Bylaws

 Bylaws Of Greater Atlanta NACE

Chapter of

The National Association for Catering and Events

ARTICLE 1 – GENERAL

1.1       Name and Mission. The name of this organization is Greater Atlanta NACE (“Chapter”).  The Chapter functions as a local division of the National Association for Catering and Events ("NACE"), a New York not-for-profit corporation recognized as exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code").

The mission of the Chapter is to advance the catering and events industry and its professionals.

ARTICLE 2 – PURPOSE AND LIMITATIONS

2.1       Purposes.  The Chapter shall assist caterers, event planners and event professionals in achieving career success by raising the level of education and professionalism in the catering industry, and to carry out such other activities as are permissible for corporations exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(6) of the Code, in accordance with NACE's objectives. Further, the Chapter will support and adhere to the objectives, code of ethics, and other standards established by NACE.

2.2.      Limitations. The Chapter shall not engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of its purposes or that are inconsistent with the federal tax exemption requirements applicable to NACE, including but not limited to the requirement that the Chapter shall not be organized for profit and no part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any private individual. The Chapter shall not carry on activities not permitted by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(6) of the Code or the corresponding provisions of any future United States internal revenue law.  The Chapter shall adhere to all applicable federal, state and local antitrust, trade regulation or other requirements.

ARTICLE 3 – MEMBERSHIP

3.1.1    Membership Classes, Qualifications, Rights and Privileges. Membership in the Chapter shall be composed of individuals in the catering, events and hospitality industries who agree to comply with NACE’s Code of Ethics.            

(a)  Membership in the Chapter is limited to NACE members who are in good standing, who are in compliance with NACE’s rules and regulations, and who have paid membership dues to the Chapter, in the amounts determined by the National Board of Directors. 

(b)  Membership classes, qualifications, rights and privileges in the Chapter shall be the same as those set forth in the NACE bylaws.  All current members in good standing (except Student members) may vote, hold office, or serve on the Board of Directors of the Chapter.  Chapter committee membership is open to all membership classes.

3.1.2    Suspension or Termination of Chapter Membership. Chapter membership may be suspended pending review or terminated with or without cause, such as a violation of these Bylaws, the bylaws of NACE, the NACE code of ethics, or for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the Chapter and/or NACE, according to a procedure established by the Board of Directors. Suspension or termination shall be by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors in office and entitled to vote, such vote to be taken after the defaulting member against whom such action is proposed has received notice of the reasons for the proposed suspension or termination and such member has had a reasonable opportunity to be heard by the Board of Directors.  The Chapter shall notify NACE of each member who has been suspended or terminated.  Upon such vote of the Board of Directors, all Chapter membership rights, privileges, and benefits shall be terminated. Membership may be reinstated after a suspension where the suspended member satisfies all conditions of reinstatement and the Board of Directors has approved reinstatement by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors in office and entitled to vote. All terminations of membership shall be final; provided, however, a terminated member may reapply for membership. Termination or suspension of membership by NACE shall automatically constitute termination or suspension of membership in the Chapter. Note, termination from Chapter membership does not automatically constitute termination from NACE.  However, NACE will be provided with a list of all individuals who have been terminated or suspended, and it may choose to suspend or terminate such member from NACE membership in accordance with its own procedures.

3.1.3    Resignation. Any member may resign at any time by filing a written resignation tothe Chapter President.  Resignation from membership in NACE shall automatically constitute resignation of membership in the Chapter.  Resignation does not relieve a member from liability for the full annual dues or other obligations accrued and unpaid as of the date of resignation.

3.1.4    Dissolution or Liquidation.  In accordance with applicable law, all membership and rights, privileges, and benefits thereto shall cease upon the dissolution or liquidation of the Chapter or of NACE.

ARTICLE 4 – CHAPTER MEETINGS

4.1       Annual Meetings. The Board of Directors shall set the time and place for the Annual Meeting of the members, which shall be held between September 1 and November 30 of each year, and provide notice to such members as set forth in Section 4.4 of these Bylaws.  The members shall elect Officers and Directors, and conduct other Chapter business at the Annual Meeting. Membership meetings shall be held at least once annually.  The members shall also elect Chapter delegates to vote at the NACE national membership meetings in accordance with the terms and procedures set forth in the NACE bylaws.  

4.2       Special Meetings. The Board of Directors may call special meetings of the Chapter membership for any purpose that requires a vote by the membership who has voting rights. Notice for any special meeting shall specify the purpose of the meeting and a minimum of fifteen (15) days notice shall be necessary.

4.3       Education Programs.  The Chapter shall conduct at least eight (8)education programs per year, at times and places determined by the Board of Directors.

4.4       Notice. Notice of educational programs is provided to voting members at least 20 days before any such meetings. Written notice shall state the place, date, and hour of the meeting and indicate that the notice is being issued by or at the direction of the person or persons calling the meeting.

4.5       Chair. The Chapter President shall preside as Chair at all meetings of the membership.  In the absence of the President, the Vice-President or another officer shall serve as temporary Chair.    

4.6       Voting. Whenever the members must vote on a matter under these Bylaws, this section will apply. Voting at membership meetings may be in person or by proxy with each voting member having a single vote. A majority of the members voting in person or by proxy where a quorum is present carries an action. Members may vote without a meeting in elections or on any matter presented by the Board of Directors where a quorum participates and the votes are submitted in writing by postal or other delivery, facsimile, e-mail or any other electronic means. A quorum for membership voting is a simple majority of the total chapter membership (excluding student members).

4.7       Order of Business. The order of business for all meetings shall be provided by the Board of Directors. Where no order is so provided and when not otherwise expressly provided for in these Bylaws, the meeting shall be governed by the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised.

4.8       Minutes. Full minutes of Chapter meetings shall be recorded by the Secretary, containing the results of the deliberations of the membership. 

ARTICLE 5 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

5.1       General Powers. The affairs of the Chapter shall be managed by its Board of Directors. It shall be the Board of Directors’ duty to carry out the objectives and purposes of the Chapter. The duties of the Board of Directors shall include the following:      

5.1.1         communicate the vision and direction for the Chapter in the furtherance of the Chapter’s purposes, mission and objectives;

5.1.2         supervise and direct the affairs and business of the Chapter, its committees and all organizational units, and its publications and determine its policies or changes therein;

5.1.3         establish the financial policies of the Chapter and be accountable for the assets of the Chapter, including but not limited to the authorization of expenditures;

5.1.4         maintain positive relationships with NACE and other organizations interested in the catering and event industries; and

5.1.5         exercise any other authority and powers as may be granted to them in these Bylaws, and fulfill all the duties, responsibilities, and obligations prescribed by these Bylaws and applicable laws and regulations.

5.2           Composition, Election, Qualifications and Term. The number of Directors shall be no more than twelve (12), but not fewer than four (4), the certain number to be determined by the Board of Directors from time to time. All elections should be held in the fall and newly elected positions must start office by January 1.The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers of the Chapter and any additional Directors elected by the membership.  Each Director, other than Directors who are also Officers, shall hold office for a [two (2) year term]; provided, however, that no Director may serve on the Board of Directors for more than a total of ten (10) consecutive years, and each Director shall serve until their successors have been duly elected or appointed and qualified.

5.3             Quorum and Voting. Not less than a majority of the Directors in office and entitled to vote shall constitute a quorum. Each director with voting privileges shall be entitled to exercise one vote; there shall be no voting by proxy. The vote of a majority of the Directors present and able to act at a meeting where a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors, unless a two-thirds or other than simple majority is required herein or by law for the act.

5.4     Meetings of the Board. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held monthly (at least 10 times a year), at such times and places (to include electronic meetings) as determined by the Board of Directors. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called at any time by the President or by written request of a simple majority of the Board of Directors.

5.4.1         Notice of Meetings. Regular meetings may be held without notice if the time and place of such meetings is fixed by the Board of Directors.  Special meetings may be held upon notice given to all Directors at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance by U.S. mail, electronic mail, facsimile, or any other means of electronic transmission.

5.4.2         Participation by Telephone. The Directors or any committee of the Board of Directors may participate in a meeting by means of a conference telephone or similar communications equipment allowing all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other at the same time. Participation by such means shall constitute presence at a meeting.

5.4.3         Agenda and Minutes. A meeting agenda will be prepared by the President and distributed to the Board of Directors in advance. The minutes of all Board meetings shall be duly recorded by the Secretary/Treasurer, whose duty it shall be to distribute to each member of the Board of Directors a copy of the minutes of each meeting of the Board within fourteen (14) days after the close of such meeting.

5.5            Performance. Unless excused for a personal or business emergency (not a conflict in schedule) by the President, Directors shall attend at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the meetings of the Board of Directors heldper year. Failure of a Director to perform as prescribed may be grounds for removal as provided for by law, these Bylaws, and procedures of the Board for same. If a Director is absent from 4 or more meetings without being excused, the Director shall be asked to resign.

5.6           Resignation or Removal.

5.6.1         Resignation. Any Director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President.

5.6.2         Suspension.  The Board of Directors may suspend for cause immediately the authority of any Director to act as a Director. Any suspension of a Director shall take place according to a procedure established by the Board of Directors.

5.6.3         Notice of Removal Proceedings. Elected Directors may be removed for cause only at meetings of the membership, and the notice of such meeting must state that one of the purposes of the meeting is to vote on the Director’s removal. Directors subject to a removal vote shall be given thirty (30) days notice that such a vote will occur. That Director may appear before the Board of Directors or submit a written statement during those thirty (30) days, or the Director may appear at the meeting at which the removal vote will be held and make a statement prior to that vote.

5.6.4         Removal.  Appointed Directors may be removed for cause by a majority vote of the entire Board of Directors or by the appointing committee. Any removal of a Director shall take place according to a procedure established by the Board of Directors.

5.7       Vacancies

5.7.1    For directorships which are filled by action of a particular subset of the Chapter membership, vacancies may only be filled by action of the same persons entitled to vote for such Director provided. However, if the vacancy remains unfilled for 60 days and the Board of Directors is unable to constitute a quorum with the remaining Directors (due to their absence, illness or other inability), then a majority of the remaining Directors may appoint a Director to fill the vacancy.

5.7.2         Any other vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors or any directorship to be filled by reason of an increase in the number of Directors may be filled by vote of a majority of the entire Board. 

5.7.3         Directors appointed by the Board of Directors to fill vacancies as provided for in these Bylaws shall meet the eligibility requirements and qualifications in force at the time of appointment to the vacant position for which they are being considered and shall serve only to the remainder of the term of the vacancy; upon completion of the remainder of such term, they may be nominated for election or considered for appointment, whichever is appropriate to the position they have filled.

ARTICLE 6 – OFFICERS

6.1 Composition, Term, Qualifications and Eligibility. The Officers of the Corporation shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Event Professional. All Officers shall be members of the Board of Directors.  The Officers of the Corporation shall be elected by the Board of Directors from among the current members of the Board by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Board of Directors present at any meeting at which a quorum is present.  Each Officer shall hold office for a [two (2)-year term]; provided, however, that Officers shall serve until their successors have been duly elected or appointed and qualified. ALL Officers may serve a term of [2] years and may serve a maximum of 2 such termsper office. The terms of Officers may be staggered, so as to not all expire at the same time, to the extent and as determined by the Board of Directors.  To this end, the term(s) of one (1) or more Officers may be extended or abbreviated, to the extent and as determined by the Board of Directors.  Officers shall be at least (18) years of age and must be a NACE member in good standing (except for Student members) with the Chapter and NACE, and meet the following additional eligibility requirements.

6.1.1    President. The President shall serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors and preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors.  The President shall also be a nonvoting ex-officio member on all committees, except the Nominating Committee, if any; attend the NACE annual conference (in which the Chapter shall pay for specified expenses incurred); and comment and provide suggestions to the Chapter Presidents’ Council on such matters in his or her opinion tend to promote the prosperity and welfare and increase the success of NACE.  The President shall appoint all committee Chairpersons.  The President may sign any contracts, deeds, mortgages, and/or other instruments which the Board of Directors has authorized to be executed, except in cases where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Board of Directors or by these Bylaws or by law to some other Officer or agent of the Chapter.  The President shall regularly supervise and provide direction to any of the Chapter’s employees or paid contractors. The President shall perform all duties incident to the office of President and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time. The President must:

                                    a.)        have served as an Officer for at least one year

                                    b.)        be a NACE member in good standing (except for a student types)

6.1.2         Vice President: In the absence of the President or in the event of his or her inability or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. In addition to the requirements noted above, a Vice President candidate must have served on the Board of Directors or a committee for at least one year in order to be eligible for the position.

6.1.3         Secretary and/or Treasurer: It shall be the duty of the Secretary/Treasurer to give notice of all membership and Board meetings and keep a record of all business there transacted, to conduct all correspondence and execute all orders, votes and resolutions not otherwise committed. The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep an account of all monies received and expended for use by the Chapter. He or she shall make a report at each meeting or whenever called upon by the President. In addition to the requirements noted above, a Secretary/Treasurer candidate must have served on the Board of Directors or a committee for at least one year in order to be eligible for the position.

6.1.4         Event Professional: The Event Professional shall act as the Board liaison to the Chapter’s Event Professionals. The Event Professional candidate must have served on the Board of Directors or a committee for at least one year in order to qualify for the position.

6.2                 Removal or Resignation of Officers.  Any Officer may be removed from office at any time by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Board of Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present, whenever in the Board’s judgment the best interests of the Chapter would be served thereby.  Any Officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President, Secretary/Treasurer or to the Board of Directors.  Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified in such notice, or, if no time is specified, at the time such resignation is tendered.

6.3                 Vacancies.  A vacancy in any Officership because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise, may be filled at any time by the Board of Directors for the unexpired portion of the term.  Vacancies may be filled or new offices created and filled at any meeting of the Board of Directors.  Such action shall be effected by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Board of Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present.

6.4               Orderly Transition. It shall be the duty and obligation of all elected Officers and committee chairs to turn over to their successors all Chapter records and correspondence related to their terms of office and such other documents and materials as may pertain to their office. The foregoing obligation shall be completed not later than ten (10) days after the new Officers and Directors have taken office.

ARTICLE 7 - COMMITTEES

7.1       Establishment of Committees. The Board of Directors may establish committees and, appointment persons to such committees.  Unless otherwise provided below, the Board of Directors shall establish such committees by resolution adopted by a majority of the members of the entire Board. The Board shall annually review its need for committees to achieve the objectives of the Chapter, and may eliminate existing committees or establish new committees as it deems necessary. Unless otherwise provided by resolution of the Board or in these Bylaws, the President shall serve as nonvoting ex-officio members of all committees, except that the President shall be a voting member of the Executive Committee, if any, and shall not serve on the Nominating Committee, if any.  At least one (1) member of the Board of Directors shall serve as a liaison to and an ex-officio (nonvoting) member of each committee.

7.2       Powers and Authority of Committees.  All Chapter committees created hereunder shall be under the direction of the Board of Directors, in that they shall only have the limited powers and authority to act as prescribed and delegated to them by the Board, and in accordance with applicable law. The designation of and the delegation of authority to any committee shall not operate to relieve the Board of Directors or any individual Director of any responsibility imposed upon them by law.

ARTICLE 8 – FINANCE

8.1               Checks and Drafts.  All checks, drafts or other orders for the payment of money, notes, or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the Chapter, shall be signed by either the President or the Secretary/Treasurer of the Chapter, provided that any such instrument drawn in excess of $3,000 shall require two signatures.

8.2       Budget. The Board shall adopt an annual operating budget covering all activities of the Chapter no later than January 31st of the year of said budget.

8.3       Books, Records, and Minutes. The Chapter shall keep correct and complete books and records of account and shall keep minutes of the proceedings of its Board of Directors.

ARTICLE 9 – CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

The Board shall adopt and sign a conflict-of-interest policy and annual disclosure that applies to all officers and committee chairs of the Chapter.

ARTICLE 10 – LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNIFICATION

10.1.    Limitation of Liability. To the fullest extent permitted by the laws of the State of New York the personal liability of the Directors, Officers, committee members, and employees of the Corporation is hereby eliminated.

10.2.    Indemnification. To the fullest extent permitted by the laws of the State of New York, the Chapter shall indemnify its Directors, Officers, committee members, and employees.

ARTICLE 10 – HEADINGS, ENUMERATION, AND FORMATTING

The headings, enumeration, and formatting of these Bylaws are intended solely for the convenience of reference and are not intended for any purpose whatsoever to explain, modify, or place any construction upon any of the provisions of these Bylaws.

ARTICLE 11 – SEVERABILITY

All provisions of these Bylaws are severable. If any provision or portion hereof is determined to be unenforceable in arbitration or by a court of competent jurisdiction, then the remainder of these Bylaws shall remain in full effect.

ARTICLE 12 – GOVERNING LAW

All questions with respect to the construction of these Bylaws shall be determined in accordance with the applicable provisions of the laws of the State of New York.

ARTICLE 13 – REVOCATION OF CHARTER

It is the responsibility of the Chapter to adhere all requirements set forth in the chapter bylaws and follow chapter charter requirements as stated in the bi-annual CharterWatch. Failure to do so will result in probationary status and/or revocation of chapter charter. According to Article 12.3 of the NACE national bylaws, the Charter of any chapter may be revoked at any time by the Board of Directors of NACE, and in such manner as the Board may deem necessary or advisable in the best interests of NACE.  Upon any such revocation, all funds in the treasury of the chapter whose Charter is revoked, and all of its records, shall immediately be delivered to NACE and managed at the discretion of the Board; and all fully paid-up members of the former chapter shall be considered Members-At-Large as provided by Article 5, with the exception of student chapters, in which case Student Members shall be assigned to the local chapter existing in the area.

ARTICLE 14 – DISSOLUTION

In the event of the dissolution of the Chapter, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the Chapter, all assets of the Chapter shall be distributed to NACE or to a charitable organization recognized as exempt from federal income taxation under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(6).

ARTICLE 15 – AMENDMENTS

15.1     Authority to Amend Bylaws. Amendments to the Bylaws must be submitted to the NACE offices and shall be approved by a representative of NACE. The NACE Board of Directors shall establish procedures for submitting and approving amendments to Chapter Bylaws. The NACE representative shall review and approve or deny such request for amendments within (30) days.