I - Name
Section I-1: The
name of the organization is the “Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society
of Fire Protection Engineers” and is herein referred to as “Chapter”.
The Chapter is chartered by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a
not-for-profit corporation, herein referred to as “Society”.
II - Location
Section II-1: The location of the principal office of
the Chapter shall be in the Seattle Metropolitan Area, State of Washington.
III - Objectives
- Section III-1: The objectives of the Chapter shall be to
advance the science and practice
of fire protection engineering
and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its
members, and to foster fire protection engineering education.
- Section III-2: In accomplishing these objectives, the
Chapter shall not engage in any activity which is not educational,
scientific or charitable. No substantial part of the activities of the
Chapter shall be attempting to influence legislation beyond
the scope of Section III-1 (above) and the Chapter shall not participate in or intervene in
any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
- Seciion III-3: The Chapter shall abide by the
Constitution and Bylaws of the Society.
IV - Membership and Dues
- Section IV-1 For
the purposes of Chapter business and operations the Chapter year shall be
from January 1 through December
31 of the same
- Section IV-2: Chapter Membership shall be limited to
persons holding a membership grade in SFPE or those who belong to the Allied
IV-3: Voting Members: Only
Chapter Members, as defined in Section IV-2, shall have voting privileges
for issues involving election of Chapter officers, or for any issue
submitted by or involving the Society.
Supporting Colleagues who’s Chapter dues are current shall be
entitled to one vote in all other Chapter affairs.
- Section IV-4: The Chapter recognizes the need to
maintain a liaison with individuals in related fields of endeavor and
interest who are not members of the Society. The Chapter encourages and
accepts the support and participation of these individuals in Chapter
Section IV-5: Supporting Colleagues: Individuals who are
not members of the Society, but who subscribe to the tenants of the Society,
may participate in the Chapter as non-voting Supporting Colleagues.
Except as limited by the Constitution and the Bylaws of the Society
and the Chapter, Supporting Colleagues shall be afforded the rights and
privileges of Chapter membership, including distribution of regular Chapter
publications and participation in Chapter meetings and other events.
- Section IV-6: Supporting Colleagues may not be referred
to as members of the Chapter or the Society and shall not refer to an
affiliation with SFPE or its chapters in any advertising, letterheads,
business cards or similar published material.
Section IV-7: The
Chapter annual dues shall be as specified in the Bylaws for the Chapter year
payable upon application to membership, and on or before January
31 of each calendar year
thereafter. Members who fail to
pay dues by the third monthly meeting of the Chapter year shall be suspended
after due notice by the Secretary to the said member of his or her
Section IV-8: Chapter
Members who become ineligible due to loss of membership in the Society shall
forfeit their voting privileges of Chapter officers, or for any issue
submitted by or involving the Society.
Full voting privileges will be restored upon their reinstatement in
Section IV-9: Membership
may be terminated by action of the Executive Committee if, after due
notice, and hearing if requested by the member, the Executive Committee
finds the member guilty of unethical professional conduct, conduct
prejudicial to the best interest of the Chapter or Society, or of
falsification of membership application. Any individual whose Chapter
membership has been suspended or terminated may apply for reinstatement and
the Executive Committee shall in any case specify the procedure to be
V - Officers and Executive Committee
Section V-1: Chapter
Officers shall include the following: President, First Vice President,
Second Vice President, Immediate Past President, Secretary and Treasurer.
With the exception of the Immediate Past President, Officers shall be
elected by the Chapter Members and hold office for one year or until their
successors are elected and qualified. All
officers shall serve without salary. The
offices of the Secretary and Treasurer may be combined into one office.
Section V-2: The
Executive Committee shall consist of the Chapter’s elected officers, the
most recent past president and at least two members elected by the Chapter
Members at the annual meeting.
Section V-3: The
President and a majority of the Executive Committee shall hold the grade of
Fellow, Member or Associate Member, or Honorary Member of the Society.
Section V-4: No
officer or member of the Executive Committee shall serve more than two
consecutive terms in any one elective office, beginning with election by an
annual meeting of the Chapter.
Section V-5: Vacancies
in officers may be filled until the next election by a majority vote of the
VI - Administration
Section VI-1: Bylaws
shall be established to guide the Executive Committee in governing the
operations and activities of the Chapter.
Section VI-2: The
duties of the respective officers shall be those usually incident to such
offices, or as set forth in the Bylaws.
The administrative and financial functions of the Chapter shall be
managed by the Executive Committee, provided that no action contrary to the
Constitution or Bylaws shall be adopted except by prior amendment of these
Section VI-3: The
Chapter shall not speak for the Society on any local or national matter
without specific authorization of the Society, nor shall the Chapter incur
any financial or contractual obligations for which The Society may be
responsible without full written approval of the Society Board of Directors.
Section VI-4: All
amendments to the Bylaws shall be reported to the membership as soon as
possible through publication of general distribution to the membership.
VII - Meetings
Section VII-1: Meetings
shall be held at least quarterly, one meeting being designated as the annual
business meeting. In the case of a special meeting, notice shall be sent
to the membership at least 10 days in advance, stating the business to be
transacted. Business not on the
agenda shall not be considered.
Section VII-2: Quorum:
In order to transact business at any meeting of the Chapter, there shall be
at least ten Voting Members present, or twenty-five percent of the total
Voting Membership of the Chapter present (whichever is greater).
Section VII-3: Robert’s
Rules of Order shall govern the transaction of business in all meetings
unless inconsistent with these articles.
VIII - Amendments
Section VIII-1: These
Articles may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of the
Voting Members present; provided that (a) the proposal for amendment shall
have been recommended by the Executive Committee or by the written
endorsement of at least five Voting Members, and (b) a copy of the proposal
shall have been sent to all Chapter Members at least 10 days prior to the
day of the meeting at which the proposed amendment is to be voted on.
Section VIII-2: The
requirements as to notice shall not apply to the amendment of a proposed
amendment when being acted upon by the Chapter.
Section VIII-3: All
changes in the Chapter Constitution shall be submitted to the Society Board
- Adopted June 16, 1987, by the Pacific Northwest Chapter,
Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
- Revision to article IV, Section IV-1 adopted June 20,
- Revisions to Article I, Section I-1; Article III-3;
Article IV, Sections IV-1, IV-3, and IV-5; Article V, Sections V-1, V-2, and
V-3; Article VI, Section VI-3; and Article VII, Section VII-1 adopted
February 20, 1990.
- Revisions to Article IV, Sections IV-1, IV-2, IV-3,
IV-4, IV-5; Article V, Section V-3; and Article VI, Section VI-3 adopted May
Revisions to Article IV, Sections IV-1, IV-2, IV-3,
IV-4, IV-5; Article VI, Section VI-1; Article V, Sections V-1, V-2, V-3,
V-4; Article VI, Section VI-1; Article VII, Sections VII-1, VII-2; and
Article VIII, Section VIII-1 adopted Jan 17, 2006