P.O. Box 6291, Spartanburg, SC 29304




Bylaws

REVISED BYLAWS ARTHROGRYPOSIS MULTIPLEX CONGENITA SUPPORT, INC.

November, 2013

ARTICLE I: NAME
1.1. The name of this organization is Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support, Inc., hereinafter called "AMCSI."
1.2. The seal of AMCSI shall be:
    1.2.1. The club foot prints of Abigail Vinson along with the words Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support, Inc.
    1.2.2. The organization may, at its pleasure by a majority vote of the membership and Board of Directors change its name or seal, provided that the Founder, Ani Samargian, approves prior to voting.

ARTICLE II: PURPOSES
2.1. The Purpose of AMCSI is to help promote a greater overall understanding and awareness, not only to our members, but to the general public and those in the field of medicine/ research, of what arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is, the effects it has on those affected with it and the treatment options available.

2.2. Provide a supportive, encouraging, and educational environment for our members.

2.3. The organization is organized exclusively for the charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code (hereinafter "Internal Revenue Code").

ARTICLE III: BASIC POLICIES
3.1. The following are basic policies of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support, Inc.:
    3.1.1. The organization shall be noncommercial, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan.
    3.1.2. Net earnings of the organization shall be distributed in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article II hereof, with the approval of the board.
    3.1.3. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the organization shall not carry out any other activities not permitted to be carried out by an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue.
    3.1.4. The organization or members in their official capacities shall not, directly or indirectly, participate or intervene (in any way, including the publishing or distributing of statements) in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office; or devote more than an insubstantial part of its activities to attempting to influence legislation by propaganda or otherwise.

3.2. Discrimination: AMCSI shall not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identification, sex, sexual orientation or handicapping condition. All programs and activities of AMCSI shall be conducted in furtherance of this policy.

ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
4.1. Eligibility:
    4.1.1. Membership Eligibility: An open door policy is extended to individuals and/or organizations interested in or supportive of those with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Such individuals must support the mission of AMCSI.
    4.1.1.1. Membership shall be open to:
        4.1.1.1.1. New parents/ expectant parents of a child with AMC;
        4.1.1.1.2. Family/ friends of a child or adult with AMC;
        4.1.1.1.3. Any individual currently living with AMC;
        4.1.1.1.4. Any person working in the medical field;
        4.1.1.1.5. Public/private school systems;
    4.1.1. Voting and Officer Eligibility:
        4.1.1.1. Members past their eighteenth (18th) birthday shall obtain an Individual Membership, shall have voting privileges, and be eligible to hold office.
        4.1.1.2. Each electronic vote must be registered with a separate email address for the vote to be valid and official. Each paper vote must indicate the name and signature of a single individual to be valid and official.

4.2. AMCSI shall conduct an annual enrollment of members but may admit individuals to membership at any time. The membership year shall be January 1 through December 31. Membership will not be prorated for mid-year enrollment.

4.3. The annual dues for members of AMCSI shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

4.4. Dues:
    4.4.1. There will be no fee assessed to join www.amcsupport.org/forum at any time. This portion of AMCSI shall remain free of charge for the duration of its existence.

4.5. Active membership:
    4.5.1. Two (2), honorary lifetime memberships are provided and shall at no point be revoked by any provision set forth by the Board of Directors, unless either honorary member personally requests to no longer be affiliated with AMCSI:
        4.5.1.1. Ani Samargian, Founder
        4.5.1.2. Abigail M. Vinson
    4.5.2. Individual: Adult, past 18th birthday, upon application and payment of annual dues shall have voting privileges and are eligible to hold office.
    4.5.3. Family: upon application and payment of annual dues shall include up to two (2) adult, head of household members and any minor children. A family membership shall have no more than two (2) votes.
    4.5.4. Personal or Family Patron: Individual or family members past their 18th birthday, upon application and payment of annual dues shall have voting privileges and are eligible to hold office. Individual Personal Patron has one (1) vote; Family Patron two (2) Votes.
    4.5.5. Lifetime Membership: Individual may obtain Lifetime Membership upon application and payment of lifetime dues. Lifetime members shall have voting privileges and are eligible to hold office once past their 18th birthday.
    4.5.6. Lifetime Family Membership: Families may obtain a Lifetime Family Membership upon application and payment of lifetime dues. A Lifetime Family Membership shall include two (2) adult, head of household member votes.
        4.5.6.1. Child Lifetime Memberships shall convert to an adult standard lifetime membership upon the named child's 18th birthday. It is the responsibility of the individual to notify the Board of Directors. Once proper notification is provided full member privileges shall be extended.
    4.5.7. Corporate Memberships:
        4.5.7.1. Patron: Any business or civic organization interested in the advancement of this organization may become a benefactor upon application and the payment of annual dues.
        4.5.7.2. Gold Patron: Any business or civic organization interested in the advancement of this organization may become a benefactor upon application and the payment of annual dues.
        4.5.7.3. Each corporate membership shall have one vote.

4.6. The Treasurer shall work in conjunction with the Secretary to keep the record of the membership dues.

    4.6.1. A member whose dues are in arrears for thirty (30) days shall be removed from membership after being duly notified.

    4.7. Any member not supporting or adhering to the purposes of AMCSI shall have membership revoked by majority vote of Board of Directors. Membership dues will not be reimbursed.

ARTICLE V: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
5.1. Power and Authority: AMCSI shall be governed by the Board of Directors.

5.2. The Board of Directors is the single governing body of AMCSI and shall actively promote the objectives of AMCSI, operating in accordance with and administering and implementing the programs and policies established by these Bylaws and by the Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors are accountable to the members of AMCSI.

5.3. Officers by virtue of their office are members of the Board of Directors.
    5.3.1. Board of Director Members shall not be related by blood, adoption, marriage, or domestic partnership, except in the circumstance of the Founder Ani Samargian and Honorary Board Position for Abigail M. Vinson.

5.4. Each officer shall have one vote and such votes may not be done by proxy.

5.5. Directors shall not for reason of his office be entitled to receive any stated salary; but nothing herein shall be construed to prevent an officer or director for receiving compensation from the organization for duties other than as a director or officer or for actual reasonable expenses incurred in direct relation to duties during annual conference for the board as a whole.
    5.5.1. The Founder, Ani Samargian, shall not receive any stated salary but nothing herein shall be construed to prevent reimbursement for actual reasonable expenses, such as travel and other expenses incurred for the organization's activities. Said reimbursement must be approved by the Board of Directors and is subject to the availability of funds.

5.6. A director may be removed when sufficient cause exists for removal.

5.7. The Board of Directors may entertain charges against any director. Counsel upon any removal hearing may represent a director. The Board of Directors shall adopt such rules for this hearing, at its discretion for the best interest of the organization.

5.8. Members of the Board are required to sign the Oath of Office (see appendix I) and required to adhere to the guidelines in the handbook.

5.9. Meetings:
    5.9.1. The Board of Directors shall meet at least eleven (11) times a year.
        5.9.1.1. Regular meetings of the Board shall be held as set by the Board in the first meeting of the new fiscal year;
        5.9.1.2. Approve payment of routine bills within the limits of the approved budget;
    5.9.2. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President or where requested by two (2) members upon three (3) days notice to each member of the Board.
    5.9.3. Meetings may be held via telephone conference call, at the Board Member's expense.
    5.9.4. A quorum consists of a majority (more than fifty percent (50%)) of the Board of Directors. No meeting shall begin without there being a quorum present.
    5.9.5. The public meeting of AMCSI will be held during the annual conference.

5.10. All elected or appointed individuals serving on the Board of Directors must be a paid member in good standing of AMCSI.

5.11. The Executive Officers of AMCSI shall be the Founder, President, Vice President of Administration, Vice President of Programming, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian. The Officers of AMCSI shall be the Members at Large. The Medical Advisory Board shall be headed by the Medical Director of the Organization.

5.12. Executive Officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors through a process of application, interview, ballot (electronic and/or paper) and majority vote of the Board of Directors. Officers shall be elected by the general membership, through ballot (electronic and/or paper) and a majority vote of current membership. The Medical Advisory Board shall be appointed by the Board of Directors through ballot (electronic and/or paper) and majority vote.
    5.12.1. Current membership count is defined as the official number of members in good standing listed in the official register on the last day of the prior month.
    5.12.2. During annual meeting, current membership count is defined as the official number of members in good standing listed in the official register seven (7) days prior to meetings.

5.13. The vote shall be conducted by secret ballot, (paper and/or electronic) a majority vote shall elect. When there is only one candidate for an office, that candidate shall serve in that capacity upon majority vote of the Board of Directors.

5.14. A vacancy occurring in any office shall be filled for the unexpired term by a person elected by a majority vote of the Board, notice of such election having been given. In case a vacancy occurs in the office of President, the Vice President of Administration shall serve notice of the election.

5.15. Absence. Each Board Member is expected to communicate with the Chair/President no less than forty-eight (48) hours in advance of all Board meetings stating whether or not s/he is able to attend or participate by conference telephone or other agreed-upon means of communication. Any Board Member having three (3) unexcused Board meetings shall be deemed to have resigned due to non-participation, and his/her position shall be declared vacant, unless the Board affirmatively votes to retain said member as a member of the Board.
    5.15.1. Resolution must be passed by the board, with a majority vote of no confidence.
    5.15.2. All reports or committee submissions that require review to be considered during Board meetings are to be submitted to Board members ninety-six (96) hours prior to the scheduled meeting to be considered during that meeting.

5.16. Removal from office:
    5.16.1. Any elected member of the Board of Directors may be removed from office by a majority vote of the current members of the Board of Directors.

5.17. Upon the expiration of the term of office, or when individuals cease to hold the position that entitles them to be a member of the board, they shall:
    5.17.1. Automatically cease to be a member of the Board;
    5.17.2. Be relieved of all duties and responsibilities incident to such membership;
    5.17.3. All records, books and other materials pertaining to the position shall be turned over to the President and all funds pertaining to the position shall be returned to the Treasurer within fourteen (14) days.

ARTICLE VI: OFFICER'S RESPONSIBILITIES
6.1. Composition: The Board of Directors shall consist of a minimum of nine (9) and a maximum of fifteen (15) members.

6.2. The President shall:
    6.2.1. Be the official representative of AMCSI;
    6.2.2. Preside at all meetings;
    6.2.3. Coordinate the work of the officers and committees;
    6.2.4. Present at the annual meeting of the organization an annual report of the work of the organization;
    6.2.5. Appoint committees, temporary or permanent, with board approval;
    6.2.6. See all books, reports and certificates required by law are properly filed and kept;
    6.2.7. Have name on bank account;
    6.2.8. Have such powers as may reasonably be construed to the chief executive of any organization;
    6.2.9. Must have served on the Board of Directors for one (1) year prior to election;
    6.2.10. Upon completing term shall become a member at large, if they have not chosen to accept the position of another office.

6.3. The Vice President of Administration shall:
    6.3.1. Attend all meetings;
    6.3.2. Serve as an aide to the President;
    6.3.3. Perform the duties of the President in his/her absence or inability to serve;
    6.3.4. Have name on bank account;
    6.3.5. Assume the office of President at the end of the term as Vice President.

6.4. The Vice President of Programming shall:
    6.4.1. Attend all meetings;
    6.4.2. Plan and organize the Annual Conference for AMCSI , including but not limited to:
        6.4.2.1. Sign hotel contracts with approval of the Executive Officers upon completing site visits;
        6.4.2.2. Speak on behalf of AMCSI in regards to the Annual Conference and enter into agreements with local convention and visitors bureau with approval of Executive Officers;
        6.4.2.3. Appoint all conference committee members;
    6.4.2. Have name on bank account.

6.5. The Secretary shall:
    6.5.1. Attend all meetings;
    6.5.2. Record and preserve the minutes and agenda of all meetings of the organization;
    6.5.3. Shall read the records of any previous meetings and/ or distribute the minutes to be distributed to the Board within three (3) days following board meetings and again within five (5) days prior to next board meeting;
    6.5.4. Give and serve notices to members;
    6.5.5. Preserve all records and be the official custodian of records;
    6.5.6. Have a current copy of the bylaws;
    6.5.7. Maintain a current membership list;
    6.5.8. Attend to correspondence assigned by President and perform necessary duties of position, including distribution of agenda to Board within five (5) days prior to all board meetings.

6.6. The Treasurer shall:
    6.6.1. Have name on bank account;
    6.6.2. Have care and custody of all monies belonging to the organization and be solely responsible for such monies or securities;
    6.6.3. Attend all meetings;
    6.6.4. Have custody of the funds;
    6.6.5. Maintain a full account of the funds;
    6.6.6. Make disbursements as authorized by the President, Board, in accordance with the budget adopted by AMCSI;
    6.6.7. Cause to be kept a full and accurate account of the receipts and disbursements in the books belonging to AMCSI;
    6.6.8. Cause all funds to be deposited in a regular bank or trust company;
    6.6.9. Provide a financial statement at each meeting;
    6.6.10. Provide an annual report of the financial condition of the Organization;
    6.6.11. Keep the record of the membership dues;
        6.6.11.1. Must have at least two (2) other Board Members present while counting money each night at the annual conference; Evening balance sheets shall be kept with all monies.

6.7. The Parliamentarian shall:
    6.7.1. Ensure adherence to the mission and vision of AMCSI;
    6.7.2. Make recommendations to the modifications to the amendments of the bylaws;
    6.7.3. Keep membership informed of all changes and possible changes;
    6.7.4. Oversee elections;
    6.7.5. Remove self from all election oversight if conflict of interest occurs, at such time the Founder will oversee elections.

6.8. The Founder, Ani Samargian, shall:
    6.8.1. Attend all meetings;
    6.8.2. Be included in any and all Board of Directors decisions and shall have one (1) equal vote along with the remainder of the Board of Directors;
    6.8.3. This position shall remain in effect indefinitely and no decision by the Board of Directors shall remove it;
    6.8.4. Oversee elections where conflict of interest exists for Parliamentarian oversight.

6.9. Honorary Member shall:
    6.9.1. Be filled by Abigail Marie Vinson upon her eighteenth (18th) birthday (or any time thereafter) should she choose to accept it;
    6.9.2. Attend all meetings;
    6.9.3. This position shall remain open and no decision of the Board of Directors shall remove this position;
    6.9.4. This position shall have the same voting privileges, one (1) vote as any other Board of Directors member, for years she chooses to exercise her position.

6.10. Medical Advisors shall:
    6.10.1. Be one (1) or more;
    6.10.2. Attend all meetings in order to retain voting rights (one vote) on Board of Director matters;
    6.10.3. Have a medical education, provide proof of licensure prior to appointment, and be medically familiar and qualified to treat individuals with an arthrogryposis diagnosis;
    6.10.4. Provide a bridge between the medical field and those diagnosed with arthrogryposis (i.e. linguistics, possible treatment options/plans, etc.), by providing an authoritative 'opinion' when answering all medically based questions concerning arthrogryposis brought before him/her by the Board of Directors;
    6.10.5. Keep up to date with and provide information to the Board of Directors on any new developments and treatment options of arthrogryposis, when applicable;
    6.10.6. Be a liaison to the medical community in regards to AMCSI's goals of awareness and advocacy;
    6.10.7. Help AMCSI strive towards funding relevant research projects/developments in the area of AMC.

6.11. Member at Large (non-titled elected positions) shall:
    6.11.1. Attend all meetings;
    6.11.2. Provide general support to the Officers of the Board.

6.12. All Officers shall:
    6.12.1. Attend all meetings. If unable to attend a meeting, shall inform President with forty-eight (48) hours prior to said meeting;
    6.12.2. Attend the annual meeting including daily planning sessions during the annual conference. A member of the Board may be excused due to extenuating circumstances from physically appearing with the Founder, President and Vice President of Administration approval;
    6.12.3. Perform such other duties as may be provided for by these bylaws, prescribed by the Parliamentary authority, or directed by the President, the Committee, and/or the Board;
    6.12.4. Must turn over to the President, without delay, all records, books, and other materials pertaining to their office, and shall return to the Treasurer, without delay, all receipts and funds pertaining to their office upon the expiration of their term or in case of resignation within fourteen (14) days.

6.13. Terms of Office and Term Limits:
    6.13.1. Each Executive Officer shall be elected for a term of three (3) years or until their successors are elected.
    6.13.2. Executive Officer terms shall be staggered:
        6.13.2.1. President / Vice-President of Administration/ Vice President of Programming: Rotation One (1)
        6.13.2.2. Secretary /Parliamentarian/ Treasurer: Rotation Two (2)
        6.13.2.3. All terms of office shall begin on January 1.
    6.13.3. Members at Large will serve a minimum of one (1) two (2)- year term from the date they take office.

6.14. A vacancy in any position on the Board of Directors shall be filled in accordance with the following procedures:
    6.14.1. If the vacancy is in the presidency, the Vice President of Administration shall automatically become President for the remainder of that term and the term for which elected.
    6.14.2. If a vacancy occurs in any other office, the Board of Directors will appoint a member to fill the vacancy for the unexpired portion of the term.

6.15. Nominations:
    Section A. Nomination of Candidates: Qualified candidates for the AMCSI board may be nominated for election by the written petition of any AMCSI member in good standing.
    Section B. Qualifications of Candidates: Candidates for the AMCSI Board of Directors must be AMCSI members in good standing.
    Section C. Nominating Procedure: To be considered, nominating petitions must be received at the AMCSI Office (bod@amcsupport.org) no later than two weeks from the date of call for nominations. All petitions meeting the criteria in Sections A and B of this Article will be accepted, and their nominations will be certified by the Parliamentarian. There will be no limitation on the number of candidates.

6.16. Elections:
    6.16.1. Executive Officers (President, Vice President of Programming, Vice President of Administration, Secretary, Treasurer, and Parliamentarian) shall be appointed by the other Executive Officers via a process of application, interview and vote by the Board of Directors.
    6.16.2. Members at Large shall be nominated and voted upon by the members via secret electronic and/or paper ballot.
    6.16.3. A majority vote shall elect, and lot shall determine a tie for both Executive Officers and Member at Large Positions by respective voting groups.
    6.16.4. At the conclusion of such balloting, the Parliamentarian shall certify in writing the results of the election and a certified copy shall be physically affixed to the corresponding date in the minute book.
    6.16.5. No inspector of the election shall be a candidate for office or shall be personally interested in the question voted upon.
    6.16.6. Parliamentarian shall remove self from all election oversight if conflict of interest occurs, at such time the Founder will oversee elections.
    6.16.7. All members in good standing may vote for the Member at Large positions.

ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES
7.1. Only members of AMCSI in good standing shall be eligible to serve in any elective or appointive positions.

7.2. Standing committees are those which perform a continuing function and serve all year. Such standing committees may be created by the board to promote and carry out the Purposes and the work of AMCSI. The standing committees of AMCSI shall be:
    7.2.1. Fundraising Committee:
        7.2.1.1. Chaired by a member elected by the Board of Directors;
        7.2.1.2. Submit fundraising ideas to Board of Directors for approval;
        7.2.1.3. Organize fundraising for AMCSI;
    7.2.2. No sales of AMCSI merchandise shall be done without an AMCSI board member present or without written AMCSI approval. Receipt of said merchandise must be reported to the Treasurer within twenty-four (24) hours.
    7.2.2. Conference Committee:
        7.2.2.1. Chaired by the Vice President of Programming, elected by the Board of Directors;
        7.2.2.2. Committee to include no fewer than two local or regional co-chairs;
        7.2.2.3. Plan and organize the Annual Conference for AMCSI.
    7.2.3. Website Committee:
        7.2.3.1. Chaired by Founder and/or Honorary Member
        7.2.3.2. In the event Founder and/or Honorary Member is unable or unwilling to continue in this role, the President will appoint a new chair.
        7.2.3.3. Will maintain administrative control of the content and design concept of the organization's website: www.amcsupport.org.

7.3. Special committees shall be selected by the Board of Directors and shall serve for a term of three (3) years or until the committee is dissolved.

7.4. The chair of each committee shall present a plan of work to the Board of Directors for approval. No committee work shall be undertaken without the consent of the Board.

ARTICLE VIII: ANNUAL AND PUBLIC MEETINGS
8.1. In annual and public meetings the right to offer motions, make nominations, speak in debate, and vote, shall be limited to only members of this organization whose dues are paid in full.

8.2. Regular open Board of Director meetings of AMCSI shall be held during the annual meeting at conference, unless otherwise provided by AMCSI Board of Directors. Fourteen (14) days notice shall be given to the membership of any change of date.     
8.2.1. Board of Director meeting dates will be posted on http://amcsupport.org/meetingdates.html
    8.2.2. Any paid member in good standing interested in attending an open Board Meeting must inform the Board of Directors via email at BOD@amcsupport.org at least ten (10) days prior to the open meeting.
    8.2.3. Any paid member in good standing wishing to present a question(s) before the Board of Directors during an open meeting must submit their question(s) to the Board of Directors at BOD@amcsupport.org at least ten (10) days prior to the open meeting. The Board of Directors will decide if the question(s) will be addressed via email or other methods of communication or if the question(s) will be put on the agenda.

8.3. Special meetings of this organization may be called by the President or by a majority vote of the Board, fourteen (14) days notice having been given.

8.4. The Annual Meeting shall be held during the annual AMCSI Conference, at which time annual reports shall be received.
8.4.1. Secretary shall send thirty (30) days advance notice to all members in good standing notifying them of time and place.
8.4.2. Board of Directors shall present a report at the regular general membership meetings.

8.5. The Board of Directors and other working groups may conduct business by electronic or non-electronic means including mail, telephone, fax, computer, or other appropriate means provided that all members have access to the information and/or debate through one or more of the means listed.

ARTICLE IX: FISCAL YEAR
9.1. The fiscal year of AMCSI shall begin on January 1st and end on December 31st.

ARTICLE X: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
10.1. The Parliamentarian shall ensure adherence to the mission and vision of AMCSI in all cases in which they are applicable and in which they are not in conflict with these bylaws or the Articles of Incorporation.

Article XI: INDEMNIFICATION
11.1. AMCSI shall indemnify all Officers; Directors; Employees, Committee, Council, and Board Members; and all other volunteers of the AMCSI for their activities conducted according to the policies and procedures of AMCSI, and shall purchase insurance for such indemnification to the extent determined by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XII: AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended by either of the following procedures on an annual basis:

12.1. By the Board of Directors by majority vote of its members, except that any amendment involving a matter reserved to members shall, after the required Board of Directors approval, be submitted to members for vote and shall require for adoption a majority vote of those members in good standing.
12.2. By written petition by fifteen percent (15%) of the members of the AMCSI based on the last annual count adopted by the Board by a two-thirds (2/3) vote, except that any amendment involving a matter reserved to the members shall, after the required approval of the Board of Directors, be submitted to the members for their vote.

Bylaws Revised: November, 2013
Bylaws Approved by Board of Directors: November 19, 2013
Bylaws Approved by AMCSI Members: November 30, 2013

INDEX:

ARTICLE I NAME........................1
ARTICLE II PURPOSES........................1
ARTICLE III BASIC POLICIES........................1
ARTICLE IV MEMBERSHIP AND DUES........................2
ARTICLE V BOARD OF DIRECTOR........................4
ARTICLE VI OFFICERS' RESPONSIBILITIES........................6
ARTICLE VII COMMITTEES........................11
ARTICLE VIII ANNUAL AND PUBLIC MEETINGS........................12
ARTICLE VIX FISCAL YEAR........................13
ARTICLE X PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY........................13
ARTICLE XI INDEMNIFICATION........................13
ARTICLE XII AMENDMENTS........................14
INDEX........................15
APPENDIX I:
OATH OF OFFICE........................16

APPENDIX I:

Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support, Inc

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OATH OF OFFICE

OBJECTIVES:

A. To develop an oath of office which incorporates a highly regarded code of ethics;
B. To pledge all Board Members to this oath at the time of their election.

POLICY:
Be it resolved that the Board of Directors of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support, Inc. has established the following oath to achieve the above objectives:

As a Board member of AMCSI, I will

- Be committed to the mission and vision of AMCSI.
- Act in a manner consistent with the mission and values of AMCSI.
- Focus my efforts on the mission of AMCSI and not on my personal goals.
- Accept responsibility and share power in order to work as a productive, cooperating member of the Board of Directors.
- Avoid conflicts of interest between my position as a board member and my personal and professional life.
- Support in a positive manner all actions taken by the Board of Directors even when I am in a minority position on such actions.
- Never exercise authority as a board member except when acting in a meeting with the full board or as I am delegated by the board.
- Keep confidential matters confidential. If I don't, then I understand I will be asked to resign.
- Never give anyone AMCSI memberships personal information (email addresses, phone numbers etc).
- Be accountable to the membership and the community, for competent, conscientious and effective accomplishment of the obligations of the Board.
- Ensure that discrimination is never practiced at AMCSI.
- Act in a manner consistent with this Code of Ethics despite personal opinions, values or differences.
- Attend meetings consistently, prepare for meetings, participate fully, and otherwise fulfill my fiduciary obligations to AMCSI.
- Understand that missing three (3) unexcused board meetings in a twelve (12) month period will mean removal from AMCSI's Board of Directors.
- Attend every monthly meeting.
- Attend annual conference knowing I will be there as a Board Member and will have jobs to do. A member of the Board may be excused due to extenuating circumstances from physically appearing with Founder, President, and Vice President of Administration's approval.
- Have a background check on file each year (paid out of pocket).
- Pay my own phone bill for monthly AMCSI Board Meeting conference calls (at least ten ((10)) a year).

I, ______________________________, PLEDGE to do my best for Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support, Inc. and for its members who have elected me to service in this position of high honor and trust. I understand that as a member of the Board of Directors of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support, Inc. I have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that the organization does the best work possible in pursuit of its goals. I believe in the purpose and the mission of the organization. I will act responsibly and sensibly to do my part diligently.I understand every Board Member is making a statement of faith about every other Board Member.We trust each other to carry out the above agreements to the best of our ability, each in our own way, with knowledge, support and approval for all. I know if I fail to act in good faith I must resign, or will be asked to resign.

Responsibility:

A. The Chairman of the Board of Directors shall be responsible for inviting the attention of Board members of non-adherence to this policy.

B. The Founder shall be responsible for inviting the attention of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of non-adherence to this policy.

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Member, Board of Directors                     Date

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Position and Dates of Term

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President, Board of Directors                    Date

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