International dues are due on January 31 each year. A renewal package is sent to all chapters in the fall. The package includes the previous year’s membership roster, new applications, recruitment & retention forms, Heaven I form, the allotment allowed for honorary members (based on previous years membership), a worksheet for calculating dues, directions and a checklist to insure completeness.
Details for members dues to International are found in the International Bylaws, Article VII, Section 7.01.
There is a prorated due’s structure for new members who join throughout the year. Late renewals will pay the $20.00 renewal fee plus a $5.00 late fee and are accepted until September.
Regulations concerning chapter dues are in the International Bylaws, Article VII, section 7.03. Conference dues are in Article V, Section 5.05 and Board of Governors dues are in Article IV, Section 4.04.
(International Bylaws identifying and describing the Board of Directors is covered in Article III.)
The International Board of Directors includes the President, V. President, Secretary, Treasurer, the Immediate Past President, the Chairman of the Board of Governors and an International Representative from each of the eleven conferences. Each of these positions requires that they be held by regular members who are or have been a Chapter President. Their duties are covered in the International Bylaws, Article III.
Elections for the offices of the executive Board are held every two years (an odd year) and International Representatives are governed by the Conference Bylaws.
The International Board meets via tele-conference call every five to six weeks and handles the general business of the organization. The board uses a written agenda format when conducting a meeting. A consolidation of the minutes recorded during these meetings is sent to each chapter to circulate the information to the membership.
During the International Convention in July, a general business meeting is held and open to all members. Details of the location, date, time and agenda are forwarded to each chapter at least thirty days prior to the meeting.
INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF GOVERNORS
International Bylaws identifying and describing the Board of Governors is covered in Article IV.
Each chapter President, upon being elected, automatically becomes a member of the Board of Governors for their term of office. An annual meeting is held at the International Convention in July. The BOG secretary will forward the previous years minutes, a proposed agenda, date and time for the meeting to each Chapter President thirty days prior to the meeting. The BOG Executives are elected biannually (even years) and consist of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. The BOG acts as a “checks and balance” system for the Blue Knights, and may act as advisors at the request of the International Board. The Chairman sits on the International Board of Directors representing the Board of Governors.