A suggested format for bylaws is:

  • Name and location
  • Statement of Purposes
  • Membership classes, criteria, rights and privileges, suspension and revocation of membership
  • Dues establishment procedures. Keep in mind that if a specific amount is stated, a bylaws amendment will be required for the organization to have a dues increase, which severely limits the decision-making authority of the board.
  • Board of directors, including composition and authority, description of duties, representation, election procedures, terms of office, meetings, quorum, voting, indemnification
  • Elected officers, including roles and duties and succession of office
  • Voting rights of the membership
  • Elections, including nominations process, timing of election, and balloting
  • Committees, including standing committees, special committees, selection of chairs, and meetings
  • Finances
  • Rules of procedure
  • Amendments
  • Dissolution procedures