Devi Temple of Florida Membership
Section 1: The annual membership fee for Devi Temple of Florida is $250
Qualifications: Membership in the Devi Temple of Florida. ("DTF") is open to any individual of Hindu heritage or anyone having an interest in and believing in the Hindu religion, tradition and philosophy, provided that he or she adheres to the Charter and Constitution of DTF, to the By-laws, to the rules and regulations of DTF hereafter lawfully adopted, and remains current in the payment of dues.
Section 2: Official Language: The official language of the HSNEF is English.
Section 3: Members are individuals who have paid their dues. First time members are those who were not members in the preceding year. For participation in any membership restricted activity, dues must be current. The membership status will be as per DTF record unless the congregant submits additional proof to support his/her claim within 10 days. In case of a dispute the matter will be referred to the nominating committee or in its absence the advisory committee which will make the final determination within 7 days and this decision will be final.
Section 4: Voting: In order to be eligible to vote, a Member must be eighteen (18) years or older. Membership entitles married couples to one (1) vote for each spouse. Unmarried members will have only one vote. In order to participate in the election process a member must pay his/her dues by April 30th of the current year
Section 5: Use of the Temple: The use of the Temple will be open to any individual of Hindu heritage or anyone having interest and believing in the Hindu 5 tradition without regard to membership status. Non-members may attend Temple functions, but otherwise have no rights or privileges available to Members. At the Board’s discretion non-members may be assessed a fee to attend non-worship Societies activities. Furthermore, the Board may restrict Non-Member’s nonworship related activities.
Section 6: Overriding the Board: Any decision made by the Board may be overridden by the vote of a simple majority of Members attending a duly called general body meeting in which a quorum of 40% of the membership is established; provided, however, that the Board may reinstitute its action if 75% of the total Board vote in favor of such; but provided, further, that any action so reinstituted may itself be overridden by the simple majority vote of Members attending a general body meeting in which a quorum of 50% of the membership is established, and if so overridden will then become final and binding upon the Society. Where these minimum requirements for a quorum are not established, no vote will be taken and the Board’s decision will stand. The quorum for voting in regards to the constitution and/or by-laws is described in Article XI Section 5.
Section 7: Calling a General Body Meeting: Ten (10%) of the membership may petition the Board for a general body meeting with a specific agenda. Once petitioned, the Board must call a general body meeting within 4 weeks.
Section 8: Membership Privileges: The society may at times decide to give the membership certain benefits. These benefits may include but not limited to reduced charges for rituals, rent to use the temple facility and others as determined by the Board. Qualified members can vote, grant proxy, contest elections and petition the board as stated in these by-laws. Any member may attend an open Board meeting provided that he/she shall not participate in the proceedings unless specifically permitted by the meeting Chairperson. Rights and privileges of membership may be suspended or revoked by the Board for any reason as determined by the Board. A vote in favor of termination or suspension of membership rights and privileges must be made by at least a 75% majority of the Board’s total members. The Board may review the revoked member’s status after 12 months. A vote to reinstate a member must be made by 75% of the Board’s total members. 6
Section 9: Members duty: Members agree to abide by these constitution and by-laws, and make reasonable effort to participate in the governance of the society. They will keep contact information like e mail addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers current, participate in election process and keep decorum in worship room.
Section 10: Membership Information Release/Privacy Protection: A) Only a membership list and addresses may be provided to members for relevant requests, as determined by the officers of the society’s board, in order to satisfy the rights and duties of members under these by-laws. The society’s secretary will control access to email groups for circulation of information without making email addresses public. B) A third party (non-member) may also request membership or other information as allowed by law governing Non-Profit Corporations. Such requests will need to be in writing and specify details about the requesting entity, the purpose for requesting the information and a signed assurance that the information is only for the use of the requesting entity and will only be used for the purpose stated. The officers of the Board will assess the relevance of these requests and approve its release if deemed appropriate. The Society may impose a fee for compiling this information.
Section 11: Membership renewal The Society shall send a notification to the congregation between December 15th and January 31st each year to the last mailing and email address on record as a reminder for membership renewal and to update appropriate demographic and contact information along with a self-addressed return envelope.
ARTICLE II DUES
Section 1: Dues: Membership dues will be in an amount to be determined by the 7 Board from time to time. All Members must pay annual dues except the Life Members as discussed Article III. The Society's fiscal year will be from January 1 through December 31. Dues for the current year are due and payable by April 30th of that year. If dues remain unpaid, the rights and privileges of Membership will be suspended or terminated. There will be no prorated membership dues. All membership dues are non-refundable, non-transferable and the membership is nontransferable.