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PSSA By-Laws:

PUGET SOUND SHIPBUILDERS ASSOCIATION, PSSA

ARTICLE I
Membership
1. Eligibility. Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of shipbuilding or ship repairing, or otherwise interested or active in issues affecting the shipbuilding or ship repair industry, in the State of Washington shall be eligible for membership in this association. All firms or corporations signing the Articles of Incorporation shall be members, and any other person, firm or corporation desiring to become a member shall present to the Board of Directors annual dues and such other information as the Board may from time to time prescribe. There shall be two classes of members in the association: (1) Industry Members, who are in the business of shipbuilding or ship repairing; and (2) Supporting Members, who have an interest or are active in issues affecting the shipbuilding or ship repair industry. Only Industry Members may vote on matters affecting the business of the association; provided, however, that the interest of any Industry Member shall be equal to that of any other Industry Member, and no Industry Member can acquire any interest which will entitle him to any greater voice, vote, authority or interest in the corporation than that of any other Industry Member.

2. Certificate of Membership. After election each member shall be entitled to a certificate of membership in such form as the Board of Directors may designate, and which shall bear the signature of the President and Secretary and be attested with the corporate seal.

3. Transfer of Membership. A certificate of membership may be transferred to the purchaser of a member’s business, upon the election of such purchaser to membership in this Association, according to its By-Laws. Such certificate shall be endorsed by the retiring member, and a new certificate shall be issued to the purchaser when elected if requested.

4. Resignations, Withdrawals, Etc. The membership of any member, who for any reason discontinues doing business as a shipbuilder or ship repairer, shall immediately cease and terminate. Any member may at any time withdraw upon surrendering his membership certificate, and paying all of the assessments made up to the date of such withdrawal. A member may be expelled or suspended for non-payment of assessments, violation of the By-Laws, or for any other reason deemed sufficient by the Board of Directors, by a majority vote of the full Board of Directors, but only upon two (2) weeks’ notice and after an opportunity for hearing before the Board.

ARTICLE II
Dues and Assessments
5. Dues and Assessments. Funds for carrying on the business of the Association shall be provided by the annual dues and such other assessments as may be fixed by the Board of Directors. Until hereafter changed, annual dues shall be $150 for Industry Members and $250 for Supporting Members. Said assessments shall be payable on or before the thirtieth (30th) day of January of each year and shall continue at this rate until changed by action of a majority of the Board of Directors. Members shall not be liable for the debts and obligations of the Association, nor shall they become personally obligated for the payment of any dues or assessments. The Association’s remedy for enforcing payment of assessments or dues shall be limited to that of forfeitures or suspension of membership, after two weeks’ notice of default in the payment of dues or assessments.

ARTICLE III
Meetings
6. Annual Meetings. The annual meeting of the members shall be held during the third week of July of each year at a place and time designated by the Board of Directors. At least ten (10) days’ written notice shall be given to each member in writing.

7. Regular Meetings. The members shall meet regularly on a quarterly basis or as necessary to address matters or issues affecting the shipbuilding and ship repair industry.

8. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the members may be held at such times as the President or the Board of Directors shall determine, or upon written request of at least three (3) of the members in good standing. Special meetings shall be held in such place and at such hour as the Board of Directors may determine. At least three (3) days’ notice of said meeting shall be given to each member by facsimile or by telephone.

9. Quorum. A majority of the members in good standing shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

10. Voting. Each Industry Member in good standing shall have one vote at all meetings, except in electing directors the Industry Members may cumulate their votes. The President or any other duly authorized officer or employee of a corporate member shall be entitled to cast its vote at such meeting.

ARTICLE IV
Directors
11. Directors. The affairs of the corporation shall be managed by a Board of five (5) Directors selected from the Industry Members or salaried employees of Industry Members. Not more than one (1) Director shall be from a single member company or fully integrated division thereof, where a company maintains a place of business at more than one place. The Association shall not have authority to bind or obligate a member on any contract or agreement on behalf of the member except where such member has specifically authorized the Association to so obligate or bind it.

12. Term. The first directors shall serve until the time of the first annual meeting of the members, and therafter the directors shall be elected at the annual meeting of the members to serve for two years or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. A director shall not receive any compensation from the Association for serving as a director or officer.

13. Changes. The number of Directors may be increased or diminished by a majority vote of the members at any annual meeting or at any special meeting held for that purpose.

14. Vacancies. All vacancies in the Board of Directors, whether caused by resignation, death, or otherwise, may be filled by the remaining Directors at any regular or special meeting, or by the members at any regular or special meeting held prior to the filling of such vacancy by the Board of Directors as above provided. A Director thus elected to fill any vacancy shall hold office for the unexpired term of his predecessor and until his successor is elected and qualified.

15. The Board of Directors may fix the time and place for regular meetings of the Board which may thereupon be held without other or further notice.

16. Special meetings of the Directors may be called at any time by the President or by written request of three (3) Directors, such request stating the purpose for which the meeting is to be called. At least twenty-four (24) hours’ notice of special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be given to each Director personally or by telephone.

17. A majority of the whole Board of Directors shall be necessary at all meetings to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business; but less than a quorum may adjourn the meeting which may be held on a subsequent date without further notice, provided a quorum be present at such deferred meeting. Unless otherwise specifically provided by statute, the act of a majority of the Directors present at any properly convened meeting at which there is a quorum shall be the act of the Board.

ARTICLE V
Rules of Order

18. Roberts Rules of Order shall be recognized as authority governing all meetings, when not in conflict with the Articles of Incorporation or the By-Laws.

ARTICLE VI
Officers and Directors
19. The officers of the corporation shall consist of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer elected by the Directors at the first regular meeting following the annual meeting of members. Any two of the offices of Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer may be combined in one person.

20. The duties of the officers of the Association shall be those usually vested in and exercised by corporation officers and in addition thereto such duties as the Board of Directors may from time to time prescribe.

21. Vacancies in any office arising from any cause may be filled by the Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting called for that purpose.

22. The Board of Directors may appoint such other officers as it may deem necessary or expedient, who shall hold their office for such terms and shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.

23. The Board of Directors may create such committees as it may deem necessary or expedient and may delegate to such committees such authority or functions as may be appropriate.

ARTICLE VII
Powers of the Corporation
24. The corporation shall not engage in business or trade for profit, but shall have all the power now or hereafter vested in it by the laws of the State of Washington.

ARTICLE VIII
Amendments
25. Amendments to these By-Laws may be made by a majority of the Directors entitled to vote at any regular or special meeting; provided, that three (3) days’ written notice of the proposed amendment and the time of the meeting at which it is to be considered shall be given. The By-Laws may also be amended at any regular or special meeting of the members, provided that three (3) days’ written notice of the proposed amendment and the time of the meeting at which it is to be considered shall be given.