AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES
ADOPTED JANUARY 4, 1974
(REVISED June 5, 2009)
ARTICLE TITLE PAGE
I. NAME 2
II. AFFILIATION 2
III. PURPOSES 2
IV. OFFICERS AND GOVERNING BODY 3
V. MEMBERSHIP 3
VI. MEETINGS 3
VII. DURATION 4
VIII. AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION 4
IX. BYLAWS AND BYLAW AMENDMENTS 4
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of the corporation is: American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas hereinafter referred to as the Council.
ARTICLE II. AFFILIATION
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas shall be a member organization, state in nature, of the American Council of Engineering Companies.
ARTICLE III. PURPOSES
The Council shall be a benevolent non-profit Corporation, organization for the following purposes:
i. to protect the public welfare;
ii. to safeguard the ethical standards of the engineering profession and ensure the ethical standards are maintained by consulting engineers in private practice;
iii. to promote harmony, cooperation, and mutual understanding among consulting engineers;
iv. to cooperate with public bodies and other organizations in matter of common interest;
v. to promote the professional and economic welfare of its members;
vi. to act as a clearinghouse and information center among its members and provide cooperative services for their common purpose and benefit.
vii. to advise on enactment of legislation on national and state basis affecting the interests of consulting engineers, and assisting its members on local legislation that may have a relation to the general interests of the Council;
viii. to support and assist in the advancement of the science and practice of engineering, and;
ix. to own, lease, rent or acquire real and personal property, and to sell, convey, mortgage, exchange, dispose of property and assets as necessary for the benefit of the Council.
ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS AND GOVERNING BODY
The Council shall be governed by the Council membership and a Board of Directors comprised of the following officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past President, National Director, and not less than two (2) State Directors whose election and duties shall be set forth in the Bylaws to be adopted by the Council membership.
ARTICLE V. MEMBERSHIP
The membership of the Council shall be Firm Memberships and the qualifications, procedures for admission and separation shall be as set forth in the Bylaws.
The present membership of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas shall constitute the initial membership hereof.
ARTICLE VI. MEETINGS
The Council shall meet annually within thirty (30) days of the end of the Fiscal Year as provided by the Bylaws. The newly elected officers shall be installed at the annual meeting and the budget for the coming year shall be approved by the Council membership. The membership shall be notified of the date set for the annual meeting at least fifteen (15) days in advance of the meeting.
The Council membership shall meet at least three (3) times during each fiscal year in addition to the Annual meeting.
The Board of Directors of the Council shall meet at least four (4) times during each fiscal year.
Special meetings may be called of the Board of Directors at its own discretion or by written petition submitted to the Board of Directors and signed by 10% of the Council membership.
With the exception of the annual meeting, all meetings shall be restricted to principals.
ARTICLE VII. DURATION
The duration of the Council shall be perpetual.
ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION
Amendments to this Constitution shall be adopted at the annual meeting by seventy-five percent (75%) affirmative vote of the Council membership. The method and privileges of voting by the Council membership shall be as provided in the Bylaws.
ARTICLE IX. BYLAWS AND BYLAW AMENDMENTS
The implementation of this Constitution shall be set forth in the Bylaws as amended, which are attached hereto.
Amendments to the Bylaws shall be adopted at the annual meeting by a sixty-six percent (66%) affirmative vote of the Council membership. The method and privileges of voting by the Council membership shall be as provided in the Bylaws.