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By-Laws

Article 1 | Article 2 | Article 3 | Article 4 | Article 5 | Article 6 | Article 7 | Article 8

ARTICLE 1 - NAME
The name of the Association shall be "Baltimore Claims Association Inc."

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ARTICLE 2 - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. The Association shall be composed of the salaried Claims Representatives. Claim Supervisors, Claims Managers, Auto Damage Appraisers and Property Damage Appraisers of Claim Divisions of Insurance Companies, Independent Adjusting Companies and Self Insurers; exception, all members in good standing as of 11/5/87 shall retain their membership. (New Amendment Adopted 11/5/87.
Section 2. Application for membership shall be submitted to the membership committee. The Applicant must attend two meetings in a three month period. At the second meeting, the Applicant is to be considered elected if approved by a vote taken in accordance with Article 2 Section 1.
Section 3. The dues of the Association shall be set by the Board of Directors, payable per annum by all members to the treasurer; all new applicants will submit their dues with their application, however, on any application the following year. The amount of the dues may be changed by action of notified of such change no later than the December meeting prior t the effective date of such change.
Section 4. The Association by majority vote of its Board of Directors may, upon evidence of bad faith or conduct unbecoming a member of this Association, expel that member, but only after he/she has been given the opportunity to be heard by the Board of Directors in his/her own defense. Should the offending member choose to appeal the decision of the Board, he/she may do so at the next regular meeting, where a vote of the membership may restore his/her membership.
Section 5. All membership dues must by paid by the March meeting or the member will be dropped from the membership rolls. (New Amendment Adopted 11/02/06)
Section 6. Anyone, who for a period of two or more years has been a member in good standing and who retires from active employment for any reason, shall upon recommendation of the membership committee and vote of the membership taken in accordance with Article 2 Section2, become a life member. Life members will remain such only so long as they are not engaged in any business professional activity which in any manner conflicts with the interest of the Association or any of its members. Life members shall enjoy the benefits and all of the privileges of the Association except, they shall not be able to hold office. They shall not be required to pay dues. (new Amendment Adopted 11/02/06)
Section 7. Reinstatement into the Association, after a member relinquished his/her membership, regardless of the reason, except persons subject to Article 1 Section 4, must pay the current dues in order to re-establish membership. (New Amendment Adopted 11/02/06)

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ARTICLE 3 - OBJECT
Section 1. To develop a comprehensive plan of education for all insurance lines. This will be accomplished through guest speakers at each meeting based on the topics requested by the members. (New Amendment Adopted 11/02/06)
Section 2. To provide harmony and cordial business relations among its members.
Section 3. To encourage constant observation and scrutiny of the rulings of the Courts on questions of negligence and other related laws.

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ARTICLE 4 - DIRECTORS
Section 1. The Board of Directors of the Association shall consist of seven members; the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Program Chair Person, and the last to residing Presidents. (New Amendment Adopted 11/02/06)
Section 2. The President shall act as chairperson and Secretary as Secretary
of the Board.
Section 3. The Board shall meeting whenever it is deemed advisable by any
member thereof.
Section 4. The Board, subject to the supervision and approval of the Association, shall have general control of the Association's affairs. Mailers requiring consideration and deliberation shall be referred to the Board for its consideration and recommendation. All questions considered by the Board shall be subject to adoption by a vote taken in accordance with Article 7 Section 1.
Section 5. Any Director or officer of this Association may be suspended from their duties of his/her office or removed from such office at any time during his/her term of office, upon motion duly made at a regular meeting of the Association and duly passed by a vote taken in accordance with Article 7 Section 1.

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ARTICLE 5 - OFFICERS
Section 1. The Officers shall consist of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, who shall be elected at the November meeting of each year, such officers to serve
for the ensuing year or until their successors are duly elected. The officers shall be chosen at the November meeting by a vote taken in accordance with Article 7 Section 1. In case of a vacancy caused by death, resignation or otherwise, such vacancy shall be filled by a vote taxed in accordance with Article 7 Section 1. Such officers will hold office for the unexpired term.
Section 2. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association. He/She shall have the power to appoint any committee for any of the purposes of the Association.
Section 3. The Vice President shall perform all duties of the President during the President's absence or inability to act.
Section 4. The Secretary shall take minutes of all business meetings, handle correspondence for and on behalf of the Association and perform all other duties ordinarily incident to the office of Secretary.
Section 5. The Treasurer shall collect and be the custodian of the dues and funds of the Association and it shall be his/her duty to deposit all moneys in the name of the Association in a bank or trust company designated by the Board of Directors. He shall dispense the funds in accordance with the direction of the vote taken in accordance with Article 8 Section 2. All checks on such funds shall be signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the President or Vice President. He/She shall keep a proper record of all receipts and disbursements.

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ARTICLE 6 - MEETINGS
Section 1. Regular meetings of the Association shall be held on the first Thursday of each month except July and August, unless the said Thursday be a holiday or for such other reasons as the members, Board of Directors, the Officers of the Association or the Program Chair Committee may deem expedient.
Section 2. All meetings of this Association, its Board of Directors and all its committees shall be conducted under Robert's Rules of Order, current edition.

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ARTICLE 7 - VOTING
Section 1. Matters regarding admission or expulsion of members, election of officers and directors, suspension of officer or member of the Board of Directors, and amendments to the bylaws, must be approved by a two third majority vote of the members present at the meeting when the vote is to be taken.
Section 2. All other matters, in which a vote is necessary, must be approved by a majority vote of the members present at the meeting when the vote is to be taken, each member present having one vote.
Section 3. That on a vote of 2/3 of the majority of the membership present, a suspension of the rules as it pertains to the business of the Association may be effected and expedited. That such suspension of rules may only be accomplished when 2/3 of those members present agree to such suspension of the rules.

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ARTICLE 8 - COMMITTEES
Section 1. It shall be the duty of the President upon accession to office to appoint the Standing Committees. He/She shall also appoint such special Committees as are authorized by the Association during his/her term of office, or he/she deems requisite.
Section 2. The Standing Committees and their duties shall be:
a. Program Committee
This Committee in cooperation with the President shall prepare the place of the meeting, arrange meeting and programs that will further the objects of the Association.
This Committee will also notify the members of the meeting time and place via the monthly flyer.
b. Judicial Committee
To keep the members of the Association advised of National, State and local laws
that have been passed affection the businesses out of which claims arise; to bring
to the attention of members and other interest organizations, the difficulties
of existing legislation.

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