Constitution for Chapters and Sections of the

    Arizona Association of SkillsUSA

     SkillsUSA Casteel High School Chapter Constitution


    Constitution of the Engineering Section of Casteel High School SkillsUSA Arizona Association.


    Article 1—Name

    The official name of this organization shall be Engineering Section of Casteel High School SkillsUSA Chapter.”


    Article II—Purposes

    The purposes of this organization are:

    • To assist local SkillsUSA members in their growth and development
    • To unite in a common bond without regard to race, sex, religion, creed or national origin full-time students enrolled in classes with vocational trade and industrial, technical and health occupations education objectives
    • To develop leadership abilities through participation in educational, vocational, civic, recreational and social activities
    • To foster a deep respect for the dignity of work
    • To assist students in establishing realistic vocational goals
    • To help students attain a purposeful life
    • To create enthusiasm for learning
    • To promote high standards in all phases of occupational endeavor including trade ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety
    • To develop the ability of students to plan together, organize and carry out worthy activities and projects through the use of the democratic process
    • To foster a wholesome understanding of the functions of labor and management organizations, and a recognition of their mutual interdependence
    • To create among students, faculty members, patrons of the school and persons in industry a sincere interest in and esteem for trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education
    • To develop patriotism through a knowledge of our nation’s heritage and the practice of democracy
    • To emphasize the importance of continuous education consistent to the needs of the individual and the requirements of his or her chosen occupation


    Article III—Organization

    Section 1. The Casteel High SkillsUSA Chapter shall be affiliated with the Arizona Association of SkillsUSA. The chapter shall operate in accordance with its charter granted by the Arizona association.


    Section 2. (For chapters organized into morning and afternoon units) The (School) chapter shall be organized into two units, one for morning students and one for afternoon students. Each unit shall have an Executive Council and a calendar of activities.


    Section 3. The Casteel High School chapter shall be organized into occupational sections. The section is defined as 10 or more members in a single occupational or cooperative education class; whose teacher serves as the section advisor; having an elected set of section officers; and having planned a section calendar of activities.


    Section 4. Section and chapter activities shall be coordinated by appropriate executive councils.


    Section 5.  A section advisory council composed of community leaders from education, management and labor shall be appointed by the appropriate school administrator upon recommendation of the section executive council. The advisory council shall provide counsel, advice, and assistance to the section in carrying out section’s functions. Equal representation shall be given management and labor. The advisory council shall assist in the administration of the Professional Development Program.


    Section 6. All section advisors shall be members of a Section Advisor’s Committee. They shall meet periodically to discuss SkillsUSA as it relates to the instructional program. Their advice and counsel shall be transmitted to the section executive council(s) through the section advisor.


    Article IV—Membership

    Section 1. Membership in the chapter shall be open to students enrolled in high school preparatory courses in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education in Casteel High School.


    Section 2. Chapter membership shall be open to all students regardless of race, sex, religion, creed, national origin or disabilities, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


    Section 3. State and national membership shall be permitted only through the chapter, and all members of the local chapter must be members of the state and national organization.


    Section 4. Classes of membership that will be recognized are:

    Active Membership—Students enrolled in a coherent sequence of courses or career major that prepares the student for further education and/or employment related to technology, the health industry, trades or industry and is earning credit toward a diploma/certificate or its equivalent.

    Alumni Membership—Former active members who are no longer enrolled in vocational-technical education. Although alumni members pay dues and may participate at the national level through the Youth Development Foundation of SkillsUSA Inc., they are not eligible to serve as national voting delegates, hold national office or otherwise represent the State Active Association membership in SkillsUSA. Charters may be issued for local and state alumni associations. The Board of Directors approves appointments to the National Alumni Coordinating Committee, which oversees contributions to the SkillsUSA National Alumni Fund, a fund that supports a variety of worthwhile projects for active SkillsUSA members.

    Professional Membership (High School only)Persons associated with or participating in the professional development of SkillsUSA as approved by a state association. Such members shall include chapter advisors, teacher educators and supervisors. Professional members will pay dues as established by SkillsUSA, but members will be ineligible to serve as national voting delegates, hold national office or otherwise represent the state association in SkillsUSA.

    Honorary Life Membership—Individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of SkillsUSA and vocational trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education whose membership has been approved by the chapter executive council upon the recommendation of the chapter. The chapter shall provide membership services.


    Section 5.  A membership year shall be from September 1 through August 31.


    Article V—Executive Councils

    Section 1. There shall be an executive council for each chapter consisting of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, parliamentarian, and the president of each organized section.

    Section 2. There shall be an executive council for each organized section with no less than three officers deemed appropriate by section members.

    Section 3. The chapter and section officers of Casteel High School SkillsUSA shall be nominated and elected by ballot at the first regular business session or chapter meeting of each school year. A majority vote of the active members shall be necessary to elect an officer.

    Section 4. The presidents and vice presidents of the sections and the chapter advisor shall be the chapter executive council and shall coordinate overall chapter activities. They shall elect their own officers.


    Article VI— Chapter Meetings

    Section 1. Regular section meetings shall be held during the school year.

    Section 2. Several section and chapter meetings shall be held during the school year.

    Section 3. The appropriate executive council shall meet in advance of every section or chapter meeting.

    Section 4. Parliamentary procedure of all meetings will be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.


    Article VII—Finances

    Section 1. The chapter will be responsible for state and national SkillsUSA dues, according to the number of individual members claimed in each membership classification.

    Section 2. The chapter advisor and the section advisor shall be responsible for the finances and will furnish an annual audit to the state SkillsUSA director and the membership.


    Article VIII—Voting

    Section 1. (School) SkillsUSA members shall exercise their franchise through voting delegates at state conferences. Each organized section shall elect one delegate and one alternate to the Arizona SkillsUSA House of Delegates.

    Section 2. Each active member in good standing shall have the right to cast his or her vote concerning all section and chapter business and election of officers.


    Article IX — Logo, emblem and colors

    The logo, ceremonial emblem and colors of Casteel High School SkillsUSA shall be that of the national organization. The wearing or use of the logo, emblem and colors will be governed by the national organization.



    Article X—Amendments

    The chapter constitution shall be amended as follows:

    1. All proposed amendments to the constitution shall be submitted in writing to the chapter Executive Council.
    2. If the Executive Council passes the proposed amendment or an amended form of the proposed amendment by a majority vote, and the membership votes by two-thirds majority for the amendment, it shall be effective.


    Article XI—Rules, regulations and bylaws

    Section 1. Such rules, regulations and bylaws as are deemed necessary for the proper conduct of this organization shall be adopted.

    Section 2. No rules, regulations or bylaws shall be adopted that are contrary to this constitution.



                Section name will be Casteel Engineering

                Dues:   State dues: 7.00 per member

                            National Dues 10.00 per member

                Committees:    Community Service


                                        School Events

                                        District Competitions

                                        State Competitions

    Advisory Committee

                Casteel High Engineering section will follow Article III section 6 as part of the Engineering Advisory meetings held twice a year within the Chandler School District.