NAME AND ADDRESS
1. The name
of this organization shall be the TAIWANESE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC.,
hereinafter referred to as TAA.
business office shall be established at a place in which the president of TAA
promote the best interests and welfare of the Taiwanese community and to enrich
and to further an appreciation of the culture and ethnic heritages as such
apply to the way of life upon the American scene, promoting fellowship, harmony
and support between and among the citizenry of the community.
2. To thus
further maintain its purpose and thereby attain its objective, TAA shall at all
times predicate its policies upon established principles that enrich human
personality and group association through educational, literary, culture, and
other related activities and through policies that conduct forums, panels,
lectures or other similar programs for the entire community in general and for
all segments of Taiwanese community in particular and through the policies that
provide publishing activities.
3. To firmly
establish TAA as an American institution adhered to the promotion of Taiwanese
identity and appreciation of the Taiwanese heritage, TAA shall as its further
purpose and objective be perpetually committed to the acceptance of the
individual’s communal obligation, the advocacy of responsible citizenship and
the protection, maintenance and retention of the American democratic way of
life, its creed and its philosophy; and be committed to the defense of human
and civil rights secured by law; and to the elimination of prejudice and
The organization is
open to all Taiwanese Americans and those who share and support the same
objective and purpose of the TAA, provided whose due has been paid through
local chapter and who is 18 years old or more. The due shall be determined by the Board
of Directors of TAA or by TAA Local Chapter.
organization with 20 or more members may apply its
status to that of TAA Local Chapter.
2. The name
of the chapter must be TAA (local name) Chapter.
approval, withdrawal or cancellation of local chapter status shall be
determined by the Board of Directors.
Local Chapter shall designate its president or representative and shall have
its own by-laws, provided such by-laws shall not contradict with TAA charter
and this by-laws.
Any part of the by-laws of the Local Chapter which contradict with TAA charter
or this by-laws shall be void and null.
Chapter shall have its full sovereignty governing its local affairs.
MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES MEETING
Member Representatives Meeting is the supreme meeting for making policies and
Decisions of TAA.
Member Representatives Meeting shall be formed by president or representative
of each Local Chapter, the president, vice-president of TAA and representative
of each region of TAA (Region shall be defined in Article Eight).
3. Member Representatives
Meeting shall hold annually. The
annual meeting shall be called and presided by the President.
Member Representatives Meeting shall be called by the president in accordance
with the request of one fourth of members specified in Section Two. Upon the request, the president must
call the meeting within 30 days.
5. One third
of the members specified in Section Two constitute quorum.
PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT
shall be a president and vice-president for the TAA. The president and vice-president shall
be elected by the members.
president shall be in charge of TAA affairs and shall represent TAA.
president and vice president shall not serve for more than two (2) consecutive
4. The vice-president’s
duty is to assist the president.
The vice-president shall assume president’s office while the president
is vacant until the term expires.
both president and vice-president are in vacancy, among the members of the
Board of Directors, they shall elect one of the Board members to assume the
president’s office until the term expires.
procedure for election and removal of the president and vice-president shall be
BOARD OF DIRECTOR
1. The Board
of Directors shall consist of the president, vice-president and the Chairman of
each Regional Council.
president shall call the meeting of the Board of Directors based upon (a) the
circumstance which the president deems necessary; (b) the request of two thirds
of the members of the Board of Directors.
3. The Board
of Directors shall make decision for TAA and to operate routine business of TAA
while the Member Representatives Meeting is in recess unless otherwise provided
in this by-laws.
1. TAA shall
form Regional Councils according to geographic division.
president or representative of Local Chapters shall be the officers of the
Chairman of the Council shall be elected among the officers of the Council serving
for no more than two (2) consecutive one-year terms. The Chairman of the Council must be past
officer of any Local Chapter.
Chairman of the Council shall function as a coordinator between TAA and the
Local Chapters within the region.
5. The Regional
Council may have its own by-laws but shall not contradict TAA charter or this by-laws.
circumstance upon the motion of the president or other representatives of local
Chapter or Regional Council and upon the resolution of TAA Member
Representatives Meeting, TAA shall establish Special Committee for the
1. TAA shall
designate an Office of Secretary, under president’s supervision, to operate the
2. The Director
or the Office of Secretary and the Staffs shall be appointed by the president.
provided in this by-laws, the voting procedure for the
meeting of the Board of Directors and for the member Representatives meeting
One third of members of said meeting present in person or by mail constitute
quorum. The member holding more
than one office shall be counted only one vote. Office of Secretary shall announce total
members in the meeting before casting the vote.
decision of the meeting shall be determined by simple majority.
Chapter is responsible to collect membership fee for TAA.
schedule shall be proposed by the Board of Directors and approved by the
Membership Representatives Meeting.
fiscal year shall be based on the calendar year.
This by-laws shall be amended in
accordance with the following procedures:
shall be made by
hundred members; or
(2) One fourth
of Local Chapters; or
resolution of the Board of Directors.
motion must be filed to the Office of Secretary three months before the Member
Representatives Meeting called.
Secretary must forward the motion to each Local Chapter 30 days before the
Member Representatives Meeting called.
third of the Representative Members attending the meeting constitute the
thirds of votes from the attending members at the Representatives Meeting is