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Club Bylaws
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 The following Bylaws were approved by a Club Assembly on 6 April 2016.

 

Bylaws of the Rotary Club of Key Largo

 

Article I Definitions

1. Board: The Board of Directors of this club.

2. Director: A member of this club's Board of Directors.

3. Member: A member, other than an honorary member, of this club.

4. RI: Rotary International.

5. Year: The twelve-month period that begins on 1 July.

 

Article 2 Board

The governing body of this club shall be the board consisting of eleven (11) members of this

club, namely, the president, president-elect, secretary (president-nominee), and seven directors

elected in accordance with article 3, section 1 of these bylaws, and the immediate past president.

 

Article 3 Election of Directors and Officers

Section 1 – At a regular meeting one month prior to the meeting for election of officers, the

presiding officer shall ask for nominations by members of the club for secretary (presidentnominee),

and three or four directors. The directors shall serve a two year term with three

elected for terms beginning on odd years and four elected for terms beginning on even years.

The nominations shall be presented by members from the floor. The nominations duly made

shall be placed on a ballot in alphabetical order under each office and shall be voted for at the

annual meeting. All nominees must be a member in good standing as outlined in Article 14

and have been a member of this club for at least 6 months at the time of the election. The

candidate for secretary (president-nominee) receiving a majority of the votes shall be

declared elected to office. The candidates for director receiving the highest number of votes

shall be declared elected as directors to serve for two years. The candidate for secretary

(president-nominee) elected in such balloting shall serve as president-elect the following year

and the president the year after that. Candidates for secretary may also be considered for a

director position and unsuccessful candidates for secretary shall be elected to a director

position if they receive the top three of four votes, depending on the year

Section 2 – The officers and directors, so elected, together with the immediate past president

shall constitute the board.

Section 3 – A vacancy in the board or any office shall be filled by action of the remaining

directors.

Section 4 – A vacancy in the position of any officer-elect or director-elect shall be filled by

action of the remaining directors-elect.

Section 5 – Directors may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms of two years. They will

be ineligible to serve as a director again until after they have been off the board for one year.

They may however be elected secretary. The immediate past-president will not be able to

serve as a director or club officer until after he or she has been off the board for one year,

unless appointed to the board by the president in the case of a vacancy.

 

 

Article 4 Duties of Officers

Section 1 – President. It shall be the duty of the president to preside at meetings of the club and

the board and to perform other duties as ordinarily pertain to the office of president.

Section 2 – President-elect. It shall be the duty of the president-elect to serve as a director and to

perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the president or the board.

Section 3 – Secretary. It shall be the duty of the secretary to keep membership records; record

attendance at meetings; record and preserve the minutes of such meetings; report as required

to RI, including the semiannual reports of membership on 1 January and 1 July of each year,

which shall include per capita dues for all members and prorated dues for active members

who have been elected to membership in the club since the start of the July or January

semiannual reporting period; report changes in membership; provide the monthly attendance

report, which shall be made to the district governor within 15 days of the last meeting of the

month; collect and remit RI official magazine subscriptions; and perform other duties as

usually pertain to the office of secretary.

Section 4 – Treasurer. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to have custody of all funds,

accounting for it to the club annually and at any other time upon demand by the board, and to

perform other duties as pertains to the office of treasurer. The treasurer shall provide the

president financial reports prior to the monthly board meeting. Upon retirement from office,

the treasurer shall turn over to the incoming treasurer or to the president all funds, books of

accounts, or any other club property. The treasurer shall be nominated by the president and

approved by the board. The treasurer is a non-voting officer unless the member is also serving

as a director.

Section 5 – Sergeant-at-Arms. The duties of the sergeant-at-arms shall be such as are usually

prescribed for such office and other duties as may be prescribed by the president or the board.

The president will appoint one or more individuals to act as sergeant-at-arms.

 

Article 5 Meetings

Section 1 – Annual Meeting. An annual meeting of this club shall be held in December of each

year, at which time the election of officers and directors to serve for the ensuing year shall

take place. The election of officers and directors may take place electronically (email,

website, etc) at the discretion of the board.

(Note: Article 6, section 2 of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution provides that "An annual

meeting for the election of officers shall be held not later than 31 December...")

Section 2 – The regular weekly meetings of this club shall be held on Wednesday at 7:30am.

Due notice of any changes in or canceling of the regular meeting shall be given to all

members of the club. All members excepting an honorary member (or member excused

pursuant to the standard Rotary club constitution) in good standing in this club, on the day of

the regular meeting, must be counted as present or absent, and attendance must be evidenced

by the member’s being present for at least fifty (50) percent of the time devoted to the regular

meeting, either at this club or at any other Rotary club, or as otherwise provided in the

standard Rotary club constitution, article 9, sections 1 and 2.

Section 3 – One-third of the membership shall constitute a quorum at the annual and regular

meetings of this club.

Section 4 – Board meetings should be held each month with a minimum of 11 per Rotary year.

Special meetings of the board shall be called by the president, whenever deemed necessary, or

upon the request of two (2) directors, due notice having been given.

Section 5 – A majority of the directors shall constitute a quorum of the board.

 

Article 6 Fees and Dues

Section 1 – The application fee as established by the board shall be paid before the applicant can

qualify as a member, except as provided for in the standard Rotary club constitution, article

11.

Section 2 – The membership dues as established by the board shall be paid quarterly with the

understanding that a portion of each payment shall be applied to each member’s subscription

to the RI official magazine.

 

Article 7 Method of Voting

The business of this club shall be transacted by viva voce* vote except the election of officers

and directors, which shall be by ballot. The board may determine that a specific resolution be

considered by ballot rather than by viva voce vote.

(Note: Viva voce vote is defined as when club voting is conducted by vocal assent.

 

Article 8 Four Avenues of Service

The four Avenues of Service are the philosophical and practical framework for the work of this

Rotary club. They are Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, and International

Service. This club will be active in each of the four Avenues of Service.

 

Article 9 Committees

Club committees are charged with carrying out the annual and long-range goals of the club based

on the four Avenues of Service. The president-elect, president, and immediate past president

should work together to ensure continuity of leadership and succession planning. When feasible,

committee members should be appointed to the same committee for three years to ensure

consistency. The president-elect is responsible for appointing committee members to fill

vacancies, appointing committee chairs, and conducting planning meetings prior to the start of

the year in office. It is recommended that the chair have previous experience as a member of the

committee. Standing committees may be appointed as follows:

Membership

This committee should develop and implement a comprehensive plan for the recruitment

and retention of members.

Club Public Relations

This committee should develop and implement plans to provide the public with

information about Rotary and to promote the club’s service projects and activities.

Service Projects

This committee should develop and implement educational, humanitarian, and vocational

projects that address the needs of its community and communities in other countries.

The Rotary Foundation

This committee should develop and implement plans to support The Rotary Foundation

through both financial contributions and program participation.

Scholarship

This committee shall recommend to the board appropriate scholarship goals and objectives.

The committee will identify, screen, and recommend to the board potential scholarship

recipients based on the approved goals and objectives for approval. The committee will

administer the program which will include but is not limited to verification of eligibility and

payment of awards.

Sponsorship

This committee will coordinate sponsorship activities throughout the year to maximize

sponsorship funds for all club activities. A representative of this committee will be a

member of every service project committee.

Additional ad hoc committees may be appointed as needed.

(a) The president shall be an ex officio a member of all committees and, as such, shall have all

the privileges of membership thereon.

(b) Each committee shall transact its business as is delegated to it in these bylaws and such

additional business as may be referred to it by the president or the board. Except where special

authority is given by the board, such committees shall not take action until a report has been

made and approved by the board.

(c) Each chair shall be responsible for regular meetings and activities of the committee, shall

supervise and coordinate the work of the committee, and shall report to the board on all

committee activities.

(Note: The above committee structure is in harmony with both the District Leadership Plan and

the Club Leadership Plan. Clubs have the discretion to create any committees that are required

to effectively meet its service and fellowship needs. A sample listing of such optional committees

is found in the Club Committee Manual. A club may develop a different committee structure as

needed.)

 

Article 10 Duties of Committees

The duties of all committees shall be established and reviewed by the president for his or her

year. In declaring the duties of each, the president shall reference to appropriate RI materials.

The service projects committee will consider the Avenues of Vocational Service, Community

Service, and International Service when developing plans for the year.

Each committee shall have a specific mandate, clearly defined goals, and action plans established

by the beginning of each year for implementation during the course of the year. It shall be the

primary responsibility of the president-elect to provide the necessary leadership to prepare a

recommendation for club committees, mandates, goals, and plans for presentation to the board in

advance of the commencement of the year as noted above.

 

Article 11 Leave of Absence

Upon written application to the board, setting forth good and sufficient cause, leave of absence

may be granted excusing a member from attending the meetings of the club for 6 months. An

additional 6 months may be granted if requested.

(Note: Such leave of absence does operate to prevent a forfeiture of membership; it does not

operate to give the club credit for the member’s attendance. Unless the member attends a

regular meeting of some other club, the excused member must be recorded as absent except that

absence authorized under the provisions of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution is not

computed in the attendance record of the club.)

 

Article 12 Finances

Section 1 – Prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the board shall adopt a budget of estimated

income and expenditures for the year, based on the previous year’s income and expenses,

which shall stand as the limit of expenditures for these purposes, unless otherwise ordered by

action of the board. The budget shall be broken into two separate parts: one in respect of club

operations and one in respect of charitable/service operations.

Section 2 – The treasurer shall deposit all club funds in a bank, named by the board. The club

funds shall be divided into two separate parts: club operations and charitable/service

operations.

Section 3 – All bills shall be paid by the treasurer or other authorized officer as approved by the

board of directors via approval of the adopted budget or by specific action of the board.

Section 4 – A thorough review of all financial transactions by a qualified person shall be made

once each year.

Section 5 – The fiscal year of this club shall extend from 1 July to 30 June, and for the collection

of members' dues shall be divided into two (2) semiannual periods extending from 1 July to

31 December, and from 1 January to 30 June. The payment of per capita dues and RI official

magazine subscriptions shall be made on 1 July and 1 January of each year on the basis of the

membership of the club on those dates.

 

Article 13 Method of Electing Members

Section 1 – The name of a prospective member, proposed by an active member of the club, shall

be submitted to the board in writing, via the membership application form. A transferring or

former member of another club may be proposed to active membership by the former club.

The proposal shall be kept confidential except as otherwise provided in this procedure.

Section 2– The board shall review the proposed membership application within 30 days of its

submission and shall notify the proposer of its decision.

Section 3 – If the decision of the board is favorable, the prospective member shall be informed

of the purposes of Rotary and of the privileges and responsibilities of membership, and shall

permit his or her name to be published to the club.

Section 4 – If no written objection to the member application, stating reasons, is received by the

board from any member (other than honorary) of the club within seven (7) days following

publication of information about the prospective member, that person shall be considered to

be elected to membership. If any such objection has been filed with the board, it shall vote on

this matter at its next board meeting. If approved despite the objection, the proposed member

shall be considered to be elected to membership.

Section 5 – Following the election, the president shall arrange for the new member's induction,

membership card, and new member Rotary literature. In addition, the president or secretary

will report the new member information to RI and the president will assign a member to assist

with the new member's assimilation to the club as well as assign the new member to a club

project or function.

Section 6 – The club may elect, in accordance with the standard Rotary club constitution,

honorary members proposed by the board.

 

Article 14 Duration of Membership

Section 1 Period. Membership shall continue during the existence of this club unless

terminated as hereinafter provided.

Section 2 Automatic Termination.

(a) Membership Qualifications. Membership shall automatically terminate when a member

no longer meets the membership qualifications, except that

(1) the board may grant a member moving from the locality of this club or the

surrounding area a special leave of absence not to exceed one (1) year to enable the

member to visit and become known to a Rotary club in the new community if the

member continues to meet all conditions of club membership;

(2) the board may allow a member moving from the locality of this club or the

surrounding area to retain membership if the member continues to meet all conditions of

club membership except attendance.

(b) How to Rejoin. When the membership of a member has terminated as provided in

subsection (a) of this section, such person, provided such person’s membership was in good

standing at the time of termination, may make new application for membership, under the

same or another classification. A second admission fee shall not be required.

(c) Termination of Honorary Membership. Honorary membership shall automatically

terminate at the end of the term for such membership as determined by the board. However,

the board may extend an honorary membership for an additional period. The board may

revoke an honorary membership at any time.

Section 3 Termination — Non-payment of Dues.

(a) Process. Any member failing to pay dues or assessments within ninety (90) days of being

billed shall be considered not in good standing. At the board’s discretion the member may be

notified in writing by the treasurer at the member’s last known address. If the dues are not

paid on or before ten (10) days of the date of notification, membership may terminate,

subject to the discretion of the board.

(b) Reinstatement. The board may reinstate the former member to membership upon the

former member’s petition and payment of all indebtedness to this club.

Section 4 Termination — Non-attendance.

(a) Attendance Percentages. To remain in good standing a member must attend or make up at

least 50 percent of club regular meetings in each half of the year. If a member fails to attend

as required, the member’s membership shall be subject to termination unless the board

consents to such nonattendance for good cause.

(b) Consecutive Absences. Unless otherwise excused by the board for good and sufficient

reason each member who fails to attend or make up four consecutive regular meetings shall

be informed by the board that the member’s non-attendance may be considered a request to

terminate membership in this club. Thereafter, the board, by a majority vote, may terminate

the member’s membership.

Section 5 Termination Other Causes.

(a) Good Cause. The board may terminate the membership of any member who ceases to

have the qualifications for membership in this club or for any good cause by a vote of not

less than two-thirds of the board members, at a meeting called for that purpose. The guiding

principles for this meeting shall be The Four-Way Test.

(b) Notice. Prior to taking any action under subsection (a) of this section, the member shall be

given at least ten (10) days’ written notice of such pending action and an opportunity to

submit a written answer to the board. The member shall have the right to appear before the

board to state the member’s case. Notice shall be by personal delivery or by registered letter

to the member’s last known address.

Section 6 Right to Appeal

(a) Notice. Within seven (7) days after the date of the board’s decision to terminate

membership, the secretary shall give written notice of the decision to the member. Within

fourteen (14) days after the date of the notice, the member may give written notice to the

secretary of the intention to appeal to the club.

(b) Date for Hearing of Appeal. In the event of an appeal, the board shall set a date for the

hearing of the appeal at a regular club meeting to be held within twenty-one (21) days after

receipt of the notice of appeal. At least five (5) days’ written notice of the meeting and its

special business shall be given to every member. Only members shall be present when the

appeal is heard.

Section 7 Board Action Final. Board action shall be final if no appeal to this club is taken

and no appeal is requested.

Section 8 Resignation. The resignation of any member from this club should be submitted in

writing, addressed to the president or secretary. The resignation shall be accepted by the

board if the member has no indebtedness to this club.

Section 9 Forfeiture of Property Interest. Any person whose club membership has been

terminated in any manner shall forfeit all interest in any funds or other property belonging to

this club.

Section 10 Temporary Suspension.

Notwithstanding any provision of this constitution, if in the opinion of the board

(a) credible accusations have been made that a member has refused or neglected to comply

with these bylaws, or has been guilty of conduct unbecoming a member or prejudicial to

the interests of the club; and

(b) those accusations, if proved, constitute good cause for terminating the membership of the

member; and

(c) it is desirable that no action should be taken in respect of the membership of the member

pending the outcome of a matter or an event that the board considers should properly occur

before such action is taken by the board; and

(d) that in the best interests of the club and without any vote being taken as to his or her

membership, the member’s membership should be temporarily suspended and the member

should be excluded from attendance at meetings and other activities of this club and from any

office or position the member holds within the club. For the purposes of this clause, the

member shall be excused from fulfilling attendance responsibilities; the board may, by a vote

of not less than two-thirds of the board, temporarily suspend the member as aforesaid for

such period and on such further conditions as the board determines, albeit for a period no

longer than is reasonably necessary in all the circumstances.

 

Article 15 Resolutions

The club shall not consider any resolution or motion to commit the club on any matter until the

board has considered it. Such resolutions or motions, if offered at a club meeting, shall be

referred to the board without discussion

 

Article 16 Amendments

These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting, a quorum being present, by a two-thirds

vote of all members present, provided that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been

mailed to each member at least seven (7) days before such meeting. No amendment or addition

to these bylaws can be made which is not in harmony with the standard Rotary club constitution

and with the constitution and bylaws of RI.