Everett, WA asked in Business Law for Washington

Q: Is our non-profit corporation writing group in the state of Washington required to have a vice president?

We are a local chapter of Romance Writers of America in Washington state. All chapters nationwide are required to redo their bylaws this year. National RWA says having a vice president is optional, but chapters must meet the requirements of the state they are incorporated in. RCW 24.03.125 in the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act states "The officers of a corporation shall consist of a president, one or more vice presidents, a secretary and a treasurer ..." When I called the Secretary of State's office to determine whether a vice president was absolutely required, I was told to consult my lawyer. The person then added that if it was stated in the RCW's, she would assume it was required. It would be nice to know for sure.

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A: Frequently, corporations statutes require this, but also provide that certain offices may be shared by the same person. Thus, if the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act allows it, the offices of president and vice president, for example, could be held by the same person.

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