MUFON Minnesota meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at the New Brighton Family Service Center. Meetings start at 2pm and end at 5pm. There is a 15 minute break at ~3pm. There is a social get together time from 1-2pm before the meeting starts. Anyone can attend. Meetings include videos, discussion, updates, news, reports, and attendee input. We try not to be overly structured, but have basic agendas which will be posted on the agenda page. NOTE: MUFON Minnesota has recently begun holding bi-monthly meetings at the Waite Park American Legion. See UFO Events for more date and time of upcoming meetings.
BYLAWS OF MUFON MINNESOTA A non-profit Corporation under MN Statute 317 A ARTICLE I: NAME, OBJECTIVES AND GOVERNANCE Section 1: The name of this organization shall be MUFON Minnesota. In conformity with common usage within MUFON, the business name shall be Minnesota MUFON. Section 2: Purpose and Mission: The purpose of MUFON Minnesota is to support our parent organization Mutual UFO Network, Inc.(MUFON) in their quest to resolve the mystery known as unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and all of its related ramifications in a scientific manner. The mission of MUFON Minnesota is to inform and educate the public about the UFO phenomena and investigate sighting reports. Section 3: Incorporation: MUFON Minnesota has been incorporated in the State of Minnesota as a non-profit corporation, MN Statute 317A, under Charter Number 2338469-3 on May 2, 2007 and is a corporation in good standing. The mailing address for MUFON Minnesota is that of the Treasurer, Kathy Blixrud. MUFON Minnesota shall be governed by its Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws. The annual corporate meetings will be held twice each year (March and September). Special meetings may be called at any time by the Chairman and two other members of the Board of Directors. ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP Any resident of Minnesota who is a member of the Mutual UFO Network, Inc. is considered to be a member of MUFON Minnesota. ARTICLE III: FINANCIAL Section 1: Fiscal year: The fiscal year of MUFON Minnesota shall be Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Section 2: Bank account: A banking account, or accounts, convenient to the principal office, will be maintained for organizational funds. Savings or investment accounts may be opened by authorization of the Board of Directors. The Chairman has the authority to pay normal expenses incurred for the operation of MUFON Minnesota. Expenditures of more than $100 for any single item require the prior approval of the Board of Directors. Signature authority - Authorized signer(s) on MUFON Minnesota account(s) will be approved by the Board of Directors. Section 3: Income and Expenses Expenses incurred by MUFON Minnesota shall be paid by assessing a nominal fee to those in attendance at meetings. Amount of assessment shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Section 4: Annual Financial Report At the conclusion of each fiscal year, the Director, Treasurer and Secretary will prepare an Annual Financial Report for submittal to the Board of Directors and to government agencies as required. Section 5: Audit The Corporation's books of account shall be audited from time-to-time by auditors named by the Board of Directors. ARTICLE IV: CORPORATION OFFICERS The Corporate Officers of MUFON Minnesota shall be: (1) State Director (Chairman), (2) Assistant State Director (Vice-chair), (3) Treasurer and (4) Secretary. The corporate officers, named by the Board of Directors, may succeed themselves for an unspecified number of terms. ARTICLE V: POWERS AND DUTIES OF CORPORATE OFFICERS Section 1: State Director The State Director shall be the Chief Executive Officer of MUFON Minnesota. The State Director is responsible for the administration and operation of MUFON Minnesota. The State Director is duly authorized to conduct MUFON Minnesota business and to sign checks or drafts upon MUFON Minnesota funds. The State Director may hire office staff as required to conduct MUFON Minnesota business. Section 2: Assistant State Director The Assistant State Director shall assume the duties of the State Director when the State Director is unable to attend a meeting. Section 3: Treasurer The Treasurer shall keep the true complete records of all financial transactions and may delegate duties to the Secretary in that regard. The Treasurer is authorized to sign or countersign MUFON Minnesota checks. The Treasurer will approve and sign the Annual Financial Report before it is submitted to the Board of Directors. Section 4: Corporate Secretary: The Secretary shall keep the true complete records of the proceedings at all corporate annual meetings, and prepare any annual reports for submittal to government agencies as required. The Secretary shall rule on Points of Order in conformance with Robert’s Rules of Order. The office and duties of Secretary may be assumed by another corporate officer upon action of the Board of Directors. ARTICLE VI: BOARD OF DIRECTORS Section 1: Composition The Board of Directors shall consist of the Corporate Officers as set forth above, plus other members consisting of the Certified Field Investigators who wish to serve and “at-large” members elected by the Board of Directors or the local MUFON members. Those Field Investigators or MUFON members who wish to serve shall indicate this verbally or in writing and may be nominated at a Board of Directors meeting. Section 2: Election Initial members of the Board of Directors shall be appointed by the Incorporator. New directors will be elected to a board position by a majority vote of the board of directors. The Secretary shall keep a current list of the members of the Board of Directors. Section 3: Term Board members shall serve for an unspecified period of time until written resignation or inability to fulfill their duties. The Incorporator of MUFON Minnesota shall always hold a position on the Board of Directors. Section 4: Meetings A duly held meeting will consist of a quorum of at least fifty percent of board members. Meeting protocol shall follow Robert’s Rules of Order. Section 5: Duties of Directors will set policy and direction of the organization, set membership fees, revise the bylaws and conduct other business as necessary for the organization. Section 6: Removal In addition to the criteria set forth under Article II, a board member may be removed by action of the Board of Directors. Section 7: Vacancies Vacancies will be filled by a vote of the Board of Directors from candidates nominated by the Board of Directors. . ARTICLE VII: AMENDMENTS Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed and set by the Board of Directors. ARTICLE VIII: OTHER Section 1: Liability of members No member of this corporation shall be personally liable for any of its debts, liabilities, or obligations, nor shall any member be subject to any assessment for the same. Section 2: Property/assets No member shall have any right, title, or interest in any of the property or assets including any earnings or investment income of this corporation. Section 3: Dissolution In the event of dissolution of MUFON Minnesota, any remainder of its net assets after discharge of its just debts and other legal and moral obligations shall be paid to such other nonprofit professional, scientific, educational or charitable institutions having similar purposes and objectives as MUFON Minnesota as directed by the Board. Section 4: Speakers: Speaker policy determining speaker, honorarium, fees, etc. shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Outside Speakers: From time to time, as funds permit, MUFON Minnesota may invite persons to speak who are not members of MUFON Minnesota. The decision on whom to invite shall be made by simple majority decision of board members present at an official meeting of the Board of Directors. It is the policy of MUFON Minnesota to not incur financial obligations beyond available funds; this is to protect the organization in case unforeseen circumstances, such as storms, prevent a speaker from presenting to the group after said speaker has incurred non-refundable expenses such as hotel or airline reservations. It is the policy of MUFON Minnesota to compensate speakers for expenditures made in good faith if agreed to by the Board in advance. All outside speakers shall be offered an honorarium of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00). The Board shall decide whether to offer to pay a speaker's expenses, such as hotel or transportation. The Board shall also decide whether to pay for advertising or publicity for outside speakers. Inside Speakers: Potential speakers who are members of MUFON Minnesota may be invited to speak at meetings by the State Director, Assistant State Directors, or whoever has been asked to preside at a regular meeting of MUFON Minnesota. No honorariums or compensation for expenses shall be offered to inside speakers. However, inside speakers are permitted to sell books that they have authored or co-authored at such meetings. Adopted June 26, 2007 Amended – April 2, 2008 Amended – March 10, 2014