Bylaws

Article I. NAME

The name of this organization shall be the Association for Women in Computing, Greater Boston Chapter, hereinafter referred to as the Chapter. The parent organization is the Association for Women in Computing, hereinafter referred to as the Association.

Article II. PURPOSE

A. This Chapter is organized, and will be operated, in support of the purposes of the Association for Women in Computing, which are:

1. To promote communication among women in computing

2. To further the professional development and advancement of women in computing, and

3. To promote the education of women of all ages in computing.

B. The additional purposes of the Greater Boston Chapter are:

1. To actively pursue and research educational opportunities

2. To maintain and promote information exchange between members,

3. To form an outreach type of program,

4. To increase professional awareness,

5. To actively help members with career planning and development, and

6. To establish a network of members within the industry.

Article III. MEMBERSHIP

A. Eligibility

Membership is open to anyone in agreement with the Chapter purposes.

B. Classes of Membership

1. Individual membership

All persons who join and pay annual or lifetime dues as set by the Treasurer.

2. Student Membership

All persons who join who are currently attending an institution of learning and are therefore not working full-time, and pay one-half of the annual individual dues as set by the Treasurer.

3. Corporate Membership

Any organization, business, or institution that joins and pays annual dues determined by the Treasurer.

C. Dues

1. The Chapter will observe the same fiscal year as the Association: July 1 through June 30.

2. Dues are payable at the beginning of each fiscal year for all members.

3. Dues are set by the Treasurer and approved by the Executive Committee.

D. Voting Privileges

Individuals who are members of the Chapter and of the Association may exercise voting privileges in the Chapter.

Article IV. OFFICERS

The officers of the Chapter and their respective duties are:

A. Second Past President (2 years previous)

1. To assist in the general leadership and direction of the activities of the Chapter.

2. To hold a seat on the executive committee with a single vote.

B. First Past President (previous year)

1. To assist in the general leadership and direction of the activities of the Chapter.

2. To assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President and the Vice-President.

3. To hold a seat on the executive committee with a single vote.

C. President

1. To call and preside at all meetings of the Chapter.

2. To call and preside at all meetings of the executive committee.

3. To provide general leadership and direction for the activities of the Chapter.

4. To represent the chapter to other organizations and agencies.

5. To prepare the Chapter’s annual report to the membership and forward to the Association.

6. To appoint a Parliamentarian for each meeting if needed.

7. To hold a seat on the executive committee with a tie breaking vote.

D. Vice-President

1. To become the President if there is a vacancy in that office.

2. To assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President.

3. To serve as liaison between the Chapter and the Association.

4. To hold a seat on the executive committee with a single vote.

E. Director

1. Each Director will oversee a committee or a group of committees.

2. Each Director will appoint a chairperson or co-chairpersons for their respective committee(s).

3. Each Director will be available for support to their respective committee(s).

4. Each Director will report or delegate the reporting to the membership and the executive committee the proceedings and activities of their respective committee(s).

5. Each Director will hold a seat on the executive committee and each will have a single vote.

6. The Directors will be as follows:

Director - Program
Director - Membership Resources
Director - Career and Education/Job Bank
Director - Public Relations/Speakers Bureau
Director - Newsletter

F. Recording Secretary

1. To record and report the minutes of all meetings of the Chapter.

2. To maintain the master file of the minutes and to provide copies upon request.

3. To coordinate with the corresponding secretary the preparation and mailing of the monthly meeting notice.

4. To hold a seat on the executive committee with a single vote.

G. Corresponding Secretary

1. To collect or delegate the collection of the mail at our post office box at a minimum of twice a month.

2. To serve as recording secretary when the recording secretary will not be available at Chapter meetings.

3. To coordinate with the recording secretary the preparation and mailing of the monthly meeting notice.

4. To receive, distribute, and prepare all Chapter correspondence as required.

5. To hold a seat on the executive committee with a single vote

H. Treasurer

1. To receive and disburse all monies of the Chapter

2. To maintain all financial records of the Chapter.

3. To give a treasurer’s report at meetings of the Chapter.

4. To notify all members whose dues are in arrears, and forward to the Director, Membership/Resources.

5. To hold a seat on the executive committee with a single vote.

Article V. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The executive committee will consist, at a minimum, of the chapter officers. All members of the executive committee must be members of the Association.

In the event of a vacancy on the executive committee, with the exceptions of the Second Past President, First Past President, and President, the President may appoint a member to fill the vacancy.

Article VI. ELECTIONS

The executive committee, with the exceptions of Second Past President and First Past President, will be elected annually in May by a general membership ballot, requiring approval by a majority of those voting. In the event of a tie vote, the outgoing President will break the tie.

Article VII. MEETINGS

The executive committee will meet, at a minimum, of once a month.

There will be a general meeting, at a minimum, of once every other month, with the exception of the summer months.

Article VIII. COMMITTEES

Committees may be formed as required by the membership or the executive committee.

Committees will be appointed to an existing Director, or a new Director position will be created.

Article IX. EFFECTIVE DATE

These bylaws will take effect immediately upon acceptance by the Association.

Article X. DISSOLUTION

In the event of dissolution of the Chapter, all assets of the Chapter shall be transferred to the Association.

Article XI. AMENDMENTS

Amendments to these Bylaws shall be decided by a general membership ballot, requiring approval by two thirds of those voting.



[AWC/GBC became a provisional chapter of the Association for Women in Computing on 4/25/80. These bylaws were accepted by the Association and the Chapter was chartered on 7/10/83]

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