ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this organization is the International Chinese Statistical Association, hereafter called the Association.
ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES
The Association is a non-profit organization. The Association is organized, and will be operated, for educational, charitable, and scientific purposes only. Its objectives are:
- to promote the theory and applications of statistical disciplines through scholarly activities, including publication of journals in statistics and probability, scientific meetings, and other educational programs
- to broaden applications of statistical techniques in all areas of society, including industry and government
- to promote better understanding and interest by the general public in statistical methodology and related applications
- to promote better communication through the development of standards and common terminology
- to foster cooperative efforts among educational, research, industrial, and governmental personnel in statistical activities
The objectives are pursued without regard to race, creed, color, sex or nationality.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
The Association may have different categories of members, including but not limited to individuals and organizations. An individual or organization interested in the objectives of the Association may apply to become a member. The right to vote, to sign referendum petitions, to hold office, and to sign nominating petitions shall be limited to individual members
ARTICLE IV. SECTIONS AND CHAPTERS
Sections and Chapters shall be encouraged to develop and explore ways to vigorously pursue the objectives of the Association, including meeting on matters of specialized interest such as current research and findings in a specific area, expository sessions on a single topic, or in-depth discussions of applications in a new field or of a new type.
(i) Sections: Sections may be established by the Board of Directors as provided in the By-Laws in order to promote the objectives of the Association. Each Section shall cover a field of statistical methods, theory, or applications which is sufficiently broad to represent active interests within the scope of the Association. Each member may belong to one or more Sections.
(ii) Chapters: Chapters may be established by the Board of Directors as provided in the By-Laws. All individual members residing in the area served by a Chapter shall be eligible for membership in that Chapter. Other members may join the chapter as local associates.
Only a member of the Association can hold membership in a Section or a Chapter.
ARTICLE V. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors is the policy-making and legislative body of the Association. Its actions are subject to the referendum of individual members as indicated in the By-Laws. The Board of Directors shall consist of at least nine (9) but no more than twenty (20) voting members, including the President, President-Elect, Past President, and one representative from each Section; hereafter the members of the Board will be called the Directors and the representative Director from a Section will be called "Board of Directors Representative". The Executive Director and Treasurer shall serve as non-voting ex-officio members of the Board.
ARTICLE VI. OFFICERS
The officers of the Association shall be the President, President-Elect, Past President, Executive Director and Treasurer. Executive Director and Treasurer are appointed by the Board of Directors and shall be eligible for immediate reappointment after completing a full term as described in Article VIII.
The officers of each Section shall be the Chair, Chair-Elect, Past-Chair, and Secretary-Treasurer and Board of Directors Representative.
The officers of each Chapter shall be the Chair, Chair-Elect, Past-Chair, and Secretary-Treasurer.
ARTICLE VII. METHOD OF ELECTION
Only individual members of the Association may become candidates for offices and Directors. All individual members shall be eligible to vote for the positions of President-Elect, President and Directors for the initial term or if such nominations are made under provisions of the By-Laws. Only the individual members in each Section/Chapter shall be eligible to stand for election and to vote for the officers and Director of that Section/Chapter.
ARTICLE VIII. TERMS OF OFFICE
Once elected to the position of President-Elect, the incumbent shall serve a three-year term. The first year the incumbent shall serve as President-Elect, the second year as President, and the third year as Past President. No Past President shall be eligible for immediate re-election to the office of President-Elect or President after the completion of the term.
Approximately one third of the members of the Board of Directors, excluding the President, President-Elect, and Past President, shall be elected annually to serve a three-year term with the exception that the Board of Directors may provide initial terms of one or two years in order to facilitate election of an approximately equal number of such Directors. The Board of Directors Representative for a Section shall serve a three-year term as a Director. Directors completing a full term shall not be eligible for immediate re-election to the same office.
The Board of Directors shall determine terms of office of five years or less for the Executive Director and Treasurer. The Chair-Elect of each Section or Chapter shall serve a three-year term, the first year as Chair-Elect, the second year as Chair, and the third year as Past Chair. The Secretary-Treasurer of each Section or Chapter shall serve a two-year term, the first year as Treasurer and the second year as Secretary. No chair shall be eligible for immediate re-election to the office of Chair-Elect of the same Section/Chapter and no Secretary-Treasurer shall be eligible for immediate re-election to the office of Secretary-Treasurer of the same Section/Chapter.
Terms of office shall end, and new terms shall begin on January 1, but each office holder shall serve until a successor takes office. No individual may serve in two capacities on the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE IX. COMMITTEES
The Committees of the Association shall consist of the Standing Committees, which are named in the By-Laws, and Ad Hoc Committees which may be established or dissolved by the President with the consent of the Board of Directors as the situation warrants.
ARTICLE X. PUBLICATIONS
Publications of journals and other periodicals, reports, proceedings or other publications may be authorized in the By-Laws or by vote of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE XI. MEETINGS
The Association shall have at least one membership meeting each year held at a time and place designated by the President with the consent of the Board of Directors.
Each Section and Chapter shall also have at least one Section/Chapter meeting each year held at a time and place designated by the Chair with the consent of the Section/Chapter officers.
For a Section/Chapter meeting that is not open to all members of a Section/Chapter, the minute of the meeting shall be provided to members through Internet or regular mails within one-month of the meeting.
ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENTS AND REVISIONS
Amendments to and revisions of the constitution may be proposed by the Board of Directors or by a petition signed by ten percent (10%) of the Association's individual members. An amendment or a revision originated by petition shall be referred to the Board of Directors for its recommendation as to ratification.
Following action by the Board of Directors, the Executive Director shall publish a copy of the proposed amendment/revision and the results of the Board of Directors' vote on recommending ratification in the next issue of a newsletter, inviting comments. At least 30 days shall elapse between publication and the vote on an amendment. If, during this period at least 50 individual members of the Association so petition, the amendment shall be submitted to the individual members for voting. A two-thirds affirmative vote of the members voting shall be required for ratification, provided that the number of affirmative votes exceeds twenty percent (20%) of the Association's individual members. If no such demand for a membership voting is received, the amendment may be ratified or rejected by the Board of Directors. Ratification shall occur whenever two-thirds of the members of the Board of Directors have submitted an affirmative vote within a period determined by the Board of Directors.