Position Description: Governance Committee Chair

Position summary:
The governance chair is generally responsible for bylaws, policies and resolutions, for
reviewing the governance structures and practices of the organization and reporting its findings and recommendations to the board and ensuring that state and branch bylaws are in compliance with AAUW bylaws.
• Bylaws set the fundamental governance structure of the organization and provide protection for the individual member as well as the organization itself.
• A policy is a guiding principle or course of action adopted toward an objective.
• A resolution is a formal expression tool that helps focus, develop and give direction to
members of AAUW of Oregon.

Please keep a record of your activities during the year and upgrade this description as needed.

Leadership skills: understand the AAUW of OR Bylaws and Policies, write articles for the state newsletter, communicate with members and work as a team member.

Major duties:
• Serve on the AAUW of Oregon Board of Directors.
• Post current information on bylaws, policies and resolutions on the state website.
• At every state meeting, have available a copy of the current AAUW of Oregon bylaws, policies and resolutions.
• Serve as a resource for members, branches, standing committees and the state board as to current bylaws and policies and their interpretation.
• Submit articles for the Oregon News as necessary, calling for proposed bylaws changes and resolutions.
• Solicit and review proposed resolutions, establishing their relevance and assuring that they do not conflict with the bylaws, policies or public policy of either the state or national AAUW.
• Present proposals for bylaws, policies and resolutions to the state board and then to the delegate body at the AAUW of Oregon annual meeting.
• Bring AAUW of Oregon bylaws into conformity with AAUW bylaws changes, and direct
branches in updating their bylaws as mandated by AAUW.
• Submit a report for the workbook at the annual meeting.
• Perform all other duties usually pertaining to this office or those designated by the executive committee or the board of directors.

Time commitment:
Along with the time necessary to accomplish the above responsibilities, this position requires time to serve on the state board of directors. Attendance at state meetings and
conventions/annual meetings is required; attendance at the AAUW National Convention is strongly encouraged.

Consult with your predecessor; AAUW of Oregon Bylaws and Policies; AAUW of
Oregon State Directory; state website aauw-or.aauw.net; national website AAUW.org.

(revised April 2020)