VPPA By-Laws

ARTICLE I

Membership

Section 1. Application for Membership:

           a. Admission policy is determined by the Board of Directors.
           b. Official application forms shall be approved by the Board of Directors.
           c. Applicants for membership shall follow the application guidelines determined by the Board of Directors as outlined in the Policy  Manual.  
           d. Board decisions are official and binding.

Section 2. All dues structure, rates and payment options shall be determined by the Board of Directors.  Any dues paid are non-refundable.  

Section 3. Expulsion of members:

           a. A member may be expelled for cause by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board members present at a Board of Directors meeting.       

          b. A member may be expelled for any of the following reasons:

                        1. Committing acts contrary to the best interests of the Association.

                        2. Unfair practices.

                        3. Illegal activities.

                        4. Sexual Harrassment.

                        5. Misrepresentation.

                        6. Non-payment of dues.

Section 4. Termination of membership shall relieve all rights, interests or title of any member to property, assets and privileges of the Association.

Section 5. Any member terminated must immediately cease using the official VPPA logo, seal, card, certificate or any other indication of membership in the Association.

Section 6. Any person whose membership has been cancelled for cause may make application for reinstatement as provided for in the Policy Manual.

ARTICLE II

Nomination and Election of Officers

Section 1. Officers shall be elected by majority vote of eligible members present at the Annual Meeting of the Association.

Section 2. Candidates for office shall be selected by a Nominating Committee consisting of the Chairman of the Board, President, Executive Secretary, Executive Treasurer and the next immediate past Chairman of the Board.

Section 3. The Nominating Committee shall prepare a full slate of candidates for office, including the Chairman of the Board and report this slate at the Annual Meeting. This will in no way exclude additional nominations from the floor.

Section 4. Officers and Board members shall assume the duties of their respective offices at the conclusion of Old Business at the November Transition Board Meeting.

Section 5. District Officers shall be elected in the manner set forth by the District and will assume the duties of their respective office to coincide with the November Transition District Meeting.

ARTICLE III

Duties of Officers

Section 1. The Chairman of the Board shall preside at all meetings of the Association and shall perform all duties of this office as described in the Policy Manual. 

Section 2 The President shall officially represent the Association, shall perform all duties of this office as described in the Policy Manual and shall carry out these duties in such a way as to promote the effective operation of the Association. 

Section 3. The First Vice-President shall perform the functions of the office of the President during the absence of the President or during a vacancy of that office and shall perform all duties of this office as described in the Policy Manual.

Section 4.  The Second Vice-President shall be Registration Chairman for the annual Convention and shall perform all duties of this office as described in the Policy Manual.

Section 5.  The Recording Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings of the Association and of the Board of Directors and shall perform all the duties of this office as described in the Policy Manual.  

Section 6.  The Executive Treasurer shall attend to the finances of the Association, shall be the registered agent for the Corporation, shall keep the official roll of the Association’s membership and shall perform all duties of this office as described in the Policy Manual. If there is a vacancy in this office, the Executive Secretary shall assume the duties until such time as a replacement can be appointed. 

Section 7.  The Executive Secretary shall conduct the official correspondence of the Association, shall attend to administrative functions and shall perform all duties of this office as described in the Policy Manual. If there is a vacancy in this office, the Executive Treasurer shall assume the duties until such time as a replacement can be appointed.

Section 8. The Governor of each District shall preside at meetings of their District, shall officially represent the District and shall perform the duties of this office described in the Policy Manual in such a way as to promote the effective operation of the Association.

Section 9. The Lieutenant Governor of each District shall perform the functions of the office of Governor during the absence of the Governor or during a vacancy in that office and shall perform the duties of this office as described in the Policy Manual.

Section 10.  The Secretary and the Treasurer of each District shall perform the duties of the office as described in the Policy Manual.

ARTICLE IV

Duties and Functions of the Board of Directors

Section 1.  All interests of the Association shall come under the supervision of the Board of Directors to whom all business must be referred for consideration and appropriate action.

Section 2. The Board of Directors shall have the power to transact any and all business of the Association. Any decision of the Board of Directors, however, may be reversed by a majority vote of eligible members present and voting at the subsequent annual or special meeting.

Section 3. The minutes of the Board of Directors shall be available at regular meetings of the Association.

Section 4. The Board of Directors is empowered to award special honors to members or associates and to award credits and degrees under the Virginia Degree system as set forth in the Policy Manual.

Section 5. The Board shall set its own rules for time, date and location of meetings.

Section 6. All actions of the Board of Directors must be approved by a majority vote.

ARTICLE V

Committees

Section 1. The President, during his term of office, shall appoint committees as necessary to carry out the effective operation of the Association.

Section 2. The Convention Chairman shall appoint the necessary Committees to insure a successful Convention.

Section 3. Terms of office of all Chairmen or Co-Chairmen and all Committee members appointed by the President or the Convention Chair shall expire with the term of office of the authority by whom they were appointed.

ARTICLE VI

Dues

Section 1. Dues for all categories of membership shall be set by the Board of Directors and reviewed each year.

Section 2. Life and Honorary members shall pay no dues.

Section 3. All dues shall be paid as outlined by the Board of Directors in the Policy Manual.

Section 4. Only members in good standing shall be eligible for election or appointment to any office or committee, for the sponsorship of new members and for entering image competition.  Good standing shall be defined as having paid dues in accordance with Sections 1, 2 and 3 above.

ARTICLE VII

Degrees and Credits

Exceptional ability in photography or exceptional services rendered to the Association shall be recognized by the Association through the award or bestowal of Degrees upon individual members in accordance with the terms described in the Policy Manual

Section 1.  All degree eligibility and requirements will be determined by the Board of Directors and outlined in the Policy Manual. 

ARTICLE VIII

Voting Privileges

 Only Professional, Professional PPA, Non-Resident Professional, Non-Resident PPA, Retired and Life Members of the Association shall have the privilege of voting. However all other members shall have the right to discuss and to make recommendations.

ARTICLE IX

Conduct of Meetings

The conduct of all meetings shall be governed by "Robert's Rules of Order, Revised" insofar as it is applicable to and consistent with the provisions of the Association's Constitution and By-Laws.

    


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