Olympic Peninsula Chapter
American Association of Woodturners


This chapter’s purposes, in addition to supporting the general purposes of the parent organization are:

A. Promotion of the art and craft of wood turning in our community.
B. To conduct membership meetings at appropriate intervals with suitable programs, activities and demonstrations related to the woodturning craft.
C. To engage in other activities and projects such as turning instruction, cooperative activities for the acquisition and use of the materials and tools of the wood turner, participation in local, regional and national meetings, demonstrations and other events related to woodturning.
D. Maintain a lending library for members.


All officers of this chapter are encouraged to be members in good standing of The American Association of Wood turners Inc.
While it is understood that the parent organization will provide advice and counsel, as requested, local chapters are advised that the nature and extent of their activities are left to their discretion.

Demonstrations, part of the normal activities of local chapters, are to be conducted solely at the discretion of the local chapter and all safety and instructions are under the direction and control of the local chapter.


Annual membership fees for membership in this chapter, over and above any fees paid to national organization, will be established by the Board of Directors, from time to time. Renewal membership fees shall be due and payable January 1 and, if not paid by March 1, delinquencies shall be notified by mail. Any delinquency after March 31st shall be cause for termination from the chapter.

Pro-ration of membership fees for new members who join the chapter during the year shall be assessed as follows:

  • A. For the period Jan. 1 – Jun. 30, full membership fees shall apply.
  • B. For the period Jul. 1 – Sep. 30, 1/2 membership fees shall apply.
  • C. For the period Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, full membership fees shall apply with the provision of carry-over of paid status to the subsequent year.

Membership in the Olympic Peninsula Chapter is open to any person interested in the art and craft of woodturning, and whose membership has been approved by a vote of sixty percent of the members attending a regularly held meeting. Provided, that any member whose conduct violates any provision of these bylaws, or is unreasonably detrimental to the accomplishment of the chapter’s pursuit of the goals enumerated in Article 1 above in a congenial and mutually respectful manner or who unreasonably engages in unsafe practices during chapter functions may be terminated as a member by the passage of a motion to terminate with the approval of 60 percent of those members voting on the issue at a regular monthly meeting. Provided, that the vote shall take place at the next regular monthly meeting following a motion with second for this purpose.


Chapter meetings will be at times and places specified by the board of directors with seven days notice to the membership of each meeting.
The definition of a “Quorum” for the purpose of board meetings shall be “three” board members present (amended 4/27/2005)


A. Number and election. The officers of this chapter shall be a President, Immediate Past President, Vice President Education and Training, Vice President Public Relations, Vice President Membership, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant at Arms. These officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the paid up members attending the November general meeting. A slate of candidates shall be proposed by the Board of Directors at the October meeting and there may be nominations from the floor, provided that each nomination from the floor shall be seconded. Such additional officers and assistant officers and committee members as deemed necessary may be elected by the Chapter members or appointed by the elected officers.

B. Term of Office. The officers shall serve for a period of one year (amended 4/27/2005) from the 1st day of January or until their successors are elected and take office.

C. Removal. Any elected officer may be recalled from office by a majority vote of the paid up membership at any regular monthly meeting, provided that at least 50 percent of the paid up membership is present at the meeting where such a recall election takes place. A motion to recall an officer shall be the subject of a vote at the monthly meeting next following the monthly meeting at which such a motion is made and seconded.

D.Vacancies. A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, recall, disqualification or any other reason shall be filled by a majority vote of the members voting at a regular monthly meeting and shall fill the vacancy for the balance of the term in question.

E. Duties of Officers:

  1. President. The President serves as the club’s chief executive officer, responsible for general supervision and operation of the club. The President shall have one vote on Board of Directors decisions requiring a vote but shall cast his or her vote only when there is a tie vote between the other Board members voting.
  2. Immediate Past President. The Immediate Past President provides guidance and serves as a resource to Club officers and members. The Immediate Past President chairs the Nominating Committee, assists in the preparation of the Club Strategic Plan and promotes the Club’s efforts to achieve its strategic goals.
  3. Vice President Education and Training. The Vice President of Education and Training is responsible for planning successful Club meetings so that each member has the opportunity to achieve his or her turning goals. He or she is the second highest-ranking Club officer, presiding at Club and Board of Director’s meeting in the absence of the President.
  4. Vice President Public Relations. The Vice President Public Relations is the third-ranking Club officer.
  5. Vice President Membership. The Vice President Membership is the fourth-ranking Club officer.
  6. Secretary. The Secretary is the fifth-ranking Club officer.
  7. Treasurer. The Treasurer is the sixth-ranking Club officer.
  8. Sergeant at Arms. The Sergeant at Arms is the seventh-ranking Club officer.

Offices and Standards. Duties for Club officers will be found in the club Offices and Standards. This document is not part of the Bylaws and can be amended by the Board of Directors as needed.


AAW’s National Office must be notified in writing prior to a local chapter incurring any indebtedness for AAW. No member of the club shall incur any indebtedness for the Olympic Peninsula Chapter without the specific authorization of the board of directors.


The corporation, the American Association of Wood turners Inc. specifically disassociates itself from any debts, obligations or encumbrances of the Local Chapter. The Corporate Board of Directors of AAW is not responsible for the debts nor shares in the profits of the Local Chapters.
The Corporate Organization does not shoulder any legal liability for accidents that occur during events of any kind sponsored or unsponsored by a Local Chapter.


These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed and new bylaws may be adopted by a vote of a simple majority of the qualified voting members of the Chapter then casting ballots at a regular monthly meeting provided that any bylaw changes shall be proposed by the presentation of a petition signed by 10 or more members or by recommendation of the board of Directors at the regular monthly meeting next preceding the meeting at which a vote is taken.

The forgoing bylaws of the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the American Association of Wood turners, which are intended to repeal and replace any previous bylaws of this chapter, as of the date of their passage, were adopted by a majority vote of paid up members in attendance, at the regular monthly meeting on the 29th day of September, 2004.

Dated this 17th day of November, 2004
Signed by Steve Austin, President