The Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild


The name of this organization shall be The Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild, a California non-profit corporation, hereinafter referred to as the Guild. This organization is a non-profit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable, educational and public purposes.



Section 1.

The mission of the Guild shall be to provide an atmosphere of fellowship for persons interested in the art and craft of quilt making and related arts by the sharing of skills and knowledge in the field of Modern quilt making.


The Guild shall:

Encourage Modern quilt making and collecting.

Provide educational activities such as demonstrations and speakers, special interest workshops and lectures.

Support and sponsor quilting activities such as community events that provide the opportunity to share the art and enjoyment of Modern quilting.

Serve the community through charitable activities involving quilting.

Enlighten the public as to the substantial history of quilting as an art form as well as a continuing craft.


Section 2.

This Guild shall be a non-profit corporation under the laws of and on file with the State of California. As a non-profit corporation, the activities of the Guild shall be conducted in such a manner that no part of the net income shall benefit any individual member of the Guild. Notwithstanding the above, the following activities, neither of which violates the above requirement of a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code, are permitted: A member may be hired as a principal lecturer/teacher/or quilter by the Executive Board and Guild members may sell items at the quilt show, either as a contracting vendor or in the Guild’s booth.


Section 3.

No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall consist of lobbying or propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, except as provided in Section 501(h) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and this corporation shall not participate in or intervene in (including publishing or distributing statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.



Membership shall be open to any person interested in Modern quilts and Modern quilt making.  No person may be denied membership or be denied participation in any events or activities because of the person’s sex, race, religion, national origin, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental or learning disability.


Section 1.

Active Members

New members may join at any time.

Membership shall be recognized upon payment of annual dues.

Visitors may attend one meeting, free of charge. Any meetings thereafter, a $5 will be charged.

Active members may participate in and support the projects and activities of the Guild, including the privilege of voting, holding office, and serving on committees. They shall be entitled to preferential placing in any Guild sponsored function, receive a membership roster, have access to minutes of the business and general meetings, have access to Treasurer’s reports, may place items on the agenda and be informed of all decisions of the Executive Board.


Section 2.

Affiliate Members

Affiliate members shall be a business and/or community organization wishing to support the Guild.

Affiliate members shall be introduced on the website upon joining and shall be listed on the Guild website.

Affiliate members shall be entitled to all benefits of active members, except access to the membership roster.

Affiliate members shall be given priority over non-affiliate businesses or organizations.

The Executive Board shall establish dues and/or specifications for advertisement or publication for affiliate members.


Section 3.

Student Members

Student members shall be persons 18 years of age or older and enrolled full-time in Community College, Art School, or University.

Student members shall be entitled to all benefits of active members.

Student members shall pay half the rate of the established membership dues.


Section 4.

Junior Members

Junior members shall be persons under the age of 18 years or high school level or below.

Junior members shall be entitled to all benefits of active members.

Junior members shall pay half the rate of the established membership dues.


Section 5.

Honorary members shall be those deemed as integral part of the modern quilt movement or outstanding contribution to the IEMQG.

Honorary members shall be entitled to all benefits of active members.

Honorary members’ dues shall be waived for the duration of their standing.

Honorary membership is awarded at the discretion of the Executive Board.



Section 1


Annual dues assessed to members shall be determined by the Executive Board. Changes in dues shall be established at the October meeting of the Executive Board and be published for the next 30 days on the guild website. It shall be passed by a two-thirds vote of those present at the November General meeting.

Annual dues are payable at the January General meeting and become delinquent at the April General meeting. Members joining after June 30 will pay half the dues amount upon submission of the membership form.

Fees will be collected by the Treasurer, identified and held in the Guild checking account. The Treasurer shall account for all fees collected in the monthly Treasurer’s report.

A member whose dues remain unpaid by April shall be dropped from the roster.


Section 2.


Fees may be charged for special classes, presentations and/or events as established by the Executive Board.

Fees will be collected by the Treasurer, identified and held in the Guild checking account. The Treasurer shall account for all fees collected in the monthly Treasurer’s report.

Fees may be refundable as determined in advance of the event, class or presentation in the event of cancellation or reasonable change of circumstances as determined by the Executive Board.



Section 1.

General Membership Meetings

General Membership meetings shall be held on a date and at a place as designated by the Executive Board.

Meetings shall be announced on the Guild website.

The February meeting shall be considered the Annual Meeting. The Guild financial audit report and budget for the coming year shall be presented to the General Membership.


Section 2.

Special Meetings

Special meetings may be called for the purpose of a single item matter.  These special meetings also to include those called for by the Executive Board as deemed necessary.

Members will be notified via email and announced on the guild website of a special meeting at least 72 hours in advance as to date, time and location of meeting.


Section 3.

Executive Board Meetings

Executive Board meetings shall be held at least quarterly. (March, June, September, December)

Executive Board Meetings are open to the General Membership; their date and location shall be published on the Guild website.


Section 4.


Minutes of all General, Special and Executive Board meetings shall be available to all members through the Guild website.


Section 5.


Every act or decision brought to the General Meeting shall be decided by a simple majority of members present at the meeting.

Each member present is entitled to one vote on each matter. Voting shall be by voice, show of hands, or by ballot. In the case of a tie, the members will discuss and revote, before the President will make a tie-breaking vote.



Section 1.

The fiscal year shall be from January 1 through December 31.


Section 2.

The Executive Board shall adopt the budget to be presented for approval by the membership no later than the Annual meeting in March.


Section 3.

The Executive Board shall set and maintain policies and procedures to control financial records consistent with generally accepted accounting principles and federal, state and local laws.


Section 4.


A committee consisting of one Executive Board member and two or more General Members appointed by the Executive Board shall audit financial records within 30 days of the close of the fiscal year.  The Committee shall be established in the month of October.


Section 5.

Funds/Revenue collected for a specific event, activity, presentation, or class shall be identified, reported, and audited consistent with the general budget records.




Section 1.

Nominations of Executive Board

During the August board meeting, the Executive Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee Chairperson. The Committee will consist of two additional members: one member from the General Membership appointed by the Executive Board and one member from the General Membership to be determined by the committee chairperson.

The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of nominees for each office on the Executive Board to the General Membership at the October meeting.

Additional nominations may be made at the October meeting from the General Membership.  Nominees must have given consent for the nomination.

All nominations shall be published until the day of the vote on the guild website.

Final election to be facilitated at the October meeting either in person or by electronic submission.


Section 2.

Election of Executive Board

The election shall take place between the October and November General Meeting in.  Officers will win by simple majority vote.  Voting shall be in person or by ballot and be represented by a quorum of guild members.  In the case of a tie, the outgoing President will make a tie-breaking vote.


Section 3.

Officers shall serve a one-year term.  Officers may hold office for consecutive years.


Section 4.

A list of the duties and descriptions for each officer position shall be made available on the Guild website.




Section 1.

The Executive Board shall be elected by the General Membership and shall include the Guild officers (5).


Section 2.

The Officers of the Guild shall be President, Vice-President of Programs, Vice-President of Communications, Treasurer, and Secretary.


Section 3.

The Executive Board, consisting of the Officers shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Guild; shall set policy; fix the hour and place of the Board and General Meetings; shall have control of the proceeds of the Guild funds; shall publish the minutes of each General and Executive Board meeting, and shall perform other duties as specified by the Bylaws.


Section 4.

A quorum of the Executive Board shall be a majority of its members.


Section 5.

Standing committees may be established as determined by the Executive Board. Standing Committees may include, but are not limited to:  Budget, Charity, Education, Financial Audit, Fundraising, Historian, Hospitality, Library, Membership, Newsletter, Nominating, Parliamentary, Publicity, Recruitment, Sit and Sews, Special Projects, Social Media and Workshops.


Section 6.

Officers shall assume office in January and shall serve for the calendar year.


Section 7.

In the event of a vacancy on the Executive Board, the Executive Board shall appoint a person to fill the remainder of the term vacated until the next annual election.



Section 1.

The President shall:

Oversee the smooth running of the entire Guild to ensure its mission and purpose is being followed.

Preside at all General, Special, and Board meetings.

Act as official spokesperson for the Guild.

Serve as signing authority for contracts and agreements on behalf of the Guild.

With the approval of the Officers, appoint all Committee Chairpersons. Coordinate committee activities.

Be a cosigner with the Treasurer for the Guild bank account for the purpose of dispersing funds if the Treasurer is unavailable.

Act as a contributor to and create content on the Guild website.

Oversee the review of the Guild Bylaws as necessary.


Section 2.

The Vice-President of Programs shall:

In the absence of the President, conduct General, Special and Board meetings.

Assume the responsibilities of President in the event the President cannot complete the term of elected office.

Be a cosigner with the Treasurer for the Guild bank account for the purpose of dispersing funds if the Treasurer and President are unavailable.

Coordinate the program portion of the General meeting, which may include educational demos, guest speakers, block lotto, block of the month, and group challenges.

Coordinate any events outside of the meetings, which may include road trips, sit and sews, tours, retreats and workshops.

Oversee hospitality and refreshments at the General meeting.

Contact and facilitate negotiations with guest speakers and special events on behalf of the Guild.

Act as a contributor to and create content on the Guild website.


Section 3.

The Vice-President of Communications shall:

Act as administrator and maintain the Guild website and hosting of the Guild website.

Maintain and coordinate all electronic storage files on behalf of the Guild.

Maintain accuracy of online listings for the Guild including SCCQG and MQG.


Section 4.

The Treasurer shall:

Receive and bank all Guild monies. Be cosigner on the Guild bank account.

Maintain bookkeeping records of all funds and provide monthly bank statements at Executive Board meetings.

Responsible for disbursement of all funds as authorized by vote of the Executive Board.

Make a financial statement available for the members.

Provide a financial statement to the Executive Board.

Provide a complete financial report as prepared by the Audit Committee to be presented to the membership at the Annual Meeting in February.

Confirm filing of all documents required by the State and Federal governments such as tax and state registration forms to ensure the Guild maintains its non-profit status (via SCCQG membership).

File and maintain appropriate liability insurance on behalf of the Guild (via SCCQG membership)

Maintain membership roster and attendance records.





Section 5.

The Secretary shall:

Keep minutes of the General, Special, and Executive Board meetings or arrange for a substitute in his/her absence.

Oversee posting of the minutes of the General, Special, and Executive Board meetings on the Guild website.

Conduct formal outside correspondence for the Guild.



These Bylaws may be amended at any General Meeting of the Guild by a majority vote of the General Membership present.  Any proposed amendment must have been presented at a General Meeting prior to voting.


Submitted 9/2018:

Laura Greene, President

Gayle Bennett, Treasurer

Tricia Williams, Secretary

Cathleen (Cat) Wallace, Vice President of Programs

Jennifer Adams, Vice President of Communications