The regular business meeting of OutWorlders was held on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 11:06 am at Robert’s studio. Bil, Robert, Ken, and Vandy Beth were present. The treasurer called the meeting to order.
Vice President’s Report
Paid $100 to Robert for the Fall Picnic.
Events Coordinator’s Report
Friday Night Feature drew five people—a new record! Not as many were at Breakfast Salon. The Fall Picnic was fun! Good Game Night at David and Lisa’s. December Game Night will be at Paul Mitchell’s. The Holiday Party will be at Scott Bobo’s house.
Public Relations Coordinator’s Report
Internet Coordinator’s Report
Special Interest Groups Reports
Bil accepted a nomination to succeed himself as treasurer.
Vandy Beth declined a nomination to succeed herself as secretary.
Ken declined a nomination to succeed himself as president.
The amendment to the bylaws was accepted. The new version of the bylaws is attached to these minutes.
Jamie was nominated to succeed Vandy Beth as secretary.
The Pride Buckets money has come in. Bil didn’t know how much we made offhand.
The meeting adjourned at 11:27 a.m.
Respectfully submitted by Vandy Beth Glenn, Secretary, Atlanta Outworlders.
Bylaws of OutWorlders, Inc.
Adopted at the 15 December 2002 business meeting and subsequently amended as indicated.
Section 1. Name.
The name of this organization shall be OutWorlders.
Section 2. Purpose.
The purposes of this organization shall be to have fun and to provide a community which promotes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) issues in science fiction, fantasy, and horror media (SF/F/H), provides forums for those with such interests, and promotes the presence of GLBT elements within SF/F/H, within fandom, and within the GLBT community.
Section 3. Membership.
A general member shall be anyone who subscribes to the organization’s mailing list (AtlantaOutWolders-Discussion@yahoogroups.com), who joins the Atlanta Outworlders Facebook group, or who attends an official or affiliated OutWorlders event. A sponsoring member is a general member who has paid the established dues. A member is not legally bound to Outworlders nor is Outworlders liable for any statement or action made by an individual member. Dues are established as $10 paid annually per calendar year. To vote at a business meeting, a member must have paid their dues to the Treasurer at least five business days prior to the meeting at which they wish to vote.
A sponsoring member may resign their position at any time by notifying the Secretary of the organization. A sponsoring member who resigns will not receive a refund of any dues already paid.
A member of the organization may be removed from membership for not performing their duties, for misuse of OutWorlders funds, or for other misconduct at official and affiliated OutWorlders events, at committee and special interest group meetings, at regular business meetings, or in any other capacity associated with the organization. A proposal to remove a member follows the standard voting procedures for proposals, with the exception that a 3/4 majority vote is required to adopt the proposal. The proposal may be considered with an emergency vote provided that the proposal has been sent to the sponsoring members mailing list no less than 10 days prior to the business meeting at which the proposal will be considered. Individuals who are removed from membership shall be banned from all OutWorlders mailing lists.
Section 4. Meetings.
The regular business meeting of the organization shall be held on the third Sunday of each month at a time and place to be determined by the officers of the organization and announced at least one month prior to the meeting via official communication methods (including the Facebook group page).
Section 5. Voting.
A proposal must be announced by submitting it to the Secretary in writing at a business meeting or by posting its full text within a message to the Sponsoring Members mailing list no later than 14 full days prior to the business meeting at which it will be considered. The Secretary shall post the full text of any proposal submitted at a business meeting within a message to the Sponsoring Members mailing list and within a message to the Announcements mailing list no later than 14 full days prior to the business meeting at which it will be considered. A full day is a 24-hour period. If a proposal is amended at a business meeting, it cannot be adopted prior to the subsequent business meeting.
Only sponsoring members of the organization may vote on organizational business. An absentee ballot may be cast by a sponsoring member’s giving a printed vote or sending an e-mail vote to the Secretary prior to the meeting at which the vote will be taken. An absentee ballot must include the sponsoring member’s full name, their e-mail address, information identifying the proposal, and their vote (for, against, or present). The sponsoring member may cast votes for more than one proposal on a single absentee ballot. A good faith effort shall be made to gather absentee ballots.
For a vote to be valid, a minimum of 10 sponsoring members or 25% of the sponsoring membership (whichever is fewer) must cast votes on the proposal. A proposal shall be adopted by an affirmative vote of a simple majority of voting members.
An emergency vote may occur to accomplish organizational business at a regular business meeting provided (a) that the proposer has made a good-faith effort to inform the sponsoring membership of the upcoming vote and provides documentation of those efforts at the time of consideration of the proposal, (b) that a 3/4 majority of sponsoring members vote to allow the emergency vote, and (c) that a 3/4 majority of voters vote to adopt the proposal. For an emergency vote, absentee ballots will be accepted with the same qualifications as a regular vote. A minimum of 10 members or 25% of the current sponsoring membership (whichever is fewer) must cast votes on the issue for the vote to be valid. A sponsoring member who has declined an invitation to join the Sponsoring Members mailing list or who has unsubscribed himself or herself from the Sponsoring Members mailing list shall not be considered in determining the minimum number of votes needed for consideration or adoption of a proposal.
Budget. The newly elected officers shall propose a budget to the membership in January. This budget will include the name of the expense item, maximum amount to be spent on that item, and title of the officer who will receive reimbursement for the item or who will arrange for payment of the item. This budget must be submitted 14 full days prior to the January business meeting. Approval of the budget as a whole shall constitute approval of each item in the budget. Until a budget is approved, individual expenses must be processed through the regular approval process.
Section 6. Officers
Part A. Election
Election of officers shall occur annually at the regular business meeting of the organization in December; voting shall be by secret ballot. The following officer positions are elected positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. A candidate for an elected officer position must be a sponsoring member of the organization who was nominated for the position prior to the close of the November regular business meeting. Self-nominations are allowed; however, all nominations must be seconded. A printed proposal is not required for a nomination. Elected officers serve from 01 January to 31 December of the year following their election. Candidates are encouraged to submit to the Election Coordinator their platforms and qualifications for posting to the mailing list for sponsoring members. The Election Coordinator shall collect all ballots for the December election. The Election Coordinator shall keep all ballots for a period of three months; ballots are to be used only in the event that the results of the election are contested. In such a case, the Election Coordinator shall make every possible effort to conceal voters’ identities while providing information required to inform consideration of the contest. Following the three-month period, all ballots will be destroyed.
Part B. Appointment
Appointment of officers (except the Election Coordinator) shall occur annually at the regular business meeting of the organization in January. The following officer positions are appointed positions: Events Coordinator, Historian, Internet Coordinator, Public Relations Coordinator, and Election Coordinator. With the approval of at least two other elected officers, the President shall appoint sponsoring members to appointed positions and shall announce such appointments at the January regular business meeting. Appointed officers take office at the end of the meeting at which they were appointed and serve until the end of the January regular business meeting of the subsequent year, with the exception of the Election Coordinator, who serves from the end of the November regular business meeting at which they were appointed to the end of the March regular business meeting. The Vice President shall oversee the activities of the appointed officers.
Part C. Duties
Each officer must keep physical records of correspondence and samples of materials used in their performance of their office (as appropriate) and make these available for review at the request of a sponsoring member. No member of the organization may serve in more than one officer position simultaneously.
President. The President shall preside at the regular business meeting of the organization, ensure that the members of the organization are informed regarding organizational business, and monitor the other officers in the performance of their duties. The President shall be an ex officio member of each OutWorlders committee and special interest group. The President shall serve as an owner or moderator on each mailing list of the organization.
Vice-President. The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President at the President’s request and during any temporary absence or incapacity of the President, arrange facilities for meetings and programs (including room reservations), and perform other duties as assigned by the President. The Vice-President shall encourage the participation of new members to the organization. The Vice-President shall be an ex officio member of each OutWorlders committee and special interest group.
Treasurer. The Treasurer shall manage, monitor, and report on the financial activities and financial status of the organization at each regular business meeting. The Treasurer is responsible for all official fund-raising events. The Treasurer shall ensure that the organization’s bank account has two signatories, one of which shall be that of the Treasurer and the other of which shall be that of an elected officer who does not reside at the Treasurer’s address and who shall be selected in the following order: President, Vice-President, or Secretary. With input from the current officers, the Treasurer shall compose a detailed organizational budget for the subsequent calendar year to be presented to the organization at its December regular business meeting. The Treasurer shall notify the Secretary of payment of dues of sponsoring members.
Secretary. The Secretary shall ensure that minutes are taken at each regular business meeting of the organization, maintain archives of the minutes and a separate archive of business proceedings, and complete and submit all required business forms for OutWorlders activities. The Secretary shall keep a list of the sponsoring members of the organization and shall serve as an owner or moderator on each mailing list of the organization. If the Secretary is not a candidate for office for the coming year, the Secretary shall serve as Election Coordinator. Events Coordinator. The Events Coordinator shall create and update a weekly calendar of events for the organization and help new Special Interest Groups prepare their proposals for establishment. The Events Coordinator shall report at each regular business meeting about recently completed events and planned events, shall decide, with the advice of the President, if proposed affiliated events support the purpose of the organization, and shall serve as an ex officio member of all event committees and special interest groups.
Historian. The Historian shall keep records of organizational activities (including official and affiliated events) for the creation of illustrated documentation to be compiled and presented at major OutWorlders official events and made available at the request of any sponsoring member.
Internet Coordinator. The Internet Coordinator shall design and keep current the organization’s Internet site and e-mail addresses and shall serve as a moderator on each mailing list of the organization.
Public Relations Coordinator. The Public Relations Coordinator shall coordinate contact with outside organizations and provide release forms, press releases, guidelines for organizational style, and flyers for official events. The Public Relations Coordinator shall be an ex officio member of event committees and shall report at each regular business meeting. Election Coordinator. The Election Coordinator shall collect absentee ballots for the annual election of officers, shall count the ballots in the presence of a sponsoring member who is not a candidate for a contested office, and shall announce the results of the voting at the December regular business meeting. The Election Coordinator will keep secure all collected ballots until the end of the March regular business meeting, at which time the Election Coordinator will destroy them.
Part D. Departure or Removal from Office
An officer may resign their position at any time by notifying the President of the organization or, in the case of the President’s resignation, the Vice-President and Secretary of the organization.
An officer may be removed from office for not performing their duties, for misuse of OutWorlders funds, or for other misconduct at official and affiliated OutWorlders events, at committee and special interest group meetings, at regular business meetings, or in any other capacity associated with the organization. A proposal to remove an officer follows the standard voting procedures for proposals, with the exception that a 3/4 majority vote is required to adopt the proposal. The proposal may be considered with an emergency vote provided that the proposal has been sent to the sponsoring members mailing list no less than 10 days prior to the business meeting at which the proposal will be considered.
Part E. Vacancies
If the President of the organization resigns their position or is removed from office, then the Vice-President becomes President of the organization immediately following publication of the President’s leaving office to the sponsoring members mailing list or its announcement at a regular business meeting.
If any other officer position becomes vacant, the President shall, with the approval of two other officers, appoint a sponsoring member to fill the position. This temporary officer shall serve until an appropriately elected or appointed officer takes the position. The Secretary shall announce the vacancy to the sponsoring members mailing list and, if the position is an elected position, call for nominations to be submitted by the subsequent regular business meeting. If there is only one nominee for a vacant position following the close of nominations for that position, that nominee shall assume immediately that position.
Section 7. Fund-raising and Fiscal Responsibilities
A detailed budget must be included with any proposal for an official event or a committee or special interest group activity that will incur expenditures to be covered by the organization. Dated receipts are required for all reimbursements to be paid out by the organization. Differences from the original budget items must be accompanied by documentation explaining the differences. Reimbursement is not guaranteed for deviations from the approved budget. If an advance of funds is required for an event or activity, it must be requested in the original proposal or in a later proposal appropriately submitted for consideration at a regular business meeting prior to the event or activity. Only a sponsoring member may receive an advance for expenditures, and that sponsoring member is responsible for returning the remainder of the advance (if any) and receipts for expenditures to the Treasurer within 30 days of the expenditure.
The organization shall conduct a minimum of four fund-raising events each year.
Section 8. Special Interest Groups, Committees, and Official and Affiliated Events
Part A. Special Interest Groups
Members of OutWorlders interested in a particular topic or activity may form a special interest group. Such a special interest group is an official part of the organization in accordance with all of the following guidelines.
- The special interest group coordinator is a sponsoring member of the organization.
- A proposal to establish the special interest group has been adopted at a regular business meeting of the organization. The proposal must include the group’s statement of purpose.
- The special interest group coordinator reports on group activities and expenditures at each regular business meeting of the organization.
- The special interest group may request funding for activities in accordance with the organization’s established procedures for voting on proposals.
- The special interest group’s official status may be removed, as necessary, in accordance with the organization’s established procedures for voting on proposals.
Part B. Committees
At any regular business meeting, a sponsoring member of the organization can propose the creation of a committee to fulfill a specific charge and to continue until a specified ending event. Such a committee is an official part of the organization in accordance with all of the following guidelines.
- The committee chairperson is a sponsoring member of the organization.
- The committee chairperson reports on committee activities and expenditures at each regular business meeting of the organization.
- The committee may request funding for activities in accordance with the organization’s established procedures for voting on proposals and so long as the activities are directly related to the committee’s charge.
- The committee shall be dissolved when its specified ending event is achieved. A committee may also be dissolved in accordance with the organization’s established procedures for voting on proposals.
Part C. Official and Affiliated Events
Official and affiliated OutWorlders events must support the purpose of the organization. Official events must be hosted by a sponsoring member of the organization, must be approved through the established procedures for voting on proposals, and are eligible for funding. Affiliated events must be hosted by a general member of the organization and are not eligible for funding from the organization. The organization will provide advertising for official and affiliated events through its mailing lists and other appropriate outlets. OutWorlders assumes no liability for all and any injuries, including death, or damage to person or personal property that occurs at official or affiliated events of the organization.
Section 9. Parliamentary Authority.
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the organization in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the organization may adopt.
Section 10. Amendment of Bylaws
These bylaws may be amended at any regular business meeting of the organization by a two-thirds vote, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous regular business meeting.