UNITY OF GREATER CHICAGO
ARTICLE I — NAME AND ORGANIZATION
The official name of the organization shall be “UNITY OF GREATER CHICAGO” abbreviated “UNITY”.
UNITY is a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois. It shall only engage in activities consistent with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as it may be amended from time to time.
ARTICLE II – OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the UNITY organization shall include the following:
1) To plan and hold a Chinese New Year celebration event annually during Chinese Lunar New Year for the Chinese American Community in the Metropolitan Chicago Area,
2) To promote cultural exchange, educational enhancement, and business enterprising for the Chinese American community in and out of Metropolitan Chicago,
3) To provide networking opportunities for all, including but not limited to educational institutions, business corporations, or private entrepreneurs in the Chinese American Community with their counterparts,
4) To foster friendship and understandings between eastern and western societies, with the hope that these endeavors will enrich the lives of all peoples,
5) To advance the opportunities for the young Chinese Americans to increase awareness of the Chinese heritage and encouraging their participation in community activities for their growth in main stream America.
ARTICLE III — MEMBERSHIP
The membership shall include volunteers and benefactors for the activities of UNITY New Year celebration events.
ARTICLE IV — ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE
UNITY organization shall be composed of:
1) The Board (董事會), and
2) The Operation Committee (執行委員會).
The Board shall consist of Executive Board Directors (執行董事 ) and Board Directors (董事) who are current and past General Coordinators（總幹事）of the UNITY Chinese New Year’s events, provided they reside in the Metropolitan Chicago area and they are active and contribute their time and volunteer work for UNITY.
The Board shall set the long-term goals and policies of UNITY, and authorize the Operation Committee to execute its plan and policies for the annual Chinese New Year celebration event.
The Board shall be governed by Executive Board Directors as a governing body, who are composed of six (6) past General Coordinators starting with 1984 UNITY, plus the General Coordinator of the current year as the seventh Executive Board Director. The membership of the Executive Board Directors will follow a staggered board set up. Of the six (6) Executive Board Directors, the three (3) most senior Executive Board Directors shall serve one year. Following that year, these three most senior Executive Board Directors shall step down and the next three most senior past General Coordinators shall take their place. The new six (6) Executive Board Directors shall serve for a period of two years. Following the year, the three (3) Executive Board Directors who remained
and have now served on two consecutive Boards shall step down, and the cycle shall be repeated continuously in the same order.
Any significant contributing benefactors of UNITY events shall be named as Honorary Board Directors, who may participate in any and all activities of UNITY at the request of the Board.
The Operation Committee (hereinafter referred as the Committee) shall consist of the General Coordinator, Officers (組長), and Team Leaders (組長).
The General Coordinator shall plan and conduct the annual UNITY New Year celebration event during the lunar Chinese New Year for the year he or she is elected.
The General Coordinator shall coordinate the daily activities and affairs of UNITY consistent with policies and directions set by the Board.
The General Coordinator shall appoint the following Officers and Team Leaders to plan and accomplish the goals of the UNITY Chinese New Year Celebration:
a) Deputies, no more than three (3), each represents a district in the community
2) Team Leaders, who will be in charge of the following teams:
c) Advertisement & Exhibition
d) Ticket Sales
e) Public Relationship
f) Raffle & Prizes
g) Printing & Publication
General Coordinator shall also propose an annual budget for the Chinese New Year Celebration event, and shall report it to the Board no later than August 31st of each year. At the closing of the New Year’s event, the General Coordinator shall present a report of a balanced budget to the Board no later than June 30th of the next year.
If the General Coordinator cannot carry out his/her responsibilities for any reason, one of the three (3) Deputies shall be chosen by the Board to immediately succeed the position
of the General Coordinator, and shall act as the General Coordinator till the end of the term of the substituted General Coordinator.
The new incoming General Coordinator for the following year shall be elected by:
1) Out-going General Coordinator shall seek recommendations from the members of Board, Officers, and Team Leaders who may also nominate candidates of their choice. Candidates shall submit the following documents to the Board for their consideration:
a) A letter of recommendation by no less than three (3) members of Board, and
b) A written statement indicating that he/she is familiar with the organization, interested and capable of carrying out the duties of the General Coordinator for the sake of UNITY.
2) The Nomination of the new General Coordinator to the Board shall be completed no later than July 1st of each year, and the Election shall be held within thirty (30) days from the date of nomination.
3) An Election for the new General Coordinator for the up-coming year shall be conducted at the Board meeting no later than July 31st of each year.
4) The succeeding General Coordinator must win the election by the majority votes casted by the members of Board, and General Coordinator.
5) The newly elected General Coordinator shall appoint his/her new Officers and Team Leaders no later than August 15th of each year.
Duties of the Officers:
The Deputies shall assist the General Coordinator, by aiding and participating in any and all activities of UNITY authorized by the General Coordinator.
The Secretary shall keep the records of UNITY including those of the Board and Committee meetings.
The Treasurer shall plan and prepare an annual budget, receive and disburse monies under the direction of the General Coordinator, and is authorized to open UNITY’s bank account with two (2) authorized signatures. The Treasurer shall be responsible for maintaining accurate records and on time filings for UNITY under its non-profit organization status with the State of Illinois. The Treasurer shall ensure all income and expenditures are legitimate and legal.
ARTICLE V – MEETINGS
The Board shall meet no less than two (2) times a year at the request of
1) At least Two (2) Executive Board Directors, or
2) At least Five (5) Board Directors
A quorum of the Board meeting shall be composed of more than one half (1/2) of the Board members who attend the meeting plus those who have legal proxy. When the Board calls for a meeting as it is mentioned in ARTICLE V Section 1 and calls for a vote on a measure, the minimum requirement for such a measure to pass will be an agreement of two-thirds (2/3) of the quorum.
The Committee shall meet no less than four (4) times a year at the request of
1) The General Coordinator, or
2) At least Five (5) Officers and Team Leaders.
Directors may participate in Committee meetings at all times. The Committee shall report its activities to the General Coordinator, who shall summarize to the Board.
ARTICLE VI – BY-LAWS AMENDMENT
The Board may alter, amend, or repeal the By-laws through voting and only with the approval by two-thirds (2/3) of the Board members who are present and satisfaction of the quorum. Such action may be taken at a regular or a special Board meeting for which a written notice must be given in advance and sent to all members of Board thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting specially called.
The By-laws contained herein may not contain any provisions for the purpose of regulating and managing the affairs of the Board to be inconsistent with the laws or the Articles of Incorporation of the State of Illinois.
The official name of the organization is changed from “UNITY-Chinese Culture Council” to “UNITY OF GREATER CHICAGO” by affirmative vote of a majority of the directors in office, at a meeting of the board of directors on January 5, 2013, in accordance with Section 110.15.
The term of the Executive Board Directors shall be two years by affirmative vote of a 2/3 majority of the directors in office, at a meeting of the board of directors on June 29, 2014.
Appendix A: Organization Diagram
Appendix B: Important Deadlines
Jul. 31 – Election of the GC & announcement of the result
Aug. 15 – Appointment of new Officers and Team Leaders by GC
Aug. 31 – Proposing an annual budget plan by GC to the Board
Jan. – Feb – Celebration of the Chinese New Year Party Event
Jun. 30 – Presenting a balanced budget report by GC to the Board
Jul. 01 – Nomination of the new GC to the Board
* GC: General Coordinator
歷屆主席和總幹事 Former Chairmen and General Coordinators
Yman Huang Vien
Jung Rose Chang
Jerry Moy Gee
Jerry Moy Gee
David T.W. Chan
Ken N. Kuo
David T.W. Chan
Duc H. Huang
Duc H. Huang
Jinn H. Wang
Stephen Lee Moy
J. C. Kuo
Stephen Lee Moy
Kin S. Ng
Kin S. Ng
Leo W. Huang
King H. Wong
King H. Wong
Michael Y. Shen
Webster W. Kiang
Ying Y. Wu
Peter C. Chiang
Stephen Lee Moy
George C. Kao
Marian S.K. Ming
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