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Lansing PTSO Constitution

Article I - Name

The name of this organization shall be the Lansing Parent Teacher Student Organization.

Article II - Purpose

The objectives of the organization are:

  1. To promote the welfare of children and youth in homes, school and community.

  2. To bring into closer relation the home and school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.

  3. To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental and social education.

Article III - Membership and Dues

Section 1: Any individual who subscribes to the objectives of this organization may become a member of this organization. Membership in this association shall be available without regard to race, color, creed, or national origin.

Section 2: The organization shall conduct an annual enrollment of members. Additional members may be accepted at any time and membership may begin on date of enrollment and shall extend through June of that school year.

Section 3: There shall be an annual dues.

Article IV - Meetings

Section 1: General meetings of the organization shall be held during the school year, the dates and times to be designated by the executive committee.

Section 2: At the first general meeting and annual budget will be presented.

Section 3: At the last general meeting, newly elected officers will be installed.

Article V - Officers

Section 1: The officers shall be a president or co-presidents; three (3) vice-presidents, representing each school; and a secretary-treasurer.

Section 2: Officers shall be elected annually at a general meeting.

Section 3: Officers shall assume their official duties at the first executive committee meeting of the school year and shall sere for a term of one year and/or until their successors assume office.

Article VI - Duties of Officers

Section 1: The president or co-presidents shall:

  1. preside at all meetings of the organization and of the executive committee.

  2. be ex-officio member(s) of all committees.

  3. coordinate the work of the officers and the committees of the organization.

  4. perform such duties as may be assigned by the executive committee

  5. represent the PTSO at School Board meetings.

Section 2: The vice presidents shall:

  1. act as aides to the president(s) and shall perform the duties of the president(s) in their absence or disability.

  2. represent each building.

  3. act as liaison between the organization and the building principals.

Section 3:

The secretary shall:

  1. record the minutes of all meetings.

  2. conduct all correspondence for the organization under the direction of the president(s).

  3. keep a file of all letters, reports and records pertaining to the work of the association.

The treasurer shall:

  1. have custody of all funds of the organization.

  2. keep a full and accurate account of receipts and expenditures.

  3. make disbursements in accordance with the approved budget.

Section 4: All officers and committee chairmen shall:

  1. deliver to their successors all official material, not later than ten days following the transfer of official duties.

Article VII - Executive Committee

The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the organization; the principals from the school, teacher representatives from each school, and chairmen of standing committees: publicity and hospitality.

Article VIII - Duties of Committees

  1. The program committee will initiate and promote all programs and projects of the organization.

  2. The publicity committee will use all types of media to publicize all programs and projects of the organization.

  3. The hospitality committee will provide refreshments at all public meetings.

  4. The membership committee will conduct an annual membership drive in September and October.

  5. The scholarship and award committee will select scholarship recipients, citizenship award recipients, and otherwise promote academic awards presentations.

  6. The fundraising committee will initiate and promote all fundraising activities.

  7. The nominating committee will consist of three past presidents of the organization who will recommend active members for offices.

  8. All committee chairmen are accountable to the executive board.

Article IX - Amending

The constitution can be amended with a majority vote at a general meeting having an attendance of at least 10 members.

Amendment I*

Refer to Article V, Section 1: The officers shall be president or co-presidents; three vice presidents, representing each school; and a secretary, and a treasurer.

Refer to Article VI, Section 3: The Secretary Shall:

  1. record the minutes of all meetings.

  2. conduct all correspondence for the organization under the direction of the president(s).

  3. keep a file of all letters, reports and records pertaining to the work of the association.

Refer to Article VI, Section 3: The treasurer shall:

  1. have custody of all funds of the organization.

  2. keep a full and accurate account of receipts and expenditures.

  3. make disbursements in accordance with the approved budget.

*This Amendment I was approved in June of 1985

Amendment II

The Lansing PTSO Constitution shall be amended with the following paragraphs:

  1. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation is organized exclusively for one or more of the following purposes: religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, to foster national or international amateur sports competitions (but only if no part of its activities involve the providing of facilities or equipment) or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. The corporation shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

  2. No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of any member, trustee, director, officer of the corporation, or any private individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the corporation), and no member, trustee, officer shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the corporate assets upon dissolution of the corporation.

  3. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, or participating in or intervening, in any political campaign on behalf of the candidate for public office.

  4. The organization's assets shall be permanently dedicated to exempt purposes. Upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes, or any future Federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the Federal Government, or to a state or local government, for public purpose.

Amendment III*

Refer to Article V, Section 1 (6/85):

The officers shall be a president or co-presidents; three (3) vice presidents, one (1) representing each school; nine (9) assistant vice presidents as follows: five (5) at the elementary school representing each grade level, two (2) at the middle school (one (1) for grades 5&6 and one (1) for grades 7&8), two (2) at the high school (one (1) for grades 9&10 and one (1) for grades 11&12); a secretary and a treasurer.

Article VI, Section 5:

The assistant vice presidents shall:

  1. act as aides to the vice presidents and shall perform the duties of president during their absence or disability.

  2. represent their grade level.

  3. serve as chairman of committees

*Passed June 6, 1997