International Association
of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals

 International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals


Bylaws

April 26, 2010

ARTICLE I - Name, Registration, Vision, and Mission

Section 1. The name of the organization shall be “International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals”, hereafter referred to as the Association.  The abbreviation of the Association shall be IACIP.

Section 2. The Association shall be a registered non-profit professional organization with its members working or studying in the fields of Civil Infrastructure and Systems (CIS) and related areas who are interested in CIS development and related issues.

Section 3. Vision

The Association shall be a leading professional organization in Civil Infrastructural Engineering worldwide.

Section 4. Mission

The mission of the Association shall be to facilitate the advancement of knowledge and technology in the areas of Civil Infrastructure and Systems through education, technology transfer, and research at an international level. The Association shall gather and disseminate information for Civil Infrastructure professionals.

ARTICLE II – Governing Body and Bylaws

Section 1. The governing body of the Association is the Board of Directors of the Association, hereafter referred to as the Board.

Section 2. The Association’s Bylaws shall be defined in this document.

ARTICLE III - Membership

Section 1. The membership of the Association shall consist of Members, Student Members, Honorary Members, and Organization/Corporate Members.

Section 2. Membership of the Association shall be granted to any individual who works, studies, or is interested in a Civil Infrastructure and Systems field or a related area, has applied for a membership with the Association, has paid the membership dues, and has been registered membership by the Board.

Section 3. A member shall be a person who is working in the field of Civil Infrastructure and Systems or related areas and has expressed in writing to the Association that he or she is interested in becoming a member.

Section 4. A student member shall be a person who is enrolled as a full-time student in a graduate or undergraduate school to pursue a degree in the field of Civil Infrastructure and Systems or related areas and has expressed in writing to the Association that he or she is interested in becoming a student member. A student member can be promoted to a member upon completion of education.

Section 5. An honorary member shall be a person who has made significant contribution to the infrastructure profession and/or to the Association and is nominated by the Board. The nomination shall be approved by two thirds (2/3) of the members of the Board.

Section 6. Members and student members shall be equally entitled to all privileges of the Association. Any person elected as an honorary member, who, at the time of election, is a member, may retain the privileges and obligations of a member.

 Section 7. Organizational/Corporate members shall be those legitimate entities, including for-profit corporate entities, not-for-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and educational institutions, who agree with this bylaw, are willing to support the Association's activities, and have paid the annual Organization/Corporate membership dues.  Each organizational/corporate representative shall be entitled to all privileges of the members but may not hold office unless that person is also a bona fide individual member at the same time.

ARTICLE IV – Membership Dues

Section 1. Members and student members shall pay annual membership dues. The amount of membership dues shall be determined by the Board.  Honorary members shall not be required to pay the membership due unless he or she shall elect to do so.

Section 2. If a member or student member does not pay the due, he/she shall not be entitled with any rights and privileges of a member and is not eligible for being selected to the Board and Officers of the Association.

Section 3. Organization/Corporate members shall pay annual dues as determined by the Board.

Section 4. Annual membership shall be from January 1 to December 31.

ARTICLE V - The Board of Directors and Officials

Section 1. The Association is governed by the Board of Directors (the Board), through the functions of committees and officials in the Association.

Section 2. The duties of the Board shall include, but not be limited to, making the Association’s policy that is consistent with the Bylaw, approving appointment of committee chairs appointed by the President, approving the Association's budget, authorizing payment of bills, making recommendations for membership dues, and conducting fundraising initiatives and activities.

Section 3. The Board shall consist of both voting and non-voting members.  There shall be no more than fifteen voting members and no more than three non-voting members.

Section 4. The voting board members of the Board shall be promoted by the Board from the non-voting board members.  The non-voting board members shall be promoted from members of the Association based on merit of contribution.

Section 5. The officials of the Association shall consist of the President, three Vice-Presidents, Secretary-Treasurer, and committee chairs that all shall be the voting members of the Board.

Section 6. The President (or in his/her absence, one of the Vice-Presidents) shall preside over all meetings of the Association and of the Board.

Section 7. A service term is defined as two years. The President shall serve no more than one term and Vice-president shall serve no more than three consecutive terms.

Section 8. Responsibilities of the Secretary-Treasurer shall be:

     8.1  Keeping complete records of all proceedings and correspondences of the Association and the Board.

     8.2  Sending notices of meetings to members of the Association and/or to the Board, as may be required.

     8.3  Keeping records of existing and past members of the Association.

     8.4  Managing the Association’s bank accounts, as directed by the Board.

     8.5  Making payments and purchases on behalf of the Association. Expenditures in excess of $500 must be jointly approved by the President and the Secretary-Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer may make expenditures of $500 or less without additional approvals provided that these expenditures are associated with the normal operation of the Association and do not result in overruns of the annual Association budget, as approved by the Board.

8.6  Performing other duties usually assigned to the office of the Secretary-Treasurer.

Section 9. The President shall be promoted by the Board from the Vice-Presidents.  The Vice-Presidents shall be promoted from committee chairs.  The committee chairs shall be promoted from committee members.

Section 10. The promotion of officials within the Association shall be based on the merit of contribution to the Association. The appointment of the officials shall be approved by two thirds (2/3) of the members of the Board.

Section 11. All members including student members shall have the right of being selected as the non-voting members of the Board based on the merit of contribution to the Association.

Section 12. All members including student members shall have the privilege to serve one or more committees of the Association. Committee members shall be nominated by committee chairs and approved by the Board.

Section 13. The Board is empowered to establish committees as needed, such as special technical committee, student committee, CIS development committee, etc. Each committee should be approved by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Board.

Section 14. Members of the Board shall be required to regularly attend the Association's businesses and participate in board activities. A Board member who is unable to do so for more than six months shall be considered to have voluntarily resigned.

ARTICLE V – The Revision of the Bylaws

Section 1. The Association’s Bylaws shall not be revised frequently.

Section 2. The Association’s Bylaws shall be revised by the Board when there is a need.

Section 3. Revision shall be motioned by the President and seconded by at least two more Board members.

Section 4. Revision shall be approved by two thirds (2/3) of the Board members.

Section 5. The Dates for Making and Revision of the Association’s Bylaws

            First Edition:               April 21, 2010

            First Revision:             (to be added)