NGAC Bylaws

Article IV – Chapters

Section 1 – Organization

a. Senior/Major Commands (consisting of Colonel/Captain and higher commands) of the California National Guard, the SMR, and the Naval Militia are granted authority to establish a Chapter. Additionally, Retired Members are granted authority to establish a Chapter. Further, the Executive Council, upon two-thirds approval, may establish additional Chapters. The Association secretary will maintain a current listing of established Chapters.

b. Chapters function under the authority and responsibility of these Bylaws and are bound by them. Additionally, since Chapters must represent the collective desires of Association members, any group requesting authority to establish a Chapter must consist of at least twenty-five Active, Life, or Associate members in good standing in the Association. Further, each application must identify Chapter officers.

c.    Each Association member may associate with the Chapter of the member’s choice. If members do not designate a Chapter affiliation, the Association will affiliate the member based on the member’s current unit of assignment, or in any reasonable manner as determined by the Secretary of the Association. Members must request changes of Chapter affiliation in writing to the Association secretary.

Section 2 – Chapter Operations

a. Each Senior/Major Command Commander is encouraged to ensure their Chapter has appropriate resources, facilities, and support for success and to promote membership within the limits allowed in applicable laws and regulations.

b. Each Chapter may establish its own bylaws or operating procedures, provided they do not conflict with the Association Bylaws. If established, Chapters will provide a copy of these bylaws or procedures to the Secretary of the Association.

c. Chapters are prohibited from entering into contracts, binding legal agreements, or conducting events in the name of the Association, without approval of the Association, Executive Council, or Association President, to insure the Association is not held liable for unauthorized actions. Chapters may conduct internal events or activities at their discretion.

d. Chapters which establish a Chapter fund must make all financial records of the Chapter available for review at the request of the Executive Council; elected officer of the Association; or any member of the Chapter, or his or her agent or attorney, at any reasonable time but only by prior appointment. If a Chapter is dissolved, any remaining funds will be transferred to the Association.

e. To insure finances of any dissolved Chapter are accessible to the Association, each Chapter will include the Association Treasurer as an authorized officer on any accounts of the Chapter.

f. Chapters may dissolve as outlined in their bylaws or operating procedures, or may do so when the Chapter officers notify the Secretary of the Association of dissolution. Members of the defunct Chapter may affiliate with another Chapter in accordance with Section 1 Item c above, or will be associated with another Chapter in accordance with the same section.

g. If a Chapter fails to maintain a membership of twenty-five Active, Life, or Associate members of the Association, or has no Chapter officers, the President may petition the Executive Council for dissolution of their Chapter status. The Chapter will be dissolved on an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the votes which may be cast by the Executive Council.

Section 3 – Executive Council Representatives

Each Chapter President will appoint two Active or Life members of the Association from the Chapter to serve as Chapter Representatives to the Executive Council. One of these appointed officers will serve as a member of the Executive Council for voting purposes as outlined in Article VI. The Chapter President, if qualified and specified, may function as a Chapter Representative.