Proposed Changes: LRTA Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation

The following are potential changes to the LRTA Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation as reviewed and passed by the LRTA Bylaws and Executive Committees. LRTA members will vote on these changes during the LRTA Election. Ballots will go out in January 2019 along with the Winter Newsletter. 

Red words with strike-through indicate language that will be omitted. Green and/or underlined words indicate language that will be added.

Here are downloadable links to view the full versions of the LRTA Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation.

LRTA Bylaws Revisions 

(per the Bylaws and Executive Committee)

ARTICLE III:  MEETINGS OF THE ASSOCIATION

Section 1:  The Association shall hold semi-annual meetings:  a Spring Meeting (April) and a Fall Meeting (October).

ARTICLE IV:  OFFICERS

Section 3:  The appointive officers shall be Executive Director, Historian, and Parliamentarian.  These officers shall be appointed in accordance with the Bylaws.

ARTICLE V:  ELECTIONS AND TERMS OF OFFICE

Section 1:  Elected officers of the Association shall be elected by simple majority vote on an official ballot unless officers are elected by acclamation, as stated in Article IX, Section 8. Official ballots, sent to voting members by direct mail, must be received in the Association office at least 30 days prior to the Association’s Spring Meeting.

ARTICLE VI: DUTIES OF OFFICERS—ELECTIVE ED AND APPOINTIVE ED

Section 1: The President shall:

     d. Serve as ex officio member, with voting privileges, of all committees of the Association, except the Nominating Committee.

ARTICLE VI: DUTIES OF OFFICERS—ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE

Section 4:  The Executive Director shall be named and confirmed by the Executive Committee. The Executive Director’s responsibilities shall include:

ARTICLE VI: DUTIES OF OFFICERS—ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE

Section 4: The Executive Director shall be named and confirmed by the Executive Committee.The Executive Director’s responsibilities shall include:

     b.  As Fiscal Officer, the Executive Director shall:

          4. Pay all bills within budgetary limitations approved by the President according to the annual budget approved by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VI: DUTIES OF OFFICERS—ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE

Section 4: The Executive Director shall be named and confirmed by the Executive Committee.The Executive Director’s responsibilities shall include:

     b.  As Fiscal Officer, the Executive Director shall:

          6. Maintain signature authority for the president, the executive director and the assistant director on all LRTA bank accounts.  Ensure that two authorized signatures are affixed to any check written to negotiate payment for LRTA obligations.  Ensure that any check written for a non-customary expenditure over the amount of $5,000 has two authorized signatures.  In the event the Executive Director is unable to sign check(s) written to negotiate payment for LRTA obligations, the Assistant Director shall be given temporary signature authority by the Executive Director.  If the Executive Director is unavailable to grant said authority, permission may be granted by the Executive Committee.  Obtain approval from the president prior to the negotiation of payment for any item(s) costing $1,500 5,000, or more, which were not previously approved by the LRTA Executive Board in the LRTA operating budget for any given fiscal year.  Maintain a surety bond on all employees who possess signatory authority.

ARTICLE VI: DUTIES OF OFFICERS—ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE

Section 5:  The Historian shall keep a permanent record of the activities and the accomplishments of the Association.  The Parliamentarian shall be named by the President and confirmed by the Executive Committee, and shall be a member of the Bylaws Committee.

ARTICLE VI: DUTIES OF OFFICERS—ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE

Section 7:  Appointive officers shall be named by the President and confirmed by the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE VII: COMPOSITION AND DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD AND THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1:  The Executive Board shall be composed of the elected officers of the Association, plus the president of each district association, the Immediate Past-President, the retired teacher representative members of the Board of Trustees of the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana in an advisory capacity, the a retiree employee representative member of the Office of Group Benefits Policy and Planning Board in an advisory capacity, and the state president or comparable official of AARP-Louisiana in an advisory capacity., and the incumbent president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents—Retired in an advisory capacity.  Members who serve in an advisory capacity are non-voting members of the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VIII:  COMMITTEES

Section 2:  The standing committees shall be:  Audit, Budget, Bylaws, Legislative, Membership, and Program Planning and Development, and Public Relations.

ARTICLE IX:  DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEES AND OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Section 5:  Legislative Committee:  The Legislative Committee shall keep the Association informed on the implications of legislation as it relates to retired teachers, shall devise plans for cooperation with other educational organizations concerning legislation, and shall stimulate active interest in legislation particularly for retired teachers.  Only those retirement bills adopted and endorsed by the Association shall be sponsored for adoption by the Louisiana Legislature.  The Legislative Committee shall serve as liaison between districts and local units of retired teachers and the Association regarding legislation.  The committee shall meet at least once each year to prepare and recommend to the Executive Board the annual legislative priorities and positions on retirement legislation.  These priorities and positions must be approved and can may only be amended by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE IX:  DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEES AND OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Section 6:  Membership Committee:  The Membership Committee shall be chaired by the state First Vice-President and shall stimulate the organization of local units of the Association and NRTA:  AARP’s Educator Community The chairman shall consult with the Executive Director from time to time periodically about membership enrollment in the Association.

ARTICLE IX:  DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEES AND OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Section 7:  Program Committee:  The Program Committee shall be chaired by the state Second Vice-President and shall seek to enhance the programs and services at the district and local levels.  The committee shall plan programs for such special meetings as the Executive Board might direct.

ARTICLE IX:  DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEES AND OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Section 8:  Public Relations Committee:  The Public Relations Committee shall devise ways and means of interpreting the ideals and purposes of the Association to other educational groups and to the public.  The committee shall keep the Association informed of civic and educational activities of other organizations.  An emblem or decal shall be devised for use in Association activities.

ARTICLE IX:  DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEES AND OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Section 9 8Nominating Committee:  The Nominating Committee shall be chaired by a member of the committee elected by the committee membership.  The committee shall nominate at least two active Association members for each statewide position to be filled according to these Bylaws, if at least two are nominated to the committee.  In the event that only one nominee is named for each statewide elected position in a particular election, those nominees will be declared elected by acclamation and a statewide election by ballot is not required.

ARTICLE X:  ELECTION OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Section 1:  The Executive Board shall establish five (5) areas of the state where membership numbers shall be corresponding to each other as nearly as possible.  Before January of each odd-numbered year beginning in 2011, No later than the Executive Board meeting during the LRTA Fall Meeting in even-numbered years, each district in an area shall submit one name of an active Association member in that district to be placed in nomination for a Nominating Committee member in the established area.  One Nominating Committee member from each area shall be elected by a majority vote of official ballots for a two-year term beginning at the close of the Spring Meeting.  Official ballots will be sent to all Association voting members by direct mail, and must be received in the Association office at least 30 days prior to the Spring Meeting.

ARTICLE XI:  MEMBERSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS

Section 2:  Active and Lifetime Members:   Any person retired from an educational institution in Louisiana is eligible to become a voting member of the Association provided that person is, (1) a member of the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana, or (2) retired from the teaching profession in Louisiana and has paid dues to the Association.

ARTICLE XI:  MEMBERSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS

Section 2:  

                  Lifetime Members:  Any person retired from an educational institution in Louisiana who became a voting lifetime member of this Association during the period of April 1, 1996 through March 31, 2006, or after April 1, 2008.

ARTICLE XII:  FISCAL YEAR AND DUES

Section 2: Lifetime Members:  For members age 79 and under, dues for a lifetime membership in the Association shall be set at 20 times the amount of dues for   active members. For members age 80 and over, dues for a lifetime membership in the Association shall be set at 10 times the amount of dues for active members.

ARTICLE XIV:  DISTRICT ASSOCIATIONS

Section 8:  Louisiana shall be divided into eleven  Association districts.  The Executive Board has the authority to change association districts as outlined in Section 6., e Each district is composed of certain parishes, as follows:

LRTA Articles of Incorporation Revisions 

(per the Bylaws and Executive Committee)

ARTICLE IX

5. The retired teacher members of the Board of Trustees of the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana shall be in an advisory non-voting capacity, and attend all Board meetings.

ARTICLE IX

6. The retired teacher  A retiree representative member of the Office of Group Benefits Policy and Planning Board shall be in an advisory non-voting capacity, and attend all Board meetings.

ARTICLE IX

8. The Incumbent President of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents–Retired shall be in an advisory capacity and attend all Board meetings.

ARTICLE XV

The members of this corporation shall meet twice each calendar year.  There shall be a regular meeting held during the month of April in the City of Alexandria.  The spring and fall meetings shall each be held at a time and place as may be determined by the Executive Board of the corporation.  The Executive Board has the authority to cancel a state meeting.

ARTICLE XVII

The Articles of Incorporation of the corporation may be amended by a majority vote on an official ballot.  Official ballots will be sent to voting members by mail, and must be received in the LRTA office at least 30 days prior to the Spring Meeting.  A copy of the proposed amendments shall accompany the ballot.  An amendment to the Articles of Incorporation may be proposed in writing to the Executive Board by the Constitution and Bylaws Committee or any active member.

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