ARTICLE 1 – NAME
ARTICLE 2 – AUTHORITY
ARTICLE 3 – PURPOSE
ARTICLE 4 – COMPOSITION
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;
(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
(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
(b) The Secretary shall be selected by the Chair and shall serve one year.
ARTICLE 7 – MEETINGS AND QUORUM
(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
ARTICLE 9– COMPENSATION
ARTICLE 10 – POWERS AND DUTIES
(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
These bylaws are hereby adopted by the Anne Arundel County Veterans Affairs Commission by majority vote on May 13, 2009.
Ken Thompson, Chair
AnneArundelCounty Veterans Affairs Commission