(Fort Worth) The membership of AURA,
Fort Worth Gay organization, has adopted a new shorter and simplified constitution which was written and submitted by
the organization's Constitutional Revision
The new document kept only Articles 1
and II from the original 12 articles. Article I names the organization "AURA,"
and Article II outlines the "Objectives
and Purposes of AURA," which were established at its founding, April 6, 1973.
The new constitution then has three
articles which deal with membership,
meetings and officers.
Major change in the new document is
that absolute control of the organization
is given to the active members. The active members annually elect two coordinators who then appoint a director. The
two coordinators will "conduct meetings,
handle business, and handle finances"
with approval of the membership. The
duties of the director are to "be responsible for public relations" and to "serve as
the representative of the membership in
all external activities of the organization."
The annual dues sustem and associate
memberships were abolished by the new
constitution. To become an active member of AURA, a person need only attend
three consecutive meetings and remain
active by not missing more than three
consecutive meetings. A new classification, Friends of AURA," has replaced the
associate memberships. Friends of AURA
are defined as "those persons who shall
contribute a minimum of $5 per year to
The new constitution specifies that the
election of the coordinators take place at
the first meeting of May. However, after
much discussion, the membership decided
that there were too many new members
to hold a meaningful election, ln order
to remain within the constitution the following solution was devised and accepted:
Interim coordinators Wayne Ribble and
Charles Gillis were elected with the understanding that they would both resign at
the July 21 meeting. At that time the
membership, better informed and better
acquainted with one another, could then
elect two persons to fill the unexpired
Ken Cyr is the present director.
GAY SWITCHBOARD PLANNED
FOR FORT WORTH
(Fort Worth) Training sessions have begun for a crisis, counseling and information telephone line to serve the Fort
Worth Gay Community. The Fort Worth
Gay Switchboard hopes to be inoperation
by the end of May or early June and will
be operational seven days a week, 24
hours a day.
The Gay Switchboard is being sponsored by AURA in cooperation with Agape
Metropolitan Community Church. Information about the Switchboard may be
obtained by calling AURA at 338-0128.
Fun and Games accompanied a spring picnic hosted by Dallas Daughters of Bilitis
and attended by members of AURA, G.O.O.D., MCC and D.O.B.
Richard van Cleve
Staff: Arlo, Randy Beitel, Rip Corley,
Ken Cyr, Mark Elgin, Sue Harris, Mike
Merrill, Alexander Langham.Wayne
Ribble, Kay Wilson and others.
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