Northern Ohio Freethought Society (NOFS) is an officially recognized chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF (http://www.ffrf.org)) as of February 21, 2013.
To be a member of NOFS, you 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 as proof. In order to remain a voting member of NOFS, the renewal receipt each year must be sent to the Director's email address. We hold meetings monthly on the third or last Saturday, and the $20 annual membership dues are due on January 31 each year. If you join after this date, dues are due within 30 days. Each member receives a t-shirt for becoming a dues-paying member, and receives discounted admission to any NOFS fundraiser or event.
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 or a CONSTITUENT 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 (http://ffrf.org/outreach/convention), 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 and keep our nation secular!