Cascade Woodturners Association is an Oregon nonprofit corporation that is qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Cascade Woodturners Association operates under the following bylaws:
Bylaws of Cascade Woodturners Association Inc., an Oregon nonprofit membership corporation
The name of this non-profit corporation is the Cascade Woodturners Association, Inc.; in these bylaws it is referred to as the “Association.”
The Association’s primary purpose shall be educating woodturners and the public about the art and craft of woodturning. This purpose will be accomplished by encouraging and facilitating the establishment of training programs for woodturners, by disseminating information about sources of material and equipment, by exposing the art of woodturning to the public, by maintaining a lending library of books and video media as a source of information, by publishing a monthly newsletter, and by serving as a center of information about woodturning for members, galleries, interior designers, other interested groups and the general public.
All other matters may be decided by the Board of Directors without a vote of the members.
The annual meeting of the members shall be held at the regular monthly meeting of the Association in November when the election of Board officers and directors is held, unless the Board of Directors notifies the members that the annual meeting will be held at a different time.
Special meetings of the members may be called by the Board of Directors. In addition, the lesser of 25 members or twenty percent of the members may deliver a notice to the Secretary of the Board, requesting a special meeting of members and stating the purpose of that meeting. Upon receipt of such a notice the Secretary shall inform the Board and the Board shall call the special meeting of members described in the notice not less than 45 days after the notice is delivered to the Secretary.
The Board of Directors shall cause notice to be given to each member of each election described in Section 3.D.2 and Section 3.D.3, above. Notice to members shall be given by email, at the email address listed in the member’s most recent application for membership, or as otherwise provided to the Treasurer. Notice to members shall be given at least ten business days before the event for which notice is given. An email to a member containing a link to the Association’s newsletter shall constitute notice to that member of the matters described in that newsletter.
Only members may vote on Association matters. Voting by members shall take place at monthly Association meetings. Unless otherwise provided by the Board of Directors, with notice to members at least ten business days in advance, there shall be no voting by ballot or by proxy. The lesser of 25 members or twenty percent of the members shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum is present the vote of a majority of the members who are present at a meeting is sufficient to decide a matter.
To the extent weather and available space permit and unless otherwise provided by the Board, the President shall schedule monthly meetings of the Association every month except December. Monthly meetings shall be held on the third Thursday of the month unless the President schedules the meeting to be held at a different date and notifies members of the change. Monthly meetings shall be used to present information to members and the public about woodturning, to give members access to the Association’s library and store, and otherwise to carry out the purposes of the Association. To the extent practical the President or Board shall schedule regular and special meetings of the members of the Association to coincide with the monthly association meetings.
To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Association will indemnify and hold harmless any Director, member or volunteer of Association who becomes a party to litigation, or settles any claim, or otherwise becomes liable as a direct result of the person being having been a Director, member or volunteer of the Association.
These bylaws may be amended by the Board of Directors without a vote of the members. The Board may refer changes to these bylaws to a vote of the members as provided in Section 3.D.2 of these bylaws, or by vote of the members as provided in Section 3.D.3 of these bylaws.
The Association encourages all members to join the American Association of Woodturners, Inc. (the “AAW”), a national organization with purposes similar to that of the Association. Although the AAW is expected to provide advice to the Association on request of the Association, the AAW will not be responsible for decisions of the Board or actions of the Association.
These bylaws were adopted by the Association as of March 26, 2015 and replaced all previously adopted bylaws of the Association in their entirety. The proposed adoption of these bylaws was noticed in the February and March 2015 Association newsletters, and their adoption was approved by a majority of members in attendance at the March 26, 2015 monthly meeting of the Association. These bylaws were amended by the Board in 2016 to add a twelfth board member, and the Association elected twelve board members at its November 2016.