ARTICLE I. NAME, AFFILIATIONS, PURPOSE
Section 1. Name of the Organization:
(i) The name of the organization shall be “The Fathers’ Rights Movement”
and herein after, TFRM.
Section 2. Organization Affiliations:
(i) All official TFRM organizations (to include but not limited to State and
international Chapters) shall be registered with TFRM.
Section 3. Statement of Purpose:
(i) As a collective movement, we are passionate about empowering fathers to stand up for their rights and to educate the public and family court system about the importance of fathers in society, as well as bring greater awareness to the imbalances and injustices that affect the rights of fathers
(ii) The primary goal of the organization is to educate the general public on the importance of rebuttal presumed 50-50 custody for all children.
(iii) Every day, fathers are losing their rights and contact with their children due to outdated biases that diminish the role and influence of a father. We are here in support of fellow fathers and families that suffer from this injustice, to share your stories, to connect you with the proper resources to overcome your blocks, and to inspire our society to address the issues in our family court system that are hindering child development and damaging the family unit.
(iv) We aim to collect valuable, helpful resources and tools that will further enable fathers to regain and retain their rights, as well as gather any available data and research that offers greater insight into the importance of fathers and the effect of father-absent homes.
(v) Our mission includes bringing the community of fathers together as a
unified social force aimed at restoring society’s ideals of the father and
strengthening the connection each father has to his child(ren).
(vi) TFRM seeks to have a good relationship with all other organizations promoting and advocating for shared parenting and parental rights whose organizational standards, visions, and missions align with those of TFRM.
Section 4. Policy of Inclusion:
(i) Despite the gender specific title of “Father” in the TFRM name, TFRM is a movement whose members, both men & women, are interested in seeing an equal custody presumption in child custody cases.
(ii) Members shall be welcomed regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion (or no religion) or other differentiating factors.
Section 5. Consideration of these By-laws:
(i) This document lists the by-laws of TFRM and defines its governance. The intention is to keep these by-laws brief, and to not spell out all policies when the original documents suffice. What is not covered here shall be covered in policies adopted and approved, after review and approval by the corresponding Vice-President, by the Board members who oversees the affiliated Department and maintained collectively in the Document Repository. If a policy directly affects multiple departments, it shall require approval by the Board.
ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Eligibility for Membership:
(i) Membership shall be open to all persons having the same desire as the movement.
(ii) Membership shall not be restricted based on familial status, disability, educational status, veteran status or generic information.
(iii) Members must agree to follow any and all policies set forth by TFRM. These policies may change overtime to reflect up-to-date goals and decisions of the Executive Board.
Section 2: Types of Membership:
(i) TFRM offers membership in one (1) of four (4) manners:
a. Board Members: These members are detailed in Article III of this document;
b. Staff Members: These members report to the Board Members through a chain of command and are responsible for tasks assigned to specific titles for the position in which they hold, as outlined in the job description for the specific title;
c. Regular Member: These individuals are members of the movement on a grassroots level. They may optionally register with TFRM by liking or following any of the organization’s Facebook or other Social Media pages, or by subscribing through various means on the organization’s website or affiliated websites. TFRM is not responsible for any actions taken, messages communicated, or opinions expressed by said Members;
d. Special Volunteers: These members can be comprised of any other type of membership and are short term and temporary volunteers assigned to complete specific tasks for projects headed by TFRM.
(ii) TFRM does not make any promises or guarantees to any members for anything.
Section 3. Membership Fees/Requirements:
(i) TFRM does not charge a membership fee at this time.
(ii) Any and all services offered to members are done so at no charge.
(iii) TFRM does hold fundraising events. Participation in any of these events is not necessary to be a member of the organization.
(iv) TFRM often holds Calls to Action. Participation in any of these events is not necessary to be a member of the organization.
(v) TFRM often asks for volunteers. Volunteering is not necessary to be a member of the organization.
Section 4. Revoking Membership:
(i) TFRM is a private organization and reserves the right to withhold or terminate membership (of any level by means to include but not limited to blocking accessibility and denying services and products) for any of the following reasons:
a. Failure to comply with any of the Policies and Guidelines put forth by TFRM, included those in these by-laws; and/or
b. Just cause.
ARTICLE III. ORGANIZATION.
Section 1. Board of Directors:
(i) The Board of Directors governing the policies and procedures of the organization shall be known herein after as the Board and shall be made up of volunteers from within the already existing Board or Staff Members of TFRM. The Board shall not receive any compensation for their services with the exception of reimbursement for pre-approved expenses as proscribed by the financial policies.
(ii) The Board will at minimum consist of the President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
(iii) Optional members of the Board shall include the following positions:
a. Vice President of United States Operations
b. Vice President of Global Operations
c. Vice President of Administration
d. Membership Director
e. Social Media Director
f. Legislative Director
g. Marketing Director
h. Legal Director
i. Research Director
j. Regional Directors
k. Technology Director
(iv) An organizational chart shall be incorporated as Appendix A of these Bylaws and shall be approved as part of said Bylaws. However, the organizational chart does not require Board of Director approval for changes that do not affect the Bylaws.
(v) Elected positions can be filled, as needed, in a temporary capacity until the Board meets for elections, through appointment by the serving President or Vice-President that holds hierarchy over the position. If no candidate is presented to the Board for election, the Board shall vote on an interim holder of the position. This person shall not have voting rights and shall act in an advisory role to the Board and to fulfill the other obligations specific to the role.
(vi) To ensure continuity of the Board, terms for members of the Board shall vary as follows:
a. Three-year terms:
ii. Vice President of United States Operations
iii. Vice President of Global Operations
iv. Vice President of Administration
b. Two-year terms:
i. Legal Director
ii. Research Director
iii. Regional Directors
iv. Technology Director
c. One-year terms:
i. Membership Director
ii. Social Media Director
iii. Legislative Director
iv. Marketing Director
(vii) There are no term limits.
(viii) All individuals filling a Board position or a Staff position will be required to review and acknowledge a detailed job description specific to the given title.
Section 2. Annual and Other Meetings:
(i) Meetings will be held, via conference call or other available method, at least four (4) times a year for the Board. These meetings are mandatory.
(ii) Other meetings of the Board, or committees designated by the Board, may meet at various other times during the year.
(iii) An open meeting shall be held, during the first quarter of the calendar year, via conference call or other available method annually for all members to attend. This meeting shall be publicly posted and free of charge to the public.
Section 3. Elections and Voting:
(i) Elections shall occur during the month of January, with officers taking office on February 22nd of the same year. A nominating committee will be appointed by the President and Vice-Presidents to offer recommendations for all elected positions.
(ii) Each member of the Board shall be entitled to one (1) vote in each election. A quorum requires 50% + 1 (or +0.5 when there are an odd number of Board Members) of the membership of the Board. By-laws can be amended or changed with a 67% vote of the members present of the Board as long as a quorum is present. All other policies and guidelines that require a Board of Directors’ approval are decided based on majority of the quorum.
(iii) There shall be no voting by proxy. Only present members of the Board of Directors shall be allowed to vote and shall be counted toward quorum.
(iv) Voting without Meeting:
a. Voting without calling of a meeting is permitted for time sensitive issues;
b. Notice of official votes shall be posted in a single location with access being restricted to Board Members only. Notice shall include the reason for the vote, the proposed question, and any and all back up documents. A forum for discussion shall be provided in conjuncture with the notice;
c. After notice is given there will be a period of a minimum of 24 hours for discussion before the vote takes place. After which a poll shall be opened for voting. Said poll shall be restricted to Board Members and shall have measures in place to verify only Board Members vote and that Board Members vote only once. Voting shall remain open for a period of a minimum of 24 hours;
d. If a discussion period or voting period is to be open for a time greater than 24 hours, the length of time shall be included in the notice;
e. Upon closing of voting, the Secretary shall take means to preserve the vote record and post said records to the appropriate archive location for future reference;
f. Upon posting of the notice, opening of the poll. And recording of results, the Secretary shall give general notice to the Board of Directors by any reasonable means.
Section 4. Removal of Board Members
(i) Members of the Board may be removed from a current term in one (1) of two (2) ways; Members of the Board may resign from their position. It is preferred, but not required, that those wishing to resign give 30 days’ written notice. The second way in which a Member of the Board may be removed from a current term is by a vote in which 67% of all present and voting Members where a quorum has been met.
(i) Section 5. Duties of Elected Officers: Attendance:
a. All Board Members will be required to attend regular Board Meetings and maintain a 67% attendance rate over a period of six (6) consecutive months.
b. If a Board Member is unable to attend a meeting, he or she may send a representative on his or her behalf. The representative shall be defined by position as outlined in Section 6 of this document and
c. Extended leaves of absence for Board Members must be pre-approved by the Board and may not exceed sixty (60) consecutive days. No Board Member may take more than two (2) periods of extended leave (with a maximum total of sixty (60) days combined) within a one (1) year period.
(ii) Specific Duties:
a. President: Presides over and calls all meetings of the Board; leads votes of all Board elections and decisions; Ensures Board members are aware of and fulfill their responsibilities in compliance with bylaws, policies, and guidelines; Ensures accountability for Board Members’ performance. Is a member of the Executive Board.
b. Vice-President of United States Operations: Reports directly to the President; Ensures direct reports are aware of and fulfill their responsibilities in compliance with bylaws, policies, and guidelines; Ensures accountability for direct reports’ performance; Oversees all operational aspects of United States based Chapters and the Legislative Department; Coordinates between internal departments and/or external organizations or designates others to do so. May act in place of either of the other Vice-Presidents position is vacant or the Board Member in that position is unavailable for emergency situations or on a leave of absence. Is a member of the Executive Board.
c. Vice-President of Global Operations: Reports directly to the President; Ensures direct reports are aware of and fulfill their responsibilities in compliance with bylaws, policies, and guidelines; Ensures accountability for direct reports’ performance; Oversees all operational aspects of International based Chapters and Social Media, and Membership Departments; Coordinates between internal departments and/or external organizations or designates others to do so. May act in place of either of the other Vice-Presidents position is vacant or the Board Member in that position is unavailable for emergency situations or on a leave of absence. Is a member of the Executive Board.
d. Vice-President of Administration: Reports directly to the President; Coordinates between internal departments; Ensures direct reports are aware of and fulfill their responsibilities in compliance with bylaws, policies, and guidelines; Ensures accountability for direct reports’ performance. Oversees the Legal, Human Resources, Financial, Technology, and Marketing Departments. May act in place of either of the other Vice-Presidents if the position is vacant or the Board Member in that position is unavailable for emergency situations or on a leave of absence. Is a member of the Executive Board.
e. Secretary of the Board: Reports to the Vice-President of Administration; Responsible for taking, distributing, and maintaining official minutes of all Board meetings; Responsible for maintaining official records and correspondences in compliance with bylaws, policies, guidelines, and federal and local laws; Responsible for preparing and distributing agendas for all Board meetings; Responsible for working with other members of the organization to create, distribute, and maintain any and all necessary policies and procedures; Files any necessary reports and forms. Oversees the day to-day operations of the Human Resources Department.
f. Treasurer of the Board: Reports directly to the Vice-President of Administration; Manages finances of TFRM in accordance with the organizational policies and procedures; Responsible for financial analysis, taxes, auditing, and fundraising; Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Finance Department.
g. Legal Director: Reports to the Vice-President of Administration; Provides legal advice and guidance regarding TFRM’s activities and operations to include all areas; Acts a liaison to external counsel when and if the need should arise. Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Legal Department.
h. Marketing Director: Reports to the Vice-President of Administration; Oversees all marketing campaigns, public service announcements; and press releases; Ensures accuracy of statistics and data provided to other areas of the organization for release; Generates content for public relations and the website; Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Marketing Department.
i. Technology Director: Reports to the Vice-President of Administration; oversees all aspects of the organization’s technology including websites, servers, media development, phone systems, and troubleshooting when necessary. Provides ideas and suggestions to other departments to solve problems. Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Technology Department.
j. Research Director: Reports to the Vice-President of Global Operations; Provides advice and guidance based on research and latest findings in the scientific and legal fields. Designs research programs and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Research Department.
k. Regional Directors: Reports to the Vice-Presidents of Operations; Responsible for supervising the management state, territory, and country chapters that operate directly below them; Helps Chapters set and meet goals that align with the organization’s mission and vision;
l. Social Media Director: Reports to the Vice-President of Global Operations; Oversees TFRM’s use of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to ensure communications between members and the general public through social media are in compliance with TFRM’s bylaws, policies, and guidelines; Promotes the page(s) and account(s), publishes marketing materials provided by other areas of the organization; Shares stories; Analyzes usage of social media and provides a quarterly report to the Board. Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Social Media Department.
m. Membership Director: Reports to the Vice-President of Global
Operations; Responsible for creating and maintaining membership records and the confidentiality thereof, initiating and maintaining communication with all members, and recruitment of new members; Oversees volunteer programs and special projects; Responsible for member analysis; Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Membership Department.
n. Legislative Director: Reports to the Vice-President of United States
Operations; Responsible for all programs that communicate with legislatures and lawmakers; Helps states prepare proposed bills; Raises voter awareness; Prepares others to present and talk with legislatures, elected officials, and others;
Section 6. Reservists :
(i) In the absence of the President, the Vice-Presidents shall act on his or her behalf over their respective departments; Regarding Board Meetings, the Vice-Presidents shall rotate the Chair in the President’s absence. Should a Presidential responsibility arise, the Vice-Presidents shall take collective action regarding the matter.
(ii) In the absence of Department Directors, the department shall be overseen by the Vice-President over the department. If available, Sub-Department Managers should attend Board Meetings to provide status updates and provide input in place of the Director. Managers shall not have the right to vote in place of the Director.
(iii) In the absence of Regional Directors, the Assistant Regional Director shall attend Board Meetings in place of the Regional Director to provide status reports and provide input in place of the Regional Director. Assistant Regional Directors do not have the right to vote in place of the Director. This is an elected position that must be nominated by the Ad Hoc Nominating Committee and seconded by the Regional Director and voted on by the Board.
(iv) All reservists are invited to attend one meeting at which the Director is also present to observe.
ARTICLE IV. COMMITTEES.
Section 1. Nominating Committee:
(i) An ad hoc Nominating Committee to nominate Board members and/or Assistant Regional Directors shall be appointed by the President and Vice Presidents for annual elections and periodically as necessary to fill vacancies that occur from time to time.
(ii) The Nominating Committee shall be comprised of five (5) volunteers, with one (1) being a Board Member, two (2) of managerial level and two (2) being staff.
(iii) Members of the Nominating Committee shall be appointed no later than the October meeting.
(iv) The Nominating Committee shall nominate at least one, but preferably two (2), person(s) to stand for each position that is currently vacant or whose term is expiring. In years when a term is expiring, the Nominating Committee has the option of nominating a member already holding that same position.
(v) The Nominating Committee shall file a report before the December meeting, listing all names of nominees, positions, and recommendations.
(vi) No member of the Nominating Committee shall be listed as a nominee for any position.
(vii) The Nominating Committee shall be disbanded without vote when all vacant positions are filled.
Section 2. Ad Hoc Committees:
(i) Additional ad hoc committees may be formed as necessary by vote of the Board of Directors. A Chair shall be appointed by the President.
(ii) All committee members shall be actively registered TFRM volunteers. Version Date Comments
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Formatting for standardization. Author: C. Feinberg
Added Section 4 “Removal of Board Members” Author: C. Feinberg
Grammatical changes; Removal of Committee Membership Requirement. Author: C. Feinberg
Added Vice-Presidental back-up clause. Author: C. Feinberg
Rewriting for Organizational Restructuring. Author: C. Feinberg