ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP
Corporate membership shall be open to any State Use Program management organization and an individual or organization that operates a State Use Program.
SECTION 2. CLASSES
There shall be two classes of membership:
Corporate Member - The State Use organization officially recognized, designated or responsible for the day-to-day management of the State Use Program in a particular state; and
Associate Member - Organizations or individuals who have an interest in promoting State Use Programs or a national organization created for the betterment of persons with disabilities.
Each Corporate Member shall have one delegate to represent it at the Association's annual general meeting or any other Association meeting. The delegate shall be the chief executive officer of the corporate entity or his/her designee authorized in writing. Such persons shall be eligible to:
(A) Hold office, serve as a member of the Board of Directors or officers of the Association, and/or as Chair/Member of any committee as may be defined in committee mandates.
(B) Vote in the election of Directors and Officers and on any matter of business coming before the membership at the annual general meeting or any other meeting of the Association.
Each Associate Member shall have one delegate to represent it at any meeting, shall have voting rights with respect to the affairs of the Association at any meeting of the Association, and may serve as a Director, but not an officer, of the Association.
SECTION 3. MEMBERSHIP DUES
Dues for corporate membership shall be first recommended by the Board of Directors and shall become effective when approved by two-thirds (2/3) of the qualified voting members present at any duly called meeting of the membership.
The Board of Directors may authorize various levels of membership dues for Associate Members.
Any member who has not paid their annual dues or has not made arrangements to pay will be considered not in good standing as per the criteria established by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 4. FISCAL AND MEMBERSHIP YEAR
The Association's membership year shall coincide with the calendar year.