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Chapter 94 Bylaws

Chapter 94 Info
TREA: The Enlisted Association
Chapter 94
By-Laws

PREAMBLE
We, as retired enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States, being ever mindful of the glorious tradition of our duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, our responsibility to support a strong defense establishment, our interest in the welfare of our fellow service men and women in fortune or distress, and with reverence to God, Country and our departed comrades, unite to further the aims and objectives of The Retired Enlisted Association, Incorporated, and The Retired Enlisted Association Chapter.

ARTICLE I - NAME AND LOCATION

Section 1 - Name
The name of this Chapter, under the authority of its charter from The Retired Enlisted Association, Incorporated (hereinafter referred to as "TREA"), shall be TREA: The Enlisted Association Chapter 94 (hereinafter referred to as Chapter 94).

Section 2 – Location
a. The Chapter mailing address shall be:

TREA Eagle Chapter 94
PO Box 8582
Warner Robins, GA 31095

b. Additional Chapter administrative offices may be maintained at a location to be determined by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE II - OBJECT
The object of Chapter 94, a nonprofit retired military veterans organization, is to: serve as an affiliate of TREA by supporting its aims and objectives; promoting and assisting its own members, both professionally and culturally; cultivating and maintaining good relations with community leaders and active and reserve component members of the armed forces; fostering patriotism, civic duty, fraternity, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging for its members; honoring and perpetuating the memory of retired enlisted personnel; assisting its members in fortune and distress; and uphold the ideals, principles and traditions of TREA.

ARTICLE III - GENDER
Any reference to either gender herein shall be interpreted to conform to the appropriate gender.

ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 - Regular
Regular Members - Any enlisted person -- retired, active duty, National Guard or Reserves -- shall be eligible for regular membership. Any Active-Duty Enlisted person with 7 or more years retirement creditable service shall enjoy the privileges of regular membership, including attending conventions, making motions, and holding office.
Veteran Members - Any Honorably Discharged person (as noted on a DD214 or NGB-22) may apply for membership. They may attend convention, vote, and make motions. They must be a member in good standing for three years to eligible to run for National office.
The term “regular member” encompasses both charter and life members of TREA.

Section 2 - Associate
Widows and widowers of deceased TREA members or persons who were eligible for TREA membership at time of demise, shall (unless they are members of the TREA Auxiliary) be eligible for associate membership if they remain unmarried. Associate members shall enjoy the privileges of regular membership except the right to make motions, vote, hold Chapter office, or hold life membership.

Section 3 - Honorary
The Chapter may bestow honorary Chapter membership upon any person (by two-thirds vote) who has rendered notable service to the Chapter and who is not eligible for regular or associate membership. Unless withdrawn for cause, honorary membership shall be for the life of the member and no membership dues shall be assessed. The title of "honorary member" shall carry with it none of the obligations of the Chapter but shall entitle the holder to all the privileges of an associate member.

Section 4 – Courtesy
The Chapter may authorize courtesy membership to any person not otherwise eligible for TREA membership. Courtesy members shall be Chapter members only and shall not be included in the official Chapter or TREA strength computations. All dues, if any, shall become Chapter assets. If non-veterans are accepted, their total shall not exceed two and one-half percent of the total Chapter membership. Voting rights shall not be granted to Courtesy Members. Copies of the VOICE may be obtained from TREA National Headquarters for distribution to these members.

Section 5 - Rights and Privileges
No person shall be denied membership on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religious or political beliefs or national origin. Only regular" members shall have the right to make motions, vote, and hold Chapter office and none of these rights may be extended to any other category of membership. TREA membersat-large shall have only such other privileges as may, from time-to-time, be granted by the general membership.

Section 6 - Good Standing
A member shall be considered in good standing except for reasons specified herein or in other Chapter directives. A member shall not be expelled for reasons indicated in "b" or "c" below without a fair hearing before the Chapter Board of Directors. When a thorough investigation reveals that expulsion from the Chapter is appropriate, and such action is ordered by the Board of Directors, a copy of the report of investigation and Board action may be forwarded to TREA National Headquarters accompanied by a request for expulsion from TREA. Expulsion for all other reasons shall be in accordance with Section 10 below:

a. Delinquent dues.

b. Acts that bring discredit to or are prejudicial to the best interests of this Chapter or to TREA.

c. Membership in or sympathy with any subversive organization which advocates the overthrow of the Government of the United States.

Section 7 - Transfers
TREA members in good standing may transfer between TREA Chapters and from member-at-large (MAL) status to this Chapter, or vice versa. Upon acceptance of a MAL, or a member from another Chapter. this Chapter will complete TREA Form 100-8 (Change of Address/Chapter Assignment). The original form will be forwarded to TREA National Headquarters and a copy will be sent to the losing Chapter (if applicable). When sufficient cause exists, the Chapter membership may, by majority vote, deny membership in the Chapter to any applicant.

Section 8 - Resignation
A member may resign from this Chapter or from both this Chapter and TREA by submitting written notification of resignation to the Chapter President or Secretary. If a member resigns from the Chapter only, he will become a TREA member-at-large and the Chapter must submit TREA Form 100-8 (Change of Address/Chapter Assignment) to TREA National Headquarters. if a member resigns from the Chapter and TREA, a copy of the letter of resignation will be forwarded to TREA National Headquarters. Article VI, Section 9 below_ relates to resignation from office only.

Section 9 - Expulsion, Suspension or Other Disciplinary Actions
Providing the rights of individual members are not violated, a disciplinary committee may investigate, hold hearings, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for disciplinary action against members who violate Chapter policies. A member may be reprimanded, temporarily suspended or expelled from the Chapter for cause. Suspension from membership suspends all Chapter rights and privileges (unless otherwise specified), while expulsion terminates Chapter membership. An expelled Chapter member becomes a TREA member-at-large unless also expelled from TREA by the National Board of Directors. If expulsion from TREA is desired, a fully documented request for expulsion must be forwarded to TREA National Headquarters for consideration. The provisions of Article XII, Section 2 below, and TREA bylaws Article XVII, Section 7, shall apply.

Section 10 – Reinstatement
A former Chapter member who resigned while in good standing, or who forfeited membership due to nonpayment of dues, may rejoin the Chapter as a new member or be reinstated with his original "join date" upon payment of all dues in arrears to the Chapter (and to TREA if applicable). Expelled members may rejoin after one year and upon acceptance by two-thirds vote of the Chapter Board of Directors unless also expelled from TREA, in which case acceptance must be in accordance with Article III, Section 1 I of the TREA National Bylaws.

ARTICLE V - DUES, OBLIGATIONS AND FINANCES

Section 1 - Dues
All members of the Chapter shall pay TREA National dues in amounts prescribed in Article IV, Sections 1 or 2 of the TREA National Bylaws. There shall be no Chapter dues. TREA National dues are payable in advance and become delinquent on the last day of the membership month. If not paid within 60 days thereafter, the member will be dropped from the rolls. All dues may be paid to the Chapter treasurer.

Section 2 - Obligations
The Chapter treasurer shall, on a timely basis, transmit the TREA portion of all dues collected from members (to include life members), to TREA National Headquarters or to such other location or agency as may be prescribed by TREA. No dues shall be collected from honorary members. The Chapter shall also comply with all reporting requirements promulgated in TREA Standing Rules.

Section 3 - Finances
A financial statement shall be filed with TREA National Headquarters no later than 30 days following the end of each calendar year quarter. The membership shall be the approving authority for the expenditure of Chapter funds except that recurring obligations such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, telephone bills. etc., may be paid without further authorization. Also, under the authority contained in Article VIII, Section 1 below, the Board of Directors may approve up to $150.00 for any expense, without further approval, when funds are available and such action appears to be in the best interest of the Chapter. Three or more members of the Board of Directors (generally the President, First Vice President and Treasurer shall be authorized to sign checks drawn on Chapter accounts and two signatures shall be required on each check or cash withdrawal. The authenticity of all bills for payment of goods and services shall he verified prior to the disbursement of Chapter funds.

Section 4 - Fiscal Year
The fiscal year for this Chapter shall be the same as the calendar year (i.e., January 1 through December 31).

Section 5 – Financial Obligations
Private Organization members have been notified and understand their personal financial liability for obligations of the Private Organization, as provided by law. (They could be held responsible for the debts of the organization.)

ARTICLE VI - OFFICERS

Section 1 - Elected Officers
Chapter officers will be elected annually by the membership and shall consist of a President; a first, second and if desired a third Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and at least three directors. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed in these bylaws and the adopted parliamentary authority shown in Article XIV below.

Section 2 - Appointed Officers
The Chapter President shall appoint a chaplain and sergeant-at-arms and may appoint a historian, parliamentarian, and veterans service officer. With their consent, the Immediate Past President and Auxiliary President may be appointed as advisors to the Board of Directors. No appointment may exceed the remaining term of the appointing authority.

Section 3 - Eligibility for Election
Any regular member of the Chapter in good standing shall be eligible for nomination and election to any elective office within the Chapter providing these and all other requirements established and announced by the membership are met.

Section 4 - Nomination and Election
Officers shall be elected at the annual membership meeting each year during the month of December and shall assume office on the following January 1. At least thirty days prior to convening the annual meeting, the Nominating Committee (Article X, Section 3, below) shall begin a search for nominees to fill elective offices. The names of nominees selected shall be reported to the assembly before nominations are accepted from the floor. No nominee shall be placed on the election ballot without his or her consent. Each nominee shall be allowed three minutes (followed by one three-minute seconding speech) to give a short discourse on his reason for seeking office. Elections shall be by secret ballot or by acclimation when there is only one nominee for an office.

Section 5 - Terms of Office
Titled officers shall be elected for a period of one year and directors shall be elected (one each year) for a period of equal to the number of Directors. All officers shall serve for the term elected or until their successors are elected or appointed. The term of office shall begin on January 1, each year. Outgoing officers will surrender all Chapter records and property to their successors.

Section 6 - Filling Vacancies
A vacancy in the office of President or First Vice-President shall be filled by the vice-presidents moving up in succession for the unexpired term. All other vacancies (including Second and, if applicable, Third Vice-President) shall be filled by special election by the membership within 60 days unless the regular election is within 120 days thereafter. Any vacancies in appointed officer positions shall be filled by the president. When there is no candidate for an elective office and the former occupant refuses or is unable to continue to serve in accordance with Section 5 above, the president may appoint a qualified member to the vacant position. Such member shall have all the rights and privileges of an elected member of the Board of Directors, including the right to vote. The term of any such officer, elected or appointed, shall be for the unexpired term of his predecessor.

Section 7 - Dual Offices
No officer may hold more than one elective office within the Chapter itself, but a Chapter officer may hold any other office within the TREA structure unless restricted by the TREA National Bylaws.

Section 8 - Removal of Officers
Appointed officers may be removed by the appointing authority, the Board of Directors, or the Chapter membership. The membership may also rescind an election and remove an elected officer in the manner prescribed in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (Chapter XX), or as may be promulgated elsewhere in these bylaws or Chapter Standing Rules.

Section 9 - Resignation
Any elected or appointed officer who is unable or unwilling to perform his duties (for any reason) may resign on the date specified in his verbal or written resignation without further action by the Board of Directors. The Board may also permit an officer to resign in lieu of removal from office. For Chapter resignations see Article [V, Section 8, above.

Section 10 - Installation of Officers
An installation ceremony is a formality which if not held, or not attended by an elected or appointed officer does not affect the time at which office is assumed. If desired a ceremony may be held on, before, or after, the day office is assumed, which shall be January 1, of each year. The following Oath of Office (while not mandatory) may be administered with or without a formal installation ceremony:

OATH OF OFFICE

I, _________________ having been elected or appointed to the office of ______________________________ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that  I will faithfully execute said office to the best of my ability; that I will support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies; that I will uphold the ideals and traditions of TREA, and that I will abide by all rules and regulations to which I am subject, so help me God.

ARTICLE VII - DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1 - President
The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer and official spokesman for the Chapter. He shall set the objectives, guide the policies, and preside over all meetings of the Board of Directors and the membership (except when absent or when presiding might result in a conflict of interest). He shall remain impartial, but as a Chapter member, is always entitled to vote by ballot, and at all other times when his vote will affect the outcome of a motion. That is lie may vote to cause a tie or break a tie and defeat a motion when a majority vote is required; or he may vote to cause or block attainment of the necessary vote when a two-thirds vote is required. If the president takes part in debate in a membership meeting, or is not in attendance, the provisions of Article IX, Section 5 shall apply. The President shall ensure that all administrative requirements of the Chapter are accomplished expeditiously and in a dignified, honest and impartial manner; that the policies mandated by the membership or the Chapter Board of Directors (within the limits prescribed herein) are faithfully reflected in the management and operation of all Chapter affairs; that committees are appointed or elected as prescribed in Article X, below; and that the intent of Article XII (below) is meticulously adhered to. He shall coordinate the duties of Chapter officers; shall normally serve as ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee; and shall perform all other duties incident to the office of Chapter President. He is directly responsible for ensuring that all required reports are submitted to TREA National Headquarters in a timely manner.

Section 2 - Vice-President
The vice-president shall assist the president in the performance of his duties and shall fulfill such other duties as the president may assign. The vice-president shall normally chair one or more committees, and in the temporary absence of the president, shall serve in his stead (when appropriate).

Section 3 - Secretary
The secretary shall record all business transacted at Board and membership meetings and shall read the minutes of the previous meeting. Corrections to the minutes (if any) shall be made on the official file copy or, if corrections are extensive, the minutes may be retyped. The file copy will be annotated to reflect approval, the date approved, and the signature of the secretary. The secretary shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed in the adopted parliamentary authority (Article XIV) and/or as may be prescribed by the Chapter President.

Section 4 - Treasurer
The treasurer shall be responsible for the financial affairs of the Chapter to include care and custody of all funds, He shall ensure payment of all legitimate bills including fees, levies, taxes, insurance premiums, etc. He shall coordinate the establishment of an annual budget; manage all financial accounts in accordance with standard accounting practices; maintain written reports and give a verbal report at each membership meeting (which shall contain—as a minimum---the beginning balance, a record of receipts and disbursements for the period covered, and the ending balance). He shall prepare and submit financial statements to TREA National Headquarters at least quarterly, annually, and at such other times as may be required; and shall ensure that no loans are made to Chapter officers or members. He will also comply with Article V above.

Section 5 - Directors
Each director shall normally chair one or more committees, assist the president in all regular and special projects, and perform such other duties as may be properly assigned.

Section 6 - Chaplain
The chaplain (an appointed officer) shall give a non-sectarian invocation and benediction at the opening and closing of each membership meeting and at such other times as may be appropriate. He shall offer assistance and condolence to the families of ill or deceased Chapter members and shall officiate at community affairs on behalf of the Chapter as appropriate. He shall also be a voting member on the Board of Directors.

Section 7 - Sergeant-At-Arms
The sergeant-at-arms (an appointed officer) shall check membership cards; maintain a sign-in register at Chapter membership meetings; verify voting eligibility of attendees when in doubt; maintain order in the meeting room; report the number of members present; assist the president when called upon; and perform such other duties as may be assigned. He shall normally chair the Parades and Ceremonies Committee and shall be a voting member on the Board of Directors.

Section 8 - Historian
The historian (if appointed), shall compile, or cause to be compiled annually—from the Chapter archives or other authentic sources—a narrative history of the Chapter to include its activities and accomplishments. He shall be the custodian of all historical records and documents and shall transfer custody to his successor upon leaving office. The historian may attend Board of Directors meetings but shall not be a voting member.

Section 9 - Other Appointments
Other officers, when authorized by the membership, may be appointed, and shall have their duties, rights and privileges provided in writing and incorporated into these bylaws during the next amendment.

ARTICLE VIII - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1- Function
Subject to direction from the membership, control, and management of the Chapter between membership meetings shall rest with the Board of Directors. The Board shall transact all business and have exclusive control over all other responsibilities unless restricted by these bylaws, actions of the membership, or are prohibited by law.

Section 2 - Composition, Voting Rights and Quorum
The Board of Directors shall be composed of the elected and appointed officers named in Article VI, Sections 1 and 2. However, only the elected officers, the chaplain and the sergeant-at-arms shall have voting rights. At least 4 elected officers or 5% of membership shall constitute a quorum.

Section 3 - Board Meetings
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held sufficiently in advance of each membership meeting to allow for preparation for that meeting. The date, time and place of Board Meetings shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Special Board Meetings shall be held at the call of the president or any two elected members of the Board of Directors.

Section 4 - Compensation
Members of the Board of Directors shall not be compensated for their services but may be reimbursed for incidental and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official Chapter business.

Section 5 - Standing Rules
The Board of Directors may formulate, adopt, and implement such Standing Rules as are necessary for the operation and administration of the Chapter, but if such rules are not ratified by majority vote at the next membership meeting, they become null and void.

Section 6 - Indemnification
The Chapter shall indemnify all its officers, past and present, in defense of any action, suit, or proceeding in which they or any of them are made parties, or a party, by reason of having performed as officers or directors of the Chapter. Indemnification shall be against all losses, expenses or liabilities incurred as a result of such duties, except for breach of duty or loyalty, acts or omissions not in good faith, or which involve intentional misconduct or knowing violation of the law; and any transactions in which such person derives an improper personal benefit.

ARTICLE IX - GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

Section 1 - Date, Time, Place, and Calling of Meetings
The date, time and place of all regular membership meetings shall be determined by the general membership. The date, time and place of special membership meetings shall be determined by the person(s) authorized to call such meeting (i.e„ the president, a majority of the elected members of the Board of Directors, or by the membership, upon receipt of a written request of 20 members or five percent of the voting membership, whichever is less). Notice of meetings shall be as prescribed in Section 3 below.

Section 2 - Frequency
Unless prohibited by circumstances, a regular meeting of the membership shall be held monthly. The annual meeting, at which officers and directors for the forthcoming year are elected, will always be in the month of December, as specified in Article VI, Section 4 above. Special meetings may be called at any time as prescribed in Section 1 above.

Section 3 - Notice of Meetings
If notice of the next regular or special meeting is not given at a membership meeting, an official notice shall be mailed or published in a newsletter for delivery at least seven days prior to the next meeting date. In lieu thereof, notification of an emergency special meeting may be made by telephone or other means to all members who attended the last three regular meetings (if possible). Notice will be given at least 24 hours in advance and the purpose of the meeting will be stated.

Section 4 - Quorum
A quorum at any Chapter membership meeting shall be five percent of the total voting membership or at least 4 elected officers. A quorum must be present prior to the conduct of any official business. If a quorum is not present, another meeting shall be scheduled within thirty days, and all members notified. If a quorum is still not present, the members present at the second meeting may, by two-thirds vote, suspend the quorum requirement, and proceed with the business of the meeting. The suspension will be for the one meeting only.

Section 5 - Presiding Officer
The Chapter president shall normally preside over all membership meetings. If the president vacates the chair during a meeting, the vice—presidents (in succession) will assume the chair unless they have been or intend to become involved in debate on an issue that is before the assembly. If the president and all vice-presidents must step aside, or if they are all absent, the secretary or another member shall call the meeting to order and the assembly shall elect a chairman pro-tem to preside during that meeting only.

Section 6 - Order of Business
The Order of Business shall normally be as follows. The meeting will be called to order before any formalities begin, and again after each recess. Except as shown in Section 4 above, a quorum must be present before any business is conducted:

a. Call to Order.
b. Invocation.
c. Pledge of Allegiance.
d. Roll Call of Officers.
e. Introduction of New Members and Guests.
f. Reading and Approval of the previous minutes.
g. Reports of Officers (President, Treasurer, Chaplain, etc.).
h. Standing Committee Reports.
i. Special Committee Reports (if any).
j. Unfinished Business (brought forward from the last meeting, if any).
k. New Business
l. Good of the Order (general welfare of the organization).
m. Special Announcements (next meeting date, etc.).
n. Benediction.
o. Adjournment

Section 7 - Decorum, Privileges and Time Limitations
Decorum, privileges and time limitations on debate, speeches, etc., shall be as prescribed in the adopted parliamentary authority (Article XIV below) unless otherwise prescribed in a standing rule or a special rule of order.

ARTICLE X – COMMITTEES

Section 1 - Standing Committees
Standing committees shall consist of Activities and Entertainment, Bylaws and Rules, Finance, Membership and Parades and Ceremonies. Each committee shall normally consist of three or more members, excluding the president, who shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees except at meetings where Article XII, below, applies. The president shall normally appoint the chairman of each committee and the chairman shall select all other members. All members shall serve terms corresponding to that of the president. Upon request, the Past Chapter presidents may form a "Past Presidents Advisory Council (PPAC)" to advise and assist the current Board of Directors. In this event, the immediate past president or one of his predecessors shall chair the council.

Section 2 - Special Committees
Special committees (which are automatically dissolved upon completion of the assigned task) are always elected or appointed for a specific purpose. Written instructions shall normally be provided which shall specify committee duties; when action is to be completed; and when a final report is to be made. The president, Board of Directors, or the membership may appoint special committees. The president shall be an ex-officio member of all special committees except the Nominating Committee; except at meetings where Article XII, Section 1 is applicable; or except when actions are under consideration that may be personally favorable or unfavorable to him—such as an award, an investigation, or conduct that could lead to disciplinary action or removal from office.

Section 3 - Nominating Committee
While the Nominating Committee is a special committee, all members shall be elected by the membership two to four months prior to the annual membership meeting, at which Chapter officers are to be elected. The duties of this committee are to solicit qualified candidates for nomination as Chapter officers and to assist with the elections. The committee shall consist of no less than three and no more than five members. Neither the president nor any other member shall he ex-officio of this committee.

Section 4 - Duties and Responsibilities
A description of the duties and responsibilities of all standing committees and the special Nominating Committee shall be as outlined in Chapter standing rules or policy guides. Recurrent duties of other special committees such as Awards, Grievance, etc., may also be specified in standing rules or policy guides. approved by the membership.

ARTICLE XI - CONVENTION DELEGATES
This Chapter is authorized to send delegates with proxies to the National Convention as prescribed in Article X of the TREA National Bylaws. Delegates shall meet the prerequisites prescribed in the TREA Bylaw s and Rules and any other requirements established by the Chapter membership. Financial assistance may be provided when funds are available and approved in accordance with Chapter policies.

ARTICLE XII - CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Section 1 - General
No member shall serve in any capacity (as a volunteer or as an employee) where a conflict of interest is apparent or suspected unless approved by two-thirds vote of the general membership.

Section 2 - Accusations or Grievances
No person who has been accused or who has accused another person of wrongdoing or negligence shall sit in judgment of himself or any person accused by him; nor will any member sit in judgment of another person who he has, or intends to be a witness for or against, in any proceeding. If a grievance or disciplinary committee is in place, and if any member of the committee was appointed by the accused or accuser, or if any member of the committee is named in the accusation, such member shall be excused from all involvement in the case and may be replaced as appropriate. If no committee is in place, one may be appointed, or the Board of Directors may be tasked to resolve the matter. In any event, the above provisions shall apply, and no person involved or named shall participate in any proceeding except through testimony. Likewise, no person involved or named shall sign any official document related to the matter except his own written statements. All proceedings shall be confidential and shall be held in executive session. The provisions of Article IV, Section 9 above, and TREA bylaws Article XVII, Section 7, shall apply.

ARTICLE XIII – COLORS, LOGO, SEAL, AND CHAPTER UNIFORMS

Section 1 - Colors
The official colors of TREA and this Chapter shall be Red and Gold.

Section 2 - Logo
The TREA Logo shall be as specified in TREA Standing Rules and shall not be altered on the inside of the outer ring, except that the Chapter number may be centered between the wings of the eagle providing the numerals are no larger than the letters between the two outer circles of the logo.

Section 3 - Seal
If and when this Chapter is incorporated, the Corporate Seal shall contain two concentric circles with “TREA Chapter 94, Georgia” between the outer and inner circles. In the center circle, the words “Non-Profit” should be at the top, “SEAL” in the center, and the year the Chapter was formed along the bottom edge.

Section 4 – Chapter Uniforms
In addition to the Chapter uniform prescribed by the TREA National Bylaws and Standing Rules, the following shall also be considered an appropriate Chapter 94 uniform: black slacks, white plain (if worn without the TREA Windbreaker, the white shirt shall be adorned IAW TREA Standing Rule #18, paragraph 2g(1) and 2g(2)) or TREA golf shirt (open collar), TREA lightweight jacket, and TREA red overseas cap or white TREA Baseball cap. The appropriate uniform for specific events shall be determined and directed by the Chapter President. It is up to individual Chapter 94 members to obtain these clothing items at their own expense.

ARTICLE XIV - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The Rules contained in "Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised" shall govern the proceedings of this Chapter in all cases to which it is applicable and in which it is not inconsistent with these bylaws or any rules this Chapter may adopt.

ARTICLE XV - AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

Section 1 - Procedures
These bylaws may be amended by two-thirds vote at any regular meeting if prior notice (containing the text and/or purpose of the proposed change) has been given at a previous meeting or is given at least 7 days prior to the meeting at which such amendment is to be considered.

Section 2 - Conformance with TREA Bylaws
These bylaws must conform to the TREA National Bylaws only on clearly requisite points such as membership qualifications and classification, colors, logo, and such other requirements as may be specified herein or in the TREA National Bylaws. In the event of conflict, the TREA National Bylaws shall prevail and conforming changes may be made to these bylaws without further referral to the membership.

Section 3 - Distribution
Two copies of the original and any amendments or revision to these bylaws will be forwarded to TREA National Headquarters for review and approval as prescribed in the TREA National Bylaws. Any other distribution shall be as directed by the Chapter Board of Directors or membership.

ARTICLE XVI - DISSOLUTION
In the event of dissolution, all Chapter assets shall be converted to cash. After all Chapter debts have been paid, any remaining funds will be forwarded to TREA National Headquarters and held in escrow for a period of one year, unless the laws of the State in which the Chapter is located require some other form of distribution. If the Chapter is not reactivated within one year, all escrowed funds will be transferred, at the discretion of the TREA National Board of Directors. The colors, Chapter charter and all membership and financial records will be forwarded to TREA National Headquarters and retained for at least one year. Notwithstanding the above statements, State and local laws and the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service shall be adhered to during dissolution proceedings.

Signed by TREA 94 Chapter President, February 1, 2021

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