FRATERNAL ORDER OF BORDER AGENTS

CONSTITUTION

PREAMBLE

We, the active and retired Members of various law enforcement agencies who have served honorably on the United States Border with the Republic of Mexico do hereby associate ourselves together for the following purposes:


I To support and defend the Constitution of the United States;


II To foster the impartial enforcement of law and order;


III To encourage social and educational activities among our Members;


IV To preserve the tradition of esprit de corps and fidelity to duty under all conditions and circumstances;


V To promote and perpetuate the spirit of independence and individuality among our Membership, consistent with the traditions of the past;


VI To cultivate a spirit of mutual helpfulness among our Membership and continued loyalty to present and former associates and agencies;


VII To enhance the professionalism of law enforcement and investigations along both sides of the United States/Mexico Border including adjacent cities, towns and stations on or up to 1250 miles south of the Border and;


VIII To aid our fellow Border Agents whenever and wherever possible.


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ARTICLE I - NAME

This organization shall be known as the FRATERNAL ORDER OF BORDER AGENTS, INC.


ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVES

The general objectives and purposes of this organization are as stated in the above PREAMBLE to the CONSTITUTION.


ARTICLE III - NATIONAL AND LOCAL CHAPTERS

This organization shall consist of a National Organization and such local chapters (subsidiary to the National Organization), as may be authorized in accordance with the By-Laws.


ARTICLE IV - CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP

The classes of Membership in this organization and its chapters shall be REGULAR, ASSOCIATE and HONORARY. The By-Laws of the National Organization provide for the appointment, regulation, conduct and rights of each class of Membership and shall govern and control those classes of Membership


ARTICLE V-OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS


OFFICERS

The Officers of this organization shall consist of the PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENT,SECRETARY, and TREASURER, all of

whom shall be elected by the REGULAR Membership. It shall be the responsibility of the Officers to develop and implement broad base and long range policies and to be the representatives of and the spokesmen for the FRATERNAL ORDER OF BORDER AGENTS.


There shall also be an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, who shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors.2


ELECTIONS

Officers of the association shall be elected to two-year terms at each annual meeting, as follows: The PRESIDENT and SECRETARY shall be elected in odd numbered years. The VICE-PRESIDENT and the TREASURER shall be elected in the even numbered years.2 The newly elected Officers shall be sworn in and take office at the end of that Conference at which they were elected.


All Directors (except the Director at Large) shall be elected to two-year terms in Positions designated as Board Director, Positions 1,2,3, and 4. The Directors serving in the odd numbered positions shall be elected in the odd numbered years and those Directors serving in the even numbered positions shall be elected in the even numbered years. 1,2,3,5


ARTICLE VI - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, four (4)5 Directors and a Director at Large, who shall be the immediate past President, who shall serve as an ex officio Member of the Board until replaced by the next outgoing President who becomes the Director at Large. The Director at Large shall have all the duties and powers of a regular Board Member, including the right to vote.3 The FOBA Board shall, thereby, have a total membership of nine5 Directors, each having one vote, which must be personally cast.3

The Board of Directors shall be the policy making body of the association. Only REGULAR Members shall have the right to vote or to hold office on the Board of Directors. Any Member in good standing or invited guest may attend a Board of Directors Meeting and be heard on any relevant and material issue.


There shall be a Board of Directors Meeting prior to the Annual Meeting of this Association. Special Board Meetings may be called at any time by a Board Member or the Regular Membership as long as a reasonable notice has been given to all Board Members, or reasonable efforts have been made to give such notice. The Regular Membership may call a special Meeting of the Board by a vote of 25 percent of the total Regular Membership. Five (5)5 Members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.


ARTICLE VII - ANNUAL MEETINGS


An Annual Meeting shall be held at a place and time pre-determined at the past Annual Meeting


ARTICLE VIII - AMENDMENT

The Constitution and By-Laws of this Association may be proposed for amendment by a two- thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Directors at any meeting of the Board, if ten (10) days notice of the proposed amendment was provided to all Board Members. Regular Members may propose an amendment to the Constitution, or the By-Laws, at the Annual Meeting by giving ten (10) days written notice to the Membership. A proposed amendment by the Board of Directors, or a Regular Member, shall be presented at the Annual Meeting and shall not become effective until it has been passed by a two- thirds (2/3) majority vote of the members present.4


ARTICLE IX - CONFLICTS

Procedural conflicts will be resolved in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. The Constitution shall prevail over conflicts of the By-Laws and any and all other documents or policies promulgated thereunder.

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1. Amended at Las Vegas Membership Meeting, 1986. 4. Amended at Tucson Membership meeting 2011.

2. Amended at San Diego Membership Meeting, 1987.  5. Amended at Waco Membership meeting 2012

3. Amended at Albuquerque Membership Meeting, 1992.

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