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.

CVAAS Member walks on water!

Members of CVAAS are pretty unique.  But there is something VERY special about one CVAAS member, Cart Duncan.


Cart walks on water!


Our first experience with Cart walking on water was at the second annual Heretic’s Barbecue.  At that event, CVAAS built a large container, and filled it with “Non-Newtonian Fluid”.  A mixture of cornstarch and water was used to create Oobleck, a type of non-Newtonian fluid that can withstand sheer stress while still remaining fluid.


Many CVAAS members walked across this mixture, but none with as much flair as Cart!


The next time we observed Cart striding across water was at a trip to Santa Cruz.


Escaping to the beach is a popular summertime destination for CVAAS members.  The Santa Cruz boardwalk, beaches, and restaurants are very popular.  As is the Cannery Row of Monterey.  The shoreline patio of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop in Monterey is a favorite place for members to hang out and enjoy the cooler weather.  Who cares if it is 100 degrees in Fresno?  In Monterey it is just the right temperature for hot chocolate and fascinating conversation!


Cart has also led CVAAS members to explore the history of the Fresno Fulton Mall, and when he isn’t traveling to some far off and exotic location, you can find him at many of our events.  We even talked him into donating blood!


CVAAS is made up of a lot of very interesting and diverse people.  Would you like to be part of that?  Maybe you can’t walk on water, but if you would like to try, consider joining CVAAS.  Lets go have some fun!