Humanists of Houston Bylaws

Article I

This Chapter of the American Humanist Association shall be known as “Humanists of Houston” (HOH). bylaws

Article II

The purpose of the chapter is to provide an educational, ethical, philosophical, and/or religious forum for its members. Our primary concern will be to strive for the application of Humanist principles in all of our plans and activities. We will apply the principles of democracy in our organization as we work towards the goals of the American Humanist Association.

Article III

Anyone can request HOH membership by paying dues as defined by the HOH Board. Upon approval for membership, this person will be a voting member.

Persons who have not paid dues may be granted associate (non-voting) membership by joining the HOH Meetup.

Suspensions and removals of members as a result of disciplinary action will be handled in accord with the HOH Code of Conduct, which will be published on the HOH web page at all times. Modifications to the HOH Code of Conduct will require approval by two thirds (2/3) of the HOH Board at an official board meeting. Any member may be expelled by a majority vote of the Executive Board of the Humanists of Houston, but only after the member has been given an opportunity to be heard.

Article IV

The officers of the chapter shall be:

a. President,
b. Vice-President,
c. Secretary,
d. Treasurer,
e. At Large.

The duties of the officers shall be defined by the membership of the chapter through adoption of a statement of policy. The chapter may appoint other members to special duties as required. These officers shall comprise the Executive Board and shall conduct the affairs of the organization between membership meetings.

Members of the Board outside of the Executive Committee are known as the Advisory Board. The advisory board serves at the discretion of the Executive Committee, and can be added or removed by majority vote of the Executive Committee.

Members of the Executive Board and the Advisory Board must be voting members in good standing.

Article V

The annual meeting of the chapter for the election of officers will be held in November, with terms to commence on January 1st of the next year. Annual dues will be set at this meeting.

Article VI

A vote may be conducted at the November meeting or electronically. If conducted at the meeting, a quorum shall consist of twenty five (25) percent of the voting membership, with a minimum of five (5) members, and must be present to conduct official business. A change to these By-Laws shall require notification of the membership in writing (including online communication), at least five (5) days in advance, and approval by two thirds (2/3) of the members present at a subsequent meeting. If the vote is conducted electronically, each voting member will receive notification by email. These By-Laws supersede all previous rules and directives.

Article VII

The Executive Board shall meet at the call of the President or three (3) of its members, or upon petition of one fourth (1/4) of the general membership. A quorum for an Executive Board Meeting shall be three (3) of the Board Members.

Article VIII

All questions of procedure not covered in these articles shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order (latest edition)