TSA Bylaws

ARTICLE I. NAME

ARTICLE II. PURPOSES

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP AND ORGANIZATION

ARTICLE IV. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

ARTICLE V. MEETINGS

ARTICLE VI. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

ARTICLE VII. THE LOCAL TSA ADVISOR

ARTICLE VIII. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ARTICLE IX. COUNCIL OF STATE PRESIDENTS

ARTICLE X. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

ARTICLE XI. EMBLEM AND COLORS

ARTICLE XII. MOTTO AND CREED

ARTICLE XIII.


ARTICLE I. NAME

The official name of this organization shall be the Technology Student Association and may be referred to as "TSA."


ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

SECTION 1

The general purposes of this organization are to:

  • assist state delegations in the growth and development of TSA.
  • assist state delegations in the development and leadership in social, economic, educational and community activities.
  • increase the knowledge and understanding of our technological world.
  • assist technology education students in the making of informed and meaningful career goals.

SECTION 2

  • The specific purposes of this organization are to:
  • develop, through individual and team work, the ability of members to plan, organize, and use a variety of resources to solve problems.
  • explore technology and develop an understanding of technological literacy.
  • promote high standards of learning through curricular resource activities.
  • encourage students in expressing creativity.
  • develop consumer awareness.
  • provide career opportunity information pertaining to a broad range of occupations, including training requisites, working conditions, salaries or wages, and other relevant information.
  • provide exploratory experiences in classrooms and laboratories, and develop partnerships in business or industry to acquaint students with career opportunities.
  • assist in providing guidance and counseling for students enrolled in technology education programs in making informed and meaningful career choices.
  • expose students to the responsibility of representing a large membership.
  • instill desirable work habits and attitudes toward the positive way of life in students and foster a deep respect for the dignity of work.
  • prepare individuals for enrollment in advanced or highly skilled vocational and technical education programs.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP & ORGANIZATION

SECTION 1

The Technology Student Association is an organization of state delegations each operating in accordance with a charter granted by TSA, Inc.

SECTION 2

  • Each chartered delegation of TSA, Inc., will be responsible for all operational activities within that state or geographic unit under the direction of the State Supervisor of Technology Education or an appointed representative.

SECTION 3

  • Membership in TSA shall be through chartered state delegations. A delegation will consist of TSA chapters within a state, territory, or equivalent geographic unit. Each chapter will consist of individual members as described below:
  • Active. Active members shall be students who are presently enrolled in or have been previously enrolled in technology education programs. An active member shall pay dues as established by the TSA, Inc., Board of Directors, and may be declared eligible to hold a national office, to participate in national competitive events or projects, to serve as a national voting delegate, or to otherwise represent their delegations in National TSA affairs as may be approved by their delegations.
  • Associate. Associate members shall be students who are enrolled in related fields of instruction with emphasis in technology education or who have been previously enrolled in technology education programs. An associate member shall pay dues as established by the TSA, Inc., Board of Directors. Associate members shall not vote or hold office.
  • Alumni. Alumni members shall consist of those individuals who have completed an industrial arts/technology education program (have been former active or associate TSA members) and who have graduated from or left school. Alumni members shall pay dues as established by the TSA, Inc., Board of Directors. Alumni members shall not vote or hold office.
  • Professional. Professional members are those individuals engaged in education, business, and industry who have interest in TSA and in the welfare of technology education. Professional members shall pay dues as established by the TSA, Inc., Board of Directors. Professional members shall not vote or hold office.
  • Honorary/Honorary Life. Honorary/Honorary Life members may be individuals who have made or are making contributions to the advancement of technology education as may be approved by the TSA Executive Committee and shall be exempt from annual dues.

SECTION 4

  • A state delegation may be chartered as a member of TSA, Inc., upon approval by the Board of Directors of TSA, Inc.

SECTION 5

A state delegation shall use its full state name before the acronym TSA when identifying itself as a chartered state delegation of TSA, Inc.

SECTION 6

Annual membership dues shall be determined by the TSA, Inc., Board of Directors, National TSA Officers, and the state delegations. Those members who have not paid the current dues prior to the National TSA Conference shall be automatically dropped from active membership in TSA.

SECTION 7

The membership year shall be August 1 to July 31.

SECTION 8

The membership year shall be August 1 to July 31.

The fiscal year shall be September 1 to August 31.


ARTICLE IV. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

SECTION 1

The National TSA officers shall consist of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, sergeant-at-arms, and reporter. No individual may serve more than one term as a national officer in the same office. These officers and the National TSA advisor(s) will be known collectively as the Executive Committee of TSA.

SECTION 2

  • President: It shall be the duty of the president of TSA to preside at all meetings; to make necessary committee appointments including the designation of a committee chairperson; to develop with the Executive Committee a program of work for the term of office; and to be available, as necessary, in promoting the general welfare of TSA.
  • Vice-President: It shall be the duty of the vice-president to serve in any capacity as directed by the president; to accept the responsibility of the president as occasion may demand; to serve as chairperson of the TSA Council of State Presidents; and to be available, as necessary, in promoting the general welfare of TSA.
  • Secretary: It shall be the duty of the secretary to serve in any capacity as directed by the president; to record proceedings of all meetings; and to be available, as necessary, in promoting the general welfare of TSA.
  • Treasurer: It shall be the duty of the treasurer to serve in any capacity as directed by the president; to keep records and membership reports; and to be available, as necessary, promoting the general welfare of TSA.
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: It shall be the duty of the sergeant-at-arms to serve in any capacity as directed by the president; to assist in the preparation and control of the meeting place, in the event that a parliamentarian is not appointed by the president; to assist in conducting all meetings according to parliamentary procedure as set forth by the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised; and to be available, as necessary, in promoting the general welfare of TSA.
  • Reporter: It shall be the duty of the reporter to serve in any capacity as directed by the president; to accumulate and keep up-to-date information on the history of the association; to prepare articles for TSA publications, professional magazines and journals, newspapers and other news media; to contact other association members concerning news items for publication; and to be available, as necessary, in promoting the general welfare of TSA.

SECTION 3

QUALIFICATIONS FOR NATIONAL OFFICE

  • Only an active member of TSA will be eligible to run for a national office. Students must have at least one year of high school eligibility remaining to run for national office. A student elected as a national officer at the annual meeting may not hold a state or local TSA office concurrently with the term as national officer.
  • A student must be a member of TSA for at least one year before seeking a national office. A TSA member must have completed the eighth grade to be qualified for a national office. A TSA member must have served as an officer of the individual's state association to be qualified as a national officer candidate. No more than three TSA members from the same state delegation may run for a national office in the same year.

SECTION 4

NOMINATIONS

  • The National TSA president shall appoint a credentials committee consisting of a national advisor; a national officer not seeking re-election; a state president who, while serving on this committee, has no national officers or national officer candidates from the individual's state; a past national officer; and the executive director of TSA. This committee shall review all national officer candidates and their qualifications and will submit to the voting delegates a slate of all candidates declared eligible for each national office. There will be no additional nominations from the floor.

SECTION 5

ELECTIONS

  • National officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the voting delegates at the annual business meeting.
  • Election of officers shall be by ballot vote.
  • If there are more than two candidates for an office and a majority is not reached on the first ballot, the candidate receiving the lowest number of votes shall be dropped, and the candidate receiving the lowest number of votes on each succeeding ballot will be dropped until a majority is reached.

SECTION 6

The TSA Executive Committee may fill by appointment any vacancy occurring among the national officers for the unexpired term except the office of president, which shall be filled by the vice-president.

SECTION 7

National officers' terms will begin at the close of the national conference at which they are elected, and they will serve until the close of the following national conference.

SECTION 8

Failure to fulfill the obligations of a national office without legitimate cause will result in the removal from office by the TSA, Inc., Board of Directors.

SECTION 9

If no one applies for a particular office by the official deadline date for a national officer candidate application, there shall be a special election called after the general election takes place at the annual business meeting.

SECTION 10

Those National Officer Candidates not elected to a National Office at the annual business meeting shall be the only members to be able to participate in the special election, however are not required to.

The special election shall be conducted after the winners of the general election have been announced. The participants of the special election may not campaign prior to the special election.

The special election shall not have any runoffs. The winner of the special election shall be the person with a plurality of the vote and will be announced immediately following the tabulation of the votes.


ARTICLE V. MEETINGS

SECTION 1

A National TSA Conference will be held each year with the time, date, and place designated by the TSA, Inc., Board of Directors.

SECTION 2

Each chartered delegation will be entitled to one vote for each state officer in attendance {maximum of six (6)} plus two additional votes for each chapter in that state delegation which has student members in attendance at the conference.

SECTION 3

A majority of the registered voting delegates for the national conference shall constitute a quorum.


ARTICLE VI. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

SECTION 1

The TSA Executive Committee shall consist of the National TSA officers and the national TSA Advisor(s).

SECTION 2

Meetings can be requested by the president and must be approved by the TSA advisor(s) and the TSA, Inc. executive director.

SECTION 3

A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum.

SECTION 4

The TSA Executive Committee shall appoint standing and special committees as deemed necessary.


ARTICLE VII. THE LOCAL TSA ADVISOR

  • It is recommended that a technology education teacher serve as a chapter TSA advisor; however, in cases where there is no such interested teacher, a state certified educator may be appointed by the school's principal. The appointed advisor would have all the rights and privileges of a regular advisor as long as that chapter is in good standing.

ARTICLE VIII. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SECTION 1

The TSA, Inc., Board of Directors is the policy making body for the administration of TSA activities and programs.

SECTION 2

The TSA, Inc., Board of Directors will manage TSA's finances and will furnish an annual report to each chartered delegation.


ARTICLE IX. COUNCIL OF STATE PRESIDENTS

  • The TSA Council of State Presidents shall be a non-voting body of TSA consisting of state presidents from each of the chartered state delegations. The TSA Council of State Presidents shall be chaired by the National TSA Vice-President. It shall be the duty of the TSA Council of State Presidents to promote the general welfare of the TSA through representative interaction between state TSA delegations.

ARTICLE X. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

  • The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern TSA in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the organization may adopt.

ARTICLE XI. EMBLEM AND COLORS

SECTION 1

The TSA emblem is a rectangular shape with three parts. The middle section and largest part of the emblem contains the letters TSA in a very large, bold print. The letters are white on a blue background. Below these letters and about 1/3 the size, is the name of the association–Technology Student Association–in white letters on a red background. The top portion of the emblem is a blank, red, rectangular shape, the same size as the bottom area. This portion is intentionally left blank so that each state can put its own name on the emblem if desired.

SECTION 2

The colors of TSA shall be scarlet (red), white, and blue (navy). Scarlet (red) represents the strength and determination of the technology education students and teachers to obtain their goal. White represents high standards, morals, and religious beliefs. Blue (navy) represents the sincerity of the technology education students and teachers in obtaining a greater knowledge of our technological world.


ARTICLE XII. MOTTO AND CREED

SECTION 1

The motto of the Technology Student Association will be:

"Learning to live in a technical world."

SECTION 2

The creed of the Technology Student Association will be:

  • I believe that Technology Education holds an important place in my life in the technical world. I believe there is a need for the development of good attitudes concerning work, tools, materials, experimentation, and processes of industry.
  • Guided by my teachers, artisans from industry, and my own initiative, I will strive to do my best in making my school, community, state, and nation better places in which to live.
  • I will accept the responsibilities that are mine. I will accept the theories that are supported by proper evidence. I will explore on my own for safer, more effective methods of working and living.
  • I will strive to develop a cooperative attitude and will exercise tact and respect for other individuals. Through the work of my hands and mind, I will express my ideas to the best of my ability.
  • I will make it my goal to do better each day the task before me, and to be steadfast in my belief in my God, and my fellow Americans.

ARTICLE XIII. AMENDMENTS

  • To amend these bylaws, the proposed amendment(s) must be submitted in writing by the chartered delegation to the President of TSA, Inc. at least ninety (90) days prior to the annual meeting.
  • A Bylaws Committee of the Board of Directors of TSA, Inc. will review all proposed amendments. All approved amendments will be submitted to the chartered delegations and the National TSA officers by the president (chairman) of the Board of Directors of TSA, Inc. at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting.
  • The proposed amendment must be approved by two-thirds of the voting delegates present and voting at the annual meeting.
  • Each chartered delegation will be entitled to one vote for each state officer in attendance {maximum of six (6)} plus two additional votes for each chapter in that state delegation which has student members in attendance at the conference.
  • The president (chairman) of the Board of Directors of TSA, Inc. will be responsible for notifying in writing the chartered delegations of adopted amendments within sixty (60) days of the annual meeting.
  • Amendments will become effective in sixty (60) days unless a different time period is stipulated in the amendment.

Student Member
Amended June 2004

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