IEEE CENTRAL TEXAS SECTION BYLAWS
In all instances, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Bylaws, Constitution, IEEE Policy Manual, and Regional Activities Board (RAB) Operations Manual shall prevail when there is a conflict between these documents and Section Bylaws.
ARTICLE I - Name and Territory
This organization shall be known as the IEEE Central Texas Section.
The territory of the Central Texas Section, as approved by RAB, includes the following Texas counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Bastrop, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Conch, Cricket, DeWitt, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Kansas, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Lampasas, LaSalle, Live Oak, Llano, McCullough, McMullen, Mason, Maverick, Medina, Menard, Real, San Saba, Schleicher, Sutton, Tom Green, Travis, Uvalde, Val Verde, Williamson, Wilson and Zavala.
Section members are those individuals of Associate or higher grade membership and Student members residing within the boundaries of the Section, or who live or work in a neighboring Section and have requested Contiguous Section Membership status from the Regional Activities Department.
Section members with the grade of Associate or higher may vote in Section elections. Student members are not eligible to vote in Section elections. IEEE Society Affiliates are not members of the Section, but they will be notified of Section events and welcome to participate.
members of Member or higher grade may hold elected office, or chair a Section
Committee. Students and Associate members may not hold office
chair a committee. Associate members may chair a Committee
ARTICLE III - Officers
The elected executive officers of the Central Texas Section shall be:
2. Vice Chair (San Antonio)
3. Vice Chair (Austin)
The terms of office of the elected officers shall be for 2 years.
Terms of office shall begin on 1 January. Outgoing officers shall continue until their successors are duly elected and take office. However, no officer may serve in the same position for more than two consecutive years.
vacancy occurring during the year shall be
filled nominated by the
Section Elected Officers and approved by a majority vote of the Section
The duties of the elected officers shall be those available from Regional Activities Department staff, in the RAB Operations Manual as supplemented by the majority vote of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE IV - Standing Committees
The Standing Committees of the Section shall be as follows:
1. Membership Development
2. Student Liaison
3. Awards and Recognition
4. Educational Activities
5. Professional Activities
The Chair of the Standing Committees shall be appointed by the Section Chair with the approval of the Section Executive Committee, and their terms correspond to the term of office of the elected officers of the Section.
Each Committee Chair shall appoint his/her Committee members, with the approval of the Section Executive Committee, and their terms are to be the same as the Chairs’ end-of-term date.
The duties of the Standing Committees shall be as printed in the RAB Operations Manual and as supplemented by the majority vote of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE V ‑ Management
The management of the Section shall be by the Section Executive Committee, which shall consist of the following:
The number of voting members elected must be at least one greater than those appointed. Chapter Chairs, as elected by their membership, are considered “elected” official, as are the Past Section Chairs.
A majority of the Section Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum. A quorum shall be necessary for the Section Executive Committee to conduct the business of the Section.
Meetings of the Section Executive Committee ordinarily shall be held quarterly and shall be called by the Section Chair or by a request of any three members of the Section Executive Committee.
The fiscal year of the Section shall be 1 January – 31 December.
ARTICLE VI - Nomination and Election of Officers
A Nominating Committee consisting of at least 3 members, not then officers of the Section, nor intending to stand as candidates for office, shall be appointed by the Section Chair with the approval of the Section Executive Committee. If available to do so, the most immediate outgoing Section Chair will serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee.
The nominations of the Nominating Committee shall be announced to the Section membership and, following this, a minimum of 28 days allowed for additional nominations by petition. To be valid, the petition must be signed by 1% of the Section’s voting membership, but not to exceed 25 voting members, whichever is fewer.
If only one nomination is made for each office, the election shall be declared by acclamation at a meeting of the Section general membership, or the Section Executive Committee. If additional nominations are made, election shall be made by ballot, mailed or made available on the Internet to the membership with the vote counted by a Tellers Committee appointed by the Section Chair.
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Section 5 -
A plurality of the votes cast shall be necessary for election.
ARTICLE VII - Finances
Without prior authorization of the IEEE Executive Committee, Section funds can be used only for normal operations of the Section. Those activities, which fall outside of normal operations, include donations, establishment of scholarship funds, and investment of funds outside of the IEEE Investment Program. Additional information is available from IEEE Financial Services Staff.
All expenditures of Section funds must be approved by the Chair (or in the absence of the Chair then a Vice Chair).
The Chair (or in the absence of the Chair then a Vice Chair) or the Treasurer shall be authorized to draw funds as approved by the Section Executive Committee. Funds of $5,000 or more shall require two signatures.
If permitted by government and banking regulations, all unit bank accounts will provide for the signature authority of the IEEE Staff Director, Financial Services.
ARTICLE VIII – Subunits
The Section shall encourage the formation of subunits, including Society Chapters and Affinity Groups. The Section shall support the efforts of subunits to serve the members.
Over-sight management of the subunits will be undertaken by the Section and governed as detailed in these bylaws, including financial activity where appropriate.
ARTICLE IX - Amendments
Proposals for amendments to these Bylaws may originate in the Section Executive Committee or by a petition signed by 25 or more voting members.
Amendments to or revocation of these Bylaws shall be in accordance with the IEEE Bylaws, IEEE Policy and RAB Operations Manual. Such amendments must be reviewed by IEEE Staff, and approved by the Region Director and Regional Activities Board.
Submitted: October 22, 2003
T. Scott Atkinson
2003 Section Chair