South Coast Christian Home Educators Bylaws
Article 1 - Name, Purpose, Location
Section 1 - The name of this organization shall be South Coast Christian Home Educators, also abbreviated
Section 2 - South Coast Christian Home Educators is a nonprofit group organized exclusively for religious purposes. The mission of SCCHE is to provide support and encouragement to home school families throughout the community, so as to assist parents in their responsibility to provide an ideal setting for children to learn God’s purpose for their lives and opportunities to reach the community for Christ. Through social, spiritual, and educational events, we share the good news of the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and we promote home schooling as an excellent educational and family lifestyle choice. SCCHE shall support the freedom given to each individual family to educate their children as the Lord leads them while meeting all state requirements for home-educating families. SCCHE shall not be affiliated with any single denomination.
SCCHE is organized exclusively for the purpose of providing information and support to Christian home educating families including but not limited to the following ways :
By informing home educating families about the laws and regulations that govern home education as well as proposed changes in the law.
By promoting the advantages of home education to the community.
By promoting home education for the purpose of developing Christ-like character, and assist in satisfying the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth needs of our children.
By reviewing and disseminating home education materials and information considered vital to home educators, thus serving as a resource to parents desiring to educate their children in the home.
By maintaining a private community website.
By encouraging and assisting its Associate Members to plan and conduct activities, field trips, outings, seminars, forums, workshops and other educational opportunities designed to provide information and training that will assist parents and others involved with or interested in home education.
Section 3 - The principle office location of SCCHE shall be located in Orange County in the state of California, the location of which shall be determined by the Board. The organization may have any number of offices at such places as the Board may determine.
Article 2 - Definitions
Section 1 - Terms
“Board” means the Board of Directors of South Coast Christian Home Educators
“Director” means an individual serving on the Board.
“Associate Member” means an individual or family who pay dues to participate in SCCHE. Associate members do not have voting rights as defined in Article 5.
“Member” may be used to mean “Associate Member”. Members do not have voting rights as defined in Article 5.
Article 3 - Statement of Faith
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates man from God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heavens glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sins’ penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God's word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
Article 4 - Statement on Family and Education
Section 1 - Family
We believe that the family is the basic spiritual, governmental and social unit created by God. In it the child learns self-government, social relationships, and develops a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ according to John 3:5 and 16, Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:20. While we love and respect all of our Christian family unconditionally, we understand “family” to mean one male and one female parent, legally married, with one or more children (Genesis 1:26-28). We recognize single parents and foster children as “family” in accordance with James 1:27. However, we do not believe in any union contrary to Scripture (Leviticus 18:22, 1 Corinthians 6:9-20, Romans 1:26-27).
Section 2 - Education
We believe that the ultimate responsibility for the education of children belongs to parents (Deuteronomy 4:9, 6:1-25. and 4:1-4). This, we believe this is an inalienable right given by God which the State cannot create, destroy, or alter. Parents may allow another to teach some of the cognitive information that children need to know, but all education must be under the ultimate control and supervision of the parents.
Article 5 - Membership
Section 1 - SCCHE shall have no members as defined in the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law. Any action under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law that would otherwise require approval by a majority of all members shall require approval of the Board of Directors (“Board”). All rights that would otherwise vest in the members shall vest in the Board. For the purposes of these by-laws, “membership” shall refer to Associate Members as defined in Article 2.
To qualify as an Associate Member of this organization, a membership form must be duly completed and signed, the prospective member must be in agreement with the bylaws, policies and the statement of faith, and dues must be paid as required. Furthermore, a member is required to be currently homeschooling their child(ren), interested in homeschooling in the future or have homeschooled their child(ren) in the past.
By submitting an application for membership in the organization, members agree to abide by all rules and regulations of the organization as established by the Board. This application shall be submitted on an annual basis, reaffirming their commitment to Article 3 of these bylaws.
Section 2 - Membership to the organization is fee-based, requiring dues.
Section 3 - Members of the organization shall have no voting rights on matters submitted to the Board including, but not limited to, election of officers.
Section 4 - By unanimous vote of the Board, any Associate Member may be removed from the organization. In such circumstances, fees paid by that Associate Member may be refunded pro-rata for that year, at the determination of the Board.
Article 6 - Meetings
Section 1 - The date of the regular annual meeting shall be determined by the Board who will also set the time and place.
Section 2 - Regular meetings of the Board may be held at such place and time as shall be designated by the standing resolution of the Board. Regular meetings of the organization shall be determined by the current Board.
Section 3 - Special meetings may be called by any member of the Board.
Section 4 - Notice of all meetings shall be provided to each member of the Board by email or phone at least 3 days prior to the meeting.
Article 7 - Leadership Team
Section 1 - The business of the organization shall be managed by a Board comprised of at least 3 and no more than 3 Associate Members, the exact number of which shall be set from time to time by the acting Board. The Board is responsible for maintaining overall policy and direction of the organization. The Board shall delegate responsibility of day to day operations to appropriate volunteer activity coordinators. Board members and activity coordinators shall receive no compensation for their service on the Board or in the organization.
Section 2 - The Board shall hold an annual meeting in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Board meeting in the month of August of each year for the purpose of organization, election of officers and the transaction of other business; provided, however, that the Board may fix another time for the holding of its annual meeting. Notice of this meeting shall not be required.
Section 3 - Other Regular Meetings. The Board shall hold at least two regular business meetings throughout the year; said meeting shall be held without call and on a date to be fixed by resolution of the Board. Such regular meeting may be held without notice.
Section 4 - Special Meetings.
(a) Special meetings of the Board for any purpose may be called at any time by any two Directors.
(b) Notice of the time and place of special meetings shall be given to each Director by one of the following methods:
by personal delivery of written notice;
by first-class mail, postage pre-paid;
by telephone, either directly to the Director or to a person at the Director's office who would reasonably be expected to communicate that notice promptly to the Director; or
by teleconference, skype, facetime,or virutal meeting.
All such notices shall be given or sent to the Director's address and/or telephone number as shown on the records of the corporation.
(c) Notices sent by first-class mail shall be deposited in the United States mail at least four (4) days before the time set for the meeting. Notices given by personal delivery, telephone, text, or email shall be delivered, telephoned, emailed or texted at least forty-eight (48) hours before the time set for the meeting.
(d) The notice shall state the time of the meeting, and the place if the place is other than the principal office of the Organization. It need not specify the purpose of the meeting.
Section 5 – All Board members shall serve for 1 year terms and can be eligible to serve 5 times. Staggered terms are acceptable.
Section 6 – Any Board member may be removed from office by the majority vote of the Board at any meeting of the Board.
Section 7 – Any Board member may resign at any time by giving written notice to the organization.
Section 8 – In the event of a vacancy on the Board (including situations where the number of Board members has been deemed necessary to increase), the Board shall fill the vacancy. Board members are appointed through prayerful consideration by the current Board, based on Biblical guidelines laid out in scripture. (See 1Tim. 3:11, Prov. 11:2, Prov. 16: 21, 28, Prov. 31: 11, 26)
Section 9 – A quorum of at least 67% of the Board must be in attendance before business can be transacted or motions made or passed.
Section 10 - Meetings of the Board shall be held at the principal office of the corporation or at such other place as has been designated by the Board. In the absence of any such designation, meetings shall be held at the principal office of the corporation. Any meeting may be held by conference telephone or similar communication equipment, so long as all Directors participating in the meeting can hear one another, and all such Directors shall be deemed to be present in person at such meeting.
Section 11 - Notice of a meeting need not be given any Director who signs a waiver of notice or a written consent to holding the meeting or an approval of the minutes thereof, whether before or after the meeting. The waiver of notice or consent need not specify the purpose of the meeting. All such waivers, consents and approvals shall be filed with the corporate records or made a part of the minutes or the meetings. Notice of a meeting need not be given any Director who attends the meeting without protesting before or at its commencement the lack of notice to such Director.
Section 12 - A majority of the Directors present, whether or not a quorum is present, may adjourn any meeting to another time and place.
Section 13 - Notice of the time and place of holding an adjourned meeting need not be given, unless the original meeting is adjourned for more than twenty-four (24) hours, in which case notice of any adjournment to another time and place shall be given before the time of the adjourned meeting to the Directors who were not present at the time of the adjournment.
Section 14 - Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board may be taken without a meeting, if all members of the Board consent in writing to that action. Such action by written consent shall have the same force and effect as any other validly approved action of the Board. Such written consent or consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board. For the purposes of this Section 14 only, "all members of the Board" shall not include Directors who have a material financial interest in a transaction to which the Organization is a party.
Article 8 – Committees
Section 1 – The Board members may create committees as needed (for activities and special events). Committee and activity coordinators may volunteer for their position. The Board members reserve the right to approve all coordinators.
Section 2 – No committee shall have the power to: fill vacancies on the Board, adopt, amend, or repeal the by-laws, amend or repeal any resolution of the Board, or act on matters committed by the by-laws or resolution of the Board to another committee of the group.
Article 9 – Amendments
Section 1 – These By-laws may be amended when deemed necessary by a 67% majority vote of the Board.
Article 10 – Dissolution
Upon the recommendation of the Board and a majority vote of the Associate Membership present at a special meeting for the purpose of dissolution, this organization may be dissolved and its activities closed. A notice of special meeting for dissolution must be distributed to all current Associate Members 14 days prior to the meeting date.
Upon the dissolution or winding up of the corporation, its assets remaining after payment, or provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities of this corporation shall be distributed to one or more nonprofit fund, foundation, or corporation which are organized and operated exclusively for religious or educational purposes and which has established its tax-exempt status under IRC Section 501 (c)(3).
Article 11 – Officers
Section 1 - The officers of the corporation shall include a President, a Secretary, and a Chief Financial Officer. The corporation may also have, at the Board's discretion, a Chairman of the Board, one or more Vice Presidents, one or more assistant Secretaries, one or more assistant Treasurers, and such other officers as may be appointed in accordance with Section 3 of this Article 11. Any number of offices may be held by the same person, except that neither the Secretary nor the Chief Financial Officer may serve concurrently as either the President or the Chairman of the Board.
Section 2 - The officers of the corporation, except those appointed in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of this Article 11, shall be chosen by the Board of Directors, and each shall serve at the pleasure of the Board, subject to the rights, if any, of an officer under any contract of employment.
Section 3 - The Board may appoint and may authorize the Chairman of the Board or the President or another officer to appoint any other officers that the Organization may require, each of whom shall have the title, hold office for the period, have the authority and perform the duties specified in the Bylaws or determined from time to time by the Board.
Section 4 - Subject to the rights, if any, of an officer under any contract of employment, any officer may be removed, with or without cause, by the Board of Directors, or, except in case of an officer chosen by the Board of Directors, by an officer on whom such power of removal may be conferred by the Board of Directors.
Section 5 - Any officer may resign upon written notice to the corporation without prejudice to the rights, if any, of the corporation under any contract to which the officer is a party.
Section 6 - A vacancy occurring in any office because of death, resignation, removal or other cause, shall be filled in the manner prescribed in these Bylaws for regular appointments to that office.
Section 7 - Responsibilities of Officers.
(a) If a Chairman of the Board is elected, he or she shall preside at meetings of the Board and shall exercise and perform such other powers and duties as the Board may assign from time to time. If there is no President, the Chairman of the Board shall also be the Chief Executive Officer and shall have the powers and duties of the President of the corporation prescribed by these Bylaws.
(b) Subject to the control and supervision of the Board, the President shall be the Chief Executive Officer and general manager of the Organization and shall generally supervise, direct and control the activities and affairs and the officers of the Organization. The President, in the absence of the Chairman of the Board, or if there be none, shall preside at all meetings of the Board. The President shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board or these Bylaws.
(c) In the absence or disability of the President, the Vice Presidents, if any, in order of their rank, shall perform all of the duties of the President, and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all of the restrictions upon the President. The Vice Presidents shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed for them by the Board or the Bylaws.
(d) The Secretary shall keep or cause to be kept, at the principal office or such other place as the Board may direct, a book of minutes of all meetings and actions of the Board and of committees of the Board. The Secretary shall also keep, or cause to be kept, at the principal office in the State of California, a copy of Bylaws, as amended to date. The Secretary shall also give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the Board and of committees of the Board required by these Bylaws to be given. The Secretary shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board or the Bylaws.
(e) The Chief Financial Officer of the corporation shall keep or maintain, or cause to be kept or maintained, adequate and correct books and accounts of the properties and transactions of the corporation, and shall send or cause to be sent to the Directors such financial statements and reports as are required by law or these Bylaws to be given. The books and accounts shall be open to inspection by any Director at all reasonable times.
The Chief Financial Officer shall also coordinate the deposit all money and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the corporation with such depositories as may be designated by the Board, shall disburse the funds of the corporation as may be ordered by the Board, shall render to the President or Chairman of the Board, if any, when requested, an account of all transactions as Chief Financial Officer and of the financial condition of the corporation and shall have other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board or the Bylaws.
Article 12 - Indemnification and Insurance
Section 1 - To the full extent permitted, this corporation shall indemnify its Directors, officers, employees and other persons described in Section 5238(a) of the California Corporation Code, including persons formerly occupying any such position, against all expenses, judgments, fines, settlements and other amounts actually and reasonably incurred in connection with any "proceeding", as that term is used in such Section and including an action by or in the right of the corporation, by reason of the fact that such person is or was a person described by such Section. The term "Expenses", as used in these Bylaws, shall have the same meaning as in Section 5238(a) of the California Corporation Code.
Section 2 - Upon written request to the Board by any person seeking indemnification under Section 5238(b) or Section 5238(c) of the California Corporation Code, the Board shall promptly determine in accordance with Section 5238(e) of the Code whether the applicable standard of conduct set forth in Section 5238(b) or Section 5238(c) has been met and, if so, the Board shall authorize indemnification. If the Board cannot authorize indemnification because the number of Directors who are parties to the proceeding with respect to which indemnification is sought is such as to prevent the formation of a quorum of Directors who are not parties to such proceeding, the Board or the attorney or other person rendering services in connection with the defense shall apply to the court in which such proceeding is or was pending to determine whether the applicable standard of conduct set forth in Section 5238(b) or Section 5238(c) has been met.
Section 3 - To the fullest extent permitted by law, at the discretion of the corporation, and except as is otherwise determined by the Board in a specific instance, expenses incurred by a person seeking indemnification under these Bylaws in defending any proceeding covered by these Bylaws shall be advanced by the corporation prior to the final disposition of the proceeding upon receipt by the corporation of an undertaking by or on behalf of such person that the advance will be repaid unless it is ultimately determined that such person is entitled to be indemnified by the corporation therefor.
Section 4 - The corporation shall have the right to purchase and maintain insurance to the full extent permitted by law on behalf of its officers, Directors, employees and other agents of the corporation, against any liability asserted against or incurred by an officer, Director, employee or agent in such capacity or arising out of the officer's, Director's, employee's or agent's status as such.
Article 13 – Books and Records
Section 1 - The Organization shall keep
(a) Adequate and correct books and records of account;
(b) Minutes in written form of the proceedings of the Board and committees of the Board, and
(c) If applicable, a record of its Associate Members, giving their names and addresses and the class of membership held.
Section 2 - Every Director shall have the absolute right at any reasonable time to inspect all books, records and documents of every kind and the physical properties of the corporation. This inspection by a Director may be made in person or by an agent or attorney, and the right of inspection includes the right to copy and make extracts of documents.
Section 3 - Except as provided under Section 6321(c),(d) or (f) of the California Corporations Code, not later than one hundred twenty (120) days after the close of the fiscal year of the corporation, the Board shall cause an annual report to be sent to all members of the Board. Such report shall contain the following information in reasonable detail:
(i) The assets and liabilities of the corporation as of the end of the fiscal year.
(ii) The principal changes in assets and liabilities during the fiscal year.
(iii) The revenue or receipts of the corporation, both unrestricted and restricted to particular purposes, for the fiscal year.
(iv) The expenses or disbursements of the corporation, for both general and restricted purposes, during the fiscal year.
(v) Any information required by Section 9.04.
(vi) An independent accountant's report or, if none, the certificate of an authorized officer of the corporation that such statements were prepared without audit from the corporation's books and records. This requirement of an annual report shall not apply if the corporation receives less than $25,000 in gross receipts during the fiscal year, provided, however, that the information specified above for inclusion in an annual report must be furnished annually to all Directors and to any member who requests it in writing. If the Board approves, the corporation may send the report and any accompanying material sent pursuant to this section by electronic transmission.