As amended by vote
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of the organization shall be the Sacramento Walking Sticks. The abbreviated name shall be SWS and such abbreviated name shall herein after refer to the organization in this constitution and the by-laws.
ARTICLE II. RESIDENCE
SWS is organized under the
non-profit laws of the State of
ARTICLE III. AFFILIATION
The SWS is a sanctioned member of the American Volkssport Association, AKA AVA and the California Volkssport Association AKA CVA.
ARTICLE IV. PURPOSE
Section 1. The organization is a non-profit, voluntary membership club, organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), to promote the public health, physical fitness and well-being of the people of the United States by organizing, promoting and conducting scheduled programs of non-competitive, family oriented, participatory lifetime sports, including, but not limited to walking (including jogging and running), bicycling, swimming, cross-country skiing, and such other events as may be sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association (AVA), and including the following specific purposes:
Section 2. All activities of the organization shall be carried on so as to be responsive to the needs of all persons, without regard to race, religion, sex, age, national or cultural origin, place of residence, economic circumstances, lifestyle or social status.
ARTICLE V. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Regular membership is open to all persons who pay the annual dues established in the by-laws.
Section 2. Rights and Obligations of Members
1. promote the aims and goals of the SWS.
2. uphold the reputation of the SWS at all times.
3. obey the constitution and by-laws of the SWS.
ARTICLE VI. OFFICERS
Section 1. The elected officers of the SWS shall be:
Section 2. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined upon approval of the membership.
Section 3. Election Procedures for Officers:
Section 4. General Requirements for Officers:
ARTICLE VII. MEETINGS
Section 1. The regular meetings will be held monthly, unless ordered by a majority vote of the officers.
Section 2. The regular meeting shall be for the purpose of electing officers, receiving reports of officers and committees, and for such other business which may arise.
Section 3. Special meetings can be called by a majority vote of the officers. Notice of a special meeting shall be given to all members at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date set for the special meeting if notice to be given by mail; ten (10) days if notice to be given by telephone. The purpose for a special meeting shall be set forth in the call for such a meeting.
ARTICLE VIII. COMMITTEES
Such committees as are required shall be established in accordance with the by-laws.
ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENT
Section 1. This constitution may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the SWS, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the eligible voting members present. Proposals for amendment must be presented at the meeting prior to the actual vote.
Section 2. The requirement to present proposals at the meeting prior to the actual vote may be waived by 50% (1/2) of the eligible voting members at a regular or special meeting.
ARTICLE XI. DISSOLUTION OF THE SWS
Section 1. The SWS may only be dissolved upon decision of the eligible voting members at a regular or special membership meeting of the SWS.
Section 2. The proposal for dissolution must be submitted in writing at the previous meeting. Petition for dissolution must be submitted by at least one-half (1/2) of the regular members of the SWS. Dissolution shall be decided by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of eligible voting members. Members will be provided timely notice for meetings concerning votes for the club dissolution or elections. Upon receipt of such notice, members may submit written proxy votes before the aforementioned meeting.
ARTICLE XII. CONCLUDING CLAUSES
Section 1. This constitution goes into effect January 2006 after acceptance by the membership of the SWS.
Section 2. The duly elected officers are empowered to make editorial changes in the text.