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  THE PURPOSE OF THE GOLD VAULT CHAPTER

To provide Veterans of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and their supporters residing in this vicinity or belonging to this Chapter, with a focal point for fraternal gathering for themselves, their families and their friends. Further, the purpose of the Chapter is to provide support for the Blackhorse Association and its programs. We will improve relationships with the community sector. We will live our lives as a model for others to follow. Honor, Duty, Respect, Family and Comradeship are but a few of the characteristics required to belong in the Blackhorse Family. The Blackhorse Association, Inc. is a nonprofit veteran’s organization consisting of current and former soldiers who have served with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) in both war and peace.  These veterans and active duty members are bonded together and dedicated to the traditional American principles of love of country, respect for the flag, law and order, and the preservation of the traditions and name of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

 

GOLD VAULT CHAPTER

BLACKHORSE ASSOCIATION

 

CHAPTER CONSTITUTION

 

 

Article I: CONSTITUTION:

This constitution supersedes any existing constitution written prior to the date this constitution is approved by the membership.

 

Article II: NAME:

The name of this chapter shall be the Gold Vault Chapter of the Blackhorse Association.

 

Article III: TERM OF EXISTENCE: This chapter shall exist until dissolved by the membership or by action of the Board of Directors of the Blackhorse Association.

 

Article IV: PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES AND POWERS

 

Section 1. THE PURPOSE OF THE GOLD VAULT CHAPTER IS:

To provide Veterans of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and their supporters residing in this vicinity or belonging to this Chapter, with a focal point for fraternal gathering for themselves, their families and their friends. Further, the purpose of the Chapter is to provide support for the Blackhorse Association and its programs.

 

We will improve relationships with the community sector. We will live our lives as a model for others to follow. Honor, Duty, Respect, Family and Comradeship are but a few of the characteristics required to belong in the Blackhorse Family.

 

Section 2: THE OBJECTIVE OF THE CHAPTER ARE TO:

  1. Provide assistance and information to veterans of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.
  2. Assist in the successful completion of the operations and programs of the Blackhorse Association.
  3. Encourage the enrollment of all eligible Veterans as Life Members of the Blackhorse Association.
  4. Adopt a School Program- to present and educate children and civic groups regarding the history of the Regiment and to create local awareness of the Blackhorse Regiment.
  5. To honor comrades who gave their lives in the service of our country and Regiment.
  6. To preserve and strengthen comradeships formed in the Regiment.
  7. To proclaim and publicize the achievements and traditions on the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.
  8. To support the troopers actively serving in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (BLACKHORSE).
  9. To establish and provide educational scholarships for children of members of the Regiment.

 

 

Section 3. THE POWERS OF THE CHAPTER, AS EXERCISED BY ITS ELECTED OFFICER ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Take and hold by gift, grant, device, or bequest, real and personal property in its own right or in trust for any purpose comprised in the objectives of the Chapter.
  2. Buy, sell, mortgage, lease or otherwise use or dispose of its property as it shall deem for the best interest of the Chapter.
  3. Engage is appropriate earnings activities to further the objectives of the Chapter.
  4. Appoint such officers as are necessary to efficiently perform the functions of the Chapter, as well as the power to remove from office each of such officers before the expiration of the term of office, and to appoint others to serve in such unfilled offices for the remaining term of the person so removed.
  5. Adopt resolutions, make rules and recommend By-Laws and from time to time make or recommend as the case may be, amendment’s to any of the foregoing that may be necessary and proper for the administration of the Chapter and for the accomplishments of the objectives of the Chapter. Such resolutions, rules and By-Laws shall not be inconsistent with the terms of the Constitution or with any provision of law, but no rule by which more than a majority vote shall be required for any specific action shall be amended, suspended or repealed by a lesser vote.
  6. Without limitation to any of the foregoing, take all actions that may be necessary and proper to carry out the purpose and objectives of the Chapter.

 

Article V: ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION

Section 1. The Chapter shall adopt By-Laws for the administration of the Chapter consistent with its purposes and objectives.

 

Section 2. The Chapter is considered a branch of the Blackhorse Association.          

                      

Section 3. The administration and conduct of business shall be vested in duly elected officers as established in the By-Laws. Except that an initial advance of funds for organization purposes may be accepted from The Blackhorse Association and repaid when the Chapter is established and solvent. The Chapter shall make no call upon The Blackhorse Association

for funds. A limited treasury shall be established to cover the cost of postage, stationary and similar expenses incidental to the conduct of meetings and to provide a repository for the funds obtained by the Chapter for the conduct of its ongoing programs. The Chapter shall not normally engage in major fund raising activities except in direct support of the programs of The Blackhorse Association.

 

 

Approved on May 18, 2011            Effective on May 18, 2011

Approved______ Signature Date:

(President)

The Blackhorse Association

Approved______ Signature Date:

(President)

 

 

 

 


GOLD VAULT CHAPTER
THE BLACKHORSE ASSOCIATION

 

CHAPTER BY-LAWS

 

 


 

ARTICLE I:MISSION STATEMENT

The Gold Vault Chapter consists of U.S. Army Veterans who are now serving or have served with the 11th U.S. Armored Cavalry Regiment, (ACR), and its attached units. As Veterans we have a common goal, to support the United States of America, the U.S. Military, and its service members and dependent’s both past and present.

 

We will improve relationship with the community sector. We live our lives as a model for others to follow. Honor, Duty, Respect, Family, and Comradeship are but a few of characteristic’s required to ride with the Blackhorse.

 

We will strive to uphold the Honor and Respect of the 11th ACR. We will support other military veterans clubs, activities, and organizations.

ARTICLE II: ORGANIZATION

Section 1. The minimum number of officers shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chaplain, Sgt. of Arms and a Public Relations Advisor, all to be elected by the membership of the Chapter to serve for a term of two years. All officers of the Chapter must be Life Members of The Blackhorse Association and must provide proof of service in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment or an Attachment prior to election or appointment to office. A list of officers will be forwarded to The Blackhorse Association Headquarters within 30 days of each election.

Section 2. The elected officers of the Chapter shall constitute the Executive Board.

ARTICLE III:DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Chapter and of the Executive Board, to cause to be issued all notices that may be required, to appoint all committees, to execute all agreements or contracts or other documents in the name of the Chapter, and to perform such other acts as pertain to the office that shall not contravene any provisions of the Constitutions and By-Laws.

Section 2. It shall be the duty of the Vice President to aid the President, to carry out the duties of the President during his absence or disability, and to perform such duties as may be assigned by the President.

Section 3. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the minutes of all meetings of the Chapter and the Executive Board, to produce written correspondence as directed by the President, to maintain a roster of Chapter membership, and to perform such duties as may be assigned by the President.

Section 4. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to maintain the treasury, to keep accounts and records of all receipts and expenditures of Chapter funds, to be accountable for Chapter assets, to ensure timely payment of Chapter debts, to submit a financial report at least annually, and to submit other financial reports as may be required.

 

Section 5. It shall be the duty of the Public Relations Advisor to develop procedures for the dissemination of information and promotional materials about the Chapter and The Blackhorse Association and to provide publicity for Chapter meetings and activities using all available media modes.

 

Section 6. It shall be the duty of the Chaplain to offer a prayer at the beginning of each Chapter or Chapter committee meeting and to be available to support any Chapter member and family during difficult times as may be needed.

 

Section 7. The Sgt. at Arms (SA) will maintain order at all club functions. He will ensure order within the general membership. Enforce the Bylaws of the club.

ARTICLE III:RESIGNATION OF OFFICERS

An officer or appointed committee chairperson shall be presumed to have resigned upon permanent departure from the Chapter area or upon the member's failure to attend meetings without satisfactory notification to the Executive Board. An officer may resign at any time by submitting a written or oral resignation to the Executive Board. The Executive Board shall fill offices vacant as a result of resignation by appointment from the membership for the unexpired term of office, except that in the case of the office of the President, the Vice President shall serve as President for the unexpired term, and a new Vice President shall be appointed.

 

ARTICLE IV:MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Any person;

(a) Who is an active duty service member or prior member of the 11th ACR, or its attached units at any time in its history or a family member.

(b) Membership shall be voluntary.

(c) DDF 214 Required for verification of service.

(d) All members will conduct themselves in a manor fitting the Blackhorse Cavalry Regiment the Military, and The United States of America.

Meetings will be conducted using Robert’s rules of Order.

(e) During Chapter meeting there will be no drinking of alcoholic beverages.

(f) Intoxicated members will be escorted from the meeting room, if unruly.

(g) We need a quorum of board members to make decisions.

(h) Associate members are anyone who support the goals of the association and will be the responsibility of the full member who introduces them to the club. Associate members will conduct themselves in the same manner as full members with no vote, and may not hold a position as an Officer of the club.

(i)Membership can be terminated by the BHA President with majority approval of its Officers and Directors in any case where a member brings discredit to the Regiment or the Association.

 

Section 2. There shall be six membership classes:

a)     Life Member, those who join for life including Charter Members.

b)    Annual Member, those who join for one year with the privilege of converting to Life Membership.

c)     Honorary Member, those who shall be appointed by the President of the BHA in recognition of exemplary contributions to the Regiment.

d)    Corporate Member, business friends of the Blackhorse.

e)     Associate Member, spouses and family of members.

f)     Gold Star Member, No fees for family members of Troopers killed while serving the Regiment.

 

Section 3. Privileges of Membership

a)     Only life and annual members shall be entitled to vote, nominate officers, and participate in management of the Association. Associate members may serve and vote when serving a committee.

b)    Annual members may convert to life membership at any time.

c)     All members entitled to vote may cast their votes in person or by proxy, sent to the Secretary, BHA on any matter which may be presented at the General Membership Meeting held in concert with the BHA Annual Reunion. Proxy votes may be cast by mail or by electronic mail and will be deemed to have voted as of postmark date, electronic or otherwise.

ARTICLE V:MEETINGS

The Chapter shall meet not less than three times each year. Election of officers shall be held during the first meeting of the calendar year. The Executive Board shall meet at least bi-monthly, 2/3rds of the members constituting a quorum. A majority vote shall be required to approve an action at any meeting.

 

ARTICLE VI:COMMITTEES

The President shall appoint such committees as necessary to facilitate the operations of the Chapter.

The committees should consist of 5 members but no less than 4 members.

 

ARTICLE VII: FINANCES

Section 1. The President shall be limited to approval of Expenditures of $100.00 or less for any purpose without approval of the Executive Board.

Section 2. The Executive Board shall be limited to approval of expenditures of $250.00 or less for any purpose without approval of the general membership.

Section 3, The Executive Board shall manage the funds of the Chapter during its term of office, shall ensure that the treasury contains a minimum cash reserve of $300.00 and shall at no time authorize the obligation of money in excess of cash on hand.

 

Section 4. Specific fund-raising activities may be undertaken by the Chapter for the purpose of obtaining funds to support Chapter operations and in support of The Blackhorse Association programs.

Section 5. The cost of food, refreshments, entertainment, and incidental expenses for a specific activity may be prorated among the members attending the activity if specifically approved in a general membership meeting held prior to budgeting expenditures for the activity.

Section 6. In case of dissolution of the Chapter, funds remaining in the treasury shall first be used to satisfy outstanding debts, liabilities, and obligations of the Chapter. All remaining assets shall be disposed of as determined by the Board of Directors of The Blackhorse Association.

ARTICLE VIII: CONSTRUCTION AND AMENDMENTS

Section 1. The provisions of these By-Laws shall be construed liberally to accomplish the purposes and objectives of the Chapter, and the Chapter is a non-political organization and, as such, does not and cannot support any political party or agenda.

Section 2. These By-Laws may be amended, repealed, or suspended at any time by a vote of 2/3rds of the members attending and voting at any publicized general membership meeting of the Chapter, contingent on approval by the Board of Directors of the Blackhorse Association.        

 

 

 


Approved on May 18, 2011            Effective on May 18, 2011

Approved______ Signature Date:

(President)

The Blackhorse Association

Approved______ Signature Date:

(President)

 


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