ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Federal Asian Pacific American Council, the acronym for which shall be FAPAC.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
The FAPAC is organized exclusively, for educational purposes, within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The primary purpose of FAPAC is to serve as an interagency association within the Federal and District of Columbia Governments, providing a focus for over thirty ethnically distinct groups from Asia and other Pacific regions as recognized by the United States Bureau of the Census.
ARTICLE III: OBJECTIVES
The objectives of FAPAC shall be:
Section 1. To assist the Federal and District of Columbia governments in promoting, establishing, and maintaining an effective and equitable participation of Asian Pacific Americans in the work force.
Section 2. To promote overall awareness of the impact of Asian and Pacific cultures, contributions, work ethics, and behavior as related to government employment.
Section 3. To promote a better understanding of, and to seek solutions for, the particular problems, including Equal Employment Opportunity, of Asian Pacific Americans in the Federal and District of Columbia governments.
Section 4. To establish and maintain channels of communication and goodwill between Asian Pacific Americans and other individuals in the Federal and District of Columbia Governments and the community in general.
Section 5. To promote the career development and advancement of Asian Pacific Americans in the Federal and District of Columbia Governments - and to do so through such vehicles as the sponsorship of training conferences, Asian Pacific American Heritage observances, and developmental workshops.
ARTICLE IV: ORGANIZATIONAL POLICIES
Section 1. FAPAC shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.
Section 2. FAPAC shall be a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and noncommercial organization.
Section 3. Except as part of a duly administered FAPAC Internship and Scholarship program, no part of the net earnings of the FAPAC shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, officers, or any other private persons, except that the FAPAC shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of Section 501 (c) (3) purposes.
Section 4. FAPAC shall be organized to conduct activities of interest common to its interagency members, and shall expend its funds for that purpose.
Section 5. No substantial part of the activities of FAPAC shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the FAPAC shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section, the FAPAC 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 (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Section 6. Local sections of FAPAC, designated as Chapters and composed of individual members may, when approved by the Executive Board, be formed. Each Chapter shall have power to draft its own constitution and bylaws, provided that such constitution and bylaws shall be in harmony with the FAPAC Constitution and Bylaws and are in furtherance of the objectives of FAPAC. Provided further that prior to final adoption, the constitution and bylaws so drafted and all subsequent amendments thereto, shall have been submitted to and approved by the FAPAC active membership.
Section 7. Local FAPAC Chapters shall comply with the FAPAC Chapter Guidelines. If found not in compliance and/or inactive, FAPAC may revoke their recognition.
ARTICLE V: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1 - Membership
Membership shall be open to all employees who are currently employed or previously employed in the Federal and District of Columbia (DC) governments and who wish to make a positive contribution to the achievement of the FAPAC goals and objectives. Non-federal Government employees are eligible to join as other membership categories described under Section 2 below. To be qualified as an active and as a good standing member of the FAPAC, an individual must complete and submit an application together with annual membership payment of appropriate dues described under Section 2 below. Membership dues are for FAPAC’s fiscal year, which starts on 1 October and ends 30 September.
Section 2 - Categories of Individual Membership
2.1 Regular Member: Any current employee of the Federal, state or local government who agrees to abide by the goals and objectives of FAPAC, may become a Regular Member of this organization by submitting an application and paying the annual membership dues of $36.00 or lifetime membership dues of $300.00. Members of affiliated chapters will also join as regular members of National FAPAC and pay annual dues of $36.00. However, one third of the dues ($12) for each member will be reimbursed to the Chapter he or she belongs in accordance with proper reimbursement procedures. Each chapter will determine any additional membership dues to cover expenses for their respective chapter’s activities.
2.2 Associate Member: Any individual who is in accord with the principles, policies and objectives of FAPAC may become Associate Member by submitting an application and paying the annual membership dues of $24.00, or lifetime membership dues of $150.00.
Section 3 – Membership Rights
Regular Members will have all the rights and privileges including nomination and seek election as a FAPAC Officer or Auditor. Candidates whose names are nominated for elective office in the month of July must be a Regular Member during the last 12 months and in good standing. If a duly elected officer separates from the government during his or her term of office, the office will become vacant at the first day of the month following the effective date of separation. Associate Members will have all the rights and privileges; however they are not eligible to hold elective office.
Section 4 – Organizational Membership
Organization membership shall be opened to all employee organizations of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) of the Federal Government and the Government of the District of Columbia upon payment of the dues as set by the Executive Board.
Section 5 – FAPAC Chapter Membership
Members maybe organized into Chapters, which shall serve common geographical areas of interest. To become a recognized Chapter, they must follow the requirements as established; submit an application to be approved by the Executive Board.
ARTICLE VI: OFFICERS
ARTICLE VII: EXECUTIVE BOARD
ARTICLE VIII: ELECTION AND TERMS OF OFFICERS AND AUDITOR
ARTICLE IX: AMENDMENTS
ARTICLE X: DISSOLUTION