Austin Girls of Leather (AgoL) Bylaws

Club Description:

Who we are –

We are a Club of self-identified Leathergirls.  Membership is not limited by race, creed, orientation or gender; however, an identification of Leathergirl is essential.  A girl-heart is an individual self-identity.  Austin girls of Leather is a unique and powerful group of individuals – our solidarity and commonality is found in our understanding that the definition of Leathergirl involves who you are and not just how you play.

What we do –

AgoL holds monthly Meetings, hosts a monthly Coffee Social, communicates via social media and discussion boards, and participates in outreach and service at Leather events within and beyond the Austin, Texas area.

Our Mission:

To provide camaraderie in a safe space to any individual who identifies as a Leathergirl.

To promote acceptance and understanding of feminine energy within Leather.

To provide community service within and beyond the Austin, Texas area.

Club Colors:

Colors –

The official AgoL colors are: black, white, red, and pink.

Club Back Patch: Austin Bat Bridge, design and production by Charlie Durbin of Durbin Industrial. (The bats glow in the dark!)

Austin girls of Leather Flag –

We will use a modified version of the SFgoL flag to be provided for our nonprofit use by Leland Carina with permission of Sheryl D.

Ownership of Leather girl flag –

Sheryl D is the owner and designer of the Leather girl flag.  She has given us permission to utilize it.  AgoL owns the rights to the AgoL logo and supporter logo.  Design credit, when requested, is to be given to Leland Carina.

Club Structure:

Non-Discrimination –

AgoL does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender expression, sex, national origin, disability, race, or religion.

Membership Age –

No member shall be under the age of twenty-one (21) years.

Responsibilities of All Members –

Display and respect club colors.

Embody the spirit of the club at community events.

Participate in club meetings, service opportunities, and activities.

Recruit members.

Categories of  Club Membership:

Pledge –

A Pledge is a probationary position for girls who would like to become a Full Member.  Pledges are expected to follow all the responsibilities of a member as listed above.

The Pledge may make it known they intend to become a Full Member in person, to two of the club officers, at a meeting.  To become a Full Member, the Pledge must complete Full Member requirements (below).

Full Member –

Full Members in good standing must fulfill the following responsibilities:

– Pay annual dues, which are $30.00.

– January will be when dues will need to be turned in.  If Full Membership is met during the year, dues will be prorated.

– Attend six (6) of twelve (12) meetings per year.

– Attend fifty percent (50%) of events outside of meetings per year.

– Must serve as a volunteer or coordinator at outside events.

– Must be at outside events as a representative of AgoL.

Full Members who do not fulfill these responsibilities will become an Associate Member.  Should an Associate Member make it know that they would like to be reinstated, said member shall be reinstated as soon as they fulfill any lapsed requirements.

Full Members enjoy the following rights –

Attend quarterly business meetings.

Vote on club business.

May hold Leadership roles.

Any Full Member in good standing may propose an amendment to the bylaws.

Proposed amendments must be submitted to the owner for inclusion in the upcoming meeting’s agenda one week prior to the meeting.

Proposals will be read and discussed the first month, then voted on the following month.

Sponsorship –

An AgoL Sponsor is any individual who is not an Associate Member or a Full Member, or a group who provides financial support of at least twenty (20) dollars in the fiscal year (January – December).  At the discretion of the membership, a person or group which provides significant non-monetary service to the club may be designated as a Sponsor.  Sponsors receive a pin, when available, and mention on the club website.

Associate Member –

An Associate Member is a Leathergirl who is not a Full Member or any individual person who does not identify as a Leathergirl who pays annual dues of $15.00.

Honorary Member –

The title of Honorary Member is reserved for any person who goes above and beyond all expectations in support of the club, who is not an Associate Member of a Full Member.  It may be bestowed at the discretion of the membership at a quarterly business meeting.  Honorary Members shall receive an official AgoL pin when available and mention on the club website.

Good Standing –

A member is considered in good standing if that member has completed the following.

Pay all dues and monies owed.

Attend sufficient club functions per their membership category.

Represent the club in a positive and appropriate manner.

Delinquent Member –

A Delinquent Member is any Full Member who is not in Good Standing.

Delinquent Members will be notified by the owner.

Suspension and Termination of Membership –

The membership of any Member may be suspended without hearing or prior notice with notification form the current owner.  Members must be notified of Suspension in the same manner as notification of Delinquency.  Members who are suspended may not vote on any issue before the membership, nor run for or hold a leadership position.  At the discretion of the group the suspended member shall be required to return his or club colors to AgoL.

AgoL reserves the right to refuse, revoke or suspend membership for cause other than non-payment of dues, assessments, fees, or other charges after appropriate notice when a supermajority vote of two-thirds (2/3) of members present support for termination.  Terminated members shall return their club colors to AgoL.

Club Patches:

Member Patch –

When Full Membership requirements have been met, the Member will be able to obtain their Member Patch.  Individuals are responsible for the cost of their patches and patches will be presented at the next meeting.

Back Patch –

When Full Membership requirements have been met and maintained for 6 (six) months, attended 2 of 4 previous meetings, and attended 1 of 2 previous service events, the Member will be able to obtain their Back Patch.  Individuals are responsible for the cost of their patches and patches will be presented at the next meeting.

Associate Patch –

When Associate Membership requirements have been met, the Associate Member will be able to obtain their Associate Patch.  Individuals are responsible for the cost of their patches and patches will be presented at the next meeting.

Club Meetings:

AgoL will meet for the purpose of doing regular business on a monthly basis.

Meetings will be announced by posts via the AgoL online group and social media, of the date time/location of the next general meeting.

AgoL will host a monthly coffee Social on the 4th Saturday of each month, which will be announced by posts via the AgoL online group and social media, of the date time/location of the coffee Social.

Additional social opportunities and/or special meetings will also be announced via the AgoL online group and social media.

Future meetings may be canceled by majority vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Membership present, or by 2/3 of Leadership prior to a scheduled meeting.

Voting –

In order to vote, you must be a Full Member in good standing of the organization.

A Member must be present in order to vote.

Club Leadership:

Leader –

The leader shall be the current owner of the Club.  They shall call regular meetings in accordance with these bylaws, and will serve as the most visible representative of the club.  The Leader will be the official representative of the club at outside functions and will be the primary point of contact for communication and outreach to other groups, clubs, or presenters.

The leader shall actively seek out new opportunities and connections for the club, both within and external to the Leather community.

The leader shall supervise the public relations of the club, including press releases.

Sergeant at Arms –

The Sgt. at Arms will serve as the club enforcer of behavior protocols.  Any issues, internal or external to the club, involving any Pledge, Member, or Associate Member regarding a breach of club protocol, will be addressed to and by the Sergeant at Arms. The goal is to ensure that, while representing the club, the membership upholds the Leather values and protocols that our club is teaching and instilling.

Chaplain –

The role of our Chaplain is to provide support and guidance to any member that needs to discuss a private situation, challenge, or need that the club may assist in.  Full confidentiality will be maintained in this role in order to provide the membership a safe space to confide any questions or issues, whether personal or club related.

Secretary –

The Secretary will keep track of the club’s legal documents and will take minutes at all meetings.  The Secretary will also maintain records of all pledge and member participation in service opportunities and attendance of club meetings to determine and confirm membership and back-patch eligibility.

The Secretary will also maintain all inventory of club merchandise, supplies, and paraphernalia.

Treasurer –

The Treasurer will be responsible for keeping track of the club’s funds, creating and maintaining the club budget, collecting and tracking dues, and the management of all memberships.  The treasurer will issue and maintain receipts for all incoming and outgoing money transactions and will create and maintain a fully transparent Financial Ledger detailing all financial activity, available for review by members only.

Club Management Positions: 

Website Manager –

The Website Manager will be responsible for the upkeep of information and posted content on the club website (http://austingirlsofleather.com).  The WM will maintain the Club girlStory page by updating the running list of events our club sponsors, provides service for, and represents at.  The WM will also write and post a summary of each monthly meeting to highlight the discussions and projects the club is currently working on.  The WM will also manage any incoming posts or questions posed to the club via the webpage and responses will be issued upon discussion with the Leadership.  Pictures, writings, and articles to be posted will also be approved by Leadership prior to being uploaded and posted. The WM will also edit and update the club Bylaws as changes are agreed upon by the Leadership and Membership.

Public Relations Director –

The PR Director will find new opportunities to establish a solid social presence for the club.  This position will include creating and posting events on social media, newspapers, and online groups.  The intent is to broaden our reach within the kink, Leather, and LGBTQ communities so they are aware of our presence and our events, as well as creating interest in club membership.

Compensation

No compensation for services shall be paid to any of the leadership of the organization.  Leadership shall be allowed reasonable advancement or reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their regular duties.

Removal

Leadership may be removed by unanimous vote of the Membership.

Vacancies

Any vacancy of leadership positions caused by the death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise, shall be filled and assigned at the discretion of the current standing Leadership.