ALPHA SIGMA CHAPTER OF EPSILON SIGMA PHI THE NATIONAL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PROFESSIONALS’ ORGANIZATION, INCORPORATED
Revised March, 1993
Revised April, 1995
Revised July 13, 1999
Revised May, 2002
Revised March 31, 2005
Revised April 1, 2009
Revised April 6, 2011
Revised April 20, 2016
ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi. The national Extension organization and this chapter shall operate in accordance with the articles of incorporation, bylaws, and regulations of the national organization.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization is to develop the Cooperative Extension profession through:
- Connecting all colleagues and retirees, both locally and nationally
- Supporting professional development
- Recognizing accomplishments of colleagues
- Providing leadership opportunities
- Monitoring and communicating employee and retiree benefits
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. The membership of this organization shall consist of employed and retired Cooperative Extension faculty and staff (i.e. academic staff, administration, classified staff, faculty and retirees).
SECTION 2. A member in good standing is a person currently employed, retired, or resigned who has paid national and chapter dues. The membership year shall be the same as the chapter fiscal year.
SECTION 3. An annual membership drive is conducted to coincide with National ESP membership dues deadline for determining national conference delegates and recognition ballots. However, membership may occur throughout the year. New members are recognized at the Alpha Sigma Chapter annual meeting.
SECTION 4. Membership Transfer. Any Epilson Sigma Phi member from another state chapter may, on request, become a member of Alpha Sigma Chapter.
ARTICLE IV: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SECTION 1. The Board of Directors of this Chapter shall consist of five (5) Officers, including the President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer; six (6) at-large board members, at least two (2) of whom shall be a retirees; and one (1) Administrative Liaison.
SECTION 2. The duties of the Board of Directors shall be to carry on the work of the organization.
SECTION 3. Members of the Board of Directors must be current members of the Alpha Sigma Chapter of ESP.
SECTION 4. Elected members of the Board of Directors have voting rights.
SECTION 5. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of the five (5) Officers; President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer. It shall have the powers of the Board of Directors in extenuating or time-sensitive circumstances and shall act at the call of the President.
ARTICLE V: ELECTION AND TERMS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SECTION 1. President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and at-large board members are elected by the membership at the annual meeting and will take office immediately following the annual meeting in the year elected. The Administrative Liaison is annually selected in consultation between the President and the Dean/Director of Cooperative Extension.
SECTION 2. The President-Elect is elected for a one-year term. The President-Elect shall accede to the office of President in the following year and shall serve as Past President in the third year.
SECTION 3. The Secretary and three (3) at-large board members, at least one of whom shall be a retiree, shall be elected in odd years for a two-year term; the Treasurer and (3) at-large board members, at least one of whom shall be a retiree, shall be elected in even years for a two-year term.
SECTION 4. Members of the Board of Directors, with the exception of President, may serve up to two (2) consecutive terms, except for the Administrative Liaison who may succeed his/herself indefinitely. The Treasurer and Secretary may succeed themselves.
ARTICLE VI: DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SECTION 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the organization and shall perform the duties usually incumbent upon an executive officer, including committee organization and appointments.
SECTION 2. The President-Elect shall preside at meetings in the absence of the President, and shall learn the responsibilities of the office of President.
SECTION 3. The Past President shall conduct an annual review of the bylaws and shall advise the Board as needed.
SECTION 4. The Secretary shall keep the minutes and records of official business of the organization.
SECTION 5. The Treasurer shall receive all funds and pay all bills, keep an accurate account of all receipts and expenditures, assist the board in developing a budget for the next year, collect membership payments and maintain membership records.
SECTION 6. The at-large board members shall give guidance to the affairs of the organization and shall act as liaisons between the Board and standing committees of the organization.
SECTION 7. The Administrative Liaison shall coordinate with System on matters related to ESP.
ARTICLE VII: VACANCIES
Any vacancy on the Board of Directors with the exception of President or President-Elect shall be filled by appointment by the Board for the duration of the unexpired term. The President-Elect will automatically fill the President vacancy. A special election under the direction of the Board of Directors shall be held within ninety (90) days to fill the unexpired term of the President-Elect and/or President, if no President-Elect is available.
ARTICLE VIII: HISTORIAN
The Historian or Historians shall be appointed by the Board of Directors. The Historian or Historians shall have charge of past membership records and shall be responsible for the Chapter history. The Historian or Historians will be accountable to the Board of Directors and will serve as an ex-officio member/s of the Board.
ARTICLE IX: MEETINGS
The Board of Directors shall meet at least twice a year or more as deemed necessary. A quorum shall consist of at least seven voting members of the Board.
ARTICLE X: DUES
SECTION 1. Initiation Fee. There shall be an initiation fee for new members established by the Alpha Sigma Chapter and the National Council.
SECTION 2. Annual Dues. Annual dues of this organization shall consist of National dues determined by the National Council and Chapter dues determined by the Board of Directors based on the proposed annual budget.
SECTION 3. Retiree Membership. Members who retire may continue their membership by
paying annual dues or by paying a lifetime membership. In the year a member retires, they may apply their annual dues of that year towards their lifetime membership.
ARTICLE XI: MEMBER REINSTATEMENT
When a membership has lapsed, a member can become reinstated to active status by paying the present year’s dues.
ARTICLE XII: FINANCIAL ADVISOR
The Financial Advisor, the Cooperative Extension Financial Officer, will serve on the audit committee, and advise the Treasurer and Board on financial matters.
ARTICLE XIII: AUDITS
At the close of each fiscal year, or at such time as the Board of Directors shall determine, the books and accounts of the Chapter shall be examined by either a qualified auditor or a committee named by the
Board of Directors who shall make a written report.
ARTICLE XIV: FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the Chapter shall begin on the first day of March, and end the last day of February in each year.
ARTICLE XV: COMMITTEES
SECTION 1. Standing Committees. The Board shall recognize the following standing committees:
Promote, review, and present ESP State and National Awards.
- BENEFITS REVIEW
Monitor proposed, pending, and enacted State and Federal legislation regarding Cooperative Extension, employee and retiree’s economic benefits, and take appropriate action.
Promote, screen, and award grants from the Endowment Fund to Cooperative Extension employees and retirees which enhance the development and delivery of the Cooperative Extension programs.
- GLOBAL RELATIONS
Work cooperatively with the UW-Extension International Committee in establishing International experience for members
Recruit, initiate, and help retain eligible Extension staff & faculty in membership.
Identify candidates for each open Board of Director position, gather biographical information, and facilitate elections.
- RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Solicit funds for the ESP Endowment Fund at the University of Wisconsin Foundation and work closely with ESP Grants Committee and CES Financial Officer to oversee funds.
Coordinate and facilitate communication to ESP members who are retired and coordinate with Benefits
Review Committee on matters affecting retirees.
SECTION 2. Standing Committee Appointments. Each Standing Committee will normally consist of at least six members with three year terms with two new members appointed each year by the President.
- The Vice-Chair will succeed the Chair the following year with a new vice-chair selected by the present committee.
- Each committee will have a Board member liaison.
- Representation from county, area, and state staff is encouraged on each committee, geographically dispersed throughout the state.
- Retiree involvement is encouraged on the ESP committees.
- The Board and Committee Chairs are responsible for identifying new committee members.
SECTION 3. Standing Committee Chairs. Standing Committee Chairs serve as ex-officio members of the Board. In conjunction with their appointed Board liaison, the Chair of each standing committee shall make regular reports to the Board.
SECTION 4. Ad-Hoc Committees. The President can create and appoint members to Ad-Hoc committees for carrying out purposes of and report to the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE XVI: NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
Epsilon Sigma Phi shall be a non-profit organization.
ARTICLE XVII: DISSOLUTION
In the event the membership votes to dissolve the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the
Treasurer will transfer the chapter’s financial assets to the ESP Endowment Fund at the University of Wisconsin Foundation. If this were to occur, the Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension will provide oversight of these funds.
ARTICLE XVIII: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern the proceedings of the Alpha Sigma Chapter in all cases not provided for in the bylaws.
ARTICLE XIX: AMENDMENTS
Amendments to these bylaws may be made at the annual meeting or by e-mail or surface mail by a two- thirds vote of the ballots cast by voting members. Written notice of proposed amendment(s) shall be sent to be membership at least thirty (30) days before the annual meeting.