NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE I. Name
The name of the corporation shall be the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association, hereby referred to as the NHVMA.
ARTICLE II. Purpose
The purpose of the NHVMA is to promote methods of practice in the profession which contribute to higher ethical and professional standards. This includes: provision of continuing education programs, representation of the membership before state and federal agencies in matters which affect the profession, promotion of social and friendly relations among the members, communication of information relating to mutual concern, distribution of information about the members and profession to specific and general audiences, and the supply of appropriate forms for official duties relating to animal health.
The NHVMA shall cooperate with the AVMA and the NH Board of Veterinary Medicine in carrying out its purpose.
ARTICLE III. Powers
The NHVMA shall be authorized to do all things that may be necessary and useful to the accomplishment of the stated purposes, and to possess and exercise all of the powers available to a voluntary corporation under the provisions of chapter 293-A of the New Hampshire Revised Statues Annotated (or corresponding provision of any future statute) that are not inconsistent with the objects stated in this Constitution.
ARTICLE IV. Membership
Membership in the NHVMA is open to any doctor of veterinary medicine who has graduated from a veterinary medical school accredited by the AVMA or who has been certified under the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) of the AVMA.
ARTICLE V. Meetings of the NHVMA
Section (1). The NHVMA shall hold an annual meeting at such time and place as shall be fixed by the Executive Board.
Section (2). Special meetings of the membership may be called by the President or by petition signed by ten (10) of the members. Such meetings shall be held within thirty (30) days after said petition is filed with the Secretary. The time and place of such meeting shall be determined by the Executive Board.
ARTICLE VI. Officers
The officers of the NHVMA shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The officers shall be elected by oral vote or ballot at each Annual Meeting with a pure majority of votes required for election. The terms of the offices shall be two years. Only the Secretary and Treasurer may serve more than one consecutive term. At the end of the term, all property belonging to the NHVMA shall be transferred to the successors.
ARTICLE VII. Executive Board of the NHVMA
Section (1). The Executive Board shall consist of the elected officers, the two immediate living Past Presidents, the chair of each standing committee of the NHVMA or designated alternate, and the AVMA Delegate or Alternate Delegate.
Section (2). The Executive Board shall have all the powers of and speak for the NHVMA during the interim between annual and special meetings of the membership.
ARTICLE VIII. Dues and Remuneration
Section (1). Each member of the NHVMA shall be responsible for paying dues to carry out the purposes of the NHVMA. The amount of dues for each year shall be determined by the Treasurer and confirmed by a vote of the membership at the annual meeting for the next calendar year. If no vote is taken dues shall be increased by three percent (3%) from the sum assessed for the previous year.
Section (2). The NHVMA is not organized for profit nor is to engage in any activity ordinarily carried on for profit.
Section (3). No member, officer, employee, or person connected with the NHVMA shall receive at any time any of the net earnings or pecuniary profit from its operations, provided that this shall not prevent payment to any such person of reasonable compensation for services rendered to or for the NHVMA in effecting any of its purposes. No such person or persons shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the NHVMA assets upon its dissolution.
ARTICLE IX. Offices and Staff
Section (1). The principle office of the NHVMA shall be centrally located and determined by the Executive Board. The NHVMA may have other offices in such other places as may be fixed by its members or officers and may act in any place within or without the state of New Hampshire in the realization and promotion of the purposes for which it is established.
Section (2). The Executive Board shall appoint such staff as it may deem advisable, including an Executive Director who shall provide administrative assistance to the officers and committees of the NHVMA. Compensation of the staff shall be determined by the Executive Board. Any duties imposed by this Constitution or the By-Laws upon the officers of the NHVMA may be performed under supervision of such officers by the staff of the NHVMA.
ARTICLE X. By-Laws
The duties of officers, requisites of membership, times of annual or other meetings of the NHVMA, and such other regulations as may be necessary for the government of the same, shall be provided for in the By-Laws.
ARTICLE Xl. Amendment
This Constitution may be amended at an Annual Meeting, or at a special meeting called for the purpose, by a two thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting, provided due written notice of the proposed amendment(s) shall have been mailed to the membership of the NHVMA at least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting, or it may otherwise be amended by a majority vote of the NHVMA Executive Board.
ARTICLE XII. Dissolution
Upon dissolution of the NHVMA, the Executive Board shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the NHVMA, dispose of all the assets of the NHVMA to the New England Veterinary Medical Association. Should such organization not exist upon dissolution of the NHVMA, the Executive Board shall dispose of all the assets of the NHVMA to an organization exempt under section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law).