New Bylaws

This post, along with the official posting in the CVAAS event calendar, serves notice to the CVAAS membership of the intent to adopt new bylaws.

You may view these proposed bylaws on our public folder located here.


CVAAS has attempted to become a nonprofit organization in the past.  As part of our application, we submitted a set of bylaws that were refused for not meeting California guidelines for bylaws.  As part of that refusal, the CVAAS application for non-profit status was delayed.

We have since cleared the delay, and have received our official refusal letter which indicated the changes required to meet nonprofit requirements.

Click here to read the new bylaws
Since the CVAAS bylaws needed to be modified, we also took the opportunity to update those bylaws to better reflect our operations, and to allow room for future growth.

The CVAAS Board of Directors along with interested members have been working on these bylaws since October 2016.  In accordance with nonprofit law, these bylaws are now submitted for viewing by the membership.

Members in good standing with CVAAS have the right to vote on the acceptance of these bylaws when they are presented at our monthly business meeting on March 5th, 2017.  

Once accepted, CVAAS will submit our final nonprofit application to the IRS.  


Announcing CVAAS Bylaws amendments

In order to become a non-profit, CVAAS is required to amend its bylaws.

We have taken this opportunity to amend many parts of our bylaws in order to become a more effective organization.

The proposed updated bylaws can be viewed here.  

There may be changes to the new bylaws during the month of January as we discuss them further.  CVAAS will reviewing our updated bylaws during our February 5th business meeting.  If accepted during that meeting, we will be voting on them during our March 5th Business meeting.

These proposed bylaws were planned using the mind mapping software called “Xmind”.  You can view the PDF mind-map of these bylaws here.

You may view the current CVAAS bylaws here.

Results of Election, and a business decision


CVAAS held its annual election of officers on Sunday, September 4th.  All incumbent officers except for one retained their current positions.  Treasurer Amy Maggini declined in favor of David Costa.  David has been CVAAS vice president in the past, and he’s welcome again as a CVAAS officer.  Amy will still be a part of CVAAS, so say “hi!” when you see her at the Heretic’s Barbecue.

The CVAAS officers page has been updated.  

As a reminder, members can find election votes and results in our business meeting minutes, which are found in the Online Documents section of the “Members” tab above.

Business decision:

How can you help?  Click here!Our journey to non-profit status has hit a bump.  Due to IRS delays and an error, the IRS has rejected our application for non-profit status.  To correct this error will require an amendment of our bylaws.  During a review of the CVAAS bylaws at our business meeting, it was decided to make changes that will affect the way that CVAAS operates in order to encourage membership participation, and to provide an official method for our associates to advise our organization.

Look for an upcoming announcement via email to CVAAS membership to encourage all members who wish to be part of our bylaw changes to join the bylaw committee.  

Once the amended bylaws are completed another email announcement will be made to all members to notify everyone of the impending bylaw voting date and location.

Non-profit status is important to CVAAS.  This will allow us to continue to bring quality speakers to Fresno, and it will allow us to create more events and opportunities for the secular and skeptical community.  You are certainly invited to join us in any of these events.  And if decide to become a member, you will be able to help us decide what CVAAS is going to do next!