BYLAWS FOR KENYAN WOMEN IN THE USA (KWITU)

A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION

ARTICLE I ORGANIZATION

  • The name of the organization shall be Kenyan Women in the USA (KWITU).
  • The organization may, at its pleasure, by a vote of the membership body, change its name.

ARTICLE II MISSION

Our mission is to Connect, Empower and Support Kenyan women living in the USA while bridging the gap between Kenyan women living in the USA and the Kenyan women living in the grassroots of Kenya.

ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP

Membership shall be open to all who are one or more of the following:

  • Selected by the selective application process
  • Kenyan women in the USA and Canada
  • Age 18 and up are welcome to join

ARTICLE IV MEETINGS

The annual membership meeting of this organization shall be held on the 1 st weekend of August every year except if such a day is a legal holiday, then and in that event, the Board of Directors shall fix the day, but it shall not be over two weeks from the date set by these By-Laws.

The Secretary shall cause to be mailed to every member in good standing at his/her address as it appears in the membership roll book in this organization a notice telling the time and place of such annual meeting.

Regular meetings of this organization shall be held at Corporation Main Office.

The presence of not less than (75%) percent of the members shall make up a quorum and shall be necessary to conduct the business of this organization, but a lesser percentage may adjourn the meeting for not more than four weeks from the date scheduled by these By-Laws. The secretary shall cause a notice of this scheduled meeting to be sent to all those members who were not present at the meeting originally called. A quorum as hereinbefore set forth shall be required at any adjourned meeting.

Special meetings of this organization may be called by the president when he deems it for the best interest of the organization. Notices of such meeting shall be mailed, emailed or via a telephone call to all members at their addresses, contact numbers, as they appear in the membership roll book at least ten (10) days before the scheduled date set for such special meeting. Such notice shall state the reasons that such meeting has been called, the business to be transacted at such meeting and by whom it was called. At the request of 50% percent of the members of the Board of Directors or 50% percent of the members of the organization, the president shall cause a special meeting to be called, but such request must be made in writing at least ten (10) days before the requested scheduled date.

No other business but that specified in the notice may be transacted at such special meeting without the unanimous consent of all present at such meeting.

ARTICLE V VOTING

At all meetings, except for the election of officers and directors, all votes shall be by voice. For the election of officers, ballots shall be provided, and there shall not appear any place on such ballot that might tend to indicate the person who cast such ballot.

At any regular or special meeting, if a majority so requires, any question may be voted upon in the manner and style provided for the election of officers and directors.

At all votes by ballot the chairman of such meeting shall, prior to the commencement of balloting, appoint a committee of three who shall act as "Inspectors of Election" and who shall, at the conclusion of such balloting, certify in writing to the Chairman the results and the certified copy shall be physically affixed to the minute book to the minutes of that meeting.

No inspector of election shall be a candidate for office or shall be personally interested in the question voted upon.

ARTICLE VI ORDER OF BUSINESS

  • Roll Call.
  • Reading of the Minutes of the preceding meeting.
  • Reports of Committees.
  • Reports of Officers.
  • Old and Unfinished Business.
  • New Business.
  • Adjournments.

ARTICLE VII GOVERNING BODY

  • DESIGNATION OF OFFICERS: The officers of the corporation shall be a president, vice president, a secretary, and a treasurer. The president shall be the chairperson of the board. Officers shall by virtue of their office be members of the Board of Directors.
  • QUALIFICATIONS: Any person may serve as an officer of this corporation.
  • POWERS: The business of this organization shall be managed by a Board of Directors comprising five (5) members, together with the officers of this organization. At least one director elected shall be a resident of the State of New Jersey and a citizen of the United States.

The Board of Directors shall have the control and management of the affairs and business of this organization. Such Board of Directors shall only act in the name of the organization when its chairman shall regularly convene it after due notice to all the directors of such meeting.

The initial officers of the organization shall be as follows:

Lillian Okech President/CEO
Mary Kimari Vice President
Sue Saiyorri Treasurer
Eva Buddy Riungu Board Member
Terry Gobanga Board Member
Eunice Okech Board Member

The President shall preside at all membership meetings.

  • She shall by virtue of her office be Chairwoman of the Board of Directors.
  • She shall present at each annual meeting of the organization an annual report of the work of the organization.
  • She shall appoint all committees, temporary or permanent.
  • She shall see all books, reports, and certificates required by law are properly kept or filed.
  • She shall be one of the officers who may sign the checks or drafts of the organization.