AMENDED AND RESTATED BYLAWS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS

美南國建會

February 4, 2017

1.      Name

The name of this organization shall be the Association of Chinese American Professionals, hereinafter abbreviated as “ACAP” or “Association”.

2.      Area of Coverage and Headquarters

This Association covers five southern states of the United States of America: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.  The headquarters of ACAP are located in Houston, Texas.

3.      Purposes

ACAP is formed exclusively for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes.  More particularly, the purposes of ACAP are: (1) to foster the development of technical, cultural and/or business network among the members of ACAP and with other organizations with similar purposes and interests; (2) to promote the development of leadership and professional  skills among Chinese Americans and Asian American Pacific Islanders; and (3) to have and exercise all the rights and powers conferred on non-profit corporations under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act and Federal laws, as such laws are now in effect or may at any time hereafter be amended.

4.      Membership

There are four categories of memberships, defined as follows:

a. Regular Member -- Any person who is interested in and supportive of the purposes of ACAP may, upon the recommendation of a current member, apply for regular membership.  A regular member may choose to pay the prevailing life membership due and become a life member.

b. Associate Member -- A full time student or a retiree may pay a reduced fee and become an associate member.  The associate member has no voting rights.

c.  Honorary Member -- Any Chinese professional with outstanding achievements in his/her field of specialization may, by an action of the Board of Directors, be invited to become an honorary member.  Honorary members are exempt from paying dues.  They do not have voting rights.

d. Corporate Member -- Any industrial, business or academic organization that is supportive of the purposes of ACAP and wishes to derive mutual benefits by a close relation to it, may apply for corporate membership subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.  Corporate members do not have voting rights.