Selections from the Constitution of the Western Amateur Astronomers
The name of this organization shall be “Western Amateur Astronomers” (formed August 1949)
The objectives of this organization shall be to effect liaison between astronomical groups, to conduct or participate in an annual convention of amateur astronomers, to present awards to persons or organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to amateur astronomy during the preceding year or years, and, in general, to educate, encourage, and promote interest in science and astronomy.
The members of the Western Amateur Astronomers (WAA) shall consist of formally organized astronomical groups. Each astronomical group must have at least twelve adult members and subscribe to the goals and to the constitution of this organization.
Each member is entitled to one director and one vote in the governing body of this organization. The vote may be cast by any duly recognized representative chosen by a member group.
Amateur astronomical groups that meet the requirements of Section 1 of this Article may seek membership on the Board of Directors (Board). An application for membership is approved upon majority vote of members of the Board in attendance at a regular board meeting.
Members may withdraw from membership upon giving one year’s notice to the Board.
Any member that fails to attend meetings or communicate with the President or the Secretary over a period of three consecutive years shall be dropped from membership.
The membership of any group may be terminated for cause deemed sufficient by the Board by a 2/3rd vote at any regular meeting of the Board. Not less than four months notice in writing must be given of the proposed action and the reasons therefor. There shall be an opportunity for a hearing before the Board at the meeting at which the action is to be taken on the proposed termination. The terminated member may be restored to membership by a majority vote at any time the Board deems the cause for termination has been eliminated or rectified.