ARTICLE IV

OFFICERS

Section 1.

The National Officers of the Association shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, a Sergeant-at- Arms and a Chaplain.

Section 2.

a. Elections for a term of one (1) year for the officers of the Association, except for that of the offices of National Chaplain and National Sergeant-at-Arms, shall be held at the National Convention.

b. Election of officers shall be by a majority of the Members and Associate Members in good standing present or represented by delegate or proxy. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer shall not serve for more than two (2) consecutive terms.

c. A Member or Associate Member who is a paid employee of the National Association shall be required to resign from his/her paid position before accepting elective office in the National Association. A Member or Associate Member holding office in the National Association must resign that office before accepting a paid position with the National Association.

Section 3.

Nominations for the officers of the Association shall be conducted on the floor of the Convention as follows:

First Business Session:
At the appropriate time during the First Business Session, the presiding officer will open the floor for nominations of National officers.

(a) All candidates for National office must be in good standing with the Association.

(b) A candidate for National office may nominate himself/herself.

(c) A candidate for National office may read, or have read for him/her, a short biographical sketch provided the sketch is no longer than one letter-size page in 14-point type.

(d) Nominations of National officers may be made by any Member or Associate Member in good standing, seconded by no more than two other Members or Associate Members in good standing.

(e) A nominee need not be present on the floor of the Convention to be nominated for National office. However, a letter of acceptance signed by the nominee must be made available to be read on the floor of the Convention at the time of his/her nomination.

(f) After the presiding officer has determined that there are no further nominations, he/she shall close the nominations until the election of National officers during the Second Business Session on the last day of the Convention.

Second Business Session:
(1) Nominations of National officers may be reopened at the commencement of the Election of National Officers portion of the agenda for the Second Business Session or by a simple majority vote at any time up to the time of elections. Additional nominations may be made at this time.

(2) When all additional nominations, if any, have been made, the presiding officer shall close the nominations, at which time the election of National Officers shall be carried out.

Section 4.

a. The National Board of Directors shall appoint the National Chaplain and National Sergeant-at-Arms from among those duly qualified Members, Associate Members or Honorary Members.

b. Such appointment shall be for a term of one (1) year and shall be effective on the same date as that of the National Officers elected in accordance with Section 2 of this Article.

Section 5.

All officers of the Association, District Directors and all officers of all regional groups shall, before assuming the office to which they have been elected or appointed, subscribe to the following Oath of Office:

 

"I,________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the duties of of the Blinded Veterans Association (or of the Regional Group) and that I will support, maintain, and abide by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America and the Charter and Bylaws of the Blinded Veterans Association, to the best of my ability, so help me God."

 

Section 6.

a. A vacancy in the office of National President shall be filled by naming the National Vice-President to that office.

b. Vacancies occurring among the other National offices shall be filled from among the Members and Associate Members in good standing by a majority vote of a quorum of the members of the BVA National Board of Directors present at a meeting of the National Board of Directors called for that purpose. However, a vacancy in the office of National Chaplain or the office of National Sergeant-at-Arms shall be filled from among the Members, Associate Members or Honorary Members in good standing.

ARTICLE V

DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1.

NATIONAL PRESIDENT

a. The National President shall be the executive head of the Association with full power to enforce the provisions of the Charter, Bylaws, resolutions and policies adopted by the Members and Associate Members or by the National Board of Directors.

b. He/she shall be Chairperson of the National Board of Directors and shall serve ex-officio on all committees appointed by him/her or by any other authority.

c. He/she shall have and exercise all the functions especially entrusted to him/her by the Members and Associate Members or by the National Board of Directors and shall perform all duties usually performed by such executive officer.  

d. The National President shall appoint such committees as may be necessary for the successful operation of the Blinded Veterans Association, and may, in a proper case, and for failure to perform his/her duties, remove such appointed person from such committee and appoint a successor.

Section 2.

NATIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT

The National Vice-President shall, during the absence or disability of the National President, have all of the authority and shall perform all of the duties of the National President until the disability of the National President ceases to exist, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the National President, the National Board of Directors or the Members and Associate Members in Convention assembled.

 

Section 3.

NATIONAL SECRETARY

a. The National Secretary shall perform all duties assigned to him/her by the National President, the National Board of Directors, or the Members and Associate Members in Convention assembled.

b. The National Board of Directors shall appoint an Assistant National Secretary, who shall be an employee in the National Office, providing that such person shall not be the Assistant National Treasurer, who shall make recordings of all proceedings and keep minutes of all meetings of the Members and Associate Members in Convention assembled and of the National Board of Directors.

c. He/she shall surrender all of his/her books, records, and minutes to his/her successor.  The Assistant National Secretary shall sign, together with the Assistant National Treasurer, all checks and vouchers of the Association and keep records thereof.

d. The National Board of Directors may appoint such additional Assistant National Secretaries as may be required to ensure available signatories.

e. The Assistant National Secretaries shall be bonded in a manner, form and amount the National Board of Directors prescribe.

Section 4.

NATIONAL TREASURER

a. The National Treasurer shall perform such duties as may be assigned to him/her by the National President, the National Board of Directors or the Members and Associate Members in Convention assembled. 

b. The National Board of Directors shall appoint an Assistant National Treasurer, who shall be an employee in the National Office, provided that such person shall not be the Assistant National Secretary, who shall be the custodian of all of the funds of the Association.

(1) He/she shall ensure that correct and complete business books and records are kept within the National Office showing the financial transactions of the Association
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(2) He/she shall cause the funds received by the Association to be deposited in a national bank or depository in which the customers' accounts are insured by an instrumentality of the U.S. Government designated by the National Board of Directors, except that:

(a) Life Membership and Associate Life Membership dues and the Life Membership Fund shall be administered in accordance with Article X of these Bylaws.

(b) The National Board of Directors may establish Endowment Funds and may designate a specified amount of the Association's funds to be invested and to be administered and managed in accordance with Article XI of these Bylaws.

(3) He/she shall sign, together with the Assistant National Secretary, all checks and vouchers disbursing money for the Association.

(4) He/she shall provide financial reports at least quarterly to the National Board of Directors, shall cause the Association's books to be audited by an independent certified public accountant at the close of the fiscal year, and shall send a copy of the audit to the U.S. Congress in compliance with Title 36, U.S. Code, 1102-1103. 

c. The National Board of Directors may appoint such additional Assistant National Treasurers as may be required to ensure available signatories.

d. The Assistant National Treasurers shall be bonded in a manner; form and amount the National Board of Directors prescribe, and shall perform such other duties as assigned by the National Board of Directors.

Section 5.

NATIONAL CHAPLAIN
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The National Chaplain may conduct devotional exercises at the National Convention, and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him/her by the National President or the National Board of Directors, or the Members and Associate Members in Convention assembled.

Section 6.

NATIONAL SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

a. The National Sergeant-at-Arms shall be responsible, under the direction of the National President, for maintaining peace, harmony, and order at all meetings of the National Convention, and shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be assigned to him/her by the National President, the National Board of Directors, or the Members and Associate Members in Convention assembled.

b. With the consent of the National President, he/she may appoint another Member, an Associate Member or a non-member as his/her assistant.