Constitution & Bylaws
CONSTITUTION - USMA
Class of 1954
SECTION 1. The name of this
organization is the United States Military Academy Class of
1954 (USMA Class of 1954), hereinafter referred to as the
SECTION 2. The Class is a
non-profit, self-sustaining, private organization, and will
exist until the death of its last Regular Member.
SECTION 3. The Class is not an
instrument of the United States Government. It exists solely
to serve the members of the Class and, through the Class,
the United States Military Academy. It shall be administered
by individuals not acting within their official capacities
as officers, employees, or agents of the United States
SECTION 4. The purpose of this
Constitution is to provide a vehicle for the administration
of the Class after graduation from the United States
SECTION 5. The Class shall be
organized as a Committee of the Whole that includes all
Regular Members of the Class.
Purpose and Objective
SECTION 1. Purpose. The purpose
of the Class shall be to perpetuate the association of its
members begun as Cadets and to support and further the
ideals of the United States Military Academy.
SECTION 2. Objective. This
constitution provides a means for administering Class
affairs, defines membership, deals with Class-related
finances, and provides a point of contact, through Class
Officers and the Executive Committee, with the West Point
Association of Graduates (WPAOG). The Class is supported by
contributions, fund-raising activities, and income earned
from its invested reserves.
SECTION 1. Regular Members
shall include all graduates of the USMA, Class of 1954.
SECTION 2. Associate Members
shall include all those persons who were members of the
Class of 1954 as Cadets but who did not graduate and
therefore are not Regular Members. Associate Members must be
nominated by a Regular Member and approved by the Executive
Committee. Widows of Regular Members and Associate Members
will be Associate Members.
SECTION 3. Honorary Members
shall consist of all persons to whom the Executive Committee
has offered membership and who have accepted this offer. The
Executive Committee must approve an offer of Honorary
Membership by a majority vote.
SECTION 4. Membersí Rights
SECTION 4.1. Regular Members
shall have all rights guaranteed them by this Constitution.
SECTION 4.2. Associate and
Honorary Members shall have all rights of Regular
Members, except the right to vote in Class matters. As an
exception, Associate Members who hold positions on the
Executive Committee or are Class Officers will have voting
SECTION 5. Resignation.
Members of the Class may withdraw from this association, if
desired. Resignation will be effective upon receipt by the
Executive Committee of a letter from a member, the subject
of which shall be ďRequest to Resign from the USMA Class of
SECTION 1. Membership. The
Executive Committee shall be composed of seven (7) to
fifteen (15) Regular Members or Associate Members of the
SECTION 2. Voting. More than
one-half of the total members of the Executive Committee
shall be present, in person or through electronic means, to
constitute a quorum. Executive Committee decisions shall be
determined by majority vote when a quorum is present. Votes
may be made in person, in writing, or by electronic means.
SECTION 3. Responsibilities. The
Executive Committee shall supervise the affairs of the
Class, fix the hour and place of its meetings and class
reunions, make recommendations to the Class, and perform
such other duties as are specified herein and in the Bylaws.
The Executive Committee has responsibility for organizing
class activities and for directing use of the Class
Administration Fund. The Executive Committee shall make a
formal report of its activities to the Class at least once
annually. The Executive Committee shall be subject to the
orders of the Class, and none of its acts shall conflict
with the actions taken by the Class.
SECTION 4. Meetings. The
Executive Committee shall hold a meeting at each Five-Year
Reunion and when scheduled by the Class President.
Officers and Executive Committee
SECTION 1. Class Officers. The
Officers shall be a President, a Vice President, a
Secretary, a Treasurer, a Memorial Articles Project
Coordinator, a Scribe, and an Information Technology
Officer. These officers shall perform the duties as
prescribed by the Bylaws and in accordance with the
parliamentary authority adopted by the Class.
SECTION 2. Elections. The
Executive Committee is elected at Five-Year Reunions from
the Regular Members or Associate Members of the Class to
serve for five (5) years or until their successors are
elected, unless they should sooner die, resign, or be
removed. The Officers shall be elected from among and by the
members of the Executive Committee. Their Five-Year term of
office shall begin immediately at the conclusion of the
Five-Year Reunion at which they are elected.
SECTION 3. Vacancies.
Vacancies resulting from the resignation, death, or removal
of an Executive Committee member or a Class Officer may be
filled by majority vote of the Executive Committee, and the
member or officer so chosen shall hold office until the next
Five-Year Reunion. Should the Presidency become vacant, the
Vice President shall assume the office of President.
SECTION 4. Impeachment Procedures.
4.1 Impeachment proceedings may be
brought against members of the Executive Committee or Class
Officers for the following reasons:
4.1.1 Extended negligence of duties.
Negligence is defined as any dereliction of duty that is
related to oneís responsibilities.
4.1.2 A lack of desire to serve in the
best interests of the Class.
4.1.3 An inability to perform in the
best interest of the Class, or an inability to properly
represent the members of the Class.
4.2 Any Regular Member may request
impeachment proceedings against an Executive Committee
member or a Class Officer. Such request must be submitted in
writing to the Executive Committee. The request must include
explicit reasons for which impeachment procedures are
4.3 Within thirty (30) days of receipt
of such request, the Executive Committee shall designate a
Committee not comprised of any officers of the class to
investigate the matter. The Committee shall number no less
than five (5) Regular Members, and not more than nine (9)
4.4 The Committee shall determine
whether sufficient cause exists to remove the Executive
Committee member or the Class Officer. A two-thirds vote of
the Committee is required to proceed to a Class vote.
4.5 The Class will be notified of the
impeachment proceedings by mail or e-mail. Notification will
include explicit reasons for which impeachment proceedings
have been brought against the Executive Committee member or
Class Officer and that the Committee has found sufficient
cause to initiate a Class vote.
4.6 Voting will be done by ballot. All
ballots returned within forty-five (45) days of the ballot
mailing date shall constitute a quorum. A two-thirds vote is
required to remove an Executive Committee member or a Class
Officer. The Executive Committee member or the Class Officer
against whom impeachment proceedings have been brought may
not vote. The results of the voting will be reported by the
committee to the class.
4.7 In case of impeachment, the vacant
position will be filled in accordance with Article V,
Section 3, of the Class Constitution.
The Class Crest
The Class Crest shall be the property
of the Class. All rights are reserved by the Class.
The rules contained in the current
edition of Robertís Rules of Order shall govern the Class in
all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are
not inconsistent with this Constitution, and any special
rules of order the Class may adopt.
Adoption of Constitution
The Constitution initially became
effective when it was adopted by the Class of 1954 prior to
Amendment of Constitution
This Constitution may be amended at any
Five-Year Reunion Meeting of the Class by a simple majority
vote of the Regular Members present in person and returned
ballots. Proposed amendments will be submitted by the
Executive Committee to Regular Members for approval,
together with a written explanation of the amendmentís
purpose and a ballot. In case of an amendmentís submittal
being between Five-Year Reunions, the notice of proposed
amendment will provide not less than sixty (60) days for
Regular Members to return their ballots. A majority of those
voting will be required to approve the proposed amendment.
The Class shall be dissolved and all
assets remaining shall become the property of the WPAOG upon
the death of the last Regular Member of the Class.
BYLAWS - USMA Class
Duties of Class Officers
SECTION 1. President. The Class
President shall chair the Executive Committee and Class
meetings and coordinate the affairs of the Class.
SECTION 2. Vice President. The
Vice President shall assist the President and shall act in
SECTION 3. Secretary. The Class
Secretary shall maintain records of the affairs and business
of the Class and will assist the President in administration
pertinent to the Class. He shall ensure minutes are kept of
Class meetings. The Secretary shall forward copies of all
minutes to the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG)
to be placed in the Class archives. The Secretary shall
coordinate all Class mailings not specifically associated
with reunion activities. The Secretary shall maintain a
Class History, the Class archives, and all permanent records
of significance to the Class and shall forward copies of
such to the WPAOG Class archives.
SECTION 4. Treasurer. The Class
Treasurer shall manage the finances of the Class and shall
maintain records of all transactions. The Treasurer shall
make such disposition from the Class funds as are authorized
in Articles III and IV of these Bylaws. The treasurer shall
report the end of year balance of Class funds, and quarterly
reports of transactions for each quarter, to the Executive
Committee. The Treasurer shall report all account balances
to the Class at each reunion business meeting.
SECTION 5. Memorial Articles Project
Coordinator. The Class Memorial Articles Project
Coordinator shall lead the Class Memorial Articles (MA)
Program to develop MAs and publish them in TAPS in a timely
manner, providing a lasting means by which we honor our
SECTION 6. Scribe. The Class
Scribe shall record and report Class activities through the
Class Notes column in ASSEMBLY and by e-mail to those Class
members having e-mail addresses listed with the WPAOG.
SECTION 7. Information Technology
Officer. The Information Technology Officer shall be
responsible for establishing and maintaining the Class
website and for posting information pertinent to the Class
on the website. The Information Technology Officer shall
have primary responsibility for enhancing and improving
Class communications through technology.
Meetings and Elections
SECTION 1. A Class Meeting will
be held at each Five-Year Reunion. At Five-Year Reunions elections for the
Executive Committee and Officers will be held, the President
will report on the status of Class affairs, the Treasurer
will report on Class finances and such other business as
determined by the Executive Committee or a majority of
Regular Members in attendance.
SECTION 2. The Executive
Committee may call for a special meeting of the Class at any
other time it deems appropriate. Notices of special meetings
will be provided by mail, e-mail, or facsimile not less than
sixty (60) days prior to the meeting.
SECTION 3. Only Regular Members
and any Associate Members who are also on the Executive
Committee may vote on Class matters. Any Regular Member may
vote on behalf of another Regular Member pursuant to a
written proxy, an executed copy of which must be filed with
the Secretary before voting.
SECTION 4. For elections and
other Class matters at a Five-Year Reunion Meeting, a quorum
will consist of the Regular Members in attendance in person
and by proxy. For elections, the nominee receiving the most
votes will be elected. For all other matters, except in
impeachment procedures, a majority of a quorum will be
required for action.
SECTION 5. The Secretary will
prepare a report after each Five-Year Reunion Meeting and
post it to the Class website.
Class Gift and Administrative Funds
SECTION 1. The Class may
maintain a Class Gift Fund with the WPAOG which will be
administered by the Treasurer in conjunction with the WPAOG.
The purpose of the Class Gift Fund is to provide for gifts
to the United States Military Academy or the WPAOG. These
funds are charitable gifts from members of the Class and
others to the WPAOG for the Class Gift Fund. The USMA
Superintendent and the Class must agree on the use of these
funds for the Academy. The WPAOG and the Class must agree on
the use of these funds for the WPAOG.
SECTION 2. With the approval of
the Executive Committee, the Treasurer may establish one or
more Administrative Fund Accounts with the WPAOG or
elsewhere for Class funds. The Executive Committee shall
establish limits on the Treasurerís authority to withdraw
funds from such accounts for any expense or series of
related expenses without the additional signature of another
officer. The Administrative Fund Accounts shall be used for
Class administrative purposes to include contributions or
flowers upon the death of a member, and other purposes as
approved by the Executive Committee.
Class Gifts to the WPAOG for the United
States Military Academy or the WPAOG itself will be approved
by the Class in accordance with Article II, Section 4, of
the Class Bylaws. Upon approval of a gift, the Executive
Committee will authorize the WPAOG to make specific
disbursements from the Class Gift Fund in fulfillment of
The Executive Committee may create such
committees as it deems necessary and appropriate. Committees
shall report to the Executive Committee, except in the case
of committees formed for the purposes of impeachment
SECTION 1. Proposed amendments
to these Bylaws will be submitted by the Executive Committee
to Regular Members for approval, together with a written
explanation of the amendmentís purpose and a ballot. In case
of an amendmentís submittal being between Five-Year Reunion
Meetings, the notice of proposed amendment will provide not
less than sixty (60) days for Regular Members to return
their ballots. A majority of those voting will be required
to approve the proposed amendment.
SECTION 2. Any Regular Member
may request the Executive Committee to consider a proposed
amendment for Class approval. If the Executive Committee
does not recommend the proposed amendment, the Regular
Member may submit the proposed amendment for Class
consideration at his own expense.