1. The name of the organization shall be Hope For Healing.Org. 

2. The organization shall have a trademark, which shall be in the following form:  Hope For Healing.Org

3. The organization may at its pleasure by a vote of the membership body change its name. 

The following are the purposes for which this organization has been organized: 
The mission of Hope For Healing.Org is to offer education, information, comfort, help and Christian support to survivors of sexual crimes or violence in the home, and to survivorsí families, friends and the people who support them.

Membership in this organization shall be open to all who are effected by: 
Sexual assault
And to:
Clergy, friends, family, significant others
Those working with survivors 
Violence in the home 

The annual membership meeting of this organization shall be held on the second Monday in the month of May each and every year except if such day be a legal holiday, then and in that event, the Board Members shall fix the day but it shall not be more than two weeks from the date fixed by these By-Laws.

 The Secretary shall cause to be mailed or emailed to every member in good standing at his address as it appears in the membership roll book in this organization a notice telling the time and place of such annual meeting. Regular meetings of this organization shall be held in Knoxville, Tennessee at a location to be decided and voted upon at the previous year. 

Board Members may meet, at their discretion either monthly or quarterly in a password protected (or otherwise private) chat room, physically face-to-face, or teleconference. The time and place and day of month of these meetings are to be decided upon at the first meeting of every calendar year.  At the discretion of the Board Members called meetings may take place in a password protected Internet chat room or teleconference. Rules for conducting meetings will be the same for all meetings held with any type of media.

The Secretary shall cause to be mailed or emailed to every member in good standing at his address or email address as it appears in the membership roll book in this organization a notice telling the time and place and url and password of such meetings.

 Those present at each meeting, shall constitute a quorum and shall be necessary to conduct the business of this organization; but those present may adjourn the meeting for a period of not more than four  weeks from the date scheduled by these By-Laws and the secretary shall cause a notice of this scheduled meeting to be sent to all those members who were not present at the meeting originally called. 

The president may call special meetings of this organization when deemed in the best interest of the organization.

 Notices of such meeting shall be mailed (either by US Postal Service or electronic mail) to all members at their addresses as they appear in the membership roll book at least ten (10) days before the scheduled date set for such special meeting. 

Such notice shall state the reasons that such meeting has been called, the business to be transacted at such meeting, and by whom it was called. At the request of Fifty-One ( 51%) percent of Board Members or Seventy ( 70%) percent of the members of the organization, the president shall be required to cause a special meeting to be called but such request must be made in writing at least ten (10) days before the requested scheduled date. No other business but that specified in the notice may be transacted at such special meeting without the unanimous consent of all present at such meeting. 

At all meetings, except for the election of officers and directors, all votes shall be by voice. For election of officers, ballots may be provided and there shall not appear any place on such ballot that might tend to indicate the person who cast such ballot. At any regular or special meeting, if a majority so requires, any question may be voted upon in the manner and style provided for election of officers and directors. 

At all votes by ballot the chairman of such meeting shall, prior to the commencement of balloting, appoint a committee of three who shall act as "Inspectors of Election" and who shall, at the conclusion of such balloting, certify in writing to the Chairman the results and the certified copy shall be physically affixed in the minute book to the minutes of that meeting. 

No inspector of election shall be a candidate for office or shall be personally interested in the question voted upon.


1. Roll Call. 
2. Reading of the Minutes of the preceding meeting. 
3. Reports of Committees. 
4. Reports of Officers. 
5. Old and Unfinished Business. 
6. New Business. 
7. Adjournments. 

The business of this organization shall be managed by a Governing Board consisting of five to eight members, together with the founder of this organization. At least one of the directors elected shall be a resident of the State of Tennessee and a citizen of the United States. The board members to be chosen for the ensuing year shall be chosen at the annual meeting of this organization in the same manner and style as the officers of this organization and they shall serve for a term of 1 year, with the exception of the president who shall serve a term of two years. 

The Board Members shall have the control and management of the affairs and business of this organization. Such Board Members shall only act in the name of the organization when it shall be regularly convened by its president after due notice to all the directors of such meeting. Fifty (50%) percent of the members of the Board Members shall constitute a quorum and the meetings of the Board Members shall be held regularly at a time voted on by the Board Members.

Each Board Member shall have one vote and such voting may not be done by proxy. The Board Members may make such rules and regulations covering its meetings as it may in its discretion determine necessary. Vacancies in the Board Member positions shall be filled by a vote of the majority of the remaining members of the Board Members for the balance of the year.

The President of the organization by virtue of his office shall be Chairman of the Board Members. The Board Members shall select from one of their members a secretary. 

A Board Member may be removed when sufficient cause exists for such removal. The Board Members may entertain charges against any member. A member may be represented by counsel upon any removal hearing. The Board Members shall adopt such rules for this hearing, as it may in its discretion consider necessary for the best interests of the organization.

The initial officers of the organization shall be as follows:

Vice President: 

The President shall preside at all membership meetings. He shall present at each annual meeting of the organization an annual report of the work of the organization. He shall see all books, reports and certificates required by law are properly kept or filed. He shall be one of the officers who may sign the checks or drafts of the organization. He shall have such powers as may be reasonably construed as belonging to the chief executive of any organization. 

The Vice President shall in the event of the absence or inability of the President to exercise his office become acting president of the organization with all the rights, privileges and powers as if he had been the duly elected president. 

The Secretary shall keep the minutes and records of the organization in appropriate books. It shall be his duty to file any certificate required by any statute, federal or state. He shall give and serve all notices to members of this organization. He shall be the official custodian of the records and seal of this organization. He may be one of the officers required to sign the checks and drafts of the organization. He shall present to the membership at any meetings any communication addressed to him as Secretary of the organization. He shall submit to the Board Members any communications, which shall be addressed to him as Secretary of the organization. He shall attend to all correspondence of the organization and shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Secretary. 

The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all monies belonging to the organization and shall be solely responsible for such monies or securities of the organization. He shall cause to be deposited in a regular business bank or trust company or credit union a sum not exceeding $5,000.00 and the balance of the funds of the organization shall be deposited in a savings account except that the Board Members may cause such funds to be invested in such investments as shall be legal for a non-profit corporation in this state. He must be one of the officers who shall sign checks or drafts of the organization. He shall render at stated periods as the Board Members shall determine a written account of the finances of the organization and such report shall be physically affixed to the minutes of the Board Members of such meeting. He shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Treasurer. Officers shall by virtue of their office be members of the Board. 

The Board Members shall hire and fix the compensation of any and all employees, including the Executive Director, which they in their discretion may determine to be necessary for the conduct of the business of the organization. 

 The Board Members shall appoint all committees of this organization and their term of office shall be for a period of one year or less if sooner terminated by the action of the Board Members. 
The permanent committees shall be:

Nominating Committee: 
The nominating committee shall consist of three people, one of which must be the Director.  The purpose of the committee will be to present nominations for board members at the annual meeting of the Board Members. 

The dues of this organization shall be as follows:

Individuals $12.00 per annum 
Family  $22.00 per annum (only one membership packet will be sent)

These dues shall be payable on July 1 of each year and pro-rated accordingly.
Scholarships for dues shall be offered on a per need basis for individuals or families only. All such scholarships shall be decided at the discretion of the Director or Board President and may be based upon recommendations by members of the Board Members.

Dues may be adjusted by decision of the Board Members at any time with a majority vote. 

Benefits to Members:
Individual and Family Members receive the basic services provided to the general public in addition to: 

Membership Card 
Car Decal
Electronic Message Forum
Special Discounts 
Advance Notices for Special Events 
May borrow books by paying shipping and making a deposit from our Lending Library 

Supporting Group Members should receive the same services listed above with the addition of being recognized at the annual meeting and receiving free brochures upon request.

Sponsoring Individuals and Groups shall be entitled to all the above listed benefits plus phone support and recognition in conference programs, on HopeForHealing.Org displays and on the main website (as requested).

Benefits may be changed or adjusted as deemed necessary by the Board.

 These By-Laws may be altered, amended, repealed or added to by an affirmative majority vote of the Board Members. 

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