Bylaws of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Southern Region
Association for Learning Environments
Adopted May 1996
(New Template) Amended July 2012
The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Southern Region of the Association for Learning Environments (the Association) is a Non-Profit Organization made up of individuals whose professional activities involve a responsibility of one or more of the following areas: planning, designing, constructing, equipping, administering and/or maintaining the physical environment of education. The Chapter seeks to further the goals of education by providing services, activities, and knowledge related to the development of superior educational facilities.
The purpose of this Chapter shall be to assist the Association and the Region implement their programs, to serve as a vehicle for the local activities of the Association and the Region, and to provide a forum for members of the Chapter to meet and discuss matters of common interest and concern.
The geographic area to be served consists of the Texas Gulf Coast Region based in the Greater Houston area and extending north to Huntsville, south to Galveston, west to Columbus and east to Beaumont.
The chapter seeks to attain the following goals and objectives:
Article 1. Advocacy
To establish an advocacy program encouraging all communities to support quality educational facilities as an integral part of a quality educational program.
To support the highest professional standards for all members through the exchange of ideas and practices associated with the design of educational facilities.
To encourage and assist in comprehensive educational planning by public and private school systems.
Article 2. Education
To promote educational and quality professional development opportunities for facility planning professionals and educational institutions, agencies and personnel through workshops, conferences, exhibits, and meetings with related associations.
Article 3. Research
To identify and disseminate educational facility research.
To promote research in the design and construction of educational facilities.
To review regulations and codes pertaining to educational facilities.
To help achieve the objectives and support the activities of the Association, its Regions and Chapters.
Article 4. Membership
Any member in good standing of the Association whose residence and/or place of business is in the geographical area of the Gulf Coast Chapter shall automatically become a member of this chapter unless otherwise specified by the member. No additional dues are collected by this chapter.
Membership privileges shall include:
4.2.1 The right to vote at chapter meetings.
4.2.2 Receipt of chapter mailings.
4.2.3 Participation in chapter activities.
4.2.4 Stand for election.
Individual members in good standing are entitled to one vote for all chapter business and elections. Official designated representatives of Corporations/Institutions that are members in good standing are entitled to the same privileges as individual members.
Non-Association members whose professional activities involve educational facility administration, planning, design, construction, equipping, or maintenance may attend chapter meetings as a non-member. However, should non-members desire to be kept informed of chapter activities, functions and meetings, they may be assessed a fee as established by the Board of Directors.
Article 5. Governance
Members shall be notified of all chapter meetings at least ten (10) days prior to such meeting. Chapters shall meet at least four (4) times annually. Each year an annual meeting of the members of the Chapter shall be held at such time and at such place as shall be fixed by the Board of Directors, for the purpose of electing directors, and for the transacting of such other business properly coming before the meeting.
Matters requiring approval, including the election of officers, shall be by a simple majority vote of those present at the chapter meeting. The number of members present at a Chapter Meeting shall constitute a quorum for purposes of transacting business at that meeting. Election of officers may be conducted by email ballot and ratified by simple majority vote at the annual meeting of the members of the Chapter.
The officers shall administer the affairs of the chapter in accordance with the limits of authority set forth by the membership.
The fiscal year shall be from January 1 to December 31.
The chapter may generate income to fund activities through seminar fees, grants, donations, etc.
The address of the chapter shall be determined by the President during his/her term of office.
Amendments to Charter and Bylaws must be submitted to the Chapter Officers in written form for distribution to the chapter membership a minimum of ten (10) days before voting. Approval requires a simple majority vote of members present, or a simple majority of email ballots. All amendments must be submitted to the Region Board of Directors and International Board of Directors for final approval.
Standing and special committees may be established at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Article 6. Chapter Officials
Board of Directors
– The Board of Directors shall consist of the Executive Officers and at least three (3) members elected at-large by the membership of the Chapter. All directors shall be members in good standing with the Association. The term of the Board of Directors of the Chapter shall correspond with the term of the Region Board of Directors. The Board shall be in full control of the management of the affairs of the chapter as subject to the by-laws and directives of its membership. Meetings of the Board shall be held at least three (3) times per year. Each director shall be given at least seven days notice of upcoming meetings.
A vacancy in an executive office or director position may be filled until the next election by presidential appointment with concurrence of the Board of Directors. Should the office of president-elect become vacant, the Board of Directors shall conduct a special election of the membership to fill the vacant position.
Officers or directors may be removed from the Board of Directors, with or without cause, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present at a meeting called for that purpose.
– The chapter shall be governed by at least seven (7) executive officers. They shall include: Past-President, President, President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Membership Coordinator, Programs Coordinator, and Communications Coordinator. Additional executive officers may be designated to focus on particular market sectors, Board Members at Large, and/or Ex Officio members as voted on by the seven primary executive officers. To qualify to serve, Executive Officers shall be a member of the Gulf Coast Chapter for at least two years as well as attend greater than fifty percent of Gulf Coast Chapter functions during the most recent two years of membership. The duties of the Executive Officers are as follows:
6.2.1 President – The President shall preside at all Chapter and Executive Board meetings and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees. In the President's absence, the President-Elect shall preside over any such meeting. The President shall direct the activities of the chapter officers, and shall, with the consent of the board, appoint Committees deemed necessary or appropriate for conducting chapter business. It shall be the duty of the Chapter President to attend Regional and International Conferences during his/her term of office. It shall be the duty of the Chapter President to serve on the Region Board of Directors, but the President may designate a delegate upon approval by the Region Board of Directors.
6.2.2 President-Elect – The President-Elect shall serve as Vice-President and shall substitute for the President during his/her absence. The President-Elect shall also be charged with the duty of promoting membership. By election to office, the President-Elect shall succeed the incumbent President at the end of his/her term of office. It shall be the duty of the President-Elect to attend the Regional Conference during his/her term of office.
6.2.3 Past-President – The Past-President shall assist the President as required. He/she shall provide continuity to the chapter leadership.
6.2.4 Secretary/ Treasurer – It shall be the duty of the Secretary/Treasurer to attend all meetings of the Chapter and Executive Board and to keep accurate minutes of all meetings. The Secretary shall have charge of all correspondence of the chapter, shall keep the record of all members of the chapter, and shall send all notices of meetings as required. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to oversee all monies paid to the chapter, and insure deposits are sent to International for processing. The Treasurer shall disburse funds only at the direction of the Executive Board. It is also the responsibility of the Treasurer to submit a statement of financial position to the membership at the annual meeting or upon request.
6.2.5 Membership Coordinator – It shall be the duty of the Membership Coordinator to facilitate the Chapter membership program and maintain the Chapter mailing list. The Membership Coordinator shall also represent this Chapter on the Southern Region Membership Committee.
6.2.6 Programs Coordinator – It shall be the duty of the Programs Coordinator to work with the Chapter members to coordinate the Chapter programs.
6.2.7 Communications Coordinator – It shall be the duty of the Communications Coordinator to work to improve communications to all Chapter members.
6.2.8 Additional Executive Officers – At its option on a yearly basis, the seven primary members of the Gulf Coast Chapter Executive Board may identify designated focus areas for additional representation, such as Higher Education Champion, Sustainable Champion, etc. They may also designate Board Members at Large and/or Ex Officio members to serve as additional executive officers.
Article 7. Region and the Association
Policies and Procedures
– The Chapter hereby agrees to operate, generally, in accordance with policies and procedures adopted by the Region or the Association. Such policies and procedures may include: policies concerning (i) financial reporting and fiscal management, (ii) contracts with third party vendors and others, (iii) restrictions on public endorsements or public positions on issues or events affecting the Region, the Association or its members, (iv) Chapter affiliation with other organizations, (v) periodic reporting of Chapter activities to the Region and the Association, (vi) educational conferences or programs that may compete with conferences or programs sponsored by the Region or the Association, (vii) amendments of these Bylaws or similar documents, or (viii) such other matters as determined by the Region or the Association from time to time. Deviation from Region and the Association policies and procedures is permissible to accomplish Chapter specific objectives in accordance with these bylaws upon written approval by the Region.
– In addition to any restrictions or limitations contained in policies and procedures adopted by the Region or the Association, the Chapter shall not take any of the following actions without the prior written consent of the Region Board of Directors and the Association Board of Directors:
7.2.1 Amend these Bylaws or any other organizational document of the Chapter;
7.2.2 Incur debt or become obligated to pay money (other than obligations incurred in the ordinary course of the Chapter's operations);
7.2.3 Sell, lease, exchange, mortgage, pledge or otherwise dispose of all, or substantially all, the assets of the Chapter;
7.2.4 Dissolve the Chapter; or
7.2.5 Engage in any activities which the Association board of directors deems to be inconsistent with the Association's strategic or other plans
Article 8. Dissolution
On the dissolution of the Chapter, the balance remaining of Chapter designated funds shall be remitted to the Region.