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|(Revised: October, 2000)|
NAME: The name of this organization is the Correspondence Chess League of America, hereafter referred to as CCLA, or the League.
PURPOSE: CCLA is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and develop correspondence chess and conduct chess competitions.
MEMBERSHIP: Any chess player residing in the United States its possessions, or Canada shall be eligible for full membership in this organization, subject to such regulations as may be provided by this Constitution or the Bylaws of the League. Chess players residing elsewhere may be eligible for limited membership rights if so provided by the Bylaws of the League.
ORGANIZATION: All executive and administrative functions of the League shall be vested in a Board of
Directors, hereinafter referred to as the Board, to be composed of the League's Officers and Directors. The Board shall consist of eight (8)
Directors and any elected Officers who are not also directors. All Board members must remain CCLA members during their terms of office, or
relinquish their Board positions. Paid staff personnel may not be members of the Board. No Board member may be an officer, employee, or
have any investment in a competing correspondence chess organization, except the U. S. Chess Federation, the International Correspondence
Chess Federation, or any association of which CCLA is a member.
ELECTIONS: The Directors shall be elected by the membership at large for a term of four calendar years
and their tenure shall be so divided that only four Directors are elected in any one calendar year.
AMENDMENT: Amendment of this Constitution shall require an affirmative vote by the membership at large, as provided under Article VIII of this Constitution. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the membership by the League President, upon direction of two-thirds of the Board, or upon petition signed by at least twenty-five (25) League members in good standing, including a majority of the Board.
BYLAWS: Certain Bylaws will be established, in addition to this Constitution, which will explain in more detail the operation of the League. Changes in the Bylaws can be made either by a two-thirds affirmative vote of all Board members, or by an affirmative vote by the membership at large upon petition signed by at least twenty-five (25) League members in good standing, including a majority of the Board.
VOTING: All votes taken, whether by the membership at large or the Board, will be decided by a majority of the votes cast, unless specifically stated otherwise in the Constitution or Bylaws.
RATIFICATION: This Constitution shall become effective upon affirmation by the League members in good standing as attested by the signatures hereto of the League Officers.
BYLAWS OF THE
|(Revised: July, 2006)|
1. Powers and Duties of Officers
a) PRESIDENT: The President shall be the Chairman and preside at all meetings of the Board and shall submit properly presented
motions to the Board for its deliberation and determination. He (she) shall perform such duties as may properly be assigned to the executive officer of the League.
He shall appoint a General Manager, Chairman and members of the Nominating Committee, Membership Director, League representative for its affiliation with the
International Correspondence Chess Federation, and any other appointments as may be authorized by the Board. All such appointments shall be subject to affirmation
by the Board. The President may also terminate the services of any such appointee, at his discretion, subject to the same affirmation by the Board, upon notification in
writing to the appointee of his intention to do so.
b) VICE PRESIDENT: The Vice President shall act as administrative assistant to the President. He (she) shall temporarily assume the duties of the President in the event of his absence or disability for a period not exceeding 90 days. If the President resigns or does not properly perform his duties for a period longer than 90 days, the Board is empowered to take appropriate action to elect a replacement.
c) SECRETARY-TREASURER: The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep full and correct minutes of all meetings of the Board, shall receive and
record the votes of the members of the Board on any measure presented to it for voting, and shall announce the results of such voting to each Board member, specifying
the manner in which each voted. He (she) shall have custody of all books, papers, money, and property of the League, except those in custody of the General Manager and
his staff. All properties of the League shall, however, be submitted to the President or his designated representative at whatever time and place the Board may specify.
cooperation of the General Manager, he shall keep accurate records of all receipts and disbursements and shall prepare such financial statements as the President or the Board may direct. With the approval of the Board, he may delegate some or all of these duties to the General Manager, subject to such restrictions or procedures as the Board may direct.
d) BOARD MEMBERS: All Board members, with the exception of the President, will be assigned membership in one or more standing committees, as prescribed by Board action, and active participation on at least one committee will be a condition of their holding positions on the Board. Board members will be expected to vote on ballots submitted for their review and failure to exercise this franchise and maintain an active presence on the Board can lead to dismissal from the Board. Such dismissal would require a two-thirds affirmative vote of the entire Board.
2. Headquarters Staff
The Headquarters Staff shall be under the jurisdiction of the General Manager and shall include the Tournament Director, Games Recorder, Ratings
Statistician, Time Control officer, Editor of the League magazine, and office personnel. The tenure of the General Manager shall be continuous until vacated by death,
resignation, or disposition by vote of the Board. The tenure of the members of the Headquarters Staff shall be at the pleasure of the General Manager.
3. Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee, hereinafter referred to as the Committee, will consist of a Chairman and two members. They shall be appointed by the
President, subject to approval by the Board. No member of the Committee shall be an Officer, Director, employee of CCLA, or a candidate for office. The Committee shall be
appointed prior to February 1 of every even numbered year for two year terms, which may be renewed by the President, at his discretion, subject to Board approval.
4. League Magazine
The official magazine of the League will be The Chess Correspondent, which will be published at the discretion of the Board, but not less than
four times per year.
5. International Chess
CCLA shall support organized international correspondence chess through its affiliation with the International Correspondence Chess Federation or in association with other chess organizations in the United States as approved by the Board.
6. Dues and Fees
All CCLA membership dues and tournament fees shall be payable in advance and shall be determined by the Board. All dues and fees are subject to
change at any time. All classes and types of memberships will be established and approved by the Board and are subject to change. No person shall be allowed to develop a debit
balance with CCLA.
7. Membership Requirements
At the discretion of the Board, membership in CCLA is required of all persons participating in CCLA sponsored tournaments and matches and such
membership must be maintained during the period play is in progress. Failure to renew a membership within 90 days of its renewal date shall be grounds for termination of
membership within the meaning of this Bylaw. A player may be barred from membership in CCLA or from participating in any tournaments or matches if his or her conduct is
deemed a detriment to CCLA and its members, upon recommendation by the General Manager, ratified by a two-thirds majority of the Board.
8. Board Procedure
The President shall set a deadline for voting on any measure, except those set by the Constitution or Bylaws. The President shall interpret the Bylaws
and the Constitution in their application to League affairs, subject to appeal by any Board member to the Board as a whole, whose decision shall be final.