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FIRE SERVICE INSTRUCTORS OF OKLAHOMA CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

Article I. Name

The name of this organization shall be the Fire Service Instructors of Oklahoma (FSIO)

 

Article II. Purposes

   

A. To provide effective & continuous leadership, education, and training of the Fire Service for the

protection of life and property against fire and related man‐made or natural disasters.

 

B. To unite for professional benefit those members of the Fire Service who share a sincere interest in

Fire Service Education as a means of protecting life and property.

 

C. To provide an atmosphere for information and recourse exchange between individuals and between

organizations involved in Fire Service Education as a means of protecting life and property.

 

D. To promote cooperation among private enterprises, nonprofit organizations, associations, and

government agencies with an interest in Fire Service Education at state and local levels.

 

E. To disseminate state‐of‐the –art materials concerning Fire Service Education to the membership.

 

F. To establish and maintain libraries of training materials and to encourage their establishment by

others.  

 

G. To encourage research & special studies and to develop training and education programs &

procedures, and to analyze problems arising and their application.

 

H. To promote the importance of the role of the Fire Service Instructors in the total Fire Service

Organization.              

                                                                                                                                        

Article III. Membership

Membership in the Fire Service Instructors of Oklahoma shall be open to any person with the

responsibility for Fire Service Education & Training in an organization or community or to any person(s)

with a sincere interest in Fire Service Education.

 

Article IV. Membership

The officers of the FSIO shall be a President, 1st Vice‐President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer,

immediate past President, an Ex‐Officio member from Fire Service Training, and 6 area directors.

 

A.  The Executive Board shall consist of the officers.

 

B.  Officers shall serve a term of one (1) year or until successors are elected. They shall not serve for

more than two (2) consecutive terms in any one elective office except that the Secretary/Treasurer may

serve indefinitely.

 

C.  All elected positions shall be decided by a plurality vote of FSIO members present during the annual

general membership meeting.

 

D.  Election of officers shall be held by a form ballot of the membership present.

 

E.  Elected officers shall take office at the regularly scheduled meeting in January.

 

F.  Vacancies in any office may be appointed by the Executive Committee until the next election.

    

Article V. Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, 1st Vice‐President, 2nd Vice‐President,

Secretary/Treasurer, immediate past President, and an Ex‐Officio member from Fire Service Training.

  

A.  The Executive Committee shall meet on the 1st Friday of each month, or as called by the Executive

Committee at a location to be determined by the Executive Committee.  

 

B.  Executive Committee meetings shall be open to all members of the FSIO.

 

C.  The Executive Committee shall be charged with the duty of conducting business.

 

D.  Any officers of the FSIO who shall be absent from three (3) consecutive, regularly scheduled

meetings of the Executive Committee may be removed from office at the discretion of the Executive                      

Committee based on majority vote.                 

   

Article VI. Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the FSIO shall be during the second week of November.  

The purpose of the annual meeting of the FSIO should include:

  

A.  Proposals for any amendment to the existing constitution or by‐laws shall be made in writing and be

addressed to the President. Proposals shall be signed by any five (5) active members or by any three (3)

members of the board of directors.

  

B.  The President shall then send by regular mail or email a ballot containing a copy of the proposed amendment

to all active members within thirty (30) days of receipt of the proposed amendment. This ballot shall

also contain an explanation of the meaning and purpose of the amendment as viewed by the Executive

Committee. The ballot must be returned within thirty (30) days from the date of post mark to the

President.

  

C.  All ballots returned to the President in the stipulated period of time shall be counted by the Executive

Committee. If two thirds of the ballots returned favor the amendment, the constitution shall be

amended, effective the following Executive Committee meeting.

 

D.  The constitution or by‐laws may be amended at the annual meeting providing a notice of the

proposed amendment has been mailed or emailed to all active members ten (10) days prior to the annual meeting.

Members who will not be present at the annual meeting may vote by mailing their ballot to the

Secretary/Treasurer of the FSIO.

  

BY‐LAWS OF THE FIRE SERVICE INSTRUCTORS OF OKLAHOMA

 

Article 1

1.1 The administration of the FSIO shall be vested in the Executive Committee. All actions of the

Executive Committee shall be reported to the membership of the FSIO.

 

Article 2. Duties of Officers

  

2.1 The President shall:

a. Preside at meetings of the FSIO and meetings of the Executive Committee.

 

b. Call meetings of the Executive Committee at the discretion of the President or by written

request of three (3) Executive Committee members.

 

c. Call special meetings of the FSIO as authorized by the Executive Committee.

 

d. Appoint standing and special committees as necessary for the operation of the FSIO.

 

e. Appoint the Chairperson for the Nomination Committee.

  

2.2    The 1st Vice‐President shall:

a. Serve as President should the President not be available.

 

b. Exercise the powers and prerogatives of the President in the absence of the President.

 

c. Perform such duties as may be assigned by the President of the Executive Committee.

               

d. Chairperson of the Program Committee.

             

2.3    The 2nd Vice‐President shall:

a. Assist the President and 1st Vice‐President in every way possible and assume their duties in

their absence.     

 

b. Perform such duties as may be assigned by the President of the Executive Committee.

 

c. Chairperson for the Awards Committee.

 

2.4 The Secretary/Treasurer shall:  

a. Perform Secretarial/Treasurer duties for the FSIO.  

 

b. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the President of the Executive Committee.  

 

c. Record the minutes of the meeting.

 

d. Maintain a register of the members of the FSIO.  

 

e. Conduct such correspondence and issue notices of meetings as may be required or directed

by the President.

  

f. Be responsible for and authorized to issue minutes of proceedings of meetings for the FSIO

and of the Executive Committee.

  

2.5 The Secretary/Treasurer may:  

a. Publish periodically and distribute to members bulletins containing information of interest

and value.

 

b. Duplicate periodically and distribute to members information published by others of interest

and value, subject to copyright laws.

  

Article 3 Board of Directors

  

The Board of Directors shall consist of six (6) regional directors, elected by the general membership, one

director from each of six (6) regions of the state (Oklahoma City Metro, Tulsa Metro, Southeast, Northeast,

Southwest, and Northwest),  

  

3.1    Duties of the Board of Directors:

a. Represent each region at the FSIO Executive Committee meetings.  

b. Monitor the training needs to the Executive Committee.  

c. Present regional training needs to the Executive Committee.

d. Coordinate FSIO training in each region.

  

  

3.2 Election of the Board of Directors shall be conducted in the same manner as the election of other

officers.                                                          

  

3.3 Each director shall serve a two (2) year term with the Southwest, Northwest, and Tulsa Metro

directors being elected on odd years and the Southeast, Northeast and Oklahoma City Metro directors

being elected on even years.

  

3.4 The director or each region should live within the region being represented.

 

3.5 Metro regional directors shall represent those departments that are commonly considered as Metro area departments. The areas representing the four quadrants of the state shall be divided by Interstate 35 east and west, Interstate 40 north and south.

  

Article 4 Awards

  

All nominees will be considered and evaluated by the Awards Committee annually. If criteria are met,                                    

recommendations for awards will be made.

  

4.1 Ray Davidson Instructor of the Year  

a. Must be a member of FSIO

b. Must be an active member in fire education

c. Must have made a major contribution in the current year of nomination.  

d. Must have exemplified the Ray Davidson ideas.

e. Must be nominated by a member of FSIO.

f. Nominations must be received by the Awards Committee prior to September 15th.

  

Only one award presented annually. The recipient of the award is not eligible to receive the award

again. All recipients of the Ray Davidson Instructor of the Year Award may be nominated for the ISFSI

Instructor of the Year Award to be presented at FDIC.

  

4.2 Instructor Honor Roll    

a. FSIO membership not required.

b. Must be retired from the Fire Service.

c. Must be nominated by a member of FSIO

 

4.3 Special Awards

a. FSIO membership not required.

b. Fire Service membership not required.

c. Must have made a contribution to the fire service.

d. Must be nominated by a member of FSIO.

   

Article 5 Order of Business

5.1 The Order of Business at the annual meeting of the FSIO shall be determined by the President and

shall include the following:

  

Call to Order

Roll Call of Officers

Reading of Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

President’s Report

Secretary’s Report

Committee Reports

Unfinished Business

New Business

Election  

Announcements

Adjournment

  

5.2 Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern all meetings of the FSIO on all points not governed by the

Constitution and the By‐Laws.  The Immediate Past‐President  will be the Parliamentarian.  

  

Article 6 Standing Committees

Standing Committees shall consist of the Nomination, Awards, and Program Committees and their

duties shall include:

  

6.1 Nomination Committee:  

a. Solicit nominations from members.

b. Self‐nominations will be accepted.

c. Prepare ballot.

d. Count ballot.  

  

6.2 Awards Committee:  

a. Shall be chaired by the 2nd Vice‐President.

b. Solicit nominations for awards.  

c. Review nominations for awards.

d. Select recipients.

  

6.3 Program Committee:

a. Shall be chaired by 1st Vice‐President.

b. Manager of Fire Service Training will serve on this committee.  

c. Establish program for annual conference.

d. Establish other programs as directed by the Executive Committee.