DISCIPLINE OF MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
Any Member or Associate Member may be tried for
violations of the provisions of Section 2 of this Article, and if found
guilty, may be publicly reprimanded, fined not more than twenty-five
dollars ($25.00), suspended from Membership or Associate Membership or
expelled from the Blinded Veterans Association.
Any officer of the Association or officer of a
regional group may be removed from his/her office and may be subjected
to the sanctions set forth in Section 1 of this Article, and any Member
or Associate Member may be subjected to the sanctions set forth in
Section 1 of this Article for:
a. A misappropriation of funds belonging to the Association or to a regional group.
b. A willful violation of the Bylaws of the Association or of a
regional group, or the rules, regulations, and mandates of the National
Board of Directors, or of the governing body of a regional group, or of
the Members and Associate Members of the Association or of the Members
and Associate Members of a regional group as expressed by majority vote.
c. A willful refusal to obey the lawful instructions of a superior
officer, resulting in, or threatening to result in, detriment to the
Association, a regional group, or its Members or Associate Members or
d. Conviction of a felony or misconduct involving moral turpitude.
e. Willfully and wrongfully creating gross dissension or disorder in any meeting.
f. Other misconduct tending to bring the National Association or a regional group into disrepute.
g. Becoming a professional beggar.
h. Willfully joining, or knowingly remaining a member of any
lodge, party, assembly, or organization advocating the overthrow or
teaching the overthrow of the United States Government by force or
Should any officer, Member or Associate Member of the
Association be accused of misconduct, such accusation shall be reduced
to writing and signed by a Member or Associate Member. Such written
charges, before they may be filed or considered, shall bear the
following endorsement, signed by some other Member or Associate Member,
"I _____________, do hereby certify
that I have carefully read, or heard read to me by some person other
than the accuser, the foregoing charges, and that after careful
consideration of such charges, based upon facts made known to me, I am
convinced that proper cause exists for the consideration of such charges
by proper authorities of the Blinded Veterans Association."
a. Immediately upon receipt of any such charges so endorsed, the
National Secretary shall deliver a copy thereof to the accused by having
such copy served upon the accused by some reliable person or by
b. If the service is made otherwise than by registered mail, proof
thereof must be shown and attached to the original charges by the
person making such service.
Within twenty (20) days following the service upon
him/ her of such charges, the accused may make a written answer of
denial in whole or part of such charges, or may admit such charges in
Within twenty (20) days following the answer of the
accused, which answer must be delivered personally by the accused or by
registered mail to the National Secretary, the National Board of
Directors, or if they are not available, then the National President,
shall appoint a committee of three Members and/or Associate Members to
hear evidence in support of such charges and any evidence which the
accused may care to submit in his/her defense, and to determine from
such evidence the truth or falsity of such charges.
a. If such charges are proven or partly proven, such trial
committee shall by a majority vote first determine whether such charges
as proven constitute a violation of the laws of the Association.
b. If they find that such proof does show that the accused is
guilty of a violation of the laws of the Association, they shall find
him/her guilty and fix his/her punishment.
c. The Member or Associate Member shall be tried in the vicinity
of his/her own regional group, or if not a Member or Associate Member of
a regional group, in the vicinity of the nearest regional group.
a. Whenever possible, the trial committee shall include an
attorney, but not necessarily an attorney in the jurisdiction where the
trial is to be held.
b. If a Member or Associate Member who is an attorney is available
and is serving on the committee, he/she shall be the legal advisor to
the committee and the chairperson thereof.
Members or Associate Members against whom charges are
pending shall not be permitted to resign their Membership or Associate
All procedures at such hearing shall be, as nearly as
may be, in compliance with the rules of evidence in non-jury cases
adopted by the courts in the place where the trial is held.
The accused shall have the right to be represented by an attorney of his/her own choice.
If the accused is found guilty, he/she may have the right of appeal to the next National Convention.
If such charges are proved to be false, or are not
proved to be true, the committee shall so find and in that event shall
determine whether the charges were maliciously made and without
foundation in fact; and if they find that such charges were maliciously
made, and were not found in fact, then the trial committee may
reprimand, fine not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) or suspend
from Membership or Associate Membership for a period not to exceed
ninety (90) days, the person making such charges.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed to
prevent any regional group from adopting bylaws providing for similar
procedure within its own regional group, not inconsistent with the
provisions herein contained.