The Mid-South Bridge Conference
District 10 By-Laws
Partial update or corrected
MID-SOUTH BRIDGE CONFERENCE
District 10 of the American Contract Bridge League
July 5, 1997
ARTICLE I NAME
The name of the organization is District 10, Mid-South Bridge
ARTICLE II OBJECTIVES
(A) To cooperate with and assist the League in the promotion and conduct
of Bridge Tournaments within the District.
(B) To help coordinate tournament schedules within the District and with
(C) To seek concerted action of all matters affecting the District, by
consultation with and recommendations to the District Representative on
the National Board of Directors.
(D) To promote the highest standards of conduct and ethics for
participants in tournaments and to take any and all steps necessary for
(E) To allocate Regionals to the best interest of the membership of the
(F) To perform such other functions as may promote the best interests of
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP
The geographical confines of this district shall be such area as
is presently or may be in the future assigned to it by the Board of
Directors of the ACBL.
All ACBL Units which are or hereafter come into being within the
geographical boundaries of the District are automatically members of the
organization so long as they remain within the District, without
requirement of any petition or formal action on the part of the Unit.
ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF DELEGATES
SECTION A. The Board of Delegates shall be the
governing body. Each unit will be entitled to one vote on the Board of
SECTION B. (1)
Each Unit shall appoint or elect one (1) person to represent the
Unit and to be a voting member of the District Board. Each Unit shall
appoint or elect a First Alternate Delegate who may attend the Board of
Delegates meeting and in the absence of the Unitís Board Delegate will
represent the Unit as a voting delegate.
(2) Units are to notify the
District Secretary in writing as to the names of those chosen as the
Unitís Board Delegate and First Alternate Delegate immediately
following such selection.
(3) The membership of a Unit
shall be the greatest number of members recorded with the League for the
preceding calendar year.
(4) The President, Vice
President, National Board Member of the District, First and Second
Alternates, and the Districtís representatives to the National Board
of Governors shall be members of the District Board of Delegates, but
they shall have no vote unless selected pursuant to paragraph (1) or (2)
of this section.
SECTION C. The
Unit President must furnish in writing to the District Secretary the
names of that Unitís Delegate and First Alternate Delegate . Said
Delegates shall serve until they
are replaced by their Unit and the District Secretary is notified in
writing of the change.
SECTION D. The
District Secretary shall notify each Unit President immediately after
each Board Meeting if its Delegate or First Alternate Delegate did not
attend the meeting.
If any Delegate misses two consecutive regularly scheduled Board
Meetings, he or she shall automatically be removed as a Delegate and
Officer, if applicable, and the respective Unit will be asked to replace
said Delegate immediately. If the Delegate so removed is also an
Officer, the Board shall elect someone from its membership to fill the
remainder of the subject term of office.
ARTICLE V POWERS
OF THE BOARD OF DELEGATES
The Board of Delegates of the District shall have the following
1. To approve the place and
date for any Regional Tournament held within the District; approve the
schedule of events and arrangements for adequate staff, playing
accommodations and hotel rooms, subject to ACBL consent, and to approve
the card fees.
2. To approve Guidelines for
the conduct of Regional tournaments.
3. To hold and dispose of
any funds or property acquired by the District.
4. To employ personnel to
serve the organization at the discretion of the Board, including, but
not limited to, a District Tournament Coordinator and a Grand National
5. To enter into agreements
with constituent Units for voluntary contributions, for purposes
consistent with the objectives of the ACBL and the District, such as,
but not limited to, hosting a National or International event or
sustaining the District organization.
6. To determine eligibility
to participate in Regional Tournaments held in the District and to bar
any League member from participation in any one such Regional
Tournament, but such determination shall not contravene ACBL By-Laws.
7. To promote the best
interests of competitive contract bridge, including but not limited to
entertainment, charity programs, and assistance to the League.
8. To act as a fact-finding
body in connection with any matter arising within the District.
9. To do all such things as
may be necessary to accomplish the objectives outlined in Article II of
ARTICLE VI MEETINGS
OF THE BOARD OF DELEGATES
SECTION A. The
regular annual meeting shall be held during a single site Mid-South
Regional Tournament each year at such date and time as shall be
designated by the Executive Committee, in conjunction with the
tournament chairman. A Board Member desiring to include an item in the
Agenda of the meeting shall so advise the District Secretary in writing
thirty (30) days prior to such meeting.
SECTION B. Notice
of such Annual meeting shall be made in writing to the President and
Secretary of each Member Unit at least fifteen (15) days prior to such
meeting by the District Secretary. The cost of the social hour and the
meal will be borne by the District organization.
SECTION C. Special
meetings may be called on not less than fifteen (15) days written notice
by the District President or upon his/her own initiative upon written
request of not less than one-half of the Board Members or by the
Presidents of more than one-half of the Member Units. Notification of
such meetings will be accompanied by an Agenda stating the items to be
discussed and the meeting shall be limited to such Agenda.
SECTION D. A
quorum at any meeting shall consist of a majority of the voting Board
SECTION E. Provided
further, that in the event some circumstances should arise, action upon
which is deemed by the President to be urgent and nonpermissible of
delay, the President may poll the membership of the Executive Committee
by telephone, telegraph, fax, or mail, and upon receipt of response from
said Delegates, shall take action in accordance with the majority will
of the Committee as fully as if such action had been determined by the
Board at any duly called meeting.
SECTION F. Robertís Rules of
Order will govern the proceedings of Board Meetings unless otherwise
provided for in these By-Laws.
ARTICLE VII ELECTION
SECTION A. The
officers shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a
Treasurer and they shall be elected by the Board membership for a term
of one year at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Delegates. The offices
of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined into one office. The
President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer need not be elected
from Board Membership and will not be entitled to a vote on the Board of
Delegates unless selected pursuant to paragraph (1) of Article IV,
Section B. Officers elected at such meetings shall take office at the
conclusion of the Regional Tournament then in progress and shall
continue in office until their successors take office.
SECTION B. Nominations
for each of the offices shall be made from the floor during the course
of the meeting. A majority of votes is necessary for election and if no
majority exists on a first ballot, the names of only those two
candidates, including ties, receiving the largest number of votes will
be placed on a second ballot.
SECTION C. The
outgoing President shall automatically become Chairman of the Board and
shall also serve on the Executive Committee.
SECTION D. The
President is limited to a tenure of three successive terms, when a new
President must be elected.
ARTICLE VIII DUTIES
SECTION A. The
President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Delegates.
He/she shall supervise the management of the affairs of the District and
perform all duties incidental to this office. He/she shall be a member
ex-officio of all committees. He/she shall appoint such special
committees as he/she shall, from time to time, consider necessary.
SECTION B. In
the absence of the President or his/her inability to act, the
Vice-President shall preside at meetings and succeed him/her in the
performance of his/her duties. If both are unable to act, then the Board
of Delegates shall choose a presiding officer from among their group.
SECTION C. The
Treasurer shall have the care, custody and responsibility of all funds,
securities and properties of the District. He/she shall deposit the
funds of the district as may be authorized by its Board of Delegates.
He/she shall keep an accurate account of all receipts and disbursements
and shall submit a report at the Annual Meeting and at such other time
as may be required by the President or Board of Delegates.
SECTION D. The
Secretary shall keep the records of the District and the minutes of its
meetings and shall perform such other duties incidental to this office.
The Secretary shall be a non-voting member ex-officio of all committees
and shall keep a record of all member Units and their officers and
representatives. The Secretary shall distribute copies to the Board of
Delegates of the Profit and Loss Statements of Regionals upon receipt.
SECTION E. The
Secretary may be paid such annual salary as shall be determined by the
Board of Delegates.
SECTION F. The
Chairman of the Board shall serve as an advisor to the President;
however, he/she will have no vote unless he/she is also a duly qualified
Delegate in accordance with the Article IV, Section B (1).
ARTICLE IX MEMBER UNITS
SECTION A. All
Member Units retain autonomy in the conduct of their affairs, as
provided in the Regulations and By-Laws of ACBL.
SECTION B. Each
Member Unit Shall:
ARTICLE X COMMITTEES
SECTION A. The Executive Committee shall
consist of five (5) members, of which no unit shall have more than one
(1) member. The priority order of membership shall be: the President,
the Vice President, the Treasurer, the Chairman of the Board, and any
other person or persons appointed by the Board. This Committee shall act
in lieu of, and with the same power as, the Board of Delegates in
emergency cases. Where it is not feasible or practical to hold a special
or regular Board Meeting, the President may also poll the Executive
Committee via telephone, telegraph, fax, or mail. Written minutes of all
such polls an/or meetings shall be prepared and placed in the records of
the Board Meetings.
SECTION B. In the event that the Board of
Delegates should deem it expedient to form standing committees to
expedite the affairs of the District, then it shall be the duty of the
President to appoint each Chairman from the Board of Delegates. The
balance of each committee shall be appointed by the Chairman with the
approval of the President.
SECTION C. Immediately upon taking office the
President must appoint one member from each Unit in the District to
serve for a one-year term on the Judiciary Committee. Three members
constitute a quorum at a Judiciary Committee Meeting. The District
Secretary shall notify each Unit of the Presidentís appointments.
ARTICLE XI AMENDMENTS
TO THE BYLAWS
These By-Laws may be amended at any meeting of the Board of
Delegates providing that the notice of such meeting states the amendment
to be considered and is mailed to each Member Unit at least thirty (30)
days prior to such meeting. A concurrence of two-thirds of the votes
present at any quorum meeting of the Board of Delegates shall be
required for the passage of any amendment to these By-Laws.
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