Bylaws of the AARS
Bylaws of the Ann Arbor Recorder Society (AARS)
Revision Dated 12/06/2010
ARTICLE I: PURPOSES
The AARS is a voluntary hobby club with the following purposes:
1. To promote recorder playing for enjoyment in the Ann Arbor area.
2. To raise the level of proficiency among members.
3. To provide performance opportunities for members.
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
1. Any person who supports the Purposes of the AARS becomes a member upon completion of an enrollment form and timely annual payment of yearly dues.
2. Members of the AARS are encouraged (but not required) to be members of the American Recorder Society (ARS).
3. Meetings of AARS will be open, but only members in good standing may vote. Other privileges may include, but are not restricted to, the right to borrow from a library, the opportunity to receive organizational mailings (newletters, announcements, and such) and reduced fees for workshops and group purchases.
ARTICLE III: ADMINISTRATION
1. The policies and activities of this organization shall be administered by a seven member board.
2. Board members will be elected by the membership for a renewable one year term. The first election will be held at the meeting accepting the bylaws, or the next meeting. Subsequently each annual election will occur at a regular meeting in November or December. The ballot will include all nominees; members will vote for seven; the top seven vote winners will be elected; run-offs will be held if required.
3. The board will elect its officers at a board meeting within a month of the annual meeting.
4. Any or all board members may be replaced by a two-thirds majority vote of the whole membership at a regular meeting. Replacements will be elected at the same meeting.
5. To best meet the needs of the entire membership, every effort will be made to include players of diverse recorder playing ability among the officers.
ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS
The board officers and their duties shall be as follows:
PRESIDENT - Arranges time, place and agenda for meetings; presides over meetings; acts as representative of AARS with the ARS; submits an annual report to membership.
VICE PRESIDENT - Presides over meetings in the absence of the president; arranges programs and hospitality.
SECRETARY - Records actions and responsibilities; minutes meetings; sends mailings and announcements; keeps custody of Bylaws.
TREASURER - Collects dues and donations and other income; keeps monies in a bank account and pays routine bills; seeks board approval for significant expenditures; submits two financial reports to the board (December and June) and an annual report to the membership.
ARCHIVIST - Maintains the list of members, the mailing list, and other databases of the organization; handles outside requests for performances.
LIBRARIAN - Stores, catalogs and loans to members any materials owned by or loaned to the AARS library, such as music, books, magazines and instruments.
MEMBER AT LARGE- Performs other duties such as coordinating a workshop.
ARTICLE V: DUES
The amount of dues shall be set at the first meeting of AARS and shall be re-established annually according to needs of the organization as determined by the board.
ARTICLE VI: BYLAWS ADOPTION and CHANGE
1. These bylaws may be adopted and subsequently changed by a two-thirds majority vote of those members present at a regularly scheduled meeting of the membership.
2. Proposed changes must be provided to the membership by e-mail at least two weeks prior to the meeting at which an amendment vote is taken.
3. These bylaws will first take effect with membership approval by a two-thirds majority of the whole membership at a regular meeting.
ARTICLE VII: ELIMINATION OF LIABILITY of VOLUNTARY OFFICERS
A volunteer officer of the AARS shall have no personal liability for acts in performance of the officer’s duties unless the acts involve a knowing violation of the law.
ARTICLE VIII: AUTHORITY
Parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order, most recent edition.
These bylaws were adopted on 12/06/2010