Recognizing that service to the public, to the state, and to the profession is a fundamental obligation of the professional engineer, the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers does hereby dedicate itself to the promotion and improvement of the profession of engineering as a social and economic influence vital to the welfare of the community, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States of America, and all the world.
1. Name and AFFILIATION
Section 1. The Virginia Society of Professional Engineers
(VSPE) is a member state society of the National Society of
Professional Engineers (NSPE). VSPE rules and
shall not conflict with those of NSPE.
Section 1. The VSPE, in partnership with the National
Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), is the organization
of licensed Professional Engineers (PEs) and Engineering
in Training (EIs/EITs) in the
leadership training, multi-disciplinary networking, and
outreach, VSPE enhances the image of its members and their
to ethically and professionally practice engineering.
section 1. The requirements for individuals to hold
membership in VSPE shall be the same as those prescribed
by the Bylaws of NSPE, as amended from time to time, and
a part of these Bylaws by reference.
Section 1. The VSPE shall be governed through a Board of
Directors (Board) of no more than nine (9) members.
Section 2. The Board shall be guided by the principles of
"Policy Governance", which consider among other things: the
VSPE vision; fundamental values and diverse perspectives of
the membership; the impact of external forces on NSPE and,
or VSPE; and the projected result of the strategic plan over a
three (3) to five (5) year period.
term of office for Board members shall be three (3) years beginning on
July 1 of the year elected to office, and end on June 30 of the third year
or until their successors have been elected and installed.
Section 4. Board policy changes and other significant
actions taken by the Board on behalf of the VSPE will be
communicated to the members of the Society by all
Section 5. All changes in Board policy, annual budget approval and elections to fill vacancies require approval of at least a majority of the Board. All Board members must have 30 days notice of votes to be taken outside of a scheduled Board meeting and have been given a reasonable opportunity to participate in the ballot by means acceptable to a majority of the Board.
Virginia Representative will represent the VSPE Board of Directors in the
NSPE House of Delegates. The
representative, elected by a two thirds majority of the Board, shall serve
a two year term beginning on July 1 of the year elected to office, and end
on June 30 of the second year or until their successors have been elected
and installed. The House of
Delegates Representative will provide written reports to the Board after
meeting(s) of the NSPE House of Delegates.
Section 1. Candidates for election to the Board shall be
licensed members of NSPE and VSPE, and have been a
member of NSPE/VSPE for at least three years. Candidate
members of the Board shall be nominated by the serving
directors or by written nomination of five (5) members of
VSPE. Terms of office will be staggered as much as
practicable. Pending the next regular VSPE election to a term
of office, vacancies on the Board may be filled by majority
vote of the Board members.
Section 2. a. Board of Director elections shall be conducted
by statewide ballot, using such means as necessary to ensure
that all Society members, except Student Members, have
access to a ballot at their address of record. Ballots will be
mailed/posted on the web or by other means not later than 30
days before the ballots are due back for counting. The
schedule for election activities will be specified by the Board
and published three (3) months before the election deadline.
Elected members serve staggered three-year terms. An
incumbent member of the Board may be reelected for an
additional three-year term. A member filling a vacancy as
provided in Article 4, Section 5, above, may be elected to a full
three-year term of office and subsequently for a second
b. Wherein a vacancy exists during an election cycle in which two or more
candidates are standing for election for a position on the Board,
balloting shall proceed in accordance with these Bylaws. If at the close
of the period for receiving nominations as prescribed by the schedule for
activities under Article 5, Nominations, Section 2a, the number of
candidates is less than or equal to the number of open positions on the
Board, it shall not be necessary to process a statewide ballot for the
un-contested positions, the candidate(s) being declared elected by the
President of the Board at the conclusion of the election schedule.
b. Wherein a vacancy exists during an election cycle in which two or more candidates are standing for election for a position on the Board, balloting shall proceed in accordance with these Bylaws. If at the close of the period for receiving nominations as prescribed by the schedule for activities under Article 5, Nominations, Section 2a, the number of candidates is less than or equal to the number of open positions on the Board, it shall not be necessary to process a statewide ballot for the un-contested positions, the candidate(s) being declared elected by the President of the Board at the conclusion of the election schedule.
Section 3. Candidates for election to the Board shall provide,
no later than 60 days prior to the election, statements relative
to their plans for achievement of the VSPE vision and brief
biographical information, to permit dissemination to the VSPE
Section 4. The Board will use every practicable means to
solicit opinions and ideas that reflect the full diversity of
viewpoints of the members of the VSPE. The Board's objective
is to foster policies and actions that meet the approbation of
Section 1. The President of the Board shall be a member of
NSPE and VSPE, be elected by the Board for a one-year
term and will serve as President of the Board as well as
President of VSPE. The President may be reelected for an
additional one-year term. The President shall not be eligible to
serve more than two (2) consecutive terms as President. The
President shall preside at the VSPE annual meeting, Board
meetings, and other meetings as appropriate. A
Vice-President, who shall also be a member of NSPE and
VSPE and fulfill the responsibilities of President during his/her
absences, shall be elected for a one-year term by the Board
to coincide with the term of the President and shall advance to
the position of President upon the completion of his/her term
Article 7. APPOINTEES, ADVISORS
Section 1. The VSPE President will appoint a Society
Treasurer and a Society Secretary, who will each serve when
confirmed by a majority of the Board and at the pleasure of
the Board, but have no vote unless he or she is also an elected
member of the Board. The Treasurer and Secretary shall
serve at the pleasure of the Board.
Section 2. Advisers to the Board shall be appointed as
necessary by the President and confirmed by majority vote of
the Board. Their function is to advise the Board on special
concerns or issues.
Section 3. The Board shall hire, as necessary, an Executive
Director to execute the policy decisions made by the Board
any and all administrative functions associated therewith.
Section 1. Chapters chartered within the VSPE, as well as
committees and task forces that are established from time to
are subject to VSPE governance.
9. Committees and Task Forces
Section 1. The Board may appoint committees and task
forces in conformance with NSPE and VSPE policies when
required or desired to promote accomplishment of the VSPE
and strategic plan.
Section 1. An annual meeting will be held for various
purposes which may include, but not be limited to, developing
membership views concerning needed policies; convening
meetings of the committees and task forces; member
professional development; recognition of members or others
for their support of the VSPE and/or NSPE, and for other
purposes to promote the achievement of the mission of the
Section 2. The Board shall meet at least four times annually
at the call of the President, but no more than half of the
meetings may be by VSPE conference calls or other
electronic means, as specified by a majority of the Board
members. Regular meetings of the Board will be announced in
advance in written publications, the website, and other
reasonable means approved by the Board. Emergency
meetings may be held without notice if a majority of the Board
concurs. Members of the Society may attend board meetings
at their own expense.
11. Fiscal Year
Section 1. The fiscal year of the VSPE will be from July 1
through June 30 each year. A budget for the next year will be
prepared by the Treasurer and be approved by majority vote
of the Board. Approval constitutes authority to disburse funds
as planned, following reasonable and prudent procedures and
12. Parliamentary Authority
Section 1. The rules contained in the current edition of
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the
Society in all cases to which they are applicable and in which
they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and any special
of order the Board may adopt.
Section 1. Amendment of these Bylaws requires the
recommendation of two-thirds (2/3) of the licensed members
of the Board, followed by the two-thirds of the votes cast by
licensed members of the Society voting during the next
regularly scheduled Society election. Amendments may also
be initiated by VSPE members, provided that at least
twenty-five (25) members petition the Board in sufficient time
to permit the proposal to be processed and submitted to the
Society for approval, simultaneously with elections of members