Our goal is to promote chess in the Big Rapids area by creating a safe environment where members, regardless of experience or identity, can meet to learn about and play chess on a regular basis.
The following is a draft copy of the proposed bylaws.
Section 1: The name of the club shall be “Big Rapids Chess”.
Section 1: The purpose of Big Rapids Chess is to promote chess in the Big Rapids area by creating a safe environment where members, regardless of experience or identity, can meet to learn about and play chess on a regular basis.
Section 1: Big Rapids Chess shall be affiliated with the United States Chess Federation (USCF).
Section 1: Big Rapids Chess shall not be operated for profit. No part of its dues, contributions, assets or net income shall benefit any individual. Cash prizes, trophies, or other awards for chess events shall not be considered benefits under this article.
Section 1: Big Rapids Chess membership is open to all interested people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, national origin, political beliefs, or membership in the USCF subject to any qualifications (such as dues, entry fees and participation) required by the club officers.
Section 2: There shall be four types of membership in Big Rapids Chess - regular members, senior members, junior members, and associate members.
Section 3: Regular members
Section 4: Senior members
Section 5: Junior members
Section 6: Associate members
Section 7: Regular, senior, or junior members that fail to pay the annual Big Rapids Chess dues will be converted to associate memberships.
Section 1: The officers of the Big Rapids Chess board shall be President, Vice President, Treasurer, Communications Director, Scholastic Chess Director, and Collegiate Chess Director.
Section 2: The officers shall have the right to censure, suspend or expel a member for conduct unacceptable to the Big Rapids Chess board. Any permanent action taken against a member requires a simple majority vote by the officers.
Section 3: Duties of the President include:
Section 4: Duties of the Vice President include:
Section 5: Duties of the Treasurer include:
Section 6: Duties of the Communications Director include:
Section 7: Duties of the Scholastic Director include:
Section 8: Duties of the Collegiate Director include:
Section 1: Voting membership includes all junior, regular, and senior members that have paid their dues for the current year.
Section 2: The current Vice President becomes the sitting President in the following club year.
Section 3: Voting members may nominate themselves or other eligable members for the positions of Vice President, Treasurer, Communication Director, Scholastic Director, and Collegiate Director.
Section 4: The President, Vice President, and Treasurer must be either a regular or senior member.
Section 5: A electronic ballot of all valid nominations will be distributed to all voting members for a period of one week.
Section 6: Tied elections for any position will be resolved with an electronic run-off election.
Section 7: Elections shall take place during the first week of January each year.
Section 8: The terms of office are for one year and may are renewable.
Section 1: All club functions must be approved by the board.
Section 2: All club functions must be supervised and directed by a member of the board, or a person that the board has authorized.
Section 3: All club functions should be publicized online or in other media for at least one week beforehand.
Section 4: All club functions should be open for all participants, subject to payment of any requisite dues or fees, and other membership requirements.
Section 5: All USCF-rated functions should be published in Chess Life whenever possible.
Section 1: Big Rapids Chess may be dissolved with the unanimous approval of the club officers and a two-thirds majority vote by the club membership.
Section 2: In the event of dissolution the net assets of the club shall be distributed as follows:
Section 1: These Bylaws may be ratified or amended at any time by a majority vote of the club officers.