ARTICLE VI

DISTRICT DIRECTORS

Section 1.

a. The United States and its possessions shall be divided into six (6) Director Districts, to be known as Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, the territorial boundaries of which shall be established at the Winter board meeting in 1994 and each three years thereafter by the National Board of Directors on the basis of the number of Members and Associate Members on November 30, 1993 and each three years thereafter, so that each District will contain as nearly as practicable an equal number of Members and Associate Members.


b. In the event that a change in the territorial boundaries would place a Director in a District other than the one from which he/she was elected, he/she shall serve to the end of his/her duly elected term.


Section 2.

a. Six (6) Directors shall be elected by the Members and Associate Members residing in the six Director Districts above provided for.


b. The Director elected from each Director District shall be a Life Member or Associate Life Member of the Association in good standing residing in the District from which he/she is elected, and only persons with memberships in good standing residing in that District may vote in the election for the Director of that District.

c. Each District shall elect a Director every three (3) years; two (2) Districts shall elect Directors one year; two (2) Districts shall elect Directors the following year; and two (2) Districts shall elect Directors the third year.

d. District Directors shall be elected to serve three (3) year terms, except as provided for in Section 5 of this Article.

Section 3.

Elections for Directors from Director Districts shall be conducted by mail by the National Headquarters in accordance with the following procedures:


a. The Executive Director shall give written notice to each Member and Associate Member residing in a District in which an election is to be held not less than one hundred and fifty (150) days before the National Convention that nominations for the position of Director in his/her District are open and must be received at BVA Headquarters (Attn: Administrative Director) within sixty (60) days.

b. Nominations must be accompanied by a letter of acceptance from the candidate and a brief biographical sketch.

c. A Member or Associate Member may nominate himself/ herself.

d. Not more than ninety (90) days nor less than seventy (70) days before the National Convention, the Executive Director shall cause to be prepared and mailed to each Member and Associate Member in each District in which an election is to be held a ballot listing the names of candidates for the office of Director from that District, brief biographical sketches of the candidates, and an envelope marked "ballot" and addressed to BVA Headquarters; the ballot return envelope shall have the name of the Member or Associate Member printed on the reverse side.

e. Ballots must be returned in the official envelope furnished and postmarked by midnight of the forty-fifth (45th) day preceding the National Convention in order to be considered valid.

f. Ballots shall be sent to individuals who become Members or Associate Members after the date specified for mailing of ballots, provided that marked ballots can be returned by the deadline specified in subsection 3e. above.

g. Ballot return envelopes shall be held unopened at the Association's Headquarters until thirty-five (35) days before the National Convention.

       (1) At that time, all ballot return envelopes for a given Director District shall be opened, the ballots extracted, and the votes tabulated without reference to the return envelopes in which the ballots were received, in order to maintain secret ballot procedures insofar as is possible.

       (2) The candidate receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be declared elected.

h. As soon as the results of an election in a given Director District are known, the Executive Director shall draw up a report on the election, listing the number of votes cast for each candidate and number of invalid ballots.  This report shall be sent to the candidates in the given Director District and presented to the National Board of Directors at its next meeting.

i. Ballots and ballot return envelopes shall be kept on file at the Association's Headquarters for at least six (6) months following an election in a Director District and shall be available for inspection by any candidate or member of the National Board of Directors.

j. In case of a tie vote in a given Director District, runoff elections shall be held in accordance with the above procedures insofar as is applicable. 

k. In case there is only one (1) candidate for the office of Director from a Director District in which an election is being held, that candidate shall be declared the winner of the election and the above procedures for conducting a mail ballot in that District shall be dispensed with.

l. A Member or Associate Member who is a paid employee of the National Organization shall be required to resign from his/her paid position before accepting the office of District Director.

m. A Member or Associate Member who holds the office of District Director must resign the position of District Director before accepting paid employment with the National Association.

Section 4.

Whenever a District Director no longer continues to reside within the jurisdiction of the District from which he/she was elected, except as provided in Section 1 of this Article, a vacancy shall exist in the office of Director of that District.

Section 5.

a. A vacancy occurring in a Director District shall be temporarily filled by a Member or Associate Member from the District in which the vacancy occurs by a majority vote of a quorum of Directors present at a meeting of the National Board of Directors called for that purpose.

b. At the time of the next regular election in any Director District, a special election shall be held in the District in which the vacancy has occurred for the purpose of electing a Director to serve the remainder of the term.

ARTICLE VII

NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1.

The National Board of Directors shall consist of the National President, National Vice-President, National Secretary, National Treasurer, the six (6) District Directors, and the immediate past National President provided that he/she has served at least one full term in office.

Section 2.

Members of the National Board of Directors shall hold office for terms corresponding with their terms of office as National Officers and District Directors.

Section 3.

a. The Members and Associate Members in Convention assembled shall be the supreme authority of the Association.

b. Between Conventions, the National Board of Directors shall have the power to act as necessary, except that it shall not have the power to override, veto, or annul laws, bylaws, regulations, or policies adopted by Members and Associate Members in Convention assembled but shall endeavor to the best of its ability to carry out the provisions of all laws, bylaws, regulations, or policies adopted by the Members and Associate Members in Convention assembled.

c. All acts and policies of the National Board of Directors shall be reported to the next National Convention for ratification, rejection or modification by the Members and Associate Members provided, however, that no rejection or modification by the Members and Associate Members shall be retroactive.

Section 4.

a. The National Board of Directors shall have the power to adopt rules, regulations, and provisions governing the conduct and providing for the supervision of all officers of the Association.

       (1) It shall generally supervise and control the work of all the officers of the Association.

       (2) Each and every officer of the Association shall be governed by and abide by all of the lawful directions of the National Board of Directors. 

b. The National Board of Directors shall designate the bonds required and amounts thereof for the various officers and approve them as in their judgement is deemed necessary.

Section 5.

a. The National Board of Directors shall designate the depository where the funds of the Association shall be held.

b. It shall have the power to allocate the funds of the Association and to enter into contracts with persons, corporations and firms for the purpose of raising funds and for other purposes which it may deem appropriate.

Section 6.

a. The National Board of Directors is authorized to delegate its powers to an Executive Committee of its own members which in its discretion could and would operate for the welfare of the Association, said Committee to consist of at least three (3) members of the National Board of Directors.

b. The National Board of Directors shall have the authority to appoint the delegation, if any, to the General Assemblies of the World Veterans' Federation.

Section 7.

A majority of the Directors shall be present at any meeting of the National Board of Directors in order to constitute a quorum, and the votes of a majority of the Directors so present shall be necessary for the transaction of any business.