Standard Charter for NASW Chapters
This charter is the governing document whereby the Board of
Directors of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW National Board)
recognizes the Chapter as a programmatic unit of the Association and grants
authority to the chapter to act in the name of the National Association of
Social Workers (NASW) as stated in this charter and in the NASW Bylaws and
Article I – Name
The name of the chapter is the National Association of Social
Workers, Alaska Chapter.
II – Purpose
The Chapter advances the purposes of the Association as specified
in Article II of the NASW National Bylaws. As a local programmatic unit of the
Association, the Chapter provides programs and member services.
The Chapter shall at all times work to
enhance the professional growth and development of NASW members, and advance
professional standards and ethical practice, and to advocate for sound social
III- Chapter Structure
Chapters are designated by the
NASW Bylaws and the NASW National Board to fulfill the Association’s mission at
the local level. They are structured so as to effectively deliver programs and
services to the Association’s members.
All members of the Association in the
designated geographic area of a chapter shall automatically be
members of that chapter. A member may elect to affiliate with the chapter in the area of residence or
in the area of employment. In
special circumstances, as
determined by the NASW National Board, a member may
elect to affiliate with a chapter within which the member neither lives
Membership categories, including attendant
rights and privileges, are specified in Article III of the NASW Bylaws.
Chapter Board Authority
The Chapter Board, through its program plan, shall ensure that the
chapter programs are aligned with Delegate Assembly approved program priority
goals, Association strategic goals, and the professional needs of the chapter
The executive director shall develop, in consultation with the
Chapter Board, an annual budget for submission to the National Office. The
budget will support the Chapter’s programs and be aligned with the NASW
National Board’s budget parameters. The NASW National Board retains the final
approval authority for all Association budgets.
The Chapter executive director and all additional staff are
employees of the Association. Chapter employment standards and practices will
be in accordance with the policies and procedures approved by the NASW National
Supervisory Roles and
The National Office has the responsibility for all aspects of
employment for the Chapter executive director in accordance with the policies
and procedures approved by the NASW National Board. The Chapter Board, through
the Chapter President and his/her designees from the Chapter Board, shall participate
on the executive director searches and evaluations.
the direction of the National Office, the Chapter executive director has
responsibility for all aspects of employment for the chapter staff in accordance
with the employment standards and other applicable policies and procedures approved
by the NASW National Board.
The officers of the Chapter are
the President, President-Elect, [Vice President],
[First Vice-President, Second Vice President for Budget and Finance], and Secretary.
– the President is the presiding officer of the Board of Directors and
Executive Committee, and an ex-officio member of all committees without a vote
except as provided in the committee charge; represents the Board of Directors
and reports to the Board of Directors all important interim actions; and, in
consultation with the Board of Directors, makes all appropriate committee, task
force, unit and other appointments. The President shall work collaboratively
with the Executive Director and the National Office to achieve the goals of the
President-Elect – the President-Elect
serves a one-year term before assuming the office of President; is available to
work in close collaboration with the President; and, performs duties as
assigned by the President.
Vice President – the Vice President
fulfills the duties of the President in the event of absence or disability and
assumes the presidency upon the President’s resignation or inability to
discharge the office; oversees the Chapter Diversity Plan, including the annual
progress reporting; and, serves as the primary
liaison between the Chapter Board and the executive director on the financial
matters of the Chapter, including the review of the Chapter’s budget and financial
reports with the Chapter Board, and ensures adherence to the financial policies
and practices required by the National Office or approved by the NASW National
Board, and performs duties as assigned by the President.
4. Secretary – the Secretary is
responsible for the Board of Directors’ and Executive Committee’s meeting minutes,
as well as for the non-fiscal records of the Chapter.
The officers are elected by the
Chapter membership in accordance with the
Chapter Standards for Nominations and Elections
. Chapter officers, except
the President-Elect, shall serve terms of
two years. Officers, other than the President,
may be candidates for re-election for one additional consecutive term.
Presidents may not succeed themselves for an additional term.
V – Board of Directors
The Chapter Board consists of the
officers, including President-Elect, if applicable.
student members, one MSW and one BSW, elected by the Chapter membership.
(4) additional board members elected to represent the chapter’s geographical
units as defined in Article IX and no additional board members serving as
The term of office shall commence
July 1 for a term of two years, except student members shall serve one-year
terms. No member shall serve more than a total of six (6) consecutive years of
service on the Chapter Board. The term as President-Elect does not count in the
consecutive years’ limitation.
Half of the officers and half of
the unit representatives and/or at large directors, if applicable, shall be
elected in one year, and the remaining officers and unit representatives and/or
at large directors shall be elected in the next year.
One-third of the officers and
one-third of the unit representatives and/or at large directors shall be
elected every year.
Vice President assumes the presidency
in accordance with Article IV, B.3 upon the
President’s resignation or inability to discharge the office.
the event of the vacancy of the office of President-Elect, the chapter shall
either (a) offer the position to the President-Elect nominee receiving the next
largest number of votes in the Chapter election or (b) provide for a special
election to the office of President-Elect.
in all other officer or board positions occurring before the expiration of the
term of office shall be filled by appointment by the President as affirmed by the
new officer or board member filling a vacancy shall serve until the term
Within the policies and priorities
established by the Delegate Assembly and the NASW National Board, the Chapter
Board is responsible for:
programs aligned with Delegate Assembly program priority goals, the Association’s
strategic goals and chapter membership needs.
and dissolving committees and task forces based on Chapter program and
that the chapter adheres to policies as set forth in the framework of NASW
public, professional and organizational policies.
the Chapter in the community to maintain its relationship with other
the development and implementation of membership recruitment and retention
The Chapter Board shall meet at
least four times annually.
including board votes, may be conducted face-to-face or virtually (by telephone
or internet) in whole or in part. Only members of the Chapter Board may vote in
Chapter Board meetings. At least two weeks’ notice of the time and place of
each meeting shall be given to all Chapter Board members.
Special meetings can be held at
the call of the President or by petition of one quarter of members of the Chapter
At least two weeks’ notice to all
members of the Chapter Board and the Executive Director of the time, place, and
purpose of a special meeting is required. Meeting notice is required unless
waived by all directors then in office.
A simple majority of the Chapter
Board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.
VI – Executive Committee
- Powers and Duties
The Executive Committee of the Chapter
Board is responsible for board actions between board meetings. Meetings,
including committee votes, may be conducted face-to-face or virtually (by
telephone or internet) in whole or in part. Only members of the Executive
Committee may vote in Executive Committee meetings. Executive Committee actions
(e.g. motions and resolutions) shall be recorded in the minutes of the next
regular board meeting.
The Executive Committee consists
of the officers and President-Elect, if applicable. The President may appoint
one member-at-large from the current members of the Chapter Board. The
Executive Director shall serve as primary staff for the committee.
Executive Committee meetings will
be scheduled by the President or by request of a majority of the members of the
members will be given reasonable notice of the meeting time and place. Each
member of the Executive Committee shall have a vote.
A simple majority of Executive
Committee members constitutes a quorum for the transaction of all business.
VII – Nominations, Elections, and Removal from Office
Nominations and election processes specified in the Standards for NASW Chapter Nominations and
adopted by the NASW National Board of Directors will be followed.
NASW membership in good standing is a requirement for all elected and appointed
positions. The standards shall allow for double or single slating of candidates.
Chapter Board members must sign acknowledgement of their receipt
and review of the
NASW Board Code of
and Conflict of Interest
policies, and the acknowledgements will be kept on file by the Chapter. A Chapter
Board member may be removed for violating the
Code of Conduct or the Conflict
policies under procedures approved by the NASW National Board
VIII – Committees and Task Forces
Committee as defined in Article VI of this Charter.
Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification
The Committee on Nominations and
Leadership Identification as defined in the
for NASW Chapter Nominations and Elections
Chapter Ethics Committee
The Chapter Ethics Committee (CEC), as defined in the NASW Procedures for Professional Review
and the Professional Review Technical
. The Chapter Ethics Committee shall be composed of a minimum of three
members including a CEC Chair appointed by the President with the advice and
consent of the Chapter Board. The committee shall be responsible for assisting
the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) in addressing
complaints filed against members in accord with the Association’s policy on
The CEC shall
assist the OEPR in convening local mediations and panels to conduct hearings.
The CEC shall provide ethics education and training to chapter members and
others in their local community, consistent with the CEC Charge and practices
of the OEPR.
Committees and Task Forces
The Chapter Board may establish,
assess and dissolve optional Chapter committees and task forces based on the
Chapter’s program and administrative needs.
These committees and task forces are accountable to the Chapter Board in
Committee and Task Force
In making appointments, the
President and the Chapter Board should give consideration to members’
competence, geography, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation,
experience, and unit recommendations.
NASW membership in good standing is a requirement for all committee and
task force appointments.
Shared Interest Groups
Any group of members of a Chapter
may petition the Chapter Board to be recognized as a sub-unit of the Chapter in
order to further the Association’s purpose. The Chapter Board may approve or
reject the petition request and provide the rationale for its decision. Members
who intend to petition the Chapter Board shall contact the Chapter Office for
the petition procedures which shall include a chapter-based appeal process.
IX – Local Geographic Units
[Units] are geographically defined local units that serve the
two-fold purpose of implementing programs locally and reporting to the Chapter
The Chapter may be structured into the following four units:
Western Unit (AKA)
Northern Unit (AKB)
Southcentral Unit (AKC)
Southeastern Unit (AKD)
The Chapter Board of Directors has the responsibility to create,
review and restructure [units] as necessary in consultation with the National
Office. Any such changes will become effective upon the approval per the
charter amendment process, as specified in Article XIII.
X – Chapter Finances
Chapter Funding Sources
Funds shall be obtained to promote the programs of the Association
through the Chapter in the following manner:
Member dues in accordance with NASW Bylaws Article XVI- Dues and
Supplemental grants at the discretion of the NASW National Board
Monies generated by the Chapter in accordance with accepted
procedures of the Association.
All tax-deductible donations and charitable contributions with
receipts for tax purposes must be handled through the NASW Foundation. Chapters
may not establish 501(c) (3) entities.
Chapter Financial Affairs
The Chapter, through its Executive
Director, shall exercise prudent stewardship of Association financial
resources, including the following:
a designated bank account established by the National Office and in accordance
with the requirements specified by the Association. No unit of the chapter
shall have bank accounts except as may be required for a chapter political
a Chapter budget for the July 1-June 30 fiscal year that reflects the Chapter
Board’s anticipated program plan for the year.
the Chapter’s budget to the National Office, based on the schedules and
requirements of the Association, for final approval by the National Board as
part of the consolidated Association budget.
chapter financial reports as needed with the National Office staff and complying
with financial policies and practices as required by the Association.
the Chapter investments in an account that has designated chapter-specific
funds and managed in accordance with an approved Association investment policy.
financial information shall be reviewed with the Chapter Vice President who is
assigned the duty to keep the Chapter Board informed of financial and budgeting
matters on an ongoing basis.
XI – Political Action Committee
Chapter’s political action committee is called Alaska PACE or Alaska Political
Action for Candidate Election.
conform to applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
Chapter will obtain prior review and approval from the National Office for its
political action committee’s bylaws before they take effect. The political
action committee will operate in accordance with the
Chapter PACE Manual approved by the National PACE Board of Trustees
and the NASW National Board of Directors.
XII – Delegates to Delegate Assembly
Policy regulating the election of
delegates to Delegate Assembly is specified in the NASW Bylaws, Article IV, and
Standards for NASW Chapter
Nomination and Elections
will be elected in accordance with those provisions.
of Chapter Delegations
The Chapter President shall serve as the Chapter’s first delegate to
If the Chapter has a President-Elect as of the July before the
culminating meeting of the Delegate Assembly the President-Elect shall serve as
the second delegate if the Chapter is entitled to more than one delegate.
Delegates from chapters entitled to four or more delegates must comprise
a balanced representation of geographic areas and population centers of the
4. The Chapter Executive Director
shall represent the chapter as a delegate without voting privileges.
Term of Office
With the exception of the
President or President-Elect, delegates shall be elected for three-year terms
beginning two years before the next Delegate Assembly.
Chapter President, if unable to serve, shall be replaced by a member of the Chapter
Board of Directors.
Board of Directors can replace an elected delegate, by appointment, only if an elected
delegate is unable to participate in the activities and culminating meeting of
XIII – Charter Amendments
Amendments to this Charter may be
initiated by action of the Chapter Board; by action of the NASW National Board;
or through the NASW National Board’s designated process. The Chapter Board and
the Executive Director will be provided notice of any proposed amendment. In
the event the proposed amendment was not initiated by the Chapter Board, the
Chapter Board and Executive Director will be provided a 30 day comment period. Amendments
to this Charter shall become effective upon approval by the NASW National Board
or through its designated approval process.