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Notice of proposed amendments to bylaws.

The Society of Plastics Engineers' Bylaws require that all proposed amendments undergo a three-step approval process: a vote of Council to recommend the proposed bylaw amendments for consideration; if the vote passes, publication of the proposed amendments in Plastics Engineering for the general information of all members; and, finally, a Council vote on the amendments themselves.

At the November 12, 2011, Council Meeting, the Council voted to consider the following Bylaw amendments at its all-electronic meeting on February 24, 2012:

Add words in italics; eliminate words in [begin strikethrough]crossout[end strikethrough].

Presentation of Audit Report to Council

The current Bylaw requires that an audit report be made at the Annual Business Meeting at ANTEC. Because the next few ANTECs will be held in April, we do not expect to have a final report ready for the Annual Business Meeting. Therefore, the change to this Bylaw removes that requirement.

14.7.2.3.4 Report to Council

Cause a report of the audit to be submitted to the Council and cause the report to be provided [begin strikethrough]at the Annual Business Meeting and[end strikethrough] in the Official Publication; and

Voluntary Deactivation of SPE Affiliate Groups

These changes to the bylaws will allow SPE Sections, Divisions and SIGs to voluntarily deactivate rather than go through the process of being placed on Provisional Status by Council for two years before deactivating.

9.3 Voluntary Deactivation of Sections

The procedure for a Section to request and implement voluntary deactivation of the Section shall be in accordance with policies set forth by Council.

10.3 Voluntary Deactivation of Divisions

The procedure for a Division to request and implement voluntary deactivation of the Division shall be in accordance with policies set forth by Council.

11.3 [begin strikethrough]Deactivation[end strikethrough] Termination

Special Interest Groups may be [begin strikethrough]deactivated upon recommendations of the Divisions Committee and the Executive Committee and a vote by the Council to deactivated,[end strikethrough] terminated in accordance with politics [begin strikethrough]established[end strikethrough] set forth by Council.

11.4 Voluntary Deactivation of Special Interest Groups

The procedure for a Special Interest Group to request and implement voluntary deactivation of the Special Interest Group shall be in accordance with policies set forth by Council.

Changes to Membership Grades

These changes incorporate new member grades and changes to grades that required "experience credits," which are no longer tracked by the Society.

4.2 [begin strikethrough]Classes[end strikethrough] Grades of Membership

The membership of the Society shall consist of Distinguished Members, Fellows of the Society, Honored Service Members, Honorary Members, Senior Members, Professional Members, Young Professional Members [begin strikethrough]Affiliate Members[end strikethrough], and Student Members[begin strikethrough], and Student Affiliate Members[end strikethrough].

4.3.1 Application for Membership

All applicants for membership shall make application on a form approved by the Council or its designee. [begin strikethrough]This application shall include an account of applicant's education and experience qualifications, and an agreement to conform to the Bylaws, policies and rules of the Society and its affiliate groups.[end strikethrough]

4.3.3 [begin strikethrough]Experience Credits[end strikethrough]

[begin strikethrough]Qualifications for the several grades of membership include "experience credits." One experience credit is assigned for each year of experience of a responsible nature in plastics engineering or a related science. A fraction of an experience credit is assigned for a year of experience in which only a fraction of the applicant's work involved engineering or during which the degree or skill, the degree of independent judgment exercised or the technical level at which the principles of plastics engineering or related sciences were applied was not professional.[end strikethrough]

4.3.4 [begin strikethrough]Educational Experience[end strikethrough]

[begin strikethrough]Educational experience shall be assigned experience credit as follows, except that only one degree may be assigned credit:[end strikethrough]
[begin strikethrough]                      [begin strikethrough]
Degree[end strikethrough]                  Experience Credit[end
                                           strikethrough]

[begin strikethrough]Doctorate in          [begin strikethrough]6[end
Science or Engineering[end                 strikethrough]
strikethrough]

[begin strikethrough]Master in Science     [begin strikethrough]5[end
or Engineering[end strikethrough]          strikethrough]

[begin strikethrough]Baccalaurete in       [begin strikethrough]4[end
Science or Engineering[end                 strikethrough]
strikethrough]

[begin strikethrough]Baccalaurete,         [begin strikethrough]2[end
Master or Doctorate in other than          strikethrough]
Science or Engineering[end
strikethrough]

[begin strikethrough]Associate or          [begin strikethrough]2[end
Adjustment in Plastics[end                 strikethrough]
strikethrough]

[begin strikethrough]Associate or          [begin strikethrough]1[end
Adjustment (awarded by a Community         strikethrough]
College or equivalent for two year (A.A.
or A.S.) course of studies, without a
specialization in Plastics[end
strikethrough]


4.3.5 Senior Member

A candidate for Senior Member shall have [begin strikethrough]a minimum of twelve experience credits and shall have[end strikethrough] held membership in the Society for not less than [begin strikethrough]two[end strikethrough] ten contiguous years immediately prior to application for Senior Member status.

4.3.6 Professional Member

A candidate for Professional Member shall have a professional or academic interest in plastics engineering, technology or science, or in the management of such activities [begin strikethrough]minimum of six experience credits[end strikethrough].

4.3.7 [begin strikethrough]Affiliate Member[end strikethrough]

[begin strikethrough]A candidate for Affiliate Member shall have an interest in plastics engineering or science. The candidate shall not possess sufficient experience credits to qualify for Member.[end strikethrough]

4.3.9 [begin strikethrough]Student Affiliate Member[end strikethrough]Young Professional Member [begin strikethrough]The Student Affiliate Member grade shall be available for one year transition period when a Student Member no longer qualifies as a Student Member. At the conclusion of the one year period, a Student Affiliate Member shall be automatically reclassified to Affiliate Member.[end strikethrough] A candidate for the Young Professional Member grade shall be under 30 years of age, but not a Student Member.

4.3.12 Fellow of the Society

To be elected a Fellow of the Society, a candidate shall have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of plastics engineering, science or technology, or in the management of such activities; be sponsored, in writing, by the Board of Directors of at least one Section, Division, or Special Interest Group, or by a Committee of the Society organized for this purpose; [begin strikethrough]have a minimum of eighteen experience credits[end strikethrough] and have been a [begin strikethrough]Senior[end strikethrough] member in good standing for six [begin strikethrough]consecutive[end strikethrough] years.

4.3.13 Honored Service Member

To be elected an Honored Service Member, a candidate shall have been awarded the President's Cup; or have demonstrated long-term, outstanding service to, and support of, the Society and its objectives; be sponsored, in writing, by the Board of Directors of at least one Section, Division, or Special Interest Group, or by a Committee of the Society organized for this purpose; [begin strikethrough]have a minimum of eighteen experience credits[end strikethrough] and have been [begin strikethrough]Senior[end strikethrough] member in good standing for six [begin strikethrough]consecutive[end strikethrough] years.

4.3.15 Multi-Grade Membership

A member may hold more than one [begin strikethrough]classification[end strikethrough] grade provided all qualifications for each are met and approved according to the procedure for each classification held. The dues paid by a member holding multiple grades shall be the lowest dues rate for which that member is qualified.

4.4.1 Voting Members

Professional Members, Young Professional Members, Senior Members, Fellows of the Society, Honored Service Members, and Distinguished Members shall have the right to vote, hold elective office and participate in all the affairs of the Society.

4.4.2 [begin strikethrough]Affiliate Members[end strikethrough]

[begin strikethrough]Affiliate Members shall have all the privileges of membership, including those of voting and holding offices in the Sections and Divisions, and may participate in all of the affairs of the Society, except that they shall not enjoy the privilege of holding Society office or serving as Councilor.[end strikethrough]

4.4.3 Non-voting Members

Student Members [begin strikethrough]Student Affiliate[end strikethrough] and Honorary Members may participate in all affairs of the Society except voting or holding elective Section, Division or Society office.

4.4.4 Section/Division Affiliation

Each member in good standing shall have the privilege of affiliating with two affiliate groups: one Section and one Division, or two Sections, or two Divisions. [begin strikethrough]shall be affiliated with the Section within whose boundaries the members' mailing address falls, except when the members request affiliation with another Section. A member not affiliated with any Section shall be listed as a Non-Section affiliate.[end strikethrough] Requirements for membership in additional Sections or Divisions shall be prescribed by Council.

4.4.5 [begin strikethrough]Division Affiliation[end strikethrough]

[begin strikethrough]Each member in good standing shall have the privilege of affiliating with a single Division. Requirements for membership in additional Divisions shall be prescribed by Council.[end strikethrough]

7.3.3 Eligibility for Nomination

Eligibility for these Society offices shall be extended to any Distinguished Member, Fellow of the Society, Honored Service Member, Senior Member [begin strikethrough]or[end strikethrough] Professional Member or Young Professional Member who:

7.3.4 Specific Nominations

In appropriate years, the Sections Committee or the Divisions Committee may, in rotation, recommend to the Nominating Committee no more than three candidates for Vice President positions. Eligibility for these Vice President positions is extended to any Distinguished Member, Fellow of the Society, Honored Service Member, Senior Member, [begin strikethrough]or[end strikethrough] Professional Member or Young Professional Member who meets the requirements of 7.3.3 and:

If you have questions or comments on these amendments, they can be directed to your Section or Division Councilor, or to the Bylaws and Policies Committee via Gail Bristol at SPE Headquarters (fax: 203-775-8490; email: grbristol@4spe.org; or mail: SPE, 13 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470 USA).
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