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Retirees Organization By-Laws

Effective: 06/01/2002
Revised: 06/03/2003


Article I: Name

1.01 The name of this organization shall be Community College of Rhode Island, Retirees Organization, (hereinafter referred to as CCRIRO.)

Article II: Purpose

2.01 To provide its members a means of continuing contact with members of the College who have retired.

2.02 To foster an awareness to its members of the broad range of functions of the College and offer a chance to help when needed.

2.03 To help members gain continued use of College facilities such as the Field House, Library, Computer Lab, etc.

2.04 To maintain mail contact (email and Snail-mail) between the College and retirees.

2.05 To acquire, when available, access to space for organizational functions and meetings.

Article III: Membership and Dues

3.01 Membership is open to all interested persons, who have retired from the Community College of Rhode Island, without regard to race, creed, age, sex or ethnic origin.

3.02 All membership applications must be accompanied by a payment of dues for the current year.

3.03 All members are required to pay annual dues in an amount determined and set by the Executive Board.

3.04 All members shall enjoy all the rights and privileges afforded by the organization and its by-laws including, but not limited to voting, and the right to hold an elective office. All members shall be presented a membership card and, upon request, a copy of the latest by-laws.

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Article IV: Officers

4.01 The executive officers for the for the CCRIRO shall consist of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. (Titles being gender free.)

4.02 All executive officers shall be elected by a majority vote of members present and voting to a two (2) year term commencing at the annual meeting.

4.03 All elected and appointed officers shall constitute the Executive Board.

4.04 The offices of News Editor, Program Chairman, and Membership Chairman shall be appointed by the Executive Board.

4.05 The executive Board shall:

a. set the rate of the annual dues, subject to agreement by the membership at the annual meeting,
b. authorize expenditures over $500.00,
c. temporarily fill vacancies in offices
Article V: Duties of Officers

5.01 The Chairman shall serve as the chief executive officer and shall preside at all meetings and oversee all organization activities. He/she shall be an ex-officio member of any and all committees. The Chairman, or his/her designee, shall serve as spokesperson for the organization.

5.02 The Vice-Chairman shall:

a. preside at all meetings in the absence of the Chairman,
b. assist the Chairman and other officers,
c. Chair the Emeritus Review Committee

5.03 The Secretary shall:

a. attend all meetings,
b. record all votes and minutes of all proceedings,
c. register the number of members present,
d. issue all notices and communications.

5.04 The Treasurer shall:

a. be a custodian of all organization funds and maintain a written account thereof,
b. give a report at each scheduled meeting of all income and expenditures made by the organization during the period between meetings
c. The Treasurer shall keep the books available at all times for auditing and will render a complete financial report to the organization at the annual meeting.

All disbursements and expenditures made by the Treasurer involving sums greater than five hundred dollars ($500.00) shall be first approved by the Executive Board.

5.05 The News Editor shall be responsible for developing, publishing, and distributing the organization’s newsletter on a regular basis. The Editor shall be reimbursed for any and all reasonable expenses incurred.

5.06 The Program Chairman is responsible for presentations at the general meetings, and will also plan and prepare for special functions at the direction of the Board.

5.07 The Membership Chairman is responsible for promoting new memberships in the organization. He shall also be responsible for the distribution of the by-laws and maintaining an up-to-date record of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all members of the organization.

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Article VI: Election of Officers

6.01 Election of officers shall be held at the annual meeting.

6.02 An open nominating process shall be used at the annual meeting. All members in good standing are eligible to hold office.

6.03 All officers shall be elected by a majority of members in good standing present and voting at the annual meeting.

6.04 A secret ballot may be used in each and every case in which there is more than one nominee for the same office.

Article VII: Meetings

7.01 The annual meeting of the CCRIRO shall be called by the Chairman on the first Tuesday in June of each year and held at a time and place approved by the Executive Board.

7.02 Executive Board meetings may be called by the Chairman or two (2) members of the Executive Board provided notice is given at least seven (7) days in advance.

7.03 General meetings shall be held on the third Monday in April and the third Monday in October at a time and place approved by the Executive Board.

7.04 All meetings shall be open to the membership and whenever possible shall be announced in the newsletter.

7.05 The rules contained in Roberts Rules of Order shall govern all meetings in all matters to which they apply and which are not specifically covered in these bylaws.

Article VIII: Amendments/Conformity

8.01 Amendments, revisions, and/or changes to these bylaws may be made at any General meeting by two thirds (2/3) vote of all members in good standing present and voting, providing at least sixty (60) days notice is given to the full membership.

8.02 All amendments, revisions, and /or changes to these bylaws will become effective immediately upon acceptance.

8.03 If any section of these bylaws and/or amendments is or shall at any time be held contrary to law then such sections or amendments shall not be applied, performed or enforced except to the extent permitted by law and in no way does said section or amendment nullify the remaining articles, section or amendments of these bylaws.

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