North Texas Suzuki Association

BYLAWS OF THE NORTH TEXAS SUZUKI ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE I

Name and Location

Sec. 1. The name of this Association is the North Texas Suzuki Association (hereinafter called the Association or NTSA).

Sec. 2. The address shall be the address

P. O. Box 211532 Bedford, TX 76095-8532 .

The Association may have one or more offices in North Texas as the Executive Board may from time to time determine.

ARTICLE II

Mission

Sec. 1. The purpose of this association shall be to coordinate, support and publicize Suzuki events in North Texas, to promote Suzuki teaching, training and education of teachers, parents, students and the general public; to encourage the highest standards of excellence in teaching and playing, to act as a forum for communication among teachers, and to foster the growth and use of the Suzuki philosophy in Texas.

Sec. 2. The North Texas Suzuki Association, in cooperation and collaboration with the Suzuki Association of the

Americas, promotes and supports excellence in Suzuki education for teachers, parents and students in the Americas .

Sec. 3. The North Texas Suzuki Association furthers the philosophical and educational ideals of Shinichi Suzuki, to promote study and research for the advancement of education.  The purpose of the SAA is to encourage the growth of understanding of Dr. Suzuki’s ideas within its membership and to stimulate an interest in his ideas in the general public.

Sec. 4. The vision of the North Texas Suzuki Association is to further the education of all children in the

Americas in all subject areas by using Dr. Suzuki’s educational philosophy.

ARTICLE III

Membership

Sec. 1.   Membership shall consist of three classifications:

a.                 Professional Members shall be teachers who teach in accordance with the Suzuki philosophy for remuneration who hold a music degree from an accredited college/university and/or equivalent training/experience. Professional Members whose dues are current may vote, hold office, be listed in the NTSA Directory, enter students in NTSA activities, participate in Association events, and receive all official communications. Membership in SAA is required of Professional Members. Each teacher will participate in the planning and execution of at least one NTSA sponsored activity per year. Individuals seeking Professional Membership should have completed Suzuki Unit I in their major instrument with plans to continue their Suzuki development at regular intervals.

b.                 Affiliate/Family Members are Individuals who support Suzuki inspired instruction. Affiliate/Family Members whose dues are current will receive all communications, may attend all NTSA student/parent activities, and will be listed in the NTSA directory.

c.                 Corporate/Institutional Members include businesses and/or educational institutions that support the Bylaws and Code of Ethics. They will be listed in the Directory and will be given opportunities to assist the Association as their expertise allows.

Sec. 2. The Executive Board shall establish yearly dues for membership.

Sec. 3. Annual dues are payable for August 1 – July 31 of the current year.

Sec. 4. This Corporation shall have members.  Membership in NTSA shall be open to all who are interested in the purposes of NTSA as set forth in Article II herein, and members shall have the right to vote as set forth above.   The Board of Directors may establish classes of membership and dues (or exemptions from dues) for each class, in its sole discretion.

ARTICLE IV

Fiscal Year

Sec. 1. The Association shall have a fiscal year beginning August 1 and ending July 31.

ARTICLE V

Meetings

Sec. I. There shall be a minimum of two Professional Membership meetings per year. These meetings shall be held at such places and such date as may be determined by the Executive Board.  The Professional Membership shall be made aware of such meetings by electronic communication.

Sec. 2. The Executive Board shall meet as necessary prior to each meeting of the Professional Membership at such place and on such date as may be determined by the Executive Board.

Sec. 3. A quorum for conducting the business of the Association at a meeting of the Professional Membership shall be a simple majority of the members present.

ARTICLE VI

The Executive Board

Sec. 1. NTSA shall be governed by an Executive Board consisting of the elected and Chairpersons of the Standing Committees and shall reflect diverse Suzuki disciplines and geographic areas.

Sec. 2. The Executive Board shall manage the affairs of the Association. It shall be responsible for all funds and for the transaction of the business of the Association. It may recommend changes in the amount of NTSA dues, determine general policies, call special meetings of the membership, and carry out all other duties prescribed in the Bylaws.

Sec. 3. A quorum for conducting the business of the Executive Board shall be a simple majority of the Executive Board members.

Sec. 4. Voting on matters addressed by the Executive Board may be in person, by proxy, by phone, by fax, or by e-mail.

ARTICLE VII

Officers and Executive Board

Sec. 1. There shall be the following elected officers from the Professional Membership: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Past-President / Parliamentarian.  There shall be the following Standing Committees: Trophy Festival, Celebration Concert, Scholarships, and Teacher Development.

ARTICLE VIII

Elections

Sec. 1. Nominations of officers and standing committee chairpersons may be made during the month of February. The slate of officers will be presented in March and the election of officers will take place by May.

Sec. 2. Officers and Standing Committee Chairs shall be elected by a vote of the NTSA Professional Membership before the end of the fiscal year in a manner to be determined by the Executive Board.

Sec. 3. Officers shall be elected for a two-year term.  There shall be the following standing committee chairs: Trophy Festival, Celebration Concert, Scholarships, and Teacher Development.

Sec. 4. In the event of a vacancy in an unexpired term of office, the Executive Board will appoint an individual to complete that term.

ARTICLE IX

Duties of Officers and Executive Board

Sec. I. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and shall have general supervision of the business and finances of the Association.  The President shall serve as ex-officio member of all committees and shall appoint and/or nominate chairpersons of appointed committees.

Sec. 2. The Vice-President will assist in the planning of programs and events, maintain a current membership list, update the NTSA website, be responsible for sending official communications to the Membership, send out dues renewal notices in the Fall, contact new and prospective members and other duties as may be prescribed by the Executive Board and the President.

Sec. 3. The Secretary shall act as clerk at all meetings of the NTSA Members and record all votes and minutes of all proceedings. The Secretary shall perform such other duties as prescribed by the Executive Board and the President.

Sec. 4. The Treasurer shall have custody of the Association’s funds and shall keep accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements of the Association. The Treasurer shall deposit all monies and other valuable effects of the Association in the name and to the credit the Association as may be ordered by the Executive Board and shall submit a typewritten financial statement at the meetings of the Executive Board and have financial records of the NTSA along with the year-end report available for review by the Executive Board. The financial records shall be submitted as per the President’s request.  The Treasurer will serve as the liaison with any appointed tax or financial professionals hired in behalf of NTSA, and will maintain a relationship with hired tax professionals in order to ensure that all deadlines are met for tax filings.

Sec. 5. The Immediate Past President shall serve on the Executive Board. This person shall answer all questions of parliamentary usage and shall assist the President-Elect with the transition between terms.  The Past President shall assist the President and the Executive Board with other duties as needed and may serve as chair of a standing committee.

ARTICLE X

Standing Committees

Sec. 1. Each committee chair for program events and activities will be responsible for creating and overseeing activities related to their area as approved by the Executive Board. They will be responsible for submitting newsletter articles periodically and information for the website. Other duties may be assigned by the President as needed.

ARTICLE XI

Amendments

Sec. 1. These Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Professional Membership by a simple majority of the members present.

ARTICLE XII

Dissolution

Upon the dissolution of this Association, the Executive Board shall apply and distribute the assets of the Association as follows:

Sec. 1. All liabilities and obligations of the Association shall be paid, satisfied and discharged or adequate provisions made therefore.

Sec. 2. Assets held by the Association upon requiring return, transfer or conveyance, which occurs by reason of the dissolution, shall be transferred or conveyed in accordance with such requirements.

Sec. 3. Upon the dissolution of this corporation, its assets remaining after payment, or provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities of this corporation shall be distributed to the Suzuki Association of the Americas within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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