Originally adopted May 25, 1950.

Amended May 17, 1956, May 20, 1965, February 15, 1973, April 12, 1973, January 9, 1975, May 21, 1981, May 17, 1984, April 17, 1986, January 18, 1990, September 18, 1997,  July 1, 1998, October 16, 2003, October 20, 2005, and February 21, 2008.


Download the CLASS constitution and bylaws here or view below.

The name of this organization shall be:

The purpose of this organization shall be as follows:
Section 1: To afford a medium for the discussion of identified needs, mutual
Problems and alternative solutions.
Section 2: To review, monitor, discuss and provide input into the formation of
Legislation and regulations affecting social service needs of state residents.
Section 3: To facilitate the development and implementation of professional
Training that relates to the delivery of municipal social services.

Section 1: REGULAR MEMBERS. The municipal employee who is the
administrative head of Social Services.
Section 2: ASSOCIATE MEMBERS. The municipal employee who is an
assistant administrator or staff member may be an associate member.
Section 3: HONORARY MEMBERS. Any former member of the Association
who has made an outstanding contribution to the Association my be
granted honorary membership, provided that written notice of the
proposal for honorary memberships shall be submitted to the Executive
Committee for consideration. If approved, the name(s) shall be
presented at a regular meeting. A membership list shall be mailed
annually to each Honorary Member whose address is known.
Section 4: FRIENDS OF C.L.A.S.S. Any individual or agency may become a
FRIEND OF C.L.A.S.S. by paying the dues established for an
Associate Member. FRIENDS OF C.L.A.S.S. shall not have the right
of vote normally associated with membership in C.L.A.S.S., but shall
receive mailings and notices and regular membership rates for all
meetings, training events and conferences of C.L.A.S.S.
Section 5: MEMBERSHIP TRANFERS. When the member is disassociated
from the office which qualified him/her for membership, the Regular
membership of such member shall be transferred to his/her successor.
Section 6: CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERS. The Executive Committee
shall have the right to determine the membership of any member, and
may reject the request for membership of any person other than the
Section 7. a. Voting. The right to vote is restricted to Members whose dues
are paid in full.
b. A member may vote by written proxy or ballot.
Section 8. Each Town/City may have not more than three voting members to
the Association. No more than one member from a Town/City may serve as
an Executive Officer.

Section 1. The annual dues of Regular Members and Associate Members
shall be voted on at the Annual Meeting each May by the membership
following a report of the Finance Committee, which shall include a
recommended budget and a recommended dues amount. Dues shall be
payable as of July 1st
and mailed to the address designated by the Treasurer
and will be considered delinquent after August 31st
Section 2. Honorary Members. No dues.

Section 1. Regular Meetings. Regular meetings shall be held on the third
Thursday of the following months: January, February, March, April,
September and October and the first Thursday in December. A Regular
Meeting may be rescheduled or a Special Meeting called upon written
notification to every member 10 days prior to the Regular Meeting date or
the scheduled Meeting date, whichever is earlier.
Section 2. Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting shall be on the third
Thursday in May, at which time the annual operating budget will be
presented and acted upon.
Section 3. Special Meetings. Special Meetings may be called by the
President or upon the written request of fifteen (15) members directed to the
President. Written notice of any Special Meeting shall be given by mail to
every member not less than ten (10) days prior to meeting and shall state the
purpose for which it is called.
Section 4. Quorum. Fifteen (15) Members shall constitute a quorum at any
meeting of the Association.
Section 5. Committee Reports. All chairpersons of Standing and Special
Committees shall present written committee reports for filing with the
Secretary at the Annual Meeting. Such reports may be read if the business of
the meeting makes such presentations desirable and the written reports shall
be retained by the Secretary for reference as needed.
Section 6. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Association shall be from July 1st to June 30th

Section 1. The Officers shall consist of President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice
President, Secretary and Treasurer. Term of office shall commence July 1st.
Section 2. The Officers shall be elected annually at the May meeting and, except
for the Secretary and Treasurer, cannot succeed themselves more than once in the
same office.
Section 3. Vacancy. A vacancy in any office may be filled for the unexpired
portion of the term of such office by the Executive Committee.
Section 4. Filling an unexpected term of office shall not be counted as a term.
Section 5. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of the
Immediate Past President, Ex-Officio, the current officers and the Chairpersons
of the Standing and Special Committees.
Section 6. Quorum. Seven (7) members of the Executive Committee shall
constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 7. Fiscal Powers. The Executive Committee, in furtherance of the
purposes of the Association, may from time to time, authorize expenditures of
funds in addition to expenditures authorized by any meeting: such expenditures
shall not exceed $500.00 in any one fiscal year.
Section 8. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and of
the Executive Committee, appoint Special Committees as needed; be an ExOfficio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee; in the
absence of the Treasurer, sign all checks and perform such other duties as are
prescribed by these By-Laws.
Section 9. The 1st Vice President shall, in the absence of the President, preside at
all meetings of the Association and of the Executive Committee and perform the
duties of the President.
Section 10. The 2nd Vice President shall, in the absence of the President and the 1st Vice President, preside at all meetings of the Association and the Executive
Committee and perform the duties of the President.
Section 11. The Secretary shall keep a true and accurate record of all the business
transacted by either; and file, preserve reports and records; be custodian of the
Corporate Seal, conduct all correspondence and keep copies of the same.
Section 12

Section 1. Not later than the Regular Business Meeting in March, the President
shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of up to five (5) Members.
Section 2. The Nominating Committee shall draw up a slate of officers of
Members, such slate to be presented to the membership in writing at least ten
(10) days before the Annual Meeting in May. The report of the Committee shall
be made at the Annual Meeting.
Section 3. At the May meeting, the Committee Chairperson will present the slate
of officers to the membership, at which time nominations will be accepted from
the floor.
Section 4. Election of officers shall be held at the Annual Meeting in May and
shall be by ballot when two or more members are contesting for a single office.
Section 5. The President shall appoint three tellers, none of whom shall be a
nominee for office.
Section 6. The appointed tellers shall, when balloting is necessary, distribute to
and collect from the Members ballots for each office being contested, shall tally
the results and convey such results to the presiding officer who shall announce
the results to the membership.

Chairpersons of each Standing, Special and Ad Hoc Committees are appoint
by the President. Each Committee may spend up to $100 of their approved
budget without prior authorization. Any expenditures in excess of $100 but not
exceeding $500 must have prior approval of the Executive Board. All
expenditures in excess of $500 must be prior approved by the General
membership. Ad Hoc Committees may be appointed by the President with the
approval of the Executive Officers.
The STANDING COMMITTEES and their duties are as follows:
1- Conference Committee 2- Constitution and By-Laws 3- Finance 4- Hospitality
5- Legislation 6- Membership 7- Policy/Regulations 8- Program 9- Nominating
Section 1. The Standing Committees shall be appointed by the Chairperson and
shall be composed of the number of members deemed appropriate by the
Chairperson. The President, who is an Ex-Officio member of each Committee,
may delegate one or both Vice Presidents to attend any meeting. The Chairperson
of the Standing Committee shall be appointed by the President.
Section 2. The Conference Committee plans an Annual June Conference on a
date to be decided by the membership.
Section 3. The Constitution and By-Laws Committee shall receive and present
to the Association with its recommendations, all amendments to these by-laws.
This Committee shall question any deviation from the Constitution and ByLaws.
Section 4. The Finance Committee shall audit the books of the officers prior to
the Annual Meeting and Shall also audit the Treasurer’s books at any time a
change takes place.
Section 5. The Hospitality Committee shall notify members of illness or death
of a member, shall greet and introduce new members and guests and shall assist
in seating members for prompt openings of meetings.
Section 6. The Legislative Committee shall initiate and bring before the
membership legislative recommendations. If these changes are approved by a
majority of the membership, the committee shall carry through to completion.
Section 7. The Membership committee shall recruit members, complete the
membership list to disseminate to all members including Honorary members.
Section 8. The Policy/Regulations Committee shall promote a liaison between
the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services in order to assist in
developing and revising assistance standards and implementing training
Section 9. The Program Committee shall be responsible for detailed
arrangements of all meetings.

Section 1. These by-laws may be amended at any regular meeting of this
Association except the September meeting, by a majority vote of Members
present or voting by written proxy, provided the proposed amendment(s) shall
have been presented to the Constitution and By-Laws Committee under
Article VIII, Section 2, and mailed to each Member at least ten (10) days prior
to the regular meeting at which the vote will be taken.

ORDER OF BUSINESS shall be as follows:
1. Call to order
2. Approval of Minutes
3. Treasurer Report
4. President’s Report/comments
5. Committee Reports
6. Unfinished Business
7. New Business
8. Announcements/ other business
9. Adjournment

Section 1. The rules may be amended at any regular meeting by a majority of
those present and voting. The rules may be suspended at any meeting
by general consent or by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting
upon a motion dully presented for that purpose.

Section 2. The meetings shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order Newly
Revised to facilitate the smooth functioning of this assembly.

The laws of the State of Connecticut in which CALAGA (CLASS
after July 1, 1998) is incorporated, shall be followed in any dissolution of
said organization. A vote of the membership to rescind the By-laws will
be required. The vote will be held at any regular meeting. Members shall
be notified by mail at least ten days before the meeting. Said notice will
state the reasons for said dissolution. Assets of the organization will be
distributed to organizations with similar objectives with a vote by the
members of CLASS.