Constitution of the Kansas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages  (KATESOL)


Article l  Name and Purpose


Section 1.  This organization shall be known as Kansas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (KATESOL).


Section 2,  The purposes of KATESOL shall be:  (a)  to stimulate professional development in the field of TESOL;  (b)  to collect and disseminate information about TESOL and about new developments in related fields;  (c) to provide opportunities for discussion and group study of problems in TESOL;  and (d) to promote and support ESOL programs in the community.


Article ll.  Membership


Anyone residing in the State of Kansas, or in surrounding areas, who is interested in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, is eligible for membership upon payment of the annual dues.


Article lll.  Officers


Section 1.  The officers of KATESOL shall be a President, a First Vice President, a Second Vice President, and a Secretary-Treasurer.  Candidates for these offices must be members in good standing of KATESOL and of the national TESOL.


Section 2.  The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers and two Members-at-Large.


Section 3.  The President shall preside at meetings, shall appoint such committees as are authorized by the Executive Committee, and shall have general responsibility for conducting the business of the organization.  The President shall serve for one year, and shall then assume the office of Second Vice President for one year.


Section 4.  The First Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in the absence of, or as directed by the latter, and shall succeed the latter as President.


Section 5.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall collect and disburse the funds of the organization.  The term of the Secretary-Treasurer shall be two years, but the incumbent may be re-elected.


Section 6.  The term of the Members-at-Large shall be two years, overlapping, one new Member-at-Large to be elected at each annual meeting.


Section 7.  The KATESOL NEWSLETTER editor shall be appointed by the Executive Committee.  The term of the Editor shall be three years, but the incumbent may be reappointed.



Article lV.  Meetings


Meetings, including the annual business meeting, shall be held at times and places decided by the Executive Committee and announced in the KATESOL NEWSLETTER.  Those members in good standing present at a meeting shall constitute a quorum.  There shall be a minimum of two Executive Committee meetings annually, at times to be determined by the President.



Article V.  Amendments


Proposed amendments to the Constitution must either (a) be approved by a majority of the members of the Executive Committee or (b) be submitted to the President in a petition signed by at least 10% of the members in good standing.  Any proposed amendment shall be distributed to all the members at least 60 days before the amendment is voted on.  To be effective, amendments must be ratified by a 2/3 majority of those members in good standing voting in person or by proxy at the next business meeting.



Article Vl.  Elections


Section 1.  The Nominating Committee shall consist of five members.  The chairperson of the Nominating Committee shall be chosen by the Executive Committee from the four elected members of the retiring Nominating Committee.  The remaining four members shall be elected by the members at the annual business meeting.  The Nominating Committee shall provide the Secretary-Treasurer , by the following December 31, with a slate for the following election consisting of one or more candidates to replace those officers and members-at-large whose terms are expiring.


Section 2.  At least 60 days before the annual business meeting, the Secretary-Treasurer shall present the slate of the Nominating Committee to the membership.  Additional nominations may be made by any member;  these additional nominations must be submitted in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days before the annual business meeting.


Section 3.  Election shall be by secret ballot.  Ballots shall be mailed out to members at least two weeks before the election.  When there are three or more candidates for an office, a plurality of the votes is sufficient for election.  The ballots shall be counted by the President and the First Vice President.



Article Vll.  Membership and Dues


Section 1.  Membership shall be from January through December.


Section 2.  Dues shall be fixed by the Executive Committee and ratified by a majority vote of the members in good standing present at the annual meeting.



Article Vlll.  Affiliation


KATESOL shall abide by all applicable articles and by-laws of the national TESOL constitution.









l.  Membership


A.  All interested individuals who apply for membership and pay the duly assessed dues of the organization shall be "members," and when duly recorded as a member in good standing shall be entitled to one vote in any business meeting of KATESOL.       


B.  All members who are students in graduate or undergraduate university or college study shall be "student members," and shall enjoy all the privileges of individual membership.


C.  Any profit or non-profit institution or organization that pays the duly assessed dues for that type of organization shall be an "institutional member."  An institutional member shall have one designated representative to KATESOL who shall have one vote in any business meeting of KATESOL.






ll.       Duties of Officers


A.  The President shall preside at all business meetings of KATESOL and at all meetings of the Executive Committee.  In the absence of the President, the President's duties shall be assumed successively by the First and Second Vice Presidents.  The President shall appoint the members of all committees.


B.  The First Vice President shall be responsible for the planning and program development for all conferences sponsored by KATESOL.  As successor to the President, the First Vice President shall also undertake such other responsibilities as the President may delegate.


C.  The Second Vice President Shall be responsible for membership development and shall act as KATESOL liaison with TESOL.


D.  The Secretary-treasurer shall maintain financial and membership records and make an annual financial and membership report to the Executive Committee and to the Annual Business meeting.



lll.  The Executive Committee


A.  The Executive Committee shall conduct the business of KATESOL under general policies determined in KATESOL business meetings.  Four members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.


B.  The Executive Committee shall be responsible for developing structures for close liaison with other Kansas professional organizations having similar concerns.


C.  Minutes of the Executive Committee and a record of its actions shall be available to the members of KATESOL at the Annual meeting.



lV.  Other Committees


A.  There shall be a Program Committee for each conference sponsored by KATESOL.  The First Vice President shall be a member of the Program committee.  Other members may be appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the First Vice President.


B.  The Executive Committee shall authorize all standing committees of KATESOL, and the President shall appoint or re-appoint the members of such committees immediately following the Annual Meeting.  In addition, the President with the approval of the Executive Committee shall be empowered to establish such ad hoc committees as the President shall deem necessary or useful for the efficient conduct of KATESOL.

V.  Business Meetings


A.  Any Paid-up member of KATESOL attending a business meeting of the organization shall be eligible to vote as provided for in the "membership" section of these bylaws.


B.  Members of TESOL who are not members of KATESOL shall be entitled to attend Business Meetings, but without the right to vote.



Vl.  Elections


A. Elections of KATESOL officers shall be held as provided for in the KATESOL Constitution.


B.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall provide an election ballot to each person who has met the requirements to vote in KATESOL business meetings, as provided for in the "Membership" section of the KATESOL bylaws, for any period during the twelve months immediately proceeding the election.  An institutional member shall be provided with a maximum of one ballot which will be sent to its designated representative at the time of the election.


C.  Completed ballots shall be returned to the President before the date and time set by the President for counting the ballots.  This date shall be no less than five days, but no more than two weeks prior to the Annual Business Meeting.  The ballots shall be counted by the President and First Vice President as provided for in the Constitution.




Vll.  Amendments to the Bylaws


The Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote at the Annual Meeting provided that notice of the proposed change has been given to all members of KATESOL at least thirty days before the Annual Meeting.



Vlll.  Parliamentary Authority


The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern the organization in all cases not covered by the Constitution and Bylaws