UNO Engineering Society Constitution

Article I - Name

Section 1: The name of this organization shall be known as The UNO Engineering Society (abbreviated UNOES)

Article II - Purpose
Section 1: We the engineers of Louisiana, in Order to insure the success and continuation of the College of Engineering at the University of New Orleans, establish the UNO Engineering Society.  We are a society of engineering alumni but not an alumni association.

Section 2: This corporation is organized and it shall be operated exclusively for the purposes of ensuring the legacy and continued development of the University of New Orleans engineering community by facilitating communication and cooperation between present and future University of New Orleans alumni as well as collecting funds for the purpose of supporting and preserving the College of Engineering at the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA; using proceeds from dues to support engineering research, solicit donations, and hold seminars; funding the involvement of engineers for pro bono services in community projects that benefit the general public, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3)of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of and future United States Internal Revenue Laws). 

Section 3: UNOES shall be nonpolitical and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles or for the promotion of the candidacy of any person seeking public office or preferment.

Section 4: UNOES shall be absolutely non-sectarian.

Section 5: As incidental to, and necessary for, the carrying on and conducting the business of this corporation, it may purchase or otherwise acquire, mortgage, pledge, sell, assign, and transfer, or otherwise dispose of, goods, wares, and merchandise of every class and description and conduct the business of this corporation, pursuant with the proposed as herein set forth and not in violation or conflict with the laws of this state and the United States.

Section 6: To purchase, own, develop, manufacture, buy, sell, or deal in the corporate name, and patents, copyrights, etc., growing out of, and in connection with the purposes of this business.

Section 7: Carry on any other business in the connection with the foregoing and to have the exercise all the powers conferred by the laws of Louisiana upon a nonprofit corporation.

Article III – Organization
 Section 1: The Corporation shall enjoy perpetual corporate existence unless sooner dissolved in accordance with law.

Section 2: The Corporation shall be a non-profit corporation and shall have no capital stock.  It shall be operated and maintained by such membership dues and assessments and endowments as the Board of Directors shall determine to be necessary or acceptable for the proper functioning of the corporation.  Under no circumstances shall any of the net earnings or assets of the corporation inure or be distributed to the benefit of its members, directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article II hereof.  The corporation shall neither participate in, nor intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.  Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

Section 4: Upon the dissolution of the Corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all of the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) as the Board of Directors shall determine.  Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the District Court of the parish in which the principal officer of the corporation is then located exclusively for such purposes or to such organization, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

Section 5: Only members in good standing may vote personally or by proxy appointed in writing.          

Section 6: Unless otherwise noted, use of the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter; use of the singular shall include the plural.

Section 7: The location of its registered office is:
116 Gondrella Dr. Belle Chasse, LA 70037

 And the mailing address is:
116 Gondrella Dr. Belle Chasse, LA 70037

Section 8: The names and addresses of its registered agents are as follows:
John C. Lawrence
116 Gondrella Dr. Belle Chasse, LA 70037

Article IV - Eligibility
Section 1:  Membership shall consist of two (2) classes called member and senior member.

Section 2:  A member is anyone meeting at least one of the following criteria.  No dues are required to be a member and they have no voice or vote in the organization.

Anyone who has graduated from the University of New Orleans; College of Engineering
Anyone who has an ABET accredited engineering degree that can show at least one class having been taken at the University of New Orleans College of Engineering in pursuit of a an undergraduate engineering degree.
Anyone currently enrolled in the University of New Orleans College Of Engineering in pursuit of an engineering degree.
Any current or former professor for the University of New Orleans College of Engineering
Has applied for membership and has been approved for membership by an executive board member

Section 3:  A senior member is anyone meeting the criteria above to be a member and is current on yearly dues for UNOES.  In addition any qualifying person listed below and who pays the yearly dues shall be eligible to be a senior member and upon application to the organization and approval from an executive board member.  Each senior member in good standing has a voice and one vote in the organization.

Anyone who is a licensed professional engineer with LAPELS and is a resident of Louisiana

Article V – Officers
Section 1: The officers for UNOES shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary / treasurer and two directors all of whom shall be elected at the annual meeting of the UNOES.

Section 2: Only senior members in good standing can hold office.

Article VI –Board of Directors
Section 1:  Between UNOES meetings, the administrative power of the UNOES shall be vested in the UNOES Board of Directors, which shall consist of all elective officers for the current year and in addition the immediate past president.

Section 2:  The Board of Directors will also be known as the Executive Board.

Article VII – Dues
Section 1:  The annual membership dues of this UNOES shall be payable on June 1st of each year, for the upcoming year.  The amount of the levy and the method of collection of fees, dues, and/or assessments shall be fixed by the Board of Directors.

Section 2: A member whose dues for the current year have not been paid by January first shall be classed as delinquent and shall be suspended from all privileges.  The member can be reinstated by paying past dues limited to three years plus current dues.

Article VIII: Finances
Section 1: The revenue of the UNOES shall be derived from annual membership dues and from other sources.

Section 2: The fiscal year for the organization shall follow the calendar year.

Article IX: Meetings
Section 1: The annual meeting of the voting members of the Corporation shall be held on the third Wednesday day of the month of June, or in the event that date is a legal holiday, on the next thereafter which is not a legal holiday.  It shall be the duty of the President, and upon his failure or neglect, then of the Secretary or any other officer or member, to provide written notices at least ten (10) business days prior to this annual meeting to all senior members entitled to be present; provided, however, that the Board of Directors may by two-thirds (2/3) vote elect to conduct the business of the association by mail ballot in lieu of any annual meeting; provided further, however, that if fifty (50%) percent or more of the members of the corporation demand in writing, served on the President of the corporation, that an annual meeting be held, then the president shall take such steps as necessary to hold a meeting not more than forty-five (45) days form the receipt of such notice but not sooner than ten (10) days from such receipt of such notice.

Section 2: All members may attend but only senior members in good standing will be privileged to participate in the business of a meeting or vote.

Article X – By-Laws
Section 1: The Board of Directors shall have the power to make, amend, and repeal By-Laws to govern this corporation provided they are in accordance with and do not conflict with these Articles.  Changes to the by-laws shall be presented to the membership for approval.  Matters pertaining to capital outlay must be approved by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors.

Article XI – Amendments
Section 1:  This Constitution may be amended at any regular UNOES meeting by vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members attending such regular meeting, provided, that the proposed amendment shall have been submitted in writing, and provided further, that written notice shall have been given to all members at least thirty (30) days in advance of the date which such amendment is to be voted upon, notifying said members at such meeting a proposal to amend the Constitution is to be voted upon.

Article XII – Liability
Section 1: The incorporators, officers, and directors of this corporation claim the benefits of the limitation of liability set forth in LA. R.S. 12:24C (1968, as amended 1987) to the fullest extent allowed by law as fully and completely as though said provisions were recited herein in full.Type your paragraph here.