Bylaws of the Sacramento Home Winemakers


The name of the organization shall be “Sacramento Home Winemakers, Inc.”

Section 1. General
The organization shall be a non-profit, informational, educational organization; the purpose of which shall be to promote interest in the art of winemaking by the amateur.
Section 2. Specific and Primary
Organize, conduct and/or attend discussions, lectures, field trips, experiments and competitions.

Section 1. Membership
There shall be two classes of members, active and honorary. To be eligible for membership a person shall have, attained the age of twenty-one (21), and have an interest in the art of winemaking.
1. Membership, both active and honorary, of an individual, entitles members of that individual’s family to participate in all club activities. Only one vote per household is allowed.
2. Members who are commercial winemakers shall not be allowed to enter their wines in club wine competitions.
3. To be eligible for an honorary membership, the President shall, at the request of an active member appoint a committee of two which shall be responsible for an investigation into the qualifications of the person proposed for the honorary membership. The Executive Board will then review and approve or deny the honorary membership proposal.

Section 2. Dues
1. Dues shall be established by a vote of the membership at any regular meeting. Said dues shall be payable within 60 days after joining the organization or by March 1st of each year.
2. Dues shall be considered delinquent 60 days after January 1st of each year. One written notice of delinquent dues shall be given and the member shall be dropped from the roll if dues are not paid within 30 days after the date of notice.
3. An initiation fee shall be paid by each new member. The fee shall be an amount equal to
 the current established annual dues. No additional dues payment shall be required until the first day of the year. A new member initiated after September 30 and before January will pay a pro-rata 1/12 (One twelfth) for each month before January.
4. Assessments may be made when approved by a majority of the membership who exercise a vote upon due notification (as defined in Article VI, Section 2).
5. Honorary members shall not be required to pay dues.

 Section 3. Privileges
Active members are entitled to all privileges, inherent and established. “Honorary” members are entitled to all the privileges of the organization except they shall not vote or hold office.

Section 1. Number of Officers
Officers of the organization shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair, and up to Five Executive Board Members at Large. President and Vice President are elected annually and may not serve for more than two consecutive years. Secretary and Treasurer are elected to two year terms, Secretary on the odd years, and Treasurer on the even years, they each may be elected to more than one term if they desire. Membership Chair and up to five Executive Board Members at Large are elected annually with no limit on the number of terms.

Section 2. Election of Officers
Election of officers by a simple majority vote of those members voting at a regularly scheduled and advertised meeting shall be held in November of each year. Members unable to attend the meeting may vote by presenting their vote to the Secretary prior to the annual meeting.

Section 3. Vacancy in Office
In the event of a vacancy the office will be temporarily filled by a member of the Board of Directors appointed by the Chair of the Board of Directors until a permanent member can be appointed by the President.

Section 1. President
The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the organization. The President shall appoint all committee chairs, except for the nominating committee and program committee. The President may appoint members to the following supportive positions: Librarian, Historian, Newsletter Editor, Chief Judge, Cellarmaster, Hospitality Chair, and Competition Coordinator.

Section 2. Vice President
The Vice President shall act for the President in the President’s absence. The Vice President shall act as Chair of the Program Committee. In the event of a vacancy in the Office of President, the Vice President shall fill the vacancy.

Section 3. Secretary
The Secretary shall act as both recording and corresponding Secretary, and shall maintain all records of minutes of earlier meetings.

Section 4. Treasurer
The Treasurer shall maintain custody of all funds belonging to the organization and associated financial records including previous years’ records. The Treasurer shall also with one other officer, sign any checks drawn against funds of the organization. The Treasurer shall determine the official register of the membership, based on dues collected.

Section 5. Membership Chair
The Membership Chair shall promote new memberships, sign up new members, provide new members with the current membership packet including the SHW Winemaking Manual, introduce them to the club at their first attendance at a meeting, acquaint them with the Mentor Program, coordinate with the Treasurer in collection of dues, and manage the membership records.

Section 6. Executive Board Member at Large
There shall be up to five Executive Board Members at Large to attend Board meetings, learn how the club works, and be expected to volunteer for tasks that need to be done for the benefit of the club.


Section 1. Regular Meetings
Regular Meetings will be held once monthly. Business requiring a vote of the membership shall be conducted at a regularly scheduled and normally advertised monthly meeting, or at a special meeting. A quorum must be present. Field trips or parties may take the place of a regular meeting.

Section 2. Quorum
One third of the voting membership shall constitute a quorum. A motion shall pass by a majority of those present provided the number of “aye” votes is at least two-thirds of the minimum requirement for a quorum. A quorum is not needed for the election of officers at the November meeting.

Section 3. Annual Meeting
The meeting in November of each year shall be known as the annual meeting. Floor nominations and election of officers and other business as required shall be conducted at the annual meetings. A quorum is not needed for the election of officers. A simple majority of the members voting will suffice. Only one vote per household is allowed.

Section 4. Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called by the President or at the request of twenty percent of the membership. Seven days written notice shall be given each member prior to each special meeting.

Section 5. Authority at Meetings
The President may conduct meetings informally. However; a majority of members present may vote to invoke Robert’s Rules of Order.

Section 1. Members
The Board of Directors shall consist of five members who must also be members of the Sacramento Home Winemakers, Inc. They shall be the current President and the immediate last four Presidents, as well as the Club Historian (ex-officio). Their term of office shall be coincident with the installation of officers each year. The Chair of the Board of Directors shall be the one who was first elected President. In the event that all five directorships are not filled, the Board of Directors shall appoint a member to serve until the normal expiration of that term.

Section 2. Duties
In addition to those duties specified in ARTICLE IX, Section 4, the Board of Directors shall act as an advisory body to the President and Executive Board. They shall be concerned with the overall, long-range objectives of the club, and the continuity of projects and activities begun in one year and carried forward to succeeding years. The Executive Board shall refer changes to the Constitution and Bylaws to the Board of Directors before presenting them to the membership. Other matters may be presented to the Board of Directors at the discretion of the President.

Section 3. Meetings
Board of Director meetings shall, be held at the call of the Chair or by the request of any two Board of Director members.


Section 1. Members
The Executive Board shall consist of all elected officers and the immediate past president of the organization as well as all members appointed to supportive positions by the President. The President shall act as Chair.

Section 2. Duties
The Executive Board shall conduct the routine business of the organization.

Section 3. Meetings
The Executive Board meetings shall be held at the call of the Chairman or at the request of any two board members.

Section 4. Voting Members
Voting members of the Executive Board shall be all elected officers and the immediate past president of the organization as well as all members appointed to supportive positions by the President.


Section 1. Program Committee
The Vice President shall be the Chair of the Program Committee and may appoint members to the committee. This committee is responsible for the program of each regular Meeting including making arrangements for speakers, field trips, demonstrations and meeting places. This committee is also responsible for securing members who serve as mentors to provide guidance and assistance to members relative to winemaking.

Section 2. Hospitality Committee
The Hospitality Chair shall be responsible for the planning and execution of monthly meeting hospitality and may appoint members to the Committee.

Section 3. Nominating Committee
The Board of Directors shall be the Nominating Committee. They shall provide at least one candidate for each office, prior to the October meeting of the Executive Board. Additional nominations from the floor will be accepted at the October and November meetings.

Officers of the organization, or a committee appointed by the President, or twenty percent of the membership, by petition may propose amendments to these bylaws. Upon such proposal being made, a copy thereof shall be submitted to each member. The proposed amendment shall be approved and adopted if, by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at a meeting at which there is a quorum including votes by proxy to the Secretary per Article IV, Section2.


Section 1. Dissolution of Organization
Dissolution of the organization requires a vote of two-thirds of the members present at an annual meeting at which there is a quorum.

Section 2. Disposition of Property
All property, equipment and material shall be sold by the terminal Executive Board and the proceeds and fund balances given to a nonprofit charitable organization.

Section 3. Disposition of Records
All accumulated records of the organization shall be retained by the terminal Secretary for a period of one year after which the appropriate documents shall be donated to a local historical library and unaccepted documents may be destroyed.

Amended: April 21, 1982

Amended: April 15, 2009

Amended: November 16, 2011

Amended November 19, 2012

Amended October 7, 2015

Amended November 15, 2017