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                                                                    CAMANO ISLAND

                                               WOMEN’S REPUBLICAN CLUB



                                                                                               As revised April 2022




The name of the organization shall be the Camano Island Women’s Republican Club (CIWRC), herein referred to as the ”Club”.




The objectives of this Club shall be to:

  1. promote an informed electorate through political participation, education, and activities;

  2. increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government through active political participation;

  3. recruit and promote qualified Republican women and men in all elections, including nonpartisan elections;

  4. promote loyalty to the Republican Party and its principles and work for the election of Republican candidates; and

  5. support the objectives and policies of the Republican National Committee and the Washington State Republican Party.



 Endorsement Policies

SECTION 1.  Endorsement Policy

The Club as a whole and any member of its Executive Committee shall not publicly endorse any candidate for public office in contested Republican primaries, runoff elections, and special elections, and/or nonpartisan elections when more than one Republican is in the race.  Individual members of this organization may work for the candidate of their choice in contested Republican primaries, but not in the name of the Club or Federation.


SECTION 2.  Split Ticket

The Club shall not advocate a split ticket, support an opposition party candidate or act against the NFRW or WFERW policies and bylaws.


SECTION 3.  Other Organizations

The Club shall not affiliate with any political organization not officially recognized as working in concert with the WFRW, NFRW, and the Republican National Committee.




SECTION 1.   Chartered Club Status

  1. The Club shall be a member in good standing of the Washington Federation of Republican Women (WFRW) and of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW).

  2. The Club shall consist of ten (10) or more Republican women who are primary members in the Club as defined in Section 2A, charge annual dues, and hold at least five (5) meetings a year.


SECTION 2.  Membership Classifications

  1. Primary Membership

  1. Primary membership shall be held by any Republican woman who believes in the philosophy of the Republican party and supports the objectives of this organization, is registered to vote in the State of Washington, and has paid the Club dues for the current calendar year.

  2. Primary members in the Club shall not be primary members in any other WFRW or NFRW chartered club.

  3. Primary members have all privileges of membership, including but not limited to voting, making motions and serving as officers. They are eligible to be delegates or alternates representing the Club at WFRW and NFRW conventions.

  1. Associate Membership

  1. Republican women who have primary membership in another federated club are eligible for associate membership in this Club upon payment of the required annual dues.  Associate members cannot hold office, vote, or be counted for the purpose of determining the number of delegates to NFRW or WFRW meetings or conventions.

  2. Republican men are eligible for associate membership upon payment of the required annual dues to this Club. They cannot hold office, have a voice or vote or be counted for the purpose of determining the number of primary members.  Republican men who are associate members in the Club do not become members of WFRW or NFRW.

  3. Associate members’ dues remain with the club.  Associate members are not reported to WFRW or NFRW.




SECTION 3.  Removal from Membership

  1. Members may be removed from membership for cause by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Committee.  Cause includes the failure or refusal to support the policies and objectives of the Club as stated in the Bylaws or any act or omission intended to cause or having the effect of causing damage to the club or its reputation or financial stability.  Any litigation or adversarial proceeding against the Club shall constitute cause for removal, and the Club shall be entitled to recover from such member its attorney’s fees and other costs and expenses relating to such litigation if the Club shall prevail.

  2. WFRW shall be notified of their removal within one month of the aforementioned vote.



Club membership lists shall be released only to NFRW, WFRW officers, and Club members for internal use and publications.  At no time shall the membership lists be released to any other organization or individual or used for commercial or campaign purposes.




SECTION 1.  Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the Club shall be from January 1 through December 31.


SECTION 2.  Payment

  1. Membership in the Club and the WFRW and NFRW expires each year on December 31.  Renewal of membership must be received at NFRW Headquarters by March 1 of the following year for the Club and its members to remain in good standing.

  2. The names, addresses, zip codes, phone/fax numbers, and e-mail addresses, when available, of a least ten (10) primary member (including all Club officers) shall be sent with the first dues payment and WFRW and NFRW annual service fees to the WFRW Treasurer by January 2 of each year.

  3. Dues for additional members shall be sent on a soon as possible basis to the WFRW Treasurer.  New and returning members’ dues must be received by the WFRW Treasurer at least sixty (60) days prior to the WFRW Biennial Convention and at least ninety (90) days prior to the NFRW Biennial Convention in order to qualify for the convention delegate count.


SECTION 3.  Change of Dues

The Club dues may be changed at any regular meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of eligible members present and voting. WFRW and NFRW dues shall be included in the Club dues.



 Elected Officers

SECTION 1.  Officers

The Officers of this Club shall include President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.


SECTION 2.  Eligibility

All Club officers shall be primary members in good standing with WFRW and NFRW.




SECTION 3.  Nominations and Elections

  1. A Nominating Committee of three (3) primary members shall be elected by a     

majority of the members present and voting

at the regular September meeting.The

Committee shall elect its own chair.

  1. Elections shall be held during the annual meeting in October.

  1. The Nominating Committee shall report one nominee for each office, after which nominations from the floor shall be called for.

  2. If there is only one candidate for an office, election may be by voice vote.

  3. If there is more than one candidate for an office, a winner shall be chosen by a plurality vote using paper ballots.  The Nominating Committee shall provide paper ballots and assign tellers to count the votes.

  4. A member shall not serve on the Nominating Committee for two (2) consecutive nomination cycles.


SECTION 4.  Installation

An installation ceremony shall be held at the regular December meeting.


SECTION 5.  Terms of Office

  1. All officers shall serve a term of one (1) year or until their successors take office.

  2. All terms shall be for one (1) year, from January 1 through December 31.

  3. Any partial term of nine (9) months or longer counts as a full term.

  4. No officer shall be eligible to serve for more than four (4) consecutive terms in the same office.


SECTION 6.  Officer Removal

Any officer may be removed from office for cause by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present at a duly constituted regular or special meeting, provided that all members shall have been notified in writing at least two (2) weeks prior to such a vote.  Voting for removal shall be by written ballot.


SECTION 7.  Vacancies

  1. A vacancy in the office of the President shall be filled by the Vice President.

  2. A vacancy in any other elective office shall be filled by election during the next scheduled meeting of the Club or by election at the next meeting of the Executive Committee, whichever occurs first.


SECTION 8.  Duties of the President

The President shall:

  1. preside at all meetings of the Club and the Executive Committee;

  2. oversee the work of the Club;

  3. appoint a Parliamentarian, Chaplain, and Historian;

  4. appoint, with the approval of the Executive Committee, all standing and special committees and their chairs, except for the Nominating Committee and its chair, which are elected.  She shall appoint the Audit Committee prior to the end of the fiscal year;

  5. be an ex-officio member of all committees, except the Nominating Committee;

  6. sign checks in case the Treasurer is unable to do so;

  7. attend all WFRW biannual Board of Directors meetings or appoint a proxy who is a Club member in good standing to attend; and

  8. attend the WFRW Biennial Convention occurring during her term. 


SECTION 9.  Duties of the Vice President

The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in her absence, and such other duties as may be assigned by the President and/or Executive Board.


SECTION 10.  Duties of the Secretary

The Secretary shall:

  1. record the minutes of all Club meetings;

  2. be custodian of all Club records, except for those of the Treasurer, and a current membership roster;

  3. issue notices and conduct general correspondence for the Club;

  4. have a copy of the Club, State, and National Bylaws and Standing Rules available at all times.


SECTION 11.  Duties of the Treasurer

The Treasurer shall:

  1. receive all Club funds, including all Club dues;

  2. keep records of all current primary and associate membership applications;

  3. forward all WFRW and NFRW dues and service charges to WFRW as required;

  4. be the custodian of all Club funds;

  5. pay all Club bills when duly approved by the Club President and certified by the person(s) who contracted the same;

  6. keep a current spreadsheet of the Club’s accounts payable/receivable and make a full report available at all Club meetings or as requested by the President;

  7. arrange for an annual audit by making the books and records available to the Audit Committee and assist, but not serve, on the Annual Audit Committee;

  8. send notices of unpaid dues to members; and

  9. be a member of the Budget Committee.


SECTION 12.  Officers’ Records

All Officers shall deliver all records, files and properties of the Club to their successors within one (1) month after retiring from office.



  Executive Committee

SECTION 1.  Executive Committee

  1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers, the chairs of standing committees and the Immediate Past President.

  2. Duties of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall:

  1. be the governing body of the Club;

  2. transact any necessary business between regular meetings’;

  3. advise the President;

  4. adopt an annual budget;

  5. fill vacancies among elected officers, if not done at regular meetings;

  6. raise funds to support the Club objectives and goals; and

  7. approve the appointment of committees and committee chairs by the President.


SECTION 2. Meetings:

  1.  The Executive Committee shall meet as it determines.

  2. Special meetings of the Executive Committee shall be at the call of the President or upon request of at least three (3) members of the Executive Committee.

  3. Meetings may be in person, by telephone conference calls, or by other electronic means approved by the Executive Committee.

  4. Quorum:  A quorum of the Executive Committee shall be a majority of its members.

  5. Voting:  Each member has only one vote.  Proxy voting is not allowed.  Voting using E-mail or other approved electronic device is allowed provided at least seven (7) days notice is given to all eligible to vote.




SECTION 1.  Standing Committees

  1. Standing Committees of the Club shall be established by the President and shall be approved by the Executive Committee.  At a minimum, the following committees shall be established:

  1. Budget & Finance. The Budget Committee shall prepare an annual budget to submit to the Executive Committee.

  2. Bylaws. The Bylaws Committee shall conduct an annual review of the Club Bylaws and present amendments, if any, to the members for vote at any regular meeting.

  3. Campaign. The Campaign Committee shall organize campaign and election support activities as deemed appropriate by the Membership.

  4. Fundraising.  The Fundraising Committee shall organize fundraising activities for the Club.

  5. Legislative.  The Legislative Committee shall keep abreast of current state and national legislation that is of interest to the Club and/or affects it directly, and report at regular meetings,

  6. Membership.  The Membership Committee shall actively recruit new members, keep an updated roster of current members and follow up on membership activities.

  7. Program.  The Program committee shall set up and present a Calendar of Events for the upcoming year by the January meeting.

  8. Public Relations.  The Public Relations Committee shall publicize Club Events.

  9. Caring for America.  The Caring for America Committee shall designate at least one community service program for Club participation.

  10.  Literacy and Education.  The Literacy Committee shall develop literacy and scholarship programs for Club participation.

  11. Hospitality.  The Hospitality Committee shall arrange meeting venues, hostesses, and setup.

  12. Sunshine.  The Sunshine Committee shall reach out to members in need of care and comfort.

  1. Standing Committee Chairs shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Committee. Standing Committee Chairs shall be primary members and have full privileges as members of the Executive Committee, including the right to vote.

  2. Elected officers, except the President, may be appointed to chair standing committees.

  3. Standing committee Chairs shall serve a term of one year from January 1 through

December 31.

  1. Committee Chairs shall report at Executive Committee meetings or regular meetings, as requested by the President.

  2.  No standing committees shall be added without an amendment of these Bylaws.


SECTION 2.  Special Committees

  1. Special Committees shall carry out necessary functions for the Club and are short-term in nature.  Special Committee Chairs shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Committee.  They do not have a vote on the Executive Committee.

  2. Audit Committee

  1. An Audit Committee of at least two (2) members shall be appointed by the Club President with the approval of the Executive Committee at the October meeting.

  2. The Audit Committee shall complete the annual audit no later than February 1 for the prior year fiscal year.  The Treasurer shall be available to answer any questions the members of the Audit Committee may have, but she shall not serve on the Committee.

  3. The Audit Committee shall present the annual audit report to the Executive Committee and membership upon completion.




SECTION 1.  Meetings

  1. The Regular meetings shall be held at least five (5) times a year.

  2. The Club shall meet on the fourth Tuesday of a designated month unless changed by the Executive Committee due to an unusual circumstance or scheduled event.


SECTION  2.  Annual Meetings

The Annual Meeting and election of officers shall be held in October.


SECTION 3.  Special Meetings

Special meetings shall be held at the call of the President or a majority of the Executive Committee or upon request of fifty percent (50%) of the primary members.  The call must be sent in writing at least fourteen (14) days in advance, with the purpose of the meeting stated in the call, and with no other business to be transacted at the special meeting.  Notice may be sent electronically.


SECTION 4.  Video and Phone Meetings

Meetings may be held using a video conference or conference call service (hereinafter referred to as C-Meeting) provided that:

  1. all eligible voting members in good standing are notified in writing by physical or electronic mail of the time, date, participant information, and topic(s) for the C-Meeting.

  2. all C-Meetings must also meet the quorum requirements for regular meetings.

  3. minutes, including a roll call that lists attending members in good Minutes, including a roll call that lists attending members in good standing, shall be kept for all C-Meetings and approved at the next regular meeting.


SECTION 5.  Voting

A vote of the Club or Executive Committee may be conducted by mail, telephone fax, or e-mail or other approved electronic device between meetings, provided there is participation by a majority of the members of the Club and provided at least seven (7) days notice is given to those eligible to vote. The vote shall be ratified and entered into the minutes of the Club’s next regular meeting.


SECTION 6.  Quorum

A quorum for a meeting shall be thirty percent (30%) of primary members. 




The Club shall maintain a membership list that includes both physical mail and E-mail addresses for current members.  Members who include their E-mail address on the membership list are deemed to have authorized the use of E-mail for written communications to them unless they notify the Club otherwise in writing.  A single communication may be sent to any physical mail or E-mail address which is shared by multiple members.  E-mail communications are considered to be delivered “in writing” provided that physical mail copies are sent to:

  1. any member not listing their E-mail address on the membership list, and

  2. members whose E-mail address is no longer valid as indicated by a standard bounce or bad E-mail return message.





SECTION 1.  WFRW Biennial Conventions

The appropriate number of delegates and alternates to the WFRW Biennial Convention are to be elected at the regular September meeting of the even-numbered years as follows:

  1. Since the President is an automatic delegate, the President cannot be elected as a delegate or alternate.  No proxy is allowed to take her place.

  2. Delegates must be primary members of the Club in good standing for at least sixty (60) days prior to the convention.

  3. Alternates must meet the same eligibility standards as delegates.

  1. The Club is entitled to an alternate for each delegate elected to represent the Club. They shall be elected in priority order and promoted to delegate status (if needed) in the same order as elected. 

  2. No alternate shall be elected or appointed

for the President.

  1. The President, with the approval of the Executive Committee, may appoint substitutes for any delegates or alternates who are unable or unwilling to attend the convention, except that alternates shall be promoted to delegates (in priority order) before any other substitute is appointed.


SECTION 2.  NFRW Biennial Conventions

  1.  The Club shall have been in good standing for at least six (6) months prior to the NFRW Convention to be eligible for representation.  The Club shall have paid the previous year’s dues and service charge and maintained its current dues and service charge to be in good standing and eligible for representation at the convention.

  2. The Club is entitled to elect one delegate and one alternate to the NFRW Biennial Convention from among the primary membership at a regular meeting in odd-numbered years prior to the established reporting deadline for delegates and alternates.  The Club President is an automatic delegate to the NFRW Biennial Convention.

  3. The Club President shall send the names, addresses, zip codes, phone/fax numbers and E-mail addresses of the delegate and alternate to the WFRW and NFRW Presidents on credential forms provided by the NFRW.  The credential forms must be postmarked to the WFRW and NFRW Presidents no later than thirty (30) days prior to the convention. Emergency changes must be forwarded in writing to the WFRW and NFRW Presidents for their approval and must be postmarked no later than ten (10) days prior to the convention.


Article XII

 Parliamentary Authority

Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, current edition thereof, shall govern this organization in matters of procedure not covered in these bylaws.


Article XIII


These Bylaws may be amended by two-thirds (2/3) vote of primary members present and voting at any regular meeting, provided that notice of proposed amendment has been given in writing to all primary members at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.  Notice may be sent electronically.


Article XIV


SECTION 1.  Notification in Writing

The club may be dissolved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at any regular or special meeting of the Club, provided that notice of the dissolution has been submitted in writing at the previous meeting or has been sent by either U.S. mail or E-mail to all members of the Club.  Within ten (10) days of the passage of the motion to dissolve, the Secretary shall notify the appropriate WFRW Club Advisor that the Club is dissolving.


SECTION 2.  Distribution of Assets

In the event of dissolution, the Executive Committee shall, after payment of all liabilities of the Club, distribute any remaining assets to the WFRW.  The Treasurer shall forward all assets of the Club to the WFRW within ninety (90) days of the date of dissolution. None of the assets shall be distributed to any member or officer of the Club.


SECTION 3.  Right to Use of Name

The right to use the name of the club shall revert to the WFRW.




BYLAWS ADOPTED THIS 23rd day of February 2016


AMENDED THIS _26__ day of __April__2022


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