CPCUG Constitution

CPCUG's Constitution is being reviewed.

If you are a CPCUG Member and interested in that review, you're invited to become involved with the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, contact Frank Sokolove.

CONSTITUTION

CAPITAL PC USER GROUP, INC.
(A Maryland Corporation)

ARTICLE 1: NAME

The name of this organization shall be CAPITAL PC USER GROUP,
Inc., hereafter referred to as the "CPCUG".

ARTICLE 2: PURPOSE

Section 1. The purposes of the CPCUG are as follows:

a. To provide a forum for members of the personal computer community for their mutual benefit and increased understanding and utilization of the personal computer.

b. To encourage experimentation and research in the current and potential uses of the personal computer.

c. To provide an opportunity for all users of the personal computer to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience for the enrichment of all concerned.

d. To provide an opportunity for both formal and informal education in computer applications,hardware, and software technologies.

e. To provide a medium of communication with user groups in other areas (location and orientation).

f. To provide an opportunity for the formation of special interest groups.

g. To provide a medium for the exchange of public domain and contributed software. The illegal copying, use, or distribution of software will not be condoned.

h. To assist members in acquiring computer hardware and software.

i. To promote the effective interchange of ideas between members and vendors of IBM and compatible PC hardware and software.

ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Membership in the CPCUG shall not be denied to anyone based upon race, creed, sex, or religion.

Section 2. Membership in this organization is open to anyone interested in the IBM or compatible PC. Ownership of an IBM or compatible PC is not a prerequisite for membership.

ARTICLE 4: RIGHTS OF MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Each member is entitled to a membership card which authorizes his or her participation in activities reserved to members of the CPCUG as defined by the Board of Directors.

Section 2. Each member is entitled to one copy of the CPCUG's publication(s) as issued.

Section 3. Each member is entitled to cast one vote in any election or CPCUG activity that requires general membership approval.

ARTICLE 5: DUES

Section 1. Dues shall be collected annually from members as specified in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE 6: OFFICERS

Section 1. Officers of the CPCUG shall consist of the following:

a. President

b. 1st Vice President

c. Regional Vice President(s)

d. Secretary

e. Treasurer

Section 2. The term of office for all officers is one year, commencing March 1.

Section 3. With the concurrence of the Board of Directors, the officers shall execute the daily business of the CPCUG as provided in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE 7: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1. The Board of Directors shall consist of the following individuals:

a. All officers of the CPCUG,

b. Chairmen of the Special Interest Groups as defined in the CPCUG Bylaws,

c. Immediate Past President,

d. Other persons as designated by the Board of Directors.

Section 2. In all Board of Directors decisions, each individual member shall cast one vote.

ARTICLE 8: GENERAL MEETINGS

Section 1. General meetings shall be held monthly or as directed by the Board of Directors.

Section 2. The number of general meetings held shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 3. Persons eligible to attend the general meetings shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE 9: BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS

Section 1. Board of Directors meetings shall be held monthly or as directed by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE 10: ELECTIONS

Section 1. General elections for CPCUG officers shall be held annually.

Section 2. Elections shall be conducted according to the CPCUG Bylaws.

Section 3. Candidates for office shall be CPCUG members in good standing.

ARTICLE 11: FISCAL CONSIDERATIONS

Section 1. The CPCUG shall be a not-for-profit organization according to Section 501C4, Social Welfare, of federal law.

Section 2. An independent audit of the CPCUG's financial records shall be made annually by individuals designated by the Board of Directors.

Section 3. In the event of the dissolution of the CPCUG, all assets shall be transferred in accordance with applicable U.S. Code and Maryland state law.

ARTICLE 12: STANDING RULES

Section 1. Any rules for the general government of the CPCUG not specifically covered in the foregoing articles shall be set forth in the Bylaws.

Section 2. No Bylaws or other rules of the CPCUG shall take precedence over this Constitution.

ARTICLE 13: CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Section 1. No member of the Board of Directors may accept any pay for serving as a member of the Board of Directors.

Section 2. The terms of any financial agreement between the CPCUG and a current member of the Board of Directors, or a person who has served on the Board of Directors within the year prior to the agreement, or a candidate for election or appointment to the Board of Directors must be must be fully disclosed to the general membership.

Section 3. Any member of the Board of Directors who has a material interest in an issue being decided by the Board of Directors may not vote on questions related
to that issue.

ARTICLE 14: AMENDMENTS

Section 1. A general or special meeting shall be called by the Board of Directors for the purpose of amending this Constitution. An official mail ballot, when authorized and approved by the Board of Directors, shall constitute a special meeting for the purpose of amending this Constitution or the CPCUG Bylaws.

Section 2. Each general member may cast one vote on the proposed amendments.

Section 3. This Constitution may be amended only by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting at the meeting designated in Section 1 of this Article.

Section 4. Notice of proposed amendments must be published to all general members prior to the meeting designated in Section 1 of this Article.

ARTICLE 15: VALIDITY

Section 1. The invalidity of any part of this Constitution shall not impair or otherwise affect in any manner the validity, enforceability, or intent of the balance of
this Constitution.

ARTICLE 16: RATIFICATION OF CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

Section 1. A general or special meeting shall be called by theBoard of Directors for the purpose of ratifying this Constitution and/or the CPCUG Bylaws. An official
mail ballot, when authorized and approved by the Board of Directors, shall constitute a special meeting for the purpose of ratifying this Constitution or the
CPCUG Bylaws.

Section 2. The proposed Constitution and/or Bylaws shall be published and distributed to the CPCUG general membership prior to the meeting designated in Section 1 of this Article.

Section 3. This Constitution and/or the CPCUG Bylaws shall be ratified only by a majority vote of all eligible members present and voting at the meeting designated
in Section 1 of this Article.

Adopted: ______________________________President

_____________________________________Secretary

Date: ______________