Central Florida Unit #240, hereinafter called the “Unit”, functions within the By-Laws and Regulations of the American Contract Bridge League and within the By-Laws and Regulations of the American Contract Bridge League District within which it is located.
Objects of the Organization
The objects of the organization are:
To preserve and promote the best interests of and to stimulate interest in the art of playing competitive duplicate bridge and any modification thereof;
To cooperate with and assist the American Contract Bridge League in the promotion and conduct of contract bridge tournaments;
To encourage the highest standards of conduct and ethics by its members and to enforce such standards;
To promote the development and organization of affiliated clubs within the Unit;
To cooperate in the American Bridge League’s charity program, and to sponsor and conduct charity events with the object of realizing funds to be devoted to worthy humanitarian causes;
To conduct such other activities as may be in keeping with its principal objectives.
Article I UNIT JURISDICTION
The geographic area within which this Unit shall have jurisdiction shall be such area as is presently or may in the future be assigned to it by the Board of Directors of the American Contract Bridge League.
Article II MEMBERSHIP
A – Any person residing within the jurisdiction of the Unit, or electing to be included in the Unit, subject to ACBL regulations, is eligible for membership, and no person shall be denied membership because of race, creed, or color.
B – Such person upon application and payment of dues shall become and remain a member unless:
He changes his residence to a place outside the jurisdiction of the Unit (unless he elects to remain a member of the Unit in accordance with the provisions of ACBL’s Membership Residency Requirements) in which case he shall become a member of the new Unit immediately on processing by the League of his change of address; or
He has failed to pay his dues in accordance with regulations of the American Contract Bridge League; or
He has been suspended or expelled from membership in accordance with regulations established by the American Contract Bridge League and the Board of Directors of the Unit, provided however, that such regulations as are established by the Board of Directors of the Unit shall not be in conflict with the regulations of the American Contract Bridge League.
C – Membership in the Unit carries with it membership in the American Contract Bridge League.
D – Any person whose principal place of residence is not within one of the counties comprising the jurisdictional area of the Unit, but who has been designated by the ACBL to be a member of this Unit, shall have the same rights to vote or hold office within the Unit as any other member, and for these purposes shall be considered to be a Unit member of the county within the Unit jurisdiction in which he usually plays, participates in special events or has previously resided, as set forth in his reason for requesting an assignment or to remain assigned to the Unit.
Article III DUES
A – Annual dues shall be in the amount fixed by the American Contract Bridge League.
Article IV MEMBERSHIP MEETING
A – There shall be an annual meeting of the members, which shall be held in conjunction with a tournament or special event conducted by the Unit and within the Unit’s geographical jurisdiction.
B – The Unit Board of Directors shall fix the time and place of the annual meeting and shall give Unit members at least thirty 30 (thirty) days advance notice of such meeting by mail, or by publication of such notice in a Unit, District or ACBL publication circulated to the general membership of the Unit.
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 petition signed by at least 100 (one hundred) members of the Unit. Notice of time and place of any special meeting shall be given to the Unit members by mail, or by publication of such notice in a Unit publication circulated to the general membership of the Unit, at least 10 (ten) days before such meeting. The notice of any special meeting shall include an Agenda of the matters to be taken up at such meeting. No other business shall be acted upon at such special meeting.
D – A quorum for the transaction of business at any annual or special membership meeting shall consist of 25 (twenty five) members.
E – Voting by proxy shall not be permitted at any annual or special meeting.
Article V UNIT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A – Number: The affairs of the Unit shall be managed and conducted by the Unit Board of directors, all of whom must be members of the Unit. Each of the counties comprising the jurisdictional area of the Unit shall be entitled to representation on the Unit Board of Directors in proportion to the total number of Unit members residing in that county, an indicated on Unit records, on the first day of September of each year immediately preceding an annual election of Unit directors. Each member county shall be entitled to one membership on the Unit board of Directors for each 200 Unit members residing within that county, plus one addition member for any remaining major fraction of 200 Unit members. Notwithstanding the above, each member county shall be entitled to a minimum representation of two (2) and a maximum representation of five (5) directorships on the Unit Board of Directors, regardless of the actual number of Unit members residing in that county.
B – Term of Office: The term of office for each elected Director shall be two (2) years, coinciding with the fiscal years of the Unit. The fiscal year of the Unit shall be from June 1 through May 31 of the following year. All directors shall hold office until their respective successors shall have been duly elected. For purpose of providing continuity of experienced Board of Director membership, the Unit Board of Directors may specify a one year term of office for any selected opening for an member county, this designation shall be made prior to the start of the election process but in no case shall the Unit Board of Directors increase or reduce the total number of directors on the Unit Board from any member county authorized by Paragraph A of Article V, UNIT BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The immediate past president of the Unit Board of Directors and Unit members serving as the Unit Representative to the District or elected to a District office or serving on the National Board of Directors or the National Board of Governors is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. A person who is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors shall have no voting rights, nor shall be counted as a member of the Board of Directors in determining a quorum, unless that person is concurrently serving as an elected director.
C – Nomination and Election of Directors: Candidates for Director shall be nominated from and by the membership of the Unit. The Board of Directors, at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual election, shall select a nominating committee, none of who shall be members of the current Board of Directors. Each county within the Unit shall have the same numerical representation on the nominating committee as does the Board of Directors. Members of the nominating committee from each county will meet as separate sub-committees to nominate candidates in their county for election to the Unit Board of Directors. Within thirty (30) days after appointment, each nominating sub-committee shall have selected its nominees. The names of the persons nominated from each county shall be given to the President or President’s representative and shall be made known to the Unit membership in the notice of the annual election at fifteen (15) days prior to the earliest date on which ballots may be cast. No person shall be nominated who has not agreed to serve if elected. The Unit Board of Directors shall determine the manner in which the election is conducted, by all voting shall be done by secret ballot. Each member of the Unit shall be entitled to cast as many votes as there are directors to be elected from his county, but no member may cast more than one vote any candidate, and no member may cast a vote for a candidate of a different county, except that in the tri-county metropolitan area of Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, a member may vote for a candidate from any of the metropolitan area. Write-in votes are permitted in place of any nominee or nominees on the official ballot, provided that the person voted for is eligible for election and resides in the same county. Individuals must cast their own ballots, voting must be done in secret, balloting procedures followed and the integrity of one person one vote maintained. No member may submit a ballot for another member even though that member may approve. There are no procedures for proxy votes and no member has the right to have someone else submit his/her vote. The Board of Directors shall select a counting committee to serve as tellers to count ballots. The committee shall consist of at least one member from each county, or that member’s proxy. The candidate who receives the most votes will be the electee. In the event of a tie the two (2) candidates receiving the highest number of votes will draw cards from a deck of cards and one drawing the highest card shall be the electee.
D – Vacancies: Any vacancy on the Board of Directors shall be filled by the Board of Directors and any person so appointed shall hold office for the balance of the unexpired term of the Director who is being replaced. A person so appointed must be a member of the same county as that of the Director being replaced.
E – Meetings: The Unit Board of Directors shall hold a minimum of 2 (two) meetings each year, one of which shall be designated the annual meeting. The Secretary shall call a meeting of the Board of Directors at the request of the President or upon written request of 100 (one hundred) Unit members. Such notice shall be mailed, faxed or emailed to each Director not less than 10 (ten) days prior to the date of the proposed meeting, and shall include an Agenda.
F – Quorum: A quorum of the Unit Board of Directors for the transaction of business shall consist of not less than a majority of the Board.
G – Powers and Duties: In addition to the powers granted by other provisions of these By-Laws, and the laws of the State of Florida, the Unit Board of Directors shall have powers and duties including but not limited to:
(1) The conduct, management, supervision and control of the business of the Unit;
(2) The conduct of Unit tournaments;
a. No sectional tournament shall be conducted by an individual or a group of individuals except by a sanctioned bridge club located within our geographical boundary and which is governed by our Unit unless the net profits are turned over to the Unit for payment to a charity designated by the sponsor.
(3) The employing and discharging of employees and the supervision of their conduct and fixing of their compensation.
H – Board Membership: The Unit Board of Directors shall be the sole judge of its membership.
Article VI UNIT OFFICERS
A – Number: The officers of the Unit shall consist of a President, a Vice-President, Secretary and a Treasurer. The President and Vice-President must be a member of the Board of Directors. The Secretary and Treasurer may or may not be a member of the Board of Directors. The Secretary and the Treasurer, if not elected as members of the Board of Directors, shall have no vote at Board meetings.
B – Election of Unit Officers: The Unit board of Directors shall elect all officers at its first meeting following the annual election of Directors by the membership of the Unit. Officers elected shall hold office for 1 (one) year, or until their successors have been duly elected. No President shall serve more than 2 (two consecutive terms.
C – Vacancies: Vacancies shall be filled by the Unit Board of Directors.
D – Duties: The duties of the officers of the Unit shall be as outlined in the Rules and Regulations of the American Contract Bridge League.
Article VII REMOVAL AND IMPEACHMENT
A – Removal: Any officer or director may be removed for cause, at any meeting of the Unit Board of Directors provided that at least two-thirds of those present and voting shall so vote. Absence from 2 (two) consecutive meetings may be cause for removal of a Director.
B – Impeachment: Any officer or director against whom impeachment charges shall be brought shall be notified in writing, by certified mail with return receipt requested or by a courier for which a return receipt or proof of delivery shall be obtained of the charges against him, at least 10 (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 counselor of his own choosing.
Article VIII COMMITTEES
The President may appoint such committees as may be necessary to perform the functions of the organization. Standing committees shall be appointed with the approval of the Unit Board of Directors. The President shall appoint with approval of the Board, the allotted number of District Representatives, one of who shall be designated to serve a four year term beginning in 1992. The Board of Directors shall appoint the allotted number of District Representatives. If a Representative cannot attend a meeting of the District, the President shall appoint a substitute. The Board shall specify the term for each appointee; however, no Representative shall have a term longer than four years. The Board of Directors may remove a District Representative by motion passed by a majority in a duly-called meeting.
Article IX AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS
These by-Laws shall be amended, or repealed, in whole or in part, only by the action of the Unit Membership at an annual or special membership meeting. Proposed changes in the By-Laws may be initiated by petition signed by at least 100 (one hundred) members of the Unit and submitted to the Secretary at least 30 (thirty) days prior to the date of the annual meeting or of any special meeting called for the purpose; or upon petition of a least 6 (six) members of the Board of Directors similarly submitted to the Secretary at 30 (thirty) days in advance of the annual meeting or of any special meeting called for the purpose or by ballot at the time of the annual election. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to incorporate the text of the proposed change(s) is to be considered. A quorum being present, the concurrence of two-thirds of all members present and voting shall be required to approve a change in the By Laws. The Board of Directors may elect to have proposed changes in the By-Laws on the election ballot. In this event, the Secretary shall have printed the text of the proposed change on the ballot. The concurrence of two-thirds of the members voting shall be required to approve the change.
Article XI RULES OF PROCEDURE
Except as otherwise specified in these By-Laws, at any meeting of the Unit Board of Directors or of the Unit Membership at which a quorum is present, any legal motion may be adopted by simple majority vote of those present and voting. Roberts Rules of Order, Revised shall be the governing authority for the conduct of business at all Unit Board of Directors meetings and Unit membership meetings in all matters of procedure not specifically covered in these By-Laws.
Adopted 5/28/1995. Revised 5/14/2000, 6/05/2004, 7/14/2007.