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Printable Bylaws, updated 2014

Epsilon Sigma Phi, the extension professionals' organization, is dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the Extension System and developing the Extension profession and professional.

The following are the Bylaws for the Alpha Delta Chapter:

ARTICLE I – Name and Mission

Section 1. Name:

The name of this organization shall be Alpha Delta Chapter, Epsilon Sigma Phi, The National Honorary Extension Fraternity, herein referred to as ESP.

Section 2. Mission:

ESP is dedicated to fostering the standards of excellence in the Extension System and developing the Extension Profession and professional.

ARTICLE II - Purpose

Section 1. Purpose:

The purpose of ESP is:

  1. to serve exclusively as a charitable and educational organization within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).
  2. to recognize excellence in the Extension community.
  3. to provide opportunity for networking, fellowship and collaborative efforts.
  4. to foster leadership development through mentoring Extension professionals in the philosophy and professional practice of Extension education.
  5. to facilitate professional development.

ARTICLE III – Membership

Epsilon Sigma Phi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action fraternity. Epsilon Sigma Phi is committed to the active involvement of all its members regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Epsilon Sigma Phi values and seeks a diverse membership.

Section 1. Qualifications:

The membership of ESP shall consist of duly installed faculty, professional and administrative staff who have held full or part-time Extension appointments for a total of three or more years on June 1, and who shall have displayed a cooperative and helpful attitude toward fellow Extension employees, demonstrated competency in assigned fields of responsibility, and exhibited ability in educational techniques essential to the conduct of an effective Extension program.

Section 2. Classes:

There shall be three classes of membership: A) member, B) honorary, and C) life.

  1. MEMBER. An Extension professional (currently employed by or retired from an entity of the Cooperative Extension System) has exhibited excellence in programming and leadership. Members continue to provide leadership and excellence in Extension programming throughout their career and during retirement.
  2. HONORARY. May be named upon recommendation of the ESP officers and approval by two-thirds of members present and voting at the annual meeting of the Chapter. Honorary members will not pay membership dues to the Alpha Delta Chapter. A proposal of honorary membership must be accompanied by a detailed statement showing the meritorious service it is proposed to recognize.
  3. LIFE MEMBERSHIP. Members who are retired from the Cooperative Extension System, may obtain a paid-up life membership by paying an amount equal to five times the National dues at the time of the purchase of paid-up life membership or may be made as installment payments over a two year period. These members hold equal rights and privileges to those paying annual dues.

Section 3. Transfer of Membership:

Active members in good standing in another chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi may transfer upon:

  1. making request to Alpha Delta Chapter.
  2. paying initiation fee and being initiated.
  3. paying annual dues.

Section 4. Termination of membership:

After one year of non-payment of dues, membership in ESP will be terminated. A person can be reinstated by payment of dues.

ARTICLE IV - Business

Section 1. Fiscal Year:

The fiscal year of Alpha Delta Chapter shall begin on the first day of October and end on September 30 of the following year.

Section 2. Meetings:

The annual meeting of the Alpha Delta Chapter shall be held in conjunction with the Extension Professional Associations of Florida, Inc. meeting. Special meetings may be called by the President or upon written request of twenty percent of the members.

Section 3. Place of Business:

The principal place of business of the Alpha Delta Chapter, Epsilon Sigma Phi, shall be the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

ARTICLE V – Officers, Directors, and Elections

Section 1. Officers:

The officers of ESP are: President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Analyst, Chaplain, and Immediate Past President.

Section 2. Directors:

The directors are: one from each Extension administrative district, one from state faculty, and one from life members/retirees.

Section 3. Terms of Office:

The Treasurer shall be appointed annually by the President with the ratification of the membership with the option of re-appointment. All other officers are elected annually. District Directors serve a two-year term with half elected each year, according to the standing rules.

Section 4. Election:

The nominating committee shall present a slate of officers at the annual business meeting. ESP members present will vote, with election by majority vote.

Section 5. Assumption of Duties:

The officers and directors will assume their duties upon adjournment of the annual meeting at which they are elected. In the event of no annual meeting, the officers and directors will assume their duties at the conclusion of the election by mail (postal or electronically) or some alternative process approved by the Board of Directors.

Section 6. Filling Vacancies:

In the event of a vacancy, Board of Directors shall appoint a member to complete the term of office.

ARTICLE VI – Functions of Officers and Directors

Section 1. President:

The President shall preside at all ESP meetings. The President shall appoint all chairs and committee members necessary to carry out the business of ESP.

Section 2. President-Elect:

The President-Elect shall assume the duties of the President in his/her absence. The President-Elect shall appoint a Co-chair of each standing committee, who will become the chair the following year.

Section 3. Secretary:

The Secretary shall keep accurate records of honorary members and all meetings of the Executive Board and annual business meeting.

Section 4. Treasurer:

The Treasurer shall keep the official record of all membership and an accurate record of all monies. He/she shall also serve as chair and liaison between the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors.

Section 5. Analyst:

The Analyst shall serve as Chair of the Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee. He/she shall be responsible for keeping updated biographical information on each member.

Section 6. Chaplain:

The Chaplain shall have official charge of all religious and memorial services.

Section 7. Directors:

Directors will represent the area in which they serve, attend Board meetings, and encourage membership and participation of members.

Section 8. Immediate Past President:

The Immediate Past President shall give counsel to the Board of Directors, chairs nominating committee

ARTICLE VII - Board Of Directors

Section 1. Members:

The Board of Directors shall consist of fourteen (14) members.

  1. Officers (6) - President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Analyst, Chaplain
  2. The immediate Past President
  3. The seven (7) directors (5 Extension Districts, 1 state faculty, 1 retiree)

Section 2. Meetings:

The Board of Directors shall meet as follows:

  1. In the fall, spring, and prior to the annual meeting.
  2. Additional meetings may be called at the discretion of the President.

Section 3. Duties:

The duties of the Board of Directors are to set policy, transact business of ESP, and keep the membership informed.

Section 4. Conduct Business:

The Board of Directors may conduct business by mail (postal or electronically) or some alternative process approved by the Board of Directors when necessary. A report of each action taken shall be verified and made a part of the minutes at the next Board of Directors meeting.

ARTICLE VIII – Committees and their Function

Section 1. Standing Committees:

  1. Nominating - Chaired by Immediate Past President
  2. Membership Recruitment and Retention
  3. Public Issues
  4. Resource Development and Management
  5. Global Relations
  6. Memorial
  7. Member Services
  8. Audit
  9. Constitution and Bylaws
  10. Finance
  11. Retirees
  12. Abstracts
  13. Annual Report
  14. Webpage Management

Section 2. Function:

These standing committees shall have the following duties. Additional duties may be assigned by the president. Other special committees, as needed, shall be appointed by the President.

  1. Nominating: to prepare the yearly slate of officers.
  2. Membership Recruitment and Retention: to recruit, retain and involve all ESP members and promote an effective working relationship and spirit of fraternal fellowship.
  3. Public Issues: to educate and inform ESP members about public issues and legislative matters affecting Extension programs and personnel needs.
  4. Resource Development and Management: to generate new ideas for resource development and management in order to maintain professional development activities; to increase funds for professional development activities.
  5. Global Relations: to promote the Extension profession and professionalism worldwide.
  6. Memorial: to present at the annual meeting a remembrance program of those past extension professional that have past away since the last annual meeting.
  7. Member Services: to administer and provide leadership to ESP's scholarships, loans, and awards programs.
  8. Audit: to audit the books at the end of the fiscal year.
  9. Constitution and Bylaws: to review bylaws annually submit proposed changes to the Board of Directors for review prior to submitting to the membership; to review chapter standing Rules and Policies annually submitting changes to Board of Directors for approval; to review handbook as needed.
  10. Finance: to prepare and submit proposed budget to the Board of Directors.
  11. Retirees: to recruit, retain and involve retirees and promote continued involvement in ESP.
  12. Abstract: to notify and encourage members to submit abstracts by the established due date. Responsibilities also include presiding and the facilitation of abstract presentations to adhere to the designated time allotment and to secure equipment requested by presenters for abstract presentations.
  13. Annual Report: to solicit information and reports from the officers and the committee chairmen to compile a comprehensive annual report for distribution to the entire membership.
  14. Website Management: To keep the membership up to date with all association business through routine website updates

ARTICLE IX - Meetings

Section 1. Annual Meeting:

The annual meeting of this organization shall be held during the Extension Professional Associations of Florida, Inc. conference for the purpose of furthering the objectives of the ESP, electing and installing officers, receiving reports of officers and committees, and transacting any other business that may arise. If deemed necessary, or if the scheduled annual meeting cannot be held, the President may call a special meeting to transact business with the approval of the Board of Directors. The President shall see that a notice is sent to everyone eligible for membership telling the time and place of such a meeting.

Section 2. Special Meetings:

The President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, may call a special session of ESP and conduct business by mail (postal or electronically) or some alternative process approved by the Board of Directors as necessary.

ARTICLE X - Quorums

Section 1. Membership Quorum:

A quorum at any annual meetings shall consist of 15% of the paid membership shall be present to constitute a quorum at any called or special meeting of the membership.

Section 2. Board of Directors:

A quorum of the Board of Directors shall consist of 50% of the Board of Directors

ARTICLE XI - Financing

Section 1. Membership Year:

The membership year shall be from January 1st to December 31.

Section 2. Initiation Fees:

The initiation fee for ESP shall be set by the National Council. This fee shall be collected by the Alpha Delta Chapter and forwarded to the Secretary/Treasurer of the National Council, Epsilon Sigma Phi, for each member initiated. If a candidate fails to be initiated, he or she may be initiated at a subsequent meeting.

Section 3. Member Dues:

Dues for the coming year are payable according to the Chapter Standing Rules and Policies.

Section 4. Payment:

Each member shall pay annual dues to the treasurer. ESP shall pay dues to the National Council of Epsilon Sigma Phi in accordance with the amount stated in the national constitution.

Section 5. Life Membership Dues:

Members, retired from the Cooperative Extension Service, may obtain a paid-up life membership by paying an amount equal to five times the National dues. Life Members have the option to pay their dues in installments over a two year period.

ARTICLE XII – Dissolution of Organization

On the dissolution of the Association, the entire net assets remaining after payment of any and all liabilities and obligations of the Association shall be transferred to such association or associations organized exclusively for charitable, educational or scientific purposes and shall at the time qualify as exempt association or associations.

ARTICLE XIII - Liability

Epsilon Sigma Phi in no way shall be liable for the acts of individual members of the Board of Directors, nor for officers who may act beyond their authority. Officers individually or collectively shall not be liable for Epsilon Sigma Phi, unless they have acted beyond their authority as officers.

ARTICLE XIV – Non-Profit Corporation

Epsilon Sigma Phi shall conduct business like a non-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.