Bylaws of the Columbia Chapter in the South Carolina Music Teachers Association
Article I: Membership
Section 1: Active membership shall consist of those members who are actively engaged in the pursuit of their profession. They shall pay dues and attend at least three meetings out of the seven named in Article VI of the Constitution Section 1. Inactive members may NOT enter students in CMTA Scholarship Auditions, but may enter students in SCMTA Auditions. Section 2: Student Membership is open to any bona fide student of music in high school (9th to 12th grades inclusive) and college. Student members may attend all general meetings of the association, but do not have the right to vote, hold office, or enter students in scholarship auditions, state or local.
Section 3: Corporate membership is open to businesses and individuals that have an interest in advancing the goals and programs of the Association. Corporate members may attend meetings of the Association but shall not have the right to vote or hold office.
Section 4: Senior membership is open to active members age 70 and older.
Article II: Dues
Section 1: The annual membership dues for CTMA shall be determined by the Executive Board.
Section 2: All dues shall be submitted to the national MTNA office by June 30 for a member to be assured a listing in the local associations’ handbook.
Article III: Elections
Section 1: The officers of the Association shall be President, President Elect, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer. The term of office shall be two years. No person shall be elected to the same office for two consecutive terms.
Section 2: When an election is necessary, the president shall appoint a nominating committee of three members whose duty it shall be to be present at the April meeting of each year and present nominations for the offices to be filled. Further nominations may be made from the floor.
Section 3: All officers shall be elected by ballot. Two-thirds of the votes cast by the members present shall be necessary to constitute an election.
Article IV: Duties of Officers
Section 1: The president shall preside at all meetings and shall conduct all Association proceedings in accordance with the constitution and bylaws of this organization. The president shall appoint a parliamentarian, an historian, and chairman of all committees. Vacancies in any office may be filled for the remainder of the year by presidential appointment. All appointments shall be approved by the Executive Committee.
Section 2: The president elect will serve as chair of the Achievement Day Committee and will assume the duties of the office of president of the Association at the end of the present two-year term as president elect.
Section 3: The vice president shall preside in the absence of the president and shall serve as the chair of the program committee.
Section 4: The recording secretary shall be responsible for keeping an accurate attendance record and for the recording of all minutes.
Section 5: The corresponding secretary shall be responsible for all correspondence of the organization.
Section 6: The treasurer shall handle funds and make regular financial reports to the Association.
Article V: Committees
Section 1: The executive committee shall consist of the elected officers, the immediate past president, the parliamentarian, and the chair of all committees.
Section 2: Standing committees shall be Achievement Day, Christmas and Classics Festival, Constitution, Finance, Handbook, Historical, Hospitality, Membership, Photographer/Video Librarian, Program, Publicity, Scholarship, Teacher Certification, Telephone, Ways and Means, and Website.
Article VI: Amendments
These bylaws may be amended at any business meetings by a two-thirds vote of the active members present and voting, providing that a notice of such intended amendment had been submitted to the membership at the previously scheduled meeting. Such notice shall state the amendment to be considered.
Article VII: Authority in Parliamentary Law
Robert’s Rules of Order, latest edition, shall be the governing parliamentary law of this Association, except as otherwise provided in this constitution or its bylaws.