The name of this organization shall be the American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc., hereafter referred to as ACBNY.
The purpose of ACBNY is to enhance the lifestyle of the community by:
A. Fostering opportunities for blind and visually impaired persons to become self sufficient productive members of society;
B. Educating the public regarding the economic and social benefits that occur when blind and visually impaired individuals actively participate in society;
C. Providing a local forum to study the concerns of blind and visually impaired people and to address solutions to identified problems;
D. Supplying information regarding available services and resources;
E. Insuring quality service by acting as a liaison between the blind community and service providers;
F. Implementing social action programs leading to the improvement of living and working conditions of blind and visually impaired persons throughout New York State;
G. Coalescing with other organizations whose goals and purposes coincide with ours;
H. Engaging in other activities which promote the dignity and independence of blind and visually impaired persons.
A. ACBNY is an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, Inc.
B. Any group of at least five voting members, a majority of whom are blind or visually impaired, is eligible to become an affiliate.
An affiliate's members must consist of individuals from a defined geographical area or must be recognized by ACBNY as a special interest group.
In order to become an affiliate, approval must be obtained from the Board of Directors. If the membership of an affiliate falls below five, a year's grace time will be given. If after a year an affiliate still has less than five members, it will be dissolved.
Membership shall be of the following classifications:
2. Dues for Life members shall be assessed at half the rate of Life membership in the American Council of the Blind, Inc. at the time of application for said Life membership in ACBNY, which may be paid in no more than five (5) consecutive annual installments. Life Membership becomes effective upon completion of all payments.
Dues, except for Life members, shall be set by the Board of Directors, provided this rate is
higher than the dues charged by ACB National. Dues amounts may vary
according to type of membership.
Each affiliate, member at large, organizational member, and associate and junior member not belonging to an affiliate and Life member shall submit the required dues to the Treasurer. This must be done at least thirty days prior to the date on which dues must be received by the ACB National Office.
An alphabetical list of voting members shall be sent along with these dues. This list shall also be sent to the Membership Committee chair.
The Treasurer shall notify each affiliate, member at large, organizational member, and associate and junior member not belonging to an affiliate and Life member that dues, and where applicable membership lists, must be sent. This notification shall be sent in writing at least thirty days before the State dues submission date.
A list of the names and addresses of those receiving dues notification shall be provided to the Treasurer by the Membership Committee chair at least thirty days before notices are due.
A. Each voting member attending a state convention shall be entitled
to one vote. An official delegate from each affiliate shall cast the
number of votes to which that affiliate is entitled. Each affiliate
represented at the state convention shall be entitled to one vote for each
nine of its voting members or major fraction thereof, provided that an
affiliate may cast no more than twelve votes.
B. The right of an affiliate or member at large to vote shall be contingent on payment of dues and the furnishing of an alphabetical list as provided for in Article V. Failure of an affiliate or member at large to comply with this section shall result in the loss of voting privileges during the first year of noncompliance. A second year of noncompliance shall result in the revocation of membership.
C. There shall be no proxy voting.
D. Officers shall be elected by a majority of the votes cast at any state convention. Voting shall be by secret ballot for all contested elections.
E. No officer of this organization, except for the Treasurer, shall be elected for more than two consecutive terms to the same office.
F. All officers, directors and delegates must reside in New York State.
G. Should a vacancy occur in any office, a person to complete the unexpired term shall be elected by the Board of Directors if there is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors within 30 days of the date the vacancy occurred. If there is no such regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors, a person to complete the unexpired term shall be elected by the Executive Board. The completion of an unexpired term of one year or less shall not be defined as a term of office.
H. Each member of the Board shall exercise only one vote.
A. As of January 1, 2014, the officers of this organization shall be:
First Vice President,
Second Vice President,
Officers shall serve three year terms.
B. The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers, a delegate at large to be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors, the Immediate Past President, and one director to be selected by each affiliate.
A majority of the Board of Directors shall be blind or visually impaired.
Officers shall be elected by the majority of the votes cast at any state convention.
Term of office shall commence on January 1 of the year following the date of the election beginning in 1993.
Each affiliate shall submit the name of their selected director to the ACBNY Secretary no later than December 31 of the year preceding that director's term of service. Directors shall serve for terms of 1 (one) year, except in permanent unforeseen exigent circumstances. Directors may succeed themselves.
C. No member of the Board of Directors shall receive compensation for services to ACBNY. Officers and delegates may receive reimbursement for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
A 1. The convention. Any voting member may make or second motions,
nominate officers and committee members and serve on committees. Only
voting members may be elected to office. To be eligible for nomination and election to State Office, a candidate must have been a member in good standing of ACBNY for at least one year. The convention shall determine
the time and place of its meetings.
A 2. The convention shall select the site of at least the following year's state convention from among the proposed sites submitted to it. However, if no proposal is submitted or if the convention declines to approve any of the submitted proposals, the Executive Board shall select the site for at least the following year's state convention. In this case, the Executive Board must select a site within 60 days following the present year's state convention. State conventions may be planned and contracted for more than one year in advance with the approval of the convention.
1. The Secretary shall, in addition to the usual duties of this office, furnish board members with minutes in accessible form of all board and business meetings no later than sixty days after the meetings. The Secretary shall also provide the President with a list of all motions adopted at general membership and Board of Directors meetings.
2. The Treasurer shall, in addition to the usual duties of this office, forward to the Secretary the names of all those eligible to vote at each meeting of the Board of Directors.
C. The Board of Directors shall be the governing body between conventions provided that it make no decisions and take no actions in conflict with existing decisions and actions of the convention.
D. The Executive Board shall consist of the officers, and shall, in the event emergency action is needed between board meetings, make decisions, provided that they do not conflict with existing decisions of the convention or Board of Directors.
E. The Newsletter Editor shall be responsible for the preparation and dissemination of the ACBNY newsletter.
ACBNY shall have Standing Committees and other committees as provided in the Council By-laws.
A regular meeting to be known as the annual convention shall be held once a year. A majority of those members present on the convention floor and eligible to vote shall constitute a quorum. Other meetings may be held during the year at the discretion of the Board of Directors. All major matters dealing with policy shall be enacted at the annual convention.
This Constitution may be amended at any regular convention by a two thirds vote of those members present and voting. Such proposed amendments must be presented in writing to the Constitution and Bylaws Committee no less than 60 days before the beginning of the state convention. Written copies of the proposed amendments must be sent to each affiliate at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the convention.
In the event of dissolution, all assets shall become the property of the American Council of the Blind, Inc., upon satisfaction of all outstanding liabilities.
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern this Organization in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Organization may adopt.
1. ACBNY hereby establishes the following committees:
Amended October, 2013