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Bylaws of the Chicago Chapter of the Internet Society

Article I. – Name 

1. This organization shall be called ISOC-Chicago, the Chicago Chapter of the Internet Society.

Article II. - Purpose 

1. 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.

2. This Chapter will serve persons who live or work in the greater Chicago, Illinois area.

3. 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.

4. The Chicago Chapter is organized as a not for profit organization under applicable law.

Article III. - Membership 

1. 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.

2. All individuals and organizations falling within the defined scope of the chapter shall be eligible for membership without discrimination.

3. 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.

4. The chapter will have two classes of members: Organizational Members and Individual Members. The membership dues shall be determined by the Executive Council.

5. 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 

1. The officers of this Chapter shall be: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

2. 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.

3. 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 Vice Chair.

Article V. - Duties of Officers 

1. 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).

2. The Vice Chair shall preside at meetings in the absence of the Chair.

3. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all Chapter and Executive Council meetings. Other duties of the Secretary include: 

A) 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.

D) Submission of any proposed amendment to these bylaws to the ISOC Vice President of Chapters for approval.

4. The Treasurer shall collect dues, pay all bills, and maintain the Chapter's financial records. Duties of the Treasurer shall also include: 

A) Preparation of the Chapter's Annual Financial Report for presentation to the Chapter at the Annual Business meeting.

B) Completion and submission of the Annual Financial Report to ISOC Headquarters. 

Article VI. - Executive Council 

1. 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.

 2. The Chair will appoint the Members-at-Large to the Chapter Executive Council.

3. 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 Committees 

The 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:

1. 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.

2. The Arrangements Committee shall reserve meeting space for the monthly Chapter meetings as well as assist SIGs in finding appropriate meeting places.

3. 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.

4. The Membership Committee shall both recruit and welcome new Chapter and ISOC members.

5. The ISOC Policy & Position Committee will communicate the Chapter’s opinions on issues to ISOC.

6. The Publicity Committee will notify members and media of  Chapter meetings and events 

7. The Chapter Web Site Committee will maintain the web site of the Chapter: http://www.isoc-chicago.org.

 Article VIII. - Temporary Committees 

The Temporary Committees of the Chapter shall be:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. With the advice of the Chapter Executive Council, the Chair may appoint such other temporary committees as appropriate.

Article IX. – Special Interest Groups (SIGs) 

1. The Special Interest Groups of the Chicago Chapter shall be: Community Education, E-Commerce, Internet App Dev, Emerging Technologies, and LAN / WAN.

2. 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.

3. 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. 

4. 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. 

5. 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. 

6. 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 

1. 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.

2. The 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.

3. 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

1. The Fiscal Year of the Chapter shall begin on the first day of [MONTH] in each year.

2. Dues shall be fixed annually by the Executive Council.

3. 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 

1. 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.

2. No official business of the Chapter shall be conducted unless a quorum of the Chapter is present

3. A quorum of the Chapter shall be defined as 40% percent of the voting membership of the Chapter or at least 10 members, whichever is greater.

4. A simple majority of the members present and voting shall be required to carry a motion.

5. 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.)

 6. 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

1. 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.

2. Should this Chapter be dissolved, its assets shall be transferred to ISOC.

 

 Draft 1 Revision 1
by Terry A. Felke
William Rainey Harper College
Prepared 12/22/1998
Revised 4/30/1999

 Draft 2
by David W. Maher
dwmaher@ibm.net
17 Jan 00

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