Woodland Owners of the Southern Alleghenies 

Adopted Nov. 2013


The Association shall be known as the Woodland Owners of the Southern Alleghenies and may be abbreviated as WOSA.

Article II.  PURPOSE  

The purpose of WOSA is to provide a mechanism for receiving and exchanging information on best management practices in forestry, taking into account both economic return and protection of the resource for the future. WOSA will also endeavor to educate the public and promote local, state, and national legislation dealing with forest stewardship and sustainable use of land resources.


     Section 1.  WOSA will have three classes of membership as follows:

            Individual or family membership (including family partnerships) is open to forest landowners who endorse and support the 

         purposes of WOSA and who either reside in or own forestland in the region.

            Associate and youth/student membership is open to individuals who do not own forestland, but who endorse and support  

         the purposes of WOSA.

            Sponsor membership is open to the public and private organizations which own forest land or have a public or commercial          interest in wood products, land preservation, or wildlife conservation, and support the purpose of WOSA.

     Section 2.  Annual dues shall be established by the Board of Directors and approved by a majority vote of the membership at the

         annual meeting.

     Section 3.  Each individual or family membership is entitled to one vote at all WOSA elections. Associate and sponsor members

         may not vote at WOSA elections, but may serve on committees, task forces, and other appointed groups.  

     Section 4.  Membership is on a calendar year basis beginning January 1 and running through December 31. Any member joining

         after September 30 of any year and paying the annual dues, will be credited with membership through December 31 of the

         following year.  

     Section 5.  Any officer, director or member, who has acted in a manner that is not in the best interests of WOSA may be removed

         by the directors at any board meeting.


     Section 1.  The annual meeting of WOSA shall be held in October/November at a time and place determined by the Board of

           Directors. At the annual meeting, elections shall be held for the coming year, and other business may be transacted as


     Section 2.  Membership meetings of WOSA will be held at least two times each year, in addition to the annual meeting, and may

           be held more frequently at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Membership meetings will be held in association with the

           Annual Picnic and the Annual Conference as part of this requirement.

     Section 3.  Special membership meetings may be called by the President, or upon written request of 15% of the individual or

           family members. Such requests shall be made to the Secretary and shall state the purpose of the meeting. The President will

           set the time and place for such a meeting. 

     Section 4.  The members shall receive at least two weeks notice of all meetings of the membership.   

     Section 5.  Fifteen individual or family members or 15% of such members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of 

         business at any membership meeting of WOSA.

     Section 6.  Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order.


     Section 1.  The officers of WOSA shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. An Assistant Secretary may

         also be elected at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Other than the Treasurer, officers shall be elected annually, and may

         be re-elected for two additional consecutive terms. There is no term limit on the position of Treasurer. Officers may be elected

         from the Board or from the general membership. If an officer is elected from the the ranks of at-large members of the Board,

         an additional board member will be elected to fill the remaining term of that Board member. Existing officers will be asked to

         serve until their successor has been elected or appointed.

     Section 2.  The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers and six Directors at-large elected from the membership. Directors

         will serve for a term of three years and may be re-elected for one consecutive term. Upon completing a term as an officers, a

         person is eligible to be elected as a Director at Large for the normal three year term and one consecutive term.

     Section 3.  At least one month before the annual meeting, the President shall appoint a nominating committee of three voting

         members. The nominating committee shall place in nomination, at the annual meeting, the name of at least one member for

         each position to be filled. Additional nominations may be made from the floor by any member eligible to vote. 

     Section 4.  If a vacancy on the Board of Directors occurs during the year, the remaining members of the Board shall appoint a

         member to fill the vacancy. If the office of the President becomes vacant, the Vice-President will become President, and the

         Board of Directors will appoint a Vice-President.


     Section 1.  The President shall preside at all meetings of WOSA and of the Board of Directors. He or she shall perform all acts and

         duties usually performed by a chief executive and sign all papers and certificates of WOSA as authorized or directed by the

         Board of Directors.

     Section 2.  The Vice-President shall act for the President in his or her absence and shall perform other special duties as assigned

         by the President or the Board of Directors.

     Section 3.  The Secretary shall prepare minutes of all meetings of WOSA and of the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall be in

         charge of all records of WOSA, including membership records and correspondence. If an Assistance Secretary is elected, the

         Secretary and the Assistant Secretary shall divide the secretarial duties as mutually agreed upon and so advise the Board. 

     Section 4.  The Treasurer shall have charge, custody, and be responsible for all funds, securities, and financial instruments of

         WOSA. He or she shall keep full and accurate records of receipts and disbursement of funds, and will maintain the bank

         accounts of WOSA. The Treasury will make an annual financial report to the membership at the annual meeting.

     Section 5.  Upon the election of a successor, any officer of WOSA shall turn over to the successor, all WOSA records and materials

         that may be in his or her possession.


     Section 1.  The business of WOSA shall be managed by the Board of Directors. The Board shall meet not less than quarterly.

         Meetings of the Board are open [to] the membership. Six members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum at

         meetings of the Board. In the event that there is not a quorum present for a Board meeting, any official actions proposed at

         such meeting must be confirmed or denied by written action, either by letter or e-mail, by a majority of the members of the

         Board, within 2 weeks of such proposed action.

     Section 2.  A special meeting of the Board of Directors may be called by the President or by a majority of the Board of Directors.

     Section 3.  The Board of Directors shall select one or more banks to serve as depositories of WOSA and determine the manner of

         receiving, depositing, and disbursing funds, including determining the person or persons who may authorize expenditures and

         sign checks.


The By-Laws of WOSA may be amended by a majority vote of the voting members present at a membership meeting, provided a copy of such amendment is furnished to the voting membership at least one month prior to the meeting at which the amendment is voted upon. 

Revised April 2000

Revised March 2011

Revised November 2013