Preamble

We assemble this organization with the purpose of creating a tradition of duty to the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Let the work for forth that by determination and with distinction we have set upon a course to create a tradition of honor; a tradition of dignity; and a tradition of service. We do this by installing a society of alumni that respect our tradition and subscribe to the tenets of this tradition. We further believe that our mission is to carry our tradition forward by supporting the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in though, deed, and resource.

 

Article I: Name

Section 1: The name of this organization shall be “THE SILVER EAGLES.”

 

Article II: Membership

Section 1: Membership shall consist of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse College of Business Administration baccalaureate and graduate alumni who have earned their degrees and show a desire to participate in the activities of this organization. Additional membership shall consist of graduates of what was known as the Department of Economics and Business Administration during the years 1963 – 1970, who also show a desire to participate in the activities of this organization. Additionally, all University of Wisconsin-La Crosse alumni who show a desire to participate in the activities of the organization are eligible to be Associate Eagle’s

Section 2: Membership categories shall be as follows:

ASSOCIATE EAGLE – A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse College of Business Administration program who has been a graduate for less than 25 years and all other University of Wisconsin-La Crosse alumni.

SILVER EAGLE – awarded twenty-five (25) years after graduation. HONORARY EAGLE – awarded to administrators, staff, and faculty members of the College of Business Administration and any individual affiliated with the organization nominated and approved by majority vote of the board prior to the annual meeting.

CHARTER EAGLE – awarded to the Department of Economics and Business Administration and College of Business Administration graduates inducted in 1996.

Section 3: Dues

Associate Eagles must pay dues when joining the organization and the fee structure can be changed at any time by the authority of the Board of Directors. Any Associate Eagle serving as a Board Member and is an annual member must pay their dues by September 1st of the current year. Any member that is not current with their dues and has been elected to the board of directors will be dismissed from the board on September 2nd of the year in question. At the time of this approval the dues must be according to one of the following options: Annual Membership $20, or a discounted lifetime membership for either $50 (before graduating or 16-25 years since graduating) or $75 (0-15 years since graduating.) For annual membership members the dues are to be paid by 10/1. If an annual member were to join after 4/1 of the given year their membership won’t expire until 10/1 of the following year.

Silver Eagles dues are life-time, and paid when join the organization at that level. The fee structure can be changed by the authority of the Board of Directors. At this time of this approval the dues are $50.

 

Article III: Directors and Officers

Section 1: There shall be at least ten but not more than twenty one directors of which no more than seven (7) may be Associate Eagles.

Section 2: There shall be four officers: President, Past President Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer. President, Past President and Vice President must be members at the Silver Eagle level of membership; Secretary/Treasurer may be an active Associate Eagle.

Section 3: Duties of officers:

The president shall:

Preside at all board meetings and the annual meeting
Preside at all executive committee meetings
Consult with the Dean of the College of Business Administration
Execute other responsibilities as determined within the bylaws
Be an active member of the Silver Eagles and attend as many CBA sponsored events as possible
Represent (or his/her designee) the organization at UW-L Alumni Association meetings

The vice president shall:

Attend all board meetings and executive committee meetings
Preside at any meetings of the Silver Eagles in the absence of the president
Execute other responsibilities as determined within the bylaws
Be an active member of the Silver Eagles and attend as many CBA sponsored events as possible
Act as the chairperson of the nominations committee
Prepare to assume the President’s position at the end of the given term

The past president shall:

Attend all board meeting
Execute other responsibilities as determined within the bylaws
Be an active member of the Silver Eagles
Assist and advise the President of the Silver Eagles

The secretary/treasurer shall:

Attend and record the minutes of the annual meeting, all board meetings, and executive committee meetings
Prepare the treasurer’s report for all board meetings, executive meetings and the annual meeting
Be an active member of the Silver Eagles

 

Article IV: Elections and Appointments

Section 1: Board of Directors Elections

A. Organization membership, excluding honorary membership, shall constitute voter eligibility.
B. Directors shall be elected to a three year term by the membership at the annual meeting each year.
C. There shall be no term limit set on members serving as directors.
D. Nominations for elected directorships shall be made by a nominations committee

Section 2: Officer Elections

A. The term of office for the president, vice president and secretary/treasurer shall be two years. The past president term is for one year and must complete this term before leaving the board. Officers shall be elected from and by the Board of Directors.

B. The president and vice president shall be elected on the even- numbered years.

C. The secretary/treasurer shall be elected on the odd-numbered years.

D. Officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors prior to the annual meeting and assume office at the annual meeting.

E. The officers and the dean shall constitute the executive committee, which may conduct business on behalf of the board and organization.

F. The dean shall appoint a faculty liaison.

 

Article V: The Board Of Directors

Section 1: The elected directors of the organization shall constitute the board of directors.

Section 2: The board shall be the governing body of the organization, and conduct any and all business as set out in the by-laws and any actions approved of those in attendance at an annual meeting.

Section 3: All fees and charges shall be set by the board pursuant to expenses incurred.

Section 4: The dean, faculty liaison, and historian shall be ex-officio members of the board.

Section 5: The board shall have the power to establish committees deemed necessary for the success of the organization Chairs of all committees shall be named by the board.

Section 6: In the event that a board member is unable to fulfill his/her term, the executive committee shall nominate a replacement, who must be confirmed by the board.

 

Article VI: Meetings

Section 1: The organization shall hold an annual business meeting, and that meeting shall be held on homecoming weekend.

Section 2: Six persons shall constitute a quorum at meetings of the board and annual meetings of the organization.

Section 3: The board shall meet at least twice (February September) a year.

Section 4: Notification of the annual meeting shall be communicated to the membership and new inductees one month prior to the annual meeting date.

Section 5: The president shall retain the power to call additional meetings.

 

Article VII: Amendments

Section 1: Amendments to the by-laws may be made by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of either the members at any annual meeting or directors of a board meeting. If a change is being proposed the Organization shall provide notice of any meeting of the board at which an amendment is to be approved. The notice shall be in accordance with s.181.0822(3). The notice must also state that the purpose, or one of the purposes, of the meeting is to consider a proposed amendment to the bylaws and contain or be accompanied by a copy or summary of the amendment or state the general nature of the amendment.

Article VIII: Standing Committees

A. Nominations Committee shall consist of the out-going board members who are facing an expiring term, the vice president, and the dean.

B. Bylaws Committee shall consist of a chairperson from the board and at least two members of the board of directors.

C. Scholarship Committee shall consist of the dean, the president, and three members of the board of directors.

D. Marketing Committee containing subcommittees in membership, recruitment, retention and our website. The committee shall consist of at least one Silver Eagle, two associate eagles, and the webmaster (does not have to be a member).