Article I – Name
The name of this organization shall be the Association of YMCA Professionals; hereafter referred to as the Association.
Article II – Mission & Operating Principles
Section 1. Mission – To advance the YMCA profession
Section 2. Operating Principles
Connects and supports AYP members; Encourages life long learning; Enhances
personal and career development; Advocates on issues of concern to AYP members; Promotes high ethical standards; Recognizes individual achievement and excellence.
Article III – Membership
Section 1. Membership Eligibility All YMCA employees, committed to their professional development, are eligible for voting membership. Upon retirement, voting members will become “Life Members.”
Section 2. National and Chapter membership is both a privilege and requirement in this Association.
Section 3. Officers and Committee Members All officers of the Association, its chapters, and all members of the Association Board of directors, chapter boards, and all members of committees and task forces must be voting members of the Association.
Section 4. Meetings Attendance and participation in meetings of the Association, including chapters, shall be a privilege of membership.
Article IV – Management
Section 1. Officers The national officers of the Association shall be a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and a Chief Executive Officer. The regional officers shall be a Region Chair and a Region Representative from each of the regions.
Section 2. Board of Directors
(a) Composition – The management of the Association shall be vested in the Board of Directors; which shall consist of the National Officers, Region Officers, and Members-at-Large.
(b) Members-at-Large – The four candidates, not elected as the National Officers of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, shall serve as Members-at-Large. Four additional at-large positions will be reserved for the CEOs, or their designees, from the YMCA of the USA, the YMCA Retirement Fund, Springfield College and the North American Fellowship of YMCA Retirees (NAFYR). The immediate past Chair will continue as a member of the Borad for the triennium following their term as Chair. Additional at-large appointments may be made by the National Officers, up to a total of 35 members. All past Chairs will continue to serve as emeritus members of the Board for the duration of their employment as a YMCA professional.
(c) Term of Office – The term of office for all members of the Board of Directors, except for the, Chief Executive Officer shall be for a three-year period; referred to as a Triennium. The term of office shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31, three years later.
(d) Vacancies in Office – Vacancies in any elected office of the Association or among its members-at-large may be filled by approval of the Board of Directors.
(e) Responsibilities – The Board of Directors shall determine policies; establish goals; appropriate or allocate funds; and conduct the work of the Association in accordance with its Constitution and Bylaws. It shall have the authority to make. Bylaws for the governing of the Board and the Association.
(f) Meetings – The Board of Directors shall meet at least once each year upon call by the Association’s Chair.
Article V – Amendments
Section 1. This Constitution may be amended by a majority of the voting members casting ballots.
Section 2. Proposed revisions or amendments must either be recommended by the Board of Directors or by petition of not less than ten percent of the Association’s voting membership.
Section 3. Proposed amendments must be published to all voting members of the Association at least thirty days prior to the mailing of ballots to each voting member.