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Pilipino-Bisayans in British Columbia

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Article I

The name of the Society is (Pilipino-Bisayans in British Columbia).

Article II

The purposes of the Association are:

1. To foster interest and understanding of Pilipino-Bisayans heritage; and to encourage the study of the Cebuano and Surigaonon languages, literatures and cultures, such as practicing bilingual or trilingual communication using English, and the two stated languages within the organization.

2. To build a community center for Pilipino-Bisayans and foster a spirit of goodwill and good fellowship among its speakers in B.C.

3. To uplift and foster social and economic opportunities of Pilipino-Bisayans in British Columbia.

4. To play an active role in maintaining the environment, economic growth and building the future of Canada

5. To promote tourist destinations and local products from Southern Philippines.

Article III

1. The Association may accept donations from any person, institution or group that wishes to assist the Association financially towards achieving its objectives.

2. The association will hold fund raising campaign to finance future projects that are outlined in its priorities.

3. No part of the earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons. No monies shall also be donated to other organizations, groups, and activities that are not outlined in its priorities.

Article IV

The provision of Articles I, II, III and IV of this Constitution shall not be altered or added to except by a special resolution of the organization passed by a majority of not less than 75% or three- quarters of registered members present in accordance with Section 22 of the Society Act of British Columbia.


Section I - Membership

1. The Association shall consist of Cebuano and Surigaonon-speakers, including second language speakers and non-speakers who are family members of native speakers of either of the stated languages.

i. Native speakers are those who can speak either the Cebuano or Surigaonon languages as their mother tongue.

ii. Second-language speakers are those whose mother tongue is other than Cebuano or Surigaonon but fluent or relatively fluent in either of the stated languages

iii. Non-speakers are those who are member of the family of speakers of Cebuano and Suriganon languages but can neither understand nor speak these languages.

2. Non-speakers of the Cebuano or Surigaonon languages shall not be nominated for any elected positions as it contradicts the objectives of the organization.

3. Membership Fee - $15.00 per family

Section II: Meetings

1. Meetings other than the monthly meeting may be called at the discretion of the Executive or on the requisition of one tenth or more of the membership.

2. Regular meetings shall be held once a month.

3. The presence in person, of at least one-tenth of the active members or at least ten members, whichever is the larger number, shall be necessary to constitute a quorum at any monthly meetings.

4. Votes are conducted by a show of hands unless a resolution is presented and passed by a majority to establish a secret ballot or in the case of the election of officers, which will always take place by secret ballot.

5. A simple majority shall decide all votes on the election of officers, resolutions, suggestions and conflicting opinions.

6. Suggestions and opinions that contradict to our constitution and bylaws shall automatically be scrapped, except a special resolution for amendments is passed.

7. To become an active member and be eligible in participating in the electoral process, one must pay for membership fee and regularly attend the meetings of the organization.

Section III - Officers

1. The affairs of the Association shall be carried out by an Executive Committee of ( number of) Directors who will fill the positions of:

a. President

b. Vice-President

c. Secretary

d. Treasurer

e. Auditor

f. Sgt. Arms

g. Press Relation Officers

h. Talent coordinator

i. Advisers

2. Terms in office

All officers have one year term. Therefore, election is held every year.

Section V - Duties of the Executive Committee

1. The President shall have executive supervision over the activities of the Association and the Executive Committee. The President shall preside over the meetings of the organization and the Executive Committee.

2. The Vice-President shall discharge the duties of the President in the President's absence and serve as an ex-officio member of each Standing Committee and shall report on the general activities of each Standing Committee to the Executive Committee.

3. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee, shall maintain a list of the members, shall be responsible for all current records, and shall engage in correspondence in the name of the organization at the direction of the Executive Committee.

4. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the proper keeping of the books of account of the Association. The Treasurer shall print a duly reviewed financial statement of the receipts and disbursements for each fiscal year and such other financial statements as required by the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall receive all monies accruing to the Association, and shall deposit the same with a Chartered Canadian Bank or Credit Union or Trust Company in the name of the Association. The President and Treasurer shall sign bank deposits.

5. The auditor shall be responsible for overseeing the organization's savings and expenses.

6. Sgt at arms are responsible in keeping peace and order, setting up the venue during special events sponsored by the organization, such as fund raising campaign.

7. Press Relation Officers are responsible for preparing and handing out promotional materials, such as posters, tickets and other related materials, and for publishing the organization's activities.

8. Talent coordinators are responsible for planning and organizing a special event, searching for talents for an event, including providing choreography.

9. Advisers shall be responsible for providing the organization with guidance especially in complying with the legal requirements under the Society Act of British Columbia.

Section VI - Amendments

1. The By-laws of the Association shall not be altered or added to except by a special resolution of the organization passed by a majority of not less than 75% or three- quarters of registered members present. Notice to propose a special resolution shall be deemed to be duly given if signed by registered members and received by the Secretary and the Secretary has notified the members not less than two weeks before a Special meeting of the organization.

Some organizations have a formal charter; many do not. If our organization has a written charter, we'll include it here. If not, we'll use this area to discuss the reasons our club exists and what our goals are.