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GACAA Constitution

ARTICLE I: AIMS, PURPOSE, AND GOVERNMENT
SECTION 1. The name of this organization shall be the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents, hereinafter referred to as GACAA or as the Association.
SECTION 2. This organization is a chapter of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents a nonprofit organization, hereinafter referred to as NACAA, and shall operate in a manner consistent with the NACAA Constitution and Bylaws.
SECTION 3. GACAA is not organized for pecuniary gain or profit to itself or to its members. No part of its net income shall be appropriated to any use other than those nonprofit uses directed by the NACAA Constitution and Bylaws and further adopted or implemented in this Constitution and Bylaws. This association shall not engage in any activity to influence legislation.
SECTION 4. The purpose of this Association shall be the support of the aims and purposes set out in the NACAA Constitution and Bylaws, as well as the furtherance of agriculture in Georgia, the sustenance and encouragement of education in the field of agriculture, the betterment of Georgia life through agriculture, the development of professional improvement programs for present and prospective agricultural Extension workers, and the maintenance of high standards of professionalism among the members of this Association.
   
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
  Eligibility for membership in GACAA shall be open to the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and Fort Valley State University Cooperative Extension Service professionals as well as other University of Georgia professionals having a percentage of their time devoted to Extension work (such as UGA Marine Extension) active and retired, who subscribe to the NACAA and GACAA aims and purposes and who pay the dues set in accordance with the Bylaws. (Revised: 07/17/01)
   
ARTICLE III: DUES, ASSESSMENTS, AND FEES
SECTION 1. Dues and assessments shall be as determined in accordance with the Bylaws at the Annual Meeting.
SECTION 2.

No member shall be entitled to return of dues or other fees by reason of severance of membership or dissolution of this Association.

SECTION 3. Any and all unobligated monies on hand at dissolution of this Association shall be donated to the Georgia 4-H Foundation or such other nonprofit youth or agricultural organization as the membership shall elect.
   
ARTICLE IV: FISCAL YEAR
SECTION 1. The fiscal year of this Association shall be from January 1 through the next following December 31, inclusive.
   
ARTICLE V: DIRECTORS
SECTION 1. Fourteen (14) Directors shall comprise the Board of Directors as follows: Two Directors (1 Junior and 1 Senior) from each of the following GACAA Districts: East, North, South, West, Central, State Staff-North and State Staff-South. (Revised: 10/26/99)
   
ARTICLE VI: OFFICERS
SECTION 1. The Officers of this Association shall consist of President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President. (Revised: 11/12/92)
SECTION 2. Duties of Officers shall be those normally associated therewith or otherwise specified in the Bylaws.
   
ARTICLE VII: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
SECTION 1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers and Directors of this Association.
SECTION 2. The Executive Committee shall be empowered to transact the business of this Association.
   
ARTICLE VIII: ELECTIONS
SECTION 1. Election of Officers and Directors shall be in the manner prescribed in the Bylaws.
   
ARTICLE IX: MEETING
SECTION 1. There shall be at least an Annual Meeting of the General Membership. Directors and the Executive Committee shall meet prior to the Annual Meeting and such other times as the President or Board of Directors might so order.
SECTION 2. Notice requirements shall be as set out in the Bylaws.
   
ARTICLE X: VOTING AND QUORUM
SECTION 1. Except where otherwise specified in this Constitution or the Bylaws, the vote of a majority of a quorum of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, or the General Membership, shall be deemed to be the vote of that body.
SECTION 2. Except where otherwise specified, a quorum for transacting the business of this Association shall be:
  A. Twenty-five percent of the membership for a meeting of the General Membership.
  B. A majority of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee for a meeting of either of these bodies.
SECTION 3. When a quorum be not present for a meeting of any body of this Association, those present shall be empowered to vote an adjournment until such time as a quorum shall be present.
   
ARTICLE XI: COMMITTEES AND DELEGATIONS
SECTION 1.

The President and Board of Directors shall have authority to establish such ad hoc and standing committees as need might dictate and to name chairmen for such committees in accordance with the Bylaws.

SECTION 2. GACAA Delegates to the NACAA Annual Meeting shall be named in the manner prescribed in the Bylaws and shall have duties as prescribed by same.
   
ARTICLE XII: AMENDMENTS
SECTION 1. Amendments to this Constitution or to the Bylaws shall be by the vote of two-thirds of a quorum of the General Membership following sixty days written notice to the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and ten days written notice to the General Membership.

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