THE FLUTE SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON, INC.
ARTICLE I - Name
This organization shall be known as The Flute Society of Washington, Inc.
ARTICLE II - Object
The object of this Society shall be to unite professional flutists,
flute students, and other persons interested in the flute into
concerted association for the purpose of furthering an interest in and
knowledge of the flute and flute-playing on the part of flutists and
the general public; to establish an educational center devoted to the
flute and related subjects for the general public; to sponsor concerts
performed by members and guest artists for the members and the general
public; to collect and maintain a library of musical compositions,
books, and other matter relating to the flute; to cause to be published
and distributed reports, treatises, or other printed material on
subjects related to the flute; and to award, at such time as may be
practicable, one or more scholarships to deserving student flutists for
the furthering of their musical education.
ARTICLE III - Members and Rights of Members
The Society shall be composed of four classes of members, whose designations are as follows:
Members of all four classes shall be admitted to membership after undertaking upon their honor to uphold all provisions of the
charter and By-Laws of the Society and upon all payment of the dues in force.
- Full: Any person interested in the flute and related endeavors. Full members may speak on any question properly
brought before a business meeting of the Society and may vote on each question.
- Student: Any full-time collegiate student or student of the high school level or younger. Student members may
observe all regular business meetings, but may not speak or vote at such meetings. They may not participate in elections.
- Sustaining: Any flute or music related business. Sustaining members are entitled to advertising in the Society's
publication(s) and permitted to exhibit their products at any Society meeting or special session as approved by the Board
of Directors. Extra fees may be required of Sustaining members for any or all of the above meetings or sessions.
Sustaining members may not participate in the Society's business meetings or in elections.
- Life: Any full member that has paid the lifetime membership fee as designated by the Officers and Board of Directors.
Life members have all the rights and privileges of a Full member.
ARTICLE IV - Officers and Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors shall be elected by the
membership via ballot or mail, to serve for a term of three years. The
Board of Directors shall consist of ten members; up to nine to be
elected by the membership and the last to be the outgoing President of
the Society. If the outgoing President is unable to serve, then all
members of the Board of Directors will be elected by the membership.
The Board of Directors shall choose its own officers subsequent to its
The officers and their duties are as follows:
addition to elected members, the President may appoint a
parliamentarian to assist him/her at any time he/she or a majority of
the members present deems it desirable. On the authority of the
Directors, the President may also appoint such committees and their
chairs as may be necessary in the affairs of the Society.
- President: To preside over all regular meetings of the membership of the Society.
- Vice-President: To preside in the absence of the President.
- Secretary: To keep written minutes of all regular meetings.
- Treasurer: To collect and disburse such sums of money as shall be authorized by the Board of Directors and keep
monetary records as the Directors shall instruct; and to prepare and deliver an annual financial report to the Society
or as often as the Directors shall request. The Treasurer shall be an official agent of the Society. Other agents may
be appointed as needed as designated by the Board of Directors.
- Membership Director: To maintain accurate records of the status of all Society members, provide membership reports
to the Board of Directors as required, provide mailing labels to Sustaining members as requested, and create and oversee
the distribution of a yearly Membership Directory to all Society members.
The President shall at the time of each election appoint a nominating committee consisting of two or more Society members to
collect a list of outstanding, willing and deserving candidates for the Board of Directors.
All officers shall continue to serve in their respective
official capacities beyond their elected terms until their successors
are properly elected as heretofore specified. In the event of the
death, incapacity, resignation, or removal of any officer or member of
the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors or remaining Director
may appoint another Full or Life member to serve in the vacated office
for the remainder of its elected term or until another officer or
Director is properly elected at a regular meeting.
ARTICLE V - Dues and Fees
Each member of the Society shall pay annual dues to be determined by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors
shall set the annual membership fee for each category of members.
ARTICLE VI - Meetings
Society meetings shall be held as often as desired by the Board of Directors, provided sufficient notice of not less than
seven days be given, but meetings shall not be fewer than two per year. Elected officers and the Board of Directors shall meet
not less than once a year.
ARTICLE VII - Amending By-Laws
The By-Laws of The Flute Society of Washington, Inc. shall be amended only at the recommendation of the Board of
Directors and upon a ballot or mail vote of a majority of the membership voting.
ARTICLE VIII - Dissolution
The Flute Society of Washington, Inc. may be dissolved upon the
vote of three-quarters of the members voting at an election called for
the purpose of considering the proposition for dissolution. The
membership shall be given at least two weeks' notice of any election
concerning the dissolution of the Society.
Upon dissolution of The Flute Society of Washington, Inc., the
Officers shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of
the liabilities of the organization, dispose of all the remaining
assets of the Society by contributing same to organizations operate
exclusively for cultural, charitable, or educational purposes as shall
at the time qualify as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code or its successor provisions. The choice of
the organization or organizations to which the Society's assets shall
be contributed shall be determined by a majority vote of the Board of