ARTICLE I - NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The County Nominating Committee will make a preliminary report at the January Representative Council meeting of all positions available.
Nominations may also be made by petition. Petitions must contain the signatures of at least 5% of the total active membership of the GCEA or the signatures of at least 75 such members, whichever is less, with at least 5 such signatures from each of at least 5 local affiliates.
Balloting, if necessary, shall take place as part of the regular NJEA election.
NJEA election rules shall determine the election results.
Should a vacancy in office occur between elections, it shall be filled through recommendation of the President and approved by the Executive Committee. Vacancies which occur one year or more before the end of the term shall be filled by a special election at a regular Representative Council meeting. Nominations for said vacancies shall be made at the Executive Committee meeting preceding the Rep Council. Nominations may also be made by petition as stated in Section 2.
ARTICLE II - TERMS OF OFFICE
The incoming officers shall take office on the first day of September following the election.
Each officer shall be elected for a term of the following and may succeed himself/herself for no more than one additional term.
Any officer appointed to fill an unexpired term who serves in that office for more than half of the association year shall be considered as having served one year.
The immediate Past President shall continue as a member of the Executive Committee and Representative Council until there is a new Past President.
Four Members-at-Iarge shall be elected for two-year terms to be elected in the even number years as follows:
A member from GCREA will act as a liaison between GCREA and GCEA.
ARTICLE III - DUTIES OF OFFICERS
The President shall preside at all Executive Committee meetings and all meetings of the Representative Council. He/She shall sign all orders drawn upon the treasury. The President, with the approval of the Executive Committee, shall appoint all standing and special committees. He/She shall call all meetings, suggest policies and shall be held responsible for the progress and work of the association.
In the absence of the President, the 1st Vice-President shall perform all duties belonging to the Office of the President, assist the President as needed, and coordinate all activities of the retirement reception.
In the absence of the President and the 1st Vice-President the 2nd Vice President shall perform all duties belonging to the Office of the President, assist the President as needed and coordinate all the county activities at the NJEA Convention.
The Secretary shall keep a permanent record of all meetings of the association including the Executive Committee and the Representative Council. As directed by the President, he/ she shall carry on the correspondence pertaining to the affairs of the association. Minutes of the Representative Council shall be posted on the GCEA website two weeks after the regularly scheduled meetings, labeled “draft” until approved by the representative council.
The Treasurer shall receive all funds belonging to the association, pay out the same on submission of vouchers approved and signed by the President and Secretary or 1st Vice President, keep an itemized account of receipts and expenditures, and shall make a monthly written report and an annual written report at a regular meting of the Association upon receipt of the audit.
All Association checks shall be cosigned by the President and treasurer. If either the President or Treasurer is unable to sign, the second signatory shall be the 1st Vice President.
During a year when the officers change, at least one transition meeting between the old and new officers shall be held during the summer to facilitate the change in leadership.
ARTICLE IV - STANDING COMMITTEES
There shall be four standing committees carrying out the functions outlined below. Each committee shall consist of members representing different groups in the association and appointed for the term of the Association officers.
Each standing committee shall meet at the call of the Chairperson.
Section 3 - Legislative Action Team (LAT)
The Legislative Action Team (LAT) shall have a broad concern for state and national legislation affecting the interest of the association, its members and the students in the county, and shall work to secure legislation of benefit to our members. It shall participate in political action campaigns and encourage members to vote. The LAT shall be chaired by the NJEA Government Relations & Congressional Contact chairpersons from GCEA.
Section 4 - Nominations Committee
The Committee shall prepare a list of names of candidates to be presented to the Rep Council at the February meeting. The NJEA Elections Committee Rep from GCEA shall chair the nominations committee. No officer of the Association shall serve on the Committee. The Committee shall be formed using the NJEA Elections Rules.
Section 5 - Pride Committee
The Pride Committee, under the direction of the Executive Committee appointed GCEA Chairperson, shall seek to develop public understanding of the purposes and programs of the association and of the values and importance of public education. It shall develop procedures by which the association can work cooperatively with parents and public in civic, fraternal and social organizations and through all available channels of communications. It shall keep the members informed through flyers and newsletters.
Section 6 - Budget Committee
The Budget Committee shall propose to the Executive Committee a budget for the Association each year. Members of the Budget Committee shall have full and complete access to all financial and other records of the Association pertinent to the preparation of the annual budget. Members of the Committee including the chair shall be appointed by the President.
ARTICLE V - SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Special committees may be appointed by the President as deemed necessary by the Representative Council or the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VI - DUES
Dues for part-time members as defined by NJEA will be one-half (1/2) regular dues if they are eligible for this from NJEA. Dues for new members in January shall be one-half (1/2) regular dues if they are eligible for this from NJEA.
Any increase in the rate of dues or levy of general or special assessment shall be approved by a majority vote of the Representative Council using the one-person-one-vote principle.
The fiscal year of the association shall begin September 1 and end August 31.
ARTICLE VII - PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE
Robert's Rules of Order shall be the authority on parliamentary procedure on all matters not covered by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association.
An agenda will be presented at each meeting. The following can be used as a guide: