Formed in December 2004, the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (ACT) was initiated by the Big Bend Filipino-American Association, Inc (BBFAA) under the leadership of Dr. Clyde Diao. It is an umbrella organization comprised of various Asian related organizations as well as individual members and is intended to be the voice of the Asian community. It aims to unite various Asian communities within the Tallahassee area and promote and share our rich Asian cultural heritage with the local community through community activity involvement and cultural events. To achieve this, ACT launched "Experience Asia" which has experienced meteoric rise to become a major annual event in Tallahassee. Further, ACT aims to enhance social and economic ties with the community at large. Through these, ACT hopes to raise Asian awareness within the community to foster a better understanding between Asians and other cultures.
Originally, ACT was formed by the Big Bend Filipino American Association, India Association of Tallahassee, North Florida Chinese Association, the Tallahassee Families with Asian Children, and the Chinese Association of Tallahassee. ACT grew to include the FSU International Center, Japanese Community Group, Chinese Children Adoption International, Taiwanese American Association of Tallahassee, Thai Community of Tallahassee, Persian Cultural Club, Korean community, Rossier Productions, Inc. Pakistani community, World Economic Forum and many Student associations. Several individual members also comprise ACT membership. We hope to expand as more members join our organization.
ACT welcomes everyone who is interested in Asian culture to join, regardless of age, sex, race, or ethnicity. Bringing in non-Asian members into ACT is essential as it helps foster better understanding within the local community. It also helps the Asian community become part of mainstream America without losing its identity. Truly, ACT provides a venue by which the East meets the West.
Past ACT Photographers: Nick Baldwin, Tristin Kroening, Dan Looney, Don Pattaya, Phil Shoemaker
|Name and Address|
|Section 1 The official name of the non-profit corporation is the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (A.C.T.)|
|Section 2 The principal place of business is the residence of the Chairman of the Board of Directors. The mailing address of the corporation shall be P.O Box 227 Tallahassee, FL 32302-0227|
|Purpose and Objectives|
|Section 1 The purpose of this non-profit corporation is to unite the Asian Communities in the Big Bend Area and promote the Asian culture. The objectives are as follows:
a. To solicit active participation and support from Asian communities and other
interested parties in Asian affairs
b. To enhance cultural, social, and economic ties among Asians and Americans
c. To actively support charitable, educational and humanitarian causes
d. To advocate for Asian issues and interests
e. To participate in community activities to promote Asian awareness
|Section 1 The members of the coalition shall include honorary members, individuals, and associations who are interested in the purpose of the coalition. All members of the coalition are based on a voluntary participation and membership is subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
Section 2 Association representatives and individual members shall comprise the Council of Representatives.
Section 3 An honorary member is an individual, selected through procedures developed by the Board, who has made significant contributions for the advancement of the goals of the Coalition. An honorary member is a non-paying and non-voting member.
Section 4 An organization shall be represented by one representative for every 25 members but limited to a maximum of four representatives in the Coalition.
Section 5 The annual meeting of the Council of Representatives of the coalition shall be held in February each year for the purpose of informing the members of the business of the coalition. Meetings of the membership of the coalition may be called from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
Section 6 At any meeting of the Council of Representatives, a majority of the council members shall constitute a quorum.
Section 7 Quorum may be waived by two thirds of affirmative votes of the Board of Directors. It shall require two-thirds of the votes of the Council of Representatives present to pass a resolution.
|Board of Directors|
Section 1 The activities and the property of the coalition shall be managed by a Board of Directors. They are as follows: the Chairman, Chairman-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Auditor, Directors of Public Relations, Media Relations, Educational/ Cultural Affairs, Business/Fund Raising, Student and International Affairs, Technology, FSU - ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENT UNION (AASU), Current President Big Bend Filipino American Association (BBFAA), Current President Indian Association of Tallahassee (IATLH), Current President Chinese Association of Tallahassee (CAT). Except for the Chairman-elect who serves for a four-year term, each director shall serve a two-year term.
|Section 1 The annual membership fees shall be $100 for an association and $25.00 for each individual member.
Section 2 Renewal of annual membership fees is due on January 15 with a grace period until the close of business day of March 31 of current calendar year.
|Programs and Activities|
|Section 1 The coalition shall engage in and promote educational and cultural, public relations, recreational, charitable, economic, and fund raising activities. Such activities and programs are based on a voluntary participation of the members and other interested parties.
Section 2 Participation fee shall be adjusted if needed, according to the anticipated expenditures of the activities and programs, all of which are non-profit.
|Section 1 An individual member is entitled to one vote.
Section 2 The number of votes that an association is entitled to is limited to the number of representatives it has in the Coalition, subject to the provisions stipulated in section 4, Article III.
Section 3 Proxy voting procedures shall be developed by the Nomination and Election Committee which will be organized by the Board of Directors.
|The Executive Office|
|Section 1 The executive officer of the association shall be the Chairman of the Board.
Section 2 Other members of the Board of Directors shall comprise other officers whose duties have been specified in Article IV.
Section 3 The executive officer, jointly with other officers, shall determine and prepare the activities and meetings with inputs and assistance from the Council of Representatives.
Section 4 The Chairman shall be the chief executive officer and active head of the association. The Chairman shall have general supervision and management over all coalition activities and affairs. The Chairman shall preside over the duties of other officers in agreement with the Board of Directors.
|Grounds for Termination of Membership|
|Section 1 Any of the following are grounds for termination of membership and/or impeachment from office:
a. non-adherence to the standards of good conduct of the community bringing dishonor to the Coalition;
b. nonpayment of membership dues;
c. misappropriation of the Coalition’s funds;
d. misuse of the Coalition’s name; and
e. other grounds that are contrary to the best interest of the Coalition as determined by the Board of Directors.
Section 2 Termination shall be decided by a majority vote of the Board.
|Finances, Contracts, Loans, Assets|
|Section 1 All contracts on behalf of the Coalition shall be subject to approval by the Board.
Section 2 All checks, drafts, and other orders of payment issued on behalf of the Coalition that exceed $200 shall be signed by any two of the following officers: Chairman, Chairman-elect, and Treasurer. All checks, drafts, and orders of payment in the amount of $200 or less may be signed by one of the three aforementioned officers. No checks, draft, or orders, regardless of
amount, shall be issued without prior approval of the Chairman.
Section 3 All funds of the Coalition shall be deposited within 5 working days to the bank approved by the Board.
Section 4 All fund raising activities on behalf of the Coalition shall be approved by the Board.
|Records and Minutes of Meetings|
|Section 1 The Coalition shall maintain and update financial records, minutes of meetings, and historical effects.
Section 2 Any member interested in inspecting the books of accounts or other records of the Association can do so in writing to the Chairman, subject to the provisions of Section 617.1602, Florida Statutes.
|The fiscal year of the Association shall begin on January 1 and shall end on December 31 of the current calendar year.|
|Ratification and Amendments|
|Section 1 The By-laws shall become effective upon an affirmative vote of one-half plus one of the members of the Board present.
Section 2 The By-laws may be amended by an affirmative vote of one-half plus one of the members of the Board present.
Section 3 The Board shall notify the members by mail of any proposal amendments to the By- Laws one month prior the Annual Meeting.