Jewish Men’s Clubs
March 24, 2002
April 29, 2007
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of the
organization shall be the “Seaboard Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s
Clubs,” otherwise known as the FJMC Seaboard Region” or “Seaboard Region.” It is a non-profit organization affiliated
with the international Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (“FJMC”).
ARTICLE II – PURPOSES
purpose of the FJMC Seaboard Region is to affiliate those Men’s Clubs or
Brotherhoods in the Regional Territory, as defined in Article IV, which meet
the membership requirements as set forth in Article III, and to provide
supportive services and programs to those Men’s Clubs or Brotherhoods that are
members of the Seaboard Region and affiliated with the Federation of Jewish
Seaboard Region shall also:
the policies, programs, and objectives of the FJMC on the regional and club
Conservative Judaism through social, educational, and religious activities and
programs in cooperation with the aims and purposes of the United Synagogue of
Conservative Judaism, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the
Rabbinical Assembly of America.
knowledge and appreciation of our Jewish heritage and assist in the
incorporation of these teachings into our daily lives.
programs and resources which will enrich the quality of Jewish life in the home
Jewish laity in preparation for leadership roles in their Men’s Clubs and
Brotherhoods, synagogues, community, and the Conservative Movement.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Any Men’s Club or
Brotherhood in agreement with the bylaws, purposes and regulations of the
Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs shall be eligible for membership in the
Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs and in the Seaboard Region.
ARTICLE IV – REGIONAL
The Seaboard Region
shall consist of those states, the District of Columbia, or such other areas as
may be designated from time to time by the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs.
ARTICLE V – EXECUTIVE BOARD
management and control of the Seaboard Region and its affairs shall be vested
in an Executive Board. The Executive
Board shall have full authority to take any action that does not conflict with
the bylaws, purposes and regulations of the Seaboard Region and of the
Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs.
Executive Board shall be comprised of a President, First Vice President, four
Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary, and the Immediate Past President.
President shall be limited to two two-year terms in that office. Individuals can serve a maximum of four
consecutive (five total) two-year terms in the other elective offices as set
out in this Article.
term of office for regional officers shall be from approximately June 1 until
May 31 in odd-numbered years, and the installation of such officers shall be
held as close to June 1 as practicable.
President shall serve as Chair of the meetings of the Executive Board. If the President is unable to attend, the
First Vice President shall serve as Chair.
duties of the members of the Executive Board shall be as their titles so
indicate and as stated in the description for each Officer, or as specified by
the Executive Board.
of the Executive Board shall take place at least quarterly, either in person or
via telephone conference call.
of a meeting must be sent by the President or First Vice President via first
class mail or e-mail at least seven days prior to the date on which the meeting
meetings of the Executive Board may be called by the President or by at least
three members of the Executive Board.
ARTICLE VI – BOARD OF
Executive Board shall be advised by a Board of Directors comprised of:
the current Presidents of Men’s Clubs and
Brotherhoods that are members of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs and of
the FJMC Seaboard Region, and
past Seaboard Region Presidents, and
than 10 men appointed by the president as district directors, committee chairs,
of the Seaboard Region Board of Directors shall be held at least once each
calendar year, either in person or via telephone conference call. The President of the Seaboard Region shall serve as Chair of the meetings
of the Board of Directors. If the
President is unable to attend, the First Vice President shall serve as Chair.
of a meeting of the Board of Directors must be sent by the President or First
Vice President via first class mail or e-mail to each member Men’s Club and
Brotherhood President and to each participating Past Regional President at
least seven days prior to the date on which the meeting is scheduled.
officers of each member Men’s Club and Brotherhood may attend an participate in
the deliberations of the FJMC Seaboard Region Board of Directors, but each
Men’s Club and Brotherhood President either must attend the meeting as the
official representative of his Men’s club or Brotherhood or must designate an
individual officer to serve as his official designee.
President of the Seaboard Region individually, or the Executive Board
collectively, may seek the advice of the Board of Directors on any topic or
issue at any time; however, the advice or decisions or directions of the Board
of Directors shall not be determinative nor shall they bind the actions of the
Executive Board in its management of the Seaboard Region.
ARTICLE VII – SELECTION OF
President shall appoint a Nominating Committee not later than November 1 of each
even-numbered year. The Nominating
Committee shall consist of the three immediate past regional presidents and two
additional members appointed by the president.
Members of the Nominating Committee shall not be eligible for election
to a regional office that year. If one
of the three most recent past presidents does not qualify or is unwilling to
serve, the president may appoint another past regional president. The most recent past regional president shall
serve as chair of the Nominating Committee.
Nominating Committee shall seek the written comments or views of the President
and First Vice President on potential candidates, and the committee may ask
potential candidates to submit written responses to questions before the
committee evaluates the character and qualifications of the candidates and
announces a proposed slate of nominees.
individual nominated to serve on the Seaboard Region Executive Board shall be a
member in good standing of a Men’s Club or Brotherhood affiliated and in good standing
with the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs and the Seaboard Region. No more than two individuals from a single
member Men’s Club or Brotherhood may be selected to serve on the Executive
Board at any one time.
Nominating Committee shall report its slate of nominees to the Executive Board
not later than March 15th of each odd numbered year, and the
election shall be held at a Board of Directors meeting. The members of the Board of Directors shall
vote from among the names on the slate and such others who might be nominated
from the floor. Voting must be in
person. A majority of those voting shall
suffice to elect an individual to an office.
event of a vacancy in any office, the President shall appoint an individual
qualified in accord with the criteria listed in paragraph 3 to serve for the
remainder of that term of office.
ARTICLE VIII – COMMITTEES
The Executive Board
may, by resolution, designate such standing committees for such purposes and
having such powers as it may determine, and the President shall designate such
special committees as he may deem appropriate and may appoint the chair and its
members of all such committees. The
President and Immediate Past President shall be ex-officio members of all
ARTICLE IX – BUDGET &
annual income and expense budget, and a comparison of the previous year’s
projected budget with the actual results shall be prepared by the Treasurer for
each fiscal year and shall be approved by the Executive Board before the start
of the fiscal year. The Treasurer of the
Seaboard Region shall give a financial report to the Executive Board at every
meeting of the Executive Board and to the Board of Directors at every meeting
of the Board of Directors.
fiscal year shall be September 1 – August 31.
ARTICLE X – REGIONAL
There shall be a
Regional Rabbinic Advisor selected from time to time by the Executive Board who
is a Rabbi of an affiliated Men’s Club or Brotherhood and a member of the
Rabbinical Assembly and of the Conservative Movement.
ARTICLE XI – AMENDMENTS
These bylaws may be
amended by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors present and
voting at any Board of Directors meeting, provided that any proposed bylaw
amendment shall be mailed by first class mail to each member of the Board of
Directors for his review at least seven calendar days in advance of the
ARTICLE XII – SUPERCESSION
Upon the adoption
of these bylaws by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors present
and voting at any Board of Directors meeting as per Article XII of the
Constitution of the Seaboard Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs
originally dated November 1, 1990, these bylaws shall take full force and
effect and shall supersede any and all FJMC Seaboard Region Constitutions or
Bylaws previously adopted.