ARTICLE I

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.0

The individuals named in the attached Exhibit “A” are Charter Members of this Association.

Section 2.0

Any individual engaged with a water utility in the Sacramento area is eligible to be a Regular member upon the approval of his/her Application by the Association members.

Section 3.0

Written applications for membership must be submitted to the Board of Directors of the Association at least twenty (20) days prior to the meeting of the Association at which the applicant is to be considered by the General Membership. Upon receipt of an application, the Board of Directors or their membership committee shall consider the application for membership and present it to the General Membership at the next regular meeting with a recommendation as to acceptance or rejection. It is the intent of this section that prospective members should personally be introduced and their membership application received at a regular meeting of the Association and that the Board will then consider the application and present it to the General Membership at the next succeeding regular meeting. It is requested that applicants for membership do not attend this meeting. Upon approval by a majority of the members present, the applicant will become a Regular, Affiliate, Associate, or Business Associate member in accordance with their classification.

Section 4.0

Individuals engaged in a regulatory, or advisory (JPA’s) activities connected with water utilities in the Sacramento area may apply for membership and upon approval of the Board of Directors and the General Membership may become an Affiliate Member.

Section 5.0

Affiliate Members will pay dues, but will not have voting privileges. There shall be no limit to the number of Affiliate Members in the Association at any one time. Affiliate Members are encouraged to participate in committee activities providing no conflict of interest between the Association and Affiliate’s agency exists.

Section 6.0

Any individual not engaged in a supervisory capacity in a water utility who is engaged in design or analytical activities connected with water utilities in the Sacramento area may apply for membership and upon approval of the Board of Directors and the General Membership may become an Associate Member. The term design shall not include engineers employed by a company for the purpose of selling or leasing products.

Section 7.0

Associate Members will pay dues, but will have no voting privileges. There shall be no more than 50 Associate Members in the Association at any one time. Associate Members are encouraged to participate in committee activities that pose no conflict of interest with the Association and the Associate’s firm.

Section 8.0

Any individual who provides goods, products, or services other than design services for the water industries in the Sacramento area may apply for membership and upon approval of the Board of Directors and the General Membership may become a Business Associate Member.

Section 9.0

Business Associate Members will pay dues, but will not have voting privileges. There shall be no more than 25 Business Associate Members in the Association at any one time. The number of these memberships from any organization shall not exceed two at any time. Business Associate Members are encouraged to participate in committee activities that pose no conflict of interest with the Association and the Business Associate’s firm.

Section 10.0

By action of the Board of Directors, an Honorary Membership may be awarded to any individual in consideration of distinguished service to the Association. Honorary Members are not required to pay dues.

Section 11.0

Any Regular Member may, upon retirement from full-time work, continue to participate in the Association as a Retired Member. Retired Members shall not be required to pay dues, will have no voting privileges and shall be exempt from Article II, Section 2.0 (Attendance).

Section 12.0

Any Charter Member active in the Association upon retirement will become eligible for a Lifetime Membership. Individuals selected for Lifetime Membership may, on an appropriate occasion, be presented with a suitable token of appreciation. Lifetime Members will not pay dues.

ARTICLE II

DUES AND ATTENDANCE

Section 1.0a

Annual dues shall be determined by the membership in accordance with amendment procedures contained in this document. A dues statement for the ensuing year shall be mailed with the notice of the December meeting. Members who have not paid their dues by February 1st shall be mailed a final statement with the notice of the February meeting. Any member whose dues remain unpaid following the March meeting shall be automatically dropped from membership.

Section 1.0b

Any member may pay a full year membership fee, which includes dues, regular monthly meetings, and annual evening meeting. In order to qualify for the full year membership fee, such fee shall be paid on or before the regular January meeting. No part of the full year’s membership shall be transferable. No refunds or partial fee shall be allowed for failure to attend any Association function covered by the full year membership fee.

Section 1.0c

Both the current dues and full year membership fee shall be listed on the attached Exhibit “B”, as amended.

Section 2.0

Minimal attendance is a membership requirement. Any Regular, Affiliate, Associate, or Business Associate Member who fails to attend at least three regular meetings in a calendar year, and who was a member of the Association at the beginning of that year, shall automatically be dropped from the membership.

ARTICLE III

MEETINGS

Section 1.0

Meetings will be held monthly on the second Friday, unless all members are notified otherwise by action of the Board of Directors. They shall be conducted according to “Roberts Rules of Order.” Members may bring guests to the meetings.

ARTICLE IV

COMMITTEES

Section 1.0

The following standing committees shall exist:

  • Audit Committee
  • Career Outreach Committee
  • Cross Connection Control Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Security Committee
  • Website Committee

Section 2.0

Unless otherwise specified in these bylaws, the President shall annually select no less than two (2) members to serve on each of the committees. Committee chairpersons and vice-chairpersons shall be selected by the members of each committee. The President shall prepare a description of the objectives of each standing committee listed in Section 1.0. Such description shall become effective upon its approval by the Board.

Section 2.0a

The Membership Committee shall consist of the immediate Past President of the Association who shall serve as the chairperson and two available Past Presidents.

Section 2.0b

Vacancies that develop in standing committees shall be filled by appointment of the President. Additional committees may be appointed by the President to assist the Association.

ARTICLE V

AMENDMENTS

Section 1.0

The Board of Directors may amend these Bylaws in any manner not inconsistent with the Constitution by submitting the proposed change for approval to the members present at a regular meeting.

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I

NAME

The name of this Association is the Sacramento Area Water Works Association (SAWWA).

ARTICLE II

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this Association are:

  • To advance and implement improvements in knowledge, design, construction, operation, and management of water utilities
  • To consider and solve problems in the production and distribution of safe, adequate water supplies
  • To promote the dissemination of water utility information in order to improve the understanding of the complexities of the industry
  • To offer to members of the Association, their organizations, and to other appropriate persons or organizations the individual or collective water utility expertise that is available from members of the Association.

ARTICLE III

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1.0

The affairs of the Association shall be managed by its Board of Directors.

Section 2.0

The Board shall consist of:

a. The President of the Association;
b. The Vice-President of the Association;
c. The Secretary of the Association; and
d. The Treasurer of the Association.

Section 3.0

The term of the officers shall be for one (1) year beginning at the March meeting. With the exception of the Treasurer, no officer shall be re-elected to the same office.

Section 4.0

Three (3) members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of Association affairs.

Section 5.0

The Directors shall meet monthly or as scheduled by the President of the Association.

ARTICLE IV

NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Section 1.0

Rules governing the nomination and election of officers and directors.

Section 1.1

Each January, a nominating committee composed of the President as a non-voting Chairman, and the three available immediate Past Presidents, shall nominate one or may nominate two candidates for each of the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. A member of the committee other than the Chairman shall report the list of nominees to the Association membership at the February meeting, at which time any member may make additional nominations.

Section 1.2

The election may be by voice vote or show of hands at the pleasure of the President, except that written ballots shall be used in the event there are two or more nominees for a particular office.

Section 1.3

Three of the four nominees for officers shall be chosen from the Regular or Charter membership roster.

Section 1.4

A vacancy in the office of President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer shall be filled for the unexpired term by naming the Vice President as acting President, Secretary as acting Vice President, Treasurer as acting Secretary, or a Regular or Charter member as acting Treasurer.

ARTICLE V

AMENDMENTS

Section 1.0

Proposals to amend this Constitution shall be made by not less than two Regular members of the Association, provided that such proposals are filed in writing with the Secretary. The Board shall then submit the proposed amendment to the members at the next regular meeting. The amendment shall be adopted if approved by a majority of the members present.