IDAHO SECTION ASME BY-LAWS
Revisions ratified on October 02, 2012.
Rule 1: "Each section shall adopt its own bylaws, for the conduct of its affairs, provided such are in harmony with the constitution, bylaws, and rules of the Society, and provided also every publication of such by-laws be prefaced with a copy of this rule. A copy of these bylaws shall be filed with the secretary."
Paragraph 4: "The provisions of the constitution, bylaws, rules of the Society shall cover the procedure of all sections, but no action or obligation of a section shall be considered an action or obligation of the Society as a whole. This bylaw shall be imprinted on any publication issued by the Section."
SECTION 1. The name of this association shall be the Idaho section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
SECTION 2. The principal office of the association shall be in the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho.
SECTION 3. The rules contained in the Robert's Rules of Order, revised, shall govern the Society in all cases to which they are applicable, when not inconsistent with the bylaws or rules of the Society.
SECTION 1. The objectives of this section are to promote the art and science of mechanical engineering and the allied arts and sciences; to encourage original research; to foster engineering education and professional development; to serve local and global communities by applying engineering knowledge for improving the quality of life; to promote the association of engineers among themselves and with allied technical professionals; and, in cooperation with other engineering and technical societies, to broaden the usefulness of the engineering profession.
SECTION 1. All members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers of the grades of fellow, member, associate member, honorary member, and affiliate, who have a mailing address within the boundaries established by the section, shall be member of the Idaho Section. Student members residing within the prescribed area shall be non voting members of the section.
SECTION 2. The geographic boundaries of the Idaho section are those Idaho counties not contained within the boundaries of the Inland Empire or Treasure Valley sections of ASME.
SECTION 3. The rights and privileges of every member shall be personal to himself/herself and shall not be transferable except that each member shall be entitled to vote on any question before the Society either in person or by a proxy given to another member.
SECTION 4. Every person admitted to membership shall be subject to the constitution of the Society and to any amendments that may be made from time to time.
SECTION 1. Management of the Idaho section shall be vested in an executive committee. Each member of the executive committee shall be entitled to vote.
SECTION 2. The executive committee is empowered to act on behalf of the section on all matters, provided that such actions are in harmony with the section bylaws, and the constitution, bylaws, and rules of the Society.
SECTION 3. The executive committee shall meet at such times and places as it may select, and at the call of the section chair. Four members shall constitute a quorum of the executive committee.
SECTION 4. The executive committee may, at its discretion, appoint a member or members, or other person or persons, to represent it at meetings of societies of kindred aim or at public functions. Such delegates shall be designated as "Honorary Vice Presidents," and their duties shall terminate upon completion of the occasion for which they are appointed.
SECTION 5. The section chair-elect shall appoint such committee chairs as he/she sees fit to fulfill properly the objectives of the section. All appointments shall be confirmed by a majority vote of the executive committee. Any committee chair may be removed for cause by a majority vote of the executive committee.
SECTION 6. A special business meeting of the section may be called by the section secretary upon the written request of at least ten percent of the membership. The call for the meeting shall be issued at least fourteen days prior to its date and shall state the business to be considered. No other business shall be transacted at this meeting.
SECTION 7. Any question which shall come before a meeting of the section or of a committee shall be decided be a majority of the votes cast, unless otherwise provided in these bylaws. Voting ties will be broken by the section or committee chair presiding over the meeting.
SECTION 8. Upon the resignation of the chair, the vice chair shall fill the unexpired term. The office of vice chair may be filled by appointment at the discretion of the executive committee. A vacancy in the office of secretary or treasurer shall be filled by appointment by the executive committee. To fill a vacancy in the board of directors, a director may be appointed to serve until the next annual election at the discretion of the executive committee. A new director shall then be elected at the annual election to fill the unexpired term.
SECTION 1. The Executive Committee shall consist of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and three elected Directors. The chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer shall be elected annually or biannually for a one or two year term based upon a vote of the executive committee and the concurrence of the elected officers. One director shall be elected each year for a three year term.
SECTION 2. Any officer or any member of the executive committee may be subject to removal for cause by a vote of five members of the executive committee at any time after one month's written notice has been given him/her to show cause why he/she should not be removed and after he/she has been heard in his/her own defense if he/she so desires.
SECTION 1. Officers and directors shall be nominated by the executive committee and ratified by the voting members of the Idaho Section. Ratification will be conducted by email ballot using the official Section roster. The ballot shall close within ten days from the date of posting. Elections shall take place each year, between May 1 and June 15, and those elected shall take office the first day of July.
SECTION 2. Before the April meeting of each year, the executive committee shall consider nominations for the next year's officers. Nominations may be presented by any member of the section. Anyone nominated for office must be an ASME member in good standing, or shall become one prior to taking office on July 1.
SECTION 1. Proposed amendments to these bylaws may be submitted in writing by any section member. If approved by a vote of a majority of those present at the next section business meeting, the amendment(s) shall be submitted to the membership of the section for ratification. The ratification will be conducted by email ballot using the official section roster. This ballot shall close within ten days from the date of posting. If the proposal is approved by two thirds of the votes cast, the amendment or amendments shall become part of the bylaws.
SECTION 2. Amendments to these bylaws shall become applicable as soon as approved by the section members, and shall be put into effect in the normal course of business and elections thereafter.
SECTION 1. A scholarship fund shall be maintained by the section. It is the intention of the section to award at least one scholarship of $1000 per year so long as funds are available.
The scholarship fund shall be administered by a committee of three led by the scholarship committee chair. This committee shall be responsible for administering the scholarship fund after obtaining approval from the executive committee.
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