July 22, 2006
BYLAWS OF Dallas Future Society
ARTICLE I - NAME, PURPOSE
Section 1: The name of the organization shall be Dallas Future Society.
Section 2: The Dallas Future Society promotes the advancement of science, literature, and music through educational lectures, seminars, and workshops. The annual convention “FenCon” is our main outlet for these activities. Each year, we bring top people in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, music, science, publishing and art to share their skills and experiences with our members and the general public.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Voting membership shall consist only of the members of the board of directors. Non-voting membership in the Society is open to anyone who wishes to join.
ARTICLE III - ANNUAL MEETING
Section 1: Annual Meeting. The date of the regular annual meeting shall be set by the Board of Directors who shall also set the time and place.
Section 2: Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called by the Executive Committee.
Section 3: Notice. Notice of each meeting shall be given to each voting member, not less than ten days before the meeting.
ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1: Board Role, Size, and Compensation. The Board is responsible for overall policy and direction of the Society, and delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations to the Society’s committees. The Board shall have up to five and not fewer than three members. The board receives no compensation other than reasonable expenses.
Section 2: Meetings. The Board shall meet at least once annually, at an agreed upon time and location.
Section 3: Board Elections. Election of new directors or election of current directors to a second term will occur as the first item of business at the annual meeting of the corporation. Directors will be elected by a majority vote of the current directors.
Section 4: Terms. All Board members shall serve one-year terms, but are eligible for re-election.
Section 5: Quorum. A quorum must be attended by at least two-thirds of the Board members before business can be transacted or motions made or passed.
Section 6: Vacancies. Vacancies on the board will be filled from the general membership of the Society, through nomination from other members, with a two-thirds vote of the remaining board required for approval.
Section 7: Resignation, Termination and Absences. Resignation from the Board must be in writing. A Board member shall be dropped for excess absences from the Board if he or she has three unexcused absences from Board meetings in a year. A Board member may be removed for other reasons by a two-thirds vote of the remaining directors.
ARTICLE V – COMMITTEE
Section 1: The working committee of the Society shall be selected by the Board annually from the general Society membership. Duties of the committee members will be specified as needed by the Board for the execution of the annual convention and other Society activities as they occur.
ARTICLE VI – USE OF FUNDS
Section 1: Revenue gained by the Society shall be used exclusively for the educational purposes as specified in Article I, section 2 of this document. The majority of the funding will support the annual convention “FenCon”. Money not used during the fiscal year will be applied to the following year’s convention and other activities.
Section 2: In the event of dissolution of the Society, any funds remaining at the end of the final fiscal year will be donated to another 501(c)3 organization.
ARTICLE VII – TEXAS LAW
Section 1: The Society, being formed as a Texas State corporation, and will be subject to the rules and regulations of the State of Texas.
ARTICLE VIII - AMENDMENTS
Section 1: These Bylaws may be amended when necessary by a two-thirds majority of the Board of Directors. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the Board to be sent out with regular Board announcements.
These Bylaws were approved at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Future Society on
July 23, 2006.
Amendments, approved at a Board of Directors Meeting held January 8, 2011
Article II, Section 1: “Non-voting membership in the Society is open to anyone who wishes to join”, shall be amended to add after the sentence, “AND any ex officio members appointed by the board”.
Article IV, Section 1: “The Board shall have up to five and not fewer than three members.” shall be amended to read “The Board shall have up to seven and not fewer than three members.”
Article VI, Section 1: “The majority of the funding will support the annual convention “FenCon”., shall be amended to read “The funding will support the annual convention “FenCon”, as well as other board approved events or projects of the Society, as approved by the board. “