Approved April 11, 1992
Constitution and By-Laws of the Indiana Section of the
American Association of Physics Teachers
Article I - Name
This organization shall be called the Indiana Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Article II - Objectives
The objectives of this association shall be to advance the teaching of physics and to promote appreciation of the role of physics in our culture. This organization is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Article III - Membership
There may be enrolled as members (a) teachers of physical science in universities, colleges, high schools, and junior high schools and (b) other persons who will, in the judgment of the executive committee, promote the objectives of the Section.
Article IV - Officers
1. The officers of this organization shall be a president, a vice-president, a secretary and a treasurer. They shall hold office from the close of the annual general meeting at which they are elected until the close of the following annual general meeting. At the end of their terms, the secretary shall succeed to the office of president, and the vice-president to the office of secretary. The treasurer shall not be involved in the succession. There shall also be a representative to the Council of the American Association of Physics Teachers. The term of office for this representative shall be three years, beginning at the close of the annual general meeting at which the representative Is elected.
2 The president shall preside at business sessions of the Section and at meetings of the executive committee, and shall have such other duties as are ordinarily associated with a presidential office. The vice-president shall assume the duties of the president at any meeting when the latter is absent.
3. The secretary shall (a) maintain an accurate list of members and their addresses, (b) send advance notice of all meetings to each member and to the chairman of the physics department of each university and college in the State of Indiana, (c) keep records of the transactions and proceedings of meetings, (d) submit a report of each meeting to the national office of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and (a) maintain records of the transactions at meetings of the executive committee.
4. The treasurer shall (a) maintain accurate financial records (b) maintain the organization's general bank account(s), (c) collect such annual dues and/or meeting registration fees as may be assessed by the Section, (d) file appropriate tax forms annually with the internal Revenue Service, and (e) present a current financial report to the membership at the annual general meeting.
5. The council representative shall have the duties specified in the constitution of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
6. Vacancy in the office of president shall be filled by succession of secretary, with subsequent succession of the vice president to the office of secretary. If a vacancy occurs after six months of the term has elapsed, the new officers shall continue to serve through the following term. The new president shall appoint a temporary vice-president to serve the remainder of the present term. At the annual general meeting the nominating committee shall present nominees for vice president, and members present shall elect a new vice-president for the following term.
Article V - Executive Committee
The Section shall be governed by the executive committee consisting of the president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, section representative, one meeting-site representative, the three immediate past presidents, and three at large members selected by the president to serve one-year terms. (At-large members may be reappointed at the discretion of the incoming president.) The executive committee shall plan the program for meetings of the Section.
Article VI - Election of Officers
1. The president shall appoint a nominating committee which shall present a slate of nominees to the general membership at the annual meeting.
2 Officers shall be elected at the annual general meeting.
3. All members are eligible to hold office, with the exception that only members of the American Association of Physics Teachers are eligible for the office of council representative.
Article VII - Dissolution
Upon dissolution of the organization assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common pleas of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
Article VIII -Amendments
This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of the members present at any meeting of the Section.
Article I - Meetings
1. There shall be at least one general meeting each year. Election of officers shall take place at this meeting. Additional meetings may be scheduled by the executive committee or by a majority of the members voting at any meeting.
2 Upon invitation from prospective host institutions, the time and place of each general meeting shall be decided by the executive committee.
3. Upon acceptance of its Invitation, the host institution shall appoint an arrangements chairman This chairman shall serve as a member of the executive committee in planning the program for the meeting.
Article II - Amendments
These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds majority of the members present at any meeting of the Section.
Stephen J. Spicklemire, Secretary Edward A. Vondrak, Treasurer
Dated April 11, 1992