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. 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.
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
Member or Associate Member of the Association in good standing residing
in the District from which he/she is elected, and only Members and
Associate Members 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.
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
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
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.
NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
Members of the National Board of Directors shall hold
office for terms corresponding with their terms of office as National
Officers and District Directors.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.