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BYLAWS OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY BRIDGE ASSOCIATION
(ACBL Unit #133)
August 28th, 2000 version
ARTICLE I. Name and Purpose.
The name of this organization (Unit) shall be The Lehigh Valley Bridge Association
The LVBA is a Unit of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and is
subject to the Bylaws and Regulations of ACBL and the District to which it is
The purpose of the Unit is:
... To preserve and promote the best interests of and to stimulate interest in the art of playing competitive duplicate contract bridge and any modification(s) thereof;
... To cooperate with ACBL in the promotion and conduct of bridge tournaments;
... To encourage the highest standards of conduct and ethics by our members, and to enforce such standards;
... To promote the development and organization of clubs affiliated with the Unit;
... To cooperate in the ACBL's Charity Program, and to sponsor and conduct charity events with the objective of raising funds to be devoted to worthy humanitarian causes;
... To conduct such other activities as may be in keeping with its principal objectives.
ARTICLE II. Membership.
Membership in the Unit shall be open to all members of ACBL in good standing who reside in the geographic area assigned to the Unit by the ACBL or as otherwise designated by the ACBL. No person shall be denied membership because of race, color or creed.
ACBL members in good standing who are not members of this Unit are welcome
to participate in activities sponsored by the Unit but may not vote or hold office in
the Unit, nor may they participate in the business activities of the Unit
Membership in good standing shall mean that the member shall have paid all
applicable ACBL fees and shall not be currently suspended or expelled from the
membership in accordance with ACBL or Unit regulations.
ARTICLE III. Officers and Duties.
The governing body of the Unit shall be a Board of Directors which shall consist of
an elected President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and not exceeding
eighteen (18) other Directors at Large, the number to be determined by the Board of
Directors. The Board of Directors may elect additional Directors at any time subject
to the maximum limit.
Members of the Board of Directors shall hold office from their election until the next
Annual Membership Meeting. New Directors shall assume office immediately upon
completion of the election.
Any vacancy in the Board of Directors due to death, resignation or other causes shall
be filled by the Board of Directors.
Failure to attend two (2) consecutive regularly scheduled Board Meetings without
excuse may be considered to be adequate reason for removal as a Director.
The President shall be the chief executive officer and shall preside over all Board of
Directors meetings, shall be the chief liaison with other Units, the District and the
ACBL, shall have check signing powers together with the Treasurer, and shall be a
member ex-officio of all committees excluding the Nominating Committee.
The Vice President shall serve as chief executive officer in the absence or inability to
serve of the President and shall provide such assistance as the President designates.
The Secretary shall record and distribute minutes of all Board of Directors
Meetings and Membership Meetings and shall undertake such correspondence as
The Treasurer shall be responsible for all financial matters of the Unit and shall
submit regular financial reports to the Board of Directors. Such financial reports shall
contain schedules of all income, expenses and funds under the control of the Unit.
The Treasurer shall permit the Board of Directors to review any and all records
relating to the Unit finances, given a minimum of two (2) weeks notice. The
Treasure shall be a member ex-officio of all committees involving expenditure of
Following the Annual Membership Meeting, the Board shall elect one of the
Directors at Large to the position of Tournament Chairman, responsible for Unit
The Unit shall have an Executive Committee consisting of the President,
Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Tournament Chairman. The Executive Committee shall have the power to act for the Board between all Board meetings and must report all actions taken for subsequent Board approval.
The duties of Board members other than the specific elected officers shall be as designated by the Board of Directors.
In addition to the powers herein granted by other provisions hereof and by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Unit Board of Directors shall have powers and duties involving but not limited to:
A. The conduct, management, supervision and control of the Unit;
B. The conduct of all Unit tournaments including selection of dates, locations and
the making all contracts in connection therewith;
C. The employment and discharging of employees, the retention of independent
contractors and the supervision of their conduct and fixing of their compensation;
D. The censure, suspension, expelling or otherwise disciplining of any Unit member
in accordance with the rules and regulations of the ACBL.
ARTICLE IV. Committees and Special Appointees.
The Board shall appoint such committees as may be necessary to perform the
functions of the Unit. Standing Committees shall be appointed with the approval of
the Board of Directors. Membership in any committee shall expire at the end of the
appointing Boards' current term.
The Board of Directors shall elect an Editor responsible for Unit publications.
The Board of Directors shall elect District Representatives in accordance with
ARTICLE V. Meetings.
An Annual Membership Meeting shall be held on a date set by the Board of
Directors, normally in November or December, for the purposes of reporting Unit
operations, the awarding of trophies and the election of a new Board of Directors.
Special Membership Meetings may be called at any time to consider specific
subject matters. Such Special Membership Meetings may be called by the President,
by the Board of Directors or by petition signed by at least ten (10) Unit members. Notice of such Special Membership Meeting shall be given by mail to all members at least ten (10) days prior to such meeting or by posting and announcements at all club games twenty (20) days prior to such meeting; the notice shall include an agenda of the matter(s) to be taken up at said meeting; no other business except that noted on the agenda can be considered.
A quorum for the transaction of any Special Membership Meeting and of the Annual
Membership Meeting shall consist of at least twenty (20) Unit members including a
majority of the Board of Directors.
A quorum of the Unit Board of Directors tor the transaction of business shall consist
of no less than a majority of the Board members.
The Unit Board of Directors shall hold a minimum of four (4) meetings a year on
dates selected by the President or Board of Directors.
No proxies are permitted at any meeting.
ARTICLE VI. Elections.
No later than forty-five (45) days prior to the date of the Annual Membership
Meeting, the Board of Directors shall elect a Nominating Committee Chairman, who
must be a Board member other than the President. The Nominating Committee
Chairman shall select two (2) additional Unit members who are not members of the
Board to form a Nominating Committee.
The Nominating Committee shall develop a slate of recommended candidates for all
elected positions and deliver it to the Secretary no later than thirty (30) days prior to
the Annual Meeting.
Additional nominations may be made by petition signed and dated by at least ten
(10) Unit members in good standing. All such petitions must be delivered to the
Secretary and received no later than five (5) days prior to the Annual Membership
The Secretary shall arrange to have the slate of recommended candidates distributed
to and posted at all clubs and games no later than twenty(20) days prior to the
Voting shall take place at the Annual Membership Meeting. The candidates for
President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary who receive the highest number
of votes shall be considered elected. Candidates for Directors at Large, up to and
including the maximum number fixed by the Board shall be considered elected if
they receive a majority vote from those voting. Any and all ties shall be broken by a
ARTICLE VI. Removal of Officers.
1. Any Officer or Director may be removed for cause at any scheduled meeting of the Unit Board of Directors or a Special Membership Meetings called for that purpose. Such removal requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote of a quorum present. Any Officer or Director whose removal is sought shall be notified in writing of the charges against him at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting. He shall be given an opportunity to be heard before the Board of Directors and may be represented by counsel of his own choosing.
ARTICLE VIII. Amendments to the Bylaws.
1. Amendments to the Bylaws may be made by a petition signed by at least twenty (20) members of the Unit, submitted to the Secretary at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Meeting or any Special Membership Meeting called for the purpose or by a petition signed by at least eight (8) Board members. The Secretary shall incorporate the text of the proposed amendment(s) in the notice of the meeting. The concurrence of two-thirds of all members present and voting at the meeting shall be required to pass the amendment(s).
ARTICLE IX. Parliamentary Procedure and Rules of Order.
The rules contained in the most recent issue of Robert's Rules of Order, amended to allow the President to vote in all meetings, shall govern the Unit in all cases where they are applicable and not inconsistent with these Bylaws.
In any case where the Bylaws of this Unit are in conflict with those of the ACBL or its regulations, the conflicting portion of these Bylaws shall be considered void
without affecting any other part of these Bylaws.