GR/MA Veteran Association

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Bylaws adopted 2013

 

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BYLAWS OF THE

Graves Registration and Mortuary Affairs Reunion Association

ARTICLE I

OFFICE AND REGISTERED AGENT

Section 1. Principal Office. The principal office of the Graves Registration and Mortuary Affairs Reunion Association shall be in the State in which the Treasurer resides.

Section 2. Registered Office and Agent. The Association shall have and continuously maintain a registered office and a registered agent in the State of Virginia, as required by the State of Virginia Nonprofit Association Act. The registered agent shall be either an individual resident of the State or an Association authorized to transact business in the State.

ARTICLE II

PURPOSES

The purposes for which the Association is formed are as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation. Mission Statement - an explanation of who and why we are:

We are a non-profit association comprised of veterans of all conflicts with GR/MA experience, MOS, or duty with any GR/MA or DOD mortuary unit. We also have associate members who have a long standing interest in GR/MA or friendship with a veteran of this service.

Our purpose is to honor our ongoing commitment to the dignity, reverence, and respect with which we have served our fallen service members, and to share the history and camaraderie of this very special service with each other and those who are unaware of this service.

Our members seek to reach out and share our experiences with those new to this service. We are available to any soldier or veteran or DOD contractor who needs to talk or share their military experience. We understand what our peers and younger 57F's and 92M's have been through; "We have been there". Our spouses and significant others offer family support. We are willing to help in navigating through the VA system when the need arises. Seeking emotional health support is not a weakness, but "A normal reaction to an abnormal situation"

We are especially interested in those recently deployed or returned from service, recently graduated GR/MA specialists, and those attending the MA Quartermaster School.

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Classes and Qualifications. The Board of Directors shall determine and set forth in separate documents the qualifications, dues, terms, and other conditions of each class of member. There shall be the following classes of members:

a. Regular members: Individual members shall consist of those individuals with currently paid up membership dues and who meet any additional requirements for individual membership as may be imposed by the Board of Directors from time to time.

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b. Associate members shall consist of any individual that with currently paid up membership dues and that meets any additional requirements for Associate membership as may be imposed by the Board of Directors from time to time.

c. Honorary Members: The Board of Directors may designate individuals who do not qualify under the foregoing categories as honorary members, using such criteria as the Board may develop.

Section 2. Voting Rights. Only regular and associate members in good standing shall have the right to vote at the annual meeting of the members on those items specified in Section 3 (below), as well as to vote on such other issues as the Board may choose to bring before the members. Other classes of members may attend meetings, but may not vote.

Section 3. Membership Meetings.

a. There shall be an annual meeting of the members upon such date, time and place as the Board shall determine. During the annual meeting, voting members shall have the right to vote on the following matters only: election of the Board of Directors and officers, approval of the annual budget proposed by the Board, approval of any amendments to the By-laws that may be proposed by the Board. Voting on all other matters is expressly reserved for the Board of Directors.

b. Special meetings of the members may be called by the President of the Board or upon the request of 66 percent of the voting members. Members shall receive not less than 7 days prior written notice of special meetings. Notice shall be given in the manner specified in Section 2 of Article VII of these bylaws, and the notice shall state the purposes of the special meeting.

Section 4. Quorum and Voting. Each voting member in good standing shall have one vote at any meeting of the members. A quorum shall consist of 66 percent of the total voting members present either in person or by proxy. A majority of the votes cast at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall constitute the action of the members.

Section 5. Removal. Any member may be removed from membership by a two thirds vote of the Board of Directors only for cause, which is defined as failure to pay dues, etc.

ARTICLE IV

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1. Powers. There shall be a Board of Directors of the Association, which shall supervise and control the business, property, and affairs of the Association, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, the Articles of corporation of the Association, or these Bylaws. 3

Section 2. Number and Qualifications. The members of the initial Board of Directors of the Association shall be those individuals named in the Articles of corporation and shall serve until their successors are elected and qualified. Thereafter, the Board of Directors of the Association shall be composed of no less than four (4) and no more than seven (7) individuals. The number of directors may be decreased, but no decrease shall have the effect of shortening the term of any incumbent director.

Section 3. Election and Term of Office. The members of the Board of Directors shall be comprised of the officers elected by the voting members at the annual meeting of the members. Directors on the Board of Directors shall serve for a term of two (2) years.

Section 4. Resignation. Any director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President of the Association. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein or, if no time is specified, at the time of acceptance thereof as determined by the President of the Association.

Section 5. Removal. Any director may be removed from such office, with or without cause, by a two-thirds vote of the voting members at any regular or special meeting of the members called expressly for that purpose.

Section 6. Vacancies. Vacancies shall be filled by majority vote of the remaining members of the Board of Directors for the unexpired term.

Section 7. Regular Meetings. A regular annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Association shall be held each year, at such time, day, and place as shall be designated by the Board of Directors.

Section 8. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called at the direction of the President or by a majority of the voting directors then in office, to be held at such time, day, and place as shall be designated in the notice of the meeting.

Section 9. Notice. Notice of the time, day, and place of any meeting of the Board of Directors shall be given at least seven (7) days previous to the meeting and in the manner set forth in Section 2 of Article VII. The purpose for which a special meeting is called shall be stated in the notice. Any director may waive notice of any meeting by a written statement executed either before or after the meeting. Attendance and participation at a meeting without objection to notice shall also constitute a waiver of notice.

Section 10. Quorum. A majority of the directors then in office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board of Directors.

Section 11. Manner of Acting. Except as otherwise expressly required by law, the Articles of Incorporation of the Association, or these Bylaws, the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors present at any meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors. Each director shall have one vote. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted. 4

Section 12. Unanimous Written Consent In Lieu of a Meeting. The Board may take action without a meeting if written consent to the action is signed by all of the directors.

Section 13. Telephone Meeting. Any one or more directors may participate in a meeting of the Board of Directors by means of a conference telephone or similar telecommunications device, which allows all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other. Participation by telephone shall be equivalent to presence in person at the meeting for purposes of determining if a quorum is present.

Section 14. Conflicts of Interest.

(a) In the event that any director has a conflict of interest that might properly limit such director’s fair and impartial participation in Board deliberations or decisions, such director shall inform the Board as to the circumstances of such conflict. If those circumstances require the nonparticipation of the affected director, the Board may nonetheless request from the director any appropriate non-confidential information which might inform its decisions. "Conflict of interest," as referred to herein, shall include but shall not be limited to, any transaction by or with the Association in which a director has a direct or indirect personal interest, or any transaction in which a director is unable to exercise impartial judgment or otherwise act in the best interests of the Association.

(b) No director shall cast a vote, nor take part in the final deliberation in any matter in which he or she, members of his or her immediate family or any organization to which such director has allegiance, has a personal interest that may be seen as competing with the interest of the Association. Any director who believes he or she may have such a conflict of interest shall so notify the Board prior to deliberation on the matter in question, and the Board shall make the final determination as to whether any director has a conflict of interest in any matter. The minutes of the Board meeting shall reflect disclosure of any conflict of interest and the recusal of the interested director.

ARTICLE V

OFFICERS

Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The Association shall have such other assistant officers as the Board of Directors may deem necessary and such officers shall have the authority prescribed by the Board. One person may hold more than one office, other than the offices of President and Secretary.

Section 2. Election of Officers. The officers of the Association shall be elected by the voting members at the annual meeting (Reunion) of the members.

Section 3. Term of Office. The officers of the Association shall be installed at the annual meeting at which they are elected and shall hold office for two (2) years until the next annual meeting or until their respective successors shall have been duly elected. 5

Section 4. Resignation. Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President of the Board. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified in the notice, or if no time is specified, then immediately.

Section 5. Removal. Any officer may be removed from such office, with or without cause, by a two-thirds vote of the voting members at any regular or special meeting of the members expressly for that purpose.

Section 6. Vacancies. A vacancy in any office shall be filled by the Board of Directors for the unexpired term.

Section 7. President. The President shall give active direction and have control of the business and affairs of the Association. He or she may sign contracts or other instruments, which the Board of Directors has authorized to be executed, and shall perform all duties incident to the office of President as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.

Section 8. Vice-President. Acts as the President in his or her absence; assist the President on the duties of the President Works with the board of directors and other senior executives of the organization, the vice president plans, develops and enforces policies and objectives for the organization to ensure it maintains its values and meets established goals.

Section 9. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors; see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws, ensure staff members keep corporate records; and in general perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

Section 10. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be responsible for and oversee all financial administration of the Association. The Treasurer shall ensure staff members properly receive and give receipts for moneys due and payable to the Association and deposit all such moneys in the name of the Association in appropriate banks, and in general perform all the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the Board of Directors.

Section 11. Bonding. If requested by the Board of Directors, any person entrusted with the handling of funds or valuable property of the Association shall furnish, at the expense of the Association, a fidelity bond, approved by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VI

COMMITTEES

Section 1. Committees of Directors. The Board of Directors, by resolution adopted by a majority of the directors in office, may designate and appoint one or more committees, each consisting of two or more members, which committees shall have and exercise the authority of the Board of Directors in the governance of the Association. However, no committee shall have the authority to amend or repeal these 6

Bylaws, elect or remove any officer or director, adopt a plan of merger, or authorize the voluntary dissolution of the Association.

Section 2. Executive Committee. Between meetings of the Board of Directors, the day-to-day affairs of the Association may be conducted by an Executive Committee, the membership of which shall be as set forth in a resolution of the Board.

Section 3. Other Committees and Task Forces. The Board of Directors may create and appoint members to such other committees and task forces as they shall deem appropriate. Such committees and task forces shall have the power and duties designated by the Board of Directors, and shall give advice and make non-binding recommendations to the Board.

Section 4. Term of Office. Each member of a committee shall serve for one (1) year until the next annual meeting of the Board of Directors and until a successor is appointed, unless the committee is sooner dissolved.

Section 5. Vacancies. Vacancies in the membership of committees may be filled by the President of the Board.

Section 6. Rules. Each committee and task force may adopt rules for its meetings not inconsistent with these Bylaws or with any rules adopted by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VII

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Section 1. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Association shall be September 1 to September 1 of the following year.

Section 2. Notice. Whenever under the provisions of these Bylaws notice is required to be given to a director, officer, or committee member, such notice shall be given in writing by first-class mail or overnight delivery service with postage prepaid to such person at his or her address as it appears on the records of the Association. Such notice shall be deemed to have been given when deposited in the mail or the delivery service. Notice may also be given by facsimile, electronic mail, or hand delivery, and will be deemed given when received.

ARTICLE VIII

INDEMNIFICATION

Unless otherwise prohibited by law, the Association shall indemnify any director or officer or any former director or officer, and may by resolution of the Board of Directors indemnify any employee, against any and all expenses and liabilities incurred by him or her in connection with any claim, action, suit, or proceeding to which he or she is made a party by reason of being a director, officer, or employee. However, there shall be no indemnification in relation to matters as to which he or she shall be adjudged 7

to be guilty of a criminal offense or liable to the Association for damages arising out of his or her own gross negligence in the performance of a duty to the Association.

Amounts paid in indemnification of expenses and liabilities may include, but shall not be limited to, counsel fees and other fees; costs and disbursements; and judgments, fines, and penalties against, and amounts paid in settlement by, such director, officer, or employee. The Association may advance expenses or, where appropriate, may itself undertake the defense of any director, officer, or employee. However, such director, officer, or employee shall repay such expenses if it should be ultimately determined that he or she is not entitled to indemnification under this Article.

The Board of Directors may also authorize the purchase of insurance on behalf of any director, officer, employee, or other agent against any liability incurred by him which arises out of such person's status as a director, officer, employee, or agent, whether or not the Association would have the power to indemnify the person against that liability under law.

ARTICLE IX

AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS

These By-laws may be amended or new By-laws adopted upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds (all of the votes entitled to be cast by the members) of the voting members at any regular or special meeting of the members. The notice of the meeting shall set forth a summary of the proposed amendments.