Sisterhood's Constitution

SISTERHOOD OF CONGREGATION BETH CHAIM

GENERAL POLICIES

  1. Sisterhood cannot be or act as an agent for any congregant who has a business.

  2. Free membership will be given to new women congregants of Beth Chaim. The free membership year ends June 30 of the fiscal year in which the member joined.  If an individual joins Congregation Beth Chaim after January, her membership will be held over through the next fiscal year.

  3. A Sunshine Fund will be established at the beginning of each fiscal year and $10.00 will be collected from each Board member. The fund will be used to send Good and Welfare cards to a Sisterhood Board member, her spouse/partner or immediate family in case of illness or simcha.  In the event of a death in the immediate family, an appropriate expression of sympathy will be sent. 

  4. No refunds shall be given on advance sale tickets to an event. 

  5. Any Board member who misses three (3) consecutive meetings cannot vote at the next meeting. 

  6. A copy of the monthly Sisterhood minutes may be submitted to the Congregation Beth Chaim office.

  7. Free membership will be extended to anyone on Financial Assistance (anonymously) upon request of the congregant through the Financial Secretary of Congregation Beth Chaim.
     

CONSTITUTION FOR THE SISTERHOOD OF CONGREGATION BETH CHAIM
Revised 10/6/19

 

Article 1
NAME

Section A. This organization shall be known as the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Chaim, Princeton Junction, New Jersey, (the “Sisterhood”).


Article 2
STATEMENT OF MISSION

Section A. The mission of Sisterhood shall be to foster and further the highest ideals of Judaism as expressed through Congregation Beth Chaim, to promote closer fellowship among its members, and in cooperation with Congregation Beth Chaim, to provide religious, social and educational activities.

Section B. The existence of the Sisterhood is dependent upon the existence of Congregation Beth Chaim.

Article 3
FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year of the Sisterhood shall be from July 1st through June 30th.

Article 4
MEMBERS

Section A.  Anyone who identifies as a woman who is interested in the activities of Sisterhood shall be eligible to be a member.

Article 5
DUES

Section A.  Member dues shall be set by the Board of Directors of Sisterhood at the beginning of each fiscal year. 

Article 6
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section A. The property and affairs of the Sisterhood shall be under the control and management of a Board of Directors (hereinafter the “Board”), which shall be the governing body of the Sisterhood, charged with responsibility for formulating policies under which the Sisterhood’s work shall be conducted, for overseeing the implementation of these policies and shall have fiduciary responsibility for the Sisterhood. The Board shall be reconstituted on an annual basis in accordance with these Bylaws.
Section A. The property and affairs of the Sisterhood shall be under the control and management of a Board of Directors (hereinafter the “Board”), which shall be the governing body of the Sisterhood, charged with responsibility for formulating policies under which the Sisterhood’s work shall be conducted, for overseeing the implementation of these policies and shall have fiduciary responsibility for the Sisterhood. The Board shall be reconstituted on an annual basis in accordance with these Bylaws.

 

Section B. Any congregant of Congregation Beth Chaim who identifies as a woman may serve on the Board of Directors of Sisterhood. However, the President of Sisterhood must be of the Jewish faith.

 

Section C. The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers, Trustees, and all other chairwomen of standing committees of Sisterhood.

 

Section D. Each Director shall serve for a term of one (1) year.

 

Section E.

  1. A Board member who is absent from three (3) regular consecutive Board meetings, except for excusable cause, may be removed from her position upon a vote of the Board, after the President has contacted her to determine the reason for absences.

  2. Excusable cause shall be determined by the President and may include illness, vacation, etc.
     

 

Article 7
OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES
Section A.

  1. The Officers shall be the President, Vice President(s) Membership/Member Outreach, Vice President(s) Programming, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President, and Past President Emeritus.

  2. A Trustee is one who is elected to office and becomes the chairwoman of a standing committee.

  3. The number of Trustees shall be determined by the Board. These Trustee positions shall include Judaica Gift Shop Trustee, Parliamentarian, New Years Cards and Purim Trustee, Communications Trustee, Yarmulke Sales Trustee, B’nai Mitzvah Gift Trustee, or any other positions deemed necessary by the Board.

  4. The President shall have the power to appoint chairwomen as deemed necessary.

 

Section B.  The term of office for all Officers shall be one year, from July 1 to June 30.

 

Section C.  President and Treasurer may be elected to the same office for no more than three (3) consecutive terms.

 

Section D.  All Officers shall hold office until the new officers have been duly elected and installed.

 

Section E.  All Officers and Trustees must be in good standing with Sisterhood.
 

Article 8
DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
Section A.  It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all general meetings of the Sisterhood, to appoint chairwomen if necessary, to call special meetings of the Sisterhood, and to perform all duties pertaining to the Office of the President. The President may be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. 

 

Section B.

  1. The Vice Presidents shall assist the President in the performance of her duties and shall be responsible for the work of their respective committees.

  2. Should the President be absent or unable to perform her duties, she shall designate another Officer to preside at Board meetings and to perform the duties of the President.

 

Section C.  The Secretary shall keep a record of attendance at board meetings, and a record of all proceedings of the Sisterhood meetings. The Secretary shall notify members of the Board of regular Board meetings at least five (5) days prior to each meeting, and shall attend to all correspondence of the Sisterhood.

 

Section D. The Treasurer shall work with the Congregation in the collection of, and have dual responsibility for, all moneys of the Sisterhood and request disbursement as directed by the Board. She shall make a report of its financial condition at monthly meetings and send all notices relating to the financial matters of the Sisterhood. 

  1. The President shall be empowered to request to spend a sum not to exceed $200.00 on behalf of Sisterhood.

Article 9
VACANCIES

Section A.  Vacancies in any office shall be filled by the President with the approval of the Sisterhood Board.

 

Section B.  Should the office of the Sisterhood President become vacant, the Board of Directors of Sisterhood shall elect one of the Officers or Trustees to assume the office of President for the unexpired term.
 

Article 10
NOMINATION AND ELECTIONS
Section A.  No later than the April Board meeting, the President may appoint two (2) Board members, other than herself, and one (1) alternate, three (3) members of the general membership and one (1) alternate to a Nominating Committee. The immediate Past President or one of the two (2) Board members on the Nominating Committee shall serve as the chairwoman. No member of the Nominating Committee may be eligible to run for President. 

 

Section B.

  1. The Nominating Committee shall meet by the end of May to propose the incoming Board of Directors.

  2. The entire slate is to be announced in the Congregation Beth Chaim newsletter.

 

Section C.  When all positions are unopposed, those nominees shall be deemed elected unanimously. When any position is contested, the Nominating Committee shall send out a ballot to be returned by May 31st, the exact date to be announced by the Nominating Committee.

 

Section D.  All Officers of Sisterhood shall be installed before the July Board meeting.

 

Section E. The incoming Officers of Sisterhood shall preside at the July Board meeting.
 

Article 11
MEETINGS OF SISTERHOOD 
Section A.  The general meetings of Sisterhood shall be held as determined and announced by the Board.

 

Section B.  Regular meetings of the Board shall be held once each month throughout the year.

 

Section C.  Special meetings of the Board may be called upon the request of the Sisterhood President or upon written request of five (5) members of the Board of Directors.

 

Section D.  Special meetings of the general membership must be approved by the Board of Directors.

 

Section E. One-half (1/2) of the members of the Board of Sisterhood shall constitute a quorum at any Board meeting.
 

Article 12
AMENDMENTS
Section A.  All amendments to the Constitution must be approved by a quorum of the Sisterhood Board.

 

Section B.  A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board present at the meeting shall adopt any amendment to this Constitution.

Article 13
PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Section A.  The rules contained in the latest edition of Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of all Sisterhood meetings.
 

Article 14
ADOPTION
Section A.  This Constitution shall become effective the last day of October 2019.

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