Rotary Club of Augusta Bylaws
Article 1 Name
The name of this club shall be the ROTARY CLUB OF AUGUSTA.
Article 2 Board
The governing body of this club shall be the board consisting of four directors elected in accordance with Article 3, Section 1, of these bylaws, the president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, and the immediate past president.
Article 3 Election of Directors and Officers
Section 1 - At a regular meeting of the Members at least one month prior to the meeting for election of officers, the presiding officer shall ask for nominations by Members of the club for president-elect, secretary, treasurer, and four directors. The nominations duly made shall be voted for at the annual meeting. The candidates for president-elect, secretary, and treasurer receiving a majority of the votes shall be declared elected to their respective offices. The candidates for each director position receiving a majority of the votes for that position shall be declared elected as directors. The officers and directors so elected shall assume office and the president-elect shall assume the office of president on the first day of July immediately following that year.
Section 2 - The officers and directors, so elected, together with the immediate past president shall constitute the board. Within one week after his or her election, the president shall appoint some Member of the club to act as sergeant-at-arms, whose duties shall be such as are usually prescribed for such office and other duties as may be prescribed by the president or the board. The sergeant-at-arms shall not be an officer or director.
Section 3 - A vacancy on the board or in any office shall be filled by action of the remaining directors.
Article 4 Duties of Officers
Section 1 - President. It shall be the duty of the president to preside at meetings of the club and the board and to perform other duties as ordinarily pertain to the office of president.
Section2 – President-elect. It shall be the duty of the president-elect to serve as a director and to perform such duties as may en prescribed by the president or the board.
Section 3 - Secretary. It shall be the duty of the secretary to keep Membership records; record attendance at meetings; send out notices of club, board and committee meetings; record and preserve the minutes of such meetings; report as required to Rotary International (“RI”), including the semiannual reports of Membership on 1 January and 1 July of each year, and prorated reports on 1 October and 1 April of each active Member who has been elected to Membership in the club since the start of the July or January semiannual reporting period, report changes in Membership; provide the monthly attendance report, which shall be made to the district governor within 15 days of the last meeting of the month; collect and remit RI official magazine subscriptions; and perform other duties as usually pertain to the office of secretary.
Section 4 - Treasurer. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to have custody of all funds, accounting for it to the club annually and at any other time upon demand by the board, and to perform other duties as pertains to the office of treasurer. Upon retirement from office, the treasurer shall turn over to the incoming treasurer or to the president all funds, books of accounts, or any other club property.
Article 5 Meetings
Section 1 - Annual Meeting. An annual meeting of this club shall be held on a date and at a time and place specified by the board.
Section 2 - The regular weekly meetings of this club shall be held on Monday at noon, unless otherwise prescribed by the board. Due notice of any changes in or canceling of the regular meeting shall be given to all Members of the club. All Members excepting an honorary Member (or Member excused pursuant to article 8, sections 3 and 4 of the standard Rotary club constitution) in good standing in this club, on the day of the regular meeting, must be counted as present or absent, and attendance must be evidenced by the Member’s being present for at least sixty (60) percent of the time devoted to the regular meeting, either at this club or at any other Rotary club, or as otherwise provided in the standard Rotary club constitution, article 8, sections 1 and 2.
Section 3 - One-third of the Membership shall constitute a quorum at the annual and regular meetings of the club
Section 4 - Regular meetings of the board shall be held monthly unless otherwise prescribed by the board. Special meetings of the board may be called by the president, whenever deemed necessary, or upon the request of two (2) directors, due notice having been given.
Section 5 - A majority of the directors shall constitute a quorum of the board.
Article 6 Dues
The Membership dues shall be established by the board, payable quarterly.
Article 7 Method of Voting
The business of this club shall be transacted by voice vote unless otherwise specified by the Board.
Article 8 Four Avenues of Service
The four Avenues of Service are the philosophical and practical framework for the work of this Rotary club. They are Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, and International Service. This club will be active in each of the four Avenues of Service.
Article 9 Committees
(a) The president shall, subject to the approval of the board, appoint the following standing committees:
Club Service committee
Vocational Service committee
Community Service committee
International Service committee
(b) The president shall, subject to the approval of the board, also appoint such committees on particular phases of club service, vocational service, community service, and international service as deemed necessary.
(c) The club service committee, vocational service committee, community service committee, and international service committee shall each consist of a chairman, who shall be named by the president from the Membership of the board, and not less than two (2) other Members.
(d) The president shall be ex officio a Member of all committees and, as such, shall have all the privileges of Membership thereof.
(e) Each committee shall transact such business as is delegated to it in the bylaws and such additional business as may be referred to it by the president or the board. Except where special authority is given by the board, such committees shall not take action until a report has been made to the board and approved by the board.
(f) The president may appoint one or more committees dealing with various aspects of youth activities, which, depending on their respective responsibilities, may be under any, or all, of the vocational service, community service, or international service committee. Where feasible and practicable in the appointment of such committees, there should be provision for continuity of Membership, either by appointing one or more Members for a second term or by appointing one or more Members to a two-year term.
Section 2 - Club Service Committee.
(a) The chairman of the club service committee shall be responsible for all club service activities and shall supervise and coordinate the work of all committees appointed on particular phases of club service.
(b) The club service committee shall consist of the chairman of the club service committee and the chairmen of all committees appointed on particular phases of club service.
(c) The president shall, subject to the approval of the board, appoint the following committees on particular phases of club service:
Club bulletin committee
Membership development committee
Public relationship committee
Appoint one Member each year to the following committees:
Rotary information committee
(d) The president shall appoint the president-elect or vice president to oversee and coordinate the work of the classifications, Membership, Membership development, and Rotary information committees.
(e) Where feasible and practicable in the appointment of club committees, there should be provision for continuity of Membership, either by appointing one or more Members for a second term or by appointing one or more Members to a two-year term.
(f) The classifications and Rotary information committees shall each consist of three (3) Members, one Member of each committee to be appointed each year for a term of three (3) years. The first appointments made under this provision shall be as follows: one Member for a term of one year; one Member for a term of two (2) years; one Member for a term of three (3) years.
Section 3 - Community Service Committee
(a) The chairman of the community service committee shall be responsible for all community service activities and shall supervise and coordinate the work of all committees appointed on particular phases of community service.
(b) The community service committee shall consist of the chairman of the community service committee and the chairmen of all committees appointed on particular phases of community service.
(c) The president shall, subject to the approval of the board, appoint the following committees on particular phases of community service:
Human development committee
Community development committee
Environmental protection committee
Partners in service committee
Article 10 Duties of Committees
Section 1 - Club Service Committee. This committee shall devise and carry into effect plans which will guide and assist the Members of this club in discharging their responsibilities in matters relating to club service. The chairman of the club service committee shall be responsible for regular meetings of the committee and shall report to the board on all club service activities.
(a) Attendance Committee. This committee shall devise means for encouraging attendance at all Rotary meetings - including attendance at district conferences, intercity meetings, regional conferences, and international conventions by all club Members. This committee shall especially encourage attendance at regular meetings of this club and attendance at regular meetings of other clubs when unable to attend meetings of this club; keep all Members informed on attendance requirements; promote better incentives for good attendance; and seek to ascertain and remove the conditions that contribute to unsatisfactory attendance.
(b) Classifications Committee. This committee shall review where necessary, existing classifications represented in the club; and shall counsel with the board on all classification problems.
(c) Club Bulletin Committee. This committee shall endeavor, through the publishing of a weekly club bulletin, to stimulate interest and improve attendance, announce the program of the forthcoming meeting, relate highlights of the previous meeting, promote fellowship, contribute to the Rotary education of all Members, and report news of the club, of its Members, and of the worldwide Rotary program.
(d) Fellowship Activities Committee. This committee shall promote acquaintance and friendship among the Members, promote participation by Members in organized Rotary recreational and social activities, and do such work in pursuance of the general object of the club as may be assigned by the president of the board.
(e) Membership Committee. This committee shall consider all proposals for Membership from the personal side and shall thoroughly investigate the character, business, social and community standing, and general eligibility of all persons proposed for Membership and shall report their decisions on all applications to the board.
(f) Membership Development Committee. This committee shall review continually the club roster and shall take positive action to initiate and present to the board the names of suitable persons to become members.
(g) Program Committee. This committee shall prepare and arrange the programs for the regular and special meetings of the club.
(h) Public Relations Committee. This committee shall devise and carry into effect plans (1) to give the public general information about Rotary, its history, object and scope; and (2) to secure property publicity for the club.
(i) Rotary Information Committee. This committee shall inform prospective Members about the privileges and responsibilities of Rotary club Membership; keep Members informed about the history, object, and activities of Rotary at all levels; and oversee the orientation of new Members during their first year in the club.
Section 2 - Vocational Service Committee. This committee shall devise and carry into effect plans which will guide and assist the Members of this club in discharging their responsibilities in their vocational relationships and in improving the general standards of practice in their respective vocations. The chairman of this committee shall be responsible for the vocational service activities of the club and shall supervise and coordinate the work of any committees that may be appointed on particular phases of vocational service.
Section 3 - Community Service Committee. This committee shall devise and carry into effect plans which will guide and assist the Members of this club in discharging their responsibilities in their community relationships. The chairman of this committee shall be responsible for the community service activities of the club and shall supervise and coordinate the work of any committee that may be appointed on particular phases of community service.
Section 4 – International Service Committee. This committee shall devise and carry into effect plans which will guide and assist the Members of this club in discharging their responsibilities in matters relating to international service. The chairman of this committee shall be responsible for the international service activities of the club and shall supervise and coordinate the work of any committees that may be appointed on particular phases of international service.
Article 11 Leave of Absence
Upon written application to the board, setting forth good and sufficient medical or personal cause, leave of absence may be granted excusing a Member from personally attending the meetings of the club for a specified length of time.
Article 12 Finances
Section 1 – The treasurer shall deposit all funds of the club in some bank to be named by the board.
Section 2 – All bills shall be paid only by checks signed or approved by the treasurer or, in the event of the treasurer’s unavailability, by any other officer. A thorough audit by a certified public accountant or other qualified person shall be made once each year of all the club’s financial transactions.
Section 3 – Officers having charge or control of funds shall give bond as may be required by the board for the safe custody of the funds of the club, cost of bond to be borne by the club.
Section 4 – The fiscal year of this club shall extend from 1 July to 30 June.
Section 5 – At the beginning of each fiscal year the board shall prepare or cause to be prepared a budget of estimated income and estimated expenditures for the year, which, having been agreed to by the board, shall stand as the limit of expenditures for the respective purposes unless otherwise ordered by action of the board.
Article 13 Method of Electing Members
Section 1 – The name of a prospective Member, proposed by an active Member of the club, shall be submitted to the board in writing, through the club secretary and published in the Club Bulletin or as otherwise determined by the Board to the general Membership for written objections, if any, within ten days following publication. A transferring or former Member of another club may be proposed to active Membership by the former club. Any proposal for Membership shall be kept confidential except as otherwise provided in this procedure.
Section 2 – The board shall ensure that the proposal meets all the classification and membership requirements of the club constitution.
Section 3 – The board shall approve or disapprove the proposal within 60 days of its submission and shall notify the proposer through the club secretary of its decision.
Section 4 – If the decision of the board is favorable, the prospective Member shall be informed of the purposes of Rotary and of the privileges and responsibilities of Membership, following which the prospective Member shall be requested to sign the Membership proposal form and shall be considered to be elected to Membership
Section 5 – Following the election, the president shall arrange for the induction of the new Member; the club secretary shall issue a Membership card and shall report the new Member to RI; and the Rotary information committee shall provide appropriate literature for presentation at the induction and assign a Member to assist in the assimilation of the new Member.
Article 14 Resolutions
No resolution or motion to commit this club on any matter shall be considered by the club until it has been considered by the board. Such resolutions or motions, if offered at a club meeting, shall be referred to the board without discussion.
Article 15 Order of Business
Meeting called to order.
Introduction of visiting Rotarians.
Correspondence and announcements.
Committee reports if any.
Any unfinished business.
Any new business.
Address or other program features.
Article 16 Amendments
These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Members, a quorum being present, by a two-thirds vote of all Members present, provided that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been mailed to each Member at least ten (10) day before such meeting. No amendment or addition to these bylaws can be made which is not in harmony with the constitution and bylaws of RI.