BYLAWS OF THE E005,
PHILADELPHIA SECTION OF THE
SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS
ARTICLE I – NAME AND OBJECTIVES**
Section 1. Name
The name of this organization shall be the E005, Philadelphia section (hereinafter called “the section”) of the Society of Women Engineers (hereinafter called “the Society” or “SWE”).
Section 2. Objectives
The section is an organizational unit whose purpose is to further the objectives of the Society.
Section 3. Powers
The section is empowered by the Society to pursue the objectives of the Society under these bylaws and in consonance with the bylaws of the Society.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP**
Section 1. Members
Members of the section are those members of the Society assigned to the section. In accordance with the Society’s policies and purposes, the section shall not discriminate in connection with its membership and its services to the public at large. All members of the section shall have the right
to attend all in-person section and executive council meetings.
Section 2. Grades of Membership
Members shall have the same membership grade in the section as they have in the Society and voting privileges as specified in the Society bylaws.
Section 3. Business Meeting
A meeting of the general membership to conduct the business of the section may be called by the president, the executive council, or by a group of five percent or five of the voting members of the section, whichever is greater. At least thirty days written notice shall be provided to all members
prior to such a business meeting.
Section 4. Quorum
Fifteen voting members or thirty percent of the voting members of the section, whichever is less, shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of the business of the section.
ARTICLE III – OFFICERS
Section 1. Officers**
The officers of the section are the president, senior vice president, two vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, and section representative(s) as designated in the bylaws of the Society.
Section 2. Eligibility and Term of Office**
- The president, senior vice president, vice presidents, and section representative(s) must be
voting members of the Society. All other section officers must be voting members of the section.
- Section officers shall serve for a term of one fiscal year, to coincide with the Society’s fiscal
- Officers may hold more than one office provided that there is a minimum of five elected officers of the section. No one may hold the office of president and treasurer at the same time.
Section 3. Duties**
1. The president shall:
A. Represent the section before the public and preside at meetings of the section and its executive council;
B. Appoint the chairs of all committees, with the approval of the executive council, except the
chair of the nominating committee;
C. Approve the appointment of all committee members, except the members of the nominating committee;
D. Authorize the disbursement of section funds within the budget approved by the executive
E. Be an authorized signatory on all section accounts;
F. Coordinate activities and execute the business and policies of the section between meetings;
G. Review and approve the year-end section financial report;
H. Provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs as assigned; and
I. Perform such other duties normally associated with the office of president or as may be
assigned by the executive council or the governance documents.
2. The senior vice president shall:
A. Assume the duties of the president if the president is temporarily unable to serve;
B. Provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs as assigned; and
C. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.
3. The vice presidents shall:
A. Provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs as assigned; and
B. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.
4. The secretary shall:
A. Maintain the records of the section;
B. Provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs as assigned; and
C. Perform other duties normally associated with the office of secretary or as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.
5. The treasurer shall:
A. Be responsible for the collection, distribution, and safekeeping of section funds;
B. Prepare, maintain, and report as directed on the financial position of the section in relation to the approved budget;
C. Submit a financial report to the Society in accordance with established procedures;
D. Provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs as assigned; and
E. Perform other duties normally associated with the office of treasurer or as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.
6. The section representative(s) shall:
A. Perform those duties expected of them as described in the Society bylaws, the council of
representatives’ procedures, and the region governance documents; and
B. Perform other duties normally associated with the office of section representative or as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.
Section 4. Nomination and Election
- The executive council shall elect at least three members to serve on the nominating committee. The nominating committee shall select its own chair, who must be a member with
the right to vote in the national organization of the Society but does not need to have been elected to the committee by the executive council.
- Members of the nominating committee may not become candidates during their tenure of
service on the nominating committee.
- The nominating committee shall propose at least one qualified candidate for each of the officer
positions. The slate shall be presented to the members of the section by mail, electronic mail, or posting on the section website by April 15 of each year.
- Additional candidates may be nominated by petition, provided that:
B. The member has given written consent to being placed on the ballot;
C. A minimum of two percent or five of the voting members of the section, whichever is greater, have signed a petition or endorsed an email to place the candidate’s name on the ballot; and
D. The petition, together with the written consent, is submitted to the chair of the nominating
committee by April 30 or fifteen days after the slate is announced to the members of the section, whichever is later.
5. The chair of the nominating committee shall arrange for the distribution of ballots to occur at least twenty-one days prior to the required return date for the vote. Voting may be by mail, electronic mail or web-based provided that mail ballots are sent to those without electronic access. The chair of the nominating committee shall select a tellers committee to receive and count the votes, and to report the results to the president.
6. The voting members of the section shall elect the section officers.
7. A plurality shall elect for each office. Write-in votes for eligible candidates shall be allowed. In
the event of a tie, the election for that position shall be determined by lot, conducted by the chair of the nominating committee.
Section 5. Alternate Section Representative(s)**
- Alternate section representatives may be elected during the officer election process.
- The executive council may elect alternate(s) for the purpose of attending a council of
representatives or region council meeting if the section representative(s) or alternate(s) cannot attend.
- All alternates shall be designated in the order in which they will be called to serve, with
alternates elected by the membership serving before those selected in any other manner.
- Alternate section representatives must meet the same eligibility requirements as section
Section 6. Vacancies
- The senior vice president shall assume the office of president for the remainder of the term
in the event of a vacancy.
- A vacancy in the position of senior vice president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
shall be filled by election by the executive council.
- A vacancy in the office of section representative shall be filled by the next available alternate
section representative. If there is no available alternate section representative, the executive council may elect an alternate to fill the vacancy.
ARTICLE IV – EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Section 1. Composition
The governing body of the section shall be the executive council. The officers of the section shall constitute the executive council. Committee chairs shall be non-voting members of the council. An individual holding more than one position on the executive council has only one vote and counts as a single person for the purpose of a quorum.
Section 2. Duties
The executive council shall:
- Transact the business of the section;
- Implement section policies as determined by the membership;
- Elect the members of the nominating committee;
- Approve the appointment of all committee chairs, except the chair of the nominating committee;
- Ensure that the section is represented at region council and council of representative meetings; and
- Approve the section budget and authorize expenditures not included in the approved budget.
Section 3. Conducting Business
- The executive council shall meet regularly to conduct the business of the section upon the call of the section president or by written petition of at least one-third of the voting members of the executive council.
- Unless otherwise restricted by law or these bylaws, the executive council may also conduct business by telephone, mail, electronic mail, fax, or other electronic devices.
Section 4. Quorum
- A quorum shall be a majority of the members of the executive council then in office, but not less than four, one of whom is the president, senior vice president, or section representative.
- No member of the executive council may vote by proxy.
Section 5. Removal
Any officer may be removed for cause by a vote of two-thirds of the voting members of the section responding to a recall ballot, provided that votes have been received from at least the number of members required for a quorum. Such removal shall be effective immediately upon the recording of such vote. Removal procedures not covered by law or these bylaws shall be developed and approved by the executive council.
ARTICLE V – COMMITTEES
Section 1. Committees
- There are no standing committees.
- The executive council may establish other committees as the need arises.
Section 2. Appointment
The members of the committees shall be appointed by the chair of the committee with the approval of the president.
Section 3. Duties
The executive council shall prepare a description of the duties of each committee and reporting relationships.
Section 4. Reports
Each committee chair shall present a status report to the membership when requested by the executive committee contact. Each committee chair shall also prepare an annual report providing input to the section representative for the section’s final report to the Society.
ARTICLE VI – DISSOLUTION**
In the event of dissolution, the assets of the section shall be first used to pay any remaining debts, after which any remaining funds shall be disbursed to SWE regions, SWE sections, the SWE members at large organization, the Society, or SWE endowment funds as recommended by the section’s executive council and approved by the SWE board of directors.
ARTICLE VII – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY**
The rules contained in the tenth edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern this section in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the section may adopt.
ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENT**
- These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at a meeting or of the ballots received prior to the stated deadline.
- Amendments may be proposed by a majority of the executive council or five voting members of the section. All proposed amendments must be submitted to the secretary.
- Written notice, delivered either by mail or electronically, must be given to all members of the section at least thirty days prior to the date of the meeting or the specified date for voting to be completed.
- Amendments adopted by the section shall be sent to the Society secretary according to established procedures, and shall become effective after approved by the Society secretary.
- Sections marked with a double asterisk (**) are identical to the professional section bylaws template approved by the Society Board of Directors March 11, 2006. Changes to these sections of the professional section bylaws template shall become part of these bylaws upon approval of the Society. The section secretary shall incorporate such changes into the
section bylaws and forward the updated bylaws to the Society secretary within six months of notification of the change to the section bylaws template.
Based on Professional Section Bylaws Template version 03-11-06.