Sample Bylaws/Constitution

BYLAWS OF ___________________ WALKOUT

Article I: NAME

The name of the group is _______________________________ .

Article II: PURPOSE

[INSERT MISSION STATEMENT HERE]

With these purposes we organize as a volunteer group under the National School Walkout.

Article III: MEMBERS

1. Definition:

Members are defined as students who:

  • agree with the group’s stated purpose
  • commit to volunteer for the the organization
  • attend at least one membership meeting, committee meeting, or action per semester.

Article IV: OFFICERS

Positions: The officers shall consist of a chair (or co-chair), vice-chair (or co-chair), secretary, and treasurer. The duties and powers of the officers of the group shall be as provided in these bylaws and shall be those customarily exercised by officers holding such offices

  1. President: The president is responsible for running meetings and making tie-breaking votes when key decisions are made. They should also have a vision for the organization and be committed to creatively working towards the goals of the National School Walkout.

  2. Vice President: The Vice President stands in when the President is not available and also initiates campaigns or event planning as well.

  3. Secretary: The Secretary sends out agendas and reminders for meetings, is responsible for publicizing meetings and events, and takes minutes during all meetings. The secretary also maintains notes form meetings, post-event debriefs, sign in sheets form meetings, the membership list, as well as any documents created during the year. They are responsible for organizing this information and making sure that it’s accessible to the rest of the board.

  4. Treasurer: The Treasurer applies for and manages any funding from the school, and is in charge of fundraising for the organization. They also keep records and receipts for all expenditures.

Article V: EXECUTIVE BOARD

1. Definition: The executive board will be made up of the officers named above, and up to six other members. The executive board will vote on major decisions made by the organization, including, but not limited to which campaigns the organization will participate in, which actions they will take, which members to bring into a board position, etc.

2. Terms: Executive board members will be elected to one year terms. There will be no limit to the number of terms a student can serve.

3. Resignation and Removal: An executive board member’s term ends when they resign, they have served for two consecutive semesters, or they graduate. New executive board members can be elected by a majority vote.

Article VI: COMMITTEES

1. Definition: The group shall have committees or working groups on issues, group administration, and other topics as needed. The executive board can create committees and appoint committee leaders in consultation with the membership or members can start committees on their own.

Article VII: MEETINGS

1. Frequency: The general membership will meet once every week. At one of these meetings, it will elect officers. The executive board will also meet at least once per month.

2. Quorum: The quorum for a membership meeting is [any number you choose]. Meetings will be cancelled if there isn’t a quorum. In the instance that the group cannot achieve a quorum for three consecutive meetings, the executive board will meet to discuss recruitment and retention strategies.

3. Notice: Meetings will occur regularly, and the group’s secretary will commit to giving as much notice as possible in the event of a cancellation.

Article IX. RULES

1. Rules. Whenever possible, decisions are made by consensus. If no consensus can be reached, majority rules. If an executive board member

Article X. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

1. Amendments to bylaws. The bylaws may be altered or amended, or new bylaws adopted, by a vote of two-thirds of the members at a meeting.

Caroline Kavit