CAWEE Constitution and Articles of Incorporation

 

ARTICLE 1

NAME

SECTION 1 The name of this Association shall be the California Association of Work Experience Educators, Incorporated (CAWEE), hereinafter referred to as the Association.

ARTICLE II

PURPOSE

SECTION 1 The purpose of the Association shall be:

1.1 To unite in one organization all persons in the State of California engaged in or otherwise especially interested in Work Experience Education and/or career education.

1.2 To encourage development and improvement of Work Experience Education and career education programs and to advance high standards of professional conduct in the field by means including teacher in-service and other professional training.

1.3 To provide an organization through which members may speak out on matters of public and professional interest as they relate to student employment.

1.4 To encourage creative research and experimental activities in the field of Work Experience Education and career education and to disseminate this information.

ARTICLE III

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

SECTION 1 The organizational structure of the Association shall consist of the Membership-at-large, Chapters, Regional Presidentâs Council, the Executive Board, and functional standing committees.

 

SECTION 2 The Association shall have an annual business meeting.

 

ARTICLE IV

MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1 A person is eligible for membership in the Association who is engaged in or interested in guidance, training, and employment through coordinated Work Experience Education Programs, career education, and other work-based learning or School-to-Career programs.

 

SECTION 2 There shall be six classes of membership: Regular, Life, Retired, Institutional, Associate, and Business/Industry.

2.1 Regular members: Those who have paid Regular member annual dues to the Association, who have responsibility for administration, organization and/or operation of Work Experience Education, career education and/or work-based learning programs and employers or others who are actively engaged in these programs.

 

2.2 Life members: Those regular members who have paid the Life membership dues to the Association or have been granted Honorary Life Membership by the Executive Board.

 

2.3 Retired members: Those who have paid Retired member annual dues to the Association and who have retired from full-time teaching.

 

2.4 Institutional members: Those who have paid their Institutional member annual dues to the Association. Institutional member dues are for schools, districts, or other entities who pay dues for one to three employees.

 

2.5 Associate members: Those non-certificated individuals who have paid Associate member dues equal to one-half of the regular annual dues to the Association.

 

2.6 Business/Industry members: Those individuals in a company who have paid Business/Industry annual dues to the Association who are especially interested in Work Experience Education, career education or other work-based learning programs.

 

SECTION 3 Rights and privileges of members: 

3.1 Regular members shall be entitled to receive Association publications and communications, vote, and hold office in the Association.

3.2 Life members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges accorded regular members.

3.3 Retired members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges accorded regular members.

3.4 Institutional members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges accorded regular members.

3.5 Associate members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of regular members except the right to vote and hold any elective office.

3.6 Business/Industry members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of regular members except the right to vote and hold any elective office.

 

ARTICLE V

REGIONS AND CHAPTERS

SECTION 1 The Association shall consist of representative Regions in the State of California.

 

SECTION 2 The Regions shall be divided geographically to provide the most convenient access to Regional meetings and to provide equitable representation.

 

SECTION 3 Members of the Association may form, merge or dissolve Chapters of the Association by written application and approval of the Executive Board.

 

SECTION 4 Officers of local chapters must be members in good standing of CAWEE.

ARTICLE VI

CHAPTER PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL

SECTION 1 The Chapter Presidents shall meet as a Council at CAWEE Conferences.

 

SECTION 2 The Council will provide leadership and recommendations to the chapters, the Associations standing committees, and to the Executive Board.

 

SECTION 3 The Executive Board's Northern and Southern Representatives shall serve as Co-Chairpersons of the President's Council in each of their respective regions.

 

ARTICLE VII

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

SECTION 1 Each Region is entitled to two (2) representatives elected by and from the general membership of each respective region.

 

SECTION 2 The elected Northern and Southern Representatives shall serve on the Associationâs Executive Board.

SECTION 3 The Representatives shall be Regular, Life, Retired or Institutional membersinvolved with secondary school Work Experience Education, career education, School-to-Career, and/or college Cooperative Education in their respective region.

ARTICLE VIII

EXECUTIVE BOARD

SECTION 1 Voting members of the Executive Board shall consist of elected officers which include the Northern and Southern Representatives (4), President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past President. Non-voting members of the Executive Board consist of Presidential appointees which may include but not be limited to Administrative Assistant, Finance Director, Representatives of: Business/Industry; Labor; State Department of Education; Career Education; School-to-Career; the Chancellorâs Office; and California Community Colleges.

SECTION 2 The President, President-Elect, Immediate Past-President, and Standing Committee Chairpersons, shall serve for a period of one year coinciding with the fiscal year of the Association (July 1 ö June 30).

SECTION 3 The Northern and Southern regional Representatives shall serve two-year termsof office, respectively, coinciding with the fiscal year of the Association.

SECTION 4 One Northern and Southern regional representatives shall be elected from each Region each year.

SECTION 5 Vacancy in the Office of President shall be filled by the President-Elect, as acting President for the remaining portion of the unexpired term.

SECTION 6 Vacancy in the office of President-Elect shall be filled by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board for the remaining portion of the unexpired term.

SECTION 7 Vacancies in any of the regional Representative offices shall be filled by action of the respective Chapters. The person so appointed shall serve during the remaining portion of the unexpired term.

SECTION 8 The President-Elect automatically succeeds to the Presidency following the year as President-Elect.

SECTION 9 No person shall hold more than one elected position on the Executive Board at one time.

SECTION 10 Elected officers may be removed from office by a petition to the Executive Board. The petition must contain verified signatures of at least 50 voting members or 10 percent of the members voting in the last election for that office, whichever is greater. A special recall election will be held within 30 working days after the Executive Board's verification and acceptance of the petition. A majority of the ballots cast constitutes the decision.

SECTION 11 An office may be declared vacant by a quorum of the Executive Board if an officer fails to attend two or more Board meetings within a fiscal year (July 1- June 30).

ARTICLE IX

ELECTIONS

SECTION 1 Candidates for the offices of Regional Representative and President-Elect shall submit declarations of candidacy as prescribed in the By-Laws.

 

SECTION 2 Candidates for the office of President-Elect must have served at least one year in a voting position on the Executive Board or as an officer and a paid member of a Local Chapter prior to being eligible to assume the office of President-Elect.

 

SECTION 3 Candidates for the office of Regional Representative must be in the second year, or more, of membership in CAWEE at the time of candidacy.

SECTION 4 Election of officers shall be held annually.

SECTION 5 Election procedures will be specified in the By-Laws.

SECTION 6 A majority vote of the ballots cast constitutes election of regional Representatives and President-Elect.

ARTICLE X

AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1 Proposed Constitutional amendment(s) require written notice of the proposal to the Association President's Council by a voting member. Upon approval by the Chapter Presidentâs Council, the proposed Constitutional amendment(s) will be submitted to the Executive Board prior to March 1 for inclusion on a mail ballot.

 

SECTION 2 Proposed Constitutional amendments may also be put on the ballot by an individual member securing at least 25 signatures of voting members and submitted to the Executive Board prior to March 1 for inclusion on a mail ballot.

 

SECTION 3 Proposed Constitutional amendments per Article X, Section 1 shall be by mail ballot prior to the next annual meeting.

 

SECTION 4 Proposed Constitutional amendments become effective after Executive Board verification of an affirmative majority vote of the ballots cast. The Executive Board will publicize and implement the results of the amendment balloting.