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Constitution

Article I. Name

The name of the Association shall be the Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and Bilingual Education ( Illinois TESOL-BE). The Association is an affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL).  

Article II. Mission

A. Illinois TESOL-BE is a professional, non-profit organization for the strengthening, at all levels, of instruction and research in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages and in bilingual education through the promotion of scholarship, the dissemination of information, and advocacy, in cooperation with other groups and organizations having similar concerns.  

B. Illinois TESOL-BE respects and celebrates the home languages and cultures of its members and of all English language learners.

Article III. Membership

A. Membership in Illinois TESOL-BE shall be open to any individual who is concerned with teaching English to speakers of other languages, bilingual education, or other related fields.

B. Illinois TESOL-BE does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or marital status.

C. A member shall be a member-in-good-standing upon application and payment of the dues of the organization, as established by the Executive Board.

D. Members in good standing shall be entitled to participate in the activities of Illinois TESOL-BE, including votes of the general membership, attendance at all meetings of the Association, and membership in a Special Interest Group (Refer to Bylaws, Article I, for membership benefits).

E. All votes of the general membership shall be by a simple majority of those voting unless otherwise stipulated in the Constitution or Bylaws.

Article IV. Regional Chapters

A. Regional Chapters of Illinois TESOL-BE may be established at the discretion of the Executive Board upon the request of such a group from a specific geographic region.

1. The Regional Chapters shall present a Statement of Purpose and a set of Bylaws to the Executive Board for approval.  

2. The Regional Chapters shall present to the Executive Board a list of at least ten members-in-good-standing who will be members of a particular Regional Chapter.

  3. The Regional Chapters may provide professional workshops and request a budget from Executive Board for the expenses of the Regional Chapters.

B. A representative from each Regional Chapter shall be elected annually to serve as a voting member of the Executive Board.

Article V. Special Interest Groups

A. Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of Illinois TESOL-BE may be established at the discretion of the Executive Board upon the request of such a group.  

1. The Special Interest Groups shall present a Statement of Purpose and a set of Bylaws to the Executive Board for approval.  

2. The Special Interest Groups shall present to the Executive Board a list of at least thirty members-in-good-standing who will be members of a particular Special Interest Group.  

3. The Special Interest Groups may request a budget from Executive Board for the expenses of the Special Interest Groups.

B. The Chairs of the Special Interest Groups shall be elected annually and shall be voting members of the Executive Board.

Article VI. Administration

A. Executive Board  

1. The Executive Board shall be the governing body of Illinois TESOL-BE. It shall be responsible for the operations, finances, and policies of the Association, both current and long-range.  

2. The Officers of Illinois TESOL-BE shall be the President, the Vice President and the Convention Committee Chair.  

3. The Executive Board of Illinois TESOL-BE shall consist of the Officers, the Past President, the Past Convention Committee Chair, the Associate Convention Committee Chair, the Executive Secretary, the Treasurer , the Editor of the Newsletter, the Director of Exhibits and Advertising, members-at-large elected by the membership, members-at-large appointed by the President, Special Interest Group Chairs, and Regional Chapter representatives.  

4. The Executive Board shall be constituted annually, from July 1 through June 30.  

5. All members of the Executive Board shall be voting members of the Executive Board.  

6. A quorum shall be a simple majority of the Executive Board.  

7. All votes of the Executive Board shall be by a simple majority of those present unless otherwise stated in the Constitution and Bylaws.  

8. All members of the Executive Board must be members-in-good-standing of Illinois TESOL-BE. The officers of the Executive Board shall also be members-in-good-standing of TESOL.  

9. The Executive Board shall establish annually a regular schedule for business meetings, which shall be open to the general membership and announced in the Association newsletter.  

10. The Executive Board shall approve, by a two-thirds vote, an annual budget for the Association.  

11. The business meetings of the Association shall be conducted in accordance with Roberts' Rules of Order.

B. Standing Committees

1. The standing committees of the Association shall include, but not be limited to, the Planning Committee, the Annual Convention Committee, the Membership Committee, the Newsletter Committee, the Nominations Committee, the Professional Concerns Committee, the Professional Development Events Committee, the Publicity Committee, the Awards Committee, the Budget Committee, the Part-Time Issues Committee, and the Technology Committee.  

2. Standing Committee Chairs shall be appointed by the President from the members of the Association with the approval of the Executive Board, for a term to coincide with that of the President.  

3. Committee members shall be appointed by the various Chairs in accordance with the Bylaws for the term of the Chair and with the approval of the Executive Board. Committee members shall reflect, as much as possible, the geographical and professional distribution of the membership.  

4. Standing Committee Chairs shall appoint subcommittee chairs as needed and coordinate the activities of the subcommittees. Standing Committee Chairs or their Board liaisons shall present reports at business meetings of the Executive Board.  

5. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees and may appoint, with the approval of the Executive Board, other ex-officio members to all committees except the Nominations Committee.  

C. Ad Hoc Committees

1. The President may appoint ad hoc committees with the approval of, or at the request of, the Executive Board.

2. Chairs of ad hoc committees shall be appointed from the membership of the Association by the President with the approval of the Executive Board.  

3. Ad hoc committees shall be appointed for specific reasons and for specified periods of time, generally terminating no later than the end of the President's term of office unless otherwise authorized by the Executive Board.  

4. Chairs or Board liaisons of ad hoc committees shall present reports at business meetings of the Executive Board.  

Article VII. Nominations and Elections

A. A general election shall be held annually. The Nominations Committee shall request names of nominees to the various offices from the general membership. A final slate of candidates shall be approved by the Executive Board and submitted to the membership for a vote.  

B. All elected Executive Board members shall assume office on July 1 and be introduced to the general membership at the first fall meeting of the Association.  

Article VIII. Vacancies in the Executive Board

A. A vacancy in the Office of President shall be immediately filled by the Vice President, who shall serve for the remainder of this term and for the duly-elected term. A presidential appointee shall then fulfill the duties of the Vice President during the year of the vacancy.  

B. A vacancy in the Office of Vice President shall be filled by a special general election. The election shall be conducted within 45 days of the day of vacancy. The Executive Board shall submit the name(s) of nominee(s) for that election. If the election is not completed by July 1, the out-going president shall remain in office until the election is completed.    

C. A vacancy in a member-at large position shall be filled by presidential appointment with the approval of the Executive Board. The appointee shall hold office until the following election. The Nominations Committee shall provide the names of suitable candidates to fill the remaining one/two-year vacancy. These names shall be presented as part of the annual slate of candidates for office.  

D. A vacancy in any appointed position (such as Convention Committee Chair) shall be filled by the Executive Board with a two-thirds vote. The length of the appointment shall be decided by the Board, not to exceed the remainder of the term being vacated.  

E. A vacancy in the position of SIG Chair or Regional Chapter representative shall be filled by a special election of the SIG or Regional Chapter membership no later than the conclusion of the next meeting of the SIG or Regional Chapter.

Article IX. Removal from Office

A. A request for resignation of a member of the Executive Board may be made upon a two-thirds vote of the members of the Executive Board. The request for resignation shall be made in writing. Following this action, if the member chooses not to resign, then the member may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board at a subsequent meeting. The member shall be given the opportunity to defend his/her case prior to this final vote.  

B. Any member of the Executive Board may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the membership as a whole.  

Article X. Meetings

A. The Association shall hold an Annual Business and Professional Meeting, called the Illinois TESOL-BE Annual Convention, for the purposes of professional growth and advancement. The time and place of the Annual Convention shall be determined at least ten months in advance.  

B. There shall be at least three professional meetings of the Association per year, not including the Annual Convention, for the purpose of professional growth. At least one of these meetings shall be held outside the city of Chicago.

Article XI. Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of Illinois TESOL-BE shall be July 1 through June 30.  

Article XII. Amendments

A. Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by a simple majority vote of the Executive Board or by petition to the Executive Board of any ten members-in-good-standing of the Association.  

B. Any proposed amendment must be presented with full rationale to the Association membership within ninety days of its acceptance by the Executive Board.  

C. Each Association member will be issued a ballot and allowed thirty days to vote.  

D. An amendment shall be considered enacted if two-thirds of those voting approve. Counting and certification of any vote shall be done by the Executive Secretary and the President, and shall be announced to the Executive Board and to the Association membership .