THE BYLAWS OF THE NORTH DAKOTA DRIVER AND TRAFFIC SAFETY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
Name of Association
The name of this organization is the “North Dakota Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association” (NDDTSEA).
Purpose of the Association
The Association is a not for profit entity organized for the following purposes:
To promote and encourage the teaching of Driver and Traffic Safety Education to youth of the State of North Dakota.
To study the problems associated with the teaching of Driver and Traffic Safety Education and then attempt to solve these problems.
To cooperate with other agencies in the interests of the teaching of Driver and Traffic Safety Education, especially in the high schools and colleges.
To improve and upgrade requirements for teaching Driver and Traffic Safety Education.
Section 1. General
It shall be the policy of the Association to encourage qualified potential applicants to apply for membership in the Association.
Section 2. Eligibility
Any persons and/or organizations, or those teaching and/or supervising Driver and Traffic Safety Education in the purpose for which this organization is formed, shall be eligible for membership in one of the following categories: Active, Administrative, College, Corporate/Professional, Honorary, and Lifetime may become members upon completion of application.
Active Membership is open to anyone actively engaged in the instruction of Driver and Traffic Safety Education programs.
Administrative Membership is open to any school administrator interested in the enhancement of the Driver and Traffic Safety Education Program.
College Student Member
College Student Membership is open to students enrolled in a recognized college program in Driver and Traffic Safety Education.
Corporate/Professional Membership shall be open to any organization, company or individual that contributes to the North Dakota Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association.
Honorary Membership may be granted to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Driver and Traffic Safety Education upon action of the President with the approval of the Executive Board or upon three-fourths (3/4) majority vote by Active Members present at any Association meeting.
Lifetime membership is open to anyone engaged in the instruction of Driver and Traffic Safety Education programs. It allows you all the benefits of membership in NDDTSEA.
Acceptance of a membership shall in no way bind the Association to support the philosophies or policies of any member, nor to support nor participate in projects or undertakings of said member, nor imply that the Association’s name or logo can be used in promoting business activity without approval from the Executive Committee.
Section 3. Application and Election
Application for Active membership shall be made in such a form as prescribed by the Executive Committee. All Active membership applications shall be forwarded to the Executive Committee to determine if the applicant meets the eligibility requirements.
Section 4. Dues
Membership dues are required to be paid by members. The amount of annual dues may be amended by vote of at least 2/3 (two-thirds) members of the Executive Committee present at any regularly scheduled meeting of the Executive Committee (provided a quorum is present). The regularly scheduled meeting can be face-to face or through conference call meeting.
Any active member whose dues or any part thereof shall be in arrears shall be deemed not in good standing after second notice of such arrearage has been served. Any active member who shall continue not to be in good standing shall be deemed to have forfeited status as an active member. Payment of dues must be current prior to the Annual Business Meeting to be eligible to vote.
Section 5. Voting
Any active member in good standing shall have one vote for all matters that are to be voted on by the active members of the Association and are not matters reserved under Article V herein for Executive Committee Members only.
Matters to be voted on by active members of the Association shall include:
(1) election and recall of officers:
(2) revisions to the Bylaws;
(3) composition of regions:
(4) approval of annual budget and expenditures;
(5) implementation and enforcement of policy, procedures, and regulations; and
(6) termination of active members
College Student, Honorary, Corporate/Professional, and Lifetime members shall have voting privileges only on standing committees.
Section 6. Resignation and Termination of Membership
Any active member resigning membership shall provide written notice to the NDDTSEA Secretary.
Any member who shall act in willful violation of the Bylaws or does anything which is detrimental to the Association, may have such membership terminated upon determination of such fact by the Executive Committee and approval by a vote of the active members. Such member, if a member of the Executive Committee, shall not be entitled to vote on such termination, provided, however, that notice in writing of the grounds therefore shall have been mailed to each such member at least thirty days before such action shall be taken and that such member shall have been given an opportunity to be heard at the time and place stated in the notice.
Upon resignation or termination of membership, such member shall have no right or interest in any property or assets of the Association and shall not be entitled to any refund of dues.
Section 7. Additional classes of Members
The Executive Committee may establish an additional class or classes of members upon such qualifications as the Executive Committee may deem advisable in the best interest of the Association provided however, that no such additional class of members shall have any voting rights in the Association.
Meeting of Members
Section 1. Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the members of the Association shall be held at such place and time as the Executive Committee by resolution shall select. At such annual meetings, members of the Executive Committee shall be elected and there may be transacted any other business which shall properly be brought before the members at the meeting. If for any reason an annual meeting is omitted, a special meeting may be held in place thereof and any business transactions or elections held at such meeting shall have the same effect as if transacted or held at an annual meeting.
Section 2. Action Without Meeting
Any action which may be taken at a meeting of the members, may be taken without a meeting if authorized in writing signed by a majority of all of the votes of the active members, provided that all active members are given an opportunity to sign authorization. This will be accomplished through electronic mail.
Section 3. Notice and Waiver
The Executive Committee shall notify its members of the Annual Members’ Meeting a minimum of thirty days prior to the date of the meeting or a minimum of ten days prior for a Special Meeting. The meeting notice shall include:
The notice will be sent to all members by electronic mail to the respective addresses of the members appearing on the records of the Association.
Section 4. Quorum
At any meeting the presence of a majority of the active members present in person or by proxy, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. If a quorum is not established, no business shall be conducted. Meetings shall be presided over by the President or, in his/her absence, successions shall be President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer or a delegate acting in his/her behalf shall keep the minutes of such meeting. All questions coming before the members for decision shall, unless otherwise provided for by laws or the Bylaws, be decided by affirmative vote of a simple majority of the members present in person or by proxy at the meeting.
The Executive Committee
Section 1. Number and Composition
The NDDTSEA Executive Committee shall have ten (11) members of the Executive Committee. The President, President Elect, and Secretary-Treasurer shall be nominated and elected by the active members of the Association. All persons nominated for and elected to the Executive Committee shall be active members of the Association in good standing. The President shall appoint four (4) Regional Representatives to the Executive Committee, one from each region. The geographic regions shall be determined by the active members of the Association at the annual meeting as needed. A Public Information Officer (PIO) shall be appointed by the Executive Committee and shall be a member of the Executive Committee. A representative from the North Dakota Department of Transportation shall be a member of the Executive Committee as a resource only without voting powers. The outgoing President shall remain a member in good standing and serve on the Executive Committee for an additional year after election of a new President, to assist the Executive Committee in the transition of management. The outgoing President shall have voting privileges. The Driver & Traffic Safety Instructor of Minot State University, shall be a member of the Executive Committee as a resource only without voting powers.
The elected officers of the Executive Committee shall serve a two (2) year term.
The Regional Representative shall serve a three (3) year term.
The Public Information Officer shall serve a three (3) year term.
Executive Committee members and the President will exclude themselves from voting on issues which are construed by the Executive Committee as a conflict of interest.
The President, upon the vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the voting Executive Committee members present, may designate to the Executive Committee membership such members as deemed beneficial to the operation of the Executive Committee.
Elected or appointed members of the Executive Committee who fail to meet the responsibilities of their office may be replaced by majority action of the Executive Committee. An elective or appointed office vacated in this manner shall be filled by nomination and election or appointment at the next regular Association Executive Committee meeting.
The President shall appoint a chairman for any standing or temporary committees with the approval of the Executive Committee.
No person shall hold more than one official position in the association at one time.
Any candidate for office must be an Active Member of the Association in good standing.
Section 2. Executive Committee Meetings
The Executive Committee shall have an annual face-to face meeting at the annual NDDTSEA conference to conduct NDDTSEA business. Meetings of the Executive Committee may be called by the President or by fifty percent of the members of the Executive Committee with voting privileges and may be conducted face-to-face, via teleconference, and/or other appropriate meeting formats.
Notice stating the time and place of any Executive Committee meeting, except the Annual Members’ Business Meeting, shall be given at least thirty days prior to the date of the meeting. A majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. Each Executive Committee member shall have one vote.
Any vacancy occurring on the Executive Committee shall be filled by appointment by the President, from the geographic region of the member creating the vacancy, who shall serve on the Committee.
Section 3. Powers of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall manage the affairs of the NDDTSEA consistent with the law and Bylaws. Powers include, but are not limited to:
Fix the fiscal year (conference date to conference date)
Initiate and administer all matters involving policies, programs, transactions and contractual obligations
Guide and counsel the officers of the NDDTSEA in the fulfillment of their responsibilities
Evaluate the needs of the NDDTSEA and implement programs to meet them
Determine persons authorized to sign checks, drafts, or other orders for the payment of money in the name of the NDDTSEA
Review and approve periodic statements of fiscal operations
Establish, change the membership of, and discontinue committees
Officers and Duties
Section 1. General
The officers of the NDDTSEA shall be a President, a President Elect, and a Secretary/Treasurer of the Executive Committee. The President, President Elect, and Secretary/Treasurer is elected in accordance with the provisions of ARTICLE V, Section 1 a.
Section 2. President
The President of the Executive Committee shall exercise supervision over all the affairs of the Association and its several officers, and shall perform all duties identified by herein the NDDTSEA Bylaws and such further duties as may, from time to time, be required. The President shall have the power, with the approval of the Executive Committee, to appoint committee members and chairman. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all standing and temporary committees.
President duties include:
Call and preside over Executive Committee and Annual Member’s Business meetings
Formulate and promote NDDTSEA safety and operation policies
Oversee and administer the NDDTSEA annual work plan
Represent NDDTSEA at events, conferences, and meetings with the approval of the Executive Committee
Ensure the fiscal stability of the NDDTSEA by working with the Treasurer and Executive Committee to develop annual budgets
Section 3. President Elect
At the request of the President, or in his/her absence or disability, the President Elect shall perform all the duties and responsibilities of the President. Upon the resignation or permanent future absence of the President, the President Elect shall immediately assume the office and all responsibilities of the President with the assistance of the Immediate Past President.
Section 4. Secretary/Treasurer
The NDDTSEA Executive Committee Secretary/Treasurer shall:
Give all required notices and keep the minutes of NDDTSEA meetings
Keep attendance at all such meetings
Maintain the official records of the NDDTSEA
Be responsible for keeping an accurate, up-to-date list of all members of the NDDTSEA
Safe keep and maintain the bylaws of the NDDTSEA
Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Committee and all duties usually incident to the office of Secretary
Shall be responsible for all correspondence to members and others with the President’s approval
Keep and maintain the financial records of the NDDTSEA
Collect all dues
Receive and have charge of all moneys, bills, notes and similar property belonging to the NDDTSEA
Keep such financial accounts as may be required by the Executive Committee
Present reports of the finances of the NDDTSEA at annual meetings and at any other time the Executive Committee may direct
Sign checks when necessary
Arrange audits, reviews, tax preparations and required filings as necessary
Perform such other duties as may be assigned Executive Committee and all duties usually incident to the office of Treasurer
Upon absence, disability, or resignation of the President, where the President Elect is not able to assume the duties of the President the Secretary/Treasurer shall assume the office and all responsibilities of the President until such time as the members vote for a new President.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all meetings of the Association and pass the records on the future Secretary-Treasurer at the end of his/her term in office.
Section 5. Regional Chairpersons
The Regional chairperson shall be responsible for administering Association affairs within their respective regions.
Section 6. Public Information Officer
The Public Information Officer shall be responsible for the distribution of information to NDDTSEA Membership and interested parties outside of the organization. The PIO shall:
Update and maintain the NDDTSEA Website
Manage all NDDTSEA Social Media Accounts
Manage and update NDDTSEA Listserve
Serve as Chair of the Public Relations Committee
Serve as Chair of the Legislative Actions Committee
Section 7. Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall:
Assist the President in matters where his/her decision will affect the policy and welfare of the Association
Review and evaluate the work for the various committees and keep the Association informed of such reviews and evaluations
Review the provisions of the Bylaws and recommend changes when deemed necessary
Perform, subject to approval by the Association, such other duties as may be necessary for the efficient functioning and administration of the Association
Act on emergency measures affecting the Association between meetings.
In addition to the duties of the officers as outlined in other sections of this article, the officers shall perform other duties as usually pertain to their offices in an organization.
After the annual meeting, the President, with the approval of the Executive Committee, shall appoint Standing Committees as deemed necessary.
The Association shall be divided into four (4) regions.
These regions will be composed as follows:
Grand Forks County
Golden Valley County
Wherever in these Bylaws notice is required to be given, such notice shall be deemed to have been delivered and received if addressed to the Member or Member’s Designated Voting Representative, as the case may be, at the address as it appears on the records of the NDDTSEA.
Upon the dissolution of the NDDTSEA, any assets not otherwise provided for by law shall be liquidated and distributed to any one or more nonprofit organizations as selected by the NDDTSEA Executive Committee.
An amendment to these Bylaws may be introduced at any regular meeting of the Association by any member.
An amendment may be voted upon and ratified by a two-thirds majority vote of the Active Members present, provided that the Secretary/Treasurer has received a written copy of the proposed amendment, and each member has a copy of such at least thirty (30) days prior to the time at which that vote is taken.
The method of voting on amendments shall be determined by the Executive Committee.
Section 1. Fiscal Year
The NDDTSEA’s fiscal year shall be conference date to conference date.
Section 2. Expenditures
On an annual basis, the Executive Committee shall distribute to the Membership a detailed description of all NDDTSA expenditures. NDDTSEA will only pay expenses with prior approval as long as your agency is not paying for your expenses.
Section 3. Budget Report
The Executive Committee shall produce and distribute to the Membership an end-of-the-year report that details the accomplishments of the NDDTSEA and includes a complete budget report.
Rules of Order
Robert’s Rules of Order shall be the authority on all questions not specifically stated in these Bylaws.
The dues of the Association shall be payable prior to the annual conference of each year.
These are the most current Bylaws of the NORTH DAKOTA DRIVER AND TRAFFIC SAFETY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION effective March 25, 2022.