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     The Villages Men's Basketball Club BYLAWS  
V2.0, member approved 5/20/12
                              The name of this club shall be The Villages Basketball Club.                                                                          
ARTICLE II - Objects
Section 1.   The objects of this club shall be:
    • Create an environment where members can enjoy the exercise and camaraderie associated with        pick-up basketball, while striving to maintain an environment that minimizes the potential for                personal injury.
    • Promote the advancement of basketball in The Villages.
    • Engage in any other lawful activities that further the purpose of the club.
Section 2.   No part of the net earnings of the Club shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its directors, officers, members, or other private persons, except that the Club shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of its exempt purposes. Except as otherwise provided by Section 501(h) of the Code, no substantial part of the activities of the Club shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation 
Section 1.   Classes. There shall be one class of members.
Section 2.   Privileges of membership.
    • All members whose participation meets the requirements set forth in these bylaws, may speak,           make motions and vote.
    • Only members in good standing may be elected to or retain office.
    • Members may participate in all activities unless The Villages have restricted participation to               Village residences only.
Section 3.   Admission to membership.
Any male who is a Village resident over the age of 50 and registers with the club and pays yearly membership dues.  A non village resident or under the age of 50  who was a member in good standing before 2011.
Section 4.  Termination of Club Membership
A member is terminated if he does not pay his membership or if the person is voted out by the majority of elected officers due to such unacceptable behavior as violence, threatening actions, etc. 
ARTICLE IV - Officers
Section 1.   Elected Officers.
The officers shall be a president, secretary, treasurer, and such additional officers and/or directors as the club may provide.
Section 2.   Eligibility.
Any member is eligible for holding office.
Section 3.   Term of Office.Elected officers shall hold office for one year beginning January 1 or until their successors are elected.
Section 4.   Removal from Office.An officer may be removed from office by the majority vote of the other officers.
Section 5.   Vacancy in Office.The existing officers may select any member due to a vacancy.
Section 6.   Duties.Officers shall perform the duties provided in these bylaws and such other duties as required to promote the purpose of the Club. 
ARTICLE V - Nominations and Elections
Section 1.   Election Slate
Any member can elect to run for an office.  The current elected officers will prepare a slate for its members to vote on.
Section 2.   Election.The slate will be presented by email, website or at a meeting to its members for voting in December.  The secretary will be responsible for reporting the results. 
ARTICLE VI - Meetings
Section 1.   Regular meetingsThere will be no regular scheduled meetings of the club.  The status of the Club will be presented to the members by emails or website.
Section 2.   Regular business meetingsThere will be at least one business/annual meeting each year.  Members can have input to issues by any communication method including emails and website comments.
Section 3.   Special meetings.Special meetings may be called by the president or by vote of the majority of elected officers.  The business to be transacted at any special meeting shall be limited to that noticed in the call
Section 4.   Quorum.To vote on a matter in a meeting, there must be at least 10 members present or 51% of current members. 
ARTICLE VII - Board of Directors
Section 1.   Composition.The Board can comprise the elected officers and from 1 to 6 additional members as the elected officers determine are required.
Section 2.   Duties.
    • To guide the Club’s daily operations and general longer term direction to further the best interest          of the Club. 
    • Design and communicate primary information such as: Rules of Play to maximize the safety of           the members, time and place of play and any events to enhance member camaraderie.
    • Between business meetings of the club, the board has administrative authority over the affairs,           funds, and property of the club, except that of modifying any action taken by the club.
Section 3.   Regular Meetings.
Section 4.   Quorum.
At least 51% of the Board must be present to have a quorum.  If no quorum is present the vote shall be done by email or another method. 
ARTICLE VIII - Committees
Section 1.   Committees may be formed as the elected officers deem appropriate.  All committees must be communicated to the members.
Section 2.   Responsibilities.A Committee shall perform the duties set forth in these bylaws and such other duties as directed by the president or elected officers.
ARTICLE IX - Dues, Fees and Assessments
Section 1.   Fiscal Year. The fiscal year shall be January 1 through December 31.
Section 2.   Annual Dues and Fees.
    • The elected officers will decide on the annual dues amount, facilitate collection and communicate        member standing.
    • Will fund such things as: balls, shirts/jerseys for sale, website, and other items that promote the          advancement or safety of basketball or member player’s camaraderie.
Section 3.   Assessments.
Elected officers may assess addition amounts for specific items that could result.  The officers may also ask for voluntary donations.                         
 ARTICLE X - Indemnification
Section 1.   As a volunteer supported club, all members of the Club agree to play at their own risk and to indemnify, defend and hold harmless any other member, the board, the Club or any entity or site at which we play, from and against any and all claims, losses, damages, liabilities, or expenses arising out of or relating to the physical or verbal conduct of other members on or off the court at the sites at which we play.  All members will sign the Villages Recreation Release Agreement which waives and holds harmless the Club.  The Club is considered a promoter in this agreement.
Section 2.   The Club is not responsible for regulating or refereeing the games but strongly encourages members to follow its Rules of Play.                       
ARTICLE XI - Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be the parliamentary authority for all matters not specifically covered in these bylaws.                           
ARTICLE XII - Amendments
Amending the bylaws is possible by a previous notice of a proposed amendment and two-thirds vote to adopt a proposed amendment.                           
ARTICLE XIII - Dissolution
Upon the dissolution of the Club, its governing body shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all of the liabilities of the Club, dispose of all the assets of the Club exclusively for the exempt purposes of the Club in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes which at the time qualify as exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code, as the Club’s governing body shall determine. The use of any surplus funds for private inurement to any person in the event of a sale of the assets or dissolution of the corporation is expressly prohibited.
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