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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.org 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.org 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.org 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.org 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.org shall consist of the following:
b. 1st Vice President
c. Regional Vice President(s)
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.org 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.org 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.org officers shall be held annually.
Section 2. Elections shall be conducted according to the CPCUG.org Bylaws.
Section 3. Candidates for office shall be CPCUG.org members in good standing.
ARTICLE 11: FISCAL CONSIDERATIONS
Section 1. The CPCUG.org 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.org not specifically covered in the foregoing articles shall be set forth in the Bylaws.
Section 2. No Bylaws or other rules of the CPCUG.org 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.org 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.org 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
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.org 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
Section 2. The proposed Constitution and/or Bylaws shall be published and distributed to the CPCUG.org general membership prior to the meeting designated in Section 1 of this Article.
Section 3. This Constitution and/or the CPCUG.org 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.