By Laws

ARTICLE I - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.1—Persons who are Institute members specified in the Charter of the Section may be associated with the North Central Section as Section Members.

Section 1.2—Persons who fall into any of the following classifications may be affiliated with the North Central Section as Section Affiliates:

  1. Those who lack sufficient experience for Institute membership or who are in the process of applying for such membership;
  2. Persons engaged in sub-professional transportation or traffic engineering work;
  3. Professionals in related fields who by virtue of official position or commercial employment are in a position to contribute to the work of transportation and traffic engineers;
  4. Persons engaged in commerce or industry who come into frequent contact with transportation and traffic engineers and who thus have an interest in the profession and are in a position to work with and assist transportation and traffic engineers;
  5. College students registered in a transportation related curriculum.
  6. Persons who have sufficient experience for Institute membership, but who do not wish to be Institute members.

Section 1.3—The Section Membership Committee shall process the application for Section Affiliate. The Section Membership Committee shall forward the application with its own recommendation to the Executive Board of the Section for final action.

Section 1.4—Acceptance of Section Affiliates shall be by vote of the Executive Board of the Section. An affirmative vote by a majority shall be required for acceptance.

Section 1.5—A Distinguished Member of the Section shall be a Section Member who has performed long-standing, notable, and exemplary service in the interests of the Section and transportation or traffic engineering profession. Section Distinguished Members shall be entitled to all of the rights and privileges of Section membership. The number of living Distinguished Members shall not exceed three (3) percent (if a fraction, rounded up to the next higher whole number) of the total Section membership on the preceding January 1, excluding Student members.

Section 1.6—Section Distinguished Members shall be elected by the Executive Board. At least two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the entire Board must cast affirmative ballots for extension of an invitation. Written acceptance of such invitation shall constitute election.

Section 1.7—The designation of Section Life Member, or Section Life Affiliate, membership status shall be by the Executive Board and considered only upon receipt of a written request. Such designation shall be effective upon action by the Board, by majority vote, determining that the necessary qualifications and conditions for such status have been satisfied. Such designation shall be effective upon action by the Board, by majority vote, determining that the necessary qualifications and conditions for such status have been satisfied. Such designation may be revoked by the Board at any time if the Board determines, by two-thirds vote, that the necessary qualifications and conditions are no longer satisfied. Section Life Members and Section Life Affiliates shall be entitled to all of the rights and privileges of their Section membership classification; except that the Board may adopt policies governing the placement of Section Life Members and Section Life Affiliates on inactive status, and providing a procedure for persons on inactive status to exclude themselves from receiving some or all Section mailings and publications not related to elections, voting and voting eligibility.

ARTICLE II - RESIGNATION AND EXPULSION

Section 2.1—Any Section Member or any Section Affiliate may resign from the Section by written communication to the Executive Board of the Section. Section 2.2—Any Section Member or any Section Affiliate whose Section dues are more than one year in arrears may be dropped from Section affiliation by the Executive Board of the Section. The unpaid dues shall become an obligation to be paid before the delinquent can be restored to good standing in the Section.

Section 2.3—Any Section Member whose Institute membership has been forfeited shall also forfeit membership in the Section and will be eligible for membership in the Section only if reinstated to membership in the Institute. Any member of the Institute who is placed on inactive status by the Institute Board of Direction shall also be placed on inactive status by the Section Executive Board.

Section 2.4—Any Section Affiliate who, by reason of any change in occupation or profession, shall cease to be in contact regularly and frequently with transportation/traffic engineers or the transportation/traffic engineering profession shall forfeit affiliation with the Section without prejudice.

Section 2.5—The Section Membership Committee shall annually review the qualifications of Section Affiliates. As soon as any Section Affiliate meets minimum qualifications for Institute membership, he/she shall be encouraged to apply for such membership.

Section 2.6—Any Section Affiliate who advertises, uses, or attempts to use his/her identification with the Section in any manner whatsoever with intent to derive personal gain therefrom shall forfeit affiliation with the Section upon action by the Executive Board.

Section 2.7—The Executive Board of the Section shall consider the expulsion of any Section Affiliate (a) upon information coming to its notice, or (b) upon the written request of five or more members, or (c) upon recommendation of the Section Membership Committee that, for the cause set forth, a person identified as a Section Affiliate be expelled. The Section Executive Board shall thereupon follow the procedure set forth in the Institute Constitution. In the event such a charge is brought against a Member or an Affiliate Member of the Institute, the Section Executive Board shall immediately refer the matter to the Institute Board of Direction for handling as provided in the Institute Constitution.

ARTICLE III - GOVERNMENT

Section 3.1—The government of the Section shall be vested in its elected officers and directors who, together with the Immediate Past President, shall constitute the Executive Board.

Section 3.2—Officers of the Section shall include a President, a Vice-President-President Elect, a Secretary/Vice-President Elect, a Treasurer and three Member Directors, who together with the Immediate Past President shall constitute the Executive Board of the Section. Only members in good standing with the Institute and Section may be eligible for election. The President, Vice-President/President Elect, Secretary/Vice-President Elect, and Treasurer must be Section Members. Member Directors must be a Section Member or Section Affiliate.

Section 3.3—The President shall preside at meetings of the Section and of the Executive Board of the Section; provided, however, that when the President is unable to do so, the Vice- President shall preside at meetings and discharge the duties of the President.

A quorum of the Executive Board must be attended by at least five of the eight members of the Executive Board for business transactions to take place and motions to pass. Motions must receive four or more affirmative votes in order to pass regardless of the number of Executive Board members present and voting. The meeting presider shall not cast a vote on motions of the Executive Board except in the event of a tie vote. An Executive Board member who is participating in the Executive Board meeting via remote electronic or tele-phone connection shall be considered present for the purposes of quorum.

Section 3.4—In the event of a vacancy occurring in the office of President, the remaining term shall be filled by the Vice-President/President Elect. In the event of a vacancy occurring in the office of Vice-President/President Elect, the remaining term shall be filled by the Secretary/Vice-President Elect. In the event of a vacancy occurring in any other elective office, the Section Executive Board shall appoint a member to fill the remaining term. The subsequent annual election shall provide nominees for all elective offices filled by Board appointments.

Section 3.5—The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.

Section 3.6—The President shall appoint Standing Committees and such special committees as may be desirable, with the approval of the Section Executive Board.

Section 3.7— One member of the Section Executive Board shall be appointed by the Board to serve as Section Representative to the District Board. The Section Representative’s term of office shall be one year. The Secretary shall submit to the District Board President the name of the Section Representative for the coming year prior to January 1 of each year. In addition, the Section Executive Board shall also nominate at least two qualified candidates to appear on the ballot for election by the District membership to the office of Secretary-Treasurer every four years in accordance with the rotation of Sections set forth in District Bylaws. The person elected shall represent the Section through the offices of Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President, President and Past President. The Section Board shall determine a replacement in the event of a vacancy occurring in either of these positions on the District Board.

Section 3.8—The Executive Board shall appoint a member of the Section, consistent with the Bylaws of District 4, to serve as Section Representative on the District Membership Committee.

ARTICLE IV - MEETINGS

Section 4.1—Regular meetings of the Section shall be held as determined by the Executive Board, but not less than one meeting a year shall be held. The Section officers may call a special meeting when conditions justify. No action affecting the Section shall be taken at any special meeting, however, unless at least fourteen days' written notice concerning the matter has been sent to all members.

Section 4.2—The Annual Meeting of the Section shall be held between November 1 and January 1. A report on the financial condition of the Section shall be made by the Treasurer at the Annual Meeting. Committee reports by the President may be made at any meeting.

ARTICLE V - FEES, DUES AND ASSESSMENTS

Section 5.1—Fees and annual dues of the Section shall be established by the Executive Board. Annual dues of Section Members and Section Affiliates shall not be increased more than one dollar in any year without a majority vote of the voting membership as set forth in Section 7.2 of these bylaws.

Section 5.2—Annual dues shall be payable at the beginning of the fiscal year, which shall be January 1 of each year. Dues and any required entrance fees of new Members and Section Affiliates shall be payable on acceptance, with dues pro-rated to the number of quarters remaining in the fiscal year.

Section 5.3—Any member whose Section dues are more than nine months in arrears shall lose the right to vote. If dues become one year in arrears, action as provided in Article II may be taken by the Section Executive Board. The Board may, for a cause deemed sufficient, extend the time for payment and for the application of these penalties.

Section 5.4—Special assessments may be proposed by the Executive Board. Such proposals shall be submitted to all Members qualified to vote in accordance with Article VI, Section 6.2 of the Bylaws. An affirmative vote of two-thirds of all ballots received by the Secretary/Vice- President Elect within 30 days of submission of the proposal shall constitute acceptance thereof. Ballots shall be canvassed by the Executive Board.

Section 5.5—Any Section Member who is a member in good standing in the Institute and who has reached the age of 55, has paid the Institute dues above the Student Level for 20 years, including the current year, and is no longer deriving his or her principal income from the practice of transportation or traffic engineering, shall be eligible to be a Section Life Member. Any Section Affiliate member who has reached the age of 55, has paid North Central Section dues for 20 years including the current year, is an Institute member, and is no longer deriving his or her principal income from the practice of transportation or traffic engineering, shall be eligible to be a Section Life Affiliate.

Section 5.6—Section Distinguished Members, Life Members and Life Affiliates shall be exempt from further Section annual dues and any special assessments.

ARTICLE VI - VOTING AND VOTING ELIGIBILITY

Section 6.1—Voting for Officers, for amendments to these Bylaws, for petitions to amend the Charter, and for other matters which affect the relationship of the Section to the Institute shall be by secret ballot.

Section 6.2—Ballots shall be sent to members and affiliates in good standing. The ballots shall be delivered either electronically or by mail. The voting member will use their voting credentials and password to cast their vote electronically, or indicate their vote on a paper ballot and sign and seal the return envelope. Paper ballots need to be sent to the Secretary/Vice President Elect, who will also have access to the final e-vote tally. In the event of a tie, the person elected shall be determined by a coin toss held by the outgoing Executive Board.

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