Constitution

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CONSTITUTION of The Virginia Chapter
of the
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF FRENCH

Submitted: April, 1973
Revised: April, 1992
Ratitied: October, 1992

Throughout the following document the use of the masculine implies inclusion of the feminine.

PREAMBLE. With the firm conviction that it is in the best interest of American youth and of the American people to maintain close ties with the various peoples of the French-speaking world, to learn their language, to become familiar with their history, their culture, their social and economic structures or institutions, the teachers of French of the State of Virginia wish to organize themselves into a union with membership extended to all those engaged or interested in the teaching of the French language or to those who, in one capacity or another, are professionally involved in the propagation of the literary or cultural expressions and manifestations of any French—speaking nation.

The purpose and function of this organization shall be to undertake any action either at the level of the State, in concert with the national association, at the level of the nation, or to formulate any policy which will tend to facilitate the academic or cultural mission of its members and render their pursuits more fruitful.
With the above objectives in mind, the members of the association have adopted the following constitution.

ARTICLE I. Name of the Association — Geographic Delineation

Section 1. The name of the organization shall be the Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, hereinafter referred to as the Chapter.

Section 2. The organization named in Section 1 shall extend to the entire State of Virginia except the Northern area.

Section 3. The name of the Chapter shall never be the object of an amendment unless, by majority vote of its members, the geographic delineation specified in Section 2 above shall be redefined and geographically reapportioned.

ARTICLE II. Rights of Membership — Membership Fees

Section 1. All members of the Chapter are encouraged to be members in good standing of the national association.

Section 2. Membership in the Chapter shall be divided into four categories: a) active membership; b) life membership; C) emeritus membership; d) student membership.

Section 3. Active membership: any person engaged in the teaching of the French language or professionally involved in the teaching of the literature of the culture of a French-speaking nation may become an active member of this chapter.

Section 4. Life membership: life membership may be conferred upon any qualified person submitting to the Treasurer of the Chapter a sum equivalent to twenty times the annual fee for membership in the Chapter, provided the person is also a life member of the national association.

Section 5. Emeritus membership: emeritus membership may be conferred upon any member who: a) has received emeritus status by the national association; b) is over 55 years old; c) has retired from active teaching; d) has been a member of the AATF for at least ten consecutive years; e) is a member in good standing of the Chapter when applying. Emeritus members pay one-half of the regular membership fee, are considered full—fledged embers of the AATF Chapter and enjoy all the benefits of regular membership.

Section 6. Student membership: student membership shall be granted if one: a) is enrolled in courses leading to a degree; b) is carrying less than a full-time load; c) carries a title lower than “instructor.” Student members pay half the annual dues for a regular member and are considered full-fledged members of the Chapter.
Section 7. Each member in good standing has the right to vote at meetings of the Chapter and to participate in the program on an equal basis with other members.

Section 8. Chapter membership fees may be assessed from time to time by majority vote of the members attending an annual meeting of the Chapter.

Section 9. Provided that membership in the national organization is maintained, emeritus and student members shall be exempt from the payment of Chapter fees.

ARTICLE III. The Executive Board — Eligibility

Section 1. The Chapter shall be administered by an Executive
Board composed of the President, the Vice-President, the
Secretary, the Treasurer, the Editor of Les Nouvelles (the
Chapter’s newsletter), the Director of the French Contest, and an
Executive Council of four members representing the membership at
large.

Section 2. The President, the Vice—President and the four regional representatives shall be elected for a term of 4 years, which terms may be renewable.

Section 3. The Secretary Treasurer, the Director of the French contest and the Editor of’ Les Nouvelles shall be selected by the President for a term of five years, each renewable at his discretion.

Section 4. Any active, emeritus or life member of the Chapter, provided he is in good standing with the Chapter and with the national association, shall be eligible for office as President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer.

Section 5. Eligibility for office on the Executive Board shall be according to the stipulations of Article III, Section 4.

Section 6. Nomination: for the purpose of nomination, the President shall appoint three members of the Executive Board who shall select from its members the chairman of the nominating committee.

Section 7. Election: the slate of candidates for office on the Executive Board shall be presented and voted upon at the annual meeting of the Chapter.

Section 8. Any member of the Chapter may nominate another candidate from the floor and such name shall be added to the slate, provided one of the following conditions is met: a) that the candidate nominated from the floor be present at the meeting; b) that the member placing a name in nomination present to the officer presiding at the annual meeting a letter of acceptance signed by the candidate whose name is being placed in nomination.

ARTICLE IV. Duties of the Executive Board

Section 1. The President: he shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter. He shall appoint the Nominating committee, the Chairman for the AATF National French Contest, members of all special committees, and the delegates to the national convention of the AATF. The President shall receive and process applications for AATF Summer Scholarship, rank them, and send them to the Regional Representative. The President may convoke or poll the Executive Board as needed. It is the duty of the President to see that the other officers of the Chapter carry out their duties in a timely fashion, and in the case of resignation or failure of an officer or Executive Board member to perform his functions, the President of the Chapter shall appoint a replacement to fill out the term of office in question. Together with the other members of the Executive board, the President shall assist the Vice—President in planning the program of the annual meeting of the Chapter.

Section 2. The Vice-President: he shall act as an advisor to the President. It shall be the duty of the Vice-President to plan the programs for the annual meeting of the Chapter. In the absence of the President, the Vice—President shall preside at the meetings of the Chapter. With the consent of the Executive Board, the Vice-President shall assume the duties and functions of the President if the latter is unable or unwilling to perform his duties.

Section 3. The Secretary-Treasurer: he shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the chapter and send an account to the Editor of Les Nouvelles to be published in the next issue. He shall maintain liaison with National Headquarters and regional representatives by reporting the results of chapter elections. As the Treasurer, he shall have charge of all payments and records. He shall assume supervision of the National French Contest account. Each year he shall present annual reports on the finances of the Chapter and the National French Contest to be published in Les Nouvelles. He shall also report yearly interest to National Headquarters. He shall process memberships and submit membership reports to the National Headquarters, to the Executive Board, and to the members at the annual meeting. He shall recruit new members when possible and encourage former members to renew membership. The treasurer shall handle Chapter mailings to local members.

Section 4. The Executive Board shall determine the general policy of the Chapter and decide upon all matters not within the purview of this Constitution. It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Board to establish ways of implementing the aims and means of developing the welfare of the Chapter. In instances when a special meeting of the Chapter is not deemed feasible or
necessary, the President may call a meeting of the Executive Board to deal with pressing matters affecting the Chapter.

Section 5. Editor of Les Nouvelles: he, under the supervision of the President, shall ensure the publication of Les Nouvelles, and determine, in consultation with the Board, the number of yearly issues and the list of recipients. The Editor shall serve on the Executive Board. The newsletter shall contain the program for the annual meeting and other items deemed of interest to the membership.

Section 6. The Director of the National French Contest: he shall be responsible for all aspects of the development, publicity, and administration of the annual association contest, in conformity with policies and practices as established by the National Contest Director. He shall report annually on the results of the contest and present a financial statement to the Board.

ARTICLE V. Meeting of the Chapter

Section 1. The Chapter shall have at least one annual meeting and shall be held at the same time and at the same place as that of the other chapters of the AAT’s.

Section 2. Special meetings may be called by the President at the request of the Executive Board or at the request of the members at large previously submitted to the Executive Board for action.

ARTICLE VI. Finances and Compensation

Section 1. The Editor of Les Nouvelles and the Director of the
French Contest may receive compensation by action of the
Executive Board and the agreement of the membership.

Section 2. The President shall serve as co—signer with the Treasurer on any bank accounts maintained by the Virginia Chapter of AATF and the Treasurer shall serve as co-signer for the accounts maintained by the Director of the French contest.

Section 3. Investment of available current funds in the checking account may be made by the Treasurer.

Section 4. That an honoraria of $400. be allocated to the speaker at the annual meeting of the association.

Section 5. That the chapter shall reimburse the cost of the prizes to the Virginia winners of the French contest.

ARTICLE VII. Amendments

Section 1. The present constitution may be amended at any annual meeting, provided that copies of such amendments are distributed to members before the Chapter’s meeting.

Section 2. A proposed amendment shall pass if it receives an affirmative vote from two—thirds of the members present at the meeting.

ARTICLE VIII. Ratification

Section 1. The present Constitution shall become effective upon ratification by two-thirds of the members present at the annual meeting.

Section 2. Ratification of this Constitution implies acceptance and recognition that all articles of the Constitution of the national association shall apply to the Chapter.

ARTICLE IX. Dissolution

Section 1. The Chapter may be dissolved by a two-thirds majority of all members present at an annual meeting or at a special meeting called by the President when no annual meeting has been scheduled within a period of six months.

Section 2. If the President takes no action to call a regular meeting, any member of the Chapter, with written notification to all other members, may call a special meeting to consider a motion for dissolution.

Section 3. In the event that the Chapter is dissolved, all assets held by the Treasurer of the Chapter shall be transferred to the national treasury of the AATF and shall be subject to the regulations of the national association which may then be in force.