Bylaws are not always the most fascinating aspect of a group, but Meher Baba was very concerned with democratic process, and gave precise instructions to the groups he formed so as to facilitate democratic governance. As this group was formed after the passing of Meher Baba, Filis Frederick, a long-time follower of Meher Baba and co-founder of the Meher Baba group in Los Angeles, worked closely with group members to produce a set of bylaws that would capture the spirit that Meher Baba intended for groups formed in His name. The original Bylaws were adopted in September 1998. During 2013-2014, a bylaws review committee met to update and revise the Bylaws, and these changes were adopted in June 2014.
Here are some highlights of the Bylaws:
Membership is defined in Article 2, Section 1 as
follows: "any person who has a sincere personal interest in Avatar Meher
Baba is invited to join [..]" Voting membership and voting rights are
defined in Sections 2 and 3: To vote at the Annual General Meeting, one must be
at least 14 years old, and, at least 30 days before voting, must have met
the requirements of voting membership. Active support is defined as attendance
at scheduled meetings or personal participation in Center activities. The Board
will have discretionary authority to grant voting membership to particular
individuals on the basis of less personal criteria such as financial
contributions or donation of materials or services.
Current Bylaws, adopted June 2014
Articles of Incorporation - link coming soon!
Historical Bylaws, adopted September 1998
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