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ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this organization shall be the
GEORGIA MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, INC., founded 1954, hereafter called
the ASSOCIATION and affiliated with the MUSIC TEACHERS NATIONAL
ASSOCIATION, INC., Cincinnati, Ohio, a Code Section 501(c)(3)
ARTICLE II: OBJECTIVE
Section 1: Said organization is organized
exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes,
including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to
organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any
future federal tax code.
Section 2: 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 the purposes set forth in the purpose
clause hereof. 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 this document, 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, or corresponding section of any future
federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are
deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or
corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 3: In the event of the dissolution of
this organization, any funds remaining in the treasury after the payment
of any outstanding debts shall be contributed to Music Teachers
National Association (MTNA.)
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
All members of GMTA must be members in good
standing of MTNA.
Section 1: Membership Classifications
Membership classifications in the ASSOCIATION
are: Active (including Senior and Six-Month members), Patron and
Student. Membership privileges and dues are prescribed in the
Procedural Manual of the ASSOCIATION.
Section 2: Membership Year
The Executive Board shall determine the
membership year for all membership classifications.
Section 3: Termination of Membership
All members of the ASSOCIATION agree to abide
by the Music Teachers National Association Code of Ethics. Membership
in the ASSOCIATION may be terminated by the member or revoked by the
ASSOCIATION as prescribed in the Procedural Manual of the ASSOCIATION or
in the governing documents of MTNA.
ARTICLE IV: DUES
Section 1: Annual dues for all classifications
of membership shall be due as determined by the MTNA Board of
Dues are delinquent sixty days beyond the
renewal date after which time members are not in good standing or
entitled to any of the privileges of membership until dues are paid for
the current membership year.
Section 2: The GMTA Executive Board shall
establish the annual dues amount and make the information available to
ARTICLE V: STATE OFFICERS
Section 1: Elected Officers
a. The elected officers of the ASSOCIATION
shall be a president, a president-elect, immediate past president, such
vice-presidents as are necessary for the effective operation of the
Association as determined by the Executive Board, members-at-large, and a
secretary. The authority and duties of each officer shall be defined
in the Procedural Manual of the ASSOCIATION.
b. Officers shall not use their office to
express opinions outside the ASSOCIATION without first obtaining
approval from the Executive Board. All officers shall be responsible to
the Executive Board for their actions.
Section 2: Paid Administrator
A paid administrator for the ASSOCIATION shall
be appointed by the president with the approval of the Executive Board.
Duties, title, compensation, and retention of the paid administrator
shall be recommended by the Finance/Advisory Committee and shall be
approved by the Executive Board.
ARTICLE VI: EXECUTIVE BOARD
Section 1: The Executive Board shall serve the
ASSOCIATION in a governing capacity.
Section 2: The Executive Board shall consist
of the president, the president-elect, the vice-president(s), the
secretary, the members-at-large, the immediate past president, the
presidents of local associations, area coordinators (such as
Certification, IMTF, and Archivist, etc., all of which shall be listed
in the Procedural Manual), and the paid administrator (ex officio
ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES AND AREA
Section 1: The president may appoint any
committees and area coordinators as may be required by the Bylaws or as
deemed beneficial to the Association. All committee appointees and area
coordinators shall be subject to the approval of the Executive Board.
Section 2: The Finance/Advisory Committee shall
oversee the fiscal affairs of the Association and conduct an annual
review of the duties, job performance and compensation of the paid
administrator. The Finance/Advisory Committee shall also serve in an
advisory capacity to the president and to the Executive Board.
Section 3: At least six (6) months prior to
the annual business meeting of the ASSOCIATION in even-numbered years,
the president, in consultation with the president-elect, shall appoint a
nominating committee of at least two active members to serve with the
president-elect who shall serve as chair. The committee shall make at
least one nomination for each of the offices of president-elect,
vice-president(s), secretary, and members-at-large, and shall present
this slate of nominees for approval at a meeting of the Executive Board.
The approved slate shall be made available to the membership at least
two weeks prior to the election held at the annual business meeting
during the state conference.
Section 4: Other committees and area
coordinators shall be enumerated in the Procedural Manual.
ARTICLE VIII: ELECTION RULING
Section 1: The president-elect, the
vice-president(s), the secretary, and the members-at-large shall be
elected by ballot, except when the number of nominees does not exceed
the number to be elected, in which case the election may be by oral
Section 2: All officers shall be elected by a
majority vote of the membership present and voting at the annual
business meeting of the ASSOCIATION in even-numbered years.
Section 3: Officers are elected for a term of
two years. No elected officer shall hold the same office for more than
two terms in succession, with the exception of the president, who shall
be limited to one term.
Section 4: The term of office commences
immediately following the adjournment of the annual conference of the
Section 5: A list of the newly elected
officers shall be made available to the membership following the annual
business meeting of the ASSOCIATION.
ARTICLE IX: FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the ASSOCIATION shall be
determined by the Executive Board based on the current MTNA practice.
ARTICLE X: MEETINGS
Section 1: There shall be at least one
business meeting of the ASSOCIATION each year. The business meeting
shall be held during the annual conference. At least two weeks
notification shall be given to members prior to this meeting.
Section 2: The Executive Board shall hold a
minimum of two meetings each year. Other special meetings may be called
by the president. Two weeks notification shall be given to board
members prior to each meeting.
ARTICLE XI: QUORUM
Section 1: A quorum at annual business
meetings or special membership meetings of the ASSOCIATION shall consist
of those present and voting.
Section 2: Ten members of the Executive Board,
three of whom must be officers, shall constitute a quorum for that
ARTICLE XII: TRANSACTION OFASSOCIATION
BUSINESS BY MAIL, E-MAIL, CONFERENCE CALL, ETC.
In the event of urgent need, transaction of
business by mail or other media may be conducted by the president. Such
business must have the approval of the Finance/Advisory Committee prior
to its submission to the members by the president. Each item of
business submitted thus by the president shall meet the approval by a
simple majority (51 percent) of the active members voting to become an
official act of the ASSOCIATION.
ARTICLE XIII: AFFILIATED LOCAL
Section 1: Any city, town, or geographical
area music teachers association may petition to the Executive Board for
affiliation in Georgia MTA by providing evidence that the following
requirements have been fulfilled: (a) That two (2) copies of the Local
Association governing documents (e.g., Constitution, Bylaws) have been
filed with the GMTA paid administrator and they are consistent with
those of GMTA. (b) That its fiscal and membership year(s) coincide with
that of GMTA.
Section 2: Upon determining that a petitioning
local music teachers association has fulfilled the requirements of
Section one (1) of this Article, GMTA shall approve the petition.
Section 3: In referring to its affiliation
each Local Association shall use the phrase “Affiliated with the
Georgia Music Teachers Association.” This specified phrase shall be
included in the governing documents of all affiliated Local
Section 4: Annual renewal of a Local
Association shall be made without reconsideration by GMTA provided: (a)
That the affiliate has not formally notified GMTA that it wishes to
discontinue affiliation. (b) That it guarantees on the basis of
submitted membership rosters that one hundred percent (100%) of its
members who meet the requirements of MTNA Active Membership, and one
hundred percent (100%) of its Student members, who meet the requirements
of MTNA Student Membership, are members in good standing of MTNA. (c)
That all changes in the governing documents of the affiliated Local
Association have been filed with GMTA, that they are consistent with the
Bylaws of GMTA, and have been approved by GMTA. (d) That all
provisions of Sections one (1) and four (4) of this Article continue to
ARTICLE XIV: AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of
the GEORGIA MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, INC. by a two-thirds vote of
the active members present and voting. Notice of any intended change
(which has been submitted in writing by a Revision Committee and
approved by the Finance/Advisory Committee and the Executive Board)
shall be made available to the members at least two weeks prior to the
These Bylaws with any amendments shall be made
available to the membership.
ARTICLE XV: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in the current edition of
Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Association’s
meetings in all cases in which they are applicable, and in which they
are not inconsistent with the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws of
the Association and any special rules of order the Association may
These Bylaws were adopted November 3, 2006.
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