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Pax Fauna's bylaws, along with certain supporting corporate policies, are maintained in order to ensure Pax Fauna's compliance with the laws governing tax-exempt charitable nonprofits, at both state and federal levels. The bylaws and policies under this heading are not to be amended without qualified legal consultation.
This section doesn't have much to do with the day-to-day life of the organization but they are always operating far in the background. New partners can definitely skip this part.
As with other items in this handbook, the versions here are authoritative.