ARTICLE I – NAME, PURPOSE
Section 1: The name of the organization shall be the Future Society of Central Oklahoma.
Section 2: The Future Society of Central Oklahoma promotes the advancement of science, literature, history, and the arts through educational lectures, seminars, and workshops. The annual convention “SoonerCon” is our main outlet for these activities. Each year, we bring industry professionals and contributors in the fields of science, humanities, publishing, visual and digital arts, filmmaking, and media to share their skills and experiences with our members and the general public, with a critical program focus of science fiction, fantasy, and popular culture interests.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Voting membership shall consist only of the members of the Board of Directors. Non-voting membership in the Future Society of Central Oklahoma is open to anyone who wishes to join.
ARTICLE III – SEMI-ANNUAL MEETINGS
Section 1: Semi-annual Meetings. The date of the Semi-annual meetings shall be set by the Board of Directors who shall also set the time and place, to occur in the months of January and August each year.
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 Future Society of Central Oklahoma, and delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations (including funds and asset management, event planning, fundraising, outreach, etc.) to the Future Society of Central Oklahoma’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 semi-annually, at an agreed upon time and location.
Section 3: Board Elections. Election of new directors or election of current directors to a subsequent term will occur as the first item of business at the August meeting of the Future Society of Central Oklahoma Board of Directors (Board) meeting. Directors will be elected by a majority vote of the current directors.
Section 4: Terms. All serving 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 serving 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 Future Society of Central Oklahoma, through nomination by the remaining serving Board members, with a two-thirds vote of the remaining board required for approval.
Section 7: Resignation, Termination, and Absences. Resignation of a serving member from the Board must be in writing. A serving Board member who misses three Board meetings in a year without prior notice shall be considered to have resigned when business closes at the end of the third meeting missed. A serving 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 Future Society of Central Oklahoma shall be selected by the Board annually from the general Future Society of Central Oklahoma membership. Duties of the committee members will be specified as needed by the Board for the execution of the annual convention and other Future Society of Central Oklahoma activities as they occur.
ARTICLE VI – USE OF FUNDS
Section 1: Revenue gained by the Future Society of Central Oklahoma 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 “SoonerCon.” 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 Future Society of Central Oklahoma, any funds and assets remaining at the end of the final fiscal year will be donated to another 501(c)3 organization.
ARTICLE VII – OKLAHOMA LAW
Section 1: The Future Society of Central Oklahoma, being formed as an Oklahoma State corporation, will be subject to the rules and regulations of the State of Oklahoma.
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 initially approved at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Future Society of Central Oklahoma on 1.24.16.