall be men and women who are, or have been, commissioned officers or warrant officers of the United States Uniformed Services as stated in Article II, Section 1 of these By-Laws.
Section 2. Auxiliary Members of this organization shall be men and women who are spouses or surviving spouses of Regular Members, or surviving spouses of officers who, if living, would be eligible for Regular Membership.
Section 3. Honorary Membership may be extended to selected individuals in the community
who are not entitled to membership as Regular Members. If an individual holds an elective or appointed office at the national, state, or local level, and such individual normally is qualified for membership as a Regular Member, such individual may be extended Honorary Membership without the requirement for the payment of dues during his tenure of office. Honorary Membership shall be extended to the surviving spouse of any deceased Regular Member. A surviving spouse of any deceased individual who, if living, would be eligible for Regular Membership may apply for honorary membership. In both cases, the spouse may elect to apply for Auxiliary Membership.
Section 4. Regular and Auxiliary Members are encouraged to maintain membership in the Military Officers Association of America, Inc. (national).
Section 5. Regular and Auxiliary Members shall be entitled to vote on any matter submitted to the membership for vote.
Section 6. Application for membership shall be in writing and addressed to the Executive Committee, which may accept or reject any application for membership; however, no person, otherwise qualified for membership, shall be denied membership in this organization solely on the basis of race, religion, creed or ethnic origin.
Section 7. Any member of the organization may be dropped for good and sufficient cause by the Executive Committee after the individual has been given an opportunity to be heard. Recommendations for Honorary Membership may be submitted by any Regular Member; however, such recommendation shall be made in writing and addressed to the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS
Section 1. Officers of the organization shall consist of a President, Vice President of Programs, Secretary, Treasurer, Auxiliary Liaison and Chaplain .
Section 2. Officers shall be elected by the membership from among those members who qualify as Regular or Auxiliary Members, as set forth in Sections 1 and 2 of Article III, and shall hold office for two years, unless sooner removed or otherwise disqualified. Officers shall serve without compensation from funds of the organization, except for reimbursements outlined in Section 4 of this Article.
Section 3. A vacancy in the office of the President shall be filled by the Vice President for the unexpired term. Other vacancies among the offices may be filled by appointment of a qualified member by the President, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee.
Section 4. The President (or his/her designated representative) shall attend both the annual and mid-year convention/meeting of the Georgia Military Officers Association of America, Inc., and participate in the same as a Chapter Delegate. In this capacity, he/she (or his/her designated representative) will be reimbursed for his/her portion of the following costs: lodging, travel (government TDY rate), registration fees, and regular convention meals.
ARTICLE V – DUES
Section 1. Annual dues for Regular and Auxiliary Members of this organization shall be determined by the Executive Committee for each calendar year beginning January 1, and shall be payable on or before January 1 of each year.
Section 2. A member may be dropped from membership in the organization for non-payment of dues when his/her dues have remained unpaid for a period of 90 days after January 1 of the year for which due. A member who has been dropped for non-payment of dues may be reinstated upon reapplication for membership and payment of the current annual dues.
ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS
Section 1. The regular meeting of this organization shall be on a bi-monthly basis commencing in February, normally on the first Wednesday of the month. The program for the meeting will be announced by a email/letter to each member several days prior to the scheduled meeting.
Section 2. A quorum shall constitute all Regular and Auxiliary Members of the organization who are meeting as a result of a regularly scheduled meeting or a special meeting which has been announced in a timely manner, by written communication, to each member in good standing.
Section 3. Members are encouraged to bring quests to any meeting and will assume full responsibility for such guests.
ARTICLE VII – COMMITTEES
Section 1. There shall be an Executive Committee composed of the immediate past president and the elected officers of the Association. There shall be such additional committees as the president may appoint, including the following standing committees: Legislative, Program, Membership and Personal Affairs.
Section 2. The business management and the affairs of this organization shall be under the direction of the Executive Committee and it shall have authority to expend funds, incur liabilities, authorize contracts, and to attend to such other matters, connected with the conduct of the organization, as from time to time it may determine.
Section 3. The president shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the nomination committee.
Section 4. The president shall appoint an Audit Committee of not less than two members in November of each year to conduct a review of the Chapter’s financial records. The report of this committee shall be presented to the Executive Committee at their first regular meeting in February for acceptance into the permanent financial records of the Chapter.
ARTICLE VIII – LIABILITY
This organization is a non-profit organization operated solely and exclusively for the purposes set forth in Article 11 here-to. No member of this organization shall be liable for the debts, liabilities, or other financial obligation of the organization other than in the proper exercises of his function as an officer of the organization.
ARTICLE IX – ELECTIONS
Section 1. At the meeting of the organization held during August, the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee, consisting of 3 members, which will present at the October meeting the names of the officers and other members of the Executive Committee recommended to it to preside for the ensuing year.
Section 2. At the October meeting the recommendations of the Nominating Committee will be read and additional nominations will be called for from the floor. Nominations will then be closed and the election held. A majority of votes cast by the members present will determine the outcome of the election. The Secretary shall publish to the membership the results of the election. The newly elected officers and other members of the Executive Committee will take office at the December meeting.
ARTICLE X – CHANGES
The Constitution and By-Laws of this Association may be altered, amended, or changed; or a new Constitution and By-Laws may be adopted by a majority vote of the members present at a Regular meeting, provided each member has been provided written notification that a change is going to be discussed and voted upon at the particular meeting.
ARTICLE XI – THE AMERICAN AND CHAPTER FLAGS
The American Flag shall be displayed and honored at all meetings of this organization which are held indoors. The State Flag shall also be displayed at all such meetings.