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SNAL Governing Documents

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SNAL Governing Documents

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Governing Documents


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School Nutrition Association of Louisiana By-Laws are the rules and regulations enacted by the association to provide a framework for operation and management. The By-Laws are reviewed each year and proposed changes are accepted annually. Each year June proposed by-law changes are presented at the House of Delegates that takes place at Annual Conference.

THE SCHOOL NUTRITION ASSOCIATION OF LOUISIANA

"Association” BY LAWS Amended 6/2013

ARTICLE I

"NAME”

The name of this organization shall be the School Nutrition Association of Louisiana, herein after referred to as the Association. It shall be affiliated with the School Nutrition Association.

ARTICLE II

"PURPOSES”

The purposes of this Association are as follows:

1. To maintain and improve the health and nutrition education of school children through nutritionally adequate and educationally sound, non-profit school food service programs.
2. To work for the highest standards of nutrition education and school food service programs.
3. To encourage and promote between school personnel and the general public such unified efforts as will assure for every school child an opportunity for adequate nutrition education and school food service.
4. To encourage and promote and develop the highest standards for school food service personnel by providing appropriate educational programs.
5. To improve the wellbeing of Association members.

ARTICLE III

"MEMBERSHIP”

SECTION A. CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the Association shall consist of five classes: active, life, honorary, retired, and sustaining. Membership in the School Nutrition Association is required, with the exception of sustaining and honorary members.

1. Active Members - The Association shall be composed of persons actively engaged in school food services. Any school system or college employee engaged in state level, any such persons engaged in food service personnel training or teaching, or school administrative work in school or college, as are authorized under the National School Lunch Act, Child Nutrition Act, and the Older Americans Act. A person once qualified as an active member, but who ceases to be actively engaged in non-profit school food service work, may continue as an active member provided he does not accept employment in a non-eligible field. The term non-profit used in these by-laws means a program administered, managed and operated solely by employees of the governing body. Active members shall include both individual members and SDM (School District Owned Membership).

2. Life Members – Any persons eligible for active membership may become a life member in the School Nutrition Association of Louisiana upon payment of 20 times the appropriate dues at the time of application in one payment, providing they are life members in SNA with the exception of SNA of Louisiana Past Presidents. Life membership shall be conferred upon the President upon completion of his/her term in office.

3. Honorary Members - Individuals who have helped to advance School Food Service Programs or have rendered outstanding service to the School Nutrition Association of Louisiana may have conferred upon them the title of honorary member at any regular association meeting or conference. The Executive Board shall establish the criteria and approve honorary membership.

4. Retired Members – Any person who has been an active member of the association may become a retired member. Annual dues of retired members shall be equated to the least amount of dues assessed by any active member. Periodic employment of less than six (6) months within each school year will not alter retired status.

5. Corporate Partners – Any individual or organization who is interested in furthering the programs of the Association may become a Corporate Partner.

6. Affiliate Member – School food service employees working less than 4 hours per day who choose the option of being non-voting supporter members or retired members who choose the option of being non-voting supporter members.

SECTION B. RIGHTS OF MEMBERS

1. All active members whose dues are not in arrears shall be entitled to one vote for election of officers for the coming year and to cast one vote in person upon any matter submitted for a vote of the voting membership of the Association.

2. Retired members shall have all the rights and privileges of active members provided they are not employed in a non-eligible field, except that they shall not hold an elective office.

3. Life members shall have all rights and privileges of active members provided they are not employed in a non-eligible field. A life member who becomes employed in a non-eligible field shall forfeit life membership and become an honorary member.

4. Honorary members shall not have the right to vote, serve as delegates, or hold elective or appointed offices.

5. Corporate partners shall not have the right to vote, serve as delegates, or hold elective or appointed offices, other than the Industry Advisory Committee. Corporate partners shall have the right to identify their membership in their advertising and/or at state association meetings.

6. The regular publication of the association shall be distributed to all members.

SECTION C. DUES

1. Dues for active and retired members shall be established by a two-thirds vote of the delegates in the House.

2. Dues for corporate partners shall be established by the Executive Board.

3. The Executive Board may approve a discount of members’ dues for the purpose of promoting membership.

4. All rights and privileges of membership shall be terminated for nonpayment of dues.

5. State membership for Past Presidents shall be complimentary and Past Presidents will be considered active provided they continue to meet membership requirements.

ARTICLE IV

"ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE & GOVERNMENT”

SECTION A. HOUSE OF DELEGATES

The House of Delegates (“House”) shall be the legislative and governing body of the Association. It shall formulate the philosophies and goals under which the Executive Board manages the affairs of the Association. The House shall adopt policies, hear Committee and officers’ reports, take action on recommendations, resolutions, and amendments to the Article of Incorporation, By-Laws, and Standing Rules; and have all other powers and duties specifically provided to it by the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws.

1. The House of Delegates meeting shall be conducted at the Annual Conference. The President shall preside and have responsibility for this meeting.

2. The voting delegates shall consist of:

a. Voting members of the Executive Board

b. Past-Presidents of Louisiana School Food Service Association, Pelican School Food Service Association, School Food Service Association of Louisiana, School Nutrition Association of Louisiana.

c. Affiliate Chapters shall be represented according to the following formula:

I. 10-100 active members: By the Chapter President whose term of office has been completed in the school year prior to the conference, or the President’s appointed representative.

II. 101-200 active members; By the Chapter President and President-Elect or the President’s appointed representative.

III. 201 or more active members; By the Chapter President, President-Elect and one (1) elected delegate or the President’s appointed representative.

Questions regarding eligibility or number of chapter’s voting representatives prior to the conference shall be resolved by the Executive Committee. Questions arising at the Annual Conference shall be resolved by the House of Delegates.

3. No member shall vote in more than one capacity.

4. Quorum shall be a majority of the voting members registered.

5. Duties:

a. Consider matters of professional interest and make appropriate recommendations to the Executive Board thereto.

b. Review reports of SNA of Louisiana officers, Regional Chairmen, Section Representatives.

c. Consider long range goals, plans, or recommendations brought before it by any Affiliate Chapter Association, Officers, or Committee and give directions to the Executive Board relative to same.

d. Consider all resolutions brought before it by members in accordance with these by-laws.

6. Members privilege at the House of Delegates – All members of SNA of Louisiana may attend the meetings and speak. Only voting members of the body shall be allowed to introduce motions and vote.

7. Special meetings or the House of Delegates may be called by the President, Executive Board or one-tenth of the membership.

SECTION B. REGIONS

1. The State shall be divided into five Regions as follows:

NORTHEAST: Parishes of Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, West Carroll, Winn, and City of Monroe.

NORTHWEST: Parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Vernon, Webster, Diocese of Alexandria, and Diocese of Shreveport.

SOUTHEAST: Parishes of Jefferson, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, City of Bogalusa, City of Zachary, and New Orleans Archdiocese.

SOUTHWEST: Parishes of Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermillion, Lafayette Diocese and Lake Charles Diocese.

SOUTH CENTRAL: Parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, Terrebonne, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, City of Baker, and Baton Rouge Diocese.

2. Each Region shall be represented on the Executive Board by a Regional Chairman, who shall also serve on the Nominating, Membership, and Scholarship Committees.

3. Regional Chairmen shall represent the membership of the Association in the Region concerned and shall assist in membership recruitment and chapter affiliation.

SECTION C. SECTIONS

Membership in sections shall be classified according to the special type of food and/or nutrition activities in which members are engaged. Each section may have a representative elected as herein provided.

1. State Agency Personnel: Composed of state level administrative and supervisory personnel, including persons engaged in both school food service and/or nutrition service and/or food distribution.

2. Supervisors and Administrators: Composed of parish, city, and parochial personnel who are responsible for administration and/or supervision of the food and/or nutrition program in more than one school or school district.

3. Managers and Assistant Managers: Composed of school food service and/or nutrition personnel responsible for the overall operation of the food service program within one school, and/or who have responsibilities in a central kitchen that serves more than one school, but who are not employed on a system-wide basis.

4. Technicians/School Site Clerks and Cashiers: Composed of school food service and/or school nutrition personnel assigned to one school, and/or school food service personnel who have responsibilities in a central kitchen that serves more than one school, and/or food service personnel who have responsibilities in more than one school, but who are not employed on a system-wide basis.

5. Support Personnel: Composed of school food service and/or nutrition related support staff including clerical, accounting, maintenance, area manager, and other staff employed on a system-wide basis.

SECTION D. AFFILIATE CHAPTERS

Any local group of members of the State Association may upon written application become an affiliate of the School Nutrition Association of Louisiana. The following shall be observed in petitioning for affiliation:

1. Affiliation application must be reviewed by the President and the Chairman of the Resolution and By-Laws Committee, and approved by the Executive Board.

2. In the event a local Chapter is organized, the By-Laws of the local Chapter shall be in harmony with the By-Laws of the School Nutrition Association of Louisiana and the School Nutrition Association. Each local Chapter applying for affiliation shall submit to the Resolution and By-Laws Chairman a copy of its Constitution and/or By-Laws with the application. Any By-Law changes thereafter shall be submitted to the Resolution and By-Laws Chairman.

3. Only the Chapter from each parish system, city school system, and parochial diocese may become an affiliate.

4. Each local Affiliate Chapter shall be known as School Nutrition Association, with its local name preceding/following such title.

5. A certificate fee of $5.00 for application shall be charged each Affiliate Chapter. A minimum if ten (10) members will be required.

Any Chapter failing to meet these requirements shall be notified by the By-Laws Chairman; and if requirements are not met within ninety (90) days following notification, the Chapter shall be dropped from the list of affiliates.

SECTION E. EXECUTIVE BOARD

1. The government of this Association shall be vested in an Executive Board.

2. Executive Board

a) Composition

1. Voting Members of the Executive Board shall consist of:

  President

  President-Elect

  Vice-President

  Secretary

  Treasurer

  Immediate Past President

  Northeast Regional Chairman

  Northwest Regional Chairman

  South Central Regional Chairman

  Southeast Regional Chairman

  Southwest Regional Chairman

  Supervisors’ Representative

  Managers’ Representative

  Technicians’ Representative

  Support Personnel Representative

  State Agency Personnel Representative

  Resolution & By-Laws Chairman

  Membership Chairman

  Public Communication Chairman

  Public Policy and Legislative Chairman

  Education Chairman

2. The Executive Director shall be a member without vote.

3. The State Director of the Division of Nutrition Assistance shall be an advisor to the Association without a vote.

b) Duties: The Executive Board shall determine administrative policies, approve the program and financial transactions, and exercise general supervision over the affairs of the Association. The Executive Board shall have the following specific responsibilities:

1. Review and amend the Policy Handbook, maintaining consistency with the By-Laws for the management of the Association business and affairs as needed.

2. The President and the Treasurer shall be authorized on the Association’s behalf, to sign bills, receipts, acceptances, endorsements, releases, contracts, and other instruments in accordance with other sections of the by-laws.

3. Define awards and criteria for awards in a written handbook.

4. Review and approve the annual plans of all committees and authorize and direct the work of each committee.

5. At a meeting of the Board, or by written ballot of the Board, elect a member to fill any and all vacancies of unexpired terms or replace persons unable to fulfill the responsibilities of his position except as herein provided.

6. Select the date and location for the Annual Meeting as proposed by the time and site committee, with the location dictated by the conference rotation schedule.

7. Consider all resolutions and amendments presented to the Board and take appropriate action on those approved for presentation to the House of Delegates at the Annual Meeting.

8. Shall meet upon the request of the President. A majority of the voting members shall constitute a quorum.

9. Shall employ and determine duties and salary of the Executive Director.

10. Shall authorize the Executive Director to secure bonding for the Treasurer, President, Executive Director and other members appointed by the Executive Board to sign or cosign checks for funds of the Association and the Annual Conference account. The bonding shall be by a recognized surety company for an amount consistent with funds handled, as determined by the Executive Board.

11. The Executive Board shall authorize an independent audit yearly. The Executive Board shall receive and approve the completed audit.

12. Decide upon questions of cooperation with other state and national organizations.

SECTION F. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

1. Composition
The voting members of the Executive Committee shall consist of the President, who shall act as chairman, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, one Regional Chairman and one Section Representative, both to be appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Board.

2. Duties

a. Acts in emergencies when time does not practically permit a meeting of the entire Executive Board, as determined by the President. Action taken shall not be in conflict with Executive Board policies and the By-Laws of the Association.

b. Considers all business referred to it by the Executive Board.

c. Reports all actions taken to the Executive Board.

d. Conduct an annual review of the performance of the Executive Director.

Section G. Committees

All committees shall be approved by the Executive Board. There shall be the following standing and special committees (other special committees may be approved as needed)

1. Standing Committees
Chairmen of each standing committee shall be a voting member of the Executive Board.

a. Public Policy and Legislative Committee
This committee shall consist of the chairman and one (1) active member from each District appointed by the President. The legislative program shall be approved by the Executive Board prior to the initiation of activities.

b. Education Committee
This committee shall consist of a chairman appointed by the President from members who have demonstrated superior leadership and outstanding ability by effectively serving the Association in the past as an officer, on a committee, or as a conference participant. The chairman shall name an assistant with the approval of the President and Executive Board. The State Agency Personnel Representative shall be a member of this committee. This committee shall be responsible for SNA certification compliance, workshops and continuing education credits for members.

c. Resolution and By-Laws Committee
This committee shall consist of the Chairman, appointed by the President, the immediate Past-President, and the President-Elect. The Chairman shall serve as Parliamentarian. The committee shall review the SNA of Louisiana By-Laws to ensure they are in compliance with the SNA By-Laws, and prepare revisions of amendments as appropriated to be presented to the House of Delegates for a vote.

d. Membership Committee
This committee shall consist of a Chairman, appointed by the President, the five regional Chairmen, and the Technicians’ Representative. The committee shall be responsible for membership recruitment and activities, and 100% membership.

e. Public Communications Committee
This committee shall consist of a Chairman appointed by the President, the Managers’ Representative, and active members recommended by the Chairman and approved by the President. The Chairman shall solicit articles for publication in the Association Journal.

2. Special Committees

a. Budget Committee
This committee shall consist of the Treasurer as Chairman, President-Elect, Vice-President, Supervisors’ Representative, Executive Director, and Treasurer-Elect in odd years. The committee shall prepare the budget for the ensuing year for approval at the first meeting of the Executive Board.

b. Nominating Committee
This committee shall consist of the immediate Past-President as Chairman and the five (5) Regional Chairmen. It shall submit a slate of officers to the Executive Board for approval at the January Executive Board meeting. The slate shall contain the names of two (2) nominees for each office, plus an alternate. All candidates shall meet qualifications for the office as listed in the By-Laws. Eligibility of each candidate shall e confirmed by the Executive Director. At the annual SNA of Louisiana Conference the Chairman shall provide the Executive Board and House of Delegates attendees with candidate nomination and information form.

c. Conference Committee
This committee shall consist of a Chairman appointed by the Vice-President for the year the Vice-President is President-Elect. The Chairman shall reside in the region of the location of the Annual Conference. Other committee members for the conference are to be appointed by the Conference Chairman and approved by the Executive Board.

d. Conference Program Committee
This committee shall consist of the President-Elect as Chairman, and active members appointed by the Chairman and President. It shall be responsible for planning the program for the Annual Meeting of the Association subject to approval by the Executive Board.

e. Scholarship and Awards Committee
This committee shall consist of the Vice-President as Chairman, and the five (5) Regional Chairmen. The committee shall administer official School Nutrition Association of Louisiana programs of scholarships and/or other awards. The Chairman shall be a member without vote.

f. Industry Advisory Committee
This committee shall consist of up to nine (9) members from firms exhibiting at the state meeting. Each member shall serve a three-year term. A chairman, vice-chairman and a secretary shall be elected by the council to serve a one (1) year term. This committee will work with the Association officers in various ways to achieve industry cooperation as may be deemed mutually appropriate.

g. National School Lunch Week Committee
This committee shall consist of a chairman and one other member appointed by the President.

h. Louisiana School Lunch Week Committee
This committee shall consist of a chairman and one other member appointed by the President.

i. Time and Site Committee
This committee shall consist of the Executive Director as chairman and two or three additional members appointed by the Chairman at the discretion of the Chairman.

j. Retirement Committee
This committee shall consist of a Chairman appointed by the President and one additional member as recommended by the Chairman and with the approval of the President.

k. Tellers Committee
This committee shall consist of the Secretary as the Chairman, the Support Personnel Representative, two (2) members appointed by the President and the Chairman of the Nominating Committee.

l. National School Breakfast Week Committee
This committee shall consist of a chairman and one other member appointed by the President.

m. Audit Committee
This committee shall consist of the Immediate Past-Treasurer as Chairman, Vice-President, Immediate Past-President, Support Personnel Representative, and State Agency Personnel Representative. This committee shall be responsible for conducting an internal audit of the books for the Association at the end of the first year of the Treasurer’s term. This committee shall be responsible for conducting an external audit of the books for the Association at the end of the second year of the Treasurer’s term.

n. Special Projects Committee
This committee shall consist of a Chairman appointed by the President and two (2) additional members as recommended by the Chairman and with the approval of the Executive Board.

3. Historian
The immediate Past-President shall serve as Historian of the Association to collect news items for inclusion in the archives of the Association.

4. Past Presidents Council
The members shall be Past Presidents of the School Nutrition Association of Louisiana, Louisiana School Food Service Association, the Pelican School Food Service Association and the School Food Service Association of Louisiana. A Chairman from the group shall be appointed by the President. This Council will serve as an advisor to the Board on matters as requested by the President.

ARTICLE V

"OFFICERS”

Section A. Elected Officers

The Officers of the Association shall consist of a President, a President-Elect, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, the Regional Chairmen, and the Section Representatives, to be elected as herein provided. All officers shall hold office until the 31st of July following the election of their successors.

1. President. The President shall serve for one (1) year.
Duties. The President shall:

a. Be the chief executive officer of the Association.

b. Be Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Executive Board.

c. Serve as ex-officio member of all committees provided for herein.

d. Preside at all Association meetings.

e. Set up a time schedule for completion of work and submission of reports of all committees.

f. See that all orders and resolutions of the Executive Board are carried into effect.

g. With the approval of the Executive Board, shall appoint the Chairman of all standing committees with the exception of those set forth by these By-Laws under Section G.

h. Be one of the authorized signatures for signing checks.

i. Exercise all other general powers of supervisory and active management usually vested in that office.

j. Be one of the representatives to the House of Delegates of the School Nutrition Association and shall designate an alternate or alternates.

2. President-Elect. The President-Elect shall serve for one (1) year. Automatically become President of the Association the following year. The President-elect shall succeed to the office of President in the event of a vacancy in that office and shall serve until the end of the second Annual Meeting held after said vacancy occurs.
Duties. The President-Elect shall:

a. Become acquainted with all the duties of the President, other officers, Executive Board, committees, sections, affiliate associations, By-Laws, Policy & Procedures and Awards Manuals.

b. Serve as a member of the Budget Committee.

c. Work closely with the Five Regional Chairmen and direct them in their duties.

d. Serve as President in the absence of the President.

e. Serve as one of the representatives to the House of Delegates of the School Nutrition Association.

f. Serve as Program Chairman for Annual Conference.

3. Vice-President. The Vice-President shall serve for one (1) year and then automatically become President-Elect of the Association the following year. The Vice-President on becoming President-Elect shall succeed to the office of President the following year. In an event of a vacancy in the Presidency or the President-Elect, The Vice-President will assume the office in the regular order of succession.

Duties. The Vice-President shall:

a. Become Program Chairman for the SNA of Louisiana Annual Conference held the year following his/her term as Vice-President.

b. Appoint a Conference Chairman and Co-Chairman or Exhibits Chairman for the Convention as early as possible after being elected as Vice-President.

c. Become acquainted with all duties of the President, President-Elect, other officers, Executive Board, committees, sections, and affiliate associations.

d. Serve as a member of the Budget Committee, Audit Committee and serve as Chairman of the Scholarship and Awards Committee.

e. Serve as President in the absence of the President and President-Elect.

f. Serve as one of the representatives of the House of Delegates in SNA, as approved by the SNA of Louisiana Executive Board.

4. Secretary. The Secretary shall serve for two (2) years.

Duties. The Secretary shall:

a. Keep an accurate record of all meetings of the Association in books belonging to the Association.

b. Send notices of meetings and minutes to the Executive Board.

c. Conduct such correspondence as the Executive Board and the Association shall direct.

d. Serve as Chairman of the Tellers’ Committee.

e. Serve as one of the representatives in the House of Delegates of the School Nutrition Association in odd-numbered years.

5. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall serve two (2) years.

Duties. The Treasurer shall:

a. Approve all expenditures of the Association excluding the Conference Account.

b. Provide the Executive Director with an approved and signed voucher for all expenditures.

c. Render and account of receipts and disbursements at each Board Meeting and an annual financial statement at the House of Delegates.

d. Serve as Chairman of the Budget Committee.

e. Notify all officers of the Association and the Chairman of each committee the amount of money budgeted for use of that committee or officer.

f. Be one of the authorized signatures for signing checks.

g. Serve as one of the Representatives in the House of Delegates of the School Nutrition Association in even-numbered years.

6. Regional Chairmen. The Regional Chairmen shall assume duties on August 1 following the Annual Meeting and serve for two (2) years.

Duties. The Regional Chairmen shall:

a. Represent and are elected by their respective regional members only. Their place of employment shall be in the respective region at the time of nomination and election. If a change in the region of employment occurs they shall complete their term of office provided one (1) year of their term has been completed.

b. Serve as members of the Nominating, Membership, and Scholarship Committees.

c. Work closely with the President-Elect.

d. Request an annual handbook or Program of Work from affiliate chapter presidents within each region at the beginning of the term in office.

e. Work with parishes or groups that are not affiliated but desire to become recognized affiliated groups or chapters of the Association.

f. Attend affiliate chapter meetings when invited and when possible.

g. Work closely with Membership Chairman for recruitment of State membership within specific region.

h. Serve as representative to the School Nutrition Association House of Delegates during the year of the SNA Annual Conference on the following schedule as approved by the Executive Board.

SNA Annual Conference held during:

Even Years: Northeast, South Central & Southwest

Odd Years: Northwest & Southeast

7. Section Representatives. The Section Representatives shall:

a. Representatives are elected by their respective section at the time of nomination and election. If a change in the section of employment occurs they shall complete their term of office provided one (1) year of their term has been completed.

b. May serve as representative to the School Nutrition Association House of Delegates during the year of the SNA Annual Conference as per the following schedule in even and odd years as listed by priority and approved by the Executive Board.

SNA Annual Conference held during:

Even Years: Managers’ Representative, State Department Representative

Odd Years: Supervisors’ Representative, Technicians’ Representative, Support Personnel Representative

8. Technicians’ Representative. The Technicians’ Representative shall serve two (2) years.

Duties. The Technicians‘ Representative shall:

a. Work closely with the Executive Board to answer questions and aid local chapters.

b. Serve as a member of the Membership Committee.

c. Bring special needs or interests of technicians before the Executive Board.

d. At the request of the President, conduct polls seeking information from technicians on local concerns.

9. Managers’ Representative. The Managers’ Representative shall serve for two (2) years.

Duties. The Managers’ Representative shall:

a. Work closely with the Executive Board to answer questions and aid local chapters.

b. Serve as a member of the Public Communications Committee.

c. Bring special needs or interests of managers before the Executive Board.

d. At the request of the President, conduct polls seeking information from managers in local concerns.

10. Supervisors’ Representative. The Supervisors’ Representative shall serve for two (2) years. Duties. The Supervisors’ Representative shall:

a. Work closely with the Executive Board to answer questions and aid local chapters.

b. Serve as a member of the Budget Committee.

c. Bring special needs or interests of supervisors before the Executive Board.

d. At the request of the President, conduct polls seeking information from supervisors on local concerns.

11. Support Personnel Representative. The Support Personnel Representative shall serve two (2) years.

Duties. The Support Personnel Representative shall:

a. Work closely with the Executive Board to answer questions and aid local chapters.

b. Serve as a member of the Teller Committee and the Audit Committee.

c. Serve as one of the representatives in the House of Delegates of the SNA, as approved by the SNA of Louisiana Executive Board.

d. Bring special needs or interests of Support Personnel before the Executive Board.

e. At the request of the President, conduct polls seeking information from support personnel on local concerns.

12. State Agency Personnel Representative. The State Agency Personnel Representative shall serve two (2) years.

Duties. The State Agency Personnel Representative shall:

a. Serve as a member of the Education Committee and Audit Committee.

b. Bring special needs or interests of the State Agency Personnel before the Executive Board.

c. At the request of the President, conduct polls seeking information from the State Agency Personnel.

SECTION B. ELECTION

1. Elections to the office of Vice-President shall be conducted annually and for Secretary, Treasurer, Regional Chairmen, and Section Representatives bi-annually, as herein provided.

2. The slate shall contain two (2) nominees for each office plus an alternate and shall be prepared by the Nominating Committee as provided herein.

3. Eligibility

a. All nominees shall be engaged in non-profit school food service classified as active members , and have demonstrated superior leadership and outstanding ability by effectively serving a local or state school food service association as an officer, on a committee or as convention participant.

b. To be eligible for the office of Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer, a member must have held membership in both School Nutrition Association of Louisiana and School Nutrition Association for at least two (2) years immediately preceding the election. A member shall be eligible for the office of Vice-President following termination of his/her office as a member of a SNA of Louisiana Committee or member of the SNA of Louisiana Executive Board.

c. To be eligible for nomination for the office of Regional Chairman or Section Representative, the member shall be employed in the said region or section respectively. They must have held membership in the Association for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the nomination.

d. No member of the Nominating Committee shall be eligible for nomination during his/her term or office.

4. Ballots

a. Ballots shall contain nominations for Vice-President each year, for Secretary in even years, and for Treasurer in odd years.

b. Regional Chairmen shall be elected for a two-year term, with the Regional Chairman for the Northeast, Southwest, and South Central regions in odd years and the Northwest, and Southeast regions in even years.

c. One Managers’ Representative and one State Department of Education Personnel Representative shall be elected for a two-year term in odd years.

d. One Supervisors’ Representative, one Technicians’ Representative and one Support Personnel Representative shall be elected for a two-year term in even years.

e. Voting for the Section Representative and Regional Chairmen shall be limited to the membership of the Section or Region.

f. Ballots shall be counted by the Tellers’ Committee or the Chairman (Secretary) shall be officially notified in writing by the company hired to conduct the election.

The Secretary shall notify the President and all candidates of the results in writing.

ARTICLE IX

"LIMITATION OF LIABILITY”

To the fullest extent permitted by the Louisiana State NONSTOCK Corporation Act, is now in effect or may hereafter be amended, no officer or member of the Executive Board of the Association and/or Corporation shall be personally liable for damages in any proceeding brought by or in the right of the Association and/or Corporation, or in connection with any claim, action, suit or proceeding to which he or she may be or is made a party by reason of being or having been an officer or member of the Executive

Board of the Association and/or Corporation.

ARTICLE X

"RESOLUTIONS AND BY-LAW AMENDMENTS”

SECTION A. METHOD OF PROPOSAL

Resolutions and amendments to these By-Laws may be proposed by e-mail, fax transmission, or in writing no later than sixty (60) calendar days prior to the HOD (House of Delegates). By-Laws may be proposed in any one of the following ways:

1. At the official request of a local affiliate

2. By majority vote of the Executive Board

3. At the official request of Association Committees

4. By written petition signed by 10 members of the Association

Section B. Procedure – By-Laws Amendments

Amendments to these By-Laws may be adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members at the annual meeting of the House of Delegates or by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative email vote returned.

1. Provided the Chairman of the Resolutions and By-Laws Committee receives the amendments by email, fax transmission or in writing sixty (60) calendar days prior to the HOD (House of Delegates).

2. Provided copies of the proposed amendments have been emailed, faxed or mailed to all Delegates by direct mail at least fifteen (15) days prior to the House of Delegates meeting or deadline for casting a mail vote.

Section C. Procedure – Resolutions

1. All proposed resolutions to be considered at the House of Delegates shall be submitted to the Chairman of the Resolutions and By-Laws Committee by email, fax transmission, or in writing sixty (60) calendar days prior to the HOD (House of Delegates). Upon unanimous consent of the delegates a written resolution may be submitted from the floor of the House of Delegates.

2. Proposed resolutions to be considered by the Delegates shall be mailed to all members of the House of Delegates fifteen (15) days prior to the House of Delegates Meeting.

3. Adoption of proposed resolutions shall require a simple majority vote of the House of Delegates with the exception of resolutions dealing with changes in membership dues, the removal of an officer, and changes in the location of the Association office, which will require a two-thirds (2/3) vote.

4. Resolutions which are in conflict with the By-Laws of the Association will not be presented to the House of Delegates.

Section D. Resubmission of By-Laws Amendments

A resolution or amendment that has been the subject of a resolution or amendment to these By-Laws presented to the House of Delegates for a vote in any two consecutive years and is defeated shall not be placed on the agenda for the House of Delegates until the second meeting following the last meeting in which the same issue was defeated.

ARTICLE XI

"PROCEDURE”

The most recent edition of Robert’s Rule of Order shall be the parliamentary authority for the conduct of all meetings of the Association.

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The School Nutrition Association of Louisiana works to ensure all children have access to healthful school meals and nutrition education by providing members with education and training, setting standards through certification and credentialing, gathering and transmitting regulatory, legislative, industry, nutritional and other information related to school nutrition, and representing the nutritional interests of all children

Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, the SNAL has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1954.

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The School Nutrition Association of Louisiana is a state based, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 3,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the state of Louisiana.

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My SNAL membership provides numerous opportunities to grow in my profession and meet lots of wonderful nutrition professional across the state of Louisiana.

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