Bylaw

Bylaws of the Taiwanese Junior Chambers of Commerce of Seattle

(This Bylaws was reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors effective February 7, 2014)

Article I

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

Section 1.1

The organization shall be known as the Taiwanese Junior Chambers of Commerce of Seattle (“TJCCS”). Initially, the organization shall affiliate with and exist under the guidance and support of TCCS.

Section 1.2

The organizational region of TJCCS shall encompass all of the territories of Washington.

Section 1.3

The TJCCS is a non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with any political or religious group.

Section 1.4

The purpose of the organization is:

(a) To promote entrepreneurship and career goals.
(b) To promote mutual contacts, friendship, and exchange of information and ideas among TJCCS members and to assist each other in the development of their enterprises.

Section 1.5

Mission Statement: To build a network of Taiwanese Generations which will act as a resource for future developments on the community, corporate, national, and international level.

Article II

ORGANIZATIONAL ENTITY

Section 2

The TJCCS is affiliated with the Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce of Seattle (TCCS) and is under the guidance and financial support of the organization, therefore, the TJCCS is responsible for reporting to the parent organization’s Board of Directors, its President, and the TCCS Advisory Board.

Article III

MEMBERSHIP

Section 3

Admission

Membership is based on either of the following conditions:
a. Sponsorship of TCCS, OR
b. Sponsorship of TJCCS

Article IV

OBLIGATIONS AND RIGHTS

Section 4.1 Obligations

(1) Each member shall comply with the TJCCS Bylaws.
(2) Each member may attend the TJCCS Board Meetings and shall pay the membership fee determined by the TJCCS Board of Directors, if any.
(3) Each member shall comply with all decisions made at the meetings by the TJCCS Board of Directors.

Section 4.2 Rights

(1) Each member may participate in all activities and enjoy all services provided by TJCCS
(2) Each member shall have rights to vote, to nominate, to impeach, and to make motions of suggestions for review to the TJCCS.

Article V

TJCCS BOARD MEETING

Section 5. Board Meetings

(1) The TJCCS Board Meeting shall be the highest decision-making body of TJCCS.
(2) The TJCCS Board Meeting shall be called for by the President and held at least once every year. A special Board meeting may also be called through a written petition submitted by the one-half (“1/2”) of the TJCCS Board of Directors.
(3) At least one-half of the TJCCS Board of Directors must be present in person or by written proxy to constitute quorum.
(4) A majority of the votes at the meeting shall be required to approve any decision. Only TJCCS Board members may vote at the meeting.
(5) A written notice of date, time, place, the purpose, and the nature of the meetings must be delivered to all members no less than fourteen (14) days before the meeting. Mailing of the notice to the members’ home or email address on the TJCCS membership list shall be considered delivery.
(6) The annually required TJCCS Board Meeting shall be held before July 1.

Article VI

THE BOARDS AND OFFICERS

Section 6.1. Organization

(1) There are three organizational components:

a. Board of Directors (“BOD”) The BOD shall consist of TJCCS Local Chapter Representatives.
b. Advisory Board (“AB”) The AB shall consist of First Generation Supporters, including the TJCCS Young Professional Service Committee Chair, and TJCCS founding chairman and past presidents[1] .
c. Officers consist of President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary General, and Treasurer.
(2) The term of each Board session shall be one (“1”) year.
(3) The BOD shall elect the President. The President shall appoint a Vice-President, [2] a Secretary General and a Treasurer.

Section 6.2. Function

(1) Subject to Board meetings, the BOD shall be the highest decision making body of the TJCCS.
(2) At least one-half (“1/2”) of the Board Members in the BOD shall be present to constitute a quorum for a BOD meeting. Except where explicitly specified otherwise, a majority of the Board Members present is required to approve BOD decisions.
(3) The President shall represent the TJCCS to the general public.
(4) The President shall call and preside over regular Board meetings.
(5) The President may call for special Board meetings as needed.
(6) The Vice-President shall in general assist the President in discharging the presidential responsibility. The Vice-President shall serve as Acting President if the President is temporarily unable to serve. The Acting Vice-President shall have the full authority and responsibility of the President.
(7) If the President is unable to complete her or his term, the Vice-President shall assume the presidency to serve the remainder of the Board session. Upon such succession, or when the Vice President is unable to complete her or his term, the Board shall within thirty (“30”) days elect from the Board members a new Vice President. If the President and the Vice President are simultaneously unable to complete their respective terms of office, the Board shall within thirty (“30”) days elect from the Board members a new President and a new Vice President.(8) Board members, with at least one-half (“1/2”) of the Board members’ consenting, may call special Board meetings.

(8) The Secretary General shall ensuring meetings are effectively organized and minuted.

(9) The Secretary General shall maintain effective records and administration.

The Secretary General shall upholding the legal requirements of governing documents, charity law, company law, etc. (where relevant) and Communication and correspondence.

(10)The Treasurer shall in general financial oversight, Funding, fundraising and sales.

(11) The Treasure shall have financial planning, budgeting and financial reporting.

The Treasure shall maintaining banking, book keeping and record keeping Control of fixed assets and stock.

Section 6.3. Duties

The duties of the BOD are as follows:

(1) To set operating policies for the TJCCS;
(2) To implement the BOD election and impeachment;
(3) To elect and/or impeach the Officers of TJCCS;
(4) To implement and revise all provisions of the Bylaws and to transact general business of the TJCCS;
(5) To protect the TJCCS reputation and assets;
(6) To plan and to oversee the TJCCS activities;
(7) To review, to approve, and to allocate the TJCCS financial plan;
(8) To approve and/or to remove Executive Advisors.

The duties of the AB are as follows:

(1) To assist in the development and stability of the BOD;
(2) To supervise the proper implementation of the activities approved by the BOD;
(3) To audit the BOD business execution,
(4) To audit the BOD financial balance sheet.

Section 6.4 Terms of the BOD and Officers

(1) The term of the Officers is one (“1”) year, commencing on July 1 and ending on July 1 [3] of the following year.
(2) The term of the BOD is one (“1”) year, commencing on July 1 and ending on July 1 of the following year.

Section 6.5 Election

(1) TJCCS shall complete its general elections before July 1.
(2) The President and Vice President cannot serve more than two (“2”) consecutive terms.

Section 6.6 Impeachment

(1) The Board members, including the Officers, may be impeached for willful misconduct or gross negligence resulting in violations of these Bylaws, the spirit of the TJCCS, or the laws of the United States of America. At least one-third (“1/3”) of the BOD members must sign a petition for the impeachment of a Board member in order for the BOD to consider an impeachment.
(2) If two-thirds (“2/3”) of the BOD members agree to the motion of impeachment, the recall action shall be taken immediately.

Article VII

WORKING COMMITTEES

(1) The Board shall have the power to form working committees when it is deemed necessary or advisable to perform the functions and activities of the TJCCS.
(2) The President shall appoint working committee chairpersons with the advice and consent of the BOD.
(3) The immediate past President of the TJCCS shall serve one year in the AB and participate in the BOD meetings and working committee meetings in person or by electronic means.

Budget Committee:  Present annual budget to TJCCS. Also coordinate Fundraiser activities.

Bylaws Committee:  Review, update & recommend necessary bylaws changes & amendments.

Membership & Communication Committee:  Membership Control Data, Phone Tree & E-mail Communication within the TJCCS Board members.

Nomination Committee:  Receive nomination for officers & present to TJCCS Board.

Public Relations Committee:  Public Relations with TCCS, the Taiwanese Commerce/Business Community, and the General Public.

Social / Event Committee:  Implement Social / Networking events.

Website & Yearbook Committee:  Update information to Website & Year Book.

Article VIII

AMENDMENTS

(1) Amendments to the Bylaws shall be reviewed at the BOD meetings.
(2) The amendment petition shall be submitted to the BOD for initial review no less than thirty (“30”) days prior to the scheduled BOD meeting.
(3) The affirmative votes of two-thirds (‘2/3”) of the BOD members or by written proxy at the BOD meeting shall be required for the proposed amendments.
(4) The approved amendments shall be properly disseminated within thirty (“30”) days for review. The review period shall last for thirty (“30”) days. If there are no objections within the thirty (“30”) days review period, the amendment shall be considered approved. The BOD shall revise the Bylaws to adopt the approved. The BOD shall revise the Bylaws to adopt the approved amendments within thirty (“30”)

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