ConnSPRA - Connecticut School Public Relations Association
ConnSPRA is a state chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.
What is ConnSPRA?
ConnSPRA is the state chapter affiliate of the National School Public Relations Association. It is part of the Northeast Region of NSPRA, which includes all six New England states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and parts of Canada.
What is NSPRA?
NSPRA is a national membership organization for school communications professionals. It has been providing school communication training, products and services to school leaders in the United States, Canada and the U.S. Department of Defense Schools worldwide since 1935.
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL SCHOOL PUBLIC RELATIONS ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Connecticut School Public Relations Association (ConNSPRA). The organization is constituted as the Connecticut Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.
This chapter is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, as may qualify it as exempt from Federal Income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or any corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law. More specifically, such purposes include but are not limited to:
The primary purposes of the organization shall be to serve the citizenry of the nation by promoting a better understanding of the objectives, accomplishments, and needs of public education. The association seeks to accomplish its purposes; (1) by developing materials that will assist education leaders in building both an increased awareness, knowledge, and understanding of current management practices and educational development; (2) by placing before the public facts and viewpoints which will lead to a better understanding, appreciation, and support of public education, and (3) by encouraging the use of sound public relations procedures by all those at work in education.
A chapter may be established by the NSPRA Executive Board on petition of ten (10) or more members in good standing in a given area. (To continue in good standing, the chapter must continue to have at least 10 members who are also NSPRA members.) The exact territory of chapter jurisdiction shall be determined by the NSPRA Executive Board.
ARTICLE II – GEOGRAPHICAL JURISDICTION
The geographical jurisdiction of the Connecticut Chapter shall encompass the State of Connecticut.
ARTICLE III – OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the Connecticut School Public Relations Association are:
1. to encourage the use of sound communication procedures by those at work in and for the schools in the state.
2. to pool and share communication resources and concerns, both human and material.
3. to develop materials that will assist the schools of the state in building an increased understanding of the role of education.
4. to foster among all school employees an appreciation for their responsibilities as communicators and to assist them in fulfilling these responsibilities.
5. to serve as a resource to school districts as they develop responsible programs for internal and external communications.
6. to cooperate with local education agencies, professional organizations of educational efforts through responsible communication.
These objectives are designed to promote the exchange of facts and viewpoints that will lead to a better understanding of the accomplishments and needs of the schools of the state.
ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP
There shall be two classifications of membership in the Connecticut School Public Relations Association.
1) Individual Membership shall be open to any person who carries out communication responsibilities in a public or private educational institution, or in a local, regional or state educational agency or association on a full-time or part-time basis. Only Individual Members may hold elective office.
2) Institutional membership shall be open to any public or private educational institution or local, regional or state education agency which is interested in advancing the cause of education through responsible communication. An Institutional Member may send one or more representatives to any meeting of the Chapter and be entitled to one vote.
ARTICLE V – DUES
Individual and Institutional Membership dues shall be determined each year for subsequent year by majority vote of the members present at the annual meeting.
ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS
The chapter president, president-elect, treasurer and vice president shall be members of the national Association. All other chapter officers and members are encouraged to be members of the National Association."
Officers of the Chapter shall be elected at any Annual Meeting held prior to May 1 and shall be reported to the national office by May 15. Officers shall assume their duties at the close of the Annual Meeting during which their election takes place. All chapter officers shall be encouraged to be members of the national Association.
1) President – shall be the executive director of the Chapter; shall preside at meetings of the Chapter and Executive Committee; shall appoint chairpersons of all standing and special committees; shall approve all disbursements; and shall maintain a definite liaison with the National School Public Relations Association. The chapter president shall be a member of the national Association.
2) Vice-President - shall perform all duties of the President in the absence of the President and carry out all responsibilities assigned by the President.
3) Secretary – Shall keep accurate minutes of meeting of the Chapter and of the Executive Committee, assist in handling Chapter correspondence, and maintain membership records and mailing lists.
4) Treasurer – shall maintain accurate records of chapter income and disbursements, report annually to the membership and regularly to the Executive Committee, disburse Chapter funds as approved by the President, and prepare an annual budget for consideration by the Executive Committee and Chapter membership.
ARTICLE VII – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (as amended October 20, 1972)
1) The State Coordinator appointed by NSPRA shall be an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee, entitled to only one vote if he/she is entitled to vote in some other capacity. Officers shall serve as members of the Executive Committee.
2) The Executive Committee shall meet on notice of the President. A majority of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.
3) The Executive Committee shall present an annual budget to the Chapter membership for approval prior to July 1.
ARTICLE VIII – MEETINGS
1) There shall be an annual meeting of the Chapter, held prior to May 1. The time and place and agenda of the meeting shall be determined by the Chapter’s Executive Committee. Business may be transacted by a majority vote of the members present at any meeting.
2) There shall be no fewer than four meetings of the Chapter between September and June. Other meetings of the Chapter may be called at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
3) The Secretary shall provide all members with written notice of regular Chapter meetings, at least ten days in advance of meetings dates
ARTCLE IX – AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the membership present at any Chapter meeting, providing at least thirty (30) days notice in writing has been given of any proposed amendment. After Chapter approval, all amendments shall be submitted to the Executive Board of the National School Public Relations Association for approval before they become effective.
ARTICLE X – AFFILIATION
This Chapter shall be an affiliate of NSPRA upon approval of the charter petition and the Chapter Constitution and Bylaws.
ARTICLE XI – PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES
No part of the earnings of the chapter shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to its directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in these Bylaws. Except as provided in Section 501 (h) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or any corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law, no substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Corporation shall not participate in, or (including the publishing or distribution of campaign statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to carry on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal Income tax under Section 501 (c)(2) of the internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.
Upon dissolution of the corporation, the Executive Board shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law, as the Executive Board shall determine.
ARTICLE XII – ADOPTION
The Constitution and Bylaws, shall be adopted by a majority of the Chapter’s members. In order to become effective the Executive Board of the National School Public Relations Association shall review and give final approval.
The Constitution and Bylaws of the Connecticut Chapter of NSPRA gave final approval and issued the Chapter Charter January 1972. The Amendment to Article VII was unanimously approved by the chapter membership on October 20, 1972, and subsequently approved by the NSPRA Board.
The current statement of the Constitution and Bylaws is the most recent and last known approved version of the statement of the Constitution and Bylaws of The Connecticut School Public Relations Association known to the membership or officers currently serving.
Bylaws of each chapter shall be approved by the executive Board of the Association before adoption by the Chapter, Amendments to the Bylaws of this chapter must be approved by the Executive Board of the national Association to become effective.
June 25, 2002
Submitted as revised for approval of the NSPRA Executive Board by the Connecticut Public Relations Associated by:
Catherine Sullivan DeCarlo, President