JEWISH MEN’S CLUBS
UPDATED MAY 4,
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
The 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 Men's Clubs.
The Seaboard Region shall also:
A. Implement the policies, programs, and
objectives of the FJMC on the regional and club level.
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 or
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
ARTICLE IV – REGIONAL TERRITORY
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
The 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.
The Executive Board shall be comprised of a President,
President, four Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary, and the Immediate Past President.
The Executive Board shall be self-perpetuating, and its officers
shall be selected in accordance with Article VII. The
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 total in
the other elective offices as set out in this Article.
The term of office
of each member of the Executive Board for regional officers shall
be for two years, 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. June 1st of one
year to May 31st two years later. Terms shall run from odd number year to
odd number year.
The President shall serve as Chair of the meetings of the Executive
Board. If the President is unable to attend, the
Executive First Vice President shall serve as Chair.
The 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.
Meetings of the Executive Board shall take place at least
quarterly, either in person or via telephone conference call.
Notice 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 is
Special 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 DIRECTORS
The 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
all past Seaboard Region Presidents.
No more than 10 men
appointed by the president as district directors, committee chairs, or
Meetings 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
Vice President shall serve as Chair.
Notice of a meeting of the Board of Directors
must be sent by the President or
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.
All officers of each member Men’s Club and
Brotherhood may attend and 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.
The 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
ARTICLE VII – SELECTION OF OFFICERS
The President shall appoint a Nominating
Committee not later than
March 1st of each odd-November 1 of each even-numbered year. The
Nominating Committee shall consist of the President, Executive Vice
President, Immediate Past President, and one other member of the Executive
Board immediate past three 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.
The Nominating Committee shall seek
nominees for each position and perform appropriate due diligence on their 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.
No member of the Executive Board may
be selected for the same office more than two consecutive times (three
consecutive terms total).
Each 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 full
Executive Board not later than April March
15th of each odd numbered year, and the election
shall be held at a Board of Directors meeting. 5) The members Executive
of the Board
of Directors shall
vote from among the names on the slate of
officers either in person, via first class mail, or via e-mail, and a majority
vote of the Executive Board and such others who
might be nominated from the floor. Voting must be in person. A majority of
those voting shall suffice to elect the slate or any an individual
on the slate to an office.
In the 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 committees.
ARTICLE IX – BUDGET & FISCAL YEAR
An 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
at its first meeting of each 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.
The fiscal year shall be September 1st – August
ARTICLE X – REGIONAL RABBINIC ADVISOR
There shall be a Regional Rabbinic Advisor selected
from time to time by the Executive Board who is the Rabbi of an affiliated
Men's Club or Brotherhood and a member of the Rabbinical Assembly and of the
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 or e-mail to each member of the Board of Directors for his review at
least seven calendar days in advance of the meeting.
ARTICLE XII – SUPERCESION & EFFECT
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 supercede any and
all FJMC Seaboard Region Constitutions or Bylaws previously adopted.