BYLAWS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW) CEDAR RAPIDS IOWA BRANCH
[Founded November 18, 1927]
ARTICLE I. NAME AND GOVERNANCE
Section 1. Name. The name of the organization shall be the American Association of University Women of Cedar Rapids IA hereinafter known as the “Affiliate.”
Section 2. Affiliate. AAUW Cedar Rapids Iowa is an Affiliate of AAUW as defined in Article V.
Section 3. Legal Compliance. The Affiliate shall comply with the requirements of AAUW and federal, state, and local law. The bylaws of the Affiliate shall in no way conflict with the AAUW Bylaws and/or policies.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
Section 1. Purpose. The purpose of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The purpose of the Affiliate is to further AAUW purposes and policies.
Section 2. Policies and Programs. In keeping with this purpose, the Affiliate shall promote equity, education, and development of opportunities for women and girls that enable them to realize their full potential.
ARTICLE III. USE OF NAME
Section 1. Policies and Programs. The policies and programs of AAUW shall be binding on all members engaged in AAUW activities, and no member shall use the name of AAUW to oppose such policies or programs.
Section 2. Proper Use of Name and Logo. The name and logo of AAUW may be used only by members (as defined below at Article IV, Section 2) and Affiliates (as defined below at Article V, Section 1) only according to policies and procedures established by the AAUW Board of Directors; others may do so only according to written licenses.
Section 3. Individual Freedom of Speech. These bylaws shall not abridge the freedom of speech of any AAUW member to speak an opinion in the member’s own name.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
Section 1. Composition. The members of AAUW at present consist of members (“Individual Members”) and college/university members (“College/University Members”).
Section 2. Basis of Membership.
a. Individual Members.
(1) Eligibility. An individual holding an associate’s (or equivalent, e.g., RN), bachelor’s, or higher degree from a higher education institution accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S Department of Education (an “Accredited Higher Education Institution”) or other qualified educational institution located outside of the United States, as determined by the AAUW Board of Directors, shall be eligible to receive admission to AAUW membership; such membership shall be granted upon payment of AAUW dues. The provisions set forth in this section are the sole requirement for eligibility and admissibility to AAUW membership except that the AAUW Board of Directors may establish a process to assess credentials that are submitted based on degree equivalence.
(2) Appeals of Refusals of Admission to Membership. Any potential Individual Member or College/University Member who claims qualification for membership in AAUW and who has been refused admission to membership may present credentials to the AAUW Board of Directors for review. The decision of the AAUW Board of Directors shall be final.
(3) Saving Clause. No Individual Member shall lose membership due to any change in the status of the higher education institution upon which original qualification for membership was based.
(4) Life Membership.
(a) Paid. An Individual Member may become a life member (a “Life Member”) upon a one-time payment of twenty years’ annual AAUW dues, based on the amount of annual AAUW dues the year the Member elects to become a Life Member. Thereafter, the Life Member shall be exempt from the payment of AAUW national dues.
(b) Fifty-Year Honorary. An Individual Member who has paid AAUW dues for fifty years shall become a Life Member and shall thereafter be exempt from the payment of AAUW national dues.
b. College/University Members. Any Accredited Higher Education Institution or other qualified higher education institution located outside the United States, as determined by the AAUW Board of Directors, that pays annual dues to AAUW shall be eligible to be a College/University Member. Each College/University Member shall appoint one or two representatives who are eligible to be Individual Members and who shall each have the membership benefits of an Individual Member and any other benefits that accrue to representatives of College/University Members, as determined by the AAUW Board of Directors.
Section 3. Student Associates. The AAUW Board of Directors may permit undergraduate students enrolled in Accredited Higher Education Institutions or in other qualified educational institutions located outside the United States, as determined by the AAUW Board of Directors, to associate with AAUW, with fees (if any) and benefits as determined by the AAUW Board of Directors.
Section 4. Dues.
a. Amount. The annual dues and Member benefits for any category of member shall be established by a two-thirds vote of the AAUW Board of Directors. Members shall be notified of the intent to consider a change in the dues, the proposed amount, and the rationale for the change at least 60 days prior to the vote.
b. Payment. Member dues shall be payable in accordance with procedures established by the AAUW Board of Directors.
Section 5. Severance of Membership. Any Member may be suspended or removed from membership for any conduct that tends to injure AAUW or to adversely affect its reputation or that is contrary to or destructive of its mission according to these bylaws, with action taken following policies and procedures adopted by the AAUW Board of Directors. In addition, a College/University Member that is no longer eligible for membership shall be removed from membership as soon as practicable after it loses its eligibility.
ARTICLE V. AAUW AFFILIATES
Section 1. AAUW Affiliate Defined. An AAUW Affiliate (“Affiliate”) is an organization affiliated with AAUW for the purpose of supporting AAUW’s mission through Affiliate programs, fundraising, networking, and/or other activities. Affiliates are typically nonprofit membership organizations under state law and may also have been recognized as tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations under the Internal Revenue Code. An Affiliate may use AAUW’s name and/or logo only if approved by the AAUW Board of Directors.
Section 2. Organization.
a. Purpose. Affiliates shall promote the purposes, programs, and policies of AAUW.
b. Bylaws. Affiliates shall develop bylaws as meet their needs. However, any such bylaws shall not conflict with AAUW Bylaws or with applicable law.
c. Structure. Affiliates may create such leadership structures as meet their needs. Each Affiliate shall provide AAUW with designated contacts for administration and finance.
Section 3. Loss of Recognition of an Affiliate.
a. The AAUW affiliation status of an Affiliate may be revoked for cause through affiliation review procedures specified by the AAUW Board of Directors.
b. The Affiliate shall have the right to appeal to the AAUW Board of Directors within a designated period.
Section 4. Property and Assets. The title to all property, funds, and assets of an Affiliate is vested in the Affiliate. An Affiliate shall have complete control of its property and assets, except that such property and assets shall not be used for any purpose contrary to AAUW’s purposes. In the event of the dissolution of an Affiliate or the termination of an Affiliate’s affiliation with AAUW, all assets of the Affiliate shall be transferred and delivered to AAUW or to another Affiliate designated by AAUW. AAUW may solicit and consider recommendations from local leaders before making a designation.
ARTICLE VI. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in the most current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Affiliate in all instances in which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the AAUW Bylaws or with the requirements of AAUW or applicable laws.
ARTICLE VII. AAUW-MANDATED AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS
AAUW-mandated amendments shall be implemented by the Affiliate’s board of directors without a vote of the Affiliate’s membership and as prescribed by the AAUW Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VIII. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Section 1. Nomination Committee
a. Composition and Appointment. There shall be a nominating committee of at least 3 members, appointed by the branch board in January of each year. Board members can serve on the committee.
b. Terms. The nominating committee shall serve for a term of 2 [two] years.
Section 2. Nominations.
a. The names of the nominees for elected office shall be published and sent to every member at least 10 days prior to the annual branch meeting when elections are held.
b. Nominations may be made from the floor with the consent of the nominee.
Section 3. Elections
a. Elections shall be by ballot unless there is only one nominee for a given office, in which case the election may be by a voice vote.
b. Elections shall be held at the annual branch meeting in June.
c. Election shall be by a majority vote of those present and voting.
ARTICLE IX. OFFICERS
Section 1. Officers – Elected/Appointed
a. Elected Officers. The elected officers for the branch shall be: President, Finance Officer, Program Officer, Secretary, and Membership Officer.
b. Appointed Officers. The appointed officers shall be AAUW Fund Director, Public Policy, Bulletin Editor, Director of the Branch Charitable Fund, and other positions as needed. They shall be appointed by the president with the consent of the board.
c. Each office may be filled by an officer or co-officers
Section 2. Duties
a. Officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these bylaws, by the rules of policies and procedures adopted by the branch board of directors, and by the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. The elected and appointed directors shall facilitate and promote the purpose and mission of AAUW.
b. The president shall be the official spokesperson and representative for the branch and shall be responsible for submitting such reports and forms as required by AAUW.
c. The finance officer shall be responsible for collecting, distributing and accounting for the funds of the branch and for meeting specific deadlines, for Iowa and Association reports, tax forms and collaborating with Membership Officer.
d. The secretary shall record and keep for reference the minutes of all board, membership, and special meetings.
e. All officers and chairs shall submit annual reports to the president if requested.
Section 3. Terms of Office.
a. Terms of Officers. Elected Officers shall serve for a term of 2 years or until their successors have been elected or appointed and assume office. Term of office shall begin on July 1.
1. No officer shall hold more than one office at a time, and no elected officer shall be eligible to serve more than _2_ consecutive terms in the same office.
2. The following officers shall be elected in even years: Finance Officer, Program Officer, Communications officer. The following officers shall be elected in odd years: President and Membership Officer
b. Beginning of Terms. Term of office shall begin on July 1.
Section 4. Vacancies. All vacancies in office shall be filled for the unexpired term by the board.
ARTICLE X. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. Members. The branch board of directors shall include the elected officers and the following appointed officers: AAUW Fund Director, Public Policy, Bulletin Editor, and Director of the Branch Charitable Fund.
Section 2. Power and Duties. The board shall have the power to administer affairs of the branch and to carry out its programs and its policies, and shall accept responsibilities delegated by AAUW and the state. It shall act for the branch between membership meetings. The board shall have fiscal responsibility as outlined in Article XIII, Financial Administration, Section 1.
Section 3. Meetings.
a. Regular Meetings of the board shall be held at least 8 times a year at a time and place agreed upon by the board.
b. Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called by the President.
Section 4. Voting Between Meetings. Between meetings of the branch board, a written or electronic vote of the board may be taken at the request of the president on any question submitted to the board in writing provided that every member of the board shall have the opportunity to vote upon the question submitted. If a majority shall vote on any question so submitted, the vote shall be counted and shall have the same effect as if at a board meeting. The result of the vote shall be in the minutes of the next board meeting.
Section 5. Quorum. The quorum for a meeting of the board shall be a majority of those who are present and voting. Co-officers shall be considered as one voting member of the board.
Section 6. Removal From Office. A member of the board of directors may be removed for any reason by a two-thirds vote of the board in accordance with policies and procedures adopted by AAUW.
ARTICLE XI. COMMITTEES
Section 1. Establishing Committees. The president may establish standing and special committees as needed with consent by the board.
Section 2. Purpose. With the approval of the board, each standing and special committee shall formulate programs and activities to carry out the mission of AAUW.
ARTICLE XII. FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION
Section 1. Administration. The board shall set and maintain policies and procedures to control financial records consistent with generally accepted accounting principles and federal, state and local laws including an annual financial review.
Section 2. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year shall correspond with that of AAUW and shall begin on July 1 through June 30.
Section 3. Budget. The board shall adopt an annual budget, developed by the President and Finance Officer, for presentation to the branch at the September meeting
Section 4. Dues. Changes in branch dues shall be determined at the annual meeting by two-thirds vote of those present and voting, provided notice has been given to the members 10 days prior to the meeting.
a. Paid Life. Paid life members of AAUW are required to pay state and branch dues to become members of a branch.
b. Fifty-Year Honorary. An individual member who has paid AAUW dues for 50 years shall become a life member and shall thereafter be exempt from the payment of AAUW and state dues. The branch board will decide if branch dues will be waived.
ARTICLE XIII. MEETINGS OF BRANCH MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Meetings.
a. Annual Meeting. The branch shall hold an annual meeting to conduct the business of the branch, including but not limited to, electing officers, establishing dues, amending bylaws and receiving reports. This meeting shall be held during the month of May.
b. Membership Meetings. The branch shall hold at least 6 meetings during the fiscal year. The branch board shall determine the time and place for these meetings.
Section 2. Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called by the president.
Section 3. Meetings Notice. Notice of meetings shall be sent to all members of the branch at least 10 days prior to the meetings.
Section 4. Voting
a. To be eligible to vote, an individual must be a member before the date of the meeting notice. A branch member is a national member who is also a member of one or more AAUW branches. A branch member shall be entitled to vote, hold office, and participate in all branch activities and programs of each branch where membership is maintained.
b. Voting Between Meetings. Between meetings of the branch, a written or electronic vote may be taken at the request of the president on any question submitted in writing. Every member of the branch shall have the opportunity to vote upon the question submitted. If a majority shall vote on any question so submitted, the vote shall be counted and shall have the same effect as if at a meeting. The result of the vote shall be in the minutes of the next branch meeting.
c. Quorum. The quorum shall be 15% percent of the branch membership.
ARTICLE XIV. INDEMNIFICATION
Every board or committee member may be indemnified by the branch against all expenses and liabilities, including counsel fees, reasonably incurred or imposed upon such board or committee members in connection with any threatened, pending or completed action, suit, or proceeding to which the board or committee member may become involved by reason of being or having been a member of the board or committee, or any settlement thereof, unless adjudged therein to be liable for negligence or misconduct in the performance of duties. In the event of a settlement the indemnification herein shall apply only when the branch board approves such settlement and reimbursement as being in the best interest of the branch. The foregoing right of indemnification shall be in addition to and not exclusive of all other rights to which the member of the board or committee is entitled.
ARTICLE XV. AMENDMENTS TO BRANCH BYLAWS
Section 1. Amendments to Branch Bylaws. Provisions of these bylaws not governed by the AAUW Bylaws may be amended at a branch meeting by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting provided written notice shall have been sent to the members at least 10 days prior to the meeting. [An incorporated branch shall take the necessary steps required by state law or its articles of incorporation.]
Section 2. Prior Approval. All other proposed amendments to the branch bylaws shall be sent to the state bylaws committee for approval before the call for the branch vote. If there is no state structure, approval of amendments to branch bylaws in those states will be according to procedures established by the AAUW Governance Committee.
Date Last Amended: ___August, 1997_____Certified 1998 and 2004______
Bylaws updated to include mandated changes from AAUW – March 28, 2010
Bylaws updated to the Model Branch Bylaws format and mandated AAUW changes. April 2012 (M. Bowman)
Revised April 2014 to meet 2013 AAUW Convention mandated bylaw changes
Revised September 2015 to met 2015 AAUW Convention mandated bylaw changes
Revised November 2015 to align with the AAUW Model branch bylaws.
REVISED November 2016 to align with AAUW Revised Bylaws
Amended in 2018 —