ByLaws: Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear

Bylaws of the Humanists & Freethinkers of Cape Fear
These Bylaws were approved by a majority vote of the members on June 12, 2011 and become effective immediately.


The purpose of the Humanists & Freethinkers of Cape Fear (HFCF) is (1) to lead and promote a humanistic and freethinking lifestance with ideals based on ethics, freedom, rationalism, and human concerns, (2) to promote a naturalistic (as contrasted to supernaturalistic) view of all life, (3) to defend the separation of church and state, (4) to educate the public regarding humanism and freethinking, and (5) to provide an environment where like-minded people can develop friendships, socialize, and support one another.


This association shall be called “Humanists & Freethinkers of Cape Fear” and shall be a Charter Chapter of the American Humanist Association (AHA). The provisions of these Bylaws are in conformity with and subservient to the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation of the American Humanist Association. Nothing herein shall be interpreted in any manner to be in conflict with the Constitution of the United States of America, the laws of our land required to maintain a tax-exempt, non-profit educational organization, or with the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.


Any person who regards himself or herself as a humanist or freethinker, and pays any prescribed dues established by HFCF, will be considered a voting member. Dues are to be set by the Board of Directors (Board) and will be for one (1) year. They are renewable yearly in February or August.


HFCF shall be governed by its membership and an elected Board of Directors consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and six additional Directors all elected by the membership (see “ELECTIONS”). Board members who miss three (3) consecutive regularly scheduled board meetings may be removed from the Board.

The President and Vice President shall be required to be a member of the AHA during their term of office and shall be responsible for presiding at general meetings of HFCF, at meetings of the Board of Directors, and at other HFCF events. The President will be, or will designate, the chief public spokesperson for HFCF.

The Vice President will be responsible for providing communication within the group and for planning programs for the general meetings.

The Secretary will be responsible for taking minutes during Board Meetings and maintaining the written record for the HFCF.

The Treasurer will be responsible for maintaining the HFCF accounts, providing an annual budget for the HFCF, and ensuring that the Board is kept up-to-date with the financial standing of the group.


Regular meetings of HFCF and Board Meetings shall be scheduled in accordance with the times and places set by the Board. Meetings are open to the public. A quorum for the transaction of business at regular meetings shall consist of eleven voting members. Quorum for Board Meetings shall consist of five elected members.


A nominating committee consisting of three voting members, at least one of whom will be a prior or current officer, will be appointed by the President in October and approved by the Board. The committee will nominate voting members for open Board vacancies. The committee will nominate at least as many voting members as there are open Board positions, but may nominate as many candidates as they choose. The nominations will be posted on the HFCF website or emailed to all voting members no later than November 30th. Elections will be held during the regular business meeting in December, with additional nominations from any voting member present being allowed. Voting members not able to attend the December meeting may vote for candidates for the Board or make additional nominations via email or mail to the HFCF Secretary, such correspondence to be received no later than midnight on the Friday prior to the December meeting. All nominated members must agree to serve on the Board prior to elections taking place. The top candidates, in order of most votes won, will fill open positions until all Board vacancies are filled. The new Board (newly elected Board members plus any Board members starting the second year of their term) will meet at this same December meeting and will conduct a second vote amongst themselves to determine who will assume officer positions. The remaining Board members will be considered Members-at-large. The new Board members will assume full duties of those positions beginning January 1st of the year following the elections.

Board member positions will be elected for two (2) year terms. Officers will serve in their positions for one (1) year. The other year of their two (2) year term may be served as a member-at-large, another officer position, or the same officer position.

If a Board position is made vacant during the year, the Board will nominate a voting member to fill the position and will present the nomination at the next HFCF monthly meeting for confirmation by voting members present. The newly appointed Board member will immediately assume full responsibilities of the position and will finish out the remaining time that position was originally elected for (until the end of the current year or the following year).


These Bylaws and any portion thereof may be amended, repealed, or modified, or new Bylaws adopted at any time by a majority vote of those voting members present at a regular monthly meeting provided all members have been advised through the website or by email of the proposed changes at least 1 month prior to the meeting at which the vote is to take place. Proposed changes to these Bylaws must be approved by either a majority of the Board or by at least thirty percent (30%) of the voting members of HFCF.


A resolution to dissolve the association of the Humanists & Freethinkers of Cape Fear shall only be voted on at a regular meeting provided all voting members have been advised through the website or by email of the proposed resolution to dissolve at least 1 month prior to the meeting at which the vote is to take place. The resolution to dissolve must be approved by at least three-quarters (¾) of voting members present. The dissolution shall take effect from the date of the resolution and the Board of Directors shall be responsible for the winding-up of the assets and liabilities of the association. Any property and/or funds remaining after the discharge of debts and liabilities of the association shall be given to The American Humanist Association.

Table of Contents

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What is a Humanist? March 21, 2008 10:51 AM Suzanna
ByLaws: Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear March 14, 2015 4:36 PM Elaine W.
History of this group November 14, 2007 8:20 PM Suzanna
Membership Application January 7, 2014 11:24 AM Elaine W.
About Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear March 14, 2015 4:25 PM Elaine W.

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