Bylaws of the Panhandle Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing
ARTICLE I: NAME
As chartered in Canyon, Texas by the Executive Committee of the National Association of
Teachers of Singing, Inc. and subject to its bylaws, the name of this organization is the Panhandle Chapter
of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSES AND CODE OF ETHICS
The Panhandle Chapter adopts fully the stated purposes of the National Association, which is
organized to benefit the public good and generally enrich the public through: (1) encouragement of
Members to achieve the highest standards in their teaching of singing; (2) promotion of vocal education
and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional
advancement of the talented; (3) requiring Members’ adherence to the stated ethical principles in the
teaching of the vocal arts; and (4) organizing and affiliating its Members to provide nationwide
accessibility to qualified teachers for all students of singing.
The Panhandle Chapter, as an organization, subscribes without reservation to the “Code of
Ethics,” adherence to which is one of the conditions of individual membership in the National
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
All teachers of singing who have been accepted by the National Association into full, affiliate, or
emeritus membership, and who reside in the geographical area which the Panhandle Chapter has been
chartered or otherwise encouraged to serve, are immediately eligible for membership in the chapter. No
such member shall be refused membership in the Panhandle Chapter; however, such chapter membership
is not obligatory on the part of the individual. Chapter membership will be terminated when a member
resigns from, or is dropped from, membership in the National Association.
ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS
Chapter officers shall consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The term of office shall
be two years. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and present such matters as may
properly come before the meeting.
The Vice-President shall assist the president in his/her duties and preside at meetings when the
President is absent. The Vice-President shall normally succeed to the presidency after serving as Vice-
President. The Vice-President shall serve as the Auditions Chair for any Chapter Student Auditions.
Prior to each Audition, the Vice-President shall organize the Chapter Student Auditions, scheduling all
divisions and providing the hosting school with the number of required rooms. The Vice-President shall
be responsible for conducting the Auditions meeting prior to the start of the Auditions and shall tally all
Neither the President nor Vice-President shall serve consecutively for more than two terms,
though they may properly succeed others in these offices.
The Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings and conduct necessary correspondence.
Unless another chapter member is designated for this task, the secretary will submit chapter news for each
issue of Inter Nos in conformity with published deadline dates. At the end of each biennial term of office
the secretary will submit in written form a report of the chapter’s activities. Election of Chapter officers
shall be immediately reported to the Vice-President for Chapter Promotion.
The Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of the finances of the Chapter, shall notify members
and receive payment of dues, send statements for unpaid dues to members and notify delinquent members
that they have been dropped from membership in accordance with Article VII of these bylaws, and pay all
approved bills of the Chapter. At the end of each biennial term of office, the Treasurer will submit in
written form a report of the chapter’s finances. The Treasurer shall serve as Registrar for any Chapter
Student Auditions. As Registrar, the Treasurer shall collect all registrations submitted by members and
shall receive due payments for such registrations. Once registration is completed all information
pertaining to the Student Auditions shall be provided to the Auditions Chair.
The President may, at will, create committees and appoint active members to committees with responsibilities
as deemed necessary, i.e. officer nominations, membership recruitment, by-laws review and revision, etc.
The President may also appoint special officers, committees or chairmen to serve in such temporary capacities
as occasions may demand. Any administrative officer, whether elected or appointed, shall cease to hold office
upon termination of membership in the National Association. Any elected officer may be removed from office,
upon due cause, by two-thirds vote of the Chapter membership.
ARTICLE V: MEETINGS
There shall be at least two meetings of the chapter each year. Announcement of meetings with
proposed agenda and program will be mailed to chapter members at least twenty-one days prior to the
date of each meeting. Chapter meetings will be held at times and in places most convenient to the largest
number of members; in the case of those chapters which serve a large geographical area, chapter meetings
will rotate to various parts of that area. Chapter meetings may be called by the president or by an
responsible segment of the membership, provided in the latter instance that chapter officers and the
remainder of the chapter membership are notified at least twenty-one days in advance of such a meeting.
ARTICLE VI: ELECTIONS AND QUORUM
At a spring meeting of the chapter, elections will be held. A nominating committee appointed by
the President will provide a slate of nominees for the offices named above. The meeting at which an
election will take place will be announced as such to all members of the Chapter at least twenty-one days
in advance of the meeting date and the slate of nominees will be given. Officers’ terms of office begin
immediately upon election to office.
A quorum will consist of one-third of the active membership. At any regular meeting, each
member in good standing shall be entitled to vote in person or by written proxy upon any motion or
question properly brought before the Chapter.
ARTICLE VII: DUES AND ASSESSMENTS
The annual Chapter dues are $20.00 and are payable by January 1 of each year. Notice
of nonpayment of dues shall be sent to delinquent members on February 1 of each year.
If any remain unpaid by three weeks prior to the spring meeting of that year, said membership shall automatically cease.
Resignation shall not be accepted from delinquent members. Reinstatement of membership may by
granted by the Board of Directors upon payment of delinquent dues.
Assessments over and above the annual dues may be made for special events necessitating
unusual expenditures only where such a motion is entertained at a meeting where a quorum is present and
said motion is passed by a majority vote.
ARTICLE VIII: PROGRAM AND PROCEDURES
The program of this Chapter properly may include social, promotional, professional, and
educational activities at the discretion of its officers and members, so long as such activities are consistent
with the PURPOSES AND CODE OF ETHICS stated in ARTICLE II, above. Business meetings shall be
conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.
ARTICLE IX: AMENDMENTS
With the exception of Articles I, II, and III, which many not be amended or revoked, the bylaws
of this Chapter may be repealed or amended, or new bylaws adopted, by a majority of the Chapter
membership voting in person, by written proxy, or by mail, provided that the membership has been
notified in writing of such amendments at least twenty-one days in advance of the voting date.