Bylaws

Article I – Name

The name of the Guild shall be the Lorain County Spinners and Weavers Guild.   ( Also known as LOCO Spinners and Weavers.)

Article II – Mission Statement

The mission of the guild is three-fold: 1) to promote friendship and understanding among its members; 2) to assist members in the pursuit of spinning, weaving and fiber art through education, discussion and programs; and 3) to share their crafts through demonstrations in our community.

Article III – Officers and Duties

Section I – The elected officers of the Guild shall be President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Volunteer and appointed positions shall be Demonstrations, Guild Equipment, Historian, Librarian, Membership, Newsletter Editor, Program Committee Chair, Public Relations, Refreshments, Samples, Sunshine and Workshops.

All officers, whether elected, volunteer, or appointed shall hold one-year terms.  All positions shall be filled by current members.  Other than Treasurer, officers shall not be elected for more than two consecutive terms in the same position.

A nominating committee of at least two Guild members shall be appointed in August.  Their slate of officers will be presented at the regular October meeting.

Elections shall be held at the regular November meeting.  If there is more than one candidate for a position, there will be a vote by ballot.

The Board will consist of Officers and Appointed and Volunteer committee chairmen.  The Board meetings will be held as necessary.  All members are welcome to attend.  The Board members could authorize expenditures of up to $50 for necessary purchases.  All spending over $50 must be approved by the membership.  Routine expenses such as newsletters, programs, library, samples, hospitality, and sunshine do not need prior authorization and will be authorized each year as new Board members are installed.

Section II – The President shall preside at all Guild meetings, exercising general supervision over the Guild and performing generally all duties incidental to the office and such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

The Vice President shall perform all duties of the President during that officer’s inability to act and shall have such other power as necessary.

The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings and shall forward those minutes to the Newsletter Editor for publication.

The Treasurer shall collect all dues and other monies and pay all bills, keep and itemized account of all receipts and expenditures, and present a report at each meeting, and oversee the creation of the membership list yearly.

The Demonstration chairperson shall coordinate all community demonstrations.

The Guild Equipment chairperson shall house and maintain an inventory of Guild assets such as looms, spinning wheels, other equipment and accessories.

The Historian shall keep a complete record and history of Guild activities.

The Librarian shall look after the Guild library, currently housed in the back of the Ginko Gallery and Studios, 19 S. Main St., Oberlin, OH.

The Membership chairperson will collect all membership forms and payments and give them to the Treasurer.  This person will also be responsible for updating the directory and distributing it to current and new members.

The Newsletter Editor shall construct and edit a monthly newsletter of coming events, general information, and member news.

The Program Committee chairperson shall organize monthly programs for Guild meetings.

The Public Relations chairperson shall provide local newspapers with notices of meeting and special events.

The Refreshments chairperson shall coordinate and remind volunteers to provide refreshments for the monthly meetings.

The Samples chairperson shall solicit requests and collect and prepare samples for the membership.

The Sunshine chairperson shall provide for the well being of the membership.

The Workshop chairperson shall organize and coordinate workshops, including collecting fees and sharing those fees with the Treasurer.

Article IV – Membership

Section I – Membership in the Guild shall be open to all persons interested in the Mission Statement of the guild.  Each currently paid member shall be entitled to one vote and to stand for an officer’s position.

Section II – the annual dues (July 1 – June 30), payable in advance, shall be fixed by the membership.  Dues shall be in the form of a donation to the Guild and all members making a donation shall receive a copy of the monthly newsletter, current directory, and have first opportunity for participation in Guild workshops.  Annual dues are $20.  For those wishing only to receive the newsletter, dues will be $10.  Should the newsletter-only member wish to participate in any paid classes/workshops, that member will be expected to pay the remaining $10 at that time.  One address equals one membership.

Article V – Meetings

The monthly meeting of the Guild shall be held on the second Tuesday of the month.  Notice shall be published in the Guild newsletter.  Membership is not a prerequisite to attend our monthly meetings.

Article VI – Bylaws

The bylaws may be amended at any meeting, provided that written notice is given to each member of the Guild prior to such meeting.

Revised June 2008

Addenda

The Heifer Team will recommend items to be made for membership decision.  This team will monitor supplies (especially fiber), patterns, and distribution as well as distribution of tickets, stubs, and fabrications.  It will be this team’s responsibility to collect money and tickets and turn them over to the Treasurer.  This team will provide for a display of LOCO heifer projects for demonstrations and for ticket sales.  After the December raffle drawing, this team will determine how the Heifer donations will be allocated and convey that information to the Treasurer to send to Heifer International.

LOCO Spinners and Weavers Guild will support satellite groups to foster our mission of sharing our crafts within our community.