National Association of the 10th Mountain Division, Inc.
ARTICLE II: Members
Section 1. Membership. The Association must meet the following requirements to qualify as a non-profit organization under Section 501 (c) (19) of the Internal Revenue Code: (1) It must be organized in the United States or any of its possessions. (2) At least 75% of its members must be past or present members of the United States Armed Forces. (3) At least 97.5% of its members must be (a) present or former members of the United States Armed Forces; (b) cadets (including only students in college or university ROTC programs or at Armed Services academies); or (c) spouses, widows, widowers, ancestors, or lineal descendants of individuals referred to in (a) or (b) above. The amount of dues required for Annual and Life Membership in the categories noted below will be established by the Executive Committee.
The Association shall have the following classifications of membership:
Section 2. Veteran Membership. Any person who has served or is serving with the 10th Mountain Division, or with the 87th Regimental Combat Team or with a unit attached to those units; or with the 99th Infantry Battalion; or with the 10th Infantry Division; or with the 10th Mountain Division (Light); or with any other unit of the U.S. Army engaged in mountain warfare training, including the Army National Guard Mountain Warfare School, the 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), the 38th Regimental Combat Team, the 1-157th Infantry - Mountain, Colorado Army National Guard, the 86th BCT, and who has been discharged from the service under any condition other than dishonorable, shall be eligible for Veteran Membership upon payment of dues.
Section 3. Special Membership. The wives, husbands, widows, or widowers of persons who are or were
Veteran Members, or who are eligible for Veteran Membership, or who would be eligible if they were alive, shall be eligible for Special Membership; provided that, the aggregate number of Special Members shall, at no time, exceed 22.5% of all members of the Corporation. Special Members are dues paying members who shall have all the privileges of Veteran Members.
Section 4. Descendant Membership. Any person who is a descendant or sibling of a Soldier who served or is serving honorably in the 10th Mountain Division or the 10th Mountain Division (Light), and who has been elected a National Officer of the Corporation or a Chapter officer, shall be eligible for Descendant Membership. A person shall remain a Descendant Member only so long as he or she is a National Officer or a Chapter officer. Descendant Members are annual dues-paying members who have all the privileges of Veteran Members. Descendant Members may also be members of 10th Mountain Division Descendants, Inc.
Section 5. Honorary Membership. Any person, whether a military person or otherwise, who because of intimate association with, extreme interest in, loyalty to, or unusual support of the 10th Mountain Division or this Association meriting distinguished recognition, shall be eligible for Honorary Membership; provided that, the aggregate number of Honorary Members, together with the Descendant Members described above, shall, at no time, exceed 2.5% of all members of the Corporation. Such person may be nominated by either a Chapter or a National Officer to the Executive Committee, which will take final action on the nomination. The sponsoring Chapter or the National Executive Committee, if the individual is nominated by a National Officer, will provide funds for Life Membership for the nominee as a condition for the Honorary Membership. Honorary Members shall enjoy all the privileges of Veteran Membership except that Honorary Members may not vote nor hold any office in the Association. Honorary Members do not pay annual dues.
Section 6. Life Membership. Any dues paying member from Sections 2 or 3 above of these Bylaws may become a Life Member. Upon the death of a Veteran Member who is a Life Member, the Life Membership of such Member will automatically be transferred to the surviving spouse of such Member, subject to the membership limitations of Section 1.
The "Honorary Members" in Section 5 of these Bylaws become Life Members when their membership is approved and the required funds have been paid. The Life Membership is not transferred to the surviving spouse.
Section 7. Friend of the 10th. For a donation equal to the annual dues amount or one-time life dues, a donor may be listed in Association records as a "Friend of the 10th". The donation will be divided in the usual way between the National Association and the local chapter (depending on the donor's residence or Chapter selection). Friends of the 10th are not members of the Association and therefore are not subject to the numerical limitations imposed by the IRS as stated in Article II, Section 1.
Section 8. Corporate Sponsor. For an annual donation of $250, a sponsor may be listed in Association records as a "Corporate Sponsor". The donation will be divided between the National Association and the local chapter as determined by the Executive Committee. Corporate Sponsors are not members of the Association and therefore are not subject to the numerical limitations imposed by the IRS as stated in Article II, Section 1.