This version of the charter has not been completely updated with changes voted on at the Reunion last month,
check again around July 4th for the final version)
B-GIRLS REUNION ASSOCIATION
USS Barbel SS 580 USS Blueback SS 581 USS Bonefish SS 582
This charter establishes the B-Girls (USS Barbel SS-580, USS Blueback
SS-581 , USS Bonefish SS-582) Reunion
Association, hereinafter referred to as “The Association”, in accordance with the unanimous direction of the
crew members attending the B-Girls reunion held April 6-12, 2000 in Portland, Oregon.
The purpose of The Association is to further the
continuation of associations formed and the good fellowship established among the officers and men who served on
the B-Girls during their long and illustrious careers. Toward this end reunions will be held every two
The following officers are established to conduct the
business of The Association on behalf of the members:
Determining the location and exact dates of the
next reunion with due consideration to the desires of the majority of the
Advance planning for the reunion and implementation of the plan.
Authorization of expenditures from The Association treasury.
The appointment of two members-at-large to assist the president as required. One from
each submarine different from the submarine the President qualified on.
The appointment of a Coordinator/Host from the general locale of the next reunion to
assist the president in planning, interfacing, and other preparations for a reunion.
Assisting the President
Replacing the President if he becomes incapacitated or otherwise unable to discharge
Maintaining a record of The Association meetings.
Correspondence required to keep members informed
Maintaining a roster of The Association members.
Receipt and custody of member dues in a non-interest bearing
Accounting of funds to members within two months after each Association meeting.
Shall be responsible for content, layout, printing, and distribution
(mailings) of the B-Girls Reunion Association Newsletter. The same shall apply to any other mailings as
directed by the Association President
The newsletter will be sent to all members and provided, in electronic format,
to the webmaster for posting on the website.
Periodicity of the Newsletter shall be determined by the Newsletter Editor.
Other mailings may be sent based upon the needs of the Association.
Receipts for all monies spent incidental to the printing and distribution of the
Association Newsletter, or any other mailings, shall be provided to the Association Secretary/Treasurer.
Assist in maintenance and expansion of the shipmate roster database.
Order and maintain an adequate stock of items to accommodate sales to members and
other interested persons via mail or the Association website.
Recommend new items of interest to be sold in the “Ship’s Store” to the Board for
Submit proposed sale prices on an item-by-item basis to the board for approval.
Maintain records of all merchandise purchased and sold through the Ship’s
Submit a “Ship’s Store Financial Statement” annually or on request by the President
or Secretary/Treasurer, providing detailed income, expenses, and current ship’s store inventory.
Transfer monies quarterly to the Association Treasury above what is needed for the
day-to-day operation of the Ship’s Store.
Construct a “Ship’s Store” catalog and provide a hard copy to all members and
interested parties who request such information. Update the store catalog periodically keeping it current as items
are added or removed from the inventory.
Provide the Ship’s Store Catalog in electronic format to the webmaster for posting on
the Association website.
Set up the Ship’s Store at all reunions.
Perform initial web site creation and design for the B-Girls Reunion Association web
site at www.bgirlsboats.com.
Overall administration of the web site.
Ensure optimal site functionality and access through effective site design and
Compose files for the web site (page design, text mark-up, image
Update information in web pages and databases periodically keeping them current and
Ensure that files are web readable and that external linkages are
Ensure that all Webmaster mail receive timely responses.
Maintain the guestbook and other on-line forms on the web site.
Develop, research, lay out, write/edit new
Shall be responsible for delivering the invocation and /or benediction
at any association reunions, as directed by the Association President.
Shall maintain a roster of shipmates “On Eternal Patrol” and provide the roster in
electronic format, to the webmaster for posting on the website "Taps" section..
Shall provide letters of condolence, or other appropriate acts of kindness whenever
possible, to shipmates or their families.
One each, from a boat other than the boat the President qualified on, to insure all
three boats are represented on the Executive Board.
Advisors to the President
Elected for three year terms.
Election of Officers
The election of officers will be
accomplished on a day designated by the President at each reunion. Candidates will be nominated from the floor
and officers elected by a simple majority of the members in good standing (Dues Paid) attending. No provision is
made for absentee or proxy voting.
Membership in The Association is
open to all who ever served on the USS Barbel SS 580, USS Blueback SS 581, or USS Bonefish SS 582 and to widows
and eligible dependents of those who served.
Each member will be assessed a
$10.00 initial fee. Each member will be assessed a $5.00 annual fee. These funds will be used solely for up
front expenses associated with reunions, to reduce the reunion registration cost of members, and to provide for
costs of correspondence.
Proposals for amendments to this
charter will be entertained, in writing, from members in good standing (Dues Paid) on the first day of the
reunion. Acceptance of an amendment will be by a two third (2/3) majority of the members in good standing
Let it be hereby recognized that
by a unanimous vote of the crew members attending the B-Girl reunion in Colorado Springs, CO. on September
officers were elected.
between reunions was established as __3___years.
Original Charter drafted and
2003 Under “Purpose” change Advisor to
On “signature page” change Advisor to Member-at-large
Under “Officers” add new officer positions:
23, 2003 Under
“Officers” added responsibilities to the above officer positions as defined by
those officers and the board. .
Added “Members-at-Large description.
30, 2009 Reunions to be held every 2 years, beginning in
30, 2009 All officers
shall hold positions from date elected until the next scheduled reunion.
30, 2009 Recognized
Auxiliary Organization for spouses, widows, and other interested family members of B-Girls Reunion Association