CUW CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
The name of this organization shall be the Council of University Women.
The purpose of this organization is to serve in the spirit of friendliness, to grow personally and to perpetuate the CUW Endowed Scholarship Fund established in 1990.
A. Eligibility: Membership shall be open to all university-employed classified, unclassified and auxiliary staff, with the exception of student assistants.
B. Types: There shall be two types of membership - active and honorary.
a. Class A honorary membership is extended to any CUW retiree and the spouse of the president and past presidents of the university.
b. Class B honorary membership shall be offered to all active members upon their withdrawal from univeristy employment and granted if they so desire.
A. The officers of the Council shall consist of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.
B. Qualifications: No one shall serve as an officer who has not held active membership for at least one academic year (interpreted as September to March, the date of the annual election), and no member shall hold the same office for two consecutive years.
C. Election: The election of the officers shall be at the March meeting.
D. Installation: Installation of officers shall be held at the May meeting.
E. Term of office: An officer shall assume the duties of the office at the close of the installation, with the exception of the treasurer. The new treasurer shall not assume duties until the books are closed and audit is complete (July 15). Duties of the office shall continue until the successor is installed.
F. Executive Board: The president, vice president, secretary and treasurer shall constitute the executive board. The immediate past president shall serve in an advisory capacity.
G. Vacancies: Per Article IV, Sections A and B, vacancies in office shall be appointed by the executive board, the appointee taking office immediately.
Meetings: Held in a room of appropriate size within the Rhatigan Student Center unless otherwise designated.
A. Monthly meetings are held during the Fall and Spring semesters scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month.
B. The holiday social is traditionally held in December at the WSU presidents residence. (Please check with the first lady to confirm the date).
C. The joint meeting with the WSU Women's Association (formerly the WSU Dames) is held annually on the second Wednesday in February. (Meeting responsibilities alternate between selecting the speaker/managing the program or menu selection/table decorations).
D. The scholarship fundraiser is held in April.
E. Business meetings in addition to those mentioned above shall be at the call of the executive board.
F. Program meetings shall be held as authorized by the executive board and carried out by the hostess and her committee.
A. Quorum: This Constitution may be amended at any business meeting by a two-thirds vote of the active members present.
B. Mail vote: At the president's discretion, a mail vote may be required to amend this Constitution. For the purposes of a mail ballot in which all active members are sent a ballot, a quorum shall be those ballots received by the executive board within the time period stated on the ballot and the votes shall determine the will of the Council.
Dues and Assessments
A. Membership shall be offered to all university-employed classified, unclassified and auxiliary staff during the months of August and September.
B. Dues for active members and Class B honorary members shall be set by the executive board with the approval from the members payable on or before October 1.
C. There shall be no dues for Class A honorary members.
Duties of Officers
The duties of the officers shall be those specified in Robert's Rules of Order and such other duties are set forth in these By-laws under Article IV.
Duties of the Executive Board
A. The executive board shall outline the general program for the year, and shall appoint all committee chairpersons necessary to host or develop the program.
B. In January the executive board shall appoint a nominating committee of three members advising them of their duties.
Special Duties of the Officers
A. Special duties of the President
B. Special Duties of the Vice President
C. Special Duties of the Secretary
D. Special Duties of the Treasurer
A. Quorum: These By-laws may be amended at any business meeting by two-thirds vote of the active members present.
B. Mail Vote: At the president's discretion, a mail vote may be required to amend these By-laws for the purposes of a mail vote in which all active members are sent a ballot, a quorum shall be those ballots received by the executive board within the time period stated on the ballot and the votes recorded shall be the will of the Council.