Setting the Standard for Automation™

Guide for Developing Bylaws

for an ISA Section

ISA – International Society of Automation


BYLAWS  Adopted _________________________(Date)                                 



1. The name of this organization shall be:

ISA-The International Society of Automation 


      a nonprofit corporation organized in the state of

                                                , hereinafter referred to as the SECTION.

2. The SECTION shall maintain affiliation with ISA-The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society, hereinafter referred to as the SOCIETY, and shall be subordinate to the Society


The objectives of the SECTION shall be those of the SOCIETY: to advance and to reinforce the arts and sciences related to the theory, design, manufacture and use of instrumentation, computers and systems for measurement and control in the various sciences and technologies for the benefit of mankind.


1. The membership grades in the SECTION shall be the same as those of the SOCIETY:

Student Member


Senior Member

Life Member


Life Fellow

Honorary Member

  1. Any individual member within the SOCIETY may be affiliated with the SECTION. The SOCIETY will recognize only one voting affiliation at any time for the purposes of administration.



1. Any person interested in the objectives of the SOCIETY shall be eligible for membership at the  grade for which eligibility requirements are fulfilled

in accordance with the conditions and procedures specified in the SOCIETY Bylaws.

2. All members must be current with the dues of the Society and the Section to remain a member.


1. The Executive Board of the SECTION shall control the general policies of the SEC­TION through its powers to initiate changes in these Bylaws, to establish budget policies, to review the annual reports of the officers and to exercise all power and authority of a Board of Directors under the laws of _______ (State of Incorporation).

2. The Section Executive Board shall consist of the Officers, the immediate Past President, the SOCIETY Delegate, and the chairmen of the Standing Committees as provided in these Bylaws.

3. The determination of operating policies and the control of the affairs, property, and funds of the SECTION shall be vested in the Exec­utive Board, except as may be otherwise provided by these Bylaws.


1. The SECTION shall designate a SOCIETY member to act as its SOCIETY Delegate at meetings of the Council of Society Delegates and shall specify the term of office. The SECTION may designate a SOCIETY Mem­ber as an Alternate Delegate as provided by these Bylaws.

2. The SOCIETY Delegate shall have a voting power equal to the number of SOCIETY members, except Student Members, in the SECTION the Delegate represents; the count of SOCIETY members being the number authenticated by the Executive Director as of the first day of the month preceding the month in which the vote takes place.



Notwithstanding any other provision of these

Bylaws, the SECTION shall not conduct or carry on

any activities not permitted to be conducted or

carried on by an organization exempt under Section

501 (c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and its

Regula­tions as they now exist or as they may be

amended.  [NOTE: Equivalent revenue regulations of

a governing body outside the U.S. shall apply to

Sections not covered by Section 501 (c)(3) of the

U.S. Internal Revenue Code.]


1. Any person who is a member of the SOCIETY may become a voting member of the SECTION upon request; a SOCIETY member may be a voting member of only one Section.

2. Any member of the SOCIETY having voting affiliation with another Section shall be eligi­ble to become affiliated with this SECTION, subject to the regulations of the SECTION. Such additional affiliation shall carry no voting power in matters coming before the SECTION. Any dues established by the SECTION for such affiliation shall be in­voiced by and paid to the SECTION.



1. The officers of the SECTION shall be:





2. Elected Officers

The officers of the SECTION shall be elected by the

voting members of the SECTION.

3. Qualifications

The officers shall have been members in the

SECTION, in good standing, for at least one year

prior to their election to office. This does not apply

during the SECTION’s first year in existence.

4. Term of Office

a. The officers shall be elected annu­ally and shall hold office for the fiscal year, as defined in the SEC­TION Bylaws.  Induction and installation of officers shall be held at the time of the annual meeting of the SECTION, or at a time so specified by the SECTION Executive Board.

b. The President shall not succeed himself, except for an incomplete term begun by his predecessor.

5. Vacancy in Office

Any office in the SECTION, except President, becoming vacant during its regular term shall be filled by an interim appointment of the SECTION Executive Board until the next regular election for said office.  The Presidentelect will fill the office of President if it becomes vacant.

6. Duties of Officers and Society Delegates

a. The President shall be the executive head of the SECTION and shall sit as Chairman of the SECTION Executive Board, shall preside at all annual monthly and special meetings and at all meetings of the SECTION Executive Board, shall countersign all public announ­cements or communications, shall periodically report to the members those matters which the SOCIETY has brought to the President’s, the Delegate’s or the Secretary’s atten­tion. The President shall submit the SECTION annual report to the District Vice President prior to June 1. The President shall give a report of the general and financial condition of the SECTION for the fiscal year at the SECTION’s annu­al meeting.

b. The Presidentelect shall, upon resignation or inability of the Presi­dent to serve, become President of the SECTION and shall perform duties of the President in case of the President’s absence.

c. The Treasurer shall be the financial officer of the SECTION; shall keep complete records of all moneys received and disbursed by or on behalf of the SECTION; shall secure proper receipts for all moneys disbursed; shall report to the SECTION Executive Board the financial condition whenever requested; shall have custody of all moneys belonging to the SECTION which shall be deposited in accor­dance with the instructions of the SECTION Executive Board; shall keep financial accounts and control expenditures in accordance with the annual budget for any special appropriations approved by the SECTION Executive Board; shall arrange for fidelity bond coverage of all officers who are responsible for the assets of the SECTION; shall secure adequate liability and property damage insur­ance coverage for the SECTION, its officers, and members while serving on standing or special committees and acting in their officially assigned duties. Within ninety days following the end of each fiscal year, the Treasurer shall prepare an annual report which shall reflect an audit by an external audit committee or independent accountant as determined by the SECTION Executive Board. At the expiration of the term of office, he shall deliver to the suc­cessor all books, records, money, and other property in his charge, or in the absence of a successor, shall deliver such properties to the Presi­dent.

d. The Secretary shall act as recording secretary; shall keep a full and complete record of the membership in the SECTION and serve as liaison with the SOCIETY on matters of membership information and other matters of SECTION SOCIETY relationships; shall attend and keep records of all meetings of the SECTION Executive Board and regular, special and/or annual meetings of the SECTION; shall arrange to notify the members of the regular and annual meetings at least one week in advance of the date of said meet­ing; shall receive all moneys for­warded by the SOCIETY and turn said moneys over to the Treasurer; shall certify all bills upon order of the SECTION Executive Board for payment by the Treasurer; shall arrange for typing, duplicat­ing, and mailing of committee reports and/or special announce­ments, as required.

e. The SOCIETY Delegate shall serve as the SECTION’s official repre­sentative at all regular or special meetings of the Council of Society Delegates. As a minimum, this means attendance at the Delegates meeting at the SOCIETY’s annual meeting that generally is held dur­ing the Fall Conference and Exhib­it. In the event the SOCIETY Delegate cannot attend a Council meeting, the President of the SEC­TION shall designate an alternate and so notify the District Vice President prior to the meeting.



1. Nomination

a. The President shall appoint a Nom­inating Committee not later than the January meeting. This committee shall consist of members of the SECTION including the immediate Past President as Chairman.  Other members of the SECTION Executive Board shall be excluded.

b. The Nominating Committee shall nominate at least one member each for Presidentelect, Treasurer, Secretary, and SOCIETY Delegate securing written acceptance from each nominee and should report at the regular SECTION meeting in February. In the absence of a full slate from the Nominating Commit­tee, the SECTION Executive Board shall be empowered to make such nominations as are necessary to announce a full slate at this meeting.

c. Nominations for any office may also be made by any member in good standing. The nomination is to be filed along with the acceptance of the nominee with the Secretary no more than two weeks after the Nominating Committee reports.

2. Election of Officers

a. Within one week after the deadline for nominations, a letter ballot shall be sent to each MEMBER not in arrears for dues containing the names of candidates to be voted upon and indicating which candi­dates are the nominees of the Nom­inating Committee.

b. The ballots shall be returned to an Election Committee composed of three members and appointed by the President. The presiding officer shall declare elected those candi­dates who have received a majority of the votes cast for each office. The Election Committee shall report the results of the balloting at the annual meeting.

c. In the event of a tie vote, the SEC­TION Executive Board shall decide between the tied candidates by secret ballot.

d. The SECTION president shall notify SOCIETY Headquarters of those elected as officers and dele­gate and those selected as chairmen of the standing committee immedi­ately following these actions.


1. To assist the officers of the SECTION, stand­ing and special committees shall be formed within one month of the election of the offi­cers of the SECTION. The immediate past President, the newly elected officers, and the SOCIETY Delegate, with the newly elected President of the SECTION acting as chair­man, shall appoint the following standing committees.

Rules and Procedures Committee (including


Education Committee

Program and Arrangements Committee

Budget and Finance Committee

Membership Recruitment and Retention


Publicity Committee (includes INTECH


SectionDivision Liaison Committee

2. The standing committees shall each consist of not less than three members. The chairman of each such committee shall be accountable to the President, as a member of the SECTION Executive Board, for the performance of the committee.

3. Special committees shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the SECTION Executive Board and shall be account­able to the President or such other officer as may be determined by the President.

4. The President shall be a member, exofficio of each standing or special committee.

5. The duties of the standing and special com­mittees not covered by ARTICLE IV shall be defined by the President with the approval of the SECTION Executive Board.

  1. Appointments to all standing and special committees terminate at the end of the fiscal year and are subject to reappointment.



1. The Rules and Procedures Committee shall concern itself with recommendations for amending the SECTION’s Bylaws so that they meet the current needs of the SECTION and the requirements of the SOCIETY. This Committee shall maintain the history file for the SECTION.

2. The Education Committee shall concern itself with increasing the member’s knowledge of instrumentation science and technology. It shall help develop the subject matter for the monthly technical meetings, special confer­ences, training courses, etc., to meet the educational needs of the members. It shall bring to the attention of the members perti­nent instrumentation information. It shall encourage the members to participate in preparing papers for presentation at confer­ences of the SOCIETY and of other technical organizations. It shall maintain liaison with Student Sections and other organizations devoted to technical education and encourage joint programs.

3. The Program Committee shall be responsible for the conduct of all regular technical meet­ing programs. It shall arrange for speakers, slides, motion pictures, etc., and other neces­sary facilities. It will serve as host to guest speakers during their visits within the geo­graphical area of the SECTION.

4. The Budget and Finance Committee shall consist of the President, Presidentelect, Secretary, Treasurer, and immediate Past President. The Treasurer shall serve as Chair­man. The Committee shall counsel with the President on the annual budget of the SEC­TION and prepare recommendations for the SECTION Executive Board.  The Budget and Finance Committee may perform such other duties in connection with the SECTION finances as the SECTION Executive Board may determine from time to time.

5. The Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee shall promote the growth of the SECTION by actively soliciting new member­ships and by revitalizing the interest of inac­tive members. It shall advise the President and the SECTION Executive Board on matters affecting membership relations which will assist the SECTION in obtaining new members and keeping present members. It will examine the feasibility of establishing subsections in adjacent areas; and will counsel with the District Vice President regarding such establishments.

6. The Publicity Committee shall develop media and contacts for publicizing the meetings and activities of the SECTION. It shall prepare and circulate news releases concerning SEC­TION elections and appointments, meeting programs, speakers, etc. to assure continuing publicity in the local and national papers and technical magazines. One of its members shall be designated INTECH Correspondent.

7. The SectionDivision Liaison Committee shall promote good relations and a technical inter­change between the SECTION and Divisions of the SOCIETY. It shall publicize Division activities in the SECTION newsletter and shall encourage all members of the SECTION to join and become active in the Divisions.


1. The annual meeting of the SECTION shall be held at the time and place designated by the SECTION Executive Board. This meet­ing is normally the last meeting of the fiscal year.

2. Regular meetings of the SECTION shall be held once each month except during                                           , for the discussion of subjects pertinent to the objectives of the SOCIETY. Dates and meeting places of regular meetings are to be determined by the SECTION Executive Board.    At least           of the regular meetings shall be technical in scope and presentation.

3. Special meetings of the SECTION shall be held at such times and places as may be called by the President or in the President’s absence by the Presidentelect or by any three members of the SECTION Executive Board or by ten or more members in the SECTION upon reasonable notice.

4. The Secretary shall mail or cause to be mailed notices of time and place of each meeting to all members at least two weeks prior to the date of each meeting indicating in said notice the nature and purpose of the meeting.

5. Regular meetings of the SECTION Executive Board shall be held each month in such time and place as designated by the President.

6. Special meetings of the SECTION Executive Board shall be held any time at the call of the President. Three members of the SEC­TION Executive Board may call a meet­ing upon failure or refusal of the President to act.

7. Quorums:

a. At the meeting of the SECTION           members shall con­stitute a quorum for the transac­tion of busi­ness.

b. A majority of the SECTION Executive Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of busi­ness at any meeting of the commit­tee.


1. All questions coming before the SECTION, its governing body and committees, shall be decided by a majority of the votes cast, except as otherwise provided by these Bylaws.

2. Unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws, vocal or “show of hands” voting shall be used in meetings. Ballots shall be used when requested by any member or when recommended by the SECTION Executive Board in voting on SECTION matters.

3. All members not in arrears for dues and otherwise in good standing, may be present and participate in the discussions or proceed­ings of any of the regular, annual or special meetings, and may vote on all questions and in all elections in such meetings.

4. Each member shall be entitled to one vote on all questions submitted to the membership in the SECTION. Student Members and non­voting affiliates shall have no voting power.


1. The amount and method of collection of dues of the members shall be as provided in the SOCIETY Bylaws.

2. The amount and method of collection of dues of nonvoting affiliate members shall be determined by vote of the voting SECTION members.


1. The fiscal year shall be from July 1st to June 30th.

2. The Treasurer shall be bonded at a level approved by the SECTION Executive Board. The premiums for the bond shall be paid by the SECTION.

3. Upon recommendation of the Budget and Finance Committee, the SECTION Executive Board shall adopt in advance of the next fiscal year, an operating budget covering all activities of the SECTION.

4. All instruments for the payment of money by the SECTION shall be drawn in the name of the SEC­TION and signed by the Treasurer or President, and countersigned by the Treasurer or President, or by a Board member autho­rized by the SECTION Execu­tive Board. In no event shall the  signing and counter­­­­signing be done by the same person.

5. The SECTION Executive Board shall approve and establish a budget of estimated expenditures and receipts at the beginning of each fiscal year.

6. Each member of the SECTION Executive Board shall be reimbursed by the SEC­TION for reasonable expenses related to that office in the SECTION. This does not apply to persons found negligent in performing their duties by a disinterested person or persons chosen by the SECTION Executive Board. In such a case the SECTION, at its own expense, may settle any such claim which appears to be in the best interest of the SEC­TION.  Approval of expense reimbursement shall be based on written guidelines which have been approved by vote of the SEC­TION members.

7. Members of the SECTION Executive Board and officers of the SECTION shall not receive compensation in any form for services rendered.

8. The accounts of the SECTION shall be audit­ed annually by an internal audit committee or independent accountant appointed by the President and approved by the Section Executive Board.



1. Neither the SECTION nor its officers, nor members of the SECTION, individual or corporate, shall engage in any attempt to influence the course of legislation, whether federal, state or local, on behalf of, or as a representative of the SOCIETY in any nation or its subdivisions, by engaging in political activities, expenditures of funds, propaganda or by participating in any course of similar conduct on behalf of or as a representative of the Instrument Society of America.

2. Neither the SECTION nor any officer or member acting on behalf of the SECTION:

a. Shall make loans of SECTION funds to individuals or corporations at less than the prevailing rate of interest or with inadequate security as collateral.

b. Shall pay excessive compensation for rendered services to any indi­vidual or corporation.

c. Shall sell or transfer securities owned by the SECTION to any individual or corporation for less than the prevailing market value thereof at the time of such sale or transfer.

3. The SECTION is not organized for pecuniary profit, nor shall it have any power to issue certificates of stock or pay dividends, and no part of the net earnings or assets of the SEC­TION shall inure, upon dissolution or other­wise, to the private benefit of any individual.  This clause supersedes any previous clause regarding inurement.


The current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly

Revised shall govern the pro­ceedings of the

SECTION, its governing bodies and committees in

all cases not provid­ed for in these Bylaws.



1. The SECTION reserves the right to amend, alter, change or repeal any provisions con­tained in its Articles of Incorporation, or Bylaws.  The Articles of Incorpora­tion and Bylaws, and Amendments thereto, may not conflict with the policies of the SOCIETY.  The Executive Board of the SOCIETY, by majority vote, has plenary power to nullify or alter provisions of the SECTION’S Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws, or Amendments thereto, or to nullify other actions of the SECTION, if it determines that such provisions or actions are injurious to the SOCIETY.

2. These Bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted by a majority of the eligible voting members present at any regular meeting or special meeting, at which there is quorum, if at least two weeks written notice is given of intention to alter, amend, or repeal, or to adopt new Bylaws at such meeting. Amendments may be proposed by any member, officer or the Executive Board.


The SECTION shall use its funds only to accomplish the objectives and purposes specified in these Bylaws and no part of its funds shall inure to or be distributed to the members of the SECTION.  On dissolution of the SECTION, the net assets remaining after payment of all debts shall revert to the SOCIETY within ninety (90) days of dissolution to be used for charitable and educational purposes under Section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code as it now exists or as it may be amended.

[NOTE:  Equivalent revenue regulations of a

governing body outside the U.S. shall apply

to Sections not covered by Section 501 (c)

(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.]

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