AMERICAN CONTRACT BRIDGE LEAGUE
(1) Unit 128 shall conduct the Southeastern Regional annually within the State
(2) Unit 128 shall conduct the tournament formerly known as the “Off-Shore
Regional” tournament, now held in
(3) All remaining and any additional tournaments granted to District 9 shall be assigned by the District Board.
(4) The Host Unit of each Regional assigned to that Unit shall solely be responsible for activities and all operational expenses. Minimum standards for hospitality, etc. may be established by the District Board. Any profit derived from said operation shall belong to the Host Unit subject to Article IV, 1-5.
(5) The District Board shall approve the amount of Regional entry fees.
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 of formal action on the part of the Unit.
No member of District 9 may transfer to another contiguous District 9 Unit without written approval from the District 9 Board.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
POWERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(1) To determine the place and date for any Regional tournament held within the District.
(2) To acquire, hold and dispose of any funds or property acquired by the District organization.
(3) To employ personnel to serve the organization at the Discretion of the Board.
(4) To levy dues or assessments on member Units, which are not prohibited by the By-Laws of the ACBL, prorated on the basis of membership.
(5) To assess each host Unit a dollar figure as established by the District, payable to the District Treasurer immediately upon completion of any Regional tournament conducted by said Unit. This dollar figure shall be determined by the District Board at least once a year, to be in effect for the following calendar year. This amount will be a lump sum PLUS a per-table fee.
(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 interest of competitive Contract Bridge, not limited to, but whether in the form of entertainment, charity programs, and assistance to the League.
(8) Do such things as may be necessary to accomplish the objectives outlined in Article II of these By-Laws.
MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
JUDICIARY COMMITTEES OR SUBCOMMITTEES
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
A. The President shall preside at all meetings of Board of Directors. 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, and may chair committees as a voting member. He/She shall appoint such special committees, as he/she shall from time to time consider necessary.
A. All member Units retain autonomy in the conduct of their affairs as provided in the Regulations and By-Laws of the ACBL.
B. Each member Unit shall:
(1) Submit names and addresses of officers and members of their Unit Board of Directors immediately following their selection.
(2) Submit names and addresses of representatives to the District Board of Directors immediately following their selection.
(3) Submit dates and locations of its tournaments to the Tournament Committee Chair for District approval prior to submission to the District Tournament Coordinator and before submitting the sanction request to the ACBL for approval.
AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS
These By-Laws may be amended at any meeting of the Board of Directors 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 concurrent vote of two-thirds of the votes present at any quorum meeting of the Board of Directors shall be required for the passage of any amendment to these By-Laws.
DUTIES OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
A. Any member or group of members may appeal directly to the District Judiciary Committee where there is an alleged violation by a Unit of its own By-Laws or Regulations.
B. The structure and composition of such Judiciary Committee shall be determined by the District organization.
C. Hearing committees may be established to conduct hearings in any location convenient to the person involved. Such Hearing Committees may only recommend action to the full Judiciary Committee and may not act to impose discipline by themselves.
D. Where appeal is sought from disciplinary action taken by an arm of a Unit, appeal shall be first to the Unit and then to the District Judiciary Committee.
E. The right of appeal to the National Board shall remain but shall be limited to a review.
(1) Whenever rights established under the By-Laws and Regulations of the ACBL, of a District or of a Unit, are alleged to have been violated, or
(2 Whenever the sanctions imposed are alleged to be manifestly against the weight of the evidence, or
(3) Whenever the disciplinary action is against a non-resident member of the body imposing such sanctions, or
(4) Whenever a member is either expelled or suspended for a period in excess of one year
F. In all cases of disciplinary proceedings the affected party shall:
(1) Have written notice of the hearing
(2) Have written charges or specifications appended to said notice
(3) Be accorded the privileges of counsel and presentation of witnesses.
G. A Unit may by majority vote of its Board of Directors refer any disciplinary matter to the District Judiciary Committee for hearing or disposition, and such District Judiciary Committee shall then have all powers of the referring Unit in accordance with the By-Laws and Regulations of the American Contract Bridge League.
H. A District Judiciary Committee may, upon notification of charges and after a hearing, suspend the franchise of a club, subject to the right of appeal to the subsequent National Board of Directors meeting. Unless the Executive Committee otherwise directs, suspension will be stayed upon notification of the Executive Secretary of Appeals to the Board of Directors. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as affecting Management’s rights of summary suspension.
I. The District Judiciary Committee to which an appeal has been taken, the National Director having jurisdiction of a member, or the President of the ACBL may stay the execution of any discipline of such member pending an appeal.
REGIONAL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES
Regional tournament schedules, including locations, must be approved by the District Board.
S. Seals – February 15, 2007