Constitution and Bylaws

Article I   NAME
                The name of this organization shall be Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners.
Article II  PURPOSE
 Section 1  To encourage co-operation between individuals and organized groups focused on weaving, spinning and related fiber arts in the                       State of Iowa.
 Section 2   To help all fiber artisans achieve a high standard of their craft.
 Section 3   To promote exhibits and programs to stimulate a public interest in the arts and crafts of weaving, spinning and related fiber arts.
Article III MEMBERSHIP
                  Membership is open to any individual interested in weaving, spinning and related fiber arts.
Article IV  DUES
 Section 1   Dues for members shall be $4.00 for a lifetime.
 Section 2   Dues may be increased upon recommendation of the Executive Board by two thirds vote of members present at any regular                            meeting without amending the bylaws.
 Section 3   $150 to be held by Treasurer for general Federation expenses. Any amount over this shall be designated as a "cushion fund" to be                  used by a host guild to defray any loss they may sustain in presenting a regular Federation meeting. (Not intended to subsidize                        speaker costs.)
 Section 4   A reasonable registration program fee may be  determined by the sponsoring guild.
Article IV  MEETINGS
                 There shall be a Federation Meeting in the spring and fall of each year. The exact date is to be determined by the host guild. All                      Federation Meetings will be held within the State of Iowa.
Article IV  OFFICERS AND DUTIES
 Section 1   Elected officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and such appointive officers as may be necessary to                      conduct proper business of the Federation.
 Section 2   Nominating Committee shall report at a spring meeting with a slate of candidates consenting to serve if elected. Nominations may                    be made from the floor.
 Section 3   New officers shall take office immediately after the meeting and serve for two years.
 Section 4   A vacancy of the President's office shall be filled by the Vice President. Other vacancies shall be filled by election at the next                            meeting. 
 Section 5   Duties of all officers shall be the same as those usually set out in Robert's Rules of Order.
Article VII  COMMITTEES
 Section 1    Necessary committees shall be appointed by the President.
 Section 2    The Executive committee shall consist of the elected officers, immediate past president, when possible, and one member from                         each guild or locality represented in the Federation. They shall govern administrative power, consider all matters concerning the                       welfare of the organization, and present recommendations for action by the members. In case of emergency, this committee is                       authorized to spend an amount not to exceed $250 for the benefit of the Federation. 
 Section 3    A Parliamentarian may be appointed for any meeting and will rule on matters according to Robert's Rules of Order.
Article VIII  AMENDING BYLAWS
                  These bylaws may be amended at any meeting by two thirds vote of those present providing a written copy has been sent to all                       members at least 30 days prior to the meeting.
Article IX   DISSOLUTION
                  In the event of the dissolution of the Federation all funds in the Treasury shall be given to the scholarship fund of the Midwest                         Weavers Conference.