Bylaws: Ed’s proposed edits of EPIC Group of Edmonds
Established September 2012
Edmonds, WA 98020

NOTE: If you go on Google there are many groups known as EPIC
 
Article I
Name
 
The legal name of this body shall be EPIC Group of Edmonds, herein knows as
EPIC or the Organization.
 
Article II
Purpose
 
The purpose of EPIC shall be to support those who create, communicate, and connect through cultural and artistic endeavors, especially the literary arts.

 
Article  III
Affiliations
 
The organization shall seek to develop and maintain a cooperative affiliation with local, national, and international community and civic businesses and organizations as deemed appropriate by the
Executive Board.

Article IV
Executive Board and Officers

 Section 1 - Executive Board
  Responsibilities: The Executive Board, herein known as the Board, may determine
  the organization objectives and community events calendar of EPIC, major
  projects including but not limited to publishing books or securing venues, and
  shall manage the month-to-month operations of the Organization. The Board is
  responsible for setting the agenda for the general membership meetings, leading
  the Organization throughout the year, and establishing
committees.

Section 2 - Officers: The Board shall be comprised of at least three Officers (President, Secretary, and Treasurer), and may include up to five (Vice President and Second Vice President).

Section 3 - Nominations and Elections:
Individuals shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee (chaired by the Vice
President) and presented to the Executive Board for approval. The Board shall
then present the nominations to the general membership at the November Annual
Meeting for voting. All Members in Good Standing are encouraged to submit their
nominations to the Nomination Committee. A roll call, voice, written and/or
secret ballot election system may be used for any Organization  elections.
 
Section 4 - Terms: The terms for each Board position shall be one year, January to December. Within two weeks after an election, incoming and outgoing Officers will meet to transfer knowledge and
ensure a smooth transition. Former Officers must provide complete and accurate
information, records, and finances.

Section 5 - Term Limits: Officers may be elected to the Executive Board for three consecutive terms, at which point s/he must sit out for one term before being nominated again for an Officer
position.

Section 6 - Removal and Vacancies: An Officer may be removed if s/he is not a Member if Good Standing (see Article  VI), and the same process for removal shall be applied (see specifically Article
VI, Section 5). An Officer leaving the Board for any reason must immediately
provide all relevant EPIC records, passwords, bank account access, and documents
to another Officer. A vacancy in any office is to be filled by a person
nominated by the Executive Board and presented to the general membership for
approval. An Officer elected mid-year shall hold office until December 31 of
that same year.

Article V
Officers’ Duties
 
Section 1 - President: The President shall preside over the general membership and Executive Board meetings. The President will break voting ties and will help steer the Organization to further
the Purpose during his or her time of service. The“vision” of the President
shall be inward to the administrative management of EPIC, and outward to the
engagement of the community.
 
Section 2 - Vice President: The Vice President shall run meetings when the President is not available. The Vice  President shall be Chair of the Nominating Committee.
 
Section 3 - Second Vice President: The Second Vice President shall step in for the Secretary and/or Treasurer when they are not available.

Section 4 - Secretary: The Secretary shall oversee recording and maintaining the minutes of the Organization’s  meetings, and will send out the minutes within a week after a meeting for
corrections and additions. The Secretary is responsible for maintaining a copy
of the most up-to-date Bylaws and any other corporate documents. The Secretary
shall maintain copies of all newsletters, committee minutes (submitted by
committee Chairs), and historical documents that pertain to the ongoing business
of the Organization.
 
Section 5 - Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for managing all funds of the Organization, and must
  keep good records, including receipts, to back up every transaction. S/he shall
  receive and issue receipts, and shall deposit all monies in the name of the
  Organization in the financial institution selected by the Executive Board. The
  Treasurer shall have the duty of maintaining accurate financial records of the
  Organization, and shall prepare accurate and timely financial reports to be
  presented at all general membership and Executive Board meetings. The Treasurer
  shall sent (changeto send) notices to all members
regarding the payment of annual dues.

Section 6 - Possible NonBoard  Positions: The Organization may choose to have the following NonBoard Positions,  or any others as deemed useful to the Organization:

(a)  Membership and Auditing  Director: If the Organization has a Membership and Auditing Director, then s/he  may oversee voting, membership recruitment, and auditing of all books and
records. The Membership and Auditing Director may hold a position on the
Executive Board.

(b)  Events and Activities  Director: If the Organization has an Events and Activities Director, then s/he
may assist in establishing and holding events and activities. The Events and
Activities Director may lead some or all of the events and activities, and may
hold a position on the Executive Board.

(c)  Grants and  Fundraising Director: If the Organization has a Grants and Fundraising Director,
then s/he may assist in determining which grants and fundraising projects to
take on. The Grants and Fundraising Director may apply for grants and take the
lead on fundraising, and may hold a position on the Executive Board
as consultants to the board and hold a non-voting position on the Executive Board.


NOTE: If (a), (b)  & (c) Director positions are to be Board members, they shall also be voted
on by the membership

Article VI
Membership
 
Section 1 - Calendar: The Organization’s fiscal and events calendar shall run from January 1 to December 31. Executive Board Officers shall be elected at the November general membership meeting. EPIC membership dues are due January 1 and shall be paid by January 31.
 
Section 2 - Members: Membership is  open to any and all dues-paying individuals who support the Purpose of this  Organization. Individuals who have paid their dues are considered Members in
Good Standing and may vote at general membership meetings.
 
Section 3 - Dues: All individuals who wish to participate in meetings and have voting privileges
  shall pay annual dues to the Organization. The Executive Board shall determine
  the the(remove  the) price of dues. Dues are collected for the sole  purpose of carrying out the Purpose of the Organization and are payable January  1. To remain a Member in Good Standing, dues must be paid in full by January  31. New members joining mid-year shall pay full price. Dues are payable to
the Treasurer and are not refundable should a member choose to leave the
Organization.
 
NOTE: Membership dues are explained in Section 1. Any reference or explanation of the dues may be more
appropriately located in Section 1. 
 
NOTE: Requiring new members joining in mid-year tp pay full yearly dues does not encourage new
members to join. To really encourage new members joiningafter June the dues must
be reduced to one-half of the yearly dues, whatever they may be.

Section 4 - Donations and Other Contributions: Periodically, members may be asked to donate to various projects approved by EPIC members. These are voluntary payments and are not considered
dues. Members are also encouraged to volunteer their time on fundraising and
other activities, and to serve on committees.
 
Section 5 - Removal of Membership: A  member may be removed for failing to support the Purpose of the Organization.  Such failure may include, but is not limited to, illegal, cruel, harassing or
unethical acts, including plagiarism. A motion to remove a member may be placed
before the general membership, whose vote shall go to the Executive Board for
final approval. The decision by the Executive Board to remove a member shall be
final.
 
Article  VII
Meetings
Section 1 - Executive Board: The Board shall meet monthly on the second Monday at noon at a location
agreed upon by the Officers. Other meetings may be called as required. There will be no regularly-scheduled meetings in July, August, or December. There must (shall is stronger) be at least three Officers present
(add) or participating) to make (add) a quorum and all votes shall be (delete) any vote
binding. An Officer may be considered present if s/he is there in person, by speaker phone, or through live video. Submitting a proxy vote in writing or by email is allowed.

Section 2 - General Membership: 
 (a)  The members of EPIC shall meet monthly on the third Monday at 11:30 at the Edmonds Library (location is open to change, (add: with notice given). There will be no regularly-scheduled meetings in July, August, or December.

(b)  Each year, the November meeting shall be considered the Annual Meeting, during which Officer elections shall take place. 

(c)  Agenda items for all general membership meetings may include, but is not limited to, budget review,
Bylaw amendments, Board and other committee reports, and a review of the event
schedule. 

(d)  Only Members in Good Standing shall be allowed to vote on EPIC business; however, guests, speakers,
(delete and) presenters  (add: and interested parties) may also be in attendance.


NOTE: You want to allow non-members or interested parties to be present, to encourage them to
become members or future members.

(e)  A quorum of at leave five Members in Good Standing must be present in order for voting to take place or business to transact. Decisions will be made by majority vote, with the
President’s vote settling any tie.


NOTE: For future  consideration, when membership really grows in EPIC, the number of members
present may be revised to something like 10 per cent of the membership shall
constitute a quorum.

                                                             
Article  VIII
Committees

Section 1 - Committee Chairs: The President shall assign Committee Chairs as needed. The Chair of each   Committee shall file notes or minutes with the Secretary within one week of  each committee meeting, including the members present at the meeting.
 
Section 2 - Committee Members: Chairs are responsible for assigning members to their respective committees from among Members in Good Standing.
 
Section 3 - List of Committees:
(a)  Audit Committee: This committee will be Chaired by the Vice President, who shall appoint two members
to assist in the annual review of all financial records and reports. The Vice President shall make a report of findings at the general membership Annual Meeting in November.

(b)  Contest Committee: This  committee shall set the policies and criteria for contests to be held by EPIC
Group. Each year, a proposal including budget) shall be submitted to and  approved by the Board prior to the contest being announced. Progress reports may  be provided at any general membership meeting and, in addition, the Chair shall  make a report at the Annual Meeting in November.

(c)  Events Committee: This committee shall establish community and cultural events sponsored by EPIC Group. For each event, the committee shall submit a proposal (including budget) to the
Board for approval. Progress reports may be provided at any general membership
meeting and, in addition, the Chair shall make a report at the Annual Meeting in
November.

(d)  More committees may be created as necessary.
 
Article IX Indemnification
 
EPIC is an organization intended to  promote cooperation and collaboration between creative people. Provided there  are funds available, EPIC will seek to obtain and maintain insurance that offers
indemnity to Officers acting on behalf of the Organization, provided those  Officers have followed the Standard of Conduct rules in the Washington State  Nonprofit Laws.
 
Article X Conflict of Interest
 
The Organization shall have a Conflict  of Interest policy kept on file with other corporate
documents.

Article XI Bylaw Amendments and Rules of Assembly

 These Bylaws may be altered or amended by an affirmative vote of the majority of Executive Board
members.  (add: following a vote of the proposed bylaw changes by the membership.)
Outside of these Bylaws, Robert’s  Rules of Order Newly Revised is the standard by which this Organization
transacts business.
 
NOTE: Don’t we really  want the dues paying members of EPIC to feel more of a part of the organization
by encouraging them to vote on any bylaw changes. The board can still revise any  membership bylaw change recommendations.



Accepted:

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Janette Turner, President                                                              
Date




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Judith Works, Vice
President                                                       
Date




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Edward (Ed) F. Davis, Second
  Vice President                                                  
Date


NOTE: There are 8 or 9 Ed Davis’s in the Puget Sound region, I prefer this  label.




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Kim Votry, Secretary                                                                       
Date




___________________________________________                      
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Dianne O’Connell, Treasurer                                                       
Date


 
 
 
My review of the proposed by-laws reflect the following concerns:

Article VIII, Section 1,

Reference is made to another position of Managing Director. Why is this title here and not
just one of the officers such as the President?
 
Article VIII, Section 3,
 
Do you really want to prohibit any member in good standing from bringing a visitor
that may be interested in joining the organization, to find out more about EPIC?
Only members in good standing will be allowed to vote at the meeting.

Discussion at a previous meeting referred to the First VP and the Second VP, for
clarification, I thought that was a good distinction or clarification,
especially when the different duties were discussed.
 
The By-Laws are pretty well thought out. Did the group have reference to some other
EPIC type organizations By-Laws as they were developing them?

 
 
Article
I.
Name: The legal name of this body shall be EPIC Group, herein known as
EPIC or the Organization. (Why not “Group” instead of “Organization”?


Article II.
Purpose: The purpose of EPIC shall be to support those who
create, communicate, and connect through cultural and artistic endeavors,
especially the literary arts.

Article III.
Affiliations: The
organization shall seek to develop and maintain a cooperative affiliation with

local, national, and international community and civic businesses and
  organizations as deemed appropriate by the Executive Board.

Article

IV.
Executive Board and Officers

Section 1: Executive Board
Responsibilities: The Executive Board may determine the organization objectives

and community events' calendar of EPIC, major projects including, but not
  limited to publishing books or securing venues, and shall manage the
  month-to-month operations of the Organization. The Executive Board is
  responsible for setting the agenda of the annual membership meeting, arranging
  that annual meeting, leading the organization throughout the year and
  establishing committees within the general membership of the Organization.


Section 2: Executive Board Meetings: The Executive Board shall hold
regularly scheduled meetings. Executive Board members may also meet outside of
regular Organization meeting times.

Section 3: Executive Board Quorum:
At any Executive Board meeting, there must be present at least the President (or
Vice President), Secretary, and Treasurer, or the Second Vice President in place
of the Secretary or Treasurer. If the Executive Board consists of more Officers,
there must be a quorum to vote
and to conduct business on behalf of EPIC.
 Sorry can’t remove the dash
above

Section 4: Virtual Presence: A member may be considered present if
s/he is there in person, by
speaker phone, or through Skype (or other live
video method). Proxy voting by signed written vote is possible.

Section
5: Members: The Executive Board of EPIC shall be comprised of at least 3
officers (President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and may include a Vice President
and Second Vice President.

Section 6: Terms: The terms for all Executive
Board members shall be one year from the day
after their elections. Within
two weeks after the election, former and incoming Executive Board members will
meet to transfer knowledge and ensure a smooth transfer to the new Executive
Board. Former Executive Board members are obliged to provide complete and
accurate information, records and finances, and assist with the transfer.


Section 7: Terms Limits: Executive Board members can be elected to the
  Executive Board for three
(3) consecutive terms, at which point s/he must
sit out for one (1) term before being nominated for an Executive Board
position.

Section 8: Removal: An Executive Board member may be removed if
s/he is not a Member in Good
Standing (Article IV). The same process as in
Article IV applies. Any Executive Board member removed from office must
immediately provide all relevant EPIC records, passcodes, bank account access,
and documents to a Board member in good standing.

Section 9: Vacancies: A
vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, or otherwise is to
be
filled by a person nominated by the Executive Board at a special meeting.


Articles V. Officers' Duties

Section 1: President: The President
shall preside over the monthly and annual meetings, and Executive Board
meetings. The President will break voting ties and will help steer the
Organization to further the mission as much as possible during the time of
service. The

‘vision’ of the President will be
inward to the administrative management of

EPIC
and outward to the engagement of the

Community.



Section 2: Vice President. The Vice President will run meetings when the
  President is not available at a regularly scheduled meeting, or not able to
  accept the duties of office.

Section 3: Second Vice President. The
Second Vice President will step in for the Secretary and Treasurer, when they
are not available at a regularly scheduled meeting, or not able to accept the
duties of office. Just to be clear: the 2nd VP only substitutes for
the secy and/or teasurer??

Section 4: Secretary: The Secretary will
oversee recording and maintaining the minutes of the Organization’s meetings,
and will send out the minutes within a week after a meeting for corrections and
additions. The Secretary is responsible for maintaining a copy of the most
up-to-date by-laws and any other organization policies and procedures in order
to clarify questions about these documents if they arise.
The Secretary
shall maintain copies of all newsletters, and historical documents that pertain
to the ongoing business of the Organization. The Secretary will pass along these
documents immediately upon transfer of the office to a newly elected Secretary.


Section 5: Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for managing all
funds of the Organization. S/he shall receive and issue receipts for monies due
and payable to the Organization from any source and deposit all monies in the
name of the Organization in the financial institution selected by the Executive
  Board. The Treasurer shall have the duty to keep and maintain the financial
  records of the organization and collect, deposit, administer and expend the
  same as authorized by the vote of EPIC, and send notices regarding the
  organization's dues. The Treasurer will prepare accurate and timely financial
  reports to be presented to all members at every regularly scheduled membership
  meeting and all Executive Board meetings. The
Treasurer is responsible for
assuring that EPIC’s financial records are kept neatly filed and secure. The
Treasurer is accountable for all expenditures of the Organization and must keep
good records, including receipts, to back up every transaction. The Treasurer
shall maintain the banking records of the Organization and pass them along
immediately upon transfer of the office to a newly elected Treasurer.


Section 6: Possible Non-Board Positions: The Organization may choose to have the
following Non-Board Positions, or any others as deemed useful to the
  Organization:

(a) Membership& Auditing Director: If the Organization
has a Membership and Auditing Director, then s/he
may oversee voting,
membership recruitment, and auditing of all books and records. The M&A
Director may hold position on the Executive Board. Don’t understand the
combination of membership and auditing. I think we need a membership director
but an audit committee.

(b) Events & Activities Director: If the
Organization has an Events & Activities Director, then s/he may assist the
Creative Director and Managing Director in establishing and holding events and
activities. The E&A Director may lead some or all of the events and
activities, and may hold a position on the Executive Board.

(c) Grants
& Fundraising Director:
If the Organization has a Grants &
Fundraising Director, then s/he may assist the Creative Director and Managing
Director in determining which grants and fundraising projects to take on. The
G&F Director may apply for grants and take the lead on fundraising, and may
hold a position on the Executive
Board.

Article VI. Membership


Section 1: Who Can Join: Membership is open to any and all dues-paying
members in good standing
who support the Purpose and Mission Statement of
this Organization.

Section 2: Voting Membership: Only persons who meet
the definition of “members in good standing” as determined by the Organization
under Section 3 may vote in Organization business.

Section 3: Member in
Good Standing: All persons who have requested to join EPIC, who support the
Purpose of the Organization, and who have paid their dues in full or meet
alternative requirements of service as approved in meeting minutes will be
considered members in good standing.

Section 4: Removal of Membership: A
member may be removed for failing to support the “Purpose of
the
Organization.” Such failure may include, but is not limited to: illegal, cruel,
harassing or unethical acts, including plagiarism. The decision of an EPIC
Hearing Panel of five or more members as to what constitutes a “failure” to
  support the “Purpose of the Organization” must not be made lightly, and any
  appeal will be to the Executive Board, whose decision will be final.


Section 5: Procedure For Removing a Board Member or Officer: When deemed
  appropriate, a board member or officer may be removed for the same reasons as
  in Section 4 by majority vote at a regularly scheduled meeting where the item
  was placed on the written agenda distributed at least two weeks prior to said
  meeting.

Article VII. Dues

Section 1: September Dues. All members
will be required to pay dues annually, prorated on a September to June
(10-month) ‘term,’ although summer events are encouraged. Don’t understand the
last clause – what difference do summer events make to dues? Or rephrase that
the normal term in Sept to June even tho’ there may be some events in
July/August.  Dues are collected
for the sole purpose of carrying out the mission of the Organization. Voting
membership shall lapse if dues are not paid by the 15th of September for
continuing members. Individuals whose dues are not kept current may continue

their participation in EPIC’s community events in non-voting guest or
  participant status.

Section 2: Amount of Dues: Dues will be kept low so
as to encourage as many members as possible. The
Executive Board shall
determine the amount of the dues.

Section 3: Payment of Dues: New
members will pay dues on a full-term basis. This seems to contradict Section 1
above – it talks about pro-rata. Dues are payable to the Treasurer and are not
refundable should a member choose to leave the Organization during a
term.


Dues for continuing members shall be payable to the Treasurer by the
first day of September each year. Annual dues for Executive Board members are to
be paid on or
before
the 1st of September of each calendar year, or before the
first regular business meeting of each year, or as determined by the Executive

Board.

Section 4: Other Monetary Donations to the Organization:

Periodically, members may be asked to donate to other projects proposed and
  voted on by EPIC membership. These are voluntary payments and are not
  considered dues. What about paying for courses. The preceding says to me that
  we won’t have anything unless the members vote on it but last afternoon we
agreed to put on some courses without asking them.

Section 5: Other
Contributions to the Organization: Members are encouraged to serve on a

committee and also contribute two or more hours of service annually in
  fundraising activities.

Section 6: Who Pays Dues:
Dues are
collected from all voting members of the Organization every year. Members are
expected to pay dues as set by the Executive Board, or perform reasonable,
assigned duties instead of paying dues. Should be combined with Section 1. Do we
really want to let members work off their dues when we have Section 5 above?


Article VIII.
Meetings

Section 1: Executive Board
Meetings:
The Executive Board shall meet monthly (during 10 month season) as part of the
Membership Meetings, or as called upon by the Managing Director and President.
Executive Board meetings may be held the 2ndThursday of each month, September
through May, at a location determined by the Managing Director and President.
This schedule may be changed by a majority vote of the Executive Board.


Section 2: Special Meetings: Special Meetings of the Executive Board may be
  called by the President with a seven-day notice.

Section 3:
Annual
Meeting: EPIC will hold an annual meeting for general members on a date
  specified by the Executive Board. Agenda items for the annual meetings may
  include, but are not be limited to, election of the Executive Board, a
  Treasurer’s Report, Committee Reports , and an Event Schedule proposal. Only

members in good standing will be allowed to attend the annual meeting;
however special speakers and presenters may attend at the invitation of an
Executive Board member.

Section 4: Quorum at Membership Meetings: The
Organization requires that at least five members who are in good standing with
the Organization should be present at any regularly scheduled or annual meeting
in
order for votes to take place or business to transact.

Section 5:
Nominations: The slate of nominations for Executive Board members will be made
by the Nominating Committee, headed by the the First? Vice President, and
approved by the Executive Board, who will then present the nominations to the
members at the annual meeting for voting in November. Members in good standing
are encouraged to participate and nominate themselves.

Section 6:
Elections: A roll call, voice, written and/or secret ballot election system may
be used for any Organization elections. Election of the Executive Board may take
place at a regularly scheduled meeting in November of each year for all
positions.

Section 7: Majority Vote Rules: All Organization business is
transacted using a voting system called Majority Vote, which means the winning
candidate or resolution received at least one more vote than the next candidate
or resolution on the ballot. The President’s vote will settle any tie.


Section 8: Who Can Vote: In order to vote on Organization business, members must
be a member in
good standing (VI, 3).

Article IX.
Committees


Section 1: Committee Chairs: The President assigns the Committee Chairs as
  needed. The Chair of each
Committee shall file notes and or minutes with
the Secretary within one week of each committee
meeting in order to maintain
the efficacy of the progress of each committee.

Section 2: Committee
Members: Committee Chairs are responsible for assigning members to their

respective committees from among members in good standing.

Section 3:
Quorum for Other Committees: The quorum responsibility for other EPIC committees
shall be three members.

Section 4: Audit Committee: Audit Committee.
This committee will be made up of the Membership
& Auditing  (?),President,
and Treasurer. The Audit Committee will review all the checks, bank

statements, check signatures, receipts, deposits, etc. for the entire fiscal
  year, and make a report of their findings at the Annual Meeting.


Article X
Indemnification: EPIC is an organization intended to promote
cooperation and collaboration between
creative people. Provided there are
funds available, EPIC will seek to obtain and maintain insurance that offers
indemnity to Directors and Officers acting on behalf of EPIC, provided the
Director or Officer at issue has followed the standard of conduct rules in the
Washington State Nonprofit Laws.

Article XI
Conflict of Interest: The
Organization will have a Conflict of Interest policy kept on file with the
Articles of Incorporation and the By-laws.

Article XII.
By-Law
Amendments / Alterations and Rules of Assembly: These By-laws may be altered or
amended by an affirmative vote of the majority of Executive Board members.
Outside of these By-laws, Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised is the standard
by which this Organization transacts business.





Article
XIII


Dissolution:


Upon
Dissolution, net assets, if any, after all obligations of the Group
(Organization) have been discharged, shall be distributed as
follows:



Here’s
what the FEL has: Remaining general funds may be distributed by the Board to
appropriate non-profit organizations that are organized for tax emempt purposes
in accordance with the relevant provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and
consistent with the purposes for thich the Group is organized.


 


 
 
1. In Article I - Doesn't EPIC stand for  something? Should that be spelled out?

2. Article IV, section 4:

Proxy voting by signed written vote is possible, alo? LOL! I'm not sure what "alo" is meant to be here? Maybe  something is missing?

Article IV Section 9

 Section
  9:  Vacancies:
 
  A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, or otherwise is to be  filled by a person nominated by the Executive Board at a special meeting.

Should that refer to a vote? So as to clarify that it's not an appointment by the EB but again a vote by membership. "Executive Board will present a nominee for member vote at a special meeting" or something
COPY EDITING NOTE THROUGHOUT DOCUMENT: There's no hyphen in Vice President. (That is,
there should not be.)

Article VI
Section
2: Voting Membership:
 
Only persons who meet the definition of “members in good standing” as determined  by the Organization under Section 3 may vote  in Organization business. 

should be vote "on" rather than "in" right?

Also, Members in Good Standing is sometimes capped, sometimes lowercase.

Section
4: Removal of Membership:

A member may be removed for failing ..

Hmmmm.... are we really removing the member? Or are we
revoking the membership from a person? I'd change to "A person's membership may
be revoked" so it's clear we're not the Mafia! Or Lorena Bobbit!

 
 
 
ARTICLE 4,
SECTION 2: define reasons exec bd would meet outside reg mtg times & whether this would be open to general membership.


SECTION 6, TERMS:  is the term the calendar year following elections?

 SECTION 8, REMOVAL:  [of  officers not in good standing]  is
there any time notice given, 1 week, 2 weeks??  In exceptional circumstances would the
officer also be removed from general EPIC  membership??


SECTION 9, VACANCIES:  in  case of resignation what is the length of notice required, 2 wks, 1
month??


ARTICLE
11, CONFLICT OF INTEREST:  is this  described somewhere in the bylaws?