Constitution & Bylaws

Wisconsin Educators of Business & Information Technology, Inc.
Bylaws

Revised October 2014
Last Approved October 17, 2014


ARTICLE I
Name

The name of this organization shall be the Wisconsin Educators of Business and Information Technology, Incorporated.

ARTICLE II
Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization shall be to develop and execute a sustained and planned program for Wisconsin business and information technology education teachers through conferences, bulletins, research studies, and educational investigations.

ARTICLE III
Objectives

The objectives of the organization are:
a)  To maintain close and effective contacts with the field of business;
b)  To interpret the value and requirements of business education to school administrators, guidance counselors, boards of
education, and the public;
c)  To promote the professional spirit among the business educators of Wisconsin;
d)  To promote the interests of business education in all the business teacher preparation courses;
e)  To promote the interests of business education at all educational levels within the State of Wisconsin;
f)  To cooperate with other agencies endeavoring to improve business education on the state, national, and international levels.

ARTICLE IV
Membership

SECTION 1Professional Membership. Any person interested in advancing the objectives of WEBIT shall be eligible for membership in the professional category; and, upon payment of the annual dues, shall be entitled to the services and publications of WEBIT and shall be eligible to vote, hold office, and serve on committees.

SECTION 2Student Membership. Any current post secondary student not currently holding a Business Education license interested in advancing the objectives of the WEBIT shall be eligible for membership in the student category; and, upon payment of dues, shall be entitled to the services and publications of the WEBIT and shall be eligible to serve on committees, but may not serve as an officer or be eligible to vote.

SECTION 3Retired Professional Membership. Any retired professional member, upon payment of dues, shall be entitled to the services and publications of WEBIT, and shall be eligible to vote, hold office, and serve on committees.

In accordance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the Wisconsin Educators of Business and Information Technology shall not discriminate because of a person's age, race, creed, color, handicap, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, or sexual orientation.

ARTICLE V
Dues

SECTION 1. The amount of dues shall be established by the Executive Board and shall entitle one to membership in WEBIT for one fiscal year.

SECTION 2. The membership year shall extend from July 1 - June 30, inclusive.

ARTICLE VI
Officers and Their Duties

SECTION 1. The officers of WEBIT shall consist of a president, a president-elect, a secretary, a treasurer, and a chief information officer.

SECTION 2. The president shall:

a)  Preside at all meetings of WEBIT and the Executive Board;
b)  Appoint members to fill vacancies on the Executive Board subject to Executive Board approval;
c)  Make committee assignments;
d)  Provide for an audit of the treasurer's records at the close of the fiscal year;
e)  Perform all other duties as stated in the WEBIT Job Description Manual.

SECTION 3. The president-elect shall:

a)  Preside at all meetings of WEBIT and the Executive Board in the absence of the president;
b)  Perform all other duties as stated in the WEBIT Job Description Manual.

SECTION 4. The secretary shall:

a)  Keep accurate minutes of the proceedings of all meetings of WEBIT and the Executive Board and distribute copies to the
Executive Board;

b)  Maintain the archives’ copies of all proceedings;
c)  Perform all other duties as stated in the WEBIT Job Description Manual.

SECTION 5.

The treasurer shall:

a)  Receive and have custody of all monies and other assets of WEBIT including incorporation documents;
b)  Pay all expenditures approved by the president and/or the Executive Board;
c)  Keep accurate financial records and submit a report of the receipts, expenditures, and the balance on hand at each Executive
Board meeting;
d)  Prepare a written financial report for the fiscal year for distribution at the general membership business meeting;
e)  Perform all other duties as stated in the WEBIT Job Description Manual.

SECTION 6. The chief information officer shall:

a)  Act as membership chair;
b)  Maintain a complete record of the members of WEBIT;
c)  Perform all other duties as stated in the WEBIT Job Description Manual.

ARTICLE VII
Executive Board

SECTION 1. The Executive Board shall consist of:

a)  Officers
b)  District Representatives
c)  Student Representatives
d)  N-CBEA Representative
e)  WEBIT Journal Editor(s)
f)  Business Department of Public Instruction Representative(s)  
g)  Wisconsin Technical College System State Office--Director of Business and Information Technology Representative
h)  Legislative Network Chair
i)  Convention Coordinator
j)  Webmaster  
k)  Research Editor, WEBIT Journal
l)  Marketing Director

SECTION 2. The Executive Board shall establish and implement the goals ofWEBIT.

SECTION 3. A vacancy in any board position shall be filled by presidential appointment, subject to Executive Board approval for the unexpired term of the office or for failure to fill a vacant office at the annual election of officers; except that a vacancy in the office of the president shall be filled by the president-elect.

SECTION 4. The president-elect shall be elected to serve a one-year term, followed by a two year term as president.  The nominee need not have previous WEBIT Executive Board experience but must have been a member of WEBIT for the past three years.

SECTION 5. The chief information officer is a 5-year appointed position with an ability to serve one additional term. Appointment is made by the president with Executive Board approval.

SECTION 6. The secretary and the treasurer shall be elected in alternate years.-  

SECTION 7. The officers may serve one additional term.

SECTION 8. District representatives shall consist of one member from each district of the State. The district representatives are appointed by the president to serve a term of two years. Every effort should be made to insure that all educational levels are represented.

SECTION 9. The WEBIT Journal editor shall be appointed by the president to serve for a minimum of two years. If co-editors are appointed, each one shall have a vote on the Executive Board.

SECTION 10. One student representative from the private school sector and one from the public school sector shall serve on the Executive Board for one year, if possible. Selection shall be made from those who apply. A selection procedure similar to that used to select the N-CBEA student representative shall be used to select the WEBIT student representatives.

SECTION 11. The Wisconsin representative to the North-Central Business Education Association Administrative Board shall serve a three-year term. This position is an elected position. The nominee must be a member of NBEA for the three years prior to election.

SECTION 12. The Marketing Director shall be appointed by the president to serve for a minimum of two years.

SECTION 13. Any Executive Board member, officio or ex officio, may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board at a special or regular meeting, when, in its judgment, the best interests of Wisconsin Educators of Business and Information Technology would be served. The decision of the Executive Board shall be final and shall not be subject to review by or appeal to the WEBIT membership or any WEBIT official, entity, or committee.

Any Executive Board member, officio or ex officio, found guilty of violating any provision of these Bylaws, as now in effect or hereafter amended, or who shall be found guilty of other unethical conduct or conduct which brings discredit or tends to bring discredit upon the Executive Board or the WEBIT or upon the education profession may, by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board, be removed.

ARTICLE VIII
Voting of the Executive Board

SECTION 1Voting Members. All members of the Executive Board are voting members:

ARTICLE IX
Committees

SECTION 1WEBIT shall function with the following committees

a)  Awards Committee. The Awards Committee shall select the recipients of the annual WEBIT Outstanding Educator Awards and the Friend of WEBIT Award. The Committee shall consist of a minimum of four members of the Executive Board appointed by the president.

b)  Budget/Officers Committee. The Budget Committee shall prepare the budget for the fiscal year, July 1 to June 30. The Committee shall consist of the treasurer, the president, the president elect, the chief information officer, the secretary, and the former treasurer and/or chief information officer in a year of a new treasurer or chief information officer. The president and the treasurer shall serve as co-chairs.  
c)  Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall select nominees for all elected officers and the N-CBEA representative. The Committee shall consist of a minimum of four members of the Executive Board appointed by the president.
d)  Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee shall select the recipients of the student scholarships and the new attendee scholarships. The Committee shall consist of a minimum of four members of the Executive Board appointed by the president.


e)  Advisory Council. The Advisory Council shall determine activities that will be conducted by the six district representatives that have been appointed to the Executive Board by the president. The Council shall consist of the six district representatives.


f)  Membership Committee. The Membership Committee shall propose and monitor activities designated to maintain and build the membership numbers of the organization. The Committee shall consist of a minimum of four members of the Executive Board appointed by the president.

SECTION 2. The chair of each standing Committee shall be a member of the Executive Board.

SECTION 3. Each Committee shall be governed by the policies established for that Committee by the Executive Board.

SECTION 4. Special committees may be established by the president or the Executive Board.  These members may be any current WEBIT member.

ARTICLE X
Nominations and Elections

SECTION 1.  Open positions shall be posted in the spring issue of theWEBIT Journal by the nominating committee chair.

SECTION 2.  Written nominations and acceptance by the nominee will be accepted from the nominating committee or current members up until the close of onsite conference registration on the first day of the fall conference.

SECTION 3.  Each nominee for and each member of the Executive Board must be a member of WEBIT at the time of nomination and during the term of office.  Each board member is encouraged to also be a member of NBEA (National Business Education Association).

SECTION 4.  Election of officers will be conducted each year.  A plurality of votes cast is required for election.

ARTICLE XI
Meetings

SECTION 1WEBIT shall hold a general membership business meeting, which shall be known as the annual meeting, at each WEBIT convention.

SECTION 2. The Executive Board shall meet at least three times a year.

SECTION 3. The membership in attendance shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the annual meeting.

SECTION 4. The majority of the members of the Executive Board present shall constitute a quorum of that body for the transaction of business at the three yearly meetings of the Board.

ARTICLE XII
Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern in all deliberations of WEBIT.

ARTICLE XIII
Amendment of Bylaws

Any proposed amendment to these bylaws must be presented in writing to the secretary at least sixty days before the annual meeting. It must be published in the WEBIT  Journal at least thirty days prior to the annual meeting. WEBIT, at its annual meeting, may then adopt or reject such amendments by a two-thirds vote of the members present.

ARTICLE XIV
Non-Profit Status

WEBIT is not organized for profit, and no part of the net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.

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