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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

To All Members
Recommended By-law changes For 2018
Effective date 1/1/2019

Dear Member,

The following are two of the major by-law changes proposed by the by-law committee.

First recommended By-Law change is to create a separate Board for the associate members. The following are three reasons why with this will assist our of organization:
  1. There are two issues with the tax statues of our organization. The second will be discussed in items two and three. The first is a status of being tax deductable. The Department of Treasury requires that for a donation to be tax deductible by the donor, the Veterans organization memberships must be 90% Veteran. What this means is that a person or corporation will not be able to deduct their donation to HCWO if we are not 90% Veteran. If you approve this change that issue will be resolved.
  2. Currently, we are allowed to have 25% of our membership as Associate members to retain our tax exempt status. lf you approve this By-Law change we will be able to increase the number of associate members four to five times over our current level plus: add one generation of linage.
  3. Currently, IRS rules state that to be a not for profit Veterans organization, the associate membership cannot exceed 25% of our Total Veteran membership. At this time the associate membership is 31.6%. We must reduce that to 25% to maintain a not for profit status. Why? As our membership is set up now, for every Veteran that passes four Associate members become ineligible and as years pass it's going to get worse. lf you approve this By-Law change the problem will be resolved.
To Vote on this change, please circle one of the choices in the letter you should have received. Contact us if you haven't received it!

Second recommended By-law change is to remove the paragraph that limits the number of consecutive years that a President may serve.

To Vote on this change, please circle one of the choices in the letter you should have received. Contact us if you haven't received it!

The rest of the recommended by-Law changes are corrections or removing duplicates. We have poste all the remaining changes on our website (HCWO.net). The third and final reading of the by-law changes will be on December 1, 2018 at 11:00 am at the regular membership meeting. lf you can't be at the meeting and would like to vote on these two by-law changes please print and sign your name on the letter you should have received.

Thank You
Chuck Simons Pres.
HCWO 2016/2019

PDF Version of the Letter