2nd Battalion 3rd Marines Vietnam Veterans Association


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2/3 VIETNAM VETERANS ASSOCIATION
BY-LAWS 

First established on August 5, 2005

THE SECOND BATTALION, THIRD MARINE REGIMENT VIETNAM VETERANS ASSOCIATION AKA: 2/3 VIETNAM VETERANS ASSOCIATION 


ARTICLE I  
NAME

The official name of this group shall be:
"The 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment Vietnam Veterans Association" 


ARTICLE II  
PURPOSE

The Association shall be operated for the following purposes:

To develop, foster, and perpetuate the ideals, comradeship, and professional standards of those who served during the Vietnam War in the following Companies of 2nd BN, 3rd Marines (2/3), Headquarters and Services (H&S), Echo (E), Fox (F), Golf (G), Hotel (H), and attached or Support units. 

To promote good fellowship among its members and to remember those members who have gone before us. 

To maintain an official Association website. 


ARTICLE III
MEMBERSHIP

Regular Member: person, living or deceased, who was assigned, attached to or in support of 2/3 while serving in the Country of Vietnam. The Officers of the Association shall determine the units who served with or were attached to 2/3.

Associate Member: immediate family member of a regular member. 

A Regular Member, including an Officer, may be expelled or suspended for improper conduct by two-thirds vote of the Association officers present at any meeting of the 2/3 Association. This can be done only after reasonable opportunity to be heard shall be given the member to be dealt with. 


ARTICLE IV
DUES

Regular Members shall pay annual dues, the amount of which will be prescribed during the annual business meeting. Paid member will be active from the last day of the current reunion to the last day of the next reunion.


ARTICLE V
OFFICERS

The affairs and business of this Association shall be managed by the Officers consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Representatives from the Companies of 2/3 and the Support/Attached Units. All elected Officers of this Association are entitled to vote with the General Membership with one exception—the President may vote only in the event of a tie. 

Additional positions that may be required would be a Web Director, Editor of Newsletter, Historian, Sergeant at Arms, and Chaplain; any positions created, other than those stated in the first paragraph of this article, will not be considered as Officers. Association Members may be appointed or voted into any additional positions, other than Sergeant at Arms and Chaplain, but do not having voting rights.

Election of Officers: The following Officers will be elected by the Regular Membership at the annual business meeting: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. These Officers will assume their duties immediately after the Membership Meeting. Company and Support/Attached Unit Representatives will be elected by their unit members at separate caucuses before the Officers meeting. These Representatives will assume their duties immediately upon being elected.

All newly elected officers will meet with any outgoing officer for an easy transition of power before the end of the Reunion. 

Vacancies: In case of death or resignation of the President, the Vice-President shall succeed to the President’s unexpired term of office, subject to the same responsibilities given to or imposed upon the President. The President pro-tem will then appoint a Vice President to his unexpired term of office. In case of death or resignation of the other Officers, the President will appoint a successor until the next meeting of the members. In the case of Company and Support Unit Representatives, the units will vote for a replacement. 


ARTICLE VI
DUTIES OF ELECTED OFFICERS

President (Non-Voting) 

The president shall preside at all Association meetings to ensure that they are properly conducted, shall be an impartial and conscientious arbiter of discussions and debates, insist on fairness in the actions and discussions of the members, and assure that members are encouraged to join and maintain membership. 

The president appoints Committee Chairpersons on a voluntary basis, keeps in contact with other officers of the Association, and votes ONLY to break a tie.

Each member shall serve no more than two terms. 

Vice-President (Voting) 

presides at meetings in the absence of the President and performs duties

 assigned to him by the Association. 

Keeps a copy of current members. 

Assists President with encouraging new members. 

Other duties as assigned. 

Secretary (Voting) 

Keeps accurate records of all Association meetings. 

Gives a report at the Annual Business Meeting of all recordings. 

Posts the minutes of all meetings on the website as soon after said meeting occurred. 

Maintains all records for past ten (10) years. 

Maintains By-Laws and changes thereto. 

Receives and files monthly bank statements (copies) from the Treasurer 

Forwards copies of By-Law changes and meeting minutes to the Website 
Director for posting on the Website. 

Will not allow membership information distributed for any business purpose. 

Treasurer (Voting) 

Keeps accurate records of all financial dealings that concern the Association. 

Gives an annual report to the membership at the Annual Meeting. This report will be in printed form and will be distributed to the Officers and Company Representatives at the Officers Meeting.

Receives and holds all monies pertaining to the Office of Treasurer from the Association. 

Reviews and signs all contracts for the Association. 

Collects and holds all membership annual dues of the Association. 

As dues are paid, Treasurer will notify the appropriate Company Representative. 

Works in conjunction with the Host Reunion Coordinator regarding expenses and contracts. All expenses for Reunions shall be submitted for review by the Treasurer before any monies can be expended. 

Keeps accurate account of all monies of the Association. Maintains the financial records in a neat and efficient manner. Provides a Xerox copy of bank statements to the Secretary of the Association as a matter of record. 

Makes available at the Officers Meeting the Association’s Financial Records for audit prior to each years Membership Meeting. 

Presents the financial report for acceptance at the annual Membership Meeting of the Association.

Maintains communication with the individual Company Representatives regarding any changes to information regarding their individual company members. 

Maintains the official 2/3 Roster, in Excel Software format, providing copies of the 2/3 Roster to Officers and Company Representatives on an as-needed basis. 

Maintains communication with the Webmaster to process e-mail address changes on the Website. 

This position manages the "Archive Listing." This list contains names and contact information for persons who are not active paid members. The persons on the Archive Listing do not receive copies of the 2/3 Newsletter. The Archive Listing will only be utilized if someone is looking for contact information on a non-member. 

Company and Support Unit Representatives: (Voting) 

Shall represent their respected units as members of the Association. 
Will bring to the attention of the Board and the general membership all concerns of their individual units. 

Must be on the internet in order to better serve the members of their Company. 
Must keep in touch with the members of their companies, both those on the internet and, by mail, those who are not on the internet, as to important issues regarding the Association. 

It is understood that Company Representatives will bear the cost of any mailings, phone calls, etc., as they serve the members of their companies. 

Additional Non-Voting Appointed Position Duties:

Sergeant-At-Arms 

Will maintain order at meetings assuring that no extraneous talking or activity is disruptive to meeting. 

May, by initiative or direction, be required to caution and/or remove any disruptive person(s) during the course of said meeting. 

Chaplain

Serves as the Association spiritual leader. 

Notifies the Webmaster of items to be placed on the Bereavement Page of the WebSite. 

Sends sympathy cards to the family of any current paid member who passes away. 

Web Director

Creates, maintains, and up-dates the Association’s Website and Message Board. 

Receive and process updates from individual members, officers and company representatives in a timely manner. 

This position manages the "Archive Listing." This list contains names and contact information for persons who are not active paid members. The persons on the Archive Listing do not receive copies of the 2/3 Newsletter. The Archive Listing will only be utilized if someone is looking for contact information on a non-member.

Newsletter Editor

Prepares and gathers information to produce an Association Newsletter. Newsletter is mailed to members on the Association’s paid members roster. All expenses relating to production and distribution must be pre-approved by the Treasurer.

The Newsletter will be published on the Association’s website as copyright laws permit.

Past president 

Past Presidents serve as non-voting members of the Officers and Company Reps Board. 

Assistant Webmaster

Assistant Treasurer

Article VII
Meetings

Membership Meeting: The annual Membership meeting of the Officers and Members shall be held during the Association’s reunion at a date and time directed by the President after consultation with the reunion coordinator.

2/3 Officers Meeting: The President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and all Company/Support Unit Representatives shall meet at least 24 hours prior to the Membership Meeting. Items covered will be Treasurer audit, minutes from previous business meeting, and to set agenda for that year’s Membership meeting.

Special Meetings: Special meetings of the members may be called at any time by the President with the consent of a majority of the Officers. The President of the Association shall also call for a special meeting of members whenever so requested by ten (10%) percent of the members entitled to vote. Notice of such meeting, stating the purpose for which it is called, shall be served by mail to each member entitled to vote, not less than fourteen (14) days before the date set for such meeting. Business other than specified in the call may be introduced, but only after the specified business has been completed. Any other business to be presented must be put in writing and given to the President and/or Officer-In-Charge before said meeting is called to order. This requirement may be waived by the President and/or Officer-In-Charge.
Voting: At all meetings of the members, all questions shall be determined by a majority vote of those present only and not by proxy. All votes shall be given by voice; except on order of the President a vote by show of hands or by ballot may be used. Only Regular Members are allowed voice and/or vote at any meetings. The President may allow an Associate or Honorary Member voice if two-thirds (2/3) of the Officers agree.


Article VIII
Rules of Procedure and Order of Business

The latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Procedure are hereby adopted and made part of theses by-laws. 

The President may, by a vote of the membership, suspend these rules for a duration or all of any meeting.

The following order shall be used in conducting a called meeting of this Association:

Call to Order

Pledge to Flag

Opening Prayer

Moment of silence for all POW/MIA’s from all conflicts

Roll Call of Officers

Officers’ Reports (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Company Reps)

Minutes from Last Meeting

Old Business

New Business

Nomination of New Officers

Election

Presentations for Future Reunion

Vote for Reunion Site

Close of Meeting


Article IX 
Amendments

These By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of the Regular Members at the Annual Membership Meeting provided that the proposed Amendment had been submitted, in writing, to the President prior to or during the Company Representative Committee meeting. Upon consideration of the proposed amendment to the By-Laws, it shall be offered and voted on during the Membership Meeting.