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CONSTITUTION OF ISPLS
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    ARTICLE I. NAME AND OBJECTIVES

  • 1. The name of this organization shall be the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors.

    2. The Society is a non-profit organization whose objectives shall be the advancement, promotion, and protection of the profession of Land Surveying. The Society shall serve its members as a common agency of stimulation and guidance:

    (a) Promoting the common good and welfare of the land surveyor
    (b) Establishing and maintaining high ethical standards and practices;
    (c) Encouraging professional practices:
    (d) Discouraging unethical and illegal practices and professional abuses:
    (e) Promoting public faith and dependence in land surveyors and their work through education, legislation, and public relations:
    (f) Becoming better acquainted with new techniques and procedures related to land  surveying; and
    (g) Bringing about coordination and cooperation between the land surveying, engineering, architectural, and legal professions;
    (h) Promoting and encouraging the education of those about to enter the profession of land surveying and the continuing education of those in the profession of land surveying

    ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP

    Section 1. QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERS

    The members of this Corporation shall be those persons who:

    (a) shall have been accepted for Membership, upon the recommendation of the Membership Committee, by the Board of Directors by the vote of the  Majority of the Directors who were present at the meeting of said Board which was attended by a quorum of the Directors
    (b) shall be dues paying members with the exception of Life and Honorary members

    Section 2. ELIGIBILITY

    Neither membership in, nor services provided by the organization will be denied to anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental handicap, age, sex, sexual preference, ancestry, or medical condition.

    Section 3. CLASSES OF MEMBERS

    The members of this Corporation shall be classified as follows:

    1. Professional Member
    2. Associate
    3. Affiliate
    4. Student
    5. Life
    6. Sustaining
    7. Honorary
    8. Firm

    Section 4. QUALIFICATIONS AND PRIVILEGES

    Qualifications and Privileges of Members shall be governed by the By-Laws.

    Section 5. PROPERTY RIGHTS

    No member as such shall have any right, title or interest in or to any Property of this Corporation. Upon the death or dissolution of any member or any other expiration of any membership or the expulsion of any member, no payment of any kind or amount shall become payable by this Corporation to the former member whose membership has expired or who or which has been expelled in the event of dissolution of this Corporation, the remaining Assets, if any, shall be distributed to an Organization or Organizations formed for the same or similar purposes as the Corporation.

    Section 6. DUES

    Unless otherwise adopted by the Board of Directors, there shall be no entrance fee charged for admission to the Corporation. The Annual Dues for each fiscal year shall be payable immediately upon the receipt of the Dues Notice. Honorary and Life members shall not be subject to the payment of any dues assessed under the provision of this section.

    Directors are to establish Annual Dues for all classes of membership based upon an Annual Balanced Budget. Annual Dues shall consist of monies being collected to meet each Fiscal Year’s financial obligations. Emergencies requiring additional funds (Special Assessments) shall not be considered when configuring the Annual Dues. In emergencies, during any Fiscal Year the approval to expend additional corporation funds up to 10% of the amount of the Annual Budget is authorized if approved by 100% of the Board. Emergency expenditures beyond the above 10% shall be submitted for Approval by mail vote of the majority of the entire voting members and on the condition that 100% of the voting members have been notified of the issue.

    On any year, the Board shall not increase the Annual Dues more than 25% above the preceding year without an affirmative vote by mail of the majority of the entire voting membership. When the Board deems circumstances warrant, the Board shall submit a proposal to increase Annual Dues beyond the 25% limit or Special Assessment to the voting membership by mail vote with majority vote of the entire membership required for an approval.

    Members having issues which require expenditure of Corporation Funds shall submit such issues to the Board for Budget consideration 60 days prior to a membership meeting. If the Board rejects such issue for the Budget reasons, the member may request that the issue be submitted to the membership at the next membership meeting with the voting to be in accordance with Article VIII.

    ARTICLE III. OFFICERS

    1. The Society shall have as its Officers: President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Past President who shall be members of the Board of Directors. The Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected by the Board of Directors annually at the Organizational Meeting of the Board of Directors. The President Elect shall succeed to the office of the President and the President shall succeed to the office of Past-President at the close of the Annual Meeting of the membership. The President shall not serve consecutive terms.

    2. An Executive Director or Executive Secretary may be employed by the Board of Directors to serve at the will and discretion of the Board of Directors.

    3. The governing body of the Society shall be the Board of Directors (12 members) including the President of the Society. The Directors (except for the outgoing President, who shall automatically become a director as the Past-President for a one year term, and the President-Elect who shall succeed to the Office of President) shall be elected by the General Membership for a term of three years. The President of the Society shall serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and shall only vote to cast the deciding vote in case of a tie vote.

    ARTICLE IV. ELECTIONS

    SECTION 1. NOMINATIONS: 1. The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee to be composed of three members, each of whom declares he does not seek directorship for the elective year in question. The Nominating Committee shall nominate two, if possible, or more, members for the office of President-Elect. Said slate shall be presented to the Board of Directors by August 21 of each year by the Secretary. Any member of the Corporation in good standing may be nominated as a candidate for President-Elect by petition, signed by at least 25 voting members in good standing and received by the Secretary no later than the last working day in August. The Secretary shall accept nominees for the Office of President-Elect at the first meeting in September.

    2. The nominating Committee shall also nominate two, if possible, or more members for each of the open Directorship positions. Said slate shall be  reported to the Board of Directors by the Secretary by November 21st of each year. Any member of the corporation in good standing may be nominated as a candidate for Director by petition, signed by at least 25 voting members in good standing and received by the Secretary, no later than the last working day in November. The Secretary shall accept nominees for the Directorship  positions on the last working day in November.

    ARTICLE V. COMMITTEES:

    1. The President shall appoint all committees and instruct them in their duties.  Appointed committees shall function as instructed and make their report in writing to the Board of Directors and membership from time to time as directed.

    ARTICLE VI. MEETINGS:

    1. An annual membership meeting shall be held each year during the annual convention at a time and place determined by the Board of Directors.

    2. Additional membership meetings shall occur during the year as announced by the Board of Directors, such notice being given at least 30 days prior to the meeting.

    3. All society meetings shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order-Newly Revised.

    ARTICLE VII. NATIONAL AFFILIATION:

    1. This Society shall be affiliated with the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and the Great Lakes Regional Council of NSPS.

    ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS:

    1. Amendments or additions to this Constitution may only occur at a meeting as provided in Article VI.

    2. Amendments or additions to this Constitution must be approved by a vote of two thirds (2/3) of the Board of Directors, and ratified by vote of two thirds (2/3) of the General Membership members voting.

    ARTICLE IX. BY-LAWS

    SECTION 1. BY-LAWS DEFINED

    1. Such By-Laws as are essential to the conduct of the affairs of the Society may be enacted from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall keep a record of all By-Laws which shall be available for Inspection by the members.

    SECTION 2. AMENDMENTS BY THE MEMBERSHIP

    1. These By-Laws, or any part thereof, may be altered or repealed, or new By-Laws may be adopted in lieu thereof, at any Annual Meeting by the Affirmative vote of two thirds of the eligible voting members present at said Annual Meeting. Written notice of any intended alteration, repeal, or new By-Laws shall be given to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Meeting at which such change is proposed to be considered.


    SECTION 3. AMENDMENTS RELATING TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    1. Should any Ammendments to the By-Laws relating to the number, qualification, or term of office or powers of the Board of Directors be proposed by a director or member of this Corporation, it shall first be submitted to the Board of Directors and upon its approval submitted to the next Annual Meeting of the General Membership members for ratification of the Board’s approval or submitted to the members at a special meeting of the members as called by the Board of Directors provided in Article VIII of this constitution.

    ARTICLE X. LOCAL CHAPTERS:

    1. The Board of Directors shall have the power to establish local chapters as per the By-Laws

    Passed by General Membership January 17, 2008.

     

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