THE COMMUNICATION AND THEATER ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA (CTAM)
ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE
B. Its purpose is to coordinate, advocate, and serve communication/theater/debate education, educators, and professionals in the state of Minnesota. The Association serves as an umbrella for the following: Minnesota Debate Teachers' Association, Minnesota Speech Coaches' Association, Minnesota Educational Theatre Association, Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association, and other speech/debate/ theater/communication-related interest groups. The Association is a non-profit organization existing for educational and literary purposes with no revenues to be used for private benefit.
B. Student Members are students who pay the student membership dues. They shall enjoy all the rights of membership except the right to hold office.
C. Special Membership categories may be designated by the Board of Governors, subject to annual review.
2. The President-Elect shall take the place of the President whenever the President is unable to act, and the President-Elect is also in charge of the planning of the annual Convention.
3. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings, shall aid publications editors with their mailings, and shall conduct all mail ballots authorized by the Association.
4. The Treasurer shall collect all dues and fees, maintain an up to date list of members and addresses, present an annual financial report, deposit all monies in an insured bank, supervise the paying from Association fundsof all bills, keep financial records and, at the end of office, transfer all funds to the bank selected by the successor.
5. The Historian shall be the archivist and recorder of the history of the association. The Historian shall be responsible for maintaining and making available when requested all public records of the association. Historians shall be appointed by the Executive Council for terms of three years, eligible for reappointment, upon recommendation of the President.
C. Candidates for the office of President-Elect shall be selected alternately from K-12 schools and from colleges or non-school affiliations.
D. The President-Elect shall succeed the President for a one year term of office, and shall complete the term of the President if that becomes necessary.
E. The offices of the President and President-Elect shall be for a oneyear term. The offices of the Secretary and Treasurer will be for two-year terms and are eligible for re- election. The Secretary shall be elected in odd numbered years and the Treasurer shall be elected in even numbered years.
F. The Executive Council shall fill any vacancies that may occur during the normal terms of office of the Executive Council members.
G. After the Executive Council has presented its slate of candidates, and nominations from the floor have been invited, the election shall take place during the annual Convention. Secret ballot shall be used.
B. The Executive Council shall (1) approve expenditures, (2) approve the appointments of the Editor of the Newsletter, Editor of the Journal, WWWebmaster, CTAM Foundation Board, and other Ad Hoc Councils, (3) approve the plan for the Annual Conference, and (4) perform other duties necessary to the running of the Association.
B. The Board of Governors shall be an advisory council, meeting at least twice a year, to serve as a liaison between the members they represent and the Association. Members' terms shall be two years and members shall be eligible for re-appointment.
2. This Committee shall meet at least once a year and shall serve as liaison between the licensing agencies and the Association in matters of teaching and other professional licensure.
B. The President, the Executive Council, or the Board of Governors may call meetings as necessary with at least one week notice to all members.
C. A quorum on the Exec. Council or the Board of Governors shall be a majority of members.
D. The authority on questions of parliamentary procedure shall be Robert's Rules of Order (most recent edition).
B. Editors shall be appointed by the Executive Council for terms of two years, eligible for re-appointment, upon recommendation of the President. They may seek assistance from other members in the completion of these publications.
B. Amendments will be adopted if
approved by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting at an annual
meeting or by two-thirds of those voting by mail.
The Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota coordinates, advocates, and serves speech communication/theater/debate education, educators and professionals in the state of Minnesota. This mission is accomplished by:
b. Introduction of a stronger thread of speech communication and theater training from kindergarten up.
c. Inclusion of theory, criticism, and appreciation of the spoken word in curricula.
d. Appreciation of the need for "communication across the curriculum."
a. public speaking
b. interpersonal communication
c. small group communication
d. organizational communication
e. cross cultural communication
f. mass media
g. rhetoric and rhetorical analysis
h. forensics (individual events and debate)
3. Providing a unified and strong liaison, consulting, and lobbying body for various regulatory agencies of speech communication/theater/debate.
a. Licensure update
b. Curriculum requirements
c. Curriculum standards
a. Newsletter and interest group mailings
b. Utilizing talents, expertise of other members
c. Job connections
d. Social gatherings
5. Providing education and professional development of the association membership through an annual conference and other educational opportunities.
b. Theater practicum (convention workshops)
c. Certification update
d. Judging workshops
e. Educational in-service
6. Developing and disseminating promotional materials for the discipline.
a. Developing packets for school districts.
b. Providing school board in-service.
b. Utilizing the journal in part as a forum for discussion of important issues affecting the curriculum.
b. Convention planning with interest groups in mind.
10. Ensuring, promoting, and acknowledging responsible and excellent education and educators in the discipline.
b. Begin work on communication competencies
The organization is an "umbrella" organization with strong support of the various interest groups (debate, theater, coaches, higher education, administrators, etc.)
2. Should be no domination of a single interest group in any aspect of structure.
3. Should emphasize our sense of shared mission as EDUCATION.
4. Members of the state association could also opt to become members of interest groups. We felt the need for numbers for lobbying strength and to demonstrate representation of both individual professionals and professional organizations.
(a) We recognize groups with a separate dues structure:
(2) MN Debate Teachers Association
(3) MN Educational Theatre Association
(b) Other groups reflect common interests of the general membership (non-fee):
(1) College/university chairpersons and other administrators
(2) College/university/community college professors
(3) High school/middle school/elementary educators
(5) Student groups
(c) The structure of the state association should serve the needs of the above groups. It is feasible that the totality of "educators" could evolve into a separate dues- paying group if organized. It is hoped that the groups listed under (b) above could be organized so benefits accrue from membership in the interest group.
November: Meeting of Executive Council
(2) Name the members of the Legislative council.
(3) Name the Editor of the Journal and the Newsletter.
(4) Begin the plans for the next convention.
(2) Appoint a nominating committee.
(3) Start the process of nominating persons for CTAM awards.
(4) Plan the convention.
(5) Recommend and discuss future convention sites.
(2) Select the members for the MSHSL Theater Advisory Committee.
(3) Put the next to last draft of the convention together. The President-Elect should prepare and bring a draft of a proposed convention program to the meeting.
(4) Select the next convention sites.
Board of Governors -- Select on odd numbered year a member to the MSHSL Fine
Arts Council (Fall 1991, Fall 1993, etc.) plus other appropriate business.
ARTICLE I: REPRESENTATIVES AND DELEGATES
2. A ballot will be prepared and mailed to each of the Designated Speech Representatives by the current representative in late April-early May of the year of the election. The candidate receiving a plurality of the votes will be elected. If there are five or more candidates, a second ballot containing the top three vote-getters will be sent to all Designated Speech Representatives in May.
3. The current representative collects the ballots, and forwards them to the President of CTAM. Votes will be tabulated by a committee appointed by the CTAM President, who will inform the MSHSL and announce the election of the new representative by the end of May. It is recognized that CTAM accepts no financial responsibility for the representative.
4. If the current representative cannot fulfill the term of office, an emergency election will be conducted using this same procedure to fill the position.
C. The One Act Advisory Committee of the MSHSL has four positions for high school one act play directors (two "A" and two "AA"). These positions are to be appointed by the CTAM Executive Council in consultation with the Minnesota Educational Theater Association. The selections will ensure regional representation and gender equity. The CTAM Executive Council shall fill any vacancies created by a person being unable to fulfill their term.
D. CTAM will have a representative at CSCA and NCA consisting of either the president or a designee.