Draft Constitution

CONSTITUTION OF THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF BEIT SAHOUR, PALESTINE

ARTICLE I – NAME

Section 1.
The proposed name of this organization shall be the American Federation of Beit Sahour, Palestine (“AFBSP”).

Section 2.
The AFBSP is a non-profit corporation chartered in the
State of Virginia and recognized by the IRS.

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE AND MISSION

The purpose and mission of the AFBSP shall be:
Section 1.
We are a non-profit charitable educational American-Palestinian organization whose proud members derive their ancestry from the original family from the city of Beit Sahour, Palestine.

Our objective is to serve our member and the Palestinian, Arab, non-Arab, and charitable communities in the United States and abroad.

Our mission is to perpetuate the Beit Sahour family by means of providing educational, humanitarian, financial, charitable, and cultural programs as well as social interaction, and, to enhance and promote the interaction of its members to the Arabic culture and to promote our culture and heritage to those outside our community and the American public at large, and to descendants of Beit Sahour living throughout the world. Our mission is to be accomplished as provided for within the By-Laws.

ARTICLE III – AFFILIATION

Section 1.
The AFBSP may affiliate with other organizations as provided for within the By-Laws.

ARTICLE IV – LOCAL CHAPTERS

Section 1.
Local clubs are chapters (“Chapters”) of the AFBSP and shall effectuate the purpose of the AFBSP as provided for within the By-Laws. The Constitution and By-Laws of any Chapter shall not conflict with the AFBSP’s
Constitution or By-Laws.

ARTICLE V – GOVERNMENT

Section 1.
The governing body of the AFBSP shall be vested in a Board of Directors (the “Board”) as defined by Article VI of the By-Laws and shall receive its authority from the General Assembly at a dully called Annual Meeting. The requirements for service as a Board member are provided for within the By-Laws.

Section 2.
Executive Committee members shall be elected and shall hold their office in the manner provided for within the By-Laws, or until any successor(s) are duly elected or appointed and installed, as provided for within the By-Laws

Section 3.
The Board shall seek out and retain the services of an Executive Director, whose duties and terms of employment are provided for within the By-Laws.

ARTICLE VI – BY-LAWS

Section 1.
The AFBSP shall be administered pursuant to its By- Laws, which shall not conflict with this Constitution.

ARTICLE VII – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.
Regular Membership shall be available as provided for within the By-Laws.

Associate Membership shall be available as provided for within the By-Laws.

ARTICLE VIII – COMMITTEES

Section 1
Standing Committees shall be: the Council of Local Club Presidents; the Finance Committee; the Program Development Committee; the Beit Sahour Business and Professional Network Committee; the Constitution Committee; Nominations and Election Committee; the Membership Committee, the Young Adults Program Committee and the Youth Program Committee. These Standing Committees shall operate pursuant to the By-Laws.

Section 2.
Other Committees shall be created and operate as provided for within the By-Laws.

ARTICLE IX – MEETINGS

Section 1.
The Annual General Meeting and the Mid-Year Meeting shall be held once a year as provided for within the By- Laws.

Section 2.
The Board shall meet at least six (6) times each year as provided for within the By-Laws.

Section 3.
The Executive Committee shall meet monthly and as called for by the President as provided for within the By-Laws.

ARTICLE X – DISSOLUTION

Section 1.
Upon dissolution of the AFBSP all assets shall be disposed of as provided for within the By-Laws.

ARTICLE XI – AMENDMENTS

Section 1.
This Constitution supersedes in all respects, the AFBSP’s previous Constitution; and, upon adoption any previous Constitution is concurrently revoked and rescinded.

Section 2.
This Constitution may be repealed or amended upon an affirmative two-thirds (2/3) delegate vote at the Annual General Meeting as provided for within the By-Laws.

Section 3.
In order for a proposed amendment to be voted upon, a notice of the proposed amendment shall be sent to all chapters not less than 60 days prior to the Annual General Meeting.

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