a. The National Headquarters shall consist of the National Officers, the National Board of Directors (BOD) and the National Staff.
b. Annual Meeting of the Members: The assembled members of the Association (provided a quorum, as defined in BYLAW V, SECTION 1 b, is present), under the chairmanship of the National President, shall be the governing body of the USAWOA upon convening of the Annual Meeting of the Members and until final adjournment.
c. National Officers: See BYLAW VI, SECTIONS 1 and 2.
d. National Board of Directors (BOD): The National BOD shall govern the USAWOA between Annual Meetings of the Members.
e. National BOD Executive Committee (EXCOM): The National BOD Executive Committee acts as an agent for the National BOD between formal meetings of the National BOD.
f. National Staff: Those individuals employed by the National Headquarters to handle the day to day operations of the Association, i.e., the Executive Director, Database Manager, and Bookkeeper.
a. Boundaries: To ensure an equitable distribution of chapters and members within all regions, the National BOD shall, in geographically defining region boundaries, take into consideration such factors as: location and strength of existing and potential chapters; location and strength of existing and potential members (see APPENDIX B and APPENDIX C).
b. Organization: The chapters in a geographical region may file a petition with the National BOD to form an active Region Headquarters. Such petitions shall be signed by the Presidents or Secretaries of the majority of the region chapters and shall list the names and addresses of the chapters; it shall be accompanied by a proposed set of Bylaws, which shall be consistent with the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the Association. The National BOD shall examine the proposed Region Bylaws and, if they are consistent with the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the Association, issue a charter. No person shall be a regular member of a region who is not a regular member of the Association.
c. Purpose: The purposes of each region shall be to assist the chapters within the region and the Association in carrying out their purposes and to make recommendations to the National BOD and the Meetings of the Association Members.
a. Boundaries: Chapter boundaries shall be as established by the National BOD upon the advice of the Region President if one exists. In some cases, a chapter boundary may cover multiple states or portions thereof, for example the Screaming Eagle Chapter at Fort Campbell, KY is designated as being in the Mid- North Region due to the split geographical area the chapter covers. Chapters may establish Sub-Chapters in outlaying locations including overseas locations where there is no formal Status of Forces Agreement (SoFA) in place. Those Sub- Chapters (in the US or overseas) will be governed by the same directives as their host or regular association chapters and be titled “Name Sub-Chapter”. The Chapter offering to host a sub-chapter must remain in contact with and include in their minute’s updates or copies of the sub-chapter’s minutes. All other elements of this and all other directives will remain the same.
b. Organization: Any five (5) members may file a petition with the National BOD through the Region Headquarters (if such exists) to form a chapter of the Association. Such petitions shall be signed by three (3) of the five members and shall list the names and addresses of all members; it shall be accompanied by a proposed set of Bylaws, which shall be consistent with the Region Bylaws (if such exist), the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the Association. The Region COP (Council of Presidents) (if such exists) shall examine the proposed Chapter Bylaws and, if they are consistent with the Region Bylaws (if such exists), the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Association, will recommend approval and the issuing of a charter by the National BOD. No person shall be a regular member of a chapter who is not also a regular member of the Association.
c. Purpose: The purposes of each chapter shall be:
(1) To provide a local forum for members of the Association to discuss problems its members may have in carrying out the purposes of the Association.
(2) To make recommendations to the Region COP (if such exists).
(3) To make recommendations to the National BOD.
(4) To make recommendations to the Region (if such exists) concerning periodic Annual Meeting of the Members.
(5) To make recommendations to the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Association.
(6) To carry out such civic and charitable purposes as its members may desire.