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ARTICLE 1 – NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Anne Arundel County Veterans Affairs Commission, hereafter, referred to the “Commission”.
 
ARTICLE 2 – AUTHORITY
The Commission is established by Section 3-12A of the Code of Anne Arundel County.  If any inconsistenies exist between the bylaws contained herein and the County Code, the County Code shall prevail.     
 
ARTICLE 3 – PURPOSE
 The purpose of the Commission is to establish a forum for all Anne Arundel County veterans of military service; to  maintain coordinated communication with County and local governments, businesses, and veterans of the County; and to provide assistance, guidance, and information to the business and academic communities of the County and various levels of government to ensure adequate consideration of veterans in employment, education, training and public programs.
 
ARTICLE 4 – COMPOSITION
The Commission consists of 13 members, each of whom has separated from the military service under honorable conditions. 
Of the 13 members:
(a)   One shall be a qualified veteran, pursuant to the guidelines of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs;
(b)   One shall be a resident of the County who owns or operates a local business or is an employee of a local business, and is selected in consultation with the Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce;
(c)   One shall be a County resident who is an educator or educational administrator and is selected in consultation with the Anne Arundel Community College;
(d)   One shall be a County resident who is a veteran of any branch of the military service that served at any time during the Cold War period - September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991; and
(e)   Nine shall be County residents, from any of the following organizations and selected in consultation with that organization:
               (1)     the Veterans of Foreign Wars;
               (2)     the American Legion;
               (3)     AMVETS;
               (4)     Disabled American Veterans;
               (5)     Military Order of the Purple Heart;
               (6)     Fleet Reserve Association;
               (7)     Vietnam Veterans of America;
               (8)     Korean War Veterans Association; and
               (9)     a women's veterans organization.
 
ARTICLE 5 – TERM OF MEMBERS
(a)  Generally. A member serves until the County Executive's term ends.
(b)  Expiration. A member whose term has expired holds over until a successor is appointed.
(c)  Vacancies. The County Executive shall fill a vacancy for the remainder of an unexpired term of a member.
(d)  Resignations.  Any member o f the Commission may resign for any reason at any time by providing a written notification and effective date to the Chair of the Commission.  If no effective date is specified in the written notification, then such resignation shall be effective upon receipt by the chair.
(e)  Removals.  A member of the Commission who sustains three consecutive unexcused absences from regularly scheduled meetings of the Commission occurring over a period of twelve months may be removed by a vote of two-thirds of the Commission members present and voting at the next regularly scheduled meeting.  It shall be within the discretion of the Chair to determine that an absence should be excused.  A two-thirds majority of the then serving members of the Commission may reverse the Chair’s finding of an unexcused absence.  Written notice of the intent to remove shall be given to such member and to all of the other members of the Commission at least seven days prior to the meeting at which the vote shall be taken.  A member who has been removed in accordance with this Section shall be notified in writing within three days after the vote to remove, but failure to notify such removed member shall not invalidate the vote to remove.
 
ARTICLE 6 – ORGANIZATION
(a)The Chair and Vice Chair shall be the members of the Commission who are the qualified veterans selected by the County Executive.
(b) The Secretary shall be selected by the Chair and shall serve one year.
 
ARTICLE 7 – MEETINGS AND QUORUM
(a) Meetings. The Commission shall meet at the call of the Chair, or at the request of seven members, as frequently as required to perform its duties, but no less than four times a year.
(b) Quorum. A quorum exists when four or more members are in attendance.  An affirmative vote of a majority of those present at any meeting at which there is a quorum shall be sufficient for any action of the Commission.
 
ARTICLE 8 – RULES AND REGULATIONS
 The Commission shall adopt rules and regulations herein after referred to as “Bylaws”, to govern its procedures and activities.  The Bylaws and changes thereto shall take effect and be enforced when adopted by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present at a duly called meeting of the Commission and provide further that a copy of Bylaws was sent to each member with written notice of its propose adoption at least seven calendar days prior to the meeting at which voted upon.
 
ARTICLE 9– COMPENSATION
Members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for their services.
 
ARTICLE 10 – POWERS AND DUTIES
 Among its powers and duties, the Commission shall:
(a)  Establish a forum for all Anne Arundel County veterans of military service;
(b)  Maintain coordinated communication with County and local governments, businesses, and veterans of the County; and
(c)  Provide assistance, guidance, and information to the business and academic communities of the County and various levels of government to ensure adequate consideration of veterans in employment, education, training and public programs.
 
ARTICLE 11 – REPORTS
On or before December 31 of each year, the Commission shall submit a report to the County Executive and the County Council setting forth its accomplishments for the preceding year and its goals for the forthcoming year.
These bylaws are hereby adopted by the Anne Arundel County Veterans Affairs Commission by majority vote on May 13, 2009.
 
Approved by:
Ken Thompson, Chair
AnneArundelCounty Veterans Affairs Commission
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