Bylaws

AS AMENDED NOVEMBER 21, 2017

Article I: Dues

1.0. ACBO members are also members of the national ACB through an annual dues subscription of $5.00 per member paid by ACBO to the national organization. Member’s dues may be received by the ACBO executive director at any time in the year and may not be prorated. Dues paid by an individual during an annual ACBO convention entitles that individual to membership through December 31 of the following year.

However, for one to have voting privileges at an annual meeting, one must be at least 18 years of age and member of record on the ACBO roster at least 30 days prior to a given annual meeting.

1.1. Dues for Members of Chapters: Chapters may levy dues in any amount acceptable to their members provided that $10 per member is forwarded to the ACBO executive director, $5 for ACBO and $5 for the ACB national office.

1.2. Those who cannot attend meetings of chapters may join ACBO as members at-large. Dues for members at-large are paid directly to ACBO and are $15, $10 for ACBO and $5 for the ACB national office.

1.3. Dues for Life Members: Life Members are those who have paid $1000 to the national office of the ACB for a lifetime membership. Thus, ACBO annual dues are reduced by $5 because that national dues assessment is no longer necessary. Therefore, for each Life Member, a chapter shall forward $5 to the executive director and an at-large member shall send $10 annual dues directly to the executive director.

Article II: Chapter Membership Records

2.0. Each chapter shall forward all of its membership information and corresponding dues assessments to the ACBO Executive Director’s office no later than February 15 to have representation for its members at the ACB national convention. However, dues may be pay at any time of the year, but to have voting and participation in the ACBO annual convention, dues must be to the ACBO office no less than 30 days prior to the convention.

Article III: Standing Committees

3.0. Committees consisting of board members and others perform predefined tasks for the board and corporation. Divisions and actions of any committee may be appealed to the president and to the board if deemed necessary. Committee participants need not be members of the board or chapter representatives. However, participants must be current ACBO members in good standing and committee chairs shall be board members.

3.1. Unless otherwise specified in the constitution or bylaws, the chair of each standing committee shall be appointed by the president. Board members must submit their committee choices in writing to the president within 30 days after election. The president shall forward a list of these individuals to the various chairs from which they may select members for their committees. There is no limitation for how many committees on which a board member may serve or may chair.

3.2. The president may establish other committees as deemed necessary to further the corporation’s purposes.

3.3. Budget: The committee shall consist of the treasurer and at least two others appointed by the president in consultation with the treasurer. The committee shall present an annual budget to the Board of Directors for its adoption for the ensuing calendar year. Once adopted by the board of directors, a budget cannot be altered except by a two-thirds vote of the board. It shall also be responsible for a regular annual review of the corporation’s books in the first quarter and provide a summary of the corporation’s financial condition to the Board of Directors, along with any recommendations it may have upon completing such review. The board may request, in writing, additional special summaries.

3.4. Constitution and Bylaws: The committee shall consist of a chair and at least two other members.

3.4.1. The committee shall be available to any member who wishes to propose amendments. It may draft amendments of its own. It shall be responsible for seeing that notices of proposed amendments reach the membership at least four weeks prior to the annual meeting at which these amendments are to be voted upon. To publish amendments in the newsletter may suffice if the information is in the hands of the membership at least four weeks prior to the annual meeting.

3.4.2. When submitting amendments for a vote at the annual meeting, this committee may attach a recommendation of “recommend” or “do not recommend”.

3.5. Convention Program: The committee chair shall select however many members needed to plan the convention program of events and speakers, makes arrangements with speakers for their transportation and lodging as needed, and for any other materials and arrangements necessary for the convention program.

3.6. Convention Site: The committee has the responsibility of arranging for convention facilities such as meeting rooms, serving of meals, sleeping rooms, and such other of the usual considerations for a successful convention. Also, the committee may review and recommend appropriate alternative convention sites.

3.7. Legislative: The committee shall consist of at least three members.

3.7.1. The committee is responsible for keeping the ACBO board and membership abreast of state and federal legislative issues of concern.

3.7.2. The committee shall promote and/or coordinate involvement of the board and membership with legislators and the public for greater understanding and appreciation of the needs and concerns of the ACBO membership.

3.7.3. The committee shall be responsible for coordinating the ACBO participation in the annual Washington D.C. legislative conference.

3.8. Membership: The committee shall consist of a chair and at least three other, including the ACBO executive director. The committee shall have the following responsibilities:

3.8.1. It is responsible for developing and implementing programs to promote ACBO membership.

3.8.2. It is responsible for keeping and maintaining a current and accurate electronic membership database to enable quick access and delivery of membership information in accessible formats to authorized persons and the executive director and ACBO board members who are among those authorized to have access.

3.8.3. Release of lists of members’ addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses to individuals or organizations other than the board or executive committee without permission of the ACBO Executive Committee and/or board of directors is prohibited. A list of names only of the membership does not require such permission.

3.8.4. It is responsible for delivery of dues and membership information to the ACB national office on or before its annual deadline of March 15.

3.9. Nominating: The committee shall consist of a chair appointed by the president and at least two other persons appointed by the chair, the committee having no more than one person from any given chapter.

3.9.1. The committee shall not place any of its members on its proposed slate of nominees. However, members of the nominating committee are still eligible to be nominated from the convention floor.

3.9.2. The membership shall be informed of the slate of candidates, as proposed by the nominating Committee, no less than two weeks prior to the election. Such notification via the newsletter may suffice provided that it is in the hands of the membership no less than two weeks prior to the annual meeting.

3.10. Recreation: …

3.11. Awards: The committee shall have a chair and at least 2 others to assist in selecting winners to receive the various awards presented at the annual ACBO convention.

3.12. Scholarship: The committee shall consist of a chair who shall select however many members are deemed necessary to assist in selecting winners of the several scholarships for which the committee is responsible.

Article IV: Chapter Standing

4.0. If the president receives a written complaint that a chapter is violating its own constitution or bylaws or the constitution or bylaws of the American Council of the Blind of Ohio, and the president believes that this complaint is not frivolous, the president shall:

4.1. Notify the president of the chapter, by way of a letter, of the nature of the complaint, explaining the procedure which will be followed by the Board of Directors in evaluating the complaint;

4.2. appoint a committee to investigate and determine the validity of the complaint and report its findings to the ACBO Board of Directors.