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HANDBOOK

OF

United Society of Friends Women International

 

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This HANDBOOK is prepared by the Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International with the hope that all members will understand our organization and its rightful place in the life and work of Friends.

 

The Constitution and By-Laws of the United Society of Friends Women International will be found herein.  Duties of officers and secretaries of departments are clearly outlines, financial matters are explained, and detailed and helpful explanations are given for specific areas.

 

Revised and reprinted 2016

 

PURPOSES

 

The purposes of the United Society of Friends Women International are the following:

            to enlist and unite all Friends women in Christian Fellowship and service.

            to work cooperatively with constituent Yearly Meetings, Associations and members-at-large.

            to share in the mission of the church everywhere.

            to stimulate spiritual development.

            to cultivate Christian stewardship.

            to nurture education for mission among Friends, including youth and children.

 

(see Article II Constitution and By-Laws)

 

Through study and active participation in the program of the United Society of Friends Women International, we increase our concerns for the needs of those around us.  Some of these concerns are met by the local society, other by the combined societies working together at the yearly meeting level, still others at the national and international level.

 

The framework of the United Society of Friends Women International is flexible enough to allow societies to adjust practices and procedures to their own situations.

 

STRUCTURE

 

The United Society of Friends Women International is the overall organization of Yearly Meeting United Societies.

 

The Executive Committee is composed of officers, secretaries of departments, clerk of John Sarrin Scholarship committee, and the staff of the official publication.  This committee guides and coordinates the interest of Friends women by close contact with the yearly meeting presidents or presiding clerks and department secretaries.  This planning welds the members into a united group of fellowship, prayer, and service.  The Executive Committee is chosen from constituent yearly meetings.  (see Article X and XI).

 

YEARLY MEETING UNITED SOCIETY

 

The women’s societies of the constituent yearly meetings are united in an organization much after the pattern of the United Society of Friends Women International and close association between all societies is maintained.  Their officers and secretaries extend and promote the program to be carried out in local societies.

 

LOCAL SOCIETY

 

The local societies comprise the Yearly Meeting United Society.  Each local society is an integral part of its own meeting and may consist of the women who are members of the meeting and any others who desire to further the work and purpose of the society.

 

A local society may be called……..Women’s Society, using the name of its own meeting or any other name it so desires.

 

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

 

A woman who is interested in the goals and work of the United Society of Friends Women International but who is not a member of a local society may be a member-at-large.

 

RELATIONSHIPS

 

FRIENDS UNITED MEETING

 

Although the United Society of Friends Women International is an autonomous organization, it cooperates with Friends United Meeting. The United Society of Friends Women International is represented on the General Board of Friends United Meeting by the president/presiding clerk.

 

OTHER RELATIONSHIPS

The United Society of Friends Women International cooperates with related Friends agencies and committees, and representatives are appointed to Church Women United. Friends women are encouraged to participate in these interdenominational programs on the local, state, national, and international levels.

 

UNITED SOCIETY OF FRIENDS WOMEN, INCORPORATED

 

There is a corporation known as United Society of Friends Women, Inc. This corporation was formed in April 1970, under the laws of the State of Indiana for the primary purpose of accepting and administering the John J. Sarrin bequest and other bequests. This corporation is administered by the Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International sitting as the United Society of Friends Women, Inc.

 

ORGANIZATION

 

 

United Society of Friends Women International

 

Officers

 

President/Presiding Clerk

Vice-President/Assistant Presiding Clerk

Secretary/Recording Clerk

Treasurer

 

Departments of Work

 

Adult Missionary Education

Children and Youth Missionary Education

Stewardship

Peace and Christian Social Concerns

Literature and Reading Course

Christian Service

Program

History and Records

 

Clerk of John Sarrin Scholarship Committee

 

Staff of Official Publication

 

Editor

Subscription Manager

 

 

The Executive Committee is comprised of persons filling the positions listed above, and the description of duties and responsibilities may be used as a guide for yearly meeting united societies and local societies. More information may be found in the Constitution and By-Laws of the organization on pages 12 to 20 of this Handbook.

 

There will be additional areas such as publicity, music, and hospitality that will need to be cared for by additional local officers.

 

Local societies may combine departments of work as necessary or as interest indicates.

 

DUTIES OF OFFICERS

 

Each officer will keep in close touch with Friends women on all levels, giving guidance and help wherever she can. Her attention to details will help in the cooperation of officers and secretaries and will create a spirit of unity.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF DEPARTMENTS AND SECRETARIES

 

MISSIONARY EDUCATION – Adult, Children and Youth

 

These departments will promote concerns for mission through reading, information, participation in mission projects, and service projects. Those responsible for these areas of work will seek to lead others in useful service for Christ, to encourage them to expand their mental and spiritual capacities and to give inspiration and help in any needed way.

 

STEWARDSHIP

 

This department will encourage systematic giving of time, talents, and resources. Personal devotions and Bible reading are necessary to the Christian’s growth and are closely akin to the stewardship of our lives. The annual Thank Offering should be publicized, and stewardship programs and helpful information should be made available and presented at every opportunity.

 

PEACE AND CHRISTIAN SOCIAL CONCERNS

 

This department will provide programs, projects and materials on peace and justice, race, temperance, substance abuse and other social concerns. This may be done through institutes, seminars, conferences and printed material.

 

CHRISTIAN SERVICE

 

This department will work closely with related organizations and pass along information on service work that is needed locally, nationally, and worldwide. Close cooperation will be necessary with Friends United Meeting, related Friends organizations, yearly meeting mission projects, and those local organizations that provide similar help.

 

LITERATURE AND READING COURSE

 

This department promotes and provides for the reading of the selected Reading Course books each year within local societies and yearly meetings.  The list of books is supplied by the Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International. Yearly Meeting Literature Secretaries may make additions to their reading lists if they so desire.

 

HISTORIAN

 

It will be the duty of the Historian to collect pertinent facts and papers, to catalog available materials and place them in the Friends Collection at Lilly Library at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. She will also create and maintain interest in the United Society of Friends Women International through its history by appropriate writings and presentations.

 

PROGRAM EDITOR

 

It will be the duty of the Program Editor to plan the year’s programs for the BLUEPRINTS and Program

Calendars. She will obtain the writers, edit the programs, and arrange for printing. The yearly meeting united societies and local societies may wish to assign program planning to another officer or to their executive committees.

 

JOHN SARRIN SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

 

This committee is responsible for the granting of scholarships, in keeping with the wishes of John Sarrin

as specified in his will, and for other business involving the John Sarrin Trust. The yearly meeting united societies and local societies will have no corresponding committee.

 

PUBLICATION STAFF EDITOR

 

It will be the duty of the Editor of the official publication to have oversight of the publication, write and obtain editorials and articles, and edit all materials.

 

SUBSCRIPTION MANAGER

 

It will be the duty of the Subscription Manager to keep accurate records of all subscriptions and renewals, and provide promotional material to encourage subscriptions. She will serve as treasurer and will submit financial statements regularly to the Executive Committee.

 

OUTREACH

 

FOUR FUNDS

 

The recipients of the Four Funds are selected each year by the Executive Committee of the United   Society of Friends Women International.

 

LOVE

 

The Love Fund was created in 1914 when additional funds were needed so that Esther Baird could continue her missionary work in India. Because of this she was able to continue 24 years more, thus serving a total of 46 years. Since her death recipients have been chosen from the teaching staff of Friends Girls School in Ramallah, Palestine, workers in Uganda and Chicago Fellowship of Friends.

 

FAITH

The Faith Fund was established in 1925 so that Alice I. Kennedy might return to her work in Jamaica. Since her retirement the recipient of this fund has been chosen from among the workers in Africa.

 

HOPE

 

The Hope Fund was established in 1928 to enable American Friends Board of Missions to put another worker on a home mission field in Monroe County, Tennessee. In recent years the recipient of this fund has been chosen from Jamaica or Belize.

 

JOY

 

The Joy Fund was started in 1935 to commemorate the many years of joyous service, which Eliza Armstrong Cox gave to the Women’s Missionary Union (now the United Society of Friends Women International). Because of her special interest in the American Indian, the money goes to help support women working in Native American Centers.

 

KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

 

Local societies pay into the Keys to the Kingdom for special projects chosen each year by the Executive

Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International, taking into consideration specific needs of the Friends United Meeting World Ministries and various other Friends organizations.

 

UNITED THANK OFFERING

 

The Thank Offering is a special offering given annually, or semi-annually, by members of local societies in recognition of God’s favor and mercy. The United Thank Offering is given for projects chosen each year by the Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International. The Stewardship Secretary is responsible for promoting these projects.

 

CHILDREN AND YOUTH PROJECTS

 

Each year the Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International chooses projects that will be of interest to children and youth. The children and Youth Missionary Education Secretary is responsible for promoting these projects.

 

CHRISTIAN SERVICE PROJECT

 

The Christian Service Department was originally established to supply material needs of service organizations and the mission fields. Because of changing conditions this has been made a monetary project. This, too, is chosen each year by the Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International and is promoted by the Christian Service Secretary.

 

PEACE AND CHRISTIAN SOCIAL CONCERNS PROJECT

 

Projects in the field of Social Concerns are chosen each year by the Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International and are promoted by the Peace and Christian Social Concerns Secretary.

FINANCES

 

ANNUAL REPORT

 

Christian stewardship should be the basis of all giving. All members are expected to make annual contributions of money to the local society through offerings, pledges, or gifts.

 

An annual budget may be prepared and approved by the local society or special offerings may be taken throughout the year that will provide funds. The total budget or giving should include all money designated for the following projects:

 

1. Membership apportionment (Art.XIII, Sec.1)

2. Keys to the Kingdom

3. The Four Funds

4. United Thank Offering

5. Children and Youth Project

6. Christian Service Project

7. Peace and Christian Social Concerns Project

8. Other projects approved by the local society.

 

GENERAL FUND

UNITED SOCIETY OF FRIENDS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL

 

Support for the General Fund comes from Membership apportionment, one half of each membership in the Eliza Armstrong Cox fellowship, and general unrestricted contributions. The General Fund is distributed as follows:

 

Allowances to the following members serving on the Executive Committee:

Expense of executive committee meetings, including travel.

Travel expense of the President/Presiding Clerk

Expense of officers and department secretaries

Subsidy of the official publication as needed

Printing expense

Triennial Conference Fund

 

Contributions to:

Other Friends organizations

Church Women United

 

 

ELIZA ARMSTRONG COX FELLOWSHIP

Anyone may be made a member of the Eliza Armstrong Cox Fellowship of the United Society of Friends Women International by payment of $25.00 (For United Societies outside the United States the amount will be determined by the Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International after consultation with the United Society of Friends Women Executive Committee of that Yearly Meeting.) The established amount shall be divided equally between the Yearly Meeting United Society of Friends Women and the General Fund of the United Society of Friends Women International. Members-at-Large shall pay the full $25.00 to the United Society of Friends Women International General Fund.

 

FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year of the United Society of Friends Women International is January 1 to December 31. The yearly meeting united societies and the local societies may use this or any other fiscal year of their choice, as long as monies are paid regularly to the Treasurer of United Society of Friends Women International.

 

PUBLICATIONS

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION of the United Society of Friends Women International seeks to encourage high standards of Christian living: to publish information of Friends work, especially missions; and to aid and correlate the activities of Friends women. All subscriptions, renewals, and changes of address should be sent to the Subscription Manager, whose address is on page 2 of each issue of the publication. When sending a change of address be sure to send both the old and the new addresses. Remittance must accompany each subscription. Prompt renewal and early notice of address change will make it possible for subscribers to receive every issue. The subscription price is on page 2 of each issue. The Editor and Subscription Manager of the official publication are appointed by the United Society of Friends Women International Executive Committee.

 

BLUEPRINTS is the book that contains suggested programs for the local society. Devotions accompany each program. This publication is intended as a guide and should be supplemented or expanded to meet local needs and interests.

 

PROGRAM CALENDARS are for use by local societies to arrange programs, designate leaders, hostesses, and officers.

 

THE READING COURSE is a list of recommended reading. It is helpful for each society to own a set of books to be passed among members. Free lists are available on request from the Literature Secretary.

 

REPORT BLANKS are available on request from the Literature Secretary to be used if the local society keeps a record of readers or if the yearly meeting gives completion certificates.

 

WHERE TO ORDER SUPPLIES: All orders for BLUEPRINTS, Program Calendars, Reading Course Book lists, and report blanks should be sent to the Literature Secretary of the United Society of Friends Women International. This name and address is on page 2 of the official publication.

 

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

Of the

UNITED SOCIETY OF FRIENDS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL

 

Preamble

Whereas, in the growth of the missionary spirit among Friends we came to have a Women’s Home Mission Council, and whereas, this organization was accepted by the Triennial Conference of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Union as an associate in the Conference held in May, 1914, in Muncie, Indiana, and whereas, in the Conference held in October, 1917, the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Union and Woman’s Home Mission Council were merged into one organization to be governed by one constitution and by-laws and to be directed  by one set of officers, and to be known as the Woman’s Missionary Union of Friends in America; and whereas, there are ever broadening responsibilities evolving for Christian women, and the need exists for enlisting all  the women of Friends Meetings to share in the mission of the Church at home and abroad and in order that a more unified organization might be consummated through which all of the interests of Friends women might be channeled, therefore it was approved at the Conference held in Poughkeepsie, New York, May 1-5, 1948 that this organization be known as the United Society of Friends Women. Since united societies of Friends women were being formed by yearly meetings in other countries, the word “international” was added to the name in 1974. In order to increase our efficiency and in order to give opportunity for wider interests and service in the extension of the Kingdom of God, we adopt the following Constitution and By-Laws.

 

Article I – Name

This organization shall be called the United Society of Friends Women International.

 

Article II – Purpose

Section 1. The purpose of the United Society of Friends Women International shall be that of cooperation of the constituent organizations and members-at-large to enlist and unite Friends women in Christian fellowship and service, to share in the mission of the church at home and abroad, to stimulate spiritual development, to cultivate Christian stewardship, to assist in the development of the spirit of mission among Friends, to initiate and encourage education for mission in the membership of the meetings, including children and youth.

 

Section 2. The United Society of Friends Women International is organized exclusively for religious, charitable and educational purposes, as those terms are defined in Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c) (3).

 

Article III -- Relationship

The activities of the United Society of Friends Women International shall be correlated with the total program of the church.

 

Article IV -- Membership

Section 1. The United Society of Friends Women International shall be comprised of such yearly meetings of local societies as may unite on the basis of this Constitution.

 

Section 2. The women members of the local meeting and any others who desire to further the purpose of the society may be members.

 

Section 3. A woman who is interested in the goals and work of the United Society of Friends Women International but who is not a member of a local society may be a member-at-large by:

a. requesting membership in writing to the United Society of Friends Women International.

b. paying an annual amount determined by the United Society of Friends Women International Executive Committee. This amount will be sufficient to include subscription to the official publication of the United Society of Friends Women International, BLUEPRINTS, and Handbook.

 

Section 4. Any Yearly Meeting of Friends Women outside the United States of America wishing to become a member of the United Society of Friends Women International may do so by:

a. organizing after the pattern of the Constitution and By-laws as stated in the handbook of the United Society of Friends Women International.

b. requesting membership in writing to the United Society of Friends Women International.

c. paying an annual amount based on their total membership to the United Society of Friends Women International. This amount shall be determined by the Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International after consulting with the Yearly Meeting United Society of Friends Women requesting Membership.

 

Article V – Article V –Officers:  Appointments and Terms

Section 1. The officers of the United Society of Friends Women International shall be president/ presiding clerk, a vice-president/ assistant presiding clerk, a secretary/recording clerk, and a treasurer.

 

Section 2. The officers of president/ presiding clerk, secretary/recording clerk, and treasurer shall be approved at the Triennial Conference for one term. A term shall consist of the interim period between Triennial Conferences. The vice-president/assistant presiding clerk shall be named by the Executive Committee from the Secretaries of the Departments of Work named in Article VII.

Section 3. Any officer, with her consent, with her nomination, and with general approval of the membership, may serve more than one term, but not to exceed three consecutive terms. Service is again possible after a three-year interim.

 

Section 4. Any person nominated to an office shall be a member of a yearly meeting participating in the United

Society of Friends Women International or a member-at large.

 

Article VI – Duties of Officers

 

PRESIDENT/PRESIDING CLERK: It shall be the duty of the president/presiding clerk to preside at the business sessions and meetings of representatives at the Triennial Conference, and at all meetings of the

Executive Committee and United Society of Friends Women, Inc. She shall serve ex officio on all committees. She shall maintain communications with yearly meetings by visits and correspondence, and shall oversee the general work of the United Society of Friends Women International. She shall represent the United Society of Friends Women International on the General Board of Friends United Meeting.

 

VICE-PRESIDENT/ASSISTANT PRESIDING CLERK: It shall be the duty of the vice president/assistant presiding clerk to preside at meetings in the absence of the president/presiding clerk and to assist in the duties of that office. She shall also assume the responsibility of the secretary of a department of work.

 

SECRETARY/RECORDING CLERK: It shall be the duty of the secretary/recording clerk to keep a correct record of the sessions of the Triennial Conference, of meetings of the Executive Committee, and of the United Society of Friends Women, Inc., and to assist the president/presiding clerk in caring for correspondence of the United Society of Friends Women International.

 

TREASURER: It shall be the duty of the treasurer to hold in trust the funds of the United Society of Friends Women International, keeping a book account; present a detailed report of receipts and disbursements to the

Triennial Conference; make payments when authorized by the president; report monthly to the president the balance of all funds; and arrange for an annual audit of books.

 

Article VII – Departments of Work: Appointments and Terms

 

Section 1. The departments of work through which the United Society of Friends Women International shall operate are the following:

Adult Missionary Education

Children and Youth Missionary Education

Stewardship

Peace and Christian Social Concerns

Literature and Reading Course

Christian Service

Program

History and Records

 

Section 2. Secretaries for these departments shall be approved at the Triennial Conference for one term. A term shall consist of the interim period between Triennial Conferences

Section 3. Any department secretary, with her consent, with her nomination, and with general approval of the membership, may serve more than one term, but not exceed three consecutive terms. Service is again possible after a three-year-interim.

 

Section 4. Any person nominated to serve as a secretary of a department of work shall be a member of a yearly meeting participating in the United Society of Friends Women International or a member-at-large.

 

Article VIII – Duties of Secretaries of Departments

 

It shall be the duty of the secretary of each department to plan, arrange for and assist in carrying out programs and activities within her department, working in close contact with the secretary in the corresponding work of yearly meeting and local societies. She shall make regular contributions to the official publication. It may be advisable to ask a department secretary to serve as vice-president of the Executive Committee.

 

Article IX – John Sarrin Scholarship Committee

 

Section 1. Members of this committee shall be appointed for a three-year term by USFW, INC. upon recommendation of the John Sarrin Scholarship Committee (JSSC).  The committee shall be made up of six members: the JSSC Clerk, the USFWI President/Presiding Clerk, two additional members from USFW, INC, plus two members from the constituency of USFWI. A treasurer shall be appointed by the JSSC from among the four members other than the JSSC Clerk and the USFWI President. Each appointment shall be for one term of three years on a rotating basis, with a three term consecutive limit, except for the JSSC clerk, the USFWI president and the JSSC treasurer. Those appointed begin serving at the first meeting of the John Sarrin Scholarship Committee following the spring meeting of USFW, INC. at which they were appointed.

 

Section 2. The clerk of the John Sarrin Scholarship Committee shall be appointed for a three-year term by USFW, INC. upon recommendation of the committee. The clerk shall serve as a member of the Executive

Committee of USFWI with her expenses paid by the Sarrin Fund.

 

Section 3. The John Sarrin Scholarship Committee shall be responsible for granting scholarships from the trust fund provided by John Sarrin in keeping with his wishes as specified in his will, and for other business involving the John Sarrin Trust.

 

Article X – The Executive Committee

Section 1. The officers, secretaries of departments, clerk of John Sarrin Scholarship Committee, and the staff of the official publication shall constitute the Executive Committee.

 

Section 2. Executive Committee members may serve 3 consecutive terms. Service is again possible after a three-year-interim. The service can be in one or more positions and begins after fulfilling any unexpired term. This limit does not apply to the Advocate Editor and Subscription Manager, and Sarrin Committee Clerk since these appointments are made by the Executive Committee

 

Section 3. The Executive Committee recommends that a secretary/officer be appointed from either East Africa

or the Middle East. The United Society of Friends Women International will provide sufficient funds for travel to one meeting of the Executive Committee regardless of the number of meetings per year she is able to attend.

 

Section 4. The Executive Committee recommends that a secretary/officer be appointed from the Caribbean.

This person will hold full participation on the Executive Committee regardless of the number of meetings per

year she is able to attend.

 

Section 5. The Executive Committee shall represent the United Society of Friends Women International ad interim of the Triennial Conference. It shall fill vacancies as may occur on the Executive Committee; it shall plan and arrange for the holding of the Triennial Conference. It shall appoint the Editor and Subscription Manager of the official publication of the United Society of Friends Women International and such other   assistants as are advisable for the execution of the work of the United Society of Friends Women International. It shall be responsible for the general oversight of all work of the United Society of Friends Women International.

 

Section 6. The Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International shall constitute the Publication Committee.

 

Section 7. There shall be at least one meeting of the Executive Committee each year.

 

Article XI -- Nominations

 

At the beginning of the Triennium, the President/Presiding Clerk appoints two previous Board members to serve as the Nominating Committee. This committee is approved by the Executive Committee. The nominating committee shall submit its report at the next Triennial Conference. Consent of each nominee shall be secured before the presentation of the name as a candidate. The nominating committee shall submit a progress report to the Executive Committee at their Spring Meeting prior to the Triennial Conference and continue to provide updates until the conference, if there are changes.   

 

Article XII -- Publications

 

Section 1. The Publication Committee shall be responsible for the official publication of the United Society of Friends Women International; Blueprints, the annual program guide; and such other literature as may be helpful. (See Article X, sec. 2 & 3.)

 

Section 2. The Editor shall plan, edit, and oversee the publishing of the official publication. The Subscription Manager shall receive and record subscriptions and finances as related to the official publication.

 

Section 3. Planning and editing BLUEPRINTS, the program guide, is the responsibility of the Program Secretary.

 

Article XIII – Finance

 

The Executive Committee shall prepare a budget and secure and disburse funds in the interests of the United

Society of Friends Women International. The General Fund is provided by membership apportionments. (See description of General Fund in Handbook.)

 

Section 1. Each local society shall submit membership apportionment based on active women membership of the society. The amounts for these membership apportionments shall be determined by each Triennial Conference for the following triennium. The Yearly Meeting United Society Treasurer shall receive these funds, 80% of which shall be sent to the Treasurer of the United Society of Friends Women International, 20% to remain in the respective Yearly Meeting United Society.

Section 2. Yearly Meeting Societies outside the United States shall pay an annual apportionment based on their total membership. This apportionment shall be determined by the Executive Committee of the United

Society of Friends Women International after consulting with that Yearly Meeting United Society of Friends

Women.

 

Section 3. Anyone may be made a member of the Eliza Armstrong Cox Fellowship of the United Society of

Friends Women International by payment of $25.00. (For United Societies outside the United States the amount will be determined by the Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International after consultation with the United Society of Friends Women Executive Committee of the Yearly Meeting.) The established amount shall be divided equally between the Yearly Meeting United Society of friends Women and the General Fund of the United Society of Friends Women International. Members-At-Large shall pay the full $25.00 to the United Society of Friends Women International General Fund.

 

Members of the Eliza Armstrong Cox Fellowship shall continue to support the society through annual   membership apportionment and local society responsibilities.

 

Section 4. Additional funds are received through money raised for special projects, pledges, offerings, gifts, and Eliza Armstrong Cox Fellowships. Further assessments or collections may be made by yearly meetings or local societies to meet their own budgets.

 

Section 5. No part of the net earnings of the United Society of Friends Women International shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, officers or other private persons, except that the United

Society of Friends Women International shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth above.

 

No substantial part of the activities of the United Society of Friends Women International shall be carrying on of political propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the United Society of Friends Women International shall not participate in, or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

 

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Constitution and By-Laws, the United Society of Friends Women International shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986

(or any successor provision) or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section

170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or corresponding provision of any future federal tax code).

Upon the dissolution of the United Society of Friends Women International, assets shall be distributed to

Friends United Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, if at the time of distribution, Friends United

Meeting is an organization described in Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) or corresponding provision of any future revenue code, or, if it is not, shall be distributed exclusively for the purposes of the United

Society of Friends Women International in such a manner, or to such an organization organized and

operated exclusively for religious, charitable or educational purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or any successor provision), as the Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International shall determine.

 

Section 6. The fiscal year of the United Society of Friends Women International shall be from January 1 to

December 31.

 

Article XIV – Conference

 

Section 1. The United Society of Friends Women International shall gather for Triennial Conferences, the times and places to be determined by the Executive Committee.

 

Section 2. Representatives to the Triennial Conference shall be as follows: one from each local society and one from each circle of the society; two representatives-at large from each yearly meeting, appointed by that executive committee; the officers and secretaries of departments of work of the yearly meeting executive committee; the staff of the official publication; clerk of the John Sarrin Scholarship Committee; and the officers and secretaries of departments of work of the United Society of Friends Women International.

 

Section 3. Each Yearly Meeting United Society president/presiding clerk shall forward the names of representatives to the secretary/recording clerk of the United Society of Friends Women International not later than one month prior to the Triennial Conference.

 

Section 4. Yearly Meeting United Societies may have the power to fill vacancies in their number of representatives from those of their yearly meeting in attendance at the Triennial Conference.

 

Section 5. Major proposals shall be referred to the meeting of representatives for consideration and recommendation to the general meeting. The Triennial Conference may refer other matters which arise to the representatives for their consideration or recommendation.

 

Section 6. The president/presiding clerk and secretary/recording clerk of the United Society of Friends Women International shall serve as officers of the representatives.

 

Article XV – Revisions

 

Section 1. This Constitution may be amended at the Triennial Conference by approval of those present, notice having been given in two issues of the official publication of the United Society of Friends Women

International that will have been received by subscribers prior to the Triennial Conference.

 

Section 2. This Constitution of the United Society of Friends Women International, in case of emergency, may be amended by approval of the Executive Committee of the United Society of Friends Women International, if the approval is necessary before the date of the next Triennial Conference.

 

 

Revised and amended Triennial Conference 2016

 

Note: Article II, Section 2 and Article XIII, Section 5 are worded to comply with requirements of Internal Revenue Service.