SELCA BY LAWS
Adopted: May 11, 2000
Revised: Feb. 17, 2003
Revised: Feb. 8, 2007
Article I - Name
The name of this chapter of the United States
Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) an affiliate of the International
Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) shall be the Southeastern Lactation
Consultant Association (SELCA).
Article II – Purposes
The purposes of this chapter are to:
1. Serve as a network for lactation professionals
2. Enhance the reputation, image and credibility of
International Board Certified Lactation Consultants according to the
Scope of Practice for International Board Certified
3. Provide continuing education for the membership and the
4. Serve as a local chapter of the United States Lactation
Consultant Association an affiliate of the International Lactation
Article III -
Section 1.Qualifications / Description
All persons involved with breastfeeding families
are encouraged to become Active Members of SELCA and attend meetings.
Active Membership begins with payment of full membership dues. Active
Members will be informed of items of interest to lactation professionals by
electronic mail. Active membership renewal fee is due July 31 of each year.
Active Membership dues are not pro-rated. Benefits of Active Membership are
discussed in Section 3.
Section 2.Voting Rights
Each Active Member will have one vote for
officer elections and for other matters. Any Regular Member may become an Active
Member and vote immediately when full membership dues are paid.
Quarterly meetings are open to all members and
non-members. No fees are charged for quarterly meetings.
Active members will receive relevant
correspondence by electronic mail. Active members will receive CERPs for
meetings attended. Active members may borrow publications and tapes owned
Article IV - Officers
An officer of SELCA will be
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and current member of
USLCA an affiliate of ILCA. Officers will be elected from and by the Active
Membership of SELCA. The offices shall be:
These five officers make up
the SELCA Executive Board They are responsible for the operation of SELCA. Each
officer will serve a term of two fiscal years. The fiscal year is August 1
July 31 of each
calendar year. The nominated president will have a working knowledge of the
board. An officer may be elected as president after one year of service on the
board if necessary.
Section 2. Vacancies
A vacancy in the office of President shall be
filled by the Vice-President. A vacancy in all other offices shall be filled by
majority vote of the Executive Board for the remainder of the term.
Section 3. Removal
An officer may be removed from office by an
affirmative vote of 3/4 of the entire membership if removal shall serve the best
interests of SELCA.
Section 4. Duties and
1. The PRESIDENT will
Represent the organization of
Preside over all meetings
c. Make every effort to attend and
represent SELCA at the yearly USLCA/ILCA conference.
2. The VICE-PRESIDENT will
a. Assume the role of Educational
programs/ CERPS Chairperson
meeting location, date, time and speakers
c. Assume the office of President
should the President be unable to complete his/her term
Assist the President when
Perform the duties of the
President in her/his absence
The COMMUNICATIONS LIAISON will:
a. Record minutes at the Executive Board meetings and
Membership Business Meetings
The TREASURER will:
a. Assume the role of principle
b. Collect affiliate Professional
c. Maintain current Professional
membership list including email addresses
d. Disburse funds
e. Maintain accurate accounting of
7. The Outreach Coordinator will:
a. Represent members who are not IBCLCs,
b. Assume responsibility for publicity, Assume
the role as resource person concerning membership in SELCA, and USLCA/ILCA and
for information related to IBCLC certification.
c. Maintain the Active membership list including
d. Assist with board responsibilities as needed
Article V -
The Executive Board shall define the
for SELCA yearly. The Board
will revise and approve the Operating Guidelines at the first board meeting of
the fiscal year. The President will present the Operating Guidelines at
the first quarterly meeting of the fiscal year. The Operating Guidelines will be
incorporated into the minutes of that meeting.
The Operating Guidelines will serve to assist
the board with business matters of SELCA. The Operating Guidelines will include:
1. Dues schedule for the fiscal year;
2. Speakers’ compensation;
3. Board member’s reimbursable expenses; and
4. Other items deemed appropriate by the Board.
Article VI - Nominations and
The immediate Past President will serve as Chair
of the Nominating Committee. The Board will appoint three additional members to
the Nominating Committee who will secure a slate of candidates for office from
among the Professional membership. All members will be notified of the slate of
candidates by electronic mail in April, 30 days before the election meeting.
Space will be provided on the ballot for write-in votes. Ballots may be returned
to the Nominating Committee by electronic mail before the date of the
annual May meeting or submitted in person at the May meeting. Officers shall be
elected by a majority of those voting. New officers shall assume their
responsibilities at the conclusion of the May meeting.
Article VII -
Board members may decide on rules
and regulations for the conduct of their meetings and management of the
association as they deem proper.
Proposed expenditures of more than
$400.00 shall be presented to members at the next meeting for a simple majority
vote if quorum (1/10) of total membership is present.
By Law changes and election of
officers shall be announced by Electronic mail to all current Active members and
collection of ballots shall be returned by electronic mail or United States
Postal Service. Appropriate committee members will count the ballots. These
bylaws may be amended or repealed by affirmative vote of at least sixty-six
percent (66%) of the professional members present and voting at a meeting of the
membership called for the purpose of acting upon such amendments or by ballot
executed in writing or by electronic mail, provided proper notice of at least
two weeks has been given to the entire membership for each proposed change.
Other issues will be voted on at the scheduled
meeting by simple majority vote if quorum (1/10) of membership is present.
Article VIII - Meetings
Meetings shall be held no less than twice a
year. All members shall be notified of each meeting.
Article IX –
Committees shall be formed at the discretion of
the Executive Board.
Article X - Fiscal Year, Membership Dues
The fiscal year of SELCA shall be August 1
through July 31. Annual Professional membership dues are required no later than
July 31st regardless of date of previous membership payment. Annual Professional
membership dues will be determined by a majority vote of the Executive Board.
Article XI -
Professional Members must be notified by
electronic mail of intent to dissolve. SELCA may be dissolved by a vote of a
majority of those voting. Upon dissolution, any assets shall be distributed to
USLCA/ILCA or to any charitable organization whose purposes are breastfeeding
education and support. The board will decide the distribution.