BYLAWS FOR TUCSON (AZ) CHAPTER OF THE

WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS®

Approved

WCR National Bylaws Committee (gk)

9/14/01

ARTICLE I – CREATING THE CHAPTER

Section 1: (A.) A Local Chapter of the WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS® is hereby created

and established under the authority granted in ARTICLE XIII of the Bylaws of the WOMEN’S

COUNCIL OF REALTORS® an affiliate of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

(B.) This Chapter shall be known as the TUCSON CHAPTER of the WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF

REALTORS® and shall encourage its members to dedicate themselves to the highest service for the

public and real estate industry.

Section 2: (A.) This Chapter shall be subject to the national and state bylaws of the WOMEN’S

COUNCIL OF REALTORS® and shall have its local bylaws approved by the WCR national Bylaws

Committee. Upon approval of these bylaws by National WCR, the Chapter is authorized to use the

WCR name and symbols in connection with the name of the Chapter.

(B.) The Chapter agrees to create programs that support the national WCR objectives, disburse dues,

and raise additional funding through supportive programs. The TUCSON CHAPTER represents

WCR in the community and shall actively follow the WCR objectives and work with Local Boards of

REALTORS® and the State Association of REALTORS®.

Section 3: (A.) The mission of the WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS®: We are a community

of real estate professionals creating business opportunities, developing skills for the future and

achieving our individual potential for success.

Section 4: Chapters may be disbanded after due notice for:

(A.) Not maintaining at least ten (10) members;

(B.) Not filing a list of current officers;

(C.) For any other reason deemed by the national Governing Board to be in the best interest of the

WCR.

ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: Any REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, or Institute Affiliate1 member in good

standing of a Board(s)/Association(s) of REALTORS® of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF

REALTORS® shall be eligible for Active membership in this Chapter, the State Chapter (if any) and

1 “Institute Affiliate members shall be individuals who hold a professional designation awarded by a qualified

Institute, Society or Council affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS® that addresses a specialty area

other than residential brokerage or individuals who otherwise hold a class of membership in such Institute, Society or

Council that confers the right to vote or hold office.” Article IV, Section 1.4, NAR Constitution.

the national WCR. The TUCSON CHAPTER boundaries shall be the same as the boundaries of the

TUCSON Board(s)/Association(s) of REALTORS®.

Section 2: An Active member of this Chapter may be eligible for limited membership in more than

one Local Chapter and in more than one State Chapter. Non-resident members shall be individuals

engaged in the real estate profession within the territory of one Chapter who wish to obtain the

services afforded by another Chapter. The above-defined members may join this second

Chapter by paying local dues only to it and state dues if the second Chapter is located in another

state. They shall not be eligible to vote or hold elective office in the second Chapter.

Section 3: National Affiliate members include individuals engaged in a specialty of the real estate

business and who are not associated with a firm engaged in the sale, rental, management, appraisal of

real property or real estate counseling and who shall hold membership in a Local Board of

REALTORS®.

Section 4: National Affiliate members shall pay national, state, and local dues and may vote, hold

local office (except President, President-elect and Vice President), use the WCR logo and symbols,

and avail themselves of national WCR services. National Affiliates may not comprise more than thirty

percent (30%) of the national membership of the Local Chapter.

Section 5: The national WCR office shall determine the percentage of National Affiliate memberships

in each Chapter monthly. When the 30% limitation is reached for a Chapter, National Affiliate

applications shall be returned to the applicants. Additional National Affiliate applications will be

processed when the Chapters percentage of this type of membership falls below 30%.

Section 6: Local affiliate members include individuals engaged in but not limited to a specialty of the

real estate business and who are not associated with a firm engaged in the sale, rental, management,

appraisal of real property or real estate counseling and who shall not be required to hold membership

in the Local Board. Local Affiliate members shall pay only local dues and may attend local meetings,

be a member of a committee, and chair a special committee or task force. They may not vote, hold

office, use WCR logos or symbols, or avail themselves of national WCR services.

Section 7: A member becomes eligible to vote in the TUCSON CHAPTER thirty (30) days from

the receipt of application by and payment of dues to Local Chapter designee.

Section 8: Those persons who are currently employed in an executive, administrative or management

capacity by a member Board, State Association holding membership in the National Association, or a

member Board of a foreign affiliate of the National Association shall be eligible for National or Local

Affiliate membership after payment of applicable dues.

ARTICLE III – DUES2

2 Except for new Chapters, effective date must be January 1 of the year the current Local Chapter dues went

into effect. Midyear changes are not allowed.

Section 1: (A.) Effective, JANUARY 1, 2002, annual membership dues for Active members shall be

$19.00, plus national dues and State Chapter dues, if applicable.

(B.) Effective, JANUARY 1, 2002, annual membership dues for National Affiliate members shall be

$17.00, plus national dues, and State Chapter dues, if applicable.

(C.) Effective, JANUARY 1, 2002, annual membership dues for Local Affiliate members shall be

$47.00, which are Local Chapter dues only.

(D) Effective, JANUARY 1, 2002, annual membership dues for Non-resident members shall be

$17.00, which are Local Chapter dues only.

Section 2: (A.) Annual membership dues shall be payable by the first day of January each year.

(B.) New members shall pay a full year’s dues upon making application. On January 1 of the

following year, they shall only be billed for that portion of dues unpaid for that year.

Section 3: (A.) All local, state and national dues of Active members and National Affiliate members

shall be billed by and paid to the national office of WCR. Local Chapter and State Chapter

membership dues billed by and paid to the national WCR shall be refunded to the Local Chapter and

State Chapter.

(B.) Local Chapter membership dues for Local Affiliate and non-resident members shall be billed by

and paid to the Local Chapter and retained by the Chapter.

Section 4: Any member delinquent in payment of membership dues by more than three (3) months

shall forfeit membership.

Section 5: Annual chapter dues for each member shall be established in time to notify the National

WCR office prior to October 31 of the immediately preceding year.

ARTICLE IV – THE GOVERNING BOARD

Section 1: The government of the Chapter shall be vested in the Governing Board which shall consist

of the President, President-elect, Vice President of Membership, Secretary and Treasurer (or

Secretary-Treasurer), most recent past President able and willing to serve, one active past President

appointed by the incoming President, and Chairmen of Standing Committees; all of whom shall be

entitled to vote.

Section 2: The Governing Board shall have full power to conduct the business of the Chapter; to

suspend any officer or member for just cause; and to otherwise govern the affairs of the Chapter in

accordance with the bylaws of this Chapter, the State Chapter (if any), and the national WOMEN’S

COUNCIL OF REALTORS®.

Section 3: Five of the members of the Governing Board shall constitute a quorum.

Section 4: (A.) Regular meetings of the Governing Board shall be held at least six times per year at

times and places as shall be designated by the President.

(B.) Special meetings of the Governing Board may be called by the President or shall be called at the

request of at least three members of the Governing Board.

Members of the Governing Board may unite in a petition to call such meeting or individually address

written requests to the President.

Upon receipt of such petition or written requests from the required Governing Board members, the

President shall notify each member of the Governing Board of such meeting in writing. Not less than

fifteen (15) days nor more than thirty (30) days notice shall be given for a special meeting. Such

notice shall state the time and place of the meeting, and the purpose for which it is called. Only the

business stated in the call to the meeting shall be transacted at such meeting.

ARTICLE V – CHAPTER MEETINGS

Section 1: (A.) Regular meetings of the Chapter shall be held at least eight times per year at times and

places to be determined by the Governing Board.

(B.) Special meetings of the Chapter may be called at such times and places as the Governing Board

shall, by resolution, require. Not less than five (5) days nor more than ten (10) days notice shall be

given for a special meeting. Such notice shall state the time and place of the meeting, and the purpose

for which it is called. Only the business stated in the call to the meeting shall be transacted at such

meeting.

Section 2: Twenty percent of the REALTOR®/REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®/Institute Affiliate (see

definition after Article XIV) members of the Chapter shall constitute a quorum at all meetings, except

in those cases where the Chapter consists of fewer than fifteen Active members, when a majority shall

be required to constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE VI – ELECTIVE OFFICERS

Section 1: (A.) The elective officers of the Chapter shall be a President, President-elect, Vice

President of Membership, Secretary and Treasurer (or Secretary-Treasurer). These officers shall

perform the duties prescribed by these bylaws such as may be assigned to them by the Governing

Board and by the parliamentary authority adopted in these bylaws.

(B.) The President, President-elect and Vice President of Membership of the Chapter shall be elected

from the REALTOR®/REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®/Institute Affiliate members in good standing.

Other officers shall be elected from among REALTOR®/REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®/Institute

Affiliate or National Affiliate members in good standing of the Chapter.

(C.) The officers may serve in the office to which they have been elected for more than one term but

may not serve more than two consecutive terms. The officer shall hold office for a term convening

JANUARY 1 and ending DECEMBER 31 or until their successors have been elected, which ever

is later.

Section 2: (A.) The President shall be the chief officer of the Chapter, and shall preside at the

meetings of the Governing Board and Chapter. At all other times during the term of office, the

President shall represent the Council and act in its name, subject to its policies.

(B.) The President shall appoint all committee chairmen and committee members except the

Nominating Committee. All appointments of committee chairmen shall be subject to approval of the

Governing Board. The President shall be an ex officio member of all committees except the

Nominating Committee.

Section 3: The President-elect shall perform the duties of the President in the event of the President’s

disability or absence and perform such other duties as requested by the Governing Board.

Section 4: (A.) The Secretary shall verify reports from national WCR of the names of all members of

this Chapter and their status and keep records of new members.

(B.) Immediately following the annual election meeting, the retiring Secretary shall report to the

Executive Vice President of the WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS® the names and addresses

of all officers elected, giving the beginning and ending dates of their terms of office. A copy of this

report shall be sent also to the Governor(s), the State Chapter President and the Vice President of the

Region.

ARTICLE VII – VACANCIES

Section 1: (A.) In the case of a vacancy in any elective office, except the President or President-elect,

the President shall appoint a qualified member to fill the unexpired term.

(B.) In case of a vacancy in the office of President, the President-elect shall complete the unexpired

term thus creating a vacancy in the office of President-elect. The President-elect who fills a vacancy

in the office of President shall automatically become President for a full term after completion of the

unexpired term as President.

(C.) In the event of a vacancy in the office of President-elect caused by a vacancy in the office of

President, the members of the Nominating Committee shall submit the name of at least one nominee

to the President who shall present it to the Governing Board for approval. An affirmative vote of a

majority of the Governing Board shall be necessary to elect. The President-elect who fills a vacancy

in the office shall automatically become President-elect for a full term

after completion of the unexpired term as President-elect.

In the event of a vacancy in the office of President-elect is not caused by a vacancy in the office of

President, the members of the Nominating Committee shall submit the name of at least one nominee

to the President who shall present it to the Governing Board for approval. An affirmative vote of a

majority of the Governing Board shall be necessary to elect. The President-elect who fills this type of

vacancy shall automatically become President after completion of the unexpired term of Presidentelect.

(D) In the event of a vacancy in any of the committee chairmen, except the Nominating Committee

chairman, the President shall appoint a qualified member to fill the unexpired term.

(E.) All appointments to fill vacancies shall have the approval of the Governing Board.

ARTICLE VIII – NOMINATIONS

Section 1: (A.) The Nominating Committee shall consist of four3 Active members in addition to the

most recent past President able to serve who shall be chairman of the committee.

(B.) One member of the Nominating Committee shall be elected by the Governing Board from its

membership, and three members plus two alternates shall be elected by the general membership at the

Annual Election Meeting. Alternates (designated #1 and #2) shall serve only in the absence of a

committee member.

(C.) The members of the Nominating Committee shall serve during the calendar year subsequent to

their election.

(D.) Nominating Committee members shall not be eligible to serve successive terms, except those

designated alternates who were not required to serve as committee members.

Section 2: It shall be the duty of the Nominating Committee to select at least one candidate for each

office and to present its report in writing to the Secretary who shall present it in writing to the general

membership at least ten (10) days before the Annual Election Meeting.

Section 3: After the President has presented the slate of candidates for election; additional

nominations from the floor may be made by any active member before the election.

Section 4: No name shall be placed in nomination without the consent of the nominee.

ARTICLE IX – ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1: The election of officers shall be held at the Annual Election Meeting of the Chapter, which

shall be held prior to October 15.

Section 2: (A.) Election of officers shall be by viva voce or roll call vote, or written ballot if there are

two or more nominees for an office. Each Active and National Affiliate member may cast one vote. A

majority shall elect. When there are more than two nominees for any office and there is no majority

on the first ballot, the top two nominees will run off against each other and all other nominees are

eliminated.

3 Larger Chapters may wish to strike “four” and insert “six,” and strike “three” in (B.) and insert “five”.

(B.) Voting by proxy shall not be permitted.

ARTICLE X – COMMITTEES

Section 1: Standing Committees, Workgroups and Task Forces shall be appointed annually by the

President subject to the approval of the Governing Board.

Section 2: (A.) Standing Committees shall be: Bylaws, Education and Program, Finance and Budget,

Membership, Nominating and Ways and Means.4

(B.) Each of the Standing Committees shall consist of not fewer than three (3) members of the

Chapter.

(C.) Appointments shall be made for the remainder of the elective year or until their assigned task has

been completed, whichever occurs first. All members are eligible for reappointment.

Section 3: (A.) Special Committees, to perform such services as may be assigned to them, may be

appointed by the President with the approval of the Governing Board.

(B.) Each of the Special Committees shall consist of not fewer than three (3) members of the

Chapter.

(C.) Appointments to Special Committees shall be for a period of one year. All Special Committee

members are eligible for reappointment.

(D.) The audit committee shall be appointed at the next to the last meeting of the elective year and

shall present its report no later than the second meeting of the year.

ARTICLE XI – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be

recognized as the authority governing the proceedings of the Chapter in all cases not provided for in

these bylaws or in the standing rules.

ARTICLE XII – DEFENSE AND INDEMNIFICATION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

4Ways and Means, Strategic Planning and Marketing Committees may be added to the

Chapter’s Standing Committees at the option of the Chapter. The Chapter membership needs to

vote on these additions as amendments to the bylaws in accordance with Article XIII.

Section 1: In the event of suits or claims in which one or more current or past officers or directors of

the Chapter are named as a result of their status as such or decisions or actions taken in good faith

and reasonably understood to be within the scope of their authority during their term as such, the

Chapter shall, directly or through insurance secured for the benefit of such officers and directors and

employees, secure counsel to act on behalf of and provide a defense for such officers and directors

and employees; pay reasonable defense expenses incurred in advance of final disposition of such case;

and indemnify such officers, directors and employees with respect to any liability assessed or incurred

as a result of any such claim, suit or action.

Section 2: The above stated defense and indemnification of officers and directors shall extend to those

individuals when serving at the request of the Chapter as a director or officer of another entity, but

only after indemnification and insurance coverage from such other entity has been exhausted.

ARTICLE XIII – AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

Section 1: These bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Chapter by two-thirds vote in the

affirmative of the Chapter members present and voting at such meeting, provided that a quorum is

present, and provided the substance of the proposed amendments has been submitted to all members

of the Chapter at least ten (10) days in advance of the meeting at which they will be acted upon, and

provided that no such amendment shall become effective until the same shall have been submitted to

and approved by the WCR national Bylaws Committee.

Section 2: Amendments to the Local Chapter bylaws required by WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF

REALTORS® shall be mandatory and become effective immediately. The general membership of the

Local Chapter shall be notified of such amendment(s) at the next regular meeting following receipt of

notice, and the Chapter bylaws shall be changed immediately to include such amendment(s).

ARTICLE XIV – DISSOLUTION

Upon the dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the TUCSON CHAPTER, of the Women’s

Council of REALTORS® and after providing for payment of all obligations, the Chapter shall

distribute any remaining assets to the ARIZONA State Chapter of Women’s Council of

REALTORS®. In the event there is no State Chapter, the remaining assets shall go to the national

Women’s Council of REALTORS®.

Definition of Institute Affiliate from the National Association of REALTORS® Constitution

Institute Affiliate members as defined in Article IV, Section 1,4: ®Institute Affiliate members shall be

individuals who hold a professional designation awarded by a qualified Institute, Society or council

affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS® that addresses a specialty area other than

residential brokerage or individuals who otherwise hold a class of membership in such Institute,

Society or Council that confers the right to vote or hold office.

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