The Executive Board and Bylaws

I.I.P.A.'s current executive board and membership bylaws are found here. Board members are elected every year in May, so these names reflect the 2012-2013 school year.

​President: Morena Zanini​

Vice-President: Amber Morabito​

Recording Secretary: Marcella Jackson

Corresponding Secretary: Patricia Rivera

Treasurer: Elena Ciccone

 

We are an enthusiastic group, committed to excellence and collaboration. Please feel free to contact any of us with questions, concerns or your comments!

Bylaws

Article I: Name
The name of the association is:
Italian International Parents Association (IIPA)

Article II: Articles of Organization
The association exists as an unincorporated association of its members. Its "articles of
organization" comprise these bylaws, as from time to time amended, and its articles of
association, if any. In the absence of separate articles of association, the bylaws shall be
deemed to be the articles of association. In the event of any conflict between these bylaws and
the articles of association, the bylaws shall govern.

Article III: Purposes
Section 1: The Objects (Purposes) of the association, in common with the Objects of the National
PTA, are:
a. The association shall be noncommercial, nonsectarian and nonpartisan.
b. The name of the organization of the names of any members in their official capacities
shall not be used to endorse or promote a commercial concern or in connection with any
partisan interest or for any purpose not appropriately related to promotion of the
purposes of the organization.
e. The association shall not, directly or indirectly, participate or intervene (in any way,
including the publishing or distributing of statements) in any political campaign on behalf
of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office, or devote more than an
insubstantial part of its activities to attempting to influence legislation by propaganda or
otherwise.
d, The association shall work with School Administrators, Italian teachers, Italian Consulate
and ODLI to promote Italian Program at Carver Middle and Carver Elementary schools,
support Italian teachers, ensure curriculum is being met and organize fundraising and
cultural events for our children.
Section 2: The organization is organized exclusively for the charitable, scientific, literary or
educational purposes within meaning of section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or
corresponding Section of any future Federal tax code (hereinafter "Internal Revenue Code").

Article IV: Basic Policies
The following are basic policies of this association.
a. The association shall be noncommercial, nonsectarian and nonpartisan.
b. The name of the organization of the names of any members in their official capacities
shall not be used to endorse of promote a commercial concern or in connection with any
partisan interest or for any purpose not appropriately related to promotion of the
Purposes of the organization.
e. The association shall not, directly or indirectly, participate or intervene (in any way,
including the publishing or distributing of statements) in any political campaign on behalf
of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office, or devote more than an
insubstantial part of its activities to attempting to influence legislation by propaganda or
otherwise.
d. The association shall work with the teachers of the Italian program Miami Dade School
Board, the Italian Consulate and ODLI to support and complement their efforts. The
association will also fundraise in order to sponsor cultural as well as other enrichment
activities for the children enrolled in the Italian program.
e. No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be
distributable to its members, directors. trustees. officers or other private persons except
the reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make pay reasonable
compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distribution in
furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article II hereof.
f. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, the organization shall not carry on
any other activities not permitted to be carried on (I) by an organization exempt from
Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (e) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or (li) by an
organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (e) (2) of the
Internal Revenue Code.
g, Upon the dissolution of this organization, after paying or adequately providing fir the
data and obligations of the organization, the remaining assets shall be distributed to one
or more nonprofit funds, foundations or organizations which have established their tax
exempt status under Section 501 (e) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Article V: Members and Dues
Section 1. Membership in IIPA shall be available made to any individual whose child is enrolled in
the Italian Program in Miami Dade County Public Schools, without regard to race, color, creed or
national origin.
Section 2. Only members of the association shall be eligible to participate in the business
meetings, or to serve in any of its elective or appointive positions.
Section 3. The association shall conduct an annual enrollment of members, but persons may be
admitted to membership at any tìme.
Section 4. Each member of the association shall pay annual dues to the association.
Section 5. For the purpose of annual enrollment and awards consideration, the membership year
shall be May 1 through April 30. The membership shall be valid upon payment of dues through
September 30 of the membership year.

Article VI: Officers and Their Electron
Section 1. Each member of IIPA shall be member of IIPA
Section 2. Officers and their election:
a. The officers of this association shall consist of a president, vice president, a recording
secretary, a corresponding secretary and a treasurer.
b. Officers shall be elected by ballot annually in the month of May. However, if there is but
one nominee for any office, election for that office may be by voice vote. A majority vote
shall elect.
e. With the exception of the treasurer, officers shall assume their official duties following
the end of the school year and shall serve for a term of one year or until their successors
are elected. The treasurer shall assume all duties after the books have been audited.
d. A person shall not be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same
office.
Section 3. Vacancies
A vacancy occurring in any office shall be filled for the unexpired term by a person elected by a
majority vote of the executive board on which they shall serve, notice of such election having
been given.
Section 4. A member whose dues have not been paid at least thirty days prior to the annual
election meeting may not vote in the annual election of officers.
Section 5. Any person holding an elected or appointed position in this association shall serve for
the designated term or until a successor is elected or appointed.

Article VII: Duties of Officers
Section 1. The president shall preside at all meetings of the association, the executive committee
and the executive board at which the president may be present; shall perform such other duties
as may be prescribed in these bylaws or assigned by the association or by the executive board;
may appoint a parliamentarian and historian with the approval of the executive board; and shall
coordinate the work of the officers and committees of the association in order that the purposes
may be promoted.
Section 2, The vice-president shall act as aide to the president and shall perform the duties of the
president in the absence or disability of that officer to act.
Section 3. The recording secretary shall record the minutes of all meetings of the association and
of the executive committee and board and shall perform such other duties as may be delegated.
Section 4. The corresponding secretary shall prepare all written Communications as directed by
the association or by the executive board and shall perform such other duties as may be
delegated.
Section 5. The treasurer shall have custody of all of the funds of the association; shall keep a full
and accurate account of receipts and expenditures; and shall make disbursements in accordance
with the approved budget, as authorized by the association. Three signatures should be on file
at the bank, with two signatures required on all IIPA checks. The treasurer shall present a
financial statement at every meeting of the association and at other times when requested by the
executive board and shall make a full report at the annual meeting. The treasurer shall be
responsible for the maintenance of such books of account and records as conform to the
requirements of Article XIII, Section 3, of the bylaws. The treasurer's accounts shall be
examined annually by an auditor or an audit committee of not less than three members who,
satisfied that the treasurer's annual report is correct, shall sign a statement of that fact at the
end of the report. The audit committee shall be appointed by the executive board. The
committee's report shall be given at the next regular meeting after the audit is completed.
Section 6. AH officers shall:
a. Perform the duties prescribed in these bylaws and by the parliamentary authority
adopted by this association.
b. Deliver to their successors all official material! not later than ten days following the end of
the school year.

Article VIII: Meetings
Section 1. Regular meetings of the association shall be held at least 3 times during the school
year, unless otherwise provided by the association or by the executive board. 3 days’ notice shall
be given of change of date.
Section 2. Special meetings may be called by the executive board, 2 days’ notice having been
given.
Section 3. The last regular meeting of the association shall be held in May and shall be known as
the annual meeting.
Section 4. Five members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business in any meeting
of this association.

Article IX: Executive Board
Section 1. The executive board shall consist of the officers of the association. The members of
the executive board shall serve until the election and qualification of their successors.
Section 2. The duties of the executive board shall be:
a. To transact necessary business in the intervals between association meetings and such
other business as may be referred to it by the association.
b. To create standing committees.
e. To approve the plans of work of the standing committees.
d. To present a report at the regular meetings of the association.
e. To prepare and submit to the association or approval a budget or the fiscal year.
f. To approve routine bills within the limits of the budget.
Section 4. Regular meetings of the executive board shall be held every two months during the
school year, the time to be fixed by the board members. A majority of the executive board
members shall constitute a quorum. Special meetings of the executive board may be called by
the president or by a majority of the members of the board.

Article X: Executive Committee
Section 1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers.
Section 2. The duties of the executive committee shall be to transact emergency business in the
interval between executive board meetings.
Section 3. The majority of the executive committee shall constitute a quorum.
Section 4. Meetings of the executive committee shall be held as needed.

Article XI: Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the association shall begin on July 1 and end on the following June 30.

Article XII: Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern
the association in all cases in which they are applicable and in which they are not in conflict with
these bylaws, the Articles of Incorporation or the Nonprofit Corporation Act under which the
association may be incorporated.

Article XIII: Amendments
Section 1.
a. These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the association by a two-thirds
vote of the members present and voting, provided that notice of the proposed
amendment shall have been given at least 30 days prior to the meeting at which the
amendment is voted upon.
b. The amendment shall become effective upon voting.
e. A committee may be appointed to submit a revised set of bylaws as a substitute for the
existing bylaws only by a majority vote at a meeting of the association, or by two-thirds
vote of the executive board. The requirements for adoption of a revised set of bylaws
shall be the same as in the case of an amendment.
d. Notwithstanding the automatic character of the amending process, the association shall
take action or motive to incorporate such amendments in its bylaws.

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