By-Laws (revised: December 7, 2013)
OF THE FLORIDA SOCIETY OF THE SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of the organization shall be the Naples Chapter of the Florida Society of the Sons of the
American Revolution, (hereinafter referred to as the Chapter), a not-for-profit organization.
ARTICLE II – OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES
Section 1. Objects. The objects of this Chapter are those of the National Society of the Sons of
the American Revolution, Incorporated, (hereinafter referred to as the National Society). They are
declared to be patriotic, historical and educational and shall include those intended or designed
to perpetuate the memory of those who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the
American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people; to unite and promote
fellowship among their descendants; to inspire them and the community at large with a more profound
reverence for the principles of government founded by our forefathers; to encourage historical
research in relation to the American Revolution; to acquire and preserve the records of the
individual services of the patriots of the war, as well as documents, relics, and landmarks; to
mark the scenes of the American Revolution by appropriate memorials; to celebrate the anniversaries
of the prominent events of the Revolutionary War and of the revolutionary period; to foster true
patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom; and to carry out the
purposes expressed in the Preamble of the Constitution of our country and the injunctions of
Washington in his farewell address to the American people.
Section 2. Purposes. The purposes of the Chapter are to promote the objects and purposes of the
National Society, growth in its membership, public awareness and support for its objects, and to do
so in a manner that will reflect credit upon it.
ARTICLE III - POWERS
The Chapter shall have all powers necessary and useful in accomplishing the objects and purposes
set forth expressly or by implication in Article II hereof. The Chapter may acquire, own, lease and
dispose of real and personal property, and shall, in general, have all the powers conferred on
organizations of its character by the Statutes of the State of Florida.
ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Qualification. Membership in the Chapter shall consist of those men who are descendants
of Revolutionary patriots whose applications for membership, or transfer of membership, or
reinstatement of membership, have been approved by the Registrar of the Chapter, by the State
Society, and by the National Society, and who have paid the full amount of dues and fees required
at the time such application was approved by the State and National Societies.
Section 2. Annual Dues and Fees. Annual dues which shall be due and payable on November 1st
shall be the sum of the dues and fees required by the National Society, the Florida Society and
this Chapter. Failure to pay annual dues by December 31st terminates membership in the Chapter. Any
membership so terminated may be reinstated by the payment of all delinquent dues and any
reinstatement fee prescribed by the Florida Society.
Section 3. Chapter Dues and Fees. The President and Treasurer shall review Chapter financial needs
each September and if a change in dues is needed, the Board of Directors shall meet the following
month to establish Chapter dues payable the ensuing November 1st.
ARTICLE V – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The President, the First and Second Vice Presidents, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Chancellor
and the Immediate Past President and two at-large members shall function as the Board of Directors
under the Chairmanship of the President. The at-large members shall be nominated by the President
and shall be confirmed by the elected members of the Board, The Board of Directors shall make
policy decisions, set Chapter dues, and exercise control over the affairs, activities, funds and
properties of the Chapter. The Board shall meet at the call of the President and shall have the
power to accept resignations from officers, directors and members, and to confirm appointments made
by the President to fill vacancies, except that of the President. A quorum for the transaction of business
by the Board shall consist of five (5) directors.
ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS
Section 1. Officers. The officers of this organization shall be a President, a First
Vice-President, a Second Vice-President, a Secretary, an Assistant Secretary, a Treasurer, an
Assistant Treasurer, a Registrar, a Chaplain, a Chancellor, an Historian, and Co-Sergeants-at-Arms.
Each officer shall have the duties ordinarily assigned to those holding such office in
organizations of this character; all the duties assigned by the State Society; and the duties
prescribed in this Article and in these By-Laws.
Section 2. The President. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and of the
Board of Directors. He shall exercise general supervision and control over the affairs and
activities of the Chapter, and plan and implement a program to achieve the Chapter's objectives and
purposes, involving as many of the members in the work of the Chapter as possible. He shall appoint
all committees and their respective chairmen, except as otherwise provided by these By-Laws, and
shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, and may require such reports from them as
necessary to assure that timely action is taken to plan, organize and carry out the various
activities of the Chapter. He shall have power to appoint assistants to help officers carry out
Section 3. The First Vice-President. The First Vice-President shall take over the duties of the
President in the event of the absence or incapacity of the President and shall serve with all the
powers of the President until the President is able to resume his duties. He shall serve as
Chairman of the Program Committee.
Section 4. The Second Vice-President. The Second Vice-President shall take over the duties of the
President and/or the First Vice-President in the event of their absence or incapacity. He shall be
Chairman of the Membership Committee and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him
by the President and the Board of Directors.
Section 5. The Secretary. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Chapter's and Board of
Directors' meetings. He is the custodian of all the records of the Chapter. He shall keep a
complete record of all memberships and changes ill memberships, and shall notify the President, the
Registrar, the Treasurer and applicants of actions affecting memberships and applications for membership in the
Chapter; he shall attend to the correspondence of the Chapter; obtain supplies, medals, awards,
badges and like items from the National Society; and make such reports as may be required from the
Chapter by the Florida Society or the National Society. He shall cause to have published annually
and distributed to each member, a Naples Chapter Yearbook containing, at a minimum for each member,
his name, mailing address, telephone number, spouse's name, and other pertinent information as well
as a listing of Chapter officers and committee chairs.
Section 5a. Assistant Secretary. The Assistant Secretary shall perform such duties as shall be
delegated by the Secretary.
Section 6. The Treasurer. The Treasurer shall receive and be custodian of all funds of the Chapter.
He shall promptly deposit all monies received in the Chapter's account at an authorized bank. He
shall make disbursements as authorized by the President, the Secretary, or the Board of Directors.
He shall keep itemized accounts of all receipts and disbursements, with invoices or bills to support
each disbursement. He shall bill each member for the sum of the Chapter, State, and National
Society dues not later than November 1st and remind delinquent members of their obligations
beginning early in December. He shall make a report of the financial status of the Chapter when
called upon to do so, and advise the Board of Directors of delinquent members prior to December
Section 6a. Assistant Treasurer. The Assistant Treasurer shall perform such duties as delegated by
Section 7. The Registrar. The Registrar shall assist prospective members in completing their
applications; he shall review them for their adequacy of documentation and form, and forward them
to the Registrar of the State Society. He shall keep a copy of all papers pertaining to
applications for membership. He shall notify the President, the Secretary, and the applicant of the
action taken on his application.
Section 8. The Chaplain. The Chaplain shall give the invocation at each meeting and shall perform
such other duties as ordinarily pertain to his office.
Section 9. The Chancellor. The Chancellor shall be the Chapter Parliamentarian; he shall prepare
such amendments or revisions to the Chapter By-Laws as may be directed by the President or the
Board of Directors, and he shall advise the Board of any legal matters which may arise.
Section 10. The Historian. The Historian shall collect and preserve all Chapter Newsletters,
historical records, documents, news items, relics, and memorabilia relevant to the history and
activities of the Chapter. He shall prepare and render such report to the Historian of the State
Society as may be required.
Section 11. Sergeants-at-Arms. The office of Sergeant-at-Arms shall be shared by two members who
shall hold the title of Co-Sergeant-at-Arms. The Sergeants-at-Arms shall be responsible for setting
up the meeting room for each regular or special meeting and assisting and preserving order as directed
by the President or presiding officer; they shall be responsible for the care and safekeeping of the Chapter's
flags, bell, gavel, name-tags, printed pledge cards, signs and other Chapter property.
Section 11a. Color Guard Commander. One of the two Sergeants-at-Arms shall serve as the Bernardo de
Galvez Camp #13 Color Guard Commander, with the following guidance: Pursuant to the NSSAR Color
Guard Handbook, the optimum minimum number of men that form a Color Guard unit consists of four (4)
compatriots: Two (2) Color Bearers of which one carries the United States National Flag, and the other carries
either the State or SAR Flag; and two (2) Musketeers or
Riflemen who escort the Color Bearers.
It’s understood that the Naples chapter may not have Musketeers or Riflemen. In such a situation
the Color Guard may consist of a minimum of three (3) members with at least one, usually the Color
Guard Commander, marching to the right of the National Colors. The left side of the National Colors
shall be covered, where practical, either by a second Color Guard member (with or without a Musket
or a Revolutionary War Rifle), or by another Color Guard Bearer who carries another flag (most
often the state flag or an SAR flag). As the Bernardo de Galvez Camp #13 Color Guard grows, the
Naples Chapter Color Guard Commander will march ahead of the National Colors separate from any
Section 12. Editor. The News-letter Editor shall publish information in the Chapter newsletter, The
Naples Crier, of the time, place and program for the next meeting, a brief summary of events of the
last meeting, and such announcements, information or requests as may be appropriate for the conduct
of Chapter affairs and the information of the members.
Section 13. Retiring Chapter Officer. With the election and installation of new chapter officer,
retiring chapter officers shall within one week of the date of their retirement, deliver to their
successors all papers, funds, records, and any other property belonging to the Chapter.
ARTICLE VII - COMMITTEES
Section 1. Standing Committees. The President shall appoint the following Standing
a. Program Committee. Under the chairmanship of the First Vice-President, the Program Committee
shall make all necessary arrangements for a program for each meeting, proper seating and
introduction of the speaker, and certificates of appreciation for presentation to the speaker by
the President at the conclusion of the program.
b. Membership Committee. The Second Vice-President shall be the Chairman of the Membership
Committee which shall develop and carry out plans to get new members for the Chapter and to
reinstate former members.
c. Publicity Committee. The Publicity Committee shall maintain contact with the local news media
and provide timely news releases of coming programs and Chapter activities and events of interest,
with suitable photographs, where appropriate.
d. Telephone Committee. The Telephone Committee shall provide postcards or telephone calls to the
members informing them of coming meetings, programs, special events, funeral services of deceased
members, or other. such information as may be necessary.
Section 2. Special and Ad Hoc Committees. The President shall appoint such other committees as he
deems necessary to carry out Chapter activities, such as Nominating Committee, Patriotic Education,
ROTC Awards, Charter Day Luncheon, Joseph S. Rumbaugh Oratorical Contest, Good Citizenship Awards,
Eagle Scout Scholarship Contest, Veterans, or other Chapter interests.
Section 3. The President is an ex-officio member of all committees and may require such reports as necessary
to assure that timely action is taken to plan, orga.'1ize,and carry out the various activities of the Chapter.
ARTICLE VIII - MEETINGS
Section 1. Regular Meetings. Regular Chapter meetings shall be held monthly except on such months
as directed by the Board of Directors. The President shall specify the date, time and place of each
meeting, and he may call additional meetings or cancel any scheduled meeting as he deems
appropriate. Notice to the members shall be provided in the monthly Newsletter and by postcard or
Section 2. The attendance of fifteen (15) members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of
business on any matter brought before the membership at a meeting. Action of the Chapter shall be
by motion properly made and seconded, and the vote of a majority of the members present and voting
shall be required for the passage of any motion, except as otherwise provided by these By-Laws. Vote on
any motion may be made by show of hands, by voice vote, or by secret ballot, as the President may
ARTICLE IX – ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Section 1. Nominations of the officers specified in Article VI, Section 1 shall be presented to
Chapter at the February meeting each year. Election and installation shall take place at the
ensuing March meeting. Officers shall serve until their successors are installed.
Section 2. Officers in office at the time of the adoption, of these By-Laws shall continue in
Office until their successors are installed.
Section 3. Nominating Committee. The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee at least
forty-five (45) days before the February meeting.
Section 4. Additional Nominations. Additional nominations for any office may be made by written
endorsement of at least ten (10) members and a certification that each nominee is willing to serve.
Such additional nominations shall be delivered to the Secretary not later than five (5) days
following the February meeting.
Section 5. Balloting. The Secretary shall have published in the Chapter Newsletter the report of
the Nominating Committee no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting at which the election
is to be held. . Members may vote in person at the March meeting or by secret ballot delivered to
the Secretary in a sealed envelope marked "BALLOT' with the member's name signed on the envelope,
but not on the ballot. Members may also vote by email sent to the Secretary. When balloting is
done by email, the voting member will identify himself using his NSSAR certificate issue date
(form: mm/dd/year) and name as it appears in the current Naples Chapter Directory. Emailed, mailed or hand
delivered ballots must be received not later than the time the President appoints tellers to collect the
ballots of those voting in person and the absentee ballot envelopes, open them, and tally the votes. Candidates
receiving a simple majority of the votes cast for each office shall be declared elected and will be installed and take
office at the March meeting.
ARTICLE X – REMOVAL OF OFFICERS
For cause, the membership may remove any officer from office by the vote of two-thirds of those
present and voting, a quorum being present, provided that at least fifteen (15) days’ notice of the
proposed action is mailed to such person at his last known address, and further provided that notice of the
proposed action shall have been sent to the membership at least fifteen (15) days prior to the
meeting where the vote will take place.
ARTICLE XI - VACANCIES
Section 1. The President. In the event of the death, resignation, removal, or inability of the
President to carry out his duties, the Board of Directors, by a two-thirds vote, may declare the
office vacant and the First Vice-President shall succeed to the office of President.
Section 2, Other Officers. A vacancy, for the reasons set forth in the preceding paragraph, in any
other office, shall, upon being declared vacant by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors, be
filled by appointment by the President for the remainder of the term of such office, subject to
confirmation by the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE XII – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Robert's rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of the Chapter in cases not provided for in
ARTICLE XIII – AMENDMENT
Section 1. When required to conform to changes in the By-Laws of the State or National Societies,
these By-Laws shall automatically conform, and the Secretary shall notify the members of the
Section 2. Amendment Procedure. These By-Laws may be amended, altered, or repealed by a majority
vote of a quorum of the membership. Amendments may be proposed by two-thirds majority vote of the
Board of Directors, or by petition of at least ten (10) members. The Secretary shall provide the
text of the proposed amendment(s) together with a ballot providing for approval or disapproval of
each proposed change, to each member at least fifteen (15) days prior to the next Chapter meeting.
Members may vote by secret written ballot in person, by email ballot as defined in Article IX,
Section 5, or by absentee ballot, provided such absentee ballot is marked "BALLOT" on the envelope,
with the member's name signed on the envelope, but not on the ballot, and providing such absentee
ballots and email ballots are received prior to the collection of ballots by the tellers at the
meeting. These amendments approved by a majority of the quorum shall be declared adopted and shall
become effective immediately.
ARTICLE XIV – DISSOLUTION
In the event of the dissolution of the Chapter, its assets, property, and records shall be
transferred to and become the property of the State Society.
These BY-LAWS are amended with an effective date of the 7th of December 2013.