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Proposed Bylaw Changes
Written by Administrator
Sunday, 12 October 2014 18:12
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The proposed changes to the bylaws of the Seattle Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League are here reproduced in their entirety for the review of all chapter members and officers. Please direct all questions and comments to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 


Amend Section 1 of Article II (Policy)

Section 1-Currently reads:

This Chapter is established in order to foster American democracy, promote active participation in civic and national life, and secure justice and equal opportunities for persons of Japanese Ancestry, as well as for all persons regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, or sex.

Section 1-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

This Chapter is established in order to foster American democracy, promote active participation in civic and national life, and secure justice and equal opportunities for persons of Japanese Ancestry, as well as for all persons regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, or sexual orientation.

Rationale:

Add “sexual orientation” to the protected statuses for which membership cannot be barred.  This change is in line with current National JACL policy.


Amend Section 2, Sub-section (b) of Article II

 

Section 2, Sub-section (b)-Currently reads:

Preserve the culture and values of Japanese Americans in a multi-cultural society.

Section 2, Sub-section (b)-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Preserve the legacy, culture and values of Japanese Americans in a multi-cultural society:

Rationale:

Add “legacy” to the list of items that the Seattle JACL seeks to preserve.


Amend Section 1 of Article III (Membership)

 

Section 1-Currently reads:

All members of the Chapter shall abide by its Constitution, Articles of Incorporation and By Laws.

Section 1-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

All members of the Chapter shall abide by its Constitution, Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Rationale:

Corrects spelling of “By Laws” to the Merriam Webster spelling of “Bylaws.”


Amend Sub-section (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) of Section 2

 

Section 2-Currently reads:

The membership shall consist of:

Active members-American citizens who are eighteen (18) years of age or older.

Special Members-Non citizen residents of the United States who desire to be associated with the Chapter.

Honorary members-Distinguished persons or friends of the Chapter.  Any member may nominate a candidate for honorary membership.  Such nomination shall be recorded in the minutes of the Board of Directors and shall layover to be acted up on the next regular Board meeting.  Honorary membership shall be granted only upon 2/3 affirmative vote of the directors present.

Booster members-American citizens or non citizens of the United States who support the Chapter.

Senior citizen members-Persons sixty five (65) or older who support the Chapter.

Student members-Persons enrolled in a trade school, business college, college, university or other institution of higher learning at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Youth members-American citizen who are below the age of eighteen (18) or the equivalent of a high school senior.

Except as otherwise provided for in these By-Laws, only active, special, booster, senior and student members shall have the right to hold office, and only active, special, booster, senior citizen and student members shall have the right to vote.

Section 2, Sub-section (a)-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Active members - Persons who have paid their National and/or Chapter dues timely and meet a membership category of the National JACL or the Chapter."

Section 2, Sub-section (b)-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Delete entire sub-section

Section 2, Sub-section (c)-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Change is solely in enumeration; sub-section (c) becomes sub-section (b)

Section 2, Sub-section (d)-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Enumeration change, sub-section (d) becomes sub-section (c)

Associate members - Persons who pay their Associate membership dues to the Chapter and are full members of the Chapter but receive no formal National JACL membership recognition."

Section 2, Sub-section (e)-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Delete entire sub-section

Section 2, Sub-section (f)-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Enumeration change, sub-section (f) becomes sub-section (d)

Student/Youth Members - Persons age twenty-five (25) or under enrolled in a trade school, business college, college, university or other institution of higher learning at the undergraduate or graduate level or under the age of eighteen (18)."

Section 2, Sub-Section (g)-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Delete the entire sub-section, including the second paragraph.

Rationale:

Reflects changes in National JACL members, including full membership for non-citizens and definition of “Youth/Student” members.  The changes also provide a better definition of “booster” membership, changing the name to “Associate” members in anticipation of a future National membership category and eliminating the “Senior” membership category.


Amend Section 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 of Article IV (Board of Directors)

 

Section 2-Currently reads:

The number of directors shall be forty (40), consisting of the eleven (11) officers, twenty-one (21) elected directors, and eight (8) directors appointed by the President with the approval of the elected directors and officers.  Directors shall be elected and appointed annually and the term of each director shall be for the subsequent calendar year or until election and qualification of his/her successor.

Section2-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

The number of directors shall be no more than forty (40), consisting of the eleven (11) officers, twenty-one (21) elected directors, and eight (8) directors appointed by the President with the approval of the elected directors and officers.  Directors shall be elected and appointed annually and the term of each director shall be for the subsequent calendar year or until election and qualification of his/her successor.

Section 3-Currently reads:

The attendance at any meeting of (1/3 of the directors shall constitute a quorum.  The directors present at a duly called meeting may continue to transact business until adjournment, notwithstanding the withdrawal of enough directors to leave less than a quorum.  For the purposes of adjournment to another time a quorum shall not be necessary.

Section 3-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

The attendance at any meeting of one-third (1/3) of the directors shall constitute a quorum.  The directors present at a duly called meeting may continue to transact business until adjournment, notwithstanding the withdrawal of enough directors to leave less than a quorum.  For the purposes of adjournment to another time a quorum shall not be necessary.

Section 4-Currently reads:

The Board shall hold regular meetings not less than once every three months.  The date and time of the regular meeting shall be determined by the Board.  No additional notice as to a subsequent regular meeting to the directors shall be necessary if the notice is given orally at the meeting regarding the subsequent meeting.

Section 4-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

The Board shall hold regular meetings not less than once every three (3) months.  The date and time of the regular meeting shall be determined by the Board.  No additional notice as to a subsequent regular meeting to the directors shall be necessary if the notice is given orally at the meeting regarding the subsequent meeting.

Section 5-Currently reads:

Special meetings may be called by the President or by three directors.  Notice of the meeting may be given by the President, the Corresponding Secretary or the directors calling the meeting.  There shall be not less than 24 hours notice of the special meeting.

Section 5-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Special meetings may be called by the President or by three directors.  Notice of the meeting may be given by the President, the Corresponding Secretary or the directors calling the meeting.  There shall be not less than twenty-four (24) hours’ notice of the special meeting.

Section 7-Currently reads:

Any vacancy occurring in the Board shall be filled by the Board.  A director appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the unexpired term of his predecessor in office.

Section 7-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Any vacancy occurring in the Board shall be filled by the Board.  A director appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the unexpired term of his/her predecessor in office.

Section 8-Currently reads:

Every member of the Chapter has the right to attend Board meetings and to be heard and his right shall not be abridged so long as the member adheres to the rules of procedure established by the Board and is not disruptive.

Section 8-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Every member of the Chapter has the right to attend Board meetings and to be heard. This right shall not be abridged so long as the member adheres to the rules of procedure established by the Board and is not disruptive.

Rationale:

Corrects a number of grammatical errors and eliminates gender preferences.


Amend Section 3 of Article V (Officers)

 

Section 3-Currently reads:

All active, special, booster, senior and student members are eligible to hold any office; provided that the President, President-Elect and Vice Presidents, shall be twenty one (21) years or older.

Section 3-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Any Chapter member in good standing is eligible to hold any office.

Rationale:

Aligns officer eligibility with changes in membership.  Removes age barrier for offices.


Amend Section 1 of Article VI (Committees)

 

Section 1-Currently reads:

There shall be the following regular Standing Committees for the conduct of the Chapter’s business and the implementation of its policies.

Anti Discrimination/Anti Defamation

Budget/Grants

Education

Installation

Legal

Membership

Nominations and Election

Publicity/Newsletter/Pacific Citizen

1000/Fifty/Century Club

Recognitions

Scholarship

Nikkei Aging and Retirement

(m) Youth Concerns

(n) Political Education and Legislative

Min Masuda Memorial

Section 1-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Civil Rights

Fundraising

Membership

Marketing

Scholarship

Nominations and Elections

Endowment

Rationale:

Reduces the number of standing committee, many of which are currently non-existent or whose reason for being no longer exists.  The principle behind this reduction is that flexibility will allow a lesser number of committees to handle a wider variety of issues.  For example, the Civil Rights committee could take on issues of ant-defamation and anti-discrimination as well as education and in some case legacy.  The Market Committee could handle issues involving the newsletter, social media, Pacific Citizen, website, and publicity.  Rather than having an “Installation” or “Banquet” committee, we would have a far reaching Fundraising committee to allow for a time when we may no longer have an annual Banquet.


Amend Section 1 and 2 of Article VI (Membership Meetings)

 

Article VI (Membership Meetings)-Currently reads:

Article VI – Membership Meetings

Proposed Amendment-Article VI, changes in bold print:

Article VII-Membership Meetings

Section 1-Currently reads:

General membership meetings shall be held not less than once every quarter during the calendar year.  Special meetings may be called by the President, or by any combination of five (5) officers or directors through the Corresponding Secretary.

Section 1-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold:

Regular scheduled meetings of the Board of Directors are deemed to be general membership meetings.

Section 2-Currently reads:

Written or printed notice stating the place, day and hour of the meeting shall be delivered electronically, in person or by mail no less than forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting.

Section 2-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

Delete the entire section.

Section 3-Currently reads:

The Chapter shall have an annual meeting of its membership at such place, day and hour as may be determined by the board.  New officers and directors may be installed at the annual meeting.

Section 3-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

The Chapter may have an annual meeting of its membership at such place, day and hour as may be determined by the Board.  New officers and directors may be installed at the annual meeting.  Notice of such meeting will be published in the Chapter newsletter, website, or other publically accessible site.

Rationale:

While general membership meetings may be an anachronism for the Chapter, we still want to provide a vehicle for membership participation and provide a mechanism should a general membership meeting be required in the future.


Amend Section 1 of Article IX (Dues)

 

Section 1-Currently reads:

There shall be dues for active, special, booster and senior citizen members of the Chapter.

Section 1-Propose amendments, changes in bold print:

There shall be dues for all members of the Chapter.

Rationale:

Aligns dues to proposed and future Chapter membership categories.


Amend Sections 1, 2, and 3 of Article X (Elections)

 

Section 1-Currently reads:

The President shall appoint the Nominations and Election Committee chairperson and s/he in turn shall select the rest of the Committee--the number of such committee to be first determined by the Board.  No chairperson of this Committee shall serve more than two consecutive years.  The Committee shall select at least one nominee for each office and shall obtain the consent of each nominee.  The names of all nominees selected by the Committee shall be printed in a notice of the Nominations Meeting, which shall be a regular meeting of the Board held in September or October and sent to all members.

Section 1-Proposed amendment, changes in bold print:

The Nominations and Elections chairperson will be the First Vice-President or other person appointed by the President.  The chairperson will in turn select the other members of the Committee.  The President-elect will be a member of this committee. The goal of the committee is to select and obtain the consent of at least one nominee for each office.  The Committee will present its proposed slate of nominees at a Board meeting in the fall of each year for Board approval.

Section 2-Currently reads:

At the Nominations Meeting, nominations may be made from the floor or by filing with the Recording Secretary a petition signed by not less than ten (10) active members.

Section 2-Proposed amendment, changes in bold print:

At the Nominations Board meeting, any Director may make additional nominations from the floor, provided that the nominee has consented to be nominated.  Any floor nominations must be seconded and gain Board approval.

Section 3-Currently reads:

The chairperson of the Membership Committee shall prepare for the President and the Chairperson of the Nominations and Election Committee a poll list of all members entitled to vote.  Ballots shall be mailed to all members.  The procedures and deadlines for mailing and casting ballots shall be established by the Board.  The results of the election shall be announced at a regular Board meeting.

Section 3-Proposed Amendment, changes in bold print:

After the Nominations Board meeting, the chairperson of the Nominations and Elections Committee will prepare the official ballot. The Committee will mailed ballots to all Chapter members.  The Board will establish the procedures and deadlines for mailing and casting ballots.  The Chairperson or representative will announce the results of the election at a regular Board meeting.  The Secretary will record the results in the minutes.

Rationale:

The amendments clarify the election procedure and allow more flexibility in the election process.  An effort was made to reduce the amount of passive voice and write in active voice.


Amend Section 1 of Article XI (Decisions)

 

Section 1-Currently reads:

The act of the majority of the director of members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board or membership, except as may be otherwise provided for herein.

Section 2-Proposed amendment, changes in bold print:

The act of the majority of the Board present at a meeting in which a quorum  exists shall be the act of the Board , except as may be otherwise provide for herein.

Rationale:

Simplifies a confusing article in the Bylaws.


Amend Section 2 of Article XII (Misconduct)

 

Section 2-Currently reads:

A written, signed and dated complaint by any member in good standing shall be filed with any officer who shall present the same at the next meeting of the Board or to the Executive Committee, which ever occurs within (1) days of receipt of complaint.  If the Board or Executive Committee decides to take action on the complaint, the President shall appoint an ad-hoc committee to conduct a fact-finding investigation of the complaint.  The fact-finding investigation will include, at a minimum, interviewing the complainant, accused and witnesses (as appropriate) and present their findings at the next meeting of the Board.  The ad-hoc committee will be given no less than two weeks and no more than four weeks to complete an investigation, unless the Executive Committee or Board of Directors approves an extension in the interest of ensuring a fair and complete investigation.

The Board shall then vote on the appropriate action(s) or sanction(s).  A three-fourths (3/4) majority of the Board present is needed to enact the sanction.  If an action of sanction is approved by the Board, a written notice by the President reflecting the action(s) or sanction(s) approved by the Board will be sent to both the complainant and accused within five (5) business days.

Section 2-Proposed amendment, changes in bold print:

A written, signed and dated complaint by any member in good standing shall be filed with any officer who shall present the same at the next meeting of the Board or to the Executive Committee, whichever occurs within twenty-one (21) days of receipt of the complaint.  If the Board or Executive Committee decides to take action on the complaint, the President shall appoint an ad hoc committee to conduct a fact-finding investigation of the complaint.  The fact-finding investigation will include, at a minimum, interviewing the complainant, accused and witnesses (as appropriate) and present their findings at the next meeting of the Board.  The ad hoc committee will be given no less than two (2) weeks and no more than four (4) weeks to complete an investigation, unless the Executive Committee or Board of Directors approves an extension in the interest of ensuring a fair and complete investigation.

The Board shall then vote on the appropriate action(s) or sanction(s).  A three-fourths (3/4) majority of the Board present is needed to enact the sanction.  If an action of sanction is approved by the Board, a written notice by the President reflecting the action(s) or sanction(s) approved by the Board will be sent to both the complainant and accused within five (5) business days.

 
JACL Mourns the Loss of Kip Tokuda
Written by Administrator
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 20:33
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It is with a heavy, heavy heart that we join the rest of our friends and community in the mourning of our past president, mentor, and friend Kip Tokuda. We are all so devastated and shocked.

As we will never recover from losing such am amazing person, his legacy will live on and the work he dedicated his life to will forever be our inspiration to continue the work for racial, social and economic justice.

There will be a public viewing at Bonney Watson on Capital Hill at 1732 Broadway in Seattle, on Thursday, July 18, 2013, from 2 – 7PM.

A Public Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2PM, at 130 Kane Hall, at the University of Washington in Seattle.

We have set up a Facebook Page called “Remembering Kip Tokuda”, and we invite you to send your memories and photos. (https://www.facebook.com/RememberingKipTokuda)

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kip Tokuda Legacy Fund, which is being set up and used to support the causes to which he dedicated his life.

Please see article on Kip's passing from the Northwest Asian Weekly.  The International Examiner will be publishing something about Kip as well.

Kip Tokuda, community activist, passes away at 66
Posted on 15 July 2013.

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

Kip Tokuda

Kip Tokuda, a former four-term state representative from the 37th district and community activist who founded the Asian Community Leadership Foundation, was past president of the JACL, and served on the Mayor’s Seattle 20/20 initiative passed away on July 13. He was 66.

He suffered a heart attack while fishing on Whidbey Island, according to Island County authorities.

“Kip was a respected colleague and mentor during my service in the legislature,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine in a statement. “He devoted his career to improving the lives of our region’s children and families. We have lost a dedicated public servant, a visionary leader and pioneer for the Asian American community, and devoted husband, father, brother, and son.”

“For decades in Seattle and Olympia he was steadfast in his work for racial justice, for the disadvantaged, and for our youth. He was an inspiration and mentor to many in the community, including me,” said Mayor Mike McGinn in a statement. “With his cheerful insistence on doing what was right, he pitched in to guide my transition to Mayor, serve as interim Human Service Department director, develop new Seattle Police Department recruitment policies, and serve on our newly formed Community Police Commission. Seattle was enriched by him, and we will miss him deeply.”

Tokuda was drawn to public service at an early age. Growing up the son of interned Japanese-Americans and the brother of a developmentally delayed sibling, Tokuda began working with Washington families as a social worker with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services following his graduation from the University of Washington with a Master’s of Social Work in 1969.

Before he was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 1993, he was appointed by then Gov. Booth Gardner to be the executive director of the Washington Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, leading the effort to develop policies, raise awareness, and advocate on behalf of children and families.

During his time as a state representative, Tokuda was a strong advocate for children, individuals with developmental disabilities, and families. He successfully passed a “Special Needs Adoption” bill to help improve the chances of adoption for special-needs children. He was also a core part of the passing of the “Homeless Children’s Lawsuit” bill, which provided services for over 60,000 homeless families with children in Washington state.

During the 2000 legislative session, Tokuda developed the Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program, which provided funding to help teach the history and lessons of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Tokuda’s family was placed in an internment camp in Idaho. Tokuda was born shortly afterwards.

Recently, Tokuda was appointed the interim director of the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department by Mayor McGinn in 2009. He served as interim director until his retirement in 2010. During his retirement, Tokuda focused on improving the Seattle Police Department. He worked with Mayor Mike McGinn’s SPD 20/20 Initiative as well as served on the city’s newly created Community Police Commission. In June of 2012, Tokuda was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan for his work strengthening relations between Japan and the United States.

Tokuda is survived by his wife, Barbara Lui, and his two daughters.

 
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Thank You for Helping JACL Seattle Celebrate 91 Years
Written by Administrator
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 17:53
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Thank You for Helping JACL Seattle Celebrate 91 Years

Thank you from The Seattle Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League!  You helped us celebrate our 91st Annual Banquet and Fundraiser on Saturday, April 20, raising funds for the organization’s community programs.

We had over 270 friends join us and you helped us raise over $32,000, including over $10,000 for their scholarship programs and $6,000 to send youth delegates to Washington D.C. in July.

We were also proud to honor our amazing community partners: Jasmit Singh of the Sikh Coalition received the Sam Shoji Unsung Hero Award; Beth Takekawa, executive director of the Wing Luke Museum, received the Community Engagement Award; and Washington United for Marriage, the organization behind Washington’s marriage equality push, received the Special Achievement in Civil Rights Award.

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