ARTICLE I – Definition And Purpose

SECTION 1: This organization shall be known as the: International Development Alliance a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit corporation organized and incorporated under the statutes of the European low.

SECTION 2: The purpose of International Development Alliance is to foster those educational processes which will promote understanding and goodwill among people of all nations.

SECTION 3: To achieve the goal of international understanding, International Development Alliance will promote contact between peoples of all nations, through all channels of communication. People of all ages are invited to participate in this program.


ARTICLE II – Organizational Structure of International Development Alliance

SECTION 1: The strength of International Development Alliance lies in the efforts and activities of individuals working through local chapters to promote greater interest and understanding. To achieve this goal, International Development Alliance operates on these levels: IDA European Office, the local chapters, and members-at-large.

SECTION 2: IDA European Office shall serve the local chapters as outlined in Article IX of these by-laws.
SECTION 3:  The chapter shall carry out the International Development Alliance program at the community level.
ARTICLE III – The Chapter
SECTION 1: The function of the chapter, as stated in Article II, Section 3, shall be to carry out the International Development Alliance program at the community level as a self-sustaining, but affiliated unit. The chapter shall be chartered by IDA European Office in the manner prescribed in Article VIII.
SECTION 2: The officers of this chapter shall be a President, one Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Coordinator. The President shall hold no other office within the chapter. The officers shall constitute the Executive Committee.
SECTION 3: The officers of the chapter shall be elected by the membership, and shall hold office for one or two years. Vacancies may be filled or new offices created and filled, at any meeting of the chapter. Each officer shall hold office until his successor has been elected and qualified. The President and Vice President may not serve in the same office for more than two successive terms. Any change of officers shall be reported to IDA European Office as soon as possible following election or appointment.
Section 4: At least two months prior to the chapter election, the Nomination Committee shall submit the names of candidates to the chapter members. All nominees, officers, and committee chairmen must be members in good standing of International Development Alliance.
Section 5: The President is the principal officer of the chapter. He shall preside at all meetings and shall have general supervision of the affairs of the chapter, and shall perform such other duties as may be properly required of him. He shall also be an ex-officio member of all committees. He shall submit an Annual Report to European Office.
Section 6: The Vice-President shall exercise the functions of the President in that order during his absence or disability.
Section 7: The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping minutes of each meeting and forwarding copies of them to European Office, acting as overseer of the Historian, the Newsletter Editor, and the chairmen of International Development Alliance Programs within the chapter.
Section 8: The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of membership dues and payment of dues to IDA European Office. He shall collect, administer and expend such other funds as may be received from time to time. He shall make regular financial reports to the membership and at such other times as may be requested of him. He shall act as overseer of the Membership Committee, the Ways and Means and any Fundraising Committees, Travel Committee, Budget Committee, Youth Activities Committee, and their chairmen.
Section 9: The Coordinator shall be chairman of the Hosting Committee and be responsible for finding host families for foreign groups coming to visit the chapter. He shall direct all activities planned for the visitors.


ARTICLE IV – Committees
SECTION 1: As many committees as are necessary to successfully promote International Development Alliance programs may be established. They shall remain as effective committees until they have discharged their obligations.
SECTION 2: The committees shall be under the immediate direction of a chairman, appointed by, and responsible to, the President or a specified Vice-President.
SECTION 3: The following standing committees shall be appointed:


A: A Publicity Committee responsible for such publicity as may be necessary to promote the activities of the chapter, to inform the community of International Development Alliance and provide stories to the local media. Also the committee should send news and pictures of the chapter’s activities to IDA’s European Office for inclusion in the Magazine and Newsletters.
B: A Committee to work in cooperation with foreign student advisors of colleges and universities, or any other organizations engaged in the hosting of foreign students or visitors to the community. This committee shall be responsible for finding host families for foreign visitors and/or International Development Alliance groups sent to the chapter. The chairman of this committee shall be the Coordinator.
C: A Travel Committee to encourage citizens to make tours to other countries in order to meet the people and engage in face-to-face diplomacy. This Committee shall be responsible to the Treasurer.
D: A Special Projects Committee to plan and execute special community projects and events designed to promote international understanding. This committee shall be responsible to a Vice-President.
E: Other committees may be appointed by the President to carry out the activities of the chapter.