National Young Farmer Educational Association - The Association for Educating Agricultural Leaders

NYFEA – CONSTITUTION and BYLAWS –

NYFEA
A Non – Profit Organization
NYFEA, the National Young Farmer Educational Association (a 501(c) (3) organization), is the official adult and student organization for agricultural education as recognized by the United States Department of Education. As an association that educates agricultural leaders, NYFEA unites members from the individual farmer to large corporations.
The association’s board, in conjunction with the delegate assembly, is the governing body of the association. The executive vice-president is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the association. The association also has advisory/fund raising boards. The President's Council assists in the development and growth of the organization. The Ag Leaders Club and the Young Farmer Founders are bodies formed of select members who serve in an advisory/fund raising capacity. They focus on leadership training and community service initiatives.
Constitution
Article I - Name
Section A: The name of the corporation shall be National Young Farmer Educational Association. Doing business as NYFEA, and hereinafter, for the purposes of this document, will be referred to as the association.
Section B: Place of Business - The principal office for the transaction of the activities and affairs of this corporation is located at P. O. Box 20326, Montgomery, AL, 36120.
Article II – Purposes of Corporation
The primary purposes of this corporation are as follows:
Section A: To promote the personal and professional growth of all people involved in agriculture, agri-business, ag education, or anyone who is interested in agriculture.
Section B: To develop leaders, inspire service, strengthen communities, and enhance the success potential for American agriculture, especially the beginning farmers and producers.
Section C: To accomplish its mission through programs and services designed to provide:
a. a national framework to inspire personal achievement;
b. educational opportunities to build business and environmental stewardship skills
c. leadership and service opportunities for living and working in a local and global community.
Section D: The vision of the Association is a world where all people value and understand the vital role of agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems in advancing personal and global well being.
Section E: The core business goals for the Association should include the following:
a. provide quality products that are perceived by members, advisors/teachers and educational and business partners as adding value to lives of the Association members and serve to promote the further growth of America’s next generation of agriculturalists.
b. continually build a highly motivated, committed national board, national officers team, national delegate assembly, and national staff.
c. build and maintain a solid delivery system.
d. build a member base that includes all people involved in agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.
e. establish and maintain a secure financial base.
Article III - Organization
Section A: This corporation was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit on September 17, 1982 and assigned Certificate #66556 under the General Not-For-Profit Corporation Act, State of Illinois
Section B: The duration of the Association is perpetual unless dissolved by a vote of the delegates. A dissolution vote must follow the same process as a constitution amendment.
Section C: In the event of dissolution, the Association's assets shall be transferred to the member state organizations which, at the time, qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(-c-)3 of the Internal Revenue code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States revenue Law) in proportion to the individual memberships held by each qualified member State Association at the time of dissolution of the Association or by assignment by the voting delegate body.
Section D: No portion of the property, real or personal, nor any part of the income or principal of the Association shall inure to the benefit of any member of the board of directors, officer or members of the Association or to any individual having a personal or private interest in the activities of the Association, nor shall any voting member of the board of directors, officer or member or other individual receive, or be lawfully entitled to receive, any pecuniary profit from the operation thereof. Section E: The private property or the private funds of the incorporators or members of the board of directors shall not be subject to the payment of debts of the Associations.
Article IV - Membership
Membership of this organization shall be:
 a. Active  b. Contributor c. Inactive  d Corporate e. Honorary f.. Life g. Affiliate 
Section A: Active Membership
a. Any State Association which:
1. accepts the provisions of this constitution and by-laws.  2. adopts a constitution and/or by-laws and submits it/them for the approval of this Association.
3. submits dues  4. demonstrates a program of activity at the state level  5. an active state must send a delegate to the annual meeting at least once every three years.
Section B: Contributor Membership
a. Any individual who;
1. accepts the provisions of this constitution and by-laws.  2. furnishes the executive vice-president of the Association with his/her name, address and telephone number.
3. submits annual dues.
b Note: State organizations chartered from contributor members' fall under the following guidelines:
1. If they have organized outside the umbrella of agriculture education and still meet the requirements for a charter, the state organization is classified as a Contributor State Association. The Contributor member state is entitled to the same delegate seating guidelines as Active member states. To be chartered the Contributor State Association must meet the requirements for charter and show a legitimate educational, service and otherwise consistent plan of work. 2. application for state association membership under this category shall be voted on at the next delegate assembly. 3.  a Contributor State Association shows that they have legitimately attempted to gain the support of that state's educational system for three (3) consecutive years, they may appeal to the delegate body for certification as full voting, active state associations.
c.. States chartered at the time of the passage of this constitution which are not under the umbrella of the agriculture education family, will be grandfathered in to Active status. They will have full voting privileges.
Section C: Inactive Membership
Inactive membership occurs when
a. An active state fails to pay the required dues or otherwise falls outside the provisions of the constitution and by-laws. Upon being classified as Inactive, a state loses its voting privileges. If a state fails to regain active status for a period of five (5) consecutive years, the board of directors may revoke its charter.
b. If a state becomes Inactive, its previous individual members become eligible for Contributor membership in the NYFEA.
Section D: Corporate Membership
a. Corporate members are individuals or businesses who have made an annual contribution to the Association.
b. Corporate members are not eligible to vote or hold office.
c. Notice of renewal for their membership shall be sent to State Associations annually by the Association for its share of each state's Corporate membership dues.
Section E: Honorary Membership
a. Individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Association and to the general improvement of agricultural conditions may be elected to Honorary membership of the Association by a vote of the delegates at a regular or special meeting of the delegate assembly.
b. Honorary members are not required to pay dues and are not eligible to vote or hold office.
Section F: Life Membership
a. Life membership is open to all individuals who make the required payment.
b. Life members who are also members of an Active and/or Contributor state association are represented in the delegate assembly by their state association's voting delegates.
c. A Life membership purchased by an individual is not transferable.
d. A Life membership purchased by a business is transferable upon notice to the national office.
e. State Associations with Active members in the Association will not be required to pay annual membership dues on behalf of Life members in that state.
Section G: Affiliate Membership :
a. Any local/state/national organization who:
1. accepts the provisions of this constitution and by-laws.  2. furnishes the national executive vice-president with names, addresses, telephone numbers and/or appropriate contact data of all participating individuals in the respective entity. 3. submits annual dues.
b. Affiliate Members fall under the following guidelines:
1. they are an organized group which desires to engage in the ongoing learning, service and recognition programs of the Association.  2. participation as an affiliate organization provides the entities participants with the opportunity to: i) seat delegates, ii) attend national meetings,  iii) participate in educational and service programs,  iv) participate in Salutes, Awards and Recognitions  v) receive an annual report of the Association in an annual mailing. 3. participation as an affiliate organization does not provide participants with the benefit package.
c. Affiliate membership dues require all-inclusive participation.
Article V - Amendments
All three of the following sections must be completed for amendments:
Section A: Amendments shall be presented in writing and submitted to the delegates at least thirty (30) days prior to a delegate meeting.
Section B: The constitution may be amended no earlier than the next delegate meeting of the Association.
Section C: Amendments to the constitution shall be adopted by a two/thirds (2/3) majority vote of the delegates who are present.
NYFEA Constitution
July 24, 1982 - Creation -  Adoption of document  at SBM by a unanimous vote - December 12 & 15 1982 - Amended - Passed at Institute/winter meeting -  July 17, 1983 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting -July 25, 1985 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - December 6, 1985 - Amended - Passed at Institute/winter meeting - July 18, 1987 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 8, 1989 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting- June 30, 1990 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 13, 1991 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 6, 1995 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 6, 1997 - Amended - Passed at summer- July 1999 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 2000 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 2001 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 2008 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 2009 - Amended, edited; document; split into individual documents - Constitution and By-Laws were split into stand-alone documents; contents of each were amended/updated; references to NALC/summer meeting changed to actions occurring at spring meeting - (Jeff McClellan-PA, C.J. Fleenor-IN, Mary Ann Hooker-CA) - Passed at annual meeting in 2010 - October2013 - Edited and formatted to fit the one annual meeting format - Constitution and By-Laws - Staff -
No action required - December 2014 - Updated at the Institute in 2014 - Constitution and ByLaws - Executive committee and staff - winter meeting - 

Bylaws
Article I – Purposes and Objectives
Section A: The name of this corporation is National Young Farmers Educational Association, doing business as NYFEA, and hereinafter, for the purposes of this document, will be referred to as the Association.
Section B: Purposes Of Association - The primary purposes of this Association are as follows:
a. To promote the personal and professional growth of all people involved in agriculture, agri-business, ag education, or anyone who is interested in agriculture.
b. To develop leaders, inspire service, strengthen communities, and enhance the success potential for American agriculture, especially the beginning farmers and producers.
c. To accomplish this through programs and services designed to provide: a national framework to inspire personal achievement, educational opportunities to build business and environmental stewardship skills, and leadership and service opportunities for living and working in a local and global community.
Section C: Limitations - This Association is not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings, if any, of this Association, either during its existence or upon its dissolution, shall ever inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, or any director or officer thereof and the property of this Association is irrevocably dedicated to the purposes stated herein.  Upon the dissolution, liquidation or winding up of this Association, or upon abandonment, the assets of this Association remaining after payment of or provision for all debts or liabilities of this corporation shall be distributed transferred to the member state organizations which, at the time, qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(-c-)3 of the Internal Revenue code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States revenue Law) in proportion to the individual memberships held by each qualified member State Association at the time of dissolution of the Association or by assignation of the voting delegate body.
Section D: Fiscal Year -The Association's fiscal year shall be November 1 to October 31. The fiscal and membership year of the Association shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Article II - Registered Agent
Section A: The Association's registered agent is the national executive vice-president .
Section B: The location of the Association headquarters is to be determined by the National Board of Directors. The principal office for the transaction of the activities and affairs of this corporation is located at P. O. Box 20326, Montgomery, AL, 36120 . The Board of Directors may change the location of the principal office.  Any such change of location must be noted by the Secretary in these bylaws; alternatively, this Section may be amended to state the new location.  The Board of Directors may at any time establish branch or subordinate offices at any place or places where this Association is qualified to conduct its activities.
Article III – Officers, their duties, and the Board of Directors
Section A: The Officers
a. The officers of the Association shall be: president, president-elect, secretary, past president, past secretary, executive vice-president , advisor, and assistant advisor. Other officers may be added at the request and approval of the board of directors and delegates. These officers will be elected using the same procedure under Article III, Section B, of these By-laws.
b. Individual members of State Associations with active, affiliate or contributor memberships are eligible to hold office in the Association.
c. Requirements for Office:
1.. Candidates for president-elect and secretary must be or have: i. served as a delegate to the national delegate meeting or
ii. served as an officer or iii. received an NYFEA degree. iv. worked in a field of agricultural production, held a position that advocates /promotes agriculture or actively practices agricultural education  2. Offices have, affiliate or contributor, no age restrictions unless imposed by the board of directors or the delegate body.  3. No individual may serve more than two (2) consecutive terms as president or secretary. Past presidents must wait a minimum of one (1) year after leaving office before becoming a candidate again.
Section B: Elections
a. The president-elect and secretary shall be elected at the annual meeting and shall serve through the following annual meeting. 
b. Procedures:
1. Active states will be allowed to submit one (1) candidate for national office (president-elect or secretary). 2. The nominating committee, at the Business Meeting, will select a slate of up to three (3) candidates for each office from applicants meeting requirements for eligibility and properly stating their intention to run. When the elections are held at the winter meeting (Institute), the nomination process will be reopened at the initial delegate meeting of the Institute. This will allow for nominations from the floor. While no more than three candidates may be submitted by the nominating committee, there will be no limit to the number that may be nominated from the floor.  3. Election of the president-elect and secretary will be conducted by the delegate body at the NYFEA Institute.
Section C: The President shall: 
a. Be elected by the delegate assembly. B  Preside at all meetings of the Association and serve as chair of the national board of directors. c. Perform those duties regularly performed by a president. d. Appoint all committees. e. Serve as an ex-officio member of all the Association's committees.  f. Appoint a parliamentarian. g. Call special meetings if a need arises or as requested by states or delegates.
Section D: The Secretary shall: 
a. Receive the items for the agenda of each meeting. b. Record the minutes and attendance at all meetings.  c. Assist the president in conducting the business of the Association.  d. Perform those duties regularly assigned a secretary.
Section E: The Executive vice-president shall:
a. Be appointed by the national board of directors.  b. Perform the duties and responsibilities as indicated in the job description developed by the board of directors, and as reviewed annually.  c. Be bonded. d. Serve in a resource capacity on the national board of directors. 
Section F: The Past Secretary shall:
a. Be filled by the elected secretary in the year after the secretaries elected term ends.  b. Perform the duties and responsibilities as a voting member of the board of directors.  c. Serve a one-year term. d. Perform the duties of the elected secretary at times when the secretary is unable to serve. 
Section G: The Past President shall:
a. Be filled by the elected president in the year after the president’s elected term ends.  b. Perform the duties and responsibilities as a voting member of the board of directors.  c. Serve a one-year term. d. Perform the duties of the chair of the nominating committee. e. Serve as the association treasurer for the purpose of assisting the Executive Vice President and the board with the review and reporting on the financial reports that have been prepared by the accountant for the association.
Section H: The Advisor shall:
a. Be the liaison between the Association, Agricultural and Rural Education, and the United States Department of Education. b. Serve as a non-voting member of the board of directors, providing advice and counsel for the Association when needed. c. Assist the president in performing his or her duties.  d. Represent educational interests at all meetings where direction on policy pertaining to the Association is formulated.
Section I: The Assistant Advisor shall:
a. Be an agriculture education professional. b. Be elected for a two (2) year term by the state executives of the active member state associations of the Association.  c. Serve as a member of the board of directors, providing advice and counsel to the Association. d. Assist the advisor in performing his/her duties. e. Represent education's and state executive's interests at all meetings where direction or policy pertaining to the Association is formulated.
Section J: Board of Directors:
Board Membership: President , President Elect , Past President , Secretary , Past Secretary (aka Secretary of Special Projects) . National institute/convention chair , Immediate future institute chair, A representative from the state executives. This person also serves as the Assistant Advisor , A representative from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (Ag Teachers organization), A representative from the American Association for Agricultural Education (Collegiate Instructors of Agricultural Education), A representative from the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education (Traditionally, a person that is serving in a leadership capacity for agricultural education in a state where via an appointment from the individuals that are in leadership inside states where NYFEA is active engaged.)
An NYFEA member representing the Young Farmer Founders Committee (represents the organization's fund raising task force and is appointed by the president and serves for a minimum of a three year term and continues until replaced), A member representing the Ag Leaders Club (represents the advanced/affiliate membership - serves for a minimum of a three year term and continues until replaced), A representative of the corporate community from the President's Council (The President’s Council is appointed by the NYFEA President and serves unlimited terms) The National Advisor from the U.S. Department of Education (NON VOTING MEMBER). The Executive Vice President – CEO and principal staff person(NON VOTING MEMBER).
The board, in conjunction with the delegate assembly, is the governing body of the association. The executive vice-president  is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the association. The association also has advisory/fund raising boards. The Ag Leaders Club and the Young Farmer Founders are bodies formed of select members who serve in an advisory/fund raising capacity.. Only one elected position may be held by any one member in a given year. A previous officer having served in a specific position may be reappointed to that position by the board if the position remains open due to a failure of sufficient candidates to run for office. (Following Robert’s Rules of order, the board quorum has been identified as one over 50 percent of those seats that are filled.) b. The primary duties and responsibilities of the board of directors shall be to:
Be responsive to the Association., and None of its actions shall conflict with the actions taken by the Association or with the association’s Constitution or By-Laws.
Oversee the administrative work of the executive vice-president . Review quarterly reports of activities and accomplishments of the executive vice-president .
Review the executive vice-president’s financial report and approve audits as necessary. Review the executive vice-president’s annual plan of work, make recommendations, and approve it. Review and approve the Association's budget and present it to the delegates. Council with the executive vice-president and advise him/her in decisions on behalf of the Association. Have general supervision of the affairs of the Association between its business meetings.
Approve the institute hotel contract and the agreement with the host states. These will be collectively signed (or agreed to) by the host state, the Association president and theExecutive Vice President.
Article IV - Meetings
Section A: One meeting of the Association will be held annually. 
Section B: . The delegates establish direction and conduct such business as may properly come before the delegates.
Section C: Special meetings of the delegate assembly may be called by the President of the corporation, any three (3) directors or by a vote of the active state associations.
Section D: Written notice shall be given sixty (60) days prior to all meetings. 
Section E: Items for the agenda must be submitted for consideration to the national executive vice-president, forty-five (45) days prior to the meeting.
Section F: The agenda must be distributed to the delegates, officers, and ex-officio members of the delegate assembly, thirty (30) day prior to the meeting.
Section G. Seating of Delegates: State Associations with active, contributor or affiliate membership in the Association are entitled to two (2) voting delegate in the Association's delegate assembly for the first 100 members, three (3) voting delegates in the Association's delegate assembly for a membership total between 101 - 499, four (4) voting delegates in the Association's delegate assembly for a membership total between 500 - 999, and five (5) voting delegates in the Association's delegate assembly for a membership total of 1000. State Associations will be allowed one additional delegate for every 500 members over 1000 members with a maximum of 10 delegates per state. Life members are counted in the membership total; however, a minimum of 10 active annual members is necessary for a state to maintain its charter and be eligible to seat delegates.
Section H: Committee reports shall be a regular part of each meeting's agenda.
Section I: A quorum shall consist of one (1) over one-half (1/2) of the active state associations (a simple majority).
Section J: All votes will be by simple majority, except on matters pertaining to changing the constitution and by-laws, which will require a 2/3 majority vote, or where Robert's Rules of Order take precedence.
Article V - Membership Dues
Section A: All Association dues, fees, and due dates shall be reviewed annually by the delegate assembly at the Business Meeting. All dues, fees, and due dates may be adjusted by the delegate assembly. A proposal may be submitted at a business meeting and may be voted on at the next meeting of the delegate assembly following at least a 90 day waiting period. The decision will be made based on a majority vote.
Article VI - Delegate Assembly
Section A: The delegate assembly shall:  a. Consist of delegates representing active, contributor or affiliate member associations. Delegate strength is outlined in Article IV, Section A of the Constitution. b. Establish direction and c. conduct such business as may properly come before the delegates.
Article VII - Committees
The president of the Association  may appoint eight (8) committees annually; nominating, financial, futures and guidelines, membership development, educational programs, publicity, institute review, and corporate advisory. These and other committees may be appointed as necessary. 
Section A: Nominating Committee shall serve to assist in the election process in order to insure qualified candidates. The chair serves a one-year term and may be reapppointed. Examples of possible activity include:
a. Review state nominees for qualifications as indicated in the by-laws. b. Follow procedures previously outlined in article II, section B, of the by-laws. 
Section B: Finance Committee shall serve to assist is developing a good stewardship and resource generation program. The chair serves a one-year term and may be reapppointed.  Examples of possible activity include:
a. Review financial reports of the Association. b. review the Association's budget and make recommendations to the board of directors.  c. Coordinate and promote a thank you letter writing campaign to thank national sponsors each year. d. Review the Association’s membership dues, fees, and due dates, annually, and recommend any changes to the delegate assembly. e. Perform other duties usually assigned to a finance committee. 
Section C: Futures and Guidelines Committee shall serve to assist in addressing governance issues that impact capacity. The chair serves a one-year term and may be reapppointed. Examples of possible activity include:
a. Assist in the development of long-term planning for the Association.  b. Review the Associations constitution and by-laws and suggest amendments as needed. c. Review the work and activities of the Association to ensure that they are consistent with the stated purposes of the organization.  d. Perform other duties usually assigned to a futures and guidelines committee. 
Section D: Membership Development Committee shall serve to assist in growing the organizational participation. The chair serves a one-year term and may be reapppointed.  Examples of possible activity include:
a Review and present nationwide membership initiatives. b. Review constitutions of states interested in Association membership and make recommendations to the delegate assembly. c. Act as a liaison between the Association and interested non-member state associations. d. Perform other duties usually assigned to a membership committee.
Section E: Educational Program Committee shall serve to assist in promoting an educational plan of work. The chair serves a one-year term and may be reapppointed. Examples of possible activity include:
a. Recommend ways and means for new program ideas.  b. Review effectiveness of existing programs to make suggestions for improvement. c. Review established and proposed programs to ensure that they are consistent with the Association's stated purposes.  d. Perform other duties usually assigned to a program development committee. 
Section F: Publicity Committee shall serve to assist in a gaining positive identification and recognition for the Association. The chair serves a one-year term and may be reapppointed.  Examples of possible activity include:
a. Establish ways and means for ideas for articles to be submitted for Association publications or web presence. b. Review national publications. c. Assist in the promotion of the Association and the Association’s institute. d. Perform other duties usually assigned to a publicity committee.
Section G: Institute Review Committee shall serve to assist in providing a quality annual convention. The chair serves a one-year term and may be reapppointed.  Examples of possible activity include:
a. Provide opportunities for the Association to grow during its institute.  b. Strive to ensure that members feel better about their membership after attending an institute.  c. Work to see that members who do not attend an institute, still receive the benefits.  d. Secure opportunities at the institute for non-members to understand the benefits of the Association  e. Facilitate the institute's effectiveness in serving the mission of the Association .
Section H: President's Council, Ag Leaders Club, and Young Farmer Founders shall serve to assist in a fund raising and advisory capacity. Examples of possible activity include:
a. Provide opportunities for the Association story to be promoted to individuals not presently aware of the organization.  b. Increase sponsorship of association activities. c. Provide funding sources external to the FFA Foundation. d. Increase the participation of corporate members.  e. Provide insight into the direction of Association from a different perspective. 
Article VIII - NYFEA Institute
Section A: The Association institute chair shall be selected by the host state.
Section B: The host state shall plan the Association institute program so that the activity is in accord with the agreement signed with the association.
Section C: To determine the location of the Association’s institute, the United States shall be divided into two geographical areas, the west bank of the Mississippi River being the dividing line. The institute shall alternate between Eastern and Western regions. The first exception being that every twenty-five (25) years the institute shall be located anywhere, regardless of geographic location. The second exception occurs every third year when the Association will serve as the national institute host. 
Section D: The chair shall appoint any sub-committees necessary to help in the planning and conducting of the Association’s institute.
Section E: The program of the Association institute shall be consistent with the goals and purposes of the Association. 
Section F: Association Institute Rotation:
a. A rotation system, using a master roster of member states listed in the order that they have hosted past institutes and featuring Association  and including the Association as the host state for every third year, will be used to determine the host of future institutes.  

b. States at the top of the list shall:
1. Notify the NYFEA executive vice president of the acceptance of their turn to host the institute by the business meeting three (3) years prior to their hosting the institute or be subject to losing their turn to host.. 2. Present a program about themselves at the Association’s institute following the above mentioned business meeting. 3 Abide by the standards outlined in the Institute Agreement.

c. States that decline to host the institute at their turn shall: 
1. Notify the Association Executive vice-president of their declination no later than the institute prior to the business meeting three (3) years prior to their turn hosting the Institute. 2. Move to the bottom of the master list.
d. The next state on the list would then be notified of the opportunity to host the institute and would have sixty (60) days in which to accept or reject their turn.
e. New member states shall automatically by placed five (5) states down on the master list for their region. 
Section G: If no state accepts their opportunity to host an Association Institute, the board of directors has full authority to solicit bids, select a location and complete preparations for the Association Institute.
Article IX - Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the Association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Association’s constitution and by-laws. 
Article X - Amendments
Section A: Amendments shall be presented in writing and submitted to the delegates at least thirty (30) days prior to the winter business meeting.
Section B: The by-laws may be amended only at the business meeting of the Association.
Section C: Amendments to the by-laws shall be adopted by a two/thirds (2/3) majority vote of the delegates who are present. 
Article XI - Votes
Section A: All votes in the delegates meetings shall be by simple majority, except when amending the constitution or by-laws, or when, Robert's Rules of Order take precedence.
{The following acknowledgement was created by B. Hampton and J. Peake, The University of Georgia, 2005 [http://www.uga.edu/alec]}
July 13, 1991 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 6, 1995 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 6, 1997 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting
July 1999 - Amended -  Passed at summer meeting - July 2000 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 2001 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 2008 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 2009 - Amended, edited; document; split into individual documents - Constitution and By-Laws were split into stand-alone documents; contents of each were amended/updated; references to NALC/summer meeting changed to actions occurring at an annual meeting - (Jeff McClellan-PA, C.J. Fleenor-IN, Mary Ann Hooker-CA) -Passed at winter meeting 2010 - October2013 - Edited and formatted to fit the one annual meeting format - Constitution and By-Laws - Staff - No action required - December 2014 - Updated at the Institute in 2014 - Constitution and ByLaws - Executive committee and staff - winter meeting - 

Date - Action - Results - July 24, 1982 - Creation - Adoption of document  at SBM by a unanimous vote - December 12 & 15 1982 - Amended - Passed at Institute/winter meeting - July 17, 1983 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 25, 1985 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - December 6, 1985 - Amended - Passed at Institute/winter meeting - July 18, 1987 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - July 8, 1989 - Amended - Passed at summer meeting - June 30, 1990 - Amended - 
Passed at summer meeting