Society of Fire Protection Engineers

Greater St. Louis Chapter

By-Laws


FOR GREATER ST. LOUIS CHAPTER OF THE SOCIETY OF FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERS

 

ARTICLE I:                   NAME


Section 1.1                     The name of this association shall be the "Greater St. Louis Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers", and is herein referred to as "Chapter". The Chapter is chartered by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a not for profit corporation, herein referred to as the Society.


ARTICLE II:                  ORGANIZATION


Section 2.1                     The organization of this Chapter shall be in conformity with the Constitution of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a not-for- profit corporation of individual members with voting rights vested in the individual members of the corporation.


Section 2.2                     The area served by this chapter shall include those portions of the States of Missouri and Illinois within a radius of approximately 150 miles of the City of St Louis.


ARTICLE III:                OBJECI'IVES AND GOALS


Section 3.1                     Objectives: The objective shall be to advance the art and science of fire protection engineering and its allied fields to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education.


Section 3.2                     Goals: The Chapter shall encourage the professional accreditation of persons involved in the application of scientific principles to fire protection engineering problems and shall develop, contribute, evaluate, publicize and support practices and principles relating to fire safety.


ARTICLE IV:                MEMBERSHIP


Section 4.1                     Membership in the Chapter shall be open to individuals who are Fellows, Members. Associates, Technologists, Affiliates, Engineering Technologists, Engineering Technicians, Student Members and Honorary Members of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and those who work in an allied field of fire protection.


Section 4.2                     The Chapter, at its discretion, may elect local Chapter Affiliates who shall be persons who subscribe to the objectives of the Chapter.


Section 4.3                     Election to membership in the Chapter shall be by vote of the Board of Directors who shall determine if the Chapter Applicant subscribes to the objectives of the Society/Chapter.


Section 4.4                     Local Chapter Affiliates are extended all privileges of regular membership except where prohibited by the Constitution of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.


ARTICLE V:                 DUES


Section 5.1                     There shall be no initiation fee for membership in this Chapter.


Section 5.2                     The annual dues for member shall be determined by a vote of Chapter membership. Dues of the Society shall be $30.00 for the Chapter year, payable on or before October 31st of each year.


Section 5.3                     Dues for new members shall be payable upon notification of election.


Section 5.4                     Members of the Chapter who are delinquent more than 30 days in the payment of their dues shall be suspended and may be reinstated only by action of the Board of Directors.


Section 5.5                     Dues for "fellow" or "retired" members shall be waived.


Section 5.6                     The Chapter year shall be from September 1st thru June 1st.


ARTICLE VI:                CHAPTER LEADERSHIP


Section 6.1                     The officers of this Chapter shall consist of a President, Vice President(s), Immediate Past President, Secretary and Treasurer. With the exception of Past President, officers shall be elected by membership and hold office for one year or until their successors are elected.


Section 6.2                     There shall be a Board of Directors consisting of the officers and elected members.


Section 6.3                     The officers and Board of Directors shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Chapter by a majority vote. Election shall be by ballot, except that election may be unanimous vote when there is but one candidate for an office.


Section 6.4                     No officer or board member, except secretary and treasurer, shall serve for more than two consecutive terms in any one elected office beginning with election at an annual meeting of the Chapter. Tenure of office for more than half the normal term shall be considered a full term in that office.


Section 6.5                     Vacancies in office may be filled by the Board of Directors until the next regular election.


Section 6.6                     Officer's assistants can be appointed by the Board of Directors or Executive Committee.


Section 6.7                     Officers and members of the Board of Directors shall serve without salary.


ARTICLE VII:               ADMINISTRATION DUTIES OF OFFICERS


Section 7.1                     The administration and financial functions of this Chapter shall be vested in the Board of Directors. All actions of the Board of Directors shall be subject to review and approval at the annual meeting of the 1 Chapter. A majority of members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.


Section 7.2                     The Chapter shall not be bound by any agreement written or oral, unless the agreement has been approved by the Chapter in regular or special meeting or by recorded vote of the Board of Directors.


Section 7.3                     It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings and to perform duties usual to the office. The President shall call meetings of the Board of Directors at his discretion or by request of three or more members of the board. The President may appoint special and standing committees subject to board approval. The President shall be ex officio a member of all committees except the nominating committee. If for any reason the President is unable to fulfill the duties of his office, the Vice President(s) shall have the powers and prerogatives of the President.


Section 7.4                     It shall be the duty of the Secretary and Treasurer to record all official actions of the Chapter and to perform the duties usual to the office including issuance of meeting notices, register of the members, fiscal functions and minutes of meetings.


Section 7.5                     It shall be the duty of the treasurer to maintain all financial records of the Chapter, collect dues, dispense checks for expenses, prepare an Annual budget and to prepare a current financial statement.


Section 7.6                     The Executive Committee may authorize expenditures up to and including 25% of the Chapter's current available moneys. All expenditures exceeding 25% of the Chapter's available moneys shall be approved by vote of the membership at a scheduled or called meeting.


Section 7.7                     The Chapter shall in no way incur financial or contractual obligations upon the Society without full written or voted approval by the membership.


Section 7.8                     The Secretary of the Chapter shall regularly submit to the Society notices of meetings, minutes of meetings and other such information as may be requested by the Society, including a list of Chapter membership.


ARTICLE VIII:              MEETINGS


Section 8.1                     Meetings of this Chapter shall be held during the third week of the month, September thru May, unless otherwise ordered by the Chapter or Board of Directors.


Section 8.2                     The regular meeting in May shall be known as the annual meeting, and shall be for the purpose of electing officers, receiving reports of officers and committees, and for any other business that may arise.


Section 8.3                     Special meetings may be called by the President at his discretion. Special meetings shall be called upon request of the Board of Directors or by written application of five or more voting members of the Chapter. Notice of such meetings shall be sent to members at least 10 days in advance, stating the business to be transacted. No business not in the agenda shall be considered. except by unanimous consent of the voting members present.


Section 8.4                     When it becomes necessary due to urgency or an emergency to transact Chapter business, and time does not allow for the calling of a special meeting, such business may be conducted by the Board of Directors, subject to ratification by the Chapter at its next regular meeting.


ARTICLE IX:                NOMINATING COMMITTEE


Section 9.1                     There shall be a nominating committee consisting of three members elected by the Chapter at a regular meeting at least two months prior to the annual meeting. One member of the nominating committee shall be designated as Chairman.


Section 9.2                     It shall be the duty of the nominating committee to report to the Chapter one month prior to the annual meeting a list of nominations for President, Vice President(s), Secretary and Treasurer, and members of the Board of Directors.


Section 9.3                     Other nominations signed by at least five voting members shall also be considered eligible to be submitted to the Chapter.


Section 9.4                     Members of the nominating committee shall not be barred from becoming nominees for office.


ARTICLE X:                  PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE


Section 10.1                    The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern this Chapter in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the By-Laws or the special rules of the order of the Chapter.


Section 10.2                    A quorum for the transaction of the business at any regular or special meeting of the Chapter shall consist of not less than twenty-five percent of the total number of voting members enrolled, but in no event less than six voting members.


ARTICLE XI:                AMENDMENTS


Section 11.1                    These By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Chapter by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present and those returning a mail vote during the thirty day period prior to the meeting.


Section 11.2                    Due notice in writing of a proposed amendment to the By-Laws shall be given to the members of the Chapter at least thirty days previous to the meeting at which the amendment is to be submitted.


Section 11.3                    All changes in the Chapter's Constitution shall be submitted to the Society's Board of Directors.