Bylaws of the Valley Writers Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club (as amended on September 15, 2005)
This organization shall be named the Valley Writers Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. We may also conduct business as the Valley Writers Club.
The purpose of this organization, which is non-profit, shall be to provide a means of exchanging ideas and promoting the art and craft of writing.
Article III Membership:
Anyone interested in the art and craft of writing, in improving his or her skills, and in discovering opportunities for publication may apply to become a member of this organization. This organization will seek to attract members from the Roanoke Valley area as well as surrounding counties.
Members of the Virginia Writers Club who live in the area served by the Valley Writers Chapter shall automatically become members upon application to join the Valley Writers Chapter. Any other prospective member must fill out an application and attend three meetings within a three-month period in order to receive an invitation to officially join Valley Writers.
Anyone under the age of 18 may apply to become an "associate member," a status which does not include the privileges of voting or serving as an officer.
Members who have not attended a regular meeting of Valley Writers in six months will be dropped from the membership roll and will need to reapply.
Article IV Officers: The elected officers of this organization shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers shall serve for a term of one year, upon nomination and election at the first meeting of this organization in the month of January. The officers will conduct the normal business of the organization and organize and conduct the meetings of its membership. The President may appoint committees as deemed necessary.
Article V Meetings: This organization shall normally meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month, unless decided otherwise by a majority vote of members. The organization will seek twice a year to have a special meeting with a guest speaker or other special program. The first meeting in January shall constitute an annual membership meeting and will include election of officers.
Finances: This organization will rely on donations to support its activities. These activities may include, but are not limited to, distribution of information to members or prospective members, special programs or workshops, and guest speakers.
Article VII Parliamentary Authority: Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be the parliamentary authority of this organization when applicable and when not inconsistent with these Bylaws or any special rules adopted by this organization.
Relationship to The Virginia Writers Club: This organization is a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. This organization will encourage its members to become members of the state-wide Virginia Writers Club. It will, as requested, provide representatives to the Board of Governors of the Virginia Writers Club.
These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regular or called meeting, provided that notice of the meeting shall include the nature of any proposed amendment, and that such notice shall be given to members at the two preceding meetings.Type your paragraph here.