[Ohio-talk] THE CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF OHIO

Cheryl Fields cherylelaine1957 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 26 12:58:58 UTC 2018


 Thank you Richard for this document and the code of contact. See you in
six days!

On Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 8:40 AM Ali Benmerzouga via Ohio-Talk <
ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> Thanks Richard. Take care. Ali
>
>
>
> From: Ohio-Talk <ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Richard Payne
> via Ohio-Talk
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> Subject: [Ohio-talk] THE CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE
> BLIND OF OHIO
>
>                 THE CONSTITUTION OF
>         THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF OHIO
>         Adopted November 6, 1987
>         Amended November 7, 1998
>         Amended November 3, 2013
>
>         ARTICLE I. NAME
>         The name of this organization is The Ohio Council of the Blind
> Inc. It shall do business under the trade name of the National Federation
> of the Blind of Ohio.
>
>         ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
>         The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio is to
> serve as a vehicle for collective action for the blind of the state; to
> function as a mechanism through which the blind and interested sighted
> people can come together in local and statewide meetings to plan and carry
> out programs to improve the quality of life for the blind; to provide a
> means of collective action for parents of blind children; to promote the
> vocational, cultural, and social advancement of the blind; to achieve the
> integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality with the
> sighted; to take other action which will improve the overall condition and
> standard of living of the blind; to act as the Ohio affiliate of the
> National Federation of the Blind; and to support the National Federation of
> the Blind financially to the greatest extent possible.
>
>         ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
> Section A. Admission to Membership
>         At least a majority of the members of this organization must be
> blind. All members in good standing of local chapters or of divisions are
> automatically members of this organization with the right to vote, serve on
> committees, and speak on the floor.
> Section B. Expulsion
>         Any member, local chapter, or division may after an opportunity is
> presented for a hearing be expelled for violation of this Constitution or
> for conduct unbecoming to a member of the Federation by a majority of the
> members present and voting at any regular business session of this
> organization, or by a two-thirds vote of the board of directors. If the
> action is to be taken by the board, there must be good cause, and a good
> faith effort must have been made to try to resolve the problem by
> discussion and negotiation.
>         The state Convention may reinstate any person, chapter, or
> division that has been expelled unless such expulsion has been confirmed by
> the National Convention or by the board of directors of the National
> Federation of the Blind, in which event the person, chapter, or division
> may not be reinstated except by the National Convention or by the national
> board. Any person who believes that he or she or the chapter or division of
> which he or she is a member has been unjustly expelled from this
> organization 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.
>
>         ARTICLE IV. LOCAL CHAPTERS AND DIVISIONS
> Section A. Admission of Local Chapters and Divisions
>         Any organized group desiring to become a local chapter or division
> of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio shall apply for affiliation
> by submitting to the president of the National Federation of the Blind of
> Ohio a copy of its constitution and a list of the names, addresses, and
> telephone numbers of its members and elected officers. When the National
> Federation of the Blind of Ohio either in Convention assembled or by action
> of its board of directors shall have approved the application, it shall
> issue a charter of affiliation to the local chapter or division. Annually,
> on or before January 1, each local chapter or division shall provide to the
> secretary of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio a current list of
> the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses when
> applicable of its members. At the same time the treasurer shall forward to
> the treasurer of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio the state
> dues for each member of the group. Upon written request by the president, a
> detailed financial report for the past year shall be provided within thirty
> (30 days). Each local chapter or division is charged a flat tax of $10. The
> financial year of this organization shall be the calendar year. As new
> members enter the local chapter or division, their names, addresses,
> telephone numbers, and email addresses when applicable shall be sent
> without delay to the secretary of the state organization.
> Section B. Requirements for Affiliation
>         No group shall be accepted as a chapter or division and no group
> shall remain a chapter or division unless a majority of its voting members
> are blind, except in the case of the Parents Division. The president, the
> vice president (or vice presidents), and at least a majority of the group's
> executive committee or board of directors, except in the case of the
> Parents Division, must be blind. In the Parents Division sighted members
> may assume any position of leadership. The president of the National
> Federation of the Blind of Ohio shall be ex officio a member of each local
> chapter and division.
> Section C. Dissolution of Local Chapters and Divisions
>         In the event of the dissolution of a local chapter or division, or
> if (for whatever reason) it ceases to be a part of the National Federation
> of the Blind of Ohio, unless there is mutual agreement between the parties
> to do otherwise, its assets shall be given to the National Federation of
> the Blind of Ohio to be held in trust for a reorganized local chapter or
> division. If no chapter or division is reorganized in the area for a period
> of two years from the date of dissolution, the assets become the property
> of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio.
>
>         ARTICLE V. OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES
> Section A. Officers
>         There shall be elected at the regular annual convention during
> each even- numbered year a president, vice president, secretary, and
> treasurer. The terms of these officers shall begin at the close of the
> convention at which they are elected. Officers shall be elected by a
> majority of the members who are present and voting. There shall be no proxy
> voting. All of the officers except the treasurer must be blind.
>
>         ARTICLE VI. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
>         The board of directors of this organization shall consist of the
> four (4) constitutional officers and seven (7) additional members. One (1)
> of the board members shall be elected at the annual convention in
> even-numbered years, and six (6) shall be elected at the annual convention
> during odd-numbered years. The seven (7) board members shall be elected in
> the same manner as that prescribed for the election of officers. The board
> shall meet not less than twice a year, at the call of the president or on
> written call signed by any three (3) of the board members. The board shall
> advise the president and shall have charge of the affairs of the
> organization between conventions. Six (6) members of the board shall
> constitute a quorum for transacting business at any meeting. The board may
> be polled by telephone, email, or mail ballot on any question. All of the
> board must be blind except that the treasurer and one (1) member of the
> Parents of Blind Children Division may be elected to the board even if they
> are sighted.
>
>         ARTICLE VII. MEETINGS
>         Section A. Annual Convention
>         This organization shall hold an annual convention, the time and
> place of which shall be fixed by the board of directors. Forty (40) members
> in good standing and representation from two thirds of the chapters and
> divisions must be present to constitute a quorum for transacting business
> at any annual convention.
>         Section B. Special Meetings
>         The president of this organization may call a special meeting of
> the body at any time he or she, or a majority of the board of directors,
> deems such a meeting necessary. At such a special meeting forty (40)
> members in good standing shall constitute a quorum for transacting
> business, and representation from two thirds of the chapters and divisions
> must be present. Written or email notice must have been sent to the
> presidents of each local chapter and division and to each member of the
> board of directors at least ten (10) business days before the date of the
> meeting, and recipients of email notices must be requested to acknowledge
> receipt of the notice so that alternate methods of notification can be
> tried. Only business mentioned in the call of a special meeting can be
> transacted at such a meeting.
>
>         ARTICLE VIII. AFFILIATION
>         The National Federation of the Blind of Ohio shall be an affiliate
> of the National Federation of the Blind. A copy of the constitution of the
> National Federation of the Blind of Ohio and of all amendments shall be
> sent to the president of the National Federation of the Blind without delay.
>         The National Federation of the Blind of Ohio shall not merely be a
> social organization but shall formulate programs and actively work to
> promote the economic and social betterment of the blind. This organization
> shall comply with the provisions of the constitution of the National
> Federation of the Blind and with the provisions of the contract appearing
> on the back of the charter of affiliation issued to state affiliates by the
> National Federation of the Blind. Policy decisions (whether made by the
> National Convention or the National Federation of the Blind's board of
> directors) are binding upon this organization, and this organization shall
> participate affirmatively in carrying out such 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 Convention or the national board) has the power to expel or
> discipline any individual member and to expel or reorganize this state
> affiliate or any of its local chapters or divisions. If the action is to be
> taken by the board, there must be good cause, and a good faith effort must
> have been made to try to resolve the problem by discussion and negotiation.
> In the event of reorganization, the assets of the affiliate and its local
> chapters and divisions belong to the reorganized affiliate, and the former
> affiliate 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 the organization or
> any of its local chapters and divisions which cease 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.
>
>         ARTICLE IX. DUES
>         Local chapters and divisions shall pay the state dues of their
> members annually. No one may vote whose dues have not been paid.
>
>         ARTICLE X. DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS
>         The National Federation of the Blind of Ohio is a not-for-profit
> corporation under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, Section
> 501(c)3. The funds of the organization shall be deposited in a bank to be
> selected by the treasurer with the approval of the president. The treasurer
> shall be bonded. All financial obligations of this organization shall be
> discharged by check, issued on written order of the president and signed by
> the treasurer.
>
>         ARTICLE XI. DISSOLUTION
>         In the event of the dissolution of this organization, or if (for
> whatever reason) it ceases to be an affiliate 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 affiliate in the state. In the
> event that no affiliate is reorganized in the state for a period of two (2)
> years from the date this organization ceases to be an affiliate of the
> National Federation of the Blind, the assets become the property of the
> National Federation of the Blind.
>
>         ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENTS
>         This constitution may be amended at any regular meeting of this
> organization by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present
> and voting, provided that the proposed amendment has been submitted in
> writing ???or by email??? and read at a previous business session and
> provided that it is in compliance with the charter of affiliation received
> from the National Federation of the Blind and the policies and constitution
> of the National Federation of the Blind.
>
>
>
> Richard Payne,  President
> National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
> 937-396-5573or 937/829/3368
> Rchpay7 at gmail.com<mailto:Rchpay7 at gmail.com>
> The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
> characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
> expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
> between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want;
> blindness is not what holds you back
>
>
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Wishing You All the Best,

Cheryl E. Fields


A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life
when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.
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