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About the Alumni Association: Constitution

Article I: name and purpose

Section 1: The name of the Association shall be the Calvin College Alumni Association
Section 2: The Calvin Alumni Association is committed to building community among Calvin College alumni and friends, providing opportunities for service and inspiring alumni to answer God's call in life and vocation.

Article II: membership

Section 1: The Association is comprised of all persons who have attended Calvin College for at least one year (or who have completed eight courses) and those who have graduated from Calvin Seminary.
Section 2: Honorary members (such as current or former Calvin faculty members) may be elected by the Alumni Board at any meeting.
Section 3: Terms of membership may be changed by the Alumni Board as outlined in the Bylaws.

Article III: Alumni Association Board

Section 1: The Association shall be governed by an Alumni Board. The work of the Association is facilitated by the Executive Director of the Alumni Association.
Section 2: The Board may establish committees as outlined in the Bylaws.

Article IV: officers and committees

Section 1: Alumni Board officers, committees and other officials shall be elected by the Alumni Board and shall serve according to the provisions contained in the Bylaws.
Section 2: The Executive Director of the Alumni Association shall be appointed jointly by the Alumni Board and the Vice-President of Advancement of Calvin College.
Section 3: The Alumni Board may direct the Executive Committee of the board to act on its behalf.

Article V: meetings

Section 1: The Calvin Alumni Association, International, will convene on an annual basis.
Section 2: The annual meeting of the Association shall be held at a time to be fixed by the Alumni Board.
Section 3: The Alumni Board shall convene as outlined in the Bylaws.

Article VI: chapters

Section 1: Chapters of the Association may be formed under the direction of the Alumni Board as outlined in the Bylaws.

Article VII: amendments

Section 1:This Constitution may be amended at the annual meeting of the Association by a two-thirds favorable vote of those present.
Section 2: Any proposed amendment to this Constitution shall be presented to the Alumni Board. If recommended for amendment by the Alumni Board, such a proposal shall be published in the official Calvin Association publication at least thirty days prior to its consideration by the Association.

Article VIII: official publication

Section 1:Spark magazine shall be the official publication of the Association.

Article IX: Bylaws

Section 1: Any proposed amendment to the Bylaws shall be presented to the Alumni Board at least two weeks prior to any regularly scheduled meeting. The Alumni Board is empowered to act on the Bylaws. Proposed Bylaw changes are to be presented at one meeting of the Alumni Board and voted upon at the next. A majority vote of the Alumni Board shall be needed to approve Bylaw changes. Changes in the Bylaws shall be published in the next issue of the Association's official publication.

Article X: exemption and dissolution

Section 1: The Association 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 corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 2: Upon the dissolution of the Association, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or 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 disposed of shall be disposed of by the Circuit Court of the county in which the principal office of the Association 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.