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Article 1: NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Visual Communication Division.

Article 2: PURPOSE
The purpose of the Division shall be to promote education, research and service in visual communication.

Article 3: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Regular membership is open to all members in good standing of the National Communication Association who are interested in education, research and service in the field of visual communication.

Section 2: Voting membership shall consist of those regular members who have notified the NCA of their interest in affiliating with the division.

Section 3: Initial application for affiliation must be declared in writing one month before any scheduled meeting.

Article 4: OFFICERS
Section 1: The officers of the Division must be voting members and consist of the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson-Elect, the Secretary and the immediate Past Chairperson.

Section 2: Election of the Secretary shall be conducted bi-annually at the regular meeting of the Division.

Section 3: Election of the Vice Chairperson-elect shall be conducted annually at the regular meeting of the Division.

Section 4: The Vice Chairperson shall succeed to the office of Chairperson.

Section 5: The Vice Chairperson-Elect shall succeed to the office of Vice Chairperson.

Section 6: The duties and responsibilities of the officers are listed in the bylaws of the National Communication Association. (Cite article and sections here)

Section 7: Officers shall be elected by those voting members present at the annual meeting from a slate of candidates from:

Subsection A: Those recommended by the nominating committee consisting of the officers; or
Subsection B: Those nominations from the floor at the annual meeting.
Section 8: In the event of vacation of any office, the executive committee will be empowered to appoint an individual to fill the unexpired term.
Article 5: MEETINGS
The regular business meetings of the Division shall be held annually during the NCA convention.
Article 6: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1: The Executive Board shall consist of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Vice Chairperson-Elect, Secretary, immediate past Chairperson, and chairpersons of the (1) Research, and (2) Media committees.
Section 2: The Executive Board shall act in the stead of the organization between annual meetings.
Article 7: STANDING COMMITTEES
Section 1: The Division shall have two standing committees: Research and Media.
Section 2: The Research Committee shall be in charge of accepting nominations for the annual research award, selecting the winner and recognizing the winner/winners at the annual business meeting.
Section 3: The Media Committee shall be in charge of newsletters, Web sites, and other means used to maintain contact with members of the Division.
Section 4: The Standing Committees shall consist of a minimum of two members. Members will be chosen from the voting membership by:
Subsection A: Voluntary participation by all interested voting members, and/or,
Subsection B: Appointment from the Chairperson.
Section 5: No member shall serve on the same Standing Committee for more than three consecutive years.
Article 8: AD HOC COMMITTEES
The Executive Committee is empowered to appoint ad hoc committees as needed. Ad hoc committees shall exist for no longer than one calendar year.
Article 9: QUORUM
A quorum for the annual meeting shall consist of three officers and those additional voting members of the Commission present at the publicly announced meetings(s).
Article 10: PARLIAMENTARY SOURCE
The parliamentary source for the Division shall be Robert’s Rules of Order.
Article 11: ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT
Section 1: This document shall be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the members present at the 2000 convention.
Section 2: Amendments must be presented in writing to the Secretary at least 30 days before annual meeting. The Secretary shall distribute them to the membership before the annual meeting.
Section 3: A two-thirds vote of the voting members at the annual meeting is necessary for the adoption of an amendment.