Created January 22, 2018
ARTICLE I: NAME AND JURISDICTION
Section 1: This organization shall be known as Old Harmony Paranormal Research. The organization may also go by the abbreviation of OHPR. This document shall be officially known as the bylaws of said organizations.
Section 2: The headquarters of this organization shall be located in city of Greeneville, the state of Tennessee. The organization may have other branches as the directors and leadership deem appropriate.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE, OBJECTIVES, MISSION
Section 1: The purpose and objectives of this organization shall be:
A. The mission of this organization is to help clients with our services pertaining to supernatural and paranormal phenomena, ghosts, spirits, haunting, and demonic activity, infestation, oppression, and possession. We will do this without bias or prejudice using scientific, metaphysical, and spiritual methods.
B. To attempt to prove the existence of haunting and/or supernatural or paranormal activity through scientific and metaphysical investigation, observation, and experimentation on site at locations alleged to experience supernatural or paranormal activity aided by special equipment deemed appropriate by this organization based on collective paranormal community standards.
C. To debunk that which can be explained through scientific and metaphysical investigation, observation, and experimentation on site at locations alleged to experience supernatural or paranormal activity aided by special equipment deemed appropriate by this organization based on collective paranormal community standards.
D. To examine all forms of evidence related to an investigation including but not limited to photos, audio, video, personal experiences, physic readings, sensitives’ readings, and any other physical evidence and to collectively compare said evidence in order to reach a conclusion as to whether or not the activity is legitimately paranormal related or can be debunked.
E. To report any and all findings to the client(s) whether it is evidence or paranormal activity or debunking.
ARTICLE III: CODE OF ETHICS
Section 1: Paranormal Investigator Code of Ethics: All members of this organization pledge to conduct themselves professionally at all times while on investigations or otherwise representing Old Harmony Paranormal Research. All members of this organization pledge the following:
A: Privacy and respect: Members will safeguard the confidentiality of all personal information, sensitive or otherwise, divulged by colleagues, clients, and relevant witnesses. They shall respect client privacy at all times before a case is opened, during the case, and after the case has been closed.
B. Courtesy and Custom: While participating in any investigation, members will show sensitivity and respect for diversity in the client’s culture, behaviors, ideologies, policies, rules, customs, political stances and affiliations, stances on current events, and personal wishes. They shall treat the clients’ property with the utmost respect and leave things as they were before the investigation began.
C. Religious and Spiritual Respect: Members will at all times respect each other’s and clients’ religious and/or spiritual beliefs and faiths or lack thereof at all times, regardless of their own personal beliefs or faiths. They will not allow their own faith to interfere or cause prejudice or bias in any investigation methods, actions, decisions, or conclusions. Our organization is here to help clients as they need, to work together in a multi-faith capacity, and not to apply or push our own religious or spiritual beliefs onto them and/or their situation or each other. Members also must not assume that a spirit/ghost is of a specific religion or faith. As living people hold different beliefs and faiths, so do the non-living and we must respect them as well. A (living and non-living) person’s faith is a very deep and personal relationship and is to be treated with the utmost respect at all times.
D. Comity and Compassion: members will demonstrate collegiality with other team members and will respect the claims, doubts, concerns, fears and wishes of any client or other individual relevant to an investigation.
E. Currency and Professionalism: Members will contribute meaningfully to the advancement of paranormal research by remaining current in the field and applying that knowledge to the methodologies of investigation and evidence assessment.
F. Verify: Members will not rely solely on one method of investigation or one method of evidence (i.e. solely metaphysical; solely a single photo) to draw conclusions. They will use multiple methods and tools in order to provide further verification. For example: If a psychic offers a paranormal interpretation or “hit” then other methods will be used to attempt to verify such as EMF readings and photos from multiple cameras in order to collect more than one form of evidence to said activity.
G. Knowledge Before Profit: Members will pledge to disclose fully any significant discoveries germane to the field of paranormal research, and to refuse to profit financially either by publishing, or preventing from publication, such discoveries.
H. The Living before The Dead: Members will at all times regard the needs and concerns of clients and colleagues as a greater priority than all other concerns of research and investigative practices.
I. Investigation over Faith: Members will place greater value on the process of inquiry and reasoning than on their personal expression of faith, their belief system, their spiritual philosophy, or an avowed absence of these. They must not allow their own personal faith to steer investigative methodologies in order to provide services without bias or prejudice. Our organization deals with things that may not always fit into our individual faiths or beliefs so we must allow ourselves to be open to them or we may not see them, hindering our investigation as a whole.
J. Credibility and Character: members at all times during an investigation will safeguard the credibility of the organization by representing it with the highest standards of honesty, integrity and professionalism.
K. Law and Order: members will never compromise the investigation, the client or the organization by flouting or bending the laws of a state or a community.
L. Conduct during investigations:
1. Do not harm: Do not say or do anything that could result in emotional, mental, or physical harm to the clients, paranormal entities, property, or each other
2. Always have the clients’ best interest at heart
3. Always have your team’s best interests at heart
4. Always be open and honest: Do NOT claim to have experienced or witnessed paranormal activity ofany sort if you have not! Dishonesty leads to a tainted investigation. Our goal is to find true and honest answers to the best of our abilities. If members report activity that did not actually happen then it can create fear for the clients, discrepancies in the evidence, and a plethora of other problems that could lead to a false conclusion and even eventual physical and/or paranormal harm to the clients.
5. Never claim to know “everything”
6. Do not make promises you can’t keep. If you can’t participate in an investigation be honest and upfront about it. It is better to do this than to commit and not show up. Doing so not only looks bad for the team member but it also makes the entire team look bad to the client.
7. Never make assumptions. Ask questions, do research, and verify with multiple methods.
8. Do not taunt, harass, dare, bully, or issue a challenge to entities. Regardless of what entities may “tell” us or what psychics/sensitives may report we never know for sure what we are dealing with. It is dangerous to taunt or challenge when you do not know what you are dealing with, no matter how brave you may feel.
9. Respect the power that entities hold
10. Do not take unnecessary risks for the sake of gaining evidence
11. Treat everyone equally
12. Do this work for the love of people, to help people, and because it is your calling. If you are in it for a thrill then our organization is not for you.
13. While we have team leaders they are still part of the team. Treat team members and team leaders how you want to be treated.
14. Never go alone. Always have another team member with you. Going alone can be dangerous and having another member with you allows for another witness to any activity that may occur.
15. Never leave anyone behind. Do not flee or abandon another team member because you are scared
16. Never abandon clients
17. Never end a case without a resolution for your clients
18. Go into every case as a skeptic, respectfully, until you have evidence to the contrary
19. Do not use team members, clients, pets, or anyone else as bait to draw out negative entities
20. Do not just pack up and leave after gathering evidence without helping the clients. Our organization’s goal is ultimately to help clients. Gathering evidence is merely a tool that allows us to do so.
21. Do not stir up activity for self gain or just to see if you can
22. Do not dare an entity to do something to prove that it can
23. Do not send a team member, client, pet, or anyone else into a potentially dangerous situation that you do not wish to enter into to see what happens to them first
24. Do not demand that an entity show itself to you. Demanding any actions of an entity can be seen as you issuing a challenge and if the entity is negative or demonic it could put you and all others around you (both at the investigation and at home) in danger
25. Do not take things from haunted/infested places to keep as souvenirs. This can be seen as an invitation to follow you home and can cause an attachment.
26. Do not hold seances
27. Do not use Ouija or spirit boards
28. Do not use any sort of metaphysical tools or methods (i.e. automatic writing, trances) unless you are an experienced psychic, medium, or sensitive
29. Do not tell an entity that you will remove it. Only specialized professionals such as exorcists, shaman, cleansers, etc can remove an entity. Often the entity will know this and can view it as a challenge
30. Do not utter threats of any kind to an entity in order to try to get a reaction from it or to scare it away. This is viewed as a challenge
31. Always listen to what your clients are telling you. Do not interrupt them or finish their sentences for them. Do not only focus on the information you find interesting. Listen to all of the information being relayed to you whether you believe it or not and whether it is interesting or not. We are here for the clients, not for ourselves and not to be entertained.
ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Subject only to the specific conditions set forth hereinafter, any person of good character who has an interest in the paranormal shall be eligible for membership at the sole discretion of the directors and leadership.
Section 2: Any person expressing interest in membership to this organization may become a member provided they meet the following requirements:
A. All members must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid state issued ID or Drivers License prior to applying.
B. All members must complete and pass a verbal interview with the leadership of this organization
C. All members shall submit a digital photo and a short biography for inclusion on the Old Harmony Paranormal Research website
D. All members are responsible for their own transportation to and from organization events and meetings, unless other arrangements for out of town events.
E. All members must agree to attend no less than 50% of all announced organization meetings, investigations, training sessions, research projects and other mandatory special events unless a waiver is granted by the directors and/or the leadership. Members that do not meet the 50% requirments listed in this section will be moved to non-active member for 12 months and then removed from membership.
F. All members must give at least a 48 hour notice to directors and/or leadership if they are unable to attend an event or meeting.
G. All members agree to dress appropriately for the event in which they are involved. This includes acquiring at minimum an official uniform shirt at the member’s expense. The shirt must be maintained in presentable condition and replaced if it becomes faded, over-worn, or damaged. Appropriate dress also includes but is not limited to comfortable but safe footwear, dark non-reflective clothing that is in good condition, deodorant, no loose hanging objects that can become entangled on objects or that can interfere with the investigation, and no perfumes, body sprays, or colognes as they may interfere with the investigations or cause allergic/asthmatic reactions.
H. All Members who attend any events associated with the organization will assume full responsibility and agree to relieve Old Harmony Paranormal Research and the members of the board of any liability pertaining to personal injury, legal action, or anything deemed as an act of God.
I. All members will receive a copy of these Bylaws for their own records and must sign a copy of them as a form of agreement to adhere to them.
J. All members must register on and utilize the organization’s online forum for communication purposes. This online forum will contain important information about the organization’s events, meetings, cases, investigations, methods, and other related discussions.
K. All members must properly fill out all required and appropriate investigation forms and turn them in to leadership in a timely manner.
L. Any member who uses their own equipment during investigations shall review their own footage/evidence in a very timely manner and shall submit a copy of all footage and all evidence to the leadership in a timely fashion. All equipment used to obtain evidence must be approved by Old Harmony Paranormal Research.
M. All members must refrain from using obscene, foul, or abusive language in the presence of clients and the public.
N. Members may not bring guests, family, or friends to any of the organization’s events or meetings without prior permission from leadership first. Members are responsible for any guests that they bring and for any behaviors and/or damage caused by their guests. All guests must follow Old Harmony Paranormal Research’ guidelines, rules, and bylaws.
O. Members that are on the roster will pay $5.00 month / $60.00 yearly to help with costs of the website, shirts, transportation cost to events, or other expensives. This money will go to the treasure and placed into an account for OHPR use only.
Section 3: No person shall be eligible for membership if they:
A. Falsified any membership information.
B. Refuse to adhere to or abide by the established rules and protocols of this organization or its bylaws.
C. Refuse to obligate themselves to participate in scheduled investigations, meetings, evidence review, training sessions or other mandatory special events.
D. Advocate race, class, religious, gender, sexuality, political, or any other form of bigotry intolerance, hatred, or discrimination. This includes but is not limited to while being present at any of the organization’s events, on investigations, in casual settings during personal time away from the organization, and on social media. All of a member’s actions and philosophies are a reflection on the organization and so such bigotry will be met with zero tolerance from the organization and subjects a member or applying member to immediate dismissal.
E. There is reasonable reason to believe that he/she may not adhere to or abide by the established rules and protocols of this organization or its bylaws.
F. They refuse to dress appropriately for the event in which they are involved.
G. They have been convicted of a felony related to violence, embezzlement, fraud, or theft, or of a felony deemed inappropriate for the organization by the directors and/or leadership.
H. They refuse to sign a Disclosure, Waiver of Liability and Confidentiality agreement.
Section 4: Membership can be sanctioned or revoked if the member:
A. Do not attend 50% of all announced organization meetings, investigations, training sessions or other mandatory special events.
B. Divulge any privileged or confidential information, including that of other members, as well as any information gathered during investigations, research, meetings, training sessions or other special events with anyone who is not a member of this organization or its current allies. All information is to be considered privileged or confidential and should only be discussed within the organization unless otherwise specified by leaders, directors, and/or clients.
C. Attempt or accomplish to undermine the credibility of the organization in any way.
D. Hack, sabotage, or tamper with OHPR Paranormal Investigations data, servers, website, and/or Facebook page, or other form of media where the organization is represented.
E. Fake or Falsify any records, research, investigation logs, or evidence.
F. Fail to act in a safe and professional manner during all events.
G. Trespass or violate the law of any governmental unit during any event.
H. Demonstrate dishonesty or other behavior that could reflect negatively on this organization.
I. Violates any established rule or protocol of this organization or its Bylaws.
J. Abuse drugs and/or alcohol both outside and inside the group. Any drug or alcohol use before and/or during any OHPR event, meeting, or gathering will not be tolerated and is subject to immediate termination from membership and any leader/director/team positions held.
K. Leadership holds exclusive right to deny membership to anyone that they feel does not meet the standards and/or requirements of OHPR.
Section 5: Progressive Discipline: Recognizing the purpose of disciplinary action is intended to correct the behavior of a member, the Principle of Progressive Discipline shall be used to deal with any violations of these bylaws. Disciplinary action shall progress if continuous violations occur within time limits specified below:
First Offense: Verbal Warning
The directors and leadership will meet with and discuss the offensive behavior of the member. If this is the First Offense within a three month period, a verbal warning will be issued by the directors and the leadership.
Second Offense: Probation
The directors and leadership will meet with and discuss the offensive behavior with the member. If this is the Second Offense within a three month period the member will be placed on probation for a time period that will be determined by leadership.
Third Offense: Termination
The directors and leadership will meet with and discuss the offensive behavior with the member. If this is the Third Offense within a three month period, the member will be terminated from the group by the leadership. Reconsideration for membership shall be at the sole discretion of the directors and the leadership.
If a pattern develops in that a member repeatedly commits offenses beyond the three month “reset” then they will be subject to Probation or Termination and this will be determined by leadership.
It is recognized that some offensive behavior may be of a serious and willful nature, and warrant termination without adhering to the principle of progressive discipline. In such cases, the directors and leadership shall meet and agree on the terms and conditions of the disciplinary action, and the results will be made known to the group.
Section 6: Probationary period
All new members shall serve a 120-day probationary period upon acceptance into the organization. This probationary period may be increased or decreased at the sole discretion of the directors and leadership.
ARTICLE V: MEETINGS
Section 1: This organization will hold regular meetings on the 1st Friday of each month @7pm and the location will be announced in advance and a reminder of the meeting by phone, text, e-mail or on a FaceBook page. There will be at least one meeting per month and they will serve as an opportunity to interview potential members, discuss organization business, report validated evidence, further member training and other matters deemed appropriate by the directors and leadership.
Section 2: No guests or non-members are permitted to attend the aforementioned meetings unless cleared by the directors and/or leadership of the group.
ARTICLE VI: MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP
Section 1: The leadership of this organization shall consist of leaders and a board of directors.
Section 2: The members of this organization shall consist of senior members, junior members, and probationary members. After a member has completed their probationary period they automatically become junior members.
Section 3: The members shall have the responsibility to make decisions for this organization by a vote or general consensus. All decisions of the members are considered final, but may be appealed in writing for reconsideration.
Section 4: The leaders shall be the founders and they shall remain the leaders until they are no longer members of the organization. Upon returning to the organization they must receive a majority vote or consensus from membership in order to obtain a leadership position again unless the leader’s absence was due to health or medical reasons.
Section 5: The members shall appoint all director positions at an organization meeting by a silent, anonymous majority vote or general consensus of members in attendance in accordance with the provisions of the bylaws. There shall be no term limit on any position. Elections of positions shall be held once a year in the month of September.
Section 6: Junior members shall graduate to senior members by the following means: After 90 days with the group with no infractions a junior member may become eligible for promotion to senior member. Any member may nominate a junior member to be promoted to senior member during any organization meeting, however a junior member may not nominate themselves. Upon nomination the membership in attendance shall approve the promotion by a silent, anonymous majority vote or consensus in accordance with the provisions of the bylaws.
Section 7: The director and senior member positions are considered High Seniority positions regarding access to all organization information and priority on event rosters.
Section 8: Any member may apply for a vacant director position after they have completed their 90-day probationary period. All appointments will be made based on the member’s involvement in the organization and their willingness to assist fellow members.
Section 9: One person may hold multiple positions if there are not enough members to elect to all positions or if there are not enough non-probationary members. Probationary members cannot be elected to leadership or board of director positions.
Section 10: Membership duties may vary. In general the following duties may be associated with the following positions:
Leaders and Directors:
Founder: Serve as leader to the organization; plan and organize events, meetings, and cases; maintain all business related licenses and certificates; work in coordination with other directors; oversee daily operations of this organization; supervise all members; serve as webmaster and moderator of www.oldharmonyparanormalresearch.net and www.facebook.com/groups/OHPRnTN and maintain domain services; analyze and validate evidence; guide and advise members in established rules and protocols of this organization and its bylaws; act as spokesperson(s) for the organization; organize investigations, research projects, meetings, training sessions or other special events; promote this organization in various forums and media outlets; maintain this organization’s credibility; recruit new members and insure proper training standards; conduct evidence reveal with client and all other duties not inconsistent with the goals of this organization and furthering its interests. Will present places to investigate and events to members. Plan and organize the investigation or event with the help of the case managers or other members wishing to help.
Treasurer (elected): maintain all financial records and administer any organization funds and property; maintain all business related licenses and certificates .
Secretary (elected): maintain all files and paperwork for the organization; write and distribute the meeting minutes; maintain trademark and copyright currency, organization P.O. box (or equivalent address), and utilities; maintain all membership records; guide and advise members in established rules and protocols of this organization and its bylaws.
Other member roles:
Leader: Maintains responsibilities and discretionary powers as defined throughout the whole of the bylaws. Will
Lead Investigator(s): serve as an adviser to the senior members; maintain order in investigations, research projects, meetings, training sessions or other special events; serve as a guide to investigators and probationary investigators and advise members in established rules and protocols of this organization and its bylaws; recruit new members and insure proper training standards; maintain this organizations credibility; analyze evidence gathered during investigations and report evidence gathered to the senior members or designee; all other duties not inconsistent with the goals of this organization and furthering its interest.
Tech Manager: maintain and operate all organization equipment and property; research scientific methodology behind the use of environmental monitoring equipment; serve as a guide to investigators and probationary investigators and demonstrate investigation techniques and methodology; maintain this organizations credibility; analyze evidence gathered during investigations and report evidence gathered to the Core members or designee; all other duties not inconsistent with the goals of this organization and furthering its interests;
Case Manager: Any member who presents a case/client to OHPR shall be that case manager. The case manager serves as exclusive point of contact with clients on all investigations; prepare official case report of current investigations and report to Core members all pending investigation requests on a regular basis; analyze evidence gathered during investigations and report evidence gathered to the Core members or designee; Case managers also prepare final report and findings of all evidence gathered during their case investigations; all other duties not inconsistent with the goals of this organization and furthering its interest.
Public Reations Officer: Speaker for OHPR to the public.
Investigators: serve as investigators during official investigations; assist fellow investigators and probationary investigators and advise them in established rules and protocols of investigation; analyze and compile all evidence gathered during investigations, and provide copies of same to report writer(s) in a timely manner; assist tech manager in setting up and breaking down tech equipment before and after official investigations; analyze evidence gathered during investigations and report evidence gathered to the Core members or designee; all other duties not inconsistent with the goals of this organization and furthering its interest.
Special consultants who are not necessarily members may be retained by the leadership of this organization. Consultants may be utilized for their expert opinions or talents to further the goals and interests of this organization.
ARTICLE VII: EVIDENCE OWNERSHIP
Section 1: All evidence collected during an investigation including but not limited to: Audio, Photography, Video and sensor data is the property of the Old Harmony Paranormal Research Team–not the site owner/operator.
Section 2: All evidence collected may be considered for publication on the organization’s website: www.cc-paranormal.com in training materials and other mediums as deemed appropriate by the directors and leadership and in accordance with the specifics of the Client Confidentiality Agreement.
Section 3: All evidence collected by members must be submitted to the leadership and Report Writer(s) in a timely manner for review and publication consideration in the Final Report.
ARTICLE VIII: DONATIONS, FUNDING, AND PROMOTION
Section 1: This organization shall not charge for any service that it provides.
Section 2: This organization shall accept donations of equipment to aide in furthering the goals and interests of this organization and its members.
Section 3: This organization shall accept monetary donations to purchase equipment and aid in furthering the goals and interests of this organization and its clientele.
Section 4: This organization shall hold investigations and events in which it charges admission fees and/or sells tickets to as a form of fundraising to purchase equipment and aid in furthering the goals and interests of the organization and its clientele.
Section 5: This organization shall sell products as a form of fundraising to purchase equipment and aid in furthering the goals and interests of the organization and its clientele.
Section 6: This organization shall record, produce, and publicly post online its own internet web tv series and live social media videos in order to promote the organization, expand the organization, and obtain sponsors for the organization and its events in order to obtain equipment and aid in furthering the goals and interests of this organization, its members, and its clientele.
Section 7: This organization is open to possibilities of participating in syndicate, national, and international television shows, series, and/or movies only if it is not required to compromise its goals, mission, or purpose and if it is not required to be dishonest, to fake, or to falsify paranormal activity or evidence.
ARTICLE IX: FISCAL YEAR
Section 1: The fiscal year for this organization shall be from January 01 to December 31.
ARTICLE IX: Design of Shirt and Logo
Section 1: Logo: Picture below. This design was created by Della Sue Belt from a tomb stone of Little Willie’s at Old Harmony Cematary in Greeneville, TN. This logo can be used for letter heads, forms etc. This design can be changed and must be voted on by members of OHPR and approved by the founder.
Section 2: Shirt- Color will be Black or Royal Blue on a pull over shirt. Front will have OHPR Greeneville TN on the left upper side of shirt. Back will have the OHPR logo in center with Old Harmony Paranormal Research and website listed. Any changes must be voted on by members of OHPR and approved by the founder. Polo shirts can be worn but has to be black or Royal Blue with OHPR Greeneville TN on the upper left side on front with nothing on the back.
ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS
Section 1: These bylaws may be amended, altered, repealed or added to by the directors and leadership of this organization, subject to a vote of the members. Notice will be given to all members and an effective date for any amendments or changes.