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ATI bylaws

Revised 2007 ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGY Inc.

ARTICLE I.

Name

The name of this Organization shall be Adaptive Technology Inc., hereinafter referred to as ATI.

ARTICLE II.

OBJECT

Section 1. The objective of ATI is to further the education of the legally blind of Missouri in the field of adaptive technology.
Section 2. ATI shall oversee and organize the adaptive technology equipment room at the annual MCB convention. A committee of three shall be appointed by the president to serve on the ATER committee.

ARTICLE III.

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. ATI shall hold membership in the Missouri Council of the Blind Incorporated. It's membership shall be that of a Special Interest affiliate of the Council. As a Special Interest affiliate, ATI shall not have a vote on the Board of the Council.
Section 2. A majority of the membership of this Organization shall be legally blind.
Section 3. All members of ATI shall have the privilege of participating in the programs and projects of the Organization and shall be encouraged to assist with them.
Section 4. Membership in ATI is open to any resident of Missouri, at least thirteen years of age, who remits the first year's dues.
Section 5. The annual dues shall be fifteen dollars, payable to ATI, on or before August 31 of each year.
Section 6. Members whose dues are not paid by August31 shall automatically be dropped from membership. Any member of ATI may be dropped from membership, with justifiable cause, by a two-thirds vote of the votes cast.

ARTICLE IV.

OFFICERS

Section 1. The officers of ATI shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Organization.
Section 2. The officers shall be elected to serve a two-year term (excluding unexpired terms) or until their successors are elected. The office of the president and of the secretary shall be elected in the even years and the offices of the vice president and treasurer shall be elected in the odd years. If there is only one candidate for an office, voting shall be viva voce. Otherwise, voting in elections shall be by ballot. Their term of office shall begin upon election.
Section 3. No member shall hold more than one office at a time, and no member shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms (excluding unexpired terms) in the same office.
Section 4. The President shall preside at all regular and special meetings of ATI, appoint all committees, both standing and special except the Finance Committee and the Nominating Committee, and serve as ex officio member of all committees, except the Nominating Committee.
Section 5. The Vice President shall receive all letters requesting membership and initial dues, and shall forward them to the Treasurer. The Vice President shall receive all ballot envelopes. The Vice President shall preside at meetings in the absence of the President, and shall assume the presidency should that office become vacant.
Section 6. By February 1, of each year, the Secretary shall have postmarked a letter to the Missouri Council office containing a membership list of ATI which shall include the names, addresses, telephone numbers, visual status of the member, and their preference as to format in which they wish to receive the Chronicle.
Section 7. The Treasurer shall be entrusted with the funds of ATI, And shall receive and disburse funds of the Organization as directed by the Organization. The treasurer shall secure the funds of ATI as instructed by the Executive Board. Upon receipt of a properly prepared voucher, signed by the President and Vice President, and shall pay all bills of the Organization by check, signed by the treasurer and the Secretary. The treasurer shall send out dues reminders to all members by August first and shall keep accurate records of all financial transactions of the Organization, and shall prepare a written report which shall be read at the annual meeting of ATI, detailing the financial status of the Organization.
Section 8. The Treasurer shall forward a letter to the Missouri Council office, by a date requested by the office, containing a check for the yearly ATI dues to the Council, and a membership list of ATI which shall include the names, addresses, telephone numbers and visual status of each member.

ARTICLE V.

MEETINGS

Section 1. ATI shall operate on a fiscal year beginning October 1 and ending September 30.
Section 2. ATI shall hold at least one regular meeting during the year. It shall be called "the annual meeting" and shall be held at the annual convention of the Missouri Council of the Blind, unless otherwise ordered by the Organization or the Executive Board. This meeting shall be held for the purposes of receiving reports of officers and committees, for accepting nominations for officers and for members of the Nominating Committee from the floor, for the discussion of proposed amendments to the bylaws, and for any other business which may arise.
Section 3. Special meetings may be called by the President or Executive Board and shall be called upon the written request of at least 4 members of the Organization. The purpose of the special meeting shall be stated in the call. Except in cases of emergency, at least three days notice shall be given.
Section 4. One-third of the members of ATI Organization shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum is not present, at any meeting of ATI the secretary shall mail a letter, postmarked by the 15th, day of the following month to each member, notifying him that no meeting was held.

ARTICLE VI.

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1. The officers of the Organization shall constitute the Executive Board. The Executive Board shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Organization between its business meetings, fix the hour and place of meetings, make recommendations to the Organization, and shall perform such other duties as are specified in these bylaws. The Board shall be subject to the orders of the Organization and none of its acts shall conflict with action taken by the Organization.
Section 2. By unanimous vote the Board may plan and arrange for speakers and or demonstrations for our annual meeting, and pay reasonable costs incurred for such arrangements.
Section 3. Approval of miscellaneous expenses, not to exceed $50 per year, shall require a unanimous vote of the Board.
Section 4. Meetings of the Board shall be called by the President as deemed necessary, with three days advance notice, except in cases of emergency. Meetings of the Board shall be called upon the written request of two members of the Board, with three days notice, except in cases of emergency.

ARTICLE VII.

VOTING

Section 1. Voting shall be done by members of ATI in good standing. Unless specified otherwise, voting shall be done verbally.
Section 2. If voting is done by ballot, a committee of three, appointed by the President, shall count the ballots.

ARTICLE VIII.

COMMITTEES

Section 1. ATI shall have an Audit Committee, a Finance Committee, a News Letter Committee, a Nominating Committee, an ATER committee and any other committees the Organization or the Board shall from time to time deem necessary to carry on the work of the Organization.
Section 2. Each January the President shall appoint two members to serve on the Audit Committee.
Section 3. The Executive Board shall serve as the Finance Committee.
Section 4. ATI shall publish a News Letter at least twice yearly. One issue shall be published during the winter and another during the summer. The content of the News Letter shall be determined by the officers and the News Letter Committee, except that the winter issue shall provide the names of the members of the Nominating Committee and the summer issue shall provide the slate of nominees compiled by said committee.
Section 5. At the odd election year annual meeting of ATI, the members present and voting shall elect, by a majority vote, a Nominating Committee of three members. It shall be the duty of this Committee to nominate candidates for the offices to be filled at the annual meeting. The names of the members of this Committee shall be published in the winter issue of the News Letter and its report shall be published in the summer issue.

ARTICLE IX.

PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The rules contained in the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern this Organization, unless the rules are inconsistent with these bylaws. In which case, these bylaws prevail.

ARTICLE X.

AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the votes cast provided the proposed amendment has been submitted for publication in the summer News Letter in writing and signed by two members of ATI. These amendments shall be discussed at the annual meeting and shall be voted on for acceptance at that time.

ARTICLE XI.

DISSOLUTION

In the case of the dissolution of ATI the remaining funds of the Organization shall be donated to the host organization, Missouri Council of the Blind.