The Destroyers Chapter By-Laws
Unincorporated DESTROYERS CHAPTER
SECOND MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION
The name of this association is the “DESTROYERS CHAPTER” of the SECOND MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION (the “Chapter”).
The Chapter is organized as a chapter of the Second Marine Division Association (the “National Assoication”). The Chapter is a nonprofit unincorporated organization and is not organized for private gain of any person. It is organized for public and charitable purposes.
Section 1. Membership in the Chapter shall consist of four classifications: Active, Associate, Honorary, and Inactive
A. Active Member: The Active membership shall consist of persons who are presently on active duty with the 2D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion or have served honorably together with members of the Armed Forces who were attached to and served with the Light Armored Vehicle Battalion (1984-1988), Light Armored Infantry Battalion (1988-1994), and the Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (1994-Present). The Active member must also be in good standing in the “National Organization”.
B. Associate Member: Any Veteran who has served honorably in the Armed Forces, or any relative or friend of the battalion shall be eligible for membership as an Associate Member. Associate Members shall have all rights, privileges and duties of Active Members except that they shall no be entitles to vote, nor shall be entitled to hold office in the Chapter. The Associate Member must also be in good standing in the “National Association”.
C. Honorary Member: The Honorary Membership shall consist of such persons the Officers deem worthy of such honor, and shall be carried on the rolls for one year. Honorary Members may, upon the request of the Officers, be permitted to serve in an advisory capacity, but shall not qualify to vote or hold elective office. They shall not be subject to the levying of dues or assessments, but shall hold membership as a privilege bestowed by the Chapter.
D. Inactive Member: Inactive membership applies to members of the Destroyer’s Chapter who are not current with annual dues. Inactive members shall not qualify to vote or hold an elected office.
Section 2. All applications for Active Membership shall be made to the Secretary in writing; Veterans need to supply a copy of their DD214, accompanied by annual dues to the “National Association”. The Officers shall approve all applications for membership.
Section 3. Until the chapter is incorporated, all applications must include the following words: “The applicant holds the Officers of the chapter harmless when carrying out their duties as specified in Article IV” of the Chapter’s Bylaws.
Section 4. Membership in the Chapter will be automatically suspended at the end of the last calendar year for which dues have not been paid, reinstatement following immediately and without loss of standing, upon renewal of dues to the “National Association”.
Section 5. The private property of the members of the Chapter shall not be subject to the payment of debts incurred by the Chapter.
Section 1. The Chapter shall have as Officers a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, a Chaplain, a Judge Advocate, and a Sergeant-at-Arms.
Section 2. Election of Officers. The election of Officers shall take place at the Annual Assembly of the Chapter. The election shall be conducted under the supervision of an in a manner prescribed by the President. The nominee for each office receiving the majority of votes cast by Active Members present at the Annual Assembly shall be declared elected. The election of Officers shall be the last order of business of the Annual Assembly.
Section 3. Term of Officers. Each officer so elected and installed in office shall hold office for two years or until his successor is duly elected and installed in office. Officers may serve more than one term.
Section 4. Vacancies. A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or any other cause shall be filled by the President until a new Officer is elected at the Annual Assembly.
Section 5. Removal and Resignation. Any officer may be removed, with or without cause, at the Annual Assembly of the Chapter, or a special meeting called by the Officers. Any Officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Chapter.
Section 6. Duties of Officers.
A. President. The President shall supervise the executive affairs of the Chapter and preside at all meetings of the Chapter.
B. Vice President. The Vice President shall assist the President and perform the duties of the President in the absence of the President. The Vice President shall also perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President.
C. Secretary. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep proper and necessary books for the recording of all the business of the Chapter. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all Annual Assemblies and other meetings and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President. The Secretary shall include all officers reports into the minutes of each meeting.
D. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have in his charge responsibility for all funds and all other fiscal property fo the Chapter. He shall deposit all money in a reputable bank designated by the Officers in the name of the Chapter. Withdrawals are to be made by check only. Checks are to be signed by designated Officers. The Treasurer shall submit an annual report to the Annual Assembly and a periodic report to the President when requested. Audits of the accounts of the Treasurer shall be performed at the request of the President. Until Incorporated, a report must be made to the National Headquarters no later than January 31st, reporting collections, expenditures and no retained profits.
E. Chaplain. It shall be the duty of the Chaplain to conduct all religious activities and send condolences to the next of kin of any members of the Chapter who have passed away, and condolences to the member as necessary.
F. Judge Advocate. It shall be the duty of the Judge Advocate to perform such legal duties as may be assigned to him by the President; to construe the laws of the National Association and Chapter; to advise the Officers and members on matters of law pertaining to the National Association and Chapter; and to discharge such other duties as properly pertain to the Judge Advocate office.
G. Sergeant-at-Arms. It shall be the duty of the Sergeant-at-Arms to preserve order at the Annual Assembly and at all other meetings of the Chapter. He shall also perform such duties as may be assigned to him by the President.
Section 1. Each year, the Chapter shall hold an annual meeting, at a time and place fixed by the Officers for the purposes of election of Officers, review and approval of the Chapter’s budget and transaction of other business. This annual meeting is referred to in these Bylaws as the “Annual Assembly”.
Section 2. Every Active Member present shall be entitled to vote in the Annual Assembly.
Section 3. Roberts’ Revised Rules of Order shall govern the procedures and forms of business except where otherwise provided in these Bylaws.
Section 4. The Officers will determine the Annual Assembly site and date.
Section 1. The administration and conduct of business and the exercise of power and authority of the Chapter shall be vested in the Officers of the Chapter.
Section 2. The Officers shall be Active Members elected biennially as provided in Article IV of these Bylaws.
Section 3. Active members only shall have the right to vote and be eligible to hold office.
Section 4. Associate and Honorary Members may be appointed to serve on the various committees in unofficial capacities.
Section 5. The President of the Chapter may call meetings of members, if the meeting notice is posted at least ten (10) days in advance. Any business of the Chapter may be transacted at these meetings.
Section 1. No Officer of member shall obligate the Chapter financially in any manner.
BONDING of OFFICERS
Section 1. The President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer shall be bonded.
Section 1. These Bylaws or any part thereof may be adopted, amended or repealed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Active Members voting in the Annual Assembly or by a referendum of the majority of Active Members of the Chapter.
Section 1. If there is a conflict between the Chapter Bylaws and the Bylaws of the National Association, the National Association’s Bylaws shall have precedence over the Bylaws of the Chapter.
Scott A. Durano – President
James B. Cuneo – Vice President
Dennis V. Krohn – Treasurer
Robert O. Stack – Judge Advocate