Our Constitution



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


            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 (CSUN). 
b.  To encourage CSUN retired faculty 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 by whatever additional means the Association may determine. 
d.  To help new retirees adjust to their new status and careers. 
e.  To provide for the general welfare of CSUN retired faculty.


            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 an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code) or (b) by an organization contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code).  [See IRS Publication 557.]


            Section 1.   Membership is confirmed annually upon payment of dues. The amount of the annual dues shall be recommended by the Executive Board 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 retired full-time CSUN faculty, including those in the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP).
       b.  All retired CSUN part-time faculty with PERS benefits (equivalent of five years of full-time teaching).
       c. Survivors of deceased members, who shall be exempt from paying dues for a period of a year. 

            Section 3.  The Executive Board may, by majority vote of its members, offer membership to retired faculty from other colleges and universities or to any other individuals deemed qualified for membership by virtue of close association with the faculty of CSUN. 

            Section 4.   When membership is confirmed, all members shall be eligible to attend all meetings and social events, to vote on all ballots and resolutions brought to the membership by the Executive Board, to hold office, and to receive all publications and notices distributed by the Association.  



            Section 1.   The Association shall be governed by an Executive Board consisting of the following officers:
                              Vice-President / President-Elect
                              Immediate Past President
                              Membership Chair
                              Program Chair
                              Newsletter Editor
                              Six Members-at-Large

            Section 2.   Only members of the Association are eligible for membership on the Executive Board.

            Section 3.   Except for Members-at-Large, the term of office for positions on the Executive Board shall be one year.  Members-at-Large shall serve terms of two years.  Three Members-at-Large shall be elected every year. 

            Section 4.   The President-Elect shall assume the presidency, and the Executive Board shall begin service, on July 1. 

            Section 5.   A quorum for the Executive Board shall consist of at least eight members, including the President or Vice-President / President-Elect.

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


            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 to all members of the Association 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 members.



            Section 1.   The President, with the approval of the ExecutiveBoard, 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 1.   The Executive Board shall determine when a position on the Board has become vacant.

            Section 2.   The position of Immediate Past President shall not be replaced.  In the event of a vacancy in any other office, the Board may appoint a member of the Association to serve as a replacement until the next annual meeting and election.  If the vacancy occurs in a Member-at-Large position during its first year of occupancy, the Board may appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the two-year term or it may appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the first year only, with the second year of the term to be filled by election at the annual meeting.  The Board may choose not to appoint a replacement for a position that will be vacant for less than a semester, if the Board determines that leaving it vacant will not have a deleterious effect on the operation of the Board.         


            Section 1.  The Executive Board may propose amendments to this Constitution.  By petition, ten percent of the members of the Association may also propose amendments to this Constitution.

            Section 2.  Proposed amendments to this Constitution shall be sent to each member of the Association at least two weeks before any meeting at which constitutional amendments are to be considered. 

            Section 3.  Any proposed amendment to this Constitution shall be adopted if it receives a majority vote of the members present at a meeting of the Association for which the required notification has been given and a quorum is present.  In the event a quorum is not present for consideration of the amendment, the proposed amendment shall be submitted to all members by mail ballot and shall be adopted upon a majority vote of those responding

            Section 4. The Executive Board may also establish and amend Bylaws.


                                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 the corresponding section of any future federal 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 a Court of Competent Jurisdiction 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.  [See IRS Publication 557.]


(Adopted 4/25/1985, amended 5/1990, revised 2/1991, revised and amended 5/1993, revised 11/1995, revised 9/11/2001, revised and amended 6/4/2011 and 6/2/2013), revised and amended by General Membership June 3, 2017)