|NASW TPACE Bylaws|
Bylaws of NASW/Texas-PACE
(NASW/Texas Political Action for Candidate Election)
During recent years, social workers from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) have sought to renew and strengthen their organized and professional focus in the political processes by forming a state voluntary association for action, know as NASW/Texas- PACE (Political Action for Candidate Election). The purpose of the following charter is to define a political action group for persons who support the purposes of the social work profession in Texas.
B. The common designation for this group shall be the label NASW/Texas PACE or TPACE.
governing such groups as defined in present or future laws for the state of Texas.
B. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for membership renewal and dues requests to be mailed on an annual basis, one month prior to the member's dues renewal date, and members not paying their dues by the end of the following quarter shall be dropped from membership.
C. The Board of Trustees shall have the power to establish additional dues categories as it sees fit.
B. The Board of Trustees shall be composed of no less than seven members, at least four of which shall represent different geographic branches of the State Chapter of NASW. At least two members of NASW/Texas PACE will be current NASW/Texas board members. One member with dual NASW/Texas Board of Directors and NASW/Texas PACE appointments shall be appointed to serve as liaison to the NASW/Texas Board of Directors. The current Executive Director of NASW/Texas or her/his staff designee shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board.
C. The Texas Chapter Board of NASW will appoint the Board of Trustee Members:
to all members of the Board.
H. Unless otherwise stated, all votes of the Board shall be carried by the majority.
B. The Board of Trustees shall have the power to solicit and disburse funds to candidates seeking election to public offices in the state of Texas.
C. The Board of Trustees shall have the power to endorse or disavow candidates.
D. The Board of Trustees will vote upon all major policies and procedures governing funding solicitations and disbursements to candidates and methods for endorsing
or not endorsing candidates.
E. The Board of Trustees may appoint permanent and temporary committees to carry out various activities. Committees may make recommendations to NASW/Texas
PACE on activities and suggested endorsements.
F. The Board of Trustees shall primarily direct their activities towards state candidates.
G. The Board of Trustees may obtain administrative services from the State Chapter of NASW and shall charge such services to the costs of NASW/Texas PACE.
H. No member of the Board of Trustees or its duly authorized committee appointees shall be compensated for performing their duties except for reimbursement of authorized expenses in carrying out these duties.
B. The Board of Trustees shall establish appropriate banking accounts for depositing all dues and contributions and shall have a system of documenting deposits and expenditures. All funds shall be maintained in bank accounts which are separate and apart from the funds of NASW/Texas.
C. The Board of Trustees shall have their records and account audited annually in conjunction with the NASW/Texas audit.
D. The Board of Trustees, with the aid of the Assistant Treasurer or staff designee, shall submit necessary reports on activities as required by the state of Texas.
E. The Board of Trustees may obtain fidelity bonds in such amounts as they determine are necessary.
F. NASW/Texas PACE shall regularly report on its activities to the NASW/Texas PACE membership and NASW/Texas board. Public disclosure of activities shall be in accordance with all applicable laws, and it shall primarily be limited to include reporting requirements of the Texas Ethics Commission or other applicable government agency.
B. The Board of Trustees, as defined in Article V, may develop and adopt programs for solicitation of funds as deemed necessary and proper, and costs of such programs shall be paid out of the organization's assets.
C. No contributor shall have any rights to/or vested interest in the funds held by the TPACE Board of Trustees by reason of their contribution thereto.
B. No Board of Trustees member shall be held liable for any action taken or omitted in good faith, nor for acts of any agent of the Board of Trustees, nor for any act or
omission of any other Board of Trustee member, prior to the date of becoming a member. The Board is authorized to provide indemnification for any member of the Board from liability on any claims or proceedings instituted against him or her and arising out of acts described in this sub-section, and to hold such persons harmless from any expenses connected with the defense, settlement, or payment of monetary judgments on such claims or proceedings to the maximum extent of the Board's assets.
C. By vote of the Board of Trustees, legal counsel may be employed for the Board of Trustees; the costs of this counsel shall be a proper charge against the Board of
B. No section of these by-laws shall be construed to authorize or acknowledge any control by the Texas Chapter of NASW over actions taken by NASW/Texas PACE or to impose any responsibilities or duties upon the Texas Chapter of NASW for actions taken by the Board or its members during their term of office.
If any provision of these by-laws is so construed by a court or agency of the State of Texas, that provision shall be invalid, and the Board shall amend these by-laws in conformity with the requirements of Texas state law and regulations, to preserve the separate existence of NASW/Texas PACE.
C. The Board may vote to amend this charter by a two-thirds vote.
D. In the event that the NASW/Texas Board terminates NASW/Texas PACE, all of the remaining assets and property of the PACE fund shall, after payment of all liabilities and necessary expenses, be distributed to such organizations consistent with the purposes stated in these by-laws, and subject to statutory or other legal requirements of the state of Texas. Such final distribution shall be made by a majority vote of the NASW/Texas PACE Board.
E. Roberts Rules of Order shall guide the procedures and processes of meetings, unless a majority of members shall vote to suspend same.
C. Local committees may contract with NASW/Texas Chapter office for administrative services on a cost per item basis.
Adopted April 1983
Amended October 1983; Amended July 1989; Amended September 27, 1993; August 10, 1994;
January 1996; January 2005; January 2007; October 2007; April 2009.