Section 1 – Name and Objectives
The name of this organization shall be the Louisiana Chapter of
the American Fisheries Society, herein referred to as the Chapter.
The objectives of the Chapter shall be those of the
Fisheries Society as set forth in Article I of the
and to encourage the exchange of information by members of the
Society residing within the State of Louisiana.
Section 2 – Membership
The membership of the Chapter shall be composed of those American
Fisheries Society members in good standing residing within the State
No person who meets the other criteria for membership may be
denied membership on the basis of race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, age, handicap, marital status, or veteran status.
Section 3 – Meetings
The Chapter shall hold at least one meeting annually at a time
and place designated by the Executive Committee. The program and
presentation of papers shall be the responsibility of the Program
Section 4 – Officers
The officers of the Chapter shall consist of a President,
President-Elect, and Secretary-Treasurer.
Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting. The terms of
the officers will be for two years. The President and
President–Elect may not serve successive terms but the
Secretary-Treasurer may, if re-elected.* In case of a vacated
position, the Executive Committee shall appoint a qualified
replacement to fill an unexpired term.
In the event of a cancellation of an annual meeting, the officers
and the members of any committees shall continue to serve until the
next scheduled meeting.
Section 4(a) - Nominations and
Election of Chapter Officers
The Nomination Committee will include
the current Executive Committee and will be chaired by the immediate
Past President. The Nominations Committee will identify candidates
for the Chapter offices either as multiple candidates for each office
to be selected by majority vote of the membership, or as a slate with
one candidate for each office to be approved by acclamation of the
Nominations are intended to be a
multi-tiered process with multiple opportunities for input from
Chapter membership and past officers:
1) Nominations for new officers will
be requested first from the membership at the business meeting of the
year before the election.
2) The process will continue with a
call for nominees through our newsletter about 9 months before the
3) Subsequent to that, nominations
will be solicited electronically by the Nomination Committee from the
Ex-EXCOM (past officers).
4) The Nomination Committee will meet
and compile a list of potential candidates based on the suggestions
received and will decide whether to put forth multiple candidates for
the offices or a slate of candidates.
5) Potential candidates will be
contacted and asked if they are willing and able to serve as an
6) After final approval by the
Nominations Committee, the candidates will prepare a short biography
to be posted on the Chapter's website prior to the annual meeting.
nomination process will remain open for other candidates until the
official closure of nominations at the Business Meeting immediately
prior to the election.
8) After closure of nominations
(contingent on the presence of a quorum) the nominees to leave the
room for voting which will be accomplished by voice acclamation, or if
close, by a show of hands. The current President will preside over
the election process.*
Section 5 – Duties of Officers
The President of the Chapter shall preside at all meetings, serve
as Chairman of the Executive Committee, represent the Chapter on the
Executive Committee of the Southern Division and at the American
Fisheries Society meetings, and make appointments and perform other
duties and functions as are authorized.
The President-Elect shall be Chairman of the Program Committee
and shall assume the duties of the President if the latter is unable
The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep the official records of the
Chapter, collect and be custodian of any funds collected or allotted
to the Chapter. The Secretary-Treasurer shall disburse funds as
authorized by the Executive Committee or the membership, and submit
a record of receipts and disbursements at the annual Chapter
meeting. Other duties may be requested by the Executive Director of
the American Fisheries Society and officers of the Southern
Section 6 - Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of the Chapter shall consist of the
elected officers, the immediate Past President, Committee Chairs,
the Newsletter Editor, the Webmaster, and the Presidents of any
officially associated student clubs, as determined by the President. The committee is
authorized to act for the Chapter between meetings and to perform
appropriate duties and functions.
Section 7 – Chapter Committees
Committees and the Chairman of Committees, except as listed in
Section 5 of these Bylaws, shall be appointed by the President. The
term of office for members of the Chapter Committees shall end upon
the discharge of the duties for which they were appointed, or at the
next annual meeting of the Chapter, whichever comes first.
Section 8 – Voting and Quorum
Decisions at meetings of the Chapter shall be in accordance with
of the American Fisheries Society.
A quorum for the transaction of official business shall be
one-third of the Chapter membership, except that members present
may approve a lesser number for a given meeting, if circumstances
The membership shall abide by its own rules of procedure, but in
cases where it has adopted no explicit rules or where applicability
of interpretation of rules is in doubt, Roberts Rule of Order
Newly Revised shall govern.
Written resolutions may be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer
at any time. The resolution will be reviewed by the ExCom for
correct wording. The resolution will be mailed out with the next
newsletter. There will be two ways the voting can be done, by a mail
vote or at a business meeting. The ExCom will decide on the type of
voting procedure for each resolution. Under either procedure, the
membership will have at least three weeks to consider a resolution.
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