Bylaw I. Name
The name of the organization shall be the Great Lakes Region (hereinafter referred to as 'the Region’) of the American Chemical Society (hereinafter referred to as 'the SOCIETY').
Bylaw II. Objectives
Section 1. The objectives of the Region shall be those of the SOCIETY and more specifically
Section 2. Nothing in these Bylaws shall be inconsistent with the Charter, Constitution, and Bylaws of the SOCIETY.
Bylaw III. Territory
Section 1. The territory shall consist of the sum of the contiguous territories of the member Local Sections.
Bylaw IV. Members
Section 1. The members of the Region shall consist of Local Sections of the SOCIETY.
Section 2. The initial members shall consist of those contiguous Local Sections that agree to form the Region and to apply for corporate status of the Region in the District of Columbia under the aegis of the SOCIETY. These local sections are:
Section 3. Additional Local Sections may apply for membership provided their territories are contiguous to those of a member Local Section.
Section 4. A member Local Section may withdraw from the Region.
Section 5. All member Local Sections are entitled to equal status in all activities and operations of the Region.
Section 6. Any Local Section may be a member of more than one Region.
Bylaw V. Governance
Section 1. The governing authority of the Region shall be a Regional Board of Directors (hereinafter referred to as the 'Regional Board') consisting of one representative from each member Local Section.
Section 2. The Regional Board shall have full power to conduct, manage, and direct the business and affairs of the Region in accordance with these Bylaws. In particular, the Regional Board
Bylaw VI. Officers
Section 1. The Regional Board shall elect a President-Elect who shall succeed to President and then to Past President. In addition the Regional Board shall elect a Secretary and a Treasurer.
Section 2. All Officers and Directors shall take office on January 1 of each year.
Section 3. In the event of a vacancy in an Office, the Regional Board shall fill the vacancy for the duration of the particular Officer's term.
Bylaw VII. Committees
Section 1. There shall be an Executive Committee composed of the Officers of the Region and not more than two other Directors appointed by the Regional Board.
Section 2. The Regional Board shall establish committees as necessary for the proper operation of the Region including a Finance Committee, an Awards Committee, and a Regional Meeting Selection Committee.
Bylaw VIII. Duties of Directors, Officers, and Executive Committee
Section 1. The duties of the Directors shall be those customarily performed by corporate directors together with those prescribed for corporations organized in the District of Columbia.
Section 2. The duties of the Officers shall be those customarily performed by such officers together with those responsibilities prescribed in the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY, and by these Bylaws. Other duties may be prescribed by the Regional Board.
Section 3. The President of the Region shall serve as Chair of the Regional Board and Chair of the Executive Committee and shall appoint persons to all committees authorized in these Bylaws or by the Regional Board.
Section 4. The Executive Committee shall have the power to act on behalf of the Regional Board subject to ratification of its actions by the Regional Board.
Bylaw IX. Finances
Section 1. The Treasurer shall be directly responsible for maintaining all financial records and for disbursing funds in accordance with the directives of the Regional Board.
Section 2. The operating and reserve funds of the Region shall be properly invested by the Treasurer with the advice of the Executive Committee, preferably in the SOCIETY Investment Pool.
Section 3. Disbursement of funds to support the Regional Meeting shall be in strict accordance with the operating guidelines established by the Regional Board and agreed upon by the Regional Board and the Host Local Section(s) in accordance with the "Memorandum of Understanding".
Section 4. The Regional Board shall secure its operating funds from its share of the Regional Meeting profits, as agreed upon in the "Memorandum of Understanding", and by such other means as the Regional Board may adopt.
Bylaw X. Amendments
Section 1. A proposed amendment to these Bylaws must first be submitted in writing to the Regional Board for review and comment. The Secretary shall furnish to the secretaries of all member Local Sections copies of the proposed amendment by certified mail.
Section 2. Each member Local Section shall have sixty (60) days to act on the proposed amendment and to notify the Secretary of the Region of its action.
Section 3. An amendment is deemed to have been passed if two-thirds (2/3) of the member Local Sections, which have taken action within the sixty (60) day period, approve the amendment.
Bylaw XI. Recall of Elected Officers and Directors
Section 1. Elected Officers and Directors of the Region are subject to recall for neglect of duties or conduct injurious to the SOCIETY.
Section 2. Detailed procedure for recall of an Officer is given in Appendix A.
Section 3. Recall of a Director is the responsibility of the relevant Local Section and shall proceed according to the Local Section Bylaws.
Section 4. The vacancy provision of these Bylaws shall be used to fill a vacancy caused by the recall process. All member Local Sections and the SOCIETY shall be informed of the recall process and the replacement of the Officer or Director.
Bylaw XII. Dissolution of the Region
Upon dissolution of the Region any assets of the Region remaining thereafter shall be equally conveyed to the member Local Sections (based on local membership) so long as the Local Section at the time of dissolution shall be exempt under Section 501©3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended or other such successor provision of the Code as may be in effect at the time of the Region's dissolution.
APPENDIX A. Recall of Elected Officers
NOTE: This conforms with C&B language.
Section 1. Elected Officers of the Region are subject to recall for neglect of duties or conduct injurious to the SOCIETY.
Section 2. The recall of an Officer shall be initiated by a written petition signed by not fewer than one-third (1/3) of the Directors specifying charges and reasonable substantiating evidence.
Section 3. The Chair shall without delay determine that the petitioners are aware of the gravity of their actions and the procedures to be followed.
Section 4. The Chair shall seek an alternate resolution to the problem and a withdrawal of the petition at this time.
Section 5. In the absence of a resolution of the problem, the Chair shall present the issue to the Executive Committee as a new business item at the next Executive Committee meeting. The Officer in question shall not sit with the Executive Committee.