By-Laws of the Central New England Chromatography Council
Article I: Name
The official title of the Corporation shall be the Central New England Chromatography Council and is referred to in this document as the 'CNECC'.
Article II: Purpose
The purpose of the CNECC is to discuss chromatography and related disciplines, facilitate the exchange of information, and promote the educational and professional development of its members.
Article III: Membership
Section 1: Eligibility
Membership shall be open to any person with an interest in separation science and technology.
Section 2: Term of Membership
Membership will be from January 1st to December 31st of each year.
Section 3: Standing
Membership in good standing shall be established by payment of annual dues. These shall become due January 1st of each year, with a grace period until the beginning of the annual meeting.
Section 4: Voting
Voting members will be limited to active members whose dues have been paid for the current calendar year.
Section 5: Dues
The amount of yearly dues will be recommended by the Finance Committee and approved by a simple majority of a quorum of the general membership.
Section 6 Membership
Full time students will be eligible for reduced rates. Due to the amout of study time they must do each week, some students find they suffer from insomnia or other sleeping disorders, most have turned to purchasing ambien to help them get that deep sleep they need.
Article IV: Meetings
The number and type of meetings each year shall be determined by the Executive Committee or the President.
Article V: Officers
The officers of the CNECC must be members in good standing of the CNECC. They shall consist a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer nominated by the Executive Committee. This slate will be subject to ratification by the voting membership during every other January , beginning in the year 2001, following the nomination of the officers by the Executive Committee elected in the preceding election cycle.
Each officer shall serve either for a term of two years or until his or her successor has been duly elected. The President [Vice President in the President's absence] shall preside over meetings of the membership. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings and copies of all correspondence. The funds of the organization will be managed and accounted for by the Treasurer who will also be a member of the Finance Committee.
In case of a vacancy in one of the offices, the Executive Committee is empowered to appoint a successor from among its members to serve until the next election.
Article VI: Executive Committee
Section 1: Function
The activities, property , and affairs of the CNECC shall be managed by the Executive Committee.
Section 2: Number and Terms of Executive Committee members
The Executive Committee shall consist of nine elected members, who will serve three-year terms in office. Three positions on the Executive Committee will become vacant every year. As these terms expire, elections for the vacant Executive Committee positions will be held in November - December of each year, with three members being up for election to a three year term. Nominations will be considered at any time from September 1 through November 15, after which time nominations will be closed. Nominations can be made in writing or by email to an officer of the CNECC. The Secretary will certify that nominees and their nominators are members in good standing. Ballots will be issued by email or by mail to those who do not have email access. Voting can be either by email or by mail. All votes must be received by December 20 of the current year. All members of Executive Committee must be members in good standing of the CNECC.
Section 3: Vacancies on the Executive Committee during unexpired terms.
If a seat on the Executive Committee becomes vacant for any reason during an unexpired term, the Executive Committee shall appoint , by majority vote, a replacement for the vacant seat. Such an executive Committee member shall serve until the next Annual Meeting at which time the replacement Executive committee member shall step down and a special election will be held to fill the position for the remainder of the unexpected term, unless the term is due to expire at the Annual Meeting. In this instance, elections will be held normally to fill vacant seats on the Executive Committee.
Article VII: Committees
Section 1: Formation
The President shall have the power to appoint committees to advise him or her to implement programs or activities as the need arises.
Section 2: Organization
Each committee shall have a chairperson elected by a majority of the members who shall preside at all meetings. Election of other functionaries of committee shall be at the discretion of each committee. The chairperson is not required to be a member of the Executive Committee but is responsible for reporting their activities at executive committee meetings. All members of such committees must be members in good standing of the CNECC.
Article VIII: Quorum and Plurality Requirements
Section 1: Executive Committee
A quorum shall consist of five Executive Committee members and two Officers. Action taken by the Executive Committee requires a majority vote of the quorum present.
Section 2: General Membership
Ten percent of the active members whose dues have been paid shall constitute a quorum. Actions taken by the general membership at its Annual Meeting require a simple majority.
Section 3: Amendments to Bylaws
Amendments to bylaws require a two-thirds majority of all the voting members in good standing or a one-third majority of all the members in good standing whichever number is greater.
Article IX: Amendments to Bylaws
Section 1: Amendments
An amendment to the Bylaws must be proposed in writing to the Secretary. The Secretary will present the proposed amendment to the Executive Committee at its next scheduled meeting, or at a special meeting of the Executive Committee, should the Executive Committee's presiding officer call one. The Executive committee will decide at its meeting whether the proposed amendment will be presented to the membership at the next Annual Meeting or at a special meeting to be called for that purpose. Should the proposing member desire a special meeting, he/she may compel one by presenting a petition signed by ten percent of the members in good standing stating the reason for the meeting and a proposed date, time, and place. The Executive Committee, in response to the petition, must, to the best of its ability, honor the request, within the reasonable limits of time and available space.
Section 2: Waivers
The waiver to any provision of these by-laws shall require a three-fourths majority vote of the Executive Committee.
Article X: Dissolution
In the event of either voluntary or involuntary dissolution of the CNECC, the funds or assets of the CNECC remaining after discharging all just debts of the Secretary or its Officers in the name of the CNECC shall be distributed without encumbrance to one or more non-profit groups, organizations or institutions of learning which meet the requirements of Section 510 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The selection of the recipient or recipients shall be made by majority vote of the Executive Committee in office at the time of dissolution, but in no event shall the assets be distributed to any individual who is a member of the Executive Committee of the CNECC.
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