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By-Laws

Article 1 – Name and Jurisdiction

Section 1: This organization shall be known as the Paranormal Research Enthusiasts of PA, or PREP.

 

Section 2: The headquarters of this organization shall be located in the township of Carroll, county of York, state of Pennsylvania. The organization may have other branches anywhere needed, as the founders and leadership deem appropriate.

 

Section 3: The jurisdiction of this organization shall include the entirety of the United States of America with special focus on the south-central Pennsylvania region and surrounding areas defined as a 100 mile radius from Dillsburg, PA.

 

Article 2 – Purposes and Objectives

Section 1: The purpose and objective of this organization shall be:

 

A: To scientifically and without bias or prejudice explore the realm of the paranormal with a special focus on ghosts and hauntings.

 

B: To attempt to prove the existence of ghosts and spirits through on site investigation at allegedly haunted locations aided by special equipment deemed appropriate by the founders and leadership.

 

C: To examine all available forms of evidence related to the existence of ghosts and spirits including but not limited to photographs, audio, video and any physical evidence gathered.

 

D: To report any validated evidence related to the existence of ghosts and spirits to the membership and public in any medium deemed appropriate by the founders and leadership including but not limited to publication on the organization’s website:  www.prepcrewonline.org.

 

E: To educate the membership and public on the existence of the paranormal with a special focus on ghosts and hauntings. This includes but is not limited to talks/lectures, public and private meetings and appearance in various media publications and outlets.

 

F: To receive, manage, invest, expend or otherwise use the funds and property of this organization to carry out and achieve these objectives and purposes set forth in these bylaws and for such additional objectives and purposes not inconsistent therein that will further the interests of this organization and its members, either directly or indirectly.

 

Article 3 – Official Logos and Seals

Section 1: The official logo and seal of this organization shall be recognized as a wooden sign with a “ghost” behind it, featuring “PREP” across the sign.

 

Section 2: All official logos and seals of this organization shall remain the property of this organization. This includes all official forms and documents, all publications both physical and published on the organization’s website: www.prepcrewonline.org. The official logos and seals may not be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the founders of this organization.

 

Section 3: The titles “Paranormal Research Enthusiasts of PA”, “PREP”, and www.prepcrewonline.org” remain the exclusive property of the founders of this organization and may not be used by any other individual, organization or business without the express written permission of the founder.

 

Section 4: All members may use the official logo and seal of this organization providing that use is consistent with the acceptable practices of this organization as deemed appropriate by the founders and leadership.

 

Article 4 – Membership Eligibility

Section 1: Subject only to the specific conditions set forth hereinafter, any person of good moral character who has an interest in the paranormal shall be eligible for membership at the discretion of the founder and leadership.

 

Section 2: Any person expressing interest in joining this organization may become a member providing he/she meets the following requirements:

 

A: All members must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid state issued ID or Drivers License prior to applying. This provision applies to all members, new or current.

 

B: He/She must complete a membership application. This provision applies to all members, new or current.

 

C: He/She must complete and pass a verbal interview with the founders of this organization.

 

D: He/She must upon acceptance into the organization submit a digital photograph for inclusion on the membership roster. This provision applies to all members, new or current.

 

E: He/She must sign a Membership Agreement. This provision applies to all members, new or current.

 

F: He/She must have their own form of transportation to and from all organization events as needed.

 

G: He/She must agree to attend no less than 50% of all announced organization meetings, training sessions and other mandatory special events unless a waiver is granted by the founders. This provision applies to all members, new or current.

 

H: He/She must agree to dress appropriately for the event in which they are involved. This includes acquiring at minimum an official uniform t-shirt. polo shirt, or sweatshirt at your earliest financial convenience. Uniform orders must be submitted to the founders and will be purchased at cost – no markup or profit will be gained from uniform purchases. This provision applies to all members, new or current.

 

Section 3: No person shall be eligible for membership if:

 

A: He/She refuses to follow established rules and protocols of this organization or its bylaws.

 

B: He/She refuses to obligate themselves to some type of acceptable participation in scheduled investigations, meetings, training sessions or other mandatory special events.

 

C: There is reason to believe that he/she may not adhere to or abide by the established rules and protocols of this organization or its bylaws.

 

D: There is reason to believe that he/she has falsified any membership information.

 

E: He/She advocates race, religious, gender, or class hatred or discrimination.

 

F: He/She refuses to dress appropriately (PREP gear) for the event in which they are involved.

 

G: He/She has ever been convicted of a felony crime by any governmental unit.

 

H: He/She refuses to sign a Disclosure, Waiver of Liability and Confidentiality agreement.

 

Section 4: Membership can be sanctioned or revoked if:

 

A: He/She does not attend 50% of all announced organization meetings, training sessions or other mandatory special events.

 

B: He/She attempts or accomplishes to undermine the credibility of the organization in any way.

 

C: He/She divulges any privileged or confidential information gathered during investigations, research, meetings, training sessions or other special events with anyone who is not a member of this organization or its current allies. All information is to be considered privileged or confidential and should only be discussed within the organization.

 

D: He/She uses alcohol or illegal drugs prior to or during investigations, research, meetings, training sessions or other special events.

 

E: He/She fails to act in a safe and professional manner during all events.

 

F: He/She trespasses or violates the law of any governmental unit during any event.

 

G: He/She is simply dishonest or demonstrates other bad traits which may reflect negatively on this organization.

 

H: He/She falsifies any records, research, investigation logs or evidence.

 

I: He/She violates any established rule or protocol of this organization or its bylaws.

 

Section 5: Member code of conduct and regulations:

 

A: It is the responsibility of all organization members to conduct themselves in a safe and professional manner at all times. All members are reminded that they are a representative of this organization and that their conduct is a reflection of this organization.

 

B: All members, while participating in investigations, research, meetings, training sessions, or other special events, must be dressed in appropriate attire for both the physical and social environment of the location. This includes but is not limited to: comfortable, but safe footwear; dark, non-reflective clothing that is in good condition; no loose hanging items such as wallet chains, key fobs, etc.; long hair tied back to prevent interference, and an official uniform shirt as part of the standard uniform.

 

C: The most senior member at any event is in command and makes all decisions concerning the event. Failure to follow directions, any established rule or protocol of this organization or its bylaws is grounds for immediate removal from the event and/or termination of membership.

 

D: All events must be conducted in a courteous and professional manner.

 

E: Use of illegal drugs is strictly forbidden before or during any event. If you are taking prescription drugs please notify the most senior member before the event begins to avoid future complications.

 

F: All members will refrain from using obscene, foul or abusive language near clients or the public.

 

G: All members are required to respect the privacy of all clients, allied groups and locations that we are working with.

 

H: All inquiries from the media, law enforcement, concerned citizens and others at the event scene will be directed to the most senior member conducting the event.

 

I: All members are required to respect the event site. This includes but is not limited to: no trespassing, no burglary, no littering, no vandalism, no theft, no pranks or practical jokes and any other activity which is deemed inappropriate by the founders or leadership.

 

J: All members must have a valid state issued ID in their possession during all events.

 

K: No member is to investigate alone due to safety and credibility concerns.

 

L: All members are required to collect evidence and take notes and submit said evidence and notes, along with investigation logs to the founders.

 

M: All events except meetings are for members only. Guests will be welcome at events only when opened by or at the discretion of the founders or leadership.  Members who desire to bring guests must consult the founders prior to the scheduled event.

 

N: All members are required to arrive at scheduled events in a timely manner. If a member must be absent from a scheduled event the founder must be notified prior to the scheduled event. In case of emergency, please notify the founder as soon as safely possible.

 

O: There will be absolutely no tolerance of firearms or weapons of any kind during a PREP investigation or event. Only certified peace officers will be permitted exception.

 

P: The founders and leadership of this organization retain the right to have the “final say”. Input from members on organizational matters will be sought to make the most informed decisions that will best benefit PREP.  All member opinions will be respected and considered in all decisions.

 

Section 6: Other membership points:

 

A: The founders of this organization has the exclusive right to deny membership to anyone who does not meet the high standards of the Paranormal Research Enthusiasts of PA.

 

B: All new members are placed on a 60 day probationary period upon being accepted into this organization. This period may be lengthened or shortened at the discretion of the founders.

 

C: This organization is not obligated in any way to retain any member that does not meet the high standards of this organization. Continuing membership is based on the discretion of the founders and may be terminated at any time by a majority vote of the founder and leadership.

 

D: This organization is not obligated in any way to accept members or continue membership to those who belong to another group of paranormal investigators. This is a conflict of interest and will not be tolerated. The founders of this organization have the responsibility to insure that this policy is followed with no permitted exceptions.

 

Article 5 – Meetings

Section 1: This organization will hold public meetings at least every other month on a date and time and at a location that is announced no less than 30 days from the selected date and time. This meeting will serve as an opportunity to interview potential members, discuss organization business, to report validated evidence, further member training and other matters deemed appropriate by the founders and leadership.

 

Section 2: The first aforementioned meeting held after the beginning of the fiscal year will also serve as this organizations annual meeting.

 

Article 6 – Leadership

Section 1: The leadership of this organization shall consist of the following: Founder and Co-Founder, Lead Investigators, Senior Investigators, and Technical Manager. The leadership of this organization shall have the responsibility to make decisions for this organization by a vote or general consensus. All decisions of the leadership are considered final, but may be appealed in writing for reconsideration.

 

Section 2: The support staff of this organization shall consist of, but not be limited to: Founders.

 

Section 3: Eligibility to hold a leadership or support staff position in this organization shall be governed by the sole discretion of the founders and the provisions of the bylaws.

 

A: All leadership and support staff positions are appointed by the founders in accordance with the provisions of the bylaws. There shall be no term limit on any position.

 

B: All leadership and support staff positions hold a slightly higher rank than members and are offered some special privileges such as unlimited access to all organization information and priority on event rosters.

 

C: Any member may apply for a vacant leadership or support staff position after they have completed their 60 day probationary period. All appointments will be made based on the member’s involvement in the organization and their willingness to assist fellow members.

 

Section 4: Leadership and support staff duties may vary. In general the following duties will be associated with the following positions:

 

A: Founder: Oversee daily operations of this organization; Supervise all members, support staff, leadership and committees; Enact policy reforms, resolutions and amendments to the bylaws; Maintain all financial records and administer any organization funds and property; Preside over and maintain order in investigations, research, meetings, training sessions, or other special events; Appoint all support staff, leadership positions and committees; Serve as a lead investigator to guide and advise members in established rules and protocols of this organization and its bylaws; Serve as webmaster and moderator of www.prepcrewonline.org and maintain all domains and utilities therein; Maintain all membership records; Analyze and validate evidence; Organize investigations, research, meetings, training sessions, or other special events; Promotion of this organization in various forums and media outlets; Maintain this organization’s credibility; Recruit new members and insure proper training standards; All other duties not inconsistent with the goals of this organization and furthering its interest.  Works with Co-Founder.

 

B: Co-Founder: Serve as an advisor to the founder; Serve as a lead investigator to guide and advise members in established rules and protocols of this organization and its bylaws; Supervise all members, support staff and committees; Recruit new members and insure proper training standards; Maintain this organization’s credibility; All other duties not inconsistent with the goals of this organization and furthering its interest; Works with the Founder.

 

C: Lead Investigators: Serve as an advisor to the founders; Serve as a guide to investigators and advise members in established rules and protocols of this organization and its bylaws; Supervise all members, support staff and committees; Recruit new members and insure proper training standards; Maintain this organization’s credibility; All other duties not inconsistent with the goals of this organization and furthering its interest; Reports to the Founder and Co-Founder.
 

D: Tech Manager: Serve as the primary source for the research, design, development, and implementation of new equipment.  Teach and train members on proper usage of new and current equipment.  Serve as an advisor to the founders; Serve as a guide to investigators and advise members in established rules and protocols of this organization and its bylaws; Supervise all members, support staff and committees; Recruit new members and insure proper training standards; Maintain this organization’s credibility; All other duties not inconsistent with the goals of this organization and furthering its interest; Reports to the Founder and Co-Founder.

 

Section 5: Special consultants may be retained by this organization that are not necessarily members. They may be utilized for their expert opinions or talents to further the goals and interests of this organization.

 

Section 6: This organization does not allow for a board of directors and shall never.

 

Article 7 – Evidence Ownership

Section 1: All evidence collected during an investigation, including but not limited to: Audio, Photography, Video and sensor data is the property of the Paranormal Research Enthusiasts of PA – not the site owner/operator.

 

Section 2: All evidence collected may be considered for publication on the organization’s website: www.prepcrewonline.org, in training materials, and other mediums as deemed appropriate by the founders and leadership and in accordance with the specifics of the Site Confidentiality Agreement.

 

Section 3: All positive evidence collected by members must be submitted to the founders for review and publication consideration.  Members may reserve the rights to any evidence submitted from an investigation by specifying, in writing what rights they wish to retain.

 

Article 8 – Donations and Funding

Section 1: This organization shall be non profit and shall not charge for any service that it provides.

 

Section 2: This organization shall accept donations of and for equipment to aide in furthering the goals and interests of this organization and its members.

 

Section 3: This organization shall accept monetary donations to aide in furthering the goals and interests of this organization and its members. These monetary donations will be accepted via a paypal link on this organizations website: www.prepcrewonline.org and through voluntary contributions by the membership as they feel motivated.

 

Article 9 – Fiscal Year

Section 1: The fiscal year of this organization shall be from 01 January to 31 December.

 

Article 10 – Amendments

Section 1: These bylaws may be amended, altered, repealed or added to by the founders of this organization as deemed necessary by the founders and leadership.  Notice will be given to all members and an effective date for any amendments or changes will be given.

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