LVTAA

Membership


Individuals who are interested in becoming members of the Association shall apply directly to the Board of Trustees by filling in the prescribed form. The Association does and will not discriminate against any potential members on the basis of religion, race, creed, or color.

Membership shall be comprised of the following categories:
    a) Founding Members
    b) Family Members
    c) Regular Members
    d) Student Members
    e) Honorary Members

Definition of Members:
    a) Founding Members shall be those individuals who initially participated in the creation of this corporation and who made a financial contribution established by the Founding Assembly at the time of the original adoption of these By-Laws. The Founding Members will comprise the initial Board of Trustees of this corporation.
    b) Family Members shall comprise of both spouses of the family. Both spouses shall have separate voting powers and shall pay one family dues, which will be decided by the Board of Trustees.
    c) Regular Members will be that person who contributes the annual dues, which will be decided by the Board of Trustees.
    d) Student Members shall be those persons who are duly enrolled at the recognized institutions of higher learning such as a University or College.
    e) Honorary Members shall be those persons whom the Board of Directors will nominate and the Board of Trustees will decide on being worthy of such recognition.

The Board of Trustees shall have authority from time to time by appropriate resolution to vary the categories of members and determine or change annual contributions of members, and create new classifications of members or create special membership.
All members of the various categories specified above may be referred to as "members". Each member shall have one vote at the general membership meeting and all members shall be guaranteed equal rights to participate in the business of this corporation. All members shall be bound by the terms and provisions of these By-Laws.

Qualification: Members shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

Suitability to Membership: The Board of Trustees shall review each application for suitability of membership within a reasonable time from the date of application submittal. If the Board of Trustees does not approve an application of a member, the exact reason(s) for its disapproval shall be conveyed to the applicant and the applicant shall be allowed to make personal representation to the Board of Trustees to plead his or her case.

Members in Good Standing: Only the individuals who have paid the required membership dues for the current year or any other fees and assessments in accordance with the LVTAA Bylaws shall be considered Members in Good Standing.

Resignation: Any active member can resign from membership by giving a written notice to the Secretary of the Board. Membership fees are not refundable.

Termination of Membership: Membership will end under the following circumstances:
    a. Written resignation;
    b. Death; or
    c. Expulsion from membership. A member can be expelled on the good faith determination by the Board of Trustees, or a committee authorized by the Board of Directors to make such a determination that the activities of a member are found to be inconsistent with or contrary to the goals and objectives of LVTAA. Such acts may be including but not limited to, consistently and adamantly opposing majority decisions, unauthorized public statements on behalf of the LVTAA, etc.
Term of Membership and Dues: The amount of the dues for membership shall be decided from time to time by majority votes of the Board of Trustees. The annual membership period shall be from October 1 thru September 30.

Meetings: A five percent (5%) of the voting power shall constitute a quorum of the transaction of the business at any meeting. If a quorum is not present at any meeting of members, a majority of the members present may adjourn the meeting from time to time without further notice.
    1. Regular Meetings: Regular meetings take place once in every calendar year and shall be determined by the Board of Trustees. Notice of the meeting shall be given by the Board of Trustees, in writing, and will be mailed or sent by other means such as e-mail and/or fax at least twenty-one (21) calendar days in advance of the meeting to each member.
    2. Special Meetings: The General Assembly may be called to a Special Meeting by the Board of Trustees or by written request. Reasons for this request must be submitted by one-third of the LVTAA members in good standing to the Board of Trustees. Within thirty (30) calendar days of such request, the Board of Trustees will arrange the Special General Assembly meeting.

Voting: Each member is entitled to cast one vote. Those that are registered as family members are entitled to one vote for each spouse. Members may authorize other members to act as their proxies for purposes of this provision. Members who are unable to attend may cast their vote via e-mail.