General Membership Information
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
There shall be four (4) classes of members:
(1) Regular Members, (2) Honorary Members, (3) Associate Members, (4) Life Members.
Eligibility of Regular Members
The membership of the Association shall consist of men and women who are engaged in superintending the maintenance and/or operation of one (1) or more buildings. The applicant must be of good moral character. They must have at least six (6) employees under their supervision in the buildings of which they supervise the maintenance and/or operations. They must have been in a similar capacity for at least six (6) months. The applicant, after attending two (2) regular meetings of the Association, will be investigated by the Association’s Membership Committee. Upon receiving their favorable report, a ballot shall be taken to elect or not elect the applicant to membership upon their attendance at the Association’s next regular meeting. If, at the time of application for membership, the applicant has less than six employees or is between jobs but meets all other requirements, the application shall be referred to the Board of Directors for consideration. The Board shall make their recommendation for action to the Association at its next scheduled regular meeting.
The application shall also contain the names of three (3) responsible men or women (not necessarily member of the Association), who shall testify to the candidate’s good character. The initiation fee shall be an amount established by the Board of Directors which shall accompany the signed application, which on being received shall be recorded and referred to the Membership Committee. On receiving their favorable report, a ballot shall be taken to elect or not elect the applicant to membership. All votes shall be by hand, paper ballot or machine. However, should a majority of the members vote against the acceptance, the applicant shall be rejected and all application fees shall be refunded. A person so rejected shall not be eligible for reapplication until six (6) months shall have elapsed since the date of his/her rejection, and should he/she again be rejected, it shall be final.
The payment of the initiation fee shall cover dues payment for the current month but he/she shall pay, as dues for all remaining months of the year.
The annual dues shall be an amount established by the Board of Directors. He/She shall sign the By-Laws of the Association and shall have his/her name entered into a book kept for that purpose with his/her date of initiation. After being admitted each member shall, in case of changing his/her address, notified the Secretary thereof immediately, in writing.
Honorary membership may be acquired by the Board of Directors recommending that honor for any person who is not eligible to membership as an ACTIVE member, by a three-fourths vote of the Board of Directors present and voting upon a motion to confer the honor, who shall submit the same to the members of the Association, to be voted on as in case of active members.
Honorary members shall not be liable for the payment of dues, to vote or hold office, but shall enjoy all other privileges of the Association allowed to regular members in good standing, and be subject to all rules of regular membership except that they shall not have any title to or interest in the assets of the Association.
They shall have the right to discussion on any matters pertaining to the Association when called upon by the presiding officer or by a majority of members present at any meeting.
Associate membership may be acquired only by a principal of a firm engaged in the trade or occupation having connection with or incident to the operations of a building, making written application. Applicants therefore and voting thereon shall be the same as in the case of regular members. The application shall also contain the names of three (3) responsible men or women (not necessarily members of the Association) who shall testify to the candidate’s good character. The initiation fee shall be an amount established by the Board of Directors and shall accompany the signed application. This amount shall cover dues payment for the current month but he/she shall pay dues for all remaining months of the year. The annual dues shall be an amount established by the Board of Directors.
The Association may, if it so desires, cancel any or all associate memberships at any time by returning the dues paid in advance for any period beyond the time of cancellation, by a two-thirds vote at any regular meeting of the Association.
Associate Members. An Associate Member shall be dropped from the rolls of Association if his/her dues, in full, for the current year, are not paid on or before the second (2nd) Wednesday of August of said year, provided said Associate member has been notified by registered mail thirty days prior to the second (2nd) Wednesday of August of said year. Associate Members shall not have the right to vote or hold office nor have any title to or interest in the assets of the Association. An Associate Membership shall not be transferable.
Associate Members shall have the right of discussion on any matters pertaining to the Association when called upon by the presiding officer or by a majority of members present at any meeting.
From and after March 2005, there may be elected to Associate membership, only one (1) Associate Member for every six (6) Regular Members.
Article XXIII A.
Life membership may be acquired upon a recommendation by the Board of Directors and a majority vote of the Regular Members of the Association provided that the candidate has been a Regular Member in good standing for twenty (20) continuous years.
Life Members shall not be liable for payment of dues, but shall enjoy all rights and privileges allowed to Regular Members of the Association in good standing. Life Members shall, however, be liable for payment of any fees or premiums for any life insurance and/or disability insurance policies or programs that the Association may make available to them. Insured must be actively working at least 30 hours per week. Retired members can not continue with the life insurance.
Long Term Disability (LTD)
This policy is for working members only. This is to help with the financial side of your life if you are injured and can not work. Retired members are not eligible.
Past Presidents of the Association shall automatically become Life Members.
Life Members are responsible to pay the appropriate fees and/or premiums as dictated by the Board of Directors for each policy(s) and/or program(s) he/she chooses to participate in.
If a Life Member fails to pay such fees and/or premiums by January 1st of each calendar year, this shall result in the Life Member being immediately terminated from any such coverage, insurance, program, or benefit.