Bylaws of the Newport Photographers' Guild

NAME:  The name of the organization shall be the Newport Photographers' Guild

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Newport Photographers' Guild is to support its members with programs and events that enhance their artistic and technical photographic skills and provide a community of supportive like-minded individuals.

DUES:  Dues are annual and expire on August 31st.

MEMBERSHIP: Membership is open to anyone interested in Photography

OFFICERS: Officers shall be president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary.

BOARD: The board shall consist of all officers and committee chairmen.  The past president shall be an ex-officio member of the board.

COMMITTEES: Committee chairmen will be appointed by the president.

OFFICER/CHAIRMEN LENGTH OF TERM: One (1) year

MEETINGS: Meetings are usually monthly from September to June.

ELECTION MEETING: Elections will take place at a May or June Guild meeting/program.  Newly elected officers will begin their term on September 1.  Officers will be elected by a majority vote of those members attending the event.

NOMINATING OFFICERS: A nominating committee may be appointed by the president or the board may act as the nominating committee.  A slate of officers will be presented to the membership at least fourteen days before a vote is taken.  Nominations from Guild members will be accepted but must be received by the board at least seven days before the election.  Nominations form members must be shared with the membership at least forty eight hours before the election.

AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS: The by-laws may be amended by a majority vote at any meeting; notice of the proposed change(s) will be shared with all members at least seven days before the meeting.