Constitution

Below is the constitution of the National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

COMMUNITY SERVICE DIVISION

CONSTITUTION

Article One: NAME

The name of this organization shall be the National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division.

Article Two: PURPOSE

The purpose of this organization is to promote the positive philosophy of the National Federation of the Blind through community service and advocacy. This division will work diligently to promote and encourage community service and service learning at the local, state, and national levels of the National Federation of the Blind; to be a vehicle for collective action by the blind of the nation; to function as a mechanism through which blind and interested sighted persons who acknowledge the positive effects that community service and service learning have on self, community, and country may come together to plan and carry out programs to improve the quantity and quality of community service opportunities for the blind and utilize this method to advance the goals of full integration on the basis of equality for the blind of this nation; and to be an integrated part of the National Federation of the Blind.

Article Three: MEMBERSHIP

Section One: Active Members

The members of this organization shall primarily be blind people who participate actively in community service, have an interest in participating in community service, or are sighted and fall under the afore mentioned categories; these individuals are (upon payment of dues) considered active members of the organization. The members of this organization are members of the National Federation of the Blind and shall have the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as other members of the National Federation of the Blind.

Section Two: Supporting Members

Any person may become a supporting member of this organization in the same manner as active members. Supporting members shall have all the rights and privileges of active members, except that they may not vote, hold office, or serve on the board of directors. Supporting members shall not pay dues.

Section Three: Composition of Members

The majority of the members of this organization must be blind. Sighted persons may also become members and have equal standing and stake within this organization, except that they may not hold presidential or vice-presidential offices or responsibilities.

Section Four: Suspension or Expulsion

Any member of this organization may be suspended or expelled for violation of this Constitution, for violation of the policies of the National Federation of the Blind, for misconduct, or for activity unbecoming a member of this organization by a majority vote of the active members present and voting at any regular business session or special meeting of this organization or by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors subject to ratification by the general membership. The Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind may reinstate any person who has been suspended or expelled. Any person who feels that he/she has been unjustly suspended or expelled from this organization may appeal to the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind, which may (at its discretion) consider the matter and make a binding decision. Un- less the decision to suspend or expel is reversed by the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind, the ruling of suspension or expulsion shall continue in effect.

Article Five: OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section One: Board of Directors

The officers of this organization shall be: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and three (3) board members. The President and Vice President of this organization must be blind. The officers and board members of this organization shall be individuals who have demonstrated a clear interest in community service. The duties of those officers shall be those customarily associated with their respective offices. The officers and board members shall constitute the Board of Directors. A majority of the members of the Board of Directors must be blind.

Section Two: Election of the Board of Directors

The officers shall be elected annually by a majority vote of the members of this organization present and voting at the annual meeting. There shall be no proxy voting. The term of these officers shall begin at the close of the meeting at which they are elected and qualified. Each officer's term runs for 1 year with no term limit. Failure to meet the requirements set forth as officers can result in removal by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Section Three: Vacancies in Office

If a vacancy occurs in the office of President, the Vice-President shall immediately fill the office of President. If a vacancy occurs in any other office, a special election to fill the vacancy shall be held at the next regular meeting. The President may appoint someone to fill the vacancy until an election can be held.

Article Six: MEETINGS

Section One: Annual Meetings

This organization shall hold its annual meeting at the time and place of the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind. The Board of Directors shall conduct the business of the organization between annual meetings.

Section Two: Special Meetings

The President of this organization may call a special meeting of the body at any time he/she or a majority of the Board of Directors deems such action to be necessary, provided that such requests to convene are made in writing.

Article Seven: COMMITTEES

The President may appoint such committees as he/she or the organization deems necessary. A committee shall meet at the call of its chairperson and/or a majority of its members and with the knowledge of the president. The President shall be an ex officio member of all committees and may convene/reappoint any committee as he/she deems necessary.

Article Eight: DUES

The dues for members of this organization shall be $5.00 (five dollars) per year, payable in advance or at the time of the annual meeting. No person may vote who is delinquent in the payment of his/her dues.

Article Nine: FUNDS AND FINANCING

The funds of this organization shall be deposited in a bank to be selected by the Treasurer with the approval of the President. All financial obligations of this organization shall be discharged by check, issued on order of the President, and signed by the Treasurer.

ARTICLE Ten: AFFILIATION

This organization shall be a division of the National Federation of the Blind. Upon request, the division shall furnish to the treasurer of the National Federation of the Blind a financial report without delay, and will comply with all other financial guidelines as set forth by the National Federation of the Blind regarding divisions. A copy of the constitution of the division and all amendments to the constitution shall be sent to the President of the National Federation of the Blind, or to his designee, without delay.
This organization shall not be merely a social organization, but shall formulate and implement programs and actively work to promote the economic and social betterment of the blind by teaching the truth about blindness and the abilities of the blind to the members of the volunteer community, professionals who work in the field of national and community service, and the general public. This division will do so by 1. coordinating quality, high-impact service projects that develop confidence in blindness and the alternative techniques that the blind utilize, 2. creating workshops and trainings that develop competent leaders, 3. serving as a resource for the blind and sighted alike about the service field with an emphasis on how the blind can contribute, and 4. Promoting the NFB philosophy through action and service.
This organization and its members shall comply with the provisions of the constitution of the National Federation of the Blind, and to the contract appearing on the back of the Charter of Affiliation issued to divisions of the National Federation of the Blind. Policy decisions of the National Federation of the Blind (whether made by the National Convention or the national board of directors) are binding on this organization.

Article Eleven: DISSOLUTION

In the event of the dissolution of this organization, or (for whatever reason) it ceases to be a part of the National Federation of the Blind, its assets shall be transferred to the treasury of the National Federation of the Blind to be held in trust for a reorganized division. In the event that no division is reorganized for a period of two (2) years from the date this organization ceases to be a division of the National Federation of the Blind, the assets become the property of the National Federation of the Blind, which will use them to engage the members of the Federation in community service activities and projects that are consistent with the purpose and goals of the formerly organized division or for other charitable purposes.

Article Twelve: AMENDMENTS

This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at any meeting of this organization. Amendments must be submitted in writing to the President of this organization no later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting at which they will be presented and must be in compliance with the provisions of the Charter of Affiliation received by the division from the National Federation of the Blind.