I was recently elected Secretary of a student organization and was tasked with re-writing our organization's bylaws. I won't get too into the weeds with why this was necessary and how I did it (unless readers would like this!) but one thing I noticed was that editing a document with a committee of people is hard.
If you have 6 people all working off one document, they have a tendency to accidentally place text in the wrong spots, or mistakenly edit document styling, and more. It becomes a pain to keep one document looking consistent and clean while also keeping an eye on the content itself.
In my engineering program, professors really encourage the use of LaTeX for project reports and papers and some even go to the extent of offering extra credit for using it. Because of my use of it for classes, I realized how useful of a tool it can be and realized I have the perfect use-case for it in this project.
So, without anymore storytelling that you don't want, I present my quite opinionated bylaws document template and class for LaTeX.
Some key features of the setup include:
- A title page containing your organization's logo, name, the last date of update, and a table of contents with clickable links
- An example .tex file containing a setup mimicking the recommended sections provided by Robert's Rules of Order (with some modifications)
- An item hierarchy required of Article -> Section -> Items, no item exists without being accompanies by both an article and a section
- Roman numerals labeling Articles, and Arabic numerals labeling Sections and Items
- Consistent headers and page numbers throughout the entire document
You can find the template in the RogueFoam/latex-templates repository on Codeberg.
This setup obviously may not work for all organizations and will take some work to get in working order, but it was an incredible resource for my org and made the bylaws rewrite a breeze to get through with 3 people working on it.
If you have any issues or suggestions, feel free to submit an issue to the repository. I welcome any additions to the template and any improvements.
I learned a lot about LaTeX through this project, and have already gained some ideas on how to continue using it and improving upon it in the future. I'm excited to share my future template creations with you all as I go along!
I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to email me or reach out to me on the Fediverse.
If you notice any errors in this article, or would like any expansion on topics or missing links, please feel free to let me know using the contact links above.