Constitution

Religious and Moral Education Council

  1. Name
    The name of this organization shall be the Religious and Moral Education Council of The Alberta Teachers’ Association.
  2. Objects
    The mission of the council shall be to improve the knowledge, understanding and practice of its members in the field of religious and moral education.
  3. Membership
    1. Regular Membership—Active members of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and associate members who are ineligible for active membership, as specified in ATA bylaws, are eligible for regular membership in this council. All such members shall be entitled to full privileges of Council membership including the rights to vote and to hold office.
    2. Life Membership—Life members of the ATA, as specified in ATA bylaws, are eligible for life membership in the Council and are entitled to all the benefits and services of council membership except the right to hold office.
    3. Student Membership—Student members of the ATA, as specified in the ATA bylaws, may join this council and shall be entitled to all benefits and services of council membership except the right to hold office.
    4. Honorary Membership—Those persons awarded honorary membership from time to time shall have all the privileges of regular membership, subject to regulations.
    5. Membership in specialist councils is not available to those individuals who, under the Teaching Profession Act and the Teacher Membership Status Election Regulation, are eligible to make an election of membership and elect associate membership or non-membership in the Alberta Teachers’ Association.
  4. Subscription Service
    Persons who are ineligible for active or associate membership in the ATA, such as school support staff, parents and libraries, as well as retired teachers and non-active teachers, may be connected with the Council by paying a subscription fee. Payment of the subscription fee includes entitlement to the council’s publications as well as other services determined by the Council, but does not provide membership in the council.
  5. Fees
    Fees shall be established and may be changed by resolution at an annual general meeting of the Religious and Moral Education Council.
  6. Officers
    The executive committee of this council shall consist of the officers - president, vice‑president, secretary and treasurer (each to be elected for one term at the annual general meeting of the council), past president (the outgoing president or a member appointed by the executive committee), editor(s) of the council’s publication, editor(s) of the council’s website, director(s) of the annual conference appointed by the executive committee, members at large appointed at the discretion of the executive committee, ATA executive staff liaison officer and PEC representative appointed by the Provincial Executive Council of The Alberta Teachers’ Association. To be eligible to become an officer of the Religious and Moral Education Council, a candidate must be a regular member of the Council. The term of office shall be from Annual General Meeting to Annual General Meeting.
  7. Committees
    The Council shall appoint from time to time such committees as are necessary to carry on the work of the council.
  8. Liaison
    Any representations which the Religious and Moral Education Council wishes to make to any organization, government department, other agency or official shall be conducted through the Provincial Executive Council of The Alberta Teachers’ Association.
  9. Regional Councils
    The executive committee of the Religious and Moral Education Council may encourage the formation of regionals and shall have authority to grant recognition to, establish the boundaries of, and develop regulations which are not inconsistent with this constitution or the policies of The Alberta Teachers’ Association for governing the organization and operation of such regional councils.
  10. National/International Organizations
    After the same notice of motion that is required for amendments to this constitution, the Religious and Moral Education Council, by a majority vote of those present at a regular session of an annual general meeting, may: (a) subject to approval by Provincial Executive Council, join or affiliate with a national or international organization representing the same special interest; or, (b) cancel its membership or affiliation with a national or international organization.
  11. Reporting Activities
    The Religious and Moral Education Council shall submit annually, not later than August 31: an audited financial statement, a statement of assets and liabilities, an annual report of program and activities, and a copy of the council’s current constitution.
  12. Meetings
    1. Executive ‑ The executive committee shall be the executive and administrative body of this council. It shall meet at least two times per year and shall conduct the affairs of the Religious and Moral Education Council between annual general meetings.
    2. General ‑ This council shall hold an annual general meeting whose agenda shall provide for the topics listed below:
      1. Adoption of minutes from the preceding annual general meeting and any special general meetings held in the interim.
      2. The annual reports from this council’s president and treasurer.
      3. Receiving of reports of committees.
      4. An audited financial statement for the preceding fiscal year.
      5. An annual budget.
      6. Revisions to the fees for membership in this council for which the required notice of motion has been given.
      7. Amendments of this constitution for which the required notice of motion has been served.
      8. Other business.
        At least thirty days notice shall be given to members for the annual general meeting.
  13. Amendments
    After three months’ notice of motion to amend the constitution being given to each member, this constitution may be amended by a two‑thirds majority vote of the members present at an annual general meeting of the Religious and Moral Education Council, subject to ratification by the Provincial Executive Council of The Alberta Teachers’ Association.

Ratified by ATA Table Officers 2000 02 09
Amended by Provincial Executive Council 2005 04 07 (legislated membership changes)
Amended by Provincial Executive Council 2006 06 15–16 (membership categories)