"There are good ships and wood ships, ships that sail the sea,
but the best ships are friendships, may they always be!" -Irish Proverb
We, the former crew members,
embarked detachments and flag staff members; of the Heavy Cruiser,
UNITED STATES SHIP TOLEDO CA-133 with the aims of: promoting and enhancing the memory and
preserving the heritage of this great guardian of freedom, and promote camaraderie, respect,
and fellowship among its members, and provide the means by which this camaraderie, respect
and fellowship may be continued through the years, and uphold the principles and purpose
of good citizenship by dedicating our allegiance to the United States of America and fidelity
to its Constitution and Laws, and provide the means by which these aims can be continued
throughout the years, do hereby establish, enact, publish and adopt these bylaws for and
on behalf of the USS TOLEDO CA-133 ASSOCIATION.
The name of this association shall be the USS TOLEDO CA-133 ASSOCIATION. Herein referred to as “THE ASSOCIATION".
THE ASSOCIATION shall be an unincorporated, fraternal, nonprofit organization, not affiliated with the U.S. Department of the Navy, which has as its sole purpose and intent the scheduling and conducting, at intervals to be determined by its membership, reunions and meetings of shipmates, and the establishment of communication within its membership, all as set forth in the Preamble of these bylaws.
The operating year of THE ASSOCIATION shall be from January first through December thirty first, each year.
Full membership in THE ASSOCIATION shall be available to all former members of the ship’s company, embarked detachments and flag staff members of USS TOLEDO CA-133 during any period of commissioned service. Associate membership with all rights and privileges of full membership, except voting rights, shall be extended to widows of former members of THE ASSOCIATION.
The officers of THE ASSOCIATION shall be: President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer. The officers shall have full authority to conduct the business of THE ASSOCIATION. Officers shall be drawn from the membership and elected by a simple majority during the final business meeting at each reunion held by the membership. Officers shall serve until a successor is elected and installed. If an office becomes vacated for any reason, prior to the next election, the vacancy may be filled by appointment by the President of THE ASSOCIATION.
The direction of THE ASSOCIATION shall be vested in the Board of Directors, which board shall consist of the elected officers and appointed officials. Appointed officials serve at the pleasure of the board. The board members shall be responsible for presentation of items for discussion and member concerns to be brought up at the next scheduled reunion, to the President.
Annual dues for THE ASSOCIATION year or any part thereof shall be at a rate to be determined by the general membership, as required for the financial stability of the Association, except that dues received from new members after November 1st will be credited to the following year. The associate members shall not be required to pay any dues. Dues shall be payable to USS TOLEDO CA-133 ASSOCIATION.
THE ASSOCIATION shall conduct general business meetings of its general membership during regular scheduled reunions at which time reports from officers and matters of concern submitted by members and the Board of Directors may be discussed. The general membership meeting shall also include an election of officers and appointment of area representatives, as required. The Board of Directors of THE ASSOCIATION shall conduct no less than one meeting at each scheduled reunion, and such other “called” meetings the President may deem appropriate and/or necessary.
Reunions shall be scheduled on a regular basis as a means to promote camaraderie, respect and fellowship among THE ASSOCIATION members. Nominations for the dates, frequency, and sites of future reunions will be determined by member surveys. Final selection of inclusive dates and site for the reunions will be voted on by the general membership present at the previous reunion general membership meeting. A Reunion Committee, consisting of the Association President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Area Director and State Representative, if selected, will be formed to plan and organize each reunion on the site selected by the general membership and dates to be determined by said committee.
These bylaws may be amended at any scheduled general business meeting by a two thirds (b) majority vote by those ASSOCIATION members present.
DISSOLUTION CLAUSE: Should the USS TOLEDO CA-133 Association be disbanded or no longer exist as an association, all funds accrued by the Association shall be equally divided and donated to the following: U.S. Navy Memorial, Washington, DC, and various naval museums represented by cruiser class ships. All properties, including memorabilia shall be donated to various naval museums represented by cruiser class ships.