a. Procedures: Bylaws and administrative publications may be altered, amended or repealed. New Bylaws may be adopted by a majority of the National Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting. At least thirty (30) days written notice is to be given the members of the BOD of intention to alter, amend, repeal or adopt new items at such meeting. This requirement for thirty (30) days written notice may be waived by a formal vote of the National Board of Directors, if extenuating circumstances indicate this action is in the best interest of the Association.

b. Corrections: Upon adoption of an amendment of these items, the Executive Committee may correct punctuation, grammar or numbering where appropriate, if the correction does not change the meaning.

c. Effective Date: Unless otherwise provided, an amendment becomes effective upon the adjournment of the meeting at which it is adopted.


a. Procedures: When amendment of the articles is necessary, the proposed amendment must initially be approved by the National Board of Directors, who must find that it is in the best interest of the Association. After such a finding, the BOD must direct that it be submitted to a vote at the next scheduled Annual Meeting of the Members. Thereafter, a written notice of this proposed amendment must be given the membership. The proposed amendment may be presented at the Meeting where a quorum is present and must receive two-thirds of the votes entitled to be cast by members present or represented by proxies. Upon adoption of the proposed amendment, the Articles of Amendment shall be filed with the State Corporation Commission of the State of Virginia.

b. Notice: Written or electronic notice of the intent to amend the articles must be delivered to each person entitled to vote. Such notice shall be accompanied by a copy of the proposed amendment. If mailed, such notice shall be deposited in the US Mail to the members at their address as shown by the records of the Association not less than ten (10) nor more than sixty (60) days prior to the scheduled date of the Annual Meeting of the Members.


The National Staff shall be responsible for the publication and distribution of all notifications, amendments, and changes to administrative publications and other documentation required by these Bylaws.