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CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS
ARTICLE I: NAME AND AFFILIATION
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics (LATM).
Section 2. This Association shall be an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
Section 1. The purpose shall be to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of mathematics in Louisiana's schools; to assist other organizations promoting interest in mathematics in Louisiana; to collaborate with other organizations of teachers of mathematics; and to do all other proper things in the furtherance of these purposes.
Section 1. There shall be two types of membership in this Association: namely, active and student.
Section 2. Active membership shall consist of all persons having an expressed interest in the purpose of the organization and who have paid the annual membership dues or lifetime dues of this Association.
Section 3. Student memberships shall be defined as those members who are enrolled as non-teaching, full-time graduate or undergraduate students of higher learning and who have paid the annual student dues of this Association. Student members shall enjoy all the privileges of this Association except those of holding office and chairing committees.
Section 1. To serve on the Executive Council, a person must hold and retain active membership in LATM.
Section 2. The elected officers of this Association shall be a president-elect, four vice presidents, a secretary, and a parliamentarian.
Section 3. A treasurer, membership chairperson, LATM newsletter editor, LATM Journal editor, and an LATM website editor will be appointed by the Executive Council. The membership chairperson, LATM newsletter editor, LATM Journal editor, and the LATM website editor shall serve two-year terms. The treasurer shall serve a 3 year-term.
Section 4. The Louisiana Math Coordinator of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program will be appointed by the Executive Council. The Coordinator will serve at the pleasure of the Executive Council per the agreement between LATM and the Louisiana Department of Education to oversee the program using the guidelines established by the national oversight agency and its subcontractors.
Section 5. The president-elect shall serve one year as president-elect, two years as president and one year as past president. The president-elect /past president position will serve as the NCTM representative. All other officers shall serve for a two-year term which begins at the conclusion of the first executive council meeting following the election. An elected Executive Council officer shall serve no more than two consecutive full terms in the same position or office.
Section 6. The Executive Council shall constitute the governing body of this Association. Membership on the Council shall be as follows: the officers provided for in Sections 1-4; the Representative from the Louisiana Department of Education; and a representative from each of the active, chartered NCTM affiliate groups within the state. The members of the Executive Council of this Association shall be voting members.
Section 7. Any Executive Council member who is absent from two or more LATM Executive Council meetings per year may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Council.
Section 8. Any Executive Council member who does not execute the duties of the office may be removed from such office by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Council.
ARTICLE V: ELECTION OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of this Association shall be elected annually in the Fall by a majority of those bona fide members voting.
Section 2. The Executive Council shall have the power to fill any vacancies within its membership occurring after the annual fall election of this Association. In the event of a vacancy in the office of president, the president-elect shall assume the president’s duties and responsibilities. In the event there is no president-elect, the past president will serve in interim until a special election can be held to complete the remaining presidential term of office. If there is no president-elect or past president, the Executive Council will appoint an interim president from within its ranks until a special election can be held.
Section 3. Elected in odd numbered years are these officers: president-elect, secretary, vice-president for middle schools, and vice-president for high schools. Elected in even numbered years are parliamentarian, vice-president for elementary schools, and vice-president for colleges.
ARTICLE VI: MEETINGS
Section 1. There shall be at least one meeting of this Association per academic year. The time and place will be determined by the Executive Council.
ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES
Section 1. Standing Committees shall be: Nominating, Internal Audit, Outstanding Mathematics Teachers, Conference Planning, Leadership Conference Committee (Retreat), Carol Meyer Scholarship, the Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair, Promotions, and Travel Grants. Additional standing committees may be formed with approval of the Executive Council.
ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS
Section 1. This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of those members present and voting at a meeting of this Association. Such amendment(s) will become effective immediately following the close of said meeting.
Section 2. The procedure for presentation of proposed amendment(s) shall be as follows: (a) The proposed amendment(s) in writing and bearing the name(s) of the author(s) and rationale for change shall be submitted to the Executive Council; (b) The proposed amendment(s) shall be published in the LATM newsletter or be emailed to each member at least 30 days prior to the announced meeting of this Association.
ARTICLE IX: DISSOLUTION
Section 1. If, at any time, the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics shall cease to carry out the purpose as stated in Article II, Section 1, all assets and properties held by the Corporate Organization, whether in trust or otherwise, shall, after payment of its liabilities, be paid over to an organization selected by the Executive Council, which has similar purposes and has established its tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as now enacted or as it may hereafter be amended and as such assets and property shall be applied exclusively for such charitable, scientific and educational programs.
ARTICLE I: DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS
Section 1. The Executive Council shall meet at times and places upon notice from the president or the majority of the officers of the Executive Council as determined by a phone or written poll of said officers. A majority of voting members must be present in order to conduct business. The duties of the Executive Council are:
Section 4. The duties of the vice-presidents are:
Section 7. The duties of the parliamentarian are:
Section 8. The duties of the LATM newsletter editor are:
Section 9: The duties of the LATM Journal editor are:
Section 10. The duties of the membership chairman are:
Section 11. The duties of the LATM website editor are:
Section 12. The duties of the representative from the Louisiana Department of Education are:
Section 13. The duties of the Louisiana Math Coordinator of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program are:
Section 14. The duties of Affiliate Representatives are:
ARTICLE II: COMMITTEES
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Section 1. The president and/or Executive Council shall appoint a conference chair for the proposed conference. The chair shall select appropriate conference committee members
Section 2. A Nominating Committee, of at least three (3), and all other Standing Committees shall be selected annually by the Executive Council, as outlined in the Standard Operating Procedures.
ARTICLE III: DUES
Section 1. The membership year of this Association shall commence November 1 and terminate October 31.
Section 2. The annual dues for active membership in this Association shall be fifteen dollars ($15.00) per membership year, payable to LATM.
Section 3. The annual dues for student membership in this Association shall be five dollars ($5.00) per membership year, payable to LATM.
Section 4. Verification of membership bearing the period for which membership is effective shall be issued to each member by the membership chairman via conference registration receipt, or by email confirmation when not received in conjunction with a conference registration.
ARTICLE IV: AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
Section 1. The Bylaws may be amended by two-thirds (2/3) majority of the members present and voting at a meeting of this Association. Such amendments will become effective immediately following the close of said meeting.
ARTICLE V: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Section 1. Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern on any point not otherwise covered in the Constitution and the Bylaws of this Association.
ARTICLE VI: STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES
Section 1. The Constitution and its Bylaws are supported by Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). These procedures assist the organization by prescribing a system and providing information that should be followed in routine matters.
Section 2. Standard Operating Procedures will be revised and updated by the Executive Council.
November 11, 2015 (as amended per vote of membership)
February 14, 2015 (corrected for grammar, clarity, and continuity)
November, 2012 (as amended per vote of membership)
October, 2010 (as amended per vote of membership)
June, 2010 (reviewed at Executive Council retreat)
October, 2008 (as amended per vote of membership)