Constitution

(Revised September 2007)

Article 1 - Name

  1. The organization shall be known as the Aquarium Society of Winnipeg, hereinafter known as the ASW.
  2. The objective shall be the maintenance, reproduction, preservation, and distribution of aquatic life, with particular emphasis on the social aspects.

Article 2 - Membership

  1. Any person interested in the activities of the ASW shall be eligible for membership, and subject to its constitution and by-laws.

Article 3 - Organization

  1. The society shall have the following officers and committee chairs:
    1. Officers:
      1. President
      2. Vice-Presidents
      3. Secretary
      4. Treasurer
    2. Committee Chairs:
      1. Program
      2. Membership
      3. Breeders Award Program
      4. Horticultural Award Program
      5. Newsletter Editor
      6. CAOAC/FAAS Representative
      7. Bowl Show
      8. Publicity
      9. Aquarist of the Year
      10. Newsletter Exchange
      11. Auction
      12. Fundraiser
      13. Webmaster Librarian
  2. Members of the executive may hold only one Officer position but may also hold committee chair positions.
  3. Officers must be the age of majority (18).
  4. The officers and standing committee shall constitute an Executive Committee, which shall manage and direct the affairs of the society.
  5. Other chairs may be added as deemed necessary.
  6. The above named committee members shall have such duties as are customary to their respective offices or may be assigned in our by-laws.
  7. Officers and Chairs will be elected or appointed for a term of not less than two (2) years. Executive members shall keep an accurate record of their acts and proceedings, and report to the society demand.
  8. The executive shall have the power to fill any vacancies that may occur until the next election.
  9. The members at the regular meeting may review any action of the Executive Committee. All actions shall be deemed valid actions unless disapproved at this time.
  10. In the case of absence and/or resignation, the order of succession to the Presidency shall follow the order listed in Article 3 Section 1 according to the seniority of the vice presidents.
  11. Any executive member of the ASW, if found unsatisfactory in their position or actions deemed detrimental to the ASW may be relieved of their duties, after a formal complaint has been presented at a general meeting and by a 60% vote of paid membership.
  12. Any executive officer may be relieved by a majority vote of the executive, not counting the one in question, if he/she fails to attend three (3) executive meetings in a year.
  13. Any decisions/correspondence made on behalf of the ASW must be prior approved.
  14. The minutes of the executive meetings are to be made available upon request.

Article 4 - Meetings, etc.

  1. The ASW shall hold monthly meetings at such time and place as shall be arranged by the executive committee. Regular meetings shall be open to the public.
  2. Any business meetings shall be held at such time and place as deemed by the executive.
  3. The executive committee shall hold regular monthly meetings.
  4. Sixty percent (60%) of all executive members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
  5. Executive meetings are closed to the general membership. Members of the general membership may be extended an invitation to the executive meeting at the executive’s discretion.

Article 5 - Dues

  1. All members shall be required to pay dues as set forth in our by-laws.
  2. The executive committee is empowered to waive all or part of the dues of any members.

Article 6 - Newsletter

  1. The ASW shall publish a newsletter known as The Fish File.

Article 7 - Amendment

  1. To amend or repeal this Constitution or any part of it, it shall be necessary that the proposed amendment be presented in writing signed by at least three members in good standing.
  2. The proposed amendment shall be read at the next regular meeting and voted on at that time.
  3. The affirmative vote of the majority of all members in good standing shall be required for the adoption of an amendment to this constitution.
  4. Any proposed amendments to the constitution or by-laws shall be published in the society newsletter before being voted upon.
ALL PREVIOUS CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS BEARING THE NAME AQUARIUM SOCIETY OF WINNIPEG ARE NULL AND VOID, ON ACCEPTANCE OF THIS DOCUMENT.