Constitution

CONSTITUTION of the
PUBLIC RELATIONS COUNCIL OF ALABAMA (1972)


Amended 1975, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1991, 2005, 2010

ARTICLE I: Organization

Section 1. The name of the organization shall be PUBLIC RELATIONS COUNCIL OF ALABAMA; hereafter referred to as the Council. The Council is an autonomous affiliate of the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF).

Section 2. All meetings, including the annual business meeting, shall be called by the Board of Directors, hereafter referred to as the Board, with due prior notice to members.

ARTICLE II: Purpose

Section 1. The purpose of the Council shall be to unite those engaged in the practice of public relations.

Section 2. To promote and seek to maintain high standards of public service and conduct.

Section 3. To exchange ideas, experiences and to collect and disseminate information of value to public relations practitioners and the public.

ARTICLE III: Membership
Amended 1975, 1991, 2005, 2010

Section 1. There shall be five categories of membership: Active, Associate, Sustaining, Student, Charter

A. Active (voting) membership shall be open to persons engaged as full-time practitioners of public relations, or exercising full responsibility for public relations firms or agencies or members of the academic community who provide instruction and/or engage in research in the field of public relations

B. Associate (non-voting) membership shall be open to persons, or other groups with an interest in public relations affairs, as determined by the Board, but whose position or duties exclude them from direct practice of public relations.

C. Sustaining membership shall be open to persons retired from a full-time career in public relations.

D. Student membership shall be open to college students not professionally employed in public relations who are interested in a career in public relations.

E. Charter membership shall be granted to the founding members of the Council. These members shall have honorary status, which includes all the privileges of active membership, but excuses them from payment of annual dues.

Section 2. The Board shall determine procedures for approval of membership applications.

ARTICLE IV : Board of Directors
Amended 1988

Section 1. The affairs of the Council shall be managed by a Board of Directors, meeting bimonthly or on call of the president. The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected officers of the Council, the immediate past president, and the president of each chapter. The SPRF officers from Alabama shall be ex-officio members of the Board without vote.

Section 2. A simple majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of Council business.

ARTICLE V: Officers

Amended 1988, 2005, 2010

Section 1. The officers of the Council shall consist of the president, president-elect, vice president for programs, vice president for membership, vice president for projects/ethics, vice president for education/accreditation, vice president for communications, vice president for student affairs, secretary and treasurer.

Section 2. Officers shall serve a term of one year. Election shall be by written or electronic ballot. Ballots are to be distributed to all active members in good standing at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual start of the next fiscal year.

ARTICLE VI: Dues
Amended 1986

Section 1. Dues shall be set annually by the Board of Directors as per Bylaws, Articles XIII.

ARTICLE VII: Amendments

Section 1. This constitution may be amended by written or electronic ballot upon approval of two-thirds of the voting members.

ARTICLE VIII: Bylaws

Section 1. All matters not embodied within the constitution of the Council may be adopted by the Board as bylaws and shall govern the operation of the Council.