The AAUW-CA Governance Committee can help your branch in matters of governance.
These model branch governing documents, developed by the state governance committee, offer branches guidance, with best practices and mandatory language noted.
(Note that these files will download. Check your download folder to find them.)
- Model Branch Bylaws Guidelines
- Model Branch Bylaws
- Model Branch Bylaws for Incorporated Branches
- Model Branch Policies and Procedures – includes job descriptions. (click HERE)
Bylaws are the essential governance document for every branch, with some articles mandated by national AAUW, and others left to each branch to write to best meet the branch’s preferences and circumstance. The bylaws define the branch’s governance structure and members’ rights. Read your bylaws’ Amendments to the Bylaws article for crucial information on what is required to amend your branch bylaws.
Policies and Procedures provide many of the policy details not in the bylaws and ideally provide job descriptions of elected and appointed positions. They may be amended by a vote of the board.
Standing Rules are decisions affecting the entire membership. Therefore, they may only be amended by a vote of the branch members.