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协会介绍

    北美华人摄影协会是由在美华人摄影家及摄影爱好者组成的群众性非营利性质的专业学术团体。协会中文全称为北美华人摄影协会;英文全称为Chinese Photographers Association of North America,缩写为CPANA

    协会成立于2009年2月7日,并在成立当日由全体到会成员提出协会章程草案。草案分别于2月28日及3月6日再次修改。

    协会宗旨: 广泛联络美国各州华人摄影家和摄影爱好者,普及摄影知识技巧,为华人摄影家及摄影爱好者设立一个专业平台,进一步丰富在美华人的精神生活及提高其摄影专业技术水平。致力于促进国际民间摄影文化交流,扩大友好往来,增进相互了解,努力为世界文化的发展和各国人民的友谊、和平做出贡献。

    协会任务: 负责联络发展会员,协调服务和业务指导,开展多种形式的摄影知识讲座及交流活动,组织摄影创作和摄影展览等。 协会会员:凡赞成本会章程,爱好摄影的在美华人,由本人提出申请,并提交至少两副作品及简述参会的目的,由两名现任会员介绍,报本会审核批准并履行手续后,均可成为本会个人会员。

协会章程

    CHARTER OF THE CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA

    1. General provisions

    1.1 The Chinese Photographers Association of North America (hereinafter referred to as the Association) is a non-profit making and non-governmental professional organization, which adheres to Law on non-profit organizations and the Purposes and Principles of the present Charter, comprises of all individuals, on voluntary basis, that engage in photography, professional or non-professional, and runs its activities independently from any state-related institutions on the basis of self-governing principles.

    1.2 Official name: Chinese Photographers Association of North America

    1.3 Official abbreviation: CPANA

    1.4 The Association was first established on the 7th of February 2009. On the same date this charter was drafted by the members attending the assembly and, on dates of the 28th of February and the 6th of March 2009, it has been amended and modified respectively.

    2. Purposes, Principles and Activities

    2.1 The Purposes of the Association are:

    a) To build a network of Chinese photographers in the States for the common interest and to further promote the joy of photography;

    b) To establish a forum in which discussion, critique and assistance can be conducted and maintained for professional growth and advancement;

    c) To facilitate professional and cultural exchanges, nationally and internationally, and to enhance mutual understandings of different cultures among peoples for a better and peaceful world;

    d) To organize and coordinate the actions in the attainment of these ends.

    2.2 The Association and its members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in 2.1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles:

    a) Activities of the Association shall be transparent.

    b) Services of the Association shall be provided for the benefits of its majority members.

    c) Major decisions or motions of the Association shall be based on an agreement of the majority of its members and, in the case of emergency, of the majority of its Executive Committee officers.

    d) All members shall act in good faith and, in case of disputes, resolutions shall be achieved in a respectable manner.

    2.3 In order to accomplish its Purposes, the following activities shall be undertaken:

    a) To develop memberships among individuals that share the same interest in photography;

    b) To hold lectures, salons, meetings and seminars to disseminate photographic knowledge and enhance the levels of professional skills;

    c) To organize photographic events that include location shooting, photographic trips, exhibitions and competitions;

    d) To achieve effective coordination of professional services and technical consulting that the Association provides to its members.

    3. Membership

    3.1 Any Chinese resident in the States, who shares the passion for photography and accepts the present Charter, may accede to the Association on voluntary basis. The admission of any such individual to the membership shall be granted by a decision of the Association based on an application from such individual as well as references from two existing members. Applicant shall submit at least two original photographic works and a brief statement of purposes for joining CPANA

    3.2 All members shall abide by the related legal regulations and laws as well as the Principles contained in the present Charter. Violators shall be issued a warning and may be suspended from the membership or expelled from the Association upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee, depending on the level of violation.

    4. Organizational structure

    4.1 The highest management authority of the association shall be an assembly of the Association.

    4.2 Assembly shall be convened at least once a year.

    4.3 Between Assembly sessions the Association shall be managed by its Executive Committee and mode of exercise of its powers shall be the Committee’s meetings.

    4.4 Composition of the Executive Committee shall comprise of:

    a) President of the Association;

    b) Secretary of the Association;

    c) Treasurer of the Association

    d) 2-5 Council members. Number of Council members is proportional to number of registered members.

    4.4 All officers of the Executive Committee shall be elected by members in the assembly for a term of two years and eligible for re-election after the term expires. There is no term limit.

    5. Financing of Association

    5.1 Association income will consist of the following:

    a) Membership fees;

    b) Donations from individuals, business entities, organizations;

    c) Income from the Association’s operations related to achieving the Purposes of the Present Charter;

    d) Grant given to the Association by the Government or other institutions for implementing related projects.

    5.2 The Association shall submit its annual financial reports and statements to the relevant authorities in accordance with the appropriate rules and regulations and within the specified terms of the law. The financial reports and statements shall be available to all members upon request.


    北美华人摄影家协会章程

    (北美华人摄影家协会第一次会议2009年2月7日通过)

    北美华人摄影家协会是由在美华人摄影家及摄影爱好者组成的群众性非营利性质的专业学术团体。协会中文全称为北美华人摄影家协会;英语为Chinese Photographers Association of North America;缩写为CPANA。 协会成立于2009年2月7日,并在成立当日由全体到会成员提出协会章程草案。草案分别于2月28日及3月6日再次修改。

    协会宗旨: 广泛联络美国各州华人摄影家和摄影爱好者,普及摄影知识技巧;为华人摄影家及摄影爱好者设立一个专业平台,进一步丰富在美华人的精神生活及提高其专业技术水平。致力于促进国际民间摄影文化交流,扩大友好往来,增进相互了解,努力为世界文化的发展和各国人民的友谊、和平做出贡献。

    协会任务:负责联络发展会员,协调服务和业务指导,.开展多种形式的摄影知识讲座及交流活动 ,组织摄影创作和摄影展览等。

    协会会员:凡赞成本会章程,爱好摄影的在美华人,由本人提出申请,并提交至少两副作品及简述参会的目的,由两名现任会员介绍,报本会审核批准并履行手续后,均可成为本会个人会员。

    协会会员必须遵守所在国家法律、法规及本会章程,如有违规者,视情节轻重,经本会协会将讨论决定,可给予批评教育、暂停会籍、直至取消会员资格的处分。

    协会组织原则为民主集中制,本着公开透明的精神,力争为多数成员提供服务。会员应当互相尊重, 本着互助互利的原则,努力把协会办成一个真正的摄影者之家。协会的最高权力管理权威为协会全体成员,协会每年至少举行一次全体成员大会。在大会之间,协会由行政委员会管理,其权利行使模式为行政委员会会议。协会行政设会长一名,秘书长一名,财务长一名,理事2-5名。理事成员的增减将视会员人数的增减而按比列来确定。所有官员任期为两年,无任期限制,届满可以竞选连任。

    协会经费来源为会员会费、社会赞助及其他合法收入。协会将按相关法律呈报其年度财务报告给有关部门,协会成员也拥有权利要求索阅协会的年度财务报告。

    附则:本章程修改权属会员大会。

协会法规

    BY-LAWS OF CPANA, A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION

    ARTICLE I ORGANIZATION

    1. The name of the organization shall be Chinese Photographers Association of North America (CPANA).

    2. The organization shall have a seal which shall be in the following form: [DESCRIBE]

    3. The organization may at its pleasure by a vote of the membership body change its name.

    ARTICLE II PURPOSES

    The following are the purposes for which this organization has been organized:

    To build a network of Chinese photographers in the States for the common interest and to further promote the joy of photography;

    To establish a forum in which discussion, critique and assistance can be conducted and maintained for professional growth and advancement;

    To facilitate professional and cultural exchanges, nationally and internationally, and to enhance mutual understandings of different cultures among peoples for a better and peaceful world;

    To organize and coordinate the actions in the attainment of these ends.

    ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP

    Membership in this organization shall be open to all Americans of Chinese origin or legal US residents of Chinese origin who has strong interests in photography.

    Membership may be terminated upon follows:

    a. Due is not tended in time and without justifiable causes.

    b. Member break laws while using this organization’s name without proper authorization or consultation from CPANA.

    c. Member profits himself improperly in the name of this organization.

    d. Warnings will be issued to affected parties prior to termination.

    e. Termination will be made upon a board decision.

    ARTICLE IV MEETINGS

    The annual membership meeting of this organization shall be held in the first quarter of every year except if such day be a legal holiday, then and in that event, the Board of Directors shall fix the day but it shall not be more than two weeks from the date fixed by these By-Laws. An exact date and time shall be fixed prior to such a meeting. Notice shall be mailed or e-mailed to all registered members.

    The Secretary shall cause to be mailed or e-mailed to every member in good standing at his address as it appears in the membership roll book in this organization a notice telling the time and place of such annual meeting.

    Regular meetings of this organization shall be held at place designated (pending schedules and venue arrangements).

    The presence of not less than 5 persons or( 10%) percent of the members shall constitute a quorum and shall be necessary to conduct the business of this organization; but a lesser percentage may adjourn the meeting for a period of not more than 4-6 weeks from the date scheduled by these By-Laws and the secretary shall cause a notice of this scheduled meeting to be sent to all those members who were not present at the meeting originally called. A quorum as herein before set forth shall be required at any adjourned meeting.

    Special meetings of this organization may be called by the president when he/she deems it for the best interest of the organization. Notices of such meetings shall be mailed or e-mailed to all members at their addresses as they appear in the membership roll book at least fourteen (14) days before the scheduled date set for such special meeting. Such notice shall state the reasons that such meeting has been called, the business to be transacted at such meeting and by whom it was called. At the request of the members of the Board of Directors or the members of the organization, the president shall cause a special meeting to be called but such request must be made in writing at least fourteen (14) days before the requested scheduled date.

    No other business but that specified in the notice may be transacted at such special meeting without the unanimous consent of all present at such meeting.

    ARTICLE V VOTING

    At all meetings, except for the election of officers and directors, all votes shall be by voice. For election of officers, ballots shall be provided and there shall not appear any place on such ballot that might tend to indicate the person who cast such ballot.

    At any regular or special meeting, if a majority so requires, any question may be voted upon in the manner and style provided for election of officers and directors.

    At all votes by ballot the chairman of such meeting shall, prior to the commencement of balloting, appoint a committee of three who shall act as "Inspectors of Election" and who shall, at the conclusion of such balloting, certify in writing to the Chairman the results and the certified copy shall be physically affixed in the minute book to the minutes of that meeting.

    No inspector of election shall be a candidate for office or shall be personally interested in the question voted upon.

    ARTICLE VI ORDER OF BUSINESS

    1. Roll Call.

    2. Reading of the Minutes of the preceding meeting.

    3. Reports of Committees.

    4. Reports of Officers.

    5. Old and Unfinished Business.

    6. New Business.

    7. Adjournments.

    ARTICLE VII BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    The business of this organization shall be managed by a Board of Directors consisting of 2-5 members (total number of board members shall be 10% of total number of registered members), together with the officers of this organization. At least one of the directors elected shall be a resident of the State of Georgia and a citizen of the United States.

    The directors to be chosen for the ensuing year shall be chosen at the annual meeting of this organization in the same manner and style as the officers of this organization and they shall serve for a term of 2 years.

    The Board of Directors shall have the control and management of the affairs and business of this organization. Such Board of Directors shall only act in the name of the organization when it shall be regularly convened by its chairman after due notice to all the directors of such meeting.

    51% percent of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum and the meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held regularly on the date of choosing by majority of board members. Such a date will be affixed prior to such a meeting.

    Each director shall have one vote and such voting may not be done by proxy.

    The Board of Directors may make such rules and regulations covering its meetings as it may in its discretion determine necessary.

    Vacancies in the Board of Directors shall be filled by a vote of the majority of the remaining members of the Board of Directors for the balance of the year.

    The President of the organization by virtue of his office shall be Chairman of the Board of Directors.

    The Board of Directors shall select from one of their members a secretary.

    A director may be removed when sufficient cause exists for such removal. The Board of Directors may entertain charges against any director. A director may be represented by counsel upon any removal hearing. The Board of Directors shall adopt such rules for this hearing as it may in its discretion consider necessary for the best interests of the organization. All board members will be subject to the same disciplinary procedures spelled out in Article III. In addition, board members shall be construed to cease his or her duties automatically when following conditions occur:

    1. Absence from any regular or special meetings in three consecutive times.

    2. No sufficient or justifiable reasons are provided to the committee for his or her absences.

    3. No advance notice is given to the meeting committee.

    ARTICLE VIII OFFICERS

    The initial officers of the organization shall be as follows:

    President:

    Secretary:

    Treasurer:

    The President shall preside at all membership meetings.

    He shall by virtue of his office be Chairman of the Board of

    Directors.

    He shall present at each annual meeting of the organization an annual report of the work of the organization.

    He shall appoint all committees, temporary or permanent.

    He shall see all books, reports and certificates required by law are properly kept or filed.

    He shall be one of the officers who may sign the checks or drafts of the organization.

    He shall have such powers as may be reasonably construed as belonging to the chief executive of any organization.

    The Secretary shall keep the minutes and records of the organization in appropriate books.

    It shall be his duty to file any certificate required by any statute, federal or state.

    He shall give and serve all notices to members of this organization.

    He shall be the official custodian of the records and seal of this organization. All documents require seal shall obtain advance approval from president.

    He may be one of the officers required to sign the checks and drafts of the organization.

    He shall present to the membership at any meetings any communication addressed to him as Secretary of the organization.

    He shall submit to the Board of Directors any communications which shall be addressed to him as Secretary of the organization.

    He shall attend to all correspondence of the organization and shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Secretary.

    The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all monies belonging to the organization and shall be solely responsible for such monies or securities of the organization. He shall cause to be deposited in a regular business bank or trust company the balance of the funds of the organization shall be deposited in a savings bank except that the Board of Directors may cause such funds to be invested in such investments as shall be legal for a non-profit corporation in this state.

    He must be one of the officers who shall sign checks or drafts of the organization. No special fund may be set aside that shall make it unnecessary for the Treasurer to sign the checks issued upon it.

    He shall keep all check books and all checks requiring signature shall be administered at least two management team members.

    Two officers shall administer any electronic money transactions.

    He shall render at stated periods as the Board of Directors shall determine a written account of the finances of the organization and such report shall be physically affixed to the minutes of the Board of Directors of such meeting.

    He shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Treasurer.

    Officers shall by virtue of their office be members of the Board of Directors.

    No officer shall for reason of his office be entitled to receive any salary, but nothing herein shall be construed to prevent an officer or director for receiving any compensation from the organization for duties other than as a director or officer. All reimbursements shall be approved by board members on a bona fide basis.

    ARTICLE IX Salaries

    The Board of Directors shall hire and fix the compensation of any and all employees which they in their discretion may determine to be necessary for the conduct of the business of the organization.

    ARTICLE X COMMITTEES

    All committees of this organization shall be appointed by the Board of Directors and their term of office shall be for a period of two years or less if sooner terminated by the action of the Board of Directors.

    The permanent committees shall be:

    Organizational structure

    The highest management authority of the association shall be an assembly of the Association.

    Assembly shall be convened at least once a year.

    Between Assembly sessions the Association shall be managed by its Executive Committee and mode of exercise of its powers shall be the Committee’s meetings. Composition of the Executive Committee shall comprise of:

    a) President of the Association;

    b) Secretary of the Association;

    c) Treasurer of the Association

    d) 2-5 Council members.

    All officers of the Executive Committee shall be elected by members in the assembly

    for a term of two years and eligible for re-election after the term expires.

    ARTICLE XI DUES

    The dues of this organization shall be $20 per annum and shall be payable within the first month of each year.

    ARTICLE XII AMENDMENTS

    These By-Laws may be altered, amended, repealed or added to by an affirmative vote of not less than 51% percent of the members.

    ARTICLE XIII Resolve of Disputes

    Should disputes arise from and during normal course of this organization, we shall resort to peaceful resolve of disputes between officers and board members. If a satisfactory resolve is not achieved, the committee shall seek appropriate arbitration prior to taking any legal courses.

    The arbitration’s decision shall be final and binding.

    ARTICLE XIV Dissolution

    Upon dissolution, the remaining assets of the organization must be used exclusively for exempt purposes, such as charitable, educational, and/or scientific purposes.

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