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This is a '''draft''' of the Bylaws.  It is intended for everyone to  have a final say on what the Bylaws are before they are fully ratified.  Original sample non-profit bylaws can be found at http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-write-bylaws-for-nonprofits-a13277
 
Bylaws are intended to be items that can only change via formal action and vote of the membership, whereas policies and procedures can be changed by the governing body.
 
 
 
== Article I. Name ==
 
== Article I. Name ==
# The name of the organization/agency/group shall be the Knoxville Makers Guild. It may be abbreviated KMG.
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# The name of the organization/agency/group shall be Knox Makers. It may be abbreviated KM.
  
 
== Article II. Board of Directors ==
 
== Article II. Board of Directors ==
 
===Section 1 — Board role, size and compensation===
 
===Section 1 — Board role, size and compensation===
  
#The board is responsible for overall policy and direction of the association, and delegates responsibility of day-to-day operations to volunteers and committees.  
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#The board is responsible for maintaining the [[Membership Rules]] and [[Policies and Procedures]] for the purposes on ensuring safe and continued operation of Knox Makers. The board delegates responsibility of day-to-day operations to volunteers and committees.  
 
#There shall be up to Ten (10) officers but no fewer than Three (3) officers collectively referred to as 'The board'. There shall always be a President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary.  
 
#There shall be up to Ten (10) officers but no fewer than Three (3) officers collectively referred to as 'The board'. There shall always be a President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary.  
 
#No officer shall be compensated for their service as an officer, though the corporation may provide insurance and indemnity for officers as allowed by law.
 
#No officer shall be compensated for their service as an officer, though the corporation may provide insurance and indemnity for officers as allowed by law.
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===Section 2 - Terms===
 
===Section 2 - Terms===
 
#Board members shall serve 1 year terms.
 
#Board members shall serve 1 year terms.
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#No term limits are placed upon a member serving the board.
  
 
===Section 3 -  Board election protocol===
 
===Section 3 -  Board election protocol===
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#Any member in good standing can nominate a candidate to the slate of nominees. Nominees must be members in good standing.  
 
#Any member in good standing can nominate a candidate to the slate of nominees. Nominees must be members in good standing.  
 
#Nominations should be submitted to the Secretary at the Annual Meeting.  
 
#Nominations should be submitted to the Secretary at the Annual Meeting.  
#To be elected, nominees must receive a majority vote by the members present at the annual meeting or special meeting or by proxy.  
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#To be elected, nominees must receive a majority vote by the members present at the annual meeting (or special meeting), including votes by proxy.  
 
#Votes will be accepted on paper, ballot style to be taken up and counted by the secretary.  
 
#Votes will be accepted on paper, ballot style to be taken up and counted by the secretary.  
 
#At least three board members must be elected to fill the positions of President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  
 
#At least three board members must be elected to fill the positions of President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  
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===Section 4 — Vacancies===
 
===Section 4 — Vacancies===
#When a vacancy on the board exists mid-term, the secretary must receive nominations for new board members from present board members one week in advance of a board meeting. These nominations shall be sent out to board members with the regular board meeting announcement to be voted upon at the next board meeting. These vacancies will be filled only to the end of the vacant board member's term
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#When a vacancy on the board exists mid-term, the secretary must receive nominations for new board members from present board members one week in advance of a board meeting. These nominations shall be sent out to board members with the regular board meeting announcement to be voted upon at the next board meeting. These vacancies will be filled only to the end of the vacant board member's term.
  
 
===Section 5 — Resignation, termination, and absences===
 
===Section 5 — Resignation, termination, and absences===
 
#Resignation from the board must be in writing and received by the Secretary.  
 
#Resignation from the board must be in writing and received by the Secretary.  
 
#A board member may be terminated from the board due to excess absences defined as more than two unexcused absences from board meetings in a year. Termination due to absence requires a simple majority of the remaining directors, provided a quorum can be established.
 
#A board member may be terminated from the board due to excess absences defined as more than two unexcused absences from board meetings in a year. Termination due to absence requires a simple majority of the remaining directors, provided a quorum can be established.
#A board member may be removed for other reasons by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the remaining directors.
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#A board member may be removed for other reasons by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the remaining board members.
 
#A board member may be recalled by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the total voting membership.
 
#A board member may be recalled by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the total voting membership.
  
 
== Article III. Officers ==
 
== Article III. Officers ==
#There shall be no less than three officers of the board, consisting of a President, Treasurer, and Secretary. <font color="red">Additional board positions are optional and their duties shall be detailed in the “Officer Duties and Responsibilities” document. </font>
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#There shall be no less than three officers of the board, consisting of a President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Additional board positions are optional and their duties shall be detailed in the “Officer Duties and Responsibilities” document.
#The President shall convene regularly scheduled board meetings, appoint committee members, and shall preside at each meeting. If the President cannot make the meeting, the President shall arrange for another board member to preside at the meeting.
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#The President shall convene regularly scheduled board meetings, appoint committee members, and shall preside at each meeting. If the President cannot make the meeting, the President shall arrange for another board member to preside at the meeting.  Additional responsibilities may be defined in the "Officer Duties and Responsibilities" document.
#The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all board meetings, sending out meeting announcements, distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each board member, and assuring that corporate records are maintained.  
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#The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all board meetings, sending out meeting announcements, distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each board member, and assuring that corporate records are maintained. Additional responsibilities may be defined in the "Officer Duties and Responsibilities" document.
#The Treasurer shall make a report on finances at each board meeting. The treasurer shall assist in the preparation of the budget, help develop fundraising plans, and make financial information available to board members and the public.
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#The Treasurer shall make a report on finances at each board meeting. The treasurer shall assist in the preparation of the budget, help develop fundraising plans, and make financial information available to board members and the public. Additional responsibilities may be defined in the "Officer Duties and Responsibilities" document.
  
== <font color="red">Article IV. Membership ==
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== Article IV. Membership ==
 
===Section 1 - Membership Classes===
 
===Section 1 - Membership Classes===
There shall be two classes of membership: Full Members and Student Members.  Student members will have the same privileges and responsibilities as Full Members, but will pay dues at a reduced rate, as set by the board and defined in the [[Membership Rules]].
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There shall be two classes of membership: Full Members and Student Members.  Student members will have the same privileges of access and responsibilities as Full Members, but will pay dues at a reduced rate as set by the board and defined in the [[Membership Rules]], but will not be permitted to vote on issues brought before the membership.
 
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''Question: would we want student members to be voting members?''
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===Section 2 - Eligibility===
 
===Section 2 - Eligibility===
 
#Members must be 18 years of age or older.
 
#Members must be 18 years of age or older.
 
#Members must complete a membership application as detailed in the [[Membership Rules]].
 
#Members must complete a membership application as detailed in the [[Membership Rules]].
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#Members applying for Student Membership status must be enrolled full time in graduate or undergraduate studies.  Student Membership status must be approved by the board.
  
 
===Section 3 - Induction of Members ===
 
===Section 3 - Induction of Members ===
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#All members will have a key or other method of entry to the physical workspace.
 
#All members will have a key or other method of entry to the physical workspace.
 
#All members will be allowed 24 hour access to the physical workspace.
 
#All members will be allowed 24 hour access to the physical workspace.
#All members will be allowed to vote at the Annual Meeting, and on any issue presented to the membership for vote at other times.
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#All Full Members will be allowed to vote at the Annual Meeting, and on any issue presented to the membership for vote at other times.  Student Members are non-voting members.
  
 
===Section 5 - Member Responsibilities===
 
===Section 5 - Member Responsibilities===
 
#A member must pay the dues as determined by the board of directors and specified in the [[Membership Rules]].  
 
#A member must pay the dues as determined by the board of directors and specified in the [[Membership Rules]].  
 
#A member shall be expected to adhere to the entirety of the rules laid out in the [[Membership Rules]].
 
#A member shall be expected to adhere to the entirety of the rules laid out in the [[Membership Rules]].
#A member must provide their current address, contact information, and preference for electronic receipt of communications.  
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#A member must provide an email address that will be used to communicate notice the Annual Meetings, or other special sessions where a vote of the membership is to take place.  It will be the member's responsibility to keep this email address updated with the Secretary.  
#At the time a member resigns or is expelled or suspended from the organization, he or she must forfeit his or her method of entry in addition to any other property owned by KMG to a member of the board of directors or an agent designated by the board of directors for this purpose.
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#At the time a member resigns or is expelled or suspended from the organization, he or she must forfeit his or her method of entry in addition to any other property owned by KM to a member of the board of directors or an agent designated by the board of directors for this purpose.
  
 
===Section 6 - Suspension of Membership===
 
===Section 6 - Suspension of Membership===
#Membership may be suspended for non-payment of dues or other fees owed to KMG.
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#Membership will be suspended for non-payment of dues or other fees owed to KM after one month of delinquency (e.g. January dues not paid by February 1st).
#Any suspended member may restore their membership within 90 days of suspension upon payment of dues or other fees owed.
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#Any suspended member may restore their membership within 60 days of suspension upon payment of dues or other fees owed.
 
#Other causes for suspension will be outlined in the [[Membership Rules]].
 
#Other causes for suspension will be outlined in the [[Membership Rules]].
  
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#Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the Board of Directors or by mailing or delivering it to the address of the corporation.  
 
#Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the Board of Directors or by mailing or delivering it to the address of the corporation.  
 
#Resignation shall not relieve a member of unpaid dues or other monies owed.  
 
#Resignation shall not relieve a member of unpaid dues or other monies owed.  
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#Membership may be terminated by a 2/3rd vote of the board for violating policies set forth in the [[Member Rules]] document.
 
#Membership may also be terminated for any reason by resolution passed by more than three quarters (3/4ths) of the voting members.  
 
#Membership may also be terminated for any reason by resolution passed by more than three quarters (3/4ths) of the voting members.  
 
##Notice of termination shall be given by any method reasonably calculated to provide actual notice to the member.  
 
##Notice of termination shall be given by any method reasonably calculated to provide actual notice to the member.  
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##The member shall be given an opportunity to be heard, either orally or in writing, before the effective date of the proposed termination.  
 
##The member shall be given an opportunity to be heard, either orally or in writing, before the effective date of the proposed termination.  
 
##The hearing shall be held, or the written statement considered, by the members.  
 
##The hearing shall be held, or the written statement considered, by the members.  
#The members shall then vote on whether the membership is to be terminated.  
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##The members shall then vote at a special meeting on whether the membership is to be terminated.  
 
#The corporation reserves the right to limit membership based on the capacity of the space.  
 
#The corporation reserves the right to limit membership based on the capacity of the space.  
 
#Upon resignation or termination, members will not be permitted access to the physical space, and will be unsubscribed from the member email list. They may remain on the discussion list if they so choose.
 
#Upon resignation or termination, members will not be permitted access to the physical space, and will be unsubscribed from the member email list. They may remain on the discussion list if they so choose.
 
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== Article V. Committees ==
 
== Article V. Committees ==
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# Two-thirds (2/3) of board members constitutes a quorum.
 
# Two-thirds (2/3) of board members constitutes a quorum.
 
# In absence of a quorum, no formal action shall be taken other than to adjourn the meeting to a subsequent date.
 
# In absence of a quorum, no formal action shall be taken other than to adjourn the meeting to a subsequent date.
# Passage of a motion requires a simple majority (ie, one more than half the members present).
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# Passage of a motion requires a simple majority (i.e., one more than half the members present).
  
=== <font color="red">Section 2 - Membership ===
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=== Section 2 - Membership ===
# Membership will be allowed to vote upon the topics the board deems membership input is necessary. ''We need to be very careful of this.  It would be ok to informally poll the members, but to allow a membership vote without providing the proper notice could run afoul of the TNCA.''
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# Membership will be allowed to vote upon the topics the board deems membership input is necessary.  
# The Membership will follow the process set forth in the [[Membership Rules]].</font>
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# The Membership will follow the process set forth in the [[Membership Rules]].
  
 
== Article VIII. Conflict of Interest ==
 
== Article VIII. Conflict of Interest ==
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== Article X. Dissolution ==
 
== Article X. Dissolution ==
 
# In the event that the organization dissolves, assets may be liquidated to pay off any debt the organization may have accrued.
 
# In the event that the organization dissolves, assets may be liquidated to pay off any debt the organization may have accrued.
# Members who have loaned items to the organization will be notified via U.S. Mail to pick up these materials. If members cannot be contacted or do not respond within 14 days items loaned to  will be treated as a asset of organization.
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# Members who have loaned items to the organization will be notified via their email address on file to pick up these materials. If members cannot be contacted or do not respond within 14 days items loaned to  will be treated as a asset of organization.
<font color="red"># What do we do with the rest of the stuff?</font>
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# Any remaining assets will be auctioned to full members in good standing.
<br><font color="red">I recommend donation to charity as specified in the 501c3 tax code. This seems the best way to avoid any appearance of impropriety in this event, regardless of the groups tax status --[[User:Bstrdsmkr|Bstrdsmkr]] 14:41, 14 June 2011 (EDT)</font>
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# Any items not sold at auction will be donated to charity.
  
 
== Article XI. Amendments ==
 
== Article XI. Amendments ==

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