American Marketing Association
Article I – The Organization
- Name The name of this organization is American Marketing Association Phoenix Chapter, hereinafter called the “Chapter.” The Chapter may also be referred to as AMA Phoenix.
- Purpose The Chapter shall promote the educational purposes of the Association and advance the marketing profession through frequent contact, discussion and other interchange between and among the members in furtherance of the purposes of the American Marketing Association, hereinafter called the “Association.” Furthermore, the Chapter will support and adhere to the objectives, statement of ethics, and other standards established by the Association.
- Territory The Chapter will operate and serve members within the Phoenix Metro territory approved by the Association.
- Charter The Chapter Charter of Affiliation shall be issued by the Association.
Article II – Restrictions
- Precedence of the Association The Chapter shall cooperate with the Association and operate in accordance with the Chapter Charter of Affiliation issued by the Association, the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association, and the Professional Chapter Operating Standards and policies established by the Association.
- Chapter Constitution and Bylaws The Chapter Constitution and Bylaws shall be consistent with the Chapter Constitution and Bylaws Templates provided by the Association. The Chapter Constitution and Bylaws may contain additional provisions insofar as they are not in conflict with the Chapter Constitution and Bylaws Templates and the Chapter Charter of Affiliation issued by the Association, the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association, and the Professional Chapter Operating Standards and policies established by the Association.
- Restrictions All policies and activities of the Chapter are consistent with applicable federal, state and local antitrust, trade regulation or other requirements; and applicable to tax-exemption requirements imposed on the Association, including requirements that the Chapter not be organized for profit and that no part of its net earnings inure to the benefit of any private individual.
- Vote by Association Board of Directors The right to continue as a Chapter and use the American Marketing Association name and trademark are subject to revocation by two-thirds of the Board of Directors of the Association in the event of failure by the Chapter to operate in accordance with Professional Chapter Operating Standards and policies established by the Association.
- Vote by Chapter Membership The Chapter also may choose to close at their discretion subsequent to a vote by the chapter membership of not less than two-thirds voting members returning votes.
Article III – Membership
- Membership in the Chapter is limited to individuals in good standing of the Association who are in compliance with the Association’s rules and regulations and who have paid membership dues to the Association for remittance to the Chapter.
- Revocation or suspension of membership by the Association shall automatically constitute revocation or suspension of membership in the Chapter.
- Procedures Provisions regarding qualifications and application for membership, admission to membership, term and termination of membership, recourse for denial or termination of membership, and arbitration process resulting there from are adopted by and binding for this Chapter as specified in the Constitution of the Association.
- Classes, Dues and Voting Rights Membership shall be divided into classes with defined voting rights and national dues rates as identified by the Association.
- Dues The dues structure shall be set by the Association. All dues are payable to the national office of the Association upon admission to membership and annually thereafter. The Association must approve chapter dues in accordance with Association policy. The Association and Chapter may jointly develop programs that offer discounted dues to members of certain groups or classifications.
- Voting Rights All members of the Chapter with voting eligibility shall have one vote on all Chapter matters upon which Members are entitled to vote. Voting at membership meetings may be in person or by proxy. A majority of the members voting in person or by proxy where a quorum is present carries an action. Members may vote without a meeting in elections or on any matter presented by the Board of Directors, and the votes are submitted in writing by email or any other electronic means.
Article IV – Board of Directors
- Directors The affairs of the Chapter are managed by its Board of Directors, hereinafter called the “Board”. It is the duty of the Board to carry out the objectives and purposes of the Chapter, and to this end the Board may exercise all powers of the Chapter. The Board is subject to the restrictions and obligations set forth in the Constitution and Bylaws and policies of the Chapter.
- Composition and Election The Board of Directors is composed of the elected Officers (president-elect, president, past president, secretary, and treasurer) and any additional Vice Presidents appointed by the President with confirmation by a majority of the rest of the Board of Directors. Officers and Vice Presidents must be members in good standing of the Chapter and the Association.
- Terms Each member of the Board of Directors shall be elected or appointed, as specified in the Chapter Bylaws, for a term of one year. Terms coincide with the fiscal year. Each member of the Board of Directors will be asked to reapply for a consecutive year with the exception of the President-elect who automatically becomes President and Past-president for a total commitment of three years.
- Removal, Resignation and Vacancies A member may be removed from the Board for failure to comply with requirements set forth in the Constitution and Bylaws and policies of the Chapter or Association or for other conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Chapter or Association. A member may also resign from the Board. Vacancies among the Board are filled, for the balance of the term of office, by the Board.
Article V – Amendments
- Constitution This Constitution may be amended (or a customized version may be adopted) by a majority vote of those members voting within thirty days after the sending of ballots to all members eligible to vote, initiated by one of the following procedures: (1) by the Board, or (2) upon petition of 2% (two percent) of members eligible to vote addressed to the Board through the President of the Chapter. All proposed amendments or customized versions of the Constitution shall be presented to the membership by the President, with or without recommendation. Within 60 days of approval, changes in this Constitution shall be communicated to the membership of the Chapter and an updated version submitted to the Association.
- Bylaws Amendments to the Bylaws or a customized version of the Bylaws of the Chapter shall be adopted by the Board. The amendments or customized version may be proposed for consideration by any member of the Board or may be brought to the Board’s attention upon petition of 2% (two percent) of the voting members of the Chapter. Amendments or customized version must be submitted in writing to the President of the Chapter at least 30 days prior to a regularly scheduled Board meeting, or may be presented at a Board meeting for discussion only, and then approved at a subsequent meeting of the Board. To be adopted, an amendment or customized version of the Bylaws must receive an affirmative vote of 75% (75 percent) of the Board of Directors present (physically, virtually or via phone) at a duly convened meeting. Within 60 days of approval, changes in the Bylaws shall be communicated to the membership of the Chapter and an updated version submitted to the Association.
Updated March 2023