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The Honor Society of Nursing,
Sigma Theta Tau International, Incorporated
Chapter Bylaws Form
Effective for Chapters, At-Large Chapters,
and Alumni Chapters
November 2009 - December 2011
Chapter Greek name: Gamma Alpha.
Institution(s) of Higher Education: Loma Linda University School of Nursing.
Chapter: #071 Region: #02
Article I. Name, Key and Seal
The name of this chapter of the international honor society of nursing is Gamma Alpha Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Incorporated, located at Loma Linda University School of Nursing. It shall use the official key and seal of the Society.
Article II. Purposes
The purposes of this Society shall be to:
Article III. Status
Section 1. Nonprofit Organization
This organization is a nonprofit corporation and does not contemplate the distribution of gains, profits or dividends to the members.
Section 2. Limitation of Activities
No substantial part of the activities of this chapter shall consist of carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and the chapter shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Article IV. Membership
Section 1. Categories of Membership
Section 2. Qualifications for Regular Membership
a. Sigma Theta Tau International does not discriminate. Candidates are qualified for membership so long as eligibility requirements are met.
b. Student candidates shall have demonstrated superior academic achievement, academic integrity, and professional leadership potential.
c. Regular Member
1) Students in Basic Program
a) Definition – Basic program is defined as a baccalaureate or equivalent nursing degree program which leads to the first professional nursing degree.
b) Academic Achievement – Students in basic programs shall be eligible for membership if they have achieved excellence according to the standards approved by the Society.
c) Rank in class – Basic students who are elected shall rank not lower than the highest 35 percent of their class in scholarship.
d) Curriculum – Students shall have completed at least one-half of the required nursing curriculum.
e) Exceptions – Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the chapter’s governance committee following the guidelines adopted by the International Board of Directors.
2) Students in Graduate Programs
a) Definition – Graduate program is defined as an accredited program of graduate study in nursing including master, post-master, doctoral, and post-doctoral.
b) Academic Achievement – Students in graduate programs shall be eligible for membership if they have achieved excellence according to the standards approved by the Society.
c) Curriculum – Students shall have completed a minimum of one-quarter of the required graduate curriculum.
d) Exceptions – Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the chapter’s governance committee following the guidelines adopted by the International Board of Directors.
3) Nurse Leader
A nurse leader, who is a registered nurse, legally recognized to practice in his/her country with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field, and who has demonstrated achievement in nursing, shall be eligible for membership.
Section 3. Selection of Members
a. Regular Members
1) Student member candidates are required to be enrolled in an institution of higher education where the chapter is located to be considered for membership in that chapter. If there is no chapter at the institution of higher education in which the student attends, student member candidates may be considered for membership in another chapter.
2) The nurse leader candidate may be selected for membership by any chapter.
Section 4. Membership Status
Members may be designated as active or inactive. Members may also formally request to discontinue membership. Active members pay annual chapter and international fees. Inactive members have not paid annual chapter and international fees, but shall become active at any time by paying current renewal fees.
Section 5. Rights and Responsibilities of Active MembersRegular Members
1) Active regular members shall make a commitment to the purposes of the Society.
2) Active regular members shall receive:
a. official Society publications;
b. priority for education programs; and
c. priority for research funding.
3) Active regular members at the chapter level shall:
a. receive all communications and announcements;
b. be able to attend meetings;
c. be able to participate in activities;
d. be considered for awards;
e. be eligible to vote; and
f. hold elective and appointive office as outlined by the chapter bylaws.
4) Active regular members may hold membership in more than one chapter by remitting multiple chapter fees and the Society fee annually.
5) Active regular members may transfer from one chapter to another.
Section 6. Revocation of Membership
Membership in the society may be revoked at any time by a chapter to which the member belongs for just cause and after due process. Revocation of membership shall be determined at a meeting of the chapter, at which a quorum is present, by at least three-fourths vote for revocation by those present.
Article V. Chapter Organization and Responsibilities
Section 1. Organization
This chapter is a constituent of the organization of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Incorporated. It shall function under bylaws, policies, and procedures which are not in conflict with those of the Society.
Section 2. House of Delegates
a. There shall be two official delegates to represent the chapter at the House of Delegates of the Society. If the chapter is represented by only one delegate, that delegate shall have two votes. If the chapter has a nominee for an officer in the Society, it should consider sending this individual as a delegate to the House of Delegates. A delegate is required to be an active member of this chapter.
b. The term of the delegates shall be from the opening of convention for which the delegate is selected to serve until the opening of the next convention.
1) Chapter delegates may vote electronically on chapter charter applications.
2) The procedures and time limitations for electronic voting shall be set by the International Board of Directors.
Section 3. Chapter Responsibilities
Chapters shall fulfill the following requirements:
Section 4. Suspension or Revocation
Article VI. Meetings
Section 1. Regular Meetings
This chapter shall have at least one business meeting and will sponsor at least two events or programs that support the purposes and goals of the Society each year. The annual business meeting, where officers and committees present written annual reports to the membership, may be held in conjunction with an event or program.
Section 2. Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called by the president or upon request of six (6) members of the chapter.
Article VII. Board of Directors
Section 1. MembershipThe members of the Board of Directors of this chapter shall consist of the elected officers and one or more elected directors (optional). The elected members of the Board of Directors are the voting members.
Section 2. Focus
The elected members of the Board of Directors have the authority and responsibility to manage the chapter consistent with these bylaws and in an appropriate legal manner.
Section 3. Functions
Section 4. Meetings
The Board of Directors of this chapter shall meet as necessary to conduct the business between meetings of the general membership.
Section 5. Removing a Board of Director Member from Office
A member of the board of directors who demonstrates behavior, as determined by the Board of Directors, that is not consistent with the mission, values or expectations of the honor society may be removed by a three fourths (3/4) vote of the remaining members of the board, provided that notice of the intent to take such action is given to all board members at least 30 days in advance of the regular or special meeting at which the motion to remove is introduced. Such board member shall have the right to be present and to speak on his/her behalf, but shall not be allowed to be present during deliberation nor to vote. Voting shall be by ballot, which may be delivered electronically if a face-to-face meeting is not possible.
Article VIII. Officers
Section 1. Titles
Section 2. Vacancies
The vice president fills the vacancy of president (at-Large chapters shall designate a vice president to fill such vacancies); other offices are filled by appointment of the Board of Directors until the next election.
Section 3. Duties
The duties of the chapter officers shall be as follows:
Article IX. Elections
Section 1. Elections
Elections shall be held annually by ballot.
Section 2. Positions
Chapter officers, directors (optional) and members of the Leadership Succession Committee shall be elected. Members of the Governance Committee may be elected by the chapter membership or appointed by the elected officers.
Section 3. Vote
Section 4. Terms
Article X. Committees
Section 1. Standing Committees
Section 2. Governance Committee
Section 3. Leadership Succession Committee
Section 4. Additional Standing Committees
Additional standing committees, advisory councils, and task forces may be appointed by the Board of Directors if deemed appropriate. The purpose of these groups will be to carry out the work of the chapter.
Section 5. Board Advisory Councils
Section 6. Task Forces
Article XI. Finance
Section 1. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year shall be July 1 through June 30.
Section 2. Chapter Fees and Assessments
Section 3. Induction and Renewal Fee Changes
Adjustments to the fee schedule shall be approved by the chapter Board of Directors. Fee schedule adjustments shall not occur more than once a biennium and shall not exceed the cumulative Consumer Price Index (CPI) percentage rate. Any adjustments, accompanied by rationale, will be provided to membership sixty (60) days in advance of the effective date.
Section 4. Induction Fee
Each new member shall pay a Society induction fee and a chapter induction fee as determined by the chapter Board of Directors. This shall entitle the new member to active membership with all its benefits from the date of induction for one year to the member’s anniversary date of induction. The Chapter induction fee is $20.
Section 5. Renewal Fee
Section 6. Chapter Financial Responsibilities
This chapter is an independent, autonomous organization affiliated with the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Incorporated. The chapter determines the amounts of its fees and assessments. The chapter has control of its income, expenses, contracts, accounting system and internal reports.
Article XII. Quorum
Section 1. Membership
a. A quorum at a chapter business meeting shall consist
of three (3) officers and seven (7) members.
b. In the event of a revocation of membership vote, 30
days’ notice of the meeting with the revocation issue
announced is required and a quorum shall consist of
three (3) officers and 10% of the active membership of
the chapter in attendance.
Section 2. Board of Directors
A quorum of the Board of Directors shall consist of three (3) members.
Article XIII. Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in the 10th edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern this chapter in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws or special rules of the Society.
Article XIV. Amendments to Bylaws
Section 1. Amendments with Notice
These bylaws may be amended by a three-fourths vote of the chapter members present and voting at any meeting of the chapter. Proposed amendments shall be in the hands of the chapter secretary at least forty-five (45) days before the date of the meeting and shall be appended to the call to the meeting sent thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.
Section 2. Amendments without Notice
These bylaws may be amended by unanimous vote of the members present and voting at any scheduled meeting without previous notice.
Section 3. Chapter Bylaws Approval
Bylaws shall be sent to Headquarters and reviewed according to policies set by the International Governance Committee.
Section 4. Sigma Theta Tau International Bylaws Amendments
Any amendments to the Sigma Theta Tau International Bylaws approved by the House of Delegates or editorial changes approved by the Sigma Theta Tau International Board of Directors that are also applicable to the chapters shall be incorporated into the chapter bylaws.
Article XV. Dissolution
The process for dissolution of a chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Incorporated, shall be as follows:
Section 1. Initial Action
Section 2. If Chapter Approves Dissolution
Section 3. Disposition of Chapter Funds
Section 4. Options for Chapter Members
If the chapter dissolves, all members have the opportunity to transfer their membership to a chapter of their choice. Those members not indicating their choice of where their membership should be transferred will be transferred to a chapter in the area by Sigma Theta Tau International Headquarters. Anytime after this transfer by Sigma Theta Tau International Headquarters, these members may transfer to any other chapter of their choice.Approved by Gamma Alpha Board of Directors 02/08/10