Chapter I General Principles

Article 1

In accordance of Civil Associations Act and other relevant laws and regulations, these articles of association are hereby formulated.

 

Article 2

This will be called the Association of Science Education Taiwan, Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as the Association).

 

Article 3

The purposes of this association are to promote the research of science education in Taiwan, to elevate the academic standards of science education, and to foster the cooperation among all academic institutions and researchers.

 

Article 4

The location of the association is situated in the seat of central government.

 

 

Chapter II Responsibilities

Article 5

The responsibilities of this association are as follows:
  1. To held science education conferences.
  2. To promote science education research.
  3. To publish science education journals.
  4. On behalf of the Republic of China to participate in international science education meetings.

 

 

Chapter III Membership

Article 6

The members of the association are categorized into the following four classes:
  1. Ordinary members.
  2. Student members.
  3. Group members.
  4. Permanent members.

 

Article 7

Membership:
  1. Ordinary members: Citizens of Republic of China who have attained the age of 20 years, graduated from accredited private junior college or above, work in the field of science education, are introduced by two members, are approved by the Executive Board of Directors of the association.
  2. Student members: Students, who not yet graduate from accredited private junior college or above, are interested in science education research, recommended by teachers of the department which they are enrolled in, are approved by the council of the association.
  3. Group members: Institutions which are related to science education are approved by the council of the association.
  4. Permanent members: Ordinary members who pay annual fees for a decade at one time are permanently exempt from annual fees.

 

Article 8

When the membership change occurs, a member has to apply for the changes by a letter. The changes take effect by consent of the Executive Board of Directors.

 

Article 9

Members wishing to resign their memberships shall deliver a written notice to the Executive Board of Directors.  

 

Article 10

The rights and obligations of the members:
  1. The right to speak and vote.
  2. The right to elect and be elected.
  3. Participation in general meetings, annual meetings, and other special meetings.
  4. Preferential publication subscription rates are reserved for members.
  5. Participation in the academic activities held by the association.
  6. Abiding by of the constitution and resolution of the association.
  7. Payment of fees as specified.
  8. Carrying out of duties assigned by the association.
  9. Safeguarding the rights of the association to develop affairs of the association corporately.
  10. Student members do not have the right to vote and be elected.

 

Article 11

A person in one of the following situations is not allowed to become a member of this association:
  1. A wanted convicted criminal.
  2. A convicted criminal serving a sentence.
  3. A person deprived of his or her civil rights at present.
  4. A person not allowed to purchase an estate at present.

 

 

Chapter IV Organization

Article 12

The Conference of Members is endowed with the highest authority, whose responsibilities are assumed by the Executive Board of Directors, when the Conference is not in session.

 

Article 13

To facilitate work of the Association, an annual conference can be held to replace the Conference of Members.

 

Article 14

The Conference provides seats for 21 Directors, 5 Substitute Directors, 7 Supervisors and 3 Substitute Supervisors. These people are elected in the Conference of Members, to organize the Executive Board of Directors and the Executive Board of Supervisors. Substitute Directors and Substitute Supervisors with more votes fill in vacant positions of Directors and Supervisors, respectively.

 

Article 15

Directors vote out one President of the Executive Board of Directors and one Vice President among themselves. President and Vice President usually serve a one-year term but are allowed to serve two consecutive terms. The Vice President stood in for President to assume duties, when President is unable to perform. In cases where the Vice President has not been designated or can't be designated, directors vote out a Substitute President among themselves. The position of a President and that of a Vice President, once vacant, should be filled within a month.

 

Article 16

One Secretary-General is nominated by President of the Executive Board of Directors, and then is approved and employed by the Executive Board of Directors. President employs some secretaries as he or she sees fit.

 

Article 17

Seven Supervisors form the Executive Board of Supervisors. They vote out one person to be the Caller of Supervisors among themselves, to take charge of supervision work.

 

Article 18

Various committees, such as Committee of Editors, Fund-raising Committee and Election Committee, are set up. Positions for President of these committees are held by directors in those committees as a general rule. The Executive Board of Directors employs committee officers once their numbers have been decided upon.

 

 

Chapter V Responsibilities

Article 19

President of the Executive Board of Directors takes charge of the general affairs of the Association, carries out decisions made by the Conference of Members, the Annual Meeting, or the management-board, and represents the Association.

 

Article 20

Vice President of the Executive Board of Directors helps handle the general affairs of the Association, and stands in for President of the Executive Board of Directors to assume duties, when President of the Executive Board of Directors is unable to perform. When both President of the Executive Board of Directors and Vice President of the Executive Board of Directors are absent, the Executive Board of Directors elects substitutes for them.

 

Article 21

Responsibilities of the Executive Board of Directors
  1. Electing President of the Executive Board of Directors and Vice President of the Executive Board of Directors.
  2. Deciding upon and carrying out policies of the Association, as well as important matters.
  3. Carrying out resolutions made by the Conference of Members and the Annual Meeting.
  4. Approving the budget and final accounts.
  5. Keeping funds of the Association safe.
  6. Examining if a person is qualified to join the Association.
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      Article 22

      Responsibilities of the Executive Board of Supervisors
      1. Electing the Caller of Supervisors.
      2. Examining the budget and final accounts of this Association.
      3. Interrogating people to get down to disciplinary matters.
      4. Attending to other matters for interrogation.

       

      Article23

      Directors or Supervisors should be relieved from duties if they were in one of the following conditions:
      1. Due to inevitable reasons, the Executive Board of Directors and the Executive Board of Supervisors, through a joint meeting, approved the quitting of Directors or Supervisors.
      2. The Executive Board of Directors and the Executive Board of Supervisors, through a meeting, order Directors or Supervisors to resign from office for their negligence of duties.
      3. The Executive Board of Directors and the Executive Board of Supervisors, through a joint meeting, order Directors or Supervisors to resign from office for breaking the law or rules, or serious misconducts on the job.
      4. Being absent from two consecutive meetings without a sound reason is considered automatic resign.

       

      Article24

      Responsibilities of Secretary-General
      1. Keeping the official seal of the Association safe.
      2. Convening the Executive Board of Directors, as ordered by President of the Executive Board of Directors.
      3. Handling matters related to the induction of members.
      4. Organizing and safe keeping all conference documents.
      5. Booking all items of income and spending and safe keeping all receipts.
      6. Attending to matters handed over by the Association as well as various committees.

       

      Article 25

      Responsibilities of Secretaries

      Assisting Secretary-General in all matters.

       

      Article 26

      Responsibilities of the Conference of Members are as follows:
      1. Approving and modifying regulations.
      2. Electing Directors and Supervisors, as well as relieving them from duties.
      3. Approving reports and proposals from Directors and Supervisors.
      4. Approving an annual work plan, as well as the budget and final accounts.
      5. Purchasing or managing estates.
      6. Deciding on other important matters.

       

       

      Chapter VI Election

      Article 27

      Directors and Supervisors are all elected by ordinary members. The term of service is two years. The length of the term for the first session of Directors and Supervisors is to be decided on a joint meeting by the Executive Board of Directors and the Executive Board of Supervisors.

       

      Article 28

      Ten Directors have to be reelected on an odd year and eleven Directors have to be reelected on an even year (basing on the calendar of the Republic of China). Three Supervisors have to be reelected on an odd year and four Supervisors have to be reelected on an even year. Directors and Supervisors are allowed to serve consecutive terms.

       

      Article 29

      In addition to organizing the Conference of Members for election, Directors and Supervisors have to submit a list of nominees to the board meeting of Directors and Supervisors. That list of nominees, along with the ballot paper, will be sent to members for them to circle nominees, two months prior to the Annual Meeting every year. However, members are allowed to vote for members who have not been included in the list. The ballot paper has to be mailed back one month prior to the Annual Meeting. Failure to make the deadline is seen as abstaining in the vote.

       

       

      Chapter VII  Conference

      Article 30

      The Conference of Members or the Annual Meeting will be held once at the end of every year. A provisional Conference of Members is held if necessary. The President of the Executive Board of Directors convenes all these meetings.

       

      Article 31

      The Executive Board of Directors and the Executive Board of Supervisors held a board meeting every four months, and held joint meetings when necessary.

       

      Article 32

      The Conference of Members should inform members 15 days before it is held. However, it doesn't have to be so when it comes to provisional meetings convened for emergencies.

       

      Article 33

      Meetings can only take place if more than half of the people who are supposed to show up, are attending. An average proposal is approved if more than half of the attendees approve it. However, proposals concerning the modification of regulations, the management of estates, or other important proposals, have to be approved by two thirds of the attendees in the Conference of Members.

       

      Article 34

      Employee turnover is conducted before the end of December.

       

       

      Chapter VIII Funds

      Article 35

      Funding for the Association come from sources listed below.
      1. Membership fee
        Permanent and ordinary members all pay 500 New Taiwan dollars (NT$). Student members pay 250 New Taiwan dollars (NT$). Corporate members pay 5,000 New Taiwan dollars. Members should pay the full membership fees upon joining the Association. The Conference of Members will make a final call if the membership fees need to be changed.
      2. Annual subscription fee
        An average member pays an annual subscription fee of 1,000 New Taiwan dollars; a student member's annual subscription fee is only half of that of an average member's; a corporate member's annual subscription fee is five times more than that of an average member's. All these annual subscription fees should be turned in before 30th, June. If an average member pays annual subscription fee for 20 years at one time, his or her annual subscription fee is waived off for good. The Conference of Members will make a final call if the annual subscription fees need to be changed.
      3. Other fees.

       

      Article 36

      Special donations or annual subscription fees for 20 years paid in full at one time should be saved as funds, which can't be used without approval from Directors and Supervisors at board meetings.

       

      Article 37

      Secretary-General or persons appointed by Secretary-General keep monetary items safe in accordance to the law.

       

      Article 38

      Members who have not paid membership fees for two consecutive years are not entitled to any privilege provided by this Association. However, their privileges are restored once they have paid membership fees.   

       

      Article 39

      The fiscal year starts on 1 January and ends on 31 December.

       

      Article 40

      The budget should be worked out one month prior to the end of a year. The final accounts should be settled one month after a fiscal year ends. The final accounts have to be submitted to the Executive Board of Supervisors by the Executive Board of Directors, for examination, and then have to be reported in the Conference of Members or in the annual meetings.

       

      Article 41

      There is a more detailed regulation guiding the function of the Association, which is drafted by the Executive Board of Directors.

       

       

      Chapter IX Supplementary articles

      Article 41

      There is a more detailed regulation guiding the function of the Association, which is drafted by the Executive Board of Directors.

       

      Article 42

      The Association is allowed to establish branch offices in other provinces, municipal cities, cities and towns. The regulations for those branch offices are drafted by the Executive Board of Directors. The governing bodies concerned have to approve the establishment of the branch offices, before its execution.

       

      Article 43

      When the Association is dissolved or dismissed, all remaining properties are not to be possessed by anyone or any private company, in any way. But instead, those properties are to be possessed by the government or other autonomous bodies.

       

      Article 44

      The regulations for the Association have to be approved by the Conference of Members, and have to be reported to the Ministry of the Interior, for approval and filing, before being carried out. The modification of the regulations has to go through the same process.
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