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By-Laws of Big Country Home Educators, Inc.
-A Christian-led Organization-
I. Statement of Purpose
Big Country Home Educators is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of home education in Taylor County Texas and the surrounding area. BCHE will, through its endeavors, provide a resource to prospective, new, and seasoned home educators to help them navigate the journey they have chosen.
The vision of Big Country Home Educators (BCHE) is to support the efforts of Christian home educators by disseminating information of interest and pooling relevant resources in order to provide supplemental educational opportunities. We will also provide avenues for fellowship, encouragement, and the exchange of ideas among our member families through our various sponsored activities.
II. Statement of Faith
Our Statement of Faith includes only those truths upon which all true Christians agree. It concerns the Person and Work of Jesus Christ (the Gospel) as revealed in Scripture. It is the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 2, Ephesians 4:5) which distinguishes believers from non-believers. There are many other precious truths taught in the Bible over which godly men have differed in understanding. Therefore, this is not a statement of all that is important to believe, but of all that is essential to believe for Christian fellowship and unity (Romans 15:7).
1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.
2. We believe that there is one living and true God; an infinite, intelligent Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, but eternally subsistent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the fall of man; although originally created in the image of God, through the disobedience of Adam, man fell into a sinful and spiritually impotent state, totally unable to justify himself before God.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ is the express image of the invisible God, which is to say He is God; that He became man, yet without sin, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; that He died on the cross as an atonement for our sins; that He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified; that He ascended into heaven in the body glorified, where He is now, our interceding High Priest; and that He will return again personally, visibly, and gloriously.
5. We believe that salvation is wholly of God, by grace; that God in love gave His only Son to die on the cross for sin, thus procuring the redemption of those who come to Him; that this salvation is not merited in any way by man; and that God commands men everywhere to repent of sin and believe in Christ.
1. The BCHE Board will be composed of five couples serving together, each couple having one vote. The Board shall consist of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and membership chairman. Three votes will constitute a quorum at Board meetings.
*The president is responsible for working as a team with the Board to ensure overall coordination of BCHE operations, presiding over Board meetings, and serving as master of ceremonies for special events.
*The vice-president is responsible for both assisting with presidential responsibilities, and acting in place of president, as needed. Vice-president will oversee and coordinate field trips and activities, and assist with special events.
*The secretary is responsible for keeping a record of each meeting, and handling any necessary correspondence.
*The treasurer is responsible for receiving funds, disbursing payments, composing a budget, and presenting and accounting this activity at each Board meeting. Records shall be reviewed or audited annually or as determined by the Board. The Treasurer will be responsible for gathering the documents necessary for yearly tax returns. It is also the responsibility of the Treasurer to take those documents to the accountant for tax return preparation.
*The membership chairman is responsible for maintaining accurate membership data, communicating information about the organization to people interested in joining BCHE, and distributing membership cards as they join.
*The BCHE leadership serves as both a working and a managerial board.
2. All couples on the Board shall consist of a married couple (one naturally born male and one naturally born female), who have been home educating as active members of BCHE for at least two years, are participating members of a local Christian congregation, and are in agreement with the BCHE Statement of Faith.
3. Board members will be elected to the Board in staggered two-year terms. No more than two-thirds of Board positions will be up for election in any given year. Board terms begin June 1 and end May 31, two years later. Candidates must file for office by submitting their names to the Board by April 1. Nominations of qualified couples will also be accepted until April 1.
Membership will be notified of names of qualifying, willing candidates to be voted on in May. Members will have 14 days to vote by the method designated by the Board. The new Board will be announced by the end of May.
4. In case an office is vacated, the Board has the authority to appoint a replacement.
5. The Board members shall be subject to censorship or dismissal of office by a quorum of the Board or BCHE may call a special board election through petitions signed by 25% of BCHE members.
6. Other Committees and Subsidiary Organizations . The Board may create and appoint members to such other committees and subsidiary organizations as they deem appropriate. Such committees and organizations shall have the power and duties designated by the Board and shall have all financial operations reviewed and approved quarterly.
7. The Board reserves the right to suspend or terminate a member from BCHE, for good cause after proper notification and hearing before the Board in a special called meeting. Good cause may include, but is not limited to:
The Board may exercise these rights with a 2/3 majority vote of the Board upon which, in the case of termination, all membership rights and privileges will cease and all property of BCHE returned. Such termination shall not relieve a member of unpaid dues or other charges previously accrued.
B. Members’ Responsibility
1. Members must read the by-laws and acknowledge only that they understand the position of this support group. Only those in BCHE leadership or teaching positions are required to sign the Statement of Faith.
2. All members must be willing to volunteer to assist with or coordinate one or more events per school year.
3. Members must agree to keep names, addresses, phone numbers, email address, and other contact information of fellow members in strict confidence. Only publicly posted Board members contact information may be publicly shared. Publicly posting fellow members’ personal information on social media sites is strictly prohibited, as is posting pictures of other people’s children without consent. Publicly shared comments deemed slanderous, malicious, or prejudicial to BCHE interests will be deleted and considered grounds for termination of membership.
4. Members wanting to advertise goods and services to the membership at large must have approval by the Board and such advertisements will be monitored for content and frequency.
5. Members are responsible for underwriting their share of the cost of activities in which they participate and for a nominal annual membership fee determined by the Board.
6. Members may resign by filing a written resignation with the secretary. Resignation shall not relieve a member of unpaid dues or other charges previously accrued.
Amendments to these by-laws shall be made by the Board and approved by a simple majority vote of the BCHE membership.
1. All monthly meetings for the Board shall be open to the membership at large. Notification of meetings will be posted on the BCHE online calendar.
2. All Board meetings will be conducted under the rules of parliamentary procedure.
3. Members who wish to address the Board during a meeting will furnish an agenda on the topic to the Board president (or designated representative) not later than two business days prior to the meeting.
Issues to be voted on by the membership shall be considered approved if a simple majority vote in favor of said issue is achieved. A simple majority shall be defined as not less than 50% plus one of the total ballots received. Notification and ballots shall be provided through method designated by the Board not later than 14 days prior to the voting deadline. It is the responsibility of the members to ensure their vote receives a confirmation reply.
"Upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed to the Texas Home School Coalition of Lubbock, Texas, provided such organization is exempt under section 501(c)(4) at the time of dissolution, or assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code."
IV. INDEMNIFICATION AND INSURANCE
Big Country Home Educators shall have the full power to indemnify and advance or reimburse expenses pursuant to the provisions of the Texas Business Organizations Code to any person entitled to indemnification under the provisions of the Texas Business Organizations Code.
Big Country Home Educators (the "Organization") may purchase and maintain insurance or another arrangement on behalf of any person who is or was a member, director, officer, employee, or agent of the Organization or who is or was serving at the request of the Organization as a director, officer, partner, venturer, proprietor, trustee, employee, agent, or similar functionary of another foreign or domestic organization, employee benefit plan, other enterprise, or other entity, against any liability asserted against him or her and incurred by him or her in such a capacity or arising out of his or her status as such a person, whether or not the Organization would have the power to indemnify him or her against that liability. Without limiting the power of the Organization to procure or maintain any kind of insurance or other arrangement, the Organization may, for the benefit of persons indemnified by the Organization, (1) create a trust fund; (2) establish any form of self insurance; (3) secure its indemnity obligation by grant of a security interest or other lien on the assets of the Organization; or (4) establish a letter of credit, guaranty, or surety arrangement. The insurance or other arrangement may be procured, maintained, or established within the Organization or with any insurer or other person deemed appropriate by the Board regardless of whether all or part of the stock or other securities of the insurer or other person are owned in whole or part by the Organization. In the absence of fraud, the judgment of the Board as to the terms and conditions of the insurance or other arrangement and the identity of the insurer or other person participating in an arrangement shall be conclusive and the insurance or arrangement shall not be voidable and shall not subject the Board members approving the insurance or arrangement to liability, on any ground, regardless of whether directors participating in the approval are beneficiaries of the insurance or arrangement.