Association Bylaws

We, the former officers and men of the USS Coontz, choose to associate ourselves in order to:
• ensure our ships rightful place in history,
• memorialize the service and sacrifice the men and their families provided in support and defense of the United States of America,
• create a social organization to strengthen the fraternal bonds that are created only by shared experiences and camaraderie born of the sea service, and
• to foster an appreciation of the American ideals that has been ever present in the U.S. Navy.
We have served our country, and with this organization commit ourselves to further service to our country, our families and our shipmates. Some of our shipmates are no longer with us. Their deeds and service shall not go unnoticed or be forgotten. It is our duty to uphold the honor of these shipmates by creating a lasting living memorial that each of us will carry in our hearts and minds, and offer to the greater community an example of a true American legacy.
"Non sibi sed patriae" (Not self but country)


1.1 TITLE: For all Legal Transactions, Financial Accounting, Correspondence, and other Operational Requirements, the Association is officially entitled "U.S.S. COONTZ DLG-9/DDG-40 ASSOCIATION," hereinafter known as the Association.
1.2 PURPOSE: The purpose of the Association is threefold:
• To maintain an awareness and camaraderie among the former crewmembers, officers, and enlisted, who honorably served on board the United States Navy Destroyer Coontz DLG-9/DDG-40.
• To this end, plan, schedule and conduct an annual reunion for all living shipmates, spouses, families, and friends, and widows; families and friends of those shipmates no longer with us.
• To provide an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and pay devotional respects to the memories of former shipmates no longer on the "Sailing List."
1.3 ORGANIZATION: The Association shall consist of all former crewmembers, officers and enlisted, and the Executive Board.

2.1 MEMBERSHIP: Any former crewmember, officer and enlisted, of the United States Navy Destroyer Coontz DLG-9/DDG-40 is eligible to apply for and be accepted as a member of the Association.
2.2 HONORARY MEMBERSHIP: The widow of any Coontz veteran, and any descendent of Admiral Robert E. Coontz, will be awarded an Honorary Membership. Other Honorary Memberships may be awarded as recommended by the Executive Board, or any other member, and with the approval of a majority of the membership.
2.3 ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: Any individual who is of good standing in their community or who is sponsored by a U.S.S COONTZ DLG-9/DDG-40 ASSOCIATION member may apply for Associate Membership. Associate members will not have the right to cast a vote in Association Business and shall not be eligible to hold office.
2.4 EXECUTIVE BOARD: The Board shall consist of a minimum of the four elected officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) plus the Web page Manager, the Ships’ Historian, the Chaplain, and the past President. Officers are elected by a majority vote of the membership for two-year terms as prescribed herein (See Article 3.2)

3.1 DUTIES: The duties and responsibilities of the individual officers are as prescribed herein.
President: Key duties and responsibilities:
• Call meeting of the Board as deemed necessary for the good of the Association.
• Chair all Board Meetings.
• Call for financial reports and keep the membership advised of all items of interest or impacting upon the Association.
• Be responsible for the contents of the Association Newsletter and function as its Editor (the actual duty may be delegated to another member in good standing, although the President retains responsibility for newsletter content).
• Prepare timely reunion announcements to local and national media planners, especially those involved in reunion events.
• Broaden interest and enhance membership and attendance.
• Appoint the Web Page Manager.
• Appoint a Ships’ Historian
• Appoint a Ship’s Chaplain

Vice President: Key duties and responsibilities:
• Advise the President of any matters of interest to the Association and on any matters requiring action by the Executive Board.
• Function in the place of the President in his absence. Be ready to relieve the President should the situation arise.
• Establish the membership of the nominating board at large members and chair the business of the nominating board.
• Present the nominating board recommendations at the reunion.
• Carry out additional duties as may be requested by the President.
Secretary: Key duties and responsibilities:
• Maintain an up-to-date "Sailing List" of the membership. Sailing List will include full name, address, and phone number, time on board the Coontz and other information deemed pertinent.
• Provide the Board and any current member with an updated Sailing List when requested.
• Prepare membership cards as required and obtain signature of the President or Secretary.
• Prepare replies to all correspondence from the membership and other sources as required with the President’s knowledge and approval.
• Inform the President of any correspondence requiring his personal reply.
• Maintain an Association Log of Events, take minutes of all official meetings and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President.
• Prepare and mail to all paid-up members an updated Sailing List in the first quarter of each Calendar year.
Treasurer: Key duties and responsibilities:
• Establish and maintain a record of Association financial transactions.
• Ensure all moneys collected are duly entered in the Association books.
• Establish a checking account under the name of the Association, with authorization for Treasurer/or President signature.
• Provide the President with a copy of the monthly bank statements and an annual financial statement.
• Present the annual statement at the reunion for review and approval of those members in attendance.
Web Page Manager: Key duties and responsibilities:
• Develop and maintain a web site for the Association to provide information pertaining to the U.S.S Coontz and her crew, links to other Destroyer related sites, and a feedback/communication section.
• Other duties: Due to the nature of this task, the Web Page Manager will not be requested to serve in other capacities unless he volunteers for such additional duty.
Ships Historian: Key duties and responsibilities:
• Compile, categorize, and maintain a complete data base of the Association’s past, present, and future events.
• Provide selected books of past and present events for viewing during the annual reunions.
• Collect and make available information regarding the USS Coontz.
Ship’s Chaplain: Key duties and responsibilities:
• Provide devotional at annual reunions, especially recognizing those shipmates who are departed.
• Provide advice to the board regarding religious activities the Association may undertake.
• Provide religious leadership to the Association as appropriate.
3.2 TERMS OF OFFICE. The terms of office of elected board members is two years, with terms expiring at the year’s annual reunion. Two officers are elected annually, with President/Secretary elected on alternate years and Vice President/Treasurer elected on the intervening years. The purpose for the alternating terms is to maintain continuity in the leadership of the association. Any elected officer may succeed himself if it is the desire of those present and voting at a reunion. There is no limit to the number of terms an office holder may serve.
4.1 NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The Nominating Committee chaired by the Vice President consists of at least one member of the Executive Board and three (3) members at large. The at-large committee members shall be selected and the committee shall begin nominations four (4) months prior to the expiration of any elected Officer’s term. The committee shall select candidates, determine their willingness to serve, and report their recommendations to the annual business meeting.
4.2 HISTORICAL COMMITTEE: The President shall appoint a Ships’ Historian to chair this committee. The purpose for this committee is to preserve for the membership the activities of this Association and the history of the USS Coontz.
4.3 AREA REPRESENTATIVES: At times, due to the large number of members within a specific geographical area, it may be prudent for the Association to appoint a member who volunteers to act as an Area Representative with duties as assigned by the Executive Board or by the President. The President will make the appointment with approval of the Board.
5.1 SALARIES: No Officer or member of the Association will be salaried.
5.2 DUES: Association dues are $20.00 for the first year’s dues, $20.00 for annual membership, or $300.00 for lifetime membership after payment of the first year’s dues. Dues may be changed by a majority of members present at the reunion business meeting.
5.3 EXPENSES: The Executive Board must exercise care and prudence to ensure all expenditures are paid from annual dues, individual membership cost for reunions, and monies acquired through Association activities or donations. Expense accounting will be prepared by the Treasurer not later than thirty days after the reunion and submitted to all Executive Board members.
5.4 REIMBURSEMENT: Reimbursement will not be made to any member for personal time, travel, local telephone calls or in the preparation of written correspondence for record keeping. Reimbursements will be paid for actual cost of correspondence supplies, stamps and other items of a similar nature required to conduct business of the Association. The Web Page Manager shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in support of the Coontz Association web page. Receipts will be required for the Treasurer to make payment for reimbursement. The layout of personal funds are at the person’s own risk unless prior approval is obtained from the Treasurer or President. No Assets of the Association may be used to reimburse any member of the Association for travel or other expenses in connection with a reunion.
5.5 ASSETS: Upon dissolution of the U.S.S COONTZ DLG-9/DDG-40 ASSOCIATION all remaining financial obligations shall be paid. Remaining assets will be transferred to The Coontz Scholarship Fund (if such has been established), with the caveat that the money will be used to award scholarships to former crewmembers or their descendants. In the event that no scholarship fund has been established, a donation will be made to a veteran's organization. In addition, historical material shall be turned over to an organization selected by the membership to preserve U.S.S Coontz DLG-9/DDG-40 History.
6.1 SCHEDULE: The Association Reunion will be held annually unless changed by the Executive Board to better suit the needs of the Association.
6.2 LOCATION: The board will propose locations for the reunion, based on member input through the year. The members present at each reunion will vote on location of future reunion(s) as proposed by the board. Locations are proposed and selected taking into account the availability of members close to a given area willing to serve as the Reunion Host or serve on a Reunion Organizing Committee. The board will ask for member input to choose a location or willing hosts may suggest their location to the board.
6.3 SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS: At each reunion, special recognition should be given to the following:
• Plank Owners,
• longest uninterrupted service on board,
• person traveling farthest to the reunion, and
• other recognition proposed by the membership.
A person may be recognized for more than one of the above items.
6.4 REUNION COST. The Officers will ensure that the Association Treasury is not used for reunion expenses unless the board authorizes expenditure of funds for specifically designated use (i.e. Hospitality Room, banquet room (over and above banquet meal costs that members pay), and similar items). The officers shall work together with the host to set the cost of each reunion. Each reunion shall be reimbursed from fees and authorized funds.
7.1 Revision 0: The original version of the bylaws was proposed by the reunion event planner at the second USS Coontz Reunion held at the Hilton Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA on July 20-23, 2006. The original was approved with the following changes: