ASSOCIATION OF AIRPORT INTERNAL AUDITORS, INC.
A Non Profit Corporation
Organized under the Laws of the State of Texas
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
ARTICLE I – NAME, STATEMENT OF PURPOSES AND PRINCIPLE OFFICE
SECTION 1. NAME. The name of this corporation shall be “Association of Airport Internal Auditors, Inc.” The official abbreviation of this name shall be “AAIA”.
SECTION 2. PURPOSES. The purpose of the Association shall be:
(A) To establish and develop a systematic interchange of information and experience in auditing the development, maintenance and operation of airports.
(B) To encourage professional growth through educational sessions at an annual conference and other workshops.
(C) To foster, promote and encourage professionalism among airport internal auditors.
(D) To promote airport operational efficiency by encouraging the airport management to develop and apply modern techniques to airport management.
(E) To cooperate with other organizations working for the general benefit of aviation.
(F) To foster recognition and respect as a reputable association within the Air Service Industry.
SECTION 3. Offices. The Association shall maintain an office in the State of Texas. This Office may be the office of the Association’s registered agent. The Association may also maintain a general office for the transaction of business at any location designated, from time to time, by the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE II – DEFINITIONS
The term “Membership” and “Member” as used herein shall mean the airport, organization, or retired individual as further described in Article III, Membership Classifications, and Qualifications. These terms may be used interchangeably throughout this Constitution and Bylaws.
The term “Public Airport” as used herein shall mean and include airports that are available for use by other than the owner or operator upon reasonable, uniform, and non-discriminatory terms and conditions.
The term “Public Corporation” as used herein shall mean and include municipal corporations, political subdivisions and other governmental agencies having legal authority to own, operate, manage, or administer a public airport.
The term “Registrant” as used herein shall mean an individual included in an Airport, Associate, or Emeritus Membership.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP CLASSIFICATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP. The Membership of the Association shall be open to all airports, organizations, or retired individuals who are eligible for membership as defined in Article III, Section 2, and who have qualified for membership in the manner prescribed by this Constitution and Bylaws.
SECTION 2. CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP. The Membership shall be comprised of three classes: Airport, Associate, and Emeritus. All Membership classes shall be issued a Certificate of Membership upon request.
(A) Airport Membership. Airport Membership in AAIA is a group membership open to (i) organizations that are public airports or (ii) public or private organizations that have oversight of an entire public airport. The Board of Directors may from time to time prescribe by resolution conditions in respect to Airport Membership.
(B) Associate Membership. Associate Membership in AAIA is a group membership open to audit organizations that are actively engaged in the auditing of public airports under the direction of an AAIA Airport Member public airport, and thereby have a business or professional interest in airports and aviation and are working for the general benefit of airports and aviation, but do not qualify for Airport Membership. Organizations or individuals are evaluated in accordance with this section. Associate Members are not airports or are non-airport oversight organizations.
(C) Emeritus Membership. Emeritus Membership is open to any current or prior AAIA Registrant who has fully retired from professional life in a remunerative capacity, has been part of an Airport membership of AAIA for at least five years, and has made significant contributions to the AAIA and/or the airport audit profession. Emeritus Registrants bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization. Emeritus Membership is granted free of charge and provided reduced conference rates.
SECTION 3. NEW MEMBERSHIPS. All Memberships in the Association shall be dependent upon a request made therefore as prescribed by the Board of Directors. All Membership requests shall be diligently reviewed for legitimacy and relevance by and are subject to the approval of the Secretary. New Members shall be classified by the Secretary in accordance with their qualifications as heretofore prescribed.
SECTION 4. MEMBERSHIP LISTS. The Secretary or designee shall maintain a list of all Members and Registrants by classification.
SECTION 5. DUES AND FEES.
(A) The dues for each class or classes of membership shall be in accordance with a schedule of such dues, which schedule shall be adopted, and may from time to time be amended by majority vote by the Board taken as provided in Sections 7, 8 and 9 of Article III.
(B) Each Airport Member and Associate Member shall designate one primary Registrant to represent them in Association affairs and to whom communications of the Association will be directed. This designation may be changed by the Airport Member or Associate Member by notice to the Secretary.
(C) Registration fees for an annual conference shall be as prescribed by the Board of Directors..
SECTION 6. PAYMENT OF DUES. All dues shall be on an annual calendar year basis and shall be due and payable within thirty days of the due date. Any Member failing to pay dues within ninety days of the due date shall forfeit his/her Membership and be dropped from the Membership list unless, for good cause, granted an extension of time by the Board of Directors. Dues must be paid in order to vote in the annual business meeting. The Board may adopt penalties, rules, and policies establishing standards for such readmission to the Association.
SECTION 7. VOTING PRIVILEGES. Each Airport Membership shall be entitled to one vote. All other Membership classifications shall not have voting privileges.
SECTION 8. ANNUAL BUSINESS AND SPECIAL MEETINGS OF MEMBERS. An annual business meeting of the Members of the Association shall be held at least once each year at a time and place to be determined by the Board of Directors for the purpose of electing Officers and Directors and for the transaction of such other business as may come before such annual business meeting. A special meeting of the Association may be called by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors or by one-fifth of the voting membership of the Association. Notice of any special meeting shall be issued by the Secretary or, in his/her absence, inability, or refusal to act, by the President.
No annual or special meeting shall be called upon in less than ten days’ notice to all members.
SECTION 9. QUORUM. Twenty-five voting Members or twenty-five percent of the voting Membership present, as defined in Article III, Section 7, whichever is least, shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business at annual business or special meetings of Members of the Association.
SECTION 10. NOMINATING COMMITTEE. At least thirty days before the annual business meeting of the Members, the President shall appoint the Chairman and two members of the Nominating Committee. The Chairman and all members of the Nominating Committee shall be Registrants of an Airport Membership and persons exercising active responsibility for the internal auditing of a public airport and who are engaged in such activity as a gainful occupation.
SECTION 11. RULES FOR NOMINATION. Except as provided in Article IV, Section 4, the Nominating Committee shall submit the names of such nominees to the annual business meeting, when so requested by the presiding officer. A vote of a majority of the members of the Nominating Committee shall be binding on all. If a majority of the Nominating Committee shall be unable to agree on one nominee for an office, the Committee shall so report and no name shall be submitted for that office. Any member entitled to vote for the election of officers and directors shall be privileged to make nominations from the floor.
ARTICLE IV – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SECTION 1. MANAGEMENT. The business and affairs of the Association shall be managed by its Board of Directors (Board) in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws. The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers, Immediate Past President, six Directors, Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Coordinator, Information Technology (IT) Coordinator, and a Conference Chairperson who at the time of their election shall be active Registrants of an Airport Member. In addition, the Conference Chairperson shall be from the airport hosting the next annual conference and selected by the host airport.
SECTION 2. ELECTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The Directors shall be elected by the Membership at the annual business meeting of the Members in the manner hereinafter provided. Directors, provided they remain qualified as stipulated in Article II, Section 2 (a), shall hold office for the term for which they are elected, or appointed, and until their successors shall have been elected and qualified.
SECTION 3. TERMS OF DIRECTORS AND CONFERENCE CHAIRPERSON. Directors shall be elected for a term of two years as defined in Section 2 of this Article, unless otherwise specified by the Membership or for the unexpired term of their predecessors. It is the intent of the Association to elect Directors so that half of the terms expire in even years, and the remaining expire in odd years. Directors will be limited to two, two-year consecutive terms; a Director appointed for less than a two-year term will be limited to the time on the Board during the appointed term and a subsequent, consecutive two-year term. The Board of Directors shall, by majority vote, approve extended terms and justification for, which are beyond the limits stated herein. The Conference Chairperson shall be appointed for a term of one year.
SECTION 4. VACANCIES. Any vacancy occurring on the Board of Directors shall be filled in accordance with qualification provisions of Article III, Section 2. The Board of Directors shall, by majority vote, confirm the nominee of the Nominating Committee. Any confirmed nominee elected by the Board shall be elected to serve the unexpired term of their predecessor.
SECTION 5. MEETINGS. The President may schedule regular or special meetings of the Board of Directors and may determine the place and time for such meetings. Conference calls may be used in lieu of special meetings.
Conference calls may be used in lieu of special meetings.
SECTION 6. NOTICE OF MEETINGS. Notice of any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors shall be given at least ten days prior thereto. Such notice shall be deemed delivered by sending said notice by mail, email, or other technological means to each Director’s business address or other address registered with the Secretary.
SECTION 7. QUORUM AND MANNER OF ACTING. A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting. The act of the majority of the Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors, except as may be otherwise provided herein. Actions taken at any regular or special meeting will be reported to the membership at the annual business meeting.
SECTION 8. COMMITTEE ACTION. The President, in consultation with the Executive Committee, may appoint committees or panels in addition to those in Article VI and may appoint representatives with titles and delegate authority to perform such duties or tasks as may be determined by the Board.
SECTION 9. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. An Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Immediate Past President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Executive Committee is hereby created to act for the Board of Directors in the approval of applications for Membership, reclassifying or classifying Members, or upon any business of the Association of an emergency nature or requiring prompt action of the Board. Any three of said members constitutes a quorum of said Executive Committee. The actions of the Executive Committee will be presented to the Board of Directors for ratification.
SECTION 10. BUDGET. The fiscal year of the Association shall be from January 1st of each calendar year through December 31st. The Treasurer shall prepare a proposed annual budget for the forthcoming fiscal year and submit the proposed budget to the Board of Directors, for approval, by January 1st. An approved budget will be presented to the Membership at the annual business meeting.
ARTICLE V – OFFICERS
SECTION 1. OFFICERS. The Officers of the Association shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. No person shall be elected an Officer who, at the time of election, is not a Registrant of an Airport Member of the Association exercising active responsibility for the internal auditing of a public airport and engaged in such activity as a gainful occupation. All Officers shall be members of the Board of Directors.
SECTION 2. ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND TERM OF OFFICE. The Officers of the Association shall be elected bi- annually, beginning September 1st and ending August 31st, as defined in Article IV, Section 2, by the members at the annual business meeting of the Members. Each Officer shall hold office until a successor shall have been duly elected and qualified, or until death or resignation.
SECTION 3. REMOVAL. Any Officer or Director elected by the Membership or appointed by the Board of Directors may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors or by a two- thirds vote of the Membership at an annual meeting, whenever the best interest of the Association would be served thereby. Such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract right, if any, of the person so removed. A Director may not elect a proxy upon any such question.
SECTION 4. VACANCIES. A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification or other cause may be filled by the Board of Directors to serve until the next annual business meeting of the Association.
SECTION 5. PRESIDENT. The President shall be the principal executive officer of the Association and shall supervise all of its affairs and offices. The President shall preside over the annual conference and business meeting and shall coordinate and preside over any regular or a special meeting. The President may sign Certificates of Membership and any contract or other instrument which the Board of Directors have authorized to be executed unless the Board of Directors shall otherwise expressly provide. The President shall appoint all committees as defined in Article VI. The President shall perform such other duties and shall assume and discharge such other responsibilities as the Board of Directors may by resolution from time to time direct.
SECTION 6. VICE PRESIDENT. In the absence of the President from any meeting or in the event of the inability or refusal of the President to act in the performance of official duties, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President; therefore, during the term of Vice President, the Vice President shall become fully acquainted with and prepared for the office of President. In the absence of the President and the Vice President or in the event of their inability or refusal to act in the performance of their official duties, the Secretary shall perform the duties of the President and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all restrictions upon the President.
The Vice President shall be responsible for coordinating the annual conference educational program.
SECTION 7. SECRETARY. The Secretary or designee shall:
(A) record the minutes of all meetings (including conference calls) of the Board of Directors, forward those minutes to the President for review and approval, and make minutes available to all members;
(B) see that all notices of meetings of members or the Board of Directors are duly given in accordance with these Bylaws;
(C) maintain an inventory of all records and location thereof;
(D) keep a register or list of all members of the Association showing their classification and voting rights and provide such list to the Treasurer and other Members as deemed appropriate.
(E) issue Certificates of Membership in the Association upon request; and
(F) in general, perform all duties incidental to the office of Secretary by the President or by the Board of Directors or Executive Committee.
SECTION 8. TREASURER. The Treasurer or designee shall:
(A) provide the Secretary a complete roll of the paid dues of the Association;
(B) invoice and collect membership dues each fiscal year;
(C) collect annual conference registrations fees;
(D) have custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the Association;
(E) provide receipts upon request for any and all moneys due and payable to the Association from any source whatsoever;
(F) deposit all such moneys in the name of the Association in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of Article VII of these Bylaws;
(G) keep an itemized record of receipts and disbursements for the account of the Association and furnish to the Auditor all canceled checks and drafts, a copy of each and every deposit slip, note, invoice, receipted bill, cash receipt and all other papers vouching for the deposit, expenditure or receipt of AAIA funds or evidencing any indebtedness of monetary obligation of the Association. Such records shall be open for inspection by the Membership. Before payment of any bill, the Treasurer shall first obtain approval of the President or other Officer as may be directed by the Board of Directors;
(H) send draft financial statements with supporting documentation to the Auditor within ninety 90 days after the calendar year end.
(I) render a true account at the succeeding annual business meeting and at such other times required by the Board of Directors of all moneys received and disbursed; and
(J) prepare and deliver an annual budget in accordance with Article IV, Section 10 of these Bylaws.
SECTION 9. COMMITTEES, PANELS, OR REPRESENTATIVES. The President has the authority to appoint committees, panels, or representatives to meet the needs of the Association which shall be subject to the supervision of the President.
SECTION 10. COMPENSATION. None of the Directors or Officers of the Association shall be paid any compensation for their regular services to the Association. However, if approved by the Executive Committee prior to the time the meeting is called, the Officers, Directors and members may be compensated for reasonable and necessary out-of-pocket expenses in attending meetings of the Directors or expenses incurred in the official performance of duties for the Association authorized by the Executive Committee.
However, the four Officers shall be provided free Conference registration. The Conference chair will be given a minimum of two free registrations, subject to the discretion of the Board. The President will have one additional free registration subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.
The Board of Directors may employ and compensate an Executive Vice President and other staff or secretarial employees and may provide for the compensation of an Officer, Director, Member, or other person for special services to the Association.
ARTICLE VI – COMMITTEES
SECTION 1. AUDITOR. Prior to the annual business meeting the Auditor, appointed by the President, will review the Association’s revenue and expenses and will report their findings to the Membership at the business meeting.
SECTION 2. NOMINATING COMMITTEE. The Nominating committee will act in accordance with Article III, Sections 10 and 11 of these Bylaws.
SECTION 3. STEERING COMMITTEE. The Steering Committee was formed for the purpose of providing overall guidance, to represent the founding Members’ original concepts, and to evaluate whether the Association is meeting the needs of its Members, as well as providing a resource to implement AAIA philosophy. The Committee will:
(a) Evaluate current issues facing airport auditors that may require in-depth research to gain a unified opinion and direction.
(b) Promote professionalism by encouraging professional growth of individuals through networking and educational workshops held in conjunction with meetings or separate workshops in different regions of the AAIA Membership.
(c) Establish and develop an interchange of information and experience in the development of audits of airports.
The Steering Committee shall be appointed by the President according to these Bylaws. The Committee may be made up of past Officers and Directors who are not currently serving on the Board but are interested in the continuity of the Association. Membership shall be by request and subject to appointment by the President. The Committee shall work closely with the President at all times. The President shall be an adhoc member of this Committee. The size of the Committee shall be based on need.
SECTION 4. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. A person or committee, appointed by the President, shall maintain records to support National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) requirements (for CPE credits) and coordinates with the Conference Chairperson and the President to assure compliance.
ARTICLE VII – CONTRACTS AND FINANCES
SECTION 1. CONTRACTS. The Board of Directors may authorize any Officers, agent, or agents to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Association. Any such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.
SECTION 2. PAYMENTS. All checks or other orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidences or indebtedness issued, in the name of the Association, shall be signed by such Officer or Officers, agent or agents of the Association and in such manner as shall, from time to time, be determined by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 3. DEPOSITS. All funds of the Association, not otherwise employed, shall be deposited, in a timely manner, to the credit of the Association in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the Board of Directors may select.
SECTION 4. AUDITS. An annual audit of the financial affairs of the Association and any such other audits as the Board of Directors may require shall be conducted in accordance with Article VI, Section 1 of these Bylaws.
ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS
SECTION 1. AMENDMENTS. These Bylaws may be altered or amended at any regular or special meeting of the Membership of the Association by two-thirds vote of the Membership present, as defined in Article III, Section 7. The Board of Directors may propose an amendment to the Bylaws at any other time and the vote thereon may be taken by ballot.
To take a vote upon any proposed amendment to the Bylaws by ballot, the Secretary shall mail (or email) each primary Registrant, as described in Article III, Section 5, at their last known address, a copy of the proposed amendment with a ballot in suitable form.
Members desiring to vote shall use the ballot forwarded by the Secretary and shall indicate thereon their approval or disapproval of the proposed amendment. Each Member shall have thirty days within which to return the ballot. Upon expiration of the thirty days, the President and Secretary shall canvass the ballot and record the vote.
If the proposed amendment shall receive two-thirds of the vote cast by the Members, provided that at least twenty-five (25) votes are received in favor of the proposed amendment, the amendment shall be deemed to have been adopted. Otherwise, it shall be deemed to have been rejected. The Secretary shall announce the result of any ballot by sending said notice by mail, email, or other technological means; and shall insert such result in the minutes as of the date on which the ballot was canvassed.
ARTICLE IX – EFFECTIVE DATE
These Bylaws became effective on July 27, 1989 and may be in force until amended, changed, or superseded by a vote of the Members in accordance with Article VIII. These Bylaws were last amended by the Board and approved by the AAIA’s members on June 10, 2019.