ERIC Number: ED340909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Bylaws: The Laws (Rules) for Everyday Organizations. [Professional Paper #12.]
Williams, Oscar M.
Bylaws are a single document containing laws (rules) by which members of an organization have agreed to be governed. Bylaws are different from other basic laws governing deliberative societies, charters, constitutions, rules of order, and standing rules. Drafting bylaws is similar to the study of parliamentary law. It is usually a committee assignment. Bylaws are a legal document and must be precisely worded. Bylaws contain rules that pertain to the following: the official name of the organization; the object or purpose of the organization; requirements for membership; officers and designations; designations of meetings; establishment, composition, powers, and special rules pertaining to the board of directors and executive board; auxiliaries, departments, divisions and financial matters; parliamentary authority; and methods for amending bylaws. (A set of bylaws for a fictitious organization is provided as a guide in drafting bylaws. Standard print, in parentheses, explains what should be contained in the specific article or section. The bold print indicates the actual wording of the bylaws. Five references are included.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Governance, Organizational Objectives, Organizations (Groups), Parliamentary Procedures, Policy Formation
Center for Volunteer Development, CVD Suite, Donaldson Brown Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0150.
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg. Center for Volunteer Development.; Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Blacksburg.