ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this organization is the Robert E. Clow Parent-Teacher Association (Clow PTA) of Naperville. It is a local PTA unit organized under the authority of the Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers (Illinois PTA), a branch of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (National PTA). These bylaws shall be deemed to be a part of the Articles of Organization. This PTA is incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois.
ARTICLE II - ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION
The articles of organization of this local PTA unit include (a) the bylaws of such organization and (b) the certificate of incorporation or articles of incorporation of such organization (in cases in which the organization is a corporation) or the articles of association by whatever name (in cases in which the organization exists as an unincorporated association).
ARTICLE III - PURPOSES
The Objects of the Illinois PTA and the Clow PTA, in common with the purposes of the National PTA are:
a. To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship
b. To raise the standards of home life.
c. To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
d. To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
e. To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.
The Objects of the Illinois PTA and Clow PTA are promoted through an educational program directed toward parents, teachers, and the general public; are developed through conferences, committees, projects and programs; and are governed and qualified by the basic policies set forth in ARTICLE IV.
The organization is organized exclusively for the charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code (hereinafter "Internal Revenue Code").
ARTICLE IV - BASIC POLICIES
The following are basic policies of the Clow PTA in common with those of the National PTA and Illinois PTA:
a. The organization shall be noncommercial, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan.
b. The organization or members in their official capacities shall not endorse a commercial entity or engage in activities not related to promoting the Objects of the organization.
c. The organization or members in their official capacities shall not - directly or indirectly - participate or intervene (in any way, including the publishing or distributing of statements) in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office; or devote more than an insubstantial part of its activities to attempting to influence legislation by propaganda or otherwise.
d. The organization shall work with the schools to provide quality education for all children and youth and shall seek to participate in the decision-making process establishing school policy, recognizing that the legal responsibility to make decisions has been delegated by the people to boards of education, state education authorities, and local education authorities.
e. The Illinois PTA or any of its divisions may cooperate with organizations and agencies concerned with child welfare, but a PTA representative shall make no commitments as an individual that bind the group he represents.
f. No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, directors, trustees, officers, or other private individuals except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in ARTICLE III hereof.
g. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (i) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.
h. Upon the dissolution of the organization, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of the organization, the remaining assets shall be distributed to one or more nonprofit funds, foundations, or organizations which have established their tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
ARTICLE V - MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
Every individual who is a member of a local PTA unit is, by virtue of that fact, a member of the National PTA and of the Illinois PTA by which a local PTA unit is chartered and is entitled to all the benefits of such membership.
Membership in each local PTA unit shall be made available by such local PTA unit without regard to race, color, creed, or national origin.
Each local PTA unit shall conduct an annual enrollment of members but may admit individuals to membership at any time.
The membership year shall end on September 30. Persons who join during the membership year shall pay dues for that year. Persons may hold membership in one or more local PTA units upon payment of all-inclusive dues as required by the bylaws of each local PTA unit.
Only members of this local PTA unit who have paid dues for the current membership year may participate in the business of this local PTA unit.
The privilege of making motions and voting in a local PTA unit shall be limited to members of such local PTA unit.
Only a dues paying member of a local PTA unit may be eligible for election or appointment to office or chairmanship in the Illinois PTA or any of its divisions.
No person shall hold an elected or appointed position in any local PTA unit who is not a member in good standing.
Each member of a local PTA unit shall pay such annual dues to said organization as may be prescribed by the organization. The amount of such dues shall include the portion payable to the Illinois PTA (the "state portion") and the portion payable to the National PTA (the "national portion").
a. The national portion of each member's dues shall be determined by the delegates at the National PTA annual convention.
b. The annual dues to the Illinois PTA shall be one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per capita for every member of each local PTA unit.
c. The amount of the local membership dues shall be determined by the members of the local PTA unit.
a. The state and national portions of the dues paid by each member of a local PTA unit shall be set aside by the local PTA unit and remitted to the Illinois PTA through such channels and at such times as the state PTA bylaws may provide. The Illinois PTA shall remit to the National PTA the amount of the national portion of dues paid by all members of local PTA units in its area.
b. The initial state and national portion of the dues paid by each member to a local PTA unit shall be set aside by the local PTA unit and remitted to the Illinois PTA, and shall be postmarked no later than October 1. Dues should be submitted monthly thereafter.
a. A local PTA unit shall be considered delinquent if, by December 31, it has failed to send to the Illinois PTA the state and national portion of dues paid by no less than twenty-five (25) individual members, or no less than ten (10) individual members for a new local PTA unit or for an existing local PTA unit where the school enrollment is less than one hundred (100) students.
b. A local PTA unit not affiliated with a school shall be considered delinquent if, by December 31, it has failed to send to the Illinois PTA the state and national portions of dues paid by no less then ten (10) individual members.
c. Local PTA units which fail to send to the state office of the Illinois PTA by March 31 the national and state portions of dues paid by individual members shall be discontinued as local PTA units and their charters shall be withdrawn, as provided in ARTICLE XIII, #Section 9. a., b., and c.
d. Reinstatement procedures and reinstatement fees shall be in such manner as prescribed by the state board of managers.
ARTICLE VI - OFFICERS AND THEIR ELECTION
Each officer or board member of a local PTA unit shall be a member of such local PTA unit.
a. The officers of this organization shall be a president, one (1) vice president, a secretary, and a treasurer.
b. Officers shall be elected by ballot annually in the month of April. However, if there is only one (1) candidate for any office, upon adoption of a motion from the floor, the election for that office (or offices) may be by voice.
c. Officers shall assume their official duties at the close of the annual meeting in May and shall serve for a term of 1 year or until their successors are elected and assume their duties.
d. A person shall not be eligible to serve more than two (2) (consecutive) terms in the same office.
The members of the nominating committee for officers of a local PTA unit shall be elected.
a. There shall be a nominating committee consisting of five (5) members, three (3) of whom shall be elected by the executive board from its body, and two (2) elected by this organization at a regular meeting at least two (2) months prior to the election. There shall be one (1) alternate elected by the executive board and one (1) from the organization. The committee shall choose its own chairman before the close of the regular meeting at which they are elected.
b. The nominating committee shall select one (1) nominee for each office to be filled and report at least thirty (30) days prior to the election meeting.
c. During the election meeting, an opportunity shall be given for nominations from the floor.
d. Only those who have consented to serve if elected shall be eligible for nomination either by the committee or from the floor. No one may be eligible to election who has not been a member of this organization or that of a feeder school for at least thirty (30) days.
e. To be eligible to vote in any election a person must have been a member for at least thirty (30) days.