Supporting, Informing and Networking Christian Homeschoolers

Bylaws of SINCH

Bylaws of SINCH Download

ARTICLE I: Name and Purpose

Section 1: Name

The name of the organization shall be SINCH: Supporting, Inspiring, and Networking Christian

Section 2: Purpose

SINCH is organized for the purpose of supporting home school families and giving them an opportunity
to network with other families.

Section 3: Mission Statement
SINCH is a Christ centered organization that is focused on helping home school families in the Lenawee
County Area. We offer support for new and seasoned home schoolers by providing resources when
necessary. We strive to serve our community and others while fostering an atmosphere of fun and
friendship. We hope to connect to others in order to better the future for our children.

Section 4: Use of Name and Logo
SINCH reserves the right to control the use of the SINCH name and logo. Under no circumstances will the
name or logo be used without the explicit permission of the leadership council.

Article II: Membership

Section1: Requirements for membership
SINCH shall be open to home schooling families who agree in writing with this organization’s statement
of faith, standard of conduct, and behavioral expectations.

Section 2: Members of SINCH have the following privileges:
1. To attend membership and Leadership Council meetings as they see fit.
2. To have meetings that are open for members to ask questions for the purpose of expressing
concerns and to give relevant input on topics pertaining to home schooling.
3. To have transparent and honest leadership that is accountable to the membership.
4. To have access to the SINCH communications, web site, newsletters.
5. To have the opportunity to plan and facilitate activities in the specific areas in which they
believe they can best serve the group as approved by the Council.
6. To vote when necessary, such as:
a. Electing Council members
b. Financial needs greater than $500 out of the general fund.
c. Any other thing deemed necessary by the Council

Section 3: Dues
Membership dues shall be payable at time of application. Membership shall be per family, and each
membership shall pay the same dues amount, regardless of family size. Continued membership is
contingent upon being up to date on membership dues. Dues amount shall be determined each year by
the Council. Additional fees may be required for participation in various activities or field trips. Dues will
be used for necessary expenses as determined by the Council, such as (but not limited to) facility rental,
group activities, postage fees, newsletter, or the like.

Section 4: Probationary membership
Definition of probation
A member on probation will have limited membership rights as granted by the Council.
Existing membership
If and when any member is found to be in confessional or ethical non-compliance with the Statement of
Faith, or Bylaws of this organization, or brings harm or discredit to the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ
or SINCH, then there shall be a hearing before the Council to consider the matter. Two weeks prior
written notice shall be given to the party or parties involved. The Council may recommend a
probationary period for the matter to be resolved. After reevaluation, if the matter remains unresolved,
the Council may recommend a meeting of the regular membership to vote on either granting a
probationary membership or revoking the membership. This shall be done by a majority vote at either a
regular or special meeting of the organization.
New membership
The Council has the right to grant probationary status as they deem necessary.

Section 5: Denial or termination of membership
Reasons for denial or termination may include but are not limited to any behavior by SINCH members
that would put SINCH families at risk, any practice or attitudes that stand against the SINCH statement
of faith, any relevant criminal behavior and such other acts deemed detrimental to the organization by a
majority of the Leadership Council.

Article III: Leadership and Decision Making:

Section 1: Leadership Council
The governing body of the organization shall be known as its Leadership Council (aka Council). It shall
have the appropriate powers to do all the things necessary and proper to operate and oversee the

Section 2: Requirements
The Council shall be made up of five seats. A seat may be held by an individual or husband-wife team
that have an active personal faith in Jesus Christ and adhere to basic Christian doctrine, including the
SINCH Statement of Faith. The member must have homeschooled for at least three years and have been
a SINCH member in good standing for at least two full school years.

Section 3: Voting and Term Limits
The first term to which a nominee is elected to a Leadership Council seat will be for a maximum of two
school years before being voted upon again. After a Maximum of four consecutive years on the Council,
the member will need to step down for at least one year before being eligible to return to the Council.
Each year, after the five Council members have been elected, the five members of the new Council will
decide together which position and responsibilities will be assigned to each Council member.

Section 4: Quorum
The Council members present at meeting shall constitute a quorum with which any lawful business may
be conducted. There shall be one vote per Council seat, not for each person of a husband-wife team
holding the Council seat.
For a vote to be valid, all five members must have an opportunity to vote whether present or not

Section 5: Procedures for filling and vacating Council seats.
Elections to fill seats on the Leadership Council will be held at the regular May Member Meetings. Prior
consent of nominees shall be obtained. All nominations must be submitted 30 days prior to the May
vote. Eligibility will be determined by the Council. Where there is only one candidate for a seat, election
may be by voice vote. Where there is more than one candidate for a seat, election shall be by ballot. A
simple majority of all members in good standing who are present shall elect the Leadership Council

Section 6: Removal of Leadership Council

The petition to remove a Council member can be initiated by:
1. A petition that is presented to the Council with 50% or more of the membership signatures. A
meeting will be held within 30 days of this petition being presented to the Council. A vote of 2/3
or more from the members present at the meeting will remove the Council member.
2. If one or more of the Council members deem it necessary to remove another Council member
they will need a ¾ vote from the Council members. This vote will be communicated to the
membership via current mode of communication and a vote by the membership will take place
within 30 days or at the next membership meeting. A 2/3 vote from the members present at the
meeting will remove the Council member.

Section 7: Resignation of a Council member must be in writing and received by the Council
Resignation from the Council member must be in writing and received by the Council.

Section 8: Meetings
The Leadership Council shall meet at least once a quarter. Additional meetings may be called if the
council feels it necessary. There will be at least 3 membership meetings annually. Each membership
meeting date and location will be published via current mode of communication at least 2 weeks prior
to the meeting. A meeting may be called by the membership with a petition of signatures from 10 or
more members. The meeting must be held within 30 days of submission to the Council.

Section 9: Voting
Each family membership represents 1 vote. There will be at least 2 weeks’ notice via the current mode
of SINCH communication prior to a vote. For general business it will be decided by a majority vote of
those present. In the event that a member is not able to attend the meeting where a vote is being held,
they may email their vote to a Council member.

Section 10: Amendments to the bylaws:
Amendments to the bylaws must be made as follows:
These bylaws may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the Council. Written notice of the
changes shall be communicated to the membership at least 5 days prior to the date of the next meeting.
Changes in the bylaws require a unanimous vote by the Council and a 2/3 majority vote from SINCH
No amendments may be made that would go against or alter the SINCH statement of faith.

Article IV: Regular and special meetings

Section 1: Regular meetings are to be held as follows:
SINCH meeting and functions are exclusively for members and those interested in becoming members,
unless the Leadership Council announces in advance that the meeting is open to others for purposes of
outreach or information. The Leadership Council shall meet for Regular Membership meetings no less
than 3 times a year. More meetings may be held if the Council deems it necessary. The Leadership
Council reserves the right to go into closed session to discuss matters that may impact the privacy of any
member family. Notice of regularly scheduled meetings will be communicated at least 2 weeks prior to
the meeting.

Section 2: Special Council meetings
Special Council meetings will be called by the Council Chair and notice will be given by email or phone.
At least 1 day notice will be given.

Section 3: Books and Records
The Council shall keep minutes of all proceedings of the Council meetings and such other books and
records as the proper conduct of its business and affairs. These records can be accessed by members as
needed. This shall be obtained by contacting the Council Chair.

Article V: Fiscal Policies

Section 1: The fiscal year
The fiscal year of the council shall be from August 1 to July 31

Section 2: The financial statements
The financial statements will be given to the members at the regular membership meetings.

Section 3: Members viewing the financial records
If a member feels it necessary to see the financial records they will need to meet with the Council Chair
and the Council Treasurer. The books are available to members at every meeting.

Section 4: Dissolution of SINCH
In the event of the dissolution of SINCH for any reason (after all existing debts and financial obligations
have been satisfied) all assets shall be donated to INCH (Information Network for Christian Homes).

Article VII

7.01 General Indemnification. Subject to all of the other provisions of Michigan Statutes for Nonprofit
Corporations and Associations, this organization shall indemnify any person who was or is a party or is
threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding.
This includes any civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative proceeding, whether formal or informal
(other than an action by or in the right of the corporation). Such indemnification shall apply only to a
person who was or is a member of SINCH, serves on the Leadership Council or acts an officer of SINCH.
Such person(s) shall be indemnified and held harmless against expenses (including attorney fees),
judgments, penalties, fines, and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by him or
her in connection with such action, suit, or proceeding, if the person acted in good faith and in a manner
he or she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of SINCH or its members.
With respect to any criminal action or proceeding, the person must have had no reasonable cause to
believe his or her conduct was unlawful. The termination of any action, suit, or proceeding by judgment,
order, settlement, conviction, or on a plea of nolo contendere or its equivalent, shall not by itself create
a presumption that (a) the person did not act in good faith and in a manner that the person reasonably
believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation or its members or (b) with
respect to any criminal action or proceeding, the person had reasonable cause to believe that his or her
conduct was unlawful. This shall also include indemnification for the costs of successful defense. This
right to indemnification conferred in this article shall be a contract right and shall apply to services of a
member, leadership council or officer. Provided however SINCH shall have no obligations under this
article to indemnify any person in connection with any proceeding, or part thereof, initiated by such
person without authorization by the Leadership Council. Provided further that the Leadership Council
shall have sole authority to determine that indemnification is proper and that the person acted
reasonably, prudently and in the best interests of SINCH at all times. The indemnification provided in
this article continues for a person who has ceased to be a director or officer and shall inure to the
benefit of the heirs, executors, and administrators of that person.
7.02 Insurance. The corporation may (but is not required to) purchase and maintain insurance on behalf
of any person who (a) was or is a member of the Leadership Council, officer, employee, or agent of the
organization or (b) was or is serving at the request of the organization as a member of the Leadership
Council, officer, employee, or agent of this organization.
7.03 Changes in Michigan Law. If there are any changes in the Michigan statutory provisions applicable
to nonprofit organizations and/or nonprofit corporations and relating to the subject matter of this
article, the indemnification to which any person shall be entitled shall be determined by the changed
provisions, but only to the extent that the change permits the corporation to provide broader
indemnification rights than the provisions permitted the corporation to provide before the change.
These bylaws were approved by a 2/3 vote of the SINCH membership at a regular business meeting on
September 19, 2011 and amended at a regular business meeting in May 2013.

SINCH Homeschool P.O. Box 1427 Adrian, MI