Article 1. Name – Wisconsin Arborist Association, Inc. a Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, established in accordance with the constitution and by-laws of the parent organization of this chapter.
Article 2. WAA Mission Statement – “To improve the understanding of trees and the practice of arboriculture.”
1. Provide professional education for arborists.
2. Be responsive and responsible to the membership’s needs.
3. Maintain organizational vitality and viability.
4. Promote public awareness and understanding of trees.
5. Promote compliance with recognized standards of arboricultural practices.
6. Support, stimulate, and communicate arboricultural research.
7. Increase the number of certified/credentialed arborists and promote their use.
8. Develop working relationships with other organizations and professions.
Article 3. Membership
A. Application for Membership: Any individual desiring membership in the Association shall submit their application on forms prepared by the International Society of Arboriculture or Wisconsin Arborist Association to the Membership Committee.
B. Membership Classifications:
1. Professional Membership: Professional membership shall be open to anyone in good standing with the Wisconsin Arborist Association who wishes to improve the understanding of trees and the practice of arboriculture.
2. Honorary Life Membership: Honorary membership shall be conferred by majority vote of the Board of Directors upon any individual who has served the purposes of the Wisconsin Arborist Association with distinction or who has made a significant contribution to the science or practice of arboriculture.
3. Student Membership: Open to students enrolled in high school or college.
C. Membership Termination or Suspension: Any membership may be suspended or terminated for any just cause or practice which does not comply with or embrace the purposes of the Wisconsin Arborist Association and the parent organization. Such action shall be determined by the Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of the Membership Committee.
Article 4: Officers and Board of Directors – Whether elected by the general membership or by the Board of Directors, all Board members shall be a current member of the Wisconsin Arborist Association and remain so throughout their term.
A. The officers of the organization shall be: President, President-elect, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
1. The Vice President shall be elected for a one-year term, to commence upon election. Upon expiration of that term, the Vice President will progress through the President track as follows: a one-year term as President-elect, a one-year term as President, and a one-year term as Past President, each term to commence at the WAA Annual Business meeting.
2. The Secretary shall be elected for a two-year term, to commence upon election.
3. The Treasurer shall be elected for a two-year term, to commence upon election.
4. Unexpired terms shall be filled by majority vote of the Board of Directors.
5. All chapter officers must be members of the International Society of Arboriculture.
B. Voting members of the Board of Directors shall consist of the President, President-elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President, four Membership Representatives, and the Wisconsin Arborist Association Representative to the International Society of Arboriculture.
1. The four Membership Representatives shall be elected for two-year terms, to commence upon election. Not more than two representatives from each practicing demographic (commercial, educational, municipal, and utility) shall serve at one time.
2. The Wisconsin Arborist Association Representative to the International Society of Arboriculture shall be elected to a three-year term, to commence upon election.
3. Unexpired terms shall be filled by majority vote of the Board of Directors.
C. Ex-Officio (non-voting) members of the Board of Directors shall consist of the WAA Educational Advisor, WAA Representative to the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council, WAA Representative to the ISA Certification Liaisons Committee (hereafter called the Certification Liaison) and the WAA Representative to the TREE Fund Liaisons Committee (hereafter called the TREE Fund Liaison).
1. Ex-Officio members shall be elected to staggered three-year terms by majority vote of the Board of Directors, terms to commence upon election. The election will take place at the first Board of Directors meeting following the Association’s annual business meeting.
2. Ex-Officio members shall serve no more than two (2) consecutive three-year terms.
3. The WAA Certification Liaison and the WAA TREE Fund Liaison must be members of the International Society of Arboriculture.
4. Unexpired terms shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
Article 5. Duties and Powers of Officers and Board of Directors
A. The duties of the President shall be those usually assigned to the office.
B. The duties of the President-elect shall be those usually assigned to the office, including acting as chairperson on the Nominating Committee.
C. The duties of the Vice President shall be those usually assigned to the office, including oversight of the Program Committee.
D. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all Association and Board of Directors meetings and maintain the necessary official records of the Association.
E. The Treasurer shall receive and disburse all monies of the Association, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.
F. The Board of Directors shall direct all affairs of the Association.
Article 6. Committees – The following committees shall be standing committees, whose chairperson shall be appointed by the President, and confirmed by the Board of Directors. The chairpersons for all standing committees, with the exception of the Editorial, Past Presidents, Program and Safety Committees, must also occupy a position on the Board of Directors. Each standing committee shall report yearly activities at the annual business meeting.
A. Membership: Chair – Membership Representative: The Membership Committee shall actively participate in seeking potential new members. They shall recommend to the Board of Directors regarding all termination and suspension cases.
B. Legislation: Chair – Membership Representative: The Legislation Committee shall keep abreast of legislation that might directly or indirectly affect professional arborists as well as the Association and advise the membership of such legislation.
C. Certification: Chair – Membership Representative: The Certification Committee shall administer the International Society of Arboriculture Certification Program in Wisconsin.
D. Publicity: Chair – Membership Representative: The Publicity Committee shall make public the work of the Association and arboricultural activities through the use of all news media, and create a favorable public image of the Association.
E. Finance: Chair – Treasurer: The Finance Committee will be responsible to audit the financial records before the annual business meeting, review and monitor funds and investments of the WAA, make sure taxes are filed in a timely fashion, and create and monitor an annual budget. The committee will meet at least once a year, with additional meetings as necessary. Committee members will consist of all WAA officers and report to the Board of Directors.
F. Nominating: Chair – President-elect: The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of qualified candidates to the membership at the annual business meeting.
G. Program: Chair – Off the Board of Directors – Appointed: The Program Committee shall plan programs for all conferences, seminars, short courses, or other meetings of, and related to, the Association.
H. Research: Chair – TREE Fund Liaison: The Research Committee shall gather and disseminate information on arboricultural practices and initiate research projects.
I. Editorial: Chair – Off the Board of Directors – Appointed: The Editorial Committee shall be responsible for the production and distribution of The Wisconsin Arborist newsletter and for the production of any other printed or electronic materials necessary to the operation of the Association.
J. Safety: Chair – Off the Board of Directors – Appointed: The Safety Committee shall promote the culture of safety awareness throughout the Association.
K. Governance: Chair – Past President: The Governance Committee shall provide oversight of the Board of Directors and ensure they are following the goals of the Strategic Plan.
L. Past Presidents: Chair – Off the Board of Directors – Appointed: The Past Presidents Committee shall serve as ambassadors and stewards advocating for urban forestry and arboriculture. As former leaders of the organization, this committee shall provide insight and institutional memory and serve as a resource to current organizational leaders. Members may champion special interests not covered by standing or ad hoc committees as charged by the Board of Directors.
Article 7. Board Meeting – The President shall call at least one annual Board of Directors meeting and whatever additional meetings that are deemed necessary.
Article 8. Business Meetings – There shall be at least one business meeting a year, the place and time to be designated by the Board of Directors. The purpose of the meeting shall be to inform the membership of the business transacted by the Board of Directors and the standing committees, to plan the course of action for the coming year and transact other Association business.
A. As provided in Article 4, officers and other voting members of the Board of Directors shall be elected at this meeting by a vote of those WAA members with voting privileges present (see Article III of the organizational by-laws). The persons receiving the most votes for each position shall be deemed elected to those positions.
B. A special business meeting shall be called upon petition of ten members of good standing.
C. At least ten voting members shall be present to conduct a business meeting.
D. All business meetings shall be conducted in accordance with “Robert’s Rules of Order.”
Article 9. Amendments – Amendments to this constitution may be made by a 2/3 affirmative vote of the voting members present at a business meeting. Amendments can also be made by mail ballot of the voting members with a 2/3 affirmative vote of those returned within 30 days.
A. Amendments shall be filed with the Secretary at least thirty days prior to the voting deadline.
B. Copies of the proposed amendment shall be distributed to all voting members at least fifteen days prior to the voting deadline.
Article 10. Dues – Annual membership dues for each membership classification shall be established by the Board of Directors.
Article 11. By-Laws – By-laws may be adopted as required or as deemed essential in the best interest of the Association by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
See: Current By-Laws