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Harry Nohr Woodturners

Constitution

Adopted as of October 14, 2008

 

Article I

The Name of the club is Harry Nohr Woodturners

 

Article II

The purpose of the Harry Nohr Woodturners club, is to bring together people from all backgrounds to enjoy and learn the art/craft of wood turning. Whether the individual is a hobbyist, part-timer or professional turner, all are welcomed. The Harry Nohr Woodturners goal is to meet once a month to share ideas and techniques on woodturning and tools, trade wood and conduct demonstrations on wood turning techniques. Meetings will be held primarily at facilities located on the University of Wisconsin Platteville Campus as the club is affiliated with UWP and membership is comprised of woodturners and students from the University Community and the surrounding area.

 

Article III

Membership

 

  1. General Member- Any person who has a desire to learn about the art/craft of woodturning. He/she will receive a newsletter (via e-mail), may display the seal, participate in show & tell, enter pieces in challenges, use the club’s library and vote on matters of the club.

 

  1. Life Membership-Life Membership may be obtained by paying a Life Membership fee. An honorary Life Membership may be conferred upon an individual for services rendered to the club for reasons that may be deemed sufficient by the Board of Directors. He/she will receive a newsletter, may display the seal, participate in show & tell, enter pieces in challenges, use the clubs library and vote on matters of the club.

 

Dues and Fees

Annual dues are $20 for General Member, $10 for Student ($5 per semester, not to exceed $10 in any calendar year) and $5 for Seniors 65 years of age and older. Annual dues Life Membership Fee and other service charges shall be set by the Board following discussion with General Membership. Life Members shall not be required to pay annual dues but can be required to pay special program fees. Guest are welcomed to attend our meeting, at no charge, to find out the benefits of membership. We encourage guests to join after their second meeting.

 

Article IV

Safety Statement

Safety is a concern to every turner. It is the policy of the club to promote safety and educate wood turners about the possible hazards. Members and guest must wear eye protection and, if necessary, dust protection to watch any demonstration. It is the responsibility of each member and guest to police themselves on this important issue. Woodturning has inherent dangers. Harry Nohr Woodturners bears no liability for injuries received during turning demonstrations or as a result of a persons choice to become a woodturner.

 

 

Article V

Election of Officers

A.    Nominations for officers shall be made at the November meeting and published in the December newsletter. Elections will be at the December meeting and take effect at the January meeting. (With the exception of the organizational meeting of the Club which will occur on October 14, 2008 at which time Club officers will be nominated and elected.) Officers will hold office for one year unless re-elected. There is no limit on terms in office. Vacancies.  A vacancy in any Office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise may be filled by a majority vote of the members or of the Officers for the un-expired portion of the term.

 

 

Article VI

The number of directors shall be fixed by the Bylaws but shall not be less than four (4) directors.

 

Article VII

Contracts

No member or board member will sign a contract obligating the club unless approved by the Board of Directors.

 

Article VIII

Daily Operations

The Board of Directors shall have authority to spend club funds without a general membership vote when the amount is under $150. At no time may the Board of Directors obligate the Club for more funds than exists in the Club treasury.

 

Article IX

The manner of election, appointment and removal of directors shall be as provided in the Bylaws.

 

Article X

Quorum

A total of 2/3 of paid  up members shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business at any general meeting. The Board of Directors must have a majority to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the board.

 

Proxy

In special circumstances, such as lining up program talent, an e-mail proxy vote may be authorized by a 2/3 approval from the board of directors. A minimum of 2/3 of paid up members responding to the e-mail will constitute a quorum for the purpose of the vote.

 

Article XI

Amendments

The constitution may be amended by a majority vote at any meeting of the club. The Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Board of Directors with a two thirds (2/3) vote. All amendments or revisions to the Constitution/Bylaws must be submitted in writing or e-mail no less than twenty (20) days prior to voting.

 

Article XII

Fiscal Year

The fiscal year shall be January 1 to December 31.

 

Article XIII

Dissolution

In the event that the club dissolves all remaining resources, library, cash, etc. will be donated to another woodturning club as directed by the board.

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Harry Nohr Woodturners
300th Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners