Chicago Alumni Chapter Bylaws
Delta Sigma Pi
Effective June 2, 2017
Delta Sigma Pi is a Professional Fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity, and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce, and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.
ARTICLE I – NAME
Section 1. Name – This chapter shall be officially known and designated as the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, hereinafter referred to as the “chapter”.
Section 2. Variations in Name – (From National Bylaws, Article I, Section 2) No abbreviations of, departures from, or variations in the name of this Fraternity will be permitted, with exception of the following: Delta Sigma Pi and Deltasig. No abbreviations of, departures from, or variations in the name of this alumni chapter will be permitted, with the exception of the following: Chicago Alumni Chapter and CAC.
ARTICLE II – ORGANIZATION
Section 1. In General – The laws of this chapter shall consist of the Bylaws and Policies of the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, the Interim Edicts of the National Board of Directors; the resolutions of the Grand Chapter Congress; such additional regulations as may be enacted by the Grand Chapter or the National Board of Directors; and the chapter Bylaws and Policies.
Section 2. Franchising Existing Chapter – To be recognized continuously as an alumni chapter, the chapter must complete all franchising requirements noted in the National Policies for refranchising alumni chapters between April 1 and June 30 each year for the upcoming fiscal year.
Section 3. Bylaws – The chapter shall enact Bylaws for local governance, consistent with the laws of Delta Sigma Pi. They shall be typewritten and presented for review and approval by the Executive Director. All proposed amendments must be submitted for approval and do not become effective until so approved. Additional guidance not enumerated in these Bylaws shall be contained and published in a Policies and Procedure Manual.
Section 4. Board of Directors – The Chicago Alumni Chapter Board of Directors shall have full authority to transact all business of the chapter in the interim between all regular and/or specially called membership meetings of this chapter.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in an Alumni Chapter – (From National Policies, Section C, Policy 2) Members joining the Chicago Alumni Chapter must be alumni in good standing. Membership in the Chicago Alumni Chapter is not to be exclusive or limited by standards enacted by any individual alumni chapter. Thus, alumni are welcome to join one or more alumni chapters. Members joining multiple alumni chapters are required to designate one as their primary alumni chapter affiliation for official National Fraternity records. If a member listed by more than one alumni chapter fails to designate one as primary, it will be assumed that their primary alumni chapter is the one in closest proximity to their permanent mailing address.
Changes in primary alumni chapter affiliation are prohibited during the months of July and August (for purposes of fairness and management of the alumni awards program). It is suggested that such changes be made along with the refranchising, prior to the annual June 30 deadline.
ARTICLE IV – ELECTIONS
Section 1. Nominations for Officer Elections – Nominations for officers must be submitted and received by the Nominating Committee, chaired by the Vice President – Chapter Operations, at least 14 days prior to the election.
Section 2. Officer Elections – All Officers and Directors of this chapter shall be elected by ballot, a majority of all ballots being cast necessary to elect. The last item of business at the Annual Membership Meeting of this chapter, which shall be held in the month of June each fiscal year following the James B. Connellan Memorial Golf Outing, shall be the swearing in of all officers and directors newly elected.
Section 3. Qualifications for Office – No one may be an Officer or Director of this chapter, nor vote at any meeting of this chapter, unless their chapter dues as a voting member for the current fiscal year are paid in full and they are not in arrears for any other amount due the chapter.
Section 4. Reporting Officers to Central Office – The Vice President – Chapter Operations must report new officers to Central Office within seven (7) days of an election.
Section 5. Length of Office Term – All Officers and Directors of this chapter shall hold office for a period of one (1) year and/or until their successors are duly elected.
Section 6. Vacancies – Upon the vacancy in any office or directorship, the President may appoint a temporary successor in office to serve until the next Board Meeting at which time the Board shall vote to fill the vacancy for the balance of the term.
Section 7. Tenure in Office – No President shall serve for more than four (4) consecutive full terms. No Vice President shall serve in the same position for more than eight (8) consecutive full terms.
Section 8. Recall of any Officer or Board Member – Any Officer or Board Member may be recalled (removed from office) for good cause. Initiation of the recall process requires the approval of two-thirds (2/3) of the Chicago Alumni Chapter’s Board of Directors, or two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members of the Chicago Alumni Chapter, in each case excluding the Officer or Board Member being considered. Upon initiation of the recall process, charges must be presented in writing, and shall specify the particular act or acts complained of, the time and place of the commission thereof, or the circumstances surrounding the reasons for requesting a recall. Such charges shall presented to the office of the President, or in the case that the President is the member being considered, to the Vice President – Chapter Operations. After consideration of the charges, the issue will be subject to a vote of the Board. The Officer or Board Member may be recalled from office pending a seventy-five percent (75%) vote of the Board, excluding the Officer or Board Member being considered.
ARTICLE V – PUBLICITY
Section 1. This chapter shall issue a newsletter as frequently as may be deemed advisable by the Board. Copies of each issue shall be emailed and/or mailed to each member of this chapter in good standing, and also to:
- Central Office of Delta Sigma Pi
- North Central Provincial Vice President
- Great Lakes Regional Vice President
- Great Lakes District Directors
- Great Lakes Collegiate and Alumni chapters
Section 2. The chapter article and other material for publication in The DELTASIG Magazine shall be prepared and mailed by the DELTASIG Correspondent to The Central Office in advance of announced deadlines.
ARTICLE VI – INDIVIDUAL DISCIPLINE
Section 1. Any member of this chapter may be disciplined in accordance with the National Bylaws of the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi.
ARTICLE VII – FOUNDERS’ DAY
Section 1. Appropriate ceremonies shall be held by this chapter on November 7th of each year, or as near thereto as possible, to commemorate the founding of the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi.
ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS
Section 1. These Bylaws may be repealed, modified, altered, or amended, or new Bylaws adopted, at any regular or specially called Board meeting by a majority vote of Officers. Nothing shall be in these Bylaws requiring anything of the entire chapter (voting and non-voting members) except the definition of a member and membership dues, which are determined by the Board. Should a Bylaw be proposed affecting the entire chapter it must be approved by a majority vote of all voting members of this chapter present and voting. Also, provided that due notice by mail of the proposed changes shall have been sent to the most current address on file for all such members of this chapter in good standing at least twenty (20) days preceding the date of said meeting. A removal of this wording will be the same process as implementing Bylaws affecting the entire chapter (i.e. majority vote of all voting members and mailed at least twenty (20) days preceding the meeting). All proposed amendments to these Bylaws shall be submitted in advance for review and approval by the Executive Director, and do not become effective until so approved.