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The name of the organization is the USS Davis DD937 Association.  It is organized as a non-profit association.

        The objectives of the Association are (a) to continue the spirit of unity that lived among the crew of the USS Davis
        during its twenty-seven  years of service to the nation, (b) to promote fellowship and communication among crew
         members, and (c) to honor the memory of deceased shipmates. 

        Section 1. Any person who served in the USS Davis during the period of the ship’s commissioned service from
        1957 to 1983 shall be eligible for membership.  Any wife, significant other, widow, child or grandchild of a person
        eligible for membership shall be eligible for associate membership. associate membership.  

        Section 2.  Any officer who served as a Commanding Officer of USS Davis, and any officer who achieved flag
       rank, shall automatically hold life membership in the Association. 

        ARTICLE IV – DUES  

          Annual dues shall be $20.00 for regular members and $10.00 for associate members.  Dues for each year shall
        become due on January 1, shall be payable not later than January 31, and shall be delinquent after March 31. 


         The elected officers of the Association shall be the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.
        Appointed officers may include a Chaplain, Historian, and Photographer.  The terms of all officers shall be three
        years, beginning at the conclusion of the business meeting at which elected. Any regular member in good
        standing shall be eligible to hold office. Vacancies in elected office shall be filled by appointment by the Board of
        Directors, to serve until the next election.


         The Board of Directors of the Association shall include the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and
         Immediate Past President.  Directors shall serve a term of three years concurrent with their term of elected office.
         Vacancies in the Board of Directors shall be filled by appointment by the Board of Directors, to serve until the next


           Section 1.  President.  The President shall carry out the day to day management of the Association, keeping the
           Board of Directors informed; shall preside at meetings of the Association and Board of Directors; shall make and
           sign contracts on behalf of the Association, with the advice and consent of the Board, or delegate such authority
           to another member of the Board; may appoint a Chaplain, Historian and Photographer; shall have such other
           powers and duties as customarily accrue to the principal office holder; and shall be ex officio member of any
           committee which may be established. 

           Section 2.  Vice President.  The Vice President shall assist the President in the performance of his duties; shall
           assume the duties of the President in his absence; and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned. 

            Section 3.  Treasurer.  The Treasurer shall receive all monies due and payable to the Association; shall endorse
            on behalf of the Association all checks, drafts and money orders received; shall keep a record of all monies
            receive and disbursed; shall deposit all funds in the Association bak account and maintain records of that
            account; and shall perform such other duties as customarily accrue to the office of the Treasurer. 

            Section 4.  Secretary.  The Secretary shall be responsible for all correspondence, files, records and papers of
            the Association; shall give notice, prepare and agendas, keep records, and disseminate the results of all meetings
            of the Association and Board of Directors; shall prepare and distribute periodic issues of the Association
            newsletter and notices regarding business meetings; and perform such other duties as customarily accrue to the
            office of Secretary. 

            Section 5.  Directors.  The Board of Directors shall direct and manage the affairs of the Association, and shall
            accept additional duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the President.  The Board shall have the
            authority to establish such regulations as may be necessary for the management of the affairs of the Association,
            which regulations shall not conflict with these By-laws.  A quorum of the Board shall consist of a simple majority of
            its members.


            Section 1.  Board of Directors. 

            The Board of Directors shall meet at the call of the President or a majority of the Board, and before every
            business meeting of the Association.  Meetings may be accomplished through the use of mail, telephone, fax or

            Section 2.  Reunions. 
            A reunion of the Association shall be held annually, unless otherwise voted by the membership.  The Board of
            Directors with the advise of the membership shall select the time and place of the reunion. 

            Section 3.  Business meeting,
            A business meeting shall be held as part of each reunion of the Association.  A quorum for the conduct of
            business shall consist of regular members present, in good standing.  The Order of Business shall generally be:
                a. Call to Order.
                b. Pledge of Allegiance.
                c. Minutes of the Previous Meeting.
                d. Reports of the Officers.
                e. Committee Reports.
                 f. Old Business.
                g. New Business.
                h. Announcements.
                 j. Memorial to Deceased Shipmates.
                k. Election and Installation of New Officers (triennial).
                 l. Adjournment. 

            Section 4.  Parliamentary Procedure.
            Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern parliamentary procedure for all meetings of the Association
            and the Board of Directors not covered by these By-Laws.


            The President as required may a ppointment special or ad hoc committees.  Their term shall expire at the next
            business meeting, unless reappointed by the President.


          Any regular member in good standing may declare his candidacy for office at the business meeting at which
          officers are to be elected.  Officers shall be elected by majority vote of those present at the meeting.  The results
          of the election shall be stated in the first newsletter published after the meeting.

            ARTICLE XI – FINANCES 

           Should any unexpected funds result from the operation of the Association, such funds shall not be used for the
           benefit of any member by shall be held for the purposes of the Association.  No Officer or Director shall receive
           any compensation for services rendered, but may receive reimbursement for expenses as approved by vote of
           the Board of Directors. 


            Amendment of these By-Laws may be proposed by any regular member of the Association in good standing, and
            shall be presented under “New Business” at a business meeting of the Association.  Such amendment shall be
            adopted by simple majority vote of those regular members present. 

            Adopted at a meeting of the Association held on 16 October 1999 at Mystic, CT.
            Amended 5 October 2001 (Art. V)

            Amended 4 October 2002 (Art. III, Sec. 2)
            Amended 11 October 2003 (Art. I)


              1.  If the Association received timely notice of the passing of an Active Member, Associate Member or the
                   spouse of such member, the Association     shall make a memorial contribution in the amount of $25.00 to
                   an organization of the family’s choice.
              2.  If no organization has been designated by the family, or if notice of the death is not timely, the memorial
                   contribution shall be made to the U. S. Navy Memorial (Lone Sailor).
              3.  If the deceased is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, the memorial contribution shall be made to the

           Adopted by a meeting of the Association on 21 October 2005.