CFWT Constituion and By Laws
CENTRAL FLORIDA WOODTURNERS
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
ARTICLE 1: ORGANIZATION PURPOSE
Section 1.1 Organization. Central Florida Woodturners (“CFW”) is an unincorporated
association of persons joining together to enjoy a common interest in woodturning.
Section 1.2 American Association of Woodturners, Inc. CFW shall exist as a member
chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, Inc. (“AAW”), and shall organize and
conduct itself in such manner as necessary to constitute a “100% chapter” of AAW.
Section 1.3 Purpose. CFW exists to encourage and assist its members in advancing
their skills in woodturning, and to educate the public and promote among the public a
greater enjoyment and appreciation of the art of woodturning.
Section 1.4 Address. The principal business address of CFW at any given time shall be
the mailing address of the person then serving as Secretary of CFW, as provided in
Section 4.2, below.
ARTICLE 2: MEMBERSHIP
Section 2.1 Classes of Membership. CFW shall have the following classes of
membership, with the following requirements and privileges:
(a) Regular Membership. This class of membership is open to all persons and is
intended for those who want to participate actively in the regular activities of
(1) Regular members are voting members of CFW and enjoy all privileges of
full membership in CFW.
(2) A Regular Member must be a full member of AAW and all AAW dues
must be current.
(3) Dues for regular members shall be $20.00 per year, or such other amount
as the Steering Committee from time to time shall establish.
(b) Family Membership. This class of membership is open to all members of the
immediate family of a Regular Member and is intended to encourage the families
of Regular Members to participate fully in the activities of CFW.
(1) Family members are voting members of CFW and enjoy all privileges of
full membership in CFW.
(2) Family Members of CFW also must be Family Members of AAW and all
AAW Family Membership dues must be current.
(3) Dues for Family Membership shall be $5.00 per year, in addition to the
dues for the Regular Member, or such other amount as the Steering
Committee from time to time shall establish.
(c) Corresponding Membership. This class of membership is open to all persons
who reside outside of Central Florida but wish to receive CFW publications,
notices, announcements, etc.
(1) Corresponding Members are not eligible to vote in CFW, and do not
receive Member pricing on programs sponsored by CFW or items sold by
(2) Corresponding Members shall not be required to be members of AAW.
(3) Dues for Corresponding Members shall be $10.00 per year, or such other
amount as the Steering Committee from time to time shall establish.
(d) Youth Membership. This class is for persons 20 years of age and under.
(1) Youth members are voting members of CFW and enjoy all privileges of
full membership in CFW.
(2) A Youth member must be a youth member of AAW and all AAW dues
must be current.
(3) Dues for youth members shall be $5.00 per year, or such other amount
as the Steering Committee from time to time shall establish.
Section 2.2 Meetings. Meeting of the Members shall be held monthly, or at such other
times as the Steering Committee from time to time shall determine. The place and time of
such regular meetings shall be determined by the Steering Committee and announced to
the Membership sufficiently in advance of such meetings as to enable the Members to
attend such meetings. The Annual Meeting of the Members, at which election of officers
shall be held, shall be the regularly scheduled meeting in November of each year.
ARTICLE 3: STEERING COMMITTEE
Section 3.1 In General. CFW shall be governed by a Steering Committee whose number,
qualifications, duties and conditions of service shall be as set forth in this Article.
Section 3.2 Number; Qualification. The Steering Committee shall consist of eleven**
voting members and additional non-voting members as provided for in this Article. Only
Members of CFW whose dues are current shall serve on the Steering Committee.
(a) Voting Members. The voting members of the Steering Committee shall consist
of five (5) ex-officio members and four (4) at-large members
(1) The ex-officio voting members of the Steering Committee shall be the
immediate past President, who shall serve as Chairman of the Steering
Committee and the Officers of the CFW during their term of office.
(2) The at-large voting members of the Steering Committee shall be those
persons serving as at-large voting members on the date on which this
Constitution and By-Laws are adopted, 1998, and their successors in
(b) Non-Voting Members. Any Member who is serving the AAW as an officer or
director of AAW shall serve as a non-voting ex-officio member of the Steering
(c) Change in Number. The number of members of the Steering Committee may be
increased or decreased only by amendment to this Constitution and By-Laws.
(d) Florida Woodturning Representatives. So long as CFW participates in the
Florida Woodturning Symposium, the two members who serve as CFW
representatives to the Florida Woodturning Symposium shall be full voting
members of the Steering Committee. These two voting members are hereby
understood to be added to the various clauses of this constitution that speak to
the size of the Steering Committee. Should CFW no longer participate in the
Florida Woodturning Symposium, the Steering Committee shall revert to its
Section 3.3 Removal. A member of the Steering Committee may be removed from the
Steering Committee when a majority of the Committee determines that such member’s
level of participation on the Steering Committee is inadequate to meet the responsibilities
of the Steering Committee, or whenever the Steering Committee has determined that such
member’s actions are detrimental to CFW or to the Steering Committee. Such removal
may be effected only by the Steering Committee, on motion made and seconded, and
approved by not less than two-thirds (2/3) of the total membership of the Steering
Section 3.4 Steering Committee Vacancies
(a) Officers. When any person serving as an Officer ceases to be an Officer, such
person also shall cease to be a voting ex-officio member of the Steering
Committee, and such person’s successor in office as an Officer of CFW shall
succeed such person as a voting ex-officio member of the Steering Committee.
(b) At-Large Members. Any vacancy among the at-large members of the Steering
Committee shall be filled by majority vote of the remaining members of the
Section 3.5 Meetings. The Steering Committee shall meet at such times and at such
locations as the Steering Committee from time to time shall determine, but not less
frequently than quarter-annually. In addition, the President or the Chairman of the
Steering Committee may call a special meeting of the Steering Committee at any time on
three (3) days advance notice to the members of the Steering Committee.
ARTICLE 4 OFFICERS
Section 4.1 In General. CFW shall be served by four (4) elected Officers as set forth in
this Article, and such additional committee chairmen, coordinators, and other positions as
the Steering Committee from time to time shall designate.
Section 4.2 Elected Officers. The elected Officers and their duties shall be as follows:
(a) President. The President shall be the chief Officer of CFW and shall preside at
all CFW meetings.
(b) Vice President. The Vice President shall serve as program chairman for CFW,
responsible for providing demonstration and educational programs at regular
meetings of CFW, and for arranging workshops and special demonstration
programs as the Steering Committee shall determine. The Vice President shall
preside at all CFW meetings in the absence of the President. If the President
ceases to serve during a term of office, the Vice President shall success as
President for the remainder of the current term.
(c) Secretary/Editor. The Secretary /Editor shall serve as principal corresponding
Officer for CFW and as editor of the CFW newsletter. The Secretary/Editor shall
be responsible for receiving and communicating with CFW regarding all
correspondence delivered to CFW, and for preparing and delivering all
correspondence originating with CFW. The Secretary/Editor also shall be
responsible for timely preparation and distribution of a newsletter containing
information and articles of interest to the Members.
(d) Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be responsible for receiving, depositing,
disbursing, and accounting for all CFW funds. Each calendar month the
Treasures shall provide the Steering Committee with a summary of all CFW
funds received and expended. The Treasurer shall report to the Membership on
the financial status of CFW at such times as the Steering Committee shall direct,
but not less frequently than annually.
Section 4.3 Nominations, Election, Term of Office, Vacancies
(a) Election Meeting. Election of officers shall be held at the regular November
meeting of CFW each year (the “Elections Meeting”).
(b) Term of Office. The officers elected at the regular November meeting shall take
office effective January 1st of the next year and shall serve until their successors
take office January 1st of the following year.
(c) Nominations. Each year the Steering Committee shall serve as a nominating
committee, or it may appoint a nominating committee to report to the Steering
(1) The nominating committee shall be responsible for nominating a single
slate of Members as candidates for each of the elective offices, and shall
present the slate of candidates to the Membership not later than the
regular October meeting.
(2) At the Election Meeting, the President shall announce the slate of
candidates nominated by the nominating committee and shall solicit
additional nominations from the floor. Such floor nominations shall be
solicited for each of the offices of President, Vice President,
Secretary/Editor, and Treasurer, in order.
(d) Election Procedure. At the Election Meeting, Officers shall be elected by vote of
the Members present.
(1) If only one candidate has been nominated for an office, such candidate
shall be declared to winner before the voting begins.
(2) If two candidates have been nominated for an office, the winner shall be
determined by a majority of the votes cast.
(3) If more than two candidates have been nominated for an office, the
winner shall be the candidate receiving the greatest number of votes cast
(e) Vacancies. If, during a term of office, the President for any reason ceases to
serve as President, then the Vice President shall succeed as President for the
remainder of such term. If, during a term of office, any Officer other than the
President ceases to serve in the office to which such person was elected
(including the Vice President while filling the remainder of a President’s term),
then the Steering Committee shall appoint a Member to serve the remainder of
the term of such Officer.
ARTICLE 5: MISCELLANEOUS
Section 5.1 Finance; Funds. CFW shall maintain one or more checking or savings
account as shall be appropriate for the business of CFW. CFW may raise funds through
membership fees; special assessments approved by the Members; sale of t-shirts and
caps; wood auctions; tuition; participation or attendance fees for events sponsored by
CFW; and any other manner permitted by law.
Section 5.2 Amendment. This Constitution and By-Laws may be amended or modified
at any time by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Members. Any amendment proposed by the
Steering Committee shall be submitted to the Members for a vote; any amendment
proposed by a Member must be by motion made and seconded. A proposed amendment
must be submitted to the Members not less than two (2) weeks in advance of the meeting
at which such amendment is to be voted upon. A vote on a proposed amendment may be
made only at a meeting of the Members, and the intention to vote on the amendment at
such meeting must have been communicated to the Members not less than two (2) weeks
in advance of such meeting.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the foregoing Constitution and By-Laws of Central Florida
Woodturners have been adopted and approved by the membership of Central Florida
Woodturners on ______, 1998, the undersigned hereby adopt the
same on behalf of central Florida Woodturners, and shall be effective____,
Art Siegel, Chair, Steering Committee Gary West, President Jim McNabb, Vice President
Todd Scarborough, Secretary/Editor Dick Codding, Treasurer Member at-Large
Member-At-Large Member-At-Large Member-At-Large
(Passed February, 2004)
Major Decisions. For any MAJOR decision for the club, such as a change in meeting
location or expenditures over $200.00, the membership should be made aware of the
proposal and discussed at the monthly meeting or notified by email or by mail outs TWO
times before coming to a vote by the membership. In other words, it could be proposed at
one meeting, further discussed the next meeting, and then be voted on by the members.
(Amended April 18, 2010)
By-Law I regarding Major Decisions be modified as follows: For any MAJOR decision for
the club, such as a change in meeting location or expenditures over $700.00, the
membership should be made aware of the proposal and discussed at the monthly meeting
or notified by email or by mail outs TWO times before coming to a vote by the
membership. In other words, it could be proposed at one meeting, further discussed the
next meeting, and then be voted on by the members.
(Passed October, 2004)
Dues. Central Florida Woodturners annual dues shall be as follows starting immediately:
Type Local AAW Total
Individual $30.00 $40.00 $70.00
Family $30.00 $45.00 $75.00
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