This is a revised copy of the ASI Conference Constitution, revised 2006.
FOR AN ASI CHAPTER OF ANY
CONFERENCE, MISSION, REGION OR ISLAND
ARTICLE 1 - NAME
The name of the organization shall be "Adventist-laypersons' Services and Industries." The "ASI" shall identify the Association.
ARTICLE 2 - OBJECTIVES
2.1 Spiritual Nurture. To provide a forum for spiritual nurture, empowering members to model Christ in their business and professional life.
2.2 Professional Growth. To affirm the gifts of Adventist professionals and business persons and provide for their professional growth by organizing relevant seminars, lectures and workshops.
2.3 Commercial Networking.To allow Adventist business and professional persons to network with each other formally and informally facilitating mutual support, advertisement of products and commercial growth.
2.4 Harmony. To encourage business and professional persons to conduct their activities in full harmony with the standards and objectives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and to maintain a harmonious relationship while working in partnership with the Church and its leaders
2.5 Focus on Mission. To enable members of the Association to focus on the Mission of the Church, utilizing their spiritual, human and financial resources, individually and collectively, for the proclamation of the Gospel as they minister in the marketplace.
ARTICLE 3 - MEMBERSHIP
3.1 Membership in ASI is available to any Seventh-day Adventist layperson who is a church member in regular standing and who operates a business, provides a professional service or operates a supporting ministry. ASI membership may be in one of five categories.
3.2 Organizational Membership is available to any organization owned and controlled by a SDA lay person.
3.2.1. Continued membership is contingent upon the owner and/or CEO conducting the business of the organization in harmony with SDA principles and personally remaining in regular standing in the SDA Church.
3.2.2. The business shall have been in operation for at least six months at the time ASI membership is applied for.
3.2.3 Membership shall be in the name of the
3.3 Professional membership is available to any Seventh-day Adventist who is a professional or carries managerial level of responsibility. (Examples: physician who works as an emergency room doctor but is not in private practice, an attorney who is a member of a law firm but is not in the self-employed practice of law, or a hospital administrator who works for a non-qualifying institution).
3.4 Personal membership is available to any SDA
owner or CEO of an organization which formerly held organizational membership under Article 3.2 for five (5) years or more and sells the business or leaves that organization.
3.5 Honorary membership may be granted to any person who, based on his or her individual contribution to the ASI organization, is selected for recognition and approved for such status by the ASI Board.
3.5.1Honorary members are not eligible for election to
offices in ASI, and are not required to pay dues.
3.5.2 During his term of office, the President of the Conference/Mission may be granted honorary ASI membership.
3.6 Church employee membership is held by any employee of the church who has been recommended by the Conference/Mission Executive committee to serve as ASI secretary-treasurer or as a member of the ASI Board. No payment of dues is required.
ARTICLE - 4 MEMBERSHIP FEES
4.1 An annual membership fee shall be established by the IAD ASI Board.
4.2 One third of the fee shall remain in the local chapter, one third sent to the Union chapter and one third remitted to the IAD Association. These funds shall be used primarily to publish newsletters and to host Conventions.
4.3 The local chapter shall do its own fund- raising
to fund its projects.
ARTICLE 5 - MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION PROCESSING
5.1 An Application for Membership form shall be completed in writing, providing satisfactory information and evidence of qualifications for membership, and sent to the secretary-treasurer of the Conference/Mission/Region/Island ASI chapter along with the first year's membership dues.
5.2 Each applicant shall provide his/her Pastor with the Confidential Information form that is to be submitted by the pastor to the secretary/treasurer.
5.3 Upon receipt of the application, pastor's recommendation and membership fee, the secretary-treasurer shall do the following:
5.3.1Submit the application to the Conference/Mission
Region/Island ASI Board for approval.
5.3.2 Send a copy of documents with one-third of the fee to the Union ASI secretary-treasurer.
5.3.3 Send a copy of documents with one-third of the fee
to the IAD ASI secretary-treasurer.
5.4 Upon receipt of documents and fee, the IADsecretary-
treasurer shall issue the membership pins.
ARTICLE 6 - TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
6.1 Membership shall be terminated by (a) written request of the member or (b) removal from church membership or (c) default in payment of annual fees. Termination of membership requires a two-thirds vote of the Board members present at the meeting.
6.2 A member, having been terminated from members
hip according to paragraph 6.1 and desiring to be reinstated, shall make a request to the Board for reinstatement. The committee shall re-evaluate all of the available information pertaining thereto. If the problems relative to membership eligibility have been corrected, the member may be restored to membership by a two-thirds vote of the Board members present.
6.3 A terminated member shall reapply for membership by following the procedure listed in Article 5.
ARTICLE 7 - REGULAR MEETINGS
7.1 Regular meetings of the Conference/Mission Region/Island chapter shall be held monthly or bimonthly as determined by its members.
7.2 Each chapter shall prepare a strategic plan and shall prioritize its projects.
7.3 The activities of the regular meetings shall include: Strategic planning, project identification, progress reports on projects, professional growth events, spiritual activities, evangelistic events and social activities.
ARTICLE 8 - BUSINESS SESSIONS
8.1 Business sessions of the Conference/Mission/Region/Island chapter shall be held biennially. Notice shall be given to the members at least one month prior to the date of the business session. A quorum shall consist of those present at a business meeting which has been duly called with proper notice as to the time and place of the meeting.
8.2 Special business sessions of the Chapter may be called by the Board at any time, provided the purpose of the special session is stated in the call, and written notice of such meetings is given at least six weeks prior to the date of the special sessions.
8.3 Those members who are eligible to vote at the regular or specially called ASI business meetings for the purpose of election of officers and other such business as may come before the delegates must vote in person.
8.4 The categories of voters are: