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.

Volunteer opportunities with CVAAS

We could use your help!


CVAAS is always looking for people that want to help us create and grow.


Opportunities to help include:


  • Writing and content creation
  • Graphics design
  • Desktop publishing
  • Podcast production
  • Website maintenance
  • Media relations
  • Public outreach
  • Advertising


If you have skills in any of these areas (or want to learn some of these skills) why don’t you let us know?


But what is in it for you?  Sure, you are doing this because you enjoy being a part of a secular / skeptical organization.  But it could mean more to you.


  • Volunteering with CVAAS is something that you can add to your resume.  Volunteer with us, and we will gladly provide volunteer references and a volunteer confirmation letter.
  • You could apply to become a “volunteer affiliate member” of CVAAS.  If accepted, you can trade 20 hours of volunteer time for a full one-year membership.
  • As a volunteer you can help make CVAAS a better organization – which benefits you, as a member!


Get started as a volunteer by letting us know!  Contact us in the form below, and let us know how you want to help.


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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!

Become a member of CVAAS

Would you like to become part of the Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics?


Our events are usually open to everyone, although occasionally we will host a “members only” event.  We also host on our website material that is for members only.  This can be presentations, videos or audio.  We also have a “members only” area in our online forum.


Becoming a member allows us to create and host better local events.


It seems like all the really “cool” events for atheism and skepticism are a 3 to 6 hour drive away, and cost a lot of money to attend.  CVAAS wants to help you out by creating local events that are fun and inexpensive.


Most often these events are centered on local venues, and occasionally we get together to create a day-trip to a cave, a fossil dig, or to the beach or a wine tasting trip.


And every year we have one or two major events where we invite a well-known speaker in the atheist or skeptical community to speak.  This costs money.  Selling tickets and asking for donations is one way that CVAAS finances these events.  Membership definitely helps!


You can purchase different membership levels in our online store.


We offer four different levels of membership.  Member, Student / Hardship, Volunteer and Associate.  Except for associate membership, all levels of membership are considered “paid” memberships, and offer full member benefits.  An associate membership is considered an “unpaid” membership and is limited in benefits.


Individual Member
Individual membership

Individual Membership


This is our full price membership which gives you all benefits of CVAAS membership, plus a $5.00 discount on the price of our annual Heretic’s Barbecue ticket.


As a CVAAS member, you can vote in CVAAS elections, run for office, serve on committees, and help steer the direction of our group.


Individual membership gives you access to “Members Only” areas of the CVAAS website, and allows you to post on our CVAAS discussion forum.


Membership also provides you with invitations to our “Members Only” functions. And you can opt-in to our members only email list, which will inform you of fun members only upcoming events.


Student / Hardship Membership

Student / Hardship Membership


This membership is half-priced.  To become a member under the Student / Hardship membership, you must be enrolled as a three quarter or full-time student, or be able to demonstrate financial hardship.  You will need to be approved by a CVAAS officer to receive this membership.


Once approved, you will be treated as a full member of CVAAS, with all the benefits of Individual Membership.



Volunteer Affiliate Membership

Volunteer / Affiliate Membership


Have you ever dreamed of being a minion?


To receive a CVAAS membership as a volunteer, you must first apply to become a CVAAS volunteer and pledge to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours for CVAAS for a one-year period in a non-officer position.


Once approved, you will be treated as a full member of CVAAS, with all the benefits of Individual Membership.


Associate Membership


Associate Membership
Associate Membership

So you want to be on our official email list?  You want to be forewarned about upcoming events via our automated email system?  You want to peek behind the curtains of our website just a little, but are not interested in joining in completely?


That’s fine.  You can sign up as an associate member of CVAAS for no cost to you.


There are some downsides.  You don’t get to vote in CVAAS elections or meetings.  You can’t run for office.  You will not get a discount for the Heretic’s Barbecue.  But if that is fine for you, then this is the membership that you want!