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  • President- Mr. Bishnu Mani Acharya
    Sr. Vice President- Mr. Arjun Kunwar
    Vice President- Mr. Dinesh Pandey
    Vice President- Mr. Milan Kumar Karki
    Vice President- Mrs. Azad Pradhan
    General Secretary-Mr. Peshal Regmi
    Secretary - Mr. Jal Prasad Ghimire
    Tresurer-Mr. Raj Kumar Thapa
    Asst. Treasure- Mrs. Milan Poudel Thapa
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By-Laws

Article I

Name

a) The name of this organization is "Greater Boston Nepalese Community".

b) The organization shall also be known by the acronym of "GBNC".

Article II

Purpose/Objectives

The purpose of this organization is as follows:

1. To unite people of Nepali origin and those interested in Nepali culture residing in Massachusetts

2. To promote and preserve Nepali culture and traditions.

3. To establish and foster cordial relations with other national and international organizations.

4. To promote charitable, educational and religious activities.

5. To assist in the socioeconomic, cultural and academic development of Nepal.

6. To help people in Nepal and any other during natural calamities.

Article III

Programs and Activities

The organization will perform the following functions and activities:

1.

Nepali New Year Celebration (Baishakh Sandhya)

2.

Dashain Festival Celebration

3.

Nepalese Deusi Bhailoo Program

4.

Buddha Jayanti

5.

Summer Barbecue

6.

Coordinate with other Nepalese Associations as well as other relevant organizations for the purpose of

fulfilling its objectives.

7.

Raise funds for the continual functioning and sustenance of GBNC

8.

Provide scholarship to college/university student members of Nepalese Origin studying in MA

9.

Publish and update member directory

10.

Continuous maintenance of GBNC website

11.

Any other activities decided by the GBNC Board of Directors and/or the General Assembly.

12.

If new programs involving more than $3000 (three thousands) shall be added to the activities, such a

program shall review prior approval from the simple majority of the Board. Removal of existing activities

shall also review prior approval from the simple majority of the Board.

Article IV

General Assembly

Section 1. General Assembly

The General Assembly shall be a group of people who are members of the organization. Decisions of the

organization shall be made by the majority of the vote cast during the meeting. Presence of fifty-one

percent of the members shall be mandatory for the first meeting. However, if fifty-one percent of the

members do not attend the first meeting, a second meeting shall be called and that shall be considered

as the General Assembly Meeting irrespective of the number of members present.

Section 2. General Assembly Meeting

General Secretary of the organization shall inform, on the direction of the President, all its members

regarding the upcoming General Assembly Meeting thirty days prior to the meeting date. For any other

meetings/events of general interest, a minimum of seven days will be given to all the members of the

organization.

Section 3. Functions of General Assembly

The General Assembly shall hold meetings at least once a year. However General Assembly shall hold

elections for the officers of the Board of Directors once every two years. General Assembly shall also

pass the major bills.

The General Secretary shall present a yearly report and future functional report to the General

Assembly. The Treasurer shall present a financial report for the current year and the tentative budget

for the upcoming year. The General Assembly shall hear and give necessary suggestions to the Board of

Directors about programs and financial reports.

By a two-third-majority, General Assembly has the right to change any articles, and sections of the GBNC

by-laws as necessary. However, if one third of the general members with their signed written petition

request the President and/or the Board of Directors, General Assembly Meeting could be held anytime

within six months of the date of request.

Article V

Board of Directors and Officers

Section 1. Number and Terms

There shall be Board of Directors and Officers (hereinafter called "the Board") to formulate and

implement the objectives of the organization. The number of members of the Board shall be 24 to 29

(an odd Number) people as required by the GBNC. Each member of the Board shall serve two years and

is eligible to be re-elected, unless decided otherwise due to the reasons as per Article VI of this by-laws.

A one-year continuous membership and two years serving as a board of director shall be required for

the post of the President and all the executive positions.

Section 2. Officers

President 1

Senior Vice President 1

Vice President 1

General Secretary 1

Secretary 1

Treasurer 1

Assistant Treasurer 1

Board Members -24 (by election)

Board Members- 4 to 5 (shall be elected by president from different communities and social sectors of

the Nepalese community. Those members who has appointed by the President shall have same powers

like elected Board members. The selected Board Members shall be indorsed by simple majority of the

Board by their first meeting

Section 3. Duties and Power

a. President:

The president shall be the leader of the organization who presides over every meeting of the GBNC

Board as well as the General Assembly. He/she shall be responsible for the programs and polices of

GBNC, decided by the Board and General Assembly. He/she shall be the general spokesman for GBNC

and shall supervise every action of the GBNC. He/she shall be the one to cast the deciding vote in case of

tie and also accept, reject or hold the resignation tendered by the members of the Organization.

(b). Vice Presidents: There shall be a vacancy of two vice presidents. The first vice president shall be

called Senior Vice President. There shall be a vacancy of another vice president call Vice President. In the

case of two vice presidents, the first or Senior Vice President shall be called a Senior Vice President, and

also the second vice president shall be called Vice President.

i. Senior Vice President:

The Senior Vice President shall help the President in all of his duties. In the absence, incapacity or

termination of the term of the president, he/she shall become the acting president with all

responsibilities and powers of the president.

ii. Vice President:

The Vice President shall help the Senior Vice President in all of his duties. In the absence, incapacity or

termination of the term of the Senior Vice President, he/she shall become the acting Senior Vice

President with all responsibilities and powers of the Senior Vice President.

c. General Secretary:

The General Secretary will be responsible to disseminate the messages and any other relevant issues

both made by the Board as well as the General Assembly to all its members. He/she shall be responsible

for keeping every record of the GBNC, keeping minutes of the Board and the General Assembly

meetings. He/she shall be responsible for preparing correspondence as decided by the Board on the

direction of the President. He/she shall also be responsible to file the names of Directors with the office

of the Secretary of State of MA.

d. Secretary:

The Secretary Shell help the G. Secretary in all of his duties. In the absence, incapacity or termination of

the term of the G secretary, he/she shall become the acting G. secretary with all responsibilities and

powers of the G secretary.

e. Treasurer:

The Treasurer shall be responsible for all monetary concerns of the organization. He/she shall manage

the accounts of the organization with accurate receipts for income and expenditures. He/she shall keep

the records of assets and liabilities of the organization. He/she shall be responsible for the yearly income

and expenditure estimates and the approval of the relevant budget from the General Assembly. He/she

shall give the pertinent income and expenditure reports to the General Assembly. In the Secretary's

absence the Treasurer shall act as the Secretary.

f. Assistant Treasurer:

The Assistant Treasurer shall help the Treasurer in all of his duties. In the absence, incapacity or

termination of the term of the Treasurer, he/she shall become the acting Treasurer with all

responsibilities and powers of the Treasurer.

g. Board Members:

The Board Members along with other members of the Board shall be the decision makers by their voting

power for the organization's policies and programs in the Board meetings. He/she shall carryout any

responsibility given by the Board.

Section 4. Eligibility to the Board of Directors:

All the GBNC members who are residents of the State of MA with no criminal record shall be eligible for

candidacy. The office of the president requires two year of continuous membership in the organization.

He/she must be at least 21 years old with sound health and is active in the GBNC's activities/programs.

Article VI

Resignation, Disciplinary Action, Disciplinary Committee, Vacancies, Compensation and committee

Section 1. Resignations

Any General member or the officer of the Board may resign from their post by giving written notice to

the president. The president shall present the resignation(s) to the subsequent Board meeting and get

his decisions endorsed. The Board may request the member to withdraw his/her resignation.

Resignation of the president shall be presented to the Board.

Section 2. Disciplinary Actions and Expulsion

If any General Member or the officer of the Board is acting against the interests of the organization, is

misusing the funds of the organization or is found to be involved in criminal action, he/she will be

subject to disciplinary action.

In case the Board finds any member acting against the interests of the organization, it will send them a

letter of warning requesting termination of such action. After receipt of a warning letter, if the alleged

member/officer does not terminate their actions, the Board shall appoint a disciplinary tribunal for full

investigation into the case. The Board shall act accordingly.

A member who has miss-used the organization fund is required to reimburse to the organization.

If any board member miss to attend 50% of the schedule meeting (2 out of 4 mandatory meeting per

year) without prior information or valid reasons, such a board member shall be automatically expelled

from being board member.

Section 3. Disciplinary Committee

The Board shall appoint a minimum of three individuals from among its assembly members irrespective

of their membership category to investigate misbehavior of any members.

Section 4. Vacancies

If there is a vacancy in the Board for a post other than President, the Board shall fill the vacancy from

General Members for the remaining period by nomination from the President, if President approves

his/her resignation. For the President the Vice President shall function as the Acting President for the

remainder of the term. The next General Assembly meeting should approve such a case. If the Vice

President is not approved for the President then the General Assembly shall elect a new president for

the remainder of the term.

Section 5. Compensation

General members or the officers of the Board shall not receive any salary or compensation for their

services to the organization. However, if required, board meeting may hire any consultant or expert to

fulfill its objects. Hired consultant may not be from board members but can be from assembly members.

Section 5. Committees and Subcommittees

GBNC board meeting may form several committees and subcommittees to fulfill the GBNC's objectives.

a. Media Director:

By the first meeting of the Board, Board shall elect a Media Director among the Board Members for the

period of 2 (two) years. He/she shall work on receiving information related and/or helpful the objectives

of the GBNC. The Media Director shall work on releasing the information to the public as directed by the

Board.

b. Publication Officer

By the first meeting of the Board, Board shall elect a Publication Officer among the Board Members for

the period of 2 (two) years. The Publication Officer shall keep the record and document as and when

required. The Publication Officer shall work towards the book, booklets and memories of the GBNC

published by GBNC. The Publication Officer shall coordinate with Media Director to fulfill the GBNC

objectives.

Article VII

Meeting, Place, Access to Meeting, Quorum and Voting

Section 1. Board Meetings

The Board will hold meetings at least 4 times a year. The Board can decide if any other meetings are

necessary.

Section 2. Meeting Place

The Board shall choose the venue for both the Board as well as General Assembly meetings. The

secretary shall inform all the concerned parties two weeks prior to the Board and one month prior to

General Assembly meeting. In the case of an emergency, the president can decide the venue of the

Board meeting.

Section 3. Quorum

Quorum for General Assembly meeting is fifty-one percent of registered General members. Quorum for

the Board meeting is fifty-one percent of the Board members. Decisions about the programs, policies,

activities and annual and financial reports can be decided by a simple majority. However any

amendment to the by-laws shall require a two-third majority of the General Assembly meeting.

However, board or assembly meeting does not meet necessary quorum in the first called meeting, board

shall call another meeting as soon as possible within 30 (thirty)days period. Second meeting of the Board

or General Assembly shall satisfy the quorum by the board members or assembly members as much as

they present at the meeting. There shall not be any problem to make decisions to go further.

Section 4. Voting

For the General Assembly meeting, every member shall have one vote. A member who is at least 18

years old and has paid yearly membership dues can vote in Election. The officers of the Board will have

the voting power in the Board meetings. Observers, invitees and advisors (if there are any) shall not

have the voting power irrespective of the type of meeting.

Section 5 Access to Meetings

All General Members who are interested in attending the Board meetings shall be eligible for the

meeting. However they don't have any voting power in the Board decisions.

Article VIII

General Election

The General Election, through its Assembly Meeting, will be held every two years. Any officer of the

Board may be re-elected, but the president shall not be re-elected more than one term consecutively,

however he/she may come back for one more term. The New Elected Board shall take a place starting

right after the day of GBNC convention of the same year. Until the date of convention the board

members and committee shall remain the same.

Section 1. Date and Time

All the members shall be notified one month prior to the General Assembly meeting.

Section 2. Election Committee

The Board shall appoint a 3 (three) to 5 (five) (an odd number)-members Election Committee from the

General Members to organize and hold the election in a free, fair and impartial manner. A candidate for

the current election shall not be eligible to be a member of the Election Committee. The Election

Committee shall automatically be dismissed once the new Board is formed.

Section 3. Nomination

Election Committee shall inform all its members about the election procedures and seek nominations

two weeks prior to the election date. There shall be a nomination fees for (one time) non refundable

purpose to each interested candidates. After the election committee holds the election the nomination

fees shall be deposited to the GBNC bank account. However, the election expenses shall be applied to

the nomination fees. The nomination fees for the post of president shall be $100.00(Hundred dollars),

$50.00(Fifty dollars) for all executive positions and members of the Board shall be $30.00(Thirty dollars)

each.

Section 4. Election Procedure

If there is only one candidate for a position, the candidate shall be automatically elected and no election

shall be held for the position. The election shall be held in a closed room and kept secret by using the

ballot box, one member, one vote policy. Candidates will be considered elected by at least one vote

more than the nearest rival candidate. If the final candidates have an equal number of votes then a

drawing shall decide the candidate. The Election Committee shall conduct the drawing.

Article IX

Membership

Section 1. Classification

a. Honorary Member

Honorary membership shall be given to distinguished individual deemed appropriate and decided by the

majority of the Board.

b. General Member

Membership shall be open to all Nepalese, Nepalese origin, Nepalese-American and their spouse and

family those who loves Nepalese culture regardless of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, or

physical disability. Membership shall be retained until member and or family moves out of

Massachusetts area and pays subsequent dues.

Section 3. Membership Fee

Registration Fee: (for the first time member) one time Registration & membership fees shall be as

follows:

​a. Student $10.00

​b. Individual $15.00

d. Life Membership $250.00 (one time only in life time)

Annual membership renewal fees shall be as follows:

​a. Student $5.00

​b. Individual $10.00

​​Section 3. Benefits, rights and responsibilities of General Members

General Members shall have the right to vote and run for election of GBNC officers of the GBNC Board.

They shall get discounted fees for various GBNC activities and will receive advance notice of all such

activities. They shall have also the right to bring the notice of relevant issues and activities to the Board,

its members or the General Assembly.

Section 4. Enrollment Period

The enrollment time for membership shall be "Last day or at the day of Convention each year (shall fall

around September or October or November, subject to check with Nepalese calendar and Deshain

Festival), every English calendar year". If a current member does not submit his/her membership due

before last day or at the day of Convention, membership shall automatically expire. Membership

renewed after last day or at the day of convention shall not be eligible for general assembly voting for

that year.

Article X- Advisory committees

(a)- Past Presidents' Advisory Board

The president shall also appoint several numbers or as required by the board members, a group of

advisors among Past Presidents. Past President's Advisory Board (PPAB) which shall fulfill GBNC

objectives from their experience. Immediate past president shall chair the PPAB (past presidents

advisory Board). PPAB shall not act like a board members but they shall act like general assembly

member or as an advisor as Article X. PPAB shall have no voting right of any kind. PPAB shall come to the

Board meeting any time but PPAB shall meet once a year and GBNC Board shall call for meeting at least

once a year.

(b) Advisory committee

The president shall appoint an Advisory Committee comprising of a minimum of three members with

the approval of the Board. The Advisory Committee shall consist of distinguished individuals who is

making valuable contribution to the organization, representative from women social worker,

representative from other organizations with in Massachusetts, representative from different cultural

group of Nepal. Advisory Committee has no voting power of any kind of GBNC Board decisions and

meetings. The Advisory Committee shall act when they are asked by the GBNC Board. General Board

shall meet with Advisory Committee at least once per year.

Article XI

Fiscal Year

Fiscal year of the GBNC shall be from 1st of November of one year to 30th of October of next year.

Article XII

Publication

When the organization needs a publication, the Board shall form a Publication Committee under the

chairmanship of Publication Officer. A quarterly bulletin of 3-5 pages can also be published, both on-line

and on paper.

Article XIII

Source of Financial Support

The source of financial support of the organization shall be membership fees, donations, fund raising

programs and other activities. The Board shall determine the fees for different activities. All income shall

be deposited in the bank and expenses must be made by bank transaction such as checks. Proof of

receipt shall be provided by the conducting the expenditure for any kinds of expenses or income made

on behalf of the GBNC.

Article XIV

Expenses, Auditing and Access to Accounts

Section 1. Expenses

No one shall make expenses from GBNC income without the approval of the Board. In an emergency,

authorized person (section 2 of this article) shall withdraw money equal to $500 (five hundreds only) at

the maximum twice per year. But such expenses shall be endorsed by the next Board meeting. The

receipt or proof of expenses must be available for every transaction. In case endorsement is not

provided, concerned person shall take the responsibility for the expenses incurred for whatsoever

purposes. However, the incumbent president has a right to withdraw $300 (three hundred only)

emergency help fund twice on his/her term without approval of the board but such an expenses should

be defined as a socially related helps or donations.

Section 2. Authorized Signature

All the bank transactions have to be performed by authorized person indicated by this section. The

treasurer along with another officer of the Board shall conduct transactions. Two authorized signatures

from the Board shall approve all other expenses.

The authorized officers of the Board shall be Treasurer, President, Vice President and General Secretary.

The Priority order of the two authorized shall be follows:

Treasurer and President

Treasurer and Vice-president

Treasurer and General Secretary

Section 3. Auditing

The book of the financial accounts of GBNC shall be reviewed on regular basis and audited annually by a

3 members subcommittee established by the Board. The subcommittee will submit its report to the

Board. The Board shall present such report to the General Assembly and get it approval by the simple

majority.

Section 4. Access to Accounts

Any member of the organization during the General assembly period can ask about accounts and

financial position of the organization, but he/she does not have power to change the accounts. However

if twenty five percent of the general members believe there has been an improper use of the

Organization Funds by any of its members, they shall make a written request to the Board during any

time for a complete investigation. The Board then shall form a three to five (an odd number) member

committee to investigate the case within two months of the written request. Their report shall first be

discussed and endorsed by the Board for which a final approval has to be made by a simple majority of

the Assembly.

Article XV

Amendment of by-laws

All or any articles and/or sections may be altered, amended or replaced by a two third majority of the

General Assembly Meeting. If the Board feels a change in the by-laws is necessary, it shall appoint a

three to Five (an odd number) member by-laws Review Committee. Such a committee shall first present

its report to the Board, which shall then be approved by a two-third majority of the General Assembly

Meeting.

Article XVI

Severability

If any provision of these by-laws is found in violation of any superseding law or authority, they shall be

amended.

Article XVII

Not-Profit Status

The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and/or scientific purposes

under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal revenue Code. No substantial part of the activities of the

organization shall participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements)

any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision

of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on

(a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue

Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to

which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of

any future federal tax code.

Article XVIII

Dissolution

The property of this corporation is irrevocably dedicated to the purposes mentioned in Article II. No part

of the net income or assets of this organization shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or

member of this corporation, or to the benefit of any private individual, except that the organization shall

be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make

payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause hereof. Upon

the dissolution of this corporation, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of

the corporation, the remaining assets shall be distributed to a non-profit fund, foundation, or

corporation that is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes and that has established

its tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of Internal Revenue Code.

GBNC Constitution and BY-LAWS formation committee "third amendment" of the By-Laws

Approves this By- Laws only to use by nonprofit organization mentioned in this By Laws "Greater Boston

Nepalese Community" or (GBNC)