Kingwood Area Republican Women Bylaws and Standing Rules
We should all care about our organization's by-laws! Why? Bernie Shuhi, Parliamentarian of the National Federation of Republican Women, told why in 1989...
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENT OF OUR LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATION?
YOUR BYLAWS…this is the highest authority of your organization. Your BYLAWS may never be set aside. When you come to a time of change in the general make-up or size of your group, it may be necessary to make some amendments to those bylaws. Take out a copy and look toward the end of the bylaws. There you should find an article named “Amendments.” In that paragraph, you will read the manner in which the amendments may be made. Included should be the fact that it is necessary to send a written copy of proposed changes to all paid members; that this should be done in a specified length of time prior to the date the proposed changes are to be voted upon, that amendments require a two-thirds vote of those present and voting.
WHO SHOULD RECEIVE A COPY OF YOUR BYLAWS?
For approval of changes, these should be sent to the person designated by your state federation. ALL PAID MEMBERS SHOULD HAVE A COPY OF YOUR BYLAWS.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE IMPORTANT PROVISIONS OF BYLAWS?
All club bylaws must conform to state and national requirements; they must not be in conflict with your state or NFRW bylaws. State federations must not have any article or section which is in conflict with NFRW bylaws.
Article II should list objectives which have the same intent as NFRW.
Article III, membership, should include eligibility, classifications, such as: active, associate, and men associates. For all associate members there should be notice of the restrictions – no voice, no vote, not counted for delegates to state or national conventions, not able to hold office or chairmanship. Tellers report the number of votes cast, the number needed to elect and the number of votes received by each candidate. Then her report is handed to the president who reads it again and declares who has been elected.