of this organization shall be “U.S.S. Brooke (DEG-1/FFG-1) Association”
The purpose and functions of this organization are:
as many Brooke crew members still alive as is reasonably possible.
all possible information as to deceased crew members.
Maintain a Ships Store with articles (ball caps, pens, coffee cups, shirts,
etc.) associated with the U.S.S. Brooke DEG/FFG-1
Continue the spirit of comradeship among crew members.
E. Do all
things necessary as are reasonably possible to do, to preserve and carry on
the memory of our beloved ship and
those who served on her.
Officers Elect of this organization shall be the President, Vice
Master-at-Arms, and Chaplain. Any other Officers that may be needed can
be appointed by the President and his Board of Officers (Reunion
Coordinator, Webmaster, Trustees)
2. Terms of Office
Officers shall be elected for a term of two (2) years, or until there
successors are Elected. Officers may succeed themselves in office
3. Election of Officers
Election of Officers shall be held at regular meetings during
reunions as terms of office expire. Only members in good standing
(paid up dues) may vote.
Members in good standing may send in a write in ballot that the
Association will be required to send them if they will not be
present at the reunion. These ballots will be mailed to the
Secretary/ Treasurer and then brought, sealed by the
Secretary/Treasurer or his representative, to the reunion
4. Vacancy in Office
In the event any office, except for the President, becomes
vacant for any reason, the President shall appoint a member to
the office until the members elect a new successor at the first
reunion held after the office is vacated. The President has the
power to ask for a write in ballot vote also, if this will save
If the office of President becomes vacant for any reason, the
Vice President shall act in his place until the membership
elects a new President at the first reunion or by write in
1. The duties of Officers shall be:
The President shall preside over all meetings of the
Association, represent the Association when and where
necessary and shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the
The President shall make reports to the membership when
The President shall preserve order and decorum and shall
perform all duties consistent to the office of President.
The Vice President shall assist the President with such
advice or assistance as may be required and preside in the
absence of the President.
The Secretary/Treasurer shall purchase all office
supplies, including postage and
shipping, required for administering the
Association. The Secretary/ Treasurer
will be responsible for the distribution of
newsletters (as provided by the Newsletter Coordinator),
bulletins, forms, catalogs, directories, and any other
such material that is needed by the Association. He
shall also be in charge of running the Ships Store and
making any needed purchases. The Secretary/Treasurer
will have the power to have assistants in performing the
The Secretary/Treasurer shall receive, record and
deposit in the name of the Association, all moneys from
dues and all other sources. He shall maintain a
checking and savings account in the name of the
Association. The Secretary/Treasurer shall also give
written reports as is needed or required to the Officers
and any member in good standing.
The Secretary/Treasurer shall notify the President
of all dues that are paid and maintain the
membership roll and issue a membership card.
The Master-At-Arms shall assist the President in
maintaining order at Association meetings.
The Chaplain shall open and close all formal
meetings with remarks and/or prayer, as he deems
fitting and proper. He shall also upon receiving
information about sickness or death of a shipmate
send the appropriate card as he deems fit. All
receipts to be turned in to the Secretary/Treasurer
Upon completion of the terms of office, the
Officers shall turn over to their successors all
records, funds and properties belonging to the
Reunion sites shall be consistent with the
wishes of the Membership. Any member in good
standing may submit a site for consideration,
and if that site is chosen by the Membership,
the member who nominated the site is
automatically appointed to the
Reunion Committee and will serve for a
period of two (2) years.
The President shall serve on all committees, and
shall be responsible for the final decision on
all accommodations relative to housing, meals,
and entertainment and is authorized one trip to
the reunion site at the association expense, if
funds are available
to pay same. If the President is unable to visit
the reunion site he may appoint another Officer
to conduct the visit and report the findings to
All persons that have served aboard Brooke
are eligible for regular membership in the
Association. Only regular members in good
standing who have paid dues, are eligible to
vote and to hold office.
Family members of any deceased crew member
are eligible for associate membership in
this Association and shall not be assessed
A person who did not serve aboard the ship
but who has contributed to the memory of the
ship may be designated an honorary member
and shall not be assessed dues.
A.A. A minimum of five members in good standing attending
the open business meeting shall constitute a quorum.
B.B. Open business meetings will be held, at a minimum,
in conjunction with each scheduled reunion.
All actions and decisions shall be by a majority of the
regular members present and write in votes and shall
carry the motion. Any new business can be voted on by
the quorum present and passed or rejected.
All meetings are to be open to all regular, associate,
and honorary members.
The Secretary/Treasurer shall record the minutes of
all business meeting proceedings and submit a
written copy to the President within 60 days of
completion of the meeting. The President shall sign
and return the minutes to the Secretary/Treasurer
within 30 days of receipt and the minutes
will be published in the next scheduled Association
This constitution and by-laws may be amended by
a majority vote of members eligible to vote at
regular reunion meetings.
Any proposed amendment shall be submitted in
writing to the President at least 60
days prior to a reunion, but the
membership may by vote waive this.
Members at all times shall abide by customs
of good manners, politeness and fairness,
and be governed at business meetings by
“Roberts Rules of Order”, to be
reasonably applied by the President.
If anyone at meetings becomes unruly, the
President shall have power to direct the
Master-at-Arms to eject him and appoint a
committee to assist.
A.Dues shall be paid in advance on an annual basis and
shall be $25.00 per year unless changed at a
regular business meeting, to cover calendar
year January 1 to December 31 of each year.
When the Association General Fund (after
expenses) exceeds $10,000, the membership
shall determine the disposition of the funds
in excess of $10,000.
When the Association ceases to be viable,
all property belonging to the Association
shall be donated to the Navy Relief Society.
A.No member of the Association, acting in the name
of the Association, shall engage in any
activity for self profit.
These by-laws may be amended at any regular
meeting by a simple majority vote.
A memorial list of all fallen shipmates,
who served on board, shall be created
and will be kept by either the Chaplain
or Secretary/ Treasurer. The list will
be posted on the Association web site.
Constitution and By-Laws were
adopted and approved by the
following shipmates who were either
Plankowners, Officers, or past
enlisted Navy personnel of the U.S.S.