MITES Constitution

ARTICLE I – NAME

The name of the organization shall be the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society.

ARTICLE II – OFFICIAL PUBLICATION

The official Publication of the Society shall be the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society Journal and Newsletter.

ARTICLE III – PURPOSE

The purposes of the Society shall be:

  1. To provide wide acquaintance and contact for Industrial Technology (IX), Technology and Design Education (TX, and secondary/post technical education (CTE).
  1. To involve industrial technology (formally Industrial Arts), technology education, and secondary/post secondary-technical education personnel at all levels of public and private education.

  1. To involve Michigan members of the International Technology Education Association (ITEA), Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), and other interested organizations, in the official programs of the Society.

  1. To provide good communication between the local, state, national industrial technology (IA), national technology education, and secondary/post secondary career and technical education areas.

  1. To be available for consultation or advisement to the Michigan Department of Education, Division of Career and Technical Education Services.

  1. To provide Opportunities for conferences, round tables, and other group Media, which have similar interests.

  1. To set up definite objectives for Industrial Technology (IX), Technology and Design Education (TX) and secondary/post secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE).

  1. To provide instructional materials and other information for the members of the society.
  1. To stand ready to evaluate, support, and coordinate state and national agencies representing Industrial Technology (IX), Technology and Design Education (TE) and secondary/post secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE).

  1. To sponsor programs which encourage and upgrade student activity and interest in the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society.

  1. To support the geographical regions through instruction, counsel and finance.

ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP

    1. An active membership is considered a membership for the date the dues are paid until one year later.
    1. The Board of Directors shall determine the annual dues/rate, professional or student.
    1. A full time student may purchase a student membership, eligibility to be determined by the Board of Directors.

    1. The Board of Directors may issue a life membership.

    1. A life membership shall be issued as the receipt for a fee equal to twenty (20) times the current membership dues.

    1. An Honorary Life Membership may be granted by the Board of Directors, to an individual who has rendered significant service to Industrial technology, Technology and Design Education and secondary/post secondary Career and Technical Education.

    1. A life membership shall be issued to the past president at the conclusion of his term as Convention Chairperson.

AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP

  1. The Board of Directors may grant an affiliate membership to an individual, business, educational or industrial enterprise.
  1. An affiliate member does not have voting rights or privilege of holding an office within the Society.

ARTICLE V – ORGANIZATION

  1. SOCIETY

The Society shall be incorporated as a non-profit organization under provision of the incorporation laws for the State and Federal governments.

  1. OFFICERS

The Officers of the Society shall be the President, the President Elect, the Secretary, and Treasurer.

  1. EXECUTIVE BOARD

    1. The Executive Board for the Society shall be the officers of the Society, the Immediate Past-President, the Commercial Exhibits Manager, the MITEA Chairperson, the Journal Editor, the Membership Director, the RAO Chairperson and the National Organization(s) Representative.

    1. The office of Executive Secretary may be established if deemed necessary.

  1. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    1. The Board of Directors shall be the Executive Board, Chaplain, Parliamentarian, Spouses Representative, Advertising Manager, Chairperson of the Standing Committees, and the newsletter Editor.

    1. A representative from the Division of Vocational and Technical Education Services of the Michigan Department of Education, appointed by the Society, and shall be and ex-officio member.

  1. COMMITTEES

  1. The standing committees for the Society shall be

    • Auditing

    • Computer Consultant

    • Constitutional Revision

    • Convention Site Selection

    • Local Convention

    • Registration

    • Security Officer

    • Spouses Program

    • Instructional Materials

    • Earl Bedell Publicity Award

    • Election

    • Grant Writing

    • Harold J. Van Westriena Master Teacher Award

    • Honorary Life Membership

    • Legislative

    • Metric 500

    • Nominating

    • Past President’s Advisory Council

    • Paul M. Shilling Distinguished Service Award

    • Publication

    • Publicity and Public Relations

    • Research

    • Resolutions

    • Retired Teachers

    • Student Competition

    • Technology Education Advisor Council

    • Grant Writing

    • Fund Raising

    • Student Industrial Technology Competition (on-sight)

    • Scholarship

    • MITES Marketing

    • Membership

    • Web Site

  1. Special Committees

    • The President may appoint special committees.

    • The committee assignment and length of service shall be designated at the time of appointment.

ARTICLE VI – ELIGIBILITY FOR AND THE PROCUREMENT OF OFFICIAL PERSONNEL

1. PRESIDENT

    1. The President shall be a member of the Society for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years immediately before his term of office.

    1. He/she shall have served on the Board of Directors for a minimum of three (3) years of the five (5) years.

2. PRESIDENT – ELECT

    1. The President – Elect shall be a member of the Society for a minimum of four (4) consecutive years immediately before his term of office.

    1. He/she shall have served on the Board of Directors for a minimum of two (2) years of the four (4) years.

  1. SECRETARY

    1. The Secretary shall be a member of the Society for a minimum of four (4) consecutive years.

    1. He/she shall have served on the Board of Directors for a minimum of two (2) years.

    1. The President shall appoint the Secretary for a three (3) year term.

  1. TREASURER

    1. The Treasurer shall be a member of the Society for a minimum of four (4) consecutive years.

    1. He/she shall have served on the board of directors for a minimum of two (2) years.

    1. The President shall appoint the Treasurer for a three (3) year term.

  1. COMMERCIAL EXHIBIT MANAGER

    1. The Commercial Exhibits Manager shall be a member of the Society for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years.

    1. He/she must demonstrate hi/her ability for a minimum of one (1) year service as an official appointee of the Society.

    1. The President shall appoint the Commercial Exhibits Manager for a three (3) year term.

  1. CONVENTION CHAIRPERSON

    1. The Convention Chairperson shall be the Immediate Past-President of the Society.

  1. MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON

    1. The Membership Director shall be a member of the Society for two (2) consecutive years.

    1. He/she must demonstrate his/her ability for a minimum of one (1) year of service as an official appointee of the Society.

    1. The President shall appoint the Membership Director for a three (3) year term.

  1. JOURNAL EDITOR

    1. The Journal Editor Shall be a member of the Society for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years.

    1. The President shall appoint the Journal Editor for a three (3) year term.

  1. NEWSLETTER EDITOR

    1. The Newsletter Editor shall be a member of the Society for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years.

    1. The President shall appoint the Newsletter Editor for a three (3) year term.

  1. REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS

    1. The Regional Administrative Officers shall be members of the Society

    1. They shall serve the respective regions as the administrative members of the Board of Directors.

    1. Their region members shall elect Regional Administrative Officers for a term of two (2) years. The first year being the Assistant to the current RAO, and the second year being the RAO.

    1. In the event of a vacancy in the position of the RAO, the newly elected becomes the RAO for a two (2) year term.

  1. OTHER PERSONNEL

    1. Other personnel shall be members of the Society before the term of appointment.

    1. Their official title and duty description shall be determined by the Board of Directors and placed in the Constitution under Article VI.

    1. The process for additions to the Constitution will follow the guideline stet down by the By-Laws of the MITES.

  1. VACANCIES

The Board of Directors may, by a two-thirds (2/3)-majority vote cast at a regular meeting, declare an office vacant because of:

    1. Resignation

    1. Death

    1. Occupant moving to an area not represented by the MITES.

    1. Negligence of duties assigned to the office.

    1. Personnel conduct

        • Which could or does reflect unfavorably upon the Society.

        • A failure to follow the guidelines (procedures) mandated by the Board of Directors allows the Board to remove a person from his/her assignment by a majority vote of board members present.

        • The President shall appoint a member whose eligibility qualifies him/her for the office that has been declared vacant.

        • The appointment shall be for the un-expired term of the original appointee.

    1. Should the office of Convention Chairperson be declared vacant, the President shall appoint a Past-President to fill the vacancy.

  1. ORDER OF SUCCESSION

The order of succession, should the President be unable to service, shall be the President-Elect, then the Past-President (once removed), then the Secretary, and then the Treasurer.

ARTICLE VII – MEETINGS

1. THE SOCIETY

    1. The Society shall have an annual meeting at the time and place designated by the Board of Directors.

    1. The President with the approval of the Board of Directors may call special meetings.

    1. The President shall call a special meeting of the Society upon receipt of a petition signed by ten (10) percent of the active membership. Said meeting shall be called within thirty (30) days of receipt of the petition. The agenda shall be only the stated purpose of the meeting as submitted by the petitioners.

    1. Notices of special meetings, including the agenda, shall be mailed to all active members.

2. EXECUTIVE BOARD

          1. The Executive Board may meet in Executive session at a time and place designated by the President.

          2. Whenever the President is unable to call the Executive Board into session, any Executive Board member may call a special session.

          3. The caller of the meeting may request Society personnel, other than Executive Board members, to attend the Executive session.

          4. The Executive Board can recommend changes, and/or policies to the Board of Directors for their approval through the voting process. The Executive Board does not have the authority to adopt changes themselves.

  1. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

          1. The Board of Directors shall meet not less than five (5) times during a fiscal year.

B. Board of Directors meetings and place of meetings shall be set by the President with the approval of the Board.

C. Any Society member may attend and participate in discussion only.

4. COMMITTEES

A. The committee Chairperson shall schedule those meetings that are deemed necessary for performing the committee assignment.

ARTICLE VIII – QUORUM

1. THE SOCIETY

A. Thirty (30) active members of the Society shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at an annual or special meeting.

2. EXECUTIVE BOARD

A. A simple majority shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE IX – CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS

1. CADIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT – ELECT.

A. Candidates shall have the eligibility requirements, which are recorded in ARTICLE VI, Section 2.

B. The Nominating Committee Chairperson shall report the names of candidates (minimum of two) at the second regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors can by a vote set aside the minimum requirement of two candidates for this office.

C. A member of the Society may nominate candidates by petitions. The petition(s) shall be signed by not less than twenty-five (25) active members of the Society. The petitions(s) shall be in the possession of the Secretary at least seventy-five (75) days prior to the annual meeting.

2. CANDIDATES FOR REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS

A. Candidates shall have the eligibility requirements, which are recorded in ARTICLE VI, Section 10.

B. The current Regional Administrative officer shall be responsible for the nomination of two (2) candidates for region(s) under his/her administration. His/her nominations shall be in the possession of the Regional Administrative Officer Chairperson not later than April 1 of the current fiscal year. The Board of Directors can by a vote set aside the minimum requirement of two candidates for these offices.

C. The President-Elect and the RAO Chairperson shall select Regional Administrative Officer candidates whenever no candidates are reported.

3. VOTING

A. Printing of ballots and biographies for President-Elect and Regional Administrative Officers shall be printed and distributed prior to the annual meeting.

B. Ballots shall be sent by first class mail to all active members on record and the current mailing list thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting.

C. Members shall vote for President-Elect and only the Regional Administrative Officer in the regions WHERE THEY ARE EMPLOYED.

D. Voted ballots shall be in the possession of the Election Committee Chairperson ten (10) days prior to annual meeting. The return due date will be printed on the ballot.

4. REPORTING THE ELECTION(S)

A. The voted ballots shall be opened and counted by the Election Committee within twenty-four (24) hours before the annual meeting.

B. The opening and counting shall be in the presence of the Secretary for the Society.

C. The Secretary shall report the results of the election, in writing, to the President.

D. The President shall announce the results of the election at the Convention Banquet and at the annual business meeting.

ARTICLE X – APPROPRIATIONS

1. A recommendation for an expenditure of funds from the treasury of the Society, including the annual budget, must be referred to the Board of Directors for consideration and approval.

A. Only members of the Board of Directors shall vote on the expenditure of funds from the treasury.

B. Voting for or against recommendations involving funds from the treasury must follow guidelines set down by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XI – AMENDMENTS FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

1. The Society may amend and/or add to the Constitution by the following procedures:

A. A written amendment, change or addition shall be forwarded to the Society’s Secretary sixty (60) days prior to the annual meeting.

B. A majority vote of the Board of Directors present for a regular or special meeting is needed for approval.

C. An amendment change or addition shall be published in the Convention Journal of the Society.

D. Adoption of the amendment, change, or addition shall be approved by the majority of the active members voting by ballot as outlined in ARTICLE IX, SECTION 3, subsection B, D, and SECTION 4, subsection A, B, and C.