ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of the organization shall be the Southside Women’s Network, Incorporated.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
The purpose of the Southside Women’s Network shall be to promote a spirit of cooperation and understanding among the members; to enhance one another’s career goals by providing a strong network of professional contacts, shared ideas and mutual encouragement; to provide recognition of the contributions by women in our community; and to encourage other women to join us in our pursuits.
The Southside Women’s Network shall support the continuing growth and development of women in all areas of their lives. To this end, it promotes, encourages and, where appropriate, provides opportunities for education on topics such as social, economic, family wellness, personal growth, and non partisan issues.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the Southside Women’s Network shall be granted to those who pay annual dues, who support its purpose, and who adhere to the SWN Ethical Standards and Conduct as adopted and revised by the SWN Board of Directors.
ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS
The officers of the Southside Women’s Network shall be President, President Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The immediate Past President shall serve as an ex officio member of the Board.
ARTICLE V. MEETINGS AND QUORUM
Section 1. The regular meetings shall be held at least six times per year at a time and place to be determined by the Board of Directors.
Section 2. The annual meeting shall be held in May.
Section 3. Special meetings may be called by the President or at the request of twenty percent (20%) of the members.
Section 4. Ten percent (10%) of the members in good standing shall constitute a quorum.
ARTICLE VI. DUES
The Board of Directors shall determine the dues structure.
ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES
Section 1. At least ninety days prior to the annual meeting, the Board of Directors shall appoint a Nominating Committee and an Audit Committee. The Nominating Committee will consist of five Southside Women’s Network members. The chair of the Nominating Committee shall be a Board member.
The Audit Committee will have at least three members, none of which will be a Board member. No member of the Finance Committee shall serve on the Audit Committee. Neither the President, Secretary nor the Treasurer may serve on the Audit Committee.
Section 2. The President shall appoint any such special committees, as she deems necessary. The chairmen of the special committees shall serve as ex officio members of the Board.
Section 3. The three standing committees of the Southside Women’s Network are: Program — chaired by the President Elect; Membership — chaired by the First Vice President; Communications — chaired by the Second Vice President.
ARTICLE VIII. BYLAW AMENDMENTS
The Bylaws may be amended after thirty days written notice to the membership by a two thirds (2/3) vote, a quorum being present.
ARTICLE IX. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Robert’s Rules of Order shall be the parliamentary authority on all matters not covered by the Constitution and Bylaws.
ARTICLE X. CONSTITUTION AMENDMENTS
This Constitution may be amended at a meeting by a two thirds (2/3) vote, a quorum being present, with thirty days written notice.