Nebraska Society of Professional Soil Scientists
   
  Promoting the science of soil and the soil scientist profession  


Bylaws


CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS of the NEBRASKA SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL SOIL SCIENTISTS

Revised 05/01/98, 02/27/03

ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of the Society shall be "Nebraska Society of Professional Soil Scientists" (NSPSS).

ARTICLE II: OBJECTIVES

The objective of this Society shall be to advance and promote the science of soil and the soil scientist profession by encouraging ethical and professional communications and cooperation among soil scientists, allied scientists, other earth scientists, and all other persons sincerely interested in Earth Sciences through the medium of formal and informal meetings, field trips and other activities. The NSPSS is affiliated with the American Registry of Certified Professionals in Agronomy, Crops, and Soils (ARCPACS).

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

3.1. Membership

Membership of this Society shall be based on payment of dues as set forth by the Board, except in the case of Honorary Members, those whom the Society desires to honor. There shall be no dues for Honorary members. There shall be four (4) classes: Active, Student, Honorary, and Affiliate. Election to all classes of membership shall be by unanimous vote of the Executive Board. Student and Affiliate members shall have all of the rights and privileges of active membership except holding elected office.

3.2. Membership Classes

  1. Active Members: Active members shall have all the rights and privileges of membership in the society. Eligibility for active membership consists of (1) a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil Science or other closely associated field with equivalent credits or adequate experience to qualify-for the position of soil scientist; or consists of a combination of college credit and professional soil science or other closely related work experience and approval of the Executive Board in both cases. All persons who are eligible and who joined prior to January 1, 1975, shall be Charter Members and their names shall be appended to official copies of the Constitution and by-laws of the Society. (Appendix 1)
  2. Student Member: Eligibility for student membership shall be any undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a Soil Science, or closely associated field curriculum and approval of the Executive Board. Student members shall have all of the rights and privileges of active members except holding elected office.
  3. Honorary Member: Eligibility for honorary member shall be one whom the Society desires to honor because of outstanding contributions to the society, soil science profession, state, or nation.
  4. Affiliate Member: Eligibility for affiliate member shall be one who does not qualify under a), b), or c) above but who desires to participate in the advancement of the soil science profession. Affiliate members shall have all of the rights and privileges of active members except holding elected office.

3.3. Resignation

Any member may resign at any time by failing to maintain current membership. Other resignations shall be in writing and shall be accepted by the Executive Board

3.4. Expulsion

Any member who, after due investigation, is found guilty of unprofessional or unethical conduct may be admonished, suspended, or be expelled from the Society by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS

4.1. Officers

The members of this Society shall elect a President, Vice President who shall be President-elect, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer will be elected for two-year terms.

4.2. Elections

A nominating committee, that is appointed by the Board, shall prepare a ballot of names for each office. The names of said nominees shall be alphabetically arranged by office. A box shall be provided for write-in votes. The ballot shall be mailed or e-mailed to each member of the Society. Election to office shall be by a plurality of the votes cast for each office. In the event of a tie vote for any office, the candidates receiving equal totals shall draw lots to determine the winner. Drawing of lots shall be arranged and supervised by the outgoing Executive Board. Should the Vice President, or Secretary or Treasurer vacate their office, volunteers will be solicited to fill the remainder of the term. If there are no volunteers, the President shall appoint someone to fill the term.

4.3. Duties of the President

The President shall preside at meetings of the Executive Board and of the Society and shall call all meetings of the Executive Board and all Special Meetings of the Society. The President or the Executive Board shall appoint all committees and delegates not otherwise provided for in the constitution and, jointly with the Treasurer, shall sign all written contracts and other obligations of the Society.

4.4. Duties of the Vice-President

The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President in the absence or incapacity of the President, and shall perform any other duties designated by the President.

4.5. Duties of the Secretary

The Secretary shall be the recording officer of the Society and the custodian of its records except such as are specifically assigned to others. The Secretary shall keep a membership list and shall send out notices of all meetings and conduct the correspondence of the Society, except as otherwise provided. In the absence of both Vice President and President, the Secretary shall assume the duties of the President.

4.6. Duties of the Treasurer

The Treasurer shall hold the funds of the Society on deposit in a depository approved by the Executive Board and pay them out on the order of the Executive Board. The Treasurer shall present a financial statement to the Society at its meetings.

ARTICLE V: EXECUTIVE BOARD

5.1. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, the most recent Past-President available, the Vice President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and one member not holding office Such member is to be elected at the same time and in the same manner as are the officers and will be titled Executive Board Member at Large.

5.2. The Executive Board shall conduct all business of the Society not otherwise provided for. Society business includes, but is not limited to, directing the investment and care of Society funds, developing and adopting an annual operating budget, acting upon applications for membership, receiving and approving committee reports, and taking measures to enhance the Society's stature and well being.

ARTICLE VI: MEETINGS

6.1. The Society shall hold an annual meeting at such time and place as may be selected by the Board.

6.2. Special meetings of the Society shall be called by the President on request of a majority of the Board or upon petition by twenty percent (20%) of the membership.

6.3. The Board shall hold at least two meetings each year. All meetings of the Board shall be called by the President or upon petition of the majority of the Board. ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES The President may appoint both standing and special committees for tasks related to managing the affairs or furthering the aims of the Society. Such appointments shall be on a year to year basis. The President will provide each committee with its charges.

ARTICLE VIII: DUES

Yearly dues of the Society shall be determined by the Executive Board and approved by the membership of the Society as provided in the by-laws. Dues will cover the period from January 1 to December 31. Dues will be payable by January 31 or at the time a new member application is submitted. Dues paid to the Society are nonrefundable.

ARTICLE IX: AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS

The by-laws of this Society may be amended, added to or repealed by a simple majority vote of the members present at any meeting of the members, provided notice of the proposed change(s) is given in the notice of the meeting at which such action is to be taken.

ARTICLE X: RULES OF ORDER

The rules contained in Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the Society in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the rules of the Constitution or by-laws of the Society.

ARTICLE XI: CERTIFICATION OF SOIL SCIENTISTS

The Society will not certify soil scientists for the State of Nebraska nor act as a certifying entity for soil scientists in Nebraska at this time.


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