APPLICATION, ELECTION, INITIATION AND ADMISSION
1. FORMAL APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP:
Any male person seeking membership in the AHEPA, shall fill out, Sign and file with the Secretary of the Chapter which he desires to join, the required application for membership. His Application shall be endorsed by one (1) or two (2) members of the AHEPA in good standing and shall be Accompanied with the required initiation fee.
2. NATIONAL MEMBER:
Any male person seeking membership in AHEPA but not wanting to belong to a particular Chapter may submit an application as a “National AHEPAN” to the Supreme Lodge in care of National Headquarters, along with annual dues (“National AHEPAN Dues”) in an amount established by the AHEPA BOARD; provided that the National AHEPAN Dues are (a) not less than Seventy-five Dollars ($75.00) per year; and (b) shared with the Chapters and Districts as outlined in Article 3, Section B of these AHEPA Bylaws. Individuals Applying for Membership as a National Member who are accepted by the Supreme Lodge (a “National Member”) Shall not be eligible for any Chapter, District or National office, and they may attend any District or Supreme Conventions as observers but not as Delegates or Alternates. The local Chapters near any new National AHEPAN May contact such individual to see if he wishes to become a member of that Chapter instead of a National AHEPAN. The application is to include a statement of belief in the existence of God and in the divinity of Jesus Christ.
APPLICANTS MAY BE INVESTIGATED
The Secretary receiving the application shall present and read the same to the Chapter. If the applicant has complied with all requirements thereof, the President of the Chapter, or whoever is acting in his stead may refer it to a committee for investigation, who may investigate the fitness of the applicant and report its finding to the Chapter.
DUE NOTICE PRIOR TO BALLOTING
Upon receipt of the investigation committee’s report, information about the applicant may be circularized to the members.
NO REJECTION FOR PERSONAL DIFFERENCES
Following the compliance of the requirements set forth in SECTIONS A and C of this ARTICLE 1. The application in question will be submitted to the Chapter, at a legal meeting thereof, to be balloted upon for acceptance or rejection. The balloting shall be done secretly and in the absence of the applicant. An individual may be approved for membership by a majority vote of the members present and voting. No member shall vote against an applicant because of personal, religious, political or commercial differences.
RIGHTS OF REJECTED APPLICANTS
If a candidate is rejected, he shall have the right to re-submit his application.