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BYLAWS of the Woodturners of Southwest Florida, Inc.

Chapter of American Association of Woodturners, Inc.


A. The principle office of the club shall be the residence of the current President.

B. The current address of Woodturners of Southwest Florida is:  1350 Monroe Suite #352, Fort Myers FL 33901


The club's purpose is to foster a wider understanding and appreciation of lathe-turning as a traditional and contemporary craft and a form of art among the general public, hobbyist turners, part-time turners, and professional turners.

This will be accomplished by providing education, information, organization, technical assistance, and publications relating to woodturning.


A.  It is the intention of this club to offer its club membership technical information about wood and woodturning tools, machinery, safety tips, and a vehicle for establishing and maintaining communication among others with similar interest.

B.  Membership Categories

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in lathe turning without regard to race, creed, color, religion, or national origin. Since the Woodturners of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, those seeking membership in Woodturners of Southwest Florida are required to attain membership in the American Association of Woodturners.

The club offers the following memberships:



STUDENT-ages 11 to 18

A schedule of annual dues for each category shall be listed on the membership application and kept on file at the club office.

The club also extends special recognition to members who qualify in the following categories:

A charter member is a member who attended meetings and paid dues the first year the club was organized. Our official date of recognition as a Chapter of AAW is September 30, 1998.

The Board of Directors shall at its discretion, confer HONORY, LIFE-TIME MEMBERSHIP to persons who, in its judgment have made an extraordinary contribution to the club.

C.  Transfer of Membership

Membership in this club is not transferable or assignable.


A. Monthly Club Meetings

Monthly meetings of the membership shall take place once a month. The meeting schedule shall be posted to each member on an annual basis by the club President.

B. Special Meetings

Special meetings may be called by the President or by a majority of the Directors.

C. Place of Meetings

Shall be designated by the club President

D. Proxies

At any meeting of members, a member entitled to vote may vote by proxy executed in writing by the member or by his duly authorized attorney-in-fact.

E. Quorum

The members, holding a majority of the votes which may be cast, at any meeting shall constitute a quorum at such a meeting. If a quorum is not present at any meeting of the members, a majority of the members present may adjourn the meeting from time to time without further notice.


A. General Powers

The business and affairs of the club shall be managed by its Board of Directors. (hereinafter called the BOD)

The BOD members may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of their meetings and the management of the organization as they may deem proper, not inconsistent with the Bylaws.

B. Number

There should be seven Directors on the club's Board. The Board shall consist of the four elected officers and three members at large.

C. Tenure

Board members shall hold office for two years and may seek re-election at the end of term.

D. Unexpected Board Vacancies

Unexpected vacancies in the BOD occurring for any reason may be filled by a vote of the BOD. A BOD member elected to fill a vacancy shall hold office for the remainder of the unexpired term of the predecessor.

E. Removal of Board Members

A Board member may be removed for cause by a vote of the majority of the Board members then in office.

F. Resignation

A board member may resign at any time by giving notice in writing and presenting such notice to the President and to the Secretary. Resignation shall be immediate upon receipt of such in writing.

G. Committees

The BOD, by majority vote, may designate such committees it may deem necessary and appropriate. Each committee shall serve at the pleasure of the BOD and consist of at least two or as many as nine members.

H. Proposals from the General Membership

Any general member of the club may offer a proposal for consideration by the BOD. Proposals shall be presented in writing to the President. The President shall either refer the proposal to an appropriate committee for consideration and recommendation or place it on the agenda of the next scheduled meeting of the BOD.


A. Number

The Officers of the Club shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, each of whom shall be elected by the General Membership. Such other officers and assistant officers may be deemed necessary may be elected or appointed by the BOD.

B. Election of Officers

Election of officers shall take place every two years in accordance with established guidelines. Election of officers will take place on or before September 1 of every other year and elected officers shall take office October 1.

C. Officer’s Duties


The President shall be the principle executive officer of the Corporation and, subject to the control of the Board, shall in general supervise and control all the business and affairs of the Administration of the Corporation. He/She may sign, with the Secretary or any other proper Officer of the Corporation authorized by the Board, any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts or other instruments which the Board has authorized to be executed, except in cases where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Board, or by these Bylaws, to some other Officer or agent of the Corporation (such as the Administrator) or shall be required by law to be otherwise signed or executed: and in general shall perform all duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Vice President

In the absence of the President or in the event of his/her death, inability, or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of, and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. The Vice President shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board of Directors.


The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Officers’ and Board’s meetings, see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or as required, be custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the corporation, keep a register of the post office address of each Officer and Director and in general perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board of Directors.


If required by the Board, the Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of his/her duties in such sum and with such surety of sureties as the Board shall determine. He/She shall have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the Corporation; receive and give receipts for moneys due and payable to the Corporation from any source whatsoever, and deposit all such moneys in the name of the corporation in such banks, trust companies or other depositories and shall be selected in accordance with these Bylaws, and in general perform all the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board of Directors.

D. Provision for Setting Salaries of Officers and Board Members

The Officers and Board Members shall serve without compensation.

Article VII - Fiscal Year

Woodturners of Southwest Florida, Inc. Fiscal Year shall begin January 1 and end December 31 of each year.

E. Provisions for amendments to the Bylaws and Certificate of Incorporation:

The Corporation’s Bylaws and Certificate of Incorporation may be altered or amended by majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Chapter 120
American Association of Woodturners

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Fort Myers, FL 33916

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