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A Short History of the DeLand Bridge Club

Groups formed in DeLand and DeBary in the late 1950’s, joining ACBL in ’58 and playing in a lot of venues, some quite imaginative: restaurants, a fire hall, the Elks Club, the Woman’s Club, the Putnam Hotel. In 1962, Pete Besom and Norman Mortimer began looking for property and found the Deerfoot Road site. Permission had to be given by neighbors to have a club in the area, and a small building on the site, a former BOQ hut from the local Navy base, was sold and moved.

The building was designed by Norman Mortimer and built by John Witt, funded by shares in a first mortgage paying the then Pass-Book rate of 5%. The minimum investment was $300, and no one was permitted to put in more than $3000, the theory being that no one should have too great a say in what was done. 32 individuals and families participated. Mike Accardi, Leonard Munson and Norman Mortimer guaranteed the investments for a few who were worried that the Club would not succeed.

Member “sweat equity” got the building ready for opening in October, 1964. Many of the appliances were donated. Members installed them, as well as the kitchen cabinets. Curtain poles with card symbol finials were placed at each window with yards and yards of simple drapes made by a member. There was no carpet, just a bare concrete floor. Members brought carpet samples to put under cold feet, and a yard and plant sale was held on opening day to start a carpet fund.

The 30 year mortgage was paid off in 12 years. The two clubs had consolidated by then, and the Club, a non-profit corporation, is still going strong.

BOARD MEETINGS

The DeLand Bridge club Board meets on the third Tuesday each month.  We encourage members to attend board meetings and if they have an item either present in person or by letter to the President

 
Constitution
 
 
  DeLand Bridge Club Constitution

DELAND BRIDGE CLUB, INC.

 Incorporated in 1962                                Revised 2003

CONSTITUTION

 ARTICLE I

Organization

 

SECTION 1: ORGANIZATION

This club is a non-profit organization under the Corporation Laws of the  State of Florida, and is affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League as a class 4 open Club as defined in the ACBL Handbook of Rules and Regulations. It will make no rules or regulations in conflict with the ACBL.

     

SECTION 2: NAME

 The Club will be known as the DELAND BRIDGE CLUB, INC.

 

ARTICLE II

Membership

 

SECTION 1: REGULAR MEMBERS   

 Any person who applies for membership in the Club becomes a regular member upon payment of yearly dues.

 

SECTION 2: HONORARY MEMBERS

 Any person may be admitted to honorary membership with all the rights and privileges of regular members, but is exempt from the payment of dues upon a two-thirds (2/3) vote by the Board of Directors.

 

SECTION 3: EXPULSION OR SUSPENSION

 Any member may be suspended or expelled by the Board of Directors by majority vote after notification and hearing for conduct unbecoming a member.

ARTICLE III

Officers

 

SECTION 1: OFFICES

 There shall be four (4 )officers --- the PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, SECRETARY and TREASURER. The officers shall be elected by and from the Board of Directors at an organizational meeting within  one (1) week of the Annual Meeting of the Membership.

SECTION 2:     BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 There shall be a Board of nine (9) members who shall elect the Officers of the Club. The Board Members will be elected for a term of three (3)  years. During the first year, three (3) members shall be elected for a period of one year, three (3) members shall be elected for a period of two years, and three (3) members shall be elected for a period of three years.  After the first year, three (3) members shall be elected each year for a three year term. No Board Member shall serve more than two (2) terms consecutively. No individual, employee, and/or person contracted for  labor by the Deland Bridge Club shall be a Member of the Board of Directors by the Deland Bridge Club.

 

ARTICLE IV

Committees

 

SECTION 1:   COMMITTEES

The President shall be empowered to appoint such standing and special committees, for example, Nominating and Auditing, as may be deemed necessary for the conduct of club affairs, subject to the approval of the Board. Each member of a committee shall serve at the pleasure of the President.

 

SECTION 2:    FUNCTIONS

 It shall be the function of committees to investigate and make recommendations about matters coming within the scope of their authority. No special or standing committees shall represent the Club o advocacy of, or in opposition to, any project, without specified authority and confirmation of the Board, or such confirmation as may be clearly

 

SECTION 3: MEETINGS

 Meetings of any committee may be called at any time by the Chairman of the committee or the the President of the Club.

 

ARTICLE V

Elections

 

SECTION 1:       NOMINATIONS

Not later than November 1st, the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee of three (3) persons, who shall meet and screen candidates for the Board of Directors and present a recommended slate of Nominees to the Membership.

 

SECTION 2: ELECTIONS

 No later than fifteen (15) days after the First of November, the Nominating Committee shall post and present to the membership the slate of nominees.

SECTION 3: NOMINATIONS FROM THE FLOOR

 Nominations from the floor shall be accepted at each of the regularly scheduled games commencing with the first playing date after the 15th of November, and ending one week later. Such nominations shall be posted as occurring.

 

SECTION 4:    TIME FOR ELECTION                     (Revised 11/02)

  The election shall be held at the Annual Meeting on the second Tuesday of December.

 

SECTION 5:   ELECTION PROCEDURE

 All Members in good standing are eligible to vote either by secret ballot  at the Annual Meeting or by secret absentee ballot deposited during the fifteen days prior to the election with the secretary. Proxy votes are not allowed. 

ARTICLE VI

Meetings

 

SECTION 1: ANNUAL MEETING                                 (Revised 11/02)

 The Annual Meeting of the Club shall be held on the second Tuesday in December.

 

SECTION 2: QUORUM

  Twenty (20) members shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting of the membership, except for the Annual Meeting, at which time forty (40) members constitutes a quorum.

 

ARTICLE VII

Finances

 

SECTION 1: FISCAL YEAR

 For all purposes, the fiscal year shall be the calender year.

 

SECTION 2: DEPOSITORY FOR FUNDS

 The Board shall designate the official depository for the Club's funds.

 

SECTION 3: METHOD OF MAKING PAYMENT

All disbursements shall be by checks signed by one person, the President,  the Vice President, or the Treasurer. Other necessary disbursements  may be made by the Game Director of the Day, out of game fees,  if properly documented.

 

SECTION 4: AUDIT

 Subject to the approval of the Board, the President shall appoint an auditor who shall inspect the books and report back to the Board not later  than the meeting in February of the current year.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII

Club Manager

 

SECTION 11 MANAGER

Subject to the approval of the Board,the President shall appoint a Club  Manager for a  one year period.  The Manager may participate in meetings of the Board, but shall have no vote. He shall perform the duties outlined for Club Managers in the ACBL Handbook of Rules and Regulations: and such additional duties as may be assigned by the Board.

 

ARTICLE IX

Building Manager

 

SECTION 1: BUILDING MANAGER

 Subject to approval of the Board the President shall appoint a Building Manager for a one year period. The Building Manager shall be responsible  for overseeing proper maintenance and repair of the building; and for making recommendations for same to the Board.

 

ARTICLE X

Amendments

 

SECTION 1: ORIGIN

Constitutional amendments may originate with the Board of Directors and  be recommended to the membership after approval by a majority vote of the Directors; or they may originate with the membership. and presented in the form of a petition signed by twenty (20) percent of the membership.

 

SECTION 2: PRESENTATION TO THE MEMBERSHIP

Amendments shall be presented at one special meeting and voted upon at the next. Special meetings shall be announced and notice posted for thirty (30) days prior to or at the Annual Meeting.

 

SECTION 3: PASSAGE

 Sixty (60) percent  of the votes cast must be in favor of the amendment.

 

SECTION 4: BALLOT

 Voting shall be by secret or absentee ballot, signed, and deposited with  the Secretary during the time between meetings.

 

 BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I

Duties of Officers

 

 

SECTION 1:    PRESIDENT

The president shall preside at all meetings of the Board and of the membership; and, shall perform all duties usually incident to the office. He shall have no vote on the Board except to break a tie. He shall appoint committees and fill vacancies on those committees subject  to the approval of the Board.

 

SECTION 2:    VICE PRESIDENT

The Vice President shall fulfill the duties of the President in his absence; and, shall carry out assignments given him by the President.

  

SECTION 3: SECRETARY

The Secretary shall be the Chief Administrative Officer of the Board; and,  shall conduct correspondence, preserve all books, documents, and records of the Club, of its Board and all committees. The Secretary shall perform all duties incident to the office subject to direction of the Board. At the expiration of the Secretary's term of office, the Secretary  shall deliver all records of the Club in the Secretary's possession to the Board.

 

SECTION 4:    TREASURER

 The Treasurer shall be responsible for the receipts and disbursements   of the Club's funds. All monies of the Club shall be deposited in its name. The Treasurer shall make monthly reports to the Board concerning Club's finances.

 

 

ARTICLE II

Board of Directors

 

SECTION 1:    DUTIES

The Board of Directors shall direct all ongoing activities of the Club in its day-to-day business. Each Board Member shall have one (1) vote on all matters;  exception, the President may vote only to break a tie. The Board shall determine dues to be paid by the membership, shall fill vacancies on the Board or among the Officers by majority vote, and shall meet at least once a month.

 

SECTION 2: MEETINGS

 The Board shall meet at least once a month. A special meeting of the Board or of the Membership may be called by the Board by a consensus of three (3) or more Board members providing all members are notiïfied of such meetings

 

SECTION 4: VACANCIES

 The Board shall have the power to fill all vacancies on the Board or among the Officers by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Board.

 

SECTION 5: REMOVAL OF A DIRECTOR

 Any Director who fails to attend three (3) consecutive, regularly scheduled meetings of the Board shall be automatically dropped from the Board and the vacancy shall be filled as provided above at the discretion of the Board.

 

SECTION 6: REMOVAL OF DIRECTOR BY MEMBERSHIP

A member of the Board may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at a meeting of the general membership. No vote to remove a member may be counted unless there has first been presented to the Board a petition

requesting such removal and signed by at least twenty (20) percent of the members in good standing.

 

 

ARTICLE III

Amendments

 

SECTION 1: AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS

 Amendments to the By-Laws shall be presented at one meeting of the Board, posted on the bulletin board, and voted upon at the next meeting, and adopted by a majority vote of those present.

 

SECTION 2: TRANSITIONAL MEETING OF THE BOARD (Adopted Nov., 2000)

 There shall be a transitional meeting of the current Board and the new Board members at sometime between the election of officers and the Januarymeeting, the time to be determined by the President. Any and all records of   past officers and committee chairmen shall be turned over at this meeting.  In addition the duties of officers and chairmen shall be discussed.

     

 SECTION 3     ANNUAL MEETING (Adopted Oct, 2002

  The Annual Meeting of the Club shall be held on the second Tuesday in December.