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Constitution

Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics

Official Constitution

Article 1: Statement of Name and Purpose

Section 1: Name- This group shall be known as the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics, abbreviated as SOMA.

Section 2: Purpose- To educate, organize, and unite students and members of the community by promoting the ideals of rationality, science, secularism, and human-based ethics and to promote a positive view of Atheists and Agnostics.

Article 2: Membership

Section 1: Membership can be extended to any interested KU student or faculty member, as well as members of the surrounding Lawrence community. There is no official “joining process” and their shall be no official dues.

Section 2: People who do not live in Lawrence and/or are not a student of KU may still be considered members, and have all the privileges as other members, as noted in Section 3.

Section 3: Privileges- All members have the right to the following: 1) run for an officer’s position (unless the position in question is only available to students, as per University rules); 2) vote in any type of vote, including elections and general votes; 3) voice their opinion about SOMA during meetings; 4) show up to any and all meetings/events held by SOMA.

Section 4: In the rare case that a member becomes a problem for the group, their rights of membership may be revoked at the discretion of the SOMA officers. Membership can also be terminated at the discretion of the member.

Article 3: Officers

Section 1: There shall be three Official Officers Positions, as required by the University of Kansas. These positions are: President, Vice-President, and Treasurer. These positions can only be filled by STUDENTS of KU.

Section 2: Other officer’s positions may be created in order to facilitate the group’s needs. These may include, but are not limited to, the following: Secretary, Webmaster, Community Organizer, Media Outreach, etc. These positions can be filled by any member of the group.

Section 3: Roles- The roles of each position should be clearly defined at the beginning of each year, and these definitions are at the discretion of the officer’s.

Section 4: Removal/impeachment: For the three primary officer’s positions, a general meeting must be called in order to remove the officer from power. A majority vote is required, and all other officers must be in attendance and cast a vote. A replacement then must be found for the position. For any appointed positions (positions other than President, Vice-President and Treasurer), only the officers need to vote. A majority vote is required for removal.

Section 5: If any officer is unable to perform his/her duties and wishes to resign, they are allowed to do so. A replacement for any official positions will require an election during a general meeting, whereas an appointed position will simply require a new appointee, as granted by the President or the collection of Officers.

Section 6: The President reserves the right to veto any decision and to terminate any position at his/her discretion. If abuse is suspected, the Vice-President may call a general meeting to vote for the President’s impeachment.

Article 4: Amendments to the Constitution

Section 1: Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by any member of SOMA.

Section 2: The Amendment must be presented during a general meeting. In order to pass the Amendment, a majority vote is required.

Section 3: Officers reserve the right to veto any amendments, and may do so by calling a vote between officers. A majority vote is required to pass a veto.

Article 5: Voting

Section 1: All voters must be in attendance at the general meetings or officers meetings in order for their votes to count. Votes cannot be called in, mailed in, or otherwise.

Section 2: The right to vote cannot be suspended for any member of SOMA.

Skepticon This Weekend!
Skepticon is starting on Friday! SOMA is bringing over 30 people to the conference. Those of you that are carpooling and sharing rooms, remember to get your money to Elizabeth Cunningham before you leave. She’s not afraid to hunt you down, but please don’t make her. If you are still wanting to go, do it! Registration is still available online, and it’s free! Hope you can join us!

Festivus Party and Soul Auction – December 3rd

SOMA is throwing a celebration before finals kick in and everyone has gone home for break. Festivus for the Rest of Us will be happening the evening of Saturday, December 3rd. Be watching for the upcoming Facebook event to catch more details. This party will include SOMA’s annual Soul Auction! This is a great way for you to support the club and help make this organization be the god-damned best that it can be.
Members will have the chance to bid to see each officer do all sorts of embarrassing tasks. Here’s the thing: we need your help! We need to know what you want the officers to do. We know you have ideas, so send them our way! To get your minds turning, last year’s tasks included the challenge of drinking a gallon of milk, wearing a fedora for a week, perorming a cover of a Justin Beiber song in public, and many new hair styles. If you have a suggestion, tell one of the officers (Amanda Brown, Michaelyn Everhart, Conrad Hudson, James LaRocca, Mitch Rucker, or Matt Smith)

 

Next Week: Science!
As skeptics and freethinkers, we consider appreciation of the natural world to be a positive, enriching experience. Our next meeting will feature a presentation by Eric Colangelo and Matt Smith on physics and astronomy. Why are the universe and the laws that govern it the way they are? How did Earth come to be the hospitable green world that it is? Plus, more “how, why, and huh?” physics fun!

Science paints us a much more wonderful picture of the world than any myth can offer, and as the great Carl Sagan once pointed out, it has the distinct advantage of being true. Join us for an illuminating discussion, and remember, if you wish to make an apple pie, you must first invent the universe…

Location: Kansas Union – Jayhawk Room, 7pm

Skepticon 4 Next Weekend

Skepticon is right around the corner! If you’ve signed up to travel with SOMA, please make sure you get $60 to Elizabeth Cunningham to cover the cost of hotel reservations. She will hound you if you don’t! Don’t forget to bring gas money along with you as well.

You should also receive an email from her soon with information on rooming/travel arrangements. Get excited!

Next Week: Science!
As skeptics and freethinkers, we consider appreciation of the natural world to be a positive, enriching experience. Our next meeting will feature a presentation by Eric Colangelo and Matt Smith on physics and astronomy. Why are the universe and the laws that govern it the way they are? How did Earth come to be the hospitable green world that it is? Plus, more “how, why, and huh?” physics fun!

Science paints us a much more wonderful picture of the world than any myth can offer, and as the great Carl Sagan once pointed out, it has the distinct advantage of being true. Join us for an illuminating discussion, and remember, if you wish to make an apple pie, you must first invent the universe…

Location: Kansas Union – Jayhawk Room, 7pm

Skepticon 4 Next Weekend

Skepticon is right around the corner! If you’ve signed up to travel with SOMA, please make sure you get $60 to Elizabeth Cunningham to cover the cost of hotel reservations. She will hound you if you don’t! Don’t forget to bring gas money along with you as well.

You should also receive an email from her soon with information on rooming/travel arrangements. Get excited!

Next Week: Science!
As skeptics and freethinkers, we consider appreciation of the natural world to be a positive, enriching experience. Our next meeting will feature a presentation by Eric Colangelo and Matt Smith on physics and astronomy. Why are the universe and the laws that govern it the way they are? How did Earth come to be the hospitable green world that it is? Plus, more “how, why, and huh?” physics fun!

Science paints us a much more wonderful picture of the world than any myth can offer, and as the great Carl Sagan once pointed out, it has the distinct advantage of being true. Join us for an illuminating discussion, and remember, if you wish to make an apple pie, you must first invent the universe…

Location: Kansas Union – Jayhawk Room, 7pm

Skepticon 4 Next Weekend

Skepticon is right around the corner! If you’ve signed up to travel with SOMA, please make sure you get $60 to Elizabeth Cunningham to cover the cost of hotel reservations. She will hound you if you don’t! Don’t forget to bring gas money along with you as well.

You should also receive an email from her soon with information on rooming/travel arrangements. Get excited!

8 Volunteers Needed!
Project: Lawrence Hunger Project Unloading Food and Set Up

Description: Unloading food and set up volunteers must be able to life 50 pounds.  They will unload food and help with set up for the food packaging event.

“Coming Out of the Closet” As Non-Religious

Coming out of the non-religious closet–it can be the hardest thing you have to do as an atheist or agnostic, especially if your friends or family are openly hostile to non-theists. It can also be liberating to live “out” for who you are and what you think. National Coming Out Day occurs over fall break, and we thought this would be a great opprotunity to discuss our own coming-out problem in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. If you’re considering coming out as non-religious, come discuss the challenges and problem solve difficult situations. If you’re already “out” your experiences and solutions will be invaluable to others. Coming out can be one of the best bits of activism an atheist or agnostic can do, join us for this lively discussion!

No Gods, No Masters: Women in Atheism

Our meeting next Tuesday will be the first session of No Gods, No Masters–consisting of discussion on the relationship between sex, race, and religion. This week’s focus will be on Women in Atheism, presented by Amanda Brown. We will talk about feminism, women’s socially constructed roles, and sexism, and how these all play a part even in the secular world. Why is the perception that most atheists are old white men?  Who are the women currently representing the secular movement, and what can be done to improve female presence?

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7:00pm – 8:00pm Kansas Union – Jayhawk Room
8:00pm Campus Chalking

Dinner following at Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Cafe

Next Week’s Meeting: Coming Out as Nonreligious
One of the hardest things for nonbelievers is to openly admit their views to their friends, families, and communities. It’s also one of the most important ways one can help support the secular cause, simply by being “out”. Share stories with others who have made the leap, or gain insight and advice if you have yet to come out.

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7:00pm
Location: Kansas Union – Jayhawk Room

World Trade Center Cross Controversy

This Tuesday’s meeting will be about the recent American Atheist lawsuit to remove the World Trade Center Cross, and the controversy surrounding that issue. Is it a violation of church and state or does it have a rightful place in the memorial? Do the PR implications for atheists matter? Are Christian’s trying to monopolize a national tragedy while excluding hundreds of non-religious persons that died that day?

Join us for what is sure to be a spirited discussion.
7:00pm – 8:00pm Kansas Union – Centenial Room
Dinner Following (Check FB the Day of for Location)

For links to background reading, click here to visit the public facebook event page.

Next Week:  Atheism 101

An introduction to the concepts and terms related to atheism and agnosticism. Catch up on the termonology the movers and shakers in the movement. A great way to kick-start after meeting conversations and keep up with fast paced debates. Presentation will be followed by discussion.

SOMA Pool Party!
SOMA’s Official Beginning-of-the-Year Party is here!

Join all your fellow atheists/agnostics/freethinkers for a fun-filled day of pool activities and socializing!

The party starts at 2pm this Friday, at the Connection Apartments, at 31st & Ousdahl.
Come by when you’re done with classes for the day, to relax and socialize.

The following activities are available ALL day:
-Pool
-Hottub
-Sand and Water Volleyball
-Games of Pool, Foosball and more in the Clubhouse
-General debauchery and good company
-Food and Grills (have some of ours or bring some of yours!)

RSVP on Facebook. Soft drinks will be provided, Alcohol is BYOB.  If you choose to drink, please DO NOT bring alcohol in a glass container. You WILL be removed from the pool area. Know your limits, watch the backs of those around you, and never drink and drive.

The God Virus: A Sexually Transmitted Disease?
This Tuesday’s meeting will feature clinical psychologist, sex researcher, and internationally known author Darrel Ray. He will present his research and ideas on the transmission of religious belief through the metaphor of the God Virus as well his findings on human sexuality. Dr. Ray is always entertaining, and one of our highest rated Reasonfest speakers. Not to be missed!

The meeting starts at 7:00pm sharp, Tuesday Sept. 6th, in the Parlor room of the Kansas Union.

SOMA Pool Party!
SOMA’s Official Beginning-of-the-Year Party is here!

Join all your fellow atheists/agnostics/freethinkers for a fun-filled day of pool activities and socializing!

The party starts at 2pm this Friday, at the Connection Apartments, at 31st & Ousdahl.
Come by when you’re done with classes for the day, to relax and socialize.

The following activities are available ALL day:
-Pool
-Hottub
-Sand and Water Volleyball
-Games of Pool, Foosball and more in the Clubhouse
-General debauchery and good company
-Food and Grills (have some of ours or bring some of yours!)

RSVP on Facebook. Soft drinks will be provided, Alcohol is BYOB.  If you choose to drink, please DO NOT bring alcohol in a glass container. You WILL be removed from the pool area. Know your limits, watch the backs of those around you, and never drink and drive.

The God Virus: A Sexually Transmitted Disease?
This Tuesday’s meeting will feature clinical psychologist, sex researcher, and internationally known author Darrel Ray. He will present his research and ideas on the transmission of religious belief through the metaphor of the God Virus as well his findings on human sexuality. Dr. Ray is always entertaining, and one of our highest rated Reasonfest speakers. Not to be missed!

The meeting starts at 7:00pm sharp, Tuesday Sept. 6th, in the Parlor room of the Kansas Union.

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