Constitution

CONSTITUTION
of the
PUBLIC RELATIONS ASSOCIATION OF LOUISIANA

Adopted unanimously by the PRAL Board of Directors September 30, 2011

ARTICLE I: Organization

Section 1. The name of the organization shall be the PUBLIC RELATIONS ASSOCIATION OF LOUISIANA; hereafter referred to as PRAL or the Association. PRAL is an autonomous affiliate of the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF).

Section 2. All meetings, including the annual business meeting, shall be called by the Board of Directors, hereafter referred to as the Board, with due prior notice to members.

Section 3. The Board shall have the power to charter and revoke area chapters.

ARTICLE II: Purpose

Section 1. The purpose of PRAL shall be to unite those engaged in the practice of public relations for the purpose of exchanging ideas and experiences, and to offer members professional development opportunities.

Section 2. To promote and seek to maintain high standards of public service and ethical conduct.

ARTICLE III: Membership

Section 1. Membership in any chartered chapter automatically grants membership in the state Association.

Section 2. Membership granted by chapters is subject to administrative review by the Board. The Board shall not have the right to revoke a membership approved by the chapter.

Section 3. There shall be four categories of membership: Active, Associate, Sustaining and  Student.

A. Active (voting) membership shall be open to persons engaged as full-time practitioners of public relations, or exercising full responsibility for public relations firms or agencies or members of the academic community who provide instruction and/or engage in research in the field of public relations.

B. Associate (non-voting) membership shall be open to persons, or other groups with an interest in public relations affairs, as determined by the Board, but whose geographic location is more than one hour or 100 miles from the nearest chapter.

C. Sustaining membership shall be open to persons retired from a full-time career in public relations.

D. Student membership shall be open to full-time college students interested in a career in public relations.

ARTICLE IV : Board of Directors

Section 1.  The affairs of PRAL shall be managed by a Board of Directors, meeting quarterly or on call of the president. The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected President, President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past President, the President of each chapter, and representatives from each chapter who will fill additional Officer roles and SPRF representative roles. The number of representatives shall be outlined in the organization bylaws.

Section 2. A simple majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of PRAL business.

ARTICLE V: Officers

Section 1. The officers of PRAL are the President, President-Elect, Vice President of Programs and Chapter Services, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Accreditation, Vice President of Communications, Vice President of Awards and Student Services, Secretary and Treasurer.

Section 2. Officers shall serve a term of one year. Election shall be by written or electronic (email) ballot. Ballots are to be mailed or emailed by the Secretary to all active members in good standing at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual business meeting.

Section 3. Officer positions that must be filled are president, president-elect, secretary and treasurer with those officers accepting the assignment of responsibilities of the open positions until they are filled.

Section 4. Officer positions can be added or eliminated by two thirds vote of the board.

ARTICLE VI: Dues

Section 1. Dues shall be set annually by the Board of Directors and established by the Bylaws.

ARTICLE VII: Amendments

Section 1. This Constitution may be amended by electronic or written ballot upon approval of two-thirds of the active membership or PRAL.

ARTICLE VIII: Bylaws

Section 1. All matters not embodied within the Constitution of PRAL may be adopted by the Board as bylaws and shall govern the operations of the Association.

 Revised: 11/30/2013