Article I Name
The name shall be the American Ceramic Circle. It shall be chartered in the State of Maine as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) Corporation.
Article II Purpose
The Circle’s purpose will be:
Article III Membership
Article IV Government
The government of the American Ceramic Circle shall be invested in the Board of Trustees and in the duly elected officers.
Article V Committees
For the administration of the business of the Circle, the President may appoint any necessary committees.
Article VI Finances
The amount of the annual dues shall be established by the Trustees. This amount may be changed only at the time of the annual meeting after prior notice to the members. The annual dues shall be used for the operating and regular expenses of the Circle.
Article VII Meetings
There shall be at least one (1) annual meeting at which the business of the Circle shall be reviewed, reports received from the officers and the committees, new members elected, the budget approved, and any other pertinent business transacted. An additional meeting may be held at the discretion of the Board of Trustees. All questions shall be decided by a majority vote of those present in person or by written proxy, except amendments which shall be passed pursuant to Article IX. The date and site of each annual meeting shall be determined by the Board of Trustees. A notice of each meeting shall be forwarded to each member at least three weeks in advance of the meeting. The Board of Trustees shall meet at least two (2) times a year. A Trustee who is unable to attend may submit a signed proxy for his vote to be cast by the President or Vice-President. A quorum shall consist of two-thirds (2/3) of the Trustees present in person or in proxy.
Upon termination or dissolution of the American Ceramic Circle, the title to all its assets shall be transferred to an institution or organization to be voted upon by the Board at that time.
Article IX Amendments
The Constitution and By-laws may be amended only by a majority vote of the members present in person or by written proxy at an annual meeting. Any amendment must be proposed by the board of Trustees or by one or more members with the approval of the Board. A proposed amendment submitted by one or more members must be submitted in writing to the President or Vice-President at least six (6) months before the annual meeting. All amendments proposed by the Board or by a member with Board approval shall be submitted to the members for consideration. A description of the proposed amendment or amendments shall accompany the notice of the annual meeting.
As modified 11/5/2011
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