Revised Bylaws 08 23 09

Cascade Chainsaw Sculptors Guild has been registered with the State of Washington since 1986 as a nonprofit corporation


CCSG is a not for profit service and educational organization formed:
*To promote chainsaw wood sculpture as a contemporary folk art form.
*To provide a vehicle for the gathering, dissemination, and exchange of information
about chainsaw wood sculpture and its practitioners.
*To create opportunities for chainsaw wood sculptors to meet, exchange ideas and other
information of interest to chainsaw sculptors and collectors.
*To provide educational opportunities through seminars, schools and printed matter.
*To promote (but not sponsor) shows, demonstrations, competitions and other accepted
means of exposure to the general public.
*To establish liaison with producers, fair managers, art shows, and museums to sponsor
chainsaw sculpture shows and exhibitions.


Activities of the guild include, but are not limited to:
*Coordinating public chainsaw carving demonstrations.
*Collaborating on public projects such as city signs, playground structures, or memorials.
*Acting as a resource for contests and competitions.
*Helping publicize chainsaw sculpture contests and other events.
*Publishing newsletter for the purpose of sharing information and knowledge among
chainsaw sculptors.
*Producing and developing other forms of publicity.
*Maintaining archives which document the history of the art of chainsaw sculpture.


*Membership is open to chainsaw sculptors of all levels of accomplishment.
*Membership is open to people who wish to support and encourage recognition of
chainsaw sculpture.
*Dues of $20.00 are paid yearly to the treasurer of CCSG.
*Members receive and can contribute to the newsletter.
*Members have the opportunity to participate in guild activities.
*Members may vote in board elections.
*Members’ responsibilities are to promote the guild purposes and to encourage other
*The membership list is confidential. It is held by the treasurer and the editor of the
newsletter, and cannot be given or sold to advertisers, contest promoters, or any other
organizations or individuals.




*There shall be up to 10 member board of directors. Board members will serve two year
terms. An exception is made when this policy is first implemented, when two will
be elected for only a one year term. This will prevent a complete turnover at one time.
*Board members responsibilities are: to develop a yearly budget, to review budget from
previous year, to set policy, to resolve disputes, to set annual goals, to appoint officers,
to serve on committees.
*Officers shall consist of: president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and sgt. at
*Officers terms are for two years.
*President and vice president are elected by members of the guild.
*Other officers are appointed by the board.
*Duties of officers are as follows:
President: calls and conducts meetings, appoints committees.
Vice president: conducts meetings in presidents absence.
Secretary: keeps accurate minutes of meetings and distributes them to officers and
board members.
Treasurer: handles all guild funds in accordance with budget set by board of directors,
renews corporate papers with state, prepares yearly financial statement, pays bills
in a timely manner.
Sergeant at arms: to assist in running meetings, to gather objective information in case
of disputes, to be aware of and inform the board of potential liability issues.
*Duties of all officers and board members:
All officers and board members must act in the interests of the guild. Anyone acting to
harm the guild or its goals will be replaced at a meeting of the board.
Officers and board members are expected to contribute to meetings. If it is impossible to
attend a meeting, e-mail, conference calls, or fax may be used to communicate.
Officers and board members agree to follow the decisions made at meetings.
Officers and board members agree to follow and support the bylaws of CCSG.
*Replacement of officers and board members shall occur at regular elections or if an
officer or board member does not fulfill the requirements of the position. The person
being replaced shall be notified by the president following discussion at a regular
meeting, and given a chance to explain his or her situation and intent. At the next
meeting of the board, a decision will be made regarding replacement. The new officer
or board member shall be appointed by the board, and may serve immediately.
*It is desirable to have board members who have a sense of the history of the guild and
who are able to function in a focused and efficient way.
*Officers, too, should be chosen from persons who are able to follow through on
agreements and act in a way that benefits the guild and its purposes.


*Officers and board members are expected to conduct business in an ethical manner.
*They should have a reputation for honesty and integrity.
*They are expected to honor contracts and agreements.
*They must not misrepresent the guild or incur unauthorized expenses in the Guild’s
*They must not use their position in the guild for personal gain.
*They must respect the principle of confidentiality in discussions and decisions which
pertain to individuals or matters requiring confidentiality.
*Officers and board members are expected to understand that decision making is done as
a group entity at board meetings. As individuals, they do not have the authority to
make guild decisions except at announced meetings of the board and officers.
*When decisions are to be made by the board and officers, after discussion of the topic, any member having a conflict of interest must declare the conflict of interest and absent himself from the voting.


*Board meetings shall be held four times a year, or as needs require.
*Committee meetings will be held as needed by committee members.
*There shall be an annual meeting for the general membership.
*Dates of meetings will be announced .
*Board meetings have the option of including only board members.
*Accurate minutes of meetings shall be kept of all meetings, at least one copy by the
secretary, one by the president, and one by a designated board member.
*In decisions where there is a conflict of interest or perceived conflict of interest, this
must be declared, and the person with the potential conflict of interest must absent
himself from the room when a vote is taken.
*Topics which are confidential are not to be discussed outside the meeting.
*Agenda items will be given priority at meetings.
*Decisions and policies made at regular meetings shall be followed until such time as the
decision or policy is reconsidered and changed at a regular meeting.
*A quorum shall consist of two thirds of board members and officers present or communicating. However, if fewer than seven are attending or communicating, decisions made must be reviewed and ratified at the next meeting.

*Amendments to Bylaws or Articles of Incorporation shall be made at a regular meeting
of board and office.
*A copy of the Bylaws shall be given to each member of the governing body. Officers and board members are expected to become familiar with these bylaws, and use them in conducting Guild business.


*In the event of the dissolution of the Cascade Chainsaw Sculptors Guild, any remaining
funds shall be given to another existing non-profit tax-exempt arts organization.