FLORIDA NOW BY-LAWS
I. PURPOSE: The purpose of Florida NOW shall be to further the
purposes and policies of NOW in the state of Florida and to:
1) Establish a vehicle for coordinated state action;
2) Foster understanding and exchange of information and ideas
among NOW members in the state of Florida;
3) Assist the growth of membership and new chapters in the state.
II. MEMBERSHIP: The membership of Florida NOW shall include all
National members of NOW residing in the state of Floridaf
1) Members of Florida NOW Chapters, duly chartered by National NOW
2) Members of Convening Chapters within the state which have
applied for a provisional charter
3) Members of Convening Groups within the state w-ich have an
officially recognized Convenor, but which have not yet applied for
a provisional charter.
4) Members-at-large residing in the state but not affiliated
with any Florida Chapter, Convening Chapter, or Convening Group.
III STRUCTURE: The structure of Florida NOW shall consist of :
1) The elected officers.
a) The State Chairone
b) The State Coordinator
c) The State Treasurer
d) The State Legislative Coordinator
e) The State Secretary
III. STRUCTURE: (Cont'd)
2) The State Council, which shall consist ot:
a) The five elected State Officers
b) One delegate elected from each Chapter and Convening
c) One elected delegate to represent unaffiliated members
at-large in the State.
IV. STATE CONFERENCE: A State Conference of all Florida NOW members
shall make policy to carry out the Purpose of Florida NOW.
1) The State Conference shall meet no less than once every
18 months. The State Council shall fix the exact date
and place of the Conference and give the chapters and
members-at-large at least 90 days notice thereof.
2) The State Conference shall elect State Officers. A caucus
of unaffiliated members-at-large shall be called at the
Conference to elect their delegate to State Council.
3) Policy set by the State Conference shall pertain only to
Florida NOW members and shall be consistent with policy
of National NOW where such policy is stated.
4) A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of all NOW
members registered at the Conference. Voting and discussion
in plenary sessions shall be limited 'to duly registered NOW
V. STATE COUNCIL: The State Council shall serve to implement policy L.
set at the State Conference and facilitate action between
1) The Council shall meet at least once every six monthA
at the call fo the State Chairone or no less than 20% of the
chapters delegated to the Council. Members of the Council shall
be notified of the time; place, and date of the meetings at least
three weeks in advance.
2) A quorum of the Council shall consist of at least three (3)
state officers and six (6) chapter delegates. Meetings of the
Council shall be open to all NOW members, with discussion by
observers at the pleasure of the Chair. The council shall be
governed by a 2/3 majority rather than a simple majority.
3) The State Officers shall be voting members of the Council,
except the Chairone who will vote only in case of a tie.
4) The Council shall function according to the following
a) The Council shall not duplicate the functions of the Chapters.
b) The Council may recommend, but all program action is
taken by the Chapters.
c) Chapter policy is made within the Chapters.
d) The Council shall serve the Chapters.
VI. STATE OFFICERS:
1) Election: The State Officers shall be elected at the State
Conference to serve between conferences. They may serve no more
than two consecutive terms. They shall be elected from a slate
ot candidates (a) proposed by the Nominating Committee plus (B)
those nominated from the floor of the Conference. They shall be
elected by a majority of duly registered attendees present and
voting. They shall take office at the end of the State Conference
in which they were elected.
Ohly members of NOW in good standing for six (b) months may
be nominated to hold state office.
2) Duties of the Officers:
a) The State Chairone shall be the titular head of
Florida NOW; shall preside at the State Conference and
call and preside at meetings of the State Council; shall be
the official spokesperson for the Chapters and Members in
circumstances not inconsistent with these guidelines. The
State Chairone may appoint a general counsel, parliamentarian
and such state coordinators, task forces, or committees as
are necessary to fulfull the Purpose.
b) The State Coordinator shall serve as the official State
contact person and liason between Florida NOW and REgional
and National Directors and Officers; shall assist the
Regional Director in the formation of new chapters; shall
keep track of the status of Chapters and members in the
State; shall facilitate the exchange of information
VI. STATE OFFICERS (Cont'd)
2) Duties of the Officers (Cont'd)
b)through the publication of a State Newsletter..The State
Coordinator and other such assistants as are necessary to
carry out the designated responsibilities of this office.
c) The State Treasurer shall receive and disburse all
funds held by Florida NOW; shall prepare an annual budget
of such funds to be approved by the State Council and
voted upon at the Conference; shall issue annual financial
statements to the membership and interim financial statements
to the Council at its regular meetings; and shall submit
records for audit on an annual basis.
d) The State Legislative Coordinator shall serve the Council
and Conference in an advisory capacity to recommend legislative
policy and priorities; shall.serve as liaison with NOW's National
Legislative Office; and shall perform such other activities
as will facilitate coordinated action of the Chapters and
members in achieving National and State legislative goals.
With the approval of the Council, the legislative coordinator
may serve as official NOW lobbyist or may appoint or hire
one or more official NOW lobbyists.
e) The State Secretary shall see that a record is made of
the official business of the Conference and Council meetings,
and that this record is disseminated to the Chapters and
Members-at-large within one month of the Conference or
Meeting; shall maintain a roster of Council members.
VI. STATE OFFICERS (Cont'd)
3) Vacancies: When a vacancy in a State office occurs between
Conferences, the State Council shall elect a replacement to serve
until the next State Conference..
VII. NOMINATIONS FOR STATE OFFICES:
1) A nominating Committee to propose candidates for the
elected officers and coordiantors shall be elected from among the
chapter delegates to the Council. Nominations shall be
solicited from among the Chapters and Members-at-large. The
Chapters and Members-at-large shall be informed in writing
of the slate recommended by the Nominating Committee together
with a resume ot each proposed candidate's qualifications for
office not less than 30 days prior to the State Conference.
2) Additional nominations may be made from the floor of the
State Conference, provided that the consent of the nominees
shall have first been obtained, and a resume of the nominee's
qualifications for the office shall have been prepared and
circulated among the voting members of the Conference prior
to the election.
VIII. REMOVAL OF OFFICERS:
State Officers may be removed from office by a 2/3 written vote of all
Council members, after notice and opportunity for hearing, if
the Council determines that the actions of such individuals are
contrary to the purposes of NOW or injurious to the Chapters and
members of Florida NOW.
At State Conference at which these guidelines are adopted, State dues
may be set by a majority vote of the State Conference. Thereafter,
the Council shall recommend and the State Conference shall approve
the method or mentods of financing the operation of Florida NOW.
X PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY:
Robert's Rules of Order
These by-laws may be amended by a 2/3 vote of those present and
voting at a STate Conference provided that at least eight weeks
prior to the conference such amendment shall have been submitted
in writing to theCouncil which shall be responsible for notifying the
members at least four (4) weeks prior to the Conference.
XII EXPIRATION DATE:
These temporary by=;aws shall be in effect until such time as
permanent by-laws shall have been adopted by a majority vote by
mail ballot of Florida NOW members, but no longer than two (2)
years after the date ot their first adoption.