Kansas Section Constitution

CONSTITUTION OF THE KANSAS SECTION OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (AS REVISED DURING 1988)

ARTICLE I. NAME AND OBJECT

SECTION 1. The name of this organization shall be the Kansas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

SECTION 2. The objective of the Kansas Section shall be the advancement of the science and profession of engineering, in a manner consistent with the objective of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

SECTION 3. The offices of the Section shall be located in the City of Topeka.

ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1. All members of all grades whose addresses, as defined in Article XII of the By-Laws of the American Society of Civil Engineers, are within the boundaries of the Kansas Section, shall be deemed to belong to Said Section. A member who does not subscribe to the Constitution and By-Laws of Said Section or who is in arrears more than twelve months in the payment of Section dues shall not vote or hold office therein.

SECTION 2. To provide for more active participation of the membership in Section activities, the Board of Directors of the Section may upon approval of the Society, establish branches, technical divisions or other subsidiary organizations within the Section. All such subsidiary organizations so established shall be subject to the control of the Section and to the By-Laws and Rules established by the Board of Directors of the National Society. Such subsidiary organizations may perform any of the functions proper to the Section. Appropriation of funds for the operation of such subsidiary organizations shall be determined by the Board, included in the annual budget, and approved at the Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE III. DUES SECTION 1. The Board of Directors shall present a budget with a recommended dues for approval at the Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

SECTION 1. The officers of the Section shall be President, President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer. The three officers, the two current resident past presidents and the president of each Branch Section shall constitute a Board of Directors in which the government of the Section shall be vested.

SECTION 2. The President shall serve a term of one year. The President-Elect shall be elected for a term of one year. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be elected in even numbered years for a term of two years. The President-Elect shall assume the office of the President at the close of the Annual Meeting following his term as President-Elect. All terms shall begin at the close of the Annual Meeting. Their duties shall be the same as those usual for such officers.

SECTION 3. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the most recent current resident Past President shall succeed to the office. Other vacancies shall be filled by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE V. AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1. This Constitution may be amended only by an affirmative vote of not less than two/thirds of the subscribing members voting by ballot, provided the total number of ballots cast shall be not less than a majority of the subscribing membership; and provided that such amendment shall have previously or subsequently received the approval of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

SECTION 2. The Board of Directors may adopt or amend By/Law consistent with this Constitution by a two/thirds vote.

ARTICLE VI. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

SECTION 1. No part of the net earnings of the Section shall inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual and no substantial part of the activities of the Section shall be carrying on propaganda, and the Section shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

SECTION 2. Upon dissolution of the Section the assets remaining after the payment of the debts of the Section shall be distributed to such corporation, community chest, fund or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, which would then qualify under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended, as the Board of Directors shall have designated and in the absence of such designation they shall be conveyed to the American Society of Civil Engineers. .BY-LAWS OF THE KANSAS SECTION OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS

ARTICLE I. NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

SECTION 1. Nominations for the election of officers of the Section shall be made by a Nominating Committee appointed by the Board of Directors. This Committee shall consist of three members. One member of the Committee shall be a Past President of the Kansas Section.

SECTION 2. Additional nominations may be made from the floor, provided prior consent of the candidate so nominated has been obtained.

SECTION 3. The officers shall be elected at the last meeting in the Spring of the year. Newly elected officers shall be ex-officio members of the Board following election until their official duties begin at the close of the next Annual Meeting.

SECTION 4. Upon approval of the 1982 Revisions to the constitution and By-Laws, the current Vice President shall become the President-Elect of the Section.

ARTICLE II. ASSISTANT TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SECTION 1. Each member of the Board of Directors of the Section may appoint one or more subscribing members of the Section as his assistant or assistants in performing the functions of this office. Preference in the appointment shall be given to Associate Members.

ARTICLE III. COMMITTEES

SECTION 1. The Board of Directors shall provide the Committees necessary to carry out the duties of the Section.

SECTION 2. Prior to the Annual Meeting, the incoming Board of Directors of the Kansas Section shall appoint Committee Chairman of each committee. Committee members shall be appointed by the Chairman with the approval of the Board. Committee appointments shall be consistent with the approved By-Laws for each Committee.

SECTION 3. Unless otherwise directed by the Board, all Committees shall include one Associate and/or Student Member.

SECTION 4. Appointments to fill vacancies on Committees shall be made by the Committee Chairman with the approval of the Board.

ARTICLE IV. MEETINGS

SECTION 1. The date and the place of all meetings shall be designated by the Board of Directors.

SECTION 2. "Robert's Rules of Order, Revised" shall be the authority governing questions or parliamentary procedure that may arise during the meetings.

ARTICLE V. DUES

SECTION 1. Dues shall be established by a majority of those members present at the Annual Meeting. Dues for Student Members shall not exceed 50% of the amount of dues for a member.

SECTION 2. Dues shall become due at the close of the Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE VI. FISCAL YEAR

SECTION 1. The Fiscal Year of the Section shall be from October 1 to September 30 each year.

ARTICLE VII. SUBSIDIARY ORGANIZATIONS

SECTION 1. Formation of subsidiary organizations shall be subject to the approval of the Kansas Section Board of Directors and such other requirements as may be established by the Society. Bylaws of subsidiary organizations shall be approved by the Kansas Section Board before becoming effective.

SECTION 2. Subsidiary organizations may be, but are not limited to, branches, younger member forums, and technical groups. Names of subsidiary organizations shall be as set forth in the Rules of Policy and Procedures of the Society.

SECTION 3. Branches of the Section will be created in accordance with the following requirements:

Those proposing a new Branch shall demonstrate in writing how it will be of advantage to members in the area to have a Branch.

A petition containing a minimum of 15 signatures of Society members residing in the area shall be submitted through the Section to the Committee on Sections and District Councils.

A proposed Branch shall contain a minimum potential of 30 members of the Society.

A proposed Branch must have distinct boundaries by Zip Code stated in the petition.

SECTION 4. Technical Groups shall be created in accordance with the following requirements:

Those proposing a Technical Group shall submit a statement to the Section Board of Directors with the name, objective, officers, and brief comments on how it will be of advantage to members in the area to have a group.

Not less than 15 subscribing members of the Section may form a group.

Approval must be obtained from the Section Board of Directors to activate the Group.

SECTION 5. Younger Member Forums and other subsidiary organizations shall be created under the procedure outlined in Section 4.

SECTION 6. Each subsidiary organization shall submit an annual budget and financial statement to the Board of Directors for approval.

SECTION 7. Each subsidiary organization President or Chairman shall submit an annual written report to the Board of Directors on the activities and programs of the organization. This Annual Report, including a financial statement, shall be suitable for incorporation into the Sections annual report.