- ELIGIBILITY: Members shall be business owners, c-level executives, and business professionals with a graduate degree or individuals with more than 2 years’ experience in their field of interest. Members must be interested in the objectives of the organization.
- MEMBERSHIP: Applications for membership shall be in writing, on forms provided for that purpose. Candidates will be interviewed or given an official letter of invitation by the Board of Directors.
- DUES: Membership dues shall be at such rate or rates, schedule or formula as may be from time to time prescribed by the Board of Directors.
- TERMINATION: Any member may resign from the Afghan Business Network upon written request to the Board of Directors; b) Any member shall be expelled by the Board of Directors upon a two-thirds vote for non-payment of dues after ninety (90) days from the date due, unless otherwise extended for good cause; c) Any member may be expelled by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors, at a regularly scheduled meeting thereof, for conduct unbecoming a member of prejudicial to the aims or repute of the Afghan Business Network, after notice and opportunity for a hearing are afforded the member complained against.
- DEFINITION AND PURPOSE: A Chapter is a group of Afghan Business Network members who live or work in a particular locality and who, as a matter of geographic convenience, organize themselves to promote the goals of Afghan Business Network Chapters can engage only in activities that conform to the Afghan Business Network goals, policies, and procedures.
2. APPLICATION: To establish a Chapter, 2 to 12 regular voting members of the Afghan Business Network must submit a written application to the Afghan Business Network headquarters. The name and address of each signatory to the application must be typed or printed adjacent to the signature. The application shall state the name and proposed boundaries of the new Chapter and name the temporary officers. The temporary officers must consist of a president, a vice-president, secretary and an onsite treasurer. The Chapter must use the Afghan Business Network bylaws as a guideline, making adjustments where necessary to specify unique requirements of the Chapter. The adjustments must be approved by the Board of Directors.
- CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP: Only Afghan Business Network members in good standing may be Chapter members. A member must request a specific Chapter affiliation where more than one Chapter is in bounds. A member may be associated with only one Chapter at a time.
- AFGHAN BUSINESS NETWORK CONTACT WITH CHAPTERS: The Afghan Business Network maintains contact with all Chapters through:
- The chapter portal located on the Afghan Business Network website.
- Assisting Chapters, as required and needed.
- Sending news of The Afghan Business Network activities to the Chapter.
- Sending regular financial and progress reports of businesses involved in Chapters or started by each Chapter
- CHAPTER CONTACT WITH THE AFGHAN BUSINESS NETWORK: A Chapter maintains contact with the Afghan Business Network by:
- Advising the Board of Directors promptly of the names of its newly elected officers
- Furnishing progress information on a quarterly basis and annual activities report to the Board of Directors and uploading this information to the partner portal located on the Afghan Business Network website.
- Verifying Afghan Business Network membership status of potential Chapter members
- Notifying the Afghan Business Network office of new Chapter members and uploading their resume, references and full biography to the Afghan Business Network site so that the Afghan Business Network can reflect Chapter affiliation
- Regularly submitting all financial data through the partner portal located on the Afghan Business Network website.
- CONSTRAINTS: A Chapter must not operate under local rules and procedures that are not consistent with the governing bylaws, and operational policies and procedures of the Afghan Business Network and the Chapter. Any variations from the governing documents must be cleared through the Afghan Business Network and Board of Directors prior to adoption; take responsibility for ensuring Chapter members are Afghan Business Network members; not obligate Afghan Business Network to any financial or other commitment, nor use the Afghan Business Network name without the Chapter designation and only within the guidelines outlining use of the Afghan Business Network name and logo.
- WITHHOLDING FUNDS: If a Chapter persists in actions that are not in the best interests of the Afghan Business Network, the Board may by a two thirds vote take any action it deems proper, including disaffiliation of the Chapter, if necessary. Such action may be appealed to the Board and, after reconfirmation of the Board’s action, appeal to the annual business meeting of the Afghan Business Network.
- DISSOLUTION: The Board may by a two-thirds vote dissolve a Chapter when it is satisfied that the Chapter is inactive and that there is no reasonable hope of its immediate revival, or when it is satisfied that such action is in the best interests of the Afghan Business Network. Chapter dissolution does not affect Afghan Business Network membership status of the members assigned to such a Chapter. Members of a dissolved Chapter shall be assigned unaffiliated status or reassigned to another Chapter if such exists in the general region and if they so choose. Upon dissolution, residual Chapter funds shall revert to the Afghan Business Network treasury, and use of the Afghan Business Network name as a Chapter shall cease.
- NAME: The Chapter name shall remain as the Afghan Business Network [City Name] Chapter.
- BOUNDARIES: The Chapter boundaries are proposed by the original organizers and approved by the Chapter committee. Any change to the boundaries must be submitted to the Afghan Business Network for approval. The Board of Directors may change a Chapter’s boundaries if deemed in the best interest of the Afghan Business Network.
- CHAPTER COUNCIL: The Chapter membership is represented by an elected Chapter Council with powers to take whatever legal and proper actions are necessary for the fulfillment of the Afghan Business Network’s purposes. A Chapter Council is composed of at least the president, the secretary, and the treasurer. The Chapter Council meets at the request of the president or at the request of two of its members. A majority of the Chapter Council constitutes a quorum. Vacancies in the Chapter Council are filled by majority vote of the remaining council members and Chapter members.
- ANNUAL MEETING: The collective meeting of the Afghan Business Network shall be held yearly. The time and place shall be fixed by the Board of Directors and notice thereof mailed to each member at least ten (30) days before said meeting.
- CHAPTER MEETINGS: Chapter meetings must follow a specific script and format. The president, secretary and treasurer shall be present for each meeting. Meetings shall be held during the end of the first week of each month and shall be approximately 4 hours in length. Process of Meetings: Each meeting will be hosted by a different member of the specific Chapter.
The host of the meeting will be selected by a drawing at the end of the previous meeting.