A Statewide Network For Biology Educators

Constitution and By Laws

Constitution of the
Michigan Community College Biologists
(Amended April 2021)


Article I

The name of the organization shall be the Michigan Community College Biologists.


Article II

The organization is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. The purposes of this organization shall be to promote interest in biology and biological instructional techniques and methods; to provide an opportunity for the presentation of current studies and findings in biology; to facilitate the exchange of new ideas and improved methods of biological instruction and to foster communication, friendship and unity among the community college biologists or Michigan.


Article III

Eligibility and privileges for membership shall be prescribed by the Bylaws.

Officers and Campus Representatives

Article IV

A. The officers of this organization shall be a President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. The general membership shall elect the officers.
B. One campus representative from each community college will be eligible to serve on the governing board, subject to the approval of their colleagues and the Executive Committee.
C. Officers and representatives shall be installed during the 2nd academic term.
D. Secretary, Treasurer, and representatives shall serve 1-year terms that may be extended upon the invitation of the Presidents (Past, Current, and Elect).
E. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President-Elect, President, Past-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Governing Board

Article V

A. Members shall consist of the officers, the immediate Past-President, chairs of permanent committees, and the campus representatives.
B. The functions of the Governing Board will be to transact the business of the organization.
C. The Governing Board shall be the legal representative of the organization, and as such, shall have, hold, and administer all funds and affairs of the Organization in trust in conformity with the Constitution and Bylaws.


Article VI

A. Members will volunteer for the committee of their interest and preference.
B. The chairs of committees will be approved by the Executive Committee.
B. The terms of each committee and member thereof shall expire with the term of the officers.

Dues and Finance

Article VII

The Governing Board shall recommend the amounts of assessment, if any, and the annual dues to the members at either a business meeting or general membership meeting. The recommendations will be voted on by the General Membership at the general membership meeting held in the 2nd academic term. The Governing Board shall determine expenses and honoraria, if any, to be paid. The Governing Board shall recommend an annual independent audit of the financial accounts and comply with all state and federal regulations.

General Membership Meeting

Article VIII

There shall be at least two general meetings to be held as prescribed by the Bylaws.

Amendments to the Constitution

Article IX

A proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be presented in writing to the Secretary of the Organization by at least four active members. The proposed amendment shall be published in the Organization’s publication and shall be voted upon at the next general meeting of the membership. The amendment shall become effective upon adoption by a sixty percent vote of the active members of the Organization present at the general meeting.


Article X

In the event of dissolution or termination of the corporation, title to and possession of all the property of the organization shall pass forthwith to such organization dedicated to similar purposes and qualified for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as amended, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, as the membership shall deem best qualified to carry on the functions of the organization.

Rules of Order

Article XI

The rules contained in the Pocket Manual of Rules of Order, by Henry M. Robert, shall determine the parliamentary practice of the Organization in all cases in which they apply and when they are not inconsistent with the Constitution or the By-laws of the Organization.

Amendments to the Bylaws

Article XII

These Bylaws may be amended by a simple majority vote as described in the Bylaws, Article IX, Quorums.

  • To promote an interest in biology.
  • To improve the teaching of biology by providing opportunities to share and discuss instructional techniques and teaching methods.
  • To provide opportunities for updates on current topics and trends in biology.
  • To facilitate the exchange of ideas and foster communication, friendship and unity among the community college biologists in Michigan.