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Constitution & Bylaws of the Vermont ScienceTeachers Association

(As amended by a majority of the members present at the regular Fall Business Meeting of the Association on Friday, October 22, 1993, at Montpelier High School, Montpelier, Vermont)

The proposed amendments to be approved October 2000.

CONSTITUTION

Article I: Name

The name of this organization shall be the Vermont Science Teachers Association.

Article II: Purpose

The purpose of this Association shall be to provide means for discussion and interchange of ideas with the purpose of improving science education.

Article III: Membership

Section 1. The membership is open to those who teach science at any instructional level as well as those interested in promoting science education. There are four categories of membership: active, lifetime, business/commercial, and pre-professional.

Section 2. The active membership shall include those members who pay their dues.

Section 3. An honorary member shall be a person who has rendered meritorious service as a member of this Association and who has retired from active teaching. He/she shall have all the privileges of an active member except holding office, voting, and payment of dues.

Article IV: Officers

Section 1. The officers of the Association shall be a president, a president-elect, and a vice-president, a secretary, and a treasurer. The president shall previously have served as a member of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers of the Association, the past-president, the editor of the VSTA Newsletter, and representatives from elementary science, middle school science, high school science, college science, pre-professional and the State Education department with as wide a geographical distribution of members as possible.

Article V: Amendments

This constitution may be amended by a majority of those present at a regular meeting of the Association.

BYLAWS

Article I: Election of Officers

Section 1. The vice-president, treasurer, and secretary of the Association shall be elected at the fall meeting. At the fall meeting, the past vice-president shall become the president-elect, and the past president-elect shall become the president.

Section 2. The president, at the spring meeting of the Board of Directors, shall appoint a Nominating Committee, one member of which shall be from the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate of the officers whose terms will expire at the fall meeting and report this recommendation to the members at least fourteen days prior to the fall meeting. Nominations from the floor are also in order at this meeting.

Section 3. The election of officers shall be by written ballot cast by active members who are present. A majority of votes cast shall be necessary for election. If there is only one nominee for an office, the election may be by acclamation.

Section 4. The term of office shall be for three years for the treasurer and secretary, and three years for the sequential office of vice-president, president-elect, and president. any officer may be re-elected for more than one term. Directors shall serve for three years. The term shall begin following their appointment. Appointment shall be made upon recommendation of any member of the Association to the President followed by approval of two-thirds of the board members present at a scheduled executive meeting of the Board of Directors.

Article II: Duties of Officers and Directors

Section 1. The duties of the Officers shall be those usual to their respective offices. The president shall preside at all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors. He/she shall be empowered to call special meetings of either group. He/she shall be an ex-officio member of every committee. He/she shall sign all orders upon the treasurer.

Section 2. The President-elect shall perform the duties of the President in his/her absence. In the absence of both the President and President-elect, the Vice-president shall perform the duties of the President.

Section 3. The Secretary shall keep the minutes and records of the Association. He/she shall conduct the correspondence and perform all other duties usually performed by such officer.

Section 4. The Treasurer shall receive all dues and pay out moneys belonging to the Association; such payments will be made only when authorized by the President or the President-elect in the former’s absence.

Section 5. The Board of Directors shall conduct the business of the Association between the regular meetings of the Association. They shall fill all vacancies or expired terms of officers. There shall be at least four meetings of the Board of Directors each year.

Section 6. Members of the Board of Directors shall be expected to attend all meetings.

Section7. The Board of Directors shall appoint all committees as are necessary for the operation of the Association.

Article III: Dues

Section 1. The Board of Directors shall determine annual dues. Active membership begins with the receipt of dues.

Article IV: Amendments

Section 1. These bylaws may be amended by a majority of all active members present at any regular meeting.

Article V: Meetings

Section 1. Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern meetings of the Board of Directors.

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