Name: The name of the group shall be Bloomington-Normal Freethinkers (BNFree).

Location: The place in this state where the principal office shall be located in Bloomington-Normal in the county of McLean.

Non-Profit: No part of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the Association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth inthese bylaws. No substantial part of the activities of the Association shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Association shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, this Association shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the purposes of this Association.

Dissolution of BNFree: Upon the dissolution of the Association, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the Association is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

  1. Purposes
    1. Fostering awareness and reaching out to religiously skeptical individuals in our community
    2. Being a source of community and group support
    3. Stimulating the intellect of fellow group members
    4. Supporting larger (i.e. regional, national) groups with similar goals
    5. Participation as humanists in community services
  2. Membership
    1. Membership is open to anyone interested in free thinking and who agrees with the stated purposes
    2. “Official membership” shall be defined as the following:
      1. Any person who has declared agreement with the “Purposes”
    3. “Voting membership” shall be defined by the following:
      1. A member who has paid the bi-annual membership dues and
      2. attended two meetings in a six month period
    4. Removal of Membership
      1. Any member can be removed from membership if said member has openly expressed disagreement with the “Purposes” as defined above
      2. Removal would be by a general vote at the Monthly Sunday Business Meeting
  3. Officers
    1. Officers of Bloomington-Normal Freethinkers shall consist of a chairman, a vice-chairman, a treasurer, and a secretary. The officers shall be elected annually to serve from January 1st to December 31st and be known collectively as the executive board.
  4. Duties of Officers
    1. Chairman
      1. Preside at meetings and plan dates, times, and places of each meeting
      2. Oversee the timely implementation of board and membership decisions and delegate authority and responsibility
      3. Call meetings of the executive board as needed
      4. Fulfill duties of the treasurer in an emergency situation where the treasurer expresses an inability to perform as treasurer
    2. Vice-Chairman
      1. Preside over meetings when chairman is absent
      2. Fill-in and assist chairman as needed
    3. Treasurer
      1. Collect and record alldonations
      2. Collect and record membershipdues, the amount tobe determined by the membership
      3. Report directly to the chairman
      4. Report monthly to the group
    4. Secretary
      1. Maintain a record of the activities of each business meeting
      2. Report directly to the chairman
      3. Maintain membership records and attendance records for each meeting.
    5. Executive Board
      1. The Executive Board is empowered to make emergency decisions concerning the outlay of funds by a majority vote of all Board members
    6. Meetings
      1. Meetings shall be defined as any meeting placed on the calendar at
      2. Official business can only be conducted at the regularly scheduledMonthly Sunday Business Meeting or by the Executive Board in emergency session.
    7. Amendments
      1. These bylaws may be amended by a 2/3 vote at a regular business meeting or any emergency meeting
      2. All proposed bylaw amendments must be submitted to the executive board at least two months before the meeting at which they will be considered
      3. A copy of suggested amendments will be given to each “voting member”, either in person or by e-mail at least one month prior to the meeting.

1 Response to Bylaws

  1. Happy Skeptic says:

    Is the secretary position going to cover the on-line organization because we don’t have a great deal of actual paper. It seems that we have been expecting Brian to be both the secretary and chairman so far and maybe we should discuss how to avoid overloading people to avoid burn-out. Are these offices set in stone? Only 4 as the group grows seems a bit small.

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