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AMERICAN CONTRACT BRIDGE LEAGUE
NEVADA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
District 20, Unit 461
This Unit is a Non-Profit Corporation under California State Laws and is under the sanction of the American Contract Bridge League. The Unit is a cooperative venture where the work is done without compensation by Officers, Directors and members.
The objects of the organization are:
A. To preserve and promote the best interest of and to stimulate interest in the art of playing competitive duplicate contract bridge and any modifications thereof;
B. To cooperate with and to assist the League in the promotion and conduct of contract bridge tournaments;
C. To encourage the highest standards of conduct and ethics by its members and to enforce such standards;
D. To promote the development and organization of affiliated clubs and games within the Unit;
E. To cooperate in the League's charity program, and to sponsor and conduct charity events with the object of realizing funds to be devoted to worthy humanitarian causes, designated and approved by the Unit membership
F. To conduct such other activities as may be in keeping with its principal objectives
The geographical area within which this Unit operates is Nevada and Sierra Counties, as assigned by the Board of Directors of the ACBL.
A. Any person residing in the Unit's area is eligible to apply for membership in the ACBL. Application is made through one of the local affiliated clubs. Persons who are not members of the ACBL are welcome to play at all games, but they must join the ACBL to become a Unit 461 member.
B. Membership in the Unit shall bind the member to full compliance with these Bylaws, the Unit's Charter, and the Charter and the Bylaws of the ACBL.
C. Every member shall enjoy and possess all rights of membership equally with all other members.
D. Membership will continue unless
1. The member changes his/her primary residence to a place outside the jurisdiction of the Unit, in which case he/she shall become a member of the new Unit immediately upon the processing by the League of the change of address;
2. He/she has failed to pay the required dues in accordance with regulations of the ACBL;
3. He/she has been suspended or expelled from membership in accordance with regulations established by the ACBL.
Annual dues shall be in the amount fixed by the ACBL.
A. The Unit shall have a minimum of 2 meetings per year for the general membership. One of these shall be the Annual Election meeting - to elect board members (and for other business as deemed necessary).
B. The Unit Board of Directors shall fix the time and place of these meetings, and shall give appropriate notice to each affiliated club at least 30 days prior to the meeting.
C. Special meetings of the members may be called at any time (to consider specific subject matters) by the Unit Board of Directors or by the President, or by petition of the members (A petition to the board must be signed by 20% of the active members). Notice of the time and place of any special meeting shall be given to each affiliated club at least fourteen days before such meeting. The notice of any special meeting shall contain an Agenda of the matters to be taken up. No other business shall be acted upon at the meeting.
D. No proxies shall be permitted.
UNIT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A. NUMBER OF DIRECTORS
The affairs of the Unit shall be managed and conducted by the Unit Board of Directors which shall consist of not less than eight nor more than twelve persons, all of whom must be members of the Unit.
B. TERM OF OFFICE
Directors (board members) are elected for a two year term. Elections shall be planned so that half the board is elected each year, allowing some continuity from one year to the next. No member may serve more than 2 consecutive terms on the Board, excepting an outgoing Unit President, who will automatically serve the following year as Parliamentarian.
C. NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Candidates for Director shall be nominated and elected from and by the membership of the Unit, in accordance with regulations established by the Unit Board of Directors.
1. The Board of Directors, at least 30 days prior to the annual membership meeting, shall select a nominating committee composed of three persons, two of whom shall not be members of the current Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee shall meet and prepare a slate of names to be placed in nomination at the annual Unit meeting.
2. Additional nominations may be made from the floor by the membership at the time of the annual meeting.
Elections shall be held at the annual meeting. Each Unit member shall be entitled to one vote for each Director to be elected. All ballots shall be secret. All candidates are entitled to have witnesses present at the counting of ballots.
Any vacancy of the Unit Board of Directors shall be filled by the Board, and the person so appointed shall hold office for the balance of the unexpired term.
The Unit Board of Directors shall hold a minimum of six meetings per year, the first of which shall be soon after the annual meeting, and shall be for the purpose of electing the Board Officers for the year, and other business as needed. Subsequent regular meetings thereafter shall be held in accordance with policy established by the Board of Directors, on appropriate notice.
A quorum of the Unit Board of Directors for the transaction of business shall consist of not less than half of the Board.
H. POWERS AND DUTIES:
The Board of Directors shall have powers and duties including but not limited to:
1. To acquire, hold, administer, maintain and dispose of all property of the Unit. Any property disposed of shall not accrue to the pecuniary benefit of any Director or Unit member.
2. To conduct, manage, supervise and control the business of the Unit
3. To manage the funds of the Unit for purposes set forth in these Bylaws
4. To monitor all receipts and disbursements of the Unit, and to arrange for an annual audit
5. To conduct Unit tournaments
6. To hold (minimum) two meetings per year for the general membership.
See Article IV-A
A. The officers of the Unit shall consist of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. These shall be elected by the Board at the first meeting of the Board of Directors, and shall all be members of the current Board of Directors.
B. The officers shall hold office for one year or until their successors have been duly elected
C. The duties of the officers shall be those outlined in the "Unit Regulations," and other duties as may be assigned by the Unit Board of Directors.
Any officer or director may be removed for cause at any meeting of the Unit Board of Directors provided two-thirds of those present constituting a quorum shall so vote. Any officer or director against whom impeachment charges shall be brought shall be notified in writing, by registered mail, of the charges against him/her, at least ten days prior to the meeting, and shall be given an opportunity to be heard before the Unit Board of Directors and to be represented by counsel if desired. Absence from four consecutive meetings may be cause for removal of a director.
The President shall appoint such committees as may be necessary to perform the functions of the organization. Any Standing Committees shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors.
AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS
Amendment to the Bylaws may be made
A. By the members of the Unit upon petition signed by at least fifty members, then submitted to the Secretary at least thirty days in advance of the annual meeting or any special meeting called for that purpose. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to incorporate the text of the proposed amendment in the notice of the meeting. The concurrence of two-thirds of all members present and voting at the meeting shall be required to pass any amendment.
B. By the Board of Directors upon petition signed by at least a majority of the board, then submitted to the Secretary as above.
A. No religious, political or commercial activities shall be permitted at Unit games.
B. No money shall be spent on non-bridge-related activities or causes without the express agreement of the members
Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall be the parliamentary authority on all matters not covered by these Bylaws
Approved by vote of the membership (date: ________________)
Unit President, Norma Black: ___________________________