Q.U.I.L.T.S. CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this group shall be Q.U.I.L.T.S., which stands for:
Quilters United In Learning Together, Schenectady. Should Q.U.I.L.T.S. become incorporated, the name will then be: Q.U.I.L.T.S., Inc. For the purposes of this document, the words “guild,” “organization,” and “Q.U.I.L.T.S.” may be used interchangeably.
ARTICLE II- PURPOSE
The purpose of this group shall be to learn about quilting, to promote the knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the art of quiltmaking, to share quilting information and education with its members and the community.
Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, the Guild is organized for educational purposes as specified in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and shall not carry on any activities no permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1954. Q.U.I.L.T.S. is a non-profit organization.
Section 2. No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate of public office.
Section 3. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the guild is organized exclusively for one or more of the following purposes: religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or education purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition, (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, as specified in Section 1116 (a)(f) of the New York State Sales and Use Tax Law, and shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from sales and use tax under section 1116 (s)(4) of the New York State Sales and Use Tax Law.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
Section 1. Membership is open to all who are interested in quilting without regard to sex, age , race, color, religion, national origin or disability.
Section 2. The appropriate dues for membership shall accompany the application and/or renewal.
Section 3. The membership year shall be from July 1 to June 30.
Section 4. Dues shall be payable in on or before the September meeting. Dues shall not be refundable. An appropriate membership card shall be issued when dues are paid.
Section 5. A member will be dropped from the membership roster if dues are not paid by October 31st.
Section 6. A member can be reinstated upon payment of full dues for the current year.
Section 7. The Board of Directions shall adjust annual dues to meet the operating expenses of the guilt.
Section 8. Payment of dues entitles a member to voting privileges, newsletter and any other privileges that may arise.
ARTICLE IV - MEETINGS
Section 1. Meetings shall be held on the first Thursday of each month from September through June. A change in meeting date or a special meeting may be requested by the Board of Directors or by a quorum of members. Notice shall be given to all members at least one month prior to the meeting.
Section 2. Meeting are open to all members. Guests are welcome, space allowing in accordance with local fire laws and regulations. Guest fees for meetings will be at a cost determined by the Board of Directors. If the guest decides to become a member, guest fee can be applied to one year’s membership.
Section 3. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern the procedures of this guild, subject to any special rules the guild may adopt. Every effort will be made to discuss any concerns coming before the guild as time permits.
Section 4. A quorum shall consist of ten percent (10%) of current membership. No official meeting shall be held unless a quorum is present.
ARTICLE V - OFFICERS
Section 1. Officers shall be: President, Vice-President, Vice-President of Program, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Section 2. Term of Office is two years commencing in July of the election year. An officer may not serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office. President and Vice President shall be elected on the even years; Vice-President of Program, Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected on odd years.
Section 3. A vacancy among the officers, other than the President, shall be filled by appointment by the President with approval of the Board of Directors for the unexpired term. A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the Vice President.
Section 4. The duties of the officers shall be as follows:
President - Preside over all meetings and coordinates the activities of the organization. Appoints committee heads. Establishes ad-hoc committees as needed. Represents or appoints a representative to any organization which is of interest to Q.U.I.L.T.S. Shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees.
Vice-President - Assumes the power of the President in his/her absence. Shall take on special assignments as requested by the President. Shall make arrangement to reserve the meeting places and take care of any special needs which may arise regarding meeting places. Coordinated with Hospitality Committee and Program Committee as needed.
Vice-President for Program – Chairs the Program Committee and is responsible for its endeavors.
Secretary - Shall record information at regular meetings and Board meetings including program participants and other pertinent data. Shall be custodian of all records. Shall keep a copy of these minutes and post a copy at each regular Q.U.I.L.T.S. meeting. Shall handle all business correspondence.
Treasurer - Shall receive and bank all monies due the group in an account designated for Q.U.I.L.T.S. Shall keep a written account of all transactions and give a written account in each newsletter. Shall give an annual report at the final meeting of the fiscal year. Has the authority to sign or disburse necessary appropriations as directed. Shall have the books verified at the end of the fiscal year by another Q.U.I.L.T.S. member who will than submit a letter to the Board of Directors by the August meeting on the findings. Coordinates the compilation of a budget at the August Board of Directors’ meeting.
ARTICLE VI- BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers and the Chairs of all standing committees.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall meet in August and at least three other times during a fiscal year.
Section 3. The Board of Directors shall have the power to act on behalf of the membership between meetings, as needed.
Section 4. Any vacancies that occur on the Board or among the officers will be filled in accordance to Article V, Section 3.
Section 5. A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for that body.
Section 6. Meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President or by any three members of the Board of Directors.
Section 7. Shall have the authority to set a membership cap as needed in relation to meeting space limitation.
ARTICLE VII- STANDING COMMITTEES
Section 1. Committee chairs will be appointed by the President for a one-year term, except the Program Committee.
Section 2. All committees will consist of a chairperson and at least two (2) members selected by the chairperson.
Section 3. Standing committees and their duties shall be as follows:
A. Membership - Collects dues, keeps a current membership list and forwards monthly additions to the treasurer and newsletter chairs, keeps a written record of monies received, forwards dues received to the Treasurer, registers new members, and collects quest fees at regular meetings. Shall act as Volunteer Coordinator and in that capacity shall keep a resource list of members who have offered to volunteer their help as special needs arise during the year. Keeps on hand whatever relevant supplies are needed, i.e., membership cards, temporary nametags, membership booklets, etc.
B. Newsletter - Collects quilt-related news and announcements from committee chairs and other contributors. Writes newsletter and arranges for the printing and mailing. Maintains the newsletter mailing list. Newsletter shall be published at least three (3) times a year.
C. Librarian – Shall be in charge of the library and resource center. Maintains and oversees the lending of the library contents at each meeting according to established guidelines. Keeps a current listing of library contents and purchases new additions.
D. Trip Coordinator - Shall offer potential trips of interest to the guild, make all arrangements for transportation, collection of money, purchase advance tickets, trip gratuities, room reservation or whatever is needed for this particular activity. All trips shall be presented before the guild or Board for a vote.
E. Raffle - Shall make arrangements for the purchases and/or donations used for our monthly raffle, sell the tickets at our monthly meetings, keep a list of donors for our newsletter and keep a written record of each month’s transactions.
F. Raffle Blocks - Designs and drafts “Block of the Month,” purchases fabric, makes packets and sample block for meetings. Sells new packets. Collects completed blocks from previous month and holds raffle. Keeps a written record of expenses and receipts.
G. Hospitality - Makes arrangements for coffee and related supplies to be at each meeting. Announces whose turn it is to bring in refreshments as needed. Maintains a list of available housing space for out-of-town guests and/or lectures. Is responsible for Holiday Party and End-of-the Year Party. Arranges for lodging and meals for guest speakers.
H. Historian - Collects and protects our history as a quilt group. Writes a brief summary of our year and who the speakers were, special events, etc.
I. Publicity – Coordinate media announcements as required. Shall coordinate information dispersal as necessary.
J. Program – Plans programs for monthly meetings and coordinates arrangements for future speakers as available. Researches, contacts and chooses guest speakers and with the approval of the Board, engages them according to established guidelines. Coordinates with Hospitality Committee to arrange lodging and meals for guest speakers. If a workshop is offered, makes all related arrangements. Sets a fee for the workshop sufficient to cover costs and provides any special equipment necessary for speakers or workshops. Introduces the program at each meeting.
K. Quilt Show – Plans and coordinated the Quilt Show.
L. Website - Maintains the Q.U.I.L.T.S. website
ARTICLE VIII- FINANCES
Section 1. All money collected from guild activities shall be submitted to the treasurer as soon as possible.
Section 2. The books and accounts of the guild shall be kept in accordance with sound accounting practices.
Section 3. A budget shall be prepared by the Board of Directors in August and presented to the membership at the September meeting.
ARTICLE IX- FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year shall commence on July 1 and end on June 30 of the following year.
ARTICLE X - NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Section 1. A Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President in March. This committee shall consist of three (3) members, one (1) from the Board of Directors and two (2) from the membership at large.
Section 2. Membership on the Nominating Committee does not preclude a person from being a nominee.
Section 3. The Nominating Committee will first offer to the Vice President the office of President.
Section 4. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of candidates at the May meeting. Other nominations may be made from the floor.
Section 5. At the June meeting, the Nominating Committee will present all candidates for office. Elections shall be by voice vote except in the case of a contested office in which case the vote shall be by ballot for that office.
Section 6. Term of office commences the first day of July.
Section 7. All vacancies shall be filled in accordance with Article V, Section 3.
ARTICLE XI - AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended or have additions made by a three-fourths (3/4) vote at a regular monthly meeting. The membership shall received notification of the proposed bylaws change one month prior to the vote.
ARTICLE XII- DISSOLUTION
Section 1. In the event of liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the guild, whether voluntary or involuntary, or by operation of law, none of the property of the guild, not any proceeds thereof, nor any other assets or the guild shall be distributed to or divided among any of the members of the guild.
Section 2. In the event of dissolution, all of the remaining assets and property of the guild shall, after payment of necessary expenses thereof, be distributed to such organization(s) whose purposes are similar to those of the guild and qualifies under Section 501 ©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding provisions of any subsequent Federal tax laws.