Associations like all "business" entities are subject to a myriad of federal, state and local laws. The internal laws governing the American Logistics Association or governing laws are drawn from the jurisdiction of incorporation and that is Washington DC. The Certificate of Incorporation provides the legal basis for the existence of the corporation.
The second important document is the bylaws or constitution of the association. This document lays out the operating instructions for the association. The association performs the necessary due diligence to meet the requirements of the law and the regulatory agencies like the Internal Revenue Service. Annual audits are conducted by an independent third party and documents are managed in accordance with the privacy act and operations are governed by applicable internal controls.
The association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of 13 members aligned as closely as possible with the business segment represented by association. As a general rule the board of directors is charged with the full management authority over the internal affairs of the organization and the management of its assets. In the association sector, in which board members are volunteers serving without compensation like the ALA, much of the boards management authority is delegated to the staff.
The internal business of the Board is managed by a set of committees:
- Executive Committee consisting of the Board officers that acts for the Board between regular Board meetings
- Finance Committee that oversees the finances of the association
- Membership Committee that sets membership policy and recruitment strategies
The effectiveness of the ALA is enhanced by several standing internal committees that interact with the retail partners on defining issues and solutions:
The Chapters play an important role in meeting the day to day needs of the association and the retail partner in a specific geographic area. The conduct of the chapters is governed by a Chapter Handbook detailing policy and guidelines for conduct and operations.
Whether in the role of a board member or a council or chapter president the ALA offers a wide variety of opportunities for members to participate in the success of the association.