People First of Oregon
Mission and By-Laws

People First organized in Salem, Oregon on January 8, 1974. The group officially incorporated in Oregon on September 6, 1977.

Mission Statement

People First recognizes that persons with developmental disabilities are people first.  Our purpose is to promote self-advocacy by speaking and acting on behalf of the rights and responsibilities of all people with developmental disabilities. 


Article 1:  Anyone with a developmental disability can be a member. 
Article 2:  Local chapters of members hold meetings. 
Article 3:  Local chapters elect officers who run the local meetings. 
Article 4: Representatives from local chapters attend local meetings, and also State board meetings.
Article 5: An annual meeting happens at the time of the state convention.
Article 6: State board meetings are held at least six times a year, one of which is the annual meeting.
Article 7: The board has the power to made decisions related to the People First organization.
Article 8: The board is made up of members from any or all chapters in the state.
Article 9:  The board has six elected members included in the makeup of the board. They include the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and two sergeant at arms. The rest of the board is made up of representatives from local chapters. The state officers will serve for three years starting in 1994.
Article 10:  Officers cannot hold consecutive terms in the same position.
Article 11: State officers must attend board meetings. If three consecutive meetings are missed, board action will be taken.
Article 12: Decisions are made by a majority of people in attendance at a scheduled board meeting. Board schedules are sent to all known chapters in the state.
Article 13: Annual dues are included in the annual convention registration fees.
Article 14:  All members have the right to vote at any people first meeting.
Article 15:  State elections are held every three years starting in 1994.
Article 16:  The annual meeting is planned by the board of directors.
Article 17: Both the annual meeting and the annual state convention are planned by the board of directors.
Article 18:  All decisions related to People First corporation events, focus and direction will be the responsibility of the board of directors and the membership.
Article 19: The power to alter, amend, or repeal these by-laws or adopt new by laws shall be vested in the board of directors: and such by-laws adopted by the board of directors.



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