Bylaws

The Association of Leaders in Lifelong Learning for Ministry (ALLLM)
Formerly the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM)

BYLAWS

ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE
The name of the organization shall be The Association of Leaders in Lifelong Learning for Ministry, hereinafter referred to as ALLLM.

The purpose of the organization shall be:
     a. To bring together persons concerned for continuing education for ministry in order to provide
         opportunities for sharing of information, growth in skill, encouragement of high standards
         and excellence in the development of lifelong learning for the ministry of all God’s people.
     b. To identify issues which affect the advancement of continuing education for ministry and to
         develop strategies, programs, and methods for its advancement through   the work of   
         ALLLM.
     c. To be an advocate for continuing education through the dissemination of literature and other 
          resources, public presentations, representation in appropriate forums, cooperative church
          bodies and educational institutions concerned about lifelong learning for ministry.
      d. To conduct, and to encourage others to conduct, research which will aid in the advancement
          of lifelong learning for ministry.

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
1.  The membership of the organization shall be open to any persons engaged as a leader in
      lifelong learning, or actively concerned for the enhancement of ministry  through education.
2.   Membership shall be of three kinds:  regular, fulltime student or retired, and organization.
3.   Membership shall be instituted upon proper application and payment of the annual membership
      fee set by ALLLM, and shall be maintained by the payment of said fee  when due annually, and
      by continued commitment for the purpose of ALLLM.
4.   The membership fee shall be determined by vote at the Annual Meeting of ALLLM, said vote to
      be taken after the Board of Directors has made its recommendation to ALLLM members.

ARTICLE III: MEETINGS
1.   ALLLM shall meet annually at a time and place determined by the Board of Directors.
2.   The Board of Directors shall notify all members of ALLLM meetings sixty (60) days in advance
      of said meetings: notice shall be posted on the organization’s website and sent electronically.
3.   Those members present at the time and place properly designated for the annual meeting of
       ALLLM shall constitute a quorum to do business.
4.    Each member shall be entitled to one vote.
5.    Meetings shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order. Election of the Board of Directors shall be by simple majority vote.

ARTICLE IV: BOARD OF DIRECTORS (LEADERSHIP TEAM) AND OFFICERS
1.  ALLLM shall be governed by a Board of Directors composed of the Leadership Team and 
     elected by ALLLM at an annual gathering of the membership.  The Leadership Team  will
     consist of three equal classes of two persons each plus the web editor. Any member of ALLLM
     in good standing shall be eligible for election to the Leadership  Team. Its members shall be
     elected to terms of three years and shall be eligible for re-election to no more than two
     consecutive full terms (six years).

 2. The officers of ALLLM shall be selected as follows:
     a. The officers of ALLLM shall be elected by the Leadership Team of ALLLM and shall include a
          President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. All officers shall  be elected to a term of
          two (2) years and may serve no more than two (2) consecutive terms, provided those terms
          coincide with their membership on the Leadership Team.
     b. The web editor shall be appointed by the elected members of the Leadership Team, shall
          have voice and vote in the Leadership Team, and shall be elected to a term of two (2) years
          and may serve no more than two (2) consecutive terms.

3. The duties of the officers shall be:
      a. The President of ALLLM shall preside at all meetings of ALLLM and of the Leadership Team;
      b. The Vice President shall preside in the absence of, or upon the request of, the President;
      c. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of ALLLM and of the Leadership Team and shall serve
           as parliamentarian at meetings of ALLLM.
      d. The Treasurer shall be custodian of the funds of ALLLM.

4. NOMINATING COMMITTEE: At each Annual Meeting a Nominating Committee composed of three (3) persons, not more than one of whom may be a member of the Leadership Team, shall be elected by and from the  ALLLM members present and in good standing with responsibility as follows:
       a. To present at the next Annual Meeting names of persons to fill any vacancies or positions
            on the Leadership Team.
       b. The Nominating Committee shall elect its own chairperson.

5. Nominations for election to the Leadership Team may be made on the floor of the Annual Meeting provided the person so nominated has agreed to serve.

ARTICLE V: DUTIES OF THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
1.   It shall be the duty of the Leadership Team to conduct the business of ALLLM.
2.   The Leadership Team shall report annually to the membership and shall include in its report a
       recommended budget for the next fiscal year, including proposed membership fees.
3.   The Leadership Team shall review the records of ALLLM, provide for annual audit of financial
       records, approve plans for conference and meetings, approve publication of literature, develop
       plans which shall enable ALLLM to fulfill its purposes, and conduct such other business as is
      appropriate and necessary for the well-being of ALLLM.
4.   The Leadership Team may create task forces as it deems necessary to further the work of the
      organization.
5.   The Leadership Team shall meet at least once a year at a time and place decided by the Board 
      or upon call of the President or any three (3) elected members of the Leadership Team.
      Meetings of the Leadership Team shall be announced to all members of the Leadership Team 
      at least thirty (30) days in advance by email.  Four (4) voting members present at the time and
      place designated shall constitute a quorum provided either the President or Vice President is 
      present. 

 ARTICLE VI: VACANCIES
1.   The Leadership Team may fill a vacancy on the Leadership Team by election of a member of
       ALLLM.  Such a member shall serve until the next Annual Meeting of ALLLM and shall then be
       eligible upon nomination by the Nominating Committee to election by ALLLM to either a full
       term  on the Leadership Team or to completion of the unexpired term.
2.    In the event of the inability of an officer to serve a full term, the vacancy shall be filled as
       follows:
       a. The Vice President shall succeed to the office of President;
       b. The Leadership Team shall elect one of its members to the offices of Vice-President, 
            Secretary, or Treasurer.  All so appointed are to serve until the next Annual Meeting of
            ALLLM at which time they shall be eligible for re-election according to the provisions of
            Article IV.

ARTICLE VII: TAX-EXEMPT STATUS
In the event of dissolution of ALLLM, all assets not otherwise disposed of and not subject to any trust shall be transferred to an association, corporation, or other body which then qualifies as a tax-exempt organization for carrying out the purposes of ALLLM, or similar purposes, as the Leadership Team shall decide.

ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS
The By-Laws of ALLLM may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members of ALLLM present at the Annual Meeting, provided that the proposed amendment(s) have been submitted to the members electronically and posted on the organization’s website not less than thirty days before action on the proposal takes place.

Please note that the old article IV describing the role of the Executive Director has been eliminated since SACEM (now ALLLM) has been operating without an Executive Director (paid or volunteer) for over ten years now.  Such duties have been taken up by the Leadership Team. 

Adopted June 20, 1984.  Revised March 24, 1991. Revised March 8, 2013.