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Constitution and Bylaws of
The Sisterhood of Avalon acknowledges that all
women are reflections of the Divine Feminine and
seeks to create a home where women can journey
together on the path to self-discovery, spiritual
awakening and personal wisdom. We gain inspiration from the Celtic Triad: “The three
foundations of Spirituality: Hearth as altar, work as
worship and service as sacrament” to guide women to
the path of Avalon and her shores. We claim the belief in the Welsh Pantheon of
Goddesses, who guide women on the journey to wholeness and sovereignty. We honor the sacred ground of our ancestral motherline, as well as the land we are set
upon today, using its bounty to aid us in our workings while treating it with respect and
sanctity. We affirm the responsibility of each woman to seek her own truth and to contribute to the
collective wisdom of the Sisterhood. In accordance with the rhythm of Nature and the greater cycle, we recognize the holy days
of Calan Gaeaf, Gwyl Mair, Calan Mai, and Gwyl Awst, as well as the sacred times of the full
and dark moon, upon which we call women to ritual. Therefore, the Sisterhood of Avalon comes together as one entity, made up of women who
seek the Goddess above and within themselves, and adopt for our administration and
service the following Constitution and Bylaws. ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this corporation shall be Sisterhood of Avalon, Inc. The Sisterhood of Avalon
(SOA) is incorporated in the State of Georgia (domestic nonprofit) and is seeking 501(c)(3)
status. ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
2.1. The Sisterhood of Avalon (SOA) is formed exclusively as a religious Corporation in the
Avalonian Tradition of Women’s Mysteries. The purpose of this Corporation is to provide
its all-women membership with a variety of online and in-person opportunities for
spiritual edification including spiritual education, religious ordination through the
Avalonian Thealogical Seminary, regional intensive training, worship and healing services,
rites of passage facilitation, and community outreach. 2.2. The Corporation is empowered to accept and administer grants, gifts and monies from
foundations, government, industry, and individuals to implement objectives with the
purpose of this Article. 2.3. The Corporation shall have power to authorize, bestow, convey, grant, issue or revoke
certificates, charters, degrees, credentials, diplomas, franchises, licenses, memberships, or
ordinations through the Corporation, or any subsidiary corporation created by this
Corporation, including cemeteries. 2.4. The Corporation shall have power to publicize, publish, promote, celebrate, teach,
research, and explore any and all material, which may bear upon its beliefs, philosophies,
theology, and religious history, ancient or modern. 2.5. The Corporation shall have the power to apply for and receive grants, accept bequests
and to establish and maintain an endowment fund. 2.6. The Corporation shall have the power to own property, for the purpose of carrying out
the above. 2.7. Notwithstanding the above statements of purpose and powers, the Corporation shall
not engage in activities that in themselves are not a furtherance of the purposes set forth in
this article. 2.8. The Corporation shall conduct its activities in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. ARTICLE III – CORE BELIEFS
3.1. We follow a Goddess-centered path and work with the Welsh pantheon. 3.2. We work strictly within the confines of the Avalonian Tradition. While we do not
require complete commitment to the Avalonian path in exclusion of all others, we do ask
that those workings are kept separate from those of the Avalonian Tradition.
3.3. We believe in the importance of understanding the culture from which the Avalonian
Tradition emerged. Therefore, we encourage all areas of study concerning the ancient
Britons, especially as transmitted through Welsh Celtic culture.
3.3.1. We work to understand and intimately know the powers of Land, Sea, and Sky,
for through them we can understand the ways in which energy works both within
3.3.2. We seek the illumination of Awen through our workings and as part of our
quest for wholeness and understanding both of Self and Goddess.
3.3.3. We follow the lunar cycles for our holy day workings and observe the lunar
holy days of Calan Gaeaf, Gwyl Mair, Calan Mai and Gwyl Awst .
3.4. We believe that a foundation in the application of techniques found in the Western
Mystery Tradition is essential in gaining access to the realms of Avalon.
3.5. Whilst we believe the Goddesses of Avalon work with us to effect inner change, we
believe that all true shifts of consciousness and initiation to the Mysteries come only from
3.5.1. We embrace, as our highest ideal, the concept of personal empowerment and
3.5.2. We seek to achieve personal empowerment and honor the Divine within
through inner transformation, issue resolution, and soul healing.
3.5.3. We recognize our limitation to see the breadth of life’s full tapestry and trust
in the Goddess’ ability to maintain order and balance.
3.5.4. We believe that it is not for us to change the paths of others.
3.6. Above all, we believe that the Avalonian Tradition is both a belief and a practice. We
must each actively seek our wisdom. The Avalonian path is experiential and we are ever-
unfolding, ever-seeking to part the mists which obstruct our sight. ARTICLE IV – ORDINANCE AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
4.1. We hold to the wisdom of the Celtic Triad which states, “The three foundations of
Spirituality: Hearth as altar, work as worship and service as sacrament.” 4.2. Members of the Sisterhood are encouraged to commune with the Goddesses of Avalon
at appropriate times in the Lunar Cycle as well as on the Four Celtic Fire Festivals, either in
community or at their personal altar.
ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP
A person is eligible for membership in this congregation who is a woman of at least
eighteen years of age. An exception to the age requirement may be made with the consent
of the Morgen and the board of trustees, along with the written permission of the minor's
SOA member parent or guardian. 5.2. APPLICATION PROCESS AND RECEPTION OF MEMBERS The application process as outlined below applies both to new applicants and past
members seeking re-membership, regardless of departing circumstances.
5.2.1. A woman seeking to become a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon has the
opportunity to do so during designated times of the year.
5.2.2. The applicant must submit in writing that she wishes to become a member,
using an application form prescribed by the Sisterhood of Avalon and submitting
the required membership fee. 5.2.3. By completing the membership application, applicants are affirming that they
are in agreement with the principles, responsibilities, and ideas set forth in Article
III, above, and the Sisterhood of Avalon Bylaws. 5.2.4. The board secretary shall present the names of those who apply for
membership to the Membership Committee. 5.2.5. All persons who shall meet the membership requirements will be part of an
online orientation process for several weeks where they will become familiar with
Sisterhood of Avalon policy and protocol. 5.2.6. Once the orientation period is complete, these women receive full
membership status and become part of the Sisterhood of Avalon community at
large, with access to all its offerings. Until such time, women participating in
orientation are not official members of the Sisterhood of Avalon, and may be asked
to depart in the event that it appears that the woman seeking membership and the
Sisterhood of Avalon are not well suited to one another. All final decisions will rest
with the Council of Nine and the Morgen.
5.3. THE STANDARDS OF MEMBERSHIP All members of the Sisterhood of Avalon are expected to adhere to the standard of ethics as
5.3.1. We tell the truth always and honor ourselves in doing so. 5.3.2. We respect the intellectual property rights, ideas and thoughts of others. 5.3.3. The maintenance of safe space is paramount and sacred in the Avalonian
Tradition. Because of the personal and oftentimes sensitive nature of the sharings
that characterize the Avalonian path, the dissemination of any information outside
of SOA forums is strictly prohibited unless written permission is specifically granted
5.3.4. We understand the value of self-directed learning in order to develop an
individual relationship with Avalonian tools. In doing so, we gain lasting knowledge
that helps us grow in our quest toward personal sovereignty. 5.3.5. The sowing of discord, including circulation of rumor or gossip, will not be
5.4. DISCIPLINE The Sisterhood of Avalon reserves the right to remove anyone from membership who is not
in compliance with our ethical standards and/or spiritual philosophies.
5.4.1. Breaking of any of the Sisterhood of Avalon ethics or policies and procedures,
including Standards of Membership (Article V, 5.3., above), may result in loss of
position and membership within the Sisterhood of Avalon. 5.4.2. Upon notice of the infraction, the Council of Nine will contact and
communicate with the member(s) directly involved. The Council of Nine will then
hold discussions and render a final decision. 5.4.3. If the member(s) in question choose not to address the issue or concerns to
the satisfaction of the Council of Nine, the Council has the option to dismiss the
members(s) concerned without additional discussion.
5.4.4. The Council of Nine is empowered to remove, without warning, any member
who is deemed to be harming to the membership, or to be in willful contention with
the organization, or whose removal is deemed in the best interests of the individual
herself and/or the Sisterhood, or that the further participation of that member is a
detriment to the sisterhood of Avalon and impedes its ability to serve its other
5.4.5. All final decisions will rest with the Council of Nine and the Morgen.
5.5. DOCUMENTATION OF INACTIVE MEMBERSHIP The Morgen, board secretary, and board of trustees shall be authorized to revise the
membership roll of the corporation, and shall be authorized to revise the membership rol
of the congregation at least once a year, and to remove from the list of active members
those sisters who fall under the fol owing categories:
a. Voluntary withdrawal from membership.
c. Dismissed by Council of Nine. d. Those who have not contributed annually to the financial support of the
organization, within their ability, through the payment of dues nor advised
the board secretary through formal channels of a request for dues waiver.
5.6 LIMITATION OF CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP Membership in the Sisterhood of Avalon
5.6.1. The Sisterhood of Avalon subscribes to a nonvoting membership.
5.6.2. Voting in the corporation is limited to those individuals permitted to vote by
the constitution and bylaws of the corporation. 5.6.3. The general qualifications for corporate membership are a firm and consistent
adherence to the Core Beliefs (Article III, above); the Standards of Membership
(Article 5.3., above); and the Nine Keys of Community (provided during SOA
5.6.4. The specific qualifications for corporate membership shall consist of the
present and evident ability to meet the current needs of the church as perceived by
the Board of Trustees, the Council of Nine, and the Morgen.
ARTICLE VI – THE MORGEN
The Morgen is the primary authoritative spokesperson for the theological direction of the
6.1. Barring extraordinary circumstance (see Articles 7.7. and 7.8., below), the
Morgen will hold this position until such time as she chooses to step down from this
post, when she will then become Morgen Emeritus and hold an advisory position for
the Council of Nine. 6.2. The Morgen will have the ability to name her successor, barring 2/3 vote of
dissension from the Council of the Nine. A newly appointed Morgen will be chosen
from past or present members of the Council of the Nine. 6.3. The Morgen shall attend all Council of Nine Meetings, sit on the Board of
Trustees, and be an ex-officio member of all Committees. 6.4. In the event that the Morgen is unable to name a successor, the decision will rest
with the Council of Nine by unanimous vote.
ARTICLE VII - THE COUNCIL OF NINE
7.1. POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES All theological direction for the Sisterhood of Avalon shall be from the Council of the Nine.
7.1.1. The Council has the authority to supersede and override all secular offices and
officers in matters that are deemed by the Council of Nine to be of a spiritual nature. 7.1.2. The Council has the authority to intercede on all matters that may
inappropriately impact the beliefs and philosophies of the Sisterhood of Avalon. 7.1.3. The Council provides aid, comfort, instruction, guidance, and correction to the
membership, as well as counsel, wisdom, and fellowship to the Morgen and board of
trustees when requested. 7.1.4. The Council may, on a case-by-case basis, and through majority vote, waive
any SOA membership or policy requirements when that alteration will serve the
best interests of the individual and/or the SOA. 7.1.5. The Council is empowered to remove any member from the membership rol s
when it deems that such a removal is in the best interests of the individual and/or
the SOA, or that the further participation of that member impedes the ability of the
SOA to focus on and fulfill its purpose. 7.1.6. The board of trustees may call the Council of Nine into session.
7.1.7. In accordance with Article 5.4., above, the Council of Nine is the only entity to
have the authority to dismiss the Morgen from her position. 7.1.8. In the event that the Morgen is unable to act due to serious or severe illness,
the Council of Nine will act as “Morgen” in her stead until such a time as the Morgen
7.2.1. The Council of Nine shall consist of members from active membership who
have had at least five (5) years experience in the SOA and have displayed an
uncompromising commitment to the Goddess. 7.2.2. Manner of appointment. At such time as a Council position becomes vacant,
the Morgen shall nominate a candidate from active membership. The Council of Nine
shall confirm said candidate by majority vote. 7.2.3. Term. The duration of appointment is nine (9) years (except in the case of the
Morgen, see above). There is no limit to the number of consecutive appointments. 7.2.4. Meetings. The proceedings of all officially called meetings of the Council of
Nine shall be recorded by a Council of Nine member. This member shall also create
minutes of the meeting and present them to the Council of Nine within one week
(seven days) after the meeting has come to a close. 7.2.5. Any member of the Council of Nine may be replaced or removed at any time
deemed necessary by request of the Morgen, with a majority vote by the remainder
7.3. QUORUM Two-thirds of the Council of Nine must be present to constitute a quorum. 7.4. HEARTHS AND HEARTH MOTHERS
7.4.1. The Sisterhood of Avalon supports the establishment of new congregations or
7.4.2. Hearths fall under the auspices of the Council of Nine.
7.4.3. Hearths are managed by a hearth mother who is approved by and
accountable to the hearth matron of the Council of Nine. 7.4.4. Hearth mothers shall consist of members from active membership who have
had at least one (1) year experience in the SOA; have attended at least one (1)
Sisterhood of Avalon training intensive; and have displayed an uncompromising
7.4.5. Appointed hearth mothers will govern the affairs of their local hearth and be
accountable to the hearth matron of the Council of Nine and the treasurer of the
ARTICLE VIII – BOARD OF TRUSTEES
8.1. POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
All administrative direction for the Sisterhood of Avalon shall be from the board of trustees.
8.2.1. The board of trustees shall consist of at minimum:
a. Officers: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and
b. Trustees: three (3) trustee members. (The number of trustees may
increase if determined by the board that there is need.)
8.2.2. Each board member, including the Morgen and the Speaker for the Nine, shall
have one vote. 8.2.3. Manner of appointment. All members of the board, with the exception of the
Morgen and the Speaker for the Nine, shall be nominated and elected by the board.
In the case of a tie vote, the Council of Nine will cast the deciding vote. 8.2.4. The board of trustees shall consist of members from active membership:
nominations for officer positions from members who have had at least three (3)
years experience in the SOA; and nominations for trustee positions from members
who have had at least one (1) year experience in the SOA. 8.2.5. Term. The duration of appointment of a term is three (3) years. Officers and
trustees may be re-elected to subsequent terms with the following conditions:
a. There is a two-term consecutive limit for the offices of president, vice
president, secretary, and administrative director.
b. There is no limit to the number of consecutive terms the treasurer may
c. There is a two-term consecutive limit for trustees.
d. There is no limit to the number of terms any officer or trustee may serve
non-consecutively as long as there is at least one year separating their terms.
8.2.6. Meetings. The president will call official board meetings to discuss the
direction of the corporation and shall set dates and times for board meetings.
Board meetings may take place through electronic means, thus allowing board
members from different geographical locations to participate as if they were
physically at the meetings. Likewise, electronic means of attendance at a board
meeting, voting, unanimous written consent by email, as well as all other meeting
a. A minimum of two-thirds of the board of trustees shall be present for an
b. With the approval of the Morgen and/or the president, the board may have
c. The secretary shall keep an accurate account of the minutes that were
discussed at any board meeting and submit them at the next board meeting
d. Upon approval by the majority of the board of trustees, the minutes shall
be adopted and all policy and procedure in them will continue to be enforced.
8.2.7. Any member of the board of trustees may be replaced or removed at any time
deemed necessary by request of the Morgen and confirmation by the Council of
8.2.8. The corporation year shall coincide with the calendar year beginning on
January l, and running through December 31.
8.3 QUORUM Two-thirds of the board of trustees must be present to constitute a quorum. 8.4. COMMITTEES There shall be (as the occasion may demand) operational committees appointed by the
Morgen or president to serve under the supervision of the board of trustees in the capacity
of facilitating the work of the Sisterhood of Avalon. 8.5. FREELANCE AGENTS Freelance agents may be contracted from time to time under the supervision of the board
of trustees in order to carry out work for the Sisterhood of Avalon. ARTICLE IX - FINANCE
9.1. The standard of membership of this congregation shall include a willingness to
contribute annually to the support of the organization through:
a. The payment of annual membership dues.
b. By freewill offerings of the members and friends of the corporation.
c. By all other subordinate groups affiliated with the corporation (including
d. By fundraisers that are recognized by the Morgen and the board of
9.2. If an SOA member is financially unable to contribute annual membership dues,
she must express this in writing to the board secretary (see 5.5. (d), above). 9.3. All financial transactions pertaining to monies collected by the Sisterhood of
ARTICLE X – REVIEW OF RECORDS
To ensure the trust of the membership and to also ensure that a public interest is being
served, all financial records of the Sisterhood of Avalon are available upon request for
10.1. Request. Any questions by any members shall be addressed to the treasurer
either in writing or by scheduled appointment.
10.2. Provisions. The request must state the name of the member, the reason for the
request and that the information shall in no way be made public or shared with any
10.3. Fee. If requested by a member of the congregation, a photocopy of any
financial transaction in question shall be given. The member shall pay a reasonable
fee of $1.00 per copy (per sheet of paper).
10.4. Confidentiality. In order to keep the records of the Sisterhood of Avalon
confidential, records shall not be released to any outside agency, person or entity
unless due process has been served and a certified subpoena has been personally
delivered. This includes the IRS, except under the provisions of section 7611 which
shall be limited only to information deemed to be relevant to the inquiry being
10.5. Request denial. The board of trustees reserves the right to deny such a request
a. The request is considered by the board of trustees and deemed to be
b. The member making the request has a history of being divisive.
c. The member does not adequately provide the required information on the
request as stated in Articles 10.1. and 10.2., above.
d. The person making a request is a non-member or a person whose
ARTICLE XI - AMENDMENTS
Amendments to this constitution may be made by a two-thirds majority vote of the board
of trustees, including the Morgen’s and president’s approval.
ARTICLE I – ORDER
For the purpose of conducting business, the Morgen and president shall, in an orderly
manner, preside over all of the affairs of the corporation. ARTICLE II – HEARTHS, GROUPS, AND COMMITTEES
The corporation shall hereby provide for hearths, committees, and groups to be created as
needs may require. All shall be under the general supervision of the Morgen, Council of
Nine, or board of trustees. The Morgen and president, or in her absence, the vice president,
shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.
Sisterhood of Avalon hearths are groups of local women joined together in person to build
community as women walking a shared path. There are three designations of hearth
2.1.1. Learning circle. A learning circle consists of a group of three of more members
in good standing in the SOA. Learning circles may include non-members.
2.1.2. Novice hearth. A novice hearth consists of a group of three or more
members in good standing in the SOA. Novice hearths are facilitated by a hearth
mother who has met the necessary criteria for position of novice hearth mother as
defined by the hearth matron and the Council of Nine.
2.1.3. Hearth. A hearth consists of a group of three of more members in good
standing in the SOA. Hearths are facilitated by a hearth mother who has met the
necessary criteria for the position of hearth mother as defined by the hearth matron
Sisterhood of Avalon groups consist of SOA members joined together online to build
community as women walking a shared path. There are two designations of groups.
2.1.4. Created by the Council of Nine. These groups are created on an as-needed
basis for the purpose of facilitating a structured path of study.
2.1.5. Created by the board of trustees. These groups are created for the purpose of
facilitating free-flowing community discussion.
Sisterhood of Avalon committees are formed by the board of trustees and consist of SOA
members organized for the purpose of providing a service to the SOA. 2.2. HEARTHS
2.2.1. Each hearth within the Sisterhood of Avalon is, for the most part, autonomous.
Hearths must abide by the SOA Core Beliefs and the Standards of Membership of this
2.2.2. Prospective hearths must apply to the board of trustees under the relevant
hearth designation (learning circle, novice hearth, or hearth).
2.2.3. Charters will be granted by the board of trustees pursuant to recommendation
2.2.4. The Council of Nine will conduct an annual review of all hearths. 2.2.5. Hearths of all designations must submit an annual report to hearth matron of
the Council of Nine. The report should include the following:
a. Any changes in the location of the hearth meetings.
b. Any changes in organization or personnel of the hearth, including contact
information. c. Confirmation of hearth mother contact information. d. Statement of hearth
2.2.6. The board of trustees, pursuant to recommendation of the Council of Nine,
may change a hearth’s designation (learning circle, novice hearth, or hearth) upon
review of the annual report, or at any other time. 2.2.7. Hearths of all designations must submit quarterly financial statements to the
treasurer of the board of trustees, or at any time, upon request.
2.2.8. Charters may be suspended or revoked by the board of trustees pursuant to
recommendation of the Council of Nine based on secular or theological issues,
a. Conduct found to be incompatible with the purpose of the corporation. b. Conduct or actions contrary to the laws of the state or country in which
the hearth is located. c. Conduct or statements that discredit the Sisterhood of Avalon, its purpose,
or members. d. Failure to submit or failure to disclose hearth financial documents.
2.2.9. Hearths of all designations shall not have the power to incur debt in the name
2.2.10. Hearths that wish to disband must send written notification from the hearth
mother to the Council of Nine’s hearth matron indicating the hearth’s intention to
disband and forward all hearth records where instructed. 2.2.11. Finances. The corporation shall not be responsible to finance hearths. Hearth
sisters are welcome to contribute according to their ability and as frequently or
infrequently as they wish. Once donated or col ected, all money becomes property
the local hearth and by extension, of the corporation, with the following
a. Except in instances where the col ection of fees or dues is necessary to
provide a meeting place for a hearth to gather (rental space, for example),
there are no required fees/dues associated with being a member of a hearth.
In these instances, each hearth will set their own fees or dues policy.
b. Monies acquired through hearth donations may be used for a variety
of hearth-related purposes provided that such use is not prohibited by
c. Each hearth shall elect/appoint a hearth treasurer (who is not the hearth
mother) to track donations and expenses. If the hearth treasurer position
becomes open, the hearth mother may fil in briefly with permission from
d. The hearth treasurer must make hearth financial records available to other
e. Bank accounts must bear the hearth’s name and reference the Sisterhood
of Avalon on the account with hearth treasurer and hearth mother as signing
f. Disputes regarding hearth funds that cannot be satisfactorily resolved
within the hearth should be brought to the attention of the hearth matron. If
need be, the matter can be escalated to the board of trustees, and
g. If the hearth should disband, all monies remain the property of the SOA
and will be handed over to the board treasurer. Members of the disbanding
hearth may make a written request to the board of trustees as to how they
would like to see the funds appropriated. The final decision rests with the
2.3.1. Groups created for the purpose of facilitating a structured path of study shall
be created at the discretion of the Council of Nine.
2.3.2. At such time as an SOA member discerns the need for the creation of a new
community discussion group, the prospective group facilitator must submit a
written request to the board of trustees and follow proper procedure prior to
2.3.3. Groups of all designations must submit a report to board of trustees in the
2.4. COMMITTEES All committees shall be created by the board of trustees on an as-needed basis and can be
dissolved by the board of trustees when their purpose is no longer required or necessary. ARTICLE III - FINANCES
The funds for the maintenance of the corporation shall be provided for by the freewill
offerings of friends of the corporation, established congregations, by all other subordinate
groups affiliated with the Sisterhood of Avalon, and by recognized fund-raisers. All
offerings are subject to approval by the board of trustees. If approved, an offering shall be
passed on to the treasurer for deposit in the corporation’s treasury. 3.2 AUDIT An internal audit shall be completed by the treasurer and/or other board appointed
person. This audit of all financial records shall be made after the close of the calendar year,
prior to the end of February. 3.3 WITHDRAWALS Only the treasurer, under the supervision of the Morgen or president, shall make all
withdrawals from the regular corporation treasury. In the event that the treasurer is
unable for a period of time to make deposits or withdrawals, she may authorize the Morgen
or president to make deposits or withdrawals from the corporation’s treasury. In such a
case, the authorization shall be in written form and the board of trustees shall receive a
copy. The notice shall state the dates for which the Morgen or president can make
withdrawals, not to exceed two weeks. 3.4 SALARIES
3.4.1. The Morgen shall be given a regular and reasonable salary as determined by
agreement of the board of trustees. Her salary shall be reviewed each year during
the last meeting of the calendar year. 3.4.2. No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or
be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except
that the Corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable
compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in
furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article II of the Constitution.
ARTICLE IV - PROPERTY RIGHTS
4.1. All property, including land and transferable property, shall be taken, held, sold,
transferred or conveyed in the Corporation’s name. 4.2. No land or transferable property of the Corporation shall be sold, leased, mortgaged, or
otherwise alienated without authorization of the Morgen. 4.3. The Morgen of the Corporation shall certify in such conveyances, leases, or mortgages. 4.4. In the event of dissolution of the Corporation, the board of trustees shall, after the
payment of all the liabilities of the organization, dispose of all of the assets of the
organization exclusively for the purposes of the organization in such manner, or to such
organizations operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific
purposes as shall qualify as an exempt organization as the board of trustees, in consultation
with the Council of Nine, shall determine. 4.5. No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be
distributable to, its members, officers, directors, or any person except that the organization
shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered. ARTICLE V - GOVERNMENT AND OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS: BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The business of the Sisterhood of Avalon shall be conducted by a board of trustees (Article
VIII of the Constitution). The board shall review on an ongoing basis, the long-range plans,
policy, procedures and other guiding principles of the Sisterhood of Avalon and be
empowered to make changes to the aforementioned when deemed appropriate. The board
shall consist of the following positions. 5.1. MORGEN The Morgen is the primary authoritative spokesperson for the theological direction of the
Sisterhood of Avalon (Article VI of the Constitution), and shall attend board meetings as a
voting member. 5.2. SPEAKER FOR THE NINE The Speaker for the Nine acts as the voice of the Council of Nine, serving as liaison between
the two SOA governmental bodies and supporting the Morgen to maintain the spiritual
center in all administrative matters of the organization.
5.2.1. The Speaker for the Nine shall be selected from the Council of the Nine by the
Council of the Nine and shall serve for a one-year term. 5.2.2. The Speaker for the Nine shall attend board meetings as a voting member.
The president is responsible for ensuring that the board of trustees and its members are
aware of and fulfill their governance responsibilities; comply with applicable laws and
bylaws; and conduct board business effectively and efficiently.
5.3.1. General responsibilities. The president presides over meetings; proposes
policies and practices; sits on various committees; monitors the performance of
officers; proposes the creation of committees; appoints members to such
committees; and performs other duties as the need arises.
5.3.2. Accountability. The president is accountable to the board of trustees and may
delegate specific duties to board members and committees as appropriate in the
capacity of facilitating the work of the Sisterhood of Avalon.
5.3.3. Specific duties. The president’s duties shall include, but are not limited to, the
a. Meetings. The president shall ensure that an agenda is planned for board
b. Board committees.
The President shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting
member of committees. c. Community relations. The president (along with the Morgen) shall ensure
that the Corporation maintains positive and productive relationships with
media, funders, donors, and other organizations. The president shall ensure
timely and appropriate reporting of board decisions and actions to SOA
members. d. Signing officer. The president may be designated by the board of trustees
as one of the signing officers. In this capacity, the president may be
authorized or required to sign or countersign checks, correspondence,
applications, reports, contracts or other documents on behalf of the
e. Annual address. The president shall issue an annual SOA address to the
5.3.4. The retiring president of the Sisterhood of Avalon shall automatically become
an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board of trustees to act in an advisory and
consultative capacity for a one year period.
5.4.1. General responsibilities. The vice president shall assume the office of
president should the president be unable to execute her duties, including presiding
over meetings if the president is unavailable.
5.4.2. Specific duties. The vice president’s duties shall include, but are not limited to,
a. Active membership. The vice president shall oversee activities directly
related to the membership and shall be listed as the contact person for group
moderators and members when board of trustees’ input is required. b. Membership recruitment. The vice president shall oversee activities
related to membership recruitment, i.e. portal openings. c. SOA Orientation. The vice president shall be included as a member on the
SOA Orientation list, and shall report any significant incidences to the board. c. Outreach. The vice president shall oversee public relations activities, i.e.
conferences, distribution of information on the SOA, and press; and shall
present further outreach opportunities to the board.
5.4.3 The vice president shall work in concert with the board secretary to ensure all
matters related to membership and or new members are addressed and managed,
and when appropriate, communicated to the board.
5.5.1. General responsibilities. The Secretary is responsible for ensuring that
accurate and sufficient documentation exists to meet legal requirements, and to
enable authorized persons to determine when, how, and by whom the board of
trustees’ business was conducted. 5.5.2. Specific duties. The vice president’s duties shall include, but are not limited to,
a. Meetings. The secretary is responsible for coordinating meetings including
i. Ensuring that an up-to-date copy of the bylaws is available at all
meetings. ii. Ensuring that proper notification of upcoming board and board
/Council of Nine meetings is communicated to all persons required at
said meetings. iii. In the absence of the president and vice president, the secretary
shall call the meeting to order and preside over the meeting. iv. In the case of extended absence of the president and vice president,
the secretary shall preside over all meetings until a temporary
b. Meeting minutes. The secretary is responsible for ensuring that accurate
minutes of meetings are taken, approved, and signed. Minutes should include
ii. List of those present and absent. iii. List of items discussed. iv. List of reports presented. v. Text of motions presented, description of their disposition, and
c. Custodian of records. The secretary ensures that the records of the
organization are maintained as required by law and made available when
required by authorized persons. These records may include founding
documents, i.e. articles of incorporation, lists of officers, board meeting
minutes, financial reports, and other official records. d. Membership records. The secretary ensures that official records and roster
of membership are maintained and that these records are available to
authorized persons. e. Correspondence. The secretary shall manage the general correspondence
of the board of trustees except for such correspondence assigned to others. f. Filing of documents. The secretary may be the registered agent with
respect to the laws of the jurisdiction; the person upon whom legal notice to
the Corporation may be served; and may be responsible for ensuring that
documents necessary to maintain the Corporation are filed.
5.5.3 The secretary shall work in concert with the vice president to ensure all
matters related to membership and or new members are addressed and managed,
and when appropriate, communicated to the board.
5.6.1. General responsibilities. The treasurer shall oversee all aspects of the financial
considerations of the Corporation including all deposits and withdrawals from the
SOA bank account(s), credit cards, and other service providers, including accounting
5.6.2. Specific duties. The treasurer’s duties shall include, but are not limited to,
i. The treasurer shall collect the dues of members and all subscription
donations and allocations of monies to the SOA. ii. The treasurer shall pay out monies of the SOA upon presentation of
expenses and may make disbursements on behalf of the SOA under
the following conditions: Expenses under $200 require approval of
the Morgen, president, and administrative director; expenses over
$201 require board approval. iii. The treasurer shall audit the Corporation’s checking, savings,
escrow, trust, and any other of its accounts.
b. Financial records. The treasurer shall keep, in a business-like manner, an
itemized account of all receipts and disbursements of the SOA’s monies. c. Reporting.
i. The treasurer shall provide regular reports on the financial
condition of the Corporation for all board of trustee meetings, and
provide a copy of the record to the secretary for inclusion in the
minutes. ii. The treasurer shall prepare and complete, or arrange with an
accountant for the preparation and completion of, all required reports
to the Internal Revenue Service, as set forth by IRS guidelines and
5.6.3. The retiring treasurer of the Sisterhood of Avalon shall automatically become
an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board of trustees to act in an advisory and
consultative capacity for a one year period.
5.7 ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR The administrative director reports to the board of trustees and works with the board
toward the corporation consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.
5.7.1. General responsibilities. The administrative director ensures sound board
practices are in place; that effective board officers, with appropriate provisions for
succession, are in place; and that regular board performance evaluations are held. 5.7.2. Specific duties. The administrative director’s duties shall include, but are not
a. Meetings. The administrative director, in conjunction with the president,
shall ensure that regularly scheduled board meetings are planned, and work
with the president in setting meeting agendas. b. Communication.
i. The administrative director shall ensure that the board is informed
on the issues and business of the organization, and all important,
influencing factors. ii. The administrative director shall establish sound working
relationships and cooperative arrangements with SOA committees.
iii. The administrative director jointly, with the president and
secretary shall conduct SOA correspondence.
c. Administration. The administrative director shall, with board officers,
oversee the timely and appropriate reporting of necessary records and
documents to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
5.8. TRUSTEES The board of trustees shall include three board-elected trustee positions.
5.8.1. General responsibilities. Trustees shall attend board meetings, contribute to
board list discussions, and participative in motions requiring a vote. 5.8.2. Trustee realms of responsibility. A newly elected trustee shall determine, with
board input, which of the following she will focus on as a particular realm of
responsibility during her term, either directly involved or as liaison with a
appropriate committee or individual. Areas of focus shall include, but are not
d. Volunteers (including the Good and Welfare committee)
f. Publishing (including Ninth Wave press)
g. Retail (including online sales of SOA wares)
ARTICLE VI - OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Anything that has not been discussed in this constitution and bylaws shall be discussed and
decided upon at an official board meeting. ARTICLE VII - GOVERNMENT AND OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS: COUNCIL OF NINE
The theological direction of the Sisterhood of Avalon shall be conducted by the Council of
Nine (Article VII of the Constitution). The Council of Nine shall consist of the following
positions, each of which is a voting position. 7.1. MORGEN 7.2 LOREKEEPER MATRON 7.3 HEARTHKEEPER MATRON
7.4 ARTISAN MATRON
7.5 VISION MATRON
7.6 COMMUNICATIONS MATRON
7.7 CYCLE MATRON
7.8 GUARDIAN MATRON
7.9 COMMUNITY MATRON
7.10 HEALING MATRON ARTICLE XIII- AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the Constitution and bylaws may be made by a 75 percent vote of the
board of trustees and the Council of Nine, including the Morgen’s approval. These Constitution and bylaws adopted on this day make null and void all prior addendums
and supersede and replace all previous Constitution and bylaws voted on prior to this day. Certified and posted this 27th day of July, 2011 to be effective immediately. Morgen, Sisterhood of Avalon and the Council of Nine President, Sisterhood of Avalon and the board of trustees
Magyar Filozófiai Társaság Közleményei Készítette: Balog Éva, Laczkó Sándor 1. évfolyam 1901. 1. füzet 1. Magyar Filozófiai Társaság megalakulása. Történeti előzmények. 3-4. 2. Az előkészítő bizottság 1900. évi november 19-én tartott értekezlete. 5-12. 3. Az 1901. évi május hó 25-én tartott alakuló közgyűlés jegyzőkönyve. 13-18. 4. Az előkészít
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