Constitution

ARTICLE I. Name and Geographical Definition 

 

Section 1: Name

A. The name of this organization shall be the Northeast Regional Honors Council, hereinafter referred to as the Region.

 

Section 2: Geographical Definition

A. Geographically the Region consists of New England, the Middle Atlantic States, the Provinces of Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and Ontario. The Region also includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

 

ARTICLE II. Purpose 

 

The purpose of this organization shall be (a) to promote honors programs and related activities in colleges and universities in the Northeast Region and (b) to cooperate with other organizations with similar goals.

 

ARTICLE III. Membership 

 

Membership in the Region shall consist of institutional and individual membership.

 

Section 1: General Membership

A. Institutional membership shall be open to institutions of higher learning as well as to educationally related foundations and government agencies. In the instance of an institution with physically separate campus locations, each campus location shall pay institutional member dues if it has its own budget.

 

B. Individual membership shall be open to faculty members, administrators, students and other interested persons.

 

C. The term “member” shall refer only to those institutions or individuals who have paid all current and outstanding dues and other fees to the Region.

 

D. Institutions or persons residing outside the geographical boundaries of the Region may become members upon payment of dues to the Region. Membership is not restricted geographically.

 

Section 2: Honorary Membership

A. Honorary individual membership may be granted in recognition of distinguished service to the Region. 

 

B. Honorary Membership nominations may be made by any member of the Region at a regularly scheduled business meeting. Nominations must be approved by the Executive Committee.

 

C. Honorary individual membership is sustained for life.

 

D. Such persons shall receive the designation of “member” by a simple majority vote of the Region at a regularly scheduled business meeting.

 
ARTICLE IV. Officers and Their Duties 

Section 1: Titles and Eligibility

A. The officers shall be a President, a President-Elect, a Vice President, an Immediate Past President, a Web Coordinator, an Executive Treasurer, an Executive Secretary, two Faculty Representatives, and two Student Representatives. The President, the President-Elect, and the Vice President, may not be elected to a second consecutive term of office.

 

B. Only individual members as defined in Article 2, Section 1, subsection B or honorary members as defined in Article 2, Section 2 may run for the office of President, President-Elect, Vice President, Executive Treasurer, and Executive Secretary.

 

C. The office of Student Representative is limited to students from the Region’s institutional members as defined in Article 2, Section 1, subsection A. 

 

Section 2: President

A. The President shall be the immediate past President-Elect and shall hold office for one year until a successor is installed. The President shall preside at meetings of the Region, appoint committees, propose policies and projects which fulfill the obligations and purposes of the Region, and preside over the Executive Board. Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Serve as spokesperson for the Region

  2. Preside at the annual business meetings and events

  3. Preside at meeting of the Executive Committee, the Operating Board, and when meeting in Executive Conference

  4. Report on the business of the Region annually and at other times requested by the membership and Executive Committee

  5. Appoint ad hoc committees as necessary to the business of the Region

  6. Serve as a member of the Executive Board

  7. Perform other duties as required in executing the business of the Region, its Constitution, and By-Laws

 

B. In the president’s absence, the President-Elect shall conduct the business of the president.

 

C. If the president becomes unable, unwilling or otherwise fails to execute the duties of the office of president, the Executive Board may remove the sitting president of the Region by a 2/3 majority vote. When the sitting president is voted from office, the President-Elect will serve as President for the remainder of the term. 

 

 

Section 3: President-Elect

A. The President-Elect shall be the immediate past Vice President and shall hold office for one year until a successor is installed. The President-Elect shall preside at meetings of the Region and serve as the primary chair of the annual conference. Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Serve as a member of the Executive Board

  2. Serve as the primary Conference Co-Chair, planning the Annual Conference

  3. Perform other duties as required in executing the business of the Region, its Constitution, and By-Laws

 

B. If the President-Elect becomes unable, unwilling or otherwise fails to execute the duties of the office of President-Elect, the Executive Board may remove the sitting President-Elect of the Region by a 2/3 majority vote. When the sitting president is voted from office, the Vice President will serve as President-Elect for the remainder of the term. 

 

 

Section 4: Vice President

A. The Vice President shall be elected for a one-year term and shall be a member of the faculty or administration of any member institution in the Region. The Vice President shall succeed automatically to the office of President-Elect upon the election and installation of the new Vice President. The Vice President shall succeed to the office of President-Elect should that office become vacant.

 

B. Nominations for vice president will be accepted from among the faculty, administration, or staff of a member institution or from among individual members.

 

 

C. The Vice President shall succeed the President and serve as President-Elect at the end of the President-Elect’s appointment and upon the election of a successor to the office of vice president.

 

D. In the event of the Vice President’s ascension to President, or if the Vice President becomes unable to fulfill the duties of the office of Vice President, the President shall appoint to the office of Vice President one of the faculty/staff members-at-large sitting on the Executive Committee, who will serve as the Vice President pro-tem for the remainder of the term.

 

Section 5: Immediate Past President

A. The Immediate Past President shall be the past President and shall hold office for one year or until a successor is installed. The Immediate Past President shall serve on committees, assist with the planning of the annual NRHC conference, and oversee special projects as determined by the Board. Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Serve as a member of the Executive Board

  2. Perform other duties as required in executing the business of the Region, its Constitution, and By-Laws

  3.  Attend meetings of the Region

 

B. In the event the Immediate Past President becomes unable to fulfill the duties of the office of Immediate Past President, the President shall appoint to the office of Immediate Past President one of the faculty/staff members-at-large sitting on the Executive Committee, who will serve as the Immediate Past President pro-tem for the remainder of the term.

 

Section 6: Web Coordinator

  1. The Web Coordinator shall be elected to a three-year term by a vote of the membership of the Region. In the event of a resignation during the term of office, the Executive Board is empowered to appoint someone until the next annual election. The Web Coordinator is expected to have a facility learning new technologies and a working knowledge of web design and logistics. The Web Coordinator is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Council's website, the Call for Proposals, and the Conference Registration process.

 

Section 7: Executive Treasurer

A. The Executive Treasurer shall be elected for a term of three years and shall be a member of the Region. The Executive Treasurer may be re-elected to a second three year term.

 

B. Together with the Executive Secretary, the Executive Treasurer shall maintain and publish a current membership list including names and addresses of institutional representatives, and shall serve as liaison with the National Collegiate Honors Region.

 

C. The Executive Treasurer shall collect and manage all Regional funds, and may sign contractual obligations on behalf of the Region or may designate another officer or standing committee chair to do so. The Executive Treasurer may approve fiscal and contractual obligations of less than $501. Fiscal and contractual obligations greater than $500 but less than $1001 require approval of the Executive Treasurer and the President or the President’s designee. Fiscal and contractual obligations of over $1000 require the approval of the Executive Board.

 

D. The duties of the Executive Treasurer include the following:

 

  1. Serving as custodian of the Region’s funds and securities and depositing in the name of the organization all monies or other valuable effects in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be approved from time to time by the Executive Committee.

  2. Preparing and presenting an annual financial report to the organization, consisting of all financial transactions and related documentation.

  3. Maintaining accurate membership and dues records.

  4. Maintaining the Region’s corporate and tax-exempt status.

  5. Publicizing, receiving applications for, and coordinating all matters pertaining to the Region’s student stipends.

  6. Serving as host to the Region’s official headquarters.

 

E. If the Executive Treasurer becomes unable to fulfill these duties, an interim successor will be appointed by the Executive Board until the Region convenes at the annual business meeting.  At such time, election to the office of Executive Treasurer will require approval from the Region through processes outlined in Article VII of the By-Laws.

 

Section 8: Executive Secretary

A. The Executive Secretary shall be elected for a term of three years and shall be a member of the Region. The Executive Secretary may be re-elected to a second three year term.

 

B. Together with the Executive Treasurer, the Executive Secretary shall maintain and publish a current membership list including names and addresses of institutional representatives, and shall serve as liaison with the National Collegiate Honors Region.

 

C. The duties of the Executive Secretary include the following:

  1.  Verifying a quorum is present in order to conduct business during meetings in which a quorum is required.

  2. Keeping and circulating minutes of the Region and Executive Committee.

  3. Editing or properly discharging editing responsibility for all of the Region’s publications.

  4. Maintaining archives of relevant conference and Region documents.

  5. Overseeing the process of elections, including publicizing opportunities and recruiting candidates to stand for elections to offices and positions on the Executive Committee.

 

D. If the Executive Secretary becomes unable to fulfill these duties, an interim successor will be appointed by the Executive Board until the Region convenes at the annual business meeting.  At such time, election to the office of Executive Secretary will require approval from the Region through processes outlined in Article VII of the By-Laws.

 

Section 9: Faculty Representatives

A. Each Faculty Board Representative shall be elected to a two-year term by a vote of the membership of the Region. Normally, one Faculty Representative shall be elected in odd-numbered years and one faculty representative shall be elected in even-numbered years. In the event of the resignation of a Faculty Board Representative in the first year of office, an election shall be held to fill the office for the remainder of the term. In the event of a resignation during the second year of office the Executive Board is empowered to appoint someone to complete the remainder of the term. Faculty Board Representatives may serve no more than one consecutive term. Normally a Faculty Board Representative will be ineligible for election to another office until the final year of the term of office.

 

Section 10: Student Representatives

A. The Student Board Representatives shall be elected to a one-year term by a vote of the membership of the Region. Student Board Representatives may be elected to additional one-year terms.

 

B. Nominations will be accepted from among the students of member institutions.

 

C. In the event of the Student Representative’s inability to serve, conferral of degree, or failure to continue as a student at a member institution, the president shall make an interim appointment.

 

Section 11: Elections

A. Elections for all eligible officer positions occur at the annual business meeting of the Region. Only those individual members or representatives of institutional members who/which have maintained membership for a period of at least one year may stand for election to any officer position.

ARTICLE V. Executive Board 

A. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Immediate Past President, President-Elect, Vice President, Executive Secretary, Executive Treasurer, Web Coordinator, two Faculty Board Representatives, and two Student Board Representatives.

 

B. The Executive Board shall formulate policies and projects, shall review and approve expenditures in excess of $1000, shall act upon requests from member institutions for financial support. The Executive Board shall act in a manner that fulfills the obligations, purposes, and goals of the Region.

 

C. Normally the President or the President’s designee shall call meetings of the Executive Board. The President shall be directed to convene a meeting of the Executive Board upon notification of the desires of a majority of the Executive Board to hold a meeting. Meetings may be held in person, via conference telephone calls, or through other means deemed appropriate by the Board.

 

D.The Board is empowered to act in all manners on behalf of the members.  Reports of all such actions shall be made at the next Regional Business Meeting.

 

ARTICLE VI. Annual Conference, Meetings, and Voting

Section 1: Annual Conference

A. The Region shall normally sponsor an Annual Conference.

 

Section 2: Meetings

A. The President shall call at least one Business Meeting per year that shall be open to the members of the Region. Normally, a Business Meeting will coincide with the meetings of the National Collegiate Honors Region and another Business Meeting will coincide with the Annual Conference of the Region. The purpose of any Business Meeting shall be to receive reports and motions from the officers, the Executive Board, and committees, to act on motions dealing with Region matters, and to instruct the officers, Executive Board, and committees on issues and matters of concern to the Region.

 

 B. The Executive Board shall meet at least twice annually. At least one meeting will be held in conjunction with any Business Meeting.

 

C. A quorum will be defined as follows:

  1. For the Executive Board a quorum is reached with seven (7) members present.

  2. For Regional Business Meetings, having ten (10) institutional members present will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any previously announced business meeting.

 

Section 3: Voting Body

A. The voting body consists of those categories of members defined in Article 3 of the Constitution: namely, institutional members, individual members, and honorary members.  As part of the voting body, honorary members are recognized as individual members.

 

B. Each institutional member in good standing shall appoint one faculty or staff member to cast one vote for that institution. 

 

C. An individual member or an honorary member may cast a single vote as an individual member. 

 

D. An individual member may cast a vote as either an individual member or as the representative of an institutional member.  Under no circumstance shall an individual member cast more than one vote.

 

Section 4: Mail Vote

A. Between meetings, the Executive Board may submit questions or items of business for a vote of the Region membership.  Such voting may be completed by post or electronic mail.

 

 

ARTICLE VII. Net Earnings 

No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of Section 501(c) (3) purposes. No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office. 

Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from Federal Income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code contributions to corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.) 

 
ARTICLE IIX. Dissolution of this Organization 

Upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the Federal government, or to a state or local government, for public purpose. 

 
ARTICLE IX. Amendments 

Section 1: Procedure

A. Any member of the Region may propose amendments to this Constitution.

 

B. All amendments must be proposed in writing and submitted to the Executive Secretary for consideration by the Executive Board at its next ordinary or extraordinary meeting.

 

C. Prior to a vote the Executive Board shall apprise the membership of its evaluation of any proposed amendments. Proposed amendments do not require approval by the Executive Board in order to come before the membership.

 

D. Proposed amendments may be distributed in writing at the business meeting prior to the business meeting during which a vote is taken. Whether shared at such a business meeting or not, proposed amendments must be distributed via regular mail or e-mail, the means to be determined by the Executive Board, at least 60 days in advance of a scheduled business meeting.

 

E. Amendments and alterations shall be put to a vote of the Region at regional business meetings. The Executive Board may choose to hold a vote via direct ballot if necessary.

 

F. Amendments and alterations become a part of the Constitution upon receiving a two-thirds majority vote from the voting body as defined in Article VI section 3.

 

G. Along with the results of the vote, discussion of the proposed amendment prior to the vote, including the Executive Board’s evaluation, will be recorded in the minutes.

 

As amended June 1, 1980 Ann R. Raia, Executive Secretary
 

As amended June 1982 Jane Pickett, Executive Secretary
 

As amended June 1983 Jane Pickett, Executive Secretary-Treasurer
 

As amended November 14, 1990 Richard W. Meisegeier, Executive Secretary-Treasurer  

As amended October 20, 2000 Marion P. Warunek, Executive Secretary-Treasurer
 

As amended October 28, 2005 Ross Wheeler, Executive Secretary-Treasurer
 

As amended April 4, 2011 Shirley Shultz Myers, Executive Secretary-Treasurer 

As amended April 5, 2013 Shirley Shultz Myers, Executive Secretary-Treasurer 

As amended April 5, 2014 Shirley Shultz Myers, Executive Secretary-Treasurer 

As amended April 11, 2015 Karlyn Koh, Executive Secretary

As amended June 6, 2020, Richard Cohen, Executive Secretary 
As amended July 1, 2021 Kathryn MacDonald, Executive Secretary

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