I ~ Name
The name of
this organization shall be Family Trauma Survivors Network, Inc. For business
purposes Family Trauma Survivors Network, Inc. may do business as FTSN, Inc. or
Article II ~ Purpose
A. The mission of FTSN shall be for support, education,
and advocacy on behalf of Survivors of family related trauma whether that be from
abuse or neglect that is intrinsic to the family or has its origins outside the
B. Human dignity for all is the spiritual
principle underlying all the works of FTSN and members are asked to place this
principle above personality issues.
Article III ~ Membership
A. Membership shall be open to
anyone who identifies with the problem of living and developing in an environment
of family trauma, or is a family member or friend of a Family Trauma Survivor
and who is in compliance with the Preamble and Bylaws of this charter.
Members of FTSN shall annually elect the officers of the Board of Directors, herein
referred to as the Board and approve the organizational budget.
All powers not otherwise delegated by this charter are reserved for the membership
and may be exercised in accordance with the provisions set forth herein.
IV ~ Charter Affiliates
A. Upon submission of an application and subject
to approval by a majority vote of the Board Charter Affiliation shall be granted
to any local affiliate that is committed to the philosophy, goals, and objectives
of FTSN and which agrees to function under the Charter of this organization.
B. All local affiliates shall be completely autonomous
except in matters affecting FTSN as a whole or other FTSN affiliates.
The Board shall reserve the right to terminate Charter Affiliation to any organization
when the best interests of FTSN shall be served by that termination.
Article V ~ Organizational Structure
A. FTSN shall in perpetuity remain
an organization for, by, and of family trauma Survivors. Special workers may be
employed as necessary to carry on the function of FTSN.
FTSN shall maintain a national site with access available to all affiliates.
C. All the work of FTSN nationally shall be managed
by a Board of Directors. This board shall consist of no less than a National Coordinator,
Financial Manager, and Records Manager.
to the powers of the members, as set forth herein, all corporate powers of FTSN,
as provided by law, shall be allocated to the Board in order to carry out the
mission, manage the affairs, and preserve the resources of the organization.
E. No deed, mortgage, bond, contract, or other instrument
which the Board shall have authority to execute by law shall be deemed valid unless
approved by a 2/3 majority of the Board and signed by 2 or more members of the
F. FTSN shall indemnify its Board and former
Board Members to the full extent permitted by law.
No officer or former officer of the Board shall be personally liable to its creditors
for any indebtedness or liability of the corporation, and any and all creditors
shall look only to the assets of FTSN for payment.
Any officer may be removed from office, with or without cause, by a simple majority
vote of the members or by a 2/3 majority of the Board.
Any officer who fails to carry out his or her duties as a Board member for a period
exceeding 60 days shall be deemed to have resigned without further action by the
Director or the Board. Such resignation shall be reflected in the minutes of the
J. Temporary absences by any member of the
Board may be filled by appointment of the Board to cover duties as necessary to
conduct the business of the organization.
Any vacancy of an officer of the Board, whether caused by death, resignation,
removal, loss of membership, or otherwise shall be filled as follows: In the event
of the loss of the Coordinator any other Board member may be nominated to and
voted into that office by the members of the Board until the next annual membership
vote. In the event of the loss of any other officer, the Board may receive nominations
for candidates to fill that position. And the Board shall elect an interim officer
to fill the position until the expiration of the term.
Article VI ~ Meetings
A. The ultimate authority in any FTSN meeting is
the conscience of its individual members.
in FTSN is based on interest and not proselytizing, however, schedules of meetings
and events may be posted in the community.
national shall have an annual conference for it's members. The agenda for this
meeting must be sent to the local affiliates no later than one month prior to
D. Each member shall have one vote.
No member may have a larger share in decision making than any other member. A
quorum shall consist of 2/3 of the members present at a duly called meeting.
E. Minutes of all business meetings must be available
for review by the membership.
of person and content within FTSN shall be preserved at all times. Individual
members may share their own experience outside a meeting so long as it does not
infringe on the confidentiality of other members.
Article VII ~ Financial Management
A. FTSN National and every local
affiliate shall be financially self-sustaining.
There shall be no dues or fees for membership, however, donations may be accepted
for special projects.
C. Neither FTSN National
nor its local affiliates may engage in any fundraising activities that violate
federal, state, or local laws or Article II of these bylaws.
All monies collected at any and all functions of FTSN shall be routed through
an operational account and all disbursements shall be made by check. FTSN shall
require at least 2 authorized signatures on any and all disbursements of funds.
E. No loans shall be made by FTSN to any of its
officers, directors, or members.
F. Reports on
all FTSN accounts shall be made at least quarterly and shall be available for
G. An annual audit of all FTSN accounts
shall be made by a qualified Certified Public Accountant who is other than the
treasurer and the preparer of tax records.
annual fiscal report shall be prepared by the financial manager and presented
at the annual conference.
Article VIII ~ Dissolution
A. If FTSN shall become dissolved
all property on hand, if any, shall be donated to a non-profit organization as
approved by the Board in compliance with the laws governing 501 (C) (3).
B. No part of any proceeds of the organization shall
inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or any private individual (except
that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the organization
affecting one or more of its purposes), and no director or officer of the organization,
or any private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any
of the assets on dissolution of the organization.
Article IX ~ Adoption and Amendments
A. The Initial Charter of FTSN
shall be adopted by the initial Board and shall become effective immediately.
B. Amendments proposed by the membersip to the
Initial Charter shall be submitted to the Board and allowed at least 60 days consideration
prior to being voted on by the membership.
Final Charter of FTSN shall be ratified upon approval by a simple majority of
the members after adoption of the Initial Charter.
Upon ratification this Charter may only be amended, repealed or replaced by a
two-thirds majority vote of the members of FTSN. Two annual conference meetings
consideration must be given to any proposed amendment before the vote is taken.
Such proposed amendment must be submitted in writing 60 days prior to its addition
to the agenda of the annual conference at which it is introduced. Notice of the
vote on this change shall be given by the Records Manager to the membership at
least 6 months before the voting conference.