ARTICLE VIII

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Section 1.

a. The National Board of Directors may appoint an Executive Director from among the Membership or Associate Membership of the Association, and he/she shall serve at the pleasure of the National Board of Directors.

b. If any officer or Director of the Association is appointed Executive Director, he/she shall resign any other office or position in the Association held by him/her at that time, which resignation must take effect before he/she can assume the position of Executive Director.

Section 2.

a. The National Board of Directors may delegate to the Executive Director the authority to carry out any and all of the directives, instructions, and policies lawfully adopted by the National Board of Directors.

b. The Executive Director shall have authority and power only as delegated to him/her by the National Board of Directors, and shall be at all times subordinate to the directives of the Board.

c. The National Board of Directors shall designate the duties of the Executive Director and fix the amount of his/her compensation or salary.

Section 3.

a. The Executive Director may, with the approval of the National Board of Directors, appoint such professional employees to positions as may be authorized by the National Board of Directors.

b. Professional employees shall serve at the pleasure of the National Board of Directors.

c. The Executive Director may employ and discharge non-professional employees for positions authorized by the National Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IX

NATIONAL CONVENTION

 

Section 1.

 

There shall be held annually a meeting for the Members and Associate Members, to be known as the National Convention.

Section 2.

 

Every Member and Associate Member of the Blinded Veterans Association in good standing shall be eligible to attend and participate in all meetings of the Convention and shall be entitled to one (1) vote when present at meetings or by proxy when absent.

a. If not present or voting by proxy, the vote of the Member or Associate Member will be cast by his/her elected delegate, if any; the proxy must be a Member or Associate Member of the Blinded Veterans Association in good standing.

b. The official National Headquarters Proxy Form, mailed by the National Headquarters, shall be the only proxy form recognized at the National Convention.

c. Proxy forms shall be returned to the National Headquarters (Attn: Administrative Director) postmarked not later than twenty-one (21) days before the date of the Convention in order to be considered valid.

Section 3.

a. The National Convention letter shall be considered the Official Notice of the National BVA Convention, and shall be mailed to each Member and Associate Member in good standing and each BVA regional group in good standing no earlier than one hundred (100) days nor later than seventy-five (75) days before the date of the Convention. Such Official Convention Notice shall contain the name of the city, the address in such city where the Convention shall be held, the days and dates of the Convention, and shall also contain a statement to the effect that a member wishing to exercise his/her right to vote by proxy at the National Convention pursuant to the provisions of Section 2 of Article IX of the BVA National Bylaws may do so by writing or calling the National Headquarters (Attn: Administrative Director) not later than 45 days before the start of the National Convention and requesting an Official BVA Headquarters Proxy Form, and then carrying out the provisions of the Section 2c of Article IX of the National Bylaws.

b. Such notice shall also be given in the official publication of the Blinded Veterans Association for at least two (2) issues prior to the date of holding of such Convention.

Section 4.

 

At the National Convention, 50% of those Members and Associate Members registering for the Convention and present in person and representing at least three (3) Director Districts shall constitute a quorum.

Section 5.

 

In the absence of a quorum, the Convention shall have no authority and may transact no business except to adjourn from hour to hour or from day to day or to a day certain.

Section 6.

 

Every regional group shall elect a Member or Associate Member in good standing from its group as its official delegate to the Convention; and such official delegate shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote for each Member and Associate Member in good standing of his/her own regional group, not including Members and Associate Members of his/her own group present and voting or voting by proxy.

Section 7. At all National Conventions, the regular order of business shall be as follows:

I.  Invocation
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Addresses of Welcome and Response
IV. Report of the Rules Committee
V. Report of the Credentials Committee
VI. Roll Call
VII. Minutes of the Preceding National Convention
VIII.  Report of the National Officers and
National Board of Directors
IX. Necrology Report
X.  Submission of Resolutions
XI. Nomination of National Officers
XII. Report of the Resolutions Committee
XIII. Unfinished Business
XIV. New Business
XV. Election of National Officers
XVI. Installation of National Officers
XVII. Adjournment

The above order of business may be changed by a majority vote of the Members and Associate Members present on a motion to suspend rules. 

Section 8.

 

The Convention may recommend to the National Board of Directors the time and place of the next succeeding Convention, and the National Board of Directors shall not change the time and place of holding the Convention except for good cause shown.  Good cause is hereby defined as a catastrophe making it impractical to hold the Convention in the recommended city; the inability of the city to provide adequate housing at reasonable rates; or such other emergencies as the National Board of Directors may deem adequate.

Section 9.

a. Approximately ten (10) months in advance of the National Convention the National President shall appoint a National Convention Chairman.

b. A bank account will be established by National Headquarters in the name of the Blinded Veterans Association National Convention.

       (1) All Convention funds will be deposited to this account.
       (2) The BVA Convention Manager will be authorized to write checks on the account upon request of the National Convention Chairman or the Executive Director.
       (3) As a general rule, an effort will be made to balance the income and expenses for the National Convention.
       (4) If, after all Convention expenses have been met, a balance remains in the Convention Fund, the first three thousand dollars ($3,000) of such funds may be distributed to the host regional group, at the discretion of the National Board of Directors.
        (5) All additional funds will become part of the BVA General Fund.

c. Within seven (7) months following the Convention, the Convention Manager will submit a detailed financial statement of income and expenses.  When this report has been received and examined by the Executive Director and the Board, the convention books will be closed.