Every board member should read the organization’s bylaws at least once a year in order to ensure that each board member has a clear understanding of the organization’s stated goals and structure. On a regular basis, but at least every two years, the bylaws should be thoroughly reviewed to determine if revisions need to be made because of relevant statutory changes or because the needs of the organization have moved in a new direction. Even if nothing needs to be changed, the process of review will provide increased confidence in the organization’s essential governing documents. Here’s a handy checklist to use when thinking about bylaw revisions.
For inspiration, here are links to bylaws from various women’s bar associations: