Bylaws of the Asimov Humanists of Montgomery County

Article 1 – Name

The name of this organization is the Asimov Humanists of Montgomery County (also referred to as Asimov Humanists), a member chapter of the American Humanist Association, a secular non-profit educational organization.

Article 2 – Purpose

The purpose of the Asimov Humanists is to provide a community for persons who accept Reason as a guide rather than a supernatural power such as god(s), ghosts, spirits, or a divine providence. To this end we promote critical thinking and affirm our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

Article 3 – Membership

Any person shall be eligible to voting membership who is in general accord with the above stated purpose and pays the membership dues established by the association. There are two types of membership: local or local in conjunction with national.

Article 4 – Government

The association shall be governed by its members and, between meetings, by a Board of Directors consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms, Program Director and one or more other members, all elected by the membership, for the terms of two years.

Duties of these officers are:

President: The President will preside over general and Board of Directors meetings, act as primary spokesperson to outside interests, serve as general contact and representative for group issues not specifically covered under other officers’ duties, and delegate responsibilities to other officers, committees, and individual members as necessary.

Vice-President: The Vice-President will assist the President, and in his/her absence act as President, presiding over general and Board of Directors’ meeting. At the request of the President, he/she will act as liaison to the coordinators of special activities and will report on group functions to the President, Board, and general membership.

Secretary: The Secretary will keep a record of attendance at the regular monthly meetings and any additional social activities. He/she will keep a record of the speakers and their topics at the monthly meetings, correspond with the national office, keep membership list and make name tags.

Treasurer: The Treasurer will maintain the bank account of Asimov Humanists. He/she will keep books showing income and expenses, make an annual financial report to the members at the December regular meetings, accept dues and keep a record of local and/or national members and collect money for any purpose when needed.

Sergeant-at-Arms: The Sergeant-at-Arms will preserve the order of meetings and make sure all those in attendance act with courtesy, shall be responsible to see that the meeting place is prepared for the meeting and left in a presentable order, shall arrange the booking of the monthly meeting room, and shall arrange the balloting of members where appropriate.

Program Director: The Program Director will work in conjunction with the other officers and members of the Asimov Humanists to provide quality programs for their monthly meetings. He/she will serve as the central coordinator responsible for reviewing program proposals from the membership and for searching for outside speakers who may be available in the community to present quality programs that are of interest to the Asimov Humanists. If any program decision of the person holding this office is disagreeable to the Board, it may be overridden by a simple majority of that body.

Article 5 – Meetings

Regular meetings of the membership and the Board shall be held at time and places set by the Board and the membership. Special meetings, social events, public programs, etc, may be scheduled by the Board or by a committee it appoints. A quorum for the transaction of business at Board meetings shall be a majority of elected Board members.

Article 6 – Elections

The Board shall nominate (with the consent of the nominee) one person or more persons for each place to be filled on the Board. Members will be notified in November of the proposed officers and of the Election Meeting to be held in December. Nominees must be current members of the American Humanist Association. Additional nominations may be added to the slate at any time.

Election will be by plurality of those voting. If there is only one nominee for each office, election may be by acclamation.

Article 7 – Amendments

Amendments of these Bylaws may be proposed by vote of a majority of the Board members or by those present and voting at a Membership meeting, or by petition of 20% of the members of the association. Notice of a proposed amendment shall be given to the paid membership prior to voting by members at a regular membership meeting. Enactment of all amendments shall be by vote of two/thirds of the members voting at a regular membership meeting.