CONSTITUTION

I. NAME

The name of the society shall be THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF FRENCH, UTAH CHAPTER

II. AIM

The aim of the association shall be to serve the interests and needs of teachers of French and the teaching of French at all levels of instruction, both in public and private schools, to stimulate professional growth, and to foster interest in the French language and French-speaking literature and cultures throughout the region.
III. MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the Utah Chapter shall be open, upon payment of dues, to teachers of French at all levels, to former teachers of French, to administrators, students of French, and friends of the French language and French-speaking cultures.
Membership is the calendar year and runs from January 1st to December 31st. The annual membership fee shall be established in the By-Laws. The dues for regular members are payable in the fall of the year preceding the membership year. Members who have not paid their dues by December 31st are considered inactive.
IV. AFFILIATIONS
By vote of the Executive Council the Association may join in the work of other educational bodies of wider scope by means of official delegates elected by the Executive Council for the necessary term, or appointed by the President.
V. OFFICERS
The officers of the Utah Chapter shall be a President, Past-President, President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and National Contest Administrator. Only AATF members in good standing (dues paid up to date) may be nominated and serve as officers.
The duties of the President shall, in addition to the usual ones of calling and presiding over meetings of the chapter, approve all orders drawn against the funds of the chapter, and shall appoint the Administrator of the National French Contest.
The Past-President and President-Elect shall both serve for a period of two years beginning immediately after the annual meeting in the Fall. The President-Elect will take the place of the President and the President will take the place of the Past-President after each two year election cycle.
The President's term shall be for a period of two years beginning immediately after the annual Fall meeting.
The Secretary-Treasurer keeps detailed financial accounts of receipts and disbursements, makes a complete financial report at the annual meeting of the chapter and yearly to National Headquarters. He/she will keep an up-to-date list of active members of the chapter from the Chapter Reimbursement Reports received from National Headquarters, keep minutes of the business meetings, make the necessary mailings to members, serve as custodian of the constitution and chapter records, and send a report of meetings to the National Bulletin as desired by the chapter. This position can be fulfilled by two separate individuals.
The term of office for the Secretary-Treasurer shall be two years and the Secretary-Treasurer may be re-elected. They will begin their term immediately after the annual Fall meeting.
The chapter shall hold regular elections at the annual meeting in the Fall. Each year in which there is to be an election, the President shall, by February 1st, appoint a nominating committee of three members chosen from the membership of the chapter. This committee shall present a slate of nominees at an annual meeting of the chapter. Nominees may also be proposed from the floor. The new officers shall enter upon their function whenever the chapter wishes and the Secretary-Treasurer shall immediately certify the results of the election to National Headquarters and to the Regional Representative. Election shall be by a majority of those present at the annual meeting or by mail for members unable to attend. Mail-in ballots must be received within 10 days of the annual meeting.
If an office becomes vacant through death, resignation or absence of the incumbent, the vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the term by appointment of the Executive Board.
VI. MEETINGS
The chapter shall have at least two meetings a year, one in the Fall in connection with the State Foreign Language Association meeting, and the second in the Spring. Other meetings may be called by the President in consultation with the Executive Board.
VII. THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
The Executive Board shall consist of at least 3 members including the President, the Secretary-Treasurer and the National Contest Administrator. All must be AATF members in good standing. It is authorized to conduct all important business between meetings and may be called into session or consulted by telephone, letter, or e-mail at the initiative of the President. Its decisions must be communicated to the general membership of the chapter.
VIII. AMENDMENTS
The Constitution may be amended as follows: amendments may be offered by any valid member; or a majority vote of the Executive Council. The amendments must be published to the membership not later than one month preceding the annual meeting. They may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the members present or represented. Proposed amendments as published may not be amended from the floor.
IX. APPLICABILITY OF NATIONAL CONSTITUTION
All articles of the AATF National Constitution and By-Laws apply to the Utah Chapter, and nothing in this chapter constitution is to be considered in contradiction of the National Constitution.
X. DISSOLUTION
This Utah Chapter may be dissolved by a two-thirds vote of members present and voting at a regular or specially called meeting, or through the suspension of its charter by the national organization acting under the authority of National By-Law IV, 2 (c). In case of dissolution, all remaining funds in the chapter treasury and all chapter records shall be turned over to the AATF Executive Director under the terms of the aforementioned By-Law.


Current, February 11, 2013