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National NOW Times >> Spring 2008  >> Article

Proposed Amendments to National NOW Bylaws

The purpose of the following proposed amendments to the National NOW Bylaws are to allow for virtual NOW chapters that would exist on the Internet and would not be limited by a geographic location. These virtual chapters would not replace but rather supplement the existing geographically-based chapter structure. These amendments were proposed at the January 2008 National Board meeting.

Chapter and at-large delegates will have the opportunity to vote on these changes at the National NOW Conference in Bethesda, Md., July 18-20, 2008. The bylaws vote will be on Sunday, July 20. More information about the conference is on page 1, or visit our conference website for details. Please contact your local chapter of NOW if you wish to be a delegate from your chapter to the national conference.

Current Bylaws (Unamended)

Article IV. Subunits
Section 1. Chapters

A. Members residing or working in a given state, county, municipality, or a regional or metropolitan area shall be encouraged to form a chapter. A chapter shall consist of no fewer than ten members, formulate bylaws consistent with these bylaws, convene and operate for the stated purpose of NOW, and elect its officers. Chapters shall be chartered by the national organization upon meeting these requirements.

Section 2. States
A. Each state and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (hereinafter referred to as a state) which does not now have an existing state organization may apply to convene a state organization with the approval of a majority of the chapters or members of that state. States shall be convened and chartered upon meeting requirements set by the National Board or National Conference. States must continue to meet such requirements to maintain their state status, subject to the removal of their state charters in accordance with the procedures set forth in Article XIII, Section 2. State organizations shall convene chapters within their state. If a state organization fails to approve or disapprove a convening request within 60 days, the national organization may convene the chapter.

Bylaws with Proposed Amendments
[Additional language appears in italics]

Article IV. Section 1.A.
Members residing or working in a given state, county, municipality, or a regional or metropolitan area shall be encouraged to form a chapter, or members may join or form virtual chapters that are not tied to a geographic region. A chapter shall consist of no fewer than ten members, formulate bylaws consistent with these bylaws, convene and operate for the stated purpose of NOW, and elect its officers. Chapters shall be chartered by the national organization upon meeting these requirements.

Article IV. Section 2.A.
A. Each state and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (hereinafter referred to as a state) which does not now have an existing state organization may apply to convene a state organization with the approval of a majority of the chapters or members of that state. States shall be convened and chartered upon meeting requirements set by the National Board or National Conference. States must continue to meet such requirements to maintain their state status, subject to the removal of their state charters in accordance with the procedures set forth in Article XIII, Section 2. State organizations shall convene chapters within their state, with the exception of virtual chapters, which shall be convened with the authorization of a national officer. If a state organization fails to approve or disapprove a convening request within 60 days, the national organization may convene the chapter.

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