Principles, Objectives and Bylaws
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Principles, Objectives and Bylaws
La Crosse Area Freethought Society (LCAFS)
Originally Adopted April 12, 2010
Freethinker: a person who forms opinions about religion on the basis of reason, independent of tradition, authority or established belief. Freethinkers may include atheists, agnostics, humanists and rationalists.
To promote positive freethought, the separation of Church and State, and the application of reason and science to human understanding.
OPERATING PRINCIPLES, OBJECTIVES AND BYLAWS
- Conduct the business of LCAFS ethically, honestly and with courtesy to others.
- Promote and exemplify that Freethinkers are reasonable, thoughtful, civil and caring people.
- Demonstrate by example that principled conduct is not dependent upon religion or a supernatural being, but by treating others as we ourselves would like to be treated.
- Whenever possible, increase awareness of Freethought positions.
- Promote the application of science and reason to all areas of human understanding believing this to be the most reliable means of arriving at truth.
- Encourage objective and non-dogmatic education.
- Do good works for others on behalf of Freethought.
- Create opportunities for Freethinkers to meet for open exchange of ideas and mutual support.
- Provide venues for Freethinkers and their families to get together in social settings.
- Volunteer for presence at community events.
- Establish a civil method of responding to local attacks on Freethought or free inquiry.
- Lobby for the inclusion of Freethought view in local government decision-making and policy.
- Take a strong and consistent position against any unconstitutional mingling of government and religion and against discrimination of all people.
ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE
Membership is open to anyone who supports our Operating Principles and Objectives and requests to join as a Member. Non-Members, or guests, are those persons who may, from time to time, attend social gatherings or business meetings but who will not have voting rights nor receive emails within the LCAFS list serve.
LCAFS is not a 501(c)3 organization. We do not have dues associated with membership; however, from time to time, we may request, and welcome, voluntary donations to assist in sponsoring special events, comply with LCAFS business matters, or other circumstances deemed appropriate by the Board and approved by the members.
Board of Directors, Officers and Election
The Board of Directors consists of five officers elected by a majority vote of the membership at the Annual Meeting held in March every even-numbered year. The Board of Directors will hold office for a term of two years; if a position becomes vacant within any term, parties interested in filling the vacancy may express their willingness to fill that position via the LCAFS listserv email. The Board will meet at least once per calendar quarter (or more if necessary). Unless requested by at least two Board members, email communication may be used as authorized Board meetings.
President: preside at Board meetings and general meetings of LCAFS; act as ex-officio member of all committees, with the exception of the nominating committee; represent LCAFS at meetings outside the purview of LCAFS.
Vice President: act in lieu of the President when the President is unavailable; serve as co-signer for the Secretary-Treasurer for any disbursement of LCAFS funds.
Secretary-Treasurer: attend organizational meetings (general and board) and record the official minutes; maintain copies of all organizational meetings and important correspondence; act as the custodian of the organization’s funds; maintain records of the LCAFS bank account; prepare financial reports for the Annual Meeting.
Members At Large (2): when requested, or needed, serve as chairpersons to committees; act on behalf of the secretary/treasurer when needed.
The Annual Meeting of the membership for the purpose of elections will be held on even-numbered years; additional annual meetings of the membership may be held on the odd numbered years. Social meetings for the entire membership and guests may be held anytime throughout the year. Notice of social occasions will be sent to the entire membership through the LCAFS list serve emails.
Roberts’ Rules of Order may be invoked by a Board Member or at the request of any member in good standing and approved by a majority of the Board Officers present.
By the decision of the BoaRd of Directors, a membership may be revoked in cases where the behavior of any member is deemed to be abusive or threatening to any other person attending an LCAFS meeting, social gathering, or in any written or verbal communications.
All assets are owned by the membership. They may be used only in furtherance of scheduled events or LCAFS business as approved by the Board. The treasurer will prepare a report on assets and expenditures to the Board at the time of an Annual Meeting or upon request by the Board.
LCAFS may affiliate with other groups that support our Operating Principles and Objectives. Any expenditures or additional rules established by other affiliated groups must have the approval of the LCAFS membership.
Changes to Structure or Bylaws
Any amendment to the organizational structure of LCAFS or to Bylaws affecting the Operating Principles and Objectives must be made in writing to the Board of Directors. Upon Board approval, these changes or amendments must be approved by a majority of the membership at the next Annual Meeting.
Presented to attending members at LCAFS Annual Meeting on March 25, 2017.