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ARTICLE I.  NAME

This organization shall be known as the Atlanta Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.  Hereafter in this Constitution it will be referred to as the Chapter, the American Meteorological Society will be referred to as the Society, and the National Weather Association will be referred to as the Association.

ARTICLE II.  OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Chapter will be:  “The development and dissemination of the knowledge of meteorology in all its phases and applications, and, the advancement of its professional ideals.”  These are the combined goals of the Society and the Association.

ARTICLE III.  MEMBERSHIP

1.    Anyone who has interest in meteorology and who agrees to abide by the requirements of the Constitution becomes an active member upon payment of Chapter dues.
2.    Membership in the Society, Association or both, shall be encouraged, but not required for membership in the local chapter.

ARTICLE IV.  OFFICERS

1.    The President shall hold membership in the Society; three (3) of the four (4) elected officers shall hold memberships in the Association.
2.    The elective officers of the Chapter shall be:
            President   
            President-Elect
            Secretary
            Treasurer
            They shall serve for one year.
3.    Officers will normally be elected in April, and assume their duties at the conclusion of the final Chapter meeting before the summer break.  The incoming secretary will provide the election results to the Society.
4.    The succession of officers is:  President; President-Elect; Secretary; and Treasurer.
5.    The vacated offices shall be filled by an action of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE V.  COMMITTEES

1.    There shall be an Executive Committee and any other Committees deemed necessary by the Executive Committee.
2.    The Executive Committee shall consist of the retiring President and the current Chapter Officers.
3.    Other Committees shall consist of a Chairperson and at least two other members who are appointed by the President of the Chapter.

ARTICLE VI.  DUES

1.    Dues shall be $20.00 per year for members and $10.00 per year for student members, due and payable at the September meeting.
2.    One half of each member’s dues will go towards the local American Meteorological Society, and one half to the local National Weather Association.
3.    Anyone who has not paid dues prior to the January meeting is automatically suspended from active membership until dues are paid.  He/She may become reinstated by paying the dues.

ARTICLE VII.  MEETINGS

1.    The Chapter will meet a minimum of six (6) times per year.
2.    All meetings shall be held at a location selected by the Executive Committee.
3.    All meetings shall be announced in writing to all members by the Secretary at least 10 days prior to the meeting.  The announcement will include the time, place, and purpose of the meeting.
4.    The business portion of the meetings shall be limited to one-half hour.

ARTICLE VIII.  FINANCES

1.    Expenditures of Chapter funds in excess of $50.00 shall require approval of a majority of the Executive Committee.  Expenditures of Chapter funds in excess of $500.00 shall require a majority of a quorum.
2.    Proper financial records must be maintained.

ARTICLE IX.  VOTING PROCEDURES

1.    A quorum is defined as more than one-third of the active membership.
2.    All active members may vote.
3.    A majority of a quorum present is required for the election of Officers and for matters other than Constitutional changes.
4.    A two-thirds majority vote is required for amendment of the Chapter Constitution.
5.    Voting for Officers shall be by secret ballot.  Absentee ballots are accepted in a designated time frame established by the president prior to the election, provided that there is an established means to keep the ballot secret.

ARTICLE X: REVISION OR AMENDMENT TO THE CHAPTER CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

1. These Articles shall be amended or revised when deemed necessary by, and with the concurrence of, a two-thirds majority of those active members present at a meeting, given that a quorum is present.
2. The Executive Committee shall review these Articles before the first meeting of the year for the purpose of presenting to the membership at the meeting any revisions they deem necessary.
3. Any revisions to these Articles shall be presented in writing to the membership at one (1) regular meeting and shall be voted upon at the next regular meeting of the Chapter.

ARTICLE XI: NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

This Chapter is organized and operated exclusively for nonprofit purposes, and no part of its earnings shall accrue to the benefit of any member.

ARTICLE XII: DISSOLUTION

Upon dissolution or disbandment of this organization, all funds and properties in excess of liabilities and expenses of dissolution will be distributed as determined by a majority of the active members.

ARTICLE XIII: ADOPTION

This Chapter Constitution and By-Laws shall become effective upon approval of the Executive Directors of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association.

Revised October, 2010
Robert R. Handel, Chapter President