Peninsula Council of the Blind
ARTICLE I. AFFILIATION and PURPOSE
A. This organization recognizes its affiliation with the Washington Council of the Blind (WCB) and the American
Council of the Blind (ACB).
B. The Peninsula Council of the Blind (PCB) has been formed to:
1. promote public education and a greater awareness of the concerns
specific to persons who are legally blind,
2. provide mutual support and sharing to further the growth of
ourselves and our fellow members, and
3. promote greater opportunities for community participation, recreation,
and vocation for the legally blind in the greater Kitsap County area.
ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP
A. the majority of the membership must be composed of persons who are legally blind.
B. Denial of membership cannot be made based on race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, handicap, national
origin or age (sixteen years or older).
C. To be a member in good standing, all applicable dues must be paid to the PCB Treasurer at least thirty
days prior to eligibility to vote, hold office, serve on a committee
or receive any other benefits of membership.
D. Dues are based on the calendar year and will be in the amount of ten dollars ($10.00). This will include:
1. chapter dues (PCB),
2. state dues (WCB)
3. national dues (ACB).
ARTICLE III. JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP
A. Those wishing to join the PCB who have not yet reached the age
of sixteen (16) will be considered a Junior Member.
B. Junior members cannot hold office, serve on a committee or vote
C. Junior members will automatically become voting members upon
their sixteenth birthday providing current dues has been paid.
ARTICLE IV. MEETING STRUCTURE and VOTING
A. General meetings of the PCB must be scheduled by the President, at least thirty (30) days in advance with
notification given to the membership.
B. A quorum must be present to call a general meeting to order.
C. A quorum will be considered thirty (30) percent of the total membership.
D. A two-thirds majority vote of the membership present and voting is needed to amend this constitution.
E. the President shall not vote, except to break a tie vote.
F. Methods of voting authorized are:
1. Voice vote,
2. Show of hands,
3. Secret Ballot,
4. Roll call (at the discretion of the President).
G. The presiding officer will select two persons to act as tellers during
H. Unless specifically noted, the PCB Bylaws will use the current edition
of Robert's Rules of Order as final
ARTICLE V. EXECUTIVE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
A. the PCB shall have an executive body consisting of:
2. Vice President,
B. The immediate past President shall serve as an ex-officio member
of the Executive Body.
C. The election of officers will be held at the January general meeting of the PCB.
D. All officers are elected by a simple majority vote of the membership present.
E. The offices of President and Vice President must be held by a person who is legally blind.
F. The majority of offices must be held by persons who are legally blind.
G. No member may hold the same office for more than three (3) consecutive full terms.
H. A term is defined as two (2) years.
I. The offices of President, Vice President and Board positions
one and two will be elected on odd calendar years, and the offices of Secretary, Treasurer and Board position three will be
elected on even calendar years.
J. All officers must be members in good standing as defined in this Constitution and must carry out all duties
assigned to their office.
K. If any member of the Executive Body vacates their office prior to the end of their term, election for that
office will be held at the general meeting when notification is given to the membership..
L. Officers may be removed by a two-thirds majority vote of the
membership present and voting.
M. The Executive Body shall meet outside of the general meetings, at the discretion of the President.
ARTICLE VI. DUTIES of the EXECUTIVE BODY
A. The President:
1. will preside over all general meetings and executive meetings.
2. will oversee all other officers and committee chairs.
3. will organize the meeting agenda.
4. will provide general oversight to all PCB activities.
B. The Vice President:
1. will act in the absence of the President.
2. will carry out duties delegated by the President.
C. The Secretary:
1. is responsible for official PCB records and minutes which must be in
typed print, organized, and available
to members (Alternate formats may be made available upon request).
2. must give an oral report of the previous meetings minutes at each general meeting of the PCB.
3. must track attendance of membership and visitors.
4. must prepare and provide a current membership list, including phone numbers and addresses to the WCB Treasurer
within thirty (30) days of membership dues being received by the PCB Treasurer.
5. is responsible for all correspondence to the PCB.
D. The Treasurer:
1. is responsible for all financial transactions of the PCB.
2. is responsible for all financial records of the PCB.
3. must give an oral report of the financial status of the PCB at each general meeting.
4. must keep records up-to-date, organized, and available for inspection by any member of the PCB.
5. will submit, in writing and provide orally, an annual financial report of the previous fiscal year's activities
of the PCB at the January general meeting.
6. will chair the Finance Committee and work with said committee on an annual budget to be presented to the
membership at the February general meeting.
E. The Directors:
1. will each be a member of the Finance Committee, working with
the Treasurer on an annual budget and overseeing the PCB Treasury.
2. will perform all other duties as assigned.
F. All officers and Directors:
1. are expected to attend all general meetings of the PCB and any
meeting of the Executive Body.
2. are expected to support and participate in the activities of
3. must attend, if possible, at least one (1) WCB board meeting
4. must be available to speak to the public on topics related to
the PCB, Statement of Purpose.
ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES
A. A committee is formed to carry out tasks in a specific area.
B. Committees are established by a majority vote of the membership present at a general meeting of the PCB.
C. Only members in good standing, in accordance with this Constitution, are
eligible to serve on a committee.
D. Committee Chairs will be appointed by the President.
E. All committee Chairs must be available to report at each PCB general meeting.
F. Committee members will be selected by the Chair of that committee.
G. No member shall serve as Chair of more than two (2) committees.
ARTICLE VIII. DISSOLUTIONMENT
In the event of dissolution of the Peninsula Council of the Blind,
all assets of this organization shall
be given to an organization with
Adopted, January 14, 2006