Bylaws March 15, 2012

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Northern Illinois Chapter Construction Specifications Institute

Bylaws of the Northern Illinois Chapter of
The Construction Specifications Institute, Inc.
Approved March 15, 2012

ARTICLE I  -  NAME
Section 1.
A.   The name of this organization is the Northern Illinois Chapter of The Construction Specifications Institute, Inc., hereinafter referred to as the “Chapter”; said Chapter being an affiliate chapter of The Construction Specifications Institute, Inc., a Maryland not-for-profit corporation hereinafter referred to as the “Institute”.

Section 2.
A.   The Chapter shall be affiliated with a region of the Construction Specifications Institute.  Regions are areas geographically designated by the Institute Board.  Currently the Chapter is affiliated with the North Central Region hereinafter referred to as the “Region”.

ARTICLE II  -  GOVERNING AUTHORITY
Section 1.
A.   The Chapter is governed and operated in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, provisions of the Institute Bylaws, these Bylaws, the regulations and requirements for the conduct of chapters of the Institute as adopted from time to time by the Institute Board, and the rules and instructions of the Chapter’s Board issued through its officers.

ARTICLE III  -  PURPOSE AND POLICY
Section 1.
A.   The purpose of the Chapter is to provide a medium at the local level for advancement of the objectives of the Institute.

Section 2.
A.   The name, funds, or influence of the Chapter may be used only in support of this purpose.

ARTICLE IV  -  BOARD
Section 1.
A.   The management and direction of the Chapter shall be delegated exclusively to its Board.

Section 2.
A.   The Board shall consist nine (9) members in good standing holding the following positions: president, president-elect, two (2) vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, immediate past president, and two (2) directors.  Emerging Professional members in good standing may serve in any of the elected positions.

B.   If the Chapter includes a student affiliate, a student affiliate representative shall be a non-voting member of the Board.

Section 3.
A.   All members of the Board, except the student affiliate representative if any, are eligible to vote on Chapter business.

Section 4.
A.   The Board shall consider requests for change to retired or emeritus status, and submit certified requests to the Institute.

Section 5.
A.   The Board shall select all standing and special committees, select representatives to the Region board, designate duties, and may authorize compensation for justifiable expenses.

Section 6.
A.   The Board shall schedule not less than 8 business meetings per the fiscal year.  Special meetings of the Board shall only be held upon the call of the president or a majority of the Board upon seven days written notice.  Board meetings may be held via electronic means provided they are conducted by an audio, video, or computer-based teleconferencing technology that allows all persons participating to hear each other at the same time.

Section 7.
A.   A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum.

Section 8.
A.   Should a vacancy occur in any office of the Chapter, the Board shall by two-thirds affirmative votes of the Board’s membership fill such vacancy by appointment of a member in good standing and eligible by all other criteria for the duration of the unexpired term.

Section 9.
A.   If the Chapter has a student affiliate, the Board shall appoint a committee to support the student affiliate.

ARTICLE V  -  OFFICERS
Section 1.
A.   The president shall serve as chair of the Board; preside at all Chapter meetings; select the chairs of temporary committees; be an ex officio member of all committees; and sign all agreements and formal instruments.  The president shall serve for a term of one year or until a successor is elected.

Section 2.
A.   The president-elect shall serve upon the absence of the president and perform other duties as assigned by the Board.  The president-elect shall serve for a term of one year or until a successor is elected.

Section 3.
A.   The vice presidents shall perform such duties as assigned by the president or Board and serve upon the absence of both the president and president-elect.  The vice presidents shall serve for a term of one year or until a successor is elected.

Section 4.
A.   The secretary shall see that notices are sent at least seven days in advance of all meetings of the Board and of the Chapter and keep accurate minutes thereof.  The secretary shall maintain a file of all correspondence; keep a roster of members and committees; co-sign all agreements and formal instruments, except those pertaining to the office of treasurer; and submit a report of office at the annual Chapter meeting.  The secretary shall perform other duties as assigned by the Board.  The secretary shall serve for a term of two years, expiring in odd numbered years, or until a successor is elected.

Section 5.
A.   The treasurer shall collect and receipt for monies and securities; deposit funds and disburse and dispose of the same subject to the direction of the Board; keep accurate books of account; submit a report at Board meetings; and submit a report of office at the annual Chapter meeting.  The treasurer shall perform other duties as assigned by the Board.  The treasurer shall serve for a term of two years, expiring in even numbered years, or until a successor is elected.

B.   At the close of the fiscal year, the treasurer shall determine if informational forms and tax returns are required, and shall cause same to be filed with, and shall pay any taxes due, to the Internal Revenue Service and other authorities within the prescribed time limits.

Section 6.
A.   The immediate past president shall be the former president of the Chapter who has completed the most recent term, serve as chair of the nominating committee, and have other assignments as prescribed by the president or the Board.

ARTICLE VI  -  NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Section 1.
A.   Officers and directors shall be elected to those offices as established by Article IV by the members of the Chapter.

B.   The current president-elect shall assume without election the office of president and the current president shall assume without election the office of immediate past president.

Section 2.
A.   Each elected Board member shall take office on July 1.

Section 3.
A.   The president or vice presidents shall not hold the same office for more than two consecutive terms.

Section 4.
A.   The term of office for directors shall be staggered two-year terms with half of the directors being elected each year.

Section 5.
A.   A nominating committee shall be appointed by the Board not later than February 20.  The nominating committee shall prepare a list of nominees (members in good standing), showing at least one name for each elected position on the Board due to become vacant, and present the list to the Chapter at a Chapter meeting (members) not later than the regular Chapter meeting in March.  At this time, the members may present nominations from the floor.  Members nominated from the floor shall be members in good standing.  Election for contested offices shall be by ballot.

Section 6.
A.   The nominating committee shall prepare the ballot, which shall include the original list of nominees and those nominated from the floor.  Each voting member of the Chapter shall be provided with a ballot at least two weeks prior to the ballot count.  For purposes of Chapter elections, voting members shall include Professional members in good standing and Emerging Professional members in good standing. The winner shall be the candidate who receives the most votes for the position.  Ties shall be resolved by coin toss.

Section 7.
A.   The ballots shall be counted and certified no later than the end of April, by tellers appointed by the president, and the results shall be reported to the members.  If there is only one nominee for any office, the presiding officer shall declare the nominee to be elected by acclamation.

Section 8.
A.   Not later than April 30, the Chapter secretary shall notify the Institute office and the Region secretary of the results of the election and shall submit to them a complete list of the Chapter officers and Committee Chairpersons for the coming year, with their contact information.

ARTICLE VII  -  MEMBERSHIP
Section 1.
A.   The qualifications for membership shall conform to the requirements of the Institute Bylaws.

Section 2.
A.   Membership in the Institute is a prerequisite to membership in the Chapter.

Section 3.
A.   A Chapter member may be classified as an Honorary Member, Distinguished Member, or a Lifetime Member only by action of the Institute.

Section 4.
A.   The provisions of the Institute Bylaws for disqualification, suspension, expulsion, and reinstatement of members shall govern.

ARTICLE VIII  -  MEETINGS OF MEMBERS
Section 1.
A.   The annual Chapter meeting shall be held before the end of the fiscal year, at which time committee reports shall be submitted to the members.  The secretary shall submit a report on the activities of the Chapter during the past term of office.  The treasurer shall submit an annual report of the finances of the Chapter.  A copy of these reports shall be sent to the Region secretary.

Section 2.
A.   Regular Chapter meetings shall be held monthly, except when otherwise decreed by the Board.  Not less than 8 regular meetings (including the annual meeting) shall be held in the fiscal year.

Section 3.
A.   Special Chapter meetings may be called whenever the majority of the Board deems it necessary, or upon written request by not less than one-tenth of the Chapter members in good standing.  The business at special meetings shall be limited to that for which the meeting was called.

Section 4.
A.   These Bylaws, together with the applicable provisions of the Institute Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, shall govern the conduct of business of the Board and Chapter.

ARTICLE IX  -  FISCAL ADMINISTRATION
Section 1.
A.   The fiscal year shall be from July 1 to June 30.

Section 2.
A.   The annual Chapter dues shall be set by the Board.  Any change in the dues structure shall be approved by a two-thirds majority of those Board members present at a regularly scheduled Board meeting.  Members Emeritus, Distinguished Members, Honorary Members, and Lifetime Members shall not be subject to dues but are subject to standard charges for meeting meals.

Section 3.
A.   Annual dues notices shall be mailed by the Institute at least two months in advance of each member’s anniversary date and are payable to Institute when rendered. Initial dues shall accompany the membership application.

ARTICLE X  -  AUDIT
Section 1.
A.   The Board shall appoint a committee to audit the books and transactions of the treasurer at the close of the fiscal year.  This report shall be read at the next regular Chapter meeting.

ARTICLE XI  -  AMENDMENTS
Section 1.
A.   Proposed amendments to these Chapter Bylaws shall first be submitted to the Institute secretary for approval, in the manner and form prescribed by the Institute.  After Institute secretary approval, they shall then be publicized in the Chapter CSI Link newsletter or otherwise sent to each member by mail or electronic media two weeks prior to a regular Chapter meeting or a special Chapter meeting.

Section 2.
A.   Following publication, the amendments must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present at the regular Chapter or special Chapter meeting.  An affirmative vote by at least two-thirds of the Board is required to approve an amendment to these Bylaws, except when required by Illinois law or determined by the Board, an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the voting members present at the next regular Chapter meeting or special Chapter meeting or of those voting by ballot.

These original Bylaws were adopted June 1983, at the Northern Illinois Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute, Inc. organizational meeting in Itasca IL.
The Bylaws were amended September 22, 1995.
The Bylaws were amended September 27, 2010.
The Bylaws were amended November 17, 2011.
The Bylaws were amended March 15, 2012.

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