City and County Federation of Women's Clubs


San Francisco
June, 1920



The name of this organization shall be the City and County Federation of
Women's Clubs, San Francisco.


Section 1. The objects of this Federation are to promote goodfellowship
among women, to acquire unity of action in the advancement of civic
improvement, of educational, moral and philanthropic interests, and to
be a power for good in the community.

Section 2. This organization may also have for its object the
acquisition of property by donation, bequest or otherwise.


Section 1. Any organization officered by women, desiring to join this
Federation shall make application for membership in writing, accompanied
by its Constitution and By-Laws, to the Corresponding Secretary of the

Section 2. Organizations for men and women are eligible upon the same
conditions as women's organizations, provided representation shall be by
women only, said representation to be designated by constituent
organization. The dues and representation shall be upon the basis of the
women membership.

Section 3. Said organization must have a membership of at least ten.

Section 4. This Federation shall be non-sectarian and non-political.

Section 5. No partisan politics or sectarian measures shall be
introduced into the Federation.

Section 6. No organization entering the Federation shall thereby lose
its independence, or be committed to any principle, or method of any
other organization in the Federation.

Section 7. Any woman desiring to join this Federation must present an
application endorsed by two members of the Federation. Said application
to be presented to the Membership Committee.

Upon acceptance by the Membership Committee said applicant shall sign
the Constitution and pay annual dues of $1.00 and shall be designated
Subscribing Member.

Section 8. Subscribing Members shall be allowed the privilege of
attending the Conventions and taking part in discussions, but shall not
vote unless holding office.

Section 9. All resignations must be submitted in writing to the
Corresponding Secretary.


Section 1. The general officers of this Federation shall be a President,
Vice-Presidents, Recording, Corresponding, Financial and Assistant
Secretaries, Treasurer, Auditor and Historian.

Section 2. The Executive Board shall be composed of the general
officers, the President of each constituent organization, the Chairmen
of Departments, the Chairman of Standing Committees of the Federation
and the Chairman of Subscribing Members.

Departments and Standing Committees

Section 1. The Departments shall be as follows: Art, Child Welfare,
Civics, Education, Foreign Clubs, Literature, Music, Social Service and
Woman's Court.

Section 2. The Standing Committees shall be as follows: Ways and Means,
Club Extension, Credentials, Membership, Press, Legislation, Printing,
Philanthropy, Reception, Reciprocity, Cooperation and such others as may
be necessary.

Section 3. Not more than one chairman of the Standing Committees shall
be appointed from any one club except by consent of the Board.

Representation at General Meetings

Section 1. Organizations numbering fifty or less shall be represented by
the President and her alternate, and one delegate and alternate; those
numbering between fifty and one hundred by the President and two
delegates and alternates, and one delegate and alternate for each
additional one hundred members or majority fraction thereof, to a
maximum of seven.

Section 2. The Subscribing Members, numbering 25 or more, shall be
represented by their chairman and three delegates and their alternates.

All members of the organizations belonging to the Federation may be
present at Conventions and take part in discussions but only Delegates
shall vote.

Section 3. No delegate shall represent more than one Organization.


Section 1. Annual Dues for Organizations numbering from 25 to 100
members shall be $2.00. Organizations numbering more than 100 shall pay
3 cents per capita additional to a maximum of $15.00. Dues are payable
upon admission.

Section 2. The fiscal year shall begin with the annual meeting. The dues
of new clubs shall date from September or January.

Dues shall become delinquent April 15. Delegates from delinquent
organizations shall not be seated at the Annual Meetings.

Section 3. Organizations failing to pay dues for one year shall be
notified in writing. Said members neglecting to pay within 30 days after
such notification shall be dropped from membership.


Section 1. The Annual Convention shall be held during April or May at
the discretion of the Executive Board.

Section 2. Special Meetings of the Federation for the consideration of
any special measure may be called by the President or Executive Board or
on the written request of five voting members representing five

Section 3. The Executive Board shall meet at the call of the President.


Twenty-five Voting Members shall constitute a quorum in the Federation.
Nine members shall constitute a quorum of the Executive Board.


This Constitution and By-Laws may be amended at the any meeting of the
Federation by a two-thirds vote of the voters present, the proposed
amendment or amendments having been submitted to the Executive Board for
approval and notice of the same appended to the call of the meetings.




Duties of Officers

Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Federation
and of the Executive Board.

She shall appoint all Secretaries, Auditor, Historian, Department
Chairmen, Standing Committees, and any special committees that may be
required from time to time, and be a member ex-officio thereof.

The Executive Board shall ratify the appointment of chairmen of Standing

She shall sign all warrants having been previously signed by the
chairmen of the respective committees; and have general supervision over
the affairs of the Federation.

Section 2. In the absence of the President, the Vice Presidents, in the
order of their rank, shall perform the duties of the President and shall
assist in devising and executing plans of work.

Section 3. The Recording Secretary shall keep the minutes of the
Federation and of the Executive Board. She shall file all papers and
records pertaining to her office.

Section 4. The Corresponding Secretary shall have charge of all the
official correspondence of the Federation and shall file all papers
pertaining to her office.

Section 5. The Assistant Secretary shall issue notices of all meetings
and substitute in the absence of
Secretaries or Treasurer.

Section 6. The Financial Secretary shall receive all dues, deliver same
to the Treasurer, and keep a record thereof.

Section 7. The Treasurer shall receive all money belonging to the
Federation and disburse the same under the direction of the Executive
Board. Said orders to be signed by the President.

Section 8. The Auditor shall examine the accounts of Treasurer and
Financial Secretary and present a written report at the Annual Meeting.

Section 9. The Historian shall keep a record of such proceedings of
interest as are not included in the minutes. She shall have in charge
the log book and press clippings.


Section 1. All elections for office shall be held biennially, beginning
September, 1916. Subsequent elections to be held at the biennial

Section 2. There shall be a Nominating Committee of five, the chairman
and two members to be named by the Executive Board, and two to be
elected at a preceding Convention. Suggestions for elective officers may
be submitted in writing to the Chairman of the Nominating Committee by
any member of the Federation at least ten days before the Annual

Nominations may also be made from the floor on the day of the election.

Section 3. No elective officer, save the Treasurer, shall serve two
consecutive terms in the same office.

Section 4. Names of all delegates and alternates to the Biennial
Convention shall be sent to the Corresponding Secretary not later than
one week before the Convention.

Section 5. All delegates and alternates to the Biennial Convention shall
register with the Credential Committee before being seated.

Section 6. On the day of the election, the President shall appoint seven
tellers, four of whom shall be from the Board of Directors.

Section 7. All elections shall be by ballot.

Section 8. In case of a tie vote there shall be another election for
that office at the close of the Convention.


Section 1. The Executive Board shall fill all vacancies of elective


Roberts' Revised Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of the City
and County Federation of Women's Clubs, San Francisco.

Transcribed by Elaine Sturdevant


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