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MEGT Constitution

STATE CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS

Minnesota Educators Of Gifted And Talented


  1. ARTICLE I - Name

The name of this organization shall be THE MINNESOTA EDUCATORS OF GIFTED AND TALENTED (MEGT).

  1. ARTICLE II - Organization

    1. The Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented is incorporated under the laws of the State of Minnesota and is a non-profit organization. No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered.

    2. The Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented shall be a state organization divided into chapters and/or regions for purposes of representation.

    3. The membership year of the organization for the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented shall be February 1 through January 31 and the fiscal year shall be July 1 through June 30.

  2. ARTICLE III - Purpose

The purpose of the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented includes the following:

    1. To promote and support the professional preparation of teachers and other educational professionals who have responsibility for the education of gifted and talented students.

    2. To cooperate with other organizations and agencies in efforts to promote the education, funding and welfare of gifted and talented students.

    3. To encourage scholarly research and the dissemination of information pertaining to gifted and talented children in school and society.

  1. ARTICLE IV - Membership, Dues, and Privileges

    1. Active membership is open to all education students and professionals in education or in related professions.

    2. The annual dues for membership in MEGT shall be determined by the State Board of Directors.

      1. MEGT shall have a unified membership structure so that membership in chapters and/or regions requires membership in the state organization.

      2. Members remit dues directly to the state organization.

    3. Privileges of membership shall be defined as follows: Active members may receive all publications of the organization, attend all meetings or conventions of the organization, and may hold office, serve on committees, and vote in business meetings.

  2. ARTICLE V - State Board of Director

    1. The State Board shall consist of four (4) representatives from the Metro region and 3 representatives from each of the following regions: Mid-MN, Northern MN, and Southern MN. Each representative serves a three-year term. At least one representative must have direct contact with gifted and talented students. Representatives and regional officers will be elected by their regions only and will be elected on alternate years with a non-election year falling in between. Up to four members at large may serve on the State Board for the specific purpose of carrying out duties of the state organization. Each member at large shall be appointed annually by the president and approved by the State Board

    2. The duties of the State Board shall be to make policy and carry out the business of the organization.

    3. The State Board of Directors shall meet a minimum of two times per year and as deemed necessary by the president. Representation of a majority of board members shall constitute a quorum.

    4. At business meetings, each board member in attendance will have one vote in all matters. Time sensitive business may require online discussion and action. In this case, each board member will have one vote.

  3. ARTICLE VI - Officers

    1. The officers shall be a president, president-elect, secretary, and treasurer. These offices shall be nominated by and from the State Board of Directors and elected by the membership at large.

    2. If a vacancy occurs in the office of president, the president-elect shall serve as acting president for the remainder of the term of office, at which point he/she shall assume the presidency for the regular two year term of office.

  4. ARTICLE VII - Other Committees

    1. Standing committees shall include the following: Membership, Networking, Newsletter, Conference, Legislative and Public Relations.

    2. Ad hoc committees may be appointed by the State Board of Directors as needed to carry out the purposes of the organization.


  1. ARTICLE VIII - Meetings of General Membership

    1. There shall be at least one annual business meeting.

    2. There shall be at least one state conference per year.

    3. Special business or additional professional meetings may be called by the president following consultation with the Board, or by special request by the membership to the Board.

    4. Those members in attendance shall constitute a quorum at a regular or called business meeting.

    5. When membership action is required between business meetings, notification and voting may occur online. A non-response within the designated time frame will be counted as affirmative.

  2. ARTICLE IX - Regional Organization

    1. Chapters of the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented are considered to be an integral part of the corporate entity, and therefore need not be separately incorporated under the laws of the state of Minnesota.

    2. Members and chapters of the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented shall be organized into regions.

    3. Regular meetings shall be held as each chapter and/or region determines.

  3. ARTICLE X - Amendments

This constitution may be amended at any business meeting by a two-thirds vote of the membership present. Time sensitive amendments may require online discussion and action. In this case, each member  will have one vote. Proposed amendments must be distributed to members at least 14 days prior to consideration. A non-response within that time frame will be counted as affirmative.

 


BYLAWS

  1. ARTICLE I - Duties of State Officers

    1. The responsibilities of the president shall be:

      1. To preside at all business meetings and meetings of the State Board of Directors.

      2. To appoint one nominee for each standing committee chair, consent of the appointee to be secured.

      3. To serve as an ex-officio member of all standing committees.

    2. The responsibilities of the president-elect shall be:

      1. To carry out the functions of the presidency in case of the president's absence.

      2. To assume responsibility for a focus area as determined by the president and State Board.

    3. The responsibilities of the secretary shall be:

      1. To record the proceedings of all business meetings and State Board meetings.

      2. To carry on the correspondence for the organization  as directed by the president.

    4. The responsibilities of the treasurer shall be:

      1. To receive and deposit all funds belonging to the organization and disburse such funds as are authorized by the State Board of Directors and ordered by the president.

      2. To keep a careful account of all receipts and expenditures with written reports to be prepared for the annual business meeting or other business meetings when requested by the president.

      3. To prepare a budget for the approval at the annual meeting.

      4. To serve as an ex-officio member of the Membership Committee.

      5. To present the treasurer's books for audit at the end of the fiscal year.

  2. ARTICLE II - Committees

The structure of all standing and ad hoc committees shall be determined by the Board. Chairpersons of committees shall be appointed by the president. Additional members of committees shall be selected by committee chairpersons, subject to approval by the president.

  1. ARTICLE III - Parliamentary Procedure

    1. Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, may be used as a guide to parliamentary procedures in business meetings.

    2. The president may designate a parliamentarian from the active membership at his/her discretion.

  2.  ARTICLE IV - Official Representation

Official delegates for the organization to other professional meetings shall be selected by the president with the consent of the State Board of Directors.

  1. ARTICLE V - Special Rules

    1. The MEGT Board of Directors is empowered to enter into contractual agreements where deemed necessary.

    2. Such agreements shall be summarized and presented to the subsequent annual meeting.

  2. ARTICLE VI - Amendments

Amendments to these bylaws shall be made at any business meeting of the organization by a majority vote. Time sensitive amendments may require online discussion and action. In this case, each member will have one vote. A non-response within the designated time frame will be counted as affirmative.

  1. ARTICLE VII - Dissolution

In the event of the dissolution of this organization, the State Board of Directors shall, after payment of all liabilities, dispose of all the assets as decided by the membership.