April 23, 2015



I’m a fan of FAN – how can I be a FAN member?

  • Neighborhood Organizations – Any neighborhood organization may become a member of FAN by filling out an application, agreeing to support the Vision Statement and paying a yearly membership fee (each such approved neighborhood organization a “FANNA”).  Each FANNA will automatically become a member of the District Chapter such FANNA is located within.
  • Membership through a neighborhood organization – Every member of existing FANNAs are automatically members of FAN (each a “Represented FAN”).
  • At-large membership – Individuals that live in an area not covered by a FANNA may be an at-large member of FAN (each such person an “at-large FAN” and together with Represented FANs, “Members”).  Any such person wishing to join must complete an application, sign a statement pledging to support the FAN Vision Statement, and pay an annual membership fee.   Each at-large FAN will automatically become a member of the District Chapter such at-large fan resides in.
  • District Chapters – FANNAs and at-large FANs will be grouped by Council Member districts for the purpose of developing effective relationships with city representatives.
  • Fees.  Represented FANNAs are paid by the neighborhood organization, but membership is currently free.  At-large FANs membership is currently free.  All yearly memberships of FAN NA and at-large members begin on January 1 of a calendar year and end on December 31st.
  • Rights of Represented and at-large FANs:  All Members have full rights to participate in the communications forum, receive news digests and other communications from FAN leadership, participate in all committees at all levels including as an officer or chair, attend all meetings, whether of the general membership at the City or District Level or of the executive committee (unless closed for executive sessions).   For matters requiring a vote each FANNA will be casting a single vote.  Represented FANs would vote through their respective FANNA at the neighborhood organization level. At-large FANs will vote online, the results of which will determine a single vote for the at-large FAN membership.
  • Committees.  All Members of FAN, whether Represented FANs or at-large FANs, may be eligible to participate in any committee at any level, in any capacity including as an officer of the executive committee.
  • Expansion.  At-large FANs will be encouraged to work within their respective neighborhood organizations to advocate for membership in FAN.  If any such at-large FAN decides, in his or her discretion, that the neighborhood organization for his or her area would not be well aligned with the FAN Vision Statement, then such at-large FAN may remain a member of FAN until there is a neighborhood organization that is a member of FAN covering such at-large member’s area.
  • Critical Mass.  When any area not represented by a membership organization achieves a critical mass of at-large FANs (a critical mass being ten at-large FANs or more), and that area does not have a neighborhood organization aligned with FAN, then FAN will work together with that critical mass to form a new neighborhood based organization to represent that area as a FANNA.  Such critical mass of at-large FANs will be provided with the Tool Kit containing all the forms and organizational documents and materials needed to start a neighborhood organization.  Upon formation of the new neighborhood organization and approval of such neighborhood’s organization of an application by the FAN executive committee, all at-large FANs will automatically convert to be Represented FANs.
    • The Tool Kit Includes:
      • Draft Model Bylaws
      • Draft Vision Statement
      • Application with the City of Austin
      • Application to be a non-profit organization
      • Model website and communications forum
      • Application to be a neighborhood organization of FAN
      • Pledge to Uphold the FAN Vision Statement