How to Write By-Laws

The detailed procedures of the group should be given in the By-Laws.  These give instructions for day to day group operations.  They also give further definition to the Constitution.  By-Laws tend to be revised on a regular basis.

By-Laws Should Include:

  • Membership - selection requirements, resignations, expulsion rights and duties
  • Dues - amount and collection procedures, special fees and when to pay
  • Executive Board - structure, members, power, duties
  • Duties of Officers - job descriptions, powers
  • Committees - how formed, chairpersons, meetings, powers, duties
  • Duties of Advisor - job description, powers
  • Elections - time of year, voter eligibility, removal from office, appeal process
  • Order of Business - agenda used for conducting meetings
  • Parliamentary Authority - rules followed for order
  • Amendments - voting procedures, notice required
  • Any other specific policies and procedures unique to your organization

Simple majority vote is required to make a change to the By-Laws

Last modified: Feb 21, 2012
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