ILLINOIS USBC BA BYLAWS
Article I - Name

The association is chartered by the United States Bowling Congress. The name of the organization is the Illinois USBC BA.

Article II - Nonprofit Corporation and Charter

Section A.  Nonprofit Corporation

The association is organized as a nonprofit corporation and operates consistent with the requirements of an organization classified as tax exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).

 

Section B.  Charter

The association shall be chartered by USBC and subject to its authority. To maintain its charter, the association must:

    I. Provide services for the Illinois Local BA'S.

    2. Adopt bylaws approved by USBC.

    3. Not enact any bylaws or rules inconsistent with USBC's bylaws.

Article III - Purpose

The purposes of the association as stated in the Articles of Incorporation, include, but are not limited to:
    1. Providing equal opportunity for all in the sport of bowling without regard to race,
        religion, age, gender, disability, or national origin.
    2. Promoting the game of American Tenpins.
    3. Conducting and supporting bowling competition.

    4. Engaging in any other activities permitted by an organization classified as tax
         exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRC                                    

Article IV - Membership and Dues

Individuals who have obtained USBC and local association membership, in accordance with USBC and local association bylaws, become members of this association through payment of applicable annual state dues, if any.  The delegates, by two-thirds vote, determine and adopt adult dues, if any. 

 

The Board may waive all or part of state dues for:

    1. Members of other USBC associations having a reciprocal agreement with the association.

    2. Other groups, such as, seniors, etc., as determined by the board.  The association cannot charge
        additional non-dues assessments.

Article V - Board of Directors - Management

Section A.  Board Composition, Authority and Duties

The management and governance of the association is vested in the board of directors. The number of directors is determined by the Illinois Local BA Delegates.
The number of directors will be reduced to two (2) per district, thru the process of not filling
vacant director positions, and/or attrition.  Note:  Districts with more than two (2) Directors
as of November 1, 2014, will continue with their number until such time as their current Director either advances to a higher office, resigns or removed from the board for cause.

           

The board shall not engage in any acts constituting a conflict of interest. The board's duties include but are not limited to:

    1. Enforcing the bylaws.

    2. Complying with the USBC Association Policy Manual.

    3. Conducting championship level competition for its membership constituency, the
        Illinois Local BA'S.

    4. Providing education, training, evaluations, recognition and other services as
        determined by USBC.
       5. Implementing USBC programs.
       6. Selecting/appointing and evaluating the performance of the Association  Manager.
       7. Approving use of membership records.

Section B.  Eligibility

A candidate for the board must be:
 1. A USBC member in good standing of the association at the time of election and throughout their term.
   

 

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2. Elected or appointed without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, national origin, or age,
    other than the minimum age of 14 years, unless state laws mandate a specific age and be reasonably
    representative of the membership.
    a. Any member of the board authorized to sign contracts or acting as a signatory on
        association accounts must be a minimum age of 18.
    b. A maximum of three bowling center proprietors may serve on the board at one time. A proprietor is an individual who is the owner, partner, or corporate officer of a bowling center or group of  bowling centers.
    Excluded from the definition of proprietor is an individual who owns 25 percent or less of the equity
    shares, or who is inactive in the management of the bowling center and remains so during a term as an officer or director.  Additional eligibility requirements, if any, will be developed by the Nominating
    Committee to be approved by the Illinois Local BA delegates.

Section C.  Election of Directors

Directors are elected by a majority vote* of the Illinois Local BA Delegates present and voting, from:

            1. A slate provided by the Nominating Committee.

            2. Nominations from the floor. Qualifications must be submitted to the Nominating Committee at least 24 hours prior to the opening of the Annual Meeting.

              Voting will be by ballot if more than one nominee for each position.

*If a majority vote is not reached on the first ballot, the candidate receiving the lowest vote total is dropped and balloting continues until a candidate receives a majority vote.

Section D.  Term

Section E.  Resignation, Removal, and Vacancies
    1. Resignation. A board member may resign from the board of directors by providing written
         notice of resignation to the president or, in the case of the president, to the board.

    2. Removal for Ineligibility. A board member who is no longer eligible to serve on the
        board may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the board when a quorum present.
    3.  Removal for Cause. When a board member is accused, in writing, of failure to properly
         perform the duties of their office or otherwise engaging in improper or removal procedures
         in the Suspension and Reinstatement Chapter.  An appeal may be filed with USBC within 15
         days of the removal. Two-thirds written consent of the full board is required to seek re-
         election and/or reappointment to the board.
    4.  Vacancies. Vacancies in positions on the board are filled for the un-expired portion of each
         term as follows:

       a. The president, with board approval shall fill vacancies in director positions.

       b. The board fills vacancies in officer positions.

 

Article VI - Officers

Section A.  President and Vice President

    The officers of this association shall include a president and three (3) vice presidents.

Section B.  Election

   To be considered for election to president, that person shall have served as a vice president of
   the IBA and/or IUSBC BA, for at least one term.  Also, to be considered for the position of vice
   president, that person shall have served as a member of the IBA and/or IUSBC BA board of
   directors for at least one term.

 

Officers are elected by a majority vote* of the Illinois Local BA Delegates, present, and voting, from:

1. A slate provided by the Nominating Committee.

    2. Nominations from the floor. Qualifications must be submitted to the Nominating
          Committee at least 24 hours prior to the opening of the annual meeting.

          Voting will be by ballot if more than one nominee for each position.

       *If a majority vote is not reached on the first ballot, the candidate receiving the
         lowest vote total is dropped and balloting continues until a candidate receives a
         majority vote.

Section C.  Term
   The term for Director is two (2) years.  The number of terms allowed is five (5). Note:  IUSBC BA Directors as of October 31, 2014 are grand-fathered with ten (10) terms, if they are re-elected as
Director as their term expires.
 

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The term for President is one (1) year.  The number of terms allowed, two (2). 
The term for a Vice President would be two (2) years, with the number of terms, four (4).

Section D.  Authority and Duties

   1. President

       a. Presides at all meetings.

       b. Acts as spokesperson for the association.

       c. Serves as the liaison to the state proprietor’s association, if applicable.

      d. Appoints committees, except nominating, with board approval
Note: All committees should be composed of both board members and non-board members.
2.  Vice President

     a.   Presides at all meetings when the president is absent.

     b. Performs other duties as prescribed by the board or requested by the president.
3. Association Manager

     a. Selected/appointed by and accountable to the board.

     b.  Acts as the ex officio voting secretary/treasurer of the board or such other officer designation as
          required by law and determined by the board.
     c.  Responsible for other duties as prescribed by the board and in the USBA Association Policy
Manual.

Article VII - Meetings

Section A.  Annual Meeting

   An Annual Meeting of the Illinois Local BA delegates/alternates shall be held at a time and place
   approved by the board of directors.
   Attendance is open to all members. *Voting officers, directors, delegates/alternates and must be at
   least 14 years of age, unless state laws mandate a specific age.

 

1. The association invites all associations, delegates and Youth Representatives within its jurisdiction, as
    follows:
   a. All Illinois Local BA's.
   b. Delegates/alternates.  Defined as members, at least 14 years of age, unless state laws mandate a
       specific age, who are elected by chartered local associations as follows:
     

Each local association shall be entitled to one (1) delegate, or alternate, for each 500 bowlers
or major fraction thereof based on the membership of all its certified leagues for the previous
season.  Local associations with less than 250 members shall be entitled to one (1) delegate
and alternate.


1)  Only adult membership will be used to determine the number of adult delegates and alternates an association is entitled to send to the USBC state annual meeting.

A local association is not eligible to send delegates or Youth Representatives/alternates if it is declared delinquent or USBC has revoked its charter.

Note: An association that has not processed dues for the current season shall be considered delinquent.

 

c. Credentials. Credentials are forwarded to the state association at least ten (10) days prior to the opening of the annual meeting.


2. Voice and Vote

      a. Illinois BA Delegates, voting officers and directors of the association, at least 14
            years of age, unless state laws mandate a specific age, have voice and vote.

            Other members may attend with voice only.  Absentee and proxy voting are not allowed.

   3. Responsibilities

      a. Illinois BA Delegates shall:

         1) Adopt bylaws.

         2) Adopt state adult dues, up to the established maximum.

         3) Elect officers and directors to the board.

         4) Elect one delegate and one alternate to the USBC Annual Meeting.

   4. Meeting Notice

          Written notice of the meeting shall be forwarded to the board and:

 

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 a. Illinois local BA delegates, at least 15 days prior to the annual meeting.
Special meetings may be called by the president or upon written request of a least three board members.
   5.  Quorum.  Nineteen (19) Illinois Local BA Delegates constitute a Quorum. 
   6.  Action.  A majority vote of delegates, officers and directors present and voting, at properly noticed

        meeting, when a quorum has been established, is required to take action, unless otherwise provided by law or these bylaws.

        Election of officers and directors requires a majority vote. Election of delegates and alternates

        requires a plurality vote. Absentee and proxy voting are not allowed.

 

Section B.  Board Meeting

   The board shall meet at least annually. Special meetings may be held upon the request of any board
   member if a majority of the board approves.

1. Notice. Written notice for all regular and special meetings shall be forwarded to the board at least 15
    days prior to the meeting.
2. Ten (10) board members constitute a Quorum. 
3. Action.  Majority vote of the officers and directors, present and voting, at properly noticed meeting,
    when a quorum has been established, is required to take action unless otherwise provided by law or
    these bylaws.  The association does allow the board to vote via mail, email or teleconference.

 

Section C.  Parliamentary Procedure

The most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, shall govern all meetings.
                                                       Article VIII - Committees

Section A.  Standing Committees

The association shall have the following Standing Committees: Nominating and Finance.
   1.  Nominating Committee. The committee reviews candidates, prepares slates and publicizes criteria
        and procedures for elected positions for the board.

The Illinois BA Nominating Committee reviews candidates and prepares slates and publicizes criteria and procedures for the Illinois USBC BA delegate and alternate to the USBC annual meeting.
   2.  Finance Committee. The committee is responsible for reviewing and monitoring the annual budget

        and other financial matters.
Section B.  Other Committees. The president may establish other committees, with board approval.

 

Article IX - Delegate and Alternate to USBC Annual Meeting

A delegate and alternate to the USBC Annual Meeting are elected by plurality vote* of those Illinois Local BA delegates present and voting.

 

Section A.  Eligibility

Delegates and Alternates must be:

 

A delegate to the USBC annual meeting, must be either a current or past member of the IBA and/or the IUSBC BA board of directors.
    1. Elected by the Illinois Local USBC BA delegates
    2. At least 18 years of age.
    3. A USBC member in good standing of the association at the time of election and throughout their
        term.
If a member is elected to represent more than one association to attend the same meeting, the first election shall stand and any succeeding election shall be declared null and void.

Note: If the association's charter has been revoked they are ineligible to send delegates to the USBC Annual Meeting.

 

Section B.  Election

The delegate and alternate serve for one year, beginning August I, and are elected by:

   1. A slate provided by the Nominating Committee.

   2. Nominations from the floor. Qualifications must be submitted to the Nominating
       Committee at least 24 hours prior to the opening of the annual meeting.

 

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 3. Plurality vote*. The election shall be by ballot, except that a voice vote may be taken when
       the number of candidates does not exceed the number of position to be filled.

The election is to be held in compliance with the USBC Annual Meeting requirement.

 

Section C.  Vacancies

Vacancies in delegate positions are filled by the alternates in the order in which they were elected for the unexpired portion of each term. If a vacancy still exists, the president fills the vacant position by appointment.   The appointee must also meet the same eligibility requirements as elected positions.

A plurality vote is the largest number of votes cast for a given candidate. The candidate(s) receiving the most votes is (are) elected.

                                                   

Article X - Amendments

Section A.   Procedure

Any member of the association may submit proposed amendments to these bylaws. The state association bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote at any:
 

1.  Illinois BA delegate meeting, by the delegates, present and voting. The amendment must be:

        a. Submitted in writing to the Association Manager or president.
        b. Submitted at ninety (90) days to be set by the Illinois Local BA delegates, prior to the meeting
            when the association is considering the proposal. 

2.   Forwarded by the state association at least thirty (30) days before the meeting to
        a. Local Association Managers.
        b. Board of directors.

        c. Illinois Local BA delegates.

 

Section B.  Change in Dues
Forward a notice at least 15 days prior to the meeting at which the proposed change is considered to:

   1. Illinois Local BA delegates.

       The notice must:

         1. Be in writing.

         2. Specify the amount of the change.

         3. Specify the reason for the change forwarded in writing to each local association.

Section C.  Effective Date

All amendments are effective November I, following adoption, unless otherwise specified when adopted.


                                                      Article XI - Fiscal year

The fiscal year of this association is August 1 through July 31.

 

                                                            Article XII - Indemnification

Directors, Officers, and other authorized volunteers, employees or agents shall be indemnified against claims for personal and individual liability arising in connection with their positions or service on behalf of the association to the full extent permitted by law.