CONSTITUTION

 

PREAMBLE

 

In order to meet the needs of Pacific Northwest dahlia growers and exhibitors, we establish the FEDERATION of NORTHWEST DAHLIA GROWERS. The purpose of this federation is to provide a clear, progressive voice specifically for Northwest growers and originators who exhibit dahlias. By articulating the concerns of these enthusiasts, we desire to complement the chosen objectives of all other dahlia organizations — local, regional, and national.

 

ARTICLE I — NAME and TAX STATUS

 

Section 1          This organization shall be known as the FEDERATION of NORTHWEST DAHLIA GROWERS.

 

Section 2          The FEDERATION of NORTHWEST DAHLIA GROWERS shall be a non-profit organization.

 

Section 3          No part of the net earnings of this organization shall accrue to the benefit of any private shareholder or member.

 

ARTICLE II — OBJECTIVES

 

Section 1          To provide an organization of dahlia societies and Northwest dahlia hobbyist with common goals, who grow and exhibit dahlias.

 

Section 2          To provide leadership in dahlia culture and improve through experiments and research the quality of exhibition, garden, and cut flower cultivars.

 

Section 3          To educate and train dahlia judges through field experiences and workshops.

 

Section 4          To support a trial garden with financial assistance and expertise.

 

Section 5          To promote inter society communication by proposing solutions for common problems.

 

Section 6          To provide yearly publications dedicated to the latest advances in dahlia culture and dahlia news around the world.

 

Section 7          To encourage the free exchange of new ideas and methods concerning dahlias and support such innovations as merited.

 

ARTICLE III — MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1          Any individual who grows and exhibits dahlias, or helps with growing and exhibiting dahlias, and seeks to further the common goals of dahlia organizations shall be eligible for membership upon application to the Governing Board and payment of the required dues, subject to the provisions of the by-laws.

 

Section 2          Regionally unaffiliated dahlia societies hosting an annual dahlia show shall be eligible for membership upon application to the Governing Board and payment of the required dues, subject to the provisions of the By-Laws.

 

 

ARTICLE IV — OFFICERS

 

Section 1          The officers of the FEDERATION shall consist of:

  1. PRESIDENT
  2. REGIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT to ADS
  3. SECRETARY
  4. TREASURER
  5. Two (2) MEMBERS-AT-LARGE
  6. IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

 

Section 2          All officers must be members of the FEDERATION.

 

Section 3          The Governing Board shall be composed of: 1. all elected officers listed in Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution, 2. one (1) home society delegate selected by each member society and 3. The Chairs of the Standing Committees (Education, Classification, Membership, Judges’ Training, and Judges’ Evaluation) as defined in Article VI – Committees, Section 1 of the By-Laws.

 

ARTICLE V — MEETINGS

 

Section 1          A general meeting of the membership shall be held in the fall of each year at a place and time determined by the Governing Board.

 

Section 2          The Governing Board shall meet at least twice annually subject to the provisions of the By-Laws.

 

ARTICLE VI — AMENDMENTS

 

Section 1          Amendments to the Constitution, submitted in writing by a member of the Governing Board, must be discussed at the next meeting of the Governing Board. When a majority of the Governing Board votes favorably on the proposed amendment, all individual and society members will be notified within ten days in writing of pending action. Written notification will include the exact wording of proposed change. Final action shall take place at the next meeting of the Governing Board to be scheduled not less than thirty days after distribution of notification.

 

Section 2          An amendment requires a two-thirds majority vote by the full Governing Board for passage.

 

Section 3          An approved amendment shall take effect immediately.

 

 

BY-LAWS

 

ARTICLE I — MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1          To maintain individual membership status, members must be a home member of at least one northwest dahlia society, and grow and exhibit, or help with growing and exhibiting dahlias on an annual basis.

 

Section 2          To maintain societal membership status, societies shall host a dahlia show on an annual basis.

 

ARTICLE II — DUTIES OF OFFICERS

 

Section 1          Elected officers shall assume the duties usually incident to that office and other duties as specified by the Governing Board.

 

Section 2          The Regional Vice-President to ADS shall assume the duties of President in his absence. In the absence of both the President and Regional Vice-President, the order of succession listed in Robert’s Rules of Order shall apply.

 

Section 3          The Governing Board shall be the governing body of the FEDERATION OF NORTHWEST DAHLIA GROWERS. All business and property shall be managed by the Governing Board. Decisions of the Governing Board will be final.

 

ARTICLE III — QUORUM

 

Section 1          A majority of the total Governing Board shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special board meeting. A majority vote is required to pass any business, except an amendment which requires a two-thirds majority vote of the entire Governing Board.

 

ARTICLE IV — DUES

 

Section 1          Society and individual dues shall be set by the Governing Board and shall be paid on or before January 31st of each year.

 

ARTICLE V — MEETINGS

 

Section 1          The Governing Board shall set the time and place for all required meetings.

 

Section 2          Special meetings of the Governing Board must convene upon the request of fifty percent of the entire Governing Board, or by request of the President. Such requests shall be directed to the Secretary who shall immediately notify the President. The President shall then call a special meeting, either by mail or telephone, to be held within fifteen days of such notice.

 

Section 3          The general meeting of the membership to be held in the fall of each year shall be designated as the Annual Meeting of the FEDERATION. Reports of officers and committees will be given. Notice of the Annual Meeting shall be published at least fifteen days prior to the meeting.

 

Section 4          Any member may attend any Governing Board meeting or request a copy of the minutes from any Board meeting.

 

ARTICLE VI — COMMITTEES

 

Section 1          Standing committees shall be: Education, Classification, Membership, Judges’ Training, and Judges’ Evaluation.

 

Section 2          The President shall appoint all committee chairmen, subject to confirmation by the Governing Board.

 

Section 3          Committee Chairmen shall appoint the members of their respective committees, subject to approval by the Governing Board.

 

Section 4          All committees shall operate under the guidelines approved by the Governing Board.

 

Section 5          The Governing Board may create special committees as necessary.

 

ARTICLE VII — ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

Section 1          The election of officers shall be held at the Annual Meeting in each odd-numbered year.

 

Section 2          The officers shall be nominated and elected in accordance with the above Article VII, Section 1. A majority vote of those individual members present and voting shall elect.

 

Section 3          The term of office shall be for two years.

 

Section 4          Any vacancy, except the office of President, shall be filled by pro-tem appointment of the President and approved by the Governing Board. A vacancy in the presidency shall be filled by a vote of the Governing Board.

 

Section 5          Each member society will select one of its home members as a delegate to the Governing Board.The delegate will take his seat immediately upon written notification from the society. A society may change its delegate at any time and forward written notification to the FEDERATION.

 

ARTICLE VII — DISSOLUTION

 

Section 1          Should the FEDERATION OF NORTHWEST DAHLIA GROWERS, through any circumstances, cease to exist, it shall be the duty of the Governing Board to settle all FEDERATION accounts and donate any remaining funds to: Metropolitan Park Department, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, Washington.

 

ARTICLE IX — PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

 

Section 1          The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern in cases which they are applicable and are not inconsistent with the Constitution and By-Laws.

 

ARTICLE X — AMENDMENTS

 

Section 1          Amendment to the By-Laws, submitted in writing by a member of the Governing Board, must be discussed at the next meeting of the Governing Board. When a majority of the Governing Board votes favorably on the proposed amendment, all individual and society members will be notified within ten days, in writing, of pending action. Written notification will include the exact text wording of proposed change. Final action shall take place at the next meeting of the Governing Board to be scheduled not less than thirty days after distribution of notification.

 

Section 2          An amendment requires a two-thirds majority vote by the full Governing Board for passage.

 

Section 3          An approved amendment shall take effect immediately.

 

 

Signed and adopted November 18, 1984.

 

              Harold Miller                              C. Phillip Traff                                 Pauline Fanning

              Edgar Corning                            Dan Sharp                                         Ed Redd

              William Dungan                         Elsie Dungan                                    Roger L. Walker

              Richard C. Matthies                   Patricia F. Matthies                          Les Connell

              Barney Welch                             Steve Shackleton                              Linda Shackleton

              Birdie M. McCartney                 William J. Rigby                              Marvin McCartney

              Lewis G. Bloom                          Susan K. Ambrose