AACC EUROPEAN SECTION BY-LAWS
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CEREAL CHEMISTS, INC., OCTOBER 1997
This organization is certified as a Section of the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC), Incorporated, and is known as the AACC EUROPE SECTION.
II. Purpose of the AACC EUROPE SECTION
To provide an organizational structure to represent those AACC members living and working in Europe.
To provide a forum where researchers and users of Cereal science can meet for the purpose of discussing the opportunities and problems that are related to Cereal Science with a particular emphasis on European issues (i.e. collaboration Eastern and Western Europe, specific quality issues) and European framework programs for research.
To provide avenues for open communication and cooperation among individuals interested in Cereal Science and Technology.
To be proactive in the organization of small thematic workshops and stimulate other ways of exchanging scientific information and expertise.
To build a positive working relation with ICC and national organizations of Cereal scientists and technologists and actively seek collaboration on common issues related to Europe
Any professional, student, life, or corporate member of the AACC interested in Cereal Science is eligible for AACC EUROPE SECTION Membership.
IV. Membership Dues
Membership dues shall be determined by the Executive Committee of the AACC EUROPE SECTION.
Dues are payable in advance. Members not paying their annual dues in compliance with AACC policy shall be held delinquent and shall be dropped from the membership roll and the mailing list of the Section.
- The officers of the Division shall consist of a:
- Chairperson who arranges and coordinates meetings, programs, symposia, etc., and who presides over the Executive Committee; oversees the duties of the other officers; and chairs any general meeting of the section.
- Vice Chairperson who assists with divisional leadership and business. The Vice chairperson shall succeed the Chairperson.
- Program Chair who is responsible for organizing symposia, initiated by the European section.
- Secretary Treasurer who maintains membership lists, financial records, and sends out announcements.
- Newsletter Editor (or co-editor) who publishes the section Newsletter and is responsible for messages published in AACC EUROPE News and on AACC-NET.
- Member-at-Large who serves on the Executive Committee.
- Awards Committee Chair who formulates policy for award implementation, solicitation and judging.
- The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson will serve one year terms. The Secretary-Treasurer will serve a two year term. the Newsletter editor and member-at-large will serve two year terms with one being elected each year at the time of the Annual AACC meeting. At least 120 days prior to the Annual meeting, a mail ballot consisting of a minimum of two nominees for each office to be elected will be sent to all AACC EUROPE SECTION members giving the members a minimum of 80 days to return their ballots. The Chairperson of the Nominating Committee will be responsible for appointing a Tellers committee to count the ballots. In the event of a tie for any office, the Executive Committee shall decide the election of that office. The results of these elections shall be announced at the annual business meeting of the Section, and the newly elected officers will accept their duties at the close of the meeting.
- The Chairperson of the Section, or a properly delegated alternate, shall represent the Section on the Advisory Council of the Association and during the AACC Annual Meeting.
- Notices of Section elections shall be sent to the National Secretary and the Executive Vice President of the Association.
VI. Executive Committee
- The Executive Committee shall be comprised of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary Treasurer, Newsletter Editor and Member-at Large as voting members. In addition, the immediate past Chairperson and all Chairpersons of standing committees of the section shall be non-voting members of the Executive
- The Executive Committee shall provide leadership for the Section and have the authority to determine and carry out all activities of the AACC EUROPE Section.
The Chairperson in consultation with other member of the Executive Committee shall be empowered to appoint a Program Committee, a Nominating Committee, a Membership Committee, and such other committees as needed to carry out the objectives of the Section. Such Committees shall be responsible to the Executive Committee.
Meeting of the section shall be held at least annually during the Annual AACC Meeting and at any other time designated by the Executive Committee. Notices of Section Meeting shall be sent to all members of the Section and to AACC headquarters.
Any part of the By-laws ,may be amended upon review of the Executive Committee and approval by a two-thirds majority vote of the Section members voting, provided the amendment(s) does (do) not conflict with existing articles or basic principles of the Articles of Incorporation, the Constitution and the By-laws of the AACC, Inc. Any By-law amendment(s) will be preceded by an announcement of the proposed changes and discussion at the annual business meeting, after which a ballot will be mailed to all Section members along with a summary of the discussion of the proposed amendment(s) held at the annual business meeting.
X. Distribution of Funds of Dissolution
In the event of dissolution of this Section and the discharge of debts and these settlement of its affairs, any funds and property of this Section remaining thereafter shall be conveyed by the direction of the Division Executive Committee to another qualified non-profit organization, or if no action is taken by the above mentioned, shall be conveyed to the AACC for its general purpose or with the written consent of the Board of Directors for the AACC, shall be conveyed to another non-profit organization(s) dedicated to the perpetuation of objects similar to those of the AACC, provided such selected organization(s) at the time of the Section's dissolution shall be exempt under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended or under successor provision of the Code as may be in effect at the time of the Section's dissolution.