COASTAL SKI AND OUTING CLUB BY LAWS
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Submitted by the Bylaws Committee: Elena Moglia, Peggy Christie
Adopted by the Board on: July 8, 2019
Approved by the Membership on: July 9, 2019 and supersedes all previous versions
SECTION 1 – PURPOSE OF COASTAL SKI AND OUTING (CSOC)
The purpose of the Coastal Ski and Outing Club (CSOC) is to promote fun and fellowship and the sport of skiing among its members, as well as to plan social events and other recreational activities for members. These bylaws are designed to provide for the government of the CSOC, to set standards for membership, and to establish responsibilities of the officers and committees of the club.
SECTION 2 - MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the club shall be composed of individuals, aged 21 or older who pay the annual dues as determined by the Board. A member in good standing has been a member for at least 30 days, and has no unresolved issues of financial responsibility, or personal behavior, or any other dispute with CSOC. Members in good standing are also members of the Crescent Ski Council and are eligible to participate in Crescent Ski Council activities.
Application for Membership
Membership in the club shall be made in writing and signed on an official club application form, accompanied by dues and fees. Applicants agree to observe and be governed by the bylaws.
Waiver of Liability
All members shall acknowledge by signature on their club application form that they will participate in all CSOC sponsored activities at their own risk. All participants (members and guests) agree to release and hold harmless CSOC, its Officers, the Board, Activity/Trip Leaders or members for any accident or injury sustained during travel or other participation in any CSOC sponsored activity.
Termination of Membership
The Board, by two-thirds (2/3) approval, may suspend or expel a member for just cause after an appropriate review. CSOC’s President, a Vice President and the Secretary will conduct the review. Anything discussed in the review shall remain confidential. If a member is expelled from the club, that member’s dues for the current year, will be refunded in full and the member will be removed from all club publications, (i.e. roster, Facebook, email distribution list, etc.).
- Prospective members may attend 3 local club functions as guests; after which they are required to join the club and pay dues in order to continue attending club functions. Any out-of-town club trip or activity requires club membership in good standing.
- SECTION 3 - MEETINGS
- General membership meetings of the CSOC shall be conducted monthly. Notification of location and time of meetings will be distributed to all members in a timely manner.
- SECTION 4 – FISCAL YEAR AND DUES
The club’s fiscal year is June 1 through May 31. All membership dues expire at the end of each fiscal year. Annual dues are due and payable on June 1 and shall be in arrears if not paid by August 31, at which time those members will be removed from all club publications, (i.e. roster, Facebook, email distribution list, etc.). The amount of the annual dues shall be established by the Board.
- SECTION 5 – GOVERNMENT
- Board of Directors
- 1. The Board of Directors consists of the elected Officers (President, President Elect, Vice President-Administration, Vice President-Activities, Treasurer, Secretary), 4 Directors, the Immediate Past President and Committee Chairmen. Only the elected board members have voting rights.
- 2. The Board shall serve as the governing body of CSOC, shall establish, review and maintain all policies, procedures and practices of the club.
- 3. There shall be at least 1 meeting each month of the Board. All club members are invited to attend Board meetings.
- 4. All Board members are expected to attend all board meetings and should notify the President in advance if unable to attend meetings. Any Board member missing 3 consecutive scheduled meetings during any fiscal year, without prior notification to the President, can be replaced by the Board.
- 5. A quorum (simple majority) of Board members must be present to have an official meeting for voting procedures.
- 6. Robert’s Rules of Procedure shall govern all parliamentary matters.
- Elected Officers
- Election and Qualifications
- The elected positions shall be the President, President Elect, Vice President-Administration, Vice-President-Activities, Treasurer, Secretary, and the 4 Directors. All these elected officers must be members in good standing and all except Directors and Secretary, must be a member for no less than 1 year.
- In the event a vacancy occurs, in any office, for any reason, the replacement shall be nominated by the President and approved by the Board for the unexpired portion of the term.
- 1. The President shall be the principal executive officer and shall preside at all general meetings and Board meetings.
- 2. In emergencies, the President shall be empowered to make decisions and to take action for the club. Any emergency decisions made by the President shall be made after an attempt to poll Board members and shall be reported to the Board in a timely manner.
- 3. If the President decides to not seek an additional term the President shall give notice to the board in the spring prior to their last term. The Nominations Committee will then seek a candidate for the President Elect position.
- 1. The President Elect shall automatically become President of the Club on June 1 of the year immediately following his/her election. The President Elect should use his/her year to work closely with the President to enable a smooth transition to President.
- 2. The President Elect shall perform such duties as are ordinarily incumbent upon a President Elect and such other duties as may be assigned to them by the President or Board of Directors.
- 3. In the absence of the President or in the event of their inability to act, the President Elect shall perform all the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of the President.
- 1. In the absence of the President or in the event of their inability to act and there is no President Elect, the Vice President-Administration shall perform all the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of the President.
- 2. The Vice President-Administration shall have the primary responsibility for arranging the location and food for the general membership meetings each month.
- 1. With the help of the Activity Committee, shall plan and coordinate the social activities for club members each month. A minimum 1 event shall be planned for each week.
- 2. Assign experienced members to mentor and work with new members in planning activities.
- 3. Work cooperatively with all individual Activity Coordinators for the various club-sponsored activities
- 4. Details of all planned events need to be made available to the all members in a timely manner.
- 1. Shall be responsible for the receipt of all funds and the disbursement for all expenditures.
- 2. Shall propose an annual budget to be presented for Board approval.
- 3. At each monthly Board meeting, the Treasurer shall present a current financial report.
- 4. The Treasurer and the President have authorized signatures to the club’s financial accounts. All expenditures in excess of $300 shall require both signatures.
- 5. Maintains an up-to-date roster of paid club members
- 1. Records the minutes of Board meetings and distributes copies of the previous month’s Board minutes to the Board members each month for approval.
- 2. Maintains a file of past Board meeting minutes.
- 3. Handles all social correspondence.
- 1. There shall be 4 Directors elected for staggered 2-year terms.
- 2. Their responsibilities are to assume any assignments given to them by the President with approval of the Board.
SECTION 6 – COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS
- 1. Permanent committees are maintained for the following functions: Activities, Book Club, Care & Remembrance, Crescent Ski Council, Hospitality, Membership, Nominations, Trips and Webmaster. Additional committees can be formed and activated as needed. (Duties of these specific committees are listed in the Operations Manual).
- 2. Committee Chairpersons are to be nominated by the President and approved by the Board and are members of the Board of Directors.
- 3. Each committee shall consist of 1 or more members in good standing and can have a private meeting whenever it is deemed necessary to fulfill their duties.
SECTION 7 - Nominations and Election of Officers
The Nominating Committee is to present a slate of candidates for all elected positions to the Board at their March meeting. This proposed slate will be presented to the general membership in the April newsletter and at the April meeting. Nominations from the floor will be accepted at the April meeting, at which time nominations will be closed.
The election will be conducted at the May membership meeting, after the slate of nominees is presented for the second time. A simple majority of members present will determine the results and the new officers assume office on June 1.
SECTION 8 - AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS
Recommended amendments to these bylaws may be submitted at any Board meeting. Any proposed amendment must be submitted in writing to each Board member at least 2 weeks prior to such meeting. Upon approval of the Board, the proposal shall be submitted to the general membership for approval.
SECTION 9 - OPERATIONS MANUAL
The Operations Manual consists of a description of duties for the various standing committees. Changes can be made to this Operations Manual through a simple approval of the Board.
Activity Coordinators - (VP-Activities duties are explained on Pg. 3)
- 1. Works with the Vice President-Activities to plan and coordinate activities for club members each month.
- 2. Provides information for the website describing upcoming events (date, location, fees, etc.).
- 3. Provides photos of the activities for website
- 4. Confirms that a member of the Activities Committee attends every scheduled event or notifies all concerned club members if an event is cancelled.
- 5. Collects any activity fees.
- 6. Completes the financial reconciliation form for any event that involves club finances and submits it to the Treasurer following the event.
- 1. Notifies Book Club members of upcoming meeting date, book selection, host name and address, etc.
- 2. Picks up and distributes Book Club Kits, if available, from the library or assigns a volunteer to do this.
- 3. Maintains a file of Book Club records (i.e., meeting dates, titles of books read, host name, discussion leader name, etc.)
- 4. Requests volunteers to provide beverages and appetizers for monthly meetings.
Care & Remembrance Committee
- 1. Notifies club members of any seriously ill members.
- 2. Sends e-cards and/or flowers or fruit, as appropriate, to the ill member or in memory of a deceased member or their relative.
- 3. Sends birthday e-cards and special occasion e-cards to members.
Crescent Ski Council Representative
- 1. Gathers and distributes information on trips offered by Crescent Ski Council and other Crescent ski clubs that might be of interest to CSOC members.
- 2. Plans and coordinates trips for CSOC members.
- 3. Represents CSOC at Crescent Council conventions (fall and spring.) Provides convention report to Board members at the next Board meeting.
- 1. Greets guests and new members at monthly membership meetings and activities, introduces them to others, and follows-up within a month to invite guests to return.
- 2. Holds a New Member Reception once a year for new members who have joined the club since the last reception.
- 3. Hospitality Chairman sends a hand-written invitation to each new member inviting them to the New Member Reception.
- 4. Club purchases beverages for the meeting and requests board members bring an appetizer or dessert.
- 1. Provides the opportunity for interested people to complete a Membership Application
- 2. Distributes membership information to all guests at meetings
- 3. Creates and maintains members’ nametags and collects nametags at end of meetings.
- 4. Prior to the start of the meeting, sets up table with nametags and membership information.
- 5. Greets guests and new members at the door at monthly membership meetings, introduces them to Hospitality member, and follows-up by letter within a month to invite guests to return.
- 1. To be appointed at the beginning of the fiscal year and begin the process of identifying prospective officers.
- 2. Prepares a proposed slate of officers for the coming year and presents it to the Board at their March meeting.
- 3. Reads the slate of nominees to the general membership at the April meeting.
- 4. Conducts the election of officers at the May meeting under the leadership of the Past President.
- 5. Maintains the Book of Fame by ensuring by September a slate of candidates is created. Candidates will be nominated by and voted on by the general membership in October and announced at the November Thanksgiving party. Certificates will be issued and additions to the Book will be made at that time.
- 1. Researches locations, lodgings and activities for local and out-of-state trips.
- 2. Determines trip price and sets budget for food and other incidentals.
- 3. Makes lodging reservations (i.e., house or hotel) for participants.
- 4. Makes activity reservations (i.e., white water rafting, boat rentals, golf tee times, etc.)
- 5. Maintains a participant list, sets up a waiting list if necessary.
- 6. Sets up room assignments.
- 7. Set up carpools for drivers and riders.
- 8. Assure that participants complete a Trip Form.
Solicits advertisers and collects money from advertisers.
- 1. Webmaster coordinates and collects information from members and activity leaders in a timely manner.
- 2. Webmaster manages a committee that will coordinate and collect all pertinent information to be entered on the website and any other online presence. This includes, but is not limited to, articles, events, trips, advertising, president’s letter, photos, and data entry.