SSWAA Board Approves New Bylaws.
Friday, September 10, 2010
The SSWAA Board of Directors, has approved a bylaws change that will, among other things, reestablish state affiliates. States that choose to affiliate with SSWAA will be given a vote on the newly created Delegate Assembly. The proposed new bylaws are shown below.
SSWAA members will be asked to vote on these bylaws after 30 days. Major changes are shown in BLUE text.
School Social Work Association of America
Article I – Name AND MISSION
The name of this organization shall be the School Social Work Association of America, hereafter referred to as SSWAA. SSWAA is a not-for-profit organization organized exclusively for the purpose of improving the conditions of the profession of school social work within the meaning of Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The School Social Work Association of America empowers school social workers and promotes the profession to enhance the social and emotional growth and academic outcomes of all students.
Article II - Purpose
The purposes of SSWAA are:
1. To strengthen the profession of school social work by maintaining and increasing the number of school social workers employed by local education agencies across the nation.
2. To offer opportunities for ongoing professional development.
3. To open nationwide channels of communication and information sharing.
4. To respond in a timely and efficient manner to the changing needs of school social workers.
5. To influence public policy and educational issues.
6. To demonstrate school social workers’ effectiveness through evaluation and research.
7. To assist school social workers in creating linkages among home, school and community on behalf of students and their families.
8. To mentor persons providing school social work services to achieve the highest professional standards.
Article III – Membership
Section 1. Membership Categories
A. Full: A person shall be eligible for Full Membership when the applicant:
(1) meets the state’s requirement for the position of school social work, however, that position is titled in a given state, and is employed by a public or private school or state education agency; or
(2) has an MSW and is employed by a public or private school that provides school social work services; or
(3) meets the state’s requirement for the position of school social work and who is actively employed as an administrator or supervisor; or
(4) is a university faculty person involved in school social work instruction or supervision; or
(5) is a person with school social work experience.
B. Affiliate: A person eligible for Full Membership may become an Affiliate Member if retired or unemployed. Affiliate Members have all the rights of Full Members.
C. Student: A person shall be eligible for Student Membership if enrolled in college level study of social work with an interest in school social work and shall have all the rights and privileges of Full Membership with the exception of holding office.
D. Associate: A person shall be eligible for Associate Membership when the applicant is a professional person working in an agency or an organization. Associate Members may not have voting rights or hold office but may receive all other benefits associated with Full Membership.
Section 2. Membership extends for one year from the date of enrollment.
Section 3. Annual Dues. The annual dues structure is set by the Board of Directors in consultation with the DELEGATE ASSEMBLY, the Finance Committee and the Executive Director.
Section 4. Rights of Members
All members shall receive the rights and privileges accorded their membership categories. FULL AND AFFILIATE MEMBERS SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO SERVE AS MEMBERS OF THE DELEGATE ASSEMBLY AND SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ELECTION TO THE SSWAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS. All members are entitled to one vote in elections for officers and the Board of Directors, and on any other business as determined.
ARTICLE IV – STATE AFFILIATES
Section 1. ORGANIZATION OF STATE AFFILIATES
ANY STATE SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK ASSOCIATION CONSISTING OF AT LEAST 15 MEMBERS MAY APPLY TO BECOME A STATE AFFILIATE OF SSWAA, HOWEVER, SSWAA WILL RECOGNIZE ONLY ONE AFFILIATE PER STATE.
Section 2. FORMATION OF STATE AFFILIATES
A. STATE ASSOCIATIONS THAT DESIRE TO BECOME AFFILIATES SHALL SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL TO THE SSWAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
B. THE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT-ELECT OR VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE STATE ASSOCIATION MUST BE MEMBERS OF SSWAA.
ARTICLE V - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. THE SSWAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS SHALL CONSIST OF THE OFFICERS AND UP TO EIGHT ELECTED MEMBERS, INCLUDING ONE ELECTED MEMBER AT LARGE FROM EACH OF THE FOUR REGIONS, AS DEFINED IN SSWAA POLICIES, A REPRESENTATIVE FOR PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND PRACTICES, AND A REPRESENTATIVE FOR UNIVERSITY RELATIONS.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall conduct and control necessary SSWAA
business between DELEGATE ASSEMBLIES, approve the annual SSWAA budget AND OVERSEE ALL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND ACCOUNTS , establish priorities and goals; receive and act upon all reports of the Executive Committee and Board Committees; receive and act upon petitions; establish legislative priorities and positions; be empowered to hire and oversee personnel necessary to carry out SSWAA’s function; and exercise such other power as delegated by these By-Laws, and/or SSWAA policies .
Section 3. All Board of Directors members shall be SSWAA members in good standing.
Section 4. Board Appointees. The president, in consultation with the Executive Committee, may appoint two SSWAA members to the Board of Directors to serve concurrently with the president if required to fulfill organizational needs.
Section 5. Terms of Office
A. Voting board members may not serve more than six consecutive years, with the exception of the president who may serve AN ADDITIONAL TERM AS PRESIDENT ELECT, PRESIDENT AND AS PAST PRESIDENT