CLDA Bylaws

ARTICLE I - NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1.1 Name
The name of the organization shall be THE CUSTOMIZED LOGISTICS AND DELIVERY ASSOCIATION, also referred to here-after as the “Association”. The Association may also conduct its business and affairs under the name of “The Customized Logistics & Delivery Association” or simply “CLDA”.

Section 1.2 Purpose 
The purpose of the Association shall be to promote, educate, encourage, broaden and advance the interests of those engaged in the customized logistics and delivery industry.

Section 1.3 Insignia 
The Association shall adopt an insignia, emblem or logo to be used by members under guidelines for such use established by the Association.

Section 1.4 Non-Profit Status 
The Association shall be organized as a non-profit organization.

Section 1.5 Affiliations 
The Association may affiliate with or otherwise participate in the activities of other organizations where matters affecting the welfare of the customized logistics and delivery industry are concerned.

Section 1.6 Fiscal Year 
The Association’s fiscal year shall begin on January 1 of each year and end on December 31 of that same year.

ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP

Section 2.1 Authority to Admit Members 
The Board shall have the authority to admit new members in any of the below categories. Such authority may be delegated to the Executive Director. All memberships shall be held in the company’s name.

Section 2.2 Regular Members 
Either a customized logistics and delivery motor carrier or a motor carrier broker. The Board of Directors may determine from time to time the manner accrediting representatives of a member firm.

Section 2.3 Affiliate Members 
Shall be those businesses, other than Regular Members or Shippers who subscribe to and support the objectives and commitments of the Association and who provide a product or service to the industry. Affiliate members shall not be entitled to vote or hold elected office in the Association. The Association has the right to deny Affiliate membership to any individual or organization the Board deems to be in direct competition with the CLDA and or any of its revenue generating activities, including, but not limited to, the magazine and annual conventions.

Section 2.4 Shipper Members 
Shall be those businesses, other than those in the above categories, who subscribe to and support the objectives and commitments of the Association who own or control the goods being shipped. Shipper members shall not be entitled to vote or hold elected office in the Association.

Section 2.5 Honorary Memberships 
May be conferred by unanimous vote by the Board of Directors upon individuals who have retired from the active involvement in the industry, or who have performed eminent service to the Association.

Section 2.6 Additional Classes 
The Board has the authority to admit additional classes of membership may from time to time be created or established and duly recorded in the Policy and Procedures Manual

Section 2.7 Prospective Members 
Prospective members shall sign a completed application for membership containing an agreement to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics. Such application shall be accompanied by whatever appropriate dues or fees shall then be in effect.

Section 2.8 Resignation: Suspension: Termination: Reinstatement:

(a) Resignation: Any member may voluntarily withdraw from membership at any time.

(b) Suspension: Any member who has not paid their dues by June 1 of any given year will be automatically suspended and all benefits will immediately cease.

(c) Termination: A member may be expelled for any violation of these bylaws or any agreement, rule or practice properly adopted by the Association, including its Code of Ethics, or any conduct deemed prejudicial or detrimental to the interests of the Association. Written and detailed charges shall be furnished to any member being considered for termination not less than (30) days prior to the meeting of the Board of Directors or Ethics Committee set for such purpose. Any member under charges herein shall be offered an opportunity to be heard at such meeting. The Board shall have the power to take any action it deems appropriate, except that a termination of a member requires a majority vote at a meeting at which at least two-thirds of the Board of Directors are present.

(d) Reinstatement: Any member who has voluntarily resigned, or who has been dropped from the membership rolls for non-payment of dues can request reinstatement by the payment of all dues, charges or assessments than owing.

ARTICLE III - DUES AND ASSESSMENTS

Section 3.1 Dues
Annual dues for members shall be set by the Board of Directors, at or before, the previous year’s Fall Board meeting.

Section 3.2 Special Assessments 
Assessments for special purposes may be levied by the Board of Directors as, from time to time, may be necessary. Funds from such assessments may not be commingled with the general funds of the Association.

Section 3.3 Terms 
All dues and assessments shall be payable in advance either on an annual, semi-annual, quarterly, or monthly basis, as determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 3.4 Termination 
Failure to pay dues or assessments will result in suspension and/or termination in accordance with Section 2.8 above.

Section 3.5 Good Standing 
Any member who is current in their dues payments for the calendar year and has not been suspended for any other reason is a Member in Good Standing.

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Section 4.1 Composition of Board of Directors 
The affairs of this Association are vested in a Board of Directors which shall consist of the Immediate Past President and fourteen (14) elected Directors, The members of the Board will nominate and elect from within their ranks, the officers enumerated in Section 4.2 below.

Section 4.2 Officers 
Officers of this Association shall consist of a President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Each officer must be the designated representative from his or her company and a member in Good Standing with the Association.

Section 4.21 Director Eligibility to Serve 
In order to serve as a Director an individual must:

(a) represent a Regular member company as defined in Section 2.2

(b) be current in their membership dues

(c) be a member in Good Standing

Section 4.3 Election of Directors 
Directors shall be elected by a vote of the members in Good Standing. The Board at its discretion may set forth the terms and conditions of holding the annual election for Directors so long as those terms and conditions are adopted and specified in the Policy and Procedures Manual.

Section 4.31 Altering a Directors Term 
The Board, at its discretion, and with consent of the individual, may alter the term of any Director by one year to restore the ideal balance of having 7 Directors terms expire each given year.

Section 4.4 Executive Director 
The Executive Director shall be hired by the Board of Directors to maintain a central office for the purpose of administering the day-to-day affair of the Association. The Executive Director shall be responsible to the Board of Directors in all of his or her duties, and shall carry out such duties at the direction of the Board. The compensation of the Executive Director will be determined by the Association’s Board of Directors.

Section 4.5 Executive Committee 
The Executive Committee shall be composed of the officers enumerated in Section 4.1 above, plus the Immediate Past President. The Executive Director will serve Ex Officio and will have no vote. The Executive Committee shall have power to make decisions requiring action between meetings of the Board of Directors, and shall prepare and submit for Board approval all actions taken by it as specified in the Policy and Procedures Manual.

ARTICLE V - DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 5.1 Duties 
The duties of the Board of Directors shall be to manage the affairs of the Association so as to further and accomplish goals and objectives of the Association. The Board shall have full administrative and policy authority in all Association matters, except as otherwise provided in these By-Laws. All actions of the Board may be subject to referendum vote by the Active membership of the Association, and such membership may rescind any act or acts of the Board, wherein the rights of third persons are not involved, upon a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the active membership who are entitled to vote, except that action with respect to the By-Laws of the Association may be rescinded upon a majority vote.

Section 5.2 Board Authority 
The Board of Directors has the authority to enter into contracts on behalf of the Association, to solicit grants and funds, to authorize research, and to otherwise take such action deemed necessary to fulfill the goals and objectives of the Association.

Section 5.3 Schedule of Board Meetings 
Regular Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held immediately after its election, and at least three (3) other times during the year as determined by the Board of Directors or its Executive Committee.

Section 5.4 Special Meetings 
Special Meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President or, at the written request of any four of the Board, or a majority of the Executive Committee, upon the written notice to each member of Board.

Section 5.5 Quorum 
A quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board of Directors shall be a majority of the Board. The President or Acting President shall act as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Section 5.6 Board Compensation and Reimbursed Travel 
With the exception of the Executive Director, the elected officers and Board members shall serve without compensation, and none shall accept remunerative employment by the Association. When a Director is not compensated by others for travel expenses to Association meetings, his or her expenses may be reimbursed by the Association with approval of the Board of Directors or the President.

Section 5.7 Board Meeting Attendance
If a Director has missed two consecutive Board meetings in one year, or three meetings in the course of his/her term, that Director will be ineligible for further nomination to the first election after their term expires unless expressly allowed by a 2/3 affirmative vote of the Board of Directors.

Section 5.8 Resignation
Resignation by a member of the Board, for any reason, may be submitted at any time to the President or Secretary of the Association. Vacancies created by such resignations shall be filled by nomination by the President and a subsequent majority vote of the Board of Directors. If the Board has not filled a vacancy(ies) by the time of the elections at the annual meeting, then that vacancy(ies) shall be filled by the winning candidate(s) receiving the least number of votes. Any Director[s] thus appointed or elected shall serve only the balance of the un-expired term.

Section 5.9 Indemnification
(a) Every person who is or has been an officer or director of this Association shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Association from and against all costs and expenses which may be imposed upon or reasonably incurred by him or her in conjunction with or arising out of any claim, action, suit or proceeding in which he or she may be involved by reason of being or having been an officer or director of this Association, whether or not he or she continues to be an officer or director at the time such costs and expenses are imposed or incurred, unless he or she is guilty of intentional misconduct and/or gross negligence.

(b) Cost and expenses shall include, but not be limited to, attorney’s fees, amounts of judgments against, and amounts paid in settlement by or on behalf of any such officer or director.

(c) The foregoing rights of indemnification shall not be exclusive of other rights to which any such officer or director may be entitled as matter of law.

Section 5.10 Liability 
In any proceeding brought in the right of a corporation or brought by or on the behalf of members of the corporation, the damages assessed against an officer or director arising out of a single transaction, occurrence, or course of conduct shall not exceed One Dollar ($1.00)

ARTICLE VI - DUTIES OF OFFICERS; REMOVAL; REPLACEMENTS

Section 6.1 President 
The President shall, when present, preside at all meetings of the Association, including Board of Directors meetings, and have power to call special meetings of the Association or Board of Directors, as provided herein, for any purpose or purposes. A sitting President does not have to stand for re-election as a Director during his term in Office.

Section 6.2 First Vice-President 
The First Vice-President shall have such powers and perform such duties as shall be assigned to him or her by the Board of Directors, and in the absence of the President shall preside at meetings of the Association; and during the absence, unavailability or disability of the President, shall perform the duties of the President.

Section 6.3 Second Vice-President 
The Second Vice-President shall assume the duties of the First Vice-President in the latter’s absence, unavailability or disability.

Section 6.4 Secretary 
The Secretary shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the Association and all other notices required by law or by these bylaws. In the event of the Secretary’s absence or inability to do so, such notice may be given by any person directed by the President, the Board of Directors, or members upon whose requisition the meeting is called as provided by these By-Laws, and record all of the proceedings of the meetings of the Association or Board of Directors, and perform such other duties as may be assigned to him or her by the Board of Directors or the President.

Section 6.5 Treasurer 
The Treasurer shall oversee and ensure the safe custody of all funds, securities, evidence or indebtedness, and other valuable documents of the Association and whenever required by the Board of Directors or the President, render a statement of cash accounts; keep or cause to be kept such books and records as will show a record of expenses, losses, gains, assets and liabilities of the Association; present and make to the annual meeting of the Association and all Board of Directors meetings a report of the finances of the Association; and to perform all other duties incidental of the office of Treasurer.

Section 6.6 Succession 
All officers herein shall exercise the duties of the offices for which they were elected until their successors have been duly elected and qualified.

Section 6.7 Vacancies 
Officer vacancies for whatever reason shall be promptly filled for the balance of their term by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Section 6.8 Officer Length of Term 
Officers will serve one-year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms in any one office.

ARTICLE VII - GENERAL AND SPECIAL MEETINGS

Section 7.1 Annual Meeting 
The Annual Meeting of the Association shall be held at such time and place as determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 7.2 Meeting Notice 
The Association shall give Members written notice of the date, time and place of each annual and special Members’ meeting. Such notice shall be given, either personally, by mail or electronic means, not less than ten (10) nor more than sixty (60) days before the date of the meeting, except that notice of a Members’ meeting to act on an amendment of the Articles of Incorporation, a plan or merger, a proposed sale of assets pursuant to VA. CODE ANN. 13.1-900 or the dissolution of the Association shall be given not less than twenty-five (25) nor more than sixty (60) days before the meeting. The Association shall hold a special meeting of Members on call of the President, the Board of Directors, or a majority of the Executive Committee. Notice of a special meeting shall state the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called.

Section 7.3 Special Meeting Quorum 
A quorum for the transaction of business at any annual or special meeting of the Association shall be no less than 25 active members who shall be present in person or represented by proxy at such duly called meeting.

Section 7.4 Officeholder and Voting Qualifications 
Regular members shall be the only class of membership in the Association entitled to vote or hold elected office. Except pursuant to Section 2.2.

Section 7.5 Voting
Each voting Member Company shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote upon each and every question properly coming before any business meeting of the Association. Except as otherwise specified, all matters will be decided by a majority vote of both those in attendance and those who have submitted proxy votes in advance.

Section 7.6 Affiliate and Shipper Members 
Affiliate and Shipper members will not be permitted to vote nor hold office nor be a member of the Board of Directors, and their admission to membership shall be determined by the President. Such authority may be delegated to the Executive Director.

ARTICLE VIII - COMMITTEES AND PUBLICATIONS

Section 8.1 Committees 
The Board of Directors is authorized to form and appoint standing and special committees as may be needed from time to time to fulfill the goals and objectives of the Association, and to disband any committee. The President and Executive Director shall be an ex-officio member of each committee and serve as liaison to the Board of Directors.

Section 8.2 Publications 
To inform the industry and expand the literature in the field of transportation, the Association shall sponsor a magazine, journal, newsletter or other publications suitable to its mission. The Association may also utilize new technologies for collecting and disseminating information.

ARTICLE IX - AFFILIATE CHAPTERS

Section 9.1 Organization of Chapters 
The Association, through its Board of Directors, will have the power to promote the formulation of, and issue charters to, affiliated chapters or state organizations when organized to serve membership in certain geographical areas.

Section 9.2 Autonomy of Chapters
Affiliated chapters or State Associations shall be autonomous in their financial and business operations, and may not incur liabilities or debts in the name of the Association without the prior written consent of the Board of Directors.

Section 9.3 Chapter Relations
The Board of Directors is authorized to negotiate affiliated relations, joint memberships, or the joint sponsorship of international projects or events with professional organizations in other nations.

ARTICLE X - AUDIT REVIEW

Section 10.1 Financial Review 
At an interval specified by the Board of Directors a review of the Association’s books and financial records to be rendered by an independent certified public accountant shall be conducted and submitted to it for approval.

ARTICLE XI- BY-LAW AMENDMENTS

Section 11.1 Amendments 
The Board of Directors may amend these By-Laws by a two-thirds vote of the directors present. Notice of such vote must be mailed to each director not less than twenty-one (21) calendar days prior to the meeting that such amendment is to be considered.

Section 11.2 Publication of Amendments 
Any amendments so passed by the Board of Directors must be published and distributed in a timely manner to the Association’s membership via its website or other suitable media.

ARTICLE XII - DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION

Section 12.1 Dissolution 
A vote to dissolve the Association shall require an affirmative vote of more than two-thirds of the active members entitled to vote. In the event of dissolution of the Association, all assets remaining after payment of all debts of the Association shall be transferred by the Board of Directors to be State of Virginia or any instrumentality or subdivision thereof exclusively for public purposes, or to any not-for-profit Association, trust, foundation or other organization whose purposes are substantially the same as those of the Association and which, at the time of transfer, is exempt from Federal income taxation under Section 501©(6) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding provisions of any subsequent Federal tax law.

Any such assets not so transferred by the Board of Directors shall be disposed of by the proper court of the County in which the principal office of the Association is located, exclusively for such tax-exempt purposes or to such tax-exempt organization as the court shall determine. No member, Director or Officer of Association, or any private individual, shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any assets of the Association on dissolution of the Association.

ARTICLE XIII - SEPARABILITY

Section 13.1 Separability 
Should any portion of these By-Laws be declared invalid, for any reason, such action shall not render the remainder of these By-Laws invalid.



CODE OF EThICS

In recognition of our membership by the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association (CLDA), we agree to work toward common goals in the conduct of our business as well as to support CLDA's business and ethical guidelines. Recognizing that our actions, in tandem with those of our companies, will reflect on the Association and our industry, we agree to:

  1. To maintain within our company a high value on integrity and honesty in all relations with our customers and the  public; to express clearly and concisely the terms of our agreements with customers; to utilize sufficient security for all shipments; to provide prompt follow-up regarding all customer inquiries, including swift resolution of any claims; to fulfill our commitments in good faith; to endeavor to maintain a high standard of performance.
  2. To treat other member companies with professional respect; to honor all valid and lawful contracts with other members; where disputes may arise over such contractual commitments, to encourage arbitration as a constructive alternative to litigation.
  3. To promote and assist the Association's development. 
  4. To help raise the professional image of messengers, couriers, and the companies with which they are associated.
  5. To maintain the confidentiality of any propriety information we may receive or learn regarding another Association member; not to misappropriate propriety information or goodwill of fellow members by inducing our employees to violate any confidentiality agreements which may be part of the terms of their employment. 
  6. To promote learning, business and networking opportunities for ourselves, as well as for other member companies of this Association. 
  7. To continuously educate and encourage our employees to upgrade their skills, abilities, professionalism and technical competency.
  8. To develop understandable job descriptions and standard operating procedures so that each employee can understand what is expected in the course of his or her work. 
  9. To adhere to all federal, state and local laws affecting our business operations.
  10. To comply with all federal, state and local fair employment practices.
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