ARTICLE I - NAME ( Top of Page )
The name of this organization shall be the Gourdin-Gourdine Family Association (hereinafter referred to
as "the Association").
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE ( Top of Page )
To promote family unity and continuing fellowship of all Gourdins, Gourdines and extended family through
family reunions and related activities. To create a supportive atmosphere for members who strive for
excellence through educational achievements and economic advancements. To publish and distribute periodic
newsletters or other material of interest to Gourdin-Gourdine family. To foster continuing research and
publish research papers documenting the history of the Gourdin-Gourdine family, from early origins in
Europe, through migrations to the New World, to present generations.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP ( Top of Page )
Membership in the association shall be open to all persons interested in or related to the Gourdin- Gourdine
family, including all variant spellings of the name, and include, but not limited to these lineages: Alston,
Alvarez, Banks, Battiste, Bennett, Blaine, Brown, Burrell, Burroughs, Coads, Coates, Davidson,
Dockery, Fraser, Gant, Glover, Gourdin, Gourdine, Green, Greene, Harris, Hughes, Jackson,
Jameson, Johnson, Jones, Lynch, Mallory, Mason, Matthews, McCray, Middleton, Moyd, Parker,
Pino, Rodriguez, Rose, Scott, Singletary, Smith, Teagle, Tilles, Walker, and Wilson.
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS ( Top of Page )
The officers of the Association shall be a President; a Vice-President; an Administrative Secretary; a
Correspondence Secretary; and a Treasurer -- all elected by the general membership. Their duties shall be
President - shall preside at all meetings of the Association; serve as chairperson of the Executive
Committee; issue a call to all meetings of the Association; represent the Association at functions
germane to the advancement of the Association; perform other functions and duties as may pertain to the
office of the President.
Vice President - shall act in the president's absence; serve as parliamentarian; perform such other duties
as may pertain to the office of the Vice President.
Administrative Secretary - shall keep record of the proceedings of the bi-annual business meeting;
perform such other duties as may pertain to the Administrative Secretary.
Correspondence Secretary - shall be responsible for preparing thank you notes, sympathy cards, special
recognition; perform such other duties as may pertain to the Correspondence Secretary.
Treasurer - shall collect and document all membership dues; record all financial expenditures; perform
such other duties as may pertain to the office of the Treasurer, including providing periodic financial
reports to Association members.
Historian/Genealogist - shall research, document, and maintain the history and genealogy of the
Gourdin-Gourdine family, from early origins in Europe, through migrations to the New World, to present
Editor - shall publish the Association's newsletter, The Gourdin-Gourdine Quarterly.
ARTICLE V - ELECTION OF OFFICERS ( Top of Page )
Election of Officers - shall be held bi-annually at the business meetings of the Association, during the
family reunion. Any vacancies during the interim between business meetings shall be filled by
appointment of the Executive Committee.
1) Candidates for any of the above stated offices shall be members of the Association, and must
have attained an age of twenty-one (21) years old.
2) Candidates for any of the above stated offices must prove a direct lineage to the Gourdin-
3) Services provided as officers of the Association or as members of committees of the Association
shall be gratuitous service.
Interim Officers - are those officers elected, appointed, or otherwise assumed office during the business
meeting held on August 10, 1997, at the family reunion at Virginia Beach, VA. These officers shall serve
and administer the affairs of the Association until their terms expire and installation of newly elected
officers occurs at the reunion planned for August 1999 at Atlanta, GA.
Terms of Office - shall be a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms for all Association officers. Terms
of office for members of the Education Committee will be determined and detailed in accordance with
the directions of the Education Foundation Board of Trustees.
NOTE: Incumbent officers of the National Committee are serving a term in office.
ARTICLE VI - STANDING COMMITTEES ( Top of Page )
Executive Committee - shall consist of Association officers and chairpersons of the Education and the
Membership committees; shall administer the business affairs of the Association. It shall have power in
the interval between general meetings of the Association to act on all administrative matters on behalf
of the Association.
Education Committee - shall establish and administer a not-for-profit Education Foundation for the
purpose of providing financial assistance to Association members who strive for excellence through
educational achievements and economic advancements.
1) The Education Foundation (hereinafter referred to as the Foundation) shall consist of a
committee and a Board of Trustees. Details of the Education Foundation shall be prepared by
the Education Committee with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee
2) Specific details of the activities of this committee will be addressed in documents prepared by
officers of the committee -- under the supervision and approval of the Executive Committee. All
financial affairs shall be managed by the Treasurer of this committee -- with the advice and
consent of the Executive Committee.
Membership Committee - shall be responsible for developing, implementing and administering a
membership plan. The plan shall address membership requirements and benefits in detail, and will be
implemented with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VII - AD HOC COMMITTEES ( Top of Page )
The Reunion Committee shall be responsible for planning, coordinating and administering the
bi-annual family reunion. The specific details of the ad hoc activities of this committee will be addressed
in documents prepared by the committee -- under the supervision and approval of the Executive
Committee. All financial affairs shall be managed by the Treasurer of the Reunion Committee.
1) The Reunion Committee shall be an Ad Hoc committee which will be organized during each
general meeting of the family reunion and exist for a period of two years -- not to exceed the
time of the succeeding family reunion. The Reunion Committee shall consist of a Chairperson;
a Vice-Chairperson; a Secretary; a Treasurer, and such other members as may be determined by
the Committee Chairperson, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee.
2) The Reunion Committee shall be responsible for planning, coordinating and administering the
bi-annual family reunion. Details of specific activities of this committee will be addressed in
documents prepared by the Reunion Committee -- under the supervision and approval of the
Executive Committee. All financial affairs of this committee shall be administered by the
Reunion Committee Treasurer, under the management of the Reunion Committee Chairperson.
3) All residual funds remaining in the Reunion Committee treasury after all obligations have been
satisfied shall be transferred to the Association treasury.
Election Committee - shall be responsible for collecting a panel of candidates and conducting the
election of new officers; dismissal of incumbent officers; and installation of newly elected officers. The
committee shall consist of a Chairperson and such other members as may be determined by the Executive
Committee from time to time.
By-Laws Committee - shall be responsible for establishing, chartering and implementing the structure
by which the Association shall function. The committee shall consist of a Chairperson and such other
members as may be determined by the Executive Committee from time to time.
ARTICLE VIII - HISTORIAN/GENEALOGIST ( Top of Page )
The Family Historian/Genealogist shall administer continuing research and publish research papers
documenting the history of the Gourdin-Gourdine and extended family, from early origins in Europe, through
migrations to the New World, to present generations.
ARTICLE IX - QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER ( Top of Page )
The Association Quarterly Newsletter (hereinafter referred to as the Quarterly) shall be the official
publication of the Association, will be used to disseminate information to Association members, and serve
as a medium for publication of research on the Gourdin-Gourdine and extended family. The staff of the
Quarterly shall consist of an Editor, and such other Contributing Editors as necessary from time to time. The
Editor shall be elected by the general membership of the Association on a bi-annual business meeting.
ARTICLE X - ASSOCIATION DUES ( Top of Page )
Payment of annual (or bi-annual) dues are required for membership in the Association. All family members
who reside at one address will be covered under the Household Membership.
1) Dues for Household Membership in the Association shall be $20.00 annually, or $35.00 bi- annually,
per household. These funds will be used to prepare and publish the Quarterly Newsletter and other
expenses related to the administration of the Association.
2) Members who are resident in a covered household who wish to attain Individual Membership may
do so by paying annual dues of $15.00 or bi-annual dues of $25.00. Individual members are entitled
to all publications and distributions received by Household Membership.
3) Members of the Association who aspire to hold a position as an Association officer or chairperson
of a committee must hold an Individual Membership or hold the Head of Household Membership.
4) Funding for family reunions shall be addressed in detail by separate document prepared and
administered by the Reunion Committee, under the general direction of the Executive Committee.
5) Funding for educational scholarships shall be raised by the Education Committee and administered
by the Education Committee, under the overall supervision and direction of the Board of Trustees.
6) Failure to maintain current dues will result in the loss of membership in the Association.
ARTICLE XI - FINANCE ( Top of Page )
The finances of the Association shall be accounted for under a budget system.
1) No officer, committee, committee member or member of the Association shall receive any funds or
incur any expense for the Association not provided for in these By-Laws unless authorized in writing
by the President, with concurrence of the Vice President; nor shall the Treasurer or other authorized
person make any payment except for expenditures which have been so approved.
2) There shall be an annual audit of all accounts by an independent accounting firm. The accounting
firm will be selected by a general consensus of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE XII - FAMILY REUNION ( Top of Page )
A reunion of the Gourdin-Gourdine family will be held during the last weekend of July in all odd
number years (i.e., 1999, 2001, etc.). Each third family reunion shall be held in South Carolina. The first such family
reunion in South Carolina shall be held in the year of 2001.
ARTICLE XIII - BUSINESS MEETINGS ( Top of Page )
A business meeting shall be held on Saturday morning during the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 o'clock noon, or
such time as decided by the Executive Committee on the site of the bi-annual family reunions. These family
business meetings are open to all members of the Association in good standing. All other meetings
(committee meetings, social events, etc.) do not constitute business meetings. Final decisions on issues
brought to the business meeting shall be passed by a grand majority of a quorum of members present at the
Majority - Simple majority shall mean greater than fifty percent (i.e., 51% and greater) of those
members casting a votes, while Grand majority shall mean greater than two-thirds (i.e., 67% and greater)
of those members casting votes.
Quorum - shall mean thirty (30) active members of the Gourdin-Gourdine Family Association. The
chairperson of the Membership Committee shall be responsible for maintaining an accounting of active
During the intervening years between family reunions (i.e., 1998, 2000, etc.), members of the Executive
Committee (as applicable) and all other interested Association members shall meet at a location in South
Carolina, as agreed upon by the Executive Committee, to discuss and resolve, when possible, issues related
to the management, operation and administration of the Association.
ARTICLE XIV - RATIFICATION ( Top of Page )
These By-Laws shall become effective on January 1, 1998, upon affirmative votes by a grand majority of
incumbent members of the Gourdin-Gourdine Family National Committee. Voting ballots will be mailed to
members of the National Committee no later than November 1, 1997, and must be completed and postmarked
by mid-night November 30, 1997 in order to be included in the tally.
Incumbent members of the Gourdin-Gourdine Family National Committee are: Phenizee Greene
(Chairman), Raymond Gourdin (Vice Chairman), Darlene Johnson (Secretary), Marvin Greene
(Treasurer), Auggeretto Battiste, Hazel Coads, Gloria Eady, Brian Gourdin, Min. Malik Gourdine,
Richard Gourdine, Doris Gourdine Jameson, Patricia Gourdine Matthews, James McCall, Gardenia
McCray, Denise Moyd, Rev. John Moyd, Walter Pino, Lorraine Gourdine Rodriguez, Henrietta
Gourdine Singletary, Oscar Wilson, and Vermell Gourdine Wilson.
Upon ratification and effectuation of these By-Laws, the Gourdin-Gourdine Family Association will nullify
and/or replace the Gourdin-Gourdine National Committee.
ARTICLE XV - AMENDMENTS ( Top of Page )
These by-laws may be amended by a Grand Majority vote of members in good standing. Members in good
standing means members whose Association dues are paid-up and current. The chairperson of the
Membership Committee, in conjunction with the Association Treasurer, shall be responsible for maintaining
an accounting of active membership in the Association.
Travel expenses associated with attending these meetings will be borne by individual members attending the
meeting. Funds for incidental expenses associated with these meetings (i.e., mailings, phone calls, meeting
facilities, etc.) shall be provided by the Association, or as determined by the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE XVI - DISCLAIMER ( Top of Page )
The Association disclaims responsibility for the actions and personal opinions of individual members who
are in violation of the association's policies and procedures.
We, members of the By-Laws Committee of the Gourdin-Gourdine Family National Committee, do hereby
subscribe to these sixteen articles, and in accordance with the wishes and desires of the full membership of
the National Committee (identified in Article XIV of these By-Laws), and by our signatures, establish the
Gourdin-Gourdin Family Association.
Chairman: John Raymond Gourdin (Columbia, MD)
Vice Chairman: Marvin V. Greene (Owings Mills, MD)
Members: Lorraine G. Rodriguez (Virginia Beach, VA); Phenizee F. Greene (Baltimore, MD); Darlene Johnson
(Arlington, VA); and Walter Pino (Woodbridge, NJ).