NMLSTA Constitution

Constitution of the National Middle Level Science Teachers’ Association

ARTICLE I ~ NAME AND DESCRIPTION
Section 1. The name of this Association shall be the National Middle Level Science Teachers’ Association, Incorporated. Said Association may also be referred to as the Association or NMLSTA.

Section 2. The National Middle Level Science Teachers’ Association Incorporated is incorporated in compliance with Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Furthermore, the NMLSTA is incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the District of Columbia.

Section 3. None of the profits or loses of this organization shall be accrued by or distributed to a Member of the NMLSTA or any other individual except as the Association may be authorized and empowered to reimburse expenses, pay reasonable compensation for services rendered, or to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the object and purpose set forth in Article II hereof.

ARTICLE II ~ OBJECTIVES
Section 1. The objectives of the NMLSTA shall be: to stimulate, improve, and coordinate science teaching in the middle level grades which shall include grades five through nine, to promote the continuity of science education by developing and improving programs that begin in preschool or first grade and develop in a continuous fashion through grade twelve and beyond, to recruit and retain qualified individuals to teach science at the middle level, to develop and improve education and curriculum programs for science teachers preparing to teach at the middle level, and to improve the public identity and status of the middle level science educator.

Section 2. Progress toward these objectives shall be made through meetings and activities, the distribution of various publications, and in such other ways that the Board of Directors may approve. In addition, the NMLSTA may work in cooperation with other organizations and agencies that share mutual goals and objectives with the NMLSTA. The Association shall not engage in any activity which would be inconsistent with the status of an educational, charitable, and scientific organization as defined in Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or any successor provision thereto.

ARTICLE III ~ MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. The Membership shall consist of six classes:
A Active
B Honorary
C Life
D Student
E Retired
F Institutional

Section 2. Dues and Eligibility
A. Except for Honorary and Life Members, membership is maintained by the payment of annual dues as described in the NMLSTA Handbook. The dues for each category of membership shall be determined by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors only after the proposed dues are announced to the Membership in an issue of the Newsletter, as described in the Bylaws.

B. Active Membership (also known as Members) is open to all individuals interested in science education at the middle level. Persons who qualify for Student Membership are ineligible for regular membership.

C. Honorary Membership is reserved for those members or other distinguished persons upon whom the Association wishes to bestow special honor. Honorary Members must be nominated by all active Members and elected by unanimous vote of the Executive Committee.

D. Members who have served a term as President of the Association shall automatically become Life Members. Other persons may be elected to Life Membership upon the nomination by a Member of the Board of Directors and a unanimous vote of said Board.

E. Fulltime, post secondary school students who are interested in the learning and teaching of middle level science are eligible for Student Membership.

F. Teachers who have retired from active, fulltime middle level science teaching are eligible for Retired Teacher Membership.

G. An Institutional Membership may be attained by businesses, corporations, schools and other groups that support the objectives and purposes of the Association. This category requires a special dues structure, rights, and privileges as described in the Handbook.

Section 3. Term of Membership
A Except for Life Membership and Honorary Membership, the term of
Membership shall be for one year. Multi-year memberships may be established
by the Board for some categories, as described in the Handbook.
B. Any Member may resign from the Association by submitting a written resignation to the Board of Directors. Such resignation shall be effective as of the date received by the Association. The balance of dues will be forfeited by the resigning member.

ARTICLE IV ~ OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Section l. Officers:
The elected Officers of this Association shall be the President, President-elect,
Immediate Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The succession from President to Past President shall be automatic.

Section 2. Directors:
A Six Directors will be elected by the membership.

B The Board of Directors may create additional Directors by a unanimous
vote of said Board not to exceed a Board size of 25.

Section 3. Election and Terms of Office:
A Election of Officers and Directors will be held annually. The ballot will be sent in the fall issue of the Newsletter with ballots returned for tabulation by February 1st.

B. Officers and Directors shall be elected by ballot cast by the Membership. The nominating committee will made every effort to assure two candidates for each available position. However, if there is only one uncontested candidate for a position, the ballot for said position may be dispensed with by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors. The nominee will thereupon be elected to the Board of Directors by a single vote cast by the Secretary.

C. The new term of office for Officers and Directors shall begin at the close of the Annual Membership Meeting.

D. The terms of President-elect, President, and Immediate Past President shall be for one year. All other officers serve a term

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