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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 Association.
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-Treasurer, and a Board of 3 Directors. The term of office shall be two years, except for members of the Board of Directors, who shall be elected as follows: 2 for a period of 3 years; and 1 for a period of 3 years on alternate years.
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and present such matters as my properly come before the meeting.
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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.
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-Treasurer 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 Secretary-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 Board of Directors, with the chapter officers as ex-officio members, shall outline programs, direct the policy, activity, and growth of the chapter, secure speakers and other talent for the meetings, and promote membership in the Chapter in accordance with the membership regulations established by the National Association.
Special officers, committees or chairmen may be appointed by the President 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
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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 $15.00 (Fifteen and are payable by January 1 of each year. Notice of non-payment 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.