Constitution of the Piano Teachers’ Round Table
Article I. Name and Purpose
Section 1. Name: The name of the organization shall be “The Piano Teachers’ Round Table”.
Section 2. Aims and Purposes: To raise the standard of piano teaching; to promote interests vital to teachers of piano; to develop the appreciation of music; to foster good fellowship in the music profession.
Article II. Officers
Section 1. The government of The Piano Teachers’ Round Table shall be vested in an Executive Board, which shall be composed of the officers and an executive committee of two (2) previous presidents.
Section 2. The officers shall be: President, Vice-President for Programs, Recording Secretary, Corresponding
Secretary, Treasurer and Auditor.
Section 3. The officers and executive board committee shall be elected by the membership biennially at the April business meeting. The President shall be selected from the members serving, or those who have served on the Executive Board.
Section 4. TheCommittee Chairman shall be appointed by the incoming president.
Article III. Membership
Section 1. Any member may present names of applicants for membership.
Section 2. Annual dues for the fiscal year are due in May. The fiscal year shall be from September 1 to August 31.
Section 3. Life Membership: Life membership may be conferred by vote of the Executive Board, upon any current member who has actively supported and served The Piano Teachers’ Round Table for many years.
Article IV. Meetings
Section 1. Regular meetings shall be held monthly from September to May. Executive Board meetings shall be held at the call of the President, or at the request of three (3) members.
Section 2. Five (5) members shall constitute a quorum.
Article V. Election of Officers
Section 1. Each officer shall be elected for a two-year term, and no officer, with the exception of the Vice President, Treasurer, Auditor and Corresponding Secretary shall succeed her/him self.
Article VI. Standing Committees
Section 1. The Standing Committee Chairpersons shall appoint members for the following committees: Hospitality, Membership, Nominating, Historian and Yearbook.
Article VII. Amendments
Section 1. Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by any member of The Piano Teachers’ Round Table, to be approved by two-thirds of the members present. The proposed amendment shall be sent in writing to the whole membership ten (10) days before the meeting at which the amendment will be voted upon.
By-Laws of The Piano Teachers’ Round Table
Article I. Duties of the Executive Board
Section 1. The Executive Board shall make definite plans to realize the purpose of The Piano Teachers’ Round Table, and shall constantly, with the cooperation of the entire membership, keep these plans in working condition.
Article II. Duties of the Officers
Section 1. The President shall preside at all the regular meetings and shall perform all other duties pertaining to this office.
Section 2. The Vice President for Programs shall serve at regular meetings in the absence of the President and shall arrange programs for the regular meetings, selecting subjects for discussion that will be of benefit to the members.
Section 3. The Recording Secretary shall serve at the regular meetings in the absence of the President and the Vice President for Programs and shall keep the minutes of the regular meetings and the Executive Board Meetings.
Section 4. The Corresponding Secretary shall attend to the correspondence of The Round Table, and shall send notifications to the members in advance of the regular monthly meetings.
Section 5. The duties of the Treasurer shall be to care for the funds of the organization, to collect dues, to make disbursements by order of the Executive Board and to render an account at business meetings, or at any other time, upon request of the membership.
Section 6. The Auditor shall audit the books once a year and make a report concerning the same.
Article III. Dues
Section 1. Annual Dues: Annual dues are payable in May. If not paid no further newsletters will be sent and both membership in The Round Table and listing in the Round Table directory will be terminated.
Section 2. New Members: Those interested in joining after March 1 may pay dues at half price entitling them to full membership for the remainder of the year.
Section 3. Life Members: Life members are exempt from paying dues.
Article IV. Duties of Committees
Section 1. The Hospitality Committee shall have charge of the social arrangements of The Round Table.
Section 2. The Nominating Committee of three (3) members previously appointed by the President shall arrange a slate of officers and executive board members to be presented at the March meeting.
Section 3. The Historian shall keep all historical and current materials of the organization.
Section 4. Special committees may be appointed by the President as needed.
Article V. Meetings
Section 1. The election of officers and the two (2) members of the executive committee shall take place at the April meeting biennially. The slate of officers and executive committee members shall be mailed to the entire membership ten (10) days before the April meeting. Nominations from the floor may be made by any member, with previous consent of the member to be nominated. Two-thirds of the vote shall constitute a majority.
Section 2. The time and place of The Round Table meetings shall be selected by the Executive Board.
Section 3. Special meetings of the Executive Board may be called by the President, or at the request of three (3) members.
Section 4. Guest speakers and performers may receive an honorarium, money towards travel expenses (if from out of town), and a complimentary lunch. Panel speakers may be given a complimentary lunch.
Article VI. Contests
Section 1. No contests shall be held.
Article VII. Amendments to the By-Laws
Section 1. Amendments to the By-Laws may be proposed by any member of The Piano Teachers’ Round Table, to be approved by a majority of members present. The proposed amendment shall be sent in writing to the whole membership ten (10) days before the meeting at which the amendment will be voted upon.