THE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE LIBERIAN COMMUNITY OF GREATER CINCINNATI
We the citizens of Liberia in Greater Cincinnati, Ohio do hereby form this Organization heretofore known as the Liberian Community of Greater Cincinnati, a.k.a. LCGC, in pursuit of these objectives:
- 1. To encourage and foster social and economic endeavors among Liberians in Greater Cincinnati, Liberians in the United States and also among those in Liberia.
- 2. To strive for unity among Liberians in Greater Cincinnati and also among Liberians and other nationalities.
- 3. To help foster goodwill and international cooperation between Liberians and other nationalities.
ARTICLE I - NAME
This Organization shall be called the Liberian Community of Greater Cincinnati, a.k.a. LCGC
ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP
Membership in this Organization, LCGC, is open to all Liberians and their spouses The Organization, by a majority vote, reserves the right to suspend/expel any member who does anything deemed not in the best interest of LCGC or Liberia.
The Organization, by a majority vote, also reserves the right to re-instate a suspended or expelled member when deemed necessary.
ARTICLE III - DUES
There shall be a monthly membership due of five dollars ($5.00) payable to the Liberian Community of Greater Cincinnati whether a member is present or absent from a meeting.
ARTICLE IV - Funds of the Organization
The general funds of the Organization shall be derived from membership dues and other fundraising projects.
ARTICLE V - MEETINGS
This Organization shall meet once each month, place and time to be determined. A minimum of two-thirds (2/3) of the active membership shall constitute a QUORUM.
ARTICLE VI - VOTING RIGHTS
Members not in arrears for more than a month shall be referred to as members in “good standing.”
Members in arrears for more than two months shall not be eligible to run for office or vote on issues.
ARTICLE VII - OFFICERS
Elected officers of the Organization shall be as follows:
- a. President
- b. Vice President
- c. Secretary-General
- d. Financial Officer
- e. Social Chairperson
- f. Devotional Leader
ARTICLE VIII - Duties of the Elected Oficers
- 1. The President shall accentuate programs and policies for the Organization within the realms of the Constitution. The President shall also preside at all meetings unless He/She names a substitute.
- 2. The Vice President is the second in command and shall be on all committees. He/she shall preside in the absence of the President.
- 3. The secretary-General shall be responsible for all correspondence and recordkeeping.
- 4. The Financial Officer shall track the revenues and expenditures of the Organization. There shall be an audit before the Financial Officer’s term expires.
- 5. The Social Chairperson shall plan, organize and execute all social activities.
- 6. The Devotional Leader shall be responsible for leading the Organization in prayers.
ARTICLE IX - PUBLICATIONS
The Organization shall publish its own literature, when it shall be deemed necessary.
ARTICLE X - ELECTIONS
Elections shall be held every two years. Only members in “good standing” shall be eligible to hold office and/or vote. All elections shall be by a “show of hands.”
ARTICLE XI - VACANCIES
In case if impeachment, resignation, relocation or permanent incapacity of an officer, the vacancy shall be filled by a special election.
ARTICLE XII - AMENDMENTS
This Constitution or any part thereof may be amended or altered by a majority vote at a regular or special meeting.
ARTICLE XIII - DONATIONS
Any member in “good standing” or that member’s child that graduates from high school or college shall receive a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) donation from the Organization.
Any member in “good standing’ or that member’s child that gets married will receive a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) donation from the Organization.
Any member in “good standing” who loses a spouse, child or parent shall receive a ($50.00) fifty dollar donation from the Organization.