1. Only one person from each professional classification is permitted to join IOWBDG. The Membership Committee has the final authority relating to classification conflicts.
2. Members must represent their primary occupation, not a part time business.
3. The weekly meeting last for 90 minutes. Members need to arrive on time and stay for the entire meeting.
4. A general classification may be split with the permission of the member in that classification.
5. Attendance is critical to the group. If a member cannot attend, you may send a substitute to the meeting. This will not count as an absence. A member is allowed three absences every six months. More than this and the member's classification is subject to being opened by the Leadership Team or Membership Committee.
6. Members are required to bring bona-fide referrals and/or visitors to the meetings.
7. Visitors may attend chapter meetings up to three times. After the third meeting they must submit an application for membership.
8. Speakers must bring a door prize. Only members bringing a visitor or a referral are eligible for the door prize.
9. A member may take a leave of absence for up to four months. However, the member's classification will not be held for more than two months. A member may take up to four months medical leave. All leaves of absence require the Membership Committee's prior approval. All annual membership fees, when in effect, must be pre-paid for that period of time. Also the absent member should attempt to have a substitute at least once a month.
10. It is the member's responsibility to file a concern with the Membership Committee of their chapter if a visitor "who submits an application in anyway conflicts with their classification." This should be done before the visitor is approved for membership. If there are no complaints, the Membership Committee will "assume their consent".
11. Members who wish to change their classification must submit a new membership application* and get approval from the Membership Committee for that classification change.
12. In case of problems with a member, Membership Committees may, at their sole discretion, put a member on probation relating to the member's business practices or commitment to the chapter.
13. A member's classification may be opened for failure to comply with the policies and/ or the code of ethics of IOWBDG. The Membership Committees may open classifications.
14. Polices can be changed by the majority vote at a regular weekly meeting at which 75% of the paid members are in attendance.
15. An individual member should not be a member of any other group that allows only one person per profession and whose primary purpose is to pass referrals to one another because it substantially reduces their commitment to the chapter members. Membership Committees have full authority in this area.
16. IOWBDG membership lists are for the purpose of "giving1* referrals and not for soliciting (via e-mail, direct mail, or other means) members without their prior approval.