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Chapter Bylaws

Preamble

That academic excellence among two-year college students may be nurtured; that opportunity may be provided for leadership training; that an intellectual climate may be promoted for an interchange of ideas and ideals; and that scholars may be imbued with desire for continuing education, we dedicate ourselves as fellows of Phi Theta Kappa. Among us membership is a privilege earned by qualifications, honor and service. In the conduct of our activities, truth shall be our quest, diligence our staff, and achievement our purpose.

Article I-Name of Society and Chapter

The name of this society shall be Phi Theta Kappa. The name of the Moraine Valley Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa shall be Alpha Iota Lambda.

Article II-Purpose of Chapter

The purpose of Alpha Iota Lambda shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among Moraine Valley college students. To achieve this purpose, Alpha Iota Lambda shall provide opportunities for the development of leadership and service; for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals; for lively fellowship for scholars; and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Article III-Insignia of Chapter

Section I. Emblem
The emblem of this chapter shall be a golden slab, keyed at the top and the bottom. Across the center of the slab is a black enamel band upon which three Greek letters appear, which are the initials of three mystic Greek words symbolizing phronimon (Phi), thuemos (Theta), katharotes (Kappa) and meaning wisdom, aspiration and purity. Behind the band is a wreath, on one side composed of oak leaves and on the other, of laurel. The oak leaves signify stability and strength of character, and the curling leaves of laurel signify achievement and success. Above the band is a representation of the head of Athena, Goddess of Learning; in the base appear the mystic Greek letters meaning light, the light of learning and knowledge. This is the same emblem used for the society.

Section II. Colors
The colors of the Chapter shall be blue, for scholarship, and gold, for purity. These are the same colors used for the society.

Section III. Seal
The official seal of the chapter shall be the same general seal as the emblem. This is the same seal as the society.

Article IV-Membership of the Chapter

Section I. Types of Membership
The chapter shall consist of active and provisional members.

  1. Active Members
    An active member of Alpha Iota Lambda shall be a student who has met the requirements for membership set forth in Article IV, Section 2 of these bylaws, and who has been duly initiated into the chapter; and who maintains the standards required for good standing for active members.
  2. Provisional Members
    A provisional member of Alpha Iota Lambda shall be a student who, in the opinion of the chapter, has shown an active interest in the affairs of the chapter and who serves in some special capacity, but does not meet the full requirements for active membership in the chapter. A provisional member shall not have the right to vote, hold office, or to represent the chapter at meetings of the society.

Section II. Eligibility for Membership
To be eligible for membership in Alpha Iota Lambda, a student must:

  1. Be enrolled in Moraine Valley Community College
  2. Have accumulated 12 credit hours of 100 level classes and above from Moraine Valley Community College. Transfer credits from other colleges/universities are not accepted
  3. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above
  4. Be of good moral character and possess recognized qualities of citizenship of their country

Students who transfer membership from another existing chapter must meet the Alpha Iota Lambda chapter membership eligibility criteria to become an active member of the chapter.

Section III. Active Membership
To maintain active membership, a student, at the end of each academic term (as defined by the college) shall have maintained a grade-point average of 3.25 and shall have maintained the standards necessary for membership in the chapter.

Section IV. Revocation of Membership
In the event that a member fails to re-achieve the requirements for membership stated in Article IV, Section 3, of these bylaws after his or her probation period, his/her name shall be removed from the chapter membership rolls.

Article V-Executive Board and Executive Committee

Section I. Executive Board
Alpha Iota Lambda shall have an Executive Board.

  1. Officers of Executive Board
    The Executive Board shall consist of eight officers: a president, vice president of leadership, vice president of fellowship, vice president of service, vice president of scholarship, recording secretary, public relations secretary, and treasurer.
  2. Responsibilities of Officers
    The responsibilities of the of the Executive Board officers shall be listed in the chapter's bylaws.
  3. Terms of Office
    No member of Alpha Iota Lambda shall serve as an Executive Board officer for more than two school years.
  4. Election of Officers
    Officers on the Executive Board shall be elected by a majority vote of the assembled members in the meeting held for the purpose of electing Executive Board members.
  5. Removal of Officers
    Officers of the Executive Board may be removed at any time by a three-fourths vote from the assembled members of any meeting.
  6. Resignation of Officers
    In any case when an officer must resign from office, an election shall be held to elect a new officer. Nominations shall be made from the floor and will be made at the first meeting following the resignation of the officer. The election will be held at the first meeting following nominations. Plurality of the votes cast will determine the new officer. The president shall have the power to make a temporary appointment at his/her discretion until an election can be held.

Section II. Duties of the Executive Board
Duties of the president, vice president of leadership, vice president of fellowship, vice president of service, vice president of scholarship, recording secretary, public relations secretary, and treasurer.

  1. President
    Duties
    1. Preside over all business meetings
    2. Appoint and establish any necessary committees
    3. Vote only in case of a tie
    4. Serve as an ex-officio member on all committees
    5. Present business to the organization
    6. Represent the organization at all times
    7. Submit all reports of five star status to the regional coordinator and international headquarters
    8. Appoint a committee to annually review the chapter bylaws
    9. Appoint a committee to prepare the chapter annual report
    10. Assist officers with individual award entries for international and regional award competitions
  2. Vice President of Leadership
    Duties
    1. Head all committees relating to leadership activities
    2. Keep record of all leadership activities of chapter members
    3. Report current status to chapter members and advisor
    4. Perform all duties of president in the event of his/her absence
    5. Assist President with maintaining information for five star updates and hallmark award entries
    6. Complete leadership award entry for international and regional competitions
  3. Vice President of Fellowship
    Duties
    1. Head all committees regarding fellowship activities
    2. Maintain records of completed projects to complete award submissions
    3. Complete fellowship hallmark award entries for international and regional Award competitions
    4. Assist president with maintaining information for five star updates and hallmark award entries
    5. Report current status to chapter members and advisor
    6. Oversee new member recruitment tables on campus
  4. Vice President of Service
    Duties
    1. Research current volunteer opportunities in the Moraine Valley Community College district
    2. Responsible for recruiting volunteers for projects
    3. Responsible for reporting progress to the chapter officers
    4. Head of all committees regarding service projects
    5. Complete service hallmark award entries for International and Regional Award competitions
    6. Assist president with maintaining information for five star updates and hallmark award entries
  5. Vice president of Scholarship
    Duties
    1. Head all committees Honors Study Topic
    2. Report all activities and progress to the chapter members and advisor
    3. Arrange for Honor Study Topic activities
    4. Recruit members to assist with projects
    5. Complete scholarship hallmark award entries for international and regional award competitions
    6. Assist president with maintaining information for five star updates and hallmark award entries
  6. Recording Secretary
    Duties
    1. Take and read all meeting minutes
    2. Maintain records of all meetings
    3. Maintain a file of chapter correspondence
    4. Serve on the committee reviewing the chapter's annual report
    5. Assist chapter officers in the completion of individual hallmark award entries
  7. Public Relations Secretary
    Duties
    1. Keep a full record of all chapter functions
    2. Draft all press releases from the chapter for the Glacier and Moraine Valley's College and Community Relations Department
    3. Prepare and maintain the chapter yearbook for regional and international conventions
    4. Serve as editor for the chapter newsletter
    5. Submit newsletters to regional coordinator and headquarters
    6. Assist chapter officers in the completion of individual hallmark award entries
  8. Treasurer
    Duties
    1. Serve as fundraising chairperson
    2. Organize all fund raisers, on and off campus
    3. Recruit members to assist with fund raisers
    4. Track financial status of the chapter
    5. Report progress to the Executive Board and chapter members
    6. Assisting chapter officers in the completion of individual hallmark award entries

Article VI. Chapter Advisor

The chapter advisor shall be appointed by the Moraine Valley Community College administration. In addition to carrying out the duties as stated in the Phi Theta Kappa constitution and bylaws, Chapter IV, Section 5, the chapter advisor shall be responsible for overseeing the completion and submission of membership report forms, student profile forms, and fees to headquarters. The advisor shall be a non-voting member of the chapter.

Article VII-Meetings and Procedures

Section I.
There should be such meetings of the chapter as deemed necessary and proper as provided for within in this section.

  1. Chapter Meetings
    The local chapter shall meet twice a month.
  2. Special Meetings
    The president of the chapter with the approval of the Executive Board may convene any special meetings of the chapter, or any sub-group thereof, as may be deemed necessary and proper for the resolution of the business of the chapter, or for any other purpose not contrary to these bylaws.

Section II. Procedure
The procedural rules governing the meetings of the chapter shall be Roberts Rules of Order, except in regards to voting. The chapter rules on voting shall be fixed by the chapter's bylaws.

Article VIII-Finance

Section I. Tax Exemption
The chapter shall be operated exclusively for educational purposes and shall be exempt from taxation under Section 501 @ (3) in the Internal Revenue Code. No part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any private individual except that reasonable compensation shall be paid for services actually rendered.

Section II. Fees
Chapter fees shall be $10.

Section III. Expenditure of Funds
All fees, donations, grants, and other types of financial income shall be expended for the purposes of this chapter.

Section IV. Salary
No member of Alpha Iota Lambda will receive a salary.

Section V. Financial Obligations
No financial obligation shall be incurred by any active or provisional member of Alpha Iota Lambda.

Section VI. Costs Incurred
Any member incurring any cost while representing Alpha Iota Lambda in a way acknowledged by the chapter advisor shall be reimbursed by a signed voucher from the treasurer of the chapter.

Section VII. Membership Fees
All members must pay chapter, regional and international fees prior to induction.

Article IX. Amendments

Section I. Bylaws
The bylaws of Alpha Iota Lambda may be amended at any time in the following manner:

  1. Written amendment will be submitted to the president of the Chapter.
  2. The amendment shall then be read to the general assembly on two different occasions before it is voted on.
  3. The amendment shall then be voted on by the general assembly. A two-thirds affirmative vote by the assembled members shall approve the amendment.

Section III. Prohibition of Amendments
Amendments shall not prevent the chapter from operating exclusively for non-profit educational purposes and in a manner which makes the chapter tax-exempt nor prevents the deduction of donations from taxable income to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Service.

Article X-Implied Powers

In the event that a situation of importance arises which has not been explained in these bylaws, the president may act in a way he/she sees fit, after he/she has consent from the rest of the Executive Board and chapter advisor.

Article XI-Ratification

These by-laws shall be ratified by a two-thirds vote of the assembled members in the meeting of its introduction. Upon ratification, these bylaws will be submitted to international headquarters for approval. Upon international headquarters' approval, these bylaws will become effective. Phi Theta Kappa is committed to the elimination of discrimination based on gender, race, class, economic status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and cultural and religious backgrounds.