Constitution of the Detroit Chapter of the
American Statistical Association
Article I . Name
Article II . Purpose
Article III . Membership
Article IV . Officers
Article V . Terms of Office and Elections
Article VI . Executive Committee
Article VII . Standing Committees
Article VIII . Chapter Representative
Article IX . Meetings
Article X . Finances
Article XI . National Constitution
Article XII . Amendments
Article XIII . Dissolution
ARTICLE II . PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be to foster in the broadest manner statistics and statistical applications and to promote unity and effectiveness of effort among all groups in the Detroit area having an interest in or being concerned with statistics.
ARTICLE III . MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the Chapter will be by approval of the Chapter Executive Committee (See Article IV). This Committee may delegate this function of approval. The membership of this organization shall consist of four categories:
1. Regular Members: Persons admitted to membership who hold either Full or Affiliate membership in the American Statistical Association.
2. Associate Members: Persons admitted to membership who are interested in statistics in general or in the organization in particular, but who are not members of the American Statistical Association.
3. Student Members: Persons admitted to membership who are full time undergraduate or graduate students at local college or university. This will include persons who are ASA student members. The dues of these members shall be lower than those of Regular and Associate Members. Student Members shall have full voting privileges.
4. K-12 Educator Members: Persons engaged in K-12 education as teachers, administrators, or support personnel and/or persons engaged in teacher education who are interested in helping pre-college students learn data analysis and statistics. The dues of these members shall be lower than Regular and Associate Members. They shall have full voting privileges. K-12 Educator Members cannot have been past members of ASA or of the Detroit Chapter of ASA
ARTICLE IV . OFFICERS
The officers of the organization, who shall be Full Members of ASA, shall be a President, Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chapter Representative to the ASA Council of Chapters. The officers shall be duly elected by a majority vote of all chapter members casting mail ballots. The Executive Committee may appoint a Full Member of ASA to fill any vacancy which occurs in an office between elections. Should no one be willing to stand for an office, the Executive Committee or a Full Member of ASA designated by the Executive Committee (including other officers) may fulfill the functions of that officer until the next election.
ARTICLE V . TERMS OF OFFICE AND ELECTIONS
A person elected as Vice President shall serve in succession a year each as Vice President, President, and Past President. The Secretary and Treasurer will serve two-year terms with the Secretary elected in one year and the Treasurer in the next year. The Chapter Representative shall serve a three-year term with the dates determined by the ASA Council of Chapters rotation pattern.
The Nominating Committee shall annually select candidates for the office of Vice President and whichever other position(s) Secretary, Treasurer, and/or Chapter representative is (are) scheduled for election in that year. The Secretary and Treasurer are eligible for immediate renomination to the same position without limit. The Past President shall not be eligible for immediate renomination as Vice President. At least two candidates should be present for the Vice President position. However, since continuity is desirable in the Secretary and Treasurer, the Nominating Committee may present only one name for those positions.
A ballot should be mailed to all members on the Chapter rolls at the time of election. The election results shall be reported at the Annual Meeting (see Article IX).
ARTICLE VII . STANDING COMMITTEES
The committees of the Chapter shall consist of the six Standing Committees described below and of such special committees as may be appointed by the President. Except as noted below, chairs of the standing committees will be appointed by the President and shall serve until their successors are appointed. The President, in conjunction with each committee chair, shall also appoint members of each committee. The six Standing Committees shall be:
1. Arrangements : with the Secretary as chair, to make necessary reservations and arrangements for technical and social meetings of the Chapter and joint meetings with other ASA Chapters and Professional Societies.
2. Education : to handle requests from outside groups for speakers on statistics and to supervise Chapter educational activities aimed at non-statistics, including quantitative literacy efforts with private and public schools.
3. Membership : to encourage local individual memberships.
4. Nominating : with the Past President as chair, to present a list of nominees for all elective offices.
5. Program : with the Vice President as chair, to schedule the meetings and speakers for the term of office for the Vice President.
6. Publicity : to inform the American Statistical Association and the public of the significant activities of the Chapter.
ARTICLE VIII . CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE
The Representative to the Council of Chapters shall be a Full Member of ASA. The Representative shall be elected every third year (or as specified by the Council of Chapters Rotation Patter). The name of the Representative shall be sent to the ASA office before August 1 of the year that the term begins. The Representative shall serve the Chapter for a period of three years following the pattern prescribed by the Council of Chapters.
ARTICLE IX . MEETINGS
There shall be three or more regular meetings, including an Annual Meeting, each Chapter Year. The Chapter Year shall run from January through December of each year. The date of the Annual Meeting shall be set by the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE X . FINANCES
The amount of the annual Chapter dues for Regular, Associate, Student and K-12 Educator Members shall be recommended by the Executive Committee and approved by a majority vote of the members voting at the annual meeting of this organization. The proposed dues changes shall have been sent to each member at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting. (A response by mail from a member will be considered the same as the vote of a member attending the meeting.)
Each time a new Treasurer takes office, the President shall appoint at least two Auditors (who do not have to be accountants and/or employees of an official auditing firm) who will audit the outgoing Treasurer's books. In addition, an audit will be performed whenever a Treasurer is reelected and three years or more have elapsed since the last audit. The Auditors shall submit a written report of their findings to the Membership by the second Regular Meeting after their appointment.
ARTICLE XII . AMENDMENTS
This Constitution may be amended by an affirmative 2/3 (two-thirds) vote of the voting Chapter members at any meeting, provided notice of such meeting and the proposed amendment shall have been sent to each member at least two weeks prior to the date of such a meeting. (In the event of a mail ballot, the vote of members responding will be considered the same as the vote of a member voting at the meeting.)
ARTICLE XIII . DISSOLUTION
In the event of dissolution of the Detroit Chapter, the Chapter shall, after paying or making provisions for payment and discharge of all the liabilities of the Detroit Chapter, distribute the remaining net assets of the chapter to the American Statistical Association exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes. The American Statistical Association is an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.