The Community Council is the voice of the members; it acts on members’ behalf and directs and monitors the efforts of the Board of Directors. It consists of representatives of the major religious and spiritual groups participating in the organization .
The Council consists of up to seven (but never less than three) members who have been elected by the membership of ASA. Among themselves, the Council shall elect a Chairman to speak on their behalf, direct discussions of the Council at meetings, and create an agenda to be given to the Chief of Internal Affiars, among other various responsibilities. Its main responsibilities include setting goals for the organization and establishing the policies by which ASA shall be run. The council is thus a regulatory body: it regulates the actions of the Board as well as the organization’s interactions with members, other organizations, and the general public.
The Council will delegate tasks to and approve of tasks proposed by the Board of Directors or by members while simultaneously evaluating how well these tasks are executed. It can also form committees, approve of motions to enter into contracts with other organizations, and preside over meetings. Should any conflicts need to be resolved that require a tribunal in order to decide whether the Code of Ethics has been breeched, Council members form a tribunal. Additionally, the Council has control over all monies which the organization possesses and can accept or decline donations.
For an overview of how the Council will direct the Board and Members, see the flow chart at the bottom of the ASA Intent document:ASA Intent