BY-LAWS OF CLARKSTOWN RETIRED TEACHERS

Revised: June 2013

I.     Name

This organization shall be known as the Clarkstown Retired Teachers (CRT).

II.     Purposes

The purposes of this organization shall be:

1. To promote the best interest and the welfare of the Clarkstown Retired Teachers

a)      through active pursuit of legislation by the Federal, State and local governments that will protect the rights and interest of retired teachers

b)     by channeling information retrieved from AFT, NYSUT and the CTA Executive Council to the membership.

2. To engage in activities and programs through which the membership can express their personal and professional interests and concerns.

3. To maintain active membership in the CTA through delegates from the Clarkstown Retired Teachers to serve on the CTA Executive Council.

4. To promote mutual assistance and cooperation with AFT, NYSUT and NYSUT Retiree Council 14.

5. To promote the aims and objectives of the New York State United Teachers and its affiliates.

III. Membership

1.        Teachers, Teaching Assistants, and Clerical Employees who have retired from active membership in the CTA are eligible to belong to the Clarkstown Retired Teachers.

2.        Membership is obtained through the payment of an annual participation fee.

IV. Participation Fee

1.        CRT's participation fee will be established by the CRT Executive Board.

2.        No annual participation fee will be required the first year of retirement.

V. Officers

1.        The officers of the Clarkstown Retired Teachers shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

2.        Duties of the President: the President shall

a)      be the chief executive officer of the Clarkstown Retired Teachers;

b)      administer all affairs and execute all policies;

c)      preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and general membership;

d)     represent the organization with all external groups;

e)     appoint and establish the function of all committees with the approval of the Board of Directors;

f)     call regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors and general membership;

g)     fulfill such other duties as the office requires and are consistent with these by-laws.

 

3.   Duties of the Vice-President: The Vice-President shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the President in his/her absence and shall perform such other duties as the President may designate.

4.        Duties of the Treasurer: The Treasurer shall perform those duties usual to the office, including collection and recording dues and maintaining the financial records, and such other duties as may be required by the President or Board of Directors.

5.        Duties of the Secretary: The Secretary shall perform those duties usual to the office and such other duties as may be required by the President or Board of Directors.

VI. Elections

1. Nominations of Officers:

     a)     A nominating committee shall be selected by the officers in the year when elections are scheduled.

b)     The nominating committee will propose a slate of officers for election.

c)     In addition, each member shall be given the opportunity to nominate candidates for office in accordance with the following procedures:

*   Notice of the office to be filled, the right to make nominations, and the time, place, and proper form for submission of nominations will be distributed to each member

  *   Nomination procedures shall be determined by the Board of Directors * Any member in good standing is eligible for nomination for office

  *   No member shall hold more than one office at the same time

d) Nominations shall be accepted from the floor at the election meeting.

2. Elections of Officers:

a)     Written notice announcing the time and place of elections shall be mailed to each member in good standing at his last known home address at least fifteen days prior to the election.

b)        Election shall be by paper ballot.

c)   The Secretary shall preserve election records, including ballots, for a period of 1 year.

3. Terms of Office: Duly elected officers shall serve a two-year term commencing in July. Each officer shall remain in office until a successor assumes the office.

4. Vacancies:

a)        If the office of the President becomes vacant, the Vice-President shall assume the office of the President.

b)      If any other office becomes vacant, it shall be filled by the Board of Directors.

VII. Standing Committees

1.          Standing Committees will be Membership, Newsletter, Activities, and Sunshine. Other committees may be appointed as required.

2.        The President shall designate a chairperson for each committee, with the approval of the Board of Directors.

VIII. Board of Directors

1. The Board of Directors shall be composed of the duly elected officers, delegates, and chairpersons of the standing committees.

2. Duties:

a)   act upon expenditures as may be required;

b)   interpret the by-laws;

c)   act on policy matters for the organization between meetings of the general membership;

d)   make policy recommendations to the membership for their consideration;

e)   perform all other duties as enumerated in these by-laws.

3. The Board of Directors shall meet at least twice during the year. Special meetings may be called by the President or by petition of the majority of the Board of Directors.

IX. Delegates to the CTA Executive Council

Delegates of the Clarkstown Retired Teachers will serve on the CTA Executive Council. There will be a minimum of one delegate and one alternate.

X. General Membership Meetings

1.      Meetings of the general membership may be called by the President, by a majority of the Board of Directors, or by petition of ten percent of the membership.

2.      Membership meetings shall be held no less than two times per year.

3.      A quorum at a general membership meeting shall consist of the members present.

XI. Protection of Rights of Members

1.      Every member in good standing shall have equal rights and privileges to nominate candidates to hold office, to vote in elections, and to attend membership meetings.

2.      This organization shall show no discrimination toward any individual or group of individuals on the basis of sex, creed, color, race, national origin or political activities and beliefs.

XII. Amendments

1. An amendment to these by-laws may be proposed by

a)   a majority of the Board of Directors or

b)   no fewer than ten percent of the membership

2. A proposed amendment will require majority ratification vote when distributed in writing to each member at least fourteen days before the vote.

3. If an amendment is introduced at a general membership meeting, a two-thirds ratification vote will be required.