Section Officers

President

Cliff Gerstman
Middle College High School
Santa Ana, CA

Past-President

James Lincoln
PhysicsVideos.com
Irvine, CA

Section Representative

Jeff Phillips
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA

VP for Universities

Chad Kishimoto
University of San Diego
San Diego, CA

VP for Two-year Colleges

Lee Loveridge
Pierce College
Woodland Hills, CA

VP for High Schools

Bryn Bishop
Canyon Crest Academy
San Diego, CA

Secretary/ Treasurer

Nuria Rodriguez
Santa Monica College(ret)
Santa Monica, CA

Web Manager

Jeffrey Dukes
Port of Los Angeles High School
San Pedro, CA

Governing Documents

Below you will find the current Constitution and By-Laws for SCAAPT.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SECTION
of the
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICS TEACHERS

CONSTITUTION

Revised 2017

 ARTICLE I. NAME

The name of this organization shall be the Southern California Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (SCAAPT).

ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES

  1. The objectives of SCAAPT shall be advancing physics teaching and promoting an appreciation of the role of physics in our culture.
  2. No part of the net earnings of SCAAPT shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its directors, officers, members, or other private persons, except that SCAAPT shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of its exempt purposes. Except as otherwise provided by Section 501(h) of the Code, no substantial part of the activities of SCAAPT shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation. SCAAPT shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, SCAAPT shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a) of the Code as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Code, or (b) by an organization contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(a) of the Code as being to an organization referred to in Section 170(c)(2) of the Code.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

The membership shall consist of three classes: regular members, emeritus members (retired), and sustaining members (corporations and institutions).   The privilege of voting and holding office shall be limited to regular members and emeritus members.

ARTICLE IV. MEETINGS

  1. There shall be two meetings each year – one in the Spring and one in the Fall.
  2. The program of each Spring Meeting shall include a Business Meeting, during which the officers shall report to the membership on the status of the section. Other section business will be carried out as necessary.   A quorum of at least ten voting members will be required for a business meeting.

ARTICLE V. OFFICERS

  1. The Executive Committee of SCAAPT shall be a President, a Vice President for High Schools, a Vice President for Two Year Colleges, a Vice President for Universities, a Secretary/Treasurer, a Past-President, a Web Manager, and a Section Representative.
  2. The duties of the officers shall be defined in the by-laws. The officers shall jointly be responsible for handling the finances, correspondence, and external relations of SCAAPT. They shall make all arrangements for meetings of SCAAPT except such as may be delegated by action of the officers or of the membership.
  3. A vacancy in one of the offices, other than Past-President, shall be filled by majority vote of the Executive Committee, pending the next regular election.
  4. The Executive Committee may, by majority vote, appoint ad hoc committees for the purpose of furthering the Section’s activities. The ad hoc committees shall be of duration not longer than two years.

ARTICLE VI. AMENDMENTS

  1. This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of those members present and voting at any Business Meeting.
  2. A proposed amendment, recommended by the Executive Committee or by petition signed by at least 5 per cent of the voting membership, must be submitted to vote within twelve months after receipt of the proposed amendment.

ARTICLE VII. BYLAWS

  1. By-laws may be adopted or amended by a simple majority of those members present and voting at any Business Meeting.
  2. A proposed bylaw or amendment, recommended by the Executive Committee or by petition signed by at least 5 per cent of the voting membership, must be submitted to vote within twelve months after receipt of the proposed amendment.

 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SECTION
of the
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICS TEACHERS

BY-LAWS

Revised 2017

Article I. OFFICERS’ TERMS AND DUTIES

  1. Officers, other than Past-President, shall be elected at the Business Meeting in even calendar years. The term of each office shall be two years beginning at the end of the Spring Meeting.
  2. The Past-President position shall be automatically filled by the living Past-President of most recent incumbency, who does not currently hold an elected position.
  3. The President shall have executive responsibility for the overall operation of the Section, and shall preside at the meeting of the Executive Committee and at Section Business Meetings.
  4. The Vice President for High Schools shall actively involve high school teachers in the Section activities.
  5. The Vice President for Two-year colleges shall actively involve two-year college faculty in the Section activities.
  6. The Vice President of Universities shall share the executive duties with the President, and shall serve as program chair for each Section Meeting.
  7. The Secretary/Treasurer shall maintain membership and address records, maintain Section funds and keep a record of dues payments. Within 120 days after the close of the Section’s fiscal year the Treasurer shall submit an annual report to the Executive Committee that contains: the assets and liabilities of the Section at the end of the fiscal year, principle changes in assets and liabilities during the fiscal year, revenue or receipts of the Section for the fiscal year, and expenses or distributions of the Section during the fiscal year.
  8. The Past-President shall assist the executive committee throughout the year and to volunteer his/her help for the section meetings.
  9. The Web Manager shall maintain and update the Section website “scaapt.org”, which includes a running history of the section, web resources for members, past and future meeting information and section information.
  10. The Section Representative shall represent the Section at the American Association of Physics Teachers meetings and to exercise all the duties, rights, and privileges pertaining to membership in that body. A Section Representative unable to attend a Meeting of the Members may be represented by an alternate designated by the Executive Committee. The Section Representative is expected to attend all AAPT National meetings, to promote the Section at the National level, and to promote the National AAPT at the Section level.
  11. To serve as Section Representative, the individual must also be a member of the National AAPT.
  12. Except as otherwise specifically determined by resolution of the Executive Committee, or as otherwise required by law, checks, drafts, promissory notes, orders for the payment of money, and other evidence of indebtedness of the Section shall be signed by the Treasurer or the President, after written or emailed confirmation has been obtained from the other.

Article II- DUES, DUES AND ASSESSMENTS

  1. The Section dues shall be set to cover only the necessary expenses and shall be decided upon by vote of the membership as the occasion arises.
  2. The section fiscal year shall be September 1 through August 31, or such other period as may be fixed by the Executive Committee.

Article III – MEETINGS

There shall be an annual fall meeting and an annual spring meeting arranged by the Officers. Notices of the time and place of these meetings shall be appropriately delivered to all members of the Association. The section officers under the guidance of the president decide on host institutions and invited speakers for the meetings. An appropriate general meeting fee shall be set to cover only the necessary expenses and shall be decided upon by vote of the membership as the occasion arises.

Article IV – MEMBERS

  1. Regular and Emeritus Members are individuals who have completed the necessary application for membership and who reside in the Southern California geographic region, which is approximately defined by U. S. Postal Service ZIP Codes whose first three digits are between 900 and 935, inclusive.
  2. Regular members are those who have paid the required dues.
  3. Memberships are for one calendar year, beginning on January 1.
  4. Regular members may terminate their membership by completing the necessary form.
  5. Emeritus members are those who have previously been regular members for at least 5 years, who have reached the age of 60 years, and who are completely retired from all employment.
  6. Sustaining members are corporations and institutions that have furthered the work of SCAAPT through donations (either in funds or service) to SCAAPT in the last two years.

ARTICLE V- EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  1. The Executive Committee shall meet to discuss and plan section business at least once a year, between June and August, and as necessary.
  2. Quorum of the Executive Committee is defined as five Officers.
  3. Officers shall receive notice of an Executive Committee meeting from the President at least one week prior to the meeting. Notice shall be delivered via the Officers’ contact information (electronic address, telephone/ voice messaging, or postal address) on file with the section.
  4. Executive Committee actions may be taken by unanimous written consent.
    1. If an item for action is best addressed before a Executive Committee meeting, the following factors will be considered by the President before determining whether to ask for an action by written consent:
      1. How soon a decision is required.
      2. Whether the decision would be better made after further discussion and/or whether alternatives should be considered.
      3. Whether the action is a routine action that the Executive Committee can take in lieu of an Executive Committee meeting.
      4. Whether a conference call meeting can be scheduled and held (either just for discussion or if a quorum is obtained, to take a vote).
      5. Whether all Officers have indicated they are unanimously in favor of the action and will be available to sign and return a written consent.
    2. If after considering the above factors, the President determines it would be best to take the action by unanimous written consent, the President may have the Secretary draft the proposed action and email it as an attachment to all Officers at their respective email addresses.
    3. The action shall allow an Officer to check that he or she is in favor of or opposed to the particular action.
    4. Each Officer shall sign and return the written consent to the Secretary by email within 24 hours unless another deadline is provided in the email.
    5. Upon the Secretary’s receipt and verification of all written consents approving the action, the action is duly approved. Regardless of whether the action is approved or not, the Secretary will confirm whether the action has passed or failed by email to all Officers upon receipt of all the individual written consents.
    6. The Secretary will file all individual written consents.
    7. The Executive Committee will ratify any action taken by unanimous written consent at the next Executive Committee meeting. The minutes of this meeting will record the ratification.

ARTICLE VI- PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be the parliamentary authority for all matters not specifically covered in the Section’s Constitution or Bylaws.