WSIG Charter

Women’s SIG Charter

USNAWomen’s Shared Interest Group

ARTICLE I – NAME: The name shall be the USNA Women’s Shared Interest Group (SIG) of theUnited States Naval Academy Alumni Association (USNA AA).

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE: The SIG shall be formed with the purpose of providing a network for alumnaethroughout the alumni association with an emphasis in major concentrationareas.  Its activities will endeavor to perpetuatethe history, traditions, memories, and growth of the Naval Academy and bindalumnae together in support of the highest ideals of command, citizenship andgovernment.  Women with a militarybackground have unique issues which can best be discussed and supported byother women.  A USNA Women’s SIG canprovide the structure and visibility to connect women in particular geographicareas and provide an on-ramp to social integration, mentoring, and networkingwhen moving from one geographic location to another.

ARTICLE III – ORGANIZATION:  The USNA Women’s SIG is an independentvolunteer-driven entity, and as such, the Alumni Association is in no wayinvolved in its management.  Infurtherance of this, the relationship between the Alumni Association and theUSNA Women’s SIG shall not be construed to any of the following:

i.  Give either Party the power to direct orcontrol the day-to-day activities of the other,

ii.  Constitute the Parties as the legalrepresentative or agent of the other Party or an partners, joint venturers,co-owners, or otherwise as participants in a joint or common undertaking, or

iii.  Allow either Party to create or assume anyliability or obligation of any kind, express or implied, against or in the nameof or on behalf of the other Party for any purpose whatsoever, except asexpressly set forth in subsequent written agreements between the SIG and theAlumni Association.

ARTICLE IV – GOVERNANCE: The USNA Women’s SIG willabide by the General Operating Principles and Fundraising Limitations asoutlined in Paragraphs 3 and 4, respectively, of the Draft Board PolicyConcerning Shared Interest Groups as promulgated by the USNA ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONBoard of Trustees.

ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP:  Membership in the USNA Women’s SIG shall bevoluntary and restricted to the USNA community who are women.  At a minimum, seventy-five percent (75%) ofSIG members shall be members of the United States Naval Academy AlumniAssociation.

ARTICLE VI – DUES: Dues are not required for membership in the USNA Women’s SIG unlessvoted for and approved by a majority of the SIG members.

ARTICLE VII – OFFICERS:  Officers of the USNA Women’s SIG must includeat least a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, each with aterm of two years.  All SIG leadershippositions shall be held by USNA alumnae. Officers will be voted upon at annual meetings.  If an officer position becomes available dueto death, resignation, or recall, the remaining officers may appoint someone tofill the position until the next annual meeting.

i.  The President will normally preside over allevents sponsored by the USNA Women’s Shared Interest Group and shall be amember of its Board of Directors, if established.

ii  The Vice President(s) shall have such powersand duties prescribed by the President and shall discharge the duties of thePresident in her absence.  Each VicePresident is responsible for leadership within a geographic segment of theorganization, including convening and presiding over local board meetings,coordinating group committees, determining a calendar of events, overseeingfinancial matters, recruiting new group members, and other tasks as determinedby the President.

iii.  The Secretary shall be responsible forkeeping the records of the organization, preparing reports, conductingcorrespondence, maintaining a membership roster, and publishing such items asdirected by the President.

iv.  The Treasurer shall be the custodian of allorganizational funds and shall disburse funds to defray the expenses authorizedby the organization, report the status of funds at each regularly scheduledmeeting, and present an annual financial report at each annual meeting.

ARTICLE VIII – MEETINGS:  The Annual Business Meeting should be heldfor the purpose of electing new officers as required and conducting otherbusiness.

ARTICLE IX – COMMITTEES:  Committees may be formed at any time at thedirection of the President or Vice President(s).

ARTICLE X – AMENDMENTS:  Amendments or changes to this charter may bemade at any meeting of the USNA Women’s SIG by a two-thirds vote of thosepresent or represented by a proxy.

ARTICLE XI – DISSOLUTION:  If necessary, dissolution shall be completedin accordance with any applicable federal, state, and local laws andregulations, and in accordance with the USNA Alumni Association Board ofTrustees Policy Concerning SIGs.  Assetsin excess of obligations shall be distributed as directed by a majority vote ofthe membership with consideration given to a donation to the USNA AlumniAssociation and Foundation.