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Extract of IPMA-USA Bylaws

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Full Contents of the IPMA-USA Bylaws

Note that the items in blue are listed below; the remainder are in the complete bylaws (see the link above).

Article I. Name, Goal, Objectives, and Activities
Section I.A – Name, Goal, Objectives, and Activities


Article II. Membership
Section II.A – Member Types and Qualifications
Section II.B – New or Renewed Memberships
Section II.C – Member Resignation, Suspension, or Termination
Section II.E – Annual and Other Membership Meetings

Article III. The Board (Officers and Directors)
Section III.A – Board Composition, Powers, and Conditions of Service
Section III.B – Board Compensation, Duties, and Delegation
Section III.C – Board Meetings and Transacting Society Business
Section III.D – Nominating and Electing Board Members (Officers and Directors)
Section III.E – Removing Board Members
Section III.F – Indemnifying Board Members

Article IV. Committees
Section IV.A – Establishing Committees and Chairs
Section IV.B – Standing Committees
Section IV.C – Ad Hoc Committees (Project Teams)


Article V. Semiautonomous Organizations
Section V.A – Forming Semiautonomous Organizations
Section V.B – Special Purpose Entities
Section V.C – Chapters and Interest Groups (IGs)

Article VI. Central Office and Office Manager
Section VI.A – Central Office and Office Manager

Article VII. Affiliating with Other Organizations
Section VII.A – Affiliation Processes

Article VIII. Publications and Subscriptions
Section VIII.A – Publications and Subscriptions

Article IX. Amending the Bylaws
Section IX.A – Parliamentary Authority
Section IX.B – Power and Process to Amend the Bylaws

Article X. Dissolving the Society
Section X.A – Dissolving the Society

The Extract Articles

Article I. Name, Goal, Objectives, and Activities

Section I.A – Name, Goal, Objectives, and Activities

1. Name and Abbreviation
The name of the organization is the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management, Inc. (hereafter referred to as the Society). The official abbreviation and U.S.A. registered trademark of the Society is asapm.

2. Goal
The goal of the Society is to advance project management as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

3. Objectives
To achieve its goal, the Society will:
a. Provide services to members that promote advancement in the profession.
b. Promote high standards of ethics, conduct, education, and achievement by all project management practitioners.
c. Espouse the aims, objectives, and activities of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

4. Activities
To achieve its objectives, the Society’s activities include the following:
a. Building Business, Industry, and Government relationships to support their project management needs.
b. Promoting methods, standards, practices, education, and ethics of project management to improve productivity.
c. Promoting individual, team, and organization qualifications to perform project management.
d. Promoting research into project management to improve the understanding and practice of the profession.
e. Disseminating information and promoting the free interchange of information to advance the profession.

Article IV. Committees

Section IV.A – Establishing Committees and Chairs

1. Types of Committees
a. The Society establishes standing and ad hoc committees to take charge of specific work areas.
b. Standing committees have an ongoing role in the Society. The committee is permanent though its members will change. For some committees, their work occurs on a regular basis; for others, their work occurs only when needed.
c. Ad hoc committees are project teams that are created when needed to perform a specific task, and are dissolved when their work is done. The team is temporary, and its members will typically remain with the project for its duration.

2. Who May Serve on Committees
a. Any member of the Society who is qualified to do so may serve on a committee.
b. On a case-by-case basis, non-members may also serve on committees subject to Board approval.

3. Establishing Committees and Chairs
a. Committees are established in two ways:
i. Board members (officers and directors) appoint the committees they need for their areas of responsibility.
ii. For work that is not related to a specific Board position, then the committee is appointed by Board vote.
b. A committee’s Chair may be designated as follows:
i. When the committee reports to a specific Board member, then that Board member may serve as Chair, appoint a chair, or ask the committee to elect its own Chair.
ii. When the committee reports to the overall Board, then the Board may appoint the committee Chair or ask the ask committee members to elect its own Chair.
c. Committees may create subcommittees after consulting with their Chairs.

Section IV.B – Standing Committees

1. Types of Standing Committees
a. The Society has the following
standing committees and may create others as it deems necessary:
i. Elections Committee
ii. Ethics Committee
iii. Senior Advisory Committee Continued on next page

2. Conditions and Terms of Service
a. The members of a standing committee are appointed or reaffirmed after each Board election.
b. When standing committees report to:
i. Individual Board members, then the Board members appoint or reaffirm the committees that serve under them.
ii. The entire Board, then the committees are appointed or reaffirmed by Board vote.
c. Committee members serve from the date of appointment until the next election. A committee may serve for a shorter duration subject to Board approval.

3. Powers and Duties of Standing Committees
a. Standing committees:
i. Meet at least once annually at the call of their Chair, and
ii. Report annually in writing to the Board.
b. All standing committees:
i. Establish the rules and procedures for carrying out their work, subject to Board approval.
ii. At their own discretion or when instructed by the Board periodically review and, when needed, amend their rules and procedures, subject to Board approval.
c. Annually, for regular elections, the Elections Committee finds qualified candidates to serve Board positions, validates and tallies election ballots, and announces the results to the Board. See also III.D Nominating and Electing Board Members
d. The Ethics Committee reviews allegations of ethical misconduct, recommends appropriate action for Board approval, and hears appeals to Board actions for the same.
e. The Senior Advisory Committee assists the Board with strategic planning.
See also: The standing committees are further described in the policies and procedures for each, including but not limited to their roles, responsibilities, and reporting relationships.

Section IV.C – Ad Hoc Committees (Project Teams)

1. Creating and Naming
a. To reinforce the project orientation of the committee’s work and of the Society overall, ad hoc committees should be named “xx Project” as in the “Member Database Project” instead of the “Member Database Committee.”
b. Similarly, the Chairs of ad hoc committees should be called Project Managers.

2. Conditions and Terms of Service
The members of ad hoc committees are appointed when the committee is created. They serve until their work is finished, and then the
committee is dissolved by the entity that established it.

3. Powers and Constraints
The powers and constraints of ad hoc committees are established when the committee is created.