Application for voting membership shall be open and granted to anyone who aspires to the promotion of the purposes of the Society, who is at least eighteen 18 years of age. All memberships shall be granted upon a majority vote of the board.
Membership of members shall be voluntarily and free of charge. Continued membership is contingent upon being up-to-date and comply with rules and regulation of the Incorporation.
Each member shall be eligible to appoint one voting representative to cast the member’s vote in association elections.
Any member may resign by filing a written resignation form with the secretary. Resignation shall not relieve a member of unpaid or any charges previously accrued. A member can have their membership terminated by a majority vote of the membership.
The board shall have the authority to establish and define non-voting categories of membership.
Regular meetings of the members shall be held quarterly, at a time and place designated by the chair.
Beginning with the year 2017, the annual meeting of the Corporation shall be held over teleconference in the United States of America.
The annual meeting of the members shall take place in the month of December, at 6pm Eastern Time via teleconference of which will be designated by the chair. At the annual meeting the members shall elect directors and officers, receive reports on the activities of the association, and determine the direction of the association for the coming year.
Special meetings may be called by the chair, the Executive Committee, or a simple majority of the board of directors. A petition signed by five percent (5%) of voting members may also call a special meeting.
Printed notice of each meeting shall be given to each voting member, by mail, not less than two weeks prior to the meeting.
A quorum for a meeting of the members shall consist of at least twenty percent 20% of the active membership.
Note: During the Board of Directors meetings; we can set the quorum requirements for member meetings in our organization’s Bylaws and/or Diaspora Policy Institute and Leadership’s Articles of Incorporation.
All issues to be voted on shall be decided by a simple majority of those present at the meeting in which the vote takes place.
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