Oklahoma Council for History Education, Inc.

Article I.  Name

This association shall be known as the Oklahoma Council for History Education, Inc..

Article II.  Statement of Purposes

The Oklahoma Council for History Education is organized and maintained to:

Advocate and advance the study and teaching of history in schools throughout the state;
Encourage and support the development and implementation of meaningful and effective history curriculum and instruction;
Provide a program of professional activities for history educators and students;
Provide for educational and professional interaction among those with an interest in history.

Article III.  Membership

   Section I.  Active Members

      Active membership in the OKCHE is offered to all those who are committed to the stated purposes of the organization. 

      Active members are required to pay their regular membership dues, and are eligible for all privileges of such membership, including the

      right to vote and hold office.

   Section II.  Dues

      The annual membership dues will be determined by the Board of Directors. 

Article IV.  Administration

   Section I.  The Board of Directors

            A.  The administration of the OKCHE shall rest with the officers and the Board of Directors.

            B.  The Board of Directors shall consist of:

                  1.  A maximum of ten members elected by the active membership in accordance with the provisions of this constitution.

                  2.  The Executive Committee

            C.  Each Director, excluding officers, shall be elected to a three-year term.

            D.  The Board of Directors shall be responsible for establishing all OKCHE policies, and shall delegate to the Executive Committee

                  responsibility for implementing all delineated policies, directives, and/or programs.

   Section II.  The Executive Committee

            A.  The Executive Committee shall consist of the five officers of the OKCHE—President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer,

                  elected by the active membership in accordance with the procedures defined in the Constitution, and the immediate Past-President

                  of the Council;

                  1.  Every two years the OKCHE membership shall elect a President-Elect, a Secretary, and Treasurer.

                  2.  Upon completion of a two-year term in that office as President-Elect, the individual shall become President of the Council for two


                  3.  After a two-year term as President, the individual shall assume the role of Immediate Past-President for two years.

            B.  Officers on the Executive Committee shall sit as voting members of the Board of Directors.

            C.  The officers of the OKCHE shall be responsible for carrying out the following duties:

                  1.  The President shall:

                       a.  call all scheduled meetings of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and the general membership of the OKCHE;

                       b.  chair all Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and General Membership meetings of the Council;                       

                       c.  submit periodic reports on the status and activities of the organization to the general membership and NCHE

                   2. The President-Elect shall:

                       a.  chair all Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and general membership meetings in the absence of the President;

                       b.  coordinate Oklahoma regional colloquia;

                       c.  assume additional specific duties and/or responsibilities duly designated and assigned by the President, Executive

                            Committee, or the Board of Directors;

                       d.  become the “Acting President” in the event the President resigns or is unable to complete the term of office.

                   3. The Secretary shall:

                       a.  record and appropriately distribute minutes of all Executive Committee, Board of Directors and general membership meetings

                            of the OKCHE;

                       b.  handle all correspondence necessary to the purpose and functions of the OKCHE, including notification of all meetings.

                    4. The Treasurer shall:

                        a.  develop the annual OKCHE budget;

                        b.  collect and bank all OKCHE money, including dues payments;

                        c.  disburse, with the approval of the Board of Directors, all money necessary to the efficient and effective functioning of the


                        d.  maintain all financial records of the OKCHE;

                        e.  file all tax forms with the appropriate State and/or Federal agencies;

                        f.  file periodic Treasurer’s reports with the Executive Committee, the Board of  Directors, and the general membership of the


                    5.  The Immediate Past President Shall:

                         a. Take on the role of the President in the absence or vacancy of the President and President-Elect.

   Section III: Elections

            A.  The Board of Directors shall develop a slate of officers and directors to be voted on by the membership.

            B.  Only active members shall vote and/or hold office in the OKCHE; each member casting his/her vote by electronic means by

                  December of the appropriate year.

            C.  Officers and directors shall assume office on January 1st.

            D.  If vacancy(ies) exist, the Board will fill the vacancy(ies) for the remainder of the term(s).

Article V. Dissolution

If the Oklahoma Council for History Education shall be dissolved as an organization at any time in the future, all money left in the Treasury will be donated to the Oklahoma Historical Society, 2100 N. Lincoln, OKC 73105.

Article VI. Amendments

   Section 1.  Proposal

                     Any member of the OKCHE may submit a proposed amendment to the Constitution.

   Section 2.  Submission to Membership

                    The Board of Directors shall discuss all proposed amendments to the Constitution, and then present its recommendations, and a

                    copy of the proposed amendment, to the active members.

   Section 3.  Vote

                    The constitution shall be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of the active members by electronic means within the time frame

                    designated on the ballot.

 Article VII.  Ratification

    The constitution shall be ratified by a two-thirds majority of the active members.






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