Coalition By-Laws

ARTICLE I: NAME AND LOCATION

The name of this organization shall be the Utah Coalition for Civic, Character, and Service Learning. The primary meeting place for this organization shall be the Utah State Bar Law and Justice Center, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111, unless otherwise designated by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE II: MISSION AND PURPOSE

The mission of the Coalition is to instill in K-16 students the desire to become engaged citizens, who, with their community partners, are endowed with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and confidence to participate fully in democratic life. The collaborative effort of the Coalition is intended to increase community awareness of this civic education work and the need for engaged citizenship.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

Any representative of a state or local civic or educational organization may become a member of the Coalition through the submission of a written application to the Coalition, with subsequent approval by the Board of Directors. Membership in the Coalition is by invitation only and may be revoked at any time by a vote of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IV: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors shall consist of no fewer than seven (7) members or more than twelve (12) members. The membership of the Board shall include: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and at least three (3) ad-hoc members who shall be appointed by the officers of the Board. The officers shall be selected as follows: Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected by the membership of the Coalition, and the Vice-Chair shall automatically move to the position of Chair after one year of service on the Board. Board members shall serve two-year terms, which are renewable and may be consecutive. At least one member of the Board of Directors also shall be a member of the Commission on Civic and Character Education.

ARTICLE V: MEETINGS AND QUORUM

Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held bi-monthly, and the Coalition shall meet annually, unless otherwise designated by the Board of Directors.

Special meetings of this organization may be called by the Chair of the Board when necessary for the best interest of the organization. Members of the Coalition may apply to the Board of Directors to call this special meeting. Notices of special meetings shall be given in writing or electronically to all members at their addresses at least ten (10) days before the scheduled date set for such special meeting. Such notice shall state the reasons that such meeting has been called, the business to be transacted at such meeting, and by whom it was called. No other business but that specified in the notice may be transacted at such special meeting without the unanimous consent of the Board of Directors.

A simple majority (51%) of the entire Board of Directors of this organization shall be necessary to constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Board.

ARTICLE VI: DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The initial officers of the organization shall be:

Chair
Vice-Chair
Secretary
Treasurer

The Chair shall preside at all membership meetings. The Chair shall present at each annual meeting of the Coalition an annual report of the work of the organization. The Chair shall direct the appointment of all committees, temporary or permanent. The Chair shall see that all books, reports, and certificates required by law are properly kept or filed. The Chair shall be one of the officers who may sign the checks or drafts of the organization.

The Vice-Chair shall, in the event of the absence or inability of the Chair to exercise his/her office, become acting Chair of the organization with all the rights, privileges, and powers as if duly elected Chair.

The Secretary shall keep the minutes and records of the organization in appropriate books. It shall be his/her duty to file any certificate required by any statute, federal or state. S/he shall give and serve all notices to members of this organization and shall be the official custodian of the records. S/he may be one of the officers required to sign the checks and drafts of the organization. S/he shall present to the Board of Directors and/or Coalition membership at any meetings any communication addressed to him/her as Secretary of the organization. S/he shall attend to all correspondence of the organization and shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Secretary.

The Treasurer shall have responsibility for all monies belonging to the organization. S/he must be one of the officers who shall sign checks or drafts of the organization. S/he shall render at stated periods, as the Board of Directors shall determine, a written account of the finances of the organization, and such report shall be physically affixed to the minutes of such meeting. S/he shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Treasurer.

ARTICLE VII: AMENDMENTS

These Bylaws may be altered or amended by an affirmative vote of not less than sixty-six percent (66%) of the Board of Directors.

As adopted at the Coalition meeting on 10.23.06