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ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of the association shall be Chess Journalists of America, abbreviated CJA.
ARTICLE II - MEMBERS
There are four classes of membership. Regular Members and Honorary Members may vote and are responsible for the approval of Bylaws, the election of officers, and the formulation of association policies. Associate Members and Foreign Members are invited to participate in all association activities but may not vote or hold office. All members are entitled to receive the association's official publication and to participate in the associate's annual awards program.
All members pledge to uphold the purposes and ideals of the association and to abide by its Code of Ethics.
ARTICLE III - OFFICERS
Any Regular or Honorary Member may hold any office. The officers are President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, and the Editor, who together constitute the Executive Committee with the President as chairman. The Editor is appointed by the President to a term of unspecified length. The other Officers shall be elected by the voting membership to concurrent two-year terms. Officers individually and the Executive Committee as a group are subject to the authority of the membership.
ARTICLE IV - REMOVAL OF OFFICERS
If it is alleged that an elected Officer has committed gross malfeasance that may warrant his removal from office, a petition stating full particulars and signed by at least fifteen voting members shall be submitted to the full membership, together with a defense by the said Officer, if one is offered. The removal of an Officer requires a two-thirds majority of the mail ballots cast by Regular and Honorary Members.
ARTICLE V - SUCCESSION OF OFFICERS
If an Officer is unable to complete his term of office, those functions may be assumed by the next Officer in line, in the descending order: President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer; if an orderly succession is unfeasible, the Executive Committee may, by majority vote, appoint a Regular or Honorary Member to complete the unexpired term.
ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS
The membership shall meet once a year, in conjunction with the annual United States Open Chess Championship, to conduct the formal business of the association. A quorum shall consist of ten members present in person.
The Executive Committee shall meet prior to the annual membership meeting to discuss the budget, the agenda, and other matters it may wish to bring before the membership.
The President or another Officer shall arrange for meeting rooms and all other needed facilities and shall announce, well in advance, the annual meeting's date, place, and preliminary agenda.
ARTICLE VII - PUBLICATION
The Association's official publication shall be The Chess Journalist, which shall be issued at least four times a year. The Chess Journalist shall print the minutes of official meetings, either in full or in summary; official notices to members; results of association elections; summaries of committee reports; and other items of official business. The Chess Journalist shall print annually a list of all current members' names and addresses; and in each issue, the names and addresses of Officers and Committee Chairmen. The Editor is solely responsible for the editing, production, and content of The Chess Journalist, except as specified above.
The Chess Journalist shall be available to non-members of the Association at a price to be determined by the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VIII - AWARDS
The Association shall conduct an annual awards program to recognize achievement in chess journalism. All matters pertaining to the conduct of the program shall be the responsibility of the Awards Committee.
ARTICLE IX - ELECTIONS
An election of Officers shall be held every second year. Each candidate, including incumbents, must be nominated by at least two Regular or Honorary Members who are not themselves candidates. The deadline for receipt of nominations shall be set by the Executive Committee and published in The Chess Journalist at least sixty days in advance of the deadline. Nominations must be mailed to both the Secretary and Editor. The list of candidates shall be printed in The Chess Journalist together with the official mail ballot, voting instructions, the deadline for receipt of the ballots, and a statement of no more than one hundred words by each candidate. Write-in votes shall be allowed.
The instructions shall include:
After marking your ballot, place it in an envelope, sign your name on the envelope, print your name and address and the word BALLOT on the face of the envelope, and send it to the Secretary. Do not place anything else in the envelope. To be counted, your ballot must be received by the specified date and the envelope must be signed with your name.
Envelopes containing ballots shall be held unopened by the Secretary, who shall bring them or otherwise safely transmit them to the place of the membership meeting at the time set by the Executive Committee for the counting of the ballots. At that time and place, and in public view, the envelopes shall be unsealed and the ballots counted. Winners are determined by a majority or plurality of valid votes. Upon verification of the vote totals by the Executive Committee, the election is officially certified and the Officers installed at the close of the meeting.
In an election year, if by the time of the annual membership meeting the mail ballot nomination and election system has failed to fill an elective office, then the voting members (Regular and Honorary) present at the annual membership meeting are empowered to elect a candidate to fill that office.
ARTICLE X - COMMITTEES
There are three Permanent Committees, whose Permanent Chairmen are appointed by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. In general, Permanent Chairmen shall not be members of the Executive Committee. Each Permanent Chairman shall establish his committee's procedures, appoint its members, and report its activities to the membership. Ad Hoc committees may be appointed by the Executive Committee or by the voting members in attendance at a membership meeting.
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