Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws: National Environmental Health Association

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ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

Preamble

We, the Environmental Health Professionals of the United States of America and the World, in order to preserve, protect, and improve the quality of life for the family of Man; to control those constituents of the environment which cause, or may cause deleterious effects to the health and well-being of Mankind or to the food and drink, lands, waters, atmosphere, shelter and other resources upon which humanity is utterly dependent for survival; to control the acute and chronic diseases which have afflicted humankind through the ages; to establish standards of competence and ethics against which the performance of our profession may be measured; to take an active leadership role in the resolution of issues and formulation of environmental health policies at the national level; and to create a forum for the free exchange of thought, opinion, philosophy, and technology, in a climate of mutual respect, now and in the future, do ordain and establish these Articles of Incorporation for the National Environmental Health Association.

ARTICLE I

Name

The name of this organization, a national, corporate, non-profit, professional association, incorporated under the laws of California, shall be: The National Environmental Health Association, Incorporated.

ARTICLE II

Definitions

Section 1. The word "AFFILIATE", hereinafter used, shall mean a State, Territorial, Provincial, Regional or specifically identifiable Association affiliated with the National Environmental Health Association, Incorporated.

Section 2. The word "ASSOCIATION" and the abbreviation "NEHA", hereinafter used, shall mean the National Environmental Health Association, Incorporated.

Section 3. The word "BOARD", hereinafter used, shall mean and be composed of the following: officers of the Association including the Immediate Past President, and each Regional Vice President who represents each Region as established by the Board and Executive Director who shall serve as a non-voting member of the Board.

Section 4. The word "COUNCIL", hereinafter used, shall mean and include the Delegates of the Association and the members of the Board. The Executive Director shall be a non-voting member of the Council.

Section 5. The word "DELEGATES", hereinafter used, shall mean and be composed of a representative designated by each affiliated organization, including the Student Environmental Health Association. All Delegates shall be members in good standing of NEHA.

Section 6. The words "ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH", hereinafter used, shall mean the environment as related to human health.

Section 7. The words "OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION", hereinafter used, shall mean the President, the President-Elect, the First Vice President, the Second Vice President, the Immediate Past President, and a Regional Vice President to represent the members of each Region established by the Board and elected by the membership of the existing Regions.

Section 8. The words "POLICY AND PROCEDURES MANUAL", hereinafter used, shall mean the National Environmental Health Association operational guidelines.

Section 9. The words "REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT", hereinafter used, shall mean persons elected by NEHA members in the Region they represent.

ARTICLE III

Purposes

Section 1. The purposes of the National Environmental Health Association shall be to maintain and improve the standards of performance of professionals in Environmental Health by encouraging research, education, and the dissemination of information by:

A. Publishing, or causing to be published, scientific or other information,

B. Requiring the highest degree of skill, efficiency and professional competence among those who practice in the profession of Environmental Health,

C. Sponsoring educational and scientific conferences, maintaining programs of credentialing and continuing education, and disseminating educational material,

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