This is the SVWUX Charter within the South Bay Community Network, Inc.
This text was approved as follows:
- 2/3 vote of the SVWUX members held June 2 - July 1, 2006
- 2/3 vote of the corporation's Board of Directors on July 25, 2006
Table of Contents
The Silicon Valley Wireless Users & Experimenters (SVWUX) is a
technical hobby club of individuals based in Silicon Valley, California
interested in wireless networking.
SVWUX is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the South Bay Community
Network, Inc., a California non-profit corporation, also known as
SBAY.ORG or SBAY (hereinafter "the corporation"). SVWUX is organized
under Article 12 of the corporation's By-Laws.
A simple majority vote
is a vote where the minimum number to
pass must be greater than a fraction of the total votes that were cast.
If no other fraction or percentage is specified then the vote must be
greater than 1/2 to pass.
An absolute majority vote
is a vote where the minimum number
to pass must be greater than a fraction of the total eligible voters.
If no other fraction or percentage is specified then the vote must be
greater than 2/3 to pass.
If a member abstains from a vote, that vote is not counted in the total
votes that were cast.
The following is the list of executive positions in SVWUX:
Each position is described in the sections below.
The SIG Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the general affairs
of SVWUX and managing all officers and volunteers in the best interest
of the SIG. The individual is elected for one-year terms by the SVWUX
membership each calendar year. General requirements for the SIG
Coordinator are defined in the corporation's By-Laws.
The SIG Coordinator is granted the authority necessary to implement the
following requirements of the office:
- Supervise and manage the affairs of SVWUX;
- Represent all external activities of SVWUX;
- Appoint, delegate or remove volunteers to/from any position in
- Insure that SVWUX complies with all laws, policies, and rules
including, but not limited to, the following (as organized from highest
to lowest precedence):
- applicable federal, state and local laws
- the corporation's By-Laws
- the SVWUX charter (this document)
- the corporation's rules and policies
- SVWUX's rules and policies
The SIG Coordinator shall represent SVWUX to the corporation.
Therefore, the SIG Coordinator must meet the following requirements:
- The individual shall be a member in good standing of the
- The individual shall be a participant in SVWUX.
- The individual shall be at least 18 years of age.
Premature removal of the SIG Coordinator can occur either through the
rules set forth in the corporation's By-Laws or by an absolute majority
vote of the SVWUX members. Grounds for premature removal include:
- Failure to carry out the duties of the office;
- Failure to remain meeting the requirements of the office; and
- Failure to abide by federal, state and local laws; the
corporation's By-Laws; the SVWUX charter; the corporation's rules and
policies; or SVWUX rules and policies.
Succession of Officers
In the event that the succession procedures in this charter fail to
cover a scenario, the corporation's President shall be authorized to
hold a special election to replace any vacated offices within 30 days.
In the interim, the corporation's President or his or her delegate may
assume the minimum powers of the SIG Coordinator needed such that the
regular day to day business of SVWUX is handled.
Election and Removal of Officers
At the beginning of each calendar year, the members of SVWUX shall
elect all officers. If there is only one unopposed candidate for a
given position, he or she assumes the office by default. If there is
more than one candidate, an election by electronic voting shall be
The electronic voting system to be used for election and removal of
SVWUX officers shall meet the same requirements as in the corporation's
By-Laws in Article 5.
The previous year's SIG Coordinator shall be responsible to implement
the election process for the new calendar year's SIG Coordinator. This
task may be delegated to one or more SVWUX members. No candidate shall
be involved in the nomination or election process. In the event that
the previous year's SIG Coordinator is running for the new calendar
year's SIG Coordinator position, the task of implementing the election
process must be delegated to one or more SVWUX members.
To aid in a public presence for SVWUX, the corporation shall reserve
the following domain names for dedicated use by SVWUX:
Day to day management of the domain names may be delegated by the
corporation to the SIG Coordinator. If the corporation does not choose
to delegate management to the SIG Coordinator, any updates to the SVWUX
domain name system required shall be fulfilled by the corporation
within 7 days.
The DNS records for all domain names reserved for SVWUX shall implement
the following properties:
- The responsible person for all second-level domains shall point to
- The default time to live value for all second-level domains shall
be at most 1 day; and
- No HINFO records shall exist in any domain for any record.
The host defined as ns1.svwux.org
is the authoritative
(master) DNS server for all domain names reserved for SVWUX. All other
DNS servers used by SVWUX shall be configured as non-authoritative
(slave) DNS servers. Zone transfers between the DNS servers shall be
encrypted using TSIG Transactions.
All other properties of DNS records may be defined further via policies
of SVWUX or the corporation.
SVWUX shall maintain e-mail lists for discussion. New e-mail lists may
be created with the approval of the SIG Coordinator. All e-mail lists
shall be archived and available to SVWUX members upon request.
SVWUX shall adhere to the corporation's e-mail list policies including
e-mail etiquette. SVWUX may make its own policies according to the
Policies and Rules section below.
Incoming e-mails to these lists may be filtered if approved by the SIG
Coordinator, but must be monitored from time to time to ensure that the
filters do not block more than 1% of "false positives" (e-mails that
are real and proper but which were flagged as needing filtering).
Policies and Rules
A proposal for a new policy may be made by any SVWUX member. A draft of
the policy shall be posted to SVWUX's mail list for a minimum of 7 days
for review, unless cancelled by its author.
SVWUX may adopt proposed policies or remove existing policies of the
organization by a simple majority vote of the SVWUX mail list
If a policy or rule conflicts with any existing rules or laws, the
order of precendence is as follows: federal, state, or local law; the
corporation's By-Laws; the SVWUX charter; and the corporation's
policies and rules. A policy or proposed policy found by the SVWUX
officers or the corporation to be in conflict or violation shall be
cancelled and returned to its author with recommendations as a new
membership in SVWUX
SVWUX is a private club, with membership subject to approval by the
rest of the SVWUX membership.
Some activities are open to the public, including, but not limited to,
the regular monthly SVWUX meetings. Non-members may participate at
these activities as a condition for being invited to join SVWUX. A
SVWUX member in good standing may nominate an individual for membership
based on the following conditions:
- The individual possesses skills deemed useful by the SVWUX
- The individual must have contributed to a SVWUX project in a
Voting on an individual's inclusion into the SVWUX membership should be
held open for at least 7 days. Membership requires approval by a
simple majority of the SVWUX membership. If an individual is declined
membership, that individual may not be nominated for membership again
for 90 days. An individual may only be nominated for membership a
maximum of 5 times.
Individuals who are subscribed to the email@example.com
mailing list on
the day this Charter is ratified are considered to be the initial SVWUX
members, with no additional approval needed.
Members of SVWUX must meet the following requirements:
- 18 years of age or older or less than 18 years of age with
- Subscription to the firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail list
(directly or indirectly) hosted by SVWUX; and
- Attendance of 25% or more of the regular monthly SVWUX meetings
There are no dues for membership.
Becoming a member of SVWUX does not mean automatic enrollment in the
membership of the corporation, and vice versa. Members of SVWUX are
not required to be members of the corporation. However, support of the
corporation by joining its membership is encouraged.
SVWUX may at times be entrusted with information that requires
restricted access. Examples of sensitive information include, but are
not limited to:
- Confidential information about a person or organization which
provides equipment or resources for an SVWUX project;
- Private information about members and participants, including, but
not limited to, telephone numbers, mailing addresses, medical
information, or any other uniquely identifying characteristics; and
- Information designated to SVWUX officers as confidential by a
person or organization who hosts or participates in an SVWUX activity
All dissemination and discussion of sensitive information within SVWUX
shall include handling instructions
regarding restrictions and proper usage of the information. These
instructions may be updated by the owner or source of the information
at any time. Examples of handling instructions include, but are not
- Need to Know - All SVWUX officers and specific
individuals approved by the SIG Coordinator; and
- Project Participants - All SVWUX officers and only those
individuals, as determined by an SVWUX officer, who actively
participate in the specific SVWUX project related to the information.
Sensitive information may not include any information which is illegal,
unreasonable, or in violation of the privacy of SVWUX officers,
members, or project participants.
Suspension of SVWUX Members
Any SVWUX member found by the SVWUX officers to have committed behavior
contrary to the SVWUX charter or endangering the reputation of SVWUX or
the corporation, including, but not limited to, inappropriate
disclosure of sensitive information entrusted to SVWUX, shall be
subject to disciplinary action.
If the individual is an officer, the remainder of the officers shall
decide based on an absolute majority vote what action is required.
If the individual is an SVWUX member, the officers shall decide based
on an absolute majority vote whether the degree of the offense warrants
an apology and temporary suspension of some or all membership
privileges or, in the most severe circumstances, expulsion from SVWUX.
An SVWUX member shall not be considered in good standing while a
suspension of any membership privileges is in effect.
procedures and conflict resolution
Decision-making procedures of Article 6 of the corporation's By-Laws
shall also govern decisions within SVWUX.
It shall be the responsibility of the SIG Coordinator to ensure that
these procedures are followed and to perform or delegate the role of
arbitration when necessary.
Amendments to the
The SVWUX charter may be amended when a proposed amendment is announced
to the SVWUX members and approved by an absolute majority vote of the
SVWUX members and ratified by a simple majority vote of the
corporation's Board of Directors.