CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE CALIFORNIA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGRONOMY
Article I, Section 1. The name of the organization shall be known as the California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy as authorized under Article XI, Section 5 of the Revised By-laws of the American Society of Agronomy, Inc.
Article II, Section1. The objectives of the California Chapter shall be generally those of the American Society of Agronomy, Inc., and educational and scientific corporation qualified for exemption under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended or comparable section of subsequent legislation.
The California Chapter shall strive to promote human welfare through advancing the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge concerning the nature, use, improvement, and interrelationships of plants, soils, and environment. To this end, the California Chapter, like its parent society, shall (1) promote effective research, (2) disseminate scientific information, (3) foster high standards of education, (4) strive to maintain high standards of ethics, (5) promote advancements in the profession, and (6) cooperate with other organizations having similar objectives.
The California Chapter supports the efforts and objectives of the Western Society of Soil Science and the Western Society of Crop Science and will operate in a manner consistent with their purpose.
Article III, Section 1. The membership of the California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy shall consist of individuals actively interested in the objectives of the Chapter as outlined in Article II.
Section 2. Any person as set forth in Section 1 may be a member of the California Chapter and be entitled to all the privileges of members, except that they shall not be eligible for an elective office in the California Chapter unless they are a member of either the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, or the Crop Science Society of America..
Officers and Standing Committee
Article IV, Section1. The governing board of the Chapter shall be constituted by an Executive Committee and a Council of Representatives.
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Past President, President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Executive Secretary/Treasurer. The term of office with the exception of the Executive Secretary-Treasurer shall be for one year. The Executive Secretary-Treasurer may serve more than one year.
Section 3. The representation on the Executive Committee shall be split as evenly as possible between Industry, Higher Education, and Government groups, and evenly between the broad groupings of Soils and Crops. The objective would be that, if the President comes from the higher education grouping and is considered as Soils professional, the First Vice President should be a Crop professional from Industry. The normal order of progression would be President to Past President, First Vice President to President, Second Vice President to First Vice President, with the election of the Second Vice President coming from the Council Representatives.
Section 4. The Council shall consist of nine elected representatives, which broadly represent individuals from the following areas:
1. Agronomy and Range Science
2. Hydrologic Science & Biological & Agricultural Engineering
3. Soil Science
4. Agricultural, Horticulture & Forest Production
5. Nutrient Management
6. Plant Protection & Integrated Pest Management
7. Plant Breeding, Seed Production and Technology
8. Environmental Quality & Eco-Systems Restoration
9. Public Policy and Regulatory Agencies
Section 5. Each Council Representative will be elected to serve a three-year term. The terms will be staggered so that three Representatives will be elected each year. When a vacancy occurs on the Council because of death, resignation or other cause, appointment to fill the vacancy will be made by the Executive Committee and the appointee will serve until the next election.
Section 6. All Council Representatives and Members of the Executive Board must be Members of the American Society of Agronomy.
Section 7. The Council Representatives will be elected by the membership assembled at the time of the Annual Business Meeting. The Nominating Committee will be the Executive Committee. They will distribute the list of nominees prior to the annual meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the Annual Business Meeting. Elections shall be by majority ballot of those in attendance and voting.
Section 8. The Council Representative and Members of the Executive Committee will elect the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President and Executive Secretary-Treasurer.
Section 9. The duties of the Past President, President, Vice-President, Second Vice-President and Executive Secretary-Treasurer shall be those which usually pertain to such offices of similar organizations. The Past President shall serve as the chairman of the Awards Committee. The President and First Vice-President shall serve as program co-chairman for the Annual Meeting. The Second Vice-President shall serve as chairman of the Membership and Dues Committee.
Section 10. The President, with the approval of the Executive Committee, shall annually appoint such committees, their members and chairman, as they or the Executive Committee deems necessary to assist in carrying out the objectives of the Chapter.
Article V, Section 1. The California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy will hold an Annual Meeting at such time and place as shall be advantageous to the members. The Program Committee shall include both invitational and non-invitational papers on subjects of wide interest to educators, scientists, farmers and those who serve agriculture. Emphasis will be on the application of scientific developments. Sectional meetings, special symposia, joint or cosponsored meetings with other groups may be arranged by the Executive Committee and may be held separately from or in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.
Article VI, Section 1. Annual membership dues shall be set by the Executive Committee and shall be assessed and collected as provided for in the by-laws.
Section 2. Fees or dues associated with the operation of the California Chapter will be held to a minimum.
Section 3. Members in arrears for Chapter dues will be dropped from the rolls in accordance with the by-laws.
Amendments and By-laws
Article VII, Section1. The constitution may be amended by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the members present at the Annual Meeting, providing such amendments have first been presented, in writing, to the Executive Committee for consideration not less than sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Meeting.
Section 2. Amendments to the By-laws may be proposed to the Executive Committee by ten or more members of the California Section. Such amendments must be presented, in writing, to the Executive Committee for consideration not less than sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Meeting. A simple majority vote of the members present at the meeting is required for a change in the By-laws.
Article I. The publications of the California Chapter may consist of proceedings made up of abstracts of submitted and individual papers, reports of committees, minutes of the Annual Business Meeting and such other items, as shall have general interest to the members. The Executive Committee is authorized to charge for publications in such a manner as to reclaim actual costs.
Article II. The annual dues of the California Chapter shall be proposed by the Executive Committee and approved by a majority vote of the membership at an Annual Meeting. . Dues in arrears for more than one year shall be cause for automatic exclusion from membership.
Payment of Expenses
Article III. The Executive Secretary-Treasurer shall be authorized to pay all routine expenses. Expense items other than of an operational nature shall require the approval of the Executive Committee.
Note: Last amended by vote of membership on February 6, 2002