MONTANA FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN

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2017 MTFRW Bylaws

Bylaws and Standing Rules

Amended at Biennial Convention Oct 6, 2017

ARTICLE I NAME

The name of this organization is the Montana Federation of Republican Women -MTFRW.
It is a member of the National Federation of Republican Women -NFRW.

ARTICLE II OBJECTIVES

SECTION 1: The objectives of the MTFRW are:

A. To increase the effectiveness of Republican women in the cause of good government through active political participation;
B. To foster loyalty to the Republican Party and to promote its ideals.
C. To work for the election of the Republican Party’s nominees;
D. To promote the principles of freedom, equality, and justice on which this country is founded;
E. To inform the electorate through political education and activity; and
F. To facilitate cooperation among MTFRW membership and all branches of the Republican Party.

ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIIP

SECTION 1: Eligibility for MTFRW Membership

A. Membership is open to Republicans who support MTFRW and its objectives, pay their dues timely, comply with local, state, and national bylaws and standing rules, and maintain their Membership in good standing.

B. A Member in good standing means a Member who supports MTFRW and its objectives; pays dues timely; complies with local, state, and national bylaws, standing rules, and rules of order; and whose Membership has not been involuntarily suspended or terminated.

C. New Clubs shall be accepted into membership only after approval of their bylaws by the state federation executive committee or board of directors.

D. All Membership is voluntary and is subject to application, approval, discipline, and termination in accordance with these bylaws.

SECTION 2: Types of Membership

The types of Membership are as follows:

A. Club: A group of ten or more Republican women (General Members) whose bylaws provide for not less than five stated meetings per year, annual dues, and state and national service charges.
i. Only Republican women who maintain MTFRW Membership in good standing may hold office, vote, or be a General Member of a Club.
ii. For purposes of this subsection, the number of General Members shall be based upon the Club’s annual membership report and per capita dues paid to MTFRW.

B. Satellite Group: Satellite membership is open to any group of Republican women wishing to be members of MTFRW but too few in numbers to organize as a Club.
i. Satellite groups may have their own meetings, activities, and treasury subject to parameters as may be set by the Executive Committee.
ii. Members of a Satellite group shall be Members At Large who pay dues directly to MTFRW.

C. At-Large Member: An individual who pays state and national dues directly to MTFRW and resides in a county where no Club exists.

D. General Member: A Republican woman whose current dues are paid in a Club and who maintains her membership in good standing.
i. A General Member shall choose her official Club and be counted as a General Member of only that Club for the purpose of membership privileges in the Club, MTFRW, and NFRW.

E. Associate Member:
i. A General Member is eligible for Associate Membership in other Clubs upon payment of the required annual dues.
ii. Republican men are eligible for Associate Membership in Clubs upon payment of the required annual dues.
iii. Associate Members are not entitled to participate in Club business unless invited by the Club’s presiding officer, and they may not hold office, have a voice, vote, or be counted for the purpose of determining the number of delegates to state or national federation meetings or conventions.
iv. Republican men who are Associate Members of Clubs do not become members of MTFRW or NFRW.

F. Sustaining Member: A Sustaining Member is a General or Associate Member who goes above and beyond by donating the amount prescribed in the standing rules. Sustaining Member status is honorary and includes no rights or privileges.

SECTION 3: Application for MTFRW Membership

A. Application for Membership of an At Large Member, Club, or Satellite Group is made to the President of MTFRW on a form provided by MTFRW.

B. An application for a new Club must be accompanied by:
i. Club bylaws conforming to MTFRW and NFRW bylaws and acknowledging the Club is a Club of MTFRW and NFRW;
ii. A Membership Report listing the names and contact information of each General Member of the Club;
iii. Per Capita Dues for all General Members, which shall include a minimum of at least ten; and
iv. State and National service charges as required by MTFRW & NFRW respectively.

C. Application for General Membership in a Club or Satellite Group is made to the Club or Satellite group on a form provided by the Club or Satellite Group.

SECTION 4: Voluntary Termination, Dissolution

A. A General Member or Associate Member in good standing may terminate their Membership by providing a written letter of resignation to the President of the Club. The resignation shall be processed in accordance with the Club’s bylaws.

B. An At Large Member in good standing may terminate her Membership by providing a written letter of resignation to the President of MTFRW. The President shall report the resignation to the Executive Committee.

C. A Satellite Group in good standing may terminate its Membership, thus dissolving the Group, after written notification of the intent to terminate has been provided to each Member of the Satellite Group at least 30 days and no more than 60 days preceding the vote. A 2/3 vote of the Satellite Group’s Members is required to terminate the Membership. Evidence of proper termination, closure of accounts, and satisfaction of all liabilities incurred by the Group must be provided to the MTFRW President. Any remaining funds and property of the Group must be delivered to the MTFRW Treasurer to be held in escrow for a period of up to two years. Thereafter, if the Group has not been reinstated to MTFRW, the funds and property shall become the property of the MTFRW. Termination of a Satellite Group’s Membership dissolves the Group, however the Group’s members remain responsible for any outstanding liabilities they may have incurred. The rights to the name and intellectual property of the terminated Group remain with MTFRW.

D. A Club in good standing may terminate its membership, thus dissolving the Club, after written notification of the intent to terminate has been provided to each General Member of the Club at least 30 days and no more than 60 days preceding the vote. A 2/3 vote of the Club’s General Membership is required to terminate the Club’s Membership. Evidence of proper termination, closure of accounts, and satisfaction of all liabilities incurred by the Club must be provided to the MTFRW President. Any remaining funds and property of the Club must be delivered to the MTFRW Treasurer to be held in escrow for a period of up to two years. Thereafter, if the Club has not been reinstated to MTFRW, the funds and property shall become the property of the MTFRW. Termination of a Club’s Membership dissolves the Club; however the Club’s Board of Directors remain responsible for any outstanding liabilities the Club may have incurred. The rights to the name of the terminated Club remain with MTFRW.

E. MTFRW may be dissolved after written notification of the intent to dissolve has been proposed by a majority of the Board of Directors, each member of MTFRW has received notice of the proposed dissolution at least 30 days and no more than 60 days preceding the vote to dissolve, and a 2/3 vote of MTFRW’s Board of Directors has concurred in the dissolution. In the event of dissolution, all of MTFRW’s assets which remain after payment of its liabilities, costs, and expenses of such dissolution, shall be distributed to the NFRW. None of the assets shall be distributed to any member or officer of MTFRW.

SECTION 5: Discipline, Involuntary Termination

A. Significant Member conflicts or alleged misconduct at any Membership level of the federation are under the jurisdiction, and shall be brought to the attention, of the MTFRW Executive Committee.

B. Disciplinary matters shall be addressed with careful respect for due process and confidentiality as set forth by Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised.

C. The Executive Committee shall attempt to resolve or mitigate relevant member conflicts or misconduct prior to instituting disciplinary action.

D. A confidential reprimand may be directed to a Member upon a majority vote of the Executive Committee. A copy of the reprimand may be provided to the Member’s superior officer.

E. Additional disciplinary measures may be proposed after an investigation and hearing conducted by a Special Committee appointed by the Executive Committee.

F. Upon a 2/3 vote of the Executive Committee, disciplinary measures may be implemented, including: suspension of a Member’s rights and privileges, removal from office, termination of Membership, or other penalties as deemed appropriate.

G. Termination of a Club or Group’s Membership in MTFRW dissolves the Club or Group. The rights to the name of the terminated Club or Group remain with MTFRW.

H. Any funds or property belonging to a terminated Group or Club must be delivered to the MTFRW Treasurer within seven days to be held in escrow for a period of up to two years. Thereafter, if the Club or Group has not been reinstated to MTFRW, the funds and property shall become the property of the MTFRW.

I. The President shall provide the affected Member with notice of a disciplinary action. Others shall be notified only as directed by the Executive Committee.

SECTION 6: Reinstatement

A. Reinstatement of a Terminated Member
A Member which has been terminated may be reinstated by a 2/3 vote of the Executive Committee, payment of current state and national dues and service charges, conformance with Section 6 B if applicable, and/>

B. Reinstatement of a Dissolved Club
i. A Club that has dissolved under Section 4 may be reinstated by meeting requirements listed in Sections 1 through 3.
ii. The name of the dissolved Club may be used if:
a. At least 5 members of the dissolved Club are members of the reinstated club; or b. Approval is given by the MTFRW Executive Committee.
iii. Funds of the dissolved Club held in escrow (within the 2 year period) will be transferred to the Club if at least half of the members of the dissolved club at the time of dissolution are members of the reinstated Club.

ARTICLE IV OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES

SECTION 1: Officers
A. The elected officers of the MTFRW are: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and twelve District Directors (one from each MTFRW district).
B. Each elected officer of the MTFRW must be a General Member in good standing of the MTFRW.
C. The President shall have served on the Executive Committee for at least one term prior to assuming the office of President.

SECTION 2: Duties
A. President
i. Preside at all meetings of the MTFRW and the MTFRW Executive Committee;
ii. Represent the MTFRW at all times or designate someone as a representative in her absence or inability to do so;
iii. Appoint all Standing Committees with the approval of the Executive Committee;
iv. Appoint Special Committees, as deemed advisable, with the consent of the Executive Committee;
v. Appoint a Corresponding Secretary if desired;
vi. Appoint a Parliamentarian, who may or may not be a MTFRW member;
vii. Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee;
viii. Prepare a program of action, after consultation with the Chairmen of Standing Committees, for presentation to the Board of Directors;
ix. Fill vacancies among elected officers by appointment with the approval of the Executive Committee;
x. Sign checks with the Treasurer;
xi. Approve the auditor selected to audit the books of the Treasurer;
xii. Issue calls to meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee;
xiii. Issue the call for a Biennial Convention;
xiv. Appoint, with the approval of the Executive Committee, members to take the place of delegates and alternates to attend national conventions; and
xv. Provide for issuing of credential forms.

B. Vice Presidents
i. Perform in their order the duties of the President in her absence or inability to do so; and
ii. Assist the President in such ways as she may request.

C. Recording Secretary
i. Record the business and present the minutes of all meetings of the MTFRW, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee; and
ii. Duplicate the minutes and mail them to the proper individuals as instructed by the President.

D. Treasurer
i. Be custodian of all funds of the MTFRW;
ii. Advise the Executive Committee of the bank or bands where funds are to be deposited;
iii. Keep an accurate account of all receipts and disbursements and give a full report at meetings of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Biennial Convention, and as ordered by the President;
iv. Hold all non-invested funds of the MTFRW to be disbursed by check, bearing the signature of both the MTFRW President and the Treasurer, and not to exceed the total amount budgeted without approval of the Executive Committee;
v. Transmit to the National Federation of Republican Women the current national per capita dues and service charges in accordance with MTFRW bylaws;
vi. Submit a quarterly membership report to the President, District Directors, and Chairman of the Membership Committee;
vii. Present her records for annual audit;
viii. Submit to the MTFRW President at least 100 days before a National Convention, the names of all Clubs in good standing, and the number of members in such Clubs; and
ix. Serve on the Budget Committee.







E. District Directors
i. Carry on organizational work in the districts they represent; and
ii. Assist the President in such ways as she may request.


ARTICLE V TERM OF OFFICE

SECTION 1: Length of Terms
The term of office for MTFRW officers and committee chairmen is two years, or until their successors are elected, and no officers or committee chairmen may serve in the same position for more than two consecutive terms. No one may serve on the Nominating Committee for more than two consecutive terms. District Directors may serve more than two consecutive terms if no eligible member in good standing is willing to serve.

SECTION 2: Removal from Office or Chairmanship
The President, with approval of the Executive Committee, may remove any appointee who fails to perform the duties of that position. The executive Committee may follow the procedures in Article III Section 5 to remove any elected officer who fails to perform the duties of that position.

ARTICLE VI VACANCIES

SECTION 1: Elected Officers
Vacancies among elected officers are filled by appointment by the President with approval of the Executive Committee.
SECTION 2: President
In case of a vacancy in the office of President, the 1st Vice President becomes President and the 2nd Vice President becomes 1st Vice President.



ARTICLE VII EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

SECTION 1: Members of the Executive Committee
A. MTFRW elected officers;
B. MTFRW Immediate Past President;
C. National Committeewoman of Montana Republican State Central Committee;
D. Chairman or Vice Chairman of Montana Republican State Central Committee (whichever is a woman. When the Chairman is a woman, she may appoint a member of the MTFRW to serve as her representative with full voting powers.




SECTION 2: Duties
A. Transact the business of the MTFRW between Board of Director meetings
B. Have complete jurisdiction over all membership levels of MTFRW
C. Approve standing committee chairmen appointed by the President
D. Approve special committees and Special committee chairmen appointed by the President
E. Approve appointments by the President to fill vacancies among elected officers
F. Recommend the annual budget to the Board of Directors
G. Direct disbursement of funds above total budgeted amounts in case of emergency
H. Select the date and location for Board of Directors meetings and Biennial Convention.








SECTION 3: Meetings
A. At call of President or
B. Upon written request of at least three Executive Committee members
C. The call for all meetings will be sent to all members of the Executive Committee at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

SECTION 4: Quorum
The quorum shall be five (5) members of the Executive Committee.

SECTION 5: Proxies
A member of the Executive Committee may appoint a MTFRW member in good standing, as her proxy with full voting powers at any meeting of the Executive Committee. The proxy for a District Director must reside within that district. Proxy forms are provided by the MTFRW.

ARTICLE VIII BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SECTION 1: Members of the Board of Directors
A. Members of the Executive Committee
B. Chairman of Standing and Special Committees
C. Club Presidents
D. Past Presidents of the MTFRW who have maintained their membership in good standing
E. Republican women holding state or national office
F. Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Young Republicans, if a woman
G. All members must be members in good standing







SECTION 2: Duties
A. Receive and act upon reports of Standing and Special Committees
B. Transact such interim business as is necessary
C. Approve the President’s program of action
D. Adopt the annual budget
E. Elect members of the Nominating Committee





SECTION 3: Board Meetings
A. At least twice each calendar year
B. Other times as determined by the President and Executive Committee
C. Call for the meeting to be sent at least two weeks prior to the meeting



SECTION 4: Quorum
Ten (10) members of the Board of Directors

SECTION 5: Proxies
A Club President may appoint a member of her Club, who is in good standing, as her proxy, with full voting power to participate in a Board of Directors meeting.

ARTICLE IX BIENNIAL CONVENTION

SECTION 1: Meetings
A. The Biennial Convention of the MTFRW is to be held in the fall of the odd-numbered year at a time and location determined by the Executive Committee.
B. The call will be issued by the MTFRW President at least 30 days prior to the convention.


SECTION 2: Voting Body
A. Delegates from Clubs in good standing
i. Two (2) delegates or alternates for the first twenty-five (25) members of major fraction thereof, and
ii. Two (2) delegates or alternates for each additional twenty-five (25) members or major fraction thereof
B. Club Presidents
C. Members of the MTFRW Board of Directors
D. Each delegate or alternate is entitled to only one vote






SECTION 3: Quorum
A majority of the voting delegates registered, provided that delegates from at least one third (1/3) of the MTFRW Clubs in good standing are present.

SECTION 4: Proxies
A Club President may appoint a member of her Club, who is in good standing, as her proxy, with full voting power.

ARTICLE X ALTERNATIVE MEETINGS

SECTION 1: Electronic Meetings
The Board of Directors, Executive Committee, standing committees and special committees are authorized to meet by telephone conference (teleconference) or through other electronic communications media (videoconference) so long as all the participating members can hear and/or see each other and can interact simultaneously.

SECTION 2: Mail Ballots
The Board of Directors, Executive Committee, standing committees and special committees may take or confirm a vote by mail ballot or e-mail ballot of a proposal drafted at such meeting whether or not a quorum is present.

ARTICLE XI DUES AND SERVICE CHARGES

SECTION 1: Per Capita Dues
Each MTFRW Club pays an annual fee per capita, as set forth in the Standing Rules, which includes dues to the State and National Federations. Dues are payable January 1st of each year and become delinquent June 1st. Only those Club members whose dues are paid forty or more days prior to a MTFRW Biennial Convention are eligible as delegates to the convention.

SECTION 2: Service Charges
An annual service charge per Club, as set forth in the Standing Rules, will be sent to the MTFRW Treasurer by March 1st of each year as payment for mailings and other services of the State and National Federations. Only Clubs whose service charges are paid forty or more days prior to a MTFRW Biennial Convention are entitled to representation at the convention.

SECTION 3: MTFRW Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the MTFRW is January 1 through December 31.

ARTICLE XII NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

SECTION 1: Nominating Committee
A. The nominating committee composed of one MTFRW member from each district is elected by members of the Board of Directors present at the Board of Directors meeting in the first quarter preceding the Biennial Convention in odd-numbered years. Members of this committee will elect a chairman and a secretary from their own number.

B. The Nominating Committee will review Article IV and Article V, Section 1 of these bylaws, and have at its disposal the names of all officers and committee chairmen who have served two consecutive terms.

C. The Nominating Committee will submit to all MTFRW Clubs, with the call to convention in odd-numbered years, the name of one nominee for each elective office, such nominee having given her consent in writing to serve if elected.

D. Vacancies on the Nominating Committee are filled by the Executive Committee.

SECTION 2: Elections
A. Election of MTFRW officers will be held at the Biennial Convention in the fall of each odd-numbered year.
B. Election is by written ballot, except when there is but one nominee, election may be by voice vote. A majority will elect.
C. A Biennial Convention Election Committee of not less than three members will be appointed by the President with approval of the Executive Committee. This committee provides all election materials and acts as tellers of the election.
D. MTFRW officers are installed during the closing session of the convention at which they were elected and take office on January 1st following election.
E. No elected state official may hold office in the MTFRW.





ARTICLE XIII COMMITTEES

SECTION 1: Eligibility
Only members in good standing are eligible to serve on a MTFRW committee.

SECTION 2: Standing Committees
A. Names MTFRW Standing committees are: Bylaws, Campaign, Fundraising, Legislative, Membership, Program, and Public Relations.
B. Duties
− outline programs for action in their respective areas for consideration and adoption by the Board of Directors
− carry out such duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.
− submit a written report at each Board of Directors meeting, the MTFRW Biennial
Convention, and as requested by the President.
− meet at the call of the Committee chairman or the call of any two members.
− prepare resolutions as deemed advisable.
− be responsible for all documents received by the committee.









SECTION 3: Special Committees
Special Committees may be appointed by the President with consent of the Executive Committee.

SECTION 4: Resolutions Committee
A. A Resolutions Committee may be appointed by the President to screen resolutions and put them in proper form for presentation to Clubs 30 days prior to the Board of Directors meeting or Biennial Convention at which they are to be considered. Resolutions must be sent to the Resolutions Committee Chairman 45 days before the meeting at which they are to be considered.
B. A 2/3 negative vote of the Resolutions Committee rejects a resolution which will then not be presented to the convention. A 2/3 affirmative vote of the Convention delegates may bring before the assembly for its consideration, a resolution rejected by the Resolutions Committee.
C. The Resolutions Committee may initiate as many as four resolutions and may recommend changes or additions in policy of the MTFRW.



SECTION 5: Quorum
A quorum for meetings of any MTFRW committee is a majority of the members of the committee unless otherwise specified in these bylaws.

ARTICLE XIV DELEGATES TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION

SECTION 1: Eligibility
At least 100 days before a National Convention, the MTFRW Treasurer will submit to the National Federation of Republican Women, the names of all MTFRW Clubs in good standing and the names and contact information of their Presidents;

Continuing Clubs in good standing that meet the criteria in Article III, have paid the previous year’s dues and services, and have paid current dues and service charges.

New Clubs must be in good standing for at least six months prior to convention to be eligible for representation.

SECTION 2: Voting Body
The voting body for a national convention includes:
MTFRW President
− One delegate or alternate from each MTFRW Club
− Five delegates-at-large, plus one additional delegate-at-large for each 500 members or major fraction thereof in the MTFRW (and an equal number of alternates) nominated by the Executive Committee and elected by the Board of Directors.




ARTICLE XV PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, current edition, govern the MTFRW in all cases to which they are applicable and not inconsistent with these bylaws.

ARTICLE XVI AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be amended at any Biennial Convention of the MTFRW by a 2/3 vote of those present and voting, provided that the proposed amendments have been submitted in writing to MTFRW Club Presidents at least 30 days prior to the convention.


STANDING RULES

Amended October 6, 2017

1. CONTESTED PRIMARY RACES: In the interest of Party harmony, no MTFRW Club may endorse a candidate for office in a contested race prior to the Primary Election.

2. LOYALTY TO ORGANIZATION: Loyalty to the Federation, to the Republican Party and to Republican candidates is an obligation of membership. A breach of loyalty to this commitment, or in which a member changes allegiance to an opposition party for any purpose, would forfeit the member’s eligibility for membership. Should the member later wish to reinstate membership in a MTFRW club, the process in the bylaws must be followed. The club will then have the option of whether or not to accept dues and grant membership.

3. MTFRW MEMBERSHIP LIST: The MTFRW membership list is owned by MTFRW and shall be used for MTFRW business only. It will be available once to each GOP candidate in the primary and once for the general election to GOP candidates who have filed with the Commissioner of Political Practices. The list will be available in the form of labels affixed at the print shop and mailed from there. The candidate will pay for related expenses. In cases of uncertainty, use of the list is subject to a vetting process to ensure the beneficiary is a Republican or reasonably aligned with the Republican Party platform.

4. MULTIPLE MTFRW CLUBS IN A COUNTY: Each MTFRW Club is considered separate and individual from other Clubs and there may be more than one Club in a given county if desired. Cooperation among Clubs within a county is encouraged. If an additional Club is organized which includes members who have paid dues into the longer-standing Club, the MTFRW Treasurer will transfer those memberships to the newly established Club.

5. CLUB ELECTIONS: Elections of officers for MTFRW Clubs are held during the fourth quarter of the calendar year, either annually or biennially, and officers assume their duties on January 1 following their election. The names of Club officers are reported to the MTFRW President immediately following election.

6. MTFRW COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN: In the interest of coordinating activities and saving postage costs, Committee Chairmen are to submit any correspondence to the MTFRW President for inclusion in her regular mailings to the Board of Directors.

7. PRESIDENT’S EXPENSES: The MTFRW President or her proxy is eligible for reimbursement of expenses incurred in attending National Federation Board of Directors meetings, Biennial Conventions, and NFRW Region II meetings. She is eligible for reimbursement of in-state travel expenses at forty cents (.40) per mile and actual expenses incurred while representing the MTFRW.

8. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE EXPENSES: The MTFRW Executive Committee and Parliamentarian are eligible for reimbursement of in-state travel expenses at forty cents (.40) per mile and up to Thirty dollars ($30.00) per diem of incurred expenses while traveling on behalf of the MTFRW.

9. CLAIMS AND RECEIPTS: Those eligible for reimbursement of expenses must present claims and receipts within 30 days of the date they were incurred.

10. DISTRICT BOUNDARY CHANGES: Newly elected MTFRW District Directors will meet immediately following the Biennial Convention and at their discretion, may propose changes in the district boundaries which will enable them to better serve Clubs. Proposed boundary changes are submitted to the Clubs for approval no later than two weeks prior to the next Board of Directors meeting. District boundary changes will become effective by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

11. DISTRICT DIRECTORS AND CLUBS: Each District Director will attend a meeting of each Club in her district as a liaison between the State Federation and the local MTFRW Club.

12. DISTRICT DIRECTORS AND STATE MEETINGS: The District Director will oversee local arrangements for a MTFRW Board of Directors meeting or Biennial Convention located in her district, in cooperation with the MTFRW President and the President of the host Club.

13. INDIVUDUAL MEMBER DUES: Each MTFRW Club must pay an annual fee of seventeen dollars and fifty cents ($17.50) per capita for each General Member, as set forth in the Bylaws, which includes dues to the State and National Federations.

14. CLUB OR SATELLITE GROUP SERVICE FEES: An annual service charge of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per Club or Satellite Group, as set forth in the Bylaws, must be paid to the MTFRW Treasurer by March 1st of each year to support the operations and services of the State and National Federations.

15. AMENDMENTS TO STANDING RULES: Following Board of Directors meetings and the Biennial Convention, recommendations of a continuing nature adopted by the voting body may be incorporated into the MTFRW Standing Rules.