Constitution

Constitution

National Federation of the Blind Krafters Division Article 1. name: The name of this organization shall be National Federation of the Blind Krafters Division

Article 2. Purpose: The National Federation of the Blind Krafters Division shall function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind. It strives to promote the common and professional asperations and success of the blind in developing crafts by sharing the spirit and techniques of other blind crafters across the nation. This organization shares the vision that blindness is no obstacle to the enjoyment or profitability of imaginative, hand-made creations.

Article 3. Membership. Section One–Active Members: At least a majority of the active members of this organization must be blind. Active membership shall be of two classifications: active members who are affiliated with local and state divisions and active members who are not affiliated with local and state divisions. A. All active members of local and state divisions shall automatically become active members of this organization with the right to vote, serve on committees, speak on the floor, and hold office. B. Any person who is not affiliated with a local or state division may become an active member of this organization by receiving a majority vote of the active members present and voting at a regular meeting or by complying with requirements established at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors. Section Two–Supporting Members. Any person may become a supporting member of this organization through procedures established by the membership or the Board of Directors. Supporting members shall have all the rights and privileges of active members, except that they may not vote, hold office or serve on the Board of Directors. Supporting members shall not pay dues. Section Three–Disciplinary Action Any member may be expelled, and any state Division may be expelled, suspended or reorganized for violation of this Constitution or for conduct unbecoming to a member or division of the Federation by a majority vote of the active members present and voting at any regular business meeting of this organization, or by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors or the membership may re-instate any person who has been expelled unless such expulsion has been confirmed by the National Convention or the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind, in which event the person may not be reinstated except by the National Board. Any person who feels that he/she has been unjustly disciplined or expelled from this organization or any state division that feels that it has been unjustly disciplined, reorganized, or expelled may appeal to the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind which may (in its discretion) consider the matter and make a binding decision; but until or unless the action of discipline, reorganization or expulsion is reversed by the National Board, it shall continue in effect.

Article 4. State Divisions. Any organized group desiring to become a local or state Division of the National Federation of the Blind Krafters Division shall apply for affiliation by submitting to the President of the National Federation of the Blind Krafters Division a copy of its Constitution and a list of the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses (when available) of its members and elected officers. When the National Federation of the Blind Krafters Division, either in regular meeting or by action of its Board of Directors, shall have approved the application, it shall issue to the State or Local Division a Certificate of Acceptance. Annually, on or before January 1, each Local or State Division shall provide to the Treasurer of the National Federation of the Blind Krafters Division a current list of its members, their names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses (when available), and their national dues. Upon request the Local or State Division shall also provide to the NFB Krafters Division President a list of the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses (when available) of local and state division members and a financial report for the preceding year. The fiscal year of this organization shall be the calendar year. As new members enter Local and State Divisions, their names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses (when available) and National Division dues shall be sent without delay to the national organization. No group shall be accepted as a State Division and no group shall remain a State Division unless a majority of its voting members are blind. The President, the Vice President(s), and at least a majority of the Board of Directors of the State Division must be blind. The President of the NFB Krafters Division shall be ex officio a member of each State Division. In the event of the dissolution of the State Division, or if (for whatever reason) a State Division ceases to be a part of this organization, its assets shall become the property of the National Federation of the Blind Krafters Division; and it shall forthwith cease to use the name National Federation of the Blind, Federation of the Blind or any variant thereof.

Article V. Officers and Their Duties. There shall be elected at the regular annual meeting during each even-numbered year: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The two-year terms of these officers shall begin at the close of the meeting at which they are elected and qualified. Officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the active members present and voting. There shall be no proxy voting. If no nominee receives a majority vote on the first ballot, the name of the person receiving the fewest votes shall be dropped from the list of nominees, and a secodd ballot shall be taken. This procedure shall continue until one of the nominees has received a majority vote from the active members present and voting. The duties of each officer shall be those ordinarily associated with that office. The President and the Vice Presidents must be blind.

Article VI. Board of Directors. The Board of Directors of this organization shall consist of the five constitutional officers and two additional members who shall be elected for two-year terms in odd-numbered years. At the organizational meeting in 2008 the two Board Members shall be elected for one-year terms. Board members shall be elected in the same manner as that prescribed for the election of officers. The Board shall meet at the call of the President or by request of any 3 Board members. The Board shall advise the President and shall have charge of the affairs of the organization between meetings. At least 4 members of the Board of Directors must be present at any meeting to constitute a quorum to transact business. The Board may be polled by telephone, mail ballot, or by email on any question. A majority of the Board must be blind.

Article VII–Meetings. Section One–REGULAR meetings This organization shall hold annual meetings at the time and place of the Convention of the National Federation of the Blind. At least ten active members must be present to constitute a quorum to transact business at any meeting. Members may be polled by telephone, mail ballot, or by email on any question, except elections and Constitutional Amendments. Section Two. Special Meetings. The president of this organization may call a special meeting of the body at any time he/she or a majority of the Board of Directors deems such action to be desirable. Notice of special meetings must be sent by mail and/or email to the membership at least ten days before the meeting.

Article VIII. Committees. The President may appoint such committees as he/she or the organization deems necessary. The President shall be ex officio a member of all committees.

Article Ix. Affiliation. The National Federation of the Blind Krafters Division shall be a Division of the National Federation of the Blind. A copy of the Constitution of the NFB Krafters Division and of all amendments to the Constitution shall be sent without delay to the President of the National Federation of the Blind for approval. The NATIONAL Federation of the Blind Krafters Division shall not merely be a social organization, but shall actively work to formulate programs for crafters and to promote the economic and social betterment of the blind. This organization and its local and state Divisions shall comply with the provisions of the Constitution of the National Federation of the Blind. Policy decisions of the National Federation of the Blind (whether made by the National Convention or the National Board of Directors) are binding on this organization, its Local and State Divisions and members. This organization, its Local and State Divisions and members shall participate affirmatively in carrying out policy decisions. As a condition of affiliation, it is agreed by this organization that the NATIONAL Federation of the Blind (whether by action of the national organization or the national Board) has the power to expel or discipline an individual member and to expel or reorganize a Local or State Division. In the event of reorganization, the assets of the Division and its State Divisions belong to the reorganized Division; and the former Division shall dissolve and cease to exist. The name National Federation of the Blind, Federation of the Blind or any variant thereof is the property of the National Federation of the Blind and this organization or any of its Local or State Divisions which ceases to be a part of the National Federation of the Blind (for whatever reason) shall forfeit the right to use the name National Federation of the Blind, Federation of the Blind or any variant thereof. The President of the National Federation of the Blind shall ex officio be a member of this organization and each of its Local and State Divisions.

Article X. Dues. The dues of this organization shall be determined by the membership. Dues shall be paid annually. State Divisions shall pay dues for their members. Members who are not affiliated with State Divisions shall pay their dues before or during annual meetings. No person may vote who is delinquent in the payment of his/her dues.

Article XI. Disbursement of Funds. The funds of this organization shall be deposited in a bank to be selected by the Treasurer with the approval of the President. All financial obligations of this organization shall be paid by check issued on order of the President and signed by the Treasurer or by an assistant Treasurer with the approval of the membership or the Board of Directors.

Article XII. Dissolution. In the event of the dissolution of this organization or if (for whatever reason it ceases to be a part of the National Federation of the Blind) its assets shall be given to the National Federation of the Blind to be held in trust for a reorganized Division. In the event that no Division is organized for a period of two years from the date this Division ceases to be a part of the National Federation of the Blind, the assets become the property of the National Federation of the Blind. If the dissolution of this organization should occur and if at that time the National Federation of the Blind is no longer a tax-exempt organization under the provisions of the federal Internal Revenue Code or if the National Federation of the Blind has been dissolved, all assets of this organization shall be given to an organization with similar purposes which has received tax-exempt certification from the federal Internal Revenue Service.

Article XIII Amendments. This Constitution may be amended at any regular meeting of this organization by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the active members present and voting, provided the proposed amendment has been submitted in writing to the membership at least ten days before the meeting and provided it is in compliance with the Articles of Affiliation of the National Federation of the Blind.
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