We should start by looking at the bylaws of other hackerspaces
I read through the bylaws of HacDC, Pumping Station: one, Maker's Local 256, and Noisebridge. This is cribbed primarily from HacDC so far with some changes: one membership class, no new member sponsorship, and a different BoD structure. Definitely edit however you see fit and we can all talk out the details as we need to.
- 1 Article 1: Purpose
- 2 Article 2: Membership
- 3 Article 3: Meetings
- 4 Article 4: Officers
- 5 Article 5: Board of Directors
- 6 Article 6: Amendment of Bylaws
Article 1: Purpose
Article 2: Membership
Section 1: Designation of Membership Classes
Baltimore Node shall have a single membership class, that of member.
Section 2: Membership Qualifications
Any person who supports the purposes laid out in Article I of these bylaws is qualified to become a member.
Section 3: Becoming a member
Any qualified person may be elected to become a member at any regular meeting. Qualified persons do not need to be nominated or sponsored by an existing member, but they must be elected by more than three quarters (3/4ths) of members present at the meeting.
Section 4: Membership Dues
The amount, payment period, due date and acceptable methods for collection of dues shall be reviewed each year at the annual meeting. A majority vote of the members at any meeting may change the procedure and terms for payment of dues. Member dues may be waived for a three month period due to financial hardship or relocation by written petition signed by more than three quarters (3/4ths) of the Board of Directors. Payment of dues may be waived for any other reason only by members at a duly called meeting.
Section 5: Membership Rights and Responsibilities
Each member shall have an equal right to voice their opinion and vote their preference or abstain from voting in the affairs of the corporation. Each member shall exercise only one vote for each decision before the corporation. Each member shall have reasonable inspection rights of corporate records. Each member shall be responsible for timely payment of dues, providing their current address, contact information, and preference for electronic receipt of communications. Each member is responsible for continuing to support the purposes of the corporation.
Section 6: Membership Resignation and Termination
Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the Secretary. Resignation shall not relieve a member of unpaid dues or other monies owed. Membership may be suspended for non-payment of dues by the Treasurer. Any suspended member may restore their membership 90 days after suspension upon payment of dues owed and payable through one month beyond the end of the suspension period, or upon the granting of a dues waiver as outlined in Section 4. Membership may also be terminated for any reason by written petition signed by more than three quarters (3/4ths) of the members.