Constitution

ARTICLE I

NAME

 

This organization shall be known as the Pilipino Educators Network (PEN). It shall be a non-stock, non-profit organization composed of Filipino educators in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

 

ARTICLE II

PURPOSES AND OBJECTIVES

 

The purposes and objectives of PEN are:

 

·         to unite all Filipino educators in Prince George's County for mutual assistance, collaboration and cooperation;

 

·         to assist Filipino educators in understanding their professional rights, responsibilities and benefits;

 

·         to facilitate professional development opportunities; and

 

·         to lead initiatives and share information about programs and activities that promotes Philippine culture and
       traditions.

 

 

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

 

SECTION 1:  ELIGIBILITY

 

Membership shall be open to any Filipino educator in Prince George’s County subscribing to the purposes of PEN.

 

SECTION 2:  VOTING

 

Every member shall be entitled to vote on any matter that comes before the general membership.

 

SECTION 3:  DUES

 

The amount of dues for all members shall be set by the Board of Directors.

 

 

ARTICLE IV

GENERAL MEETING

 

SECTION 1:  TIME AND PLACE

 

a. There will be an Annual Meeting of PEN within the month of October.

 

b. In case of need or desirability, the President may, with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors, call a
    special general meeting of PEN.

 

SECTION 2:  QUORUM

 

Fifty (50) members shall constitute a quorum unless the total membership is less than one hundred, and then a simple majority of members shall constitute a quorum.

 

 

ARTICLE V

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

SECTION 1:  MEMBERSHIP

 

There shall be five (5) voting members and eight (8) or more non-voting members of the Board, including the past Presidents.

 
These members shall be:

 

1. Voting:  President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations Officer.

 

2. Non-Voting:  Executive Director, Nominations and Elections Chairperson, Membership Chairperson, Annual
    Meeting Chair(s), Publications Chairperson, Outreach Chairperson, Professional Development Chairperson, Historian,
    and Past Presidents.

 

SECTION 2:  ELIGIBILITY

 

Voting members of PEN-PG shall be eligible to hold a Board position. No member of the Board may hold more than one office concurrently.

 

SECTION 3:  NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

 

The Nominations and Elections Committee shall present a slate of nominees to be elected to the membership in May. Election will be held in June and results will be announced in July. Installation of the officers will be at the Annual Meeting.

 

SECTION 4:  VACANCIES

 

If a vacancy occurs in any office, the President shall name a PEN member to fill the office. A member so chosen shall serve for the remainder of the term and be eligible for succession.

 

SECTION 5:  DUTIES

 

The Board shall have general supervision of the activities of PEN, shall authorize the expenditure or investment of funds, shall set the amount of dues for PEN membership, shall approve the planning for the Annual Meeting, shall establish standing committees as specified in the By-Laws and ad hoc committees as needed, shall make recommendations to the general membership, and shall take care of all related business which has not been provided for by any other means.

 

 

ARTICLE VI
PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

 

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised shall govern PEN in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the PEN Constitution and By-Laws.

 

 

ARTICLE VII
AFFILIATED GROUPS

 

Any organized group of individuals may petition the Board to become affiliated with PEN. The Board shall specify the conditions under which such affiliation shall take place. An affiliate group shall be entitled to send one non-voting delegate to each PEN Board meeting.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII
AMENDMENTS

 

SECTION 1:  TO CONSTITUTION

 

A resolution for an amendment to the Constitution may be introduced by petition of fifty (50) members of PEN or by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The resolution shall be publicized, and distributed to the membership at least twenty (20) calendar days prior to the voting, which must take place at a general meeting. An affirmative vote by two-thirds of the members present is required to adopt the resolution.

 

SECTION 2:  TO BY-LAWS

 

By-Laws, consistent with the Constitution, shall be maintained by the Board of Directors. A resolution for an amendment to the By-Laws may be introduced by petition of fifty (50) members of PEN or by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The resolution shall be publicized, and distributed to the membership at least twenty (20) days prior to the voting, which must take place at a general meeting. An affirmative vote by two-thirds of the members present is required to adopt the resolution.

 

SECTION 3:  EFFECTIVE DATE

 

Unless otherwise stated in the resolution, all amendments shall take effect immediately upon adoption.

 

 

ARTICLE IX
DISSOLUTION

 

If at any time PEN shall cease to carry out the purposes herein stated, all assets and property held by it, whether in trust or otherwise, shall, after payment of its liabilities, be paid over to an organization, selected by the final Board of Directors of PEN, which has similar purposes and has established its tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as now enacted or as it may hereafter be amended, and such assets and property shall be applied exclusively for such charitable, scientific, and educational programs.