Article IX. Regions and Regional Activities
Regions shall be established by the Council.
A Regional Council shall conduct the business and administer
the affairs of each Region and shall perform such other
duties as prescribed by itself. Such Council shall consist
of the Regional officers, the Regional Representative
to the National Council, the President, or his/her proxy,
of each member society and a society representative from
each member society within said region, and a representative
of the members-at-large within said region.
The Regional Officers shall consist of a Chair, Vice Chair,
Secretary and/or Treasurer. They shall be elected by the
members present at the Regional Convention, or if none
is held, by the Regional Council, for terms of not more
than two (2) years. The Regional officers shall be empowered
to act on behalf of the Regional Council, and with its
full authority, on matters, other than the election of
Regional officers, which require its attention when the
Regional Council is unable to meet.
Regional Convention may be held annually in each Region
and shall be conducted by one or more societies or groups
of members within that Region at a time and place designated
by the Regional Convention of prior year(s), or by the
Regional Council when in session, or the majority vote
of the Regional officers.
A Regional Business Meeting and a Regional Council Meeting
may be held annually at the Regional Convention. Provisions
shall be made for the Regional Council to vote on matters
by mail, if necessary, in lieu of a Regional Convention.
All action taken by a Regional Business or Council Meeting
or the Regional officers shall be by a majority vote,
except as provided by the Regional Constitution.
Each region shall elect a regional representative to the
League Council as provided for in Article III, Section
Financial assistance shall be available to the individual
regions according to the rules set forth in Standing Resolution
The Regional Chair or Representative may be removed from
office prior to completion of his/her term by either of
the following means:
- As specified in the region's constitution
or bylaws, or
- By a majority vote of Council following
a petition to remove the individual. Such petition
must be signed by the presidents of two member societies
within the region or by three members of the Executive
Committee and delivered to the Executive Secretary.
The petition will be submitted to Council vote only
after due investigation by the President. If the Council
votes to remove the individual, the President may
appoint an acting Chair or Regional Representative
to fill the position until an election is held following
the normal procedures of the region.
If elections for Regional Chairman and/or Regional Representatives
are not conducted as prescribed by Article III, Section
3, and Article IX, Section 3 of these bylaws, the President
may (a) appoint a Regional Chairman and/or Representative
to serve until the next Regional election and/or (b) direct
the League Secretary to assist the Region in soliciting
nominations and in financing and conducting elections
in that Region.
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