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The Fellowship of Humanity Endorses
Humanist Manifesto III *

Humanism and its Aspirations

 

       Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
 

       The lifestance of Humanism guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience encourages us to live life well and fully.  It evolved through the ages and continues to develop through the efforts of thoughtful people who recognize that values and ideals, however carefully wrought, are subject to change as our knowledge and understandings advance.
 

       This document is part of an ongoing effort to manifest in clear and positive terms the conceptual boundaries of Humanism, not what we must believe but a consensus of what we do believe.  It is in this sense that we affirm the following
 
       Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis.
 Humanists find that science is the best method for determining this knowledge as well as for solving problems and developing beneficial technologies.  We also recognize the value of new departures in thought, the arts, and inner experience each subject to analysis by critical intelligence.
 

       Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change. Humanists recognize nature as self-existing. We accept our life as all and enough, distinguishing things as they are from things as we might wish or imagine them to be.  We welcome the challenges of the future, and are drawn to and undaunted by the yet to be known.
 

       Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience. Humanists ground values in human welfare shaped by human circumstances, interests, and concerns and extended to the global ecosystem and beyond.  We are committed to treating each person as having inherent worth and dignity, and to making informed choices in a context of freedom consonant with responsibility.
 

       Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals. We aim for our fullest possible development and animate our lives with a deep sense of purpose, finding wonder and awe in the joys and beauties of human existence, its challenges and tragedies, and even in the inevitability and finality of death.  Humanists rely on the rich heritage of human culture and the lifestance of Humanism to provide comfort in times of want and encouragement in times of plenty.
 

       Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships.  Humanists long for and strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to violence.  The joining of individuality with interdependence enriches our lives, encourages us to enrich the lives of others, and inspires hope of attaining peace, justice, and opportunity for all.
 

       Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness.  Progressive cultures have worked to free humanity from the brutalities of mere survival and to reduce suffering, improve society, and develop global community.  We seek to minimize the inequities of circumstance and ability, and we support a just distribution of nature’s resources and the fruits of human effort so that as many as possible can enjoy a good life.
 

       Humanists are concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views.  We work to uphold the equal enjoyment of human rights and civil liberties in an open, secular society and maintain it is a civic duty to participate in the democratic process and a planetary duty to protect nature’s integrity, diversity, and beauty in a secure, sustainable manner.
     
      Thus engaged in the flow of life,
we aspire to this vision with the informed conviction that humanity has the ability to progress toward its highest ideals.  The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live is ours and ours alone.

 



*
Humanist Manifesto
© 2003

    is a trademark of the

    American Humanist Association
    http://www.americanhumanist.org

 

    The figure on the left is the symbol of the

    American Humanist Association.

    The "H" is for "Human" and "Humanist."

 


The Fellowship of Humanity is an Affiliate

of the

American Humanist Association

    http://www.americanhumanist.org/chapters/
aha-chapters.php#California


 

Bibliography
of Books on
Religious Humanism

The Humanist Way:  An Introduction to Ethical Humanist Religion

          Edward L. Ericson

 

The Philosophy of Humanism

          Corlis Lamont

 

In the Absence of God:  Religious Humanism as Spiritual Journey

          with special reference to Julian Huxley

          John H. Morgan

 

Reason and Reverence:  Religious Humanism for the 21st Century

          William R. Murry

 

American Religious Humanism

          Mason Olds

 

Humanism:  The New Religion

          Charles Francis Potter

 

Humanism

          Curtis W. Reese

 

Making the Manifesto:  The Birth of Religious Humanism

          William F. Schulz

 

The Genesis of a Humanist Manifesto

          Edwin H. Wilson


 

 

 

 

 

Double Rainbow by

John Christopher

 

 

Living Bylaws


 

 

 


Living ByLaws



2010

 

of
 

THE FELLOWSHIP OF HUMANITY

 

 

 

 

A  NON-PROFIT  RELIGIOUS  CORPORATION
 

of the State of California

 

 

 

 

Revisions as of 2010
 

 

The Fellowship of Humanity was first incorporated under the laws of the State of California on January 28, 1935, under the name of the “Church of Humanity” (Corporation No. 161298), the change of name to “The Fellowship of Humanity” being included in amendments to the Articles of Incorporation filed February 8, 1938.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section

 

I      Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

II      Introduction

 

 

 

 

   

 

     1)    Older ByLaws

          2)    Spirit

              3)    Feminine Pronoun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1      Name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2      Location

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     1)    Two Addresses

          2)    Central Location

                

 

 

III      Preamble

 

 

 

 

 

3      Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4      Purposes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     1)    Principles

        2)    Creed

            3)    Charter

                4)    Independence

                     5)    Traditions

                          6)    Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4     

 

 

IV      Living ByLaws

 

 

 

 

 

 

5      Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     1)    Distinction of Directors

        2)    Honesty of Friends

            3)    Number of Directors               

                4)    Leadership

                     5)    Executives

                          6)    Volunteer

 

 

 

 

 

 

6      Directors, Offices, and Elections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     1)    Offices

        2)    Fellowship Year

            3)    Elections

               

             

 

 

 

 

7      Meetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     1)    Networking

        2)    Board Meetings and Friendship Meetings

            3)    Regular and Special Meetings               

                4)    Major Friendship Meetings

                   

 

 

 

 

 

8      Duties of Board Officers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     1)    President

        2)    Vice President

            3)    Secretary               

                 4)    Treasurer

 

 

 

 

 

 

9      Friendship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     1)    Good Standing

        2)    Tolerance

            3)    Expectations               

                4)    Confirmation

                     5)    Dissolution

                          6)    Privileges

                               7)    Taking Advantage

                                     8)    Banishment Poli

                                           9)    Expulsion Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

10      Support Groups

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     1)    Volunteer

        2)    Access

            3)    Responsibility               

                 4)    Examples

 

 

 

 

 

 

11      Property

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     1)    Real Property

        2)    Perpetuity

            3)    Collateral               

                 4)    Banners

                      5)    Grounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

12      Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V      Addendum

 

 

 

 

 

13      Duties Attached to Offices and Posts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       1)    Caretaker

           2)    Director of Events

                3)    Director of Programs               

                     4)    Ministers

 

14      Covenant

 

 

 

 

 

15      End Note

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

II

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

1)     Older ByLaws:

These ByLaws of The Fellowship of Humanity shall be the rules of order under which The Fellowship of Humanity shall operate as of September 2008.  They are a re-visioning of an older set of ByLaws, “Constitution and ByLaws of The Fellowship of Humanity,” the origin of which is lost in time but which probably dates from as early as 1938.

 

 

2)     Spirit:

 

         The spirit of the older ByLaws -- providing both the greatest possible security for the continuance of The Fellowship and the broadest possible democratic process for the freedom of The Fellowship -- shall be followed in these present ByLaws.

 

A)    Simplicity:

There shall be another dimension to the spirit of these ByLaws:   reassurance  that the friendly and unpretentious simplicity of The Fellowship, creating happiness for most of its Friends, shall have the highest priority at The Fellowship.  Every effort has been made to reduce bureaucracy at The Fellowship.

 

i)      Complexity:

It must surely seem incongruous to praise simplicity in the context of a lengthy and complex nest of ByLaws!  But these ByLaws shall be intended to enable the Board of Directors to make Fellowship life simpler!  There shall be little room for confusion when so many provisions of The Fellowship are spelled out.  These ByLaws shall be for the Board of Directors to know, put into effect, refer to, and enforce in order to make Fellowship life for most Friends as clear, easy, simple, manageable, and enjoyable as possible.  Running The Fellowship is difficult for Directors; being in The Fellowship, for Friends and Visitors alike, is comparatively simple and easy.

 

ii)      Respectability:

These ByLaws shall be respected by all Friends of The Fellowship and made accessible to any Friend.  A copy of these ByLaws shall be given to any Fellowship Friend interested in knowing them.

 

B)    Backbone:

These ByLaws shall be the backbone of The Fellowship.  They shall be the rules of operation for flexible and intelligent Directors to lean on at all times and especially in difficult situations, emergencies, and crises.

 

 

3)     Feminine Pronouns:

In these ByLaws the use of the male terms, “he,” “him,” and “his,” as the generic usage for referring to human beings, shall be replaced by the female “she,” “her,” and “hers.”  The male identification of human beings has had enough influence throughout Western history.  Enough is enough.

 


 

 

Section 1

 

NAME

 

The name of this California Non-Profit Religious Corporation is and shall be “THE FELLOWSHIP OF HUMANITY,” hereinafter referred to as “The Fellowship.”  It began its life as “The Church of Humanity.”  The Fellowship owns a building in Oakland, California, known as "HUMANIST HALL."

 


 
Section 2

 

LOCATION

 

 

1)     Two Addresses:


The Fellowship of Humanity has two addresses, a street address and a mailing address.  It fronts on two parallel streets a block apart,  27th Street and 28th Street, and sits in the center of a single block between Telegraph Avenue and Broadway.

 

A)    Street Address:


The Fellowship building fronts on  27th  Street where The Fellowship’s street address is:  390  27th Street, Midtown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway, below Pill Hill.

 

B)     Mailing Address:


The Fellowship yard fronts on  28th  Street where the mailbox is placed and where the official Fellowship mailing address is:  411  28th Street, Oakland, California, 94609.  All mail to The Fellowship shall be addressed to this mailing address or risk being returned by the Post Office.

 

 

2)     Central Location:

         The Fellowship of Humanity is centrally located for all the San Francisco Bay Area and especially the East Bay being on a highway exit, 27th Street, only two blocks from Highway 980 which quickly leads to Richmond and Vallejo in the north, San Leandro and San Jose in the south, Walnut Creek and Concord in the east, and San Francisco and San Rafael in the west.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Paine

Icon of The Fellowship of Humanity

 

 

 

 

 

III

 

PREAMBLE

 

 

 

Section 3

 

MISSION

 

 

Mission:

 

In short, the Mission of the Fellowship of Humanity shall be to develop a progressive, green, spiritual, enquiring, responsible, and Humanist church community that is also proud to serve progressive activist and oppressed minority persons and organizations at large.

Integral to the Mission of The Fellowship shall be:  to help raise up the struggling spirits, to help lift up the heavy hearts, to help improve the threatened welfare, and to help achieve the thwarted aspirations of its Friends and progressive activist and oppressed minority groups and persons of  Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area.  In order to accomplish this, The Fellowship must itself be functioning and flourishing.  It cannot help others if it is not sustainable itself.  Therefore, the Mission of The Fellowship of Humanity shall also be to function and flourish.

 

 

Givers and takers:

So its Mission shall necessarily also be to become and remain a compassionate, righteous, sustainable, diverse, friendly, generous, attractive, expansive, serviceable, and valuable progressive Oakland organization:  this is strength.  In order to accomplish its Mission and serve others, The Fellowship of Humanity shall fill itself and surround itself with the givers among humanity;  and it shall void itself of, and keep at bay, the takers.  Any organization is only as good as its people.  The Fellowship of Humanity shall be chuck full of givers.

 

 

Umbrella:
 

Because The Fellowship of Humanity shall serve the broader progressive activist and oppressed minority communities, it shall be an umbrella organization under which all progressive activist and oppressed minority groups and persons can network together.  Consequently, The Fellowship shall provide infrastructure at its church building, Humanist Hall, for progressive activists and oppressed minority peoples. The Fellowship shall not pit one group against another or play favorites with one or another group.  It shall find ways to serve all progressive activist and oppressed minority groups and persons who need The Fellowship.  Its Mission shall be to encourage them all to BE and DO their best and discourage suspicion and strife between them.

           

          


 
Section 4

 

PURPOSES

 

 

1)      Principles:
 

The Purpose of The Fellowship of Humanity, stated in short, shall be to strive to stick hard and fast to nine principles:  Sharing, Simplicity, Diversity, Public Service, Environmentalism, Local and Global Citizenship, Progressive Activism, Heart, and Integrity.

 

The Fellowship:

 

shares its resources, including the human resources of kindness, comfort, inspiration, support, and insight;  and it regularly shares its food, drink, transportation, internet access, audio-video services, communication services, and space in its church building, Humanist Hall;

 

simplifies its processes and operations, both manual work and paper work, and eschews the complications and exploitations of property and ownership;  it aspires toward a human-scale culture, less stressful, less demanding, more comfortable, more humanitarian;

 

welcomes diverse progressive activist and oppressed minority organizations and persons;  it insists on variegated programs and events, refusing to allow them to be monopolistically dominated;

 

serves critical needs of East Bay communities especially by providing an affordable meeting Hall, performance and festivity space, cultural center, and community center;  it is assuredly available for neighbors on all sides whether for celebrations, like an anniversary, or emergencies, like a death in the family;

 

aspires toward PERMACULTURE, which means helping the environment by providing only organic produce, products, and refreshments for consumption and for cleaning the Hall;  it also means cultivating native plants in its gardens and back yard;

 

advocates for basic humanitarianism being taken up in Oakland and across the world;  it endeavors to act both locally and globally in ways that will advance humanitarian, environmental, and progressive goals;

 

embraces and helps progressive causes especially by providing infrastructure that they need to be effective it hosts progressive programs of its own and promotes and publicizes progressive events taking place in its church building, Humanist Hall it teaches by example cooperative or socially responsible economics;

 

encourages Heart in all people it influences;  it boosts people close to it to have heart and take heart; having heart is to listen and have and act on compassion, empathy, and concern for others;  taking heart is to have courage and not lose hope;

 

has the INTEGRITY to stand up for these principles through all circumstances, whether adverse or abundant;  it keeps its processes honest, uncorrupted, and sound and aspires toward an undivided, united Fellowship of progressive Humanist and Humanitarian givers among humanity.

 

2)      CREED:

The Creed of The Fellowship of Humanity shall be the sentence quoted from Thomas Paine that appears on the lower Fellowship banner that hangs above the stage of The Fellowship's building, Humanist Hall.  It reads:  The World is my Country and To Do Good is my Religion.

 

3)     Charter:

The Charter of The Fellowship of Humanity shall be:  :  to pursue the philosophical quests and fill the social and spiritual needs of Humanists and those who seek to be Humanists; to serve all groups and persons not served by corporate capitalism and the predatory banking system.   To fulfill this Charter, The Fellowship shall:

 

A)    Offer a Spirituality and Church without Deities,  Supernatural Ideas, and Superstition.

The Fellowship shall be an alternative church for non-theistic Humanist people who eschew traditional religions.  It shall make every effort to fill human needs that traditional religions fill, without buying into traditional religious beliefs.  Fellowship Humanists, philosophical compassionate, and progressive people of high character, shall find social support, connection with nature, hope in understanding, and faith in the goodness of life and humanity in the fullness of relationships with one another, the environment, the earth, and all good people.  They shall be desirous of expanding the philosophy of Humanism to incorporate a spirituality and ethics appropriate to living sustainably within a relevant environment and the ecology of the earth.  Fellowship Humanists shall make every effort to build a Humanist Church that exemplifies a cooperative community lifestyle that rounds out Humanist lives it touches at the same time that it is mindful of the needs of the earth and all life forms.

 

B)    Offer Progressive  Activist and Oppressed Minority Groups Infrastructure for their Activities.

 

i)      Infrastructure:

Humanist Hall, the church building of The Fellowship of Humanity, shall be an affordable meeting and festivity space for low-income progressive activist groups and oppressed minority communities.  It shall be especially reserved for progressive political, cultural, or spiritual purposes.  The progressive community at large and oppressed minority groups shall be especially welcome to celebrate or otherwise mark the big moments of their lives:  births, birthdays, coming of age, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, funerals, memorials, rallies, victories, historic meetings, important benefits, study clubs, spiritual ceremonies, and so on.  To this end, The Fellowship shall accept modest donations from these groups for the use of its church building, Humanist Hall.

 

ii)     Sacred Space:

The premises of The Fellowship, Humanist Hall and its Grounds, shall be a sacred space especially reserved for The Fellowship and progressive and oppressed minority persons and communities at large.  Humanist Hall shall be a haven, center, and platform for The Fellowship and progressive and oppressed minority persons and groups.  Progressive communities and persons extend from progressive activist, protest, reform, charitable, educational, and business organizations to progressive study groups.  Oppressed minority communities and persons extend from ethnic, religious, racial, cultural, gender, and outcast organizations to former prisoners.  The Fellowship of Humanity shall be dedicated to serving the needs of both these communities.

 

iii)   Labor-Friendly Hall:

The church building, Humanist Hall, shall be a labor-friendly Hall and The Fellowship of Humanity shall offer a work environment desirable to laborers   as long as the laborers remain within the progressive activist or oppressed minority communities.  Human effort on a worthwhile task, chore, job, or project; with a worthwhile team, organization, or movement; behind a worthwhile craft, work of art, or vision right livelihood shall be regarded at The Fellowship as the most valuable treasure on Earth after Nature herself.  The decision as to what counts as worthwhile shall rest with the Board of Directors.  Because The Fellowship supports progressive activism and progressive laborers, any such activist or laborer cleaning up the church building and the Grounds, and working on the building, the Grounds, the administration, or the organization of The Fellowship, whether for pay or volunteer, shall be richly encouraged and well respected.  A laborer for The Fellowship shall receive the highest hourly pay that The Fellowship shall afford; she shall choose her jobs and work at her own pace; she shall choose the tools and materials to work with within the constraints of the job and its budget; she shall work under a minimum of supervision; she shall make as many decisions relating to her job, in conjunction with Directors of The Fellowship, as possible.

 

 

4)      Independence:

The Fellowship of Humanity shall remain an independent Humanist Church.  The Fellowship shall NOT be beholden to any outside person(s) or organization(s);  it shall not be a chapter, branch, section, subsidiary, department, division, subdivision, or part of any organization(s) whatsoever, with one exception:  it shall remain affiliated with the American Humanist Association (AHA).   

i)     AHA Affiliation:

The Fellowship shall continue its affiliation with the American Humanist Association which began with the founding of The Fellowship.  It shall behoove The Fellowship, known as the first and oldest affiliate of the American Humanist Association, to honor this tradition and retain its affiliation with the AHA.  With this one exception, The Fellowship shall NOT belong to, be beholden to, or merge with any other organization whatsoever.

 

ii)     Umbrella:

The Fellowship shall strive to embrace EVERY progressive organization and never pit one against another.  Without taking sides with ANY (except the AHA), The Fellowship shall support ALL progressive organizations and persons insofar as it is able.  It shall itself be an umbrella organization, serving ALL progressive activities and persons, and network them together to help build the broad progressive movement.

 

 

5)      Traditions:

Three traditions
of The Fellowship of Humanity shall be ever honored at The Fellowship through the generations because The Fellowship was founded in order to create these traditions and it fought so hard in order to continue them.  The three traditions are: Humanism, Humanist Church, and EPIC Socialism.  In this New Millennium these three traditions shall be updated to:  Progressive Spiritual Humanism, Eco-Humanist Church, and Cooperative Economics Socially Responsible Economics as opposed to corporate capitalism and predatory banking.

 

A)    Humanism:

Humanism shall be the first tradition of The Fellowship.  The Fellowship was founded by a rogue group of atheist and Humanist Unitarians, led by Reverend Absolom David Faupell, a Unitarian minister who split off from the First Unitarian Church of Oakland (on 14th Street and Castro) a church too theistic for Humanist Unitarians.  This was in the earliest days of Humanism when Secular Humanism was just being conceived as a viable philosophy/religion.  A Humanist Manifesto was created in 1933, and The Fellowship was started as an organization in 1934 (though it was not incorporated by the State of California until 1935).  The creation of Secular Humanism as a separate philosophy/religion was a long, hard struggle among atheist Unitarians in the 1920s and 1930s.  The Fellowship of Humanity was an early, arduous accomplishment of Unitarian atheists who were founders of the Humanist movement beginning a proud tradition of being Humanist that shall be honored at The Fellowship in order to remember its hard-won origin as a home for the earliest Humanists.

 

B)            Church:

Church shall be the second tradition of The Fellowship.  The Fellowship was and is officially a Humanist Church on record with the State of California.  The Fellowship went to court in 1957 to prove itself a Church against gainsayers who denounced Secular Humanism as irreligious.  The Fellowship won the day in court.  The religion of The Fellowship was declared by the court to be Secular Humanism.  The Fellowship’s famous court battle was a long, hard struggle for The Fellowship to regain its title, reputation, and dignity as a Humanist Church, as it was intended to be when it was founded in 1934.  The Fellowship enjoys being one of very few Humanist Churches, having the same status in their localities that all churches have.  The Fellowship’s tradition of being a church shall be honored at The Fellowship in order to remember its hard-won struggles to maintain its church status while remaining atheist, Humanist, and socialist.

 

The Fellowship of Humanity acquired its present building and grounds from the Central Lutheran Church by way of funds coming from J. George Kullmer.  Out of generosity, he gave the present building and grounds, which he had bought from the Lutherans, to The Fellowship of Humanity in 1941 so that it could become the one and only Humanist Church and EPIC flagship.  So The Fellowship of Humanity's building, Humanist Hall, was already a church building from day one of its existence.

 

C)    Cooperative Economics:

Cooperative Economics, or socially responsible economics that is anti-corporate capitalism and anti-predatory banking, shall be the third tradition of The Fellowship.  The brilliant and charismatic Unitarian minister, Reverend Faupell, is key to The Fellowship’s origin.  Faupell was not only a Humanist and a Reverend but a Socialist.  He was an ardent follower of Upton Sinclair’s famous movement and campaign, End Poverty in California (EPIC).  Upton Sinclair was the Democratic Party’s candidate for Governor of California in 1934.  Upton Sinclair’s socialist pamphlet, EPIC, became the platform of his campaign for Governor.  The basic idea of the EPIC struggle was that socialism, state operation of crucial industries, would end poverty and end the Great Depression manifested in California.  EPIC would have turned California’s idle farmlands and factories into workers’ self-help cooperatives.  Even though Upton Sinclair lost the race for Governor of California and his EPIC program dissipated, his ideas were not lost on Reverend Faupell.  A. D. Faupell remained an EPIC socialist and spearheaded a campaign of his own to carry on the EPIC vision in his own way.  He planned to establish a string of influential churches throughout California, the entire network being called “The Church of Humanity a Humanist, Socialist alternative to a Christian denomination, as for example “The Methodist Church.”  This is what is referred to in the Title Page of these present ByLaws:  a group of progressive churches, unique in their Humanism and Socialism, carrying forward the EPIC ideals.  However, it happens that The Fellowship of Humanity remains the one and only Church in Reverend Faupell’s envisioned string of churches.  He died too soon.  The Fellowship of Humanity began life as the EPIC flagship:  progressive, revolutionary, and brave beginning a proud tradition of advocating cooperative or socially responsible economics that shall be honored at The Fellowship in order to remember its hard-won socialist nature from day one of its existence.

 

 

6)     Change:

The three traditions of The Fellowship of Humanity, Humanism, Humanist Church, and EPIC Socialism, while cherished and honored, shall not be adhered to rigidly and insufferably. Definitions, not to mention human reality and needs, change over time.  The Humanism of yesterday, relevant mostly to intellectuals and academics, need not dictate what the Humanism of today shall be like;  the Socialist movement of the Great Depression need not dictate what a cooperative economy of today with non-competitive production and trade and non-predatory banks shall be like;  and what counts as a Church in a by-gone century, dependent on books and orators, need not dictate what shall count as a Church today, in the New Millennium.  While honoring its three traditions, The Fellowship of Humanity shall continue to seek its own way in the world as a Humanist Church and as infrastructure and sacred space for all peoples in the progressive movement advocating cooperative or socially responsible economics.

 

 

 

 

 

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IV

 


 

Living BYLAWS

 

 

 

 

 

Section 5

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

  

 

1)      Distinction of Directors:

 

         Being a Director on The Fellowship’s Board of Directors shall be a distinction to be respected.  Members of the Board of Directors shall be called “Directors” and the President of The Fellowship shall also be a Director on the Board of Directors and therefore the Chief Director, a distinction to be respected.

  

 

2)     Honesty of Friends:

 

          Being a Friend of The Fellowship shall be a privilege to be honored.  Members of The Fellowship shall be called “Friends” to underscore the truth, honesty, commitment, support, trust, and mutual dependencies transpiring amongst themselves and between themselves and The Fellowship. 

  

 

3)      Number of Directors:

 

        The Board of Directors shall consist of five percent of the number of Friends of The Fellowship up to 220 Friends, plus one    plus one in the event that five percent of Fellowship Friends turns out to be an even number or half a number.  There shall always be an odd number of Directors and there shall never be more than 11 Directors.  If the Fellowship should grow to more than 220 Friends, it shall nevertheless suffice it to have only 11 Board Directors.

  

 

4)      Leadership:

 

         The Leadership of The Fellowship shall reside in its Board of Directors.  Directors shall be empowered to steer The Fellowship toward its goals as expressed in the Mission and the Purposes of these present ByLaws.  Directors shall be generally responsible for fulfilling all these present ByLaws.  Therefore Directors shall read these present ByLaws and be particularly knowledgeable of the Mission and the Purposes of The Fellowship.  The leadership of the Board of Directors shall reside in the Presidency.  The President of The Fellowship shall be the Chief Director of the Board of Directors.

 

A)     Exemplars:

 

        Directors shall adhere to and agree with the Mission and Purposes of The Fellowship as expressed in these present ByLaws and shall exemplify the overall moral, spiritual, and political outlook of The Fellowship as expressed in them.  Their behavior shall model sharing, generosity, simplicity, service, humanitarianism, cooperation, progressive activism, environmental sensitivity, the work ethic not to mention reason, intelligence, kindness, and compassion to be an inspiration to Friends of The Fellowship.

 

B)     Protectors:

 

        Directors shall be charged with guarding and protecting  The Fellowship and ensuring that no untoward or malicious activities or malevolent persons shall destroy The Fellowship.  To this end, each Director shall be empowered to enforce the Expulsion Policy of these ByLaws.

 

C)    Inspiration:

 

         Directors shall be charged with inspiring and encouraging Friends of The Fellowship to exemplify the overall moral, spiritual, and political outlook of The Fellowship as expressed in the Mission and Purposes of these ByLaws.  To this end, each Director shall be empowered to initiate programs, projects, activities, and counsel that facilitate, promote, and satisfy appropriate aspirations of Friends of The Fellowship.  

  

D)   GatekeeperS:

 

       Directors shall be the gate keepers of these ByLaws.  Preservation, execution, and amendment of these ByLaws shall rest with Directors. 

 

E)    Legislators:

 

        Directors shall administer the business affairs of The Fellowship; they shall decide the general policies appropriate for the operations of The Fellowship; they shall decide the general rules and regulations that guide those who operate The Fellowship.

 

F)     Fund Raisers:

 

        Directors shall create or find funding for the operations of The Fellowship.  In addition, each Director shall encourage Friends (including every other Director) of The Fellowship to create or find funding for The Fellowship.

 

 

5)      Executives:

 

        Only the Board shall be empowered to make the final decision as to what shall be the rule at The Fellowship and only the Board shall be empowered to enforce that rule.  The Board shall be responsible to the history of The Fellowship as a whole for its management of Fellowship affairs going into the future.

 

A)    Board Meetings:

 

        Directors shall encourage one another to bond as a body at Board meetings to support the same Mission and Purposes for The Fellowship.  The Board may decide to have Special Board Meetings in addition to the monthly meetings and Directors may network and negotiate between meetings as well.  Directors shall make every effort to attend every Board meeting.

i)       Location of Meetings:

         Regular Board Meetings shall be held in the church building, Humanist Hall, unless dire circumstances dictate otherwise.

ii)       Chair:

         The President of The Fellowship shall preside at monthly meetings of the Board.  If the President is absent from any Board meeting then the Vice President shall preside over that meeting.  If both President and Vice President are absent from any Board meeting then the Directors attending the meeting shall vote for a Chair to preside over that meeting.

iii)      Excused Absence:

 

         A Director shall excuse herself from attending a Board meeting by informing another Director of her need to be absent.

 

iv)     Unexcused Absence:

 

         The unexcused absence of any Director from three consecutive regular monthly meetings of the Board shall be deemed a resignation by this Director and shall result in the vacancy of her seat on the Board.

 

B)    Enforcement:

 

        Directors shall refer to the Expulsion Policy set out in Section 10 of these present ByLaws for guidance in their enforcement.

 

C)    Precedence over ByLaws:

 

        A Board decision at any monthly meeting of the Board may eventually be incorporated into these ByLaws if the Board so decides and the Friends so vote.  However, even without becoming a part of these ByLaws, a Board decision at a regular monthly meeting of the Board shall be the rule at The Fellowship until it is overturned at another Board meeting, whether regular or special.  Decisions made at Board Meetings shall take precedence over these ByLaws.  The Board is aware of the current circumstances and needs of The Fellowship while these ByLaws are general statements:  the Board is alive to emergencies and issues that currently concern The Fellowship while these ByLaws reflect a general situation of the past.  These ByLaws are a distillation of practices, experiences, and ideas originating with key persons at The Fellowship in the year 2000 and refined through the subsequent years of the New Millennium.  These ByLaws are always in the past relative to current circumstances that need fresh consideration.

      

 

6)      Volunteer:

          The Fellowship shall not pay salaries for any of its Directors.  Being a Director on The Fellowship’s Board of Directors shall be a privilege and voluntary responsibility.  When The Fellowship can afford to pay salaries, the first Fellowship Friend to receive a salary shall be the Caretaker, providing that she is not on the Board.  The second Friend to receive a salary shall be the Director of Events, providing that she is not on the Board.  And the third Friend to receive a salary shall be the Director of Programs, providing that she is not on the Board.

 

A)     Hiring with Funds:

 

        Any Director, while receiving no Fellowship salary herself, may hire one or another Fellowship Friend(s) using Fellowship funds to help her perform one or another of her Fellowship duties, if Fellowship funds are available.  This Director shall take full responsibility for the results.

 

B)    Hiring without Funds:

 

         Any Director, while receiving no Fellowship salary herself, may convince, or privately pay from her own pocket, one or another Fellowship Friend(s) to help her perform one or another of her Fellowship duties.  This Director shall take full responsibility for the results.

 

 

 

Section 6

 

DIRECTORS, OFFICES, AND ELECTIONS

 

 

1)      Offices:

 

        There MAY be eight Offices of the Board of Directors, until such time as more Offices are called for.  The possible eight Offices shall be:  President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Caretaker, Director of Events, Director of Programs, and Minister.  There MAY be eight Offices of the Board, but there necessarily SHALL be four Offices of the Board:  President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

 

A)    Occupying an Office:

         The Office of President shall be elected by the Friends of The Fellowship every four years at a September Biannual Friendship Meeting.  The Board shall attempt to fill all the other Offices of the Board by election in the first Board Meeting (October’s Board Meeting) after the September Biannual Friendship Meeting.  At October’s Board Meeting Directors shall declare their interest in the Office(s) they want to fill.  The Board shall then elect each Director to her preferred Office by majority vote either by secret ballot or by a show of hands.  If a Director does not have the majority support of the Board behind her bid to fill an Office of the Board, then she shall not fill that Office.  If two or more Directors compete for the same Office, she who wins the majority vote of the Board wins the Office.  If no Director chooses to fill an Office, so be it.

 

B)     Occupying More than One Office:

 

        A Director MAY occupy more than one Office in a given Fellowship year; and an Office MAY go unfilled in a given Fellowship year.  For example, the President may also be the Caretaker.  The Vice President may also be the Director of Programs.  The Secretary may also be a Minister.  The Treasurer may also be the Secretary.  The Director of Events may also be the Director of Programs.  And likewise, Offices MAY go unfilled:  it MAY happen that there be no Minister on the Board, and/or no Caretaker on the Board, and/or no Director of Events, and/or no Director of Programs in any given Fellowship year.  Any Director MAY hold any number of Offices that she shall want to take on, provided that she shall also be elected by the majority of the Board to fill these Offices.

 

C)     Terms:

 

        Directors on the Board of Directors, except the President, shall each serve three-year terms The President shall serve a four-year term.  The three-year terms shall be staggered, so that in any given Fellowship year, a few (one or more) Directors shall be in their first year of office, a few (one or more) shall be in their second year of office, and a few (one or more) shall be in their third year of office.

 

i)      Vacancy:

 

         Any new Director who shall be elected to fill a vacancy on the Board shall have the same term of office remaining for her as the Director whose vacancy she filled.

 

ii)     Multiple Vacancies:

 

        In the drastic circumstance that so many Directors resign in a given Fellowship year that a majority vote of Directors (as recorded in the Secretary’s Board List) is unattainable, then an emergency Friendship meeting shall be called to vote for enough Directors to fill the vacancies.  An emergency Friendship meeting shall be a Special Friendship Meeting and shall abide by the same rules as a Regular Friendship Meeting.

 

 

2)      Fellowship Year:

 

        The Fellowship year shall extend from October 1 to September 30.  Board member terms and Offices of the Board shall follow The Fellowship year:  a one-year term for a Board seat or for an Office of the Board shall extend from October 1 to September 30.  A three-year Board term shall refer to three Fellowship years.  The four-year term of the President shall refer to four Fellowship years.  A candidate for the Board shall be elected for a three-year term, or three Fellowship years, unless she shall be occupying the vacancy of another Board seat which has fewer years left to it.  In that case, she shall complete the remainder of the term of the Board seat that she shall occupy.  A Director may occupy the Office of  her choice each Fellowship year, as long as she has the support of the majority of the Board.  She may occupy the same Office all three years of her Board term, or a different Office each year, as long as her choice of Office has the support of the majority of the Board. 

 

 

3)      Elections:

 

        There shall be elections for Directors of the Board held each year in September to fill the Board seats of Directors whose terms are up or whose seats are vacant in a given Fellowship year.  Elections for Directors including the President, if the President’s seat has become vacant, shall be held at September's Biannual Friendship Meeting in late September. 

 

A)    Active Friendship:

 

        The only qualification for being a candidate for Director on the Board of Directors shall be that the candidate be an active Friend of The Fellowship for one or more Fellowship years, and one of the active years shall be the year of her candidacy, the most recent Fellowship year.  The only qualification for being a candidate for President shall be that the candidate be an active Friend of The Fellowship for two or more Fellowship years --  and two of the active years shall be the two years before her candidacy, the most recent Fellowship years.  “Active” is a relative designation.  One Friend may be more active in behalf of The Fellowship in a month than another could be in a year.  Either way, she shall come to be well known to all Directors;  her character shall have time to come to light.  What shall count as an active Friend of The Fellowship shall rest with the Board of Directors;  it shall be a judgment call. 

        

B)    Majority:

 

       The Friend who receives the greatest number of votes for President shall become President.  The Friends who receive the greatest number of votes for seats on the Board of Directors shall become Directors.

    

         The term “majority” in these present ByLaws shall always mean “simple majority” or 50% plus one.  A simple majority of votes of Friends’ who voted Friends either attending the September Biannual Friendship Meeting or absent from the September Biannual Friendship Meeting but who submitted their absentee ballots to the meeting shall decide who becomes President and who becomes Directors of The Fellowship.

 

C)     Candidacy:

          A candidate for Director shall campaign to become a Director, but shall NOT campaign to occupy a particular Office.  Offices of the Board, except the Presidency, shall be elected separately by the Board at October’s Board Meeting.  The rationale for this guideline is that Directors of the Board should be all around exemplary Fellowship Friends before they run for Board seats.  The Fellowship shall discourage the expert and professional or specialized Friend from running for a Board seat for the sole purpose of exercising her particular expertise or skill and nothing else.

i)     Board Approval:

         A Fellowship Friend shall become a candidate for a Board seat by first announcing her candidacy to the Board by August 1 at the latest.  All candidates shall come to the August Board Meeting at the latest for an interview.  An earlier Board meeting shall do as well for a candidate not available in August.

a)     Reading:

         All candidates shall read these present ByLaws and decide if they agree with them and whether they can follow them.

b)     Board Options:

         Each candidate shall explain to the Board at its August meeting at the latest how she can help support The Fellowship as a Director.  The Board will judge candidates on the basis of their potential helpfulness to The Fellowship and nothing else.  The Board shall decide by majority vote whether to support a candidate’s campaign or not, and to what degree.  The Board shall decide on one of three options:  to block a candidate from running for a Board seat to permit a candidate to campaign for a Board seat without Board encouragement or recommendation to champion a candidate and recommend her highly to Friends as potentially an excellent Director.

ii)    Publicity:

         A candidate who has been approved as such by the Board shall conduct a campaign for President or for a seat on the Board by submitting her written press release and platform to the Secretary by September 1.  The Secretary shall notify all Fellowship Friends of the date and time of the September Biannual Friendship Meeting, the candidates running for office, and their platforms within the first week of September.

a)     Campaign:

         The minimum campaign for a Board seat shall be:  the candidate shall submit a written press release and platform to the Secretary by September 1.  The press release shall state in writing the fact that the candidate is running for President or for a seat on the Board.  The platform shall state in writing why the candidate is running for President or for a seat on the Board.  A campaign may also expand to include:  making phone calls, sending emails or letters, creating and posting flyers, announcing on the internet, and so on.

b)      Press Release:

         The Secretary shall publish and distribute the press releases of all candidates to all other Fellowship Friends within the first week of September.

        g)      Platform:

         A candidate’s platform would do well to state her position on important issues facing The Fellowship and espouse why Friends should vote for her.  The Secretary shall publish and distribute the platforms of all candidates to all other Fellowship Friends within the first week of September

d)      Recommended Candidates:

        The Board shall prefer certain candidates over others.  Preferred candidates shall be named as such on the secret ballots that are handed out to Friends at the September Biannual Friendship Meeting or mailed to all absentee voter Friends.  Preferred candidates shall be called “Recommended by the Board” on the secret ballots including the absentee ballots.  Other candidates MAY be named on the secret ballots without being recommended.  The same designation shall be observed on The Fellowship’s website.

e)      Distribution:

          Posting press releases and platforms on The Fellowship’s website shall count as “distribution” to Friends who use the internet.  The Secretary shall inform Friends who do not use the internet of the September Biannual Friendship Meeting by U.S. post, by phone, or by personal contact within the first week of September.  And the Secretary shall notify Friends who do not use the internet of the press releases and platforms of all candidates for President and for Board seats within the first week of September.

D)    Voting:

 

         Elections at the September Biannual Friendship Meeting shall be conducted by secret ballot, whether paper or electronic ballots.  Only Friends of The Fellowship shall vote at the September Biannual Friendship Meetings and only Friends who have been active at The Fellowship for at least the previous year shall be eligible to be candidates for Board seats at the September Biannual Friendship Meetings, and only Friends who have been active at The Fellowship for at least the two previous years shall be eligible to be candidates for President at the September Biannual Friendship Meetings.

 

i)      President:

 

          If a President’s four-year term is up, a new President, or the same one, shall be elected at the September Biannual Friendship Meeting.  If a President’s seat becomes vacant, the Vice President shall become President of The Fellowship until the September Biannual Friendship Meeting when a President shall be elected again.

 

ii)     Violations:

 

          Write-in votes for a Director who did not submit a press release by September 1 shall be rejected by the vote counter(s) at the September Biannual Friendship Meeting.  There shall be no room on the secret ballots for write-in candidates.  There shall be no write in candidates.  Likewise, no Friend shall become an instant candidate by announcing her candidacy from the floor of the September Biannual Friendship Meeting.   There shall be no self-nominations from the floor.  And no Friend shall be nominated by other Friends from the floor of the September Biannual Friendship Meeting.  There shall be no nominations from the floor.

 

iii)   Absentee Voting:

 

         At a Biannual Friendship Meeting, absentee votes shall be counted after the votes submitted at the meeting have been counted.  The Secretary shall accept absentee votes up until the day before the Biannual Friendship Meeting and she shall submit them to the meeting.

 

a)     Ballots In Writing:

 

         Absentee votes shall be submitted to the Secretary either by email or snail mail by the day before the election.  The Secretary shall keep the original email, note, letter, message, or ballot on which the absentee vote is cast.  She MAY accept votes by telephone from an absentee voter in case a voter is unable to send her votes or email them to The Fellowship in time (for example, she may be in hospital or overseas).  Otherwise, absentee votes shall be submitted in writing, including email, with the voter’s name on them, so that the vote counters can recognize them and mark them down on record.

 

b)      Names on Ballots:

 

         An absentee voter shall ensure that her name is attached to her ballot, or attached to her written vote in any other form, including email.  Ballots from anonymous voters shall not be accepted or counted.

 

g)      Secret Ballots:

Elections at the September Biannual Friendship Meeting shall be held by
secret ballot.  Absentee ballots, however, are known to the Secretary.  The Secretary shall submit all absentee ballots to the Vote Counters of the meeting.  After Friends attending the meeting vote by secret ballot, the absentee votes, which are known to the Secretary, shall be opened and counted by the Vote Counters to complete the voting process at the meeting.

 

iv)    Counting the Votes:

 

         The votes recorded on secret ballots submitted at Biannual Friendship Meetings, as well as the absentee votes collected by the Secretary and submitted to the meetings, shall be counted by three Friends of The Fellowship.  These three shall be called Vote Counters.  Friends attending the meeting shall vote for three Vote Counters for that meeting.  The three Vote Counters shall count the same votes and come to an agreement about the results.  If they are in agreement about the votes, they shall call the winners of the elections.  If they are not in agreement, they shall count the votes over again until they come to an agreement.

 

 

 

Section 7

 

MEETINGS

 

 

1)      Networking:

 

        The Fellowship shall be a networking church more than a meeting church.  Friendship meetings shall be supported at The Fellowship but not required.  All Friends shall be invited, not obliged, to attend the four Quarterly Friendship Meetings:  one in late September, one in late December, one in late March, and one in late June.  In this millennium, electronic communications make many physical meetings unnecessary.  People are so well connected by phone and email that meetings are not that essential for people to share information and enjoy camaraderie.  The Fellowship shall favor the informality and spontaneity of people networking together, whether electronically or physically, over the formality of people holding official meetings on specified dates that follow agendas.  Creative thought and interaction is not as likely to come into being in an official meeting situation as in a spontaneous interchange the network situation.  However, that said, monthly meetings of the Board of Directors shall be obligatory and Friends shall be urged to attend at least two Biannual Meetings of Friends, one in September and one in March.

 

 

2)     Board Meetings and Friendship Meetings:

 

       The Fellowship shall support two Fellowship groups to have meetings:   Directors and Friends.  The monthly meetings of the Board of Directors shall be obligatory.  Only two meetings of Friends shall be considered important to attend, the one in September and the one in March.  Since Directors are also Friends, they may attend Friendship Meetings.  And Friends may observe Board Meetings while seated in a concentric circle outside the inner circle of the Directors.  Friends may give input into a particular Board meeting at the discretion of the Directors attending that meeting.  Visitors shall not observe Board Meetings.  With respect to Friendship Meetings, Visitors may observe Friendship Meetings while seated in a concentric circle outside the inner circle of Friends.  Visitors may give input into a particular Friendship meeting at the discretion of the Friends attending that meeting.

 

 

3)     Regular and Special Meetings:

          The Fellowship shall support two types of meetings of both the Board and the Friends:  Regular and Special.  At all meetings, regular and special, ideas shall be proposed, proposals shall be voted on, and, if passed by a majority of Friends attending the Friendship Meeting or by a majority of Directors as recorded in  the Secretary’s Board List attending the Board Meeting, the ideas shall become decisions or resolutions which shall then be executed (implemented) by the Friends or Directors who decided on them.

A)    Regular and Special Board Meetings:

 

i)     Minutes:

 

          The Secretary of The Fellowship shall take the Minutes of all Board Meetings, regular and special.  Board Minutes need not be read at Board Meetings unless requested by a Director.  If any Director needs to correct any Minutes, the Secretary shall bring her proposed correction(s) to the next Board meeting for discussion.  After consideration, the Board shall vote on whether to correct the Board Minutes as suggested.  If corrections are voted for by a majority of the Directors, then the Secretary shall make the corrections.   

   

ii)    Regular Board Meetings:

 

         Regular meetings of the Board shall be held on a monthly basis on dates to be decided by the majority of Directors as recorded in the Secretary's Board List.  No business shall be transacted and no decision shall be made by the Board unless the majority of Directors on the Board as recorded in the Secretary's Board List shall vote for it.
   

a)     Majority:

          The term “majority” in these present ByLaws shall always mean “simple majority” or 50% plus one.  Additionally, it shall be used in two ways.  A majority of the Board shall always refer to 50% plus one of Directors on the Board as recorded in the Secretary’s Board List unless otherwise specified for a special circumstance.  Contrariwise, a majority of the Friendship shall always refer to 50% plus one of Friends attending a Friendship meeting or absent from the meeting but submitting absentee ballots to the meeting unless otherwise specified for a special circumstance.  In other words, a majority of the Board is regularly the simple majority of all Directors as recorded in the Secretary's Board List;  whereas a majority of Friends is regularly the simple majority of Friends at a Friendship meeting.

           In a special circumstance the situation is reversed and a “majority vote” on the Board shall be the vote of the simple majority of Directors attending the particular Board Meeting.  For example, over half of the Directors might be out on an anti-war protest at the same time.  But The Fellowship must function.  So a majority vote in this special circumstance shall be the vote of the simple majority of Directors attending this particular Board Meeting.  A proposal or motion before this particular Board shall be decided only by simple majority vote of Directors attending the Board Meeting. 

b)     Presentations:

 

          A Friend or Visitor may make a presentation before the Board at a Regular Board Meeting.  She shall notify a Director that she intends to make a presentation a month in advance of her presentation.  Her presentation shall not exceed forty minutes.  After her presentation, the Friend or Visitor shall leave the Board Meeting.  The Board shall then consider the substance of her presentation and shall make any appropriate decisions.

 

iii)   Special Board Meetings:

          Special meetings of the Board shall be called by any Director(s) to address extraordinary circumstances or emergencies important to the survival, integrity, vitality, or sustainability of The Fellowship as a whole.  An emergency Board meeting (Special Board Meeting) shall be called the moment that The Fellowship is in crisis;  a critical Board meeting (Special Board Meeting) shall be called when a problem develops that needs to be solved before the next regular Board meeting.

a)     Majority Rule:

        Special Board Meetings shall follow the same majority rule as Regular Board Meetings.  No business shall be transacted no decision shall be made by the Board at a Special Board Meeting unless the majority of its Directors as recorded in the Secretary’s Board List shall vote for it.

b)      Networking Meetings:

        A Special Board Meeting need not take place in the church building, Humanist Hall.  It may be held in another location or over the phone(s).   It may depend upon   email(s) addressing the specific purpose of the Special Board Meeting.  At a Special Board Meeting, a Director may vote when attending the meeting, or by phone, or by email.

g)     October Board Meeting and Retreat:

        The October meeting of the Board is a Special Board Meeting.  It may take place over a period of days.  At this meeting, officers of the Board (except the President) shall be elected by the Board from among its members.  With the newly elected (or re-elected) officers in place, the Board shall take a retreat and carve out its plans for the coming Fellowship year.  The Board's retreat shall be as long as it takes for the Board to compose a sustainable direction, policy, and budget for The Fellowship in the coming Fellowship year.

=B)   Regular and Special Friendship Meetings:

        

i)     purpose:

 

One purpose of Friendship Meetings shall be to strengthen the bonds among Fellowship Friends.  Another purpose shall be to address issues brought up by, and make decisions answering the needs of, Fellowship Friends. 

 

a)     Benefit:

 

         Proposals brought before a Friendship meeting shall have the intention of benefiting Friends.  And Friends (not the Board) shall execute the decisions resolved upon at a Friendship meeting.  For example, Friends may decide at a Friendship meeting to clean the house of a Friend who has been hospitalized.  Then the Friends who so decided (not the Board) shall get together and start cleaning her house at the appointed time.

 

b)    Advisory Role:

 

          Proposals brought before a Friendship meeting shall NOT have the intention of overriding decisions made by the Board.  If the majority of those attending a Friendship meeting pass a resolution concerning the business, policies, survival, livelihood, integrity, vitality, sustainability of The Fellowship as a whole, this resolution shall be taken to the next Board meeting for review, consideration, and final disposition.  The determination as to what shall be considered the business, the policies, the survival, the livelihood, the integrity, the vitality, and the sustainability of The Fellowship as a whole shall rest with the Board of Directors who shall be versed in these present ByLaws.  Friends may advise, recommend, suggest, convince, petition, complain, vote, and run diverse candidates for Board seats; but they shall NOT decide Fellowship structure, business, policy, process, or finances and they shall NOT define Fellowship livelihood, integrity, vitality, sustainability, or transact Fellowship business.

 

ii)    Regular Friendship Meetings:

 

a)     Majority:

 
The term “majority” in these present ByLaws shall always mean “simple majority” or 50% plus one.  Additionally, it shall be used in two ways.  A majority of the Board shall always refer to 50% plus one of Directors on the Board as recorded in the Secretary’s Board List unless otherwise specified for a special circumstance.  Contrariwise, a majority of the Friendship shall always refer to 50% plus one of Friends attending a Friendship meeting or absent from the meeting but submitting absentee ballots to the meeting unless otherwise specified for a special circumstance.  In other words, a majority of the Board is regularly the simple majority of all Directors as recorded in the Secretary's Board List;  whereas a majority of Friends is regularly the simple majority of Friends attending a Friendship meeting.

          In a special circumstance the situation is reversed and a “majority vote” of Friends shall be the vote of the simple majority of Friends as recorded in the Secretary's Friendship List.  For example, over half of the Friends attending a Friendship meeting might panic about a police raid of Humanist Hall and vote to shut it down for six months.  But The Fellowship must function in these six months.  So a majority vote in this special circumstance shall be the vote of the simple majority of Friends as recorded in the Secretary's Friendship List.  A proposal or motion before this particular Friendship meeting shall be decided only by simple majority vote of Friends as recorded in the Secretary's Friendship List.

b)    Schedule:

 

         Friends MAY hold regular Friendship Meetings on a periodic schedule decided by a majority of the Friends attending any Biannual Friendship Meeting

 

g)     process:

 

         The process by which Friends at a regular Friendship meeting conduct themselves shall be at the pleasure of the majority of Friends attending that meeting.  For example, the majority of Friends may vote:  to follow Roberts Rules of Order;  to run their meeting by the rules of consensus;  to run their meeting anarchically with no chairperson and no rules whatsoever;  to elect a Chairperson at the beginning of the meeting to conduct the rest of the meeting.

 

d)    Free Choice:

 

         The Board shall not request or demand that Friends attend any meetings, though it may urge that Friends attend any of the four Quarterly Friendship Meetings in late September, December, March, and June.  The need, motivation, determination, and energy to hold any other regular or special Friendship Meetings must come from the Friends themselves.

 

iii)   Special Friendship Meetings:

 

a)     Conflict:

 

         In the event of a serious conflict between a Friend and the Board, the Vice President shall facilitate a Special Friendship Meeting to resolve it.  In this case, the meeting(s) shall be called which shall include the Friend in conflict, as many other Friends as care to attend the meeting, and a majority of the Board.  At this Friendship Meeting, the conflict between the Friend and the Board shall be decided by majority vote of those attending the meeting.  Special Friendship Meetings of this nature, with a majority of the Board in attendance, shall continue until the best resolution of the conflict emerges that satisfies the majority of Friends and Directors at the meetings.

 

b)    Special Occasions:

 

          Special Friendship Meetings shall be called immediately by any Friend(s) to address emergencies or other extraordinary circumstances important to Friends.  Emergencies shall include planning Memorial Services for Friends who die.  Extraordinary circumstances shall include planning a benefit for Friends who incurred legal expenses when protesting against war.  A Special meeting of Friends need not wait upon the availability of Humanist Hall for space but may be held anywhere that Friends deem it advisable.

 

 

4)      Major Friendship Meetings:

 

        The Board of Directors shall call four Quarterly Friendship Meetings each Fellowship year, one in each of the seasons:  one in September, one in December, one in March, and one in June, roughly corresponding to the solstices and equinoxes.  Only two shall be needful for Friends to attend and/or vote in, the one in September and the one in March:  the Biannual Friendship Meetings.  Voting on Fellowship affairs shall take place only at the two Biannual Friendship Meetings.

 

A)     Process at Major Friendship Meetings:

 

i)     Process:

 

       The President of The Fellowship shall chair Biannual Friendship Meetings unless she shall find it necessary to delegate this responsibility to the Vice President.  The President shall also conduct the Biannual Friendship Meetings in a way worthy of her position as Chief Servant of The Fellowship community.

   

ii)    Agenda:

       

        The Agenda for a Biannual Friendship Meeting shall be set by the President and approved by the majority of Directors before the meeting.
 

iii)   Friendship List:

 

       The Secretary shall be in charge of The Fellowship’s Friendship List.  The Secretary's Friendship List includes active, inactive, and inert Friends of The Fellowship.  The Secretary shall determine who shall sit in the inner circle at the Biannual Friendship Meetings namely, Friends on the Friendship List.

 

iv)    Concentric Circles:

 

         The seating of people attending Biannual Friendship Meetings shall be divided into concentric circles to facilitate the conducting of the business of the Biannual Meetings.

 

a)    Inner Circle:

 

         Only Friends shall sit in the inner circle at Biannual Friendship Meetings and only Friends shall receive secret ballots and only Friends shall vote.  The Secretary shall invite Friends who come to the meetings to sit in the inner circle.  She shall give each Friend their ballot(s) and shall take up the ballot(s) after the voting.

 

b)    Outer Circle:

 

        Visitors may observe Friendship Meetings while seated in a concentric circle outside the inner circle of Friends.  Visitors shall have input in a particular Friendship meeting only at the pleasure of the majority of Friends attending that meeting.

 

B)    THE September Biannual Friendship Meeting:

The primary business of the September Biannual Friendship Meeting shall be elections:  to elect Directors for the Board of Directors.  The primary social purpose of the September Biannual Friendship Meeting shall be bonding:  to encourage Friends of The Fellowship to socialize with, empathize with, enjoy, and know one another.

 

i)     Elections:

 

         Elections for President and/or for other Board seats shall be held by secret ballot only at the September Biannual Friendship Meeting.  Candidates shall be elected by Active and Inactive Friends to seats on the Board but NOT to Offices of the Board.  These friends shall vote either in person at the meeting or ahead of the meeting by absentee ballots.  Absentee ballots, either electronic or paper ballots, shall be sent to all Active and Inactive Friends by the Secretary in the first week of September.  In this way, these Friends shall have a choice whether to vote in absentia or come to the meeting and vote in person.

 

a)    Candidates

         Candidates for Board seats shall have already announced their candidacy and campaigned for a Board seat.  Their platforms shall have been posted in The Fellowship Newsletter (or other notification if no Newsletter exists) at least two weeks before the September Biannual Friendship Meeting.  Candidates shall give their final speech at the September Biannual Friendship Meeting to win over Friends and get elected.  Candidates shall win an election by receiving the greatest number of votes of Friends who voted.  The absentee votes of Friends not attending the meeting shall be counted at the meeting by the vote counters after counting the votes of Friends attending the meeting.  Candidates with the most votes counted at the meeting win the election. 

 

b)    Secret Ballots:

         Only Active and Inactive Friends shall vote in Fellowship elections.  These friends shall normally vote only by secret ballot.  But there may be an emergency or exceptional circumstance wherein secret ballots are missing or in error.  In such a case, voting shall take place by a show of hands.
 

ii)     Meeting of Friends:

 

         After the elections have taken place, a meeting of Friends shall commence at the September Biannual Friendship Meeting.  Friends shall discuss issues and concerns important to them as Friends of The Fellowship.  They shall have the attention of the new Board of Directors, just elected, throughout this meeting and may consult with them if they want.  Friends shall be encouraged to include in their meeting:

 

a)    Bonding in Fellowship:

 

         Friends may take this opportunity to bond with one another face to face as Friends in this Fellowship that is meant for them.  They may share experiences both problems and excitements, frustrations and gratifications that connect one to another or help some out. 

 

b)    Honorary Minister:

 

         Friends may suggest an Honorary Minister for The Fellowship for that Fellowship year.  A suggested Honorary Minister may be decided by majority vote of Friends attending a Friendship meeting.  The suggested Honorary Minister decided upon shall be submitted to the Board for final review, consideration, and disposition.

 

g)     Support Group Initiation:

 

        Friends may initiate Support Groups for The Fellowship.  Any Friend may spearhead a Support Group and ask for volunteers to commit to it.

 

d)    Support Group Reports:

 

         Friends may present Reports from Support Groups.  A delegate from each Support Group shall be encouraged to give a report of the goings-on of her Support Group in that Fellowship year.

 

C)    The March Biannual Friendship Meeting:
 

        The primary business of the March Biannual Friendship Meeting shall be ByLaw Revision:  to revise these present Living ByLaws to keep them alive.  The primary social purpose of the March Biannual Friendship Meeting shall be bonding:  to encourage Friends of The Fellowship to socialize with, empathize with, enjoy, and know one another.

 

i)     Revision of ByLaws:

 

         Revision of The Fellowship ByLaws shall be voted on by Friends at the March Biannual Friendship Meeting.  Revision shall include altering, modifying, revising, adding, or deleting the text of the ByLaws.  The ByLaws shall be discussed among both Friends and Directors at the March Biannual Friendship Meeting where any final revisions to the ByLaws shall be decided upon by a vote of Friends, excluding Directors.  So the process of By-Law revision shall begin with either Friends or Directors;  either group suggests or proposes their revision(s) to the Board;  the Board shall discuss the revision(s), accept or reject them, and edit any that they accept;  the finalized suggestions or proposals shall then be submitted to the March Biannual Friendship Meeting to be voted on by the Friends, excluding Directors, attending the meeting.  Similarly, Friends’ suggestions for ByLaw revision(s) shall be submitted to the Secretary, any Director, or the Board in advance of the March Biannual Friendship Meeting.  The Board shall discuss them, accept or reject them, edit those they accept, and submit them to the March Biannual Friendship Meeting.

     

a)    Availability:

 

          A hard copy of these present ByLaws shall be on file in The Fellowship Office at all times and given to any Friend of The Fellowship for the asking.  Friends shall be obliged to read the Preamble to these present ByLaws as a condition for their Friendship in The Fellowship.  Directors shall read the entire ByLaws and shall be versed in its Preamble.

   

b)     Suggestions:

         Friends may suggest revisions to these present ByLaws at any time.  If not in the March Biannual Friendship Meeting, Friends shall write down their suggested revisions in detail and submit them to The Fellowship Office at any time in advance of the March Biannual Friendship Meeting, whether by snail mail, email, or in person.  The Secretary shall collect all Friends’ revisions of ByLaws and periodically submit them to the Board for discussion, editing, and the determination whether they should be submitted to the March Biannual Friendship Meeting as finalized by the Board.  The majority vote of Directors at Board Meetings shall decide which suggestions shall be submitted to the March Biannual Friendship Meeting.  Friends may also make their suggested revisions at the March Biannual Friendship Meeting itself.  If time does not allow for the Friends to decide upon a suggestion, it shall wait for the next March Biannual Friendship Meeting the following year. At the March Biannual Friendship Meeting, suggestions shall be voted on by Friends attending the meeting, excluding Directors.

g)     Proposals:

        Directors may propose revisions to these present ByLaws at any time.  They may write down their proposed revisions in detail and submit them to The Fellowship Office at any time, whether by snail mail, email, or in person.  The Secretary shall collect all Directors’ proposed revisions of ByLaws and periodically submit them to the Board for discussion, editing, and the  determination whether they should be submitted to the March Biannual Friendship Meeting as finalized by the Board.  The majority vote of Directors at Board Meetings shall decide which proposals shall be submitted to the March Biannual Friendship Meeting.  If time does not allow for the Friends to decide upon a proposal, it shall wait for the next March Biannual Friendship Meeting the following year. At the March Biannual Friendship Meeting, proposals shall be voted on by Friends attending the meeting, excluding Directors.

d)    Acceptance or Rejection of Proposals:

        The Board’s final proposed revision(s) from Friends and Directors shall be accepted if a majority of Friends attending the March Biannual Friendship Meeting, excluding Directors, vote for the proposed revision(s).  The Secretary shall amend the ByLaws accordingly.  If a majority of Friends vote against the proposed revision(s), the ByLaws shall remain as they are until amended in future March Biannual Friendship Meetings.  There is a whole year between March Biannual Friendship Meetings for Friends and Directors to research and reflect on how best to amend the ByLaws.

ii)   Meeting of Friends:

 

         After By-Law revision(s) have been voted for, a meeting of Friends shall commence at the March Biannual Friendship Meeting.  Friends shall discuss issues and concerns of their choice.  They shall have the attention of the Board of Directors throughout this meeting of Friends and may consult with them if they want.  Friends shall be encouraged to include in their meeting:

 

a)    Bonding in Fellowship:

 

         Friends may take this opportunity to bond with one another face to face as Friends in this Fellowship that is meant for them.  They may share experiences both problems and excitements, frustrations and gratifications that connect one to another or help some out.

 

b)    minister Selection:

 

         Friends may elect a Minister for The Fellowship.  The Minister shall be decided by the majority vote of Friends attending the March Biannual Friendship Meeting.  Friends may also relieve a current Minister of her post as Minister for The Fellowship.  The Minister shall be defrocked (demoted) by the majority vote of Friends attending the March Biannual Friendship Meeting.

 

g)     Support Group Initiation:

 

         Friends may initiate Support Groups for The Fellowship.  Any Friend may spearhead a Support Group and ask for volunteers to commit to it.

 

d)    Support Group Reports:

 

         Friends may present Reports from Support Groups.  A delegate from each Support Group shall be encouraged to give a report of the goings-on of her Support Group in that Fellowship year.

 

 

 

Section 8

 

DUTIES OF BOARD OFFICERS

 

There shall necessarily be four permanent Offices of the Board of Directors:  President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Their duties are described below.

 

 

1)      PRESIDENT

 

A)     Final Responsibility:

 

         The final responsibility for the success or failure of The Fellowship of Humanity rests with the President of The Fellowship.

 

        The only qualification for being President of The Fellowship shall be that the candidate for the Office of President be an active Friend of The Fellowship for at least the two previous years, the two years directly before the year of her candidacy.  This rule shall apply only to the Presidency.

 

i)      Supervisor:

 

        The President shall exercise general supervision over the affairs of The Fellowship as its Chief Overseer.  The President’s supervision shall be guided by the Mission and Purposes of The Fellowship as expressed in these present ByLaws.  The President may be called the Supervisor and also the Head of The Fellowship of Humanity.

 

ii)    Chief Director:

 

         The President shall be the Chief Director of The Fellowship’s Board of Directors.

 

iii)    Spearhead:

 

         The President shall spearhead moral, spiritual, social, and political activities intended to serve The Fellowship well in its Mission and Purposes.  The President shall likewise encourage any Friend (including any Director) of The Fellowship to attempt to advance the Mission and Purposes of The Fellowship.

 

iv)   Shirt Wearer:

 

        The concept “President” usually evokes a long tradition of patriarchy.  When it does, it is not the best choice of titles for The Fellowship’s Chief Overseer and Head.  The leaders among the Sioux tribe of Native Americans shall be a better model for the Head of The Fellowship.  A Sioux leader was entitled “shirt wearer” because he was granted a special shirt to wear if he earned the right to wear it by serving the needs of the Sioux:  healing the sick, helping the weak, feeding the destitute, teaching the young, and protecting the tribe.  This concept of “shirt wearer” shall be a good analogy for the role that the President of The Fellowship plays.  With this model and analogy in mind, The Fellowship President shall be the Chief Servant to The Fellowship community, a position that calls for:  wisdom, perspicacity, tact, integrity, conscience, humility, selflessness, trust, and generosity.

 

C)     Fund Raiser:

 

       The President shall have the primary responsibility for creating or finding funding for the operations of The Fellowship.  She shall likewise encourage any Friend (including any Director) of The Fellowship to create or find funding for The Fellowship.

 

D)    Chair:

 

        The President shall preside at Board Meetings.  If the President is unavailable, then the Vice President shall preside.  If both President and Vice President are unavailable, then the Board shall decide by majority vote who shall preside at the Board meeting.

 

E)     Signer:

 

         The President shall sign outgoing Fellowship checks when the need arises.

 

 

2)      VICE PRESIDENT

 

A)     Final Responsibility:

 

        The final responsibility for the success or failure of The Fellowship of Humanity in the absence of the President rests with the Vice President of The Fellowship.

 

         The only qualification for being Vice President of The Fellowship shall be the same as for any other Officer of the Board, namely, that the candidate shall be an active Friend of The Fellowship for at least one year, including the year of her candidacy.

 

B)     Second in Succession:

 

        The Vice President shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the President in her absence.  The Vice President shall become President should the President resign or otherwise become permanently unavailable.

 

C)     Assistant to the President:

 

        The Vice President shall seek ways to assist the President in one or another of the President’s duties.
 

D)     Facilitator:

 

        In case no Minister is available at The Fellowship, the Vice President shall facilitate meetings or other communications between Friends who are in serious conflict.

 

i)      Satisfaction for Friends:

 

         The Vice President shall mediate quarrels and conflicts among Fellowship Friends until a satisfactory outcome arises that satisfies the most parties involved.  The quarreling Friends MAY happen to be all Friends or all Directors or they MAY happen to be both Friends and Directors mixed.  The meeting(s) or communication(s) among them shall continue until the best resolution arrives that satisfies the most parties involved. 

 

ii)     Satisfaction for Visitors:

 

       The Vice President MAY also mediate quarrels and conflicts between Friends and Visitors on occasion, as her energy permits.

 

E)    Fund Raiser:

 

        The Vice President shall be responsible for creating or finding funding for the operations of The Fellowship.  She shall likewise encourage any Friend (including any Director) of The Fellowship to create or find funding for The Fellowship.

 

F)    Greeter:

 

        In case no Minister is available at The Fellowship, The Vice President shall welcome new Friends appearing at The Fellowship.

 

G)     Facilitator:

 

        The Vice President shall facilitate meetings to resolve conflicts between Directors and Friends in the event that there are conflicts that the President overlooks, omits, or avoids.

 

H)    Further Succession:

 

        In the drastic event that both the President and Vice President are permanently absent, then the Board shall elect by majority vote of those attending a Board meeting the next Director to be in the line of succession to the Presidency.  Whomever the Board shall elect among the remaining Directors shall be President until the next September Biannual Friendship Meeting.  The Fellowship Friendship elects the President for the next Fellowship year.

 

 

3)      SECRETARY

 

A)    Final Responsibility:

 

         The final responsibility for the administration of The Fellowship of Humanity rests with the Secretary.

        The only qualification for being Secretary of The Fellowship shall be the same as for any other Officer of the Board, namely, that the candidate shall be an active Friend of The Fellowship for at least one year, including the year of her candidacy, and shall be skilled in using the computer.

        The Secretary is the Chief Administrator of The Fellowship in charge of writing, printing, publishing and organizing all the paper work of The Fellowship.  Of course, the Secretary, like all Fellowship Officers, may hire one or another Fellowship Friend(s) to help her perform one or another of her Fellowship duties, using Fellowship funds if Fellowship funds are available, taking full responsibility for the results.

B)    Assistant to the Board:

 

        In her capacity as Assistant to the Board of Directors the Secretary shall:
 

i)      Agendas:

 

         Solicit agenda items from all Directors and use them to create an Agenda for the next Board meeting.  This Agenda shall then be given or sent to all Directors ahead of their next Board meeting.

 

ii)     Minutes:

 

         Take accurate Minutes of the proceedings of each Board meeting, regular and special, and each Friendship meeting: regular, special, biannual, and quarterly.  She shall ensure that the Minutes are typed and legible so that anyone can read them and she shall preserve them on computer.  The Secretary MAY convince or pay another Friend of The Fellowship to do these tasks if she is unable or indisposed to do them.

 

iii)    Signer:

 

         Sign outgoing Fellowship checks when the need arises.

 

iv)    Mail:

 

          Handle all official Fellowship correspondence in behalf of The Fellowship of Humanity or in behalf of any Director.  Read incoming, and send outgoing official Fellowship correspondence, whether email or snail mail, to whom it may concern.

 

a)    Official Correspondence:

 

        Send or give invoices, receipts, announcements, publications, documents, and press releases important to The Fellowship to whom they may concern.

 

b)     Official Calls:

 

         Receive and make phone calls important to The Fellowship, or important to any Director on the Board, in behalf of The Fellowship.

 

g)      Official documentation:

 

         Produce, publicize, and/or mail, whether by email or by snail mail, official letters and documents of The Fellowship.  Documents may be written by any Director or by the Secretary and assigned to her for production and distribution.

 

v)      Board, Friendship, Inactive, and Inert Lists:

 

a)     Board List:

 

         Maintain and keep up to date the official current List of Directors on the Board of Directors the Board List.

 

b)      Friendship List:

 

         Maintain and keep up to date the official current List of Friends of the Fellowship the Friendship List.

 

g)      Active List:

 

         Maintain and keep up to date the official current List of Active Friends of the Fellowship the Active List.  This list need only be a marker by the name of a Friend on the Friendship List.

 

          The Friendship List shall be reviewed periodically by the Board for active Friends.  A Friend who votes in a Fellowship election, and/or participates in Programs of The Fellowship, and/or communicates constructively with other Friends of the Fellowship on a regular basis shall be deemed an active Friend.  So if she DOES vote in the last Fellowship election, or DOES appear at Fellowship Programs, or DOES regularly communicate constructively with Fellowship Friends for one or more Fellowship years, she SHALL be allowed, even encouraged, to vote in the next Fellowship election and an absentee ballot shall be sent to her.  Her name shall be on the Active List of Fellowship Friends.  The final decision as to who counts as an active, inactive, or inert Fellowship Friend rests with the Board of Directors.

 

d)      Inactive List:

 

         Maintain and keep up to date the official current List of Inactive Friends of the Fellowship the Inactive List This list need only be a marker by the name of a Friend on the Friendship List.

 

          The Friendship List shall be reviewed periodically by the Board for inactive Friends.  A Friend who only votes in Fellowship elections, participates in no Programs of The Fellowship, and communicates constructively with no Fellowship Friends on a regular basis shall be deemed an inactive Friend.  So if she DOES vote in the last Fellowship election, but does not appear at Fellowship Programs, and does not regularly communicate with The Fellowship for one or more Fellowship years, she SHALL be allowed to vote in the next Fellowship election and an absentee ballot shall be sent to her.  Her name shall be shifted to the Inactive List of Fellowship Friends.  The final decision as to who counts as an active, inactive, or inert Fellowship Friend rests with the Board of Directors.

 

e)      Inert List:

 

         Maintain and keep up to date the official current List of Inert Friends of the Fellowship the Inert List This list need only be a marker by the name of a Friend on the Friendship List.

 

         The Friendship List shall be culled periodically by the Board for inert Friends.  A Friend who does not vote in the most recent Fellowship election, and does not participate in any Fellowship Programs, and does not regularly communicate constructively with other Friends of the Fellowship, MAY be deemed an inert Friend.  So if she does not vote in the last Fellowship election, and does not appear at any Fellowship Programs, and does not communicate constructively on a regularly basis with other Fellowship Friends for one or more Fellowship years, she shall not be allowed to vote at the next Fellowship election and an absentee ballot shall not be sent to her.  Her name shall be shifted to the Inert List of Fellowship Friends.  If an inert Friend wishes to vote at a Fellowship election again after a hiatus of one or more Fellowship years, she need only contact the Fellowship again and ask for a ballot.  The final decision as to who counts as an active, inactive, or inert Fellowship Friend rests with the Board of Directors. 

 

f)     Visitors List:

 

         Maintain and keep up to date the official current List of Visitors to the Fellowship the Visitors List(s).

 

         Several types of Visitors Lists may be created and maintained by the Secretary at her discretion.  She may choose to make only one Visitors List (a mailing list).  Or she may choose to make more:  a film guest list, an activist guest list, an intellectual guest list, an arts guest list, a media guest list, and so on.

 

vi)      Access to Documents:

 

        Make important Fellowship documents easily accessible to Fellowship Friends (including Directors) who want to see them.  All official Fellowship documents, except for one, shall be made available to Fellowship Friends (including Directors) for the asking.  The one exception shall be the official Fellowship Friendship List.  A Fellowship Friend who wants to have a copy of the Friendship List shall petition the Board during one of its regular Board Meetings for no more than forty minutes to declare, explain, and defend her reasons for wanting a copy of the Friendship List.  The decision whether to let a Friend have a copy of the Friendship List shall be decided by majority vote of the Board which shall understand the risks.

 

C)     Record Keeper:

 

        In her capacity as Record Keeper for The Fellowship, the Secretary shall:

 

i)      Documents:

 

         Write, or help to write, keep up to date, and preserve all documents required by, needed by, or important to The Fellowship.

 

a)     UP Keep:

 

         Ensure that all Fellowship documents are legible, well-presented, organized, and kept up to date.

 

b)      Storage:

 

         Store all Fellowship documents in Fellowship computer files; store hard copy Fellowship documents in file cabinets or boxes in The Fellowship Office or other safe storage facility   through elections, year in and year out.  Because computers are not fail-safe, Fellowship documents shall also be printed out and filed in file cabinets or boxes stored in The Fellowship Office or other safe storage facility.

 

ii)    Records:

 

        Enter the data for, preserve, and keep up to date all other records of information required by, needed by, or important to The Fellowship.

 

D)    Printer and Publisher:

 

        In her capacity as Printer and Publisher for The Fellowship the Secretary shall:

 

i)      Copies:

 

         Copy or printout quantities of official Fellowship flyers, brochures, and announcements to be kept in piles for public view alongside outside flyers and brochures on The Fellowship’s brochure table(s).

 

ii)     Printouts:

 

         Copy or printout quantities of important official Fellowship documents and have them available for Directors for the asking.

 

ii)     Newsletter:

 

         In the drastic event that no Newsletter Support Group exists, the Secretary may create a Fellowship Newsletter on her own.

 

a)    Mailing:

 

        When no Newsletter Support Group exists, the Secretary may copy or printout quantities of Fellowship newsletters and send them, whether by email or snail mail, to all Fellowship Friends as recorded in the Secretary’s Friendship List as well as, at her discretion, to all those on the Secretary’s Visitors List.

 

b)      Monthly Calendars:

 

         When no Newsletter Support Group exists, and the Secretary is not able to create a Newsletter, then she shall create, typeset, copy, or printout or post on The Fellowship website both The Fellowship’s monthly Program Calendars and its monthly Events Calendars.   And she shall send these, whether by email or snail mail, to all Friends as recorded in the Secretary’s Friendship List as well as, at her discretion, to all those on the Secretary’s Visitors List or she shall email notices to Friends and/or Visitors that these Calendars are posted on The Fellowship website.  The Program and Event Calendars shall belong in The Fellowship Newsletter when such exists.

 

iv)    Display:

 

        Copy or printout quantities of any articles, poems, flyers, art work, or other papers, whether created by Friends or Visitors, and place them on the brochure table(s) or display cases for public view.  The choice of what writings or art works to display shall be at the Secretary’s discretion.

 

E)    Office Manager:

 

       In her capacity as Office Manager for The Fellowship the Secretary shall:

 

i)      Inventory:

 

         Inventory Fellowship office equipment, machinery, instruments, furniture, and supplies.  With this information in hand, the Secretary shall then be empowered to:

 

a)     Purchase:

 

        Purchase missing or needed equipment, machinery, instruments, furniture, and supplies with Fellowship funds.

 

b)     Install:

 

        Install each new article of office equipment, machinery, furniture, and supplies when needed.

 

g)      Repair:

 

        Call upon repair persons when an office product is faulty, damaged, or broken.  The Secretary shall be empowered to use Fellowship funds to repair faulty, damaged, or broken office equipment, machines, instruments, furniture, and supplies.

 

ii)     Filing:

 

       Maintain and keep up to date file cabinets or boxes that contain all Fellowship documents and papers.

 

 

4)      TREASURER

 

A)    Final Responsibility:

 

         The final responsibility for the finances of The Fellowship of Humanity rests with the Treasurer.

 

        The only qualification for being Treasurer of The Fellowship shall be the same as for any other Officer of the Board, namely, that the candidate shall be an active Friend of The Fellowship for at least one year, including the year of her candidacy, and shall be skilled in using the computer..

 

          The Treasurer’s financial responsibilities shall include:  to manage, pay, and help raise funds to pay for:  bills; taxes; insurance; loans and debts; purchases of goods and services; labor, bonuses, and perks; workers who maintain, repair, and improve Humanist Hall and its Grounds; workers who assist Directors in their duties; and expenses of the workers to make the fulfillment of their tasks more likely.  Other responsibilities of the Treasurer include:  to disburse available funds to those requesting Fellowship money; to manage gifts (including grants) intended for The Fellowship; to be in charge of The Fellowship’s tax-exemption status; and to initiate or participate in any necessary audits of Fellowship finances, if need be.  Of course, the Treasurer, like all Fellowship Officers, may hire one or another Fellowship Friend(s) to help her perform one or another of her Fellowship duties, using Fellowship funds if Fellowship funds are available, taking full responsibility for the results.

 

B)     Collection of Funds:

 

       The Treasurer shall collect all income intended for The Fellowship and deposit it promptly in The Fellowship bank account(s) in her care. 

 

i)      Bank(s):

         The Fellowship bank(s) shall be chosen by the Treasurer who shall give preference to community, cooperative, non-profit, and non-corporate banks in accordance with the Mission and Purposes of The Fellowship as expressed in these present ByLaws

ii)     Checking Account(s):

         The bank account(s) shall be checking accounts until enough money has accumulated to warrant depositing elsewhere as the Treasurer shall decide.

 

C)     Disbursement of Funds:

 

       The Treasurer shall disburse Fellowship funds that she has on reserve in The Fellowship’s bank account(s).

 

i)      Signer:

 

         The Treasurer shall sign outgoing Fellowship checks when the need arises.  Withdrawals may also be made from The Fellowship bank account(s) on the basis of the signatures of the President or Secretary.

 

ii)     Bill Payer:

 

         The first order of business for the Treasurer shall be to pay, when they are due, all Fellowship bills and debts that spring from Fellowship activities.  Respecting expenses, it shall be of foremost importance that the Treasurer shall:

 

a)     Insurance:

 

         Provide adequate insurance for The Fellowship and pay the insurance bill when it is due.

 

b)      Taxes:

 

         Pay any taxes that The Fellowship owes.

 

g)      Oakland Codes:

 

         Pay the expenses of keeping the church building, Humanist Hall, and its Grounds up to code both fire codes and building codes and up to the standard of any other regulations that the City of Oakland sets for The Fellowship of Humanity.

 

iii)    Availability of Funds:

 

         The Treasurer shall make it known to those who request Fellowship funds what moneys shall be available  to them.  Workers, Directors, assistants to Directors, and Support Group Chairpersons shall petition the Treasurer for funds they need for their work, for assistance with their work, and for their accrued expenses.

 

a)     Petitioners:

 

        The Treasurer shall not prioritize how funds shall be spent among the petitioners for funds.  Instead, she shall inform the current group of petitioners how much moneys shall be available to them all, as a group.  The Treasurer shall require that each petitioner learn who the other petitioners are.

 

b)     Priorities:

 

         Each petitioner shall then negotiate with the other petitioners to prioritize the spending of the funds that are available to the whole group of petitioners.  Petitioners shall make the necessary compromises and sacrifices among themselves that are required to share the available funds.

 

g)      No Favorites:

 

         The Treasurer shall only be responsible for the amount of Fellowship funds she disburses.  She shall NOT decide who shall use the funds available and she shall make no value judgments on what the funds are used for.  Who shall spend available Fellowship funds and what they shall spend it on shall be the responsibility of the petitioners for the funds.  It shall not be the Treasurer’s place to favor a particular petitioner and allow her more funds or to favor a particular work project or purchase.

 

iv)    Ceiling:

 

       After the Treasurer has informed the current group of petitioners what the ceiling on their spending shall be, and the petitioners have agreed on how to prioritize their income and expenditures, it may nevertheless inevitably happen that a petitioner errs and overspends her agreed-upon allotment.  In this case, responsibility for this error shall fall on the petitioner, not the Treasurer, and the petitioner shall be responsible for any unapproved disbursements.

 

v)      Rate of Pay:

 

        The Treasurer shall put a floor and a ceiling on the rate of pay that any worker at The Fellowship shall receive.  The minimum wage at The Fellowship shall necessarily be above any “living wage” determined by any government (since these rates are notoriously low).  The Treasurer shall make every effort to keep the floor and the ceiling rate of pay equal.  Exceptions to this rule shall be few and far between.  

 

D)    ReportS:

 

         The Treasurer shall create, maintain, and keep up to date Treasury Reports for The Fellowship.  The Treasurer  MAY convince or pay another Friend of The Fellowship to do the Treasury Reports and/or Bookkeeping if she is unable or indisposed to do them.

 

i)     Yearly Reports:

 

         Create and bring a Yearly Treasurer’s Report, summarizing the year’s financial news, to the September Biannual Friendship Meeting and announce its contents.

 

ii)    Monthly Reports:

 

         Create and bring a Monthly Treasurer’s Report, summarizing the month’s financial news, to Board Meetings and announce its contents, if the Board so decides.

 

iii)   Daily Bookkeeping:

 

         Create, maintain, and keep up to date daily records of all moneys, income and expenses, coming into and going out of The Fellowship.  Positive Treasury Reports shall show the Event and Program income, Friendship dues income (if dues are required), and donation and loan income on the credit side.  Negative Treasury Reports shall show the bills and debts paid, workers and bonuses paid, purchases paid for, donations made, and the Director of Event’s commission earned on the debit side.

       

a)    Income:

 

         Record all income intended for The Fellowship in appropriate Treasury Reports.  Income MAY include dues (if such are required), donations, and loans.

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b)     Expenses:

 

         Record all expenses of The Fellowship and its Directors in appropriate Treasury Reports.  Expenses MAY include bills, payroll, perks, purchases, donations, and refunds.

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E)    Fund Raising:

 

        The Treasurer shall seek ways to raise funds for the operations of The Fellowship.  She shall encourage any Friend (including any Director) of The Fellowship to create or find funding for The Fellowship.

 

F)     Gift Acceptance:

       
The Treasurer shall ensure that The Fellowship shall not be constricted by
any person’s or organization’s gift(s) whether of objects, labor, money, love, and/or services.  Nor shall The Fellowship’s Board of Directors be beholden to any person or organization for any gift(s) of any kind whatsoever to The Fellowship, whether of objects, labor, money, love, and/or services.  The Treasurer shall ensure that any gift(s) of any kind whatsoever given to The Fellowship or to any Director shall be freely given or not given at all.
 

i)      Extortion:

         
Anyone shall be
most welcome to give as many appropriate gifts or as much money as they want to The Fellowship.  The gift(s) may be thought to be of the greatest value and the money may be thought to be a fortune.  Nevertheless, the Treasurer shall ensure that no gift(s) at all and no money or fortune at all (other than required dues or voluntary work) shall create any obligations on the part of The Fellowship.

 

ii)     Appropriateness:

       
An appropriate gift to The Fellowship shall be a gift indeed and not a loan needing to be returned.  An
appropriate gift to The Fellowship shall be most welcome
; it benefits The Fellowship by solving a problem for The Fellowship.  An inappropriate gift for The Fellowship shall be seriously discouraged; it degrades The Fellowship by creating a problem for The Fellowship.  The final decision as to whether a gift is appropriate or inappropriate, a solution or a problem, for The Fellowship rests with the Treasurer.  The Treasurer shall have the final voice as to The Fellowship’s acceptance or rejection of any gift intended for it.

 

G)    IRS Tax-Exemption:

 

        Appropriate gifts, whether of objects, labor, money, love, and/or services given to The Fellowship shall be most gratefully received and the giver most gratefully acknowledged.  The Fellowship has the State of California non-profit tax-exemption status of a church, being a non-profit religious corporation in the State of California.  Gifts to The Fellowship of Humanity shall be tax deductible as gifts to a church.  The Treasurer shall give anyone donating to The Fellowship a receipt for her gift for tax purposes if the donor requests it.

 

i)     Identity:

 

         The Fellowship is entitled to its non-profit tax-exempt status as a church and religious non-profit corporation in the State of California.  The Fellowship does NOT have the 501 (c) 3 identity of non-profit corporations that have filed for this status and received it.  It has the simple church identity that all religious corporations have.  The Fellowship shall remain a completely independent church, independent of the U.S. government.

 

ii)     Survival:

 

        The Fellowship shall be everlastingly grateful to people who come forward and invest their time, energy, equipment, labor, money, love, services, and thoughtfulness to The Fellowship in order to see it functioning, flourishing, sustainable, and surviving.  The Fellowship shall celebrate and nourish the volunteers and workers who invest in it and shall denounce and expel the people who go about destroying it.   

 

H)    Audit:

 

       The Board of Directors, by majority vote, shall assign an auditor or auditors to examine Fellowship spending if there is a strong suspicion, backed up by concrete evidence, circulating among Fellowship Friends (including Directors) that there has been an abuse of Fellowship funds.  The Treasurer shall be empowered to use Fellowship funds to pay any auditor(s).  If the Treasurer herself is under suspicion, and concrete evidence of malfeasance has been brought forth against her, then the Secretary shall be so empowered.

 

i)     Evidence:

 

         If there shall be hard evidence behind a strong suspicion that any Fellowship funds have been diverted from their usual paths paying for bills, workers, procurements, and the like, then it shall be proper that The Fellowship finances be audited.

 

ii)             Real Need:

 

The process of auditing The Fellowship finances would be burdensome to Officers of The Fellowship and/or costly to The Fellowship.  Therefore, auditing shall be called for only when hard evidence of malfeasance has been brought forth.  Auditing shall never be used either politically or punitively without realistic need.  Auditing shall never be used to harass or overburden Officers of The Fellowship.

 

I)      Lawsuits:

 

         The Treasurer shall be empowered, in dire circumstances, to use Fellowship funds to hire an activist lawyer or lawyers to write legal letters, briefs, and papers or file lawsuits in behalf of The Fellowship of Humanity, or to defend The Fellowship against lawsuits, if Fellowship funds are available.

 

 

     

 

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Section 9

 

FRIENDSHIP

 

 

1)      Good Standing:

 

        All Friends of The Fellowship shall be in good standing (as long as they are Friends).  There shall be no such thing as a Friend on probation or a Friend in an iffy status with The Fellowship no such thing as a “sort of” Friend.

 

 

2)      Tolerance:

 

        No person shall be denied Friendship in The Fellowship on account of origin, nationality, tribe, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, income, or appearance.

 

 

3)      Expectations:

 

        Persons who combine high character and progressive politics shall be encouraged to join The Fellowship.  These are the people who shall be expected to contribute to our progressive community of good Friends and who shall be expected to receive every benefit The Fellowship has to offer.  Persons who combine low character and punitive politics shall be dissuaded from joining The Fellowship.  These are the people who are expected to try to destroy our progressive community of good Friends and whom The Fellowship shall expect to expel should they inadvertently become Friends before their character comes to light. 

 

A)    Discrimination by Character:

 

        Directors of The Fellowship shall be empowered to discriminate among persons wanting to be Friends of The Fellowship on the basis of character.

 

i)     Morality:

 

         The question of character is of the greatest importance to The Fellowship, being a Church.  Churches address the moral life, the emotional and rational decisions, the personal motivations, the springs of action in the human being:  the character.  Churches define good and evil and help give people reasons to act in the cause of the good they espouse.  The Fellowship is no different in this regard.  Churches commonly want to create good Christian characters.  The Fellowship shall want to create good Humanist characters.

 

ii)    High and Low:

 

         The decision as to what is high (conscious and good) character and what is low (degenerate and mean) character shall rest with the Board of Directors.  Each Director shall adhere to the Mission and Purposes of The Fellowship of Humanity as expressed in these present ByLaws.

    

iii)    Qualities:

 

        Persons of low, degenerate character odious, malevolent, egregious, pernicious, hostile, sleazy, taking, unconscionable, offensive character shall be profoundly dissuaded from joining The Fellowship; whereas persons of high, conscious character kind, honest, giving, compassionate, courageous, righteous,  sensible, fair, inquiring, character shall be lavishly encouraged to join The Fellowship. 

 

B)    Discrimination by Politics:

 

        Directors of The Fellowship shall be empowered to discriminate among persons wanting to be Friends in The Fellowship on the basis of politics.

 

i)     Society:

 

         The question of politics is of the greatest importance to The Fellowship, being founded in a progressive political movement and embracing this movement through the decades.  Organizations address the social life, the economic decisions, the cultural traditions, and the forces compelling social change:  politics.  Movements define social issues and help affirm peoples' reasons to act in their behalf.  The Fellowship is no different in this regard.  Movements commonly want to promote single issues.  The Fellowship wants to promote communitarianism.

     

ii)     Qualities:

 

        Persons of punitive political persuasions who favor intolerance and conformity shall be profoundly dissuaded from joining The Fellowship; whereas persons of progressive political persuasions who favor freedom and support shall be lavishly encouraged to join The Fellowship.  The decision as to what is politically punitive and what is politically progressive shall rest with the Board of Directors. 

 

C)    Discrimination by Reputation:

 

        Any Visitor to The Fellowship whose true vile behavior, history, or reputation is positively known to fall into any of the nineteen categories of offence listed in the Expulsion Policy of these present ByLaws MAY be denied Friendship in The Fellowship.  Directors shall be empowered to deny Friendship to persons whose low character, punitive politics, criminality, or vile history or reputation is known to them.  This certainly shall include people known by their vile history or reputations to threaten people, steal, or vandalize property crash events or disrupt meetings;  slander, harass, or calumniate people;  peddle their goods or services or proselytize their fixed opinions;  collect a mountain of goods or obstruct work;   deceive or exploit people or abuse drugs;  and it certainly shall include people known by their vile history or reputations to file harassing lawsuits;  take over organizations for their own purposes;  infiltrate organizations in order to subvert them; or who use and manipulate developers, landlords, or government officials to deconstruct, disassemble or take over organizations or real properties.  Any Director(s) aware of the true vile history or reputation of a person MAY deny her Friendship in The Fellowship.

 

D)    Rule Against Bribery:

 

        Friendship in The Fellowship shall not be exchanged or bought.  Anyone may give as many appropriate gifts as they like to The Fellowship, and the gifts can be thought to be of the greatest value whether they are gifts of objects, labor, money, love, and/or services.  Nevertheless, no gift(s) at all, and no amount of money, shall make anyone a Friend of The Fellowship and no gift(s) at all, and no amount of money, shall create any obligations on the part of The Fellowship.  A Director shall accept no other terms of Friendship than the honoring of the Covenant.  Being a Friend of The Fellowship shall be gift and wealth enough for The Fellowship.

 

 

4)     Confirmation:

 

          Friendship in The Fellowship shall be confirmed by a vote on the Board of Directors, belief in the Fellowship’s Mission Statement and Covenant, a signature on the Covenant, and the Friend’s name on the Friendship List whether as an active, inactive, or inert Friend.  Authorization of Friendship shall be achieved in the following ways:

 

A)    Board Vote:

 

        Friendship is at the discretion of Directors.  Friendship shall be determined by majority vote of the Directors at any Board meeting.  Friends may suggest to any Board Director(s) that certain persons join The Fellowship.  But only Directors shall authorize Fellowship Friendship by one Director signing the Friendship Covenant along with the prospective Friend AND by a majority of Directors voting in a Board meeting to admit the prospect into Friendship at The Fellowship.

 

B)    Mission Statement:

 

        A person who wants to become a Friend of The Fellowship shall believe in and agree to the Mission Statement of The Fellowship of Humanity.  This Statement combines the Mission and Purposes of The Fellowship as expressed in these present ByLaws wherein together they form the Preamble of the ByLaws.  This Preamble shall be distributed to all Friends and prospective Friends as “The Mission Statement,” a separate and independent document from these present ByLaws.

 

C)    Covenant:

 

       The Fellowship of Humanity shall maintain a Covenant with its Friends.  This shall seal the reciprocal relationship of Fellowship and Friend for the duration of the Friendship.  A template for the Fellowship’s Covenant shall be available in the Addendum to these current ByLaws for Friends to see and Directors to copy to present to potential Friends to sign.  The Covenant MAY be revised from time to time by the Board of Directors. 

 

i)      Covenant Signed by Director:

 

         A Director shall present the Covenant of The Fellowship to a prospective Friend for examination.  Only a Director shall sign a Covenant along with a prospective Friend whom the Director is introducing to The Fellowship.

 

ii)    Covenant Signed by Friend:

 

        The Director introducing the prospective Friend to The Fellowship shall require that the prospective Friend read, approve of, agree to, and believe in the Preamble or Mission Statement and Covenant of The Fellowship of Humanity.  The prospective Friend shall consent to these and sign the Covenant along with the Director as proof of her commitment to them.

 

D)    Friendship List:

 

        The Friendship Covenant shall provide all the contact information of the Friend, especially her full name, address, phone number(s) and email.  The Secretary shall compile these names and contacts of Friends into a Friendship List for use as a Fellowship mailing list for Fellowship Notices, Announcements, Calendars, Newsletters, Journals, Elections and also for use as a roll call at the two Biannual Friendship Meetings to establish attendance and voting privileges.  The Friendship Covenant, the Friendship List, and the Board Minutes constitute the minimum documented proofs of Friendship in The Fellowship.

 

 

5)     Dissolution:

          Friendship in the Fellowship shall be dissolved either by the Fellowship or by the Friend who decides and expedites it for herself.   

A)     Decided by The Fellowship:

       Directors shall be empowered to terminate a Friend of The Fellowship under circumstances given in the Expulsion Policy of these present ByLaws.  The procedures for terminating or expelling a Friend are also outlined in the Expulsion Policy.  The Expulsion Policy of these present ByLaws addresses the only motives and the only means by which The Fellowship shall dissolve a Friendship.     

B)     Decided by the Friend:

        A Friend shall be able to terminate her Friendship with The Fellowship under any circumstances, for any reason(s), and at any time whatsoever.  She may communicate her decision to any Director in any form whatsoever, written or verbal.  When the Secretary is informed of the Friend’s decision to terminate or dissolve her Friendship, she shall remove the Friend from the Friendship List.        

 

 

6)     Privileges:

 

        Friendship at The Fellowship of Humanity shall be a privilege and NOT a right.  Friends of The Fellowship shall be privileged to:

 

A)    Present

 

         Programs at The Fellowship and be a featured speaker or provide a featured speaker for Programs she creates.

 

B)     Facilitate

 

          Fellowship Meetings.

 

C)     Chair

 

          Fellowship Support Groups or Friendship Meetings.

 

D)    Spearhead

 

         Fellowship Support Groups;  found Support Groups (“committees”) that address issues or concerns that have been burning in their hearts.  With the new members of their new Support Groups, take their issues or concerns as far as she can go with it become activist groups and change the world!

 

E)     Receive

 

         Big helpings of moral support, encouragement, cooperation, inspiration, hope, freedom, empathy, sympathy, compassion, consolation, patience, insight and Friendship from The Fellowship and all the communities it embraces;  and receive Friendship cards, buttons, T-shirts, books, and whatever else The Fellowship shall produce as well.

 

F)     Write

 

         Original articles, stories, or poems or submit original pictures, art works, or cartoons to The Fellowship Newsletter, Journal, or Website.

 

G)    Vote

 

         For President, Directors on the Board, and Honorary Ministers at September Biannual Friendship Meetings.  Vote for ByLaws, Ministers, and issues of importance to The Fellowship at March Biannual Friendship Meetings.

 

H)    Relax

 

         And be comfortable in a safe haven, refuge, and platform for spiritual, progressive  Humanists and progressive activists knowing that extremist right-wingers and neo-cons, fanatical fascists, proselytizing preachers, dogmatic capitalists, apathetic mainstreamers, and low characters are NOT welcome at The Fellowship;  relax and speak your mind in peace personally and/or publicly knowing that no one shall be looking over your shoulder.

 

I)      Network

 

         With like-minded Friends of The Fellowship as well as Visitors to Humanist Hall from all the communities that The Fellowship embraces.  The Fellowship shall provide an inquiring Friend with information about Humanist, progressive activist, and oppressed minority organizations that  The Fellowship has any relationship with.  The Fellowship shall encourage its Friends to network with Friends and Visitors. 

 

J)      Know

 

         That The Fellowship shall NOT take sides exclusively with any progressive spiritual, progressive activist, or oppressed minority cause(s) but embraces them all;  it is an umbrella organization.  The Fellowship shall be independent of all other organizations except for its affiliation with the AHA so that it can serve a multitude of progressive organizations.  Know and take heart that The Fellowship shall refuse to pit one progressive organization against another.  Whatever conversations take place about one progressive organization or another including The Fellowship, none shall be pitted against the other in a damaging way.    

 

K)     Enjoy

 

         Preferential treatment in Humanist Hall.  Enjoy preferred status for getting paid work at The Fellowship under the guidance of a Director with the most minimal supervision.  Directors shall be empowered to use Fellowship funds to hire Friends of The Fellowship to help them perform one or another of their official duties, if Fellowship funds are available.  An assistant to a Director shall receive a generous rate of pay.  Enjoy preferential treatment for using Humanist Hall either for a private gathering or for a public benefit in behalf of a favorite cause.  Preferential treatment shall apply both to access to the use of Humanist Hall Friends shall have first choice access and to the donation rate for using Humanist Hall Friends shall get discounts.

 

L)     Count on

 

         The Fellowship being there for you in an emergency or special need:  if you become ill or injured; if you need bail raised for you (when you’re in jail for the crime of fighting for justice for people, animals, or the environment); if you need Humanist Hall for the big moments of your life whether for celebrations, memorials, important meetings, or rallies.  Count on The Fellowship extending itself to you with all the resources at its disposal.

           

M)    Help Yourself

 

         To goods and services freely offered by The Fellowship at no cost to Friends.  You belong to a church that is service-oriented and simple and promises not to impose upon, or condescend upon, you or your group.  Help Yourself to goods and services which may include when they are available:  primarily organic food and drink;  access to the kitchen and Staging Room of Humanist Hall;  access to the Stage and podiums of Humanist Hall wireless DSL access to the internet;  color printer, copier, and scanner;  CD, DVD player;  CD and DVD reader/writer/burner drives;  telephone;  microphones;  movie screen;  movie projector;  mixer, speakers, and sound system;  peaceful yard;  transportation;  as well as food and love for your companion animal(s).

 

 

7)     Taking Advantage:

 

        Privileges of Friendship in The Fellowship are listed above.  There are no other privileges.  Examples follow of Friends taking advantage of The Fellowship and calling it privilege:

 

A)     Event Etiquette:

 

        If a Friend of The Fellowship should enter into an Event taking place in Humanist Hall without donating the amount of money requested by the Event Producer(s) on the basis that she is a Friend of The Fellowship then she is crashing an Event and risks expulsion from The Fellowship.  With respect to entering into Events taking place in Humanist Hall, Fellowship Friends are on the same footing as the general public.

 

B)     Inheritance:

 

        If anyone assumes she is a Friend of The Fellowship or assumes a Friendship privilege on the basis of inheritance, she shall be denied Friendship and privileges on that basis.  Friendship at The Fellowship shall only be obtained by signing The Fellowship’s Covenant.

 

C)     Limitation of Privilege:

 

        If a Fellowship Friend claims any privilege of Friendship other than those listed above in these present ByLaws then she is not enjoying a privilege of Friendship she is taking advantage of The Fellowship.  For example, if a Fellowship Friend insists that it shall be her privilege to picnic with her friends on Fellowship Grounds every Saturday at noon or to teach a yoga class every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm, on the basis that she is a Friend without negotiating with the Director of Events or the Director of Programs to see if another Event or Program is not scheduled for that time then she risks expulsion from The Fellowship.  Privileges of Friendship shall not be freshly invented.  To add privileges to the Privileges of Friendship of these present ByLaws, she shall suggest her new privilege(s) to the Board of Directors for consideration.  The Board shall then consider revising these present ByLaws to accommodate the new privilege(s).

 

 

8)      Banishment Policy:

 

        The banishment of unconscionable Visitors from the premises of The Fellowship shall be of the utmost importance in reassuring other people -- good people -- that they are safe, welcome, and free to be themselves in The Fellowship of Humanity.  The Fellowship shall owe good Friends and Visitors as good an experience as possible at The Fellowship; on this account, unconscionable persons at The Fellowship shall be removed.

 

A)     Banishment vs Expulsion:

 

          ANY Director of the Board of Directors shall be empowered to banish a Friend or Visitor from the premises of The Fellowship immediately.  However, only the Board of Directors shall be empowered to expel a Friend from The Fellowship by majority vote of Directors at any meeting of the Board of Directors.

 

B)    Banishment of Visitors and Friends:

 

          ANY Director or Directors of the Board of Directors shall be empowered to banish a Visitor or Friend from the premises of The Fellowship whose unconscionable behavior is denounced in this Expulsion Policy.  Banishment, because it might alleviate a dire situation developing for The Fellowship, need not wait upon any meeting of The Fellowship or its Board or any review by another Director but MAY be undertaken immediately.

 

i)     Friendship Status:

 

         Banishment shall not affect the Friendship status of a Friend of The Fellowship.  A Friend MAY be banished from The Fellowship without affecting her Friendship status. (For example, a Friend might become drunk and obnoxious beyond recognition at a Fellowship event and banished, sent home, by a Director.)

 

ii)    Indefinite Period:

 

         Banishment shall ALWAYS be for an indefinite period of time.  It relieves an emergency situation developing for the Fellowship and is undertaken immediately without stopping to consider a time frame.  A banishment may last for one day, one week, one year, or a decade.  Its length is indeterminate and depends on the will and reformation of the offender.

 

C)     Process of Banishment:

 

         It takes only one Director who has observed unconscionable behavior in a Friend or Visitor to banish her, with an explanation.  A Friend or Visitor might suddenly derange an event or program for one reason or another.  Directors shall be empowered to ask them to leave.

 

i)     Observation:

 

         Banishment shall require that a Director observe unconscionable behavior in a Friend or Visitor based on one or more of the nineteen categories of offense listed in this Expulsion Policy or based on an unexpected offense.

 

ii)    Explanation:

 

          A Director who observes unconscionable behavior in a Friend or Visitor and decides to banish her immediately shall give her the reason(s) for banishing her.  The Director shall explain to the offending Friend or Visitor the need to banish her from the premises of The Fellowship, based on one or more of the nineteen categories of offense listed in this Expulsion Policy or based on an unexpected offense.

 

a)     Unexpected Offences:

 

        A Director MAY discover a new offense to The Fellowship in the unconscionable behavior of a Friend or Visitor and banish her on the basis of this new offense, not wholly based on one or more of the nineteen categories of offense listed in the Expulsion Policy of these present ByLaws.  In this case, the Director shall explain to the offender the new reason(s) for banishing her.

 

b)      Verbal or Written:

 

         A Director MAY banish an offender either verbally or in writing, depending upon circumstances and the disposition of the Director.

 

iii)   Requirement to Leave:

 

          After explaining to the offender the need to banish her, a Director shall then require her to leave the premises of The Fellowship and not take a step on the premises of The Fellowship until her banishment has been rescinded.  If need be, the Director shall escort her to one of the doors or one of the gates at the borders of the premises of The Fellowship.

 

α)     Argument:

 

         Because a Director is answering to a critical situation developing in the Fellowship when she banishes an offender, she shall not be deterred by arguments of the offender.  The Director’s concern shall be for the welfare of the whole Fellowship, which the offender has violated.  Arguments of the offender shall be postponed until a more amicable time to hear them is agreed upon.

 

b)    Trespass:

 

         If an unconscionable Friend or Visitor who has been banished by a Director refuses to leave the premises of The Fellowship voluntarily as soon as she is asked, the Director MAY call the Oakland Police to remove her from the premises of The Fellowship as a trespasser.  If a banished offender steps back onto the premises of The Fellowship at any time as long as she is banished, she is trespassing.  In this case the Director MAY call the Oakland Police to remove her from the premises of The Fellowship and charge her with trespassing.

 

D)    Recourse for Banished Offenders:

 

          The only way a banishment shall be lifted is by the approval of either the Director(s) who undertook the banishment or the Board of Directors.  A banished Visitor or Friend wanting to re-visit The Fellowship shall first make her request of the Director who originally banished her, either verbally or in writing.  After discussing the original offense with the banished offender, and realizing that there has been a change in her, the original Director MAY rescind her original judgment and invite her to re-visit The Fellowship.  But if the Director realizes there has been no change in her, or the Director is not available for discussion, then the banished Visitor or Friend may make her request of the Board of Directors.  Only the original Director(s) who implemented the banishment OR the Board of Directors at a Board meeting shall be able to lift the banishment.  If the Board of Directors of a given year refuses to lift the banishment for her, then she may make her request of the next Board in the next Fellowship year.

 

i)     Director Initiated:

 

         The original Director(s) who implemented the banishment may take the initiative and lift their banishment themselves, on their own accord, at any time.

 

ii)    Offender Initiated:

 

         Or the banished offender may take the initiative and petition the original Director(s) who banished them or petition the Board of Directors at a Board meeting.

 

  

9)      Expulsion Policy:

 

         Friends of The Fellowship shall be in good standing until they are expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity.  The reasons and procedures for expelling a Friend from The Fellowship of Humanity, or denying a Friend renewal of Friendship in The Fellowship of Humanity, shall be as follows:

 

A)     Expulsion vs Banishment:

 

         Only the Board of Directors shall be empowered to expel a Friend from The Fellowship of Humanity by majority vote of Directors at any meeting of the Board of Directors.  However,  ANY Director of the Board of Directors shall be empowered to banish a Friend or Visitor from the premises of The Fellowship immediately.

 

B)    Expulsion of Friends:

 

         The Board of Directors shall be empowered to expel a Friend of The Fellowship whose unconscionable behavior is denounced in this Expulsion Policy.  A majority vote of the Board of Directors decides if a Friend shall be expelled.  And expulsion shall require the Secretary to remove the expelled Friend from the Fellowship’s Friendship List.

 

i)     Process of Expulsion:

 

         The Board of Directors shall be empowered to expel a Friend of The Fellowship whose unconscionable behavior is denounced in this Expulsion Policy.  Expulsion shall require the Secretary to remove the expelled Friend from the Fellowship’s Friendship List.

 

a)     Observation:

 

         Expulsion shall require that a Director observe unconscionable behavior in a Friend of The Fellowship based on one or more of the nineteen categories of offense listed in this Expulsion Policy or based on an unexpected offense.

 

b)      Explanation:

 

          A Director shall give an expelled Friend the reasons that the Board of Directors decided to expel her.  A Director shall explain to her the need to expel her from The Fellowship, based on one or more of the nineteen categories of offense listed in this Expulsion Policy or based on an unexpected offense.

 

g)      Unexpected Offences:

 

        Directors MAY discover a new offense to The Fellowship in the unconscionable behavior of a Friend and expel her on the basis of this new offense, not wholly based on one or more of the nineteen categories of offense listed in this Expulsion Policy.  In this case, a Director shall explain to the offender the new reason(s) for expelling her and shall then expel her accordingly.

 

d)      Transition:

 

       An expelled Friend of the Fellowship MAY become a Visitor to the Fellowship.  If and when she visits the Fellowship, she shall be treated as a Visitor like all other Visitors.

 

C)     Recourse for Friends:

 

        Any expelled person may petition The Fellowship to rejoin The Fellowship (as a Friend) or re-visit The Fellowship (as a Visitor).

 

i)       Petition the Board:

 

          An expelled Friend wanting to rejoin The Fellowship shall make her request of the Board of Directors in writing and make a verbal presentation before the Board of no more than forty minutes.  She shall petition the Board to rescind their expulsion of her; attempt to convince the Board of her fresh commitment to the Mission Statement of The Fellowship;  advocate for the worthiness of her Friendship within The Fellowship; and propose her plan(s) to contribute to the future life of The Fellowship.  The Board shall then discuss with her her original offense, her commitment to The Fellowship, her worthiness, and her plan(s) for the future.  She shall then leave the Board meeting.

 

ii)     Board Decision:

 

          After considering the expelled Friend’s written petition and verbal presentation, and after discussion, the Board shall decide by majority vote to either grant or deny her petition to rejoin The Fellowship as a Friend.  If the Board realizes there has been a change in the expelled Friend, the Board shall invite her to rejoin The Fellowship.  But if the Board realizes there has been no change in her, it shall deny her petition.  In this case, the expelled Friend may petition the next Board in the next Fellowship year to rejoin The Fellowship.  If an expelled Friend does rejoin The Fellowship, she shall be treated as a Friend in good standing like all other Friends.

 

D)   Expulsion of Directors:

 

         The Board of Directors shall be empowered to expel one among themselves whose unconscionable behavior is denounced in the Expulsion Policy of these present ByLaws.  If any Director, including the President, undergoes a drastic change (from her usual beneficent identity) and exhibits a behavior among the nineteen listed in the Expulsion Policy of these present ByLaws or an unexpected offense, she MAY be expelled from the Board of Directors, expelled from her post on the Board (President, Secretary, and so on), expelled from Friendship with The Fellowship, and banished all at once.  A Director exhibits exemplary Humanist behavior at The Fellowship;  there shall be nothing more serious at The Fellowship than a breach in her wholesome and inspiring behavior.  An unconscionable Director is the most serious offender of all for The Fellowship.  Protecting and defending The Fellowship from her and preventing any further consequences of her offense(s) shall demand The Fellowship’s most heroic efforts.

 

i)       Process of Expulsion:

 

         The Board of Directors shall be empowered to expel a Director of The Fellowship of Humanity whose unconscionable behavior is denounced in this Expulsion Policy.  A majority vote of the Board of Directors decides if a Director shall be expelled.  And expulsion shall require the Secretary to remove the expelled Director from the Fellowship’s Board and Friendship Lists.

 

a)    Observation:

 

         Expulsion of a Director shall require that more than one Director observe unconscionable behavior in the offending Director based on one or more of the nineteen categories of offense listed in this Expulsion Policy or based on an unexpected offense.   Expulsion of an unconscionable Director shall require that the majority of Directors on the Board vote to expel her at a Board meeting. 

  

b)      Explanation:

 

          A designated Director shall owe an expelled Director the reason(s) that the Board of Directors decided to expel her.  A designated Director shall explain to her the need to expel her from the Board of Directors, from her post on the Board, from The Fellowship, and banish her from the premises of The Fellowship based on one or more of the nineteen categories of offense listed in this Expulsion Policy or based on an unexpected offense.

 

g)      Unexpected Offences:

 

        Directors MAY discover a new offense to The Fellowship in the unconscionable behavior of a Director and expel her on the basis of this new offense, not wholly based on one or more of the nineteen categories of offense listed in this Expulsion Policy of these present ByLaws.  In this case, a designated Director shall explain to the unconscionable Director the new reason(s) for expelling her and shall then expel her accordingly.

 

d)      Disallowed as Friends:

 

         An expelled Director shall not apply for Friendship with The Fellowship in the same Fellowship year in which she was expelled from the Board.  Nor shall an expelled Director petition to rejoin the Board of Directors;  nor shall the Board accept any petition from her to rejoin it.  For the expelled Director to rejoin the Board, she shall have to qualify to run for a Board seat (by being an active Friend for at least one year, including the most recent year, the year of her candidacy) and win the Board seat in a future election.  Since she shall NOT apply for Friendship in the same Fellowship year in which she was expelled, her running for a Board seat shall wait upon a new Fellowship year.

 

b)      Transition:

 

         An expelled Director of the Fellowship MAY become a Visitor  to the Fellowship.  If and when she visits the Fellowship, she shall be treated as a Visitor like all other Visitors.

 

E)    Recourse for Directors:

 

i)       Petition to Visit:

 

          An expelled Director wanting to re-visit The Fellowship as a Visitor shall make her request of the Board of Directors in writing and make a verbal presentation before the Board at a Board meeting of no more than forty minutes.  She shall petition the Board to re-visit The Fellowship as a Visitor.  In her petition, she shall mightily renounce her unconscionable behavior(s) which got her expelled from the Board; attempt to convince the Board of her fresh commitment to the Mission Statement of The Fellowship;  and, above all, attempt to convince the Board that she no longer threatens the wellbeing of The Fellowship.  The Board shall then discuss with her her original offense, her renunciation, her renewed commitment to The Fellowship, and her plan(s) to remake herself into a benign or constructive Visitor to The Fellowship.  She shall then leave the Board meeting.  After considering her written petition, verbal presentation, and discussion, the Board shall decide by majority vote of Directors to either grant or deny her petition to re-visit The Fellowship as a Visitor.  If the Board realizes there has been a change in the expelled Director, the Board shall invite her to revisit The Fellowship as a Visitor.  As a Visitor, the expelled Director shall be treated by The Fellowship like all other Visitors.  But if the Board realizes there has been no change in her, it shall deny her petition and banish her from the premises of The Fellowship indefinitely.  In this case, the expelled Director may petition the next Board in the next Fellowship year to re-visit The Fellowship.

 

ii)     Treatise to Befriend:

 

          Only an expelled Director who has become a Visitor to The Fellowship shall be allowed to become a Friend.  An expelled Director who has become a Visitor to The Fellowship and wants to rejoin it as a Friend shall make her request of the Board of Directors in writing and make a verbal presentation before the Board at a Board meeting of no more than forty minutes.  She shall write and submit a treatise on why she expects the Board to grant that she rejoin The Fellowship as a Friend.  In her treatise she shall:  manifest her understanding of why she was expelled from the Board; mightily renounce her unconscionable behavior(s) which got her expelled;  attempt to convince the Board of her fresh commitment to the Mission Statement of The Fellowship attempt to convince the Board that she no longer threatens the wellbeing of The Fellowship; advocate for the worthiness of her Friendship within The Fellowship; and propose her plan(s) to contribute to the future life of The Fellowship.  After her presentation at a Board meeting, the Board shall then discuss with her her original offense, her renunciation, her renewed commitment to The Fellowship, her benign or constructive behavior(s) all the while she has been a Visitor, and her plan(s) to contribute to The Fellowship in future.  She shall then leave the Board meeting.  After considering her treatise, her verbal presentation, and after discussion, the Board shall decide by majority vote of Directors to either grant or deny her request to rejoin The Fellowship as a Friend.  If the Board realizes there has been sufficient change in the expelled Director, the Board shall invite her to rejoin The Fellowship.  But if the Board realizes there has not been sufficient change in her, it shall deny her petition.  In this case, the expelled Director may petition the next Board in the next Fellowship year to rejoin The Fellowship.  If an expelled Director does rejoin The Fellowship, she shall be treated as a Friend in good standing like all other Friends.

 

F)    Choices:

 

i)       Uncertainties:

 

         If a Director observes unconscionable behavior on the part of a person at The Fellowship, but is uncertain whether to banish this person at once, she may take the time to consult with the Vice President about banishing this person.  A consultation may resolve the uncertainty.  But if a serious conflict about a banishment emerges, Directors who are involved or interested shall enter into meetings, facilitated by the Vice President, to resolve the conflict.  The meetings shall continue until the best resolution emerges which satisfies the majority of Directors involved.

 

ii)     Options:

 

         The word “MAY” is underscored in this Expulsion Policy because banishment, expulsion, and many other decisions shall be entirely up to the discretion of a Director or Directors of the Board, basing their decision(s) on the rules and practical value of this Expulsion Policy.  For example, a Director MAY decide to banish an unconscionable person from the premises of The Fellowship, or, alternatively, MAY take a risk and decide not to banish her for the time being.

 

G)    Expulsion of Friends and Banishment of Visitors

           Sorted into Nineteen Categories of Offense to The Fellowship:

 

 i)     Threats, Theft, and Damages:

 

         If terrorists, thieves, or abusers of property do not leave when asked by a Director they MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship and later expelled obliged to dissolve their Friendship with The Fellowship.

 

a)     Threatening:

 

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who threatens or menaces someone’s life, body, head, face, or limbs on the premises of The Fellowship;  or who threatens to burn down or board up Humanist Hall or otherwise harm The Fellowship premises;  or who threatens to sue The Fellowship;  or who threatens to call the Fire Department, Building Department, Police Department, City of Oakland or other authorities without realistic need MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them in this behavior and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity.

 

b)      Stealing:

 

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who steals anything at all from the premises of The Fellowship, whether the property of The Fellowship or of any other group or person(s) on the premises of The Fellowship, MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them in this behavior and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity;  stealing shall include failure to pay the Director of Events the agreed-upon donation for using Humanist Hall, bouncing a check written to The Fellowship, and failing to pay a worker the agreed-upon amount for work done that is, exploiting or stealing labor. 

g)      Damaging:

 

        Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who intentionally damages or vandalizes any property whatsoever on the premises of The Fellowship, whether belonging to The Fellowship or to any group or person(s) whatsoever using Humanist Hall and/or its Grounds MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them in this behavior and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity.

 

ii)  Crashing Events and Disrupting Programs, Meetings,
or Operations
:

 

         If crashers or disruptors do not leave when asked by a Director they MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship and later expelled obliged to dissolve their Friendship with The Fellowship.

 a)     Crashing Events:

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who enters Humanist Hall when there is an Event in process in any stage of its production, whether setting up, holding forth, or breaking down, that is, anyone who crashes an Event, MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them in this behavior and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity; crashing an Event shall include attempting to take over an existing Event or staging one’s own Event without scheduling it in advance with the Director of Events.

 

b)      Disrupting Programs:

 

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who disrupts or interferes with any operation of The Fellowship whatsoever, including any of its own meetings, Programs, or caretaking activities, MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them in this behavior and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity; disrupting shall include speaking out of order, interrupting a featured speaker, speaking rudely or crudely, yelling or shouting, slandering or insulting, filibustering, and blocking a caretaking process.

     

iii)     Slander, Harassment, and Calumniation:

 

         If slanderers, harassers, or calumniators do not leave when asked, they MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship and, if they are Friends, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity.

 

a)     Slander:

 

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who slanders a Director of The Fellowship MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity;  slandering shall include intentionally misrepresenting, falsely accusing, and damaging the reputation of a Director.

 b)      Harassment:

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who harasses a Director of The Fellowship or a worker at The Fellowship (a worker may feel obliged to be on the premises of The Fellowship at the time and feel she cannot leave The Fellowship while suffering this verbal abuse) MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them in this behavior and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity; harassing shall include pestering, compulsively talking at, and repetitively giving unwanted advice to.

 

g)      Calumniation:

 

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who calumniates a Director of The Fellowship of Humanity MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them in this behavior and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity; calumniating shall include maligning, vilifying, denigrating, scorning, trivializing, and conducting a smear campaign against a Director.

 

iv)    Peddling and Proselytizing:

 

         If peddlers or proselytizers do not leave when asked, they MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship and, if they are Friends, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity.

 

a)     Peddlers:

 

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who peddles personal, company, institutional, or organizational products or services on the premises of The Fellowship MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them in this behavior and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity.

 

b)      Proselytizers:

 

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who proselytizes on behalf of a supernatural entity or on behalf of any unwelcome person, icon, or organization on the premises of The Fellowship MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them in this behavior and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity; proselytizing shall include dogmatically insisting on the claims or value of an unwelcome person, entity, or organization.  What shall be considered an unwelcome person, entity, or organization shall rest with the Board of Directors.

 

v)      Collecting and Obstructing:

 

          If collectors and obstructers do not leave when asked, they MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship with or without their collected goods and, if they are Friends, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity.

 a)     Collection:

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who collects objects of any kind unwanted in the judgment of the Caretaker anywhere on the premises of The Fellowship, whether in Humanist Hall, in the kitchen, on the Stage, in the Staging Room, in the Office, on the Grounds, or in the crawlspace, MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them in this behavior and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity; once their owner has gone, goods left anywhere on the premises of The Fellowship MAY be distributed or disposed of at the discretion of the Caretaker.

 

b)      Obstruction:

 

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who obstructs or hinders the progress of work being performed by a Director or a worker MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them in this behavior and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity; obstructing shall include intentionally misplacing tools, equipment, and supplies, intentionally putting a physical barrier in the way of work under way at The Fellowship, and intentionally performing Fellowship work incompetently so that it would have to be redone.

   

vi)    Drug Dealers and users:

          If distributors, sellers, and users of illegal substances do not leave when asked, they MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship and, if they are Friends, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity.

 a)     Drug Distributors:

          Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who distributes or sells illegal substances on the premises of The Fellowship MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity;  distributing or selling illegal substances shall include bringing onto the premises of The Fellowship anyone else who is a distributor or seller of illegal substances.

b)      Drug users:

 

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who uses illegal substances on the premises of The Fellowship MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity;  the use of illegal substances shall include bringing onto the premises of The Fellowship anyone else who uses illegal substances.

 

vii)   Take-Over Artists, Con-Artists, and Predators:

 

         If take-over artists, con-artists, and predators do not leave when asked, they MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship and, if they are Friends, expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity.

a)     Take-over Artists:

          Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who schemes to take over The Fellowship in an underhanded way  MAY  be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity.  The most insidious of all unconscionable persons appearing at The Fellowship are take-over artists, people who want to take over The Fellowship premises, its church building and Grounds, for their own purposes.  They scheme to take over the ownership of The Fellowship real property.  They may want to use Humanist Hall as it is for their own organizations or they may want to take over the ownership of the real property of The Fellowship in order to tear it down and build something else in its place.  A take-over artist who brings numerous allies with her MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship along with her allies when her take-over scheme is discovered and she and her allies, if they are Friends, expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity.  Take-over artists shall include developers and landlords who threaten lawsuits or who scheme to force The Fellowship to sell its real property using treacherous legal notices and maneuvers, misunderstandings, misrepresentations, and misinformation in the courts or in the media.      

b)     Con-Artists:

 

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who cons any Friend of, or visitor to, The Fellowship (including any Director) into a false understanding of an issue important to The Fellowship;  or who lies to any Friend (including any Director) in order to cause them trouble or to hurt them MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity;  conning shall include lying, misleading, deceiving, manipulating, and conducting a smear campaign against a Director of The Fellowship. 

 

g)      Predators:

 

         Anyone whether a Friend of, or Visitor to, The Fellowship who preys upon any Friend (including any Director) of The Fellowship in order to profit from exploiting them MAY be banished from the premises of The Fellowship by any Director observing them and, if they are a Friend, later expelled from The Fellowship of Humanity.  Included among predators against The Fellowship shall be anyone filing a harassing lawsuit against it or against any Director of the Fellowship;  anyone targeting elderly Friends of The Fellowship in order to swindle them.  Anyone filing a lawsuit of any kind against the Fellowship or any of its Directors or engaged in swindling vulnerable Friends of any age shall be banished from the premises of The Fellowship and expelled from the Fellowship of Humanity.       

 

    

 

Section 10

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

 

 

1)      Volunteer:

 

        The Fellowship shall be proud to have, and abundantly and everlastingly grateful for, volunteer Support Groups emerging from among its Fellowship Friends and helping with the operations of either The Fellowship or a favorite cause.

 

A)    Support:

 

         All Support Groups shall be approved by, and responsible to, the Board of Directors and the Friends of The Fellowship as recorded in the Secretary’s Friendship List.  As The Fellowship supports them, they shall find ways of supporting The Fellowship.

 

B)    Choice:

 

      The process by which Friends in a Support Group meeting conduct themselves shall be at the pleasure of the majority of Friends attending that meeting.  For example, the majority of Friends may vote to follow Roberts Rules of Order;  or run their meeting by the rules of consensus;  or run their meeting anarchically with no chairperson and no rules whatsoever;  or elect a Chairperson at the beginning of the meeting to conduct the rest of the meeting

 

C)    Chair:

 

        The spearhead or Chair of a Support Group shall be a Friend of The Fellowship.  However, all the members of a Support Group need not all be Friends of  The Fellowship.  In other words, a Support Group shall be started by a Friend and Chaired by a Friend but need not be composed exclusively of Friends.

 

2)      Access:

 

        If a Support Group requests to produce an Event or present a Program at Humanist Hall, or requests a meeting space at The Fellowship, they shall negotiate the date, place, and terms of their request(s) with the Director of Events or the Director of Programs.  The Director of Events or the Director of Programs shall give preferential treatment to a Support Group regarding the date and time of its Event or Program and the amount of donation requested from it, if any.

 

3)      Responsibility:

 

       Support Groups shall be responsible for acquiring their own members, resources, tools, supplies, and funding until such time as The Fellowship can afford to help them out financially.  A Report on the goings on of each Support Group shall be expected, but shall not be necessary, at Quarterly Friendship Meetings.

 

4)      Examples:

 

        Examples of Support Groups particularly important for The Fellowship shall include the following:

 

A)     Theatre Workshop

B)     Philosophy Workshop

C)     Building Repair and Improvement

D)     Painting Inside and Outside

E)     Hi Tech Computer, Film, and Media

F)      Gardening and Landscaping

G)      Journal

H)     Website

 I)      Brochures and Flyers

 J)      Publicity for Programs and Events

 K)     Fundraising for The Fellowship

 L)     Disability, Illness, Injury, and Age

M)     Children and Youth

N)     Celebrations for Friends

 O)     Memorials for Friends

 P)      Welcoming New Friends

 Q)     Refreshments for Programs

 R)      Outreach to Humanists

  S)      Oakland Directory for Event Referral

 T)      Oakland/Berkeley Directory for Housing Referral

 U)     Favorite Activist Causes  (for example,
 Social Justice, Peace Making, Worker’s Rights,
 Animal Rights and Rescue, Tenants Rights,
 Women’s Rights, Elder Rights, Gay Rights,
 Urban Farming, Creek Restoration,
 Wetlands Preservation,  Wildlife Sanctuary,
 Bay Renewal, Lake Cleanup, Forest Conservation,
 Renewable Energy, Permaculture, Bicycling)

 

 

 

Section 11

 

PROPERTY

 

 

1)     Real Property:

 

        The Real Property of The Fellowship of Humanity shall NOT be sold and shall NOT be given away, or otherwise disposed of.  It shall NOT be put up for sale or offered as a gift.  It shall be handed down in perpetuity as a Humanist Church, an anti-monopoly capitalist and anti-predatory banking flagship and beacon, and public meeting Hall for progressive people and organizations.

 

 

2)     Perpetuity:

 

        The Real Property of The Fellowship of Humanity shall NOT be transformed or transmogrified into anything else and shall NOT be trashed.  It shall be handed down in perpetuity as a Humanist Church, an anti-monopoly capitalist and anti-predatory banking flagship and beacon, and public meeting Hall for progressive people and organizations.

 

 

3)     Collateral:

 

        The Real Property of The Fellowship of Humanity shall NOT be encumbered by any Director(s), by the Board of Directors, by any Friend(s), or by the Friendship of The Fellowship of Humanity.  The Real Property of The Fellowship of Humanity shall NOT serve as collateral for any loan, debt, or other obligation.

 

 

4)      Banners:

 

        The Fellowship of Humanity proudly displays two banners across the top of its Stage.  The upper banner reads:  “The Fellowship of Humanity” and the lower banner reads “The World is my Country and To Do Good is my Religion T. Paine.”  These banners shall NOT be removed, defaced, or destroyed unless there is an emergency need to remove them. 

 

 

5)      Grounds:

 

          The Fellowship of Humanity enjoys a lovely and peaceful back yard a gem in the middle of the City of Oakland.  The Fellowship yard resembles a small park.  Key to its beauty and serenity are the great live oak trees and redwood that form a canopy over most of the yard.  These trees shall NOT be removed or destroyed.  In the event they should grow too old and die, The Fellowship shall make every effort to nurse similar trees to life and strength in the yard so that they too shall grow a canopy over the yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 12

 

OPERATIONS

 

There MAY be other Offices of The Fellowship in addition to the permanent four Offices of the Board of Directors which are:  President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Other, optional, Offices or Posts whether on the Board or not, MAY include:  Caretaker, Director of Events, Director of Programs, and Minister.  Whether or not other Offices or Posts such as these exist on the Board depends upon whether the persons holding them run for a seat on the Board of Directors, or whether they already are on the Board and the Board elects them to one or more of these optional Offices.

The terms “Office” and “Officer” shall refer to a position and a person on the Board.  These terms designate election, that a person has been elected.  Friends must be elected by Friends to be on the Board and then elected by Directors to hold an Office.  Once holding an Office, a Director becomes an Officer.  The term “Post” shall refer to a position held by a Friend who is not on the Board.  The same Friend, doing the same work under the same operation title, shall hold a Post off the Board but an Office on the Board.  

Optional Posts are voluntary positions available to Friends who step up to the plate and take full responsibility for them, with permission of the Board of Directors.  The only qualification for holding the Post or Office of Caretaker, Director of Events, Director of Programs, or Minister shall be that the candidate for any of these Posts or Offices shall be an active Friend of The Fellowship for at least one year, including the year of her candidacy.  This rule shall apply to these Posts and Offices as for every Post and Office in The Fellowship, except the Office of President, which requires two years of active Friendship with The Fellowship.  A Friend who becomes a candidate for a Post or Office need only seek the permission of the Board to hold any of these Posts or Offices, one or more.  The Board shall elect a candidate by majority vote to one or more of these Posts or Offices.

For a full description of the duties of the Offices or Posts of Caretaker, Director of Events, Director of Programs, and Minister see the Addendum of these present ByLaws.

 

 

 

 

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ADDENDUM

 

 

Section 13
 

DUTIES OF MORE OFFICES AND POSTS

 

1)      caretaker

 

A)     Final Responsibility:

 

       The final responsibility for the protection and condition of the church building and Grounds of The Fellowship and the protection of people within The Fellowship rests with the Caretaker.

         The only qualification for being a Caretaker of The Fellowship shall be that the candidate for the Post of Caretaker be an active Friend of The Fellowship for at least one year, including the year of her candidacy.  This rule shall apply to Caretaker as for every Office and Post, and every Director, except the President, who shall be an active Friend for two years.

B)    Priorities:

 

         The Caretaker shall make The Fellowship building and grounds secure, safe, sanitary, clean, tidy, arranged, presentable, attractive, and ecological;  and the Caretaker shall protect the people inside the premises of The Fellowship. 

        The Caretaker’s duties are so essential to the functioning of The Fellowship that at least two Offices of The Fellowship, Events and Programs, being completely dependent upon the performance of these duties, could not exist unless the Caretaker tended to her duties.   Similarly, no Director could hold a single meeting at The Fellowship if there were no Caretaker at work:  trash, garbage, and filth would accumulate;  structures of the building would break down (stairs, railings, windows, porches, doors);  furniture, equipment, appliances, utensils, and tools would break and get lost;  fixtures like toilets, heaters, stoves, and refrigerators would corrode and leak.  The disrepair of The Fellowship would be too dangerous to allow for a meeting.  And certainly the entire Fellowship would be dysfunctional without the Caretaker’s constant vigilance respecting the appearance of disruptive, sinister, dangerous, threatening, unconscionable people on the premises of The Fellowship, including those banished or expelled from The Fellowship.

i)      Security:

         The Caretaker shall lock and unlock The Fellowship’s windows, doors, and gates as need requires;  she shall answer, or refuse to answer, any door when a stranger knocks, being careful who to invite inside;  and she shall protect The Fellowship premises from problematic, threatening, unconscionable, or dangerous people, including those banished or expelled from The Fellowship.  The Caretaker shall block problematic and unconscionable people, including those who have been banished or expelled, from entering the premises of The Fellowship and she shall escort away from the premises of The Fellowship problematic and unconscionable people, including those who have been banished or expelled from The Fellowship.

ii)     Safety:

 

         The Caretaker shall replace missing Fellowship structures, equipment, and supplies and shall repair or discard those that are broken or damaged; she shall trim tree limbs hanging too low over the driveway and shall sweep both front and back sidewalks and porches; she shall keep the aisles of the crawlspace clear enough to travel through as well as clean and ventilated enough to survive in; she shall check the church building and Grounds for problems, hazards, and dangers and take whatever steps are necessary to reduce their efficacy; she shall be available at the beginning of every Event to serve the people setting up the Event and at the end of every Event to lock the doors; she shall remain on duty at Humanist Hall through every Event process to help with physical problems that arise in the Event; she shall make every effort to handle any and all emergencies that come up at The Fellowship.

 

iii)    Sanitation:

 

         The Caretaker shall move garbage and trash left over from an Event into trash bins away from the building; she shall haul the bins of trash either to the curb or to a trash collection center; she shall sort recycling and either haul it to the curb or to a recycling collection center; she shall wrap up foods left over from an Event and store them in a refrigerator or freezer or consign them to the compost; she shall clean up both bathrooms and every article in them; she shall provide both bathrooms with fresh toilet paper, paper towels, soap, and air sprays before and after each Event; and she shall remove animal excrement, food waste, cardboard and paper wrappings, dead birds, and Event trash from the yard every day.

 

iv)    Cleanliness:

 

       The Caretaker shall sweep and mop the building floor and sweep and mop the kitchen, dining room, and bathroom floors before and after each Event; she shall clean the door mats and the insides of all garbage cans and trash bins at regular intervals; she shall wipe off tops and sides of Fellowship tables and chairs and scrape off chewing gum stuck to Fellowship furniture; she shall sweep and mop the Staging Room, Stage, and Office at regular intervals; she shall clean the kitchen and porches with their sinks, counters, cabinets, walls, doors, oven, stove, decks, stairs, rails, refrigerators, freezer and she shall wash dirty dishes left over from Events and Programs.

 

v)      Tidiness:

 

         The Caretaker shall pick up the trash from both front and back yards and sidewalks on adjoining streets; she shall put away and out of sight cleaning substances, equipment, and supplies; she shall sort out all recyclable items into recycle bins fourteen categories of recycled items can be sorted:  six types of glass, two types of plastic, aluminum cans, tin cans, cardboard, newspapers, paper, and mixed paper; she shall haul the recycling off to a recycling collection center; and she shall maintain a lost and found box or shelf.

 

vi)    Arrangement:

 

         The Caretaker shall fold up all tables and chairs left standing after an Event and stack them precisely against the walls of the building; she shall put back in place all outdoor furniture, fixtures, logs, hoses, cooking equipment, utensils, cans, and bins before and after each Event; she shall constantly battle the disorganization of the kitchen, the Office, and the staging room.

 

vii)       Presentation:

 

The Caretaker shall take care of any brochure table(s) containing progressive flyers and brochures given to The Fellowship for display which must all be put away, tables and all, before large Events and put back after the Events in a pleasing arrangement; she shall fix up the tea table in a pleasing manner, agreeably presenting all the coffee and tea fixings on the table.

 

a)     Emptiness:

 

        The Caretaker shall see to it that Humanist Hall shall be completely empty, except for tables and chairs stacked against the walls, when it is offered to an Event Producer.  She shall make sure that no paraphernalia, decorations, advertisements, icons, posters, equipment, or supplies whatsoever are left in Humanist Hall after a Program or Event.

 

b)      Banners:

 

         The Caretaker shall allow only one decoration to remain in Humanist Hall permanently through all Programs and Events:  and that is the “Fellowship of Humanity” banner and the motto from Thomas Paine across the top of the Stage.  Humanist Hall shall remain empty in between Events so that each new Event Producer who enters into it to set up her Event can transform it to the special needs, tastes, decorations, and traditions of her culture and special Event.

 

viii) Attractiveness:

 

         The Caretaker shall provide a continual stream of painters to continuously paint different parts of the building inside and out, like the Golden Gate Bridge; she shall spearhead projects of beautification, such as commissioning homemade signs for The Fellowship and commissioning landscape projects for the yard.

 

ix)    Ecology:

 

        The Caretaker shall use green products in her work wherever possible; she shall design a recycling regimen for The Fellowship and make it happen; she shall emphasize the growing of native plants in the front and back yards; she shall make every effort to preserve and encourage the wildlife of the back yard, particularly the squirrels and birds, and among birds, the mourning doves and hummingbirds. 

 

C)     Gift Acceptance:

 

        Because of the Caretaker’s position overseeing the arrangement, presentation, and attractiveness of The Fellowship, it shall be the Caretaker’s duty to evaluate the appropriateness of any gift(s) to The Fellowship that the Treasurer submits to the Caretaker for a second opinion.

 

i)     Distribution:

          The Caretaker shall be empowered to distribute any gift(s) that The Fellowship inadvertently receives which the Treasurer deems inappropriate for The Fellowship.  The Caretaker shall dispense with such gifts to parties outside The Fellowship, with the Treasurer’s permission.

 

ii)    Utilization:

        If The Fellowship receives any appropriate gift(s) that the Treasurer accepts, the Caretaker shall see to it that they are put to good use in the hands of the right Fellowship Friends who can make the most of them.

 

D)    Workers:

 

        The Caretaker shall be empowered to use Fellowship funds to perform her duties.

 

i)      Hiring:

 

         The Caretaker shall be empowered to hire workers (hopefully Friends of The Fellowship) at a generous rate of pay to help her perform one or another of the caretaking duties, if Fellowship funds are available.  The Caretaker shall prefer to hire workers rather than to urge volunteers to work since the work of caretaking has very little redeeming reward; offering money for caretaking labor is more likely to make it happen.  Paying for work done is concordant with the Mission and Purposes of The Fellowship as expressed in these present ByLaws.  In addition, the Caretaker’s expectations can be higher for a paid worker than for a volunteer.

 

ii)    Inventory:

 

        The Caretaker shall inventory Fellowship construction, cleaning, and gardening equipment, machinery, instruments, furniture, and supplies and shall be empowered to use Fellowship funds to replace any that are missing.

 

 

2)      Director of Events

 

A)     Final Responsibility:

 

         The final responsibility for ensuring that Events taking place at The Fellowship contribute to the meaning and purpose of The Fellowship of Humanity shall rest with the Director of Events.

 

         The Director of Events shall be a short title for Director of Outside Events.   Outside or external Events shall be those not sponsored by The Fellowship which bring income into The Fellowship by way of making donations for using Humanist Hall and its Grounds.  The Fellowship shall host Outside Events without sponsoring them.  The Fellowship shall host only those Events sponsored by progressive and oppressed minority communities of the Bay Area and beyond.

 

B)     Donations:

 

        The Director of Events shall accept donations for the use of Humanist Hall only from oppressed minority and progressive activist organizations and persons in accordance with the Mission and Purposes of The Fellowship as expressed in these present ByLaws.  She shall make Humanist Hall affordable for such as these who may not otherwise be able to afford a Hall for their meetings and events.  Even so, she shall require a minimum donation for use of Humanist Hall since the Hall can only be available for public use if it can be constantly maintained, repaired, and improved.  In spite of this, the Director of Events shall be empowered to waive even the minimum donation for the sake of certain impoverished Event Producers, in order to provide a public service.

 

C)     Negotiations:

 

          The Director of Events shall make all necessary arrangements with Event Producers to hold their Event in Humanist Hall.  She shall negotiate with Event Producers until an amicable agreement for their use of Humanist Hall is reached.

 

i)                Donations and Deposits:

 

The Director of Events shall answer all queries and calls regarding using Humanist Hall in exchange for a donation specified in advance.  The amount of donation required to hold an Event in Humanist Hall, and the amount of deposit out of that donation to reserve a specific date for the Event, shall be up to her discretion.  She shall negotiate with the Event Producer the amount of donation required, the amount of deposit on that donation, when the deposit and donation are due, the date and time of the Event, and the date and time when the Event Producer may come to Humanist Hall for a tour of its amenities.  She shall collect the advance deposit and collect the balance due on the donation at agreed-upon dates and times and take her commission out of the total donation.  She shall turn all Event income over to the Treasurer, and take- her commission.

 

ii)    Contracts:

 

         The Event Director shall oblige the Event Producer to sign a Contract for their use of Humanist Hall after all negotiations are completed.

 

iii)    Calendars:

 

         The Director of Events shall note down on three calendars her arrangement with an Event Producer.  The three calendars shall be:  a hard copy field calendar which can be carried about, an online calendar in case the hard copy is lost, and an online schedule set up on The Fellowship website, where it can be viewed by Event Producers, potential Event Producers, and the public.  These three calendars shall be synchronized on a daily basis and used as references when negotiating with Event Producers.

 

iv)    Details:

 

        The Director of Events shall also negotiate with Event Producers all the fine points of putting on Events:  whether they need, and how they may get, the Stage, podium(s), microphone(s), slide projector, VCR player, DVD player, video projector, movie screen, sound system and speakers, mixer, computer, sound boards, or ladder, and whether they may attach posters and/or decorations to Humanist Hall walls.

 

v)      Greeting:

 

        The Director of Events shall greet every Event Producer as soon as she appears on the premises of The Fellowship.  At the end of her Event, the Director of Events shall approach the Event Producer to thank her profusely.

 

D)    Discrimination:

 

        The Director of Events shall be empowered to discriminate among Event Producers on the basis of how they have treated Humanist Hall and any Friend(s) (including Directors) of The Fellowship.  She shall turn to the Expulsion Policy of these present ByLaws as a guide on the rare occasion that an Event Producer has abused either Humanist Hall or any Friends (including Directors) of The Fellowship.

 

E)    Outreach:

 

        The Director of Events shall handle all concerns about Humanist Hall coming from developers, landlords, and tenants in the neighborhood, and the City of Oakland including the Oakland Police.

 

i)     Oakland:

 

         The Director of Events shall be empowered to schedule meetings and negotiate with neighboring landlords and tenants, attorneys, police, City Managers, City Council Members, the Mayor of Oakland, and any others who have an issue with Humanist Hall.  If negotiations are stalled and a conflict is mulish, she shall request the President to facilitate a meeting or meetings with the person(s) at issue with the Hall.

 

ii)    Correspondence:

 

         The Director of Events shall be empowered to write letters and/or email on behalf of The Fellowship to any parties at issue with Humanist Hall.  She shall also be empowered to write letters and/or email on behalf of The Fellowship to any parties who support Humanist Hall.

 

a)    Media:

 

      The Director of Events shall be empowered to write letters and/or email to any media regarding Humanist Hall.

  

b)    Campaigns:

 

     The Director of Events shall be empowered to drive a campaign in behalf of Humanist Hall.  She shall be empowered to create, distribute, and collect petitions in behalf of Humanist Hall. 

 

F)     Diversity:

 

       The Director of Events shall ensure that no Event Producer, whether a Friend of, or a Visitor to, The Fellowship shall be scheduled to hold their Events in Humanist Hall many times over or many times in succession, unless extraordinary circumstances demand it.

 

i)       Monopoly:

 

         The Director of Events shall build diversity and variety into the schedule of Events at Humanist Hall.  An Event Producer, no matter how charismatic, how convincing, how demagogic, how impressive, how famous, how wealthy shall NOT produce her Event day after day or week after week or month after month in Humanist Hall over an extended period of time in other words, no Event Producer shall monopolize Events at Humanist Hall over an extended period of time.

 

ii)     School:

 

        The Director of Events shall ensure that The Fellowship shall NOT become a school.  Neither shall it be a college, university, or library over an extended period of time.  No teachers, professors, lecturers, gurus, ministers, motivational speakers, or other educational or inspirational figures shall monopolize the Event schedule at Humanist Hall over an extended period of time.

 

G)    Promotion:

 

        The Director of Events shall tirelessly promote Humanist Hall as a medium-sized, well-located Hall (with a capacity of 265 persons):  user-friendly, progressive, unpretentious, bureaucracy-free, supervision-free, wheelchair-accessible, and charming in both the building and the  yard.  Included in “user-friendly” shall be child-friendly, teen-friendly, pet-friendly, food-friendly, and barter-friendly (including the use of alternative currency and/or work projects in exchange for holding Events at Humanist Hall).  Also included in “user-friendly” shall be the absence of special fees, fines, penalties, and curfews not mentioned in the “Contract to Use our Humanist Hall,” since these antagonize Event Producers.

 

H)    Commission:

 

        The Director of Events shall take a 25% commission from the donations she receives for garnering the wonderful progressive users of Humanist Hall.

 

I)      Harmony:

 

        The Director of Events and the Director of Programs shall work together so that no conflict in scheduling Events and Programs in Humanist Hall occurs.  The Director of Events and the Director of Programs shall not work at cross purposes.

 

 

3)      Director of Programs

 

A)     Final Responsibility:

 

         The final responsibility for ensuring that Programs taking place at The Fellowship contribute to the meaning and purpose of The Fellowship of Humanity shall rest with the Director of Programs.

          The Director of Programs shall be a short title for the Director of Inside Programs.  Inside or internal Programs are those sponsored by The Fellowship of Humanity itself.  The Fellowship shall sponsor an internal Program of its own at least once a week.  Sponsoring a Program shall include planning it, paying for it, setting it up, and taking responsibility for it.  The Director of Programs shall host Programs herself or allow other Fellowship Friends, including Directors, to conceive and create Programs while remaining under her supervision.

 

B)     Fellowship Experience:

 

        The Director of Programs shall be empowered to carry out her Programs in order to stimulate, enrich, and enhance Fellowship experience.  She shall decide upon the Programs and/or the type of Programs to sponsor and when they shall be presented and/or delegate these decisions to other Fellowship Friend(s), including Directors.  The type of Programs shall necessarily be in accordance with the Mission and Purposes of The Fellowship as expressed in these present ByLaws. 

 

C)     Honorarium:

 

        The Director of Programs shall seek out, find, and engage progressive activist, cultural, or spiritual speakers, artists, filmmakers, performers, organizers, leaders, and groups to deliver and/or display their message(s) in a Fellowship Program.