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Interim ByLaws

1. NAME.
    a. The name of this association is the U.S.S. NOXUBEE (AOG-56) Shipmates Association.

    This is a non-profit organization whose objectives are:
    a. To perpetuate the memory of the U.S.S. NOXUBEE (AOG-56)
    b. To locate and facilitate comradeship among the shipmates of the U.S.S. NOXUBEE.
    c. To organize and carry out reunions and other events for the shipmates of U.S.S. NOXUBEE.

    a. The powers of the association reside with its members. These powers are exercised on behalf
        of the membership by the officers and board of directors of the association.
    b. No part of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to
        its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the Association shall be
        authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make
        payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article 2 hereof.
    c. The Association shall not use propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation, and the
        Association shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of
        statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public
    d. In the event of dissolution of the Association, assets shall be distributed to a qualified non-profit
        charitable organization (e.g.. Navy Relief, or the Navy Home).

    a. Any person who was attached to the U.S.S. NOXUBEE (AOG-56) in a permanent or
        temporary status, and his spouse, are eligible for membership in the association. A member in
        good standing pays dues and he and his spouse are eligible to vote in association matters. A
        member- at-large is any former crew member who does not pay dues and he and his spouse
        are not eligible to vote in association matters.
    b. Widows of U.S.S. NOXUBEE shipmates may elect to remain on the membership role,
        participate in association events, and receive any association membership mailings. Widows do
        not pay dues nor have voting privileges.
    c. Honorary membership may be conferred by acclamation of the members present at a reunion
        meeting.  No dues nor voting privilege.
    d. Membership is terminated by death, or by resignation, of the member. 
    e. Dues, set for each calendar year by the Board of Directors, are solicited from the members, 
        but are not mandatory.

    a. To provide direction, continuity, and control on the operations of the association, the Board of
        Directors shall be elected at each reunion, and shall consist of 5 or more members. The
        President and the Reunion Coordinator will be ex-officio members of the Board. A Chairman
        of the Board shall be elected from the board membership.
    b. The Board shall consist of members whose experience and knowledge will assist the President
        and Reunion Coordinator in administering reunion activities and duties. Any member in good
        standing is eligible for service on the Board.
    c. The Board of Directors shall select and submit, without comment, a slate of officers, and Board
        of Directors, for election at the reunion business meeting.

    The following officers shall be elected at the business meeting of each reunion: President,
    Secretary/Treasurer, and members of the Board of Directors.
    a. The President shall serve as chief executive officer of the association, preside at all reunion
        business meetings, and perform the accrued duties and responsibilities of the office of President.
        In the event of the incapacity of the President to fulfill his duties for any reason, the Board of
        Directors shall appoint an interim President to serve until a new President is elected at the next
        general meeting.
          i.  The President will direct and monitor the day-to-day business of the association.
         ii.  In conjunction with the selection of a reunion site for the next reunion, the President will
             appoint a Reunion Coordinator for the next reunion.
        iii.  The President will appoint qualified volunteer members (or member) as the webmaster for
             the U.S.S. NOXUBEE web site, and as the association newsletter editor.
    b. The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep minutes of meetings, maintain an up- to-date membership
        file, present reports to the President and membership and perform other routine duties of a
        secretary. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be custodian of all material donated to the association,
        or purchased with association funds. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for all
        association funds, collect membership dues, keep accounts of all receipts and disbursements,
        pay approved bills, give quarterly reports to the President, and a report to the membership at
        the reunion.

    a. A meeting of the association shall be held at the time of each reunion. The President shall a call
        a meeting of the Board of Directors prior to the Membership meeting, and another meeting of
        the Board, if necessary, after the Membership meeting.

8. DUES.
    a. Annual dues shall be established by the Board of Directors and approved by the members at
        the annual membership meeting. Dues paid will cover the calendar year January I through
        December 31.

    a. All material donated to or purchased with Association funds shall become the sole property of
        the Association and shall be actually or constructive in the custody of the Secretary/Treasurer.

    a. Committees may be appointed as deemed necessary by the President or Board of Directors.

    a. These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of members present at the reunion
        membership meeting.



                                             Association Officers

                                                     President -- Gary Hall
                                                     Treasurer -- Bob Ahlersmeyer
                                                     Secretary -- Dick Barber


               Association Board of Directors

                                                     Dick Bland
                                                     Pat Francione
                                                     Jim Gabrisch
                                                     Paul Gryniewicz
                                                     "Moose" Haviland
                                                     Bill Holton
                                                     Howard Justice
                                                     Bob Mitchell
                                                     Tom Mize
                                                     Jan Scott


                                                     Membership -- Jan Scott
                                                     Newsletter Editor -- Dick Barber