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HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION CONSTITUTION
Revised January 2005
ARTICLE I – NAME
The official name of this organization shall be the Minnesota Association of SkillsUSA, High School Division which may be abbreviated SkillsUSA Minnesota, High School Division.
ARTICLE II - PURPOSES
The purposes of this Association are:
- To unite in a common bond without regard to race, creed, or national origin, full time students enrolled in classes with vocational trade, industrial, technical and health objectives.
- To provide leadership for the local chapters.
- To provide a clearinghouse for information and activities.
- To provide recognition and prestige through an association of local chapters.
- To develop leadership abilities through participation in educational, vocational, civic, recreational, and social activities.
- To foster a deep respect for the dignity of work.
- To assist students in establishing realistic vocational goals.
- To help students attain a purposeful life.
- To create enthusiasm for learning.
- To promote high standards in trade ethics, workmanship, scholarship, and safety.
- To develop the ability of students to plan together, organize, and carry out worthy activities and projects through the use of the democratic process.
- To foster wholesome understanding of the functions of labor and management organizations and a recognition of their mutual interdependence.
- To create among students, faculty members, patrons of the school, and persons in industry, a sincere interest in and esteem for trade, industrial, technical, and health education.
- To develop patriotism through a knowledge of our Nation's heritage and the practice of democracy.
- To emphasize the importance of continuous education consistent with the needs of the individual and the requirements of his/her chosen occupation.
ARTICLE III – ORGANIZATION
Section 1. The Minnesota Association of SkillsUSA, High School Division, is an Association of local chapters of the State of Minnesota operating in accordance with a charter granted by the National SkillsUSA.
Section 2. The administration of SkillsUSA Minnesota, High School Division, shall be vested in the Board of Directors of SkillsUSA Minnesota, Inc.
Section 3. The Executive Council of SkillsUSA Minnesota, High School Division shall be composed of the elected state officers; and the State Executive Director shall act as Advisor of the Executive Council. The Executive Council shall meet upon the direction of the Executive Board to plan and state meetings and other SkillsUSA Minnesota activities.
Section 4. The State Executive Director is the administrator of the State Headquarters. The Director shall be hired by and will be responsible to the Executive Board for conducting the work of the State program.
Section 5. Charters shall be issued to local chapters by the Executive Council of the Minnesota Association of SkillsUSA, High School Division.
Section 6. A Corporate Board of SkillsUSA Minnesota, Inc. composed of leaders from Education, Management, and Labor may be appointed to provide counsel, advice, and assistance to SkillsUSA Minnesota in carrying out its function.
ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership of the Minnesota Association of SkillsUSA, High School Division, shall consist of the total eligible members of the local chapters, and members shall hold the same membership status as in their respective local chapter.
Section 2. A local chapter must have at least five active members and a local advisor, and all members of SkillsUSA Minnesota must be members of the National Organization to qualify for a charter.
Section 3. Each local chapter shall be open for membership to all students regardless of race, sex, religion, creed, or national origin.
Section 4. Classes of membership that will be recognized by the Minnesota Association of SkillsUSA, High School Division, are:
Active Membership: Students enrolled in a coherent series of courses or career major that prepares them for further education and / or employment related to technology, the health industry, trades or industry and who are earning credit toward a high school diploma / certificate or its equivalent.
Professional Membership: Persons associated with or participating in the professional development of SkillsUSA who pay dues as established by SkillsUSA will be recognized as professional members.
Alumni Membership: Former active members who are no longer enrolled in vocational education. Alumni members will have all rights and privileges of Active membership, except:
- (a)the right to vote
- (b) the right to hold elective offices in the High School Division; and
- (c) the right to participate in SkillsUSA contests.
Alumni members will organize and elect their own officers and develop their program for participation in the SkillsUSA programs and activities.
Honorary Life Membership: Individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of SkillsUSA and vocational trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations education whose membership has been approved by the National Executive Council upon the recommendation of the State Association. Such membership shall not require payment of dues.
Section 5. A membership year shall be from September 1 through August 31, inclusive.
ARTICLE V - VOTING DELEGATES
Section 1. The active SkillsUSA member shall exercise his/her franchise through Voting Delegates at State and National meetings.
Section 2. Each chapter shall elect delegates who shall be considered Voting Delegates at the Delegate Assembly, and other regional and state conferences. The number of delegates shall be determined as provided by the by-laws.
Section 3. The number of Voting Delegates at National SkillsUSA Conferences shall be variable with the directives of the National Constitution.
ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS
Section 1. A State Delegate Assembly shall be held each year, and this shall serve as the official annual meeting of the SkillsUSA Minnesota, High School Division.
Section 2. The Executive Council, with the approval of the Executive Board, shall be empowered to call special meetings.
ARTICLE VII - OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of the Minnesota Association of SkillsUSA, High School Division, shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Historian, and Reporter.
Section 2. These officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the voting delegates at the annual State Delegate Assembly Conference.
Section 3. Officers shall serve for a term of one year.
ARTICLE VIII - DUES
Section 1. State Dues shall be determined by the Executive Board for the school year which follows and shall be payable by a prescribed time as determined by the State Executive Director. Dues will be sent to the National Association of SkillsUSA and they will forward the appropriate State Dues to the state director.
Section 2. The State Executive Director shall report on or before December 1 of each school year, as to which chapters have paid their Membership Dues in full. These chapters shall be designated as Chapters in Good Standing.
ARTICLE IX - EMBLEM AND COLORS
The emblem of the Minnesota Association of SkillsUSA, High School Division, and its colors shall be the same as those adopted by National SkillsUSA.
ARTICLE X - AUDIT
The accounts of the State Director shall be audited each year by an appointee of the Executive Board.
ARTICLE XI - AMENDMENTS
Section 1. To amend this Constitution, the proposed amendment must be presented by a local chapter through one of its Voting Delegates to the Constitution by-laws Committee. This committee has the right to correct the proposed amendment, but must not alter its purpose. The committee chairman will present the amendment to the voting delegates for consideration. The amendment will then be presented at the next State Conference to the Voting Delegates who may adopt the amendment by a two-thirds majority of the Voting Delegates, a quorum being present.
Section 2. Only such amendments shall be made as are in keeping with the purposes stated in Article II of this Constitution.
ARTICLE XII - RULES, REGULATIONS, AND BY-LAWS
Section 1. Such rules, regulations, and by-laws as are deemed necessary for the proper conduct of this organization shall be adopted.
Section 2. No rules, regulations, or by-laws shall be adopted which are contrary to the Constitution.
Section 3. In all meetings, Robert's Rules of Order, Latest Edition shall serve as standard procedure.
HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION BY-LAWS
Minnesota Association of SkillsUSA
ARTICLE 1 - NAME
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Minnesota Association of SkillsUSA, High School Division.
ARTICLE II - CHAPTER ENTITLEMENT FOR STATE OFFICE
Section 1. A local chapter may submit three candidates in nomination for state office. Special consideration for additional candidates may be recommended by the Executive Director.
Section 2. Candidates in nomination will not be designated to run for any particular office. Each voting delegate will vote for seven candidates. The seven candidates receiving the most votes will be elected. Those elected will be designated as one of the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Historian or Reporter during the State Officer Training Workshop.
ARTICLE III - QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE
Section 1. A candidate for any state office must have the written approval of their high school administrator and advisor.
Section 2. A candidate for any state office must be in attendance at the Delegate Assembly.
Section 3. A candidate for any state office must be an active member with the current year's dues paid.
Section 4. Any additional qualifications may be established by the Executive Board. These qualifications shall be reviewed annually by the Board to reflect the current thinking on officer qualifications held by local chapter advisors and active members of the State Association.
ARTICLE IV - NOMINATING PROCEDURE
Section 1. The procedure for nominating candidates for state office shall be established by the Executive Board. These rules shall be reviewed annually by the Board so they reflect the current thinking on nominating procedures held by local chapter advisors and active members of the State Association.
ARTICLE V - VOTING DELEGATES
Section 1. The number of local chapter Voting Delegates at SkillsUSA Minnesota, High School Division conferences, assemblies, and meetings shall be determined by the number of active members in each chapter. Each local chapter with active membership of 5 - 19 members may have three voting delegates; 20 - 29 members, 4 voting delegates; with an additional voting delegate per 10 paid student members. Number of delegates for fall meetings will be based upon the previous year’s final membership.
Section 2. All voting for officers will be done separately by written ballot.
ARTICLE VI - DUTIES OF STATE OFFICERS
Section 1. President. The President shall exercise general supervision over the affairs of the Association pursuant to the policies and directive of the Executive Board, and have all powers inherent on the office of the President, including the power and duty of presiding over state meetings. The President shall appoint all necessary committees and may serve as an ex-officio member of the committees.
Section 2. Other Offices. The Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Historian, and Reporter positions will form a team to assist the President. Their responsibilities are to function as a team in hosting state conferences and to act in the role of voting delegates at the national conference.
ARTICLE VII - AMENDMENTS
Section 1. To amend the by-laws, the proposed amendment must be presented to the membership at any regularly called meeting with prior notification being sent to local chapters with pre-conference registration material. A simple majority of those present is required for passage.
ARTICLE VIII - FISCAL YEAR
Section 1. The fiscal year of the Association shall be September 1 through August 31.