Bylaws

Bylaws approved by the Executive Board July 12-14, 2007:

ARTICLE I – NAME The name of this organization shall be SIGDALSLAG.

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
Sigdalslag is organized exclusively for educational and literary purposes as defined under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code as it now exists or as it may hereafter be amended. Sigdalslag will fulfill these purposes by providing a program of activity that endeavors:
1. To maintain and enhance fellowship among the American descendants of the emigrants from the Eggedal, Krødsherad, and Sigdal areas of Norway and to facilitate a bond between the American descendants and their relatives still living in these areas in Norway.
2. To aid in the preservation of Norwegian and Norwegian-American history, culture and heritage for coming generations by collecting and preparing historical information and data relative to immigration and settlement and to encourage research and writing of family, immigration and settlement histories.
3. To develop and maintain a library of resources for genealogical research and to provide personal assistance for this endeavor.
4. To maintain communication and develop working relationships between the members of Sigdalslag and other related organizations with Norwegian heritage.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. Membership in Sigdalslag is available for any person who was born in Eggedal, Krødsherad, or Sigdal, Norway; any person having ancestry from these areas of Norway; spouses or family members of such a person; or anyone who has a specific interest in the activities of Sigdalslag.
SECTION 2. Membership dues shall be determined by a majority vote of the Executive Board of Sigdalslag, to be ratified by a majority of the Lag members voting at the next annual meeting.
SECTION 3. Annual dues are due January 1 and expire December 31. Speaking, voting and other privileges of membership shall be accorded upon the timely receipt of dues.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS
SECTION 1. The officers of Sigdalslag shall be a president, first vice president, second vice president, third vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
SECTION 2. The historian, the Sigdalslag SAGA editor, the genealogist, the webmaster, the representative to the Norwegian Stevner Incorporated, and the two representatives to Bygdelagenes Fellesraad shall be appointed by the president with the approval of the other elected officers.
SECTION 3. The officers shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of Sigdalslag for a term of one year or until their successors are elected.
SECTION 4. A vacancy of an office may be filled by appointment by the president until the next election with the approval of the Executive Board.

ARTICLE V – MEETINGS
SECTION 1. Sigdalslag shall hold an Annual Meeting, the time and place to be determined by the Executive Board.
SECTION 2. The purpose of the Annual Meeting shall be to elect officers, to receive annual reports of officers and committees, and for any other business which may arise.
SECTION 3. The quorum for the conduct of business shall be 5% of the voting membership.
SECTION 4. Cultural educational programs and genealogical research may be planned.
SECTION 5. Special meetings may be called by the President or by the Executive Board. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call.

ARTICLE VI – EXECUTIVE BOARD
SECTION 1. The elective and appointive officers shall constitute the Executive Board. They shall have general supervision of the affairs of Sigdalslag between Annual Meetings. The Board shall be subject to the orders of Sigdalslag and none of its acts shall conflict with actions taken by Sigdalslag.
SECTION 2. There shall be no fewer than two (2) meetings of the Board during the year.
SECTION 3. The quorum for the Executive Board to conduct business shall be three (3) of the elected officers.
SECTION 4. Any action that may be taken by the Executive Board at a meeting may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action so to be taken, shall be signed by a 2/3 majority of the Executive Board before such action.
SECTION 5. All finances shall be approved by the president and one other board member before they are paid by the treasurer. The treasurer shall be authorized to pay all bills approved by the Executive Board or by the annual budget. The treasurer and one other Board member shall be authorized by signature card to disburse funds.

ARTICLE VII – COMMITTEES
Committees shall be appointed by the president or the Executive Board from time to time as deemed necessary to carry on the work of Sigdalslag. The president shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.

ARTICLE VIII – PUBLICATIONS
SECTION 1. Sigdalslag SAGA shall be published no less than three issues a year for members. Any other publications may be approved by the members of Sigdalslag attending the Annual Meeting.
SECTION 2. Editors of special publications shall be appointed by the president with the approval of the Board.

ARTICLE IX – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern Sigdalslag in all cases to which they are applicable and to which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and any special rules of order Sigdalslag may adopt.

ARTICLE X – AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
These Bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted at any Annual Meeting of Sigdalslag by a majority vote.

ARTICLE XI – DISSOLUTION
SECTION 1. Sigdalslag may be dissolved by an affirmative simple majority vote of the membership. The method of obtaining such a vote shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 2. No officer, member, or private person shall share in the distribution of any of the corporate assets upon dissolution of Sigdalslag.
SECTION 3. In the event of dissolution or termination of Sigdalslag, the Board of Directors shall, after payment of all its liabilities, dispose of all its assets, exclusively in keeping with its purposes, to such organization or organizations organized exclusively for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes which shall at that time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations as defined under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, at the time of such dissolution as the Board of Directors shall determine.

ARTICLE XII – STANDING RULES
The Standing Rules, as approved at an annual meeting of the membership, can be amended at any annual meeting without prior notice.


See also:
Standing Rules