Renaissance Incorporation

Special Membership Vote Dec. 1

NOTE: This is updated information about the new move by Renaissance to incorporate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Reminder: Dec. 1 Membership Meeting/Vote
Notice and Ballot Information

Notice is hereby given for the members of the Renaissance Society to vote:

Date: Friday, Dec. 1

Time: Polls will be open for voting from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (No formal meeting; just voting)

Location: CSUS Redwood Room (located in the Student Union)

Purpose: To vote on two questions:

  1. Should the Renaissance Society incorporate as a non-profit organization?
  2. Should new bylaws be adopted for the new corporation?

How to Vote: Members may only vote in person on Dec. 1. Ballots will be provided at the meeting, and volunteers will be present to answer questions and assist with the voting process.

In accordance with its current bylaws, the Board of Directors of The Renaissance Society of Sacramento (Renaissance Society) is asking its members to vote on the two questions described above concerning the continuing legal status and bylaws of this organization. The Board of Directors has carefully considered and unanimously approved incorporating and the proposed new bylaws, and recommends a "yes" vote by our members.

Please read on for more information. NOTE: The Renaissance's Holiday Reception will be held in the nearby Ballroom in the University Union from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Members may vote without attending the reception; those who wish to attend the reception must register and pay in advance for it.

An explanatory letter from President Doris Keller:

Date: October 20, 2017

To: The Renaissance Society Members

From: Doris Keller, President

Subject: Special Membership Vote on Dec. 1, 2017

Greetings to all Members of the Renaissance Society (RS) of Sacramento!

It is with great pleasure to inform you that on Oct. 13, 2017, the Board of Directors unanimously voted YES for the Renaissance Society to incorporate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are a membership organization so your approval is also needed in order to finalize the incorporation process. In compliance with our current Bylaws, all RS members will receive this cover letter, the explanation for incorporation and Bylaws, the Articles of Incorporation, and the Bylaws by email or by regular mail 30 days prior to the election. These documents are also posted on the RS Website on this page (see links below). I encourage you to cast your vote

These three documents are here for your review:

  1. Explanation about incorporation and Bylaws (Membership approval required)
  2. Articles of Incorporation of Renaissance Society of Sacramento
  3. Proposed New Bylaws of the Renaissance Society (Membership approval required)

What will happen after the Dec. 1 membership vote?

If the membership approves the incorporation and Bylaws, the following actions will follow in 2018:

Whom can I contact if I have questions or comments before the Dec. 1 membership meeting?

Your questions and comments about the Articles and Bylaws are welcomed!
Please send them to me (via email. ) and we will post the responses on our website (See two questions and answers below).

Unless you are on the Board of Directors, you're not going to see any major changes. The essential work and programs of the RS will continue to function as they do now. For example: Seminars will still be offered and signups for seminars will go on as they do now. Members will still receive emails and mailings. We don't anticipate any major changes in membership dues. (Please see the November issue of the Recorder for more information.)(or the FAQs below.)

Thank you for your attention to the changes that are taking place in YOUR Renaissance Society. Please review the related documents and plan to attend on Dec. 1 between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. to cast your vote!


Doris Keller

These questions were submitted by members and have been answered by Board members:

Q. The official name which is used in the proposed bylaws is "Renaissance Society of Sacramento." Wouldn't it be less awkward for the name to be "The Renaissance Society of Sacramento?"

A. In developing the proposed bylaws, the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance learned that in some alphabetical official lists of non-profit corporations, names starting with The would be listed with the Ts. Consequently, the committee recommended that the official corporate name omit the initial The so that we would always appear under R in alphabetical listings.

Q. Will member dues be tax deductible if the Renaissance Society becomes a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation?

A. Our best answer currently is that donations above the membership dues are tax deductible, including donations to the scholarship fund. This is not a simple question and it will continue to be addressed during the transition to 501(c)3 status.

See also these Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the changeover.

Wondering how the proposal compares with what we have now? See the current Bylaws and Standing Rules.