Constitution and By Laws Approved November 9, 2013

Constitution and By-Laws Revised


Article 1Name
The corporation shall be known as the
Handweavers Guild of LincolnNebraska.

Article IIPurpose
The corporation is organized exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is the intent of this corporation to promote interest in the fiber arts through education, the interchange of ideas and craftsmanship, and to further the education of any interested individual.

Article IIIMembership
Any person interested in furthering the fiber arts may become a member.

Article IV
The officers of the corporation shall be President,
Secretary and Treasurer.

Article VMeetings and Quorum
(1) Regular meeting shall be held monthly from September to May inclusive.
Any satellite group shall meet in accordance with their own plans.
(2) Special meetings may be called by the President;
or, on application of the members, the President shall call such a meeting.
(3) Fifteen percent (but not less than five) of the members of the corporation
in good standing shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Article VIAmendments
This constitution may be amended at any meeting of the corporation
by 2/3 vote of the quorum present.
Such action must be preceded by prior notice of one month.

Article VIIDissolution
On the dissolution of the corporation, the Corporation Officers Shall, after paying or making provisions of the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all assets of the corporation exclusively for the purpose of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Corporation Officers shall determine. Any asset not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal offices of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said court shall determine,
which are organizing operated exclusively for such purposes.
Adopted April 12, 2008.


Article IDuty of Officers
Section 1. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of this corporation and perform all the duties usually pertaining to this office.
The President may delegate any duties as necessary.

Section 2. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all proceedings
of the corporation and record the same.

Section 3. The Treasurer shall receive and safely keep all funds of the corporation. Monthly reports of receipts and disbursements shall be made. An annual financial report shall be prepared and reviewed by a committee appointed by the membership.

Article IIElection of Officers
Section 1. All officers shall be elected at the last meeting of the calendar year by a simple majority and shall assume office in January.

2. Nominations may be made from the floor. Nominees must be willing to serve.

Article IIIMembership
Any person interested in the fiber arts may become a member by paying the prescribed dues. Each member who is not in arrears on dues for more than
one month shall be entitled to vote in the affairs of the corporation.

Article IVDues
Section 1. The annual dues shall be paid in January.

Article VAd-Hoc Committees
Section 1. The President shall solicit volunteers for ad-hoc committees as needed.

Section 2. There shall be a Librarian of the corporation.

(1) When a vacancy shall occur in this position, the President shall
appoint a willing member to fill the vacancy.
(2) All books owned by the corporation shall reside at the Studio. Members may check out books, owned by the corporation in accordance with policies set by the members.
Approved November 9, 2013

Studio Rules and Procedures
To have a key:
Membership of Guild
Pay Studio use fee
Must have either completed an 8-week class or used the studio (with paid studio use fee) for 2 months prior to receiving key.

Follow closing procedures:
All heaters and fans unplugged

All lights off

In winter thermostats left at 50 degrees (one in classroom, one in north room)

Bathroom and circuit breaker room doors left open (to keep pipes from freezing)

Windows closed and locked

Radio off

Computer, monitor, keypad and mouse turned off.

Printer/copier turned off.

Trash emptied

To check out materials, not books
Record the item you are checking out in your index card in the WEAVING SUPPLY CHECKOUT INDEX BOX. Include the item description and the date checked out.  When you return the item record the return date on your index card.

To check out a loom or spinning wheel
Estimate the number of months you expect to have the loom or wheel outside the Studio. Write a check for $15 per month you expect to have the loom or wheel.  Record the checkout on the Loom/Wheel rental sheet.  Place your check with “loom/wheel rental” and the item number in the comment line of the check and put the check in the lock box in the library.  If you return the loom/wheel early, you will be rebated for the extra months you paid. If you have the loom/wheel longer than you estimate, you need to pay the HWGL $15 at the beginning of each additional month past your estimate.

To use a loom at the studio:
Sign card on loom or add card if one is missing then add name
When the project is completed,  mark the card with “ open”
If continuing on same loom add your name again
If done with loom, clean up loom and area around it
When using one of the pre-warped looms use lace-on method of tie up
Pay for warp used and be prepared to help re-warp loom
There are no sacred cows. We would prefer to use up warp on looms before changing them to something else.
If there is a loom threaded with something you want to try and someone else is weaving on it, leave a note so they know you want the threading after them

If you have a loom occupied a studio use fee is required.

If your personal loom is here all above rules apply to it, including required studio use fees.

Pay for materials used off shelves

All food stuffs in Studio are communal unless marked hands off

Wash up dishes used and put away

Bertha’s files stay in house but may be copied as you want; pay for copies

Interpretation of the above procedures will be the responsibility of the executive committee.

Approved November 9, 2013

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