Constitution and By-Laws of the Michigan Association of Agriscience Educators
We, the members of the Michigan Association of Agriscience Educators in order to form a more effective organization and to promote education in agriculture, do hereby adopt the following Constitution and By-laws.
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Michigan Association of Agriscience Educators.
ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP
The membership in this organization shall be active, associate, student, honorary and life.
Section 1. Active Membership
All teachers of agriculture, instructors and coordinators, teacher trainers, supervisors, or currently certified to teach in agriculture shall be designated as active members of the Association upon payment of such dues as are provided in the By-laws and shall be entitled to all the rights and benefits of the Association.
Section 2. Associate Membership
Interested persons in the field of agriculture who do not qualify as active members and wish to remain active in the leadership of agriculture instruction shall be classified as Associate Members. Associate dues shall be one-half of regular Michigan Association dues.
Section 3. Student Membership
Post-secondary students in Agriscience and natural resources education may become student members upon the payment of dues as provided for in the By-laws.
Section 4. Honorary Membership
The title “Honorary Membership” may be conferred upon those who have made a distinct contribution to the cause of Agriscience and natural resources education.
Section 5. Life Membership
The title “Life Member” may be conferred on members by a recommendation of the Board and two-thirds vote of the membership. It is recommended that those who have completed thirty -five years of active membership be considered for life membership. Life members shall have all rights and privileges of other active members, but shall pay no dues except the fees required for NAAE..
ARTICLE III - OFFICERS
All officer terms will commence at end of the business session of the annual meeting, while recognition of term of office could occur at the award recognition session of the association.
Section 1. Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall consist of six elected members. At each annual meeting there shall be two directors elected for a term of three years.
The Board of Directors shall be elected by the regional membership. The election shall be by ballot at the first regional session of the annual meeting.
The outgoing President each year shall be a member of the Board of Directors for the year following the term of office. The Presidents of the 0-9 club and the 10-20-30 club shall be members of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will also include one representative from the Michigan Horticulture Teachers Association (MHTA), one FFA Board of Directors Representative, one Postsecondary representative and one Michigan Department of Education representative. The Board of Directors shall fill all vacancies until the next annual meeting. They may also appoint a Parliamentarian, Historian, a sergeant-at-arms, and such other aides as may be necessary or advisable in carrying out the work of the Association.
There shall be regular meetings of the Board of Directors preceding the regular annual meeting of the Association. Other meetings may be held at the call of the President or upon request of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Vice President
The Vice President shall be elected by the membership by a majority vote. The Board of Directors shall act as a nominating committee and nominate up to three members for Vice President. Additional candidates for Vice President may be nominated by the membership at their first session of the annual meeting. The Vice President shall be the chairperson of the membership committee.
The Vice President shall assume the duties of the office of the President -Elect.
Section 3. President-Elect
The President-Elect shall assume the duties of the office of the President. In the event the President-Elect is not available to assume the office of President the office of the President shall be filled by election at the annual meeting of the Association. The President-Elect shall be responsible for standing committee’s functions.
Section 4. President
The President shall be the presiding officer of the Board of Directors, perform such duties as pertain to the office and other duties as may be assigned in the By-laws.
Section 5. Past -President
The Past-President shall be a member of the Board of Directors for the year following the term of office. The Past-President shall serve as an advisor to the Board of Directors.
Section 6. Treasurer
The Treasurer shall be elected by the membership for a three-year term and shall begin term at the start of the new fiscal year. The Board of Directors shall act as a nominating committee and may nominate up to three members for that office. The Treasurer shall carry on the necessary correspondence of the Association, collect dues, be custodian of funds and pay all bills of the Association upon the order of the Board of Directors, and shall make a report in full at the annual meeting. The Treasurer shall call the meeting to order and proceed to the elections of a chairman pro tempore.
Section 7. Secretary
The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of the proceedings of all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall act as a nominating committee and may nominate up to three members for that office. The Secretary shall be elected by the membership for a three-year term the year after the election of the Treasurer.
Section 8. Board Members
Voting members of the Board shall be the President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President, six elected Board of Directors, 0-9 club President, 10-20-30 club President, MHTA Representative, FFA Board of Directors Representative, Postsecondary Representative, Michigan Department of Education Representative and Historian.
ARTICLE V - QUORUM
Twenty-five percent of the active membership shall constitute a quorum to conduct business at any meeting.
ARTICLE VI - AMENDMENTS
This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regular meeting provided the proposed amendment is presented in writing to the membership thirty days prior to said annual meeting upon recommendation of the Board of Directors.
By-laws may be adopted, amended or replaced at any regular meeting by a majority vote of the members present.
1. Board of Directors:
This board shall formulate the general policies of the Association, recommend a program of work and be responsible for promoting the interests of the Association.
2. Board of Directors-Election:
The members of the Board of Directors shall be elected by a majority vote.
The annual dues package will include membership in MAAE, NAAE.. First year educator membership will be seventy-five percent of the annual dues package. The annual dues package for an Associate Membership shall be fifty percent of the Sate Association dues. National dues and other affiliates are optional recommendations. Student membership dues shall be five percent of the Annual active dues package.
4. Association For Career and Technical Education and National Association of Agriculture Educators
At the discretion of the Board of Directors, it shall be the policy of the Association to: (a) send its President and other delegates to the annual meeting of the Association for Career and Technical Education and National Association of Agriculture Educators as its delegates; (b) pay necessary transportation, registration, meals and hotel accommodations; (c) have a report of the meeting read by the delegates at the following annual meeting of the MAAE.
Any member not paying dues shall be automatically suspended from membership, but can be reinstated as a member of good standing by payment of dues for the current year.
Eligibility for Service Keys and/or awards, and/or the holding of an office in the Association shall be based upon the actual number of years of membership in good standing. Dues for years in arrears may be paid to add years of membership providing qualifications for membership were met during those years.
The fiscal year for membership terminates at the close of the first annual business meeting of the MAAE at annual meeting.
Any person becoming eligible for membership in the MAAE for the association by December 15 of that year receives a full year of credit for membership awards and service keys.
The Board of Directors is authorized by the Association to pay the Treasurer an annual salary deemed appropriate by the board of directors not to exceed $500, pay the President of the Association an annual salary not to exceed $500 and pay the Special Projects Consultant an annual salary not to exceed $4,000.
7. Order of Business:
a. Call to order by the President.
b. Reading of minutes of the last annual meeting by the Secretary.
c. Report of the President
d. Report of the Secretary
e. Report of the Treasurer
f. Report of the Committees
g. Unfinished business
h. New business
i. Election of Vice President
j. Election of Directors
8.Service Keys and/or Awards
Service Keys shall be awarded to members in good standing for each five years of service through forty-five years.
Upon thirty years of service a member shall be awarded a watch or clock at the annual meeting with appropriate inscription.
Additional credit for study or service in other states is based upon that state association’s credit and is transferable.
9. Fiscal Year:
The fiscal year of the association shall be from January 1 to December 31.
10. Annual Meeting:
The annual meeting of the association shall be the meeting at the conclusion of the summer conference.
Adopted July 18,1938
Revised July 1961
Revised July 1968
Revised July 1990
Revised July 2002
Revised September 30, 2003
Revised June 30, 2008
Revised July 1, 2009
Revised November 8, 2011
Revised October 11, 2013