Section 1. There is hereby created an Executive Committee consisting of the President, First Vice President, Second Vice President and two additional members elected by the membership of the Board of Directors at the New Board Meeting, each for a term of one year and until the selection and qualification of his successor.
Section 2. No officer or member of the Executive Committee may serve on the Executive Committee in excess of five consecutive years.
Section 3. The President with the advice and majority vote of the Executive Committee shall fill all vacancies in the Executive Committee occurring between annual conventions of AQHA.
Section 4. The Executive Committee shall meet whenever and wherever called by direction of the President or two members of the Executive Committee acting jointly, of which meeting the Executive Vice President shall give 10 days' written notice, but such notice may be waived by any member.
Section 5. The Executive Committee may act, without convening in meeting, by written resolution signed by all members thereof and duly entered in AQHA records. At all meetings of the Executive Committee, three members shall constitute a quorum.
Section 6. All powers of the Board of Directors, except the power to change any bylaws and any rules and regulations pertaining to registration of horses, be and are vested in the Executive Committee.
Section 7. All vacancies in the elective and appointed offices of AQHA shall be filled by the Executive Committee for the unexpired term and those so appointed shall serve until the election and acceptance of their duly qualified successors.
Section 8. In order to be eligible to be nominated (or appointed in the case of a vacancy) to serve on the Executive Committee, an individual must, at the time of nomination (or appointment in case of a vacancy), be one of the following: (a) an Elected Director with voting privileges for three consecutive years immediately prior to nomination or appointment; (b) a Director Emeritus, with voting privileges for three consecutive years immediately prior to nomination or appointment; (c) a Director-at-Large with voting privileges for three consecutive years immediately prior to nomination or appointment; (d) an International District Director, with voting privileges for three consecutive years immediately prior to nomination or appointment; (e) Honorary Vice President so long as he/she served as a Director with voting privileges for three years prior to being elected or elevated to Honorary Vice President and has maintained his/her voting privileges for three consecutive years immediately prior to nomination or appointment.
(a) At the New Board Meeting of the annual convention, the Board of Directors shall elect an Executive Committee consisting of a President, First Vice President, Second Vice President and two additional members.
(b) Prior to such election, a committee chaired by the newest Past President and composed of Past Presidents registered with and attending the annual convention shall present a slate of nominations for the Executive Committee positions described above to the Board of Directors for its consideration and vote.
(c) After such slate has been presented to the Board of Directors, the President will open the meeting for additional nominations, if any, from the floor. Nominations received from the floor will be received only in opposition to a particular individual, and not in opposition to the total slate.
(d) In order for a candidate not currently on the Executive Committee to be eligible to be nominated by the committee of Past Presidents or nominated from the floor, the following requirements must be met:
(i) no later than 60 days prior to the election, the Executive Vice President must receive the candidate's written resume and a written nomination from a voting Director; and
(ii) the candidate must have personally appeared for an interview before the committee of Past Presidents at the annual convention prior to the election.
(e) 30 days prior to the election, the Executive Vice President shall:
(i) forward to the Past Presidents the resumes and nominations referenced in (d)(i) above; and
(ii) provide notice to the Board of Directors regarding the candidates meeting the requirements in (d)(i) above. Such notice shall contain information regarding the candidates' names, residences (city/state), and number of years of service on the AQHA Board of Directors.
(f) The Past Presidents shall annually interview all of those candidates who meet the requirement in (d)(i) above.
(g) At the close of nominations, the President will conduct the election, either by voice vote, show of hands or secret ballot as a majority of the Board of Directors directs.
(h) In the event an individual is nominated in opposition to and is elected over a current Executive Committee member, the newly elected individual will fill the lowest Executive Committee office while current Executive Committee members, if re-elected, will graduate to the next highest Executive Committee position.