Constitution and By-Laws of the
North Dakota Technology and Engineering Educator's Association
Article I Name
Section 1. This association shall be known as the North Dakota Technology and Engineering Educators Association, previously the North Dakota Technology Education Association, and the former the North Dakota Industrial Arts Association.
Article II Purpose
Section 1. The purpose of this association shall be to promote within the technology education teaching group the highest type of professional practices as determined within the teaching profession; to encourage active participation of all Technology Education teachers in the solution of problems affecting the teachers; and to arouse allegiance to a genuine spirit of professional ethics.
Section 2. Achievement of these purposes shall be sought through regular attendance at meetings; active participation in the general program of the association; service on committees designed to accomplish the above purposes and the highest quality professional activity within the classroom.
Article III Affiliation
Section 1. The association shall affiliate with the North Dakota Education Association and with the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.
Article IV Membership
Section 1. Any person teaching supervising, or interested in technology education shall be eligible for membership in this organization upon payment of the annual membership fee as stated in the By-laws.
Section 2. The membership year shall coincide with the dates of the Technology section of NDEA.
Section 3. All membership applications are subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of the association.
Article V Organization
Section 1. This organization is affiliated with the North Dakota Education Association and meets annually as a section of that association.
Section 2. The officers of the association shall be a president, a president-elect, a secretary, and a business manager, to be elected by the membership.
Section 3. The governing body of the association shall be a Board of Directors composed of four (4) elected members, the officers of the association, the immediate past president, the state supervisor of Technology Education, a representative from the University of North Dakota Industrial Technology staff, a representative from Valley City State University Technology Education staff, an ACTE representative, and an ITEEA representative as voting members of the Executive Board. It shall have full power to conduct business and determine policy for the association, except for the determination of dues and assessments, and election of officers, which shall be reserved to the membership at large.
Section 4. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for recommending programs of action and for carrying out the decisions of the membership.
Article VI Initiative, Referendum and Recall
Section 1. Upon petition and vote by the membership any action or decision of the Board of Directors may be reversed by a referendum of the membership.
Section 2. Upon petition and vote by the membership, official action or decision may be originated or initiated by the membership.
Section 3. All elective officers of this association shall be subject to recall from the office by the membership.
Section 4. Procedures to be followed in the initiative, referendum, and recall shall be stipulated in the By-laws of this association.
Article VII Amendment
Section 1. This constitution may be amended by a simple majority vote of the total membership.
Section 2. A vote to amend the constitution shall be by secret ballot and will be conducted at the annual meeting, provided that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been submitted to the members either at a previously held general meeting or by special written notice to the members at least fifteen (15) days prior to the vote.
By-Laws of the North Dakota Technology & Engineering
Article I Election of Officers
Section 1. The officers to be elected shall be placed in nomination by the nominating committee or by individual members and shall be elected by the membership attending the business meeting at the annual meeting.
Section 2. Before each election, the nominating committee shall present at least two (2) candidates for each vacancy.
Section 3. The new officers shall assume their duties at the conclusion of the annual business meeting of the association.
Section 4. All vacancies in the offices of this association shall be filled by the Board of Directors, and such duly appointed officers shall hold office until the close of the next regular meeting of this association.
Section 5. Any teacher shall be eligible to hold office, provided the teacher has been an active member of the association at least two years and shall be a member of state and national education associations.
Section 6. The four (4) directors shall be elected for a period of two years, elected so that two (2) new directors are elected each year. In the event of a vacancy on the board, the president shall have the authority to fill such vacancies, by appointment, until the next annual meeting.
Article II Duties of Officers
Section 1. The president shall preside at all meetings of the association and the Board of Directors meetings.
Section 1A. The president shall set meeting dates, locations, and agendas for three meetings. One month before the meeting, send out the agendas and have them posted on the Technology Education web page. The three meetings shall be as follows:
The annual convention-planning meeting held in December.
The summer Board of Directors meeting and annual business meeting held during the Professional Development Conference.
The Board of Directors meeting held Wednesday evening prior to Teachers Convention and business meeting held during Teachers Convention.
Section 1B. The president shall appoint a nominating committee not less than 30 days prior to the annual meeting.
Section 1C. The president shall annually appoint a committee to audit the Business Manager’s book.
Section 1D. The president shall present all awards at appropriate meetings.
Section 2. The president-elect shall assist the president in his/her duties.
Section 2A. The president-elect shall serve as president the following year and assume the duties at the conclusion of the annual business meeting held at the Professional Development Conference.
Section 2B. The president-elect shall record the minutes of the association and Board of Directors meeting if the Secretary cannot attend the meeting.
Section 3. The secretary shall record the minutes of the association and Board of Directors meetings.
Section 3A. The secretary shall send copies of the minutes to all board members, officers, directors, and person(s) responsible for the Technology Education web page within 30 days after the meeting. The minutes shall be placed on the Technology Education web page.
Section 4. The business manager shall complete all fiscal collections and disbursement of all state association funds.
Section 4A. The business manager shall secure awards for presentation by the president.
Section 4B. The business manager shall conduct membership drives for state and vocational membership.
Article III Financial Procedures
Section 1. The fiscal year of the association shall be from October 1 to September 30. At the first general business meeting of the school year, the complete financial report for the previous year, together with an auditor’s report, shall be presented for approval.
Section 2. Disbursements for the association shall be by bank check signed by the Business Manager, except during temporary incapacity of the Business Manager, in which case the president shall be authorized to sign checks of the association.
Section 3. Disbursements shall require approval of the board of Directors or by the membership before payment.
Article IV Membership Fee
Section 1. All members shall pay a membership fee of $10.00 per year. Such payment to be made to the business manager.
Section 2. A membership fee of $20.00 per year shall be paid by elementary schools.
Section 3. A non-voting associate membership is available for students in college majoring in Industrial/Technology Education. This membership fee is $1.00 per year.
Section 4. Any student of senior status enrolled as a Technology Education student at Valley City State University, University of North Dakota, or first year teacher of Technology Education be granted a free one-year membership to the NDTEEA.
Article V Board of Directors
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall meet three times annually to conduct the business of the association. Other special meetings may be called by the president.
Section 2. The Board of Directors may require reports of any officer or committee chair and may originate program of action and direct the appropriate officers to carry them out.
Article VI General Meeting
Section 1. At least one general meeting of the membership shall be held each year. Programs for the general meeting shall be planned to provide for a variety of information, inspiration, and exchange of opinion on matters of importance to the profession.
Section 2. This general meeting shall coincide with the annual the Professional Development Conference.
Article VII Parliamentary Procedure
Section 1. Two-thirds of the membership of the board of Directors shall constitute a quorum. Twenty-five (25) members shall constitute a quorum at a general meeting of the association.
Section 2. Meetings of the Board of Directors and general business meetings shall be conducted according to the most recent edition of Roberts Rules of Order.
Article VIII Committees
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall appoint the standing committees named in this Article and may appoint other committees at any time.
Section 2. The president shall be a member ex officio of all committees, but may delegate such ex officio status and duties to attend meetings and coordinate committee activity to other members of the Board of Directors.
Section 4. Standing committee chair shall be responsible for keeping informed, for making the membership conscious of current conditions and new developments, and responsibility. They shall also be responsible for maintaining committee files and for passing them on to succeeding chair.
Section 5. Standing committees shall be as follows:
A Nominating Committee to present candidates for all elections of the association as a whole and to prepare ballots, as specified in these By-laws.
A Membership Committee to encourage membership, participation, and understanding of the organized teaching profession at all levels.
An ITEEA Committee to encourage membership in the national association of our particular area of teaching.
Section 6. Board of Directors will select a new editor for association newsletter when necessary. The editor will be responsible for articles, printing and advertisements of the newsletter.
Article IX Initiative, Referendum and Recall
Section 1. Upon written petition by at least fifteen (15) percent of the membership the members of the association shall, by secret ballot, vote on the measure to be initiated or referred to the membership, or on removal from office of the stipulated officer.
Section2. A two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the quorum shall enact the initiated measure in question. A like vote shall revoke the measure in referendum. A like vote shall remove from office the officer in question.
Article X Amendment
Section 1. These By-laws may be amended by majority vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the quorum provided that the proposed amendment shall have been presented to the membership in writing at a previous meeting; and further provided that an amendment shall take effect until copies of the By-laws, as amended, and showing the date of amendment, shall have been distributed to members of the association.