Article I Name

The name shall be the (Christian State Network Name).

Article II Offices

The corporation shall maintain in the State of XXXXXX a registered office and a registered agent located at the registered office. The Board of Directors may, at any time, change the location of the registered office and the person designated as the registered agent. The corporation may also have other offices at such places as the Board of Directors may fix by resolution.

Article III Purpose

This corporation shall be organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes. Subject to the limitations stated in the Articles of Incorporation, the purposes of this corporation shall be to engage in any lawful activities, none of which are for profit, for which corporations may be organized under Chapter 65 of the XXXXXX Revised Statutes and Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 19545 (or their corresponding future statutes.)

(Christian State Network Name) exists to provide support and communication to Christian home education support group leaders, and to make information accessible to support groups and home educators, governing bodies and the general public. All activities of (Christian State Network Name) shall be consistently and forthrightly Christian.

Article IV Statement of Faith

Section 1. Preface

While there are truths other than these which are taught in the Bible (and all Scripture is equally important), this brief statement of faith delineates truths which we believe to be essential for Christian fellowship.

Section 2. Statement

A. The Bible alone is the inspired and infallible Word of God and constitutes completed and final revelation. The Bible, in its original autograph, is without error in whole or in part, including theological concepts as well as geographical and historical details. (II Tim 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)

B. God alone is self-existent and has existed from all eternity in three eternal and co-equal persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was God, come in human flesh, being fully God and fully man except without sin. (Gen 1:1; John 1:1; John 10:30, 37-38)

C. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and everything that God created was good. Yet his perfect creation was marred by sin. Through Adam's sin, death and decay entered into this world. (Gen. 1:1, 31; Gen. 2:16-17; Gen. 3:6-10,23; Rom. 8:20-21; Rom 5:12)

D. All men are in violation of God's righteous requirements and His Holy character both by nature and by act, and are therefore under His wrath and just condemnation. Yet because of God's infinite love and mercy, He sent His Son to bear the penalty of our sins. The central purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ was to atone for sins through His substitutionary death on the cross - the successful accomplishment of which was attested to by His subsequent visible bodily resurrection. (Rom. 3:19; Rom 5:6-8; Eph. 2:1, 4-5; II Cor. 5:21; Rom. 3:25-26; 1 Cor 15:3-6)

E. Salvation is offered as a gift free to the sinner. This gift must be responded to individually in faith, not trusting in any personal works whatsoever, but in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ alone. (Rom. 6:23; John 3:16; Eph.2:8-9; Rom. 3:21-24; Rom. 10:9)

F. The Holy Spirit is the comforter and counselor, promised by Jesus, who came upon the church at Pentecost and indwells every believer. He is co-equal with the Father and the Son and provides the power which enables individual Christians to live in accord with God's will. (John 14:16-17, 26; Rom 8:9-11; Rom 12:2-3; Gal. 3:3; Phil 2:13)

Article V Tenets

Section 1. We believe that every family has the God-given mandate and responsibility for the education of their children (whether they choose to educate their children at home or in a classroom) and should have these rights protected by law, regardless of their philosophy of education or religious affiliation.

Section 2. Trusting to the working of the Holy Spirit in all believers, we believe that all home school groups are completely autonomous in their activities and are not responsible to (Christian State Network Name) for their organization or management.

Article VI Members

This organization shall have no members.

Article VII Board of Directors

Section 1. Governing Authority

The governing body shall be known as the Board of Directors, and shall have plenary powers to do all things necessary and proper to operate (Christian State Network Name).

Section 2. Composition The Board of Directors shall consist of married couples.

Section 3. Number

The Board of Directors shall consist of at least five (5) and not more than nine (9) married couples with one vote per person. The exact number of couples on the Board of Directors shall be fixed from time to time by resolution of the Board.

Section 4. Qualifications

Each member couple of the Board of Directors shall:

A. sign an affirmation of (Christian State Network Name's) Statement of Faith,
B. be members of a local Christian church that is essentially in agreement with (Christian State Network Name's) Statement of Faith,
C. have their faith be evident in their manner of life,
D. be home educating all of their school-age children and/or have home educated their children through their secondary education,
E. have demonstrated their understanding of the requirements of a Board member by having previously given of their time voluntarily in service to the Network.

Section 5. Terms of Office

The terms for Board member couples shall be staggered two-year terms. Each member of a couple shall serve the same term. A Board member couple may serve an unlimited number of terms.

Section 6. Manner of Election.

The Board shall elect its own members, except that a Board member couple shall not vote on their own position. Any affiliated support group leader member may submit a nomination for a new Board member couple to the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will submit a slate of qualified nominees to the Board of Directors two months prior to the annual meeting of the Board. Election of a nominee to the Board of Directors shall be by at least two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of the Board of Directors.

Section 7. Removal.

Any Board member couple that fails to meet the qualifications as set forth in this document is expected to voluntarily resign and may be removed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board then in office.

Additionally, any Board member couple may be removed from the Board with or without cause by a unanimous vote of the remaining members of the Board then in office.

Section 8. Vacancies.

Vacancies in the Board of Directors caused by the death, resignation, removal of a member, or a newly created position shall be filled by appointment by a 2/3 vote of the remaining Board for the balance of the unexpired term.
Section 9. Compensation.

Members of the Board of Directors may receive reasonable reimbursement for expenses incurred in the maintenance of their duties, but shall not be compensated for their activities as board members. Persons who render service to the organization in some capacity other than as a member of the Board of Directors may be compensated for their services when approved by the Board of Directors.

Article VIII Officers

Section 1. Titles

The offices of this corporation shall consist of at least four (4) offices - Chairman, Vice-chairman Secretary and Treasurer - and shall be selected by the Board of Directors at the annual meeting to carry on the business of the board for the period of one year. Board members serving as officers do not forfeit their voting rights.

A. The officers shall be selected from men on the Board of Directors.
B. The officers may serve an unlimited number of terms.

Section 2. Removal.

Any officer may be removed by a minimum two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors then in office with or without cause.

Section 3. Chairman

The Chairman shall preside at meetings of the Board, compose Board meeting agendas, maintain relationships with other state and national home school organizations, and oversee and coordinate the business of the organization except where specific duties are delegated by the Board to other individuals. The Chairman, by permission of the board, may assign administrative responsibilities to another individual, whether paid or unpaid, said individual serving as a non-voting ex officio member of the Board.

Section 4. Vice-chairman

The Vice-chairman shall assist in the fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities of the office of Chairman. The Vice-chairman shall be the presiding officer in the absence of the Chairman.
Section 5. Secretary

The Secretary shall take minutes at all Board meetings, act as custodian of all records and reports, and shall in general perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Board. The Secretary, by permission of the Board, may assign certain of his responsibilities to another individual, whether paid or unpaid, said individual serving as a non-voting ex officio member of the Board.

Section 6. Treasurer

The Treasurer shall keep or cause to be kept correct and accurate accounts of the property and financial transactions of the organized and in general perform all duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties and may be assigned from time to time by the Board. The Treasurer, by permission of the Board, may assign certain of his responsibilities to another individual, whether paid or unpaid, said indvidual serving as a non-voting ex officio member of the Board.

Article IX Committees

Section 1. Executive Committee.

The Board of Directors shall elect an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have the power to make on-going decisions between Board meetings and shall have the power to make financial and budgetary decisions.

Section 2. Other Committees.

Committees may be established from time to time as appointed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors or by action of the Board of Directors to consider and report on matters assigned at the time of appointment or action.

Section 3. The Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee shall consist of not less than 3 affiliated support group members who will be appointed by the Board of Directors. Not more than half the committee members shall be currently serving on the Board of Directors.

Section 4. Composition of Committees Exercising Board Functions.

Any committee that exercises any function of the Board of Directors shall be composed of two or more Board members, elected by the Board of Directors by an affirmative vote of the Board members in office at that time.

Section 5. Quorum and Action.

A quorum at a Committee meeting exercising Board functions shall be a majority of all Committee members in office immediately before the meeting begins. If a quorum is present, action is taken by an affirmative vote of a majority of Directors present.

Section 6. Limitations on the Powers of Committees.

No committee may authorize payment of a dividend or any part of the income or profit of the corporation to its directors or officers; may approve dissolution, merger, or the sale, pledge, or transfer of substantially all of the corporation's assets; may elect, appoint, or remove directors or fill vacancies on the board or on any of its committees; nor may adopt, amend, or repeal the Articles, bylaws, or any resolution by the Board of Directors.

Article X Meetings

Section 1. Regular meetings

Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at times and places established by the Board of Directors and shall be held at least quarterly. No notice of the date, time, place or purpose of these meetings is required.

Section 2. Special meetings

Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be held to conduct the business of the organization. The Chairman may call such meetings on his own initiative but shall be obligated to call such meetings when requested to do so by three (3) or more other voting members of the board. Notice of such meetings, describing the date, time, place, and purpose of the meeting, shall be delivered to each Board member personally or by telephone or by mail not less than two days prior to the special meeting.

Section 3. Quorum and Action

There must be a quorum present in order for the Board of Directors to conduct official business. A quorum exists when at least 2/3 of members of the Board of Directors in office immediately before the meeting begins are present. If a quorum is present, action is taken by an affirmative vote of 2/3 of directors present.

Section 4. Conducting business by telephone

A telephone conference call shall be considered a regular or special meeting if a quorum can be convened in the conference call such that each member involved can hear each of the other members as they speak.

Article XI Affiliated support groups

Home school support groups can become affiliated by procedures adopted by the Board of Directors.

Article XII Amendments

Section 1. Method of ammendment.

These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors then in office. Prior to the adoption of the amendment, each Board member shall be given at least two days notice of the date, time and place of the meeting at which the proposed amendment is to be considered, and the notice shall state that on of the purposes of the meeting is to consider a proposed amendment to the bylaws and shall contain a copy of the proposed amendment.

Section 2. Irrevocable articles.

Notwithstanding the above provisions, Articles IV, VII.2, VII.4, VIII.1.A, XII.2 may not be amended.

Article XIII Dissolution

This organization may be dissolved and its activities closed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors. After payment of all bills and proper claims, remaining assets shall be disposed of in cash or in kind by transfer to an organization (or organizations) with purposes similar to those of (Christian State Network Name). Such organization(s) are to be selected by the last Board of Directors of (Christian State Network Name).

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