CAFLS Alumni: Bylaws

BY - LAWS

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY AGRICULTURE ALUMNI

MAY, 1992

ARTICLE I

MEMBERS

Section 1.        Regular Members

Any person who has been officially enrolled at Clemson University in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences for at least one (1) academic semester or one summer session is eligible to become a Regular member. Every Regular member is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors and has full and equal voting rights.

Section 2.        Associate Members

Persons who do not qualify for Regular membership but who are friends of and interested in the welfare of the Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences may become Associate Members. Associate Members shall not have voting rights and will not qualify to serve on the Board of Directors but may serve on standing committees.

ARTICLE II

OFFICERS

Section 1.        Election

The Officers of the organization shall be a President, a President-Elect, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. These Officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors from the membership of the Board of Directors.

Section 2.        Method of Electing Officers

The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee of three (3) Regular Members of the organization at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting of the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will nominate at least one (1) candidate for each vacancy. Additional nominations may be made from the floor by any member of the Board. The Board of Directors shall then and there proceed to elect Officers for the ensuing term.

ARTICLE III

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Personnel of Committee

There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the four (4) Officers, Executive Director and Past President. This committee shall have such duties and powers as may be delegated to it by the Board of Directors. Meetings of this Committee may be called at any time deemed necessary by the President.

ARTICLE IV

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1.        Composition and Method of Election

The business of the organization shall be conducted by a Board of Directors consisting of the following:

1.         The four (4) Officers ofthe organization.

2.         The District Representatives from the nine (9) identified districts.

3.         Two (2) young alumni representatives.  A young alumnus is any Regular Member under the age of thirty-five (35).

4.         The immediate Past-President.

5.         One (1) faculty member from the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences appointed by the Dean.

6.         Four (4) At-Large Board of Directors Members.

7.         Representatives of the College appointedby the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences who shall be ex-officio:

          a)  Executive Director of the organization.

          b)  The coordinatorof student services for the College.

          c)  The Directorof Development for the College.

          d)  TheStudent President of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Council or theirdesignee.

The Dean of the College and a University Alumni Association representative shall be invited to all meetings.

Section 2.        Terms of Office

1.         All voting members of the Board of Directors shall serve two-year terms beginning July 1.

2.         The Officers will be elected to serve a two-year term.

3.         The Board of Directors will elect District Representatives, one (1) Young Alumni Representative and two (2) At-Large Representatives at their second quarterly meeting in even numbered years, to begin two-year terms the following July 1:

          District 1         District 5         District 9

          District 3         District 7

4.         The Board of Directors will elect District Representatives, one (1) Young Alumni Representative, and two (2) At-Large Representatives at their second quarterly meeting in odd numbered years, to begin two-year terms the following July 1:

          District 2         District 6

          District 4         District 8

5.         It is the responsibility of the Executive Director, President and the current serving member of each vacated position to recommend representatives to serve on the Board of Directors.

Section 3.        Vacancies on the Board of Directors

Any vacancies on the Board of Directors shall be filled by the Board of Directors for the unexpired term of the vacant office.  In the event that a voting Board member is elected to serve in a different position, the vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.

Section 4.        Meeting of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall hold quarterly meetings. The meetings shall have the time and place fixed by the Executive Committee.  Notice will be given at least twenty-one (21) days prior to said meeting.  The President may, for good cause, call special meetings of the Board of Directors.  A quorum of the Board of Directors must be present to conduct the business of the organization.  The second quarterly meeting shall serve as the annual business meeting of the Board of Directors.  Any member of the organization may attend meetings of the Board of Directors but must request in advance to be includedon the agenda.

ARTICLE V

DISTRICT ORGANIZATION

Section 1.        Districts

The state is divided into six (6) Districts. Three other Districts include: 1) North Carolina, 2) Georgia, and 3)all other states. There will be nine (9) District Representatives to serve as members of the Board of Directors.

Section 2.        District Identification

The nine (9) Districts will include the following Counties and/or States:

District 1

Abbeville         Anderson
Greenwood     McCormick
Oconee            Pickens

District 2

Cherokee         Greenville
Laurens           Spartanburg
Union

District 3

Aiken              Edgefield
Lexington        Newberry
Richland          Saluda

District 4

Chester            Chesterfield
Darlington        Fairfield
Kershaw           Lancaster
Lee                  Marlboro
York

District 5

Allendale         Bamberg
Barnwell          Beaufort
Berkeley          Calhoun
Charleston       Colleton
Dorchester       Hampton
Jasper             Orangeburg

District 6

Clarendon        Dillon
Florence          Georgetown
Horry              Marion
Sumter           Williamsburg

District 7        North Carolina

District 8        Georgia

District 9        Other States

ARTICLE VI

EMERITUS STATUS

The Board of Directorsmay select emeriti from the membership of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VII

ATTENDANCE AT BOARD MEETINGS

Every Board member shall be expected to maintain a reasonable level of engagement each year as determined by the Board of Directors. Any member with two (2) unexcused consecutive absences may be removed.

ARTICLE VIII

FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year of the organization shall be from July 1 through June 30.

ARTICLE IX

AMENDMENTS OF BY-LAWS

These By-Laws may be amended at any annual meeting of the organization's total membership by a majority vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting or by the Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting by a majority vote of two-thirds of the Board members present and voting, provided that written notice of said amendment be circulated to the total organization's membership or to Board members at least thirty (30) days prior to the respective type meeting.

ARTICLE X

STANDING COMMITTEES

The Board of Directors may create and approve Standing Committees that will be utilized to conduct the business and activities of the Board.  Standing Committee rules, procedures and purposes shall be maintained by the Executive Director in an appendix document entitled Clemson University Agriculture Alumni Board Standing Committee Operations.  The committees may include, but are not limited to:

Development, Fund Raising and Loyalty Fund Participation

Student Relations, Recruitment and Career Services

Alumni Activities, Meetings and Special Events

CAFLS Tailgate and Golf Tournament

Alumni Activity Expansion

Long-Range Planning

Departmental and Organizational Alumni Activities

Marketing and Promotion

ARTICLE XI

PARLIMENTARY AUTHORITY

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences Alumni in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the organization may adopt.