Iowa School Counselor Association By-Laws
NAME AND PURPOSES
SECTION 1. NAME: The name of this Association shall be the IOWA SCHOOL COUNSELOR ASSOCIATION (ISCA), a duly chartered branch of the AMERICAN SCHOOL COUNSELOR ASSOCIATION (ASCA).
SECTION 2. USE OF NAME: The name of the Association shall be employed in connection with all official business and activities of the Association.
SECTION 3. PURPOSES: The mission of the Iowa School Counselor Association is to advance the academic, career and personal/social development of all students through excellence in professional school counseling.
SECTION 1. TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP: Membership shall include two types of membership: Regular and Affiliate.
SECTION 2. REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP: In order to qualify for the two types of membership, the following requirements must be met for each category of membership being sought:
(a) REGULAR MEMBER: Any member employed as a school counselor, school counseling consultant, counselor educator, coordinator in elementary, middle, senior high, and post high school setting, or retired from one of the aforementioned positions, shall become a REGULAR MEMBER of the Association upon payment of dues and shall be eligible to vote.
SECTION 3. DUES: Dues for all categories of membership shall be established in accordance with ISCA policies and procedures that address Membership.
(a) Dues shall be collected by the Iowa School Counselor Association Central Treasury.
SECTION 4. RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES. All members shall receive the rights and privileges accorded their membership categories as set forth in ISCA policies and procedures that address Membership.
SECTION 5. SEVERANCE OF MEMBERSHIP. Association members who do not renew their membership before their membership expiration date will no longer be considered members of ISCA. Membership may be revoked for revocation of license or credential or for violation of ASCA Ethical Standards, following procedures described in ASCA policies and procedures that address Membership.
SECTION 6. NONDISCRIMINATION. The American School Counselor Association does not knowingly engage in or support activities that discriminate on any basis as addressed in ASCA’s Ethical Standards for School Counselors.
OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION
SECTION 1. PRESIDENTS, OFFICERS AND TERMS OF OFFICE:
(a) The officers of the Association shall be the President, President-Elect, President Elect-Elect, Immediate Past-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
SECTION 2. VICE PRESIDENTS AND TERMS OF OFFICE
(a) There shall be six (6) level Vice-Presidents (elementary, middle school/junior high, secondary, K-12, counseling director/coordinator and counselor educator). A person elected to a position of Vice-President shall be employed as a counselor in, or retired from, the work setting being represented.
SECTION 3. NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND VICE PRESIDENTS:
(a) NOMINATIONS. The Nomination and Election Committee shall secure nominations to be placed on the ballot. It shall be the goal of the Nomination and Election Committee to secure at least two candidates for each position appearing on the ballot.
SECTION 4. DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND VICE PRESIDENTS:
(a) During the term of office, the President shall serve as the presiding officer of the Iowa School Counselor Association. The President, with the approval of the Executive Committee, shall appoint all committees and perform such duties as are incidental to the office, or as directed by the Executive Committee, Governing Board, or annual membership meeting. The President shall also serve as the Association’s delegate to the ASCA Delegate Assembly.
SECTION 1. COMPOSITION:
(a) The Governing Board shall be composed of the President, Immediate Past President, President-Elect, President Elect-Elect, level Vice-Presidents, and appointed committee chairpersons.
SECTION 2. POWERS AND FUNCTIONS:
(a) The Governing Board shall conduct the governance of ISCA but shall not take any action contrary to Bylaws adopted by the Members.
SECTION 3. MEETINGS:
(a) The Governing Board shall meet at least once each year. Meetings of the Governing Board may be called by the President or by a majority vote of the Board.
SECTION 1. COMPOSITION: The Executive Committee of the Governing Board shall consist of the President, President-Elect, President Elect-Elect, and Immediate Past-President. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be an ex officio member without a vote.
SECTION 2. POWERS AND FUNCTIONS:
SECTION 3. MEETINGS:
(a) The Executive Committee may meet at the time and place of the annual conference of the Iowa School Counselor Association and at such other times as may be designated by either the President or a majority of voting members of the Executive Committee.
MEETINGS OF THE MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. ANNUAL MEETINGS: The annual membership meeting shall be held during the Iowa School Counselor Association annual conference. Other membership meetings shall be held at the call of the Executive Committee.
SECTION 2. PRESIDING OFFICER: The President of the Association shall preside at the membership meeting, or in case of the absence of the President, the President-Elect shall preside.
SECTION 3. QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of those members present at the annual meeting as long as the meeting is publicized in conference literature.
BUSINESS AFFAIRS OF THE ASSOCIATION
SECTION 1. FISCAL YEAR: The fiscal year shall begin July 1 and end the following June 30.
SECTION 2. PROPERTY OF THE ASSOCIATION: In the event the Association should be dissolved, none of its assets shall be distributed to any of the members. Instead, all of its assets shall be transferred to the American School Counselor Association.
SECTION 1. ISCA’s committees shall be appointed to accomplish specific tasks within specific timeframes. If membership on a committee includes individuals who are not members of the Governing Board, that committee shall function only as an advisory committee and shall not conduct any function reserved for the Board.
SECTION 2: STANDING COMMITTEE:
(a) NOMINATION AND ELECTION COMMITTEE. There shall be established a Nomination and Election Committee consisting of the Immediate Past-President as chairperson and at least two other members of the Association. No member of the committee shall serve for two consecutive years.
SECTION 3. SPECIAL COMMITTEES: Other committees of the Association shall consist of special committees appointed by the Executive Committee.
ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS
SECTION 1. AMENDMENT AND ADOPTION: These by-laws may be amended by majority vote of those voting after submission of the proposed amendment.
(a) An amendment shall be proposed in writing to the membership by the Executive Committee or over the signature of five (5) members in good standing not less than thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting of the membership.
RULES OF ORDER
SECTION 1. The Association has adopted Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised as its Parliamentary authority, which shall govern the proceedings of all bodies of the Association.
SECTION 1. The Association shall indemnify each member of the Governing Board and each of its officers, as described in Article V for the defense of civil or criminal actions or proceedings as hereinafter provided and, notwithstanding any provision in these Bylaws, in a manner and to the extent permitted by applicable law.
SECTION 2. The Association shall indemnify each member of the Governing Board and its officers, as aforesaid, from and against any and all judgments, fines, amounts paid in settlement, and reasonable expenses, including attorney’s fees, actually and necessarily incurred or imposed as a result of such action or proceedings, or an appeal therein, imposed upon or asserted against him or her by reason of being or having been such a director or officer and acting within the scope of his or her official duties, but only when the determination shall have been made judicially or in the manner hereinafter provided that he or she acted in good faith for the purpose which he or she reasonably believed to be in ISCA’s best interests and, in the case of criminal action or proceeding, in addition, had no reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was unlawful. This indemnification shall be made only if the Association shall be advised by its Governing Board acting (1) by quorum consisting of Governing Board members who are not parties to such section or proceedings upon a finding that, or (2) if a quorum under (1) is not obtainable with due diligence, upon the opinion in writing of independent legal counsel that, the Governing Board or officer has met the foregoing applicable standard of conduct. If the undergoing determination is to be made by the Governing Board, it may rely as to all questions of law on the advice of independent legal counsel.
SECTION 3. Every reference herein to a member of the Governing Board or officer of the Association shall include every member and officer thereof or former member and officer thereof. This indemnification shall apply to all judgments, fines, amounts in settlement, and reasonable expenses described above whenever arising allowable as above-stated. The right of indemnification herein provided shall be in addition to any and all rights to which any ISCA member or officer might otherwise be entitled and the provisions hereof shall neither impair nor adversely affect such rights.
AMENDED OCTOBER 10, 2005
AMENDED OCTOBER 30, 2006
AMENDED FEBRUARY 2010
AMENDED NOVEMBER 2013
AMENDED N0VEMBER 2014