Northern Ohio Freethought Society (NOFS) is a nationally recognized chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). We were officially voted in on February 21, 2013. In order to be a member of NOFS, one must be a current, paid member of FFRF. We require either a FFRF membership receipt or the expiration date from the FFRF newsletter mailing label to approve NOFS members. In order to remain a voting member of NOFS, the renewal receipt each year must be sent to the Director. We hold meetings monthly on the third or last Saturday, and the $20 annual membership dues are due on January 31 each year. Any member who joins after this date has 30 days from the join date to pay NOFS dues.
NOFS is mandated NOT to lobby for political candidates or laws in any way. The FFRF chapter bylaws clearly state this; however, individuals can lobby for state/church separation and protest state/church separation violations, as long as the person only identifies him/herself as an INDIVIDUAL objecting to prayer, etc.
We champion FFRF's mission, and work to gain new memberships for FFRF, as well as student participation, working with the Secular Student Alliance. We encourage members to participate in local city council meetings and school board meetings in their communities to see if there are state/church separation violations. We will submit legitimate complaints to FFRF.
NOFS members aren't required to attend the national FFRF conventions, but we do ask members to attend at least one local NOFS organizational meeting per year. The Director of the chapter, along with at least one other member, will make every effort to attend all annual FFRF conferences, and will be asked to outline the group's activities and progress at each annual FFRF board meeting. We also must provide an annual income statement and year-end report. Please spread the word about NOFS, so that we can continue to promote the critical cause of separation of state and church!
Please remember to join the NOFS mailing list so you can receive updates and news, if you're unable to attend most meetings. We are also on Facebook and Twitter (handle: @NEOFreethoughtSoc)!