(Rev.3 Sept 09)
ARTICLE I ‑ NAME
The name of this Chapter shall be" Boerne Chapter, Number 64, of the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Inc." hereinafter referred to as the "Chapter" and as "TXSSAR, INC".
ARTICLE II‑ OBJECTS
The object of this Chapter are declared to be patriotic, historical and educational and shall include those that are intended or designed to perpetuate the memory of those patriots who by their services or sacrifices during the War of the American Revolution achieved the independence of the American People; to unite and promote fellowship among their descendants; to inspire them and the community at large with a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers; to encourage historical research relative to the American Revolution; to acquire and preserve the individual service records of the patriot of the War and the wartime documents, relics and landmarks; to mark the scenes of the Revolution by appropriate memorials; to celebrate the anniversary of prominent events of the War and of the Revolutionary period; to foster true patriotism; to maintain the extend the institutions of American freedom, and to maintain and to extend the institutions of American Freedom, and to carry out the purposes expressed in the Preamble of the Constitution of our Country and the injunctions of General Washington in his farewell address to the American people (See NSSAR Constitution, Part I, Article II Objects)
ARTICLE III ‑ MEMBERSHIP
Any man shall be eligible for membership in this Chapter who, being of the age of eighteen or over, and a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and rendered assistance in the cause of American Independence, as defined by the NSSAR Constitution Part I, Article III. Such member shall be designated officially as "Compatriot". Furthermore, he shall fulfill the requirements outlined in Section I of the By‑Laws of this Chapter.
ARTICLE IV‑ ORGANIZATION
The State Society is a Corporation, incorporated in the State of Texas as a non‑profit organization. This Chapter, like other State Chapters, is a constituent part of the Incorporated State Society. As such, this Chapter is a subordinate local body organized by the TXSSAR, INC. for the purpose of carrying out the objects of the Texas Society.
The period of duration of this Chapter is perpetual; however, upon surrender, forfeiture or revocation of the Chapter's Charter, the Board of Managers of TXSSAR, INC. pursuant with the State Society Constitution Section 6, Article Vifi, shall act as trustee and take over the real and/or personal property owned and held by this Chapter at the time of its dissolution.
Notwithstanding any other provision of the By‑Laws, this Chapter shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by (A) a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law or (B) a corporation whose contributions are deductible under Section 170 (C) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or any other corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Bylaws, the purposes for which this Chapter is organized are exclusively charitable and educational within the meaning of Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
It is understood that the TXSSAR, INC. has unilaterally decided to be self-insured insofar as liability insurance is concerned. It follows that this Chapter also has no liability insurance to cover any liability or responsibility for such matters, for members and officers acting in pursuit of business of the Society.
ARTICLE V ‑ OFFICERS
The elected officers of this Chapter shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar, Chaplain and Chancellor and in some cases the Historian. The above named officers, together with the immediate past President, in addition to any others that the President shall appoint, shall comprise the Chapter Board of Managers.
Duties of the Chapter Officers are outlined in the Bylaws of this Chapter. All nominations of the elective officers shall be made from the floor. Nominations made by a committee appointed for such purposes shall be considered nominations from the floor. The nominating committee shall consist of the past presidents of the Boerne Chapter and the current president when in his LAST term. The nominating committee shall meet during the July to Sept time period and present a proposed slate for nomination at the September meeting. All Nominations shall be made during the September regular meeting.
Elective Officers shall be elected by majority vote of a quorum of the members present at the annual meeting of the chapter at the October regular meeting, and shall hold office for a period of one year following their installation which shall occur at the regular January meeting following election.. The President shall serve for no more than 2 consecutive years at one time. If any officer is unavailable to serve or the office is vacant, the President shall appoint a member to serve for the remainder of the year.
Removal of officers: Elected Officers may only be removed by majority vote of a quorum of the members present at regularly noticed meeting of the chapter. The President may remove any appointed officer.
ARTICLE VI ‑ MEETING
Regular meetings shall be scheduled monthly, normally on the fourth Saturday of each month, with the first meeting in January, (when the officers are installed) and the last meeting in December. Notification of the time, date, and place of the meeting shall be made by mail, email, or telephone in advance of the meeting. Regular meetings may be suspended in June, July, August and November or any other month by majority vote of the members present provided a quorum exists.
Conduct of the meeting shall follow the procedures outlined in the SAR Handbook as applicable. Members are welcome to bring guests, and are responsible for any cost incurred for themselves and their guest. Compatriots from other SAR Chapters, DAR ladies and CAR are welcomed guests, providing they defray any costs related to their attendance. Fees for guest speakers are prohibited, except for the cost of the speaker's meal, which shall be borne by the Chapter if the speaker is not a member of this chapter.
The President may call special meetings, with proper advance notice. In the event of his inability or incapacity to perform his duties, a majority of the Chapter Board of Managers may call special meetings to transact Chapter business as required.
Regularly scheduled meetings and special meetings may be held without a quorum. However, Chapter business transactions shall require a quorum; such quorum shall comprise a minimum of ten percent of the Chapter membership but not less than five members in good standing.
The official Chapter year shall commence January 1, and end on the succeeding December 31.
ARTICLE VII‑ AMENDMENTS
The articles of this Constitution may be amended at any regular business meeting of the Chapter by a three fifths vote of the members present, said amendment having been proposed at the preceding regular business meeting.