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Constitution

Purpose  

The Bangladesh Association of Delaware Valley seeks to enrich the social and cultural life of persons of Bangladesh origin in the Delaware Valley; to disseminate the art, literature, and culture of Bangladesh; to stimulate interest in economic, social, and other developments in Bangladesh; and to develop goodwill among the American people.

Membership   

Membership of the association is open to all persons of Bangladesh origin and anyone who is interested in furthering its objectives. The membership dues will be determined by majority vote at the Biannual General Meeting for the period of not less than three years. Members are required to pay their annual dues before the Biannual General Meeting of each year.  Life Membership can also be granted to any eligible member for a fixed fee (to be determined). The amount for the fee will be reviewed every 5 years.

Management   

The affairs of the Association will be managed by an Executive Board comprising of a President, two Vice-Presidents, General Secretary, Treasurer, Social Secretary, Cultural Secretary and not more than four other members. The Board members will decide among themselves the assignment of duties and responsibilities. The overall responsibility for the management of the affairs of the Association will lie with the President. The President is required to carry out his/ her obligations in consultation with the other members of the Executive Board.

Election

The Executive Board will be elected by members for a biannual(two year) term (November through October of the following calendar year) at the General Meeting, which is to be held within June through September of every two years. The election is to be conducted by an Election Officer elected by a show of hands in the meeting. Vacancies created by resignations or other reasons shall be filled in for the remainder of the term by persons nominated by the President and approved by the Board.

Accounts and Finance   

The Treasurer shall present the annual accounts of the Association, source of funds, items of expenditures, liabilities, cash and other assets in the General Meeting. The accounts can be audited by a person elected for the purpose in the General Meeting. The accounts of the Association will be open for review at any meeting by any member.

Tax Exempt Status

No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Amendment    

The Constitution can be amended by two-thirds majority of the members present in a meeting called for the purpose by giving written notice to all members of the Association not less than four weeks before the meeting.

Dissolution   

Upon dissolution of the Association, any assets left after meeting the liabilities will rest with the Delaware County.

Adopted on September 08, 1985.

Amended on August 16, 1992 at Ridley Creek State Park, PA.

Amended on August 06, 2005  at  Washington Lake Park, NJ.

Amended on August 3, 2008 at Neshaminy State Park, PA.

Amended on July 9, 2011 at Core Creek Park, Langhorne, PA.

Amended on August 27th, 2016 at Peace Valley Park, Doylestown, PA.