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By laws may be amended which have a retro active effect if the amendment process is followed as stated in the organizational agreement.
I'm not sure they are saying I am not a member (I am a Life Member of the orgainzation). They are saying that I can not hold an elected office, that I can not vote, and have not given me any course of action to become an "active" member. When I was voted in as a Life Member, I retained all the rights and priviledges of a general member, but was not required to participate in all of the activities. The new By-Laws state that a Life Member must attend "50% of all events, meetings, work parties, etc". However, they have not provided me with a list of all of those "events, meeting, work parties, etc." Further, there is no requirement for an "active" member to perform to this standard. They are asking me to do more than is required of an "active" member.
I have been around a long time (since 1983) and I am not aware of any Original Charter or Organization Agreement.
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