Annual Membership and Associate Membership Dues
a. Annual Membership dues for veterans meeting the requirements of
Article III, Section 1 of these Bylaws and Annual Associate Membership
dues for veterans meeting the requirements of Article III, Section of
these Bylaws shall be $15.
b. Annual Membership and Associate Membership dues shall be paid
directly to the National Headquarters; and, they are due and payable on
October 1 of each year and are delinquent on January 1 of the following
(1) All rights and privileges of delinquent Members and Associate
Members shall be suspended during the period of their delinquency.
(2) Delinquent Members and Associate Members may be reinstated when they pay their dues.
c. Should an application for Membership or Associate Membership be
rejected, dues or application fees paid by the applicant shall be
refunded and his/her application shall not be entertained again for a
period of one (1) year.
d. All annual dues collected by the National Headquarters from Members
and Associate Members within the jurisdiction of any regional group
shall be divided between the BVA General Fund and the regional group
concerned on the basis of eighty percent (80%) to the regional group and
twenty percent (20%) to the BVA General Fund.
e. This Section shall take effect on January 1, 2012; this Section will be deleted on July 1, 2012.
Life and Associate Life Membership Dues
a. Life Membership dues for veterans meeting the requirements of
Article III, Section 1 of these Bylaws, and Associate Life Membership
dues for veterans meeting the requirements of Article III, Section 4 of
these Bylaws, shall be based upon the age of the blinded veteran at the
time payment toward Life or Associate Life Membership is initiated and
shall be as follows:
44 & Under
Life Membership or
Associate Life Membership
b. Life, or Associate Life Membership may be paid in full or may
be initiated with a down payment of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) or
more; the balance shall be paid within two (2) years of the date of
(1) If the balance is not paid within the succeeding two (2) year
period, the person will be reverted to an annual dues paying status and
the amount paid towards Life or Associate Life Membership will be
applied against that person's dues at the annual rate commencing with
the date of initial payment.
(2) This may result in that person being declared delinquent.
c. Any Life or Associate Life Member who has died shall have his/her membership continued in memoriam unto perpetuity.
(1) If a Member or Associate Member who has been paying towards
Life or Associate Life Membership dies, anyone may pay the balance of
the Life or Associate Life Membership and have it placed in memoriam
(2) A roster of perpetual Life and Associate Life Members shall be maintained at the National Headquarters.
d. Life and Associate Life Membership dues shall be paid to the National
Association and shall be placed in a Life Membership Fund, and the net
income earned in dividends and interest from the Life Membership Fund
shall be divided among the various regional groups in good standing.
e. The Board of Director’s has the authority to periodically offer
special promotions to stimulate the recruitment of members and associate
f. The Life Membership Fund shall be administered by a Board of
Trustees, consisting of six (6) individuals appointed by the National
President with the advice and consent of the National Board of
(1) One (1) trustee shall be the National Controller of the
National Headquarters, and not less than one-half (1/2) of the trustees
shall be Members or Associate Members of the Blinded Veterans
Association with at least one (1) being on the National Board of
(2) The terms of office shall be three (3) years, with two (2) trustees appointed three (3) year terms each year.
(3) The National President shall designate one (1) of the trustees as Chairperson.
(4) The Life Membership Fund Board of Trustees shall elect such
other officers it may deem necessary and shall adopt rules of procedure
governing the investment and distribution of funds, such rules of
procedure to be subject to approval by the National Board of Directors.
The Life Membership Fund Board of Trustees and the National Board of
Directors shall be the exclusive determiners of the rules governing the
investment and distribution of funds, and, notwithstanding Article VII,
Section 3 of these Bylaws, except for an amendment to these Bylaws, no
law, regulation or policy passed by the membership of the Association in
Convention assembled or otherwise shall govern how such funds are
invested or distributed.
(5) The Board of Trustees shall have the power to buy and sell
securities. In so doing, the Board of Trustees shall have the power to
engage a Corporate Investment Manager and to give such Manager
discretionary authority to buy and sell securities for the Investment
Account of the Life Membership Fund.
g. This Section shall take effect on January 1, 2012; this Section will be deleted on July 1, 2012.
Regional Group Dues
a. Payment of dues for membership in the National Association
automatically enrolls a Member, Associate Member, Life Member or
Associate Life Member into the regional group having jurisdiction over
the area of his/her residence without payment of additional dues to that
b. A regional group shall not levy any additional assessment upon its
Members, Associate Members, Life Members or Associate Life Members as a
requirement for Membership or Associate Membership in the group.