- ARTICLE I: NAME
- ARTICLE II: GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION
- ARTICLE III: OBJECTIVES
- ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIP
- ARTICLE V: DUES
- ARTICLE VI: BUDGET
- ARTICLE VII: SCHOLARSHIPS
- ARTICLE VIII: OFFICERS
- ARTICLE IX: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
- ARTICLE X: MEETINGS
- ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS
- ARTICLE XII: AFFILIATION
- ARTICLE XIII: NON-PROFIT STATUS AS DEFINED BY INTERNAL REVENUE CODE 501 (c)(3)
- ARTICLE XIV: PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES
The objectives of this organization are to
• Establish a clear philosophy,
• Develop effective techniques, and
• Promote sound practices for a school public relations program in the State of Washington, and
• Abide by NSPRA’s Code of Ethics
Section 1: Active membership shall be open to anyone who supports the organization’s objectives.
Section 2: All WSPRA members are permitted to vote. The chapter president, president-elect, vice president of finance, and one other elected chapter officer shall be members of the National School Public Relations Association. Inability to pay for NSPRA membership does not automatically preclude a member from serving on the Board. If the potential Board member demonstrates that the member’s district is unable to pay for NSPRA membership, the WSPRA Board will consider a scholarship to provide that Board member’s NSPRA membership.
Section 3: The membership year is September 1 through August 31.
Section 1: The establishment of dues, and all policies pertaining thereto, shall be on the recommendation of the executive committee.
Section 2: Dues are payable in September of each year to the WSPRA vice president for finance.
Section 3: Approval by 2/3 of the members shall be required on all matters affecting dues.
Section 1: The vice president of finance shall be responsible for submitting an annual budget to the executive committee in September based on income and expenditures of the prior year and estimated income and expenditures of the coming year. The executive committee is responsible for approving the budget.
Section 2: Members requiring reimbursements shall submit expense vouchers to the vice president of finance before checks can be issued.
Section 3: Disbursements over $500 must be authorized by the president or president-elect if they are not budgeted items.
Section 1: The Washington School Public Relations Association shall provide three scholarships annually to cover registration fees for the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) seminar providing funds are available and the board deems it fiscally responsible.
Section 2: The scholarships will be made available to the president-elect, one member who has not attended an NSPRA seminar, and one member who has attended an NSPRA seminar. The recipients of the member scholarships shall be determined by the executive committee based on criteria established through consensus. If the president-elect is unable to attend the conference, the president-elect scholarship shall be awarded to the current president. If both are unable to attend, the scholarship will not be given that year.
The chapter president, president-elect, vice president of finance, and one other officer shall be members of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). All other officers are encouraged to be members of the National Association.
Officers of WSPRA shall be elected May 1 in the year elections are held and shall be reported to the national office by May 15. Names shall be placed in nomination by a nominating committee that is chaired by the immediate past president and consists of the two immediate past presidents, president, and president-elect.
Newly elected officers take office on July 1. The term of office shall be for one year. No elected officer shall serve in the same capacity for more than three consecutive terms.
Officers and their duties shall be:
Section 1: President shall be the executive director and shall preside at meetings of WSPRA and the executive committee. The president shall appoint the chairperson of all the standing and special committees and shall approve the selection of committee members made by the chairperson. The president shall approve unbudgeted disbursements. The president shall maintain an active liaison with NSPRA, through the state coordinator and the Northwest Region vice president. The president submits annually required financial reports, as prepared by the treasurer, and membership data to the NSPRA business manager by October 31.
Section 2: President-elect shall perform the duties of the president when the president is unable to perform those duties, and perform other duties as the president might direct. The president-elect shall become president when the president’s term expires. This officer shall be registered as the chapter’s vice president for legal purposes. This officer will coordinate content and presentations at all conferences and professional development events, as well as sponsorships.
Section 3: Vice president of event logistics shall act as the event coordinator and planner for all aspects of conferences and professional development events, outside of content and presentations.
Section 4: Vice president of communications shall promote WSPRA among the greater educational community through the chapter website and regular email blasts to members.
Section 5: Vice president of membership shall manage strategies to recruit WSPRA members and maintain membership records and databases. This officer will keep records of chapter and executive committee meetings and activities and shall be registered as chapter secretary for legal purposes.
Section 6: Vice president of marketing shall manage the creation of graphic content for the WSPRA website, social media channels, communications efforts and conferences. This officer will also manage WSPRA’s social media channels.
Section 7: Vice president of finance shall keep financial records, maintain a membership listing, disburse budgeted funds, and provide financial reports at each executive committee meeting. This officer shall be registered as chapter treasurer for legal purposes. The treasurer prepares annually required financial reports for submission to NSPRA by the president.
Section 8: Vice president-elect of finance shall assist the vice president for finance in the financial recordkeeping and budgeting and become the vice president for finance when the vice president of finance’s term expires.
Section 9: Immediate past-president shall serve as state coordinator to NSPRA, chair the annual nominations committee, coordinate national and state awards and perform other duties as needed..
Section 10: All vacancies occurring in any office shall be filled by the executive committee.
Section 11: The executive committee will actively recruit board candidates from both sides of the state.
Section 1: The governing body of WSPRA shall be the executive committee. It shall consist of the elected officers and the immediate past president.
Section 2: The executive committee shall be responsible for all policy decisions affecting the association. It shall carry out all directions as voted by the membership.
Section 1: A minimum of two meetings annually of WSPRA shall be scheduled by the executive committee.
Section 2: The executive committee will actively solicit locations for conferences on both sides of the state.
Section 3: The executive committee shall meet on notice from the president. A majority of the executive committee shall constitute a quorum.
These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote in which at least two thirds of the membership participates in the vote, providing that at least 30 days notice in writing has been given of any proposed amendment. All proposed amendments shall be submitted to the Executive Board of the National School Public Relations Association before adoption by the chapter to become effective.
This organization is organized exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law.) Or (b) by a corporation contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law.) Upon dissolution of this corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law), or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purpose or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purpose.
“No part of the earnings of the chapter shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, its directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distribution in furtherance of the purposes set forth in these Bylaws. Except as provided in Section 501(h) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or any corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law, no substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the chapter shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of campaign statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law.
Upon dissolution of the chapter, the Executive Board shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the chapter, dispose of all the assets of the chapter exclusively for the purposes of the chapter in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, education, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization of organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law, as the Executive Board shall determine.”
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Revised: March 22, 2022
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