We believe that the
attainment of these ends necessitates qualified personnel
in the Association, as well as in the professional
fields. We shall, therefore, be concerned with the matters of training, working
conditions, remuneration, and all such related factors in order that, in areas
of this field which lend themselves to and will profit by becoming established
as professions, a sound and dynamic profession or professions may evolve: and
thus, for the realization of these aims and for the implementation of present
and future efforts to achieve them, this Constitution and By-Laws are adopted
The name of this
organization shall be the Washington Correctional Association
The purpose of this
Association shall be those enunciated in the Preamble.
Section 1: Membership in the
Association shall be in accordance with the principles set forth in the
Preamble. Said membership shall be acquired by meeting the qualifications
recommended and determined for each class by the Board of Directors and adopted
by a majority vote of the members present at the Annual Business Meeting. If a
recommendation is not made by the Board of Directors and if the matter is not
presented for vote at any Annual Business Meeting, the qualifications shall be
those last adopted by the Association.
Section 2: There shall be
classes of membership:
For non-profit entities. One-year subscription to Corrections Today, On the
Line, and The Connections, (four copies per issues), 20% discount on
selected publications and correspondence courses, voting privileges in WCA/ACA
elections (one vote for the organization), one Congress/Conference registration
Member discount, three ACA directories, State of Corrections conference
proceedings, membership card, certificate, and lapel pin.
For commercial enterprises (individual or corporate) with an interest in the
correctional field. One-year subscription to
Corrections Today, On the Line,
and The Connections (four copies per issue), 20% discount on selected
publications and correspondence courses, one Congress/Conference registration
Member discount, three ACA directories, State of Corrections
conference proceedings, membership card, certificate, voting privileges in WCA/ACA
elections (one vote for the organization), a listing in the Directory of
Juvenile and Adult Correctional Departments, Institutions, Agencies and Paroling
and four special supporting patron pins.
The privilege of life membership and benefits of an active member may be
extended to any member who has, in the opinion of the majority of the Board of
Directors, contributed outstanding and long service to the Association or to the
Criminal Justice System. Additionally, life membership shall be automatically
granted to the President of the Association upon completion of the term(s) of
office. Voting privilege shall be the same as that extended to regular members.
ARTICLE IV (Government)
Section 1: This Association
shall be governed by the following bodies:
A. The membership of
B. The Board of
C. The Executive
Section 2: All the
legislative, executive, administrative and judicial powers of the Association
shall be vested in the membership of the Association when in session.
Section 3: The Board of
Directors shall consist of the elected officers of the Association,
Regional Co-Chairs and the standing committee chairs.
When the Association
membership is not in session, all powers of the Association shall pass to and be
voted in the Board of Directors, except as otherwise provided in this
The Board of Directors shall
be responsible for carrying out the purposes and objectives of the Association.
Section 4: The Executive
Committee shall consist of the elected officers of the Association.
The Executive Committee
shall be empowered by the Board of Directors to exercise the executive and
administrative duties of the Board. Any such action is subject to the approval
of the Board of Directors at the next scheduled Board meeting.
ARTICLE V (Officers)
The officers of this
Association shall be President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary and
ARTICLE VI (Amendments)
Section 1: This Constitution
may be amended, or any new Constitution may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of
the members voting at the Annual Conference and Business Meeting, providing,
however, that the entire membership has been notified in writing of such
proposed amendment at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which the
proposed amendment is to be presented to the Association; or by a two-thirds
majority of responses received, within thirty (30) days of mailing, from a mail
ballot sent to the entire membership.
Section 2: An amendment to
this Constitution may be proposed by the Board of Directors or by a petition in
writing by at least twelve (12) members of this Association. A petition to
amend this Constitution must be in the hands of the Secretary of the Association
by a date not later than sixty (60) days before the Annual Meeting, if the vote
is not by mail ballot. After receiving a petition to amend as provided above,
the Secretary shall notify the entire membership in writing, of such proposed
amendment at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the Annual Meeting.