Orange County Chinese Association (OCCA) Constitution
Orange County Chinese Association (herein referred to as the Association) is an on-going, non-profit organization, and the purpose of which is to promote the Chinese culture and to benefit the community of Orange County, New York.
2.0 Membership Qualification
The Association is an open, non-political organization. Individuals who identify with the Associationˇs purpose above, agree to abide by this constitution, register, and pays due every year can become a member.
3.0 Organization and Management
The basic structure is the General Member Assembly (herein referred to as the Assembly). Below the Assembly is the Board of Directors, which steers the direction of the long-term, basic administrative policies. For detail refer to the attached sketch (Orange County Chinese Association Organizational Chart).
4.0 Board of Directors
4.1 The Board of Directors is the policy-making body, and represents the Assembly in the monitoring the functions of the Association
4.1.1 Job function: appoints/terminates the principal, the vice principal, and teachers, proposes, examines, and passes the budget and administrative plan.
4.2 The Board of Directors comprises of seven members serving two-year terms. If re-elected can serve again-footnote 11.2.
4.2.1 Job function of directors: participate in the discussion and resolution of affairs, and suggest opinions and alternatives for the business related to the Board.
4.2.2 If for some reason the director cannot serve out his/her term, a resignation must be submitted to the Board 30 days in advance.
4.2.3 If necessary the number of directors may be increased or decreased. However, the adjustment must be approved by more than 50% of the seven (7) directors to take effect.
4.2.4 Substitute director: shall be an un-elected candidate with the largest votes less than the elected director, and serve out the remaining year. Substitute status is effective for one year.
4.2.5 If there is vacancy in directorship, a substitute director in turn will take his/her place.
4.2.6 Every year starting November 15th, the Board accepts the nomination for directors. Every year before January 1st, the Board will inform all of the current members in writing a list of candidatesˇ names. Also, during the Chinese New Year Celebration, an election will be conducted anonymously, and members must personally get to the voting place to cast their votes. An absentee voter must write a letter to the Board listing his/her choice of candidates, personally sign the letter, and submit the letter to the Board the day before the election.
4.3 The Board of directors includes a President and Vice President. They are chosen by the Board among the Board members, each serving a one-year term.
4.3.1 The Job Function of the President
22.214.171.124 Represents the Board and is responsible to the Association
126.96.36.199 Represents the Association in managing all outside activities
188.8.131.52 Responsible for chairing and convening scheduled and unscheduled Board meetings, discuss administrative policies and matters related to the financial budget. Scheduled meetings are set for once each year in March, June, September, and December. Directors are given two-week advance notice prior to the grand meetings.
184.108.40.206 Responsible for chairing and convening unscheduled grand meetings related to matters of elections, terminations, or resolutions related affairs.
220.127.116.11 Unscheduled grand meeting: The President must as soon as possible arrange for the convening of the grand meeting, if 1/3 of the members collectively request a grand meeting.
4.3.2 The Board of directors maintains meeting records managed by the general secretary. At the conclusion of each meeting, the minutes are read aloud. If there is no disagreement, the minutes become the official record of the meeting. Board meeting minutes are public; any current member has the right to peruse it.
4.3.3 The Board has decided that if the opposing parties have the equal number of votes, the proposal shall be decided by the general director.
4.4 If the directors, President, or Vice President displaces inappropriate behaviors, acts in an unfair manner unfair in handling matters, or violate the purpose and spirit of the Association, the members, with 1/3 of the signatures of the members, can initiate a meeting of all members. In the meeting, the members can elect, with the approval of 2/3 of the members, to terminate the above offender(s).
If the President or Vice President is, for no reason, absent from the Board meeting more than twice a year, and if the incidents are examined and confirmed true, the Board may vote (approval by 2/3 of the seven (7) directors) to terminate the President or Vice President.
If the President or the Vice President is absent three times within a year, due to reasonable matters or illness, he/she shall voluntarily resign from their position.
4.5 The Board of directors establishes the academic, recreational, financial, general affairs and secretarial offices to manage the daily administrative businesses.
4.6 In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall assume his/her responsibilities. If the Vice President is absent, the general secretary shall take over. If the general secretary is absent, an experienced director shall take over.
4.7 If the President for some reason cannot fulfill his/her terms, his/her job function shall be assumed by the Vice President. See footnote 11.2.
4.8 Office of the Secretary: the office is staffed by one secretary general, appointed from the directors by the board.
4.9 Job Function of the Office of the Secretary
4.9.1 Responsible for recording and safekeeping the minutes and all of the document files of the Board meeting.
4.9.2 Responsible for recording and safekeeping the Chinese Schoolˇs minutes of meetings, and all of the document files of the Chinese School.
4.9.3 Apply for the necessary books.
4.9.4 Distributes registration, membership application, and other notification forms.
4.9.5 Organizes newspaper clippings.
5.0 Academics Director
5.1 Job Function of Academics Director: manages the academic research, library facility, and teaching plan related to the academic activities of the Orange County Chinese School. This position is all served by the Principle of the Orange County Chinese School.
5.2 Academics Director is in charge of the Chinese School.
5.3 Orange County Chinese School
5.3.1 The Orange County Chinese School (herein referred to as the Chinese School)
serves the purpose of teaching the Chinese language, history, and traditional culture. Members of the Association and their children who join the Association in support of the founding purpose of the Association can join the Chinese School.
5.3.2 The School is staffed by a Principle and a Vice Principle, who are chosen by the Board after agreement and passage by 2/3 of the seven (7) directors to serve a one-year term. The elected can serve again, but no more than two consecutive terms.
5.3.3 Qualifications of the President and Vice President
18.104.22.168 Individuals who identify with the founding spirit of the Association, and is a member of the Association.
22.214.171.124 Members who are enthusiastic about the school affairs, and knowledgeable about the administration of the Chinese School.
126.96.36.199 Members who display leadership, strong execution skill, strong enthusiasm toward service.
5.3.4 Responsibility of the Principle
188.8.131.52 The Academics Director is the Principle.
184.108.40.206 Manages all affairs related to the Chinese School, establishes a teaching plan, which is submitted to the Board for approval prior to the beginning of each semester. Executes school affairs, and enforces the schoolˇs administrative policies approved by the Board or the Assembly.
220.127.116.11 Attends Board meetings, gives reports on the affairs of the Chinese School, and responds to the questions regarding the affairs of the School.
18.104.22.168 Attends inter-school teaching meetings and tours, and proposes improvements to the Board.
22.214.171.124 Proposes the appointment and removal of the dean and teaching staff of the school, submits the proposal at the next board meeting for approval.
126.96.36.199 Determines school emergencies including the safety measures during school hours, school delay or cancellation due to inclement weather conditions or others, and notifying the parents accordingly at the earliest time.
188.8.131.52 Sing and distribute the teachersˇ contracts.
5.3.5 Teachersˇ contracts are annually based. However, either party can initiate cancellation with 30-day advance notice.
5.3.6 Salary: principal and teachers are essentially volunteers. However, to express the gratitude for their contributions, the board will offer them travel expense compensations based on school finance and inflation level.
5.3.7 The principal may be removed for inappropriate conduct by petition from more than one third of the parents or more than one third of the board, followed by the approval of two third majority of the emergency board meeting called upon by the President.
5.3.8 In case the principal cannot fulfill his term, he should offer resignation to the board at least 30 days in advance. His duty will be temporarily assumed by the assistant principal.
5.3.9 Duty of the assistant principal.
184.108.40.206 The Assistant Principal is selected by the recommendation of the school principal or the board. His duty is to assist the principal in executing school affairs.
220.127.116.11 Acts for the principal during his absence.
18.104.22.168 Assumes the duty of the principal when he cannot finish his term.
5.4.10 Duty of the dean
22.214.171.124Assists the principal in drafting teaching plan. Designs and prepares academic activities. Improves textbook and library collections.
126.96.36.199Assists the principal in preparing the teacherˇs roll.
188.8.131.52Sets up class schedules.
184.108.40.206Helps teachers in improving teaching methods.
220.127.116.11Manages the original textbooks. Determines the required quantity and requests the board to make up for the insufficient amount.
6.0 Recreational officer
6.1 The recreational officer is selected from the board members and approved or removed by the majority vote of the board for a one-year term, renewable by re-election. He can appoint an assistant recreational officer and notify his selection to the board.
6.2 Duty of the recreational officer
6.2.1 Sponsor movies, dinner parties, dances, and other recreational activities. Submits an annual plan to the board for approval during March.
6.2.2 Sponsors seminars and youth activities.
7.1 The treasurer is selected from the board members and is approved or removed by the majority vote of the board for a one-year term, renewable by election.
7.2 Duty of the treasurer.
7.2.1 Manages the finances of the association. Maintains a balanced budget.
7.2.2 Collects tuition from the parents during the first day of the semester. Proposal of the tuition amount is submitted by the principal to the board for approval.
7.2.3 Makes payments for the school expenses, such as rent, stationary, books, and other equipments.
7.2.4 Presents the budget of the following year to the board and executes it after approval.
7.2.5 In case of budget deficit, submit request to the board for approving tuition increase.
7.2.6 Prepare detailed accounting record for regular board inspection. The finance of the association is open to any current member for examination.
7.2.7 Collect membership fee during spring festivities.
7.3 Fiscal year of the association begins on March 1st.
8.0 The association starts the new annual term on the first Sunday of March. All the transition of offices should take place on that day.
9.0 If the whole board resigned for unforeseeable reasons, the new board shall be elected by the general assembly of the members.
10.0 General Services Officer
10.1 The general services officer is selected from the board members and approved or removed by the majority vote of the board for a one-year term, renewable by re-election.
10.2 Duty of the general services officer.
10.2.1 Manage and inventory the properties of the association.
10.2.2 General purchase.
10.2.3 Manage the printing of the studentsˇ homework material. Coordinate the teachers and other staff for the above.
10.2.4 Other general business of the association.
11.1 When necessary, this charter can be revised by the board meeting initiated by two thirds of the board members. The revision is drafted by the board and presented to the members at large. The revision will become effective in two weeks if no objection is raised. In case of objection, a petition is required to return the revision to the board for further consideration.
11.2 Only half of the board members are re-elected each year to maintain stability. Excluded are the elections for make-up or expansion. After the annual election of the president, the vice president is elected from and by the board members. When the vice president cannot assume his duty, the board will re-elect his replacement within 30 days.
11.3 When objection of the direction or personnel change of the association is raised by petition of more than half of the general members, the board has to seek satisfactory resolution as soon as possible.
11.4 Except travel expenses for the principal and teachers, there are no monetary compensations to all the other personnel due to the voluntary nature.
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