ARTICLE XVII

AUXILIARY

Section 1.

An auxiliary to the Blinded Veterans Association may be established, such to be known as the Blinded Veterans Association Auxiliary.

Section 2.

Membership in the Auxiliary shall consist of families and friends of blinded veterans.

Section 3.

The Auxiliary shall adopt bylaws for its government and control which shall not be effective unless or until approved by the National Board of Directors.

Section 4.

The actions of the Auxiliary, to include publicity, shall not conflict with the Bylaws of the Blinded Veterans Association or with the policies and resolutions established by the Blinded Veterans Association in Convention assembled or by the National Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XVIII

BUILDING FUND

Section 1.

The National Board of Directors may establish a Building Fund for the purpose of constructing or purchasing a building for the Association's National Headquarters.

Section 2.

The Building Fund shall be maintained separately from other Association funds and kept in non-speculative, interest-bearing investments or accounts, as designated by the National Board of Directors.

Section 3.

The principal and income of the Building Fund shall be used only for expenses related directly to the purpose of the Fund.

ARTICLE XIX

AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS/PETITION TO U.S. CONGRESS TO AMEND CHARTER

Section 1.

a. These Bylaws may be amended by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast at any National Convention.

b. Proposed amendments to these Bylaws shall be submitted in writing to the National Secretary at the National Headquarters (Attn: Administrative Director) postmarked no later than ninety (90) days before the National Convention.

       (1) A copy of all such proposed amendments shall be made and distributed to the Members and Associate Members no earlier than ninety (90) days nor later than forty-five (45) days before the National Convention.
       (2) Amendments of an emergency nature may be submitted on the opening day of the National Convention with unanimous consent of the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee.

c. No such amendment may change the basic charitable purposes of the Association as set forth in the Charter and these Bylaws.

Section 2.

These Bylaws may also be amended by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast in mail referendum provided that a majority of the Members and Associate Members has voted.

Section 3.

BVA is an organization whose Charter was granted by an Act of the U.S. Congress (72 Stat. 922 (August 27, 1958)). Section 18 of the Act specifically reserves to Congress the right to alter, amend, or repeal subject Charter. A petition to the U.S. congress to alter or amend the BVA Charter may be submitted, and shall be processed, in accordance with the procedures set forth in subparagraphs b and c of Section 1 above.

a. Such petition may not be considered by mail referendum.

ARTICLE XX

ASSETS UPON DISSOLUTION OR LIQUIDATION

 

Upon final dissolution or liquidation of the corporation and after discharge or satisfaction of all outstanding obligations and liabilities, the remaining assets of the corporation shall be transferred to the Department of Veterans Affairs General Post Fund to be applied to the care and comfort of blinded veterans.

 

ARTICLE XXI

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

 

"Roberts' Rules of Order, Newly Revised" shall govern this Association in all cases to which they are applicable and not inconsistent with these Bylaws.

Administrative footnote: This edition of the BVA National Bylaws incorporates amendments approved by the following BVA National Conventions on the respective dates indicated:

    • 46th BVA National Convention, Reno, Nevada,
      August 24, 1991;
    • 47th BVA National Convention, Nashville,
      Tennessee, August 15, 1992;
    • 48th BVA National Convention, Tucson, Arizona,
      August 14, 1993;
    • 49th BVA National Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio,
      August 27, 1994;
    • 50th BVA National Convention, Arlington, Virginia,
      August 26, 1995;
    • 51st BVA National Convention, New Orleans,
      Louisiana, August 17, 1996;
    • 52nd BVA National Convention, Reno, Nevada,
      August 23, 1997;
    • 53rd BVA National Convention, Itasca, Illinois,
      August 15, 1998;
    • 58th BVA National Convention, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,
      August 30, 2003;
    • 59th BVA National Convention, Reno, Nevada,
      August 14, 2004;
    • 61st BVA National Convention, Buffalo, New York,
      August 19, 2006;
    • 63rd BVA National Convention, Phoenix, Arizona,
      August 13, 2008 and
    • 64th BVA National Convention, Portland, Oregon,
      August 22, 2009;
    • 65th BVA National Convention, Arlington, Virginia,
      August 28, 2010
    • 66th BVA National Convention, Las Vegas,
      Nevada, August 20, 2011
    • 67th BVA National Convention, Galveston, Texas,
      August 23, 2012
    • 69th BVA National Convention, Sparks, Nevada,
      August 21, 2014
    • 71st BVA National Convention, Milwaukee,Wisconsin,
      August 26, 2016