Sample of Constitution
This sample was developed and contributed by EFL Fellow Natasha Frank. "L' stand for the name of a country.
TEACHERS OF ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES IN L. TESOL- L.
This association will be called Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages in L. The abbreviation will be TESOL-L. (TESOL-L.). TESOL L. will be an affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), a professional, global educational association committed to promoting “excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages.”
TESOL L.’s mission is to foster high quality English teaching by giving its membership resources, support, and guidance. Additionally, TESOL-L. seeks to create a diverse community of English language professionals from different regions and backgrounds.
TESOL- L., a professional, non-profit organization, has the following purposes:
To enhance the quality of English language instruction in L.
To provide information and resources to its membership
To offer professional development opportunities
To provide a forum for exchanging ideas and encouraging collaboration between English language professionals
Individual voting membership is open to:
English language teachers in L.
Anyone who supports the mission of TESOL L.
Non-voting membership is open to:
Commercial organizations that support the mission of TESOL L.
Every year TESOL-L. will hold at least one general meeting. The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to discuss matters pertaining to the association and conduct elections (as needed). For the Annual Meeting to be conducted, a quorum of 50% of members in good standing will need to be present.
The board may call additional meetings at its discretion
For the first year of TESOL L. the Board shall include the following officers: President, Affiliate Liaison Officer, Newsletter Editor, Advocacy Representative, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Interest Section Representatives.
In the subsequent year, TESOL L. shall expand the Board. The Board shall consist of the following officers: Immediate Past President, President, President-Elect, Affiliate Liaison Officer, Newsletter Editor, Advocacy Representative, Secretary, Treasurer, and Interest Section Representatives.
All Board members will begin their term at the end of the first Annual Meeting.
The Board members shall be in good standing with both TESOL and TESOL L. They shall perform their duties outlined in the bylaws.
If the position of President becomes vacant during the first year of TESOL L., a new election will be held. In the subsequent year, if the position of President becomes vacant, the President elect shall assume the presidency and serve for the following year. If any other position on the Board becomes vacant, the President, with the approval of the Board shall appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of that term.
Any member of the Board may be reelected for a second term (an additional two years). To be reelected a Board member must be in good standing with both TESOL and TESOL L., be nominated, and elected at the Annual Meeting. Term limits are as follows:
President Two Years
Affiliate Liaison Officer Two Years
Newsletter Editor Two Years
Advocacy Representative Two Years
Secretary Two Years
Treasurer Two Years
Interest Section Representatives Two Years
VII. INTEREST SECTIONS
TESOL L. shall contain four divisions known as Interest Sections. These Interest Sections are as follows: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Adult Education (Continuing Education), and Higher Education. Each Interest Section shall have one representative that serves on the Board. Interest Section Representatives shall perform their duties outlined in the bylaws.
If deemed necessary and appropriate, new Interest Sections may be added. To add a new Interest Section, a petition signed by 10 members in good standing should be submitted to the Board for approval.
In case of dissolution, TESOL L. shall dispose of its assets in the following manner:
1. Pay for all liabilities of the association
2. Donate any remaining assets to a suitable, non-profit, educational association. Such a decision will be taken by a vote of the Board members.
To amend this constitution, two-thirds of the Board members must approve the amendments. Alternatively, a petition signed by at least ten percent of the members in good standing shall be submitted to the President. A proposed amendment will be announced to the membership and a vote conducted one month after the announcement. To become effective, the proposed amendment must be ratified by a two-thirds majority of votes cast.