In Summer of 2002, PA-TSA released the document that would be known as the framework for the PA-TSA, Inc. and Foundation. This document was key to the restructuring of PA-TSA. For many years, PA-TSA was operating outside its limits. The document provided a new structure for the Board of Directors and how we interact with the State Officer Team and Alumni Association.
This document was not an overnight creation. For almost 2 years, Mike Amrhein (former PA-TSA President) worked the document into a manner that would best facilitate operation. This document includes the Incorporation papers, Bylaws and Standing Rules.
With this in hand, PA-TSA is now better prepared to solicit funds in the community for helping to keep membership dues down, offset conference costs and offer more in the scholarship program.
TSA has seen rapid growth in the last few years, the Foundation will best facilitate the growth of PA-TSA.
The Executive Council is nominated and voted on by the Board of Directors for PA-TSA, Inc. The Secretary, Treasurer and President-Elect must come from the Board of Directors. The President Elect and the President may be the same person, in which case, the President will continue to serve as President until a new President-Elect is selected by the Board.
These board members who are nominated and approved (by way of vote) by the Board of Directors, they are: State Conference Director, State Officer Director and the Technology Director. When the positions become open, an announcement will be posted.
There are three positions on the board for this office. The Member-at-Large is a three year term. Each term is staggered so there is only one spot up for election each year. Nominations for the Member-at-Large can come from ANY PA-TSA member. Corporate Membership is explained in Article III of the PA-TSA Bylaws. Openings will be posted here The next regular election for a board member will be for the 2012-2015 seat. Normal nominations run from May 1 to May 14 with elections being held June 1 to June 14 of each year. Special elections will also be held on here for vacant positions.
Each region can elect one Regional Coordinator to serve on the PA-TSA, Inc. board of directors as a voting member. Each region is responsible for conducting an annual election process.
These board members receive a position on the board by means of positions in other TSA related organizations. They are, president of the student officer team, president of the alumni association and the PDE state advisor.
The Executive Director is an appointment made by the Board of Directors. The curriculum specialist is an appointment made by the PDE. The highest ranking National TSA Officer from PA is given a seat by Proxy. These are non voting positions.
Pennsylvania TSA Board of Directors meet annually three times a year. In accordance with our Corporate Bylaws, Article V (Meetings):
Section 1 - There will be a minimum of two (2) corporate meetings each year to facilitate planning student activities. Special meetings may be called by the President. A special meeting may be called by the Secretary with approval of a majority of the Board. Three (3) weeks notification by mail or telephone must be given for any meeting. A quorum shall be a majority of those corporate members with voting rights.
Section 2 - There will be a minimum of one Board of Directors meeting each year. A quorum shall be a majority of those members of the Board of Directors with voting rights.
The July meeting serves as the reorganization meeting for the association. In addition to the installation of new officers and appointment of positions, the annual budget is approved as well as the events and conference/meeting dates for PA-TSA. The student officer team also has its first organization meeting of the year.
The meeting is held over two days, generally following the July 4th holiday. For details about this year’s meeting, visit the Summer Meeting page.
The January meeting serves as both a planning meeting for the upcoming State Conference, but also as an official meeting for the organization. The location is determined at the July board meeting and is held at a central pennsylvania location. The meeting generally runs from 9am to 3pm. Breakfast and lunch is provided for all attendees, as well as hotel rooms for board members traveling a significant distance.
For persons (advisors, alumni or students) who have business for the Board of Director’s meeting, please contact the PA-TSA Board of Directors President by January 5. If you are a board member and would like to have an item added to the agenda, please contact the PA-TSA Board of Directors President by January 5. Also, all board members, committee chairs and regional coordinators should have digital copies of their report submitted by the above date to the Board President.