National Constitution of the BTNAA


NATIONAL CONSTITUTION OF THE BOYS TOWN NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION  (Amendment 2006; Approved 2006)

NATIONAL CONSTITUTION OF THE BOYS TOWN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION  (Approved 1951)
 

PREAMBLE
WE, the former citizens of Boys Town, desiring to keep alive, among the alumni, the bonds of friendship formed at Boys Town; to assist fellow alumni whenever and wherever possible; to maintain closer contacts with, manifest greater interest in, and foster genuine loyalty toward the Home and school; to promote the general good and welfare of Father Flanagan's Boys' Home by good work, example, and words, do hereby form and ordain this constitution of the Boys Town National Alumni Association. (Amendment 2006; Approved 2006)
 
PREAMBLE
WE, the former citizens of Boys Town, desiring to keep alive, among the alumni, the bonds of friendship formed at Boys Town; to assist brother alumni whenever and wherever possible; to maintain closer contacts with, manifest greater interest in, and foster genuine loyalty toward the Home and school; to promote the general good and welfare of Father Flanagan's Boys' Home by good work, example, and words, do hereby form and ordain this constitution of the Boys Town Alumni Association.  (Approved 1951)

 
ARTICLE I
QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

SECTION I. The membership shall consist of any person whose residential care has been with Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, or Girls and Boys Town USA. Any additional requirements or limitations are defined in the Association's By-Laws.

SECTION 2. Membership dues for the Boys Town National Alumni Association will be determined by the Board of Directors as defined in the Association's By-Laws.

SECTION 3. Honorary Alumni membership may be extended to any person by the Board of Directors subject to the conditions and limitations as defined in the Association's By Laws.
(Amendment 2006; Approved 2006)

SECTION 1. The membership shall consist of any male formerly in residence as a citizen of Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, Boys Town, Nebraska. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 2. Membership dues for the Boys Town Alumni Association will be determined by the Board of Directors upon ratification by two-thirds of the local chapters.
(Amendment 1969; Approved 1969)

SECTION 2. Membership fee for the Boys Town Alumni Association will be $3.00 for the first year and $2.00 every year thereafter. (Amendment 1954; Approved 1954)

SECTION 2. Membership fee for the Boys Town Alumni Association will be $3.00 for the first year and $1.00 every year thereafter. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 3. Honorary Alumni membership may be extended to any person demonstrating the following:
1. Interest in Father Flanagan's Boys ' Home, Boys Town, Nebraska.
2. Interest in the education and welfare of youth in general.
3. Interest in the purposes of the Boys Town National Alumni Association.
4. Good Citizenship.

Benefits from such honorary alumni membership shall include:
1. Membership for an indefinite period.
2. Receipt of the Alumni Newsletter.
3. Right to attend the Alumni convention and other events.
4. Receipt of a certificate of membership.

Proposals for Honorary Membership shall be first submitted to the active Local chapter, if there be one in the area, and then submitted by the Local Chapter with its recommendations to the Board of Directors, who in turn shall submit the application to the Executive Board for final approval or rejection.

Members at large in an area where there is no active Local Chapter may initiate such proposals directly to the National Office. Continuation of Honorary Membership shall be determined by the Executive Board.
(Approved 1951)

ARTICLE II
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

SECTION I. The Executive Committee of this organization shall be the duly elected President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Their duties and limitations are as defined in the Associations By-Laws.

SECTION 2. The Executive Director of Boys Town, Nebraska shall hold the title of Honorary President.
(Amendment 2006; Approved 2006)

SECTION 1. The governing body of this organization shall be duly elected President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. These officers shall hold term of office biennial (for two years). (Amendment 1955; Approved 1955)

SECTION 1. The governing body of this organization shall be a duly, elected President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The officers shall hold term of office for one year. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 2. The Director of Boys Town shall hold the title of Honorary President.
(Approved 1951)

ARTICLE III
CHAPTERS

SECTION 1. Membership in any local chapter shall be limited to Boys Town Alumni as
stipulated in Article I.

SECTION 2. No local chapter shall be formed except by charter, which shall be granted by the Board of Directors of the Association, subject to the conditions and limitations in the Association's By-Laws.
(Amendment 2006; Approved 2006)

SECTION 1. Membership in any local chapter shall be limited to Boys Town Alumni as stipulated in Article I (Approved 1951)

SECTION 2. No local chapter shall be formed except by charter which shall be granted by the National Office at Boys Town, Nebraska. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 3. The Association shall upon evidence of the gathering of five or more members of the Boys Town Alumni Association, for the purpose stated in the Preamble, issue a charter, certifying that certain qualified members at some given place have complied with the requirements of the laws, for the organization and the institution of a Boys Town Alumni Chapter.
(Approved 1951)

SECTION 4. A copy of the proposed constitution and by-laws shall be submitted to the Na-tional Office. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 5. The constitution of any local chapter shall not violate any article of the Constitution of the Boys Town Alumni Association. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 6. Any chapter which disbands shall surrender its charter to the National Office. (Approved 1951)

ARTICLE IV
ANNUAL MEETING AND FISCAL YEAR

SECTION 1. A General Assembly shall be convened at a time and place as directed by the
Association's By-Laws. (Amendment 2006; Approved 2006)

SECTION 1. The President and the Secretary are to set the dates of the National meeting of the members of this association at Boys Town, Nebraska, which will be held biennially (every two years), with the approval of the Director of Boys Town. The meeting to be held in between these National meetings shall be known as Regional Meetings and arrangements. will be made with the approval of the Chapters and the Director of Boys Town. (Amendment 1955; Approved 1955)

SECTION 1. There shall be an annual meeting of the members of this Association at Boys Town, Nebraska, to be held during the week of Graduation. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 2. The fiscal year of the Association shall begin on the first day of March of each year and end on the twenty-eighth of February of the succeeding year. (Approved 1951)

ARTICLE V
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND ELECTION OF NATIONAL OFFICERS

SECTION 1. The General Assembly of the annual meeting shall consist of all the members attending such meeting, who have a paid-up membership for the current year. The President of the Association shall act as the presiding officer of the General Assembly and in the President's absence the Vice-President shall preside. The Secretary of this Association shall be the Secretary of the General Assembly.

SECTION 2. The General Assembly shall have all the power necessary or incidental to the control and administration of the business and the affairs of the Association and to the determination of its policies and
recommendations, excepting those, which it expressly delegates to the Board of Directors.

SECTION 3. Each member of the Association as defined in Section 1 of Article V at the General Assembly shall have one vote on matters of policy or whatever is submitted for their approval.

SECTION 4. The election of National Officers will take place at the General Assembly in a manner defined by the Association's By-Laws. (Amendment 2006; Approved 2006)

SECTION 1. The Assembly of the annual meeting shall consist of all the members attending such meeting, who have a paid-up membership card for the current year. The President of the Association shall act as the presiding officer of the Assembly and in the President's absence the Vice-president shall preside. The Secretary of this Association shall be the Secretary of the As-sembly. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 2. The Assembly shall have all the power necessary to incidental to the control and administration of the business and the affairs of the Association and to the determination of its policies and recommendations, excepting those which it expressly delegates to the Executive Committee. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 3. Each member in good standing, who has a paid-up National and chapter membership, if a chapter exists within a reasonable radius (i.e. 100 miles) of his residence, shall have the right to vote for National Officers. Voting shall take place by mail and channeled through the National Headquarter Office. (Amendment 1961; Approved 1961)

SECTION 3. Each local chapter shall be represented at the national Assembly by one representative for the purpose of electing the national officers for the following year. This represen-tative alone shall have the power of voting for the nominee of that chapter's choice for each of the offices. In the event that a chapter is unable to send a representative, the national office must be notified far enough in advance that an absentee ballot may be forwarded to and re-turned by the chapter before the elections are held at the Assembly. When these absentee bal-lots have been received, they will be held until the regular voting time, placed in the ballot box, and counted along with the ballots of those present and voting. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 4. Each Local Chapter may submit nominations for National Offices. These nominations must be submitted prior to January first (1st) of each convention year to the National office. All nominees must be members in good standing as outlined in SECTION 3 of this article. Each Chapter shall receive, (sic) from the National Office, a list of all nominees and Chapters nominating. prior to Febru-ary fist (sic) (1st). The final list of nominations, as it will appear on the ballot. will be published in the April and May issues of tile Alumni News. (Amendment 1969; Approved 1969)

SECTION 4. Each local chapter shall submit nominations for the National Officers with a detailed record of recommendations of its nominees. These nominations will be forwarded to the national office prior to April first (1st) of each year, and they will be published in the April and May issues of the Alumni News. (Amendment 1954; Approved 1954)

SECTION 4. Each member of the Association present in the national Assembly shall have one vote on matters of policy, or whatever is submitted for their approval, excepting the election of national officers. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 5. Ballot forms shall be sent to each member in good standing by the National Office no later than six (6) weeks to the opening day of the National Assembly. Marked ballots shall be returned directly to the National Headquarters Office at Boys Town two (2) weeks prior to the National Assembly. (Amendment 1961; Approved 1961)

SECTION 5. Each chapter must submit the names and detailed record with recommendations of its nominations for the national offices. These will be forwarded to the national office prior to April first of each year. and they will be published in the April and May issues of the Alumni paper. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 6. Each local chapter shall be represented on the Election (sic) Board by one delegate. Members-at-large at the National Assembly shall elect two (2) delegates to represent them on the board. These delegates will constitute the Election of National Officers Board, whose duty it shall be to count the votes and supervise any other further balloting for National Officers. The tabulation of the ballots will be made and the results thereof will be announced at the National Assembly. (Amendment 1954; Approved 1954)

SECTION 6. Nominees elected to each office will take office immediately.
(Approved 1951)

SECTION 7. In the event two or more nominees receive the same number of votes and tie for first place in any particular office, the tie shall be broken by a secret vote of all members in good standing attending the National Assembly. (Amendment 1954; Approved 1954)

SECTION 8. No member shall hold more than one office: he shall be entitled to the highest office for which he has been elected. (Amendment 1954; Approved 1954)

SECTION 9. Nominees elected to each office will take over office immediately and will be sworn into office by the Director of Boys Town or the Past President.
Amendment 1954; Approved 1954)

SECTION 10. Each member of the Association present at the National Assembly shall have one vote on matters of policy or whatever is submitted for their approval.
(Amendment 1954; Approved 1954)

SECTION 11. Service Men who are stationed in tile United States or overseas shall be assessed National dues only, and the dues are to be sent directly to the National Alumni Office at Boys Town, Nebraska. (Amendment 1961; Approved 1961)

SECTION 12. The secretary at each local chapter shall submit to the National Office a list of all members in good standing eight (8) weeks prior to the National Assembly to enable the National Office to mail ballots to those members in good standing of both the National and local chapters where applicable. (Amendment 1961; Approved 1961)

SECTION 13. The directors of the Boys Town Alumni Association shall be elected at the National Assembly in 1971 to take office for the next biennial as follows: four members for a four year term and three members for a two year term. Thereafter, all members shall be elected for a four year term. (No evidence of when Article V, Section 13, was Amended, or Approved, can be found in written research)

ARTICLE VI
PUBLICATIONS

SECTION 1. The Association's By-Laws will determine the number and type of publications, and their distribution.
(Amendment 2006; Approved 2006)

SECTION 1. The National Office shall publish a monthly bulletin for the information and enjoyment of all members. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 2. Members of this staff or this publication will be appointed by the President of the National Association and must be members of the Omaha Chapter. (Approved 1951)

SECTION 3. Each local chapter shall have a specialized member whose duty it shall be to inform the National Office of all worth-while (sic) and noteworthy occurrences. (Approved 1951)

ARTICLE VII
STANDING COMMITTEES

SECTION I. The appointment of committees and their purpose will be defined in the Association's By-Laws.
(Amendment 2006; Approved 2006)

SECTION 1. The President shall appoint the following standing committees: (a) A publications committee: (b) A ways and means committee: (c) An entertainment committee, and (d) A projects committee. (Approved 1951)

ARTICLE VIII
MANNER OF AMENDING THIS CONSTITUTION

SECTION I. This constitution shall become valid and binding upon the approval of the majority of the members present at the meeting of July 10, 1951. Thereafter. it shall be effective unless amended in the following manner; a petition to amend shall pass through the Executive Committee and shall be approved by two-thirds majority at a regularly called special meeting for this purpose.
(Amendment 2006; Approved 2006)

SECTION 1. This constitution shall become valid and binding upon the approval of the majority of the members present at the meeting of July 10, 1951. Thereafter it shall be effective unless amended in the following manner; a petition to amend shall pass through the Executive Committee and shall be approved by two-thirds majority at a regularly called special meeting for this purpose. It shall then be ratified by two thirds of the local chapters.
(Approved 1951)

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