Use of Unauthorized Information from Your Partner!
Law 16: ANY extraneous information from partner that MIGHT suggest a bid or play is UNAUTHORIZED. This include remarks, questions, unmistakable hesitation, tone, gesture, movement or mannerism. A player may NOT choose a bid, pass, or play that is suggested by partner's behavior.
When a player thinks an opponent has made information available in a manner noted above, he may announce that he reserves the right to call the Director later or may summon the Director immediately.
AUBURN BRIDGE CLUB
Constitution and Bylaws
Ratified December, 2018
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Auburn Duplicate Bridge Club. (Here in after referred to as the Club.)
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
The purpose of the Club shall be to promote duplicate bridge in Auburn/Opelika and the surrounding area, and to
encourage enjoyment of the game and fellowship among the members.
ARTICLE III. AUTHORITY
The Club shall operate as sanctioned by and inaccordance with the rules of the American Contract Bridge League
(here in after referred to as ACBL).The ACBL designation for the Club is #267195, District10, Unit157.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP
Membership is open to the public and memberships shall be renewed annually in January. Membership may be revoked
on the recommendation of the Board and by approval of a 2⁄3 vote of a Club membership quorum. Only members will be
eligible to vote on proposals brought to the Club by the Executive Board (here in after referred to as the Board).
ARTICLE V. GOVERNMENT
The affairs of the Club shall be conducted by the Board in accordance with these Articles and bylaws. The Board shall consist of the President, First Vice President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President shall chair this committee and will present major decisions of the Board to the Club membership for approval.
Officers must be members in good standing with the ACBL and those elected shall take office immediately. Normally, officers shall serve no more than two consecutive terms in the same office. The Club President, the Second Vice-President and the Secretary will be elected in even-numbered years while the First Vice-President and the Treasurer will be elected in odd-numbered years. The President wil lappoint a committee of three Club members to nominate potential officers for election. Elections will be held at the annual meeting with nominations from the floor being accepted provided that the person nominated has given their prior approval. In the event the office of President is vacated, the First Vice President shall assume the duties of President. In such cases the Board may appoint a qualified Club member to execute the duties of the First Vice President until the next election. In the event that any other elective office becomes vacant, the Board shall appoint a Club member to serve the unexpired term.
The Board will meet at least quarterly and more often at the discretion of the President. Board meetings will be publicized and members will be encouraged to attend and participate in discussions. The Club Manager and the Assistant Club Manager are not eligible to hold office on the Board but may attend board meetings in a non-voting capacity.
A quorum at general meetings shall consist of 25% of current members. Members may vote by written proxy. A quorum at Board meetings shall consist of three voting members. A general membership meeting will be held at least once a year, generally in December.
ARTICLE VI. DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
The PRESIDENT shall preside at all meetings of the membership and the Board; represent the Club at ceremonies and business transactions; and with the approval of the Board, appoint the Club Manager, the Assistant Club Manager, Tournament Coordinator, and committee chairs to work with the First Vice President.
The FIRST VICE PRESIDENT shall assist the President perform the duties of President as needed, and in the absence of the President, assume the duties of the President. The First Vice President shall resolve conflicts in the directors’ schedules. The First Vice President shall ensure that the directors meet at least once each calendar year to discuss ACBL rule changes and other items of importance to the Club. The First Vice President shall also serve as the Event Coordinator serving on the hospitality, sunshine and other committees appointed by the President.
The SECOND VICE PRESIDENT shall work on membership to increase the number of players at games, help arrange partnerships for players who wish to play in a Club game, encourage a novice program to encourage new players to play duplicate bridge, and pubicize bridge tournaments.
The SECRETARY shall record the minutes of all Board and general meetings, prepare correspondence, maintain membership rolls, preserve signed copies of these Articles and By-Laws, certify adopted changes thereto, and preserve the general records of the Club.
The TREASURER shall serve as custodian of all funds and properties accruing to the Club, make payments to the directors as designated by the Board, make payments for all authorized expenses, give an accounting of the finances of the Club at each Board meeting, and present a written report, in a format prescribed by the Board, to all Club members at the annual Decembe rmeeting. The Treasurer’s records shall be audited annually, before December, by a committee appointed by the President. The Treasurer shall provide the committee with copies of all financial records no later than October 15th of each year. The auditor’s report will be part of the minutes of the general membership meeting held in December.
Officers of the Club shall serve without pay, and no funds shall accrue to the benefit of any member except to defray expenses incurred in the transaction of Club business.
All officers of the Club are expected to use the Club’s FaceBook site to communicate Club business to membership.
ARTICLE VII. THE CLUB MANAGER
The Club Manager and Assistant Club Manager will be appointed by the Board. Duties include but are not limited to:
Maintain records of games played to include number of tables and points awarded.
Have access to the Club bank account by maintaining a signature card at the respective banking institution.
Have a debit card for making payments to ACBL and purchasing supplies.
Make monthly reports to ACBL.
Renew annual ACBL Club membership, paying with the Club debit card, and presenting the Treasurer with all receipts.
Order all supplies to run Club games and hospitality functions – presenting receipts to the Treasurer.
The Club Manager must obtain the prior approval of the Board for expenses above normal monthly costs.
Present and collect paper work from players as required by the City of Auburn Recreation Department.
The Club Manager will train an Assistant Club Manager to perform all duties required of the Manager. Together they shall prepare and maintain a handbook of the Manager’s standard operating procedures for the benefit of the Club.
The Club Manager will be compensated for their work from the Club Treasury in an amount recommended by the Board and approved by the membership. The Assistant Club Manager shall serve on a volunteer basis unless they perform the duties of the Club Manager.
ARTICLE VIII. THE ACBL CLUB DIRECTOR
ACBL Club Directors are appointed by the Board. Duties include but are not limited to:
Be certified by ACBL.
Start the game at the designated time.
Keep a timer so the game will proceed in a timely fashion. Require late plays when needed.
Stay after the game to post the results and make certain that all equipment is stored properly.
Maintain order and reasonable quietness during game play.
Answer rule questions during play when called upon—having the book of laws as documentation.
Be paid according to the pay scale adopted by the Board (including free-play on the day directing).
Remind players to turn off cell phones and assess penalties for repeated infractions.
Meet yearly with other Club directors and the First Vice President to review ACBL rules.
Post session results on the ACBL site in a timely and accurate manner.
ARTICLE IX. COMMITTEES
Committee chairs may be appointed by the President as needed, and the committee meetings will be attended by the First Vice President.
ARTICLE X. CONSTITUTION REVISION
Requires a petition signed by at least 2⁄3 of the members.
Requires a 2⁄3 vote of those present at special general membership meetings called by the President. This meeting must be held within two months of the President receiving the petition. The proposed new Constitution shall be made available, in writing, to th emembership at least one week prior to the vote.
Article or Line Revision only
Adding or replacing a line or Article must be presented to the President and Board two weeks prior to the vote.
A simple majority of those present at the designated membership meeting will approve or disapprove all change(s).
ARTICLE XI. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE PRIOR TO THE END OF THE TERM
Requires a petition signed by 1/3 of the members and presented to the President (First Vice President if the President is impeached) with the reason(s) for impeachment. The President (or First Vice President if needed) shall schedule a vote to be held at a membership meeting to be held no later than two weeks following the receipt of the petition.
By 2⁄3 vote of a Club quorum, any officer may be removed from their position on the Board. The office shall be filled by presidential appointment with the approval of the Board. If the President is impeached and removed, the First Vice President shall assume that post and will appoint a new First Vice President with the approval of the Board.
ARTICLE XII. OTHER SITUATIONS AND CONTINGENCIES.
Any items not covered in this document shall subscribe to the Constitution and Rules of ACBL. The Board with the approval of the
Club membership shall regulate play and Club procedures but may not contradict laws, ordinances, or regulations of the ACBL
or the City of Auburn’s Frank Brown Recreation Center.
In event of disbandment of the Club, all remaining properties shall be sold and/or donated to nonprofit organizations, and all
moneys remaining in Club accounts shall be forwarded to the Charity Fund o fthe ACBL.
Games are scheduled every Monday and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and on Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. in the Frank Brown Recreation Center, and other such times and locations as established by the Board and approved by the membership and by ACBL. Players should arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the game. If the building is closed, the game may be cancelled or moved to another venue. If a Director cannot be present, the sanctioned game will be cancelled.
At least one member of every partnership must keep a scorecard for every game.
Members are expected to pay their game fee prior to the beginning of the game. Non-members may play but must pay an additional fee recommended by the Board. Guests may play free the first time they visit the Club. The Treasurer will keep a list of all active members.
The Club requires at least 2 ½ tables for a game to be considered sanctioned. In the event that there are not at least 2 ½ tables, no fees will be collected. Those in attendance may elect to have a non-sanctioned game.
Directors will be paid an amount approved by the membership.
The Club Manager and the Assistant Manager will pay to play.
The Club will abide by the ACBL policy of Zero Tolerance regarding behavior during play. See a full description at www.ACBL.org.