July 10, 2007

TOMBALL CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLERS BY-LAWS

Revised June, 2002

 

I.        Statement of Organization

The Tomball Christian Homeschoolers is an organization affiliated with the Southeast Texas Home School Association (SETHSA) and is made up of member families from the greater Tomball, Texas area.

 

II.      Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Tomball Christian Homeschoolers is to encourage family unity, provide information about home education, and to provide opportunities for fellowship, encouragement, and the exchange of ideas among home educators, all based on a Christian commitment and worldview.

 

III.    Statement of Faith

A.      We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired and only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God.

B.      We believe that there is one God, eternally existent as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

C.      We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ; that He was, is, and shall forever be the Son of the one living God.

D.      We believe man is sinful by nature and salvation is a gift of God received only through personal faith in Jesus Christ.

E.      We believe in the virgin birth, in the death, burial, and literal resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in His return.

IV.    Organization

A.      Leadership

1.       Leaders: The leaders shall be a traditional husband/wife team with at least two years experience in homeschooling. They will set policies to be followed during their term, subject to review by the Steering Committee, and will have oversight of the day-to-day activities of the support group. They will be appointed by the Steering Committee to a two-year term and will appoint others to leadership positions as needed. The Steering Committee will solicit input from the membership in choosing leaders, but their appointment, and removal should that be appropriate, will be made by the Steering Committee.

2.       Steering Committee: The steering Committee will consist of the present and at least two former leader couples, and one other couple who has been active in Tomball Christian Homeschoolers for at least two years. This additional couple will serve a one-year term and may be reappointed for additional terms. The Steering Committee will solicit input from the membership in choosing this couple, but the final decision will be made by the Steering Committee. The members of the Steering Committee may be changed by a vote of the majority of the Steering Committee. If there are not enough former leaders available to serve, then the Steering Committee will appoint other mature couples to bring the Steering Committee to at least four couples.

The responsibilities of the Steering Committee shall include:

a.       Selecting the leader couple and providing guidance for them.

b.       Soliciting input from the membership on candidates for leaders, Steering Committee positions, and on by-law changes.

c.       Reviewing all group activities to insure that the activities fall within the guidelines of the by-laws

d.       Providing direction for the group, seeking the Lordís guidance and interceding for the group

e.       Making any desired changes to the by-laws by a majority vote of the Steering Committee

f.         Scheduling an annual business meeting with the membership

g.       Handling questions members have about the by-laws and statement of faith.

B.      Membership

1.       Membership applicants must complete a membership application, sign a liability release, read the by-laws and sign a statement that they will abide by them, and read the statement of faith and either sign it or sign a statement that they understand that Tomball Christian Homeschoolers is an openly Christian organization.

2.       All those in leadership or teaching positions must sign the statement of faith. Any questions about which positions require this shall be brought to the Steering Committee.

3.       All members participating in group activities should actively assist the leaders of those activities as requested.

4.       Members may plan and arrange activities, but official Tomball Christian Homeschoolers activities must have leadership approval.

5.       Members and participants must agree to keep names, addresses, and phone numbers of members confidential and not use them for solicitation purposes.

6.       The annual fee per family will be set prior to the annual business meeting and announced at that meeting. The fee covers the cost of the newsletter, information packets, supplies, equipment, library books, and other necessary expenses. Families who cannot afford the fee can contact the treasurer for special arrangements.