As amended November 12, 2005
The name of this organization shall be the National Organization for Women
of (the State of) New Jersey to be written NOW-NJ. It shall exist
and operate as a unit of the National Organization for Women.
The purpose of NOW-NJ is "to take action to bring women into full
participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all
privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with
men. This purpose includes, but is not limited to, equal rights
and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service,
employment, education, and family life, and it includes freedom from
discrimination because of race, ethnic origin, age, marital status,
sexual preference/orientation, or parenthood." NOW-NJ shall also
have as its purpose to coordinate efforts on the state level, to provide
communication among chapters and task forces, and to assist in the
functioning of NOW in NJ.
Any person who is a member of NOW (National) and who is a member of a New
Jersey NOW Chapter or is a member-at-large residing in New Jersey, and
who has paid NOW-NJ dues up-to-date, shall be a member of NOW-NJ.
No person who subscribes to NOW's purposes shall be excluded from
membership, segregated or otherwise discriminated against within the
organization because of race, creed, color, sex, gender identity or
expression, religion, national origin, age, economic status, marital
status, parenthood, political affiliation, sexual orientation or
The State Conference shall be the supreme governing body of NOW-NJ.
It shall meet annually with election of officers in alternate years and
transact such other business as may come before the members. The
State Board shall approve the date, place, agenda, and accommodations
for the conference and provide not less than thirty (30) days prior
notice by mail to all members of the organization.
Voting Rights at the Conference
All NOW-NJ members present, who are in good standing and duly registered,
shall be entitled to vote.
Thirty (30) members, including at least three (3) chapter presidents,
shall constitute a quorum, and the act of a majority of voting members
present at a meeting at which a quorum exists shall be the act of the
Special meetings of the members, where any action may be taken, may be
called by the Board, or by not less that twenty-five (25) percent of the
members, provided that twenty-five (25) percent of the member chapters
are represented. The members calling such a special meeting shall
designate, and inform the State President at least forty-five (45) days
in advance thereof, the date, time, purpose, and place within the State
of such special meeting. It shall be the responsibility of the
State President to mail notice of such special meeting to each member
thirty (30) days prior to the date set for the special meeting.
The structure of NOW-NJ shall
be as follows:
State Board of Trustees
State Executive Committee
Annual State Conference
State Task Forces
The State Officers shall be:
State Administrative Vice
State Action Vice President
State Leadership Vice
State Membership Vice
State Affirmative Action Vice
State Fundraising Vice
A. The State President
Preside over meetings of the State Board, the State Conference, and
the State Executive Committee;
the official voice of NOW-NJ;
Maintain the records for chapters and task forces;
Develop a business plan for the organization and report on its
progress to the State Board of Trustees;
Communicate with the National and Regional Offices of NOW and attend
State President meetings called by these offices; and
Promote and assist in the organization of NOW Chapters.
B. The State
Administrative Vice President shall:
the absence or inability of the State President, perform the duties
of the State President;
Assist the State President in any way possible;
responsible for overseeing all State Board Committees;
responsible for routine administration of the organization; and
the calendar for NOW-NJ Board Meetings after consultation with the
NOW-NJ PAC Chair, the NOW-NJ NewsBreaks Chair, and the NOW-NJ State
Finance Vice President.
C. The State Action Vice
develop new chapters;
revive inactive chapters; and
Coordinate all major actions.
D. The Treasurer shall:
all funds of NOW-NJ and shall deposit them in such bank(s) as may be
designated by the Board;
these funds by check in accordance with the approved budget;
regular reports to the State Board and the membership; and
accounts audited prior to each State Conference.
E. The State Secretary
record of the proceedings of the meetings of the State Board, the State
Conference, and the State Executive Committee, and present such minutes
for approval at the next State Board Meeting;
records of the membership of the State Board;
active dated copy of these Bylaws and provide National with the same;
Board correspondence not specifically assigned to others;
notices of meetings of the State Board.
F. The State Leadership
Vice President shall:
Be responsible for
leadership development and training;
Maintain an updated
Be responsible for the
coordination of the activities of all task forces; and
Act to develop new task
G. The State Membership
Vice President shall:
Be responsible for the
maintenance of the NOW-NJ state membership lists, including new
joins, actives, and expireds;
Assist chapters with
their list maintenance; and
Develop a membership plan
and report on its progress to the State Board of Trustees.
H. The State
Affirmative Action Vice President shall:
Develop an affirmative
action plan for NOW-NJ and report on its progress to the State Board
I. The State
Fundraising Vice President shall:
Develop a fundraising
plan for NOW-NJ and report on its progress to the State Board of
J. Wherever it is
stated in the Bylaws that a plan is to be developed and reported upon,
the plan must be accepted by the State Board of Trustees.
Eligibility and Nomination
Any member of NOW-NJ in good standing who resides in New Jersey shall be
eligible to hold state office. Nominations for officers shall be
submitted to the Nominating Committee in writing at least ten (10) days
before the Conference.
The Nominating Committee shall not endorse individual candidates or a
slate of candidates, but shall instead:
Accept nominations from
members, including self nominations;
Determine if each nominee
meets the qualifications as described in these Bylaws.
After the report of the Nominating Committee is given at the State
Conference, nominations for additional candidates shall be taken from
Election of Officers
Officers shall be elected by majority vote of the members present and
voting at the State Conference. Voting shall be by ballot.
If there is but one candidate for an office, then, by Motion and
majority vote from the assembly, the Secretary shall cast the elective
Term of Office
Officers shall serve a two (2) year term from forty-five (45) days after
the State Conference at which they were elected until forty-five (45)
days after the next annual State Conference at which their successors
shall have been duly elected.
In the event of a vacancy in any of the State Offices, the State Board
shall within 30 days of the occurrence of the vacancy elect from among
the membership at large, an acting officer to serve until the next
election State Conference.
Suspension or Removal of Officers
The State Board may, by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the Board members
present at a regularly scheduled Board meeting at which a quorum exists,
after not less than thirty (30) days of consideration of the question,
suspend or remove from office any State Officer, if the Board determines
after notice and opportunity for hearing that the actions of such
Officer are contrary to the purposes of NOW-NJ and injurious to the
organization, or that the Officer has abandoned her/his duties.
State Board of
Members of the Board
The State Board shall consist
The State Officers;
The immediate past State
President, ex officio;
Two delegates from each
One delegate from each task
force which is eligible under Article IX, Section 4 of these Bylaws;
Any NOW-NJ members who are
National Board Members;
Chapters and Task Forces may
The State Board shall manage the affairs and control the funds and
property of NOW-NJ, and set all salaries and be responsible for the
administration of them, and adopt necessary rules and regulations, and
take such other action; provided that none of the Board's actions shall
conflict with or modify the actions or directives of the State and
National Conferences, nor be inconsistent with the purposes of NOW.
All materials prepared in the name of NOW-NJ by the State Board, its
committees or any part thereof must be approved by the State Board
before distribution. All paid staff of NOW-NJ are hired and
terminated at the approval of the State Board. All money raised by
the State Board, its committees, task forces, or any part thereof in the
name of NOW-NJ is the property of NOW-NJ.
Meetings of the Board
The State Board shall meet at least four (4) times each calendar year.
Additional meetings of the Board should be held upon the call of the
State President or upon the request of three (3) Chapter Presidents.
Meetings of the State Board shall be open to all NOW members.
Notice of State Board Meetings shall be made by posting to the NOW-NJ
web site and e-mailing the NOW-NJ Leadership List.
Quorum for Board Meetings
Voting representatives of not less than twenty-five (25) percent of the
existing chapters, and not less than two (2) State Officers, shall
constitute a quorum.
Each Board member present is entitled to one vote on each matter submitted
to a vote of the Board. No person may represent more than one
voting position. Alternates may not vote when their delegates are
Chapter and Task Force delegates shall become voting members of the Board
upon written notice to the State Secretary of delegate names and
election dates from the coordinator, president, or chair of her/his
Each Chapter and Task Force may elect alternate delegates.
Alternates shall be entitled to vote in the absence of regular
delegates, provided that the State Secretary has received written notice
of the alternate's election from the coordinator, president, or chair of
A. Formation and Purpose
Standing committees may be formed by majority vote of the State Conference
or State Board for the purpose of planning and directing the work
necessary to realize the goals of the organization in a specific area.
Any committee consisting of members who are not on the Board of Trustees
can be advisory only and cannot bind the Board or corporation.
Committees may be dissolved by majority vote of the State Conference or
The State Board shall elect committee chairs from among the membership of
NOW-NJ at the first Board meeting following the State Conference.
The State Board may create ad-hoc committees at any time, to be convened
by the State Administrative Vice President.
Suspensions and Removals
The State Board may, by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the Board members
present at a regularly scheduled Board meeting, after not less than
thirty (30) days of consideration of the question, suspend or remove
from the Board any member, if the Board determines after notice and
opportunity for hearing that the actions of such Board member are
contrary to the purposes of NOW-NJ and injurious to the organization
(for further action see National Bylaws Section 12).
An Officer may resign by
submitting her/his resignation in writing to the President of the Board
The State Officers, Immediate Past State President, and the Chapter
Presidents shall constitute the Executive Committee. Where action
is necessary or desirable between Board meetings, the Executive
Committee may act on behalf of NOW-NJ, provided that all members of the
Committee have been given notice and that action is consistent with
existing NOW and NOW-NJ policy. In order for a decision of the
Executive Committee to be valid, at least one-third (1/3) of the
existing Chapter Presidents must cast a vote.
Convening Task Forces
State Task Forces shall be convened annually by the State Leadership Vice
President upon majority vote of the State Board or the State Conference.
All proposals from NOW-NJ members to form a Task Force shall be placed
upon the agenda for consideration.
Goals of Task Forces
Within sixty (60) days of convening a Task Force shall submit for the
State Board approval a statement of purpose including long-term and
short-term goals and objectives. Each Task Force shall work toward
its adopted goals and objectives as established by the Task Force
members and approved by the State Board, and work within the purview of
those goals and objectives. At the time of its annual Task Force
elections, each Task Force shall review its goal and objectives and
update them if necessary. All changes in Task Force goals and
objectives shall be presented for State Board approval at the next State
Board meeting. The State Board shall have the authority to
determine what is consistent with NOW-NJ policy and to supervise the
activities of the Task Forces.
Task Force Membership
Any NOW-NJ member in good standing may serve and vote on any Task Force(s),
except that no member may vote in the election of Task Force Chair for
more than one Task Force. Task Forces shall have no restrictions
on minimum or maximum number of members.
Task Force Powers AND Responsibilities
NOW-NJ Task Forces may join or help establish coalitions with other
organizations on cooperative goals consistent with NOW policy and all
State and Federal laws and regulations after securing the approval of
the Board, provided that the goals are consistent with the long-range
and short term objectives of the Task Force as outlined under Section 2
of this Article. Task Forces which have a minimum of five (5)
members shall be entitled to a delegate and alternative to the State
A minimum of five (5) members voted in the Task Force elections;
The names of those members voting are submitted to the Leadership Vice
None of the voting members has voted in any other Task Force election
between State Conferences
The Task Force submits regular reports to the State Board at each State
Task Force Budgets
In order to receive NOW-NJ funds, a Task Force shall submit an annual
budget consistent with its goals and objectives for approval of the
State Board. Task Forces may submit fund raising proposals for
consideration by the State Board.
Task Force Elections
Task Force chairs shall be elected from among the membership at large of
NOW-NJ by a majority of Task Force members present and voting, within
sixty (60) days of convening. Task Forces eligible for State Board
delegates shall hold delegate/alternate elections for Task Force Chair
and for delegate/alternate to the State Board, where applicable.
The Task Force Chair may be the Task Force delegate to the State Board.
All Task Force elections must be conducted according to NOW-NJ policy.
Task Forces shall provide written notice to the NOW-NJ Seretary of the
date time, location, and directions in a timely manner so that the
thirty (30) days prior notice of the election may be given to all
members of the organization. Notice of task force elections shall
be made by posting to the NOW-NJ web site and e-mailing the NOW-NJ
Suspension and Dissolution of Task Forces
The State Board shall reserve the right to rescind delegate privileges of
any Task Force which, at any time, fails to comply with the regulations
set forth in these Bylaws. The State Board shall reserve the right
to dissolve any Task Force which has not met or submitted a report for a
period of three (3) months.
All Chapters in New Jersey formed according to National Bylaws Section 7-A
and so recognized by the Regional Director, shall have voting privileges
at meetings of the State Board and of the Executive Committee.
Chapter officer(s) shall take office in the month of January or
Under central dues collection, NOW-NJ dues collected at the National level
or at the Chapter level shall be transmitted to the NOW-NJ Finance Vice
President. The State Board shall institute a dues system for the
State organization. The amount of NOW-NJ Dues shall be set by two
thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members present at a regularly scheduled
State Board meeting at which a quorum exists after thirty (30) days
notice of consideration of the question.
Under centralized dues collection, the State Board shall set the
percentage of dues to be returned to the Chapters by the following
Thirty (30) days notice shall be sent to all Chapter members that a
change in the Chapter's share of dues is under consideration
Notice of the Board's decision shall be sent to all Chapter Presidents.
The fiscal year of NOW-NJ shall
be January 1 - December 31.
Upon dissolution of any NOW-NJ Chapter, the officers and Board (if any)
shall, after paying or making provisions for payment of all liabilities
of the organization, remit all remaining assets to NOW-NJ.
Grievances arising within NOW-NJ or grievances that can not be resolved at
the Chapter level shall be referred to the Grievance Committee and
handled according to the Grievance Procedures adopted by NOW-NJ.
These Bylaws may be amended or revised by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the
State Conference, provided:
That the amendment has been proposed by the State Board or by a NOW-NJ
That a written notice of the proposed amendment has been mailed to all
members in good standing not less than thirty (30) days prior to the
Except as herein provided, all proceedings of this organization shall be
governed by Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised.
The State organization of NOW-NJ may be dissolved only be approval by mail
ballot of not less than two thirds (2/3) of the members voting and in
good standing. All ballots returned within sixty (60) days shall
be used to determine the results. Upon dissolution of NOW-NJ, the
officers and Board shall, after paying or making provision for payment
of all liabilities of the organization, remit all remaining assets to
National NOW or other units of NOW exempt under the provisions of
Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) of the United States Internal Revenue
Code. All further matters shall be referred to the Regional
Director or as advised by National NOW.