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ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP

1.  There shall be four classes of membership in the Association which are designated and defined as follows:

a.  Active Members:  Active membership shall be open to Naval civilian personnel who have influence on the formulation and execution of management policy, and are members of a Local Chapter of the Association.  Active members need not necessarily be employed by the Installation where the Local Chapter is located. Active members shall be liable for National Association dues, for Chapter dues as established by the Local Chapters, and for any special assessments levied by the National Association or the Local Chapter.

b.  Members-at-Large: Member-at-large membership shall be open to Naval civilian personnel who have influence on the formulation and execution of management policy but who, by location of employment, is remote from the location of a Local Chapter, and are not members of a Local Chapter. Members-at-large shall be liable for National Association dues payable in two equal installments: January 1 and July 1 of each year, payable to the National Office of the Association – or paid in advance, if so desired. Members-at-large shall not be liable for any Local Chapter dues or special assessments.

c.  Emeritus Members: Any active member in good standing within a Local Chapter, or any Member-at-large, upon retiring from Civil Service, or otherwise honorably leaving the civilian employment by the Navy Department, shall become an Emeritus Member upon written request to the Local Chapter, or to the National Office, if a Member-at-large. An Emeritus member shall not be liable for any Local or National dues or special assessments.

d.  Honorary Membership: Honorary membership shall be open to either civilian or military personnel for services which are in accord with the objectives of this Association. This membership may be granted by Local Chapters per local Bylaws, or by the National Association upon approval by two-thirds of the Local Chapters. An Honorary member shall not be liable for any Local or National dues or special assessments.

2.  No person shall be excluded from membership because of non-merit factors including race, color, sex, religion, age, or National origin.

3.  Eligibility for Local or National Office: Active members shall be eligible for National Office or delegate status in accordance with other provisions of these Bylaws, or for Local Chapter office in accordance with Local Chapter requirements. A Member-at-Large, an Emeritus, Retired, or an Honorary member shall not be eligible for elected office (or appointed) at either the National or Local level.

4.  Any Active member or Member-at-Large who enters into active service in the Armed Forces of the United States shall retain membership, but will not be eligible for office and shall not be liable for any dues or assessments during periods of military service. Upon honorable discharge from the military service, the appropriate class of membership will automatically reinstate.

5.  Any member or any officer of a Local Chapter or Trustee of the National Association may be removed from the Association if found guilty of one or more of the following charges, to wit: disloyalty to the Government of the United States, to the best interests of the Naval Service, or to the objectives of the Association, or conduct unbecoming a member of the office. If the accused is an Officer of a Local Chapter or a Trustee of the National Association, the accused shall be deemed suspended from office immediately upon the filing of the charges and shall so remain until final determination of the case. Upon suspension of an Officer or Trustee, the President of the Local Chapter or National Association, as the case may be, shall appoint a substitute to act in the office pending final determination of the case. If the charges are sustained, the National Association or the Officers of the Local Chapter shall declare the office vacant and proceed to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term, in the same manner of filling a vacancy for a resignation or other cause.

6.  A minimum of twenty-five percent of the membership of a Local Chapter is required to bring charges as outlined in Article 4 paragraph 5 against any member or officer of the Local Chapter. Charges shall be in writing and must address the conduct in question. Charges shall be read at the next meeting. The accused shall be furnished a copy of the charges and shall be permitted reasonable time to answer. After review of all evidence, the members of the Local Chapter shall consider the testimony and in secret ballot vote for or against removal. A two-thirds majority vote of all active members of the Local Chapter shall be required for removal.

7.  Charges may be brought against any National Trustee upon approval of two-thirds of the Local Chapters, each Chapter granting such approval by simple majority vote. Such charges shall be referred to all Local Chapters. If the charges are sustained by two-thirds of all Local Chapters, each Chapter separately sustaining the charges by majority vote of its active members, the accused shall be removed.