Constitution of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc.
The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc.
General Preamble to the Constitution
"An adequate, efficient, prosperous MERCHANT MARINE is necessary for the naval and military safety and economic well being of the UNITED STATES."
Throughout the course of world history the seaman in general, and the Master Mariner in particular, have contributed immeasurably to the development of science, culture and civilization. The great discoveries, lines of communication, and commerce of the world have been developed by seamen and by commercial interests who were lead, counseled and directed by Master Mariners.
WHEREAS, the Master Mariners of the United States of America recognized the professional accomplishments off those who have preceded them, and,
WHEREAS, they, the Master Mariners, desire to maintain and enhance the professional tradition by continuing to advance the causes of maritime science, did in the year 1936, form THE COUNCIL OF AMERICAN MASTER MARINERS.
NOW, THEREFORE, The Council of American Masters Mariners declares its objects shall be to advance the causes of Maritime and Nautical Science by recognizing training criteria; accepting standard practices; fostering the exchange of maritime information, sharing experiences; encouraging the publication and study of professional literature; assisting in maritime research; assuming a public and impartial responsibility; and cultivating a continuing attitude of learning within the profession.
The Council of American Master Mariners is pledged to serve no personal or private ambition or interest but to promote broad general policies for the benefit of the national interest and of maritime endeavors. (amended 2014)
Table of Contents
Constitution of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc.
Corrected through 2021
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be "The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc."
DECLARATION OF POLICY
Section 1. The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc., is a nonprofit association of persons having common professional interests, the objects of which are:
Amended 1976, 2014, 2016
Section 1. The membership of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. shall consist of five classes of members, namely: (A) Regular, (B) Special, (C) Associate, (D) Honorary, and (E) Life. The number of Associate Members shall not exceed 20%, and the number of honorary members shall not exceed 5% of the Regular, Special and Life members combined. The requirements for membership in the several classes are: (amended 1992, 2016)
A. Regular Membership: (#-R)
B. Special Membership: (#-S)
Special Membership must be approved of by the Board of Governors and upon subscribing to the Constitution and By-Laws and paying the admission fee, if applicable, and dues for the current year. A Special Member shall have all the rights and privileges as a Regular Member except holding elective office other than as provided in By-Laws. (re-lettered 2008)
C. Associate Membership: (#-A)(amended 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2016)
An Associate Member on approval of the Board of Governors and upon subscribing to the Constitution and By-Laws and paying the admission fee, if applicable, and the dues for the current year shall have all the rights and privileges of a Regular Member, except holding elective office other than as provided in By-Laws. Associate Members will be as follows:
D. Honorary Membership: (#-H)
A notable citizen of the United States of America or of a foreign country, of preeminent distinction in the maritime or related industry, and who is not qualified for Regular Membership may be elected as Honorary Member by the Board of Governors by an affirmation vote of all members present at any meeting of the Board. Honorary Members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of other members except of voting for and holding elective office. Honorary Members shall be exempt from payment of admission fees and dues. (re-lettered 1992)
E. Life Membership: (#-L)
Any member in good standing may become a Life Member upon making written application to and with the approval of the Board of Governors and payment of the fee hereinafter provided; A member in good standing who has (a) completely retired from the maritime industry, (b) is over 70 years old, and (c) has paid total dues equal to or exceeding the amount required for Life Membership applicable at he time he joined the Council, may request in writing for Life Membership. The Board approve Life Membership. Life Members shall retain the rights and privileges of their class of membership. Life Members shall be dues exempt.(amended 1997, 2008, 2016)
Section 2. Transfer of Membership: A Special or Associate Member shall be eligible for transfer to Regular Membership upon the requirements as defined in paragraph (1.) or (2.) of Article III, Section 1 (A.) of the Constitution. Application for transfer shall be made in writing to the Board of Governors (BoG). Said transfer shall be subject to approval by the BoG.(amended 1991, 1992, 2008, 2016)
Section 1. Chapters: Chapters which, having agreed to be bound by the Constitution and By-Laws of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. and having been granted a Charter, continue to perform the obligations as set forth in this Constitution and By-Laws and each Chapter shall be named: The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc., XX Chapter. (amended 1991)
RATIFICATION OF CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
Section 1. Every Chapter heretofore or hereafter granted a charter in The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. and accepting same, thereby accepts, ratifies and agrees to be bound in all things, not contrary to law, by this Constitution and the By-Laws of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. and amendments thereof, and to faithfully observe the provisions thereof.
COMPOSITION OF PORT CHAPTERS
Section 1. The Port Chapters shall be composed as follows:
The Governing body of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. shall be the Board of Governors consisting of the President, the Immediate Past President, the Executive Vice President, the Task-Based Vice Presidents, and the Secretary/Treasurer, together with the Presidents of the Port Chapters. The President of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. shall serve as chairman of the Board of Governors provided for in Article III of the By-Laws of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. (amended 2008, 2014, 2020)
Section 2. The Board of Governors shall act on all matters pertaining to the operation and management of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. between meetings, as the Board is responsible to The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. for the control and management of the affairs of the Council, in conformity with the Constitution and By-Laws. The Board of Governors shall not incur any total financial obligations in excess of the sum of the estimated income determined by the Finance Committee for the current fiscal year and fifty percent (50%) of the accumulated surplus existing at the beginning of the fiscal year. (amended 1991, 2008)
Section 3. The powers not specifically reserved to or exercised by the National Board of Governors under this Constitution and By-Laws shall be exercised by the appropriate national officers with the advice of the Board of Governors. (amended 1991, 2008)
Section 1. The Officers of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. shall be a President, an Executive Vice President, various Task-Based Vice Presidents, and a Secretary/Treasurer. (amended 2020)
Section 2. The President, the Executive Vice President, the Task-Based Vice Presidents, and the Secretary/Treasurer of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. shall be nominated in accordance with the By-Laws and elected by a majority of the votes cast by the members in good standing at each National Annual General Meeting, and they shall be installed as the last order of business at each National Annual General Meeting. (amended 1998, 2020)
Section 3. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be one elected office. In accepting these dual responsibilities he/she is permitted to accept a stipend as Secretary and does not relinquish the right of the Treasurer to vote at all meetings. He/she shall keep the records of the National Annual General Meeting, the Regular Meetings, and the Board of Governors. He/she shall take office upon being elected (amended 1997, 1998, 2008, 2020)
Section 4. Officers of the Chapters shall be those specified in their respective Chapter following the election of officers as prescribed by the individual Constitution or By-Laws. (amended 1991, renumbered 2020)
Section 1. Dues as provided for in the By-Laws shall be paid to The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc.
Section 1. Every member in good standing of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. during the continuance of his membership shall be entitled to wear the emblem, badge or other insignia of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc.
Section 1. By-Laws not inconsistent with this Constitution embodying additional provisions for the governing of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. shall be adopted, and may be amended from time to time.
Section 1. Amendments to this Constitution shall be made only at an annual business meeting provided:
No amendment shall be placed on the ballot without prior review by the Constitution and By-Laws Committee.
Adoption of the proposal will be determined by two-thirds (2/3) preference of the votes cast on the ballot. Amendments shall become effective on adoption unless otherwise stated in the motion for their adoption.
Or, after a unanimous approval of the Board of Governors, amendments may be proposed and require a similar unanimous vote for adoption. (amended 1976, 1991, 1995)
Section 1. Upon the adoption of this Constitution all previous Constitutions of The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. and Amendments thereto shall become null and void. (adopted 1967)