The official name of this Chapter shall be the General Charles A. Gabriel Chapter of the Virginia State Air Force Association. It may also be referred to as the Gabriel Chapter.
The Air Force Association provides an organization through which we, as free people, may unite to address the defense responsibilities of our nation imposed by the many advances in aerospace technology that have been, and will continue to be made; to educate the members and the public at large as to what that technology can contribute to the security of free people and the betterment of mankind; and to advocate and support military preparedness of the United States and its allies adequate to maintain the security of the United States and the free world.
The Chapter shall be civilian and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles, or for the promotion of candidacy of any person seeking office or preferment, or for any other personal or commercial gain.
The Chapter shall operate exclusively for the purposes specified in AFA's Articles of Incorporation, and shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Upon dissolution of the Chapter assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 1. Eligibility. A member of the Association shall be deemed to be a member of this Chapter if they shall either have filed application for such membership with this Chapter, or shall have been assigned to this Chapter through automatic affiliation, or shall have paid their AFA dues through, or credited the same to, this Chapter. Members in good standing may transfer their affiliation to any Chapter of the Association. No member of this Chapter may be a member of any other Chapter at the same time. No person may join the Chapter without first being a member of the Air Force Association.
Section 2. Community Partners. A company or business that wishes to support the aims of the Air Force Association for greater community understanding of the need for aerospace power in the defense of the nation may apply for affiliation with the Air Force Association and the Steele Chapter as an AFA Community Partner.
Section 1. Dues. Annual dues are paid to the Air Force Association as required by the Association. No other dues are required.
Section 2. Fiscal and Operating Years. The Fiscal Year of the Chapter shall be January 1 through December 31. The Operating Year shall be October 1 through September 30.
Section 1. The Chapter shall meet at least quarterly. The election of officers shall occur once every two years in the third quarter of the second Operating Year. Special meetings may be called by the president, by majority vote of the Chapter Council, or upon written request of not less than ten (10) of its members.
Section 2. Quorum. A quorum shall consist of ten (10) members present.
Section 3. Notice of Meetings. Members will be notified of regular meetings by email or other verified method. Members will be notified of a special meeting, by e-mail or other verified method, no less than fourteen (14) days prior to a special meeting.
Section 4. Voting. Each member in good standing of the Chapter shall be entitled to one vote in all proceedings.
Section 1. Elected Officers. The elected officers of the Chapter shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The President may appoint additional officers. The officers shall be elected by ballot either at the bi-annual elections or by e-mail to chapter members in good standing. Elected officers shall normally serve for a period of two years, beginning on October 1 and concluding 24 months later on September 30, or thereafter until their successors are elected.
Section 2. Appointed Officers. The President may appoint additional officers with the majority approval of the Chapter Council. Appointed officers may be removed from office by the President or by majority vote of the Council.
Section 3. Vacancies. In case of vacancy in any elected office, it shall be filled by appointment of the President for the remainder of the unexpired term and thereafter until a successor is elected, except that in the case of vacancy occurring in the office of President, the office shall be assumed by the elected Vice President.
Section 1. Membership. The Chapter officers (elected and appointed) shall be members of the Chapter Council. Any Gabriel Chapter member in good standing who wishes to participate on a regular basis may be a member of the Chapter Council. In the Gabriel Chapter, the Council is also referred to as the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Duties. Between meetings, the administrative power of the Chapter shall be vested in the Chapter Council. In addition to such powers as are specifically conferred upon it by the Constitution and Bylaws, the Chapter Council shall be responsible for the general management of the affairs of the Chapter and may make such regulations as it deems advisable, not inconsistent with its governing documents. It shall keep a written report of its proceedings and shall make a written report of its activities.
General Charles A. Gabriel