Bylaws and Operating Rules – Chapter

       National Organization for Women

        Central Oregon Coast Chapter


Adopted at the February 28, 2017


The name of this organization shall be Central Oregon Coast NOW.


Central Oregon Coast NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.


The Chapter is committed to the inclusion of diverse voices and experiences, and to that end commits to affirmatively act to achieve a diverse membership and leadership.  Specific goals and affirmative measures shall be outlined in the Chapter’s operating rules.


The chapter shall be bound by the National NOW bylaws and policy.


Any person who subscribes to its purpose and who is a member of National NOW may, upon payment of dues, be a member of Central Oregon Coast NOW. Only members who have designated Central Oregon Coast NOW as their primary chapter shall hold voting privileges in the chapter.


Section 1.

Central Oregon Coast NOW shall hold at least eight membership meetings each year.

Section 2.

The October meeting, designated the annual meeting, shall be the meeting in which officers are elected.  New officers shall take office on January 1 of the year following their election.

Section 3.

Additional rules regarding number and types of meetings shall be contained in the operating rules of the chapter.


Section 1.

Dues shall be in accordance with uniform dues as set by Oregon NOW in cooperation with National NOW. Amount and specifics relating thereto shall be set forth in the operating rules of the chapter.

Section 2.

The fiscal year shall be January 1 to December 31.


Section 1.

The officers shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, and a Treasurer, and such other officers as may be determined by the operating rules of the chapter. The composition and duties of the Board shall be specified in the operating rules of the chapter.

Section 2.

The officers shall be elected at the annual meeting in October in odd-numbered years.

Section 3.

The term of elective office shall be for two years from January 1 following the election to December 31 of the following odd-numbered year or until a successor has been elected.

Section 4.

Officers shall be a) Central Oregon Coast NOW members in good standing for at least 60 days prior to taking office and b) members who have designated Central Oregon Coast NOW as their primary chapter.


Types of committees, purpose, leadership and membership shall be determined by the operating rules of the chapter.


The nominating procedure shall be determined by the operating rules of the chapter.


Elections will be decided by a majority vote or a majority of preferences counted in the final tally if preferential voting is used. All members of Central Oregon Coast NOW are eligible to vote and must be notified of the election by the procedure prescribed in the operating rules of the chapter. Other specific provisions relative to elections are detailed in the operating rules of the chapter.


There must be a grievance procedure specified in the operating rules of the chapter.


There shall be a set of operating rules for the chapter which must detail the items referred to in these bylaws and may contain any other operating rules the chapter wishes. The operating rules must be adopted by a 2/3 vote of the chapter members present and voting. The operating rules must provide a method for amending the rules, giving the membership a written notice of an intended change and requiring a 2/3 vote of the membership present and voting.


These bylaws may be amended by a 2/3 vote at any meeting of the chapter providing that the a) proposed amendment(s) has been submitted to the chapter President forty-five (45) days in advance of the meeting and b) all members have been notified of the proposed amendment thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting through email, Chapter website, and/or U.S. mail if a member has requested in writing to receive official Chapter notices through the U.S. Postal Service.


The chapter may be dissolved upon a 2/3 vote of its members present and voting. Upon dissolution of the chapter, the board and officers shall, after paying or making provisions for payment of all liabilities of the chapter, determine the process for remitting all remaining assets to the state NOW organization, National NOW, or any local unit of NOW, or any compatible women’s rights organization as determined by the dissolution meeting.


Operating Rules: National Organization for Women/Central Oregon Coast Chapter

Adopted at the February 28, 2017 Meeting


  1. Attendance at all meetings is open to all NOW members.
    1. Annual Every Chapter member shall receive written notice of the Annual meeting at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting date.
    2. Chapter Every member shall receive written notice of Chapter meetings at least seven (7) days in advance of meeting.
    3. Board meetings may be held prior to each Chapter meeting at the call of the Chair with timely notice to all Board members and whenever possible, publicized to all
  2. A quorum at all meetings shall be those members present and


  1. Annual dues shall be in an amount determined by Oregon NOW, with sliding scale of $[15.00] 00 through $35.00 or more.
  2. The dues paid include membership in National, Oregon, and Chapter organizations.
  3. All money received by the Chapter must be deposited into the Chapter checking account within thirty (30) days of receipt.
  4. All checks written on the Chapter checking account in excess of $250.00 must be signed by two (2) officers. Checks written for less than $250 may be signed by one(1) officer.


    1. The President shall be the chief spokesperson and executive officer of the Chapter, shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and the Board, shall perform such duties as directed by the Board, and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominations
    2. Vice-President. The Vice-President, in the absence or inability of the President, shall perform the duties of the President and may be chair of any
    3. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of meetings of the Chapter and Board, shall conduct Chapter correspondence not specifically assigned to
    4. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of the Chapter, shall collect and disburse Chapter funds, shall keep account of Chapter membership, shall report to the Board and Chapter at each meeting, and shall transmit dues for new members as prescribed by Central Dues Collection.
  1. The Board shall consist of the Officers, Chairs of any standing committees, and the immediate Past
  2. The duties of the Board shall be:
    1. To prepare an agenda for Chapter meetings.
    2. To adopt a budget.
    3. To approve expenses submitted to the Treasurer not included in the budget.
    4. To conduct the business of the Chapter between regular meetings and to report to the Chapter regarding its actions. 


  1. The standing committees of Central Oregon Coast NOW shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
    1. Community Support and Advocacy Committee. Work in coalition with other community organizations when a community need is recognized.
    2. Events Committee. Solicit chairs for events put on by the chapter, including fundraisers for the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation, and help the chairs get volunteers to work on the events.
    3. The Diversity Committee. Shall work to insure that the chapter is representative of the community.  Shall provide diversity awareness and training to the chapter.  Shall be the primary liaison to the Diversity Coalition of Lincoln County.
    4. Membership Committee. Keep the membership database current and compare it regularly with the chapter membership list obtained at least quarterly from national NOW.  Contact new members, welcoming them.  Organize a “membership drive” at least annually.
    5. Program Committee. Work with ad hoc and diversity committees to present programs at chapter meetings or in the community.  The goal is for each ad hoc committee and the diversity committee to be responsible for one program each year.
    6. Public Relations Committee. Responsible for Press Releases, opinion editorials (op. eds.), letters to the editor, social media (website, Facebook, Twitter), and community speakers.  It is the responsibility of committees to provide notices of meetings and events to the Public Relations Committee, but is the responsibility of the Public Relations Committee to make certain this information gets on the website and into print and social media.
    7. Legislative Committee. Shall follow local, state, and national legislation.  Notify membership when “action” is needed.  Shall work closely with ad hoc and diversity committees to get input on legislation of special interest to the committee.
  2. The President shall designate the Chair of each committee, subject to the approval of the membership.
  3. The Chair of any committee shall be a NOW member in good standing unless otherwise provided for in these rules.
  4. Ad hoc committees representing the interests and goals of the membership may be formed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at any Chapter meeting.


  1. The President shall designate the Chair of the Nominations Committee at the August
    1. The nominations Committee shall consist of a Chair plus at least two (2) members.
    2. The Nominations Committee shall submit a list of eligible and interested candidates for Chapter officers at the Annual Meeting
  2. Self-nomination is encouraged.


  1. Election of officers shall be held in October of each year.
  2. All Chapter members shall be notified of elections in writing at least thirty (30) days in advance.
  3. Voting for contested positions shall be by secret ballot.
  4. Only Chapter members may vote.
  5. Unless otherwise provide for in these rules, election shall be by preferential ballot.
  6. The results of the election shall be published on the Chapter website.


A. It shall be the responsibility of the Board to resolve member grievances.

B. The board shall appoint by lot three (3) of its board members (except any members involved in the grievance) to serve as a Grievance Committee.

  1. The committee shall arbitrate the grievance in a timely manner and recommend                    appropriate action to the Board.

2. The Board shall report to the membership any actions taken on a grievance.


  1. The official publication for the Chapter shall be the Chapter website (currently:, and all official notices will be published on the website. Email messages will be used to alert members to read official notices posted on the website. Chapter notices will be sent to a member by U.S. mail upon written request.


  1. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice-President shall immediately assume the office and duties of President.
  2. In the event of a vacancy in any other office, the Board shall appoint an eligible Chapter member to that office within thirty (30) days.


These Operating Rules may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at any meeting of the Chapter providing membership has received written notice of the intended change a minimum of seven (7) days prior to the meeting.


  1. The Chapter shall maintain current demographic information about the area in which it is located.
  2. The Chapter shall:
    1. Conduct at least one (1) workshop or session per year devoted to general diversity and/or coalition building work.
    2. Have a standing committee which directs this activity as well as other work and outreach.
  3. The Chapter shall have the following outreach:
    1. Membership in coalitions dedicated to community diversity.
    2. Attempt to provide diverse membership in coalitions with which the Chapter works.
    3. Inclusion of organizations dedicated to diverse groups on email lists, speakers lists, and event planning committees or task forces.
    4. Request of organizations dedicated to diverse groups to include the Chapter in their outreach.
  4. The Chapter shall set specific and realistic goals for membership, participation, and leadership diversity that reflect the community and the Chapter’s work.