Article I Name and Object The name of the organization shall be the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary.
Its object shall be to assist the Houston Bar Association and the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and the State Bar of Texas to promote a better understand- ing and relationship between the general public and the legal profession through community service projects and to encourage social relations among its members. All activities of the Auxiliary are subject to the approval of the Executive Board.
Article II Membership Section 1. Any member in good standing, or the spouse of any member in good standing of the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, or the State Bar of Texas is eligible for membership. The spouse of a deceased member of the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, or the State Bar of Texas residing in Houston is eligible for member- ship. Any member who has been an active member is eligible for membership regardless of a change in the above qualifications. Any individual who will adhere to the By-Laws of the Auxiliary in support of its objectives, as defined in Article I, is eligible for membership.
Section 2. There shall be an Associate Membership composed of such members as the Auxiliary may elect.
Section 3. A member may become a Lifetime Member at any time upon a one- time dues payment of $500.00.
Section 4. Names of the prospective members may be presented at any time to the Chairman of the Membership Committee. After verifying eligibility, the Membership Committee shall send a brochure/form for membership. Membership applications may be sent to the spouses of new members of the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and members of the State Bar of Texas residing in the Houston area. If one meets the qualifications in Section 1, then upon completing the application form and paying dues, the indi- vidual is a member of the HBAA.
Section 5. Any member who has been dropped by the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, or the State Bar of Texas, and any mem- ber whose spouse has been dropped by the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, or the State Bar of Texas shall automatical- ly be dropped from the Auxiliary and shall be so notified by the Secretary, except a Lifetime Member.
Section 6. Upon reinstatement of the member in the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, or the State Bar of Texas, the member or spouse shall be automatically reinstated in the Auxiliary.
Article III Officers, Directors, Executive Board and Board of Directors Section 1. The elected Officers of the Auxiliary shall be President, President- Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chairman, Assistant Membership Chairman, and Parliamentarian, who must be members in good standing.
Section 2. There shall be a minimum of six (6) Directors and a maximum of twelve (12) Directors. The Executive Board shall have the power to set the num- ber of Directors within these limits.
Section 3. The Officers and Directors shall be chosen at the annual meeting of the Auxiliary by a majority of the members present and voting. The vote shall be written ballot or voice vote as the members attending may elect.
Section 4. The Executive Board shall consist of the Officers and Directors and the Immediate Past President.
Section 5. The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers, Directors, Immediate Past President, and Committee Chairmen.
Section 6. Regular meetings of the Executive Board and Board of Directors shall be held in May, September, and January. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the President. Seven (7) members shall constitute a quorum at Executive Board meetings. Eleven (11) members shall constitute a quorum at Board of Directors meetings.
Section 7. Wherever in this Constitution or the By-Laws any action by the Executive Board is authorized or required, the majority vote of a quorum of the Executive Board members shall be treated and received as the vote of the Board, unless herein otherwise expressly provided.
Section 8. Board vacancies that occur between annual meetings shall be filled by the Executive Board.
Section 9. No Officer shall be eligible to serve more than one consecutive term in the same office.
Article IV Committees Section 1. The President shall appoint the following standing committee chair- men:
Courtesy & Condolence Committee
Database & Notification Committee
Newsletter & Communications Committee
Leon Jaworski Award Committee
"Do the Write Thing" Committee
Eikenburg Fun Run Committee
Habitat House Committee
Law Related Education Committee
Committee members shall be selected by the specific committee chairman using the individual's committee preference indicated on the membership form.
Section 2. The President, in consultation with the Social Chairman, shall appoint a chairman for each event.
Section 3. The Membership Chairman shall select the membership committee using the individual's committee preference indicated on the membership form.
Article V Duties of Officers Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Auxiliary and shall perform all other duties of the office.
Section 2. The President-Elect shall assist the President, shall attend all meet- ings of the Auxiliary whenever possible, and shall help the various Project Chairmen, as needed.
Section 3. The Vice President, with the President, represents the Auxiliary at the Texas Lawyer Auxiliary meetings.
Section 4. The Directors shall advise the President in guiding the Auxiliary.
Section 5. If the President resigns or cannot perform the duties of office, the President-Elect shall succeed to the office of President until the annual election. If the President and the President-Elect are unable to serve, the Vice President shall succeed to the office of the President until the annual election.
Section 6. The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings. In the absence of the President, the President-Elect, and the Vice President, the Secretary shall call the meeting to order and preside until a Chairman Pro-tem is elected.
Section 7. The Treasurer shall collect all dues, keep a complete roll of the mem- bers of the Auxiliary and send dues notices for the following year. The Treasurer shall pay all bills and deposit all funds received in an insured banking institution in the City of Houston in the name of the Auxiliary. The Treasurer and the President shall be signatories on the accounts. The Treasurer shall submit a report at each meeting of the Executive Board and Board of Directors and shall render a full report of the receipts and disbursements of the past year at the annu- al April business meeting. An accounting firm or auditor shall examine the books of the Auxiliary and approve the final and full report of the Treasurer.
Section 8. The Membership Chairman shall process all applications for member- ship. The Assistant Membership Chairman shall aid the Membership Chairman as needed.
Section 9. The Parliamentarian shall advise the presiding officer on points of par- liamentary law when requested to do so.
Article VI Duties of Committees Section 1. The By-Laws Committee shall review the By-Laws and recommend any necessary changes.
Section 2. The Courtesy and Condolence Committee shall write notes of condo- lence to families of members of the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary, to families of the Houston Bar Association, and to families of the Judiciary.
Section 3. The Database and Notification Committee shall maintain current records of the membership of the Auxiliary, and shall send electronic notices to the membership as requested by other officers and members of the Board of Directors.
Section 4. The Directory Committee, in conjunction with the Database and Notification Committee, shall assemble the necessary information and arrange for the printing and distribution of the directory.
Section 5. The Historian(s) shall take photographs at all Auxiliary functions and keep a scrapbook for the Auxiliary.
Section 6. The Hospitality Committee shall aid the Social and Membership Committees and provide assistance, as needed, to the President.
Section 7. The Membership Committee shall interest all eligible spouses in join- ing the Auxiliary and shall send a membership brochure/form to prospective mem- bers. Names of prospective members may come from Auxiliary members and from lists of new members of the Houston Bar Association and Houston Young Lawyers Association.
Section 8. The Newsletter & Communications Committee shall prepare the newsletter(s) of the Auxiliary and shall handle all communications of the Auxiliary.
Secton 9. The Leon Jaworski Award Committee, with the President, shall plan and provide for the presentation of the HBAA Leon Jaworski Award.
Section 10. The "Do the Write Thing" Committee shall coordinate and provide for reading a portion of essays written by seventh and eighth grade students citywide explaining how violence, gang activity and drugs have affected their lives. Sponsored by the National Campaign to Stop Violence.
Section 11. The Eikenburg Fun Run Committee shall work with the HBA to help with the annual Fun Run.
Section 12. The Habitat House Committee shall aid the Houston Bar Association as requested in the building of a Habitat House and/or hosting the dedication ceremony.
Section 13. The Law Related Education Committee shall implement the distribu- tion of law related educational materials as approved by the Charitable Fund and the Board of Directors.
Section 14. The Website shall be maintained by the person(s) appointed by the President.
Article VII Meetings Section 1. There shall be a minimum of four (4) functions a year including the annual April business meeting. They shall be held between September and May, inclusive.
Section 2. Twenty (20) members shall constitute a quorum at both regular and special meetings.
Article VIII Dues Annual dues shall be set by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Lifetime memberships shall be five hundred dollars ($500.00). Dues payment received after March 1 shall provide immediate membership through the following Auxiliary year.
Article IX Duties of the Executive Board The Executive Board shall manage the affairs of the Auxiliary, authorize payment of all bills, and fill vacancies not provided for in the Constitution and By-Laws. The proceedings of its meetings shall be reported at the annual April business meet ing of the Auxiliary. At this time, any business requiring the action of the Auxiliary shall be presented.
All activities and projects of the Auxiliary are subject to the approval of the Executive Board. All proposed major projects shall be presented to the member- ship for ratification.
Article X Amendments The By-Laws may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the Auxiliary by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting provided due notice, in writing, has been given to the membership.
Article XI Election of Officers There shall be a nominating committee of seven (7) members. It shall consist of the Immediate Past President, the President, the President-Elect, and four (4) members appointed by the Immediate Past President after consultation with the President. Nominations shall be made by this committee. Other nominations may be made from the floor at the annual April business meeting.