UNIVERSAL GOLDEN RULE
Christianity: "All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to
you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. "
Confucianism: "Do not do to others what you would not like yourself.
Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or
in the state." Analects 12:2
Taoism: "Regard your neighbor's gain as your gain, and your neighbor's
loss as your own loss." Tai Shang Kan Yin P'ien
Zoroastrianism: "That nature alone is good which refrains from doing
another whatsoever is not good for itself." Dadisten-I-dinik, 94,5
Buddhism: "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find
hurtful." Udana-Varga 5,1
Hinduism: "This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you
would not have them do unto you."Mahabharata 5,1517
Islam: "No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother
that which he desires for himself." Sunnah
Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is
the entire Law; all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 3id
A GOLDEN RULE FAMILY
We each need respect for our different beliefs
Religious Freedom strengthens and gives us
While in this life each of us is limited in the
search for the fullness of Truth.
Scientific proof about Spiritual matters is limited.
We have only our individual beliefs that come
mostly from our cultures as each one sees God
in a limited way.
Yet the Universal message from someone or
something we call God, in most of our world’s beliefs,
is the Universal Golden Rule.
2010 Annual Potluck in Bakersfield, California Potluck on Sunday May 23rd at Yokuts park 4-5pm in section 3, or closest to river. Join us to be part of our first annual gathering for your Golden Rule Family. No dues, membership fees, we just want to meet and get to know others who see the value of knowing and working together under the Golden Rule, of treating others with equal respect and concern. Our first year project has been to help "Food not Bombs" people feed homeless at MLK park here in Bako-town on Sundays at noon. Bring a dish and any project dream you'd like to find others to help you with, or just come, share,
2010 Annual Potluck in Bakersfield, California
Potluck on Sunday May 23rd at Yokuts park 4-5pm in section 3, or closest to river.
Join us to be part of our first annual gathering for your Golden Rule Family.
No dues, membership fees, we just want to meet and get to know others who see the value
of knowing and working together under the Golden Rule, of treating others with equal respect
Our first year project has been to help "Food not Bombs" people feed homeless at MLK park
here in Bako-town on Sundays at noon. Bring a dish and any project dream you'd like to find
others to help you with, or just come, share,
This we can believe in, without doubt, and agree on,
as the best way to live together.
It simple says to treat others with equal fairness
and concern. Anyone, with a sound mind, can confirm
this in their own mind and heart.
This gives us an equal human partnership with each other
to be able to establish unity and peace in our diversity.
The Golden Rule Family is just that.
You pick at least one other person, as many as
12 people, you can feel close to.
These become your Golden Rule Family.
This is not a about living together in a house,
although you can do that, and many of our bylaws
are written for those who do choose to live together.
This is about Freedom, Equal Rights, Friendship,
and the protection of those rights.
The only requirement, besides practicing the
Universal Golden Rule
is to keep in touch at a minimum, of once a year,
when possible or more. It will be up to you.
As co-founders Rachel and I make up only one
Golden Rule Family.
We do not live together and have no desire to do so.
We see each other when we have a common interest
and choose to, still I can trust she’s for me, as a sister,
if I need her, and visa versa.
We commit only to meeting once a year.
If either of us moved away, still getting in touch,
by some way of communication, at least once a year.
That’s all you would be committing to.
Find one other person you can trust to equally care
for you and visa versa, up to 12 people.
A most easily managable group
We are all of equal value, and need to treat each as such.
This is about equal friendship and the potential having
a worldwide network of people, equally committed to you.
For one person in each group agrees to belong to a board,
elected each year, or rotated if preferred, to a State,
National, or International level.
In this way we have help we can count on when needed,
and become a true real Power of The People, to know and
come together when our basic freedoms are threatened,
that of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".
So form your own group and network with at least one
other group, using first names only, where possible to further
protect each other.
To be a part of California's Non-Profit Organization
on a first name basis, contact us for the benefits of our
We will help you legally form in another state or area,
with info. of the necessary process, which is minimal for
any one person.
May call for more info at present number (661) 637-1452
or email us.
Blessings that come from Peace and Goodwill to all,
People are born with the capacity to know that it is better
to go towards what is good rather than something that is
harmful or hurtful, to themselves, or to others.
This is the bottom line of our Universal Golden Rule,
found in the major world religions, to treat others with equal fairness.
Even among unbelievers, there is this innate knowledge that the
Golden Rule is the best way to live with others in peace.
We have innately a conscience of knowing right from wrong,
and legally can be held responsible, after a certain age, for our actions,
with the exception of those seriously mentally ill.
Parents, and teachers especially, have the responsibility of strengthening
the conscience of children.
All of us teach or fail to teach this Golden Rule, of treating others
fairly, by our words and actions as well as by their example.
Problems arise when The Golden Rule isn't practiced, especially to
those who belong to a different religion, culture, race, or sex.
Those who are taken advantage of then often feel justified in taking revenge.
This is one of the main reasons why we have stayed in a state of war
for at least most of our written history.
Other forms of selfishness can be traced to a lack of belief or practice
of the Golden Rule.
For over half of God's Image, the female half, the inequality
of having males primarily in control, who by their hormonal nature
are the more aggressive and violent sex, has left our world unbalanced
because this universal Golden Rule is not applied equally to all, in our
This has created the worship of a false male only Image of God,
and allows one sex to rule over the other, with the disastrous results
of nuclear war we now face
If you ask the average person, they do not want war, or to spend
half our worlds resources on destruction, but they have been made to
feel only those in power can make those decisions.
We have to realize each of us can and have the responsibility
to make the difference by knowing and practicing the Golden Rule
and insisting that our religious and political leaders do too.
This is being used for State of California, can be used by any other state or Internationally
to form your own Golden Rule Family outside the State of California. In this way there
can be State, National or International NetWorking for a Democratic Power of The People.
GOLDEN RULE FAMILY
The purpose of the Golden Rule Family Bylaws is to have a legal guide to ensure Justice
for all and specifically in the Family or between just friends, based on the Universal Golden Rule,
found in most world beliefs: To treat oneself and others with equal concern and fairness.
Equality results, when the Golden Rule of equal concern and fairness is practiced, being
the essence of morality found in all Sacred Scriptures, as well as the best ethical practice
of unbelievers, who can see the need for a workable and lasting civilization.
Because of the common misuse to those without equal or just rights, the legal practice of
the Golden Rule can help to ensure that each one, has an equal opportunity for “life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.
All voting members must give their consent by reading, initialing, and living each page.
Sign and date the last page. A copy of the signed bylaws to be given at each one’s first
official meeting, with a copy kept by the secretary.
You might prefer just to meet once a week, monthly or even less, to eat, or help each other
work together to make our world a better place.
If one group becomes larger than 12, than some may help others to start a new group
One may belong to more than one group yet have just one vote per group or board.
For more information,
send email to:
GOLDEN RULE FAMILY BYLAWS
1.01 The principle office of the Corporation for its transaction of business is located in
1.02 The Board of Directors is granted full power and authority to change the principle
office of the Corporation from one location to another in same state. Any change of
address will be noted by the Secretary in these Bylaws, but will not be considered an
amendment of these Bylaws.
1.03 Bylaws will consist of five Articles (1) Offices (2) Members (3) Directors
(4) Officers (5) Corporate Records, Reports, and Seal
Classes of members
2.01 Anyone over the age of 18 may request membership, or may be asked to join by
any member, after an unanimous agreement by all other voting members in that
specific Golden Rule Family Group.
2.02 Over age 18, or younger if with a parent or guardian.
When living together each member to contribute their equal share, with exception
of children, under the age of 18, whose only contribution will be their schooling.
Children’s living expenses will be accessed at ½ the cost of the adults and paid for
by individual parent(s) or guardian(s).
2.03 To be the equally shared cost of expenses, as voted on unanimous, once a year,
or more often as necessary, by all the applicable voting members of that specific
Golden Rule Family, and by secret ballot.
2.04 Equal Rights for all members, based on the Universal Golden Rule of
treating others with equal fairness, as each would most like to be treated.
As equally distributed as possible, or feasible, among adult voting members.
Decided upon by adult voting members by secret vote and by majority vote.
To be decided upon by the individual family units, confirmed by the
Golden Rule, to reach consensus.
Number of members
2.05 Approximately 2-12 members per group. When one group becomes larger than 12,
may help two members to start a new self-supporting family.
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Time, place, manner of calling members meeting, notice requirements
and/or Balloting procedure.
2.06 Weekly meetings per family group living together, preceded by communal meal.
Those who do not choose to live together will decide as a group when
they will meet, at minimum once a year, at the least by correspondence.
Past, present, and future business given opportunity for discussion.
After reasonable time vote may be called for, seconded and voted on, using secret
ballot. The ballot to be counted by Secretary and one other, rotating member.
Voting to be by + or – signs for a yes or no, with open counting at the meeting.
2.07 To be 2/3rds of members present or voting by absentee vote.
2.08 To be kept in Secretary’s book of each meeting, by the once yearly elected
Secretary. Records will be available at reasonable hours to any member.
Director meetings minutes to be given or posted at each Golden Family home, and
ratified at the next meeting or returned to Directors for further consideration.
Process repeated till consensus reached.
2.09 Equal voting rights for each voting member, except when being voted in or out.
Proxy voting allowed when unable to attend for valid reason, such as having to
work outside of living area, sickness, or for valid personal reason, to be determined
by house manager. Any children in household may be allowed to vote, after age of
reason, if decided upon unanimously by secret ballot of all household members.
Waiver of notice and consent to action without meetings
2.10 For Predetermined actions, already agreed upon by all members it affects, in regards
to the elected duties of General Manger, Treasurer, Secretary, Housekeeper,
Yard Person, or any other elected family office, for those living together.
Transfer of membership
2.11 Within other Golden Rule Family groups to be by request and voted on by an
unanimous decision by all members of the receiving family group.
Admission, withdrawal, suspension and expulsion of a member:
2.12 All members at their specific location must agree, by secret ballot, with the
exception of the member in question, who may not vote. This will not apply for
any children, except as it applies to their parent(s) or guardian(s) or to the two
originating incorporators, except in case of section 3.09 of Articles III.
3.01 The corporation will have one to two Directors from each Golden Rule Family
group in addition to the original two incorporating Directors.
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3.02 The Directors of the Corporation in
Term of Office:
3.03 Each Director or member will hold office for the term of one year and until a
successor Director has been elected and qualified. The two original incorporators
will hold Office as Directors for their lifetime, unless removed for cause, under
3.04 Any person qualified to be a Director under Section 3.02 of these Bylaws may be
nominated by the method of nomination authorized by the Board or by any other
method authorized by law.
3.05 The Directors will be elected at the first January meeting of the individual Golden
Rule Family groups. The candidates receiving the highest number of votes up to
the number of Directors to be elected are elected. Directors are eligible for
reelection, if no other members are willing or able to serve.
3.06 The Directors serve without compensation, except they shall be allowed their
normal salary for their time and paid their necessary expenses incurred in attending
the meetings or duties of the board.
Meetings-Call of Meetings
3.07 (a) Meetings of the Board will normally be once a year in Spring or early Summer
but may be called into an extra session by either the Chairman of the Board,
Secretary, or any two Directors for a valid cause.
(b) Place of Meetings: All meetings of the Board will be held at the principle office
of the Corporation as specified in Section 1.01 of these Bylaws or as changed
from time to time as provided in Section 1.02 of these Bylaws, or by the
majority vote of Directors.
(c) Regular Meetings: Regular meetings will be held without notice on the second
Monday of the month of May at 1:30 pm. Unless otherwise notified by the
Secretary, for a valid cause.
(d) Quorum: A majority of the authorized number of Directors constitutes a
quorum of the Board for the transaction of business, except as otherwise
provided in Bylaws.
(e) Transaction of Board: Except as otherwise provided in the Articles, in these
Bylaws, or by law, every act or decision done or made by a majority of the
Directors present at a meeting duly held at which a quorum is present is the
act of the Board; provided, however, that any meeting at which a quorum was
Initially present may continue to transact business notwithstanding the
withdrawal of Directors if any action taken is approved by at least a
majority of the required quorum for that meeting, or such greater number
as is required by the law, the Articles, or these Bylaws.
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(f) Conduct of Meetings: The Chairman of the Board or, in his or her absence, any
Director selected by the Directors then present will preside at meetings of the
Board of Directors. The Secretary of the Corporation or, in the Secretary’s
absence, any person, appointed by the presiding office will act as Secretary of
the Board. Members of the Board may participate in a meeting through use of
conference telephone or similar communications equipment, so long as all
members participating in the meeting can hear one another. This participation
constitutes personal presence at the meeting.
(g) Adjournment: A majority of the Directors present at the meeting, whether or
not a quorum is present, may adjourn any meeting to another time and place.
If the meeting is adjourned for more than 24 hours, notice of the adjournment
to another time or place must be given before the time of the adjourned meeting
to the Directors who were not present at the time of the adjournment.
Action without Meeting
3.08 Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board may be taken without
a meeting, if all members of the Board individually or collectively consent in
writing to that action. Written consents must be filed with the minutes of the
preceding of the Board. Action by written consent has the same force and effect
as the unanimous vote of the Directors.
Removal of Directors or Members-Removal for Cause
3.09 (a) The Board may declare vacant the office of a Director or member on the
occurrence of any of the following events:
1. The Director or member has been declared of unsound mind by a final
order of court.
2. The Director or member is convicted of a felony.
3. The Director or member has failed to attend 3 unexcused meetings.
Not excused by a majority of Board members or voting members of the
involved Golden Rule Family.
4. Refusal to follow rules of Golden Rule Family previously agreed to.
Resignation of Director
3.10 Any Director may resign effective on giving written notice to the Chairman of the
Board of Directors, the Secretary, or the Board of Directors.
Vacancies in the Board-Causes
3.11 Vacancies on the Board of Directors occur on the death, resignation, or removal
a Director, with the exception of the originating two Directors, whose vacancy will
not be filled.
3.12 Vacancies of Directors or new members can only be filled by the unanimous voting
members of the Golden Rule Family where the vacancy has been created.
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Number and Titles
4.01 The officers of the Corporation, either in the individual Golden Rule Family
groups or Directors will consist of a House Manager or Chairman, a Secretary,
and a Treasurer or Financial officer, plus any other elected offices by the majority
of voting members in the individual family groups or Board of Directors, as is felt
needed by those members concerned.
Appointment and Resignation
4.02 The chosen officers will serve at the pleasure of the Golden Rule Family or Board
of Directors and will be subject to the rights, if any, of an officer under any contract
of employment. They will be chosen from the voting members available, where
possible, and receive approximately an equal salary, standard for members, except for
where extra skill, effort, knowledge, training is involved, or there is danger involved
in the work needed. Also any expenses, incurred in the duties, will be compensated for.
Duties of Officers
4.03 (a) Manager Golden Rule Family group or Chairman of the Directors will preside
at all meetings where possible, but will be subject to the control of the voting
members or Board of Directors, and will have supervision, direction, and
control of the business and affairs of the office.
(b) In the absence of the Manager or Chairman, the Secretary or appointed member
may act in their place.
(c) The Secretary will keep a book of minutes of all meetings up to date. These will
be available at reasonable hours and upon request by any voting member of the
Golden Rule Family directly involved. In the case of minutes for The Board of
Directors, these will be made available to each individual Director to share with
their Golden Rule Family.
(d) The Treasurer or financial officer will keep records of all financial transactions
And deposit all money and other valuable records in the name of the Corporation,
as ordered by the Directors, and will render to the Chairman of the Board or Secretary,
on request, an account of all that officer’s transaction in the name of the Corporation.
CORPORATE RECORDS, REPORTS
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5.01 The Corporation must keep adequate and correct records of account and minutes,
in a written form, that will be made available to all voting members in good
standing at reasonable hours and on request.
Copies of Directors Meeting will either be posted, or given in written form, to all
individual voting members.
5.02 The Board of Directors may adopt a corporate seal of the Corporation which will
remain in the custody of the Board of Directors Secretary and affix the seal to all
appropriate corporate documents. However, the failure to affix the seal does not
affect the validity of any instrument.
CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY OF GOLDEN RULE FAMILY,
I hereby certify that I am the duly elected and acting Secretary of this corporation
and that the foregoing Bylaws, comprising of 5 pages, constitute the Bylaws of this
corporation as duly adopted at a meeting of the Board of Directors held on
Signed by incoming members in each Golden Rule Family
TO WHOM IT MIGHT CONCERN:
This is the first year we have legally formed, in the state of California,and in May 21, 2010 had our first annual meeting with 14 people, one a 3 year old special litte girl.
A friend of mine, actually all these people were friends of mine, helped me to legally write the articles of our constitution, which are on the first page of our website. It cost a couple hundred dollars to get the State of California to give us the state seal needed to have a non-profit organization active in this state and is then legal in all the U.S. but can only file for tax exempt in California, although so far we have been doing what we're doing with our own money mostly and the amount has not been enough to even have to report this year.
You are free to adopt these same articles for your group, or change them to suit your group. If you want to remain part of this group. You would just have to get the ok of the International Board which right now is just Rachel and I, and one elected member of our regional group. We actually have three groups here in this area now.
Being able to network with others to help form Golden Rule family's or groups, where ever they be, is our aim, then the international board of Golden Rule Family's would have to approve, as our highest authority. Right now that is the three of us, and you if you find at least one other person, willing to form a group. Or one of you. Each area could have an elected member, and then you would form a state board, and that group would elect one member to represent your country.
Soon I hope to be formally forming another group in Sacramento, as I am going there in August, where a friend of mine lives and we have our own group up there already to start, and one in Tennessee, where I am originally from, and will be going in October. If you agree to join us then you too, would have an equal vote on our International board, as your country's founder for life.
Hopefully you would help other groups in your area to form and have an equal vote with any other groups in the area, while retaining your own individual group that would work separate or together with other groups. if you were able to form another group in your Country you and they would have to decide who would be the member on the International Board and each year vote on who. We would have to communicate by email, or how ever best for all.
The articles would only have to be signed by those who chose to live in as a group together, for each one's legal protection. But one's own group can be more informal as you would only be having people you wanted into your group and would probably not be living together, and if anyone wasn't following the Golden Rule Family Rules, they could just be asked to leave, after a vote was taken. If that group didn't vote that person out than if it were me, I'd probably leave that group and form another group. Depending whether it could be worked out or not. They still would have to abide by Golden Rule Family rules to continue to be a voting member.
You may have, or form, as many groups as you can, or want to, but you yourself would have only one vote in each but would have one vote on the Country Board (as would one from each area, who is voted on each year). Just so it stays democratic, but as a founding member in your country, you need to have life long vote, to make sure it is started and overseen rightly.
My friend Rachel Miller and I have life long voting rights on any board or group we are on, our own local one, a state board, and International board, and you would too, as the first one in your country, but that is the only thing special that we have allowed ourselves and I think it would be fair for anyone starting groups in any one country, all others would have an equal vote in their group, but only one person would be elected to a state or country board and only one to International besides yourself, and each year the person would be decided by vote. If this is not clear, let me know?
Projects are decided on by each group, if we ever get a grant or contribution to be used for all the groups, than that money would be equally divided. but right now, most of us are poor and have to pool our money to just get enough to feed about 75 homeless people once a week on Sunday, that we have been doing for about 9 months now and it is such a Blessing for us, as well as them, some of our poorer members go to grocery stores and ask for food they can't sell, Sunday is a day here, when food is avaiable few other places.
Rachel and I, in our own group have been working for a year on a Publishing House, and have 4 books, only one is almost ready for publication, and any profit we make from it will go towards building a new needed Catholic Church in our area, that we both belong to.
An adobe Reader is a program you put on your computer, can't put one on a public computer, at least not here at our library's.
It would only be necessary if you were going to ask for a grant from someplace who required it for the application. Here the U.S. gov. requires it. It is free, but I havn't got mine to work right yet. but I don't know much about computers, someone in our group of 12, at our first annual meeting said they knew, but I havn't had a chance to talk to them about it. If you need one, let me know and I'll send you the email address.
The best way to get members is to either talk to other friends or family and have them look at the website, which will be your groups website too, to add reports of what your group is doing, once a year. You could make up a little flyer, you can get four on one page, if your real poor, make copies, and give it out to people, you'd like to join, with a date and time for a meeting someplace, like a park or library or home, or ?
We have a rule that nobody needs to give more than their first name, so long as the chairman of the group knows how to contact them, as some people don't want to be legally involved with a legal organization or do not want to have their information avaiable to people they don't know, who might misuse it. Each group also has an elected treasure each year, for any money and a secretary, to keep a record of the meetings.
Only one meeting a year is required for any or all the groups in an area to meet or keep in contact someway, But if your doing a project than how ever often you need to meet.
If you, or anyone else thinks it would work out better some other way, just let me know. We will take it into consideration with the members we have now and the changes would have to be made by us too, or at least agreed upon. If we get a lot of groups, where this is not practical, then the International Group would decide.
Betty C. Dudney