The Bylaws of the National Puzzlers' League

1. Additions and Amendments

A. Additions and amendments shall be made only by a majority of those voting in a mail ballot of the entire membership.

B. Any addition or amendment to these bylaws approved by a majority at the annual business meeting or a majority vote of the Board of Trustees shall be placed on the next mail ballot.

2. Board of Trustees

A. The Board of Trustees shall not add to nor amend these bylaws, nor restrict in any way the privileges herein granted to members.

B. Nothing in the bylaws shall be construed as restricting the powers of the Board of Trustees to take emergency actions on behalf of the membership.

3. Dues

3 Annual dues shall include a subscription to The Enigma. The Board of Trustees may, at its discretion, alter these dues in special cases, such as to cover the cost of overseas and large print subscriptions and to reduce dues for students and persons with limited incomes.

4. Business Meetings

1 A business meeting shall be held each summer at the annual convention. The order of business at the meeting shall be as follows: reading of the minutes of the previous meeting; reading of the names of members who have died since the previous meeting, and a moment of silence in their honor; reports from the treasurer, and from other officers, individuals, and committees, as appropriate; unfinished business; new business, including presentation of offers to host future conventions, and election of the same; miscellaneous announcements; adjournment.

5. Rules of Order

The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order Revised shall govern the League in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the bylaws or the special rules of order of the League.

6. Conventions

A. 1 A convention of the membership shall be held each summer. The sites of future conventions shall be decided at the annual business meetings, and a business meeting shall not be adjourned if sites have not been elected for both of the two subsequent years' conventions, unless the assembly has authorized, by majority vote, a committee to select the site(s) at a later date.

B. 2 At a business meeting, any member may present to the assembly an offer to host a future convention. When all offers for a particular year’s convention have been presented, and after appropriate debate, the chair of the meeting shall call for a vote among the candidate locations. During the vote, each member present shall vote for only one candidate location or abstain. Should no candidate location receive a majority of the vote, a second vote shall be taken between the two candidate locations receiving the most votes.

C. In the event that, after a convention site has been elected by the business meeting, the site becomes unavailable, the Board of Trustees shall become a de facto convention-site selection committee.

7. Vice Presidents

A. All candidates for the vice presidencies will be placed together on the ballot; each member will vote for at most two, and the first and second highest vote-getters will become First and Second Vice-Presidents, respectively.

B. The winning candidates may agree to switch positions after the election.

C. In the event that there are only two candidates for the vice presidencies, the assignment of offices will be made by the incoming board.

1 As amended in 2006
2 As amended in 2006 and 2019
3 As amended in 2019