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EFFORTS — PO Box 20241
Kansas City, MO 64195–0241
Ph: 1–866–END–COPD
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Bylaws of Emphysema Foundation For Our Right To Survive (EFFORTS)


Article I


The name of this organization is Emphysema Foundation For Our Right To Survive (hereafter referred to as EFFORTS).

Article II


The purpose of EFFORTS is to provide an on-line presence for education, advocacy and information for the general public, patients and medical professionals by establishing and maintaining a website; to provide support and information for patients by establishing and maintaining a listserv; and to advocate for research leading to a cure for emphysema.   

Article III


Any person supporting the purpose of the organization may be a member.  To be counted in membership, individuals must register and become recipients of the listserv.

Article IV

Board of Directors

The officers of the Board shall be the President, First Vice President and Second Vice President and  four to eight members at large selected from the membership by the current Board members.   Terms shall be indefinite although officers or Board members may resign or take an approved leave of absence at any time.

Board members can be removed by a majority vote of the current Board members.

The President is the executive officer of the organization and with the approval of the Board of Directors shall direct the business of the organization.

The  First Vice President shall act in the absence of the President and perform duties that may be assigned to  him/her from time to time.  The Second Vice President shall act in the absence of both the President and the First Vice President and may perform duties that may be assigned to him/her from time to time.  In the absence of all three officers, the most senior member of the Board may act if necessary.

Members of the Board of Directors may be reimbursed for expenses incurred on behalf of EFFORTS.  Reimbursement shall require the approval of the President of the Board prior to payment.  No member of the Board of Directors will be recompensed in any way other than for reimbursement of legitimate expenses. 

Article V

Elections of Board Members and Officers

In the event of a vacancy occurring among either the officers or the Board members, the President shall request suggestions from current Board members regarding potential Board members from among the members in good standing.  The President shall arrange for potential members to be approached concerning membership on the Board.  If an individual agrees to serve, s/he must be voted in by a two thirds majority of current Board members. 

In the event that an officer must be replaced, the President or whichever Vice President or ranking Board member is acting will ask for nominations from among the current Board members to fill the vacant positions.  Board members may nominate themselves or other Board members for office.  Officers will be elected by a two thirds majority of current Board members.

Article VI

Quorum of the Board of Directors

A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of those Board members voting on an issue.  In the case of a tie, the President shall cast the deciding vote.  Since the organization is an on-line organization and the Board does not meet in person at any time, votes are taken by e-mail.  If presented with an issue requiring a vote by two members of the Board, the President must bring the issue to the Board for a vote.  Board members shall have 48 hours from notice by the President of an issue to vote on to cast their vote.   If a Board member has not voted at the end of the 48 hour period, any subsequent vote received on that issue is invalid and will not be counted.

Article VII

Managing Officer

EFFORTS shall employ a Managing Officer who shall report to the Board through the President.  The Managing Officer shall be a non-voting but otherwise fully participating member of the Board.  The Managing Officer shall be bonded (fee to be paid by EFFORTS) and maintain the Post Office box for EFFORTS, take in donations, manage the checkbook and pay bills as directed by the President.  The Board, in conjunction with the Managing Officer, shall work out a system of checks and balances to protect both the Managing Officer and the organization.  All checks written require documented approval by the President.

Article VIII


Amendments to these Bylaws may be made by proposing a change to the Board of Directors through the President.  Two Board members are required to submit a proposed change to the bylaws to the President.  The President is required to present any proposed change in the Bylaws to the Board within one week of receipt of the proposed change.  A two thirds majority vote is required to change the Bylaws.