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Name, Nature & Location
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NAME, NATURE AND LOCATION
Section 1. NAME. The name of this association shall
be the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA).
Section 2. NATURE OF ASSOCIATION. CTDA is an Illinois
not for profit corporation. Its membership shall be
composed of those who may from time to time be admitted
to membership in such a manner as may be prescribed
by the By-Laws.
Section 3. LOCATION. The principal office and place
of business of CTDA shall be located in such place as
may be designated from time to time by the Board of
Section 1. REGULAR MEMBERSHIP. Any person, partnership,
corporation, and other type of firm or business enterprise
shall be eligible for Regular Membership in CTDA if the
a. Sells at wholesale a substantial quantity of ceramic
tile and/or related products;
b. Maintains a full time sales organization actively
engaged in the promotion and selling of ceramic tile
during normal business hours;
c. Maintains adequately staffed and equipped office,
warehouse, and shipping facilities, which shall be continuously
open during normal business hours;
d. Generally purchases ceramic tile and/or related products
in bulk quantities from the producer of those products,
and maintains a warehouse stock of such products large
enough to serve its trade area adequately;
e. Periodically issues price lists, catalogs, samples
and other related products to keep his trade area current
as to price, products and availability; and
f. Invoices and assumes credit responsibility in connection
with a portion of its sales.
Section 2. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP. Any person, partnership,
corporation or other type of firm or business enterprise
which supplies ceramic tile and/or related products
to those qualifying for Regular Membership may become
an Associate Member.
Section 3. ALLIED MEMBERSHIP. Any person, partnership,
corporation or other type of firm or business enterprise
which does not qualify for Regular or Associate Membership,
but which furnishes services and supplies other than
ceramic tile and related products to those qualifying
for Regular Membership for use in their business, and
not normally for resale, plus member of the trade press,
may become an Allied Member.
Section 4. VOTING. Regular Members shall be entitled
to cast one (1) vote on each matter submitted to the
membership of a vote. Associate and Allied Members shall
have no voting rights.
Section 5. APPLICATION AND ELECTION. Application for
membership shall be made in writing addressed to CTDA
on a form approved from time to time by the Board. Such
application shall be considered by the Board of Directors,
and a majority vote thereof in favor of such applicant
shall be sufficient to elect the applicant a member;
provided, however that no applicant who is eligible
under Section 1, 2,3 of this Article, who follows approved
application procedures and who agrees to pay applicable
dues shall be denied membership.
Section 6. TERMINATION. Membership in CTDA may be terminated
by death, resignation or removal by two thirds (2/3)
vote of the Board of Directors for non payment of dues,
failure to meet the qualifications of membership or
other good cause. Any member may resign by written notice
to the Executive Director effective on the date of receipt
unless otherwise stated in the resignation. Termination
for any cause other than non payment of dues may occur
only after the member has been given at least thirty
(30) days to present to the Board of Directors either
in person or in writing any reason why membership should
not be terminated. Any member so removed from membership
may appeal the decision of the Board to the Regular
Membership, provided notice of intent to appeal is given
to the Executive Director at least thirty (30) days
prior to the next meeting of the Regular Members. A
terminated member may appear in person before a meeting
or may state its position in writing to the Regular
Members. A vote of majority of a quorum of voting members
present at any such meeting shall be necessary to reinstate
a member making such an appeal.
Any member who resigns or is removed from membership
shall remain obligated for all dues, assessments and
other obligations to CTDA levied, assessed or incurred
at the time of resignation or termination.
Section 7. MEMBERSHIP NON ASSIGNABLE. Membership in
CTDA may not be transferred by assignment, sale or otherwise.
Section 1. DIRECTORS. The government, management and
control of CTDA and its affairs shall be vested in a
Board of Directors ("Board"). The Board shall
consist of at least twelve (12) elected Directors plus
the Immediate Past President in the event he is not
an elected Director.
Section 2. ELIGIBILITY. To be eligible to be a director
a person must either be a Regular or Associate member
and be an officer, owner or otherwise actively connected
in a managerial capacity at a policy making level with
the Regular or Associate Member he or she represents
and be able to speak for and firmly commit to such member
on all issues coming before the Association. If a director
ceases to be a Regular or Associate Member or to be
actively connected with the Regular or Associate Member
he or she represented at the time of election as a Director,
such person's directorship shall automatically terminate
thereby creating a vacancy on the Board.
Section 3. POWERS AND DUTIES. The Board shall have the
power to make rules and regulation s for the carrying
on of the work and the government of CTDA not inconsistent
with CTDA's Article of Incorporation, its By Laws or
law; to fill vacancies which may occur in any office
and on the Board; to engage and discharge employees
and agents including an Executive Director and to fix
their compensation, to admit and expel members; to have
charge of all property of CTDA; and to do all other
acts not expressly reserved to the members which are
necessary or proper to carry on the work of CTDA.
Section 4. QUORUM. A majority of the full membership
of the Board of Directors or any Committee shall constitute
a quorum at any of the Board or such Committee , but
any number less than a quorum must recess a meeting
to another day.
Section 5. ELECTION. At each annual meeting of CTDA
at least four (4) Directors shall be elected by a majority
of the Regular Members present at such annual meeting
to serve for three (3) years in the case of Regular
Member Directors or for two (2) years in the case of
Associate Member Directors, or until their successors
shall have been elected and qualified. Vacancies occurring
on the Board may be filled for the balance of the term
by a majority vote of the Board.
Section 6. MEETINGS. The annual meeting of the Board
shall be held in connection with the annual meeting
of members, the time, date and location to be determined
by the President. Meetings of the Board may be called
by the President or by an three (3) Directors, or shall
be called by the President upon written request of any
fifteen (15) Regular Members. The time, date and location
of these meetings shall be determined by the person
or persons calling the meeting. Notice of meetings of
the Board shall be given by the Executive Director by
mail at least ten (10) days before the meeting or by
telegraph at least forty eight (48) hours before the
meeting. Notice of special meetings shall specify the
purpose for which such meeting is being held.
Section 7. VOTING. Each Director of CTDA shall be entitled
at each meeting of the Board of one (1) vote on each
matter submitted to a vote of the Directors. Unless
otherwise provided by the CTDA By Laws, a motion, resolution
or other proposal in order to be passed must receive
the affirmative vote of a majority of the Directors
present at a meeting at which a quorum is present.
Section 1. DESIGNATION OF OFFICERS AND ELECTION. The
Officers of CTDA shall be a President, a Vice President,
A Secretary, a Treasurer, and an Executive Director.
All officers, except the Executive Director, must be
elected Directors. Such officers, except the Executive
Director, shall be elected by the Regular Members at
the annual meeting of CTDA to hold office for one (1)
year or until their successors shall have been elected
and qualified. The Executive Director shall be appointed
by the Board to serve for such time and upon such terms
and conditions as may be determined by the Board, and
shall not have any financial interest, directly or indirectly,
in any member of CTDA. If a vacancy in one or more of
the offices occurs, the Board by majority vote may fill
such vacancy or vacancies for the balance of the term
or terms thereof.
Section 2. DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT. The President shall
preside at all meetings of the members of CTDA and of
the Board. He shall be a member ex officio with the
right to vote, of all committees except the Nominating
Committee. He shall have such other duties as usually
pertain to that office and as may be conferred upon
him by the Board from time to time.
Section 3. DUTIES OF THE VICE PRESIDENT. The Vice President
shall, in the absence of the President, perform the
duties of the President and shall perform such other
duties as may be from time to time delegated to him
by the President of by the Board. He shall be a member
ex officio with the right to vote on the Convention
Section 4. DUTIES OF THE TREASURER. The Treasurer may
keep the accounts, have charge of the funds of CTDA,
collect all dues and make such payments as shall be
authorized by the Board and shall have such other duties
as usually pertain to that office. He shall submit to
the Board, when and as requested, a complete financial
report of the affairs of CTDA and shall submit to the
members at the annual meeting of CTDA a report of receipts
and disbursements made by CTDA during the year and of
the then financial condition of CTDA. He may delegate
his duties to the extent authorized by the Membership
of the Board.
Section 5. DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY. The Secretary may
perform the duties that are normally associate with
its office, and shall perform such other duties as the
Board may from time to time delegate it.
Section 6. DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. The Executive
Director shall, subject to the general direction and
supervision of the Board and the President, direct and
administer the affairs of CTDA, shall keep a careful
record of all transactions of CTDA, including minutes
of all meetings, give notice of all meetings, conduct
correspondence for CTDA, and perform generally the duties
incidental to the office and such other duties as may
be assigned to such office from time to time by the
Board or by the President. The Executive Directors shall
also act in the capacity of Corporate Secretary to CTDA.
Section 1. ANNUAL MEETING. The President shall determine
the date, time and place of the annual meeting of the
members of CTDA. Special meetings of the members of
CTDA may be called at any time by the President or by
the Board and shall be called by the President upon
written request of at least fifteen (15) members. The
person or persons calling the meeting shall determine
the date, time and place thereof.
Section 2. NOTICE. The Executive Director shall give
at least ten (10) days notice of an annual and special
meeting of CTDA, and in such notice shall specify the
matter which it is then known will be brought before
Section 3. QUORUM. Fifteen percent (15%) of the total
regular membership, present in person, shall constitute
a quorum at all meetings of CTDA, and in such notice
shall specify the matters which it is then known will
be brought before the meeting.
Section 4. VOTING. Each Regular Members of CTDA shall
be entitled to cast one (1) vote on each matter submitted
to the membership for a vote; except that where anyone
other than a Regular Members is affiliated (other than
by virtue of a buyer seller relationship) with two (2)
or more Regular Members, agreement, business structure
or otherwise, such affiliated Regular Members shall
have only one (1) vote between or among them on each
matter submitted to the membership for a vote. Associate
and Allied Members shall have no voting rights. Unless
otherwise provided by CTDA By Laws, a motion, resolution
or other proposal in order to be passed, must receive
the affirmative vote by a majority of the Regular Members
present at a meeting at which a quorum is present.
Section 1. STANDING COMMITTEES. CTDA shall have at least
the following Standing Committees:
a. An Executive Committee consisting of the CTDA President,
Immediate Past President, Vice President, Secretary,/Treasurer,
and up to two (2) at large members elected by the Association's
Directors from among those Directors for one year terms,
which shall, between meetings of the Board of Directors,
possess and exercise such powers of the Board in the
management of CTDA as are permitted by law, unless otherwise
directed by the Board. . . . Such powers shall include
the power to manage and direct the investments of any
funds or other assets of CTDA. The President shall act
as Chairman of the Executive Committee and shall have
the power to call meetings of it. A majority of the
members of the Executive Committee shall constitute
a quorum and any action taken shall be by majority vote.
Proxy voting will not be permitted.
b. A nominating Committee composed of the last three
(3) Past Presidents available to serve. The most recent
Past President shall serve as Chairman.
c. Convention Planning Committee.
Section 2. OTHER COMMITTEES. The Board may create such
other Standing Committees and the Board or the President
may create such other committees with such powers and
responsibilities as it or he may deem appropriate.
Section 3. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES. The members of
all other committees shall be appointed by the President
with the advice of the Board within thirty (30) days
after adjournment of each annual meeting of the Directors.
The President, in appointing such committees, shall
designate one of the members of the committee to be
Chairman and another Vice Chairman.
Section 4. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. Each committee shall
make written reports to the members of CTDA whenever
appropriate. The Chairman (or in his absence, the Vice
Chairman) of each committee shall attend special meetings
of CTDA when requested by the President or the Board.
Each such committee may hold such meetings as may be
called by the Chairman or Vice Chairman of such committee
or the Executive Director with the approval of the President.
MINUTES OF MEETINGS
Written minutes of all meetings of the CTDA Executive
Committee, Board of Directors, general membership and
committees shall be maintained by CTDA.
CTDA shall retain legal counsel who shall be kept fully
advised of, and consulted with respect to, all CTDA
and committee activities and who shall be in attendance
at all meetings of CTDA, its Board, its Executive Committee
and at appropriate committees.
DUES AND ASSESSMENTS
Section 1. DUES. The Board of Directors shall establish
the annual dues of members by a vote of three fourths
(3/4) of all Directors. Such dues may be in differing
amounts for different class members.
Section 2. ASSESSMENTS. The Board of Directors, by a
vote of three fourths (3/4) of all Directors, may levy
The fiscal year of CTDA shall be the calendar year.
These By Laws may be amended by either a three fourths
(3/4) affirmative vote of the total Board of Directors,
at any meeting thereof, by two thirds (2/3) affirmative
vote of the Regular Members present at any regular or
special meeting thereof; provide that notice of any
proposed amendments shall be sent by the Executive Director
in writing to each Director or Regular Member, as the
case may be, at least ten (10) days in advance of the
meeting at which such an amendment[s] is [are] to be
voted upon; and further provided that the Board of Directors
shall not have the power to amend Article II (Membership),
Article V (Meeting of Members), Article XI (Amendments),
or Article XIII (Dissolution) of these By Laws, the
power to amend these Articles or any part thereof being
reserved for the members.
CTDA shall indemnify its Directors, Officers, Executive
Director, staff members, legal counsel, duly appointed
committee and task group members or substitutes, and
agents of CTDA against any and all liability incurred
in connection with the performance of their duties,
including but not limited to, legal fees and judgment
entered against them to the extent such indemnification
is not prohibited by law. Such indemnification shall
not be deemed exclusive of any other rights to indemnification
to which they may be entitled apart from this By Law.
Upon dissolution of CTDA, provisions shall be made for
payment of all bills and obligations, current or future,
and a plan adopted for distribution of excess funds.
All funds remaining after payment of bills and obligations,
shall be dedicated exclusively to purposes enumerated
in Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of
1954 or in corresponding provision of any then existing
federal laws. The Board of Directors shall endeavor
to distribute remaining fund to organizations which
are exempt from federal income taxation under Section
501(c)(6) and which are engaged in activities related
to the field or ceramic tile distribution or to such
other organization or organizations organized and operating
exclusively for charitable, religious, educational,
scientific, or other purposes as shall at that time
qualify as an exempt organization under Section 501
Adopted May 20, 1985
Amended July 20, 1985
Amended February 1, 1987
Amended November 3, 1991
Amended November 3, 1993
Amended November 2, 1994