UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BELL COUNTY
ARTICLE I. Name
The name of this religious society shall be the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bell County, hereafter known in this document as the Fellowship.
ARTICLE II. Purpose and Mission and Vision
1. Purpose: In the discipline of truth, irrespective of its source, and in the spirit of universal love, undivided by nation, race or creed, we unite to strengthen our convictions in the value and need for liberal religion and through the strength of unity, to give such expression to these convictions as the Fellowship decides.
2. Mission: To provide and sustain a spiritual community where all are welcome to join in a search for truth and meaning in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
3. Vision: We have a dream of an actively involved intergenerational religious community of shared ministry led by a professional in a setting that is attractive, safe and ecologically sound.
ARTICLE III. Membership
1. It is specifically understood that membership is open to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation or national origin who are at least 16 years of age or older. It is generally understood that all members should have an understanding of the history and the current situation of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. To be a member of the Fellowship a person must be in accord with the purpose and program of the Fellowship, must sign the Membership Book, and must pledge financial support or make a monetary “donation of record” to the Fellowship annually. Members are expected to participate in the life and activities of the Fellowship as able to do so. A member who chooses to withdraw from the congregation may, for any reason, do so by stating that intention, in writing, to the Board of Directors.
2. One month after joining the Fellowship, members shall have the right to vote on business at meetings of the Fellowship. Members who do not yet have voting rights may not be counted in a quorum.
3. The Membership Roll shall be revised annually by a committee consisting of the Chairman of the Membership Committee, the Secretary and the Treasurer. The Committee shall report at the Fall Business Meeting. Persons who have neither participated in nor pledged to the Fellowship for one year shall be considered inactive and non-voting members. Inactive members may be removed from the membership rolls if, after one (1) year of inactive status, they do not respond within one month to a written request for contact with the Fellowship.
4. Members may be suspended for cause by the executive board. In cases of exceptional gravity a member may be expelled by three-fourths (3/4) vote of the membership. “For cause” means for any behavior of such member disruptive to the purposes and missions of the Fellowship.
ARTICLE IV. Denominational Affiliation
The Fellowship shall be a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations and of the Southwestern District. It is the intent of the Fellowship to make annual financial contributions equal to its full shares as determined by the Association and the District.
ARTICLE V. Meetings
There shall be two (2) business meetings per year, generally in May and October, at such time and place as shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Special business meetings may be called at the written request of any five (5) members. The time, place and business to be transacted at all meetings shall be set forth in a notice and made known to all members at least 1 week prior to the meeting. Thirty (30) percent of the membership shall constitute a quorum. A majority vote is required to decide all actions. Members unable to attend any meeting may vote by proxy. The absent member must designate, in writing, another member to vote. A member may serve as proxy for no more than two (2) absent members, for each meeting attended. The presiding officer will review all proxies, which will then be recorded in the minutes of the meeting.
ARTICLE VI. Officers
1. A Nominating Committee of three (3) members shall be elected by the membership during the Fall Business Meeting. One member should be a current member of the Board of Directors.
2. At the Spring Business Meeting, the Nominating Committee will present the slate of officers. The President or presiding officer will also call for nominations from the floor. The Fellowship will then elect the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, all of whom shall hold their offices for one (1) year beginning July 1, and who shall perform the duties usually pertaining to these offices. In addition the Fellowship shall elect three (3) members to serve on the Board of Directors. Their term of office shall be three (3) years with one new one to be elected each year. These seven (7) shall constitute the Board of Directors who shall have general charge of the property of the Fellowship and the conduct of all its business affairs and the control of its administration, including the appointment of such committees as it may deem necessary. The Board may fill vacancies with persons who shall serve until the end of the Fiscal Year.
ARTICLE VII. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year shall run from July 1 to June 30.
ARTICLE VIII. Amendments
These bylaws, so far as allowed by law, may be amended or replaced at any meeting of the Fellowship by two-thirds vote of the membership roll. Notice of any proposed change shall be contained in the notice of the meeting.
ARTICLE IX. Dissolution
Should this Fellowship cease to function and the membership vote to disband, any assets of the Fellowship will be transferred to the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations for its general purpose. This transfer is to be made in full compliance with whatever laws are applicable.
**These bylaws stand as amended in 1986, 1987, 1994, 1997, 2006, and 2015.