BYLAWS OF THE BRIDGE JOHNSTOWN BRIDGE ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE I - ORGANIZATION
Section 1 - The name of this organization shall be the Johnstown Bridge Association (JBA).
Section 2 - The JBA is in District 5, Unit #185, of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and is subject to the Bylaws and Regulations of ACBL.
Section 3 – The JBA shall be a non-profit organization. All proceeds shall be used to promote the general welfare of the Association.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
Section 1 - The purpose of the Club is to promote Duplicate Bridge in the community as a civic and social enterprise, to sponsor regularly scheduled duplicate bridge games; to promote the enjoyment of bridge through social events; to conduct sectional and national tournaments if circumstances permit; to assist and encourage members to increase their bridge skills; to encourage the highest standards of conduct and ethics by our members, and to enforce such standards.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1 – Membership in the Club shall be based upon the payment of annual dues of $1.00. Membership in the Club shall be open to all bridge players. No person shall be denied membership because of race, color or creed. New members shall submit the $1.00 annual dues payment along with a membership request form describing his/her Bridge experience and Bridge goals.
Section 2 – Membership dues are payable and due by December 31st for the ensuing year. Members shall have one (1) vote at the Annual Meeting of the JBA and at any special meeting called by the Board. A quorum for the meetings shall consist of a majority of members.
Section 3 – Non-members will be welcome to play in any and all games upon payment of the required game fees. Non-members may participate in activities sponsored by the Club but may not vote or hold office in the Club, nor may they participate in the business activities of the Unit.
Section 4-Members are encouraged to attend games with a partner. However, efforts will be made by the membership liaison to arrange a partner when the need arises.
Section 5-While members are not required to join ACBL, ACBL membership is strongly encouraged.
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS AND DUTIES
Section 1 - The governing body of the Club shall be a Board of Directors of five members, which shall consist of an elected President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and one Club member at Large. Membership in the ACBL is a requirement for Board members.
Section 2 – The President shall be the chief executive of the Club and shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and the Club; appoint any committees which may be deemed necessary; call any meetings other than the annual meeting, and exercise general supervision over the activities of the Club; shall have check signing powers together with the Vice President and the Treasurer, and shall be a member ex-officio of all committees, excluding the Nominating Committee.
Section 3 - The Vice President shall serve as chief executive officer in the absence or inability to
serve of the President and shall provide such assistance as the President designates.
Section 4 - The Secretary shall keep all records of meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors and distribute minutes to the Board of Directors, publicize meetings of the Association, maintain a list of current members, and conduct all correspondence as directed.
Section 5 - The Treasurer shall be responsible for all financial matters of the Club and shall
submit regular financial reports to the Board of Directors. Such financial reports shall
contain schedules of all income, expenses and funds under the control of the Club.
The Treasurer shall permit the Board of Directors to review any and all records
relating to the Club’s finances. The Treasurer shall be a member ex-officio of all committees involving expenditure of the Club’s funds.
Section 6 – Officers and the member at large shall be elected for two-year terms. Any officer may be re-elected for any office in succeeding terms; the terms to commence November 1st following the October election. All Board Members shall hold office until their successors are elected and qualified or until their death, resignation or removal.
Section 7 – In the event of death, resignation or removal of any member of the Board, a special election shall be called within two weeks by the remaining members of the Board for the purpose of filling the vacancy. The Board shall be reorganized immediately after any such special election.
ARTICLE V – ADMINISTRATION
Section 1 – The Board of Directors shall have full power to determine the starting time and length of the games, establish game and Director fees, disburse the funds of the organization, decide questions of membership and participation and in play, and make any other decisions necessary to the general welfare of the club not otherwise provided for. However, any decision of the Board of Directors may be appealed on written request of five members of the club and that any decision so appealed shall be submitted within two weeks to the members of the club, whose decision shall be final.
Section 2-The Board of Directors shall appoint a Club Manager(s) to be responsible for the games as set forth in Section 1 above. The Club Manager(s) must be an ACBL Director and shall schedule and conduct all games and tournaments sponsored by the club. He/she shall submit an annual schedule for the games he/she manages, this schedule to be approved by the Board of Directors and published on the Club’s Web-site. Any changes to these schedules must be approved by the Board. The Club Manager(s) shall submit results to the Club’s Web-site and the local paper. Club Manager(s) shall submit monthly financial reports to the Treasurer. The appointment of the Club Manager(s) shall be affirmed annually.
ARTICLE VI - Committees and Special Appointees.
- The Board shall appoint such committees as may be necessary to perform the
functions of the Club. Standing Committees shall be appointed with the approval of
the Board of Directors.
- The Board of Directors shall appoint an Editor, who will be responsible for the Club’s publications. The Board shall also appoint a membership liaison who will arrange partnerships and make other efforts to promote game participation.
- The Board of Directors shall elect a Club Representative or Representatives to serve on the Board of Unit #185 for a term of one year. Representative(s) shall report all information back to the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VII - Meetings
- An Annual Membership Meeting shall be held in October on a date set by the Board of
Directors for the purposes of reporting Club operations, presenting awards (pins and certificates) and, on odd ending years, the election of a new Board of Directors.
- The Board of Directors shall hold a minimum of four (4) meetings a year on
dates selected by the President or Board of Directors.
- Special Membership Meetings may be called at any time to consider specific
ARTICLE VIII - Elections
- The Board of Directors shall appoint a Nominating Committee Chairman, who must be a Board member other than the President. The Chairman shall select two (2) additional Club members who are not members of the Board to form a Nominating Committee.
- The Nominating Committee shall develop a slate of candidates for all elected positions and present the slate before the Annual Membership Meeting.
- Voting shall take place at the Annual Membership Meeting. Members unable to attend the Annual meeting may submit their votes to the Secretary prior to the annual meeting.
ARTICLE IX - Amendments to the Bylaws
Amendments to the Bylaws may be made at any time on the recommendation of the Board of Directors or at the request of any five voting members of the club. Any Amendment thus proposed shall be submitted to the members of the club within two weeks of the time it is proposed and, if approved, shall become effective the following week unless otherwise ordered. The concurrence of two-thirds of all members present or by telephone vote to the Board secretary shall be required to pass the amendment(s). When passed, the Secretary should notify the proper authorities of the bylaw changes.
ARTICLE X - Parliamentary Procedure and Rules of Order
- The rules contained in the most recent issue of Robert's Rules of Order, amended to allow the President to vote in all meetings, shall govern the Club in all cases where they are applicable and not inconsistent with these Bylaws.
- In any case where the Bylaws of this Club are in conflict with those of the ACBL or its regulations, the conflicting portion of these Bylaws shall be considered void
without affecting any other part of these Bylaws.
Revised on 4/8/2015