BYLAWS OF THE PUGET SOUND CHAPTER
OF THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS
Dated: 1 December 2008; updated 12 December 2008, approved by APG 6 February 2009

ARTICLE I. NAME
1. The name of this association organized as a nonprofit under the Statutes of the State of Washington, shall be known as the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (PS-APG); hereinafter referred to as the Chapter.

ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES
1. To promote international awareness of, and interest in, professional genealogical services.
2. To promote professional standards in genealogical research, writing, and speaking.
3. To engage in activities, which improve access, facilitate research, and preserve records used in the fields of genealogy and local history.
4. To promote awareness of activities and/or laws which may affect genealogical and historical research.
5. To educate the membership and public through publications and lectures.
6. To provide support for the genealogical activities of the membership of the chapter.
7. To promote awareness of the local records and resources available to genealogists in the region.
8. To promote publication of local records and material on local families in the Puget Sound region.
9. To promote chapter members and their specialties.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
1. Membership in the chapter shall be limited to members in good standing of the Association of Professional Genealogists. (Hereafter referred to as the APG).

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

1. The chapter is required to vote for a Chapter Representative to the Association of Professional Genealogists. The Chapter Representative is responsible for:
a. Sending reports at least twice yearly to the Chapter Liaison of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
b. Keeping an accurate roster of Chapter members in good standing.

2. Officers shall be President, Secretary, Treasurer and Chapter Representative to APG and will be elected from chapter members in good standing.

3. The Chapter will hold yearly elections of officers in October.
4. Terms of Office shall be for two years, with elections or appointment to no more than three full consecutive terms. Terms begin January 1 of the following year.

5. The Chapter may choose to elect additional officers if in a majority vote of membership there is found to be a need for additional positions.

6. The Chapter will be governed by these bylaws and by those of APG, and will adhere to any changes or revisions adopted after the Chapter was accepted. The Chapter will at all times be bound by the Policy and Procedures as set forth in the APG Policy Manual and APG Procedure Manual, including changes or revisions adopted after the Chapter was accepted.

ARTICLE V. MEETINGS AND MEMBERS
1. The frequency of meetings shall be a minimum of two meetings annually.

2. Only chapter members in good standing may vote in chapter elections and for ballot measures.

3. Only chapter members can serve as Chapter Representative or as other officers.

4. Only chapter members can be listed in materials published by the chapter.

5. The public may attend chapter meetings and participate in chapter activities as non-members.

ARTICLE VI. OPERATING PROCEDURES

1. Chapters shall communicate their activities, concerns, and questions through their Chapter Representative to the Chapter Liaison who will channel such communications to the appropriate APG entities as prescribed by the Procedure Manual and the Policy Manual.

2. APG through its Chapter Liaison and their Chapter Representative shall keep chapters informed of changes in policy and procedures that affect them.

3. Except as otherwise required by the bylaws, chapters are self-governing. The APG cannot be held legally responsible for the actions of the chapters beyond the bylaws.

4. The chapter will conduct itself in a manner that is in keeping with the professionalism of the APG. All literature, banners, posters, letters etc. will be professional in appearance so as to maintain APG’s image as a professional organization.

5. Any literature, press releases, or other such communication intended for the general public shall be submitted to the APG Office in accordance with the APG Policies and Procedure Manuals for review by the Publications Advisory Committee.
ARTICLE VII. FINANCES

1. The Chapter will collect dues from its members.

2. The collected dues of the chapter shall be deposited in a bank account held in the name of the chapter.

3. The general membership of the Chapter will establish/revise the annual dues, decide how the dues shall be assessed, and when a member will be delinquent.

ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS

1. No amendments can be made in these bylaws without the approval of the Executive Committee of APG.

2. Amendments or revisions of these bylaws may be proposed by the chapter members and ratified by a simple majority vote of the entire chapter membership who shall have been notified of the proposed amendments two weeks prior to the vote.

3. A written proposal of the voted upon amendment shall be sent by the Chapter Representative to the Chapter Liaison, who will review the proposal and transmit it to the Executive Committee. The EC will vote upon any such proposal at their EC meeting and will report back to the Chapter Liaison within ninety days of receipt of the proposal. The Chapter Liaison will communicate the EC’s decision to the Chapter Representative.
ARTICLE IX. DEACTIVATION
1. Chapters may be deactivated by the parent organization (APG) according to criteria prescribed by the Procedure Manual.

2. Chapters may request deactivation according to procedures outlined in the Procedure Manual

12 December 2008
Approved 6 February 2009