The purpose of this organization shall be:
(A): To promote, through efforts in advocacy and dissemination of educational information, the acceptance of guide dog teams by all agencies, employers, educational institutions, those doing business with the general public, and by the general public.
(B): To work for the standardization, enforcement and expansion of the legal provisions governing the admission of guide dog users to public places, transportation, facilities, hotels, apartments, restaurants, places of amusement and all places to which the general public is invited.
(C) To work to improve the scope and quality of educational, cultural, rehabilitation and employment opportunities for guide dog users through cooperation and affiliation with Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI) and the American Council of the Blind (ACB).
(D) To encourage and improve the relationship between guide dog puppy raisers, guide dog users and guide dog schools.
(E) To work to improve the scope and quality of guide dog breeding, selection, training, health care, and guide dog retirement.
(A) Any person 16 years of age or older may become a member of MGDU upon compliance with the provisions and requirements of this constitution and such bylaws as may be adopted.
(B) The majority of MGDU members, at least 50% plus 1, shall be guide dog users.
(C) All members in good standing shall have the right to cast their individual votes at any meeting of the membership.
(A) The officers of MGDU shall comprise the board of directors and shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
(B) Two (2) At-large Directors will be elected to serve with the officers on the Board of Directors.
(C) Only members of MGDU who are guide dog users can be officers or Directors.
(D) No member can serve in multiple offices simultaneously.
(E) All officers and Directors shall be elected. Elections shall be held during the MCB convention. All officers and Directors will be elected for terms of two (2) years.
(F) Of the four elected board members and Directors, elections will be held every year for two of the board members and one of the Directors. Elections shall be held during MGDU meetings at the MCB convention. Election for President, Secretary, and one Director will be held on odd-numbered years. Elections for Vice President, Treasurer and the other Director will be held on even-numbered years.
(G) The officers shall perform the usual duties of their office as provided for in ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER, current edition, unless otherwise provided for by this constitution or such bylaws as may be enacted.
(H) The Officers and the Board of Directors shall be the governing body of MGDU between meetings of the membership, and will conduct business on behalf of MGDU. Board meetings may be held in person or by telephone. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum at such meetings.
(I) All elections shall be by a majority vote of the members present.
(A) MGDU will conduct monthly meetings of the membership and of the Board of Directors at dates and times as set by the vote of the membership.
(B) MGDU shall hold one business meeting per year, to be held in the the fall at the MCB convention during the same calendar year.
(C) One-third of the members shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting.(D) The President or a majority of the Board of Directors may call a special meeting. At least two weeks’ notice must be given to the membership in order to hold a special meeting.
ARTICLE 6. FISCAL YEAR
(A) The fiscal year of MGDU shall begin November 1 through October 31st
.(B) All fees, membership and other requirements of affiliation with the Missouri Council of the Blind shall be provided as determined by the organization.
ARTICLE 7. RESIGNATION OR REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
(A) Any officer or director may resign from office by notifying the President in writing. In the event of the President resigning or being unable to perform duties of office, the Vice President will assume duties of the President. The succeeding President may appoint an interim Vice President, with the approval the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may, thereafter, in its discretion, elect a person to serve in any vacant office until the next annual meeting.
(B) Any officer or director may be removed from office for good and sufficient cause as enumerated in Bylaw 5, by a vote of two-thirds of the total membership of the Board of Directors, but, in no event, shall the Board vote to remove a person from office until the officer or director has been given notice in writing of the charges pending against him/her and is afforded an opportunity to appear and defend against the alleged charges.
(C) At the next meeting at the MCB convention, the membership of this organization shall, if necessary, elect a person to complete the term for which the resigned or removed officer or director was originally elected.
ARTICLE 8. AMENDMENTS
(A) This Constitution may be amended by a vote of two-third’s majority of the members attending a regular or special meeting. (B) Notice of the proposed amendment shall have been mailed and/or electronically mailed (email) to the membership not less than 30 days prior to the meeting during which a vote on the amendment will take place.
(C) All bylaw amendments shall be approved by a two-third’s majority vote of the members present at the following regular or special meeting.
ARTICLE 9. COMMITTEES
The President shall appoint the chairperson of all committees within the organization unless otherwise instructed by the membership or the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE 10. DISSOLUTION
Upon a vote of dissolution by 85 percent of the active membership and after paying all of its debts and obligations, all remaining funds shall revert to Missouri Council of the Blind.