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Textile and Apparel Association Constitution  



The purpose of this organization is to develop continuing professional interests and activities in the field of textiles and apparel through field trips, lectures, films, and workshops. The following articles provide the qualifications for membership, provisions for the election of officers and co-directors, the organizational structure, meeting protocol, and methods for amending this constitution.   

Article I.  Name

Section I:  The name of this organization shall be the Textile and Apparel Association (TAA).

Article II. Purpose, Powers, and Scope of the Organization

Section I:  The purpose of this organization is to develop continuing of professional interests and activities in the field of textiles and apparel.

Section II:  The organization hosts an annual student design exposition, which serves to develop leadership and team skills as well as creative skills in the professional arena.

Section III:  Other activities are to include field trips to visit businesses in the textile and apparel industry, career fairs, lectures, films, and workshops.

Article III. Qualification of Membership

Section I:  Regular members shall be any student within any major at the University of Northern Iowa who exhibits interest in the area of textile and apparel

Section II: Honorary members shall be faculty members and other persons who have attained distinction in the area of textile and apparel or who have promoted the welfare of this movement by their interest or effort.

Section III:  Only regular dues-paying members may hold office, be chairpersons of standing committees, and vote upon matters that concern the organization. Honorary members shall enjoy all other privileges of membership.

Section IV:  Dues are to be set by the executive board per semester and per year to be paid upon request. Payment of dues and participation in fundraising events must be completed to be considered members and to be allowed to participate in and receive partial funding for special events.

Section V: Assessment may be made of members with their sanction in those cases deemed necessary.

Article IV: Officers of the Organization

Section I:  The elected officers shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three council members.

Section II:
Term of office shall be one year. The officers shall be elected at the final meeting in the spring semester and shall be installed immediately.

Section III:
  The elected officials shall make up the executive council with the advisers. They shall meet whenever necessary. The function of the executive council is to share responsibility of making decisions affecting the organization and to make reports.

Article V: Meetings

Section I:  Meetings shall be held at 3:00pm the first and third Monday of each month when permitted by the University calendar.

Section II: Special meetings may be called by the executive board or advisers.   

Article VI: Amendments
Section I:  This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the membership present and voting at a meeting of the TAA provided that notice of a proposed amendment be given in writing to members at least one meeting prior to the meeting at which it is to be voted on.