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Bylaws

You may download the 2016 Bylaws approved at the 2016 Convention.

 

What are bylaws?

The bylaws of a group are the rules that relate to it as an organization and prescribe how the group will function. Be careful not to include amount of dues or other items that change frequently.

What are standing rules?

Standing rules are rules that are related to the administration of a group rather than parliamentary procedures. Put common practices here that are to be followed but can be changed by majority vote at a meeting.

Guidelines/Procedures Manual

These are used to give the details of responsibilities and procedures. They help to keep the bylaws simple and concise. Put all the details here so that new officers know what is expected of them.

Articles in a set of (zone) bylaws

Most bylaws of LWML groups contain the following articles:

*Name

*Object

*Members

*Conventions/Representation

Officers and Elections

Duties of Officers

Nominations

Appointed Officers

Meetings

Executive Committee

Pastoral Counselor

Standing Committees

Finances

Fiscal Year

*Parliamentary Authority

Amendments

      *These articles must conform with the (national) LWML Bylaws