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COLUMBIA BASIN BADGER CLUB
NAME AND PURPOSE
The name of this not-for-profit corporation shall be "Columbia Basin Badger Club” (CBBC).
The corporation is formed and shall operate exclusively for the educational and community enlightenment objectives stated herein. The purpose of CBBC is to provide a community forum for discussion of political and civic issues of substantial interest facing our community, state and nation. CBBC is a non-partisan educational forum which does not endorse any candidate or issue. Its activities shall be nonprofit, nonpartisan, and non-sectarian within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
MEMBERSHIP and GUESTS
Membership is open to anyone who demonstrates a sincere interest in public affairs. There are two (2) types of membership: regular and honorary. No more than one membership may be held by any one person. Memberships are non-transferable, nor may they be shared. Each regular member is entitled to one vote. The number of members in the club shall not be limited; nor shall membership be restricted because of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, political affiliation, citizenship, sexual preference, or religion.
A. Regular Memberships
Regular voting memberships are conferred on an annual basis and continued in effect so long as the member's dues are current. Regular memberships are available only to individuals, not to corporations or groups.
B. Honorary Memberships
Honorary memberships may be conferred by the Board of Directors (Board) to those special individuals whom the Board feels deserve such recognition. Honorary members are not required to pay dues, and may not vote, but are expected to pay admission at the same rate as members unless the Board makes specific provisions to the contrary.
Memberships shall be for one year. Annual dues shall be payable on or before the last day of the original month of membership and shall be considered delinquent after that date. Dues may be prescribed, altered, or amended by the Board. The Board shall be responsible for maintaining, or causing to be maintained, the necessary records to ensure that delinquencies are identified. Delinquent members shall be notified in writing of their delinquency as soon as practical. Memberships will be automatically terminated if the delinquency is not resolved in a satisfactory manner within 30 days of such notice.
The Board may, from time to time, determine the type of occasions for which special dues or assessments may be required of members, as well as the amounts thereof. The aggregate amount of special dues or assessments during a fiscal year shall not exceed the amount set for annual membership dues.
Any person may attend meetings of the club as a guest but must pay admission at prices set by the Board. Guests may not ask questions of any speaker or presenter during the meeting, nor may they vote or participate in any discussion of club business.
F. Membership Application
The Board shall provide for the preparation and processing of membership applications in accordance with and in the spirit of these Bylaws. The Board may decline to accept a membership application by action of a majority of the Board in a duly called and held meeting.
G. Membership Revocation
Membership of an existing member may be revoked for cause by action of a majority of the Board in a duly called and held meeting. Membership dues shall be prorated and returned to any member whose membership is revoked.
The Board may provide for the publishing of CBBC documents and other documents relating to the order of the club, and shall provide for timely dissemination of meeting notices, activities, and CBBC programs.
I. Termination of membership
Membership shall be terminated for any of the following: (a) receipt by the Board of the written resignation of a member; (b) death; (c) failure to pay dues or any special assessment; (d) for cause (the commission of any act or acts which bring discredit to CBBC). However, prior to termination of membership for cause, the member concerned has the right to a hearing before the Board. Further, such member shall be provided, at least fifteen (15) days before any such hearing, a written Bill of Particulars stating the reason(s) for seeking termination of membership. The Board’s decision on termination of membership shall be by majority vote and shall be final.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The business and activities of CBBC shall be governed by rules and policies established by a Board of Directors (Board) which shall be elected from CBBC membership. The Board shall adopt and publish such rules of procedure as are necessary to carry out annual elections for both Board membership and officers. The Board, as the policy making body of the CBBC, is also responsible for adopting such other rules of procedure as are necessary to fulfill the goals and objectives of the organization in accordance with these Bylaws. Action of the Board may be taken without a meeting, provided that a majority of members of the board shall individually or collectively consent in writing or via email to such action in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws.
A. Board of Directors
The Board shall consist of no fewer than ten (10), nor more than twenty (20) members; elected annually for three (3) year terms. No member shall be entitled to serve more than two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms.
B. Board Vacancies
Board vacancies shall be filled by the President with the consent of the majority of the Board. The person elected shall serve the remainder of the calendar year. That person will then be eligible for election to two full three-year terms.
The Board shall meet at least quarterly, or at the call of the President, to attend to the business of CBBC. The Secretary or other Board designee shall cause meeting notices to be provided to each CBBC Board member at least five (5) days in advance of the date of the meeting. All meetings shall be open to the membership.
Two unexcused absences from Board meetings in any 12-month period may be grounds for dismissal from the Board. The CBBC Secretary is responsible for maintaining attendance records and for initiating appropriate warnings. Board members who will be absent from any duly called or regularly scheduled meeting must notify either the Secretary or President of the absence prior to the meeting in order to secure an excused absence.
E. Adoption of Standing Orders
Proposed rules for governance of the activities of the CBBC may be adopted by the Board upon simple majority vote. Such Standing Orders and pertinent portions of Board minutes shall be shared with members in a timely manner by the Secretary.
Board meetings may be conducted by telephone, email, or electronically as needed. The secretary will record the minutes and any votes
G. Board Meeting Quorum
A quorum for any duly scheduled or called meeting shall be considered as at least half of the elected Board members.
There shall be six (6) officers of the CBBC who shall be elected for one-year terms by the Board from among Board membership at the first meeting following the Club’s Annual Meeting, at which the outgoing president shall preside. There shall be no limit to service save those imposed by term limits on Board service. The officers are:
Vice President for Marketing/PR and Membership
Vice President for Programs
Vice President for Operations
Officers shall perform all customary duties and responsibilities of such officers, including those which may be assigned in these Bylaws, applicable statutes and regulations, and directions of the Board.
The Board may create and appoint such club officials as may, from time to time, serve the purpose of CBBC, including a Historian. Such club officials may be appointed ex-officio members of the board and may participate in board discussions but have no vote on board matters. Such appointment is at the discretion of the Board.
In the event of the temporary or permanent absence of the President, or his or her inability or unwillingness, for whatever reason, to carry out the responsibilities of the office, succession shall be as follows; the Vice-President for Marketing/PR and Membership, then Vice-President for Programs, then Secretary, and then the Treasurer. In the event the President’s absence or inability is found likely to be, or to become, lengthy or permanent, the Board shall declare the office vacant and act to elect a replacement as prescribed under Article V relating to Nominations and Election.
All officers and members of the Board shall serve until such time as their duly elected successors have been elected and installed. Vacancies will be filled in the manner described in Article V.
C. Secretary and Treasurer
Due to the special nature of their duties and the need for continuity, the Secretary and Treasurer may continue in office as Ex Officio members of the Board, subject to appointment by the president and approval by a majority of the Board.
D. Executive Committee
The President, together with the other officers, acting as an "Executive Committee", may take actions on behalf of the CBBC which they, in good faith, believe necessary. A report of such actions will be made to the Board not later than its next meeting and are subject to final approval by the Board.
The President may from time to time create or dismiss any other committees necessary to fulfill the needs of CBBC. Appointment to and tenure on such committees are at the pleasure of the President. However, the Board may prescribe, limit, or enlarge the functions and duties of such committees.
NOMINATIONS and ELECTIONS
A. Nominating Committee
At least 60 days prior to the annual meeting, the President, with consent of the Board, shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of no fewer than three members in good standing, chaired by a member of the Board. This committee shall, at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting, submit a written report to the President, and to the Board, declaring the number of Board members to be elected, along with the names of persons they recommend. All nominees must be members in good standing of CBBC and must have agreed to stand for election. No less than one name shall be recommended for each vacancy.
B. Notification to the Membership
Upon receipt of the report of the Nominating Committee, the President, without alteration or amendment, will cause the publishing of the nominations to the general membership at least two weeks prior to the annual meeting. Publication on the official CBBC Web site shall be considered sufficient publication.
C. Additional or Self-Nomination
Additional nominations, including self-nominations, must be received by the Secretary at least one week before the Annual Meeting. Such nominations must be presented to the membership by posting on the Web site and email distribution no fewer than three days before the Annual Meeting. No nominations may be made from the floor during the Annual Meeting.
D. Board of Directors Election
At the Annual Meeting, the president shall present the names of the nominees. If there is only one nominee per position, the president may call for a motion that a unanimous ballot be cast. If there is more than one nominee for any position, a show of hands shall determine the outcome. Proxy voting is not allowed. Voting during elections shall be by voice vote or show of hands at the discretion of the President.
E. Election of Officers
The new Board shall take office at the next regular or special Board meeting. Officers shall be elected at that time to take office immediately and serve until the meeting following the next Annual Meeting.
MEETINGS and PROGRAMS
A. Annual Meeting
All members of the CBBC shall be invited to attend the annual meeting. To the extent possible, the Annual Meeting shall be held in January, at a time and place most suitable for members' attendance. The President shall cause a meeting notice to be provided each member, in such a manner as to provide a minimum of two weeks notice.
B. Annual Meeting Agenda
At the Annual Meeting, each CBBC officer shall make a brief report on his or her office, covering the events of the year, the financial status, and other issues for the good of the order. Following such reports, there shall be held the elections referred to in Article V above.
C. Special Meetings
Special meetings of the Board or the CBBC membership may be called as follows:
1. Board of Directors Special Meeting
The President may call a special meeting of the Board at any time with at least five (5) days notice; however, in an emergency, 24 hours notice shall be given. Special Meetings of the Board may also be called by four (4) or more members of the Board, upon written petition, provided that notice is given to all board members at least five (5) days in advance of the proposed meeting. Such notice shall clearly state the purpose for which this extraordinary meeting is being sought. At least seven (7) Board members must be present to constitute a quorum for Special Board Meetings.
Special meetings may be convened or conducted electronically to accommodate quick action and participation by a maximum number of directors. All voting during such a meeting shall be conducted by roll call with the secretary or designee responsible for maintaining a record of votes cast.
2. General Membership Special Meeting
The President or a majority of the Board may call a meeting of the general membership as either deems necessary. The meeting notice shall contain a clear expression of the purposes of the meeting.
The Board, if presented a written petition signed by at least 30 (thirty) regular members in good standing, shall call a meeting of the general membership. The petition shall contain a clear expression of the purposes of the meeting.
D. General Membership Meeting Quorum
Providing that notices have been provided the membership in the manner provided herein, those present at the meeting shall constitute a quorum and a majority of those present may take official action provided that one officer and two members of the Board of Directors are present.
E. Rules of Order
In so far as they are not in conflict with these Bylaws or with other legal requirements, the presiding officer shall determine rules of order to govern CBBC business in any meetings.
The Board is empowered to create, and Officers are required to publish and to carry out such rules and regulations as may be necessary to conduct CBBC programs and events, as outlined in Article IV. These rules should include, but are not limited to, the conduct of the special programs; the protocol to be utilized; the eligibility of members of the audience and/or guests to participate actively; and the award of trophies. They shall be composed in such a manner as to recognize the purposes of the CBBC and bring the desired focus, activity, and fun to the proceedings. They shall also establish conditions for the handling of campaign literature, documents, publications, banners, media coverage, and other items and issues relating to good order. The time and place of Badger Club Forums and special events shall be determined by the Vice President of Programs with the consent of the Board.
H. Program Committee
The Program Committee shall be appointed by the Vice-President for Programs as described in Article IV. The committee, which will serve at the pleasure of the Vice-President for Programs, shall create and maintain a meeting calendar and shall identify, seek out, and schedule timely speakers, debates, and discussions under the rules and conditions adopted by the Board.
I. Marketing/PR and Membership
The Marketing/PR and Membership committee shall be appointed by the Vice President for Marketing/PR and Membership as described in Article IV. The committee, which will serve at the pleasure of the Vice President for Marketing/PR and Membership, is responsible for marketing of the club and its programs, including but not limited to news releases, advertisements and speakers bureau; media and community relations; website development and maintenance; and membership recruitment.
The Operations Committee shall be appointed by the Vice President of Operations as described in Article IV. The committee, which will serve at the pleasure of the Vice President of Operations, is responsible for the Club’s on-site set-up at events and management of the registration desk; management of the membership rolls; and management of the club’s mail.
The Finance Committee shall be appointed by the Treasurer and will be responsible for financial management, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, tax preparation, insurance, financial reporting, and review of financial records. It shall meet at least once each year, 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting and report its findings to the Board and Membership.
The Board may employ such person or persons as may be required to carry out the functions of CBBC on a full-time, part-time, or contract basis. Duties, title, compensation, and emoluments of such employee(s) shall be carefully spelled out in a resolution approved by the Board authorizing the employment. Any person employed by the Board under this Article may not be a voting member of the Board or of the Executive Committee. Any person employed by CBBC in this capacity shall report to the President or other appropriate officer all information relating to the business and financial affairs of CBBC, including but not limited to detailed financial transaction with bank reconciliations and current membership lists at each Board meeting. Any such items will be subject to review by the Executive Committee.
Amendments to these Bylaws can be adopted only when approved by sixty percent (60%) of the Board members present at regular or special meeting following the meeting at which they were originally presented for consideration. Bylaws may be proposed for adoption at any meeting of the Board.
A. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year shall begin January 1 and end December 31.
B. Financial Management
The Board shall adopt such rules and procedures as may be required by their good judgment and recognition of their fiduciary responsibilities to the members of CBBC. In all fiduciary matters, CBBC will operate under the requirements of 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Board is empowered to establish signature requirements for checks, banking, and investment, and other matters relating to the fiscal health and welfare of the organization.
Any loan or encumbrance must be approved by at least 60% of the Board membership and is limited to those necessary for the effective operation of the corporation.
No part of the net earnings of CBBC shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to its members, directors, or other private persons, except that CBBC shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions as outlined in Article IX, Section D.
In the event that, either by decision of the membership or the Board, or by outside forces, this organization ceases to exist, the Board shall distribute any and all net proceeds, after payment of legitimate claims against CBBC, to one or more local nonprofit funds, foundations, or organizations recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501 (c) (3), and also meeting the requirements for a nonprofit corporation under the laws of Washington state. No proceeds shall accrue to the benefit of any officer, member of the Board, or the general membership of CBBC.
Approved on First Reading on March 24, 2020
Attest: Kirk Williamson
Kirk Williamson, President, Acting Secretary
Approved on Second Reading, on April 14, 2020.
Attest: Ed Frost
Ed Frost, Secretary