CONSTITUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED

FACULTY OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY

NORTHRIDGE

 

ARTICLE I.              NAME

 

The name of this non-profit organization shall be the ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED FACULTY OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE (ARF).

 

ARTICLE II.            PURPOSES

 

                                  Section 1      The purposes of the Association shall be:

 

                                             a.       To secure and enhance the status, rights, and privileges of the retired faculty of California State University Northridge.

 

                                             b.      To encourage those in a retired status to carry on their scholarly endeavors as contributing members of the academic community.

 

                                             c.       To contribute to the University in its mission by providing research and scholarship funds and endeavors by whatever addition means the Association may determine.

 

                                             d.      To help full time faculty prepare for retirement and to help new retirees adjust to their new status and careers.

 

                                             e.       To provide for the general welfare of faculty in retired status.

 

Section 2.                  This organization is organized exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

“Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a organization exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law) or (b) by a organization contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law).”

 

ARTICLE III.           MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1.                  Membership is confirmed annually upon payment of dues. The amount of the annual dues shall be recommended by the Executive Committee and voted on at the annual business meeting. The fiscal year shall be July I through June 30.

 

Section 2.                  The following individuals shall be eligible for membership in the association:

 

                                  a.        All formally retired CSUN faculty and those on FERP.


                                  b.        Retired CSUN part-time faculty with PERS benefits (equivalent of teaching five years full-time teaching).

 

(Note: Only faculty members granted emeritus status by CSUN enjoy CSUN retirement benefits described in Section 600 of the Personnel Handbook.)

 

                                  c.        Survivors of deceased members who shall be exempt from paying dues for a period of a year.

 

                                  d.        Retired faculty from other colleges and universities.


                                  e.        The Executive Committee may offer membership to any other individuals deemed qualified for membership by virtue of close association with the faculty of CSUN.

 

Section 3.                  When membership is confirmed, all members shall be eligible to attend all meetings and social events, vote on all ballots and resolutions brought to the membership by the Executive Committee, to hold office, and to receive all publications and notices distributed by the association.

 

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

 

Section 1. The Executive Board consists of the following:

 

                                  President

                                  President-Elect

                                  Immediate Past President

                                  Treasurer

                                  Membership Committee Chair

                                  Secretary

                                  Newsletter Editor

                                  Historian

                                  Webmaster

                                  Six Members-At-Large

 

 

 Section 2.                  The Executive Board shall be elected for a term of one year and shall begin service on July 1st. Members-at-Large shall be elected for terms of two years. Three members-at-large shall be elected every year.

 

Section 3.                  The president-elect assumes the presidency July 1.

 

Section 4.                  The Executive Board shall appoint a replacement pro tempore for any vacancy on its membership.

 

Section 5.                  A quorum for the Executive Board shall consist of at least eight members, including the president or president-elect.

 

Section 6.                  The Executive Board shall establish other committees as may be necessary to discharge functions of the organization.

 

ARTICLE V             MEETINGS OF THE ASSOCIATION

 

Section 1.                  The Association shall conduct an annual business meeting to hear reports of the officers and standing committees, to elect officers to approve dues for the following fiscal year, and to conduct such business as may be necessary. A written notice indicating time and place of the meeting shall be mailed by the recording secretary to all regular members at least two weeks before the scheduled meeting.

 

Section 2.                  The Association shall meet at other times and places designated by the Executive Board or upon petition of at least ten percent of the membership. At least two weeks written notice, including an agenda, shall be mailed to all members before such a meeting shall be held.

 

Section 3.                  A quorum shall consist of at least ten percent of the regular members.

 

ARTICLE VI.           NOMINATION, ELECTION, AND APPOINTMENT PROCEDURES

 

Section 1.                  The president, with the approval of the Executive Board shall appoint an ad hoc nominating committee to prepare a list of candidates for the offices of the Executive Board.

 

Section 2.                  The committee shall present the proposed slate to the Executive Board for approval at least two months before the annual meeting. At the annual meeting, names of additional consenting members may be proposed.

 

Section 3.                  Officers shall be elected by majority vote at the annual meeting of the Association. Voting shall be by written ballot for contested seats; a voice vote shall be in order for offices not contested.

 

Section 4.                  In the event an office becomes open after elections are held, the president with approval of the Executive Board shall appoint a replacement ARF member.

 

ARTICLE VII.          DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION

 

“Upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future tax code), or shall be distributed to the federal government or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.”

 

ARTICLE VIII         AMENDMENTS and BY-LAWS

 

Section 1.                  The Executive Board may propose amendments to this Constitution. By petition, ten percent of the regular members may also propose amendments to this Constitution. The Executive Board may also establish and amend bylaws.

 

Section 2                   Proposed amendments shall be sent to each regular member by the secretary at least two weeks before any meeting at which constitutional amendments are to be considered.

 

Section 3.                  Any proposed amendment shall be adopted if it receives a majority vote of the regular members present. In the event a quorum is not present for consideration of the amendment, the proposed amendment shall be submitted to regular members by mail ballot and shall be adopted upon a majority vote of those responding.

 

(Adopted April 25, 1985; amended May, 1990; revised February, 1991; revised and amended May, 1993; revised November, 1995; revised September 11, 2001; revised and amended 6-4-2011 & 6-2-2013)