Chapter By-Laws

BY-LAWS OF THE NORTH TEXAS – AUDIE MURPHY CHAPTER

ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY
NORTH TEXAS – AUDIE MURPHY CHAPTER

ARTICLE I, TITLE

This organization, chartered under the authority of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), shall be known as North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter.

ARTICLE II, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

SECTION1: AIMS. The aims and objectives of the North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter of the Association of the United States Army shall be wholly educational, literary, scientific; fostering esprit de corps, dissemination of professional knowledge, and the promotion of the efficiency of the Army’s components of the Armed Forces and our Country; and by local action to further the aims and objectives of the Association of the United States Army.

SECTION 2: OBJECTIVES. The Chapter will neither propagate extremist activities nor advocate violence against others or the violent overthrow of the Government. This Chapter will support the Constitution of the United States, and the democratic principles upon which this country was founded.

SECTION 3: MISSION. The mission of North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army is to support the needs of our stakeholders, to include: a. Active and Reserve Component Army personnel and their families b. Retired Army personnel and their families c. North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter area corporations, local governments, and community groups which seek to support the Army d. North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter citizens who seek to learn more about the Army e. Provide support for JROTC, ROTC and youth programs supporting Army Values.

SECTION 4: PROGRAMS. The Chapter will support these stakeholders through targeted programs such as: a. Monthly informational and networking meetings for members and friends b. Regional and national gatherings to seek and provide information c. Assistance to recruiting, retention, training, and morale support activities d. Informational briefings about the Army for local corporations, governments, and individuals e. Specific projects to support the needs of service members, veterans and their families f. Provide support for JROTC, ROTC and youth programs supporting Army Values.

SECTION 5: GOAL. Chapter members will individually and collectively seek to effectively represent the best traditions and interests of the Army in this region.

ARTICLE III, CHAPTER AREA

SECTION 1: AREA. The area encompassed by North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter of the Association of the United States Army shall include the geographic area defined by the footprint based on postal (zip) codes as specified by National Headquarters. The current footprint, shown in Appendix 1, includes 114 of Texas’ 254 counties, extending from Texarkana in the East to Loving County in the West, following the Oklahoma border on the North, and in the South following the north edges of the following 4th Region Chapters: • Bradley (El Paso) • Alamo (San Antonio) • Central Texas (Fort Hood) • Texas Capitol • Houston Metroplex.

ARTICLE IV, MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1: ELGIBILITY AND CLASSES.

Membership in the North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter of the Association of the United States Army shall be open to all those persons affiliated with or with place of business in the regional area as designated in Article III above, and who subscribe to Article II of these By-Laws. a. Types of membership shall include General and, Life memberships. b. Others may become members by specific request to National Headquarters. c. The Chapter may institute honorary memberships, which will not be carried as such on National rolls. d. National Sustaining Member Companies may not be members of this chapter, but National sustaining member designees will be accepted as members. e. Corporate members will be affiliated with the Chapter and corporate member designees will be enrolled as Chapter members. The Chapter activities will not seek to deprive individuals of their civil rights.

SECTION 2: TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP.

Membership in the North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter may remain in force so long as the member maintains current status by payment of dues and meets such additional requirements of this Chapter, as may be established by the officers and members of the North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter and approved by the parent organization.

ARTICLE V, OFFICERS, ADVISORS AND COMMITTEES

SECTION 1: OFFICERS.

The officers of the North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter (North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter) shall consist of: a President, an Immediate Past President, a First Vice President (aka President Elect); Vice Presidents for Individual Membership, for Corporate Membership, for Programs, a Secretary and a Treasurer. Members of the Regular military service, or National Guard or Reserve personnel on extended active duty, may not hold an elected office, with the exception of the Secretary and/or Treasurer.

SECTION 2: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

The Executive Committee (EXCO) shall consist of: the President, President Elect, the Vice Presidents, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Immediate Past President. This Committee shall have the power to act in the Chapter’s name in situations requiring decisions before the next scheduled chapter meeting, and will meet at the call of the President.

SECTION 3: ADVISORY COUNCIL.

There shall be an Advisory Council comprised of representatives of the major Army stakeholders in the North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter region as reviewed and determined annually by the Executive Committee. The Chairman shall be appointed by the President with advice and consent of the EXCO. These Council members may include, but may not be limited to the following: a. Chairman b. Spouse Activities c. Recruiting Command Liaisons d. Reserve Component Unit and Association Liaison e. ROTC Liaison f. JROTC Liaisons g. Liaison with West Point and Military Officers of America Associations h. Military Order of the World Wars Liaison i. Operation Veterans Support (Rotary International) Liaison j. AUSA Resolution Liaison k. North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter Leadership Program Director.

SECTION 5: STATUS AND POWERS.

The officers enumerated above shall be the governing body of the North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter (North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter). They shall govern in accordance with the By-Laws of the Association of the United States Army and the By-Laws of North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter.

SECTION 6: TERMS OF OFFICE AND SUCCESSION.

a. All officers elected shall serve for a period of two years. Advisory Council members will also serve for two years. The membership shall vote for the slate during the month of June, and the new officers will assume their duties on 1 July. b. Should any elected official, with the exception of the First Vice President (President Elect), fail to complete their terms of office for any reason, the President is empowered, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, to appoint a replacement for the duration of the vacated term of office. Should the First Vice President (President Elect) fail to complete his/her term of office, no appointment will be made and the nomination for a President for the following administrative year will be placed on the ballot for election at the annual General Membership Meeting in June. c. Should the President fail to complete his/her term of office, the First Vice President (President Elect) shall assume his/her duties. Should the First Vice President (President Elect) position be vacant for any reason, a special election shall be held at the next General Membership Meeting to fill the position until the next slate of officers is selected in June. In the interim, the Secretary shall fill in as President until the special election is held.

SECTION 7: DUTIES OF OFFICERS a. President: The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Audie Murphy Chapter and will preside at all meetings, councils, and other advisory bodies to serve the interest of the Chapter. During the President’s absence, the President Elect shall perform those duties. b. First Vice President (President Elect): The First Vice President (President Elect) shall perform duties defined by the President, shall act for the President whenever the latter is absent or unable to serve, and will be responsible for the development of the Chapter Plan to be implemented the following chapter year. The incumbent will assume duties of President at the end of his/her term as First Vice President (President Elect). c. Vice Presidents. The several Vice Presidents shall perform duties, as defined by the President, within the implied scope of their respective titles. The order of precedence, in the absence of both the President and President Elect shall be as listed in Section 1 of this article. d. Secretary. The Secretary shall be responsible for recording the minutes of the Chapter meetings and the meetings of the Executive Committee. He/She shall keep the record of the membership of the Chapter and shall conduct and maintain a complete record of Chapter correspondence. He/She shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the President. e. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall receive and account for all monies paid into or out of the Chapter Fund. He/She shall establish and operate a system of accounts for the Chapter and shall render reports monthly to the President. He/She will include checking and savings accounts in all reports. The Treasurer will submit to the Treasurer at National Headquarters financial reports on forms supplied by National Headquarters covering a calendar year. Date of submission will be as indicated by the National Treasurer.

SECTION 8: APPOINTED POSITIONS. The following positions shall be appointed annually by the President with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee. Incumbents will serve the same term as the appointing officer: a. Advisory Council members’ b. Chaplain. Their duties, where otherwise not prescribed by these By-Laws, shall be within the implied scope of their titles, as modified by the President. Other positions may be filled by appointment as required, with incumbents to serve for the period of the appointing officer.

SECTION 9: COMMITTEES. Any elected officer may recommend, for appointment by the President, committee chairpersons as may be needed to further the mission of the Chapter. All appointed committees automatically are dissolved at the end of the term of the President, unless specifically extended at a meeting of the Executive Committee. They may be dissolved at any other time by the President. Creation and dissolving of any committee should be made a matter of record in the minutes of the first Executive Committee meeting thereafter.

ARTICLE VI, FINANCIAL CONTROLS

The Chapter derives its legal existence from the charter for the Association of the U.S. Army, incorporated in the District of Columbia on 5 July 1950, and operating as an educational organization exempt from Federal income taxation under the terms of Section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Financial administration will be conducted in accordance with the written procedures approved by the Executive Committee. The Federal Government will not have any liability for the Chapter’s actions or debts. Public and Association Professional liability insurance coverage for the Chapter and its officers is provided by AUSA National for permitted activities of the chapters. The chapter will not incur debts beyond its financial capacity to make payments when due. The Chapter will meet all required Federal, State and jurisdictional laws. Chapter members are not liable for debts of, or claims against, the Chapter.

ARTICLE VII, MEETINGS

SECTION 1: ANNUAL MEETING. An annual chapter meeting of the general membership shall be held in the month of June. A specific agenda item for this meeting will be the election of Chapter Officers. The elected officers will begin their duties in the month of July of the same year.

SECTION 2: To the extent possible, there shall be at least one meeting of the general membership in each of the remaining calendar quarters.

SECTION 3: Special meetings of the general membership may be called by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.

SECTION 4: QUORUM. Ten percent of the active individual members or a minimum of 25 present shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business at a chapter meeting.

ARTICLE VIII, AMENDMENTS

These By-Laws may be amended at any General Membership meeting by a majority of those present and voting, provided advance notice of fifteen days or more of such proposed amendment has been given, and provided further, that such change must be approved by the National Association.

ARTICLE X, DISSOLUTION

In the event that this Chapter shall cease to exist for any reason, all assets remaining after all obligations have been satisfied will be transferred to National Headquarters.

ARTICLE XI, ADOPTION and APPROVAL

These By-Laws adopted by the chapter membership on 14 April 2015. Next by-law update is due in 2019