ARTICLE I ORGANIZATION
1. The name of the organization shall be American Islamic Fellowship, Inc.
2. The organization shall have a seal which shall be in the following form:
The letters AIF in gray to symbolize balance and intellectual pursuit on a background of green to symbolize life and growth with a bright, white light to the right of the ‘I’ to symbolize the light of truth each human seeks to find in his/her spiritual journey.
ARTICLE II PURPOSES
The following are the purposes for which this organization has been formed:
- The fellowship encourages inter-faith dialogue and cooperation.
- The fellowship values the continuous pursuit of knowledge.
- The fellowship values gender equality in all areas of life and worship.
- The fellowship respects interpretation and open discussion of religious/spiritual issues.
- The fellowship believes that the study and search for spiritual enlightenment will lead to peaceful and loving relationships among humankind.
- The fellowship believes that all people regardless of age, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, culture, language, social status, religious or philosophical affiliation, or education have the ability to be valuable contributory members to the fellowship.
- The fellowship believes that Islam is a solid foundation for communion with God.
- The fellowship believes in an egalitarian and thoughtful approach to tradition.
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP
Full Membership in this organization shall be open to all who support the values outlined in Article II and the activities of the American Islamic Fellowship no matter their spiritual beliefs.
ARTICLE IV MEETINGS
The annual membership meeting of this organization shall be held on the 3rd Friday of October each and every year except if such day is a legal holiday, then and in that event, the Board of Directors shall fix the day but it shall not be more than two weeks from the date fixed by these By-Laws.
The Secretary shall cause to be mailed to every member in good standing at his address, or email address, as it appears in the membership roll book in this organization a notice telling the time and place of such annual meeting.
Regular meetings of this organization shall be held at the AIF Office at 3666 N. Peachtree Rd, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30341.
The presence of not less than one board member and one member shall constitute a quorum and shall be necessary to conduct the business of this organization; but a lesser number may adjourn the meeting for a period of not more than 4 weeks from the date scheduled by these By-Laws and the secretary shall cause a notice of this scheduled meeting to be sent to all those members who were not present at the meeting originally called. A quorum as herein before set forth shall be required at any adjourned meeting.
Special meetings of this organization may be called by the president when he/she deems it for the best interest of the organization. Notices of such meeting shall be mailed to all members at their addresses as they appear in the membership roll book at least ten (10) days before the scheduled date set for such special meeting. Such notice shall state the reasons that such meeting has been called, the business to be transacted at such meeting and by whom it was called. At the request of 100% of the board of directors and 50% of the members, the president shall cause a special meeting to be called but such request must be made in writing at least ten (10) days before the requested scheduled date.
No other business but that specified in the notice may be transacted at such special meeting without the unanimous consent of all present at such meeting.
ARTICLE V VOTING
At all meetings, except for the election of officers and directors, all votes shall be by voice. For election of officers, ballots shall be provided and there shall not appear any place on such ballot that might tend to indicate the person who cast such ballot.
At any regular or special meeting, if a majority so requires, any question may be voted upon in the manner and style provided for election of officers and directors.
At all votes by ballot the chairman of such meeting shall, prior to the commencement of balloting, appoint a committee of three who shall act as “Inspectors of Election” and who shall, at the conclusion of such balloting, certify in writing to the Chairman the results and the certified copy shall be physically affixed in the minute book to the minutes of that meeting.
No inspector of election shall be a candidate for office or shall be personally interested in the question voted upon.
ARTICLE VI ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to Order.
2. Reading of the Minutes of the preceding meeting.
3. Old and Unfinished Business.
4. New Business.
5. Devotional Reading.
6. Discussion Topic.
7. Song (Spoken or Sung).
8. Qur’an Reading.
9. Meditation Time.
11. Optional Formal Prayer.
ARTICLE VII BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The business of this organization shall be managed by a Board of Directors consisting of  members, together with the officers of this organization. At least two of the directors elected shall be a resident of the State of Georgia and citizens of the United States.
The directors to be chosen for the ensuing year shall be chosen at the annual meeting of this organization in the same manner and style as the officers of this organization and they shall serve for a term of five years.
The Board of Directors shall have the control and management of the affairs and business of this organization. Such Board of Directors shall only act in the name of the organization when it shall be regularly convened by its chairman after due notice to all the directors of such meeting.
51 percent of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum and the meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held regularly on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month.
Each director shall have one vote and such voting may not be done by proxy.
The Board of Directors may make such rules and regulations covering its meetings as it may in its discretion determine necessary.
Vacancies in the Board of Directors shall be filled by a vote of the majority of the remaining members of the Board of Directors for the balance of the year.
The President of the organization by virtue of his/her office shall be Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors shall select from one of their members a secretary.
A director may be removed when sufficient cause exists for such removal.
The Board of Directors may entertain charges against any director. A director may be represented by counsel upon any removal hearing. The Board of Directors shall adopt such rules for this hearing as it may in its discretion consider necessary for the best interests of the organization.
ARTICLE VIII OFFICERS
The initial officers of the organization shall be as follows:
President: Melissa Robinson
Vice President: Kelly Wentworth
Secretary: Zuleikha Shah
Treasurer: Matthew Lenard
The President shall preside at all membership meetings.
He/She shall by virtue of his/her office be Chairman of the Board of Directors.
He/She shall present at each annual meeting of the organization an annual report of the work of the organization. He/She shall appoint all committees, temporary or permanent.
He/She shall see all books, reports and certificates required by law are properly kept or filed.
He/She shall be one of the officers who may sign the checks or drafts of the organization.
He/She shall have such powers as may be reasonably construed as belonging to the chief executive of any organization.
The Vice President shall in the event of the absence or inability of the President to exercise his/her office become acting president of the organization with all the rights, privileges and powers as if he/she had been the duly elected president.
The Secretary shall keep the minutes and records of the organization in appropriate books.
It shall be his/her duty to file any certificate required by any statute, federal or state.
He/She shall give and serve all notices to members of this organization.
He/She shall be the official custodian of the records and seal of this organization.
He/She may be one of the officers required to sign the checks and drafts of the organization.
He/She shall present to the membership at any meetings any communication addressed to him/her as Secretary of the organization.
He/She shall submit to the Board of Directors any communications which shall be addressed to him/her as Secretary of the organization.
He/She shall attend to all correspondence of the organization and shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Secretary.
The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all monies belonging to the organization and shall be solely responsible for such monies or securities of the organization. He/She shall cause to be deposited in a regular business bank or trust company a sum not exceeding $ 100,000 and the balance of the funds of the organization shall be deposited in a savings bank except that the Board of Directors may cause such funds to be invested in such investments as shall be legal for a non-profit corporation in this state.
He/She must be one of the officers who shall sign checks or drafts of the organization. No special fund may be set aside that shall make it unnecessary for the Treasurer to sign the checks issued upon it.
He/She shall render at stated periods as the Board of Directors shall determine a written account of the finances of the organization and such report shall be physically affixed to the minutes of the Board of Directors of such meeting.
He/She shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Treasurer.
Officers shall by virtue of their office be members of the Board of Directors.
No officer shall for reason of his/her office be entitled to receive any salary or compensation, but nothing herein shall be construed to prevent an officer or director for receiving any compensation from the organization for duties other than as a director or officer.
ARTICLE IX AMENDMENTS
These By-Laws may be altered, amended, repealed or added to by an affirmative vote of not less than two board members and 85% of the members.
Approved: November 2007
Revised: March 2008