|Bylaws of the Chicago Chapter of the Internet Society
Article I. – Name
This organization shall be called ISOC-Chicago, the Chicago Chapter
of the Internet Society.
Article II. - Purpose
The Chicago Chapter of the Internet Society serves the Society's
purposes by serving the interests of a segment of the global
Internet community through a local presence. The chapter will focus
on local issues and developments with an emphasis placed on
education, communication, and community service.
This Chapter will serve persons who live or work in the greater
Chicago, Illinois area.
This Chapter is chartered by the Internet Society (ISOC). These
bylaws neither supersede nor abrogate any of the Bylaws of the
Internet Society that regulate chapter affairs.
The Chicago Chapter is organized as a not for profit organization
under applicable law.
Article III. -
All members of this chapter shall also be members of the Internet
Society. Membership is not necessary, however, for participation in
activities of the society or its chapters.
All individuals and organizations falling within the defined scope
of the chapter shall be eligible for membership without
Membership in the Chapter shall be open to all ISOC members in the
locality served by the Chapter upon request and payment of any local
dues, as determined by the Executive Committee.
The chapter will have two classes of members: Organizational Members
and Individual Members. The membership dues shall be determined by
the Executive Council.
Student membership (a special type of Individual Member) shall be
open to all full-time students; student membership dues shall be
determined by the Executive Council, but shall not exceed 75 percent
of regular member dues.
Article IV. - Officers
The officers of this Chapter shall be: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary,
The officers shall be elected by email ballot, and the results shall
be announced at the Annual Business Meeting.
They shall take office at the meeting immediately following the
Annual Business Meeting and serve until their successor is elected.
If for any reason an officer is unable to fulfill his or her duties,
the officer will notify the Chair immediately. The Chair will
appoint an interim officer who will serve the remainder of the term.
If the Chair is unable to fulfill his or her duties, the Vice Chair
will fulfill the responsibilities of Chair for the remainder of the
term and the Chapter Executive Council will appoint a replacement
Article V. - Duties of
The Chair is the principal officer and is responsible for leading
the Chapter and managing its activities in accordance with the
policies and procedures of the Internet Society and these bylaws.
The Chair shall preside at all meetings of this Chapter and of its
Executive Council. With the advice of the Chapter's Executive
Council, the Chair shall appoint all members of committees of this
chapter, all Committee chairmen, and all
Leaders of Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
The Vice Chair shall preside at meetings in the absence of the
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all Chapter and Executive
Council meetings. Other duties of the Secretary include:
Preparation of the Annual Chapter Report for presentation to the
Chapter at the Annual Business Meeting.
B) Preparation of the Chapter's Activity Report and submission of
this report to ISOC Headquarters.
C) Notification to ISOC Headquarters of any changes in the elected
officers of the Chapter.
Submission of any proposed amendment to these bylaws to the ISOC
Vice President of Chapters for approval.
The Treasurer shall collect dues, pay all bills, and maintain the
Chapter's financial records. Duties of the Treasurer shall also
Preparation of the Chapter's Annual Financial Report for
presentation to the Chapter at the Annual Business meeting.
Completion and submission of the Annual Financial Report to ISOC
Article VI. - Executive
The Executive Council shall consist of the present Chapter officers,
the immediate Past Chair, the chairmen of the Chapter's standing
committees and up to three Members-at- Large.
The Chair will appoint the Members-at-Large to the Chapter Executive
The term of the members of the Council shall coincide with the terms
of the officers. They shall take office on the first day of the
fiscal year and serve for one year.
Article VII. - Standing
Standing Committees of the Chapter shall be: Program, Arrangements,
Education, Membership, ISOC Policy & Position, Publicity, and
Chapter Web Site. The functions of each committee are as follows:
The Program Committee shall plan and make arrangements for the
technical programs of the Chapter's meetings in accordance with
the membership's interests and the aims of the Chapter as set
forth in Article II.
The Arrangements Committee shall reserve meeting space for the
monthly Chapter meetings as well as assist SIGs in finding
appropriate meeting places.
The Education Committee shall plan and coordinate seminars and
presentations to be given to community groups about ISOC, the
Internet, the World Wide Web, and other related issues.
The Membership Committee shall both recruit and welcome new
Chapter and ISOC members.
The ISOC Policy & Position Committee will communicate the
Chapter’s opinions on issues to ISOC.
The Publicity Committee will notify members and media of Chapter meetings and events
The Chapter Web Site Committee will maintain the web site of the
Article VIII. -
Temporary Committees of the Chapter shall be:
A Nominating Committee, consisting of at least three members of
this Chapter, at least two of whom shall not be members of the
Executive Council, shall be appointed by the Chapter Chair at
least two months prior to the Election meeting.
An Audit Committee shall be appointed by the Chapter Chair at the
close of the fiscal year to assure the accuracy of the accounting
of the Chapter's funds for the year. This Committee should also
verify the accuracy of the Financial Report prepared by the
Treasurer for submission to ISOC.
With the advice of the Chapter Executive Council, the Chair may
appoint such other temporary committees as appropriate.
Article IX. – Special
Interest Groups (SIGs)
The Special Interest Groups of the Chicago Chapter shall be:
Community Education, E-Commerce, Internet App Dev, Emerging
Technologies, and LAN / WAN.
The Community Education SIG is a group of members who desire to
share their knowledge with others. They carry out the plans of the
Education Committee in presenting seminars and group presentations
on topics related to ISOC, the Internet, the World Wide Web, and
other related issues.
The E-Commerce SIG is a group of members who either are active in
E-Commerce or are interested in learning more about this commercial
use of the Internet. The SIG leader moderates discussions of current
issues and schedules presentations for the group.
The Internet App Dev SIG is a group of members who are either
developing Internet applications or are interested in learning more
about this growing area. The SIG leader moderates discussions of
current issues and schedules presentations for the group.
The Emerging Technologies SIG is a group of members who are either
on the leading edge of the Internet or are interested in learning
more about it. The SIG leader moderates discussions of current
issues and schedules presentations for the group.
The LAN / WAN SIG is a group of members who are either network
engineers or are interested in learning more about this area. The
SIG leader moderates discussions of current issues and schedules
presentations for the group.
Article X. - Meetings
The Chapter shall hold meetings only in places that are open and
accessible to all members of the Society. Meetings shall be held as
planned by the Program Committee.
Annual Business meeting shall be held at the last meeting of the
Chapter prior to the end of the Fiscal Year. At this meeting, the
Secretary and Treasurer each shall present a report.
The Chair shall announce the results of the email ballot for
the election of officers for the next fiscal year.
Notices of the place and time of all meetings shall be distributed
to all members at least one week prior to any meeting, by Internet
mail or by oral, telegraphic, or other written notice, duly served
on or mailed.
Article XI. - Finances
The Fiscal Year of the Chapter shall begin on the first day of
[MONTH] in each year.
Dues shall be fixed annually by the Executive Council.
Disbursements from the Treasury for the Chapter expenditures shall
be made by the Treasurer with authorization of the Executive Council
and shall be included in the minutes of its meetings.
Article XII. -
Amendment and Voting Procedures
All proposed changes to these Chapter Bylaws shall have been
approved by the Vice President of Chapters before being presented to
the Chapter membership for a vote.
No official business of the Chapter shall be conducted unless a
quorum of the Chapter is present
A quorum of the Chapter shall be defined as 40% percent of the
voting membership of the Chapter or at least 10 members, whichever
A simple majority of the members present and voting shall be
required to carry a motion.
To vote on the Bylaws, the Chapter should have a quorum and the
action will be passed by a plurality of affirmative votes (majority
of those voting yea or nay.)
Officers will be elected by a plurality of votes cast. Sufficient
email ballots must be returned to have constituted a quorum.
Article XIII. -
Dissolution of the Chapter
Dissolution of this Chapter by consent of the members shall consist
of unanimous agreement of all its officers together with a majority
vote at a meeting which has been publicized in advance to all
members of the Chapter for the purpose of taking this vote.
Should this Chapter be dissolved, its assets shall be transferred to ISOC.
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