SAVANNAH RIVER PRESBYTERY WOMEN IN THE CHURCH CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE I Name
This organization shall be known as the Women in the Church of the
Presbyterian Church in America, Presbytery
of Savannah River.
ARTICLE II Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to:
Provide an organization within which the women in the Churches may work
Encourage fellowship among the women in the Presbyterian Church in
America in the bounds of each Presbytery;
Inspire women in the Churches to know Christ personally and to grow in
Him; Call Christians to serve the Lord
throughout the world.
ARTICLE III Membership
The membership of the Women in the Church in the Presbytery shall be the
resident women membership of the
Churches in the Presbytery.
ARTICLE IV Officers
The officers of the Women in the Church in the Presbytery shall be the
administrative officers, who are President,
Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Other officers shall be elected or
appointed as it becomes necessary.
ARTICLE V Government
The Women in the Church in the Presbytery shall be under the authority of
the Presbytery, and their work shall
be done within the bounds of Presbyterian order and doctrine.
ARTICLE VI Meetings
The regular meeting of the Women in the Church in the Presbytery shall be
an annual meeting in January,
other business or inspirational meetings as needed.
ARTICLE VII Amendments
Section 1: This constitution may be amended at any allnual meeting by a
three-fourths vote of those present and voting,
provided notice of the proposed amendment has been submitted to the
Presbyterial Council and local Women
in the Church two months prior to the annual meeting.
Section 2: All such proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing,
signed by two such members.
SAVANNAH RIVER PRESBYTERY WOMEN IN THE CHURCH BYLAWS
ARTICLE I Membership
Section 1: The membership of the Women in the Church in the Presbytery
shall be all the resident women
of the Churches within the bounds of the Presbytery.
Section 2: The voting membership of the Women in the Church in the
Presbytery shall be the president of the local Women
in the Church or her designated proxy, one other delegate, who shall
represent their local Church at Presbyterial
meetings, and the members of the Presbyterial Council. All voting members
of the Women in the Church in the
Presbytery must be members in good standing of a local Presbyterian
ARTICLE II Nomination, Election, Term of Office
Section 1. A nominating committee shall be appointed and shall include the
Secretary and two members at large from different
Churches in the Presbytery. This committee shall be appointed at the
annual meeting to present names of nominees
at the following meeting.
Section 2. The nominating committee shall be responsible for filling any
vacancies occurring between terms of office, and
for nominating candidates for office each year.
Section 3. The names of nominees shall be presented to the Session of their
local Church for approval.
Section 4. The names shall be presented to the Women in the local
Churches of the Presbytery in writing before the
annual meeting in January; and to the annual Presbyterial meeting. After
nominations from the floor, if any,
the election shall be proceeded by ballot.
Section 5. Any candidate whose name is nominated from the floor must be
willing to hold the office.
Approval from the Session of her local Church may be obtained after the
Section 6. When there is but one candidate for the office, the election may
proceed by acclamation.
Section 7. There shall be an annual election of one group of officers in
January. There is no limit on the
number of terms if an officer and her session are both willing to continue
Section 8. The officers and Committee Chairmen shall be divided into two
groups, each group to be elected
in alternate years, for a term of two years. The initial group of officers and
shall have special terms of office to establish this alternating cycle.
Section 9. The officers shall be installed at the annual meeting in January.
They shall assume office at the close
of the annual meeting. The retiring officers shall complete the business of
the year and shall
surrender to their successors essential books and papers pertaining to their
Section 10. Each Presbyterial officer shall serve as a personal representative
to the local Churches in her
area ofthe Presbytery. She shall meet with them at their request to offer
suggestions for work or
organization and gather suggestions for womens work for them.
ARTICLE III Duties of Officers.
Section 1. The President shall:
1. Preside at all meetings of the Presbyterial Council and at the
2. Call special meetings as needed.
3. Direct the Presbyterial Council in planning the Annual Meeting.
4. Appoint such committees as needed.
5. Present a report of the work of the year (except finance) at the Annual
6. Report to the Presbytery each year as requested.
7. The President or her appointed representative shall attend any meeting
as required by the
General Assembly and Presbytery.
Section 2. The Vice President shall:
1. Perform the duties of the President in her absence and upon resignation
of the President,
shall become President and hold office through the unexpired term of the
2. Oversee Women in the Church in the Presbytery projects; either
supervising them herself
or working with any special chairman appointed for such a task.
3. Serve as parliamentarian for the Presbyterial meetings.
Section 3. The Secretary shall:
1. Keep records of all Presbyterial meetings and of the Presbyterial Council.
2. Serve as publicity agent for the Women in the Church in the Presbytery
by sending notices of meetings
and of work to newspapers within the Presbytery, to Church papers and
Journals and to the General Assembly
Office of Christian Education.
3. Attend to correspondence as directed by the President.
4. Fill out and mail any reports as directed by the President.
5. Serve as Chairman of the nominating committee.
Section 4. The Treasurer shall:
1. Receive and disburse all money at the direction ofthe Presbyterial
2. Keep accurate records of all financial transactions.
3. Prepare quarterly financial reports for the Presbyterial Council.
4. Provide the Clerk ofthe Presbytery with a financial report at the time and
in the form requested by him.
5. Serve as Chairman of the Finance Committee.
ARTICLE IV The Finance Committee
Section 1. The Finance Committee shall be composed of the Treasurer, as
Chairman, the Vice President, and the President (ex-officio).
Section 2. The Finance Committee shall prepare a budget to present to the
fall meeting of the Presbyterial Council which shall be
presented at the Annual Meeting of the Women in the Church in the
Presbytery for approval and adoption.
Section 3. The budget shall be approved by the Christian Education
Committee of Presbytery before it is presented to the women at the
Section 4. Each local Women in the Church organization will be encouraged
to contribute to the financial support of the
Presbyterial Council with a free will gift, in the first quarter of each year.
ARTICLE V Auditing Committee
The books of the Women in the Church in the Presbytery shall be audited
each year following the fall
Council meeting and before the January Presbyterial Annual Meeting.
ARTICLE VI Meetings
Section 1. The Annual Meeting of the Women in the Church in the Presbytery
shall be held in January at a time convenient
to the member Churches. It is typically held in conjunction with the
Section 2. The annual business will include annual reports of officers,
communications from the Presbytery and the
and the General Assembly Christian Education Committee, election and
installation of officers, prayer
and preaching of the Word
Section 3. The Women in the Church in the Presbytery shall meet at other
times during the year for inspiration, for leadership
training, and in connection with projects ofthe Women in the Church in the
Presbytery as shall seem good and
necessary to the member Churches and the Presbyterial Council.
Section 4. Presbyterial Council shall meet at least two times a year or as
needed to carry on the work of the Presbyterial organization.
They shall meet shortly after the Annual Meeting with the outgoing Council
and in the fall.
ARTICLE VII Quorum
Section 1. The quorum for the Presbyterial meeting shall consist of two
officers and representatives from one-fourth of the Churches.
Section 2. The quorum for the Presbyterial Council shall consist of three
ARTICLE VIII Parliamentary Procedure
Roberts Rules of Order, Revised, shall be used as a guide to parlimentary
ARTICLE IX Amendments
Section 1. These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the
Women in the Church in the Presbytery by a
three-fourths vote of those present and voting, provided notice of the
proposed amendment has been given in
writing to local Churches at least two months before the regular meeting.
Section 2. All such proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing,
signed by two members.
Adopted January 17, 2004 at the Inaugural Meeting of the Savannah River