CONSTITUTION OF THE
EASTERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER (EVC)
ORGANIZATION OF CHINESE AMERICANS, INC. (OCA)
The initial Constitution was passed at the Annual Meeting in December 1, 1990 and became effective on January 1, 1991.
The First Amendment (corrections of words) was approved and adopted at Annual Meeting in November 9, 1996 and became effective on January 1, 1997
The Second Amendment to add Article III.1a was approved and adopted at Annual Meeting on December 1, 2001 and became effective on January 1, 2002
ARTICLE I. NAME AND HEADQUARTERS
Section I.1 The name of this Organization shall be known as the Eastern Virginia Chapter, THE ORGANIZATION OF CHINESE AMERICANS, INC. of the United States of Americans hereinafter referred to as the Organization or abbreviated as OCA/EVC.
Section I.2 The address of the Chapter shall be designated by the Board of Directors.
Section I.3 The National Headquarters of this Organization is located in Washington D.C. or designated by the National Board.
ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES
Section II.1 The objective of the Organization and its members are to foster American democracy, to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, to eliminate prejudices and ignorance, to promote the cultural heritage of the Chinese in America, to enhance the image of the Chinese ancestry permanently residing in the United States of America in civic and national life, and to secure justice and equal opportunity and equal treatment of Chinese Americans, as well as all Americans regardless of their race, creed, color, sex, or national origin.
Section II.2 The means by which the objectives shall be accomplished include:
A. The fostering of constructive citizenship on the part of all Chinese Americans through education and participation;
B. The promotion of unity and strength of the United States of America by cultivating, understanding, and appreciation of both American and Chinese cultural heritages through education and example;
C. The enrichment of American society with Chinese American contributions;
D. The achievement of equal treatment and equal opportunities in all areas of life for all Chinese Americans;
E. The improvement of the general well being of Chinese Americans through education and social actions;
F. The promotion and support of civil and human right;
G. The participation and support of community activities and needs.
ARTICLE III. POLICY
Section III.1 This Organization shall promote, sponsor, and encourage educational programs, projects, and activities, which are designed to encourage every member to perform faithfully his/her duties and obligations to the United States of America.
Section III.1a Programs include but are not limited to: voter registration, scholarship, and leadership training, education on public policies, senior citizen support, promotion of cultural diversity, community, social and health services, disaster relief, etc.
Section III.2 This Organization shall be a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-sectarian organization.
Section III.3 The primary and continuing concern of the Organization shall be the welfare of Chinese Americans as expressed in its programs and activities. Moreover, the Organization shall strive to secure and uphold full civil rights and equal justice for all Americans, regardless of race, creed, color, sex or national origin.
Section III.4 This Organization shall have no collective interest in the politics of any foreign country.
Section III.5 This Organization shall support issues which:
A. Strengthen equal opportunities, equal participation, and equal treatment;
B. Eliminate discrimination and prejudices; and
C. Advocate the inherent rights of all.
ARTICLE IV. AREA and MEMBERSHIP
Section IV.1 The Eastern Virginia Chapter/OCA is responsible for OCA activities in the area from Williamsburg to the Eastern Shore and from Fredericksburg to Virginia’s southern boarder.
Section IV.2 The membership shall consist mainly of Chinese-Americans and others who are interested in furthering the objectives of the Organization, regardless of color, sex, religion, education, profession or national origin. A member must be over eighteen years of age and subscribe to the objectives and policies herein stated and in accordance with the Constitution and the By-Laws of this Organization. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be eligible to vote or to hold office.
ARTICLE V. AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the Constitution shall be made in accordance with the By-Laws.
This Constitution is amended, approved and adopted at the Annual Meeting on December 1, 2001 and became effective on January 1, 2002.
Leon R. L Wang , ‘01 Date
Stewart N. Shen, ‘02 Date
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