ACIR is an acronym in business in the USA since 1967 in Texas, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. Soon to be known in Florida beginning January 1, through the 31 2017. TJ Morris is a Brand Name owned by Theresa Janette Thurmond Morris as a sole owner since March 8 2000 in Ohio County, Kentucky. Authors Agents Consultants Investigative Reporters and Internet Researchers advocates for Net Neutrality do hereby join in the future records, archives, and recordings for News-Media-Publishing. ACIR as an Advisory Counsel Intergovernmental Relations for our advocates and adjudicators for A nonprofit corporation that processed consumer complaints about products and services, met with the parties involved to encourage resolution of disputes, and provided information about the appropriate administrative and judicial forums for resolving the disputes. We assist in filing online for personal and business when needed business to business or business to consumer.
ACIR was established for the convenience of the United States Government to lessen the burden in May 1967. Theresa J Thurmond of Houston, Texas was the Agent and Ambassador of Goodwill and accepted this contracting agent position through Yvone McHutchins who sponsored Theresa also known as Ginger Thurmond in the Newspaper in Houston as going to Washington D.C. with the Houston Spinnerettes and accepted for background checks at that time out of high school.
ACE and ACO has become the home for visual storytelling for everyone from brands, artists, authors, co-creators, educators, musicians, speakers, radio show hosts, web masters, and people with a creative passion. Ascension Center Education aka ACE Folklife Archivists. We are agents, consultants, organizers, archivists, copywriters, editors, writers and practitioners. We are the ACO Community Online Practicing Skills or ACIR COPS. ACIR American Culture International Relations founded by Theresa J Morris.
Theresa J Morris See TJ Morris at THERESAJMORRIS.COM
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TO Establish a Bank Account and for Business in the United States of America.
These Articles and By-Laws are established.
Theresa J Morris is Agent, Consultant, and Organizer for the State of Florida. Confirm the following: TJ Morris is a IRS recognized 501(c)3 charity and its bylaws follow. To assist in lessening the burden on our government we share in the agents as citizens using the internet as a resource.
The undersigned, a majority of whom are citizens of the United States, desiring to form a Non-Profit Corporation under the Non-Profit Corporation Law of the State of Florida, do hereby certify the following:
ARTICLE 1: NAME, LOCATION AND PURPOSE
Section 1: Name
The name of this corporation shall be the TJ Morris ACR Incorporated, referred to within these bylaws by the shortened name TJ Morris.
Section 2: Location
The principal office for the transaction of business of the corporation, principal executive office, is located in the State of Florida, County of Santa Rosa, City of Gulf Breeze. The Board of Directors may by resolution change the location of the principal executive office and may by resolution establish branch offices at any place where the corporation is qualified to do business.
Section 3: Directors
The names and states of residence for the current directors of the corporation are publically published at the organization website: TJMorrisACIR.com
TJ Morris dba ACIR in recognized in the United States of America.
Section 4: Charitable Objective
TJ Morris ACIR is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 5: Mission Statement
The purpose of TJ Morris ACIR is to assist members in self-sufficiency as writers of all ages in publishing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction to produce quality work and to help them develop successful writing careers.
Section 6: Goals
Authors require support and encouragement in a fast changing world and our goal is to provide this support. The board of directors shall issue annual statements affirming the current goals of TJ Morris ACIR Authors Club Investigative Reporters, reflective of trends and needs in the writing community. These stated goals will be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based.
ARTICLE 2: DEDICATION OF ASSETS
Section 1: Management and Utilization
In order to promote the purposes of TJ Morris ACIR, the corporation may hold and manage property, funds, hire employees, and contract for services for any community, charitable, educational, literary, or civil purposes as set forth in these bylaws. Unless stated otherwise, the general provisions, rules of construction and definition in the Florida Non-Profit Corporation Law shall govern the construction of these bylaws.
Section 2: Non partisanship
This corporation has been formed under Florida Non-Profit Corporation Law as a Public Benefit Corporation for the purposes described in this Article; and it shall be nonprofit and nonpartisan. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall consist of the publication or dissemination of materials with the purpose of attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office or for or against any cause or measure being submitted to the people for a vote.
Section 3: Dedication of Assets
The property and assets of this nonprofit corporation are irrevocably dedicated to charitable purposes as set out in this Article. No part of the past, present, or future net income or assets of this corporation on dissolution or otherwise, shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer or member thereof, or to the benefit of any private person. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on:
- by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or
by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 4: Dissolution
Upon the dissolution of the corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Eligibility for membership
Membership shall be open to any of the following people or organizations that support the purpose statement in Article I, Section 3. Membership is granted after completion and receipt of a membership application and annual dues, if applicable. No applicant will be denied membership on the basis of sex, color, race, religion or ethnic origin. Membership may be denied if the applicant or any organization to which the applicant may belong has aims or interests which conflict with the goals and purposes of the Corporation.
Section 2: Membership Classes
- Student member: any person currently enrolled full time as a student in a state-recognized high school (grades 9 through 12) or a nationally or regionally accredited university or college;
A Full time college student is defined as an individual who is taking at least 12 credit hours worth of classes during the current semester;
A full time high school student is defined as an individual who is enrolled in a minimum of five classes during the current semester, not including study hall or lunch AND is maintaining a minimum 2.8 or “B-” grade point average;
Regular member: any person 18 years of age or older who is not currently a full time student;
Senior member: any person of 65 years or older who is also retired from full time employment;
Educational Organization: any accredited high school; or any college or university with a degree-conferring program in writing and literature;
Publishing Organization: A literary magazine, press, or any other literary organization that publishes the works of others without requiring compensation in return. Publishing can be either print or electronic, including the internet, radio, television and movies.
Section 3: Rights of members
Member may access resources of TJ Morris ACIR that are reserved for membership access only.
Section 4: Resignation and termination
The membership of any member shall be automatically terminated upon the following events:
- The member closes his or her account on the TJ Morris ACIR website;
The member fails to pay annual dues in the amount set by TJ Morris ACIR and within the times set forth in these bylaws;
The member no longer meets the requirements for membership as set forth in these by laws; TJ Morris ACIR for the betterment of its members and their sponsoring organizations. Members agree to respect the confidential nature of any information, procedures, or techniques they become aware of because of their involvement with TJ Morris ACIR. Members will never reveal the professional confidences entrusted among one another except under circumstances consistent with the purpose.
TJ Morris ACIR, its purpose, or its members. Members will refrain from conduct reasonably considered to be rude or demeaning while performing activities associated with peer review, outreach or training. Members will use their best efforts to support the integrity and competence of TJ Morris ACIR and prevent the subversion of the association and its purpose.
ARTICLE 4: MEETINGS
Section 1: Scheduled meetings
Regular meetings of the members shall be held quarterly, at a time and place designated by the Board Chair. An annual meeting of the members shall take place in the month of May, the specific date, time and location of which will be designated by the Board Chair. At the annual meeting the members shall elect Directors and officers, receive reports on the activities of the association, and determine the direction of the association for the coming year.
Section 2: Special meetings
Special meetings may be called by The Board Chair, the Executive Committee, or a simple majority of the Board of Directors. A petition signed by twenty-five percent (25%) of voting members may also call a special meeting.
Section 3: Notice of meetings
The valid means of meeting notification include first class postal mail, next day private commercial delivery service, FAX, and e-mail. If email is used, then there must be a return confirmation from the addressee for it to be effective as service of a written notice.
Section 4: Quorum
The members present at any properly announced meeting shall constitute a quorum.
Section 5: Voting
All votes or action to be taken by the membership, Board of Directors, or Executive Officers require a simple majority vote, unless otherwise stated in these bylaws, of the required quorum for an action to be effective. An abstention by a person constituting a quorum shall count as a negative vote and shall not reduce the number of votes necessary to constitute a majority. Any person with a conflict of interest in a matter before TJ Morris ACIR should abstain from voting thereon and should note the conflict in the minutes. Whenever a vote is called for under these bylaws except the vote to elect or Officers, it must be by an open show of hands or a recorded roll call. If during the Board of Directors meeting a tie is recorded, the Board Chair may cast the deciding vote.
Section 6: Rules of Order
In the interest of efficiency, the following rules shall govern TJ Morris ACIR Author’s Clubs of America meetings:
- “One Page of Text” is defined as the amount of text contained on one 8.5×11” sheet of paper, in 10-point Courier font, using single line spacing and 1” margins.
No document exceeding one page shall be introduced for initial consideration during a meeting. Documents longer than one page must be mailed or emailed to each member prior to the meeting.
Nothing gets read aloud at a Board meeting. All items should be duplicated and distributed to the Board members before the meeting commences.
If a committee has met, its report must be in writing and distributed to the Board members before the meeting.
If a Board member raises an item at a meeting that has not been submitted in print prior to the meeting, the Board Chair reserves the right to refer that matter to the appropriate committee or individual.
If an item to be discussed involves policy creation or change (determined at the discretion of the Board Chair), a Board member needs to make a motion before a discussion is held. If the item does not involve policy-making, no motion is required. Once discussion has ended, the item is referred to the President for appropriate staff action.
The only time a vote is taken on a procedural item is if a Board member requests a vote.
When there is unanimous consent to a Board action, no separate vote shall be taken. The Board Chair will ask “Are there any objections to the motion? If not, then the Secretary will note unanimous approval.”
In situations where objections are raised, a vote must be taken. All votes will be taken by a simultaneous show of hands.
When the Board Chair requests a vote on a motion, Board members in favor raise their hands first, followed by those opposed. The Secretary shall then record the vote.
In situations where the meeting is not face-to-face (such as teleconferences or webinars), a suitable electronic means of collecting the tally shall substitute the show of hands;
These rules are intended to help, not disrupt, the orderly flow of meetings. It is the Board Chair’s responsibility to avoid using these rules to complicate, rather than simplify the Board decision-making process.
Attendance by a person at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of the notice requirements for that meeting.
ARTICLE 5: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1: Board role, size, and compensation
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the entire corporation and represents all the chapters in TJ Morris. The Board of Directors shall consist of a minimum of three individuals, and no more than nine individuals, elected from among all members in good standing with TJ Morris ACIR as of the first day in January preceding the election. To keep voting and procedural motions moving smoothly, the Board of Directors shall always consist of an odd number of people, including the Board Chair. The members of the Board receive no compensation for their service, other than reasonable expenses.
Section 2: Terms
All Board members shall serve one-year terms, but are eligible for re-election for unlimited consecutive terms.
Section 3: Meetings and notice
The Board shall meet at least quarterly, at an agreed upon time and place. An official Board meeting requires that each Board member have written notice at least two weeks in advance.
Section 4: Board elections
New Directors and current Directors shall be elected or re-elected by the voting representatives of members at the annual meeting. Directors will be elected by a simple majority of members present at the annual meeting.
Section 5: Election procedures
A Board Development Committee shall be responsible for nominating a slate of prospective Board members representing the association’s diverse constituency. In addition, any member can nominate a candidate to the slate of nominees. All members will be eligible to vote for each candidate, for up to 10 available positions each year.
Section 6: Officers and Duties
There shall be four officers of the Board, consisting of a chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. Their duties are as follows:
- The Board Chair shall convene regularly scheduled Board meetings, shall preside or arrange for other members of the Executive Committee to preside at each meeting in the following order: vice-chair, secretary, treasurer. The Board Chair is elected during the annual meeting by a simple majority of the quorum and shall appoint all other positions on the Executive Committee.
The Vice-Chair shall perform the functions of the Board Chair in that person’s absence or disability and shall chair committees on special subjects as designated by TJ Morris ACIR Board.
The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of Board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all Board meetings, sending out meeting announcements, distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each Board member, and assuring that corporate records are maintained.
The Treasurer shall make a report at each Board meeting. The treasurer shall chair the finance committee, assist in the preparation of the budget, help develop fundraising plans, and make financial information available to Board members and the public.
Section 7: Executive Director
An Executive Director may be hired by the Board. The Executive Director has day-to-day responsibilities for the organization, including carrying out the organization’s goals and policies. The Executive Director will attend all Board meetings, report on the progress of the organization, answer questions of the Board members and carry out the duties described in the job description. The Board can designate other duties as necessary.
Section 8: Vacancies
When a vacancy on the Board exists mid-term, the secretary must receive nominations for new members from current Board members two weeks in advance of a Board meeting. These nominations shall be sent out to Board members with the regular Board meeting announcement, to be voted upon at the next Board meeting. These vacancies will be filled only to the end of the particular Board member’s term.
Section 9: Resignation, termination, and absences
Resignation from the Board must be in writing and received by the Secretary. A Board member shall be terminated from the Board due to excess absences, more than two unexcused absences from Board meetings in a year. A Board member may be removed for other reasons by a two-thirds vote of the remaining Directors.
Section 10: Special meetings
Special meetings of the Board shall be called upon the request of The Board Chair, or one-third of TJ Morris ACIR Board. Notices of special meetings shall be sent out by the secretary to each Board member at least two weeks in advance.
ARTICLE 6: COMMITTEES
Section 1: Committee formation
The Board may create committees as needed, such as fundraising, housing, public relations, data collection, etc. The Board chair appoints all committee chairs. Each committee shall consist of a minimum of three TJ Morris ACIR members. Committee vacancies shall be filled by the committee chair and shall be subject to affirmation by the Board of Directors during the annual meeting. The Executive Committee and the Finance Committee, as described below, shall be permanent committees within TJ Morris ACIR.
The three officers serve as the members of the Executive Committee. Except for the power to amend the Articles of Incorporation and bylaws, the Executive Committee shall have all the powers and authority of the Board of Directors in the intervals between meetings of the Board of Directors, and is subject to the direction and control of the full Board.
Section 3: Finance Committee
The treasurer of TJ Morris ACIR is The Board Chair of the Finance Committee, which includes three other Board members. The Finance Committee is responsible for developing and reviewing fiscal procedures, fundraising plans, tax reporting and preparation, auction activities, grant seeking activities and the annual budget with staff and other Board members. The Board must approve the budget and all expenditures must be within budget. Any major change in the budget must be approved by the Board or the Executive Committee. The fiscal year shall be the calendar year.
ARTICLE 7: FINANCIAL RECORDS AND DUES
Section 1: Fiscal Year
The TJ Morris ACIR business and fiscal year as well as all terms of office for Officers and Directors will begin on January 1st and terminate on December 31st of a calendar year.
Section 2: Annual Report
Nothing in these Bylaws shall be interpreted as prohibiting Executive Officers from issuing annual or other periodic reports to the members of the Corporation. However, the Executive Officers shall provide to the Board of Directors within sixty (60) days of the close of the corporate fiscal year and to those members who request it in writing, a report containing the following information in reasonable detail:
- The assets and liabilities, including trust funds, of the corporation as of the end of the fiscal year.
The principal changes in assets and liabilities, including trust funds, during the fiscal year.
The revenue of receipts of the corporation, both unrestricted and restricted to particular purposes, for the fiscal year.
The expenses of disbursements of the corporation, for both general and restricted purposes, during the fiscal year.
Any information required by Kentucky Law and United States Federal Law.
Section 3: Dues Assessments
Annual dues in an amount determined by the Board of Directors and enumerated in Section 2 of this article will be assessed to each individual and organizational member. Annual dues shall be collected in a manner outlined by the Board of Directors and forwarded to the Treasurer no later than the 15th day of December of each year. At the time of payment of dues, the member’s name, address, phone number, and email address shall be collected and forwarded to the Secretary.
Section 4: Rate Changes
Rates may be changed by a majority vote of the members at an annual meeting of the full membership. Continued membership is contingent upon being up-to-date on membership dues. Rate changes will become effective on the January following the passage by vote.
ARTICLE 8: CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY
Section 1: Purpose
The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect TJMorris ACIR’s interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of TJ Morris ACIR or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state and federal laws governing conflict of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable organizations.
Section 2: Definitions
Interested Person: Any director, principal officer, or member of a committee with governing board delegated powers, who has a direct or indirect financial interest, as defined below, is an interested person.
Financial Interest: A person has a financial interest if the person has, directly or indirectly, through business, investment, or family:
1. a)An ownership or investment interest in any entity with which TJ Morris ACIR has a transaction or arrangement;
2. b)A compensation arrangement with TJ Morris or with any entity or individual with which TJ Morris is negotiating a transaction or arrangement.
Compensation includes direct and indirect remuneration as well as gifts or favors that are not insubstantial. A financial interest is not necessarily a conflict of interest. Under Article 12, Section 3, a person who has a financial interest may have a conflict of interest only if the appropriate governing board or committee decides that a conflict of interest exists.
Section 3: Procedures
Duty to Disclose: In connection with any actual or possible conflict of interest, an interested person must disclose the existence of the financial interest and be given the opportunity to disclose all material facts to the Directors and members of committees with governing board delegated powers considering the proposed transaction or arrangement.
Determining Whether a Conflict of Interest Exists: After disclosure of the financial interest and all material facts, and after any discussion with the interested person, he/she shall leave the governing board or committee meeting while the determination of a conflict of interest is discussed and voted upon. The remaining board or committee members shall decide if a conflict of interest exists.
Procedures for Addressing the Conflict of Interest
1. An interested person may make a presentation at the governing board or committee meeting, but after the presentation, the individual shall leave the meeting during the discussion of, and the vote on, the transaction or arrangement involving the possible conflict of interest.
2. The chairperson of the governing board or committee shall, if appropriate, appoint a disinterested person or committee to investigate alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement.
3. After exercising due diligence, the governing board or committee shall determine whether TJ Morris ACIR can obtain with reasonable efforts a more advantageous transaction or arrangement from a person or entity that would not give rise to a conflict of interest.
4. If a more advantageous transaction or arrangement is not reasonably possible under circumstances not producing a conflict of interest, the governing board or committee shall determine by a majority vote of the disinterested Directors whether the transaction
5. or arrangement is in TJ Morris ACIR’s best interest, for its own benefit, and whether it is fair and reasonable. In conformity with the above determination it shall make its decision as to whether to enter into the transaction or arrangement.
Section 4: Violations of the Conflicts of Interest Policy
If the governing board or committee has reasonable cause to believe a member has failed to disclose actual or possible conflicts of interest, it shall inform the member of the basis for such belief and afford the member an opportunity to explain the alleged failure to disclose. If, after hearing the member’s response and after making further investigation as warranted by the circumstances, the governing board or committee determines the member has failed to disclose an actual or possible conflict of interest, it shall take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action.
Section 5: Records of Proceedings
The minutes of the governing board and all committees with board delegated powers shall contain:
- The names of the persons who disclosed or otherwise were found to have a financial interest in connection with an actual or possible conflict of interest, the nature of the financial interest, any action taken to determine whether a conflict of interest was present, and the governing board’s or committee’s decision as to whether a conflict of interest in fact existed.
- The names of the persons who were present for discussions and votes relating to the transaction or arrangement, the content of the discussion, including any alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement, and a record of any votes taken in connection with the proceedings.
Section 6: Compensation
A voting member of the governing board who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from TJ Morris ACIR for services is precluded from voting on matters pertaining to that member’s compensation. A voting member of any committee whose jurisdiction includes compensation matters and who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from TJ Morris ACIR for services is precluded from voting on matters pertaining to that member’s compensation. No voting member of the governing board or any committee whose jurisdiction includes compensation matters and who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from TJ Morris ACIR, either individually or collectively, is prohibited from providing information to any committee regarding compensation.
Section 7: Annual Statements
Each director, principal officer and member of a committee with governing board delegated powers shall annually
sign a statement which affirms such person:
- Has received a copy of the conflicts of interest policy,
- Has read and understands the annual statements and policies.
- TJ Morris ACIR Incorporated is charitable and in order to maintain its federal tax exemption it must engage primarily in activities which accomplish one or more of its tax-exempt purposes.
Section 8: Periodic Reviews
To ensure TJ Morris ACIR operates in a manner consistent with charitable purposes and does not engage in activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status, periodic reviews shall be conducted. The periodic reviews shall, at a minimum, include the following subjects:
1. Whether compensation arrangements and benefits are reasonable, based on competent survey information, and the result of arm’s length bargaining.
2. Whether partnerships, joint ventures, and arrangements with management organizations conform to TJ Morris ACIR ’s written policies, are properly recorded, reflect reasonable investment or payments for goods and services, further charitable purposes and do not result in inurement, impermissible private benefit or in an excess benefit transaction.
Section 9: Use of Outside Experts
When conducting the periodic reviews as provided for in Article 8, TJ Morris ACIR may use outside advisors. If outside experts are used, their use shall not relieve the governing board of its responsibility for ensuring periodic reviews are conducted.
ARTICLE 9: AMENDMENTS
Section 1: Amendments
These bylaws may be amended when necessary by two-thirds majority of the Board of Directors. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the Secretary to be sent out with regular Board announcements.
These bylaws were approved at a meeting of the Board of Directors by unanimous vote on June 2, 2016. Signed electronically by the Founder TJ Morris also known as Theresa J Morris.
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