Durham Engineer’s Club By-Laws

ARTICLE I - Membership 1. An application for admission to the Club shall embody a concise statement of the candidate’s professional training and experience and shall be in a form and in such detail as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors. The application for applicable membership grade shall be sponsored by at least three members of the Club and submitted by the Secretary to the Board of Directors for its approval or rejection.
2. A member of the Club may be expelled from membership by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors for nonpayment of dues, unethical and unprofessional conduct, conviction of a crime, conduct contrary to the Constitution and By-Laws, and conduct inimical to the best interest of the Club.
3. Members in good standing may resign at any time by written notice to the Secretary, and may be reinstated by the Board at any time by application accompanied by the current year’s dues.
4. Grades of Membership: Member: Members whose education, vocation, or experience qualifies them to practice work in the fields of engineering, architecture, or applied science. Student member: Post secondary students enrolled in an engi- neering or related program. Life Member: Active member who has been in the club at least 12 years, retired or has reached the age of 70. The Board shall vote upon receipt of written request by the member. Honorary Member: Outstanding men and women of the community whose interests are similar to the objectives of the Club. Affiliate Member: Members whose interest or vocation brings them into cooperation with the engineering profession. Members, Student Members, and Life Members shall be eligible to vote and to hold office. Affiliate and Honorary members shall not vote or hold office.

ARTICLE II - Fees and Dues

1. Annual dues shall be $40.00 for Members and Affiliate Members, and $7.50 for Student Members, payable in advance on, or before, the 31st of December. Life Members and Honorary Members are exempt from paying dues.
2. Members in arrears for more than 90 days shall be considered delinquent and be dropped from the membership.
3. The full amount of annual dues shall be collected from new members except those joining after July 1, who will pay one-half of the annual amount.
4. The cash balance on band in the Educational and Guidance Fund, as of June 1, 1972, shall remain on deposit and the annual interest therefrom shall be deposited in the Fund, and the Fund will be used to support the educational work of the Club. Any surplus developing in the general budget may be transferred to the Educational Fund at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE III - Election of Officers

l. The President at the beginning of each year shall appoint for that year a Nominating Committee.
2. The Nominating Committee shall prepare and submit to the member ship at the March meeting each year a list of nominations of the proposed officers for all offices for the ensuing year. This committee shall nominate one member for each office with the Vice President succeeding the President and shall obtain an agreement from all such nominees to serve if elected, At the March meeting additional nominations may be made from the floor by any voting members in good standing present at the meeting. Such nominations must be seconded by a voting member in good standing. The nominee must be a Member, Student Member, or Life Member in good standing, and must agree to serve if elected. At the April meeting all nominees will be voted upon. Only Members, Student Members, and Life Members may vote for these officers.

ARTICLE IV - Duties of Officers

1. The President shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Club and shall preside at all meetings of the Club and of the Board of Directors.
2. The Vice President with the support of the Board of Directors shall be responsible for meeting programs. In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall assume the duties.
3. The Secretary shall issue membership certificates. The Secretary shall be, under the Board of Directors, the Executive officer of the Club. The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Club and the Board of Directors, prepare the business thereof and duly record all proceedings.
4.The Treasurer shall receive all moneys, deposit all moneys received and shall disburse the same by cheeks for bills approved for payment by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall attend all meetings of the Club and the Board of Directors seeing that ailmoneys due the Club are fully collected and without loss. The Treasurer shall personally certify the accuracy of all bills to the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual report of the financial affairs of the Club, to be presented each year at the February meeting. 5.The Board of Directors as provided for in the Constitution shall manage the affairs of the Club in conformity with its Constitution and By-Laws. It shall direct the investment and care of funds, make appropriations for specific purposes, conduct an annual financial audit, act upon applications for membership, act upon expulsions, and fill vacancies in any office for the remainder of the term.
6. The Board of Directors, subject to approval , may create regular special committees and prescribe their duties and function.
7. All amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws as proved for in the Constitution shall become effective 30 days after adoption.

This Constitution and these By-Laws approved and accepted at the Organization Meeting of the Durham Engineer’s Club, Thursday, June 8, 1944; amended and ratified at meetings held January 8, 1948; March 10, 1949; April 12, 1951; February 11, 1960; March 10, 1966; April 12, 1973; November 10, 1988, and May 9, 1996.

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