CONSTITUTION OF THE TIN PEDLAR CHAPTER OF THE
ASSOCIATION OF TRADITIONAL HOOKING ARTISTS
ARTICLE I – NAME AND NATURE OF THE ORGANIZATION
- The name of the organization shall be the TIN PEDLAR CHAPTER of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists.
- The informal names of the organization are the Maine Tin Pedlars, Maine Tin Pedlar, and Tin Pedlars.
- The TIN PEDLAR CHAPTER is Chapter Number 6 of The Association of Traditional Hooking Artists and, as such, is a nonprofit organization supported primarily by membership dues.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
- To develop and promote interest in rug hooking.
- To maintain high standards and encourage creativity in the art of rug hooking.
- To provide the means for an exchange of ideas and information among members.
- To sponsor educational activities to improve the quality of rug hooking.
- To communicate and carry out the directives of the National Executive Board of ATHA with regard to its chapters.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
- Membership of the TIN PEDLAR CHAPTER shall consist of those members in good standing of the national organization known as the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, or ATHA.
- Dues shall be determined by the Executive Board and payable in September of each year.
- Membership shall be valid for a 12-month period, from September 1 to August 31 of each meeting year.
ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS
- The Officers shall be President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Communications Director, two Hostesses, and Librarian/Historian.
- The Executive Board shall consist of the Officers as voting members. The immediate Past President shall serve the Executive Board in an advisory capacity and shall be a non-voting member. All members of the TIN PEDLAR CHAPTER may attend Executive Board meetings as non-voting members.
- All Officers shall be elected by the members of the TIN PEDLAR CHAPTER at its regular meeting in May of each even-numbered year.
- The term of office shall be two years, with each new Executive Board assuming their duties in June of the same even-numbered year.
- The President may serve two consecutive terms. There is no limit on non-consecutive terms.
- Committee Chairpersons shall be appointed by the President of the TIN PEDLAR CHAPTER with the consent of the other Officers.
ARTICLE V – ORGANIZATION
- The fiscal year of the Tin Pedlar Chapter shall begin on January first and end on December thirty-first of each year.
- The Chapter is organized for educational purposes including the making of distributions to organizations qualifying as tax exempt pursuant to the provisions of Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Section 501(c)(3), or the analogous or corresponding section of any amended or future federal tax code.
- No part of the net revenue of the Chapter shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the Chapter shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set in Article II of this Constitution. No substantial part of the activities of the Chapter may constitute propaganda, or otherwise constitute any attempt to influence legislation (lobbying and/or political action). The Chapter shall not participate or intervene in any fashion, including the publication or distribution of statements, in any political campaign on behalf of any political party, political position or candidate for public office. Any provision of this Constitution to the contrary notwithstanding, the Chapter shall not engage in any activity prohibited by the provisions of IRC, Sec. 501(c)(3) for an organization tax exempt pursuant to the provisions thereof, or prohibited by an organization to which contributions are tax exempt pursuant to the provisions of IRC, Sec. 172(c)(2), or the analogous or corresponding section of any amended or future federal tax code.
- Upon the dissolution of the Chapter, its assets shall be distributed only to organizations qualifying as tax exempt pursuant to IRC, Sec. 501(c)(3) or the analogous or corresponding section of any amended or future federal tax code, or distributed for a public purpose or purposes to the government of the United States of America, or to a state or local government.
ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS
- There shall be two Executive Board meetings per year. Other meetings may be called by the President when necessary.
- Regular meetings shall be held at least five times per year, in accordance with ATHA requirements.
ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS
This Constitution may be amended by a majority of the members present and voting at any regular meeting for which 30 days’ written notice of the amendment is provided to the membership.