ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Puget Sound Chapter #20, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Inc., hereinafter referred to as the “Chapter”.
ARTICLE II – AFFILIATION
The Chapter is classified as a nonprofit, professional organization registered with the National Headquarters, Institute of industrial and Systems Engineers, Norcross, Georgia, hereinafter referred to as “the Institute” or “IISE”.
ARTICLE III – PURPOSES
The purposes of the Chapter shall be the purposes of the IISE as set forth in Article C-II, Section 1, of the IISE Constitution, hereinafter referred to as such, or as “the Institute Constitution”, as follows:
“This corporation is organized and shall be operated exclusively for scientific, educational and charitable purposes. In the furtherance of such purposes, it shall be authorized:
To advance the general welfare of mankind through the resources and creative abilities of the Industrial Engineering profession.
To advance the art and science of Industrial Engineering for the general welfare of mankind.
To encourage and assist education and research in the art and science of Industrial Engineering.
To promote the unrestricted dissemination of knowledge and information by means of meetings and publications related to the art and science of Industrial Engineering.
To receive, own and maintain real or personal property, or both, and to use and apply the whole or any part of the income or principal thereof exclusively for scientific or educational purposes in the art and science of Industrial Engineering.
To assist Colleges and Universities in the development and improvement of educational programs in the art and science of Industrial Engineering.
Notwithstanding any of the forgoing provisions which may be construed to the contrary, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Inc., shall not engage in any activity which is not educational, scientific or charitable within the meaning of section 501(C)(3) of the 1954 Internal Revenue Code. On dissolution of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Inc. its assets shall be distributed to an organization organized and operated for similar educational, scientific or charitable purposes, or to the Federal, State or Local Government for a public purpose. No part of the income or principal of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Inc. shall insure to the benefit of or be distributed to any member, director or officer of the IISE or any other private individual. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying out of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation.”
ARTICLE IV – CODE OF ETHICS
The Code of Ethics of the Chapter shall be the Code of Ethics of the IISE as set forth in the IISE Constitution, Article C-III, Section 1.
ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Persons who wish to join the IISE, and who feel that they fulfill the required qualifications, may apply by filing an application with the Institute. Application blanks may be obtained from Institute headquarters or from Institute headquarters or from designated persons within the Chapter.
Section 2. The Chapter membership shall consist of members in good standing, as defined in the IISE Constitution, Article C-IV, Section 6, who reside within the Chapter’s territory as designated by the Institute and those who have requested assignment to the Chapter. All Chapter members shall abide by the provisions of this Constitution and Bylaws.
Section 3. The voting rights and other privileges of the members shall be as described in the Institute Constitution, Article C-IV, Section 7.
Section 4. Definitions and requirements of the grades of membership in the Chapter shall be the same as those set forth in the IISE Constitution, Article C-IV, Section 7.
Section 5. IISE membership grades shall consist of Fellows, Senior Members, Members, Associates, and Executive Affiliates. The term “member” (not capitalized) shall refer to all membership grades.
Section 6. All members are eligible to apply for membership upgrade when they feet they qualify for a higher grade. The review process of such requests shall be governed by the IISE.
ARTICLE VI – RESIGNATION AND EXPULSION OF MEMBERS
Section 1. Members may withdraw from the Chapter, or request transfer to another chapter of their choice, by submitting a written notice to that effect to National headquarters. Withdrawal from the Chapter does not effect membership in the IISE. In the event of withdrawal from the Chapter, no Chapter dues shall be refunded.
Section 2. Any member may withdraw from the IISE at any time by sending a formal statement to that effect to the Executive Director. Withdrawal from the IISE automatically entails withdrawal from the Chapter. In event of resignation from the IISE, no dues shall be refunded.
Section 3. Any member suspected by the Chapter of conduct unbecoming to a gentle person and a member of his/her profession, shall be referred by the Board of Directors, as defined in Article VII, Sections 7 and 8 of this Constitution, to the IISE for disciplinary review. The disciplinary review process shall be as provided in the IISE Constitution, Article B-III, Section 1. In the event of dismissal from the IISE, no dues shall be refunded.
ARTICLE VII – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The Chapter shall be governed by a Board of Directors, which shall consist of the officers and Directors. The term “Director” (capitalized) shall identify to those members of the Board of Directors who are not Officers. All Officers and Directors must be members of the Chapter, and as such, members in good standing of the IISE.
Section 2. There shall be up to five (5) officers of the Chapter. These shall be the Immediate Past-President, President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Section 3. If desired, any or all of the offices of Immediate Past-President, Secretary, and Treasurer may be combined. This structure shall be the minimum number of officers for the Chapter.
Section 4. There shall be at least four (4) Directors on the Board of Directors- The maximum size of the Board of Directors shall be as defined in the Bylaws, Article III, Section 2.
Section 5. The Student Chapter Advisor and the Student Chapter President of University of Washington Chapter #882 shall automatically occupy adjunct seats on the Board of Directors.
Section 6. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the overall operation of the Chapter, shall set the broad outlines of Chapter policy, and shall have final review and decision on the budget. Specific duties of Officers and Directors shall be as defined in the Bylaws, Article IV, Sections 1-7.
Section 7. Only Officers and Directors in active status, as defined in the Bylaws, Article III, Section 3, shall be voting members of the Board of Directors. The acting President shall abstain from voting except in instances of deadlock, in which case he/she shall cast the deciding vote.
Section 8. All decisions shall be made by simple majority vote of the Board of Directors. A quorum for the Board of Directors shall be two-thirds (2/3) of the officers and one-half (1/2) of the Directors.
ARTICLE VIII – ELECTION & RESIGNATION OF OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
Section 1. The President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and Director positions shall be elected by the Chapter membership entitled to vote under the provisions of this Constitution. All officers and Directors halt be nominated and elected as provided in the Bylaws-Article V, Sections 1-3, and Article VI, Sections 1-4.
Section 2. The President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary shall be elected for a one-year term and no officer may be elected for more than two consecutive terms. The outgoing President-Elect shall become President, and the outgoing President shall become Past-President at the end of their one-year terms. Directors shall be elected to two-year terms.
Section 3. Officers and Directors who remain in inactive status, as defined in the Bylaws, Article III, Section 3, without due cause, for a period of time determined unacceptable by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, will be considered to have resigned their position.
Section 4. In case the office of the President becomes vacant for any reason, the President-Elect shall serve the remainder of the term as President, and will have the option of serving as President the following year. In the event he/she chooses to not serve as President the following year, the next official election will include the election of a President along with the other officers. The position of Past-President will remain vacant for that election year.
Section 5. If the office of any other member of the Board of Directors becomes vacant for any reason a replacement will be elected for the remainder of the term by a majority vote of the Chapter membership present at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
ARTICLE IX – BYLAW REVISIONS
A majority vote of the Board of Directors shall have the power to pass, repeat or modify any Bylaws. Such revisions shall become effective upon the approval of the Institute.
ARTICLE X – AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by any three members of the Chapter in good standing. A proposed amendment shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary and signed by the three members proposing the amendment.
Section 2. Copies of the proposed amendment shall be distributed to each Chapter member by the Secretary within sixty (60) days following receipt. Chapter members shall be given a period of at least fifteen (15) days, or until the end of the next regularly scheduled Chapter meeting, to vote on the proposed amendment.
Section 3. To become effective, proposed amendments must be affirmatively voted upon by three-fourths of the eligible voting members casting ballots. At least 10% of the Chapter membership must cast ballots on the proposal. Upon passage, an amendment becomes effective upon approval by the Institute.
Section 4. Amendments to the Institute Constitution or Bylaws which have an effect on the Chapter’s Constitution or Bylaws shall automatically become part of the Chapter Constitution or Bylaws. The officers shall notify the Chapter members of such changes.
ARTICLE I – FINANCE
Section 1. The Chapter fiscal year shall be from April 1 to March 31.
Section 2. Chapter dues for all grades of membership shall be set forth in the Institute Bylaws. All chapter dues shall be paid with the Institute dues.
Section 3. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the financial operation of the Chapter. All expenditures for planned Chapter operations shall be included in an approved Chapter budget. Any expected expenditure greater than $100.00 which is not included in the Chapter budget must be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
Section 4. In the event that decisions requiring expenditure of Chapter funds must be made between regular Board Meetings, each officer has the authority to spend up to $50.00. Two or more Officers together have the authority to spend up to $100.00. No expenditure greater than $100.00 can be made without approval of the Board of Directors.
Section 5. The Treasurer and the President each shall have signing authority for disbursement of Chapter funds. Any notes of investment of Chapter funds must be signed by both the Treasurer and the President.
ARTICLE II – PROGRAM
Section 1. The Chapter program year shall be from September to May.
Section 2. There shall be at least one program event each month during the program year, at a time and place determined by the Program Committee within the Board of Directors. Additional meetings may be held at the discretion of the Board of Directors as determined by the Program Committee.
Section 3. The overall purpose of the Chapter program shall be concurrent with the purposes of the Chapter, as set forth in the Constitution.
Section 4. Meeting notifications will appear in the Chapter newsletter.
ARTICLE III – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The term of office for all elected positions shall be from April to March.
Section 2. The maximum number of Directors shall be ten (10). The maximum size of the entire Board of Directors shall be fifteen (15).
Section 3. All members of the Board of Directors must attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings. An Officer or Director shall be considered active if they miss no more than one (1) consecutive Board meeting without prior notification of the President. An Officer or Director shall be considered inactive if they miss two (2) or more consecutive Board meetings with no prior notification of either the Secretary or the President.
Section 4. Any Officer or Director in inactive status may petition the Board of Directors for reactivation. He/she shall regain active status upon approval of the Board.
ARTICLE IV – DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Section 1. The President shall be the Executive officer of the Chapter, and shall provide the leadership and overall direction to all Chapter activities. It shall be the duty of the President to enforce the provisions of this Constitution and Bylaws, and the Institute Constitution and Bylaws. He/she shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and the Board of Directors. The President shall ensure the proper disposition of Chapter archives. He/she shall prepare an annual report for the District Director and such other reports as may be required by the Institute.
Section 2. The President-Elect, in the absence or disability of the President, shall assume and execute the duties of the President. He/she shall serve as the Chairperson of the Program Committee, and shall be responsible for the Chapter’s annual program.
Section 3. The Secretary shall keep accurate records and proceedings of all Chapter and Board of Directors meetings, and shall present the minutes of the preceding meeting. He/she shall serve as chairperson of the VEQTOR Planning Committee, and shall be responsible for publication of all Chapter planning documents. The Secretary shall also be responsible for the keeping of annual Chapter records, and presenting them, in good order, for inclusion in Chapter archives.
Section 4. The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds of the Chapter and shall act as Chief Financial Officer. As such, he/she shall make policy recommendations concerning accounting procedures, controls and management of Chapter funds. The Treasurer shall report to the Board of Directors as required. He/she shall propose and gain Board of Directors approval for the annual Chapter Budget, monitor the approved budget, present an annual report, prepare and submit reports as required by the Institute and provide all records, in good order, to the succeeding Treasurer.
Section 5. The Immediate Past-President shall provide guidance and assistance to the President to assure the continuity of Chapter Leadership. He/she shall serve as chairperson of the External Relations Committee and Nominating Committee, and shall serve on the VEQTOR Planning Committee.
Section 6. Directors shall serve on at least one standing or ad hoc committee, as defined in the Bylaws, Article VII, sections 2 and 3. They shall also perform duties as assigned by the President.
Section 7. The Student Chapter Advisor and the Student Chapter President of the University of Washington Chapter #882 shall present periodic reports of Student Chapter activities to the Board of Directors. They shall not be voting members of the Board, but shall provide consultive input as required.
ARTICLE V – NOMINATIONS
Section 1. At least eight (8) weeks or two regular chapter meetings, whichever is less, prior to the March chapter meeting, the President shall appoint a three (3) member Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall not include any member of the Board of Directors, with the exception of the Immediate Past-President.
Section 2. The Nominating Committee will prepare a ballot listing at least one and not more than two eligible members for each office. Associates may hold any chapter office, with the exception of President. Executive Affiliates are not eligible to hold any chapter office. Permission of the candidates to have their names on the ballot must be obtained. No member shall run for office if he/she is knowingly unable to complete the specified term of the office.
Section 3. At the last meeting before the March chapter meeting, the Nominating Committee will make known the ballot. At this meeting, additional nominations will be accepted from the floor and included on the ballot.
ARTICLE VI – ELECTIONS
Section 1. At least two (2) weeks prior to the March chapter meeting, the Nominating Committee shall distribute the ballots to all eligible voting members, in good standing. In the event of only one (1) candidate per position, the election can be held at the March chapter meeting and the entire ballot accepted by an affirmative vote of a majority of eligible members present.
Section 2. Ballots will be returned to the Nominating Committee to be counted prior to the chapter meeting in April.
Section 3. Candidates receiving a majority vote of those members voting shall be declared elected. In the case of a tie for any elective office, the newly elected administration shall break the tie by simple majority vote.
Section 4. The newly elected officers and Directors will assume the responsibilities of their offices at the April chapter meeting.
ARTICLE VII – COMMITTEES
Section 1. All committees and committee chairpersons shall be appointed by the President, and shall perform such duties as may be assigned by him/her.
Section 2. There shall be six (6) standing committees: Program, External Relations, Member Relations, Professional Development, VEQTOR and Newsletter.
Section 3. There shall be ad hoc committees which may be appointed by the President to perform special projects deemed necessary. The ad hoc committees shall be discharged at the completion of the project(s) for which they are appointed.
ARTICLE VIII – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Robert’s Revised Parliamentary Rules of Order shall be the standard authority of the Chapter.
ARTICLE IX – AMENDMENTS
Amendments to these Bylaws may be made as set forth in Article IX of this Constitution.