IMEA Title

IMEA Constitution and Bylaws

Constitution

ARTICLE I: NAME, MISSION, AFFILIATION, RELATIONSHIP

Section 1. Name. The name of this organization shall be the Idaho Music Educators Association (IMEA).

Section 2. Mission. The mission of the Idaho Music Educators Association is to promote and advance Music Education in all Idaho schools, to foster personal and professional growth of music educators, and to standardize and enhance musical opportunities for all students throughout the state.

Section 3. Affiliation. This Association shall function as a federated state unit of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, and function as a state unit of the NAfME Northwest
Division.

Section 4. Relationships. This Association shall have a functioning relationship with other affiliated state music Associations, with the Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA), and with other Associations whose interest include the welfare and promotion of music education.

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Active Membership. Upon payment of the prescribed dues, this membership conveys all rights and privileges of active membership in NAfME, the Northwest Division, and IMEA to any person actively engaged in music teaching or other music activities. It includes the right to attend meetings, vote, hold office, and receive subscriptions to regular NAfME & IMEA magazine publications.

Section 2. Associate Membership. Any person not qualified under section 1 of this article, but who is interested in the cause of< music education, may become an associate member, upon payment of the regular annual dues, with all privileges of active membership except the right to vote and to hold office.

Section 3. Collegiate Membership. Collegiate chapter membership shall be open to students of music at the college level who are not employed as teachers. Collegiate members shall be admitted to state, division, and national meetings upon compliance with registration requirements and shall receive all privileges of active membership except the right to vote and to hold office.

Section 4. Institutional Membership. Any firm, institution, school or club desiring to contribute to the support of this Association may become an institutional member upon payment of the prescribed dues, with all the rights and privileges of active membership except the right to vote and to hold office.

Section 5. Retired Membership. Any former NAfME member who has retired from the field of music education may become a retired< member of IMEA upon payment of the prescribed dues with all privileges of active membership.

ARTICLE III: DUES

Section 1. Active membership dues. Dues for active membership shall be those prescribed for active membership in the NAfME and those dues prescribed for active membership in the IMEA. The amount of dues belonging to the IMEA shall be determined by the active members of the Association upon recommendation by the IMEA Executive Board. However, the IMEA Executive Board shall be empowered to increase or decrease the dues belonging to the IMEA in an amount not exceeding $1.00 annually without a vote of< the active members.

Section 2. Associate membership dues. Dues for associate members shall be as determined by the IMEA Executive Board.

Section 3. Collegiate membership dues. Dues for collegiate members shall be the prescribed collegiate membership dues in the NAfME and the IMEA. The amount of dues belonging to the IMEA shall be determined by the IMEA Executive Board.

Section 4. Institutional membership dues. Dues for institutional members shall be as determined by the IMEA Executive Board.

Section 5. Retired membership dues. Dues for retired members shall be those prescribed for retired membership in the NAfME and the IMEA. The amount of dues belonging to the IMEA shall be determined by the IMEA Executive Board.

ARTICLE IV: TATE OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1. State Officers. The officers of the IMEA shall be a president, a vice-president (who shall be the immediate past-president), a president-elect and a secretary-treasurer.

Section 2. Executive Board. The Executive Board shall consist of the elected state officers, the presidents of the existing districts, and the representative of the IMEA on the IHSAA Executive Board, who, if he/she is not already an official member of the IMEA Executive Board at the time of his/her election, thereby automatically becomes a member ex-officio of said board. All members of the Executive Board must have the qualifications required for active membership in IMEA and NAfME.

Section 3. Terms of Office. Terms of office for the IMEA officers shall be for two years beginning July 1 following their election. District presidents shall serve as members of the IMEA Executive Board for the biennial period of their incumbency as district presidents.

ARTICLE V: STATE ELECTIONS

Section 1. Nominations. The Executive Board shall act as the nominating committee and shall present nominations for state officers at the biennial conference meeting on the even-numbered years. Nominations may be made from the floor at the general business meeting.

Section 2. Balloting. State officers shall be elected by active membership in the IMEA by either mail ballot or secure online balloting at the official IMEA website. Voting shall be completed by May 15 of the election year. IMEA members may request a mail ballot from the secretary-treasurer.

Section 3.Validation of Election. A committee shall be appointed by the president, subject to the approval of the Executive Board, for the purpose of verifying and validating the online and mail-in balloting.

Section 4. Plurality. A simple plurality shall constitute election.

ARTICLE VI: STATE MEETINGS

Section 1. General Business Meetings. A general business meeting shall be held in conjunction with the biennial conference and at such times as shall be designated by the Executive Board.

Section 2. Quorum. A quorum for the transaction of business at a general business meeting shall consist of twenty-five per cent (25%) of the total active membership.

Section 3. Executive Board Meetings. The Executive Board shall meet annually in the fall. This meeting shall precede the fall meeting of the Idaho High School Activities Association's Executive Board. Additional meetings shall be held during the IMEA biennial conference, the Northwest Division conference, and at such other times as and if conditions may demand.

Section 4. Executive Board Quorum. A quorum for the transaction of business at a meeting of the Executive Board shall consist of six (6) members. the vote of a majority of a quorum shall constitute effective action by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VII: DISTRICT GOVERNMENT

Section 1. Annual Meeting. A regular annual district music educators meeting will be held as scheduled by the District Executive Board.

Section 2. Additional Meetings. Additional meetings may be called at the discretion of the district president.

Section 3. District Officers and Executive Board. District officers shall be a president, a vice-president, and a secretary-treasurer, and shall constitute the minimum district executive board. The district executive board may include three additional elected members-at-large.

Section 4. Time of Election and Terms of Office. The president, the vice-president and the secretary-treasurer shall be elected for a two-year term at the regular annual meeting in the odd-numbered years in the odd-numbered districts, and in the even-numbered years in the even-numbered districts.

Section 5. Members-at-Large. An executive board member-at-large shall serve three years. One member shall be elected each year at the regular annual meeting.

Section 6. Electors. Voting on all matters within the district shall be open to members in good standing of the IMEA-NAfME residing in the district, except that on matters concerning interscholastic music activities under the jurisdiction of the IHSAA, the electors must be music teachers or music supervisors in schools belonging to the IHSAA.

Section 7. Honorary Board Member. An administrator within the district may be chosen by the executive board to serve a two-year term as an honorary member of the executive board and shall serve in an advisory capacity.

Section 8. Quorum. A quorum in the district unit shall consist of one-third (1/3) of the members of the district. The vote of the majority of a quorum shall constitute effective action by the district unit.

Section 9. Qualifications. The district officers shall be active members of the IMEA and the NAfME.

ARTICLE VIII: PERSONAL LIABILITY

Section 1. No individual member of the Executive Board, no individual member of the Association, or officer, shall be personally liable for any authorized act or action of the Association.

ARTICLE IX: DISPOSITION OF ASSETS IN CASE OF DISBANDMENT

Section 1. In the event of the disbandment or dissolution of the IMEA and the liquidation of its physical and financial assets, all funds remaining after the payment of the legitimate bills, and all accrued legal costs and financial obligation, including salaries of any employees and expense allowances of officers, shall be transferred to the NAfME, unless other disposition of such funds or assets shall be directed by legal action or the membership upon recommendation of the Executive Board. It is expressly stipulated that in the event of liquidation, funds of the IMEA remaining in the treasury after all financial obligation have been taken care of, shall be utilized only for purposes of furtherance of education in the United States, or some similar related objective which shall be in keeping with the purposes of the organization and of its parent organization, NAfME.

ARTICLE X: AMENDMENT

Section 1. The constitution may be amended by an approving vote of two-thirds of the active membership of the Association in the case of a mail vote; or, by an approving vote of two-thirds of the active membership of the Association voting in an official meeting of the Association, provided that a total vote of at least forty-five per cent (45%) of the active membership of the Association is cast; provided that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been made known to the membership not less than thirty (30) days prior to the time of voting.

Section 2. Amendments to this constitution may be initiated by the Executive Board, or by a petition signed by ten (10) active members of the IMEA. Proposed amendments shall be in the hands of the secretary at least sixty (60) days prior to the time of voting. Amendments may not be initiated which are in conflict with the constitution of NAfME.

[References to MENC changed to NAfME; IRS language inserted; MSC at Fall Board Meeting, October 10, 2011]