Constitution of
Milwaukee Scottish Country Dancers

ARTICLE I  NAME

The name of this organization shall be "Milwaukee Scottish Country Dancers."

ARTICLE II  AIMS

The aims shall be:

ARTICLE III  MEMBERSHIP

Membership shall be open to persons interested in the aims of the Dancers.  Fees, as set forth in the By-Laws, will be paid by all members.

ARTICLE IV  GOVERNMENT

ARTICLE V  DUTIES OF OFFICERS ARTICLE VI  ALTERATION OF CONSTITUTION



By-Laws of
Milwaukee Scottish Country Dancers

1.  ADMISSION OF MEMBERS
Individuals wishing to become members may do so on meeting the requirements of Article III of the Constitution.

Members must abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Dancers

2.  FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year be established as the calendar year.

3.  FEES
Fee shall be set by the Board of Directors. Members shall be encouraged also to become members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. The Milwaukee Scottish Country Dancers shall assist by collecting annual subscription fees for the R.S.C.D.S. in May.  R.S.C.D.S. fees shall be remitted by the Treasurer via the Secretary to the R.S.C.D.S. in Edinburgh. The term of membership in the Milwaukee Scottish Country Dancers shall coincide with that of the R.S.C.D.S. No fees for the Milwaukee Scottish Country Dancers will be charged to those persons holding an R.S.C.D.S. Teacher's Certificate or preliminary certificate.

4.  REGISTER OF MEMBERS
A list of members of the M.S.C.D. with their address and telephone number shall be maintained.

5.  NOMINATIONS
The President shall appoint a nominating committee to prepare a slate of candidates for offices of the Board of Directors to be presented at the Annual General Meeting. The committee shall consist half of members of the Board of Directors and half non-members.

6.  ELECTIONS
Election of members of the Board of Directors shall be determined by a majority vote at the Annual General Meeting. Prior approval of an individual's willingness to stand for office must be obtained by the nominator. Election to office shall be by ballot unless by acclamation. Terms of office shall begin July 1.

7.  ELECTION TO OFFICE IN ABSENTIA
Provided a member indicates to a nominating committee member prior to the Annual General I Meeting, his/her willingness to stand for office, he/she may, by majority vote, be elected to office in absentia.

8.  MEETINGS
The Annual General Meeting will be called by the Board of Directors after the end of March.

A Special General meeting may be called either:

The Secretary shall inform the membership of either General meeting at least three (3) weeks prior to the meeting.

ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING 9.  QUORUM
No General Meeting can take place unless at least forty (40) per cent of the members are present.  A quorum for the Board of Directors shall be the greater of three or half the Board members.

10.  MAJORITY VOTE
The majority vote at all meetings of the Dancers shall be a simple majority of members present.  A member absent from the meeting without notice will be assumed to agree with the majority vote.

11.  FINANCES
(a) The Board of Directors shall establish guidelines for reimbursement for expenses incurred in the interest of the Dancers.
(b) The Treasury accounts for the Dancers shall be reviewed by the Board of Directors at the end of the Treasurer's term of office.

12.  AMENDING THE BY-LAWS
The By-Laws of the Dancers may be amended by two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at a Special or annual General Meeting.  Any proposal to amend the By-Laws shall be submitted to the secretary in writing four (4) weeks before a meeting. The Secretary shall publish the aforesaid proposal at least three (3) weeks prior to a meeting.

13.  DISSOLUTION OF THE DANCERS
Dissolution of the Dancers shall require a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of members. The Board of Directors shall liquidate the assets of the Dancers and all monies derived therefrom shall be used to further the cause of Scottish Country Dancing.

14.  AUTHORITY OF CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
The foregoing Constitution and By-Laws shall guide and rule the actions of the dancers until modified in General Meeting, as outlined in Article 12 of the By-Laws.

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