OSSWA Constitution and Bylaws


Section 1.
The name of the organization shall be the Oregon School Social Work Association, hereafter referred to as OSSWA. OSSWA is a not-for profit organization organized exclusively for the purpose of improving the conditions of the profession of school social work within the meaning of Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Section 2.
The Oregon School Social Work Association empowers school social workers and promotes the profession to enhance the social and emotional growth and academic outcomes of all students.


The purposes of OSSWA are:
1. To strengthen the profession of school social work by maintaining and increasing the number of school social workers employed by local education agencies in the state of Oregon.
2. To offer opportunities for ongoing professional development.
3. To open statewide channels of communication and information sharing.
4. To respond in a timely and efficient manner to the changing needs of school social workers.
5. To influence public policy and educational issues.
6. To demonstrate school social workers’ effectiveness through evaluation and research.
7. To assist school social workers in creating linkages among home, school and community on behalf of students and their families.
8. To mentor persons providing school social work services to achieve the highest professional standards.


Section 1.
Membership Categories

Full Membership: A person who is a social worker and is invested in schools shall be eligible for full membership. Retired or unemployed school social workers shall qualify for full student membership rates.

Student Membership: Any person pursuing an undergraduate or graduate social work degree with an interest in School Social Work is eligible for student membership. Student Members are non-voting and are ineligible to hold an office in the organization.

Section 2.
Membership extends for one year from the date of enrollment.

Section 3.
Annual Dues
There will be regular dues for this organization as follows:

• $40.00 annually for full membership
• $20.00 annually for student, retired, or unemployed membership

Any changes in dues will be recommended by the Board to the membership at the annual conference. A majority of those in attendance will decide if dues are to be changed.

The OSSWA Board will have the power to disburse funds for promoting and developing School Social Work in the state of Oregon. In the event that OSSWA is dissolved, all available funds will be disbursed for the promoting and development of School Social Work to a non-profit fund, foundation, or corporation, which has established its tax exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
v bB. State partner membership. Membership may be purchased through a state association if that state association has entered into a partnership agreement with SSWAA
Section 4.
Rights of Members
All members are entitled to one vote in elections for officers and the Board of Directors, and on any other business as determined by the Board.


Officers: All officers shall be current full members of the organization and shall serve at least one year terms.

Co-President: The Co-Presidents shall call meetings of the Board, plan agendas, coordinate activities, and prepare correspondence on behalf of the organization. The Co-Presidents will also serve as liaisons to NASW, SSWAA, and other professional organizations.

Vice President: The Vice President shall support the duties of the President as directed. The Vice President shall serve as liaison to NASW, SSWAA and other professional organizations. The term of this office shall be two years.

Treasurer: Maintains all financial records of the Association, pays bills and collects receipts.

Secretary: Takes minutes of meetings, provides copies of minutes to Board and keeps copies of all correspondence.

The Board of Directors will invite membership involvement in votes as needed.

Committees: Committees will comprise an important part of the work of OSSWA. The Conference Committee will plan the annual conference. The Advocacy Committee will be responsible for advocating on behalf of school social work. Additional committees will be developed. At least one member of each committee with be invited to participate in Board votes.

Responsibility: The Board’s responsibility to the membership is to: 1) Meet on a regular basis; 2) Inform the membership of the Board’s activities on a regular basis through periodic newsletters; 3) Have minutes available for inspection; 4) Select representatives to various state organizations and committees; 5) Organize telephone trees, as necessary; 6) At least annually provide a practice oriented professional growth workshop; (7) invite input from members.

OSSWA will follow the guidelines of an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Board decisions will be based on a majority vote of the members present at formal Board meetings. Fifty percent of the elected Board members will constitute a quorum.

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