CHAPTER X - REGIONAL GROUP AUXILIARY

 

A Regional Group Auxiliary may be formed by family members and friends of the members of the regional group. The purpose of these Auxiliaries is to aid the Blinded Veterans Association in whatever fashion possible, to develop a deeper interest in the Blinded Veterans Association by family members and friends, to preserve and to strengthen a spirit of fellowship among Auxiliary members so that they may give mutual aid and assistance to one another, and to support the National Blinded Veterans Association Auxiliary programs and projects. Below is an example of BVA Auxiliary Bylaws.

Section 1. Membership

 

A. Membership shall consist of families and friends of blinded veterans over 18 years of age.

B. All membership lists will be restricted to the use of the National Blinded Veterans Association Auxiliary and the specific Regional Group Auxiliary from which it came and will not be released to any outside agency or organization.

Section 2. Meetings

 

A. At least one, preferably more, meeting(s) should be held during the year. One of these meetings should be designated as the Annual Meeting, and shall be held to conduct business, elect and install officers and present special interest programs.

B. Additional meetings may be held, as required, and called for by the Regional Group Auxiliary President.

Section 3. Officers and Elections

 

A. The officers of each Auxiliary Regional Group shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and any other officer necessary for the operation of the auxiliary Regional Group.

B. Officers shall be nominated from the floor.

C. If a vacancy occurs, such vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the President. An exception shall be in the case of a vacancy in the Presidency, then the Vice-President shall automatically move into the Presidency. The office of Vice-President shall then be filled by an appointment by the President.

Section 4. Duties of the Officers

 

A. The Regional Auxiliary President shall be chief executive officer of the Auxiliary and shall coordinate all activities of the Auxiliary, preside at all meetings of the Auxiliary, serve as ex-officio member of all committees and have the authority to appoint Standing Committee Chairmen and other Committee chairmen as deemed necessary to conduct the work of the Regional Auxiliary.

B. The Regional Auxiliary Vice-President shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the Regional Auxiliary President and perform the duties of the Regional Auxiliary President in the President's absence or disability.

C. The Regional Auxiliary Group Secretary shall keep the minutes of all membership and special meetings, shall handle all correspondence of the Regional Auxiliary, and submit copies of minutes of all meetings to the National Auxiliary President.

D. The Regional Auxiliary Treasurer shall maintain records, shall maintain true and complete books of account, reflecting all of the income and expenditures of the Regional Auxiliary, shall report regularly to the Regional President and prepare a detailed Treasurer's report for the Annual Regional Meeting. The books and records shall be available "on demand" at all special meetings.

1. All Regional Auxiliary funds shall be deposited in banking institutions approved by the Regional Auxiliary Officers. The accounts shall be in the name decided upon for the Regional Auxiliary Group.

2. Funds of the Regional Auxiliary Group shall be dispensed only by checks drawn by the Treasurer and co-signed by the Treasurer and the President. The Regional Auxiliary Group Officers shall maintain the proper records of their offices, consistent with the responsibilities of those offices, and, upon termination of their terms, transfer said records to the succeeding officers.

Section 5. Dues

 

A. Any person residing in a Regional Group's geographic area and who is a member of the National Blinded Veterans Auxiliary shall automatically be a member of the area's Regional Group Auxiliary. Payment of dues to the National Auxiliary of $10.00 per year shall constitute area specific Regional Group Auxiliary membership. (Individual Regional Groups may charge dues.)

B. Each Regional Auxiliary member must remain a member in good standing of the National Blinded Veterans Association Auxiliary. Delinquent members shall have no right to vote, but will be reinstated upon payment of their dues.

Section 6. Finances

 

A. The Regional Group President, Vice-President, Secretary and the Immediate Past President, shall inspect the books, records, and funds of the Treasurer, and report to the membership at the Annual Meeting.

B. The Regional Group Auxiliary can do NO fund-raising of ANY kind without prior approval of the Board of Directors of the National Blinded Veterans Association Auxiliary.

C. Each Regional Group Auxiliary may endeavor to establish a treasury through individual member donations.