Bylaws of the Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County

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Article 1

GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. Name:  The name of the corporation shall be the Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County (BSBC).
  2. Mission: To Present, Teach and Practice Buddhism: To Provide Meditation Instruction and Community Service in a Manner Consistent with the Teachings of the Buddha.

Article 2

MEMBERSHIP

  1. Membership shall be by written agreement of those interested in Buddhism and who support the mission statement of the BSBC.
  2. Visiting or attending persons who do not wish to become members may be welcomed as ‘Friends of the Sangha’.
  3. Voting Members shall be limited to the Board of Directors and Sangha participants who have signed the Membership Agreement form.

Article 3

MEETINGS of the GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

  1. There shall be a meeting of the general membership for such business as may come before the BSBC annually at a place to be specified in the notice of such meeting.  Notice of said meeting shall be broadcast to the membership at least two weeks in advance of the meeting.
  2. Special meetings of members shall be called by the secretary or any other officer upon the request of the president of the Board of Directors or on the written request of one-half of the voting members.

Article 4

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  1. Management: The property and affairs of the BSBC shall be managed and conducted by its Board of Directors (the Board), the members of which shall serve without compensation.
  2. Qualifications: The Board shall consist of the Officers and Members-at-Large recommended by the officers and elected at the BSBC annual general membership meeting. Board members shall be committed to the study and practice of Buddhism and shall demonstrate commitment to the BSBC through contributions of funds, time, or other services.
  3. Elections: Prior to the annual election of officers, the Board will elicit a show of interest from the BSBC membership.  Based upon the interest of the members, the Board will develop a slate of officers, and members-at-large, and present the slate to the membership. The presiding officer shall call for a vote on this slate, following any additional nominations from the members attending.
  4. Vacancies: In the event of a mid-year vacancy on the Board, said vacancy shall be filled either at a special meeting called by the President for such purpose, or at its next scheduled meeting, through nomination and agreement among the voting members, taking into consideration the expression of interest obtained earlier in the year from the membership.

Article 5

OFFICERS

  1. The officers shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, an Assistant Secretary, a Treasurer, and Member(s)-at-Large and such other officers as shall be determined by the Board.
  1. President: The President shall preside at all meetings of the members and of the Board. The President may make and sign in the name of the BSBC contracts and agreements in the ordinary course of business, and other contracts, obligations, and instruments when authorized by the Board. The President shall have such other powers and duties as may from time to time be assigned to him by the Board. The term of office of the President shall be for two consecutive years and shall begin on the date of the meeting of the voting members at which he or she is elected.
  2. Vice President: The Vice President shall perform duties assigned by the President or Board and will represent the President when he or she is unavailable. The term of office of the Vice President shall be for two consecutive years and shall begin on the date of the meeting of the voting members at which he or she is elected.
  3. Secretary: The Secretary shall give notice of all meetings of the General Membership, as required by these by-laws, and shall keep and maintain records and minutes of all meetings of the General Membership and of the Board. The term of office of the Secretary shall be for one year and shall begin on the date of the meeting of the voting members at which he or she is elected.
  4. Assistant Secretary:  The Assistant Secretary shall perform duties assigned by the Secretary and serve as Secretary, when the Secretary is unavailable. The term of office of the Assistant Secretary shall be for one year and shall begin on the date of the meeting of the voting members at which he or she is elected.
  5. Treasurer:  The Treasurer shall be entrusted with the care and custody of the funds of the BSBC, under the direction and supervision of the Board, and shall keep or cause to be kept accurate books of account of such matters that shall be the property of the BSBC. The term of office of the Treasurer shall be for one year and shall begin on the date of the meeting of the voting members at which he or she is elected.
  6. Members-at-Large:  The Members-at-Large shall oversee projects of interest to the Board, as directed by the President.  The term of office of the Members-at-Large shall be for one year and shall begin on the date of the meeting of the voting members at which he or she is elected.

Article 6

COMMITTEES

  1. There shall be three standing committees: Outreach, responsible for community service activities; Communications, responsible for newsletters, member notices and digital communications; and Program, responsible for recommending and securing special teachers and for providing leadership and assistance in organizing special events.
  2. Other ad hoc committees may be established upon recommendation by the President and approval by the Board for the any purpose consistent with the mission, activities and policies of the BSBC.
  3. Committee members shall consist of BSBC members and other Friends of the Sangha approved by the Board.
  4.  Each committee shall be chaired by one or more Board member(s) as assigned by the President, and with the consent of those selected to serve.

Article 7

RESTRICTIONS

  1. No funds shall be raised from individuals in the form of solicited contributions or pledges. Individual contributions shall be donated freely, solely to support the activities and functions of the BSBC.
  2. Any and all harmful weapons, illegal drugs, gambling devices or services, or any service, article or device that is not consistent with the purposes of the BSBC shall be excluded from any premises or activities of the corporation.

Article 8

ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS

  1. Meditation and Liturgy for those who seek opportunities for Buddhist practice and knowledge, development and discipline of mind and body, as taught by the Buddha and interpreted by recognized teachers.
  2. Community service and other activities designed to relieve the suffering of other sentient beings.
  3. Meetings, classes, and seminars dealing with Buddhist philosophy and practice. Publishing and distribution of literature and creation and maintenance of a website and use of other digital media for the purpose of education regarding the Buddhadharma and publicizing the mission and activities of the BSBC.
  4. All other activities of any nature that conform to and do not in any way violate the mission and guidelines of the BSBC.
  5. Adoption of policies by a majority vote of the Board pertaining to the safe, effective and compassionate operation of the BSBC in support of its mission or to help foster the spiritual path of the Sangha members.

Article 9

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. Checks:  All checks, drafts or orders of the payment of money shall be signed by the Treasurer or President.  Any payment over $500 will be agreed upon, ahead of time, in writing by the both the President and Treasurer before the check, draft or order is issued.
  2. Fiscal Year: The Fiscal Year of the BSBC shall be January 1 through December 31.

Approved by the Board of Directors – September, 2015