USS WILLARD KEITH REUNION ASSOCIATION
Article 1 - Name
The name of this association shall be “USS Willard Keith Reunion Association”.
Article 2 - Object
The object of this association shall be to convene at a location accessible to as many members as possible for a memorable and affordable time of re-acquainting while remembering and re-telling shared shipboard experiences.
Article 3 - Membership
To be eligible for admission to membership an individual is required to have served on board the USS Willard Keith DD-775 and to pay an annual membership fee to be set and regulated by a majority vote of the members.
Article 4 – Meetings
An annual business meeting shall be held before the farewell banquet. The time and place will be decided upon by the voluntary host reunion chairman.
At all meetings of the Association the order of business shall follow the “Roberts Rules of Order”.
Article 5 – Reunion
The Reunion Association shall try to convene once each year during the month of May at a time and place agreeable to the majority of the membership and adhering to the Reunion Association “Reunion Guidelines”.
A volunteer host shall be designated by the Board of Directors for the purpose of planning, scheduling and conducting the next successive reunion.
The volunteer host shall be designated the Reunion Chairman and shall be assisted by a volunteer committee of his own choosing.
The Reunion Chairman shall be authorized to make all arrangements for the annual meeting and shall keep the Board of Directors, Secretary and Treasurer apprised of his progress.
Final arrangements shall be approved by the Board of Directors.
Article 6 – Officers and Elections
At the Annual Meeting there shall be elected by ballot or by show of hands by the members of the association in person: a Secretary, a Treasurer, and three Directors.
At the annual meeting the Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected for a term of ____ years, each being allowed to succeed himself if agreeable to the membership. The terms of the Directors shall be for a period of three years for two Directors and two years for one Director, with each being allowed to succeed himself if agreeable to the membership.
The members elected at each annual meeting shall assume their office immediately.
In case a vacancy shall occur during the year in any office, such vacancy may be filled by the Board of Directors, for the unexpired term.
The Directors shall be the officers of the Association. The Secretary and Treasurer shall not cast a vote on Association business.
Article 7 – Duties
The Directors shall perform such duties that usually devolve upon such officers.
The Treasurer shall make a report at the annual meeting showing the financial condition of the Association and within 30 days shall submit a detailed report to the Directors on the state of paid memberships.
The Directors shall manage the affairs of the Association. Two Directors shall constitute a quorum.
Article 8 – Dues
Annual dues shall be set by a membership vote at the annual business meeting.
Article 9 – Complaints
All complaints shall be made in writing to the Secretary, who shall refer them to the Board of Directors for a decision.
Article 10 – Amendments
Amendments to the by-laws may be made at any annual business meeting by a majority vote of members present.
In the event that the Association is dissolved, the assets of the Association shall be distributed to a naval service organization, such organization to be determined by the then-serving Board of Directors.
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