Policy and By-Laws

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OREGON ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY AGRICULTURAL AGENTS

Adopted by membership December 12, 1985 (written in: Dec 8, 1993 Change notes)

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I

This organization shall be known as the Oregon Association of County Agricultural Agents.

ARTICLE II Objectives

The objectives of this association shall be to (1) promote professional improvement; (2) advance the welfare and esprit de corps of its members; (3) to further the development and general prosperity of the agricultural, forestry, marine science and related industries of Oregon.

ARTICLE III Membership and Voting Rights

Section 1. Active Members Persons eligible for active membership in this organization shall be professional staff members of Oregon State University and have adult or youth appointments for Extension educational or administrative responsibilities in the fields of agriculture, community resource development, energy, forestry, and marine science programs. The active membership in good standing shall be those eligible who have paid the Association annual dues. They shall hold the right to vote and will be eligible for full participation in all OACAA functions and activities.

Section 2. Life Members Life membership shall be available to retired former members upon payment of a single lifetime membership as listed under dues.

Section 3. Honorary Members Honorary membership shall be bestowed upon those persons designated by OACAA for special contributions made to the organization, and/or to Oregon's agriculture, community resource development, energy, forestry, or marine science Extension programs. Nominations for honorary membership shall be submitted in writing to the OACAA Executive Committee at least 60 days prior to the annual meeting at which they are to be inducted. Election of honorary members shall be by the Executive Committee. Not more than five persons shall be inducted into honorary membership at any annual meeting.

ARTICLE IV Officers

The officers of this organization shall be president, president-elect, and secretary-treasurer. They shall be elected from the active membership at the annual meeting of this organization and shall serve for one year. Vacancies shall be filled through appointments by the remaining members of the Executive Committee. New officers will assume their duties immediately following the annual meeting of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

ARTICLE V Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of this association shall be at the annual conference of Oregon Extension Staff, or upon order of the Executive Committee. Such order shall be preceded by a notice to the membership at least 30 days prior to the meeting date.

ARTICLE VI Committees

Section 1. Executive Committee The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, President-elect, Secretary­Treasurer, immediate past president and two (2) members appointed, one by the president and one by the president-elect, from the list of active members one of whom shall have less than six (6) years Extension experience.

Section 2. Standing Committees Other standing committees shall be those designated by a majority of the Executive Committee. It is suggested that these committees be comparable to those of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Section 3. Special Committees Special committees shall be appointed by the President or a majority of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE VII Affiliation with National Association of County Agricultural Agents

This Association shall be affiliated with the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and shall pay dues for all paid-up members of the State Association, except those Extension Specialists or administrative members who choose not to be members of NACAA.

ARTICLE VIII Changes in Constitution or By-Laws

The Constitution or By-Laws of this organization may be changed by a two-thirds majority of members present at any regularly-called meeting of the Oregon Association of County Agricultural Agents, provided that any proposed amendment is submitted at a previously regularly-scheduled meeting, or submitted by mail to the members 30 days prior to voting on the proposed change.

ARTICLE IX Dues

For active membership in this organization annual dues shall be NACAA annual dues plus $15.00 for operation of the OACAA. For specialists who choose not to belong to NACAA annual OACAA dues shall be $15.00. For life members dues shall be equal to one year's OACAA dues payable one time only.

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I Personnel and Duties of Committees

Section 1. Appointments All standing committees shall be appointed by the incoming president within 30 days following the close of the annual meeting of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Section 2. Executive Committee The Executive Committee shall carry out the business of the Association between regular meeting times. This shall include supervision of a budget which shall be presented to the membership at the annual meeting.

Section 3. Audit Committee An Audit Committee of three members from the Oregon Association of County Agricultural Agents shall be appointed to audit the accounts of the secretary-treasurer and shall report such audit at the annual meeting.

Section 4. Nominating Committee The Nominating Committee shall present nominations for officers of the Oregon Association of county Agricultural Agents at the annual meeting of the Association.

Section 5. Personal Services Committee It shall be the duty of this committee to send acknowledgement of health problems or deat1l of a member or in a member's family. In cases of illness a card or letter is suggested; in cases of death a floral or other suitable acknowledgement is suggested. It shall be the duty of the county staff to notify the committee chair regarding situations involving responsibilities for action by the Personal Services Committee.

Section 6. Other Standing Committees These committees shall be similar in name and duties as standing committees of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

 

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