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1. This organization will operate as a nonprofit, educational organization to benefit the general public.

2. The purpose of this organization is to promote ethical dealings in all death-related transactions by working for better understanding of ethical issues among funeral, cemetery, memorial industry practitioners, law enforcement, organ procurement organizations, and state agencies, as well as a better understanding between these and the general public.

3. The 18-member Board of Directors will represent vocational diversity and consumer interests in the following proportions:

• 1 embalmer
• 2 funeral directors (one of whom represents racial/cultural diversity)
• 1 casket specialist
• 1 cemeterian
• 1 preneed insurance specialist
• 1 cremation-oriented representative
• 1 monument specialist
• 1 vault specialist
• 1 mortuary academic
• 1 state Attorney General's representative or other lawyer
• 1 state funeral home or cemetery regulator
• 1 medical examiner or coroner
• 2 consumers or consumer group representatives
• 1 organ procurement organization representative
• 1 religious representative or clergy (rotating)
• 1 hospice representative
4. This organization will be democratically controlled by the membership. Membership is open to all and is unrestricted. Elections will be held in odd-numbered years. Any member may submit a name in nomination, including oneself. Nominations must be submitted to the Secretary of the organization by March 1st. Candidates' statements and ballots will be sent, by whatever means, to the membership by May 1st. Voted ballots must be received in the FEO office by June 1st. New Directors will take office effective July 1st. Terms of office are for six years. If a vacancy occurs, the Board may appoint someone to fill the position for the remainder of the term.

5. The Board will elect officers from among its members: President, Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer.

6. The charter Steering Committee will serve for two years before the first elections are held. Six seats on the Board of Directors will be up for election in the third year, with six more in the fifth year and six more in the seventh year. The Board will determine which six are to be voted in each of those years.

7. The Board may appoint volunteers to a "Resource Committee." Members of the Resource Committee may participate in and contribute to the deliberations of the Board but will have no voting power. Attendance at any Board meetings is at the individual's expense, not that of FEO. The purpose of a Resource Committee is to bring the widest possible range of expertise to the Board for its consideration. Examples of those who might serve could include, but are not limited to, those with knowledge of veterans' funeral and burial rights, additional religious orientations that are not currently represented on the voting board, or a staff member of the Federal Trade Commission with responsibility for the Funeral Rule. Annually, the Board will consider such appointments for renewal.

8. A majority vote of the Board is required for organizational endorsement of any position paper or "model" legislative guidelines.

9. A vote of the membership, for any issue, may be requested by a majority of the Board or 5% of the membership.

10. The Board will meet in person at least once every two years. Electronic communication may satisfy Board meeting requirements provided all are so notified and a majority is in agreement.

11. The Bylaws and Articles may be amended by a majority vote of the Board.

12. No benefit enures to any Board member. Out-of-pocket expenses for Board business may be reimbursed at cost, provided that the least expensive option is utilized for the service needed.

13. In the case of dissolution, and after all liabilities have been settled, the Board will disburse any remaining funds to another 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is in sympathy with the interests of the Funeral Ethics Organization.

Bad things can happen when good people do nothing.

The Funeral Ethics Organization is a nonprofit corporation.
The Board's Directors serve without pay.