Excerpt from the AIRSS by-laws regarding the governance structure of our leadership including officers and board members.

Organizational Structure and Elections

Section 1: OFFICERS—The officers of the Association shall be the President, President-Elect, and Secretary-Treasurer.

Section 2: DUTIES OF OFFICERS—The duties of the officers shall be as follows:

  • The President shall preside at all meeting of the Association and of the Executive Committee; shall appoint the chairperson and members of each committee; shall be ex-officio member of all committees and shall appoint such committees as may be recommended by the Board of Directors, and shall render all such other duties coincident with the office. The term of office for the President is two years.
  • The President-Elect shall become President after two years and shall be Program Chairperson of the annual conference during the year as President-Elect, and shall perform such other duties as delegated to him/her by the President and the Board of Directors. During the absence of or incapacity of the President, the President-Elect shall assume the duties of the Presidency. The term of office is two years.
  • The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all meetings of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and the meetings to the membership, and assume responsibility for correspondence as directed and shall keep an accurate record of all financial transactions and report these transactions to the Association regularly. The term of office for Secretary-Treasurer is for two years.

Section 3: THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS—The Board of Directors of the Association shall consist of at least 11 voting members. The members of the Board of Directors shall be the President, President-Elect, past President, Secretary-Treasurer, and the chairpersons of the five standing committees, and at least two members elected at large on alternate years by postal ballot or at the Annual Meeting. The term of office for At-Large members of the Board of Directors shall be for two years. In the case of committee chairpersons, the term shall be for one year unless reappointed during successive years. The following authority shall be vested in the Board of Directors:

  • To be the governing body of the Association;
  • To be responsible for the adoption of the annual budget and to authorize expenditures for any projects, sponsorships or to carry out any functions of the corporation;
  • To authorize a postal ballot on any question pertaining to the Association;
  • To own, control, edit, and publish its own an official newsletter, journal, or other such publications as may serve the Association;
  • To invest safely the Association’s funds;
  • To establish the annual dues for membership;
  • To provide for and conduct elections
  • To exercise all rights, powers, privileges functions, and duties which are not in conflict with the statutes and regulations of the United States and the State of Illinois, and which are consistent and suitable for the proper accomplishment of the purposes and goals of the Association.

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