The name of the organization shall be Write Action Inc.
Write Action is a non-profit organization formed to strengthen a
community of writers in Brattleboro and the surrounding area; and
to encourage, nurture, and promote the literary arts for the benefit
of the writing and at-large communities.
The Officers shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary,
a Communications Coordinator, and a Treasurer.
The President shall preside over all board meetings and consult on the agenda.
In his or her absence, the Vice President shall preside and set the agenda. The
President may call an extraordinary meeting of the board with at least a week’s
The Vice President shall assist the President and operate as the President when
the President is incapacitated or otherwise absent.
The Secretary shall keep and distribute the minutes of board meetings, and set
and distribute the agenda. In the absence of the secretary, those present at
a meeting shall appoint someone to keep the minutes.
The Communications Coordinator shall be responsible for maintaining an up-to-date
list of e-mail addresses as well as sending out periodic announcements of writing
related programs and events in the Brattleboro area. This person shall be considered
an ex-officio board member.
The Treasurer shall keep the financial books and dispense funds as permitted
by the bylaws and instructed by the Board. The fiscal year shall be the calendar
year. The Board shall see that an independent audit of the books is done at the
end of each fiscal year and submitted to the Board for ratification.
The duties of any officer may be delegated by agreement of the Board.
There shall be no payment except expenses to any Director who is acting in the
capacity of Director.
The Board of Directors shall be composed of the four officers and
three members at large. The three members shall be chosen initially
by the existing steering committee from those most interested who
have been active on the steering committee in the past. Thereafter
the Board shall be self-perpetuating.
The Board shall meet regularly at least every other month, on call by the President,
or by a petition of at least four directors, unless there is a vote at a meeting
to postpone or do without a subsequent meeting. There shall be warning of a meeting
at least one week in advance unless waved by all Directors. A quorum shall be
A member of the Board may be removed by a vote of five members present and voting.
Decisions of the Board shall be by consensus wherever possible, but when a consensus
appears impossible, after a straw vote they shall be by a majority of those present.
The annual meeting of the Board shall be the first meeting in each calendar year.
Vacancies to the Board may be filled at any time by majority vote of those present
at the time of the vote.
The Board shall have authority over and responsibility for all activities of
Anyone who signs up on any of the Write Action mailing lists is
considered a member. There shall be no dues. Meetings of the Board
shall be open to any member who wishes to attend unless a given meeting
is closed for cause by the Board.
There shall be no standing committees. Committees and task forces
may be formed at any time by the Board and may contain members who
are not Directors.
The Fund is to help writers who are in a dire financial emergency.
Write Action came into being to raise funds to help a fellow writer
and such help remains an important part of the mission. The maximum
amount per award shall be $300.
The bylaws may be amended at any time at a duly warned meeting by
a two-thirds majority of those present and voting.
The dissolution of Write Action may be effected by a vote of two-thirds
of the Directors. No remaining assets may be distributed to the Directors
but must be distributed by vote of the Directors to a non-profit
organization, if possible to a non-profit organization interested
in the arts, especially literature.