Amendments to the Bylaws

After careful and consideration, the Board has approved changes to the Bylaws of the organization proposed by a committee of OCA members headed by Norman Chu. The Bylaws govern the operations of the Board of Directors, the election process, and other key aspects of organizational functioning. The proposed bylaws may be downloaded here. 

Please support and vote for the new bylaws! Return your Bylaws ballots in the same stamped envelope with the ballot for the election of officers. Or better yet, come to the General Meeting at UPS on Nov. 16!

The substantive changes in the proposed bylaws fall into four categories:

  1. Updates to align our local chapter’s operations and mission with those of OCA National. These include:
  2. Broadening our mission to promote the well-being of all Asian Pacific Americans, not only Chinese Americans.
  3. Introducing a democratic means to remove a member of the Board for wrongdoing, including but not limited to: violating the Bylaws of the Board, the Code of Conduct, the Articles of Incorporation, or the Conflict of Interest policy.
  4. Setting the quorum for Board meetings to 40% of members, in line with most other OCA Chapters.

Updates to support Board operations and efficiency. These include:

  1. A clear definition of what constitutes a quorum for a Board meeting, specifically regarding Board members who call in via telephone or internet. The requirement states that members calling in shall be counted as present, provided that all members are able to hear each other speak.
  2. Allowing the use of electronic media, including email and website postings, as forms of notification to members.
  3. Changes to the offices that make up the Board. The role of Executive Vice-President gains responsibility for membership development. The role  of Treasurer shall gains responsibility for developing and managing a budget. The role of Editor-in-Chief is replaced by the role of Vice President of Communications, who shall be responsible for the newsletter as well as the chapter website, along with email and social media accounts.
  4. The President and the Board are given power to appoint committees made up of OCA members. However, committee members may be removed by a majority vote       of the Board, and acts and recommendations of such committees must be approved by a majority vote of the Board.
  5. Elections are moved to the 2nd Sunday in December.
  6. References to OCA Youth, no longer active, are to be removed from the Bylaws.

Updates to promote continuity of leadership on the Board:

  1. The office of President shall be open only to present or past members of the board, unless none shall run. In that case, any OCA member may run for  President.

Updates to the conduct of Elections:

  1. Members of the Nominating Committee for elections will be restricted from running for election to the Board while they serve on the Nominating Committee.
  2. The Nominating Committee shall use the membership list provided by OCA National to determine eligibility to run or vote in an election.
  3. The membership list may be accessed and used by Board members only for furthering the interests of the OCA Georgia Chapter, and not for their  own or any other individual’s personal or business interests.
  4. The membership list is not to be provided to participants in elections, except as noted above.

General Meeting and Elections for the Board

OCA Georgia hereby announces its General Membership Meeting and 2015-2016 General Election. 

Date:
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Time:
2:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: 
UPS Corporate Headquarters
55 Glenlake Parkway NE
Atlanta, GA 30328

Tentative agenda:

Report from Current Board

  1. Opening Remarks: Josh Yuen
  2. Year in Review: Officers
  3. Financial Report: Joan Goh
  4. Approval of Bylaw Amendments: Norman Chu
  5. Open Q&A: All

Election of Officers and Board of Directors

  1. Election rules and procedures: NC Chair
  2. Candidate presentation: Candidates
  3. Tabulate ballots: NC
  4. Announcement of election results: NC Chair
  5. Closing Remarks: Josh Yuen

We have also mailed out paper copies of the meeting materials, election ballots and bylaw amendments for your reference. 

Refreshment will be provided during the meeting for members and guests. Please come meet your fellow members, learn more about the candidates and OCA-GA’s upcoming initiatives. We look forward to seeing all of you at UPS on November 16th.

Sincerely,

Josh Yuen

Unregistered voters: Asian Pacific America Needs You!

OCA-Georgia Chapter Voter Registration Drive
In partnership with AASCA, CBA, Delta Air Lines/APEN; GAPABA, NACA,
UPS Asian American Business Resource Group, AT&T/APCA

Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States.
Yet, we have the lowest rate of voter registration.
We Can Do Better - Let’s Get Registered and Get Out to V.O.T.E

NEW Registrants: 
October 6th is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the General Elections on Nov. 4th

To register online (Georgia Driver’s License required) click here:  https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/#no-back-button

To register by mail, click here to download the registration form: http://bit.ly/OCAVote 

Fill out, print and mail the registration form with a copy of your government-provided ID (no postage required). It will take 2-4 weeks for verification by election office, so register NOW! After your county receives your voter registration form, you will receive a precinct card in the mail which will state the location of your polling place.

Already registered? To vote by mail, download & complete the Georgia Absentee Ballot Application from this link:

 http://www.longdistancevoter.org/files/voter_forms/Georgia_absentee_ballot.pdf

First line election date is 11/04/14. Complete the application, sign where indicated, mail or fax your completed application to your County Board of Registrar’s office.

Questions: akharmony8@gmail.com

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