ARTICLE I: NAME AND OBJECT
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Long Island Branch, Metropolitan Section, American Society of Civil Engineers.
Section 2. The objective of the Long Island Branch shall be the advancement of the science and profession of engineering in a manner consistent with the objective of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
ARTICLE II: AREA AND MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. The area of the Long Island Branch shall be the Counties of Nassau and Suffolk in the State of New York.
Section 2. All members of the American Society of Civil Engineers and its Metropolitan Section of all grades who subscribe to the Bylaws of the Long Island Branch and who have paid the current dues to the branch, and who reside or work in the Branch area, shall be Subscribing Members of the Branch. All other members of the American Society of Civil Engineers of all grades whose residence or business addresses are within the boundaries of the Branch as defined by the Society, shall be Assigned Members of the Branch.
Section 3. Only Subscribing Members and Assigned Life Members shall have the right to vote, to hold office, to serve on committees, or to represent the Branch officially.
ARTICLE III: DUES AND FINANCES
Section 1. The Branch activities shall be financed by an annual allocation of monies from the Section based on a budget proposed by the Branch and approved by the Section plus annual Branch dues, if needed.
Section 2. There shall be no entrance fee.
Section 3. Annual dues can be established by the Long Island Branch, subject to the approval of the Metropolitan Section.
ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of this Branch shall be a President, a President-Elect, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer, who with the two latest resident past-Presidents shall constitute a Board of Directors in which the government of the Branch shall be vested. All other past-Presidents shall be non-voting, ex-officio members of the Board of Directors.
Section 2. All officers, except the President, shall be elected at the Annual Meeting for terms of one year, which terms shall begin at the close of the Annual Meeting and continue until their successors are elected.
Section 3. The term of office for the President shall be one year. The President-Elect shall succeed to the office of President at the close of the Annual Meeting.
Section 4. Only Subscribing Members of the Branch shall be eligible for election to office.
Section 5. The duties of officers shall be those usual for such officers.
Section 6. A vacancy in office of President shall be filled by the President-Elect. Other vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the Board of Directors.
Section 7. At meetings of the Board of Directors, 50% of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
Section 8. Any member of the Board of Directors may be removed from office by the affirmative vote of a majority of all members of the Board, duly assembled for a meeting.
ARTICLE V: NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Section 1. The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee of a minimum of three members, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.
Section 2. The nominating committee shall choose one candidate for election to each office except the office of President and obtain the consent of each nominee to serve if elected. The list of official nominees shall be mailed to each Subscribing Member of the Branch at least two months prior to the Annual Meeting. Any Subscribing Member wishing to have his name on the ballot for an office may do so by submitting a petition signed by at least ten other Subscribing Members of the Branch to the Metropolitan Section Secretary at least one month prior to the Annual Meeting.
Section 3. The Metropolitan Section Secretary shall send a letter ballot, containing the list of official nominees and a space for a write-in vote for another candidate for each office, to each subscribing member of the Branch at least 20 days previous to the Annual Meeting.
Section 4. Ballots returned to the Metropolitan Section Secretary up to the time of counting shall be opened and counted at the Annual Meeting by three tellers appointed by the President. For each office the candidate receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be declared elected.
ARTICLE VI: MEETINGS
Section 1. The Annual Meeting shall be held on such date and at such place as the Board of Directors designate. Other meetings shall be called at the discretion of the Board of Directors or by the President upon the written request of at least ten subscribing members.
Section 2. In addition to the Annual Meeting, four (4) other meetings shall be held each year at regular intervals.
Section 3. At all meetings ten (10) Subscribing Members shall constitute a quorum.
Section 4. Notice of call for a Branch meeting shall be mailed to all Subscribing Members of the Branch not less than 10 days in advance of the meeting date.
ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES
Section 1. The President each year shall appoint the following committees: program, membership, hospitality, and public information.
Section 2. The President shall appoint such other committees as are from time to time deemed necessary.
ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Bylaws may be adopted or amended only by the following procedure: A notice of the meeting at which the proposed Bylaws or Amendment will be voted upon shall be mailed to all the Subscribing Members of the Branch.
The proposed Bylaws or amendment shall be voted upon by a quorum of the Subscribing Members of the Branch at the above-mentioned meeting.
To become effective it shall receive an affirmative vote of not less than a majority of the Subscribing Members voting, and the approval of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Section.
ARTICLE IX: MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Section 1. No part of the net earnings of the Branch shall inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual and no substantial part of the activities of the Branch shall be carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and the Branch shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Section 2. Upon dissolution of the Branch the assets remaining after the payment of the debts of the Branch shall be conveyed to the Metropolitan Section or distributed to such corporation, community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary or educational purposes or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, which would then qualify under the provision of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended, as the Board of Directors shall have designated and in the absence of such designation they shall be conveyed to the American Society of Civil Engineers.