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BYLAWS OF THE SKAGIT VALLEY SOCCER REFEREE'S ASSOCIATIONpdf

ARTICLE I: NAME

1.01 This organization shall be known as the SKAGIT VALLEY SOCCER REFEREE'S ASSOCIATION (SVSRA), hereinafter referred as "Association" and shall be affiliated with and come under the jurisdiction of the State Referee Committee.

ARTICLE II: PURPOSES

2.01 PURPOSES. The general purposes for the Association shall be the promotion of the sport of soccer and of soccer refereeing.

2.02 SPECIFIC PURPOSES. Specific purposes of the Association shall be :

  1. The representation, control, promotion and teaching of soccer refereeing within the Association.
  2. The unification of all persons interested in refereeing the game of soccer in the Association.
  3. The maintenance of jurisdiction over soccer referees in the Association.
  4. The maintenance and protection of the interest of soccer and soccer refereeing in the Association
  5. The provision of means for members to improve the quality of soccer refereeing.
  6. The fostering of a spirit of pride, unity and cooperation among soccer referees.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

3.01 ACTIVE MEMBERS. The active membership of the Association shall consist of those persons resident in the State of Washington who are fully registered as Soccer Referees with the SVSRA and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and who agree to abide by the Articles, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations of the Association.

3.02 MEMBERSHIP DUES. The members may be assessed dues and fees from time to time as determined by vote of the membership at a properly scheduled meeting.

3.03 STATUS OF MEMBERSHIP. Membership in the Association shall be personal, shall not survive the death of any individual member and may not be transferred by any means.

3.04 TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP. Membership in the Association may be terminated for good cause shown by a two-thirds vote of the membership present at any general or specific meeting and upon thirty (30) days notice in writing to the member affected. At said meeting, the accused member shall be entitled to respond to the stated reasons and be heard in his own defense.

3.05 REFEREE REMOVED BY ANOTHER REFEREES' ASSOCIATION. Referees removed from membership in any other Soccer Referee's Association as a means of disciplinary action shall not be admitted to membership in the Association except by a Special Resolution.

ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS OF MEMBERS

4.01 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The annual general meeting of the SVSRA shall be held in the month of November. The time and place will be selected by the Board of Directors. All members shall be given notice in writing by the Secretary of the time, place, and agenda of the meeting at least ten (10) days before the meeting date.

4.02 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING. The SVSRA Board of Directors will meet a minimum of six (6) times per year to conduct the business outlined in Articles V and VII, herein. Regular Minutes will be prepared and published.

4.03 SPECIAL MEETINGS. Special meetings of the membership for any purpose or purposes may be called at any time by the President of the Association or by the Board of Directors, at such time and place as the President or the Board of Directors may prescribe.

4.04 ORDER OF BUSINESS. The order of business at all meetings shall be as follows:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Credentials
  3. Minutes
  4. Treasurer's Report
  5. Communications
  6. Officers' Report
  7. Unfinished Business
  8. Reports
  9. Proposals
  10. New Business
  11. General
  12. Election (Nov)
  13. Adjournments

4.05 NOTICE OF ANNUAL OR SPECIAL MEETINGS. Written or printed notices stating the date, place and hour of the meeting and, in case of a special meeting, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, shall be delivered not less than ten (10) days nor more than fifty (50) days before the date of the meeting, either personally or by mail, by or at the direction of the President or the Secretary, or the members calling the meeting, to each member entitled to vote at such meeting. If mailed, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States Mail, addressed to the member at his address as it appears in the records of the Association, with postage thereon prepaid.

4.06 QUORUM. A quorum shall consist of a minimum of 10 of the registered members entitled to cast a vote at any meeting. The vote of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast by the members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be necessary for the adoption of any matter voted upon by the members, except as otherwise provided herein.

4.07 VOTING BY PROXY PROHIBITED. At any membership meeting, voting by proxy shall not be allowed.

ARTICLE V. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

5.01 POWERS AND QUALIFICATIONS. The powers and qualifications and the affairs of the Association shall be managed by the Board of Directors, hereafter referred to as "The Board", which shall not be less than three or more than seven in number. Each Director shall be a resident of the Association.

5.02 DUTIES. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for conducting the business and administering the affairs of the Skagit Valley Soccer Referee's Association to include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Enforcing the Articles of Incorporation, by-laws, and Operating Procedures of the SVSRA;
  2. Approval or removal of SVSRA Standing Committee Chairpersons
  3. Sign orders on the treasury
  4. Strategic Planning

5.03 ELECTION AND COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The Board of Directors shall be composed of the following:

  1. The Officers of the Association who shall be elected by the members is provided herein.
  2. The Chapter Referee Assignor as appointed by the Board.

5.04 VOTING BY THE BOARD. Each member of the Board of Directors shall possess one vote in matters coming before the Board. All votes at meetings of the Board shall be cast in person. (Note: The Chapter Referee Assignor(s) is/are a non-voting member(s) of the Board. Voting by the President is permitted to break a tie vote).

5.05 QUORUM OF THE BOARD. A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The act of the majority of directors present at a meeting, at which a quorum is present, shall be the act of the Board of Directors. At any meeting of the Board of Directors at which a quorum is present, any business may be transacted and the Board may exercise all of its powers.

5.06 REGULAR MEETINGS OF THE BOARD. Notice of the time and place of the meeting shall be given to each member of the Board at a reasonable time before the date of said meeting. Minutes of all preceding meetings are kept by the Secretary and made available to Board or Association members upon request. Minutes from the preceding meeting will be read at each Board meeting unless waiver is approved.

5.07 SPECIAL MEETINGS OF THE BOARD. The Board of Directors shall hold special meetings for the management of the affairs of the Association whenever called by the President or Secretary or any two (2) or more Directors. At least ten (10) days notice to the members of the Board, of the time, place and reason for any special meetings shall be given.

5.08 BOARD MEETINGS TO BE OPEN TO ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP. All meetings of the Board of Directors shall be open to members of the Association.

5.09 LIABILITY OF BOARD MEMBERS. Each board member or officer now or hereafter serving the Association, and each person who, at the request of or on the behalf of the Association, is now serving or hereafter serves a board member or an officer of any other organization and the respective heirs, executors and administrators of each of them, shall be indemnified by the Association against all costs, expenses, judgments and liabilities, including attorneys' fees, reasonably incurred by or imposed upon them in connection with or resulting from any action, suit or proceeding, civil or criminal, in which he/she is or may be made a party by reason of his being or having been such board member or officer or by reaon of any action alleged to have been taken or omitted by him/her as board member or officer, whether or not he/she is a board member or officer at the time of incurring such costs, expenses, judgments and liabilities, except in relation to matters to which he/she shall be finally adjudged, without right of further appeal in such action, suit or proceedings, to have been liable for willful misconduct in the performance of his/her duty as such board member or officer. Such indemnification shall be made with respect to adjudication other than on the merits and shall extend to settlements and compromises. The foregoing right of indemnification shall not be exclusive of other rights to which such board member or officer may be entitled as a matter of law.

ARTICLE VI: OFFICERS

6.01 THE NUMBER OF OFFICERS. The Officers of the Association shall consist of at least a President, a secretary, a Treasurer, and one Director. The maximum number of Officers shall be seven consisting of the President, a First Vice-President, a Second Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer and two Directors.

6.02 ELECTION OF OFFICERS. All Officers of the Association shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present and eligible to vote at the annual meeting of the membership, as follows:

  1. Officers to be elected in ODD numbered years are:
    1. President
    2. First Vice-President
    3. Secretary
    4. Director 1
  2. Officers to be elected in EVEN numbered years are:
    1. Second Vice-President
    2. Treasurer
    3. Director 2

6.03 NOMINATION. The President may appoint a nominating committee each year to present a slate of nominees for Officers of the Association to the membership at the annual general meeting. Additional nominations may be received from the floor provided said nomination is seconded, that the nominee is present at the annual general meeting and consents to serve for the office nominated or is not present at the Annual General Meeting and consents in writing to serve for the office nominated.

6.04 ELECTION PROCEDURE.

  1. Prior to each election, the President shall appoint a person who is not a candidate for office to conduct the election and serve as the Election Chair. Such person shall appoint one (1) teller and one (1) secretary to pass out, collect and count the ballots in the presence of the Election Chair. Ballots may be distributed in advance by this committee as part of the procedure of signing-in. The election results shall be announced to the membership by the election chair who shall state the number of eligible votes, the number of votes counted, the number of votes necessary to elect, and the results of the balloting.
  2. In the event an objection is raised, a recount of the ballots may be approved by the Board of Directors in a weighted, roll-call vote. In the event a recount is authorized, each person running for office shall be entitled to appoint one person to monitor the recount.
  3. The Election Chair shall then entertain a motion to destroy the ballots.

6.05 PERSONS ELIGIBLE TO BE OFFICERS. An active Association member who has paid all dues and assessments and/or met all other qualifications for good standing. Shall be eligible for any office, except that the candidate for office of Treasurer must be bondable.

6.06 TERM OF OFFICE. The term of office of the Association shall be two years and/or until their successors are elected and qualified.

6.07 REMOVAL OF OFFICERS. Any officer may be removed from office by a majority vote of the members present and eligible to vote at any meeting of the Association. Notice of the proposed removal of a an officer must be given in writing to such officer at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting at which such removal is to be voted upon. Such notice to the officer must state the cause for the proposed removal. If an officer is removed from office pursuant to this provision, the membership shall thereafter elect a successor to serve during the unexpired portion of the term of office of the removed officer.

6.08 VACANCY IN OFFICE. If any officer resigns or if it is determined he/she will be unable to perform his/her duties within the successive sixty days, the Board shall appoint a successor to fill the office for the unexpired portion of the term. If the President resigns or is unable to perform his/her duties over the succeeding sixty days, the First Vice-President or next Officer in line shall succeed to the office of President for the unexpired portion of the President's term. The Board shall then appoint a successor to the position of just vacated with the first consideration given existing Board members who may wish to move into the second position. Subsequently, the Board would appoint a successor to the unfilled position.

ARTICLE VII: DUTIES OF OFFICERS

7.01 PRESIDENT. The President shall supervise all activities of the Association, execute all instruments on its behalf, preside at all meetings of the membership of the Association and of the Board of Directors, call such meetings of the Board of Directors and of the membership as shall be required or deemed necessary, take care that the Bylaws are faithfully observed, represent the Association at other soccer meetings and perform such other duties usually inherent in such office. At meetings of the Board or of the membership, he/she shall decide all disputed points of law and order and vote on all motions and amendments only to break a tie. He/she shall appoint persons to committees as he/she reasonably sees fit.

7.02 FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT. The First Vice-President shall act for the President in his/her absence and perform such other acts as the President may direct. He/she shall succeed to the office of President if the President resigns or is unable to fulfill his/her duties within the succeeding sixty (60) days. He/she shall fill the office of the President for the unexpired portion of the President's term. He/she shall be a voting member of the Board of Directors. He/She may co-sign orders on the Treasury. He/she shall be responsible for developing a quarterly newsletter and related marketing/publicity efforts.

7.03 SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT. The Second Vice-President shall act for the President in the absence of the President and First Vice-President, and shall perform such other acts as the President may direct. He/she shall be a voting member of the Board of Directors. He/She may co-sign orders on the Treasury. He/she shall be responsible for fundraising efforts.

7.04 SECRETARY. The Secretary shall be first in line for the office of President if a First Vice-President is not elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Secretary shall keep a true account of the meetings of the membership and of the Board of Directors. He/she shall take roll call at the meetings and shall take care of all business correspondence and maintain a file of such. He/she shall file all minutes away for future reference. He/she shall provide timely notice to members of the time and place of the Annual General Meetings. He/she shall provide notice of the time and place of Board of Directors meetings in the minutes and shall timely send a copy of the minutes to each member of the Board of Directors. He/she shall keep current copies of the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation and shall provide a copy to any member who requests it. He/she shall perform such other acts as the President may direct. He/she shall be voting member of the Board of Directors. He/she may co-sign orders on the treasury. He/she shall maintain a current list of the membership, including names, addresses and telephone numbers.

7.05 TREASURER. The Treasurer, who may be bonded, shall receive and be accountable for all funds belonging to the Association other than sums paid to the SVSRA by the various leagues for refereeing services. He/she shall receive all dues, fines and assessments. He/she shall maintain bank accounts as needed by the SVSRA and shall pay all obligations incurred by the SVSRA. He/she shall require the submission to him/her of financial records of the SVSRA Assignor and shall prepare a written consolidated financial report of the activities of the SVSRA to the members at least once annually. He/she shall make available his/her records to an audit committee, which may be appointed by the Board, upon request. He/she shall be a voting member of the Board of Directors.

7.06 OTHER DIRECTORS. Other Directors elected at the Annual General Meeting shall perform such duties as the President may direct. Each Director shall be a voting member of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VIII. COMMITTEES

8.01 FORMATION OF COMMITTEES. SVSRA Committees shall be established as required to satisfy the programs and needs of the SVSRA, for orderly and timely implementation. Committee activities will be based upon approved budget items or may require Board of Director's approval of additional expenditures.

  1. Appointment or removal of Committee Directors is subject to Board approval. Committee activities shall be supervised by respective SVSRA Officers. Committee Directors shall administer their respective activities and be responsible to the Board of Directors through the respective SVSRA Officer.
  2. The Board of Directors shall publish a list of standing and special committees each year, which also shall include SVSRA program functions not necessarily supported by a committee, not later than the beginning of the fiscal year. This list will define the Board of Director's members responsible for the committees and the committee chairperson.
  3. Committee Chairs will be confirmed annually, before the beginning of the new fiscal year. In case responsible SVSRA officers fail to submit names for approval , the President will appoint committee chairpersons with the approval of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VIII: CONDUCT OF REFEREES

8.01 ASSIGNMENT ONLY OF REFEREES IN GOOD STANDING. The Chapter Referee Assignor shall first assign games to those referees who are members in good standing of the SVSRA and then assign members in good standing of other Chapters as needed.

8.02 ACCEPTANCE OF GAME ASSIGNMENTS. All member-referees should accept game assignments whenever possible. Inability to fulfill assignments should be based only on emergency situations and work conflicts and not on personal desires. A member unable to fulfill an assignment shall notify the assignor as soon as possible so that appropriate alternate arrangements can be made.

8.03 REFEREE'S UNIFORM. A referee assigned to a game under the jurisdiction of the Association shall wear a proper USSF referee uniform, and the appropriate United States Soccer Federation patch shall be worn on the left shirt pocket.

8.04 PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO FULFILL ASSIGNMENT. Any member failing to fulfill an accepted game assignment may be assessed a penalty by the State Association unless excused by the Assignor for good cause. Any member may appeal an adverse decision to the Board of Directors of the SVSRA provided said appeal is submitted within thirty (30) days of receipt of payment from which a deduction has been made. All decisions of the State Association Board shall be final.

8.05 MEMBER BRINGING GAME OR ASSOCIATION INTO DISREPUTE. A member whose actions or words brings the game of soccer or the Association or fellow referees into serious disrepute may be required to appear before the State Ethics and Grievance Committee which shall judge the matter and render a written decision which may involve disciplinary action.

8.06 VIOLATIONS FOR WHICH NO PENALTIES PRESCRIBED. The State Ethics and Grievance Committee retains the right to prescribe and levy such penalties as are reasonable commensurate to the gravity of offenses reported giving proper weight to the preservation of the honor and integrity of the State Association and SVSRA.

8.07 FINES DEDUCTIBLE FROM EARNINGS. When a fine or penalty is levied against a member, the amount of the fine may deducted from the earnings of the member and deposited into the bank account of the SVSRA.

ARTICLE IX: ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

9.01 FISCAL YEAR. The fiscal year of the SVSRA shall begin at 12:01 a.m. on September 1 and end at 11:59 p.m. on August 31, of the following year. All financial rules and regulations are in effect during the twelve (12) months of the fiscal year.

9.02 BUDGET. The Treasurer, with the support of the SVSRA Board of Directors, shall prepare a proposed budget for the next fiscal year. Copies of the proposed budget, by line item, shall be submitted to the Association at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which it is adopted. Copies of the approved budget, by line item, shall be printed in third quarter newsletter. The budget shall be limited for any given year to expected income plus reserve for that year. The total budget shall include no less than a 10% contingency fund each year.

9.03 AUDIT. The financial books and accounts of the SVSRA, maintained by the Treasurer, shall be audited bi-annually immediately following the Treasurer's current term of office. A member of the Association can act as an auditor. The auditor may not be a member of the Board of Directors.

9.04 DISBURSEMENT OF OFFICIATING FEES. Any disbursements of funds to Association members for the performance of officiating duties shall first be authorized by the Board of Directors. All amounts shall be paid by check, which shall be signed by two (2) SVSRA Board of Director's.

9.05 DISBURSEMENT OF SPECIAL FUNDS. Any disbursements of funds raised from sources other than referee registration , assignment, or officiating fees (fundraising efforts, donations, grants, shall first be authorized by the Board of Directors. All amounts shall be paid by check, which shall be signed by two (2) SVSRA Board of Director's.

9.06 DISSOLUTION. Should the SVSRA be dissolved, all monetary assets remaining after payment of all debts shall be turned over to the State Referee Committee Development Fund.

9.07 NO RISK POLICY. SVSRA shall not institute programs or services that not covered by either a budget item or by assured funds from outside sources or by funds generated by properly implemented SVSRA programs or by funds covered in Section 9.08.

9.08 FINANCIAL PLANNING. For the purpose of long-range financial planning, funds from outside sources, funds generated through SVSRA programs or through investment of SVSRA, monies can be budgeted for specific future SVSRA programs or projects ("earmarked") over a period exceeding the (one) fiscal year. Any such plans identified by the Board of Directors require approval from the Association. The transfer of unused budgeted funds to the next fiscal year for the same program (budget item) is possible. Any such plans must be identified by the Board of Directors and presented to the Association for approval at the budget meeting (See 9.02) with a thirty (30) day notice.

9.09 FUNDRAISING. Any fundraising programs, including marketing, in the name of SVSRA and/or using the logo of the SVSRA require Board of Directors' approval.

9.10 BUSINESS CONFLICT OF INTEREST. No members of SVSRA shall engage themselves in a SVSRA position or function in an effort to gain advantage for their personal or business gain. Any potential conflict of interest shall be declared in a disclosure statement to the Board of Directors, either voluntarily or upon request to the Board of Directors. If a conflict of interest is evident, the Board of Directors shall request the withdrawal of the person or recommend an investigation by the Board of Directors for removal.

9.11 AMENDMENT OF THE ASSOCIATION BYLAWS MAY BE MADE THROUGH:

  1. Amendment by the Board of Directors. These Bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed by affirmative vote a majority of the Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting of the Board. Said alteration, amendment or repeal of the Bylaws by the Board shall thereafter be submitted to the membership for approval or rejection at the next annual meeting of the members or at the next special meeting of the members called for that purpose. Alteration, amendment or repeal of the Bylaws as provided herein by the Board shall be valid and binding until such time as the members reject such action of the Board as provided herein.
  2. Amendment by the Members. These Bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed by affirmative vote of a majority of the members at any annual or special meeting of the members, if prior written notice of the specific alteration, amendment or repeal is given to the members ten (10) days prior to said meeting.

9.12 RULES OF PROCEDURE. The rules of procedure at meetings of the membership and of the Board of Directors of the Association shall be the rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order on Parliamentary Procedure, newly revised so far as applicable and when not inconsistent with these Bylaws, the Articles of Incorporation or with any resolution of the Board of Directors.