OF INVESTIGATORS, INC.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
VI. Business Meetings.
A business meeting will
be held at least once a year.
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).