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Constitution and Bylaws

ARTICLE I- NAME

This organization shall be known as the New Jersey Chapter of the Technology Student Association, and may be referred to as New Jersey Technology Student Association.

ARTICLE II – PURPOSES

Section 1. The general purposes of this organization are:

  1. To develop, through group action, the ability of members to plan together, organize and carry out worthy activities and projects.
  2. To explore technology and technological civilization.
  3. To promote high standards of craftsmanship, scholarship, and safety.
  4. To provide good leisure time and recreational activities and hobbies.
  5. To encourage students in creative expression.
  6. To develop consumer knowledge in students.
  7. To instill desirable habits and attitudes toward the American way of life in students and foster deep respect for the dignity of work.
  8. To provide occupational information and instruction pertaining to a broadrange of occupations, including training requisites, working conditions, salaries or wages and other relevant information.
  9. To provide exploratory experiences in classrooms, laboratories and observations in business or industry to acquaint students with jobs in the occupations.
  10. To assist in providing guidance and counseling for students enrolled in technology education programs in making informed and meaningful choices in selected occupational fields.
  11. To prepare individuals for enrollment in advanced or highly skilled vocational and technical education programs.
  12. To expose students to the responsibility of representing a large membership.

ARTICLE III – ORGANIZATION

Section 1. The New Jersey Chapter of the Technology Student Association is an organization of local chartered associations operating in accordance with a charter granted by the National TSA and the New Jersey Chapter of TSA.

Section 2. Each local chapter of New Jersey TSA will be responsible for all operational activities within that local chapter.

Section 3. Each local chapter is directly responsible to the state association.

Section 4. The administration of New Jersey TSA interests will be vested in the New Jersey TSA Executive Committee made up of all state officers.

Section 5. A state advisor will have the responsibility of carrying out the administrative functions of the New Jersey TSA. The advisor will receive directions from the State Officers.

Section 6. The State Advisor will have the responsibilities of advising the Executive Committee.

Section 7. The New Jersey TSA Executive Committee will consist of all the New Jersey TSA State Officers, and the New Jersey State Advisor. The New Jersey TSA President shall serve as chairperson.

ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. A local chapter must have a group of members on the roll in good standing who meet the conditions specified in Sections 2-6 of Article IV in order to receive a charter.

Section 2. The local association will accept for membership, any student enrolled in or having completed satisfactorily any industrial arts/technology education course.

Section 3. Each local chapter and state association shall be open for membership to all students regardless of race, color, creed, sex, or national origin.

Section 4. Should a member violate the pledge or cast unsatisfactory reflections on the state or local association or school, his or her name may be removed from the active role by two-thirds vote of the members present at the meeting.
Section 5. Membership is limited to students of the Local Education Agency sponsoring the association.

Section 6. An industrial arts/technology education teacher shall be affiliated with the local association as a local TSA associated advisor.

Section 7. Persons engaged in the fields of education, business, and industry, who have manifested a sustained interest in the welfare of industrial/technological pursuits, may be elected to honorary membership and enjoy all rights and privileges of the association except holding office or voting.

Section 8. Former active members in good standing may obtain alumni membership after separation from school by paying annual dues, but cannot hold office or have the right to vote.

ARTICLE V – OFFICERS/VOTING

Section 1. The officers of the State Association shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter, and Sergeant-at-Arms.

Section 2. Only active members of Level 1 or Level 2 chapters will be eligible for state office. To be eligible to serve as officers, students must obtain the written approval of an industrial arts/technology education teacher and the school principal.
Section 3. Officers shall be elected and installed during the annual State Competitive Events Conference of the New Jersey TSA and will serve through the following year’s Competitive Events Conference.

Section 4. The Executive Committee must fill, by appointment, any vacancy except the President, which is filled by the Vice-President, for the remainder of the term.

Section 5. Officers shall serve from the State Competitive Events Conference to the State Competitive Events Conference and may be re-elected.

Section 6. State officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the voting delegates during the State Competitive Events Conference.

Section 7. Each chartered chapter is eligible to nominate two candidates. If a chapter has a candidate for President or Vice-President, the remaining candidate must run for one of the remaining four offices. If a chapter chooses not to run a President or Vice President candidate, the chapter may run two candidates for the remaining offices.

ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS

Section 1. A State Leadership Conference may be held each year with the time and place to be designated by the Executive Committee.

Section 2. A minimum of one state meeting shall be held each year.

Section 3. Parliamentary procedure for all meetings of New Jersey TSA shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order, Revised.

ARTICLE VII – ATTENDANCE

Section 1. All Executive Committee members shall be expected to attend all Executive Committee meetings.

Section 2. Three unexcused absences may invalidate Executive Committee membership, requiring two-thirds vote to reinstate.

Section 3. Regular school excuses shall be accepted as valid excuses for absences.

ARTICLE VIII – INITIATIONS

Section 1. A candidate for the Executive Committee must be elected and initiated as a state officer at the annual State Competitive Events Conference.

Section 2. Initiation shall be conducted by the outgoing Executive Committee.

Section 3. If an Executive Committee candidate not be present at the annual State Competitive Events, Conference, he or she will be initiated at the first Executive Committee meeting by the State Advisor.

ARTICLE IX – QUORUM

Section 1. A quorum at New Jersey State Executive Committee meetings shall be three of the elected state officers.

ARTICLE X – MOTTO AND CREED

Section 1. The motto of the New Jersey Chapter of the Technology Student Association will be: “Learning to Live in a Technical World”.

Section 2. The creed of the New Jersey Technology Student Association will be:

“I believe that Technology Education holds an important place believe there is a need for the development of good attitudes concerning work, tools, materials, experimentation, and processes of industry.

Guided by my teachers, artisans from industry, and my own initiative, I will strive to do my best in making my school, community, state, and nation better places in which to live.

I will accept the responsibilities that are mine. I will accept the theories that are supported by proper evidence. I will explore on m my own for safer, more effective methods of working and living.

I will strive to develop a cooperative attitude and will exercise tact and respect for other individuals.

Through the work of my hands and mind, I will express my ideas to the best of my ability.

I will make it my goal to do better each day the task before me, and to be steadfast in my belief in my God, and my fellow Americans.”

ARTICLE XI – EMBLEM AND COLORS

Section 1. The TSA emblem is a rectangular shape with three parts. The middle section and the largest part of the emblem contains the letters TSA in a very large bold print. The letters are white on a blue background. Below these letters and about 1/3 the size, is the name of the association – Technology Student Association – in white letters on a red background. The top portion of the emblem is a blank red rectangular space, the same size as the bottom area. This portion is intentionally left blank so that each state can put their own name on the emblem if desired.
The logo is a modern, futuristic symbol that represents the association’s commitment to technology and its impact on the future.

Section 2. The colors of TSA shall be scarlet (red), white and blue.

A. Scarlet (red) – represents the strength and determination of the technology education students and teachers to obtain their goal.

B. White – represents the high standards, morals, and religious beliefs we hold.

C. Blue (navy) – represents the sincerity of the technology education students and teachers in obtaining greater knowledge of our technical world.

ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION

Section 1. A. Amendments shall be suggested by the active members of the association.

B. Amendments shall be submitted in writing to the TSA State Advisor and signed by at least two members.

C. The State Advisor will present in writing the proposed amendments to the State Executive Committee, at least (45) days prior to any State Conference.

D. The State Executive Committee will submit, in writing all proposed amendments to each local association for study at least (21) days prior to any state conference.

E. Two-thirds vote of the delegates present shall be necessary for its adoption.

NEW JERSEY CHAPTER OF THE TECHNOLOGY STUDENT ASSOCIATION BYLAWS

ARTICLE I

All provisions contained in these by-laws shall be considered a part of the Constitution of the New Jersey chapter of the Technology Student Association.

ARTICLE II

The principal offices of the State Association shall be located at the Local Education Agency who is managing the grant as determined by the New Jersey Department of Education.

ARTICLE III – ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1. State Association

A. State officers shall be elected by delegates who have been selected by the local associations. Each local association is entitled to two (2) delegates for the purpose of electing officers and transacting business of the state association.
B. To be eligible for a state office, a student must be an active member of a NJ-TSA chapter.
C. Candidates for state office must be in grades 9-12 when he or she serves as an officer.
D. Nomination of state officers shall be submitted on a nomination form to the executive secretary at least three weeks before the annual state election.
E. All voting shall be by ballot.
F. Graduating seniors are not qualified to hold a state office.

Section 2. Vacancies

A. Vacancies that occur for state offices due to the lack of candidates for that office, may be filled by either of the following methods:

  1. nominations from the floor, during the election of state officers
  2. or by appointment of the NJ-TSA Executive Committee

B. A vacancy occurring in the unexpired term of the state president shall automatically be filled by the Vice-President.
C. A vacancy occurring in the unexpired term of the office of Vice-President, Secretary, Reporter, Treasurer, or Sergeant-at-Arms may be made by appointment of the executive committee.

ARTICLE IV – DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1. President

President shall:

  1. Preside at and conduct all meetings according to Parliamentary procedure.
  2. Make necessary committee appointments including the designation of committee chairpersons.
  3. Develop with the Executive Committee a program of work for his or her term of office.
  4. Call upon other officers to take the chair when necessary or desirable.
  5. Keep all association activities progressing in a satisfactory manner.
  6. Represent the association in outside activities.

Section 2. Vice-President

Vice-President shall:

  1. Assist the President.
  2. Serve as the President in the absence of the President.
  3. Succeed the President in case of vacancy.
  4. Be chairperson of the membership and program committees.
  5. Meet with and be responsible for all committees.

Section 3. Secretary

Secretary shall:

  1. Record, prepare and read minutes at each meeting.
  2. Count and record member votes when taken.
  3. Read correspondence and communications at meetings.
  4. Keep the association’s permanent records.
  5. Post notices to members pertaining to associational activities and send invitations to guests.
  6. Be responsible for all occasional correspondence.
  7. Call the meeting to order in the absence of a presiding officer.

Section 4. Treasurer

Treasurer shall:

  1. Report all financial standings at each meeting.
  2. Keep an accurate record of receipts and payments.
  3. Obtain and present ideas and suggestions for increasing the treasury and financing club activities.
  4. Prepare annual budget.

Section 5. Reporter

Reporter shall:

  1. Serve As editor of The New Jersey Beacon, the official newsletter of NJ TSA.
  2. Prepare articles for publication.
  3. Contact local chapter reporters requesting articles for publication in the NJ Beacon.
  4. Act as Historian of the association.
  5. Keep news clippings and pictures of all club activities in the association’s publicity and record book. Assist with the planning and arranging of association exhibits.

Section 6. Sergeant-at-Arms

Sergeant-at-Arms shall:

  1. Arrange the meeting room and care for chapter paraphernalia.
  2. Attend the door during meetings and welcome visitors.
  3. Take charge of candidates prior to and during installation.
  4. Assist with entertainment, refreshments, and other details connected with programs.
  5. Serve as the Parliamentarian for each state meeting.

Section 7. State Advisor

State Advisor shall:

  1. Work with local, regional, state officers, and sponsors.
  2. Notify local advisors upon receiving the local association’s affiliation application.
  3. Advise the chapter officers and members in all matters concerning NJ TSA.
  4. Serve as the Executive Advisor and carry out the association business under the direction of the Executive Committee.
  5. Maintain professional participation.

ARTICLE V – FINANCE AND DUES

Section 1.
A. State membership dues shall be fixed by the State Executive Board. They are to be sent to the National TSA with state dues.
B.National dues shall be as set forth by National TSA. They are to be sent to the National TSA with state dues.

Section 2. All state funds shall be used to conduct the NJ TSA organization.

Section 3. Property at the state level shall belong to the State Association.

ARTICLE VI – COMMITTEES

Section 1. Executive Committee

A. All elected state officers, national officers who live in New Jersey and the State Advisor of NJ TSA shall be members of the Executive Committee.
B. The state President will act as chairperson of this committee.

Section 2. Program Committee

A. The Vice-President shall serve as chairperson with two other members.
B. This committee shall be responsible for the educational and recreational portion of the program.

Section 3. Membership Committee

A. The President will appoint a committee of three members with the advice of the state advisor.
B. Promotion of new membership shall be the responsibility of this committee.

Section 4. Special Committees

A. Special committees may be appointed by the President whenever deemed necessary.
B. The chairperson of these committees will be appointed by the President.

ARTICLE VII – OFFICIAL DRESS CODE

Section 1. Dress

A. Official TSA Dress
Blazer: navy blue with TSA patch
Tie or Scarf: scarlet red
Shirt or blouse: white, with collar
Pants or Skirt: light gray
Socks: black or nylon hosiery

B. Business-like attire will minimally be considered to include:
Collared shirt/blouse
Long pants (preferably dress slacks)
Dresses/skirts
Dress shoes

ARTICLE VIII – REPORTS

The state association shall report the names of newly elected officers and local chapters each year through the New Jersey State TSA Advisor to the National Association.

ARTICLE IX – AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS

Section 1.
A. Amendments shall be suggested by the active members of the association.
B. Amendments shall be submitted in writing to the TSA State Advisor and signed by at least two members.
C. The State Advisor will present in writing the proposed amendments to the State Executive Committee, at least (45) days before any state conference.
D. The State Executive Committee will submit, in writing all proposed amendments to each local association for study at least (21) days before any State Conference.
E. Two-thirds vote of the delegates present shall be necessary for its adoption.

ARTICLE X – CODE OF ETHICS

We will conduct ourselves in such manner as to be a credit to our organization, our schools, and our state at all times by:

1. Respecting the rights of others.
2. Respecting the property of others.
3. Practicing courtesy at all times.
4. Being honest and sincere.
5. Being conscious of our personal appearance and dressing appropriately.
6. Taking pride in our organization and its works.
7. Controlling self behavior and language.
8. Respecting the other persons opinions and being tactful with any criticisms.
9. Demonstrating fair play in all competitive activities.
10. Sharing educational experiences with others.

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