As of spring 2008, this Article is up to date pending an Amendment presented at the summer 2008 Slammasters Council meeting.
Poetry Slam, Inc.
Section 1. Eligibility. Subject to any provision in the Articles of Incorporation, members of the Slammaster Council shall be comprised of any individual who legitimately runs and organizes a regular Slam event. The Executive Council will determine an individual Slammasterís eligibility for council membership.
Section 2. Number. The authorized number of individuals serving on the Slammaster Council shall be unlimited until changed by amendment to this Article of these Bylaws.
Section 3. Appointment and Removal. Each Slammaster shall maintain membership on the Slammaster Council so long as s/he continues to organize or host a regular slam event and/or the Executive Council removes him/her from the Slammaster Council. Unless otherwise provided in the Articles of Incorporation, a Slammaster may be removed, with or without cause, by vote of a majority of the Executive Council members entitled to vote at any Executive Council meeting, subject to Section 8.35 of The Business Corporation Act. Slammasters need not be residents of Illinois.
Section 4. Challenges of Legitimacy. Any member of the corporation may challenge the legitimacy of a Slammasterís inclusion on the Slammaster Council at any meeting of the Slam Family. All determinations of legitimacy by the Executive Council are considered to be prima facie evidence of an individual memberís legitimacy.
Section 5. Regular Meetings. A regular meeting of the Slammaster Council shall be held without other notice than this Bylaw, at least twice a year, one of which will take place on a weekend in the Spring before May 4, each year for the purpose of electing Executive Council members and for the transaction of such additional business as necessary. The Executive Council may provide, by resolution and public notification, either personally, via mail or electronic methods at least four days prior, the time and place, for the holding of additional regular meetings without other notice than this Bylaw.
Section 6. Manner of Convening Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Slammaster Council may be called by or at the request of the president or any two directors of the Executive Council or by five members of the Slammaster Council representing five different cities.
Section 7. Place of Special Meetings. The person or persons authorized to convene special meetings of the Slammaster Council may fix any place, either within or without the State of Illinois, as the place for holding any special meeting of the Slammaster Council. Meetings may be held either in person or via electronic methods.
Section 8. Notice of Special Slammaster Council Meetings. Special meetings of the Slammaster Council shall be held upon at least four days' prior notice in writing, delivered personally or via electronic methods, or mailed to each Slammaster. Any Slammaster may waive notice of any meeting. Attendance of a Slammaster at any meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting except where a Slammaster attends a meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened. Neither the business to be transacted at nor the purpose of any regular or special meeting of the Slammaster Council need be specified in the notice or waiver of notice of such meeting.
Section 9. Quorum of Slammaster Council. At least fifteen cities must be represented at Slammaster Council meetings (either through personal attendance or through letters of proxy) for official business to be conducted. The act of the majority of the Slammasters present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Slammaster Council.
Section 10. Duties. The duties of the Slammaster Council shall include, but not be limited to the following: to elect or agree upon a presiding chairperson and secretary at each of its meetings who will prepare and distribute reports of its proceedings and actions to the Slam Family and the Executive Council; to monitor the actions taken by the Executive Council; to solicit from membership and propose to the Executive Council new projects; to establish committees for ongoing projects; to review and propose revisions and additions to the bylaws of Poetry Slam, Inc.; to review and propose revisions and additions to the rules of National Poetry Slam; to review and vote upon all financial considerations presented to it by the Executive Council; to review and discuss presentations made by cities wishing to host the National Poetry Slam and to vote on the site of the next annual National Poetry Slam.