CONSTITUTION OF THE
NORTH EAST ASSOCIATION FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING TECHNOLOGY
ARTICLE l: THE ASSOCIATION
Section 1: Name
The name of this self-governing organization in the North East
Association for Language Learning Technology, hereafter referred
to as NEALL. NEALL is an official Regional Chapter (made up of
the U.S. states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania)
of the International Association for Language Learning Technology,
hereafter referred to as IALLT.
Section 2: Purpose
NEALL, like its parent organization IALLT, is a professional
non-profit membership organization working toward the goal of
improving language instruction through the use of technology.
Its purpose is to promote more effective use and a better under
standing of technology-based instruction in language resource
centers at all levels of education and training.
Section 3: Membership
Any person or organization sharing the purposes and objectives
of NEALL may become a member upon payment of fees as set up by
the NEALL Board. Full members (those academic members paying dues)
have all privileges of membership. Associate Members (commercial
members and those not paying dues) have all privileges of membership,
except that they are not eligible to hold office or participate
in the election of officers. Membership is from March to February.
Section 4: Earnings
All earnings are to be used solely to achieve the purposes of
the Association and are not to be used for the personal benefit
of any member or private person.
Section 5: Dissolution
Upon dissolution of the Association, the Executive Board of Directors
shall after paying or making provision for the payment of all
the lawful debts and liabilities of the Association, distribute
all of the assets of the Association among such non-profit organizations
having similar aims and objects as shall qualify as an exempt
organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision of any future United
States Internal Revenue law. The Executive Board shall determine
the priorities of distribution.
ARTICLE II: GOVERNANCE AND OFFICERS
Section 1: Governance
The determination of policy and the direction of affairs of NEALL
are the responsibility of the Regional Board, whose members are
elected and function as described in Section 2. Every member of
the Regional Board must be a Full Member in good standing of NEALL;
the President must also be a Member in good standing of IALLT.
Section 2.0: Elected Officers
The officers of the Association who make up the Regional Board
are President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer.
Section 2.1: President
The President presides at all meetings, conducts the business
of the Association, and arranges meetings in conjunction with
the host institution. The President also serves as liaison with
the IALLT Regional Group Coordinator, and represents the region
on the IALLT Council.
Section 2.2: Vice President
The Vice President presides in the absence of the President and
assists with meeting programs and Association business at the
direction of the President and Board.
Section 2.3: Secretary/Treasurer
The Secretary/Treasurer notifies members of all meetings and
communicates regularly with members through a Regional Newsletter.
The Secretary/Treasurer records and distributes to other officers
the minutes of all Board meetings, maintains the Associations
files and records, and is responsible for the financial affairs
of the Association, including the collection of annual membership
dues, payment of all bills, and preparation of financial reports.
Section 2.4: Additional Officers
The Regional Board may appoint additional officers to be assigned
duties as required for terms up to two years.
Section 3: Elected Office Terms
The term of office for the President is two years; the term of
office for the Vice President is two years, after which she/he
becomes President. The term of office of the Secretary/Treasurer
is two years. New officers begin their terms at the conclusion
of the Spring Meeting following their election.
Section 4: Elections
The election of officers is the responsibility of the immediate
Past President, who solicits names for the ballots, submits a
slate to the Regional Board for review, prepares and mails ballots
to members, and supervises the counting. Ballots are mailed to
all Full Members in good standing at least one month prior to
the Fall Meeting and must be returned before the meeting. Results
are to be announced at the Spring Meeting.
Section 5: Office Vacancies
Any vacancy, except that of the President, can be filled by appointment
by the President. Only an elected Vice President may succeed to
the Presidency. An election must be held to replace the President.
ARTICLE III: MEETINGS
Section 1: Meetings and Sites
There is to be at least one meeting each calendar year, to be
held at such a time and such a place as the Regional Board decides.
Consideration is to be made to rotate the location by state and
area within the region. State or sub-regional meetings may also
be held at the discretion of the Board and membership.
Section 2: Host Responsibilities
A host institution makes local arrangements for room reservations
and other facilities, and provides information on travel and lodging
ARTICLE IV: AMENDMENTS
Section 1: Proposals for Amendments
Proposals for amendments to the Constitution may be submitted
to the Regional Board in a petition signed by at least five Full
Members in good standing. Any such proposal, with the Board's
recommendation, must be submitted to a vote by the membership.
Written notice of changes must be received by members and a written
Section 2: Effective Date
An Amendment to the Constitution becomes effective when it has
been approved by no less than two thirds of the ballots returned
and counted by the Immediate Past President.