A constitution is comprised of the fundamental laws and principles that prescribe the nature, function and limits of an organization. Essentially, the constitution provides a basic structure upon which an organization operates. As a basic structure of the organization, amendments and changes to the constitution should be difficult to make, but not impossible, and should require a high level of participation/approval from the membership.
By-laws are secondary laws, which rule or govern the internal affairs of an organization. Basically by-laws are an expansion of the articles or sections of the constitution. They describe in detail the procedures and steps for an organization to follow in order to conduct business effectively and efficiently. Since by-laws are more “nuts and bolts” procedures, they should be easier to amend/revise than the constitution.by Jeni_C
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