CONSTITUTION OF THE
Rockland County Music Educators Association
on November 2, 2004
Article I - NAME
This group shall be known as the Rockland County
Music Educators' Association, a non-profit organization, hereinafter
referred to as "RCMEA" or "The Association."
Article II - AFFILIATION
This organization shall function as the county
affiliated division of the New York State School Music Association, which
is the state division of the National Association for Music Educatorsí.
Article III - PURPOSES
The purposes of this organization are to:
and promote the music programs in the schools of Rockland County;
the educational values of music;
professional growth, leadership, and mutual understanding among its
opportunities for outstanding school musicians to appear in all-county
choirs, bands, and orchestras;
lifelong participation in musical activities.
ARTICLE IV -
Section 1. DISTRICT
Any public School District in Rockland County may become a District Member
in the Association upon payment of the prescribed District Participation
Fee. Districts that pay said
fee shall have the privilege of participating in the activities of the
Association, including having students from their District attend
All-County Festivals, receive scholarships, and any other activities
sponsored by the Association.
Section 2. SCHOOL MEMBERSHIP - Any private or parochial school in Rockland
County may become a School Member in the Association upon payment of the
prescribed School Participation Fee.
Schools that pay said fee shall have all the right and privileges
of District Membership, excluding the right to have their students receive
Section 3. ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP - Any person concerned with music or engaged in music
instruction shall be considered an Active Member of the Association as
long as they remain employed by a member District or School. Active members shall have the privileges of voting and
holding elected office, admission to general meetings, a subscription to
the RCMEA Newsletter, participation in Conference Days, and student
enrollment in County Festivals.
Section 4. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP - Any person engaged in private or college
level music instruction shall be considered a Professional Member of the
Association upon payment of the prescribed fees.
Professional members shall have all the rights and privileges of
Active Membership, excluding the rights of voting and holding elected
office and student enrollment in County festivals.
5. RETIRED MEMBERSHIP - Retired Membership shall be available to
former music educators who have retired from teaching, administrative, or
research positions in music education, and who have been active members of
RCMEA for ten years preceding their retirement.
Retired members shall have all the rights and privileges of Active
Membership, excluding the rights of voting and holding elected office and
student enrollment in County festivals.
Section 6. STUDENT MEMBERSHIP - Any student regularly enrolled in an
accredited college or university in the State of New York, who is not
employed as a full-time teacher, may become a student member of the
Association, upon payment of the prescribed dues.
Student members shall have all the rights and privileges of Active
membership, excluding the rights of voting and holding elected office and
student enrollment in County festivals.
V - MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES
Section 1. Regularly scheduled meetings will be held at a
place and on dates designated by the Executive Council.
Section 2. Performing groups, selected on a county-wide basis, will present
awards will be given on an annual basis.
Section 4. A Conference Day, offering in-service training for members of the Association,
will be presented annually.
Section 5. Other endeavors will be promoted, sponsored, or supported as the
Council deems advisable.
VI - OFFICERS AND GOVERNMENT
Section 1. EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
following officers shall be elected by the membership:
President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary
governing body of the Association shall be known as the Executive Council,
and shall be comprised of the President, Vice President, Immediate Past
President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
member of the Executive Council shall have one vote. The President shall only vote in the event of a tie.
Section 2. TERMS OF OFFICE AND TERM LIMITS
officers shall serve a two-year term.
In odd-numbered years, a President and Treasurer will be elected.
even-numbered years, a Vice President and Secretary will be elected.
President shall be allowed the opportunity to succeed to the office of
Immediate Past President. Should the President decline to spend an
additional year on Executive Council, the incoming President shall appoint
an Advisory Member to the Executive Council. This member should have prior
experience as an Executive Council member.
shall begin their term of office immediately following election, and shall
serve concurrently, with their predecessor for
May and June. They
shall begin full service in July.
member of the Executive Council shall serve more than two consecutive
terms, unless the remaining members of the Executive Council confer a vote
Section 3. COMMITTEES
following shall be Standing Committees:
Publicity, Scholarship, and Government Relations
President shall appoint a chairperson for the Publicity, Scholarship, and
Government Relations Committee each term, and shall notify NYSSMA of their
President shall create a committee for each major festival or event
scheduled. In addition, the
President may create and charge ad hoc committees as the need arises.
Section 4. ELECTIONS
Vice President shall convene a Nominating Committee for the purpose of
creating a slate of nominees for office.
April 1, at any General Business Meeting, the Nominating Committee shall
accept nominations from the floor.
to the Annual Elections, the Nominating Committee shall present a slate of
nominees to the membership by US Mail.
plurality of all ballots cast shall elect a candidate.
Section 5. MID-TERM VACANCIES
Vacancies in any office of the Association shall be
filled by the Executive Council upon recommendation by the President.
VII - FUNDS
Section 1. Any
monies received from any source shall be rendered to the Treasurer and
Section 2. Funds of the
Association shall be disbursed by the Treasurer in
accordance with an annual budget adopted by the Executive Council.
Section 3. In
the absence of the Treasurer, the President of the Association shall have the authority to disburse funds in accordance with an
annual budget adopted by the Executive Council.
Section 4. In June of every odd-numbered year, the
Vice President shall
Audit Committee, which shall be charged with
examining the various accounts of the Association and furnishing a report.
Amendments to this constitution must be presented in writing at a
General meeting of the Association. The
amendment must then be tabled until the next regularly scheduled meeting,
at which time the proposed amendment shall be presented for discussion.
In the interim, a copy of the proposed amendment shall be forwarded
to each member of the Association via US Mail.
Amendments to this constitution may be adopted by a two-thirds vote
of the membership responding either in a mail ballot or at a general