Bylaws Workbook

Bylaws Workbook: A Handbook for New & Established Societies

Compiled by Marcia S. Lindley and revised by Roberta “Bobbi” King

This workbook is designed to help societies create successful bylaws that prevent confusion, dissension, and disagreement. Whether large or small, new or established, societies can use this guide in planning, drafting, and implementing bylaws that guarantee a smooth-running organization. Whether a society realizes it or not, the most important document for its members is the bylaws. It is the only document that tells the members how the society is supposed to function.

The authors draw from their extensive experience in bylaws reviews and revisions to provide step-by-step guidance on all aspects of bylaws development, including detailed examples. They show genealogical societies as well as historical societies and family associations how to:

Construct a solid bylaws plan

Select the most appropriate bylaws language and format

Utilize new technology for voting and board meetings

Develop policy and procedure manuals

Handle disciplinary actions quickly and competently

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Marcia S. Lindley

An active member of the Arizona State Genealogical Society, has served a variety of positions including president, vice president, director and member of the Editorial Board. She was responsible for leading a group of society members in an extensive review of their bylaws. She is a staff attorney with the Court of Appeals of the State of Arizona and holds degrees in history and law.

Roberta "Bobbi" King

Was for several years a member of the FGS board of directors as well as serving as Vice-President of Administration and parliamentarian. King served for many years as a member of the bylaws committee and the bylaws review committee, for which she has reviewed dozens of society bylaws. She is associated with several Colorado genealogical societies, as well as a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. She was recipient of the APGQ Award of Excellence in 2008.