Freedom of AssociationBe Free and Associate

The Freedom of Association is a basic tenant in our Constitution. Indeed it is the bedrock upon which Unions, Trade Groups, Religious Organizations, and Community Organizing exist. All of them qualify as Associations. In the US, no one can tell you who to associate with. There are as many groups, organizations, and clubs as there are stars. Every single one of them are practicing this very important right. It has been reaffirmed by the Supreme Court and is unassailable. 

Where to Associate, That Is The Question

While we may all be free to meet and talk with whomever we like, there are limits on your Freedom Of Association. Obviously, if your group plans to harm others or engage in illegal activities, this right can be abrogated. But for 99.99% of us, having a secure, private place to meet is the challenge. The go-to place since the American Revolution has been our private homes. However, exercising that right can get you in trouble with your HOA. As many of us already know, there is a big difference between having a right and actually exercising it.

Associating On a Budget

No matter what your group is or what they call themselves, they are an association. The question to be answered is how to exercise YOUR Freedom of Association.

Depending on your mission or cause, here are a few suggestions:

  • Your Home – Cheap, attendees come to you, cleaning and setup required.
  • A Restaurant – Free, food purchase requirement, interruptions from others.
  • A Bar – Really? A Bar? We will just leave it right there!
  • The Beacon Center – yes, a shameless plug. But one heck of an affordable place to hold your gathering.

The Beacon Center, Guardian of Freedom

Ok, so that may be an exaggeration. While we are Veteran owned and we honor our Country every day, we are a business. A business that specializes in clean, safe, private and affordable space for your Association to meet. Why not visit our website, take a virtual tour and then schedule a real one. Come see for yourself how easy and affordable your own Freedom of Association can be exercised

 

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Becky Stonebarger

About Becky Stonebarger

The Beacon Center is the collaborative effort of Husband and Wife team, Gil & Becky Stonebarger.Becky is the mastermind and driving force behind the Center, with Gil supporting her every step of the way. With over 50 yrs of combined experience in Hospitality, Becky & Gil finally realized their dream of an affordable, inspiring space for Businesses and Individuals alike to meet, train or just party.Becky has owned several businesses through the years and is very proud of her degree in Casino Management and is currently working on her Event Planning degree as well. Gil is a US Navy Veteran who has managed hospitality operations across the country for over 30 yrs. They have been happily married for over 30 yrs, have two daughters and two grandchildren.

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