The CASL bylaws outline the structure and functional requirements of our state board.

Section 1: Name

The organization shall be named the California Association of Student Leaders. It is briefly hereinafter and commonly referred to as CASL.

Section 2: Purpose

  1. To provide a communication network between schools, teachers, advisors, and state and national education agencies by.
    1. Providing information, assistance, and education on all phases of student leadership activities.
    2. Offering resources and support to student leaders and schools
  2. To train students in leadership skills, therefore giving students the tools to solve individual problems in their schools by:
    1. Promoting teamwork and action among student leaders in schools.
    2. Offering training for student leaders and schools
  3. To empower student groups to give input into important educational and student issues at the state level and have the opportunity to be heard (making a significant difference) by:
    1. Representing the students of California to the local and State Board of Education and to the Legislature.
    2. Providing a forum for student expression.
  4. To promote the opportunity for all students and student leaders to get involved in CASL by:
    1. Broadening the scope of participation in all student activities.
    2. Promoting student participation in the community.
  5. To develop a statewide convention and service experience involving all students.
    1. Providing an avenue to practice leadership skills by organizing area, state, and regional conferences for student leaders
    2. Assisting all student leaders in becoming more effective leaders within their school, community, state, and nation.

Section 1: Composition of Adult Advisory Board

Adult Advisory Board shall consist of the following:

  • The NatStuCo California Executive Director
  • Members of the CASL Adult Advisory Committee

Section 2: Powers of the Adult Advisory Board

  1. General Powers of the board are subject to the provisions and limitations of the California non-profit Public Corporation Law and any other applicable laws, and subject to any limitations of the Article of incorporation of bylaws regarding actions that require approval of the members, the corporation’s activities and
    affairs should be managed, and all corporate powers shall be exercised, by or under the direction of the Adult Advisory Board.
  2. Specific Powers of the board without prejudice to the general powers set forth in Article II- Section 2I of these bylaws, but subject to the same limitations, the directors shall have the power to change the principle office in California from one location to another, cause the CASL to be qualified to conduct its activities in any other state and conduct its activities within or outside California; designate any place within or outside California for any meeting of the members.

Section 1: CASL State Board

  1. The “CASL State Board” consists of the “CASL Board of Directors” and the “CASL Executive Board”
  2. All student CASL State Board members must be enrolled in a CASL member school.
  3. All CASL State Board Members must have equal voting privileges.

Section 2: CASL Board of Directors

  1. The CASL Board of Directors shall consist of seven directors from the north of the State and seven Directors from the south of the State, elected at the High School Conference, as well as four Freshman Directors, two northern and two southern, elected at the middle school conference. The remainder of the board shall consist of the President, appointed Directors, and the Adult Advisory Board. Only current 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th-graders can run for an appointed position.For the purposes of election of Directors, the northern part of the State will be designated as Areas A, B, C, and D. The southern part of the state will be designated as areas E, F, and G.

Section 3: CASL Executive Board

  1. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, President-Elect, Director of Operations, and Executive Director. 
  2. The President-Elect shall be elected at the board meeting prior to the state conference. Students declaring candidacy for CASL President must have served as a member, in good standing, of the board. The Director of Operations shall be appointed by the Executive Board, on an as-needed basis.
  3. Appointees to the CASL State Board shall be determined and appointed by the CASL Executive Board. All appointees will be voting members of the CASL State Board.

Section 4: CASL Areas

The State of California has been divided into areas to facilitate communication and representation within the CASL organization. These areas, which correspond to the CADA areas, are as follows:

  1. Area A is made up of the following counties:
    Del Norte
    El Dorado
    San Juaquin
    Contra Costa
  2. Area B is made up of the following counties:
    San Mateo
    Santa Clara
    San Francisco
  3. Area C is made up of the following counties:
  4. Area D is made up of the following counties:
    San Benito
    Santa Cruz
    Santa Barbara
    San Luis Obispo
  5. Area E is made up of the following counties:
    Los Angeles
  6. Area F is made up of the following counties:
    San Bernardino
  7. Area G is made up of the following counties:
    San Diego

Section 5: Nominations and Elections

  1. All Directors will be elected for a one (1) year term.
    1. They must be in grade 8 when they run for Freshman Director, and grades 9, 10, or 11 when they run for High School Director.
    2. They must have a 2.0 GPA or better
  2. They must have parent, school, and advisor approval.
  3. Multiple candidates per position, per school is allowed.
    1. They must attend a CASL Member School

Section 6: Removal/Vacancy in Office

  1. Any member of the CASL State Board found negligent in duties, or unable to fulfill an office, may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the CASL State Board, and approval of the Adult Advisory Board.
  2. Missing in two meetings during the year will result in the removal from the board position.
  3. Vacancies are filled by appointment.

Section 1: Membership Year

  1. The membership year shall be determined by the parent organization CADA.

Section 2: Types of Membership

  1. Regular: Any CADA Member School, public or private, shall be members
  2. Affiliate Memberships: Shall be granted at a yearly rate set by the Adult Advisory Board to those commercial firms and their representatives who service school’s co-curricular programs. These memberships shall be reviewed annually by the Adult Advisory Board prior to renewal.

Section 1: Annual Meetings

  1. An annual meeting of members shall be held each year.
  2. The annual meeting of members shall be held at any place within or outside of California as designated by the CASL State Board.

Section 1: Budget

  1. The budget of CASL shall include the State Administrative Budget, Conference Budget, and the budget of all other programs authorized by the CASL State Board.
  2. The CASL State Board shall appoint a budget committee to assist in the preparation and maintenance of the annual operating budget, and to assist in the supervision of proper accounting procedures. The annual budget shall be adopted
    by the CASL State Board.
  3. The CASL State Board may modify the budget by a majority vote.
  4. Financial reports shall be presented at the CASL State Board Meetings.

Section 2: Annual Reports

An annual report shall be given by the NatStuCo California Executive Director to the CADA State Board within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year. This report must contain the following information, in appropriate detail for the fiscal year:

  1. The assets and liabilities of CASL at the end of the year.
  2. The principle changes in assets and liabilities.
  3. The revenue or receipts of CASL both restricted and unrestricted to particular purposes.
  4. The expense of disbursements of CASL for both general and restricted purposes.

Section 3: Income Sources

  1. Annual Dues: The dues structure for membership shall be developed annually by the CADA State Board.
  2. Affiliates: Fees charged to the affiliates shall be set annually by the Adult Advisory Board.
  3. All income resulting from CASL Sponsored activities including but not limited to sales, registration, contributions, conferences, and all special programs shall become a part of the budget for CASL.

Section 4: Expenditures

  1. Expenditures of funds within the adopted budget shall be the total prerogative of the CASL State Board.
  2. The CASL State Board may recommend expenditures outside the adopted budget, provided sufficient funds are available to cover said expenditures.

Section 5: Fiscal Year

  1. The fiscal year for the California Association of Student Leaders shall be July 1st through June 30th of the following year.

Section 1: Purpose and Procedure

  1. CASL may affiliate with or accept affiliations with other state or national professional organizations which share mutual interests and concerns.
  2. All affiliations shall be approved by the CADA State Board.

Section 1: Quorum

  1. The NatStuCo California Executive Director, or designee, and simple majority of the CASL State Board shall constitute quorum for the transaction of official business.

Section 2: Policies

  1. Rules, policies, or positions adopted by the CASL State Board or general membership in accordance with these bylaws, but not specifically covered therein, shall be recorded in the policies of CASL.

Section 3: Parliamentary Procedures

  1. Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall control parliamentary procedures.

Section 4: Amendments

  1. New Bylaws may be adopted, or these bylaws may be amended by the approval of the CASL State Board. Proposals to amend or repeal these bylaws may be introduced at any regular CASL Board Meeting.
  2. A two-thirds favorable vote of the CASL State Board voting by mail ballot or at the CASL State Board Meeting is required to amend the bylaws.
  3. Proposed changes in CASL policies may be introduced at any regular board CASL State Board Meeting.
  4. Policies may be changed by a majority vote at any CASL Board Meeting.

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