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ARTICLE I (NAME)

The name of the organization shall be "Oklahoma Malayalee Association", hereafter referred to as "OMA", which was established in Oklahoma in May 1995.

A. The name, logo and address of the association shall appear in all communications and publications.

B. LOGO: Outer Circle: Oklahoma Malayalee Association estd. 1995.
Inner circle: Integrated outline maps of Oklahoma and Kerala, two coconut leaves and OMA in a circle.

C. COLOR: Sky Blue

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ARTICLE II (AIMS AND OBJECTIVES)

The OMA shall be secular, non-partisan and non-profit making and shall:

a. Promote social and cultural integration of Malayalees in Oklahoma.

b. Foster and promote cultural heritage of India in general, Kerala in particular.

c. Promote and encourage the enrichment of life of Malayalees in Oklahoma and also promote their general welfare.

d. Represent Keralites in governmental, quasi governmental, and other public and private organizations and institutions.

The service of the OMA shall not be refused on the basis of race, color, creed or nationality.

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ARTICLE III (MEMBERSHIP)

A. The association's membership shall be open to individuals of Kerala/Malayalee origin sharing the objectives of the association as evidenced by the payment of membership fee and to those individuals who abide by the Constitution and Internal Regulations of the association.

B.The application for membership shall be made in the prescribed form provided by the association and be submitted to the secretary.

C. The membership if approved by the executive committee shall be valid from the date of approving such application to the end of the running fiscal year or such other dates as decided by the executive committee. The executive committee shall have the right to refuse any membership application.

D. Membership is open to all Keralites, their spouses and children. The word Keralites for this Constitution shall refer to the natives of, or the descendants of natives of, or persons whose heritage is rooted in Kerala, India.

E. Family Membership: Families consisting of husband, wife, unmarried children living with parents, and dependent parents. The voting rights shall be restricted to two adult members 18 years or above.

F. Single Membership: Any Keralite at the age of eighteen shall be eligible for single membership. The individual holding the single membership shall be eligible for one vote.

G. Honorary Membership: The General Body of the OMA may confer honorary membership to persons who have rendered valuable, outstanding, and long service to the community. Honorary members shall be exempted from membership fee and shall have no voting rights in any matters of the association.

H. Life Membership: Life membership shall be granted to any eligible member and shall be exempted from annual membership fee and enjoy all privileges of an active member.

I. Membership Period: The membership period shall be the calendar year, beginning on January 1st and ending on December 31st. Membership renewal is due on December 31st. A gracce period of 30(thirty) days may be allowed for renewal.

J. Membership Fee: Annual membership fee shall be: Ten dollars ($10) for single. Twenty dollars ($20) for family. Fifty dollars ($50) for life membership single. Hundred and fifty dollars ($150) for life membership family. The General Body may review/revise the fee structure from time to time.

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