Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth North America
This document only addresses the organizational structure of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth North America. It does not mean to imply that there is any inherent spiritual hierarchy among the membership or allies - it serves merely to delineate specific rights and responsibilities of each member and body.
Article 1 - Specific Goals and Purposes
The specific goals and purpose of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth North America shall be:
i. to support each individual in their magickal development and growth;
ii. to publish books and articles written by those within and without the Temple, whose ideas and methods are aligned with the Temple and serve to assist the Individual in their magickal growth;
iii. to maintain a central office to help coordinate the activities of members around the nation, and provide a central contact point for interested parties;
iv. to maintain an online computerized library for public use that contains material related to the Temple and our beliefs;
v. to sponsor public lectures by members of the Temple and our allies, to educate the public about our beliefs; and,
vi. to engage in other activities in our communities related to our beliefs and values as members of the Temple.
Article 2 - Offices and Bodies
Section 2.0.1 - Principal Office.
The principal office of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth North America (hereinafter referred to as TOPYNA), for the transaction of its business, shall be known as Thee Station, and shall be located in such place within or without the State of California as may be designated by the Station Coordinator.
Section 2.0.2 - Other Offices.
TOPYNA may also have offices at such other places within or without the United States of America where it is qualified to do business, as its business may require, and as the Station or its duly authorized committee or agent may from time to time designate.
These other offices shall be termed, singly, "Body", and in the plural, "Bodies".
Section 2.03. Types of Bodies.
TOPYNA has three principal types of bodies:
i. Action Points, as pursuant to Section 4.1.0;
ii. Access Points, as pursuant to Section 4.1.1; and
iii. The Station, as pursuant to Section 4.1.2 and Article 5.
TOPYNA may also have such types and kinds of bodies as the StationStaff or its duly authorized committee or agent may from time to time designate.
Article 3 - Membership
Section 3.01 - Types of Membership.
There are four types of membership in TOPYNA:
i. RatioZero, as pursuant to Section 3.1.0;
i. RatioOne, as pursuant to Section 3.1.1;
iii. RatioTwo, as pursuant to Section 3.1.2; and
iv. RatioThree, as pursuant to Section 3.1.3.
TOPYNA may also have such types and kinds of membership as the Station or its duly authorized committee or agent may from time to time designate.
Section 3.0.2 - Security of Membership
The civil name, nor any civil contact information, of any member RatioZero or above will not be given to anyone not working as CoreStaff (see Section 3.1.2), without prior written consent of the member.
The civil name, nor any civil contact information, of any RatioOne member will not be recorded in connection with their Temple name (see 3.1.1.A) under any circumstances.
Information of this nature must be protected by all RatioTwo staff in accordance with security guidelines laid out by the Station or its duly authorized committee or agent.
Section 3.0.3 - Membership Lists
The Station Secretary shall keep a membership mailing list, containing the civil names and addresses of all members. This list shall be updated quarterly.
The Station Secretary shall keep a separate list of all active RatioOne members, their Temple name, and dates of sigils (see Section 3.1.3.D). This list shall be updated monthly.
Thee Station Secretary shall provide local combined RatioZero / RatioOne mailing lists to all Action and Access Points on a quarterly basis.
Section 3.0.4 - Number of Members
There shall be no limit to the number of members, active or inactive.
Section 3.0.5 - Nonliability
No member of TOPYNA is liable, as such, for the debts, liabilities, or obligations of TOPYNA.
Section 3.0.6 - Termination of Membership
Membership in TOPYNA can be terminated by the following means:
ii. A written request, sent by registered mail to the Station Secretary.
iii. Failure to respond to a Challenge (see Section 6.0.7.viii).
iv. Failure to pay the Subscription fee (see Section 3.1.1).
v. An action by a member that unduly endangers another member or members welfare or security, or, an action that is, or will be, greatly prejudicial to the purposes of the Temple as a whole.
Membership will cease at the following times (based on the above means):
i. Immediately upon receipt of news.
ii. Immediately upon receipt of request. In this case, the Individual is still considered a member at RatioZero, and may return to RatioOne membership at any time by submitting a sigil and the appropriate subscription fee.
iii. 180 days after receipt of Challenge. In this case, an Individual is considered to have expressed their desire to separate themselves from the Temple. Any further communication from them shall be considered as from one who had never entered the RatioOne process.
iv. 90 days after the beginning of Subscription period. In this case, the Individual is still considered a member at RatioZero, and may return to RatioOne membership at any time by submitting a sigil and the appropriate subscription fee.
v. The Individuals case shall be reviewed by the StationStaff or its duly authorized Committee or agent, and membership will be terminated immediately if the accusations are found to be valid by a simple majority of the StationStaff. In this case, said Individual is barred from ever entering into TOPY membership, at any level, under any circumstances.
All rights of a member in TOPYNA cease upon termination of membership as provided herein.
Section 3.0.7 - Nontransferability of Membership
No member may transfer membership, or any rights arising therefrom.
No member may hold more than one membership.
Section 3.1.0 - RatioZero Membership
A. A RatioZero member is an individual or group who wishes to collaborate with the Temple on certain projects or events, but does not wish to begin working thru the sigil process. These individuals are called "Allies" within the Temple. They have no legal standing within the Temple.
B. Responsibilities - There are no imposed responsibilities for RatioZero.
C. Qualifications - There are no qualifications to be met for RatioZero membership.
D. Fee - There are no fees for RatioZero membership.
Section 3.1.1 - RatioOne Membership
A. Designation - A person is considered a member at RatioOne after receipt of their application and annual subscription by Thee Station. They are then given a Temple Name (prefaced with "Coyote" for males, "Kali" for females) and a filing index number. This is the designation the individual will use for all further RatioOne contact with the Temple. RatioOne is the heart and soul of the Temple, and the reason for its existence.
B. Responsibilities - A RatioOne member has a responsibility to perform a sigil ritual on the 23rd of each month, and to pay the annual subscription.
C. Qualifications - An individual must be at least 18 years of age to begin RatioOne membership. After completion of the 23rd sigil, an Individual is eligible to participate in a RatioOne initiation ritual and is also allowed voting rights within the Temple.
D. Fee - A person wishing to be recognized as working at RatioOne is required to pay the annual subscription fee as set by the Station or its duly authorized committee or agent.
Section 3.1.2 RatioTwo Membership
A. Designation - A person is considered a member at RatioTwo when they are working with other RatioOne members in an Action Point or Access Point. A member working at full potential at RatioTwo is considered "CoreStaff".
B. Responsibilities - In addition to their RatioOne activities, a RatioTwo member is expected to assist the group in office work, mail, publishing, event organization and other tasks the AP may wish to accomplish. Each AP may also set their own requirements (minimum time commitment, local donations, etc).
C. Qualifications - A RatioOne member may begin their apprentice work after completion of their eleventh sigil ritual. Their work during this time will be supervised by a CoreStaff member. Assuming the members work and motivation level is satisfactory to the rest of the CoreStaff they will be recognized as CoreStaff after their twenty-third sigil. An individual is not necessarily recognized as CoreStaff solely on the basis of having 23 sigils.
D. There are no additional fees for RatioTwo membership, although an Individual who works at this level is expected to assist the AP achieve its goals, financially if necessary.
Section 3.1.3 - RatioThree Membership
A. Designation - A person is considered a member at RatioThree when they are operating at RatioTwo directly thru Thee Station and/or working as an AP coordinator.
B. Responsibilities - RatioThree members are responsible for the overall co-ordination of network resources, including (but not limited to) accounting, major publishing efforts, collection of sigils and opening/closing Action/Access Points.
C. Qualifications - To be recognized as a RatioThree member an individual must have completed twenty-three sigils and have been working at least one year at RatioTwo. An individual is not necessarily recognized as RatioThree solely on the basis of having twenty-three sigils and/or one year of RatioTwo work.
D. There are no additional fees for RatioThree membership.
Article IV - Functions of Bodies
Section 4.0.1 - Responsibilities of all RatioTwo bodies
In addition to the specific requirements of each type of body, all RatioTwo bodies must abide by the following directives:
i. All bodies must submit reports/synopses of activities at least bimonthly to the Station Coordinator for publication in the monthly RatioOne Bulletin.
ii. A simple account of money inflow/outflow should be kept and sent to the Station Treasurer quarterly.
iii. Each body is required to give part of their net profits (from publishing, events, etc) to the Station. The percentage to be sent Back to the Station shall be set by the StationStaff or its duly authorized Committee or agent.
v. Abide by the further specific directives as laid out by the StationStaff or its duly authorized committee or agent.
Section 4.0.2 - Illegal Substances and Weapons
Thee Station and all Access / Action Points shall be kept clear of illegal drugs, unregistered weapons and all other contraband.
If the StationStaff feel that this has become a problem, then the AP files shall be moved IMMEDIATELY to a new location and AP activities shall be suspended, pending review by the StationStaff or its duly authorized committee or agent.
TOPY does not advocate the abuse of any substance.
Section 4.0.3 - Uniform Action
No body shall adopt any rule, regulation, government, or procedure that is contrary to or inconsistent with California State law, the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or any rule, regulation or official transmission of the StationStaff.
Section 4.1.0 - Action Points
A. Purpose - The purpose of an Action Point is to help a group of motivated local sigilizers develop responsibility that is required for the existence of an Access Point.
B. Requirements for Activation:
i. Four to six months of independent group operation, demonstrating responsible handling of day-to-day affairs and ability to communicate with other bodies.
ii. The person who is acting as the Coordinator will be required to travel to the Station for at least one week of training prior to activation.
iii. Maintenance of a United States Postal Service Mailbox contact address, separate from any personal mail address.
iv. Approval from StationStaff.
C. Responsibilities -
i. An Action Point has no Ratio Three workload requirement.
ii. An Action Point has only one required mailer per year.
iii. An Action Point has only one required public event per year.
Section 4.1.1 - Access Points
A. Purpose - The purpose of an Action Point is to expand upon the skills and responsibilities developed as an Action Point, to learn to function within the Network as a whole, rather then just the geographic area that the AP may be located in.
B. Requirements for Activation:
i. Four to six months of satisfactory operation as an Action Point.
iii. Approval from the StationStaff, after review of the work done as an Action Point.
C. Responsibilities -
i. An Access Point has to take on some form of Ratio Three activity. This activity will be discussed between the Station and an Action Point prior to the Action Point being approved as an Access Point.
ii. An Access Point has two required mailers per year.
iii. An Access Point has two required public events per year.
Section 4.1.2 - The Station
A. Purpose - The purpose of the Station is to provide both a buffer between the operations of the Network and the world-at-large, and a coordinating force between remote Action/Access Points. The Station also serves as the central storage point for sigils collected from the RatioOne membership.
B. Requirements for Activation:
TOPYNA shall be the only operating Station in Canada, the USA and Mexico.
C. Responsibilities -
i. Thee Station shall publish a monthly bulletin for all RatioOne members and higher on at least a bimonthly basis.
ii. The Station shall be collect and catalog all sigils that come in, and assign Temple Names to new RatioOne members.
iii. The Station shall render advice, and encouragement to any RatioOne member that requests it, or; the Station shall refer that member to a local AP for assistance.
iv. The Station shall convene business meetings pursuant to Article 5 of these Bylaws.
Article 5 - Operations of The Station
Section - 5.0.0 - Designation
The StationStaff is equivalent to the Board of Directors of TOPYNA.
Section 5.0.1 - Number of Staff
The number of station staff positions shall be equal to the sum of all RatioThree Members plus the closest integer to that number divided by 3. This number is determined by the Station Secretary at six-month periods, and is used to determine a quorum throughout that period.
Section 5.0.2 - Qualifications
All StationStaff must meet the qualifications for RatioThree membership.
Section 5.0.3 - Duties
It shall be the duty of the StationStaff to:
i. Perform any and all duties imposed on them collectively or individually by California State law, by the Articles of Incorporation, or by these Bylaws;
ii. Register their addresses with the Station Secretary, and notices of meetings mailed to them at such addresses shall be valid notices thereof;
iii. Meet at such times and places as required by these Bylaws.
Section 5.0.4 - Compensation
StationStaff shall serve without compensation, except that they shall be allowed reasonable advancement or reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
Section 5.0.5 - Location of Meetings
Regular Meeting locations shall be set at the completion of each prior Regular Meeting. The location of a special meeting shall be determined by a simple majority of StationStaff upon receipt of notice of the special meeting. Meetings do not need to be held in a single physical location, but may be held with the help of modern teleconferencing technology, or thru the USmail, in accordance with California State law.
Section 5.0.6 - Regular Meetings
Regular meetings of the Board shall be held on the 23rd day of January and July.
Section 5.0.7 - Special Meetings
Special Meetings may be convened, in a crisis situation, by any number of StationStaff equal to or greater than 1/3 of the total number of StationStaff.
Section 5.0.8 - Meeting Notification
The following notifications are required for each type of meeting:
Regular: No notification is required.
Special: All board members shall be given at least one week (seven days) notice prior to a special meeting. Such notice may be oral or written, and may be given personally, by first-class mail, by electronic mail, by fax machine or by telephone. Each StationStaff member shall acknowledge the receipt of notice to thee secretary and indicate at that time their preference of a location for the meeting. The final location should be decided and communicated no less than 72 hours prior to the set meeting time by the Station coordinator, using the means previously described.
Section 5.0.9 - Quorum for Meetings
A quorum shall consist of the higher integer of 3/5 of the members of the StationStaff. Except as otherwise provided under the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or provisions of law, no business, save a motion to adjourn, shall be considered by the board at any meeting, regular or special, at which the required quorum is not present, either by person or proxy.
Section 5.1.0 - Majority action as board action
Every act or decision done or made by a majority of the StationStaff present, either in person or proxy, at a meeting duly held at which a quorum is present is the act of the Station, unless the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or provisions of California State law require a greater percentage or different voting rules for approval of a matter by the StationStaff.
Section 5.1.1 - Conduct of meetings
Meetings of the Station shall be presided over by the Station Coordinator, or, in his or her absence, by the Station Secretary or, in his or her absence, by the Station Treasurer or, in his or her absence, by a StationStaff member so chosen by a majority of the StationStaff present at the meeting. Minutes shall be recorded by the Secretary, or, in his or her absence, by a StationStaff member so chosen by the Station Coordinator.
Meetings shall be freeform in nature, following an agenda prepared by the Station Coordinator, or, in the case of a special meeting, the person or persons who convened the special meeting.
Section 5.1.2 - Term of office
Each StationStaff member shall hold office for a period of two years and until his or her successor is elected and qualifies.
Section 5.1.3 - Vacancies
Vacancies of the StationStaff shall exist when:
i. on the death, resignation, or removal of any coordinator;
ii. when the number of authorized StationStaff members is increased.
Section 5.1.4 - Resignation and removal
Any StationStaff member may resign effective upon receipt by the Station Secretary of written notice by registered mail of the same, unless the notice specifies a later time for the effectiveness of the resignation. Resignation from the Station in no way affects the individuals standing in the Temple outside of the Station .
No StationStaff member may resign if the Station would then be left without a duly elected coordinator in charge of its affairs, except upon notice to the Office of the Attorney General or other appropriate agency of the State of California.
StationStaff members may be removed from the staff, with or without cause, as permitted and in accordance with the laws of the State of California.
Article 6 - Officers
Section 6.0.1 - Designation of Officers
The Station Coordinator is equivalent to the president of TOPYNA.
The Station Secretary is equivalent to the secretary of TOPYNA.
The Station Treasurer is equivalent to the financial officer of TOPYNA.
Section 6.0.2 - Scope of Authority
The officers, collectively and singly, are, for the efficient management of TOPYNA, considered members of an executive committee, with all the powers and authority of the StationStaff, to the extent permitted, and except as may otherwise be provided, by provisions in California State law.
A meeting of the executive committee shall be handled in the same manner as a meeting of the StationStaff, pursuant to these Bylaws.
Section 6.0.3 - Qualifications
All officers must currently be on the StationStaff.
Section 6.0.4 - Term of office
Each officer shall hold office for a period of three years and until his or her successor is elected and qualifies.
Section 6.0.5 - Resignation and removal
Any officer may resign effective upon receipt by the StationStaff of written notice by registered mail of the same, unless the notice specifies a later time for the effectiveness of the resignation. Resignation from a Station office in no way affects the individuals RatioThree standing in the Temple.
Officers may be removed by the StationStaff, with or without cause, as permitted and in accordance with the laws of the State of California.
Section 6.0.6 - Duties of the Station Coordinator
The Station Coordinator shall be considered the chief executive officer for TOPYNA, empowered to execute the decisions of the StationStaff. He or she shall also preside over all regular meetings of the StationStaff and all regular membership meetings.
He or she shall also perform all duties as may be required by the laws of the State of California, by the Articles of Incorporation, by these Bylaws, or which may be proscribed from time to time by the StationStaff.
Except as otherwise expressly forbidden by the laws of the State of California, the Articles of Incorporation, by these Bylaws, he or she shall, in the name of TOPYNA, execute, or delegate to another StationStaff member or officer, such deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, checks, or other instruments which may from time to time be authorized by the StationStaff.
Section 6.0.7 - Duties of the Station Secretary
The Station Secretary shall:
i. Maintain a Secretaries office if physical access to the Station is precluded due to distance.
ii. Certify and keep at the Station and at the Secretaries office, if it be in a separate physical location, a conformed copy of these Bylaws.
iii. Keep at the Station, or at the Secretaries office, if it be in a separate physical location, a book of minutes of all meetings of the Station recording therein the time, place and method of meeting, whether regular or special, the names of those present, in person or proxy, and the proceedings thereof.
iv. See that all notices are duly given in accordance with these Bylaws and California State law.
v. Be custodian of the records of TOPYNA.
vi. Keep at the Station, and at the Secretaries office, if it be in a separate physical location, a membership list as described in these Bylaws.
vii. Exhibit at all reasonable times to a Station Staff member, on request, these Bylaws, the membership list, and the minutes of the proceedings of the Station.
viii. Issue written "Challenges" to any RatioOne member who has not submitted a sigil to TOPYNA in the preceding 180 days.
ix. In general, perform all duties as may be required by the laws of the State of California, by the Articles of Incorporation, by these Bylaws, or which may be proscribed from time to time by the StationStaff.
Section 6.0.8 - Duties of the Station Treasurer
The Station Treasurer shall:
i. Have charge and custody of, and be responsible for, all funds and securities of TOPYNA, and deposit all such finds in the name of TOPYNA in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected by the StationStaff.
ii. Receive, and give receipt for, monies due and payable to TOPYNA from any source whatsoever.
iii. Disburse, or cause to be disbursed, the funds of TOPYNA in accordance with the decisions of the StationStaff, taking proper vouchers for such disbursement.
iv. Keep and maintain adequate and correct accounts of TOPYNA's properties and business transactions, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains and losses.
v. Exhibit at all reasonable times to a Station Staff member, on request, the books of account and financial records of TOPYNA.
vi. Present to the StationStaff, when requested, an account of any and all of his or her transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of TOPYNA.
vii. Prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify, or cause to be certified, the financial statements of TOPYNA to be included in RatioOne reports in January and July.
viii. In general, perform all duties as may be required by the laws of the State of California, by the Articles of Incorporation, by these Bylaws, or which may be proscribed from time to time by the StationStaff.
Section 6.0.9 - Officer Compensation
The Station Coordinator and other officers are not entitled to any additional compensation, save that already reserved for StationStaff.
Article VII - Fiscal Year and other financial considerations
Section 7.0.0 - Fiscal Year
The fiscal year for TOPYNA shall begin on the first day of July and end on the last day of June in each year.
Section 7.0.1 - Budget
The StationStaff may, from time to time, direct the Station Treasurer to prepare, or cause to be prepared, an annual budget for TOPYNA.
Section 7.0.2 - Tax exemption provisions
At no time shall any StationStaff, Officer, or CoreStaff member engage in, or cause to be engaged in, any activity, on behalf of TOPYNA, that does not fall directly within the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation, in regards to the tax-exempt religious purposes of TOPYNA.
Section 7.0.3 - Distribution of Income
Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, TOPYNA shall be subject to the following limitations and restrictions:
i. TOPYNA shall distribute its income for each year at such time and in such manner as not to become subject to the tax on undistributed income imposed by section 4942 of the IRC, or any corresponding section to any subsequent Federal tax law.
ii. TOPYNA shall not engage in any act of self-dealing as defined section 4941(d) of the IRC, or any corresponding section to any subsequent Federal tax law.
iii. TOPYNA shall not retain any excess business holdings as defined section 4943(c) of the IRC, or any corresponding section to any subsequent Federal tax law.
iv. TOPYNA shall not make any investments in such a manner as to subject it to extra tax under section 4944 of the IRC, or any corresponding section to any subsequent Federal tax law.
v. TOPYNA shall not make any taxable expenditures as defined section 4945(d) of the IRC, or any corresponding section to any subsequent Federal tax law.
Article VIII - Amendment
Subject to the power of Ratio1 members of TOPYNA to adopt, amend or repeal the Bylaws of TOPYNA and except as may otherwise be specified under California State law, these Bylaws, or any of them, may be altered, amended or repealed and new Bylaws adopted by approval of a voting quorum of the StationStaff.
Article X- Construction and Terms
If there is any conflict between the provisions of these Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation of TOPYNA, the provisions in the Articles of Incorporation will govern.
Should any of the provisions or portions of these Bylaws be held unenforceable or invalid for any reason, the remaining provisions and portions of these Bylaws shall remain in effect.
All references in these Bylaws to the Articles of Incorporation refer to the Articles of Incorporation filed with the California Secretary of State to establish the legal existence of TOPYNA.
The word "shall" refers to an action that is required.
The Bylaws, the membership list, and financial records mentioned in these Bylaws shall be construed to mean a physical paper copy and/or digitally encoded copy of same.