Women’s SIG Charter
USNA Women’s Shared Interest Group
ARTICLE I – NAME: The name shall be the USNA Women’s Shared Interest Group (SIG) of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association (USNA AA).
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE: The SIG shall be formed with the purpose of providing a network for alumnae throughout the alumni association with an emphasis in major concentration areas. Its activities will endeavor to perpetuate the history, traditions, memories, and growth of the Naval Academy and bind alumnae together in support of the highest ideals of command, citizenship and government. Women with a military background have unique issues which can best be discussed and supported by other women. A USNA Women’s SIG can provide the structure and visibility to connect women in particular geographic areas and provide an on-ramp to social integration, mentoring, and networking when moving from one geographic location to another.
ARTICLE III – ORGANIZATION: The USNA Women’s SIG is an independent volunteer-driven entity, and as such, the Alumni Association is in no way involved in its management. In furtherance of this, the relationship between the Alumni Association and the USNA Women’s SIG shall not be construed to any of the following:
i. Give either Party the power to direct or control the day-to-day activities of the other,
ii. Constitute the Parties as the legal representative 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 any liability or obligation of any kind, express or implied, against or in the name of or on behalf of the other Party for any purpose whatsoever, except as expressly set forth in subsequent written agreements between the SIG and the Alumni Association.
ARTICLE IV – GOVERNANCE: The USNA Women’s SIG will abide by the General Operating Principles and Fundraising Limitations as outlined in Paragraphs 3 and 4, respectively, of the Draft Board Policy Concerning Shared Interest Groups as promulgated by the USNA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Board of Trustees.
ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP: Membership in the USNA Women’s SIG shall be voluntary and restricted to the USNA community who are women. At a minimum, seventy-five percent (75%) of SIG members shall be members of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association.
ARTICLE VI – DUES: Dues are not required for membership in the USNA Women’s SIG unless voted for and approved by a majority of the SIG members.
ARTICLE VII – OFFICERS: Officers of the USNA Women’s SIG must include at least a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, each with a term of two years. All SIG leadership positions shall be held by USNA alumnae. Officers will be voted upon at annual meetings. If an officer position becomes available due to death, resignation, or recall, the remaining officers may appoint someone to fill the position until the next annual meeting.
i. The President will normally preside over all events sponsored by the USNA Women’s Shared Interest Group and shall be a member of its Board of Directors, if established.
ii The Vice President(s) shall have such powers and duties prescribed by the President and shall discharge the duties of the President in her absence. Each Vice President is responsible for leadership within a geographic segment of the organization, including convening and presiding over local board meetings, coordinating group committees, determining a calendar of events, overseeing financial matters, recruiting new group members, and other tasks as determined by the President.
iii. The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the records of the organization, preparing reports, conducting correspondence, maintaining a membership roster, and publishing such items as directed by the President.
iv. The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all organizational funds and shall disburse funds to defray the expenses authorized by the organization, report the status of funds at each regularly scheduled meeting, and present an annual financial report at each annual meeting.
ARTICLE VIII – MEETINGS: The Annual Business Meeting should be held for the purpose of electing new officers as required and conducting other business.
ARTICLE IX – COMMITTEES: Committees may be formed at any time at the direction of the President or Vice President(s).
ARTICLE X – AMENDMENTS: Amendments or changes to this charter may be made at any meeting of the USNA Women’s SIG by a two-thirds vote of those present or represented by a proxy.
ARTICLE XI – DISSOLUTION: If necessary, dissolution shall be completed in accordance with any applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and in accordance with the USNA Alumni Association Board of Trustees Policy Concerning SIGs. Assets in excess of obligations shall be distributed as directed by a majority vote of the membership with consideration given to a donation to the USNA Alumni Association and Foundation.