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CONSTITUTION OF THE
OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM PERSONNEL
(As Ratified 4/84, and Amended 6/87, 10/88, 2/94,
4/05, 2/07, 4/07 & 1/09)
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of the organization shall be the KENTUCKY ASSOCIATION OF
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM PERSONNEL and may be abbreviated to
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be:
(1) to serve as a single unit of representatives for the collective programs which meet
the special criteria set by the United States Department of Education for serving
disadvantaged students and persons within the Commonwealth of Kentucky;
(2) to serve as the initial step toward furthering state, regional, and national special
(3) to facilitate various activities designed to advance the professional development of
personnel within these programs and the continued growth of the students and persona
involved with these programs;
(4) to plan and execute inter-project activities to bring together students from various
regions of the Commonwealth, Southeastern Region, and the nation; and
(5) to coordinate and communicate among local, regional and national organizations for
mutual growth and development of services to students, for timely efforts to promote
programs, and for facilitation of program related activities.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
Membership in KAEOPP shall be of four types: Professional, Associate, Affiliate, and
(1) Professional membership in KAEOPP shall be limited to those persons, including
instructional staff, actively engaged in the administration or general operation of TRIO
programs located in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Persons qualifying for
Professional Membership should spend a significant and continuing portion of their
professional appointments involved in the concern of the disadvantaged student. Each
professional member is entitled to one vote and is eligible to hold office as delineated in
ARTICLE IV of this constitution.
(2) Associate membership is generally available to clerical and support personnel
working in TRIO programs located in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Associate
members are entitled to register for the annual conference at no charge, but are not
entitled to hold office or vote.
(3) Affiliate membership is available to other TRIO professionals or persons who do not
qualify for Professional Membership under the provisions of ARTICLE 111, SECTION 1.
Affiliate members must pay conference registration fees and are not entitled to hold
office or vote.
(4) Lifetime membership is conferred by action of the Executive Board of KAEOPP.
Lifetime members are entitled to attend any organization function free of charge, are
entitled to vote, but are not entitled to hold office.
(5 Membership dues will be required annually of all Professional, Associate, and Affiliate
(a) Membership dues shall cover expenses approved by the Executive Board.
(b)The membership dues are set by the recommendation of the Executive Board
and approved by a two-thirds majority of the membership present at any
business meeting or by mail ballot of the total membership. Notification of the
recommendation to change the membership dues must be given to the full
membership a minimum of ten (10) days prior to the vote.
(c) The membership year for KAEOPP shall be October I - September 30.
(d) There shall be no proration of membership dues.
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS
(1) Officers for KAEOPP shall be elected biannually at the regular or special called
meeting, or by mail or electronic balloting on or before March 15 of each election year,
shall assume responsibilities at the end of the Spring KAEOPP final business meeting,
and shall be for a term of two years.
(2) The elected officers shall be a PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENT, SECRETARY,
TREASURER, AND TWO EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS-AT-LARGE.
(3) Officers may serve a maximum of two full terms in the same office.
(a) If the position of an elected officer becomes vacant during the term of office,
the President can appoint a person to fill the unexpired term with a two-thirds
approval vote of the Executive Board. Notice is given to each program when
such appointments are made.
(b) If an elected officer fails to carry out the duties and responsibilities of his/her
position, that officer may be removed from office as follows:
(1) The Executive Board, by a two-thirds majority vote, shall have the
power to remove an officer. Removal of an officer may be effected, when it
is in the best interest of KAEOPP to do so.
(2) Before final action may be taken with respect to the removal of an
officer, a notice of intent to remove must be approved by a majority of the
members of the Executive Board present. The affected officer must be
notified in writing of the vote and advised of the reasons for the action in a
written statement of particulars. The affected officer shall have thirty (30)
days from the time of the vote to effect remedial actions or otherwise bring
him/herself in compliance with the purposes, by-laws, and best interest of
(3) At the time, at which the Board will make a final decision on a motion
to remove, the members of the Board shall reconsider its vote, reviewing
any remedial steps taken by the affected officer. A two-thirds vote of all
members of the Board shall be necessary to approve a motion to remove
(4) Any officer removed from office will be replaced in accordance with
ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4 a.
(5) Duties of officers are as follows:
(a) PRESIDENT: The President shall be the chief elected officer of KAEOPP,
presiding at all meetings. The President shall, with the advice and consent of the
EXECUTIVE BOARD, make all appointments to both standing and ad hoc
committees, and may delegate additional duties to the officers. The President
shall be an ex-officio member of all standing and ad hoc committees, and shall
sign the minutes of all meetings after approval. The President has the power to
appoint individuals to fill unexpired terms in accordance with ARTICLE IV,
SECTION 4 of this constitution.
(b) VICE-PRESIDENT: The Vice President shall assist the President and perform
the duties delegated by him/her. In the absence or disability of the President,
he/she shall have the powers and shall perform all the duties of the President.
The Vice-President shall serve as the SAEOPP Conference Committee
(c) SECRETARY: The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings and conduct
correspondence, letters and notices. The Secretary shall also be responsible for
coordinating the KAEOPP Newsletter.
(d) TREASURER: The Treasurer shall collect and have custody of all dues and
other funds. The Treasurer shall also make disbursements as directed by the
Executive Board and make a written financial report annually. The Treasurer
shall certify membership in KAEOPP and assist with conference registration. The
Treasurer will be chair of the Membership Committee and ex-officio member of
the Finance Committee.
(e) MEMBERS-AT-LARGE: The Members-at-Large shall be known as the
Conference Member-at-Large, and the Service Member-at-Large.
(1) Conference Member-at-Large shall be responsible for organizing and
coordinating both the annual fall conference and the spring meeting of the
organization. This Member-at-Large will be chair of the Conference
(2) Service Member-at-Large shall be responsible for compiling and
distributing the annual KAEOPP directory. This Member-at-Large will be
chair of the Awards Committee.
(f) PAST PRESIDENT: The Past President shall chair those committees
designated by the President. The Past President shall perform all other duties
and responsibilities as requested by the President.
ARTICLE V - EXECUTIVE BOARD
(1) The Executive Board shall consist of the elected officers of the organization and the
(2) Board meetings shall be held with time and place to be arranged at the discretion of
the President. Notification of fifteen (15) or more working days must be made to Board
members of any Board meeting.
(3) To conduct business, a quorum of two-thirds of the members of the Board must be
ARTICLE VI - COMMITTEES
(1) All committees, with the exception of the Executive
Board, will be appointed bi annually by the President. A committee chair
shall not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms as chair of the same
(2) Standing committees for KAEOPP shall consist
of Conference, Awards, Development, Membership, Archives, TRIO Alumni Society,
Public Relations, Student Initiatives, Finance, Constitution, State Advocacy, Nominating
(3) Ad Hoc committees shall be established at
the discretion of the President.
(4) Duties and composition of the Standing and
Ad Hoc committees will be detailed in the KAEOPP Policy Manual and will
be distributed to Committee Chairs at the time of their appointment.
(1) All committees, with the exception of the Executive Board, will be appointed bi-
annually by the President.
(2) Standing committees for KAEOPP shall consist of Conference, Awards,
Development, Membership, Archives, TRIO Alumni Society, Public Relations, Student
Initiatives, Finance, Constitution, State Advocacy, and Nominating
(3) Ad Hoc committees shall be established at the discretion of the President.
(4) Duties and composition of the Standing and Ad Hoc committees will be detailed in
the KAEOPP Policy Manual and will be distributed to Committee Chairs at the time of
ARTICLE VII - VOTING RIGHTS
Each Professional and Lifetime member in good standing of KAEOPP shall be entitled
to one vote. Voting shall be by mail or electronic ballot sent to all members or by voice
vote at business meetings.
ARTICLE VIII - RESTRICTIONS
AND STATE RIGHTS
Nothing in the constitution shall be valid which
is in conflict with mandates of regulations of the United State Department
of Education or the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENTS
(1) This constitution may be amended or changed only if the amendment is approved
by a two-thirds majority of the voting members who are present or by a two-thirds
majority of the voting members responding through a mail or electronic ballot, providing
the proposed amendment(s) or change is known to the membership ten (10) working
days prior to the vote.
(2) The KAEOPP President, in conjunction with the KAEOPP Board, with input from the
KAEOPP Constitution Committee, shall be authorized to make non-substantive changes
to the KAEOPP Constitution as necessary for such purposes as name or title changes,
correcting typographical errors, correcting grammatical/punctuation/spelling errors and
updating citations/cross references.
ARTICLE X -
Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with accepted parliamentary practice and a
parliamentarian shall be appointed prior to all business and board meetings. The
assembly shall constitute a quorum when the majority of the members who are
registered as attending an event are present.
ARTICLE XI - DISSOLUTION
Upon the dissolution of the corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more
exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to
the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any
such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the court of Common Pleas of
the county in which the principal office or the corporation is then located, exclusively for
such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said court shall determine
which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
ARTICLE XII - INDEMNIFICATION
(1) KAEOPP hereby indemnifies each member of the Board and Officers, as described
in Article IV hereof for the defense of civil or criminal actions or proceeding as
hereinafter provided and, notwithstanding and provisions in these bylaws, in a manner
to extent permitted by applicable law.
(2) KAEOPP hereby indemnifies each of its officers aforesaid, from and against any
and all judgments, fines, amounts paid in settlement, and reasonable expenses,
including attorney’s fees actually or necessarily incurred or imposed upon or asserted
against him or her by reason of being or having been such an officer and acting within
the scope of his or her official duties, but only when the determination shall have been
made judicially that he or she reasonably believed to be acting in the best interest of
KAEOPP and in the case of a criminal action or proceeding, in addition had no
reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was unlawful. All determinations to
the foregoing by the officers shall be in reliance upon the advice of independent legal
council on questions asked.
(3) Every reference herein to a member of the KAEOPP Board shall include every
officer thereof or former officer thereof. This indemnification shall apply to all
judgments, fines, amounts paid in settlement, and reasonable expenses described
above whenever arising, allowable as above stated. The right of indemnification herein
provided shall be in addition to any and all rights to which any officer of KAEOPP might
otherwise be entitled and the provisions hereof shall neither impair nor adversely affect
ARTICLE XIII - LIMITATION OF ACTIVITIES
(1) KAEOPP is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable and
educational purposes within the meanings of Sections 170(2)(B), 501(c)(3), 2522(1)(2)
of the Internal Revenue code. No part of the net earnings of KAEOPP shall inure to the
benefit of or be distributable to its officers or other private individuals or organizations
organized and operated for a profit (except that KAEOPP shall be authorized and
empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and make payments
and distributions in furtherance of the purposes hereinafter stated). No substantial part
of the activities of KAEOPP shall be the conducting of propaganda or otherwise
attempting to influence legislation, and KAEOPP shall not participate in or intervene in
(including the publication or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf
of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other
provisions herein, KAEOPP shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried
(a) An organization exempt from federal income taxation under Section 505(a) of
the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501 (c)(3)
of such code;
(b) An organization described in Section 509(a) (1), (2), or (3) of the Internal
Revenue Code as the case may be;
(c) An organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170
(c)(2) or 2552 (1) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code.
ARTICLE XIV - IMPLEMENTATION
This constitution and bylaws shall be implemented and go into effect as per decision
and schedule of the ratifying vote.
Amended: 6/87 – Article IV(b)
Amended: 10/88 – Article III(5)(c)
Amended: 2/94 – Article IV (1) and (5)
Amended: 4/98 – Article III, Article IV(1) & (5), Article V, Article VI (2) & (3), Article X
Amended: 4/05 – Article X
Amended: 2/07 – Article IV (1) and Article VI (2)
Amended: 4/07 – Article VI (2)
Amended: 1/09 – Article I, Article II, Article III, Article IV, Article VI, Article VII, Article
IX, Article XII, Article XIII, and Article XIV