As revised and approved by the Fellowship in a Business Meeting on April 16, 2006.
Article I: NAME
The name of this religious society shall be the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Columbus, Inc.
Article II: PURPOSE
We unite to strengthen our convictions in the value of a religious philosophy which exalts individual freedom and personal growth, to foster individual religious development, to provide religious education, to further ethical conduct, personal liberty and freedom of conscience, and to promote human values and human rights.
Article III: MEMBERSHIP
Membership is open to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, age or national origin. No creedal allegiance shall be required of any member. All members shall have equal voting rights.
Membership in this organization shall be composed of those persons who
(1) have read the Fellowship bylaws, (2) have indicated their sympathy and support for the general principles of Unitarian Universalism and the purposes of the local Fellowship and (3) have signed the Membership Enrollment Book.
The Board of Directors is authorized to remove from the membership roll of the Fellowship the name of any member who has lost contact with the Fellowship for a period for one year or more, provided a reasonable effort has been made to communicate with the missing member. Termination of membership other than by death, by loss of contact, or by choice of the member may be carried out only by majority vote of the members in a business meeting of the Fellowship upon a recommendation by the Board of Directors.
Article IV: DENOMINATIONAL AFFILIATION
This Fellowship shall be a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association and of the Mid-South District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Article V: MEETINGS
Non-business meetings of the Fellowship in pursuit of the purpose set forth in Article II of these bylaws shall be held as scheduled by the Fellowship itself or by any person or persons designated by it. The Annual Business Meeting shall be held each year in the month of November at such time and place as shall be fixed by the Board of Directors and special business meetings shall be called at the written request of any
five members or by the Board of Directors as deemed necessary. The business to be transacted shall be mentioned in the notice of the meeting. Thirty percent of the voting membership shall constitute a quorum. All members shall be notified of any business meeting at least fourteen days prior to the meeting.
Article VI: OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
At each Annual Business Meeting there shall be chosen by ballot a President, a Vice President-Programs, a Vice President-Religious Education, a Secretary, a Treasurer, three Trustees and any other officers the Fellowship deems advisable, all of who shall hold their offices for a term of one calendar year starting the first of January following their election and until their successors have been elected. All officers shall be
members of the Fellowship.
The officers elected at each Annual Business Meeting shall constitute the Board of Directors. The immediate past president shall be an ex officio member of the Board of Directors for one year following his/her presidency unless he/she holds another office which entitles him/her to a vote on the Board of Directors during that year.
A nominating committee of three members shall be selected by the Board at least six weeks before the Annual Business Meeting and shall offer its proposed slate of officers to the fellowship in the Annual Business Meeting. In case any office of the Fellowship becomes vacant before the end of the term for that office, the Board of Directors serving as a nominating committee, shall select a nominee for the vacancy and present its nomination to the Fellowship, which shall elect a qualified person to hold said office for the remainder of the term.
The Board of Directors shall have custody and management of the property and funds of the Fellowship and have charge of the conduct of its business affairs, as well as control of its administration, including the appointment of such committees as it may deem necessary. All checks, drafts, deeds, mortgages, contracts, promissory notes and other legal instruments made out in the name of the Fellowship shall be signed by
such officer or officers, agent, or agents, as from time to time shall be authorized to do so by the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors shall purchase, sell, or mortgage real estate for the Fellowship only when specifically authorized to do so by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Fellowship present and voting in a business meeting of the Fellowship.
Article VII: FISCAL YEAR
The Fiscal year shall end December 31. A budget for the new fiscal year shall be adopted by the Board on or before the end of the preceding year.
Article VIII: AMENDMENTS
These bylaws, so far as allowed by law, may be amended or replaced at any properly called business meeting for the Fellowship by a two-thirds majority vote of those present and voting. Notice of any proposed change in the bylaws shall be contained in the notice of the Meeting.
Article IX: PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE
In case of any dispute over procedure, these bylaws shall govern, but if the point in question is not addressed in these bylaws, Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern.
Article X: DISSOLUTION
Should this Fellowship cease to function and the membership vote to disband, any accrued assets of the Fellowship shall be assigned to the Unitarian Universalist Association, to be used for the extension of liberal religion.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Columbus
P. O. Box 689
Columbus, Georgia 31908-0698
Telephone (706) 660-1442