ACBL Canadian Bridge Fedaration

ACBL Unit 430 Bylaws

Last amended May 2014.

Article I - Unit Jurisdiction
The geographical area within which this Unit shall have jurisdiction shall be such area as is presently or may be in the future assigned to it by the Board of Directors of the ACBL.

Article II - Membership
A.  Any person of good moral character and residing within the jurisdiction of the Unit, subject to District regulations, is eligible for membership, and no person shall be denied membership because of race, creed or colour.
B.  Such person, upon favourable action, shall become and remain a member unless:
1.  He changes his residence to a place outside the jurisdiction of the unit, in which case he shall become a member of the new Unit immediately on processing by the League of his change of address.
2.  He has failed to pay his dues in accordance with regulations of the American Contract Bridge League.
3.  He has been suspended or expelled from membership in accordance with regulations established by the ACBL 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 ACBL.
C.  Membership in the Unit carries with it membership in the ACBL.

Article III - Dues
Annual Dues shall be in the amount fixed by the ACBL.

Article IV - Membership Meetings
A.  There shall be an annual meeting of the members, which may be held in connection with a tournament or special event which Unit members attend.
B.  The Unit Board of Directors shall fix the time and place of the annual meeting.  Form of the notice of meeting shall be at the discretion of the Board of Directors of Unit 430 in accordance with the regulations of the ACBL.
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 a petition signed by fifty (50) of the members and submitted to the Unit President or Secretary.  Notice of the time and place of any special meeting shall be given by mail at least ten (10) days before such meeting.  The notice of any special meeting shall contain 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 meeting shall consist of twenty-five (25) members.

Article V - 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 twelve elected persons and, on occasion (as per section B below) the President from the previous term.  All Directors must be members of the Unit.
B.  Term Of Office:  Each year six Directors shall be elected for a two-year term beginning July 1st.  The Director who served as President just prior to the expiry of his term of office shall, without election, serve the following year as past-President unless he/she chooses to run for a new two-year term on the Board.  All elected Directors shall hold office until their successors have been duly elected.
C.  Nomination of Directors:  The Board of Directors, at least sixty (60) days prior to the Annual membership meeting, shall select a nominating committee, composed of at most three active members, a majority of whom shall not be members of the current Board of Directors.  Any member including members of the nominating committee may send the name of a person or persons with written consent of the nominee(s) to the Chairman of the nominating committee before the date of the election.  The nominating committee shall prepare a slate of nominees to be published in the Matchpointer issue immediately preceding the election.  Nominations from the floor may be accepted at the election.
D.  Election of Directors:  To qualify as a voting member at the annual election, members must be included in the league's April computer listing of Vancouver Unit members.  Every qualified member shall be entitled to one vote for each director to be elected.  Voting shall be by secret ballot.  All candidates are entitled to have a witness present at the counting.  The Board may include a maximum of three club owners and/or employees.  Subject to section D.1, the election shall take place at the sectional or regional closest to June 1st.
D.1.  Alternate Election Procedures:  The Board may, by two-thirds majority vote, decide to adopt one of the following alternate election procedures to allow the Unit's membership greater access to, and particpation in, the election of the Board of Directors:
1.  Mail-in ballots.
2.  Election at clubs.
3.  Election at the Annual Membership Meeting.
Any alternate election method chosen by the Unit Board, and the procedure devised by the Board for the distribution, collection, and counting of ballots, shall be announced in the Matchpointer or by circular at least sixty days prior to the election.  The procedures devised by the Board must ensure that only eligible voters are given ballots, and shall provide for nominations from the floor at the time of the election, or for write-in votes in the case of mail-in ballots.
E.  Vacancies:  Any vacancy on the Unit Board of Directors shall be filled by the Board of Directors and any person so appointed shall hold office for the balance of the vacancy's two year term.
F.  Meetings:  The Unit Board of Directors shall hold a minimum of ten (10) meetings a year.
G.  Quorum:  Seven directors shall constitute a quorum at Board meetings.
H.  Powers and Duties:  In addition to the power herein granted by other provisions herein, and by the laws of the Province of British Columbia, 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 and assets of the Unit.
2.  Conduct of Unit tournaments.
3.  The employment and discharging of employees, and the supervision of their conduct and fixing of their compensation.
I.  Board Membership:  The Unit Board of Directors shall be the sole judge of its membership.
J.  Honoraria:  Each director shall be entitled to six free plays at any unit sectionals upon the completion of each year of service on the Unit Board.  Free plays are non-transferable and must be used within one year of the date of issue.  A director shall be entitled to miss one unit board meeting per year, but will be deducted one free play for each additional meeting missed during the year.  A director who resigns or is impeached shall receive no free plays for the year of resignation or impeachment.  Any director who has served more than two years on the Unit Board shall be entitled to one additional free play for each additional complete year of past Board service in excess of two years, to a maximum of ten total free plays.

Article VI - Unit Officers
A.  Number:  The officers of the Unit shall consist of a President (whose term of office shall not exceed two consecutive years), a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
B.  Election of Unit Officers:  The Unit Board of Directors shall elect all officers at its first meeting following the annual membership meeting, and the persons elected shall hold office for one year or until their successors have been duly elected.
C.  Vacancies:  Vacancies due to death, resignation or other cause shall be filled by the Unit Board of Directors.
D.  Duties:  The duties of the officers shall be those that normally pertain to their respective offices and such others as may be arranged by the Unit Board of Directors.

Article VII - Impeachment
Any director may be removed for cause from any meeting of the Unit Board of Directors provided two-thirds of those present (and consisting of at least seven (7) members) shall so vote.  Any directors against whom impeachment charges shall be brought shall be notified in writing, by registered mail, of charges against him, at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting and shall be given the opportunity to be heard before the Unit Board of Directors and to be represented by counsel of his own choosing.  Absence from three consecutive meetings may be cause for removal of a director.

Article VIII - Committees
The President shall 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.

Article IX - Disciplinary Actions
A unanimous vote of the Directors present is required for expulsion of a member and a two-thirds majority of the Directors present for any other disciplinary action.

Article X - Unit Regulations
The Unit Board shall establish regulations for the proper management of Unit affairs.  These regulations will be in accordance with the bylaws of the ACBL and of this Unit.  They will be made known to the membership.  Regulations may be altered from time to time by the Unit Board by a vote of seven or more of the directors.

Article XI - Amendment to the Bylaws
Amendments to the Bylaws may be made by the members of the Unit upon petition signed by at least fifty (50) members and submitted to the Secretary at least sixty days in advance of the annual meeting or any special meeting called for the purpose or upon petition signed by at least seven (7) members of the Unit Board of Directors.  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 shall be required to pass any amendment.