ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNAL HARMONY IN ASIA

 

                                                                    Constitution[1]

 

ARTICLE I: Name

 

            1. The name of this organization shall be the Association for Communal Harmony in Asia

(ACHA).

 

ARTICLE II: Objective

 

This non-profit, secular organization intends to

 

            1. Promote harmony among various ethnic, religious, and regional communities of Asia

through non-violent means,

 

            2. Provide a forum to discuss, develop and propagate ideas and activities for achievement of

its objectives, and

 

            3. Work in cooperation with other organizations in USA and elsewhere, who have similar

objectives and are engaged in similar activities.

 

ARTICLE III: Membership and member rights and responsibilities

 

1. Membership of ACHA is open to adults of any nationality, religion or ethnicity, who

 

A. Submit an application which

 

i. Contains a statement that the applicant endorses ACHA Mission

Statement and subscribes to ACHA Declaration of Commitment;

 

ii. Includes current personal identifying and contact information;

 

                        B. Keeps ACHA informed of any changes in personal identifying and contact

information.

 

ARTICLE 1V: Year and Dues

 

1. ACHA year will run from January 1 through December 31 of each year.

 

 

 

 

 

2. For a period of unspecified length starting January 1, 2007, membership dues are

abolished. Membership dues may be resumed at a later date according to procedures specified in Bylaws.

 

ARTICLE V: General body and its meeting

 

            1. All members constitute the General body of ACHA.

 

            2. ACHA will have no General Body meetings, other than what may be arranged and

provided for over the Internet, and communication to and between its membership shall be by virtue of its web page, phone, email, and/or other similar methods of communication.

 

ARTICLE VI: Board of directors

 

1. Including Executive Director, there will be three to seven members of the Board of

Directors.

           

            2. Each Director will serve as long as (s)he is willing and able to effectively perform

functions of his/her position, and enjoys confidence of the rest of the members of the current Board of Directors.

 

            3. Vacancies on the Board of Directors shall be filled by the remaining Directors.

 

            4. Board of Directors shall set policy, approve unusual expenditures, assign

responsibilities to its members, and appoint committees.

 

5. Meetings of the Board of Directors may be held face-to-face, by phone, by email

or by other electronic means.

 

6. Decisions of the Board of Directors shall be made by simple majority of those

participating in the Board’s meetings held with advance notice.       

 

ARTICLE VII: Officers and Executive Committee

 

1. Executive Director, President and Secretary shall be the officers of ACHA.

 

2. Executive Director shall serve as long as (s)he is willing and able to discharge

functions of his/her position and enjoys the confidence of the rest of the Board of Directors.

 

 

3. Executive Director shall be ACHA’s main spokesperson and administrative officer.

 (S)he shall be responsible for membership services, financial transactions and

records, and conduct of day-to-day affairs of ACHA.

 

            4. President and Secretary shall be appointed by the Board of Directors from among its

members on rotating basis. Their functions and responsibilities shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

 

5. Executive Director, President and Secretary shall constitute the Executive

Committee. Responsibilities and procedures for its functioning shall be specified in the Bylaws.

 

ARTICLE VIII: Committees

 

            1. Board of Directors may appoint committees from time to time. Procedures for their

selection, term of service and functions shall be specified in Bylaws.

 

ARTICLE IX: Amendments

 

1. Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws shall be made by the Board of

                        Directors.

 

ARTICLE X: Dissolution

 

1. If and when ACHA ceases to be a viable organization, ACHA shall be dissolved and,

after discharging all liabilities, its assets shall be donated by the board to other South Asian peace and communal harmony organizations.”

 

ARTICLE XI: Non-liability of members, directors and officers

 

  1. No member, director, or officer shall be liable for the debts, obligations, or liabilities of the ACHA, solely because (s)he is a member, director, or officer of this organization.

 

ARTICLE XII: Enabling action

 

  1. This constitution shall go into effect immediately upon its approval by a simple majority of    members present in a meeting called for this purpose. Article VI 5 & 6, and Article VII 1 as it relates to the time of the election of Officers shall be suspended for the first election.

 



[1] As amended on June 19, 2006.