Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA - Seattle
(December 12, 2014)
name for this organization shall be “Chinese Institute of
Engineers/USA –Seattle” (CIE/USA-SEA).
is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and
scientific purpose. It consists of voting members, the
Executive Officers, the Committees and the Board of Directors.
The Executive Officers and Committee Chairperson shall
propose, lead to plan and execute activities for the
Organization. The Board of Directors shall provide guidance
and audit functions to the Organization.
1. To promote technical and professional
excellence in engineering, science and technologies for Asian
2. To provide technical, professional and
culture services and education to the communities.
To serve as a conduit to similar engineering and scientific
organizations at the national and international
organizational missions may apply as a member of the
Organization. Member may elect for lifetime membership by
paying a lifetime membership dues. Membership may be
terminated by 1/2 of the Board of Directors due to the
member's unethical conduct or violation of Bylaws of the
Annual dues, base on calendar year, are
required for all regular members. The amount of the dues, for
regular members and lifetime members, shall be recommended by
the President and approved by the Board of Directors. Regular
and lifetime members are active members. Only active members
can be nominate as Board of Directors and exercise
1. There shall be a President and one to four
2. Treasurer and Secretary shall be
member of the Board.
3. Treasure shall be nominated by
member of the Board and approved by the Board of Directors.
The term is two years.
4. The President shall appoint a
5. President, vice president(s), treasurer
and secretary together are the Executive Officers.
The Executive Officers and the Committee Chairs shall plan and
execute all activities for the Organization. As the situation
required, the Chairperson of the Board shall be
1. Based on the mission
of CIE USA-Seattle, Committees are assembled and formed under
the guidance and supervision of CIE USA-Seattle Board. Each
Committee shall be lead by a Committee Chair. All Chairs shall
solicit volunteers to staff various functions or programs,
share the fund raising responsibilities, and coordinate with
the President for all local community activities.
Membership/Communication Committee to organize/maintain
membership data, publish/maintain the Organization web site,
publish/distribute the Newsletter, and to disseminate related
news and activities in the Organization to members. This
committee shall also carry the historian function by archiving
multi-years data as determined by the Board.
Education Committee to promote education and to develop
programs in the technical, leadership, mentorship, scholarship
and career development areas.
4. A National council
communication committee to coordinate AAEOY, SATEC, METS,
HKTEC and other matters with National Council.
Advisory committee to manage Advisory Board.
Professional Development Committee to form Professional
Interest Groups and to promote their activities among our
VI. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1. There shall
be fifteen Directors of the Board including the President, and
2. The Board of Directors shall
elect a Chairperson of the Board.
3. Functions of the
Board are to provide guidance and auditing activities of the
Organization and to provide advice to the Executive Officers
and the Committee Chairs of the Society.
4. The Board
shall hold meetings quarterly. Special meetings shall be held
upon request by the Chairperson or upon request to the
Chairperson by two members of the Board.
5. In all
Board meetings, five members present shall constitute a
quorum. A majority vote shall constitute a
6. The Board shall determine the
Organization representatives to participate in meetings of
7. For a Bylaws offending
Executive Officer, Committee Chairs or Board Director,
associated title can be removed by a two-thirds vote from the
Board of Directors. Board Director who has unexcused absence
from two consecutive Board meetings shall constitute a cause
VII. ADVISORY BOARD
board consists of up to seven non-voting Advising Directors.
Any person with distinguished achievement or contributions to
the Organization can be nominated by the active member and
elected as a non-voting Advising Director.
1. The President and Vice President(s) shall
be nominated by the Board of Directors and elected among the
Organization active members in an annual election with a
quorum (30% of active members) in attendance or by proxy. The
term of President and Vice-President shall be one
2. Board Directors shall be nominated among the
Organization members by at least six active members and
elected annually. The term of the directorship shall be three
years and can be re-elected for a maximum of two (2)
A term limit exception can be granted by a two-thirds (2/3)
vote of the Directors.
3. Advising Directors will be
nominated by a minimum of two (2) Directors or the President
and elected by a two-thirds (2/3) vote from the Directors. The
term of the Advising directorship shall be one (1) year and
can be extended by a (2/3) vote from the Directors.
The Chairperson of the Board shall have a term of one (1)
5. All Committee Chairs are nominated by the
president and approved by the Board of Directors. Term of the
Committee Chairs shall be at least two (2) years and
consecutive terms can be determined by the Board of Directors
as situation dictates. Committee Chairs shall be nominated in
alternate years if feasible.
6. Unless specified
otherwise, “year” means a calendar year from January 1st to
IX. OPERATIONAL GUIDELINE
organization should operate according to the operational
guideline (exhibit A).
2. The operational guideline can
be updated through a quorum of exceeding 2/3 and a vote
exceeding 2/3 of the board of directors.
Amendment proposals of the Bylaws may be
submitted to the Board in writing by two board members. Upon
approval by the Board with a majority vote, the final version
shall be approved by a majority vote with a quorum (30% of
active members) in attendance or by proxy.
1. The president and committee chairpersons shall
propose annual work plan during the first Board meeting and
present annual operation budget with task proposal to the
board of directors during the second Board meeting after
election. The Board of Directors shall approve the budget and
work plan during the second Board meeting. Budget or work plan
requires a quorum of exceeding 2/3 and a vote exceeding 1/2 of
the Board of Directors attending.
2. The president and
committee chairpersons can include discretionary fund in the
3. Discretionary spending shall not
exceed either 20% of respective budget or Two hundred dollar
(US$200) per month for President or One hundred dollar
(US$100) per month for Committee Chairperson.
or budget revision requires a quorum of exceeding 2/3 and a
vote exceeding 1/2 of the Board of