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Bylaws are rules or laws adopted by an association or corporation to govern its actions.

Bylaws are typically divided into separately enumerated Articles, addressing the following:

  • mission or objective of the organization
  • categories and rules of membership
  • appointment and duties of officers
  • annual meting
  • membership, meeting, voting, and quorum for the assembly
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Committee to handle matters without convening the entire Board of Directors
  • Committees
  • Miscellaneous issues, such as whether voting by proxy is allowed, whether there shall be any compensation, definition of the fiscal year, and use of a seal
  • scope of authority
  • official publication
  • state chapters, if any
  • auxiliary or affiliates
  • definition of the fiscal year
  • amendment process
  • rules of order (Robert's or Sturgis)