The following constitution was ratified at a Chicago Sunday Assembly on May 18, 2014.
Article 1: Name
Section 1. This organization shall be known as “Sunday Assembly Chicago”, also known as “SA”, and referred to as “the organization” within this document.
Article II. Purpose
Section 1. The purpose of the organization shall be to,
- Build and maintain a secular community in the Chicago area
- Support members to live better, help often, and wonder more
Article III. Membership
Section 1. Requirements for Membership in the Organization
- Members must submit their name and valid email address to the Board of Directors or designated officer at least ten days before their membership is valid.
- Members must attend at least two events of the organization for their membership to be valid. Events sponsored by subsidiary organizations such as “Smoups” qualify as events for this purpose.
- Members must ally with the purpose of the organization prescribed in Article II.
- Members must be fourteen years of age or over.
- Members must be human persons. Organizations, corporations, and other entities may not be members of the organization.
- Membership is not required to be eligible to attend events of the organization.
Section 2. Membership rights
- Members may vote to elect the Board of Directors.
- Members are entitled to monthly updates of the organization by email.
- Any action that requires a vote of the membership must be announced at least 2 months prior to the vote.
Section 3: Loss of Membership
- An individual’s membership may be terminated by request of the individual.
- An individual’s membership may be terminated at any time by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, effective immediately after the vote.
- Persons whose membership is terminated must be notified by email of their loss of membership within twenty-four hours of losing membership.
- The Board of Directors may vote to prevent terminated members from reapplying for the remainder of the term of the Board of Directors.
Article IV. Board of Directors
Section 1. The Board of Directors
- The SA Board of Directors is authorized to manage all aspects of the organization and represent the organization to the public.
- The Board of Directors will consist of up to five members of the organization, elected by the members of the organization.
- Unless otherwise indicated, a majority of the members of the Board of Directors must vote to approve any decision of the Board of Directors.
- The Board of Directors may appoint any additional officers to assist in the management of the organization. Officers may be granted limited powers and responsibilities of the Board of Directors by a vote of the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Elections
- The Board of Directors shall be elected every six months at a Sunday Assembly event in May and November. If no such event can be scheduled, elections will be scheduled for a Sunday Assembly by the end of June or December respectively.
- Members of the Board of Directors assume their positions immediately after their election, and remain in place until the next biannual election.
- Only members of the organization are eligible to vote for members of the Board of Directors
- Members may place votes for up to five members of the Board of Directors.
- No later than two months before an election, the Board of Directors must unanimously appoint a member of the organization who is not on the Board of Directors to manage and facilitate elections. It is this member’s responsibility to solicit and organize nominations and conduct the elections.
- If one or more members of the Board of Directors resigns before the term ends, an election to fill the empty positions shall be held at a Sunday Assembly event within two months of the resignation. The remaining Board of Directors members shall conduct the election.
- Newly elected officers assume responsibility 24 hours after their election.
Section 3. Board of Directors Chair
- At the first meeting of the newly elected Board of Directors, a chair shall be appointed by the Board of Directors from among the Board of Directors. If a chair cannot be selected unanimously, the chair shall be chosen at random.
- The appointment of a chair shall be repeated after each election, or when called for by a majority vote of the board.
- The chair is responsible for scheduling and managing meetings of the Board of Directors.
- The chair may not make decisions on behalf of the Board of Directors, but may administer the decisions of the Board of Directors.
Article V. Amendments
Section 1. Amendments to the organization’s constitution must be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors and a two-thirds majority vote of the organization’s members.
Section 2. The Board of Directors may approve or amend, by majority vote, bylaws to this constitution at any time.
Article VII. Non-Discrimination
Section 1. The organization shall not discriminate against any individuals for reasons of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, handicap, or veteran status.