Business Meeting Brings Change of Focus
Every year at the end of June
BAPA holds both their Annual Board of Directors Meeting and their
Annual Membership Business Meeting. This year the stakes were high.
Both the membership roll and revenues have continued to drop for
several years, and current resources are inadequate to run the
organization in accordance with the requirements of our Bylaws.
motions were discussed and adopted during the two 2005 Annual
Meetings, allowing the organization to narrowly avert an option no
one wanted to see–dissolution of an organization that for many was
the first welcoming hand into the Bay Area pagan community.
What do These Changes Mean to BAPA Members, Friends,
Links to copies of the minutes
from both the 2005 Annual BAPA Board of Directors Meeting and the
2005 Annual BAPA Membership Business Meeting are posted on the BAPA
In summary, the changes are as
follows, with the rationale for the changes indicated in bold
- An amendment was made
to the Bylaws changing the minimum number of directors required from
five to four; this change allows BAPA to continue to legally
operate while reviewing and evaluating other business and service
- Some operations and/or
services will be temporarily suspended during the review process;
these changes allow BAPA to focus remaining resources on activities
that will help rebuild the organization.
- Monthly Gaia’s
Gateways meetings, to be replace by seasonal “Special Gatherings.”
distribution of the BAPAN newsletter, to be replaced by a web-based newsletter.
- Discontinuation of the
BAPA phone line, to be replaced by web-based inquiry process.
- Operations continued
- www.bapa.net, with the website playing a more central role
in interaction with members, friends, and supporters.
BAPA Discussion Board.
- BAPA mail service.
We hope by late spring 2006 to
call another Special Meeting of the membership to present and vote
on recommendations for an invigorated role for BAPA within the Bay
Area pagan community. Check the website for updates on our progress.
BAPA Board of Directors
Bay Area Pagan
Assemblies (BAPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing
services to the Pagan community of the greater San Francisco Bay
Area (including Santa Cruz). Our BAPA's Mission is to serve the
Pagan community as an information resource and to facilitate the
practice of Pagan spirituality.
BAPA was started in 1989 by a group of local Pagans who saw a need
in our community for a publicly-recognized Pagan service
organization that served the entire Bay Area. An important concept
of BAPA was that the organization would not focus on serving a
specific Pagan religious group, but rather would embrace the many
forms of Pagan worship. BAPA members represent a variety of
traditions, including (but not limited to) various traditions of
Wicca, Norse, Druidism, Umbanda, and Shamanism.
Since BAPA's inception, the organization has grown by leaps and
bounds. As our membership grows, our network expands, giving us
the ability to provide more services to our community.
Any organization going
through significant change benefits from fresh eyes and
fresh ideas, and BAPA is no exception! We're looking for
individuals to help with both organizational activities and
the overall process of defining and implementing change.
Crystal if you're interested in helping out.
by BAPA include:
- Information for Pagans
and seekers on local groups and organizations.
Referrals to open circles, groves, and covens.
Seasonal "Special Gatherings" that celebrate
A lending library, where members
can borrow books and periodicals on Pagan topics.
Referrals to classes and workshops in Pagan lore and crafts.
Who are Pagans?|
Pagans are people who belong to any of a number of nature-oriented
religions, whose worship revolves around the cycles of the sun and
moon. As Pagans, we believe in the immanence of divinity, not transcendence
alone, and we see divinity in the feminine as well as the masculine.
There are many different Pagan religions, each with their own set of
beliefs and practices, some of which may not agree completely with
our definition. In general, however, Pagans are earth or
nature-based in their religious practices, and believe we all have,
within ourselves, the capacity to improve our conditions.