Southwest Optimist Competitive Soccer
Article 1: NAME
The name of this Club shall be the Southwest Optimist Competitive Soccer Club, hereinafter referred to as the Club. The headquarters of the Club shall be located within the District Boundaries of the Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association, hereinafter referred to as EMSA.
Article 2: OBJECTIVES
The Club shall have the following objectives:
1. To promote and develop the game of soccer within its boundaries.
2. To help individuals to develop their character as resourceful and responsible members of their community by providing opportunities, through the game of soccer, for their mental, physical, social and leadership development.
Article 3: AFFILIATIONS
The Club shall be a member of EMSA and shall follow the published rules of EMSA and The Ontario Soccer Association, hereinafter referred to as the OSA. The Club is subject to the published rules in declining order of authority of the following governing organizations to which it is affiliated:
1. The OSA
3. The Club
Article 4: MEMBERSHIP
There are three classes of Member, namely, regular Member, honourary Member and life Member.
A regular Member is either:
- a registered player
- a registered Club coach
- a registered Club game official
- a registered Club administrator
Although an individual may qualify for, and be registered under, more than one of the above categories, each individual holds only one Membership in the Club, and is entitled to one vote at Members' meetings.
A player shall become a regular Member when approved by the Club's Registrar.
A coach shall become a regular Member upon acceptance by the directors of the Club. A coach is an individual who is registered with the OSA to teach, instruct, train and guide players to play the game of soccer.
A game official shall become a regular Member upon acceptance by the directors of the Club. A game official is an individual who is registered with the OSA to officiate soccer games.
An administrator shall become a regular Member upon election or appointment by the directors of the Club. An administrator is an individual who is registered with the OSA to be responsible for one or more of the functions required to operate a Club. For purposes of this definition, a team manager and a Director shall be classified as an administrator.
The Board of Directors may designate an individual as an honourary Member for a specific period of time.
An honourary Member is afforded all rights of Membership, including the right to attend and speak at Members' meetings, but is not entitled to vote.
The Board of Directors may designate an individual as a life Member.
A life Member is afforded all rights of Membership, including the right to attend and speak at Members' meetings, but is not entitled to vote.
Membership fees for regular Members shall be set annually by the Board of Directors and ratified or amended by the Membership at a general meeting of the Club.
Discipline of Member
A Member may be fined, censured, suspended or expelled from Membership for cause and only after charges have been laid in accordance with the Club's published rules and a hearing held in accordance with the OSA's published rules. An individual whose membership has been suspended loses all rights of membership until the suspension has been terminated.
Player, team and team official discipline for game infractions is governed in accordance with the procedures published by The OSA.
Any Member who infringes the Articles or rules of the Club or brings the Club into disrepute, may be reprimanded, suspended or expelled from the Club after a hearing by the Board of Directors of the Club at which hearing the Member is entitled to attend.
Termination of Membership
Membership in the Club shall be deemed to have been terminated:
- ·if the Member submits a signed letter of resignation to the Club
- ·if the Member is expelled by the Club's Board of Directors
- ·if the Member is no longer registered with the Club
Article 5: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Club shall be governed by a Board of Directors which shall consist of at least 3 individuals, or such number not to be less than 3, as may be amended from time to time in accordance with the Club's By-Laws. These individuals shall hold the positions of:
- ·Directors at Large
A Director may hold more than one position.
A Director shall be 18 years of age or older, shall not be an undischarged bankrupt and shall be a Regular Member of the Club.
A Director shall serve for a term of two years or until his or her successor is elected or appointed.
After an initial Board of Directors has been appointed, the executive positions of President, Treasurer and Registrar shall be elected in even numbered years while the positions of Vice-President and Secretary shall be elected in odd numbered years.All other directors shall be elected on an annual basis.
A Director has the right to resign her or his position by submitting a signed letter of resignation to the Club.
A vacancy on the Board of Directors and their respective position(s) held, caused by death, or resignation which has been accepted by the Board of Directors, shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The successor Director shall hold his or her incumbent's position(s) for the remainder of the term being filled.
Removal of Director
No Member of the Board of Directors shall be removed for arbitrary reasons but may be removed if:
- the Director is unable to perform the duties expected of the position due to, but not limited to, any of the following reasons:
- if she/he becomes incapable of performing the business of the Club
- if she/he is absent from two or more meetings of the Board without satisfactory reason
- if she/he no longer resides in reasonable proximity to the Club
- if she/he becomes, or is discovered to be, an undischarged bankrupt; or
- the Director has compromised the integrity of the Club due to, but not limited to, any of the following reasons:
- if she/he has been found guilty of an offence under the Harassment Policy of The OSA
- if she/he has been found guilty of an offence involving violence under the Discipline Policy of the OSA
- if she/he has failed to properly account for monies or other property belonging to the Club
- if she/he has been found guilty of a criminal offence regardless of whether or not the offence directly affected the Club.
A Member of the Board of Directors holding his or her respective position(s), as Director or other position(s), may be removed from office by the Board of Directors for good and sufficient cause by a 2/3's vote of the Board of Directors present, provided notice to remove the Director has been given to all Directors of the Club. If a Director is removed by the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors may appoint a successor to the position(s) for the remainder of the term(s) being filled.
A Member of the Board of Directors may also be removed from office for good and sufficient cause at a meeting of the Members of the Club provided notice to remove the Director has been given to persons entitled to attend the Members' meeting. If a Director is removed at a Members' meeting, the Members entitled to vote may elect a successor to fill all position(s) held by the removed Director for the remainder of the term(s) being filled.
Conflict of Interest and Standards of Conduct
The Directors shall be subject to the Conflict of Interest Policy 21.0 in the OSA's published rules.See Appendix 1.
Duties of Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall conduct the business of the Club during the periods between general meetings of the Club and in accordance with the authority granted to it in the published rules of the Club.
The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the appointment and renewal of appointments of all positions within the Club except for those positions elected by the Membership of the Club. This shall include the appointment of volunteer and paid positions for coach and administrator positions within the Club's operations.
The Board of Directors may also revoke, for cause, any appointment providing that it has followed the procedures for the revoking an appointment as outlined in the Club's published rules.
Duties of Directors
- as provided for in the Dispute Resolution Policy of the OSA, and
- ·where the President delegates the responsibility to another person, the President shall preside at all general meetings of the Club and of the Board of Directors. The President shall be ex officio a member of all committees, except any nominations committee; shall appoint all chairs of standing and special committees subject to ratification by the Board; coordinate all duties of the Board, committees, staff; and shall be the spokesperson for the Club.
The Vice President shall act in the absence of the President and shall have other powers as assigned by the Board of Directors.
The Treasurer shall ensure that full and accurate records are kept of the accounts of the Club and shall report to the Board of Directors at least twice per year and shall submit an Annual Report to the Annual General Meeting.
The Secretary shall maintain a record of all minutes of the organization; maintain copies of all committee reports; notify officers and committee Members of their election or appointment; furnish committees with those documents required to perform their duties; sign all certified copies of acts of the organization, unless otherwise specified in the Club's published rules; maintain record books in which bylaws, published rules and minutes are entered and have the current record books available at each meeting; send to the Membership a notice of each general meeting; send to the Board of Directors notices of each meeting; conduct the general correspondence of the organization that is not the proper function of another office or committee; prepare, prior to each meeting in consultation with the presiding officer, an order of business; and, in the absence of the president and vice-president, preside until the immediate election or appointment of a new presiding officer.
Other Director Positions
The duties of other Director Positions shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
Nominations and Elections
Nominations for positions on the Board of Directors may be made by any Member at the annual general meeting or at a Special General Meeting called for that purpose.
Nominations and elections for positions open shall be held in the order of the positions listed in the Constitution.
Election shall be by secret ballot, but in the event only one candidate is nominated, no vote is required and the nominated candidate shall be declared elected by acclamation.
A majority of the votes cast shall be required to elect Directors. In the event no candidate receives a majority, the candidate with the least votes shall be dropped from the ballot and another vote shall be held.
Article 6: MEETINGS
An official notice of each meeting shall be given to all Members at least 14 days before the meeting is to be held, at such place, and at such date as the Board of Directors may determine. Such notification shall be published on the club website.
Twenty five voting Members or 25% of the voting Membership, whichever is less, shall form a quorum at all general meetings of the Club. Any question shall be decided by a majority of the votes unless otherwise required by this By-Law or other law.
Annual General Meeting:
The Club shall hold its Annual General Meeting not later than January 31 of the following year. The agenda of the Annual General meeting shall include:
- Roll Call
- Minutes of Previous Annual General Meeting
- President's Address
- Treasurer's Report
- Other Reports
- Unfinished Business
- Amendments to the By-Laws
- Election of Officers and Directors
- Any Other Business
Special General Meeting:
A Special General Meeting of the Club:
a) may be called by the Board of Directors, or
b) shall be called by the Board of Directors upon receipt of a written request submitted to the Club by registered mail, certified mail, trace mail, courier service, hand delivery, fax or e-mail, signed by not less than 25 Members or 25% of the voting Membership, whichever is less, setting out the items of business to be conducted at the Special General Meeting. The Special General Meeting shall be held within 30 days of receipt of the written request from the Members.
Only the business set out in the notice of the Special General Meeting shall be considered.
Voting at General Meeting:
Every regular Member aged 16 and over shall have the right to attend, speak and cast one vote at Members' meeting of the Club.
Every regular Member under the age of 16 shall have the right to attend and speak at Members' meetings, but any vote must be cast by a parent or guardian who shall also have the right to attend and speak on behalf of that Member at Members' meetings.
Proxy Voting at General Meeting:
Every regular Member, or parent or guardian of a regular Member under the age of 16, entitled to vote at a meeting of Members may by means of a proxy appoint a person, who need not be a Member, as the Member's nominee to attend and act at the meeting in the manner, to the extent and with the power conferred by the proxy.
An individual may only hold one proxy.
The format for the proxy, and the issue, or issues, for which the proxy may be cast are as defined in the Rules and Regulations.
Board of Directors Meeting:
The Board of Directors shall meet at least 2 times per year, upon 14 days notice given by the President and Secretary, at such place and time as the Board of Directors may determine.
A majority of the Members of the Board of Directors shall form a quorum at all meetings of the Board. Questions arising at any meeting shall be decided by a majority of votes where each director is entitled to cast one vote.
Article 7: COMMITTEES
The Membership at any general meeting, or the Board of Directors at any meeting of the Board, may establish a standing committee or special committee to carry out specific business or programs of the Club.
Article 8: PROCEDURES GOVERNING MEETINGS
All meetings of the Club shall be conducted in accordance with the most recently published Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised except as may be otherwise stipulated in this By-Law or other Rules and Regulations of the Club.
Article 9: BY-LAWS AND AMENDMENTS
(a) By-Law amendments may be proposed by the Board of Directors, or submitted by a Member to the Club in writing at least 21 days prior to a general meeting of the Club; and must be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, and by a 2/3’s vote of the Membership voting in person or by proxy at a meeting of the Club duly called for that purpose.
(b) All Members entitled to vote shall be notified with the Club’s notice of the said Members’ meeting about By-Law amendments. Such notification shall be by regular email.
Article 10: RULES AND REGULATIONS
The Club shall have Rules and Regulations which shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
a) discipline of a Member: See Article 4.
b) duties of Board of Directors: see Article 5.
c) voting at General Meeting: see Article 6.
The Board of Directors may approve and publish Rules and Regulations which are not inconsistent with this By-Law and are not inconsistent with the Rules and Regulations of a higher level governing organization.
Amendments to the Rules and Regulations may be made by a majority vote of the Board of Directors or the Members at a General Meeting.
Article 11: INDEMNITY
Members of the Board of Directors or other servants to the Club, their heirs, executors, administrators and estate and effects respectively shall be indemnified and saved harmless at all times by the Club against all costs, losses and expenses incurred by them respectively in or about the discharge of their respective duties, except such as happens from their own respective willful neglect or default.
Article 12: FINANCE
The financial statements of the Club shall be:
- ·presented annually to the members at the Annual General Meeting;
- based on a defined fiscal year end which shall end on September 30 of each year, unless otherwise ordered by the Board of Directors
Article 13: DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Club shall adhere to the Dispute Resolution process as published and approved by The OSA from time to time.
Any Member of the Club may initiate the Dispute Resolution process by communicating in writing to The OSA, with a copy to the Club and District Association, the nature and facts of the dispute. The OSA, at its discretion, may proceed with the Dispute Resolution process by assigning one or more neutral persons to the dispute.
The Dispute Resolution process shall not be used for game discipline which follows the normal discipline and appeals process.
The Club shall make available to any Member the Dispute Resolution process when requested.
Article 14: HARASSMENT
The Club shall adhere to the Harassment Policy as published and approved by The OSA from time to time.
The Harassment Policy shall apply to all employees, directors, officers, volunteers, coaches, game officials, administrators, players, Members and registrants of the Club.
Harassment is defined as any comment, conduct, or gesture directed toward an individual or group of individuals which is insulting, intimidating, humiliating, malicious, degrading or offensive. It includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment.
The Club shall make available to any Member the Harassment Policy when requested.
Article 15: APPEALS
a) Any Member or registrant of the Club directly affected by a decision of the Club may appeal such decision. The denial or termination of Membership in the Club may be appealed by a non-Member.
b) A decision of the Club may be appealed to EMSA with which the Club is affiliated. The appeal shall be conducted in accordance with The OSA's and District Association's published rules.
c) An individual shall not appeal a decision made by the Board of Directors regarding the appointment, non-appointment, re-appointment or revocation of an appointment of an individual to any coach or administrator position within the Club's operations, except where the selection, appointment and revocation process outlined in the Club's published rules has not been followed.
d) An individual shall not appeal a decision made by the Club regarding a player's team assignment.
Article 16: DISSOLUTION
In the event of dissolution of the Club, and after payment of all debts and liabilities, its remaining property shall be distributed or disposed of by the Board of Directors to one or more not-for-profit soccer related organizations, or any not-for-profit athletic community organizations, which operate solely in Ontario.
Article 17: DEFINITIONS/TERMINOLOGY
Terminology used in this By-Law shall have the same meaning as used by The OSA in its letters patent, By-Laws and published rules.
Appendix 1 Conflict Of Interest
Section 18.0 - Conflict of Interest
Policy 1.0 - GENERAL
The Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) is committed to providing an environment in which all Directors of the OSA and any of its subordinate governing organizations act honestly, in good faith, and in the best interests of the game of soccer in the Province of Ontario.
The activities of the governing organization, and those of its Directors, shall be conducted in a manner becoming the high ethical standard of business conduct expected of the leaders of Soccer in Ontario.
Each Director is under an obligation to avoid a conflict of interest, whenever reasonably possible. However, conflicts of interest may arise. In such situations, the Director is required:
- to declare the conflict of interest, and refrain from voting on the issue in question
- to absent himself or herself from the meeting at any time there is discussion of the matter giving rise to the conflict
- to refrain from lobbying or participating in the decision making process.
Each Director is also required to declare a conflict even when the conflict for the Director arises after the contract or arrangement is made with the other company, firm, or organization in which the Director acquires an interest or significant involvement. In this situation, the Director is to declare his or her conflict at the first meeting of the Directors held after the Director becomes interested in the other company, firm, or organization.
A Director who has any questions or concerns regarding situations of conflict of interest or potential or possibly perceived situations of conflict of interest should seek and obtain appropriate guidance and counsel from the OSA's Constitution Advisory Group.
There are basically two situations giving rise to a conflict of interest. One is that of "financial interest" and the other is an "obligation of loyalty".
The circumstance giving rise to a conflict of interest need not be those of the individual Director but may be the interest of a person having close family ties to the Director, or a friend, business associate, or colleague of the Director".
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