TEAA Constitution

Teachers for East Africa Alumni (TEAA) is a non-profit organization whose objectives are (i) support for education in the East African nations of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, (ii) communication among ourselves, including reunions, and (iii) gathering, maintaining, creating and disseminating expertise and archival material pertaining to T/E/EA and its original mission and activities.
All those who served in Teachers for East Africa and Teacher Educators for East Africa (joint efforts in the 1960s of US/AID, Teachers College of Columbia University and the three host governments) are members, as are family members who lived with them during the period of service. Others associated with the program, in administrative and research roles for example, are also members. Anyone wishing to terminate membership may do so by contacting the scribe.

Dues will be established at a level sufficient to sustain the organization. The steering committee may recommend contributions. If these are for specific activities, the treasurer will maintain separate accounting.
Steering Committee
There will be a Steering Committee of at least 7 people. It will include individuals with the following 7 positions: Chair, Planner, Scribe, Historian, Liaison, Treasurer and Member-at-Large. Some of these people will need to seek out others to assist them, forming task groups as appropriate. Other leaders of major task groups may be asked by these seven to become part of the steering committee. The term of each of the seven named committee positions is from reunion to reunion, with Steering Committee renewal being a part of each reunion program. Reelection is permitted. Prior to the time when a term ends or when a vacancy arises, there will be a call for nominations. If there is more than one nominee, there will be an election.

As a practical matter, some decisions on the particulars of implementation wit be made by individual Committee members. For non-routine decisions, it is expected that others, such as the members of the relevant task group and the chair, will be consulted, to get an adequate spectrum of opinion. The steering committee will operate by seeking consensus; failing that, it will vote. Whenever the steering committee or the chair feels it is appropriate, the entire membership will be informed and offered the opportunity to either vote or comment. Major decisions - those involving large expenditures or significant effects on the organization's future capacity to carry out its mission - will go to the steering committee, which will give their recommendation to the entire membership. Such feedback or vote by the membership will be conducted by electronic means.

The tasks and activities actually carried out by the holders of the various positions will develop over time, but the general idea of each is as described next.
Chair: The chair has the lead role in the process of considering proposals for action, decision-making and implementation. This person assures that each position holder is fulfilling her/his responsibilities to the organization and maintains communication within the steering committee.
Planner: At the outset, the principal role for this person is the planning of the next reunion, anticipated in Kampala in 2003.
Scribe: The scribe maintains the directory of all former TEArs, whether or not they are members of TEAA, and is the editor and distributor of the Newsletter. In coordination with the Member-at-Large (see below), the Scribe will also facilitate and report on membership feedback or response.
Historian: The historian acquires and maintains documents and artifacts related to TEA, conducts related research, and disseminates or publishes as appropriate.
Liaison: The liaison serves as a point of contact between the human resources of our membership and outside people and organizations seeking our expertise.
Treasurer: The treasurer maintains the association's bank account, processing all payments to and from TEAA, keeps separate funding records for designated activities and makes financial reports to the membership.
Member-at-Large The member-at-large seeks out a reasonable sampling of views from the general membership on major issues facing the steering committee, represents those views to the steering committee, and conducts any voting.
Bylaws and Amendments
This TEAA structure may be elaborated with bylaws and such bylaws and/or this document may be amended, in all cases by 2/3 vote of both the steering committee and the membership.