Article I. The Name

The name of this association shall be the Tennessee Association of Investigators, (T.A.I.) Incorporated. The Association is incorporated as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Tennessee.

Article II. The Purpose

The purpose of the Association shall be threefold: (1) to encourage networking, mutual assistance and cooperation among investigators, (2) to conduct legislative oversight of the Tennessee General Assembly to promote the common good. To propose legislation, changes or amendments to the current law governing private investigators in the State of Tennessee, and to work closely with the members of the General Assembly, following any proposed changes, laws or amendments thereto that would impact our industry, (3) to raise the standards of the industry and promote professionalism.

Article III. Composition of TAI, Inc.

T.A.I. shall be composed of private investigators licensed under the laws of the State of Tennessee. The name, Tennessee Association of Investigators, Inc., the logo of T.A.I., Inc., and any other singular identifying marks or insignia may only be used by those who have received approval from the State Board of Directors.

(1) Active membership shall be granted only to private investigators licensed by the State of Tennessee. Application for membership shall be by submission of the approved form for membership accompanied by the annual dues fee recommended by the State Board of Directors and approved by the membership.

(2) The State Secretary shall verify information of the licensee on the application and membership shall be granted. Upon approval for membership and provided that the annual dues have been paid, a Certificate of Membership shall be prepared and mailed to the applicant. The Treasurer shall mail invoices to members or alert them electronically that dues are due and payable in January of each year. Dues are delinquent on March 31st of each year.

(3) Membership is personal and not transferable to any other person.

Article IV. Expulsion of Members

Any member convicted in a court of law of a felony shall be expelled from membership in the Association. This expulsion shall be automatic upon presentation of proof to the Board of Directors
This expulsion is without appeal.

Article V. State Board of Directors

(1) At the beginning of the calendar year, the incumbent state Board shall select, from a list of names submitted for this office, the names of five (5) members that shall constitute the new Board. These names shall be ratified at the annual meeting or by electronic means. This election shall be for a two (2) year term of office. The Board shall select a State Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer for the next two years. The Board shall meet on the call of the Chairman and three (3) of the members present shall constitute a quorum. The State office shall publish a quarterly newsletter to be mail to all members, either by surface mail or electronically. The State Board shall meet as required or on call of the Chairman. Travel expenses shall be paid based on a pre-determined formula. The Treasurer shall maintain a checking account with a bank that has branches in all major cities of Tennessee for ease of transferring the account when the position of Treasurer changes. The account shall be constructed so as to require two (2) signatures on any check.

(2) No officer of the Board may be paid a salary but they may be reimbursed for any expenses incurred in the performance of duties on behalf of the Association. These expenses must be supported by invoices, bills and/or receipts and they will be come a part of the Treasurer=s records.

(3) The State Board shall have power and authority to expel or reprimand any member who deliberately violates any provision of these Bylaws. A hearing shall be held by the State Board and relevant testimony shall be heard before a decision is rendered. A letter of notice shall be sent by registered mail notifying the member of the action of the Board and giving them notice of the right of appeal within 90 days. Witnesses may be presented and a complete review will be held regarding the matter at hand.

Article VI. Business Meetings.

A business meeting will be held at least once a year.

Article VII. Ratification and Amendment of By-Laws

The Bylaws of the Association may be amended on recommendation of the Board of Directors at its annual business meeting. A simple majority of those present and voting is required for the passage of the amendment(s).

Revised: August 2004

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