Bylaws of TCHE
adopted in 2009 (revised 2016)
Article I – Name
Tri City Home Educators (TCHE)
Article II – Mission Statement and Vision
1. Who We Are
Tri-City Home Educators was founded as a group of Christian homeschoolers needing and desiring like-minded support and fellowship.
We are, by design, a Christian group. We are not, however, associated with any denomination. Each family is to instruct their children in Scripture, in accordance with their own interpretations and convictions.
We reject the anti-Christian tenets of secular humanism, including the general theory of evolution, one-world government, government-mandated sex education, government-mandated parenting courses, modern feminist ideology, abortion and the promotion of LGBTQ lifestyle as an alternate, acceptable lifestyle. We also affirm the biblical definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman
2. Mission and Vision
Our mission is to encourage our member families in the growth of their children educationally, spiritually, and physically.
Our vision is to support families who have the God-given mandate to home educate their children in reaching educational excellence and family wholeness.
Article III – Goals
1) Encourage new homeschoolers and support current homeschooling families in a positive way.
2) Promote a positive image of homeschooling as well as an understanding of homeschooling.
3) Provide resources to help strengthen families and their homeschoolers.
4) Encourage a Christian mindset and lifestyle among our members.
Article IV – Membership
1) All member families must sign the TCHE statement of faith as well as a code of conduct every year at membership renewal time. If someone other than the parents or legal guardian is the child's/children's teacher they must also sign both of these documents. One signature is required as a representative of the whole family's consent and agreement with the statements contained therein.
2) Privileges of membership will be received by member families when all dues are paid in full.
3) TCHE does not allow membership by families participating in Virtual/Charter schools or PSAH (Public School at Home) programs, including, but not limited to, K-12 and Epic. We hold to the definition published by OCHEC which states: “...education funded by the government and/or administrated by the state, without regard for type or location of instruction constitutes public education and is therefore not home education, home schooling or homeschooling.” OCHEC defines home education as “the privately-funded, home-based education and discipleship of children by their own parents or guardians.”
4) The Leadership Team will determine dues annually. Dues are non-refundable after 30 days.
5) Membership privileges include access to TCHE sponsored activities, group communication, and the TCHE member website which includes a directory of membership as well as a secret Facebook group viewable only by current, paid members.
6) Right to Refuse New Membership or Deny Renewal:
In order to keep harmony in our group and for the protection of all our member families, the Leadership Team, has the right to refuse new membership requests or deny renewal of memberships based on the following conditions:
a. Potential member is not currently homeschooling at least one child.
b. Potential member is using a Virtual/Charter School Program or any other means of education not considered home education as defined above.
c. Unwillingness to sign the Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct in which all family members participating in TCHE agree to abide by the tenets set forth therein.
d. Required information has not been submitted by whatever means are required for group membership
e. Membership dues or other outstanding debts to TCHE are not paid in full. Note: Waivers are given to single parents and to families of active military serving overseas or military veterans. Waivers, scholarships, and other special circumstances must be approved by the Leadership Team and will be kept confidential.
f. Conviction of a felony that the Leadership Team deems a possible safety issue for our member families
g. Any other reason the Leadership Team deems necessary or best for the group
7) Right to Revoke Membership
The Leadership Team has the right to revoke current memberships based on the following conditions in addition to those listed above:
a. Continuous violations or blatant disregard of TCHE rules, statement of faith, code of conduct or any additional guidelines set forth in a specific TCHE event or activity.
b. Any continuous activity in direct opposition to biblical teaching.
c. Conviction of a felony that the Leadership Team deems a possible safety issue for our member families
d. Any other reason the Leadership Team deems necessary or best for the group
8) Procedure for Revoking a Membership
a. The Leadership Team will give the member(s) in question a chance to make amends before action is taken.
b. If the situation cannot be rectified, a vote will be taken by the Leadership Team on the status of the membership. The decision will be made by majority vote.
c. If a membership is continued after the vote is taken, but requires a vote more than three times in any school year, the membership will be revoked or renewal of membership will be refused.
9) Settling Disputes
Any claim or dispute arising from, or related to, membership in TCHE shall be settled by mediation and, if necessary, legally binding arbitration, in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemaker© Ministries. Judgment upon an arbitration award may be entered in any court otherwise having jurisdiction. The parties understand that these methods shall be the sole remedy for any controversy or claim arising out of membership in TCHE and expressly waive their right to file a lawsuit in any civil court against one another for such disputes, except to enforce an arbitration decision. Any cost incurred shall be split between the parties as follows: 50% by TCHE; 50% by involved party.
Article V—Statement of Faith
Adopted 2009: Revised 2016
Our Statement of Faith concerns the Person and Work of Jesus Christ (the Gospel) revealed in Scripture. It is that faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3, Eph. 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 (Rom. 15:7).
a. We believe that the Bible is the only inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God (II Tim. 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21)
b. We believe in the Trinity. (I John 5:7)
c. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and fulfilled all prophecy concerning the Messiah. (Luke 24:25-27)
d. We believe all humans are sinful by nature. (Rom. 3:9-18, Rom. 5:12)
e. We believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ as Savior and that it is only by His blood that men will live in Heaven. (Heb. 10:8-14)
f. We reject the anti-Christian tenets of secular humanism, including the general theory of evolution, one-world government, government-mandated sex education, government-mandated parenting courses, modern feminist ideology, abortion and the promotion of LGBTQ lifestyle as an alternate, acceptable lifestyle. We also affirm the biblical definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:6-9).
Article VI – Officers
1) The Leadership Team is comprised of approximately 1 married couple per 10 families in membership. Husbands and wives share one vote. Husbands attending meetings are greatly encouraged, but not required. The President and Vice-President positions are Chairperson(s) of the Leadership Team..
2) The Leadership Team will act as nominating committee and accept recommendations or volunteers from the group as part of their search.
3) To serve as an officer, nominees must have been members in good standing for at least one year.
4) The Leadership Team will consist of the following officers:
The President is the principal executive officer for TCHE. This position is one of leadership and servanthood. The President should be willing to let God lead and, therefore, be dedicated to praying for wisdom in making decisions and praying for the group as a whole. The President should be organized, able and willing to delegate, accessible to members, and knowledgeable about the workings of TCHE business, activities, etc. The President will be responsible for the day to day decisions of TCHE. The President must be able to consult and work with the other Leadership Team members to make guiding decisions for the group as a whole.
This position is one of leadership as well as servant hood. It is very important that the Vice-President be able to work well with the other members of the Leadership Team. The Vice-President will work closely with the President, providing support and help where needed by the President. If the President is unable to perform his or her duties, the Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President. The President or the Leadership Team may assign the Vice-President to other duties.
TCHE advisors on the Leadership Team will work closely with the President and Vice-President as well as TCHE members. The Advisor(s) should be able to give complete and accurate information regarding TCHE events and activities, as well as other homeschooling resources, to TCHE members in a timely manner. The Advisor(s) should also be willing to help new families complete the registration process and in welcoming them to TCHE. The Advisor(s) should be willing to perform various tasks requested by the President or Vice President.
Article VII - Volunteer Positions
1) Volunteer positions will be open to all paid members.
2) Volunteer positions will be reviewed on an annual basis by the leadership team.
3) If volunteer positions are not filled, those activities will not take place until someone has volunteered to fill that position.
4) Volunteers for coordinating events must be able to work with the Treasurer to stay within an established budget and provide receipts for re-imbursement within 30 days of the event.
5) Event coordinators must fully communicate with the group about the details of the event they are coordinating.
Article VII - Meetings
1) Membership meetings will be held once per year (Spring or Fall) or as deemed necessary by the Leadership Team.
2) At least one member of the Leadership Team will be present at each meeting.
Article VIII – Amendment of Bylaws
1) Bylaws will be reviewed annually by the Leadership Team.
2) Any changes to the bylaws will be posted on the TCHE website and membership notified
Article IX – Dissolution
Should TCHE be dissolved, material possessions and monies shall be given to a like-minded home schooling organization after any outstanding bills have been paid. Recipient organization would be chosen by the Leadership Team.