2014 By-Laws (effective 10/29/2014)
BYLAWS OF THE
NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA SECTION
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
This organization shall be known as the Northern West Virginia Section (hereinafter referred to as the “Section”) of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY (hereinafter referred to as the “SOCIETY”).
Section 1. The objects of the Section shall be those of the SOCIETY as stated in the Charter and Constitution of the SOCIETY. In addition, the objects shall be the encouragement and advancement of chemistry in all its branches, the increase and diffusion of chemical knowledge, the promotion of scientific interests and inquiry, and the stimulation of the professional interests and promotion of the well-being of its members.
Section 2. Nothing in these bylaws shall be inconsistent with the Charter, Constitution, and Bylaws of the SOCIETY.
Section 3. The Section is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
The territory of the Section shall be that assigned to it by the SOCIETY.
Members and Affiliates
Section l. The rolls of the Section shall include those members and Society Affiliates of the SOCIETY residing within the territory of the Section, provided that any exceptions to this rule shall be made in conformity with the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY.
Section 2. The Section may have Local Section Affiliates as authorized in the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY. A Local Section Affiliate shall retain affiliate status only so long as payment is made of Section dues of not less than two dollars ($2.00) per annum.
Section 3. Members and affiliates shall have such rights and privileges as are accorded them by the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY.
Section 4. A Society Affiliate or a Local Section Affiliate may not vote for or hold an elective position or vote on Articles of Incorporation or bylaws of the Section. A Society Affiliate may not serve as a voting member of the Executive Committee; a Local Section Affiliate may not serve as a member of the Executive Committee.
Officers, Executive Committee, and Councilors
Section l. The officers of the Section shall be MEMBERS of the SOCIETY and the Section and shall consist of the Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Secretary and Treasurer positions may be held by the same person.
Section 2. The Section shall have Councilors and Alternate Councilors as provided in the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY.
Section 3. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Section, the Immediate Past Chair, the Councilors and Alternate Councilors, and the chairs of all standing committees.
Section 4. The duties of the officers shall be such as usually pertain to their offices, together with those required by the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY, and such other duties as may be assigned to them from time to time by the Executive Committee.
a. The duties of the Chair shall be to preside at meetings of the Executive Committee, to carry into effect the decisions and recommendations of that Committee, to preside at business meetings of the Section, to appoint all committees, and to carry out all those duties required by the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY. In the absence of the Chair, the duties of the office shall devolve upon the Chair-Elect.
b. The term of office for the Chair-Elect shall be one year, after which time the Chair-Elect shall succeed to the Chair. To fill a vacancy in the office of Chair occurring during the term of office as Chair-Elect, the Chair-Elect shall serve as Chair pro tempore.
c. The duties of the Secretary shall be to keep a record of the proceedings of the Section and of the Executive Committee, to maintain a list of members and affiliates, to send to members and affiliates such notices as the business of the Section may require, to submit a report to the Section at its annual meeting, and to carry out the duties required by the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY and elsewhere in these bylaws. The term of office shall be for one year; reelection is permissible.
d. The Treasurer shall have charge of the funds of the Section, keep an accurate record of all receipts and disbursements, receive dues, and make those disbursements approved by the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall render an account of all transactions and of the financial condition of the Section to the Executive Committee at times set by the Committee, and shall submit such reports as are required by the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY. The term of office shall be for one year; reelection is permissible.
Section 5. Vacancies
Section 6. Councilor(s) and Alternate Councilor(s)
a. The Section’s Councilor(s) and Alternate Councilor(s) shall carry out those duties assigned to them by the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY.
b. Councilors and Alternate Councilors shall be elected from the MEMBERS for three-year terms. Councilors shall be elected in separate years, whenever possible, to provide for a rotation of terms in accordance with the Constitution of the SOCIETY.
c. In the event that a Councilor is unable to attend a specified meeting of the Council of the SOCIETY, the Chair of the Section shall appoint one of the Alternate Councilors to serve as Councilor at the specified meeting. Such appointment of an Alternate Councilor shall be for only one meeting.
d. The Executive Committee shall designate any Councilors to be disqualified under SOCIETY Bylaw provisions for reallocation of Councilors among the Sections.
Manner of Election and Terms of Office
Section 1. Officers, Councilors and Alternate Councilors shall be elected by a ballot of those eligible to vote. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes for each office shall be declared elected. In case of a tie vote, the Executive Committee, by ballot, shall elect from among the candidates who share the tie vote; the candidate receiving the largest number of votes shall be declared elected.
Section 2. In September of each year, the Nominating Committee shall report to the membership its nominations for each office to be filled. Prior to October 15, any member of the Section may, in writing or from the floor at a meeting, nominate additional candidates for office, if the nomination is seconded by another member. Nominations so made shall be equally valid as those from the Nominating Committee. All candidates nominated shall have indicated willingness to serve if elected.
Section 3. The candidates for each office shall be listed in an order to be selected by lot on a ballot to be distributed to each member of the Section by November 1. A paper ballot will be mailed to any member who does not have access to electronic balloting.
Section 4. The tabulation of ballots will be completed not later than November 15. The results of the election of officers, Councilor, and Alternate Councilor shall be tabulated by the Nominating Committee. The results shall be announced by the Chair at the November or February meeting and also published in the February issue of the Section’s newsletter and/or on the Section’s website. The results shall also be certified to the Executive Director of the SOCIETY.
Section 5. In accordance with the SOCIETY’s Bylaws, balloting procedures should ensure fair balloting that is open to all eligible members, protection against fraudulent balloting, and the timely reporting and archiving of balloting results.
Recall of Elected Officials
Section 1. The elected officials of the Section (officers or elected Executive Committee members) are subject to recall for neglect of duties or conduct injurious to the SOCIETY. Recall procedures are not applicable to Councilors and Alternate Councilors elected by Local Sections.
Section 2. The recall of an official shall be initiated when a signed petition, indicating in writing the specific charges and reasonable substantiating evidence is submitted to the Chair from at least five voting members of the Section. In the event the Chair is the official in question, the Chair-Elect shall receive the petition and shall assume the duties of the Office of Chair with respect to this issue until the issue is resolved.
Section 3. The Chair shall, without delay, determine that the petitioners are aware of the gravity of their actions and the procedures to be followed. The Chair shall seek an alternate resolution to the problem and a withdrawal of the petition at this time. In the absence of a resolution to the problem, the Chair shall notify the members of the Executive Committee and call a special meeting within thirty days.
a. The Executive Committee shall promptly continue the recall process or dismiss the petition as ill-founded or find an alternative solution to the problem. The Chair shall promptly inform the petitioners and the official of the decision of the Executive Committee.
b. If the proceedings continue, the Chair shall assign the duties of the official to another MEMBER of the Section until the issue is resolved.
c. If the proceedings continue, the official shall be offered an opportunity to answer the allegations in the petition before the Executive Committee.
Every reasonable effort shall be made to contact the official throughout this procedure. That effort shall include a certified letter to the last known address on the official SOCIETY membership rolls. Upon notification, the official shall have thirty days to make a written response to the allegations. The Executive Committee shall decide whether to proceed after studying the official’s response. The Chair shall inform the official and the petitioners of the decision of the Executive Committee.
If no contact with the official can be made after a reasonable effort, the Executive Committee may remove the official in question with a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the remaining members.
d. If the proceedings continue, the official shall choose one of the following options:
(1) The official may resign.
(2) The official may request a recall vote in the same manner as the original election, which must be consistent with the Section bylaws. The voting membership shall be informed, through brief written statements prepared by the Executive Committee and the official, of the issues involved with the recall vote. Both statements shall be distributed to the voting membership before the vote is taken.
(3) The official may request a hearing and a recall vote by the remaining members of the Executive Committee. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the remaining members of the Executive Committee shall be required to recall the official.
(4) The official may choose not to respond and thus forfeit the position.
Section 4. The vacancy provisions of these bylaws shall be used to fill a vacancy caused by a recall process. The membership of the Section and the Executive Director of the SOCIETY shall be informed of the results of the recall process and the replacement of the official.
Section 1. The Executive Committee shall establish committees as necessary for the proper operation of the Section.
Section 1. The Section shall hold regular meetings at places and times designated by the Executive Committee.
Section 2. The Section may have special business meetings upon the written request of a majority of the Executive Committee or upon the written request of 10 percent of the members of the Section. Such request shall be in the hands of the Secretary at least ten days before the date requested for the meeting and shall state the exact nature of the business intended to be transacted. No other business shall transpire at such meetings. Special meetings of the Section may be held by means of electronic communications technology that permits those in attendance to read or hear the proceedings substantially concurrently with their occurrence, to vote on matters submitted, to pose questions, and to make comments.
Section 3. Due notice of all meetings shall be sent to each member and affiliate of the Section. A quorum for the transaction of business at a Section meeting shall consist of 10 members of the Section. No business shall be conducted in the absence of a quorum.
Section 4. The Executive Committee shall set the order of business for regular meetings of the Section.
Section 5. The most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be the parliamentary authority for all matters not covered in these bylaws or in the SOCIETY’s documents.
Section 1. The Section may receive donations or bequests made to it, and may expend or invest the same on behalf of the Section. Such expenditures or investments shall be made by the Treasurer of the Section upon authorization by the Executive Committee.
Section 2. The Section may raise or collect funds to be expended for local purposes, and may have the entire management and control of such funds insofar as such management and control shall not conflict with any provision of these bylaws or with the Constitution or Bylaws of the SOCIETY.
Section 3. The Executive Committee shall have the authority to assess dues or voluntary contributions as provided in the SOCIETY’s Constitution and Bylaws for the various categories of membership.
Section 4. An annual audit shall be conducted by two or more disinterested members, appointed by an officer with no authority to disburse funds, and submit a report to the Executive Committee by January 31.
Sec. 1: A petition to amend the bylaws may be initiated by the Executive Committee, or by petition signed by at least 10 members or three percent of the members of the Section, whichever is larger. If the proposed amendment is approved by the Executive Committee, it shall, if practical, be submitted to the SOCIETY’s Committee on Constitution and Bylaws for review. After any required changes are incorporated, and any recommended changes reviewed and accepted or rejected by the Executive Committee or a majority of the petitioners, the Secretary shall, as soon as practical, distribute the amendment(s) to each member of the Section with either notice of the next meeting or notice of a ballot on the amendment.
Sec. 2. If a proposed amendment is not approved by a majority of the Executive Committee, and if the petition is signed by at least 10 members or three percent of the members of the Section, whichever is larger, it shall, if practical, be submitted to the SOCIETY’s Committee on Constitution and Bylaws for review before being submitted to the membership of the Section. After any required changes are incorporated, and any recommended changes reviewed and accepted or rejected by a majority of the petitioners, the Secretary shall, as soon as practical, distribute the amendment(s) to each member of the Section with either notice of the next meeting or notice of a ballot on the amendment.
Sec. 3. At least two-thirds (2/3) of votes cast shall be required to approve the amendment.
Sec. 4. The Secretary shall distribute the outcome of the vote regarding the amendment(s) to the Section members and within one month, shall meet all requirements for submitting the results to the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws.
Sec. 5. Amendments to these bylaws, after adoption by the Section, shall become effective upon approval by the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, acting for the Council of the SOCIETY, unless a later date is specified.
Dissolution of the Section
Upon the dissolution of the Section, any assets of the Section remaining thereafter shall be conveyed to such organization then existent, within or without the territory of the Local Section, as is dedicated to the perpetuation of objects similar to those of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, or to the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, so long as whichever organization is selected by the governing body of the Local Section at the time of dissolution shall be exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended or under such successor provision of the Code as may be in effect at the time of the Section’s dissolution.
Effective 10/29/2014 by C&B. Approved, as amended, by the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, acting for the Council of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. (C&B: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.acs.org/bulletin5).