AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION
The Official Copy of the Bylaws of the MID-ATLANTIC Chapter of the American Public Works Association is on file at the office of the Chapter’s Secretary and at APWA.
May 12, 1998
Amended May 25, 1999
Amended May 5, 2005
Revised May 15, 2008
Revised May 10, 2012
Revised October 17, 2014
ARTICLE I – NAME AND JURISDICTION
SECTION 1. The name of the organization shall be the American Public Works Association (hereinafter called “APWA”), MID-ATLANTIC Chapter (hereinafter called the “Chapter”). The territory included within the jurisdiction of this chapter shall be the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland, and the State of West Virginia.
ARTICLE II – MISSION AND PURPOSE
SECTION 1. The purposes of this Chapter are to cause and share with our local communities the advancement of the theory and practice of the design, construction, maintenance, administration, and operation of public works facilities and services; the dissemination of information and experiences; the promotion of improved practices in public works administration; the expectation that all member public works officials will adhere to high professional and ethical standards; and the professional and social improvement of its members, as set forth in the “Rules Governing Chapters of the American Public Works Association.”
SECTION 2. The Chapter shall engage in a program of activities designed to further the purposes of APWA within its jurisdiction including, but not limited to, the scheduling of regular meetings of its membership. Such programs and activities shall be consistent with the mission, vision, and adopted goals of APWA and shall not include the endorsement of items of a partisan, political, or business nature inconsistent with the mission, vision, and adopted goals of APWA.
SECTION 3. The Chapter is not organized for profit, and earnings shall not directly benefit any Chapter member or Officer except as compensation for services rendered or for reimbursement of necessary expenses actually incurred.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. Members of APWA residing in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter territory specified in Article 1, Section 1, shall be members of the Chapter and shall hold the same type of membership in the Chapter that they hold in APWA. Members of APWA residing outside the Mid-Atlantic Chapter territory specified in Article 1, Section 1, may elect to be members of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter and shall hold the same type of membership in this Chapter that they hold in APWA but shall be a member of only one chapter. Members of APWA residing in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter territory as described in Article 1, Section 1, may elect to be a member of a chapter other than the Mid-Atlantic Chapter but shall be a member of only one chapter.
SECTION 2. Criteria for and grades of membership shall be as prescribed by the Bylaws of the American Public Works Association.
ARTICLE IV – FISCAL AND ADMINSTRATIVE YEARS
SECTION 1. The fiscal year of the Chapter shall be from January 1 through December 31.
SECTION 2. The administrative year of the Chapter shall be from January 1 to December 31.
ARTICLE V – EXECUTIVE BOARD
SECTION 1. The governing body of the Chapter shall be the Executive Board, consisting of:
SECTION 2. No person shall be nominated, elected, or allowed to serve on the Executive Board unless he or she holds current membership in APWA.
SECTION 3. In the event of a vacancy on the Executive Board the remaining members of the Executive Board shall have the power to appoint a Chapter member to fill the unexpired term of office.
SECTION 4. The Executive Board shall manage all the affairs of the Chapter in accordance with the rules and regulations of APWA and the “Rules Governing Chapters of the American Public Works Association.”
SECTION 5. The Executive Board shall have the power to contract with an individual or firm to provide administrative or other services and whose duties and compensation shall be as specified by the Executive Board in an approved and executed contract that shall have been previously approved by APWA.
SECTION 6. Provided a quorum as defined in Article X is present, an affirmative vote of a simple majority of the Executive Board members present at any regular or duly called meeting shall be required to pass any motion consistent with this or any other provision of the Chapter Bylaws unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws.
SECTION 7. Should a motion that has been previously debated at a meeting of the Executive Board where no action was taken or a motion that has not been previously debated arise requiring immediate action, the President can put the motion to a vote by means of electronic balloting as addressed in the Rules Governing Chapters of the American Public Works Association.
SECTION 8. The Secretary shall record, as a part of the minutes of the Executive Board meeting immediately following the voting, the means and results of the voting and the names of all Executive Board members participating.
ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
SECTION 1. The Chapter shall have as its Officers, a President, a President-Elect, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and the Immediate Past President. The Chapter shall have a minimum of six and a maximum of eleven Chapter Directors.
SECTION 2. The President shall be the Chief Elected Officer of the Chapter and shall serve a term of one year. The President shall preside at all Chapter and Executive Board meetings and shall chair the Executive Board. The President shall issue the call for regular or special Executive Board meetings. The President shall have the authority to sign contracts on behalf of the Chapter at the direction of the Executive Board, appoint the Chairs of all Committees, standing and special, and be an ex-officio member of each Committee. The President shall see that these Committees function and shall cooperate with the Committee Chairs to that end. At the conclusion of the term in office, the President shall prepare a report to the Chapter membership which will include, but not be limited to, a financial and membership report, accomplishments of the past year, and recommendations concerning Chapter goals and objectives for the coming year. The President shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be assigned to him/her by the Executive Board.
SECTION 3. The President-Elect, who shall have previously served as an Officer or Director, shall be elected annually to serve a term of one year and shall assume the office of President upon the completion of the term of office of President-Elect The President-Elect shall be responsible for arranging the tentative program of activities for the current administrative year, shall perform such other duties as assigned by the President or the Executive Board, and shall act for the President in the President’s absence or when the President is unable to perform the duties of the office, as determined by the Executive Board.
SECTION 4. The Vice President, who shall have previously served as an Officer or Director, shall be elected annually to serve a term of one year and shall perform such duties as assigned by the President or the Executive Board. The Vice President shall act for the President and President-Elect in their absence or, in case of the inability of the President and President-Elect to perform the duties of the President, as determined by the Executive Board.
SECTION 5. The Secretary shall be appointed annually by the Executive Board to serve a term of one year and shall keep all records (except for financial records kept by the Treasurer) and correspondence of the Chapter. The Secretary shall prepare a written record of the proceedings of the Executive Board and any formal proceedings of the Chapter. The Secretary shall prepare and submit to APWA such reports as may be required. At the expiration of the term of office, the Secretary shall turn over to his/her successor, all books, records, papers, executed contracts, documents, or other property of the Chapter in his/her custody. In the event of an absence of the Secretary at any Chapter meeting, the President shall appoint from the members present, a person to serve in the Secretary’s stead. Such person shall perform the duties of the Secretary for the purpose of the meeting.
SECTION 6. The Treasurer shall be appointed by the Executive Board to serve a term of two years and shall have custody of the funds, securities, and other valuable effects in the name of and to the credit of the Chapter. The Treasurer shall receive all monies due the Chapter, depositing them in a bank or in other safe and secure investments approved by the Executive Board, all of which shall be in the name of the Chapter. All checks and vouchers must be signed by the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall prepare and submit financial reports quarterly to the Executive Board and shall prepare necessary documents to be reviewed by the Chapter Audit Committee. The Treasurer shall prepare and submit to APWA such reports as may be required. At the expiration of the Treasurer’s term of office, the Treasurer shall turn over to his/her successor all books, papers, money, securities, and other valuable effects belonging to the Chapter, taking a receipt therefore from the successor.
SECTION 7. The Chapter’s representative to the APWA Council of Chapters, hereinafter called the Chapter Delegate, shall be appointed by the Executive Committee to serve a three year term and shall represent the Chapter to that body, attending regional and annual meetings of the Council of Chapters, bringing Chapter concerns to their attention, and informing the Chapter of Council of Chapters’ activities. The Chapter Delegate shall prepare and submit to APWA such reports as may be required. An Alternate Chapter Delegate may be appointed annually by the Executive Committee to serve for the current administrative year and shall act for and on behalf of the Chapter Delegate in the event of the Chapter Delegate’s absence or inability to perform the duties of this position as determined by the Executive Committee.
SECTION 8. The Chapter Historian shall be appointed by the Executive Board for a three year term and shall maintain for safekeeping past Chapter records, documents of historical significance, artifacts, and memorabilia and like materials. The Historian shall prepare an annual report of Chapter activities. At the expiration of the Historian’s term of office, the Historian shall turn over to his/her successor all Chapter records, documents, artifacts, photographs, memorabilia, and other like effects belonging to the Chapter, taking a receipt therefore from the successor.
SECTION 9. Chapter directors shall consist of a minimum of six and a maximum of eleven members whose terms shall run for two years. Elections shall be staggered so that one half of these directors are elected each year in order to provide continuity of direction. Each Director shall attend all Chapter and Executive Board meetings and shall be prepared to present progress reports of any assignments.
SECTION 10. The most recent Past President holding current membership in the Chapter shall be an ex-officio member of the Executive Board with voting privileges and shall serve in an advisory capacity to the President and the Executive Board. It shall be the duty of the Past President to preside at meetings of the Chapter and the Executive Board in the absence of the President, President-Elect, and Vice President.
SECTION 11. All Chapter Officers, except as otherwise provided, shall serve for one year or until their successors are elected and installed. The terms of office shall begin as specified in Article XIII, Section 4, of these Bylaws.
SECTION 12. In case of the inability or neglect in performance of duty by any Officer or Director of the Chapter as determined by the Executive Board, the Executive Board shall have the power by a two-thirds vote of its members to declare the office vacant and shall fill the vacancy as provided in Article V, Section 3. Any Executive Board Member with two consecutive unexcused absences from Executive Board meetings may be subject to removal from office at the discretion of the Executive Board.
ARTICLE VII – COMMITTEES
SECTION 1. The President will annually designate at a minimum two Standing Committees, the Chapter Audit Committee and the Nominating Committee. These committees are described in Articles VIII and XIII. The President, at his/her discretion, may designate additional standing committees, special committees, and task forces as deemed necessary to conduct Chapter affairs.
SECTION 2. The chair of each standing committee and special committee shall be appointed annually by the President. Additional committee members are recommended and may be appointed at the discretion of the Committee Chair.
SECTION 3. Each standing committee shall report to the Executive Board its activities at least once annually or more frequently if directed by the President or the Executive Board.
SECTION 4. No committee shall obligate the Chapter or issue a public proclamation or policy news release without specific authorization from the Executive Board.
SECTION 5. Committees exist for the purpose of implementing the mission, vision, and goals of the Chapter and APWA. Only members of APWA and the Chapter are eligible to serve as chair of a committee. While it is expected those serving on such committees will be members of the Chapter, the inclusion of non-members in some circumstances where specialized technical expertise is needed may be appropriate. However, the effective control of the Committee shall be retained by the Committee Chair.
ARTICLE VIII – AUDIT COMMITTEE
SECTION 1. The President shall annually appoint an Audit Committee consisting of at least three Chapter members who shall examine the financial records of the Chapter. The Treasurer shall not be a member of the Audit Committee but shall cooperate fully with the Audit committee.
SECTION 2. The duties of the Audit Committee shall be to examine the Chapter’s financial records in order to meet the requirements of APWA. The duties of the Audit Committee shall include but not be limited to the following: examination of cancelled checks, accounting for numerical sequencing, examining endorsements, reviewing bank statements, and the and the reconciliation of documents supporting disbursements. The Chapter Audit Committee shall conduct the annual examination of the Fiscal Year financial documents using a computer package or hard copy format provided by APWA. Chapters must adhere to the policies outlined in the Rules Governing Chapters of the American Public Works Association as to deadline dates for submitting Audit Committee findings.
ARTICLE IX – MEETINGS
SECTION 1. The Annual Meeting of the Chapter, for the purpose of electing and/or installing the newly elected Officers and Directors, shall be held in April or May of each year, the date and place of which shall be determined by the Executive Board. Other General Membership Meetings for the transaction of business of the Chapter may be called by the President upon the President’s own volition, upon request by the Executive Board, or upon the written request of fifteen members in good standing of the Chapter. The membership shall be notified at least two weeks in advance of the date and place of the Annual Meeting and of any other General Membership Meetings.
SECTION 2. The Executive Board shall meet at least four times during the administrative year. Special meetings of the Executive Board shall be held at the call of the President or at the written request of a majority of the members of the Executive Board.
SECTION 3. Meetings of the Executive Board may be conducted in person, by means of a telephone or video conference call, or in any combination thereof provided such meetings are in accordance with all other provisions of these Bylaws
SECTION 4. The Secretary shall formally notify each member of the Executive Board at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date of a regular meeting of the Executive Board. An agenda and copy of each report and/or resolution, or other actions to be considered at such meeting, shall accompany the notice of the meeting and no changes to the agenda shall be considered at such meeting without the consent of the majority of the members of the Executive Board in attendance.
SECTION 5. The Secretary shall formally notify each member of the Executive Board at least five days prior to the scheduled date of a special meeting of the Executive Board. An agenda and copy of each report and/or resolution, or other action to be considered at such meeting, shall accompany the notice of the meeting and no other matters shall be considered at such meeting.
ARTICLE X – QUORUM
SECTION 1. A simple majority of the voting members shall constitute a quorum at all Executive Board meetings.
SECTION 2. For General Membership meetings of the Chapter involving a formal business agenda, a minimum of five percent of the membership, of whom no more than one-half shall be members of the Executive Board, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction business.
ARTICLE XI – DUES
SECTION 1. The Executive Board may establish Chapter dues for its members in accordance with the “Rules Governing Chapters of the American Public Works Association.”
SECTION 2. All dues are payable to APWA annually in advance. Non-payment of dues for a period of ninety days shall be treated as equivalent to resignation. Such members shall not again be eligible for membership until all arrears have been paid in full.
ARTICLE XII – BRANCHES
SECTION 1. Branches of the Mid-AtlanticChapter may be formed in accordance with the procedures set forth in the “Rules Governing Chapters of the American Public Works Association,” by groups of members representing a region, locality, or state within the territorial limits of the Chapter for the purpose of furthering the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the Chapter.
SECTION 2. Any group of ten or more members of the Chapter may petition the Executive Board to form a branch within the chapter. The Executive Board may authorize upon approval by the APWA Board of Directors the establishment of such branches by adopting a resolution which provides for its name, jurisdiction, and approval of branch bylaws, method of conducting affairs, submission of periodic reports, and the appointment of a temporary committee to arrange for an organizational meeting of the branch.
SECTION 3. The officers and all members of the branch shall becurrent members of APWA.
ARTICLE XIII – ELECTION OF OFFICERS
SECTION 1. The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee of three members, one of whom shall be the most recent available Past President having current membership in the Chapter and who shall serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee. If a past President is unable to serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee, then the President should appoint a past member of the Executive Board as Chair of the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall report the names of its nominees for each office standing election to the Executive Board a minimum of thirty days prior to the date of the election or distribution of ballots as established by the Executive Board. One or more nominations shall be made by the Nominating Committee for each office. No persons serving on the Nominating Committee shall be eligible for nomination except by written declaration presented to the Nominating Committee.
SECTION 2. The Executive Board shall prescribe the form of ballot, schedule, and other details of the election procedure. The annual election shall be held at a time and place of the annual meeting or in the case of electronic balloting, the results of the election shall be declared at the annual meeting. Additional nominations may be made by members from the floor of the meeting. Should ballots be distributed to members by mail or electronic means, additional nominations will be accepted by written declaration submitted to the Chair of the Nominating Committee by the agreed upon date established by the Executive Board.
SECTION 3. As specified in Article VI, Section 9, one half of the Chapter Directors shall be elected at the annual election in accordance with Section 2 above.
SECTION 4. Newly elected Officers and Directors shall assume office at the close of the Annual Business Meeting, with the President-Elect elected the previous year becoming President. If a mail or electronic ballot is conducted, newly elected Officers and Directors shall assume office immediately upon the Board of Tellers report unless otherwise specified in the ballot.
SECTION 5. In the event of extraordinary and extenuating circumstances, the Executive Board shall have the power to declare the term of office of any or all Chapter Officers and Directors extended for one full term.
ARTICLE XIV – DISSOLUTION OF THE CHAPTER
SECTION 1. When necessary and when directed by the APWA Board of Directors, the Chapter may be dissolved. In the event of the dissolution or final liquidation of the Chapter, after all liabilities and obligations have been paid, satisfied and discharged, or adequate provision made therefore, all remaining property and assets of the Chapter shall be conveyed, assigned and transferred to APWA to administer according to the bylaws of APWA, with the following exception: funds held by the Chapter in a scholarship fund as defined by the IRS in Code Section 501 (c) (3) may, at the discretion of the Chapter, be moved to another 501 (c) (3) scholarship fund of the Chapter’s choice.
ARTICLE XV – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
SECTION 1. The order of business at meetings of the Executive Board or of the Chapter membership shall be determined by the President.
SECTION 2. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern matters of parliamentary procedure of the Chapter, except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws.
ARTICLE XVI – AMENDMENTS
SECTION 1. Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by initiatory petition submitted to the Executive Board in writing and signed by not less than fifteen Chapter members or by resolution of the Executive Board. Proposed amendments submitted to the Executive Board by petition shall be acted upon by the Executive Board within six months of receipt. Proposed amendments, if approved by the Executive Board, shall be presented by the Executive Board to APWA.
SECTION 2. Proposed amendments submitted to the Executive Board and not approved by the Executive Board shall be promptly returned by the Executive Board to the petitioners with a letter of explanation requesting that the proposed amendments be modified and resubmitted to the Executive Board. If the proposed amendment is resubmitted in writing and signed by a simple majority of the original petitioners, the Executive Board shall immediately present the proposed amendment to APWA for approval with or without approval of the Executive Board.
SECTION 3. Upon approval of the proposed amendments by APWA, the Executive Board shall, within one year of the approval of the proposed amendments by APWA, present the proposed amendments to the Chapter membership for approval at a meeting or by letter/electronic ballot as may be determined by the Executive Board provided that the membership has been given a minimum of three weeks to submit ballots. An affirmative vote of two-thirds of the qualified votes cast shall be necessary for the adoption of a proposed amendment.
SECTION 4. These bylaws and such amendments as may be made from time to time shall become effective upon approval by APWA and adoption by the Chapter in the manner prescribed in this article.
SECTION 5. The Executive Board should conduct a review of the Chapter’s bylaws for completeness and applicability at least once every three years. Furthermore the Chapter should report in writing to APWA compliance with the approved bylaws or submit proposed bylaw changes for APWA approval and adoption by the Chapter.
CERTIFICATION OF BYLAWS
These bylaws were revised by members of Mid-AtlanticBoard of Directors at a duly called meeting on October 17, 2014.
The minutes of this meeting are on file with the chapter secretary and APWA.
Judith L. Hines, President
Steven J. Yob, P.E., Secretary