Bylaws of the Rotary Club of Findlay Flag City Morning Rotary Club
Article 1 Definitions
I. Board: The Board of Directors of this club.
2. Director: A member of this club's Board of Directors.
3. Member: A member, other than an honorary member, of this club.
4. RI: Rotary International.
5. Year: The twelve-month period that begins on I July.
Article 2 Board
The governing body of this club shall be the board consisting of 8 members of this club, namely, 3 directors elected in accordance with article 3, section I, of these bylaws, and the president, vice-president, president-elect (or president-nominee, if no successor has been elected), secretary, treasurer, and the immediate past president.
Article 3 Election of Directors and Officers
Section 1 - At a regular meeting one month prior to the meeting for election of officers, the presiding officer shall ask for nominations by members of the club for president, vice-president, and three directors. The nominations may be presented by a nominating committee or by members from the floor, by either or by both as a club may determine. If it is determined to have a nominating committee, such committee shall be appointed as the club may determine. The nominations duly made shall be placed on a ballot in alphabetical order under each office and shall be voted for at the annual meeting. The candidates for president and vice-president receiving a majority of the votes shall be declared elected to their respective offices. The candidates for director receiving the majority of the votes shall be declared elected as directors. The candidate for president elected in such balloting shall be the president-nominee and serve as a director for the year commencing on the first day of July next following the election, and shall assume office as president on the first day of July immediately following that year. The president-nominee shall take the title of president-elect upon the election of a successor.
Section 2 -The officers and directors, so elected, together with the immediate past president shall constitute the board.
Section 3 -A vacancy in the board or any office shall be filled by action of the remaining directors.
Section 4 -A vacancy in the position of any officer- elect or director-elect shall be filled by action of the remaining directors-elect.
Article 4 Duties of Officers
Section 1 President - It shall be the duty of the president to preside at meetings of the club and the board and to perform other duties as ordinarily pertain to the office of president. The president shall appoint members to the positions of secretary and treasurer.
Section 2 President-elect - It shall be the duty of the president-elect to serve as a director and to perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the president or the board.
Section 3 Vice-President - It shall be the duty of the vice-president to preside at meetings of the club and the board in the absence of the president and to perform other duties as ordinarily pertain to the office of vice-president.
Section 4 Secretary - It shall be the duty of the secretary to keep membership records; record attendance at meetings; send out notices of club, board and committee meetings; record and preserve the minutes of such meetings; report as required to Rl, including the semiannual reports of membership on I January and I July of each year, and prorated reports on I October and I April of each active member who has been elected to membership in the club since the start of the July or January applicable semiannual reporting period, report changes in membership; provide the monthly attendance report, which shall be made to the district governor within 15 days of the last meeting of the month as required by the district governor; collect and remit RI official magazine subscriptions; and perform other duties as usually pertain to the office of secretary .
Section 5 Treasurer - It shall be the duty of the treasurer to have custody of all funds, accounting for it to the club annually and at any other time upon demand by the board, and to perform other duties as pertains to the office of treasurer. Upon retirement from office, the treasurer shall turn over to the incoming treasurer or to the president all funds, books of accounts, or any other club property.
Article 5 Meetings
Section 1 Annual Meeting - An annual meeting of this club shall be held on the first week of at a regularly scheduled meeting during the month of December in each year, at which time the election of officers and directors to serve for the ensuing year shall take place.
Section 2 -The regular weekly meetings of this club shall be held on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m . Due notice of any changes in or canceling of the regular meeting shall be given to all members of the club. All members excepting an honorary member (or member excused pursuant to article 8, sections 3 and 4 of the standard Rotary club constitution) in good standing in this club, on the day of the regular meeting, must be counted as present or absent, and attendance must be evidenced by the member's being present for at least sixty (60) percent of the time devoted to the regular meeting, either at this club or at any other Rotary club, or as otherwise provided in the standard Rotary club constitution, article 8, sections I and 2.
Section 3 -One-third of the membership shall constitute a quorum at the annual and regular meetings of this club.
Section 4 -Regular meetings of the board shall be held on a monthly basis at such time and place as determined by a majority vote of the board. Special meetings of the board shall be called by the president, whenever deemed necessary, or upon the request of two (2) directors, due notice having been given.
Section 5 -A majority of the directors shall constitute a quorum of the board.
Article 6 Fees and Dues
Section 1 – There shall be an admission fee determined by the board, paid by the member. Applicant shall pay an admission fee in such amount as determined by a majority vote of the board before the applicant can qualify as a member. Members shall pay annual dues in such amount as determined from time to time by a majority vote of the board, payable quarterly on the first day of July, October, January and April, with the understanding that a portion of each quarterly payment shall be applied to each member's subscription to the Rl official magazine.
Article 7 Method of Voting
The business of this club shall be transacted by viva voce* vote except the election of officers and directors, which shall be by ballot. The board may determine that a specific resolution be considered by ballot rather than by viva voce vote. Votes of the board may be taken and such action approved via email upon approval of 2/3 of the board. (Note: Viva voce vote is defined as when club voting is conducted by vocal assent.)
Article 8 Four Avenues of Service
The four Avenues of Service are the philosophical and practical framework for the work of this Rotary club. They are Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, and International Service. This club will be active in each of the four Avenues of Service.
Article 9 Committees
Section 1 - Club committees are charged with carrying out the annual and long-range goals of the club based on the four Avenues of Service. The president-elect, president and immediate past president should work together to ensure continuity of leadership and succession planning. When feasible, committee members should be appointed to the same committee for three years to ensure consistency. The president-elect is responsible for appointing committee members to fill vacancies, appointing committee chairs and conducting planning meetings prior to the start of the year in office. It is recommended that the chair have previous experience as a member of the committee. Standing committees should be appointed as follows:
•Club - The club committee encompasses the areas of programs, fellowship, membership and club history.
•Community -The community committee is responsible for public relations, club projects and fundraising.
•International-The International committee should develop activities to support the international focus of Rotary International including MESA, youth exchange and foundation giving.
•Vocational -This committee should develop and implement educational, humanitarian and vocational projects that address the needs of its community and communities in other countries including the STRIVE program and literacy.
Section 2 - Additional ad hoc committees may be appointed as needed.
Section 3 - The president shall be ex officio a member of all committees and, as such, shall have all the privileges of membership thereon.
Section 4 - Each committee shall transact its business as is delegated to it in these bylaws and such additional business as may be referred to it by the president or the board. Except where special authority is given by the board, such committees shall not take action until a report has been made and approved by the board.
Section 5 - Each chair shall be responsible for regular meetings and activities of the committee shall supervise and coordinate the work of the committee and shall report to the board on all committee activities.
Article 10 Duties of Committees
Section 1 Duties -The duties of all committees shall be established and reviewed by the president for his or her year. In declaring the duties of each, the president shall make reference to appropriate RI materials. The service project committee will consider vocational service, community service and international service avenues when developing plans for the year.
Section 2 Committee Goals - Each committee shall have a specific mandate, clearly defined goals, and action plans established by the beginning of each year for implementation during the course of the year. It shall be the primary responsibility of the president-elect to provide the necessary leadership to prepare a recommendation for club committees, mandates, goals and plans for presentation to the board in advance of the commencement of the year as noted above.
Article 11 Leave of Absence
Upon written application to the board, setting forth good and sufficient cause, leave of absence may be granted excusing a member from attending the meetings of the club for a specified length of time.
(Note: Such leave of absence does operate to prevent a forfeiture of membership; it does not operate to give the club credit for the member's attendance. Unless the member attends a regular meeting of some other club, the excused member must be recorded as absent except that absence authorized under the provisions of article 8, sections 3 and 4 of the standard Rotary club constitution is not computed in the attendance record of the club.)
Article 12 Finances
Section 1 -Prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the board shall prepare a budget of estimated income and expenditures for the year, which shall stand as the limit of expenditures for these purposes, unless otherwise ordered by action of the board. The budget shall be broken into two separate parts: one in respect of club operations and one in respect of charitable/service operations.
Section 2 -The treasurer shall deposit all club funds in a bank, named by the board. The club funds shall be divided into two separate parts: club operations and service projects.
Section 3 -All bills shall be paid by the treasurer or other authorized officer only when approved by two other officers or directors.
Section 4 -A thorough review of all financial transactions by a qualified person shall be made once each year.
Section 5 -By the 2007-08 Rotary year, officers having charge or control of club funds shall give bond as required by the board for the safe custody of the funds of the club, cost of bond to be borne by the club.
Section 6 -The fiscal year of this club shall extend from 1 July to 30 June, and for the collection of members' dues shall be divided into four (4) quarterly periods extending from 1 July to 30 September, 1 October to 31 December, 1 January to 31 March and 1 April to 30 June. The payment of per capita dues and RI official magazine subscriptions shall be made on 1 July and 1 January of each year on the basis of the membership of the club on those dates.
Article 13 Method of Electing Members
Section 1 -The name of a prospective member, proposed by an active member of the club, shall be submitted to the board in writing, through the club secretary. A transferring or former member of another club may be proposed to active membership by the former club. The proposal shall be kept confidential except as otherwise provided in this procedure.
Section 2 -The board shall ensure that the proposal meets all the classification and membership requirements of the standard Rotary club constitution.
Section 3 -The board shall approve or disapprove the proposal upon payment of the admission fee and prorated quarterly dues (if not honorary membership), shall be considered to be elected to membership.
Section 6 -Following the election, the president shall arrange for the new member's induction, membership card, and new member Rotary literature. In addition, the president or secretary will report the new member information to RI and the president will assign a member to assist with the new member's assimilation to the club as well as assign the new member to a club project or function.
Section 7 -The club may elect, in accordance with the standard Rotary club constitution, honorary members proposed by the board.
Article 14 Resolutions
The club shall not consider any resolution or motion to commit the club on any matter until the board has considered it. Such resolutions or motions, if offered at a club meeting, shall be referred to the board without discussion.
Article 15 Order of Business
Meeting called to order
Pledge and invocation
Introduction of visitors
Announcements and Rotary Information
Address or other program features
Article 16 Amendments
These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting, a quorum being present, by a two-thirds vote of all members present, provided that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been mailed to each member at least ten (10) days before such meeting. No amendment or addition to these bylaws can be made which is not in harmony with the standard Rotary club constitution and with the constitution and bylaws of RI.
Article 17 Notices
Any notices required hereunder may be given by ordinary mail or email correspondence.
Article 18 Conflict
To the extent of the terms and provisions of these bylaws conflict with the terms and provisions of the Constitution of the Findlay Flag City Morning Rotary Club, the Bylaws of Rotary International, or any properly enacted rule and regulation of Rotary International or District 6600, the terms and provisions of such Constitution of the Findlay Flag City Morning Rotary Club, the Bylaws of Rotary International, or any properly enacted rule and regulation of Rotary International or District 6600, shall control.
Constitution of the Rotary Club of Findlay Flag City Morning Rotary Club
Article 1 Definitions
As used in this constitution, unless the context otherwise clearly requires, the words in this article shall have the following meanings:
1. Board: The Board of Directors of this club.
2. Bylaws: The bylaws of this club.
3. Director: A member of this club's Board of Directors.
4. Member: A member, other than an honorary member, of this club.
5. RI: Rotary International.
6. Year: The twelve-month period which begins on I July.
Article 2 Name
The name of this organization shall be Findlay Flag City Morning Rotary Club (Member of Rotary International.)
Article 3 Locality of the Club
The locality of this club is as follows: Findlay, Ohio USA
Article 4 Object
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
First, the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
Second, high ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
Third, the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
Fourth, the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Article 5 Meetings
Section 1 Regular Meetings
(a) Day and Time. This club shall hold a regular meeting once each week on the day and at the time provided in the bylaws.
(b) Change of Meeting. For good cause, the board may change a regular meeting to any day during the period commencing with the day following the preceding regular meeting and ending with the day preceding the next regular meeting, or to a different hour of the regular day, or to a different place.
(c) Cancellation. The board may cancel a regular meeting if it falls on a legal holiday or in case of the death of a club member, or of an epidemic or of a disaster affecting the whole community, or of an armed conflict in the community which endangers the lives of the club members. The board may cancel not more than four regular meetings in a year for causes not otherwise specified herein provided that this club does not fail to meet for more than three consecutive meetings.
Section 2 Annual Meeting
An annual meeting for the election of officers shall be held not later than 31 December as provided in the bylaws.
Article 6 Membership
Section 1 - General Qualifications - This club shall be composed of adult persons of good character and good business and professional reputation.
Section 2 Kinds - This club shall have two kinds of membership, namely: active and honorary.
Section 3 Active Membership - A person possessing the qualifications set forth in article 5, section 2 of the RI constitution may be elected to active membership in this club.
Section 4 Transferring or Former Rotarian - A member may propose to active membership a transferring member or former member of a club, if the proposed member is terminating or has terminated such membership in the former club due to no longer being engaged in the formerly assigned classification of business or profession within the locality of the former club or the surrounding area. The transferring or former member of a club being proposed to active membership under this section may also be proposed by the former club. The classification of a transferring or former member of a club shall not preclude election to active membership even if the election results in club membership temporarily exceeding the classification limits.
Section 5 Dual Membership - No person shall simultaneously hold active membership in this and another Rotary club. No person shall simultaneously be a member and an honorary member in this club. No person shall simultaneously hold active membership in this club and membership in a Rotaract club.
Section 6 Honorary Membership
Section 7 Holders of Public Office - Persons elected or appointed to public office for a specified time shall not be eligible to active membership in this club under the classification of such office. This restriction shall not apply to persons holding positions or offices in schools, colleges, or other institutions of learning or to persons who are elected or appointed to the judiciary. Members who are elected or appointed to public office for a specified period may continue as such members in their existing classifications during the period in which they hold such office.
Section 8 Rotary International Employment -This club may retain in its membership any member employed by RI.
Article 7 Classifications
Section 1 General Provisions
Section 2 Limitations - This club shall not elect a person to active membership from a classification if the club already has five or more members from that classification, unless the club has more than 50 members, in which case, the club may elect a person to active membership in a classification so long as it will not result in the classification making up more than 10 percent of the club's active membership. Members who are retired shall not be included in the total number of members in a classification. The classification of a transferring or former member of a club shall not preclude election to active membership even if the election results in club membership temporarily exceeding the above limitations. If a member changes classification, the club may continue the member's membership under the new classification notwithstanding these limitations.
Article 8 Attendance
Section 1 General Provisions - Each member should attend this club's regular meetings. A member shall be counted as attending a regular meeting if the member is present for at least 60 percent of the meeting, or is present and is called away unexpectedly and subsequently produces evidence to the satisfaction of the board that such action was reasonable, or makes up for an absence in any of the following ways:
a.)14 Days Before or After the Meeting. If, within fourteen (14) days before or after the regular time for that meeting, the member attends at least 60 percent of the regular meeting of another club or of a provisional club; or attends a regular meeting of a Rotaract or Interact club, Rotary Community Corps, or Rotary Fellowship or of a provisional Rotaract or Interact club, Rotary Community Corps, or Rotary Fellowship; or attends a convention of Rl, a council on legislation, an international assembly, a Rotary institute for past and present officers of Rl, a Rotary institute for past, present, and incoming officers of Rl, or any other meeting convened with the approval of the board of directors of RI or the president of Rl acting on behalf of the board of directors of RI, a Rotary multizone conference, a meeting of a committee of RI, a Rotary district conference, a Rotary district assembly, any district meeting held by direction of the board of directors of RI, any district committee meeting held by direction of the district governor, or a regularly announced intercity meeting of Rotary clubs; or is present at the usual time and place of a regular meeting of another club for the purpose of attending such meeting, but that club is not meeting at that time or place; or attends and participates in a club service project or a club-sponsored community event or meeting authorized by the board; or attends a board meeting or, if authorized by the board, a meeting of a service committee to which the member is assigned; or participates through a club website in an interactive activity requiring an average number of minutes of participation. When a member is outside the member's country of residence for more than fourteen (14) days, the time restriction shall not be imposed so that the member may attend meetings in another country at any time during the travel period, and each such attendance shall count as a valid make-up for any regular meeting missed during the member's time abroad.
b.)If, at the time of the meeting, the member is traveling with reasonable directness to or from one of the meetings specified above in this section; or serving as an officer or member of a committee of RI, or a trustee of The Rotary Foundation; or serving as the special representative of the district governor in the formation of a new club; or on Rotary business in the employ of RI; or directly and actively engaged in a district-sponsored or RI-or Rotary Foundation-sponsored service project in a remote area where making up attendance is impossible; or engaged in Rotary business duly authorized by the board which precludes attendance at the meeting.
Section 2 Extended Absence on Outposted Assignment - If a member will be working on an outposted assignment for an extended period of time, attendance at the meetings of a designated club at the site of the assignment will replace attendance at the regular meetings of the member's club, provided there is a mutual agreement between the two clubs.
Section 3 Excused Absences - A member's absence shall be excused if:
Section 4 RI Officers' Absences - A member's absence shall be excused if the member is a current officer of RI.
Section 5 Attendance Records - Any member whose absences are excused under the provisions of sections 3 or 4 of this article shall not be included in the membership figure used to compute this club's attendance nor shall such absences or attendances be used for that purpose.
Article 9 Directors and Officers
Section 1 Governing Body - The governing body of this club shall be the board constituted as the bylaws may provide.
Section 2 Authority - The board shall have general control over all officers and committees and, for good cause, may declare any office vacant.
Section 3 Board Action Final - The decision of the board in all club matters is final, subject only to an appeal to the club. However, as to a decision to terminate membership, a member, pursuant to article 11, section 6, may appeal to the club, request mediation, or request arbitration. If appealed, a decision of the board shall be reversed only by a two-thirds vote of the members present, at a regular meeting specified by the board, provided a quorum is present and notice of the appeal has been given by the secretary to each member at least five (5) days prior to the meeting. If an appeal is taken, the action taken by the club shall be final.
Section 4 Officers - The club officers shall be a president, a president-elect, and one or more vice-presidents, all of whom shall be members of the board, and a secretary, a treasurer, and a sergeant-at-arms, who may or may not be members of the board as the bylaws shall provide.
Section 5 Election of Officers
Terms of Officers other than President - Each officer shall be elected as provided in the bylaws. Except for the president, each officer shall take office on 1 July immediately following election and shall serve for the term of office or until a successor has been duly elected and qualified.
Term of President - The president shall be elected as provided in the bylaws, not more than two (2) years but not less than eighteen (18) months prior to the day of taking office and shall serve as president-nominee upon election. The nominee shall take the title of president-elect upon the election of a successor. The president shall take office on 1 July and shall serve a period of one (1) year or until a successor has been duly elected and qualified.
Qualifications - Each officer and director shall be a member in good standing of this club. The president-elect shall attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district assembly unless excused by the governor-elect. If so excused, the president-elect shall send a designated club representative who shall report back to the president-elect. If the president- elect does not attend the presidents-elect training seminar and the district assembly and has not been excused by the governor-elect or, if so excused, does not send a designated club representative to such meetings, the president-elect shall not be able to serve as club president.
Article 10 Member Application, Admission Fees and Dues
Section 1 - Every member shall pay an admission fee and annual dues as prescribed in the bylaws, except that any transferring or former member of another club who is accepted into membership of this club pursuant to article 6, section 4 shall not be required to pay a second admission fee.
Section 2 – A member of this club may sponsor a new member by submitting the Club Membership form. The club will vote on the proposal within 30 days of its submission, and shall notify the proposer, through the club secretary, of its decision.
Section 3 -If the decision of the board is favorable, the prospective member shall be informed of the purposes of Rotary and of the privileges and responsibilities of membership, following which the prospective member shall be requested to sign the membership proposal form and to permit his or her name and proposed classification to be published to the club.
Section 4 -If no written objection to the proposal, stating reasons, is received by the board from any member (other than honorary) of the club within seven (7) days following publication of information about the prospective member, that person, upon payment of the admission fee and prorated quarterly dues (if not honorary membership), as prescribed in these bylaws, shall be considered to be elected to membership. If any such objection has been filed with the board, it shall vote on this matter at its next meeting. If approved despite the objection, the proposed member will be accepted to membership.
Article 11 Duration of Membership
Section 1 Period - Membership shall continue during the existence of this club unless terminated as hereinafter provided.
Section 2 Automatic Termination - Membership shall automatically terminate when a member no longer meets the membership qualifications, except that the board may grant a member moving from the locality of this club or the surrounding area a special leave of absence not to exceed one (1) year to enable the member to visit and become known to a Rotary club in the new community if the member continues to meet all conditions of club membership; the board may allow a member moving from the locality of this club or the surrounding area to retain membership if the member continues to meet all conditions of club membership.
Section 4 How to Rejoin - When the membership of a member has terminated as provided in subsection (a) of this section, such person, provided such person's membership was in good standing at the time of termination, may make new application for membership, under the same or another classification. A second admission fee shall not be required.
Section 5 Termination of Honorary Membership - Honorary membership shall automatically terminate at the end of the term for such membership as determined by the board. However, the board may extend an honorary membership for an additional period. The board may revoke an honorary membership at any time.
Section 6 Termination Non-payment of Dues and Reinstatement - Any member failing to pay dues within thirty (30) days after the prescribed time shall be notified in writing by the secretary at the member's last known address. If the dues are not paid on or before ten (10) days of the date of notification, membership may terminate, subject to the discretion of the board. The board may reinstate the former member to membership upon the former member's petition and payment of all indebtedness to this club. However, no former member may be reinstated to active membership if the former member's classification is in conflict with article 7, section 2.
Section 7 Termination Non-attendance - A member must attend or make up at least 60 percent of club regular meetings in each half of the year; attend at least 30 percent of this club's regular meetings in each half of the year. If a member fails to attend as required, the member's membership shall be subject to termination unless the board consents to such non-attendance for good cause.
Section 8 Consecutive Absences - Unless otherwise excused by the board for good and sufficient reason or pursuant to article 8, sections 3 or 4, each member who fails to attend or make up four consecutive regular meetings shall be informed by the board that the member's non-attendance may be considered a request to terminate membership in this club. Thereafter, the board, by a majority vote, may terminate the member's membership.
Section 9 Termination Other Causes
Good Cause - The board may terminate the membership of any member who ceases to have the qualifications for membership in this club or for any good cause by a vote of not less than two-thirds of the board members, at a meeting called for that purpose.
Notice - Prior to taking any action under subsection (a) of this section, the member shall be given at least ten (10) days' written notice of such pending action and an opportunity to submit a written answer to the board. The member shall have the right to appear before the board to state the member's case. Notice shall be by personal delivery or by registered letter to the member's last known address.
Filling Classification - When the board has terminated the membership of a member as provided for in this section, this club shall not elect a new member under the former member's classification until the time for hearing any appeal has expired and the decision of this club or of the arbitrators has been announced.
Section 9 Right to Appeal, Mediate or Arbitrate Termination.
Notice - Within seven (7) days after the date of the board's decision to terminate membership, the secretary shall give written notice of the decision to the member. Within fourteen (14) days after the date of the notice, the member may give written notice to the secretary of the intention to appeal to the club, request mediation, or to arbitrate as provided in article 15.
Date for Hearing of Appeal. In the event of an appeal, the board shall set a date for the hearing of the appeal at a regular club meeting to be held within twenty-one
(21) days after receipt of the notice of appeal. At least five (5) days' written notice of the meeting and its special business shall be given to every member. Only members shall be present when the appeal is heard.
Section 10 Mediation or Arbitration - The procedure utilized for mediation or arbitration shall be as provided in article 15.
Appeal - If an appeal is taken, the action of the club shall be final and binding on all parties and shall not be subject to arbitration.
Decision of Arbitrators or Umpire - If arbitration is requested, the decision reached by the arbitrators or, if they disagree, by the umpire shall be final and binding on all parties and shall not be subject to appeal.
Unsuccessful Mediation- If mediation is requested but is unsuccessful; the member may appeal to the club or arbitrate as provided in subsection (a) of this section.
Section 11 — Holders of Public Office - Persons elected or appointed to public office for a specified time shall not be eligible to active membership in this club under the classification of such office. This restriction shall not apply to persons holding positions or offices in schools, colleges, or other institutions of learning or to persons who are elected or appointed to the judiciary. Members who are elected or appointed to public office for a specified period may continue as such members in their existing classifications during the period in which they hold such office.
Section 12 Board Action Final - Board action shall be final if no appeal to this club is taken and no arbitration is requested.
Section 13 Resignation - The resignation of any member from this club shall be in writing, addressed to the president or secretary. The resignation shall be accepted by the board if the member has no indebtedness to this club.
Section 14 Forfeiture of Property Interest - Any person whose club membership has been terminated in any form shall forfeit all interest in any funds or other property belonging to this club.
Article 12 Community, National, and International Affairs
Section 1 Proper Subjects - The merits of any public question involving the general welfare of the community, the nation, and the world are of concern to the members of this club and shall be proper subjects of fair and informed study and discussion at a club meeting for the enlightenment of its members in forming their individual opinions. However, this club shall not express an opinion on any pending controversial public measure.
Section 2 No Endorsements - This club shall not endorse or recommend any candidate for public office and shall not discuss at any club meeting the merits or demerits of any such candidate.
Section 3 Non-Political Resolutions and Opinions - This club shall neither adopt nor circulate resolutions or opinions, and shall not take action dealing with world affairs or international policies of a political nature.
Appeals - This club shall not direct appeals to clubs, peoples, or governments, or circulate letters, speeches, or proposed plans for the solution of specific international problems of a political nature.
Section 4 Recognizing Rotary's Beginning - The week of the anniversary of Rotary's founding (23 February) shall be known as World Understanding and Peace Week. During this week, this club will celebrate Rotary service, reflect upon past achievements, and focus on programs of peace, understanding, and goodwill in the community and throughout the world.
Article 13 Rotary Magazines
Section 1 Mandatory Subscription - Unless, in accordance with the bylaws of RI, this club is excused by the board of directors of RI from complying with the provisions of this article, each member shall, for the duration of membership, subscribe to the official magazine or to the magazine approved and prescribed for this club by the board of directors of RI. The subscription shall be paid in six (6) month periods for the duration of membership in this club and to the end of any six (6) month period during which membership may terminate.
Section 2 Subscription Collection The subscription shall be collected by this club from each member semiannually in advance and remitted to the Secretariat of RI or to the office of such regional publications as may be determined by the board of directors of RI.
Article 14 Acceptance of Object and Compliance with Constitution and Bylaws
By payment of an admission fee and dues, a member accepts the principles of Rotary as expressed in its object and submits to and agrees to comply with and be bound by the constitution and bylaws of this club, and on these conditions alone, is entitled to the privileges of this club. Each member shall be subject to the terms of the constitution and bylaws regardless of whether such member has received copies of them.
Article 15 Arbitration and Mediation
Section 1 Disputes - Should any dispute, other than as to a decision of the board, arise between any current or former member(s) and this club, any club officer or the board, on any account whatsoever which cannot be settled under the procedure already provided for such purpose, the dispute shall, upon a request to the secretary by any of the disputants, either be resolved by mediation or settled by arbitration.
Section 2 Date for Mediation or Arbitration - In the event of mediation or arbitration, the board shall set a date for the mediation or arbitration, in consultation with disputants, to be held within twenty-one (21) days after receipt of the request for mediation or arbitration.
Section 3 Mediation - The procedure for such mediation shall be that recognized by an appropriate authority with national or state jurisdiction or be that recommended by a competent professional body whose recognized expertise covers alternative dispute resolution or be that recommended by way of documented guidelines determined by the board of Rotary International or the trustees of The Rotary Foundation. Only a member of a Rotary club may be appointed as mediator(s). The club may request the district governor or the governor's representative to appoint a mediator who is a member of a Rotary club and who has appropriate mediation skills and experience.
Mediation Outcomes - The outcomes or decisions agreed between the parties as a result of mediation shall be recorded and copies held by each party, the mediator(s) and one copy given to the board and to be held by the secretary. A summary statement of outcomes acceptable to the parties involved shall be prepared for the information of the club. Either party through the president or secretary may call for further mediation if either party has retracted significantly from the mediated position.
Unsuccessful Mediation - If mediation is requested but is unsuccessful, any disputant may request arbitration as provided in section I of this article.
Section 4 Arbitration - In the event of a request for arbitration, each party shall appoint an arbitrator and the arbitrators shall appoint an umpire. Only a member of a Rotary club may be appointed as umpire or as arbitrator.
Section 5 Decision of Arbitrators or Umpire - If arbitration is requested, the decision reached by the arbitrators or, if they disagree, by the umpire shall be final and binding on all parties and shall not be subject to appeal.
Article 16 Bylaws
This club shall adopt bylaws not inconsistent with the constitution and bylaws of RI, with the rules of procedure for an administrative territorial unit where established by RI, and with this constitution, embodying additional provisions for the government of this club. Such bylaws may be amended from time to time as therein provided.
Article 17 Interpretation
Throughout this constitution, the terminology "mail," "mailing," and "ballot-by-mail" will include utilization of electronic mail (e-mail) and internet technology to reduce costs and increase responsiveness.
Article 18 Amendments
Section 1 Manner of Amending - Except as provided in section 2 of this article, this constitution may be amended only by the council on legislation in the same manner as is established in the bylaws of RI for the amendment of its bylaws.
Section 2 Amending Article 2 and Article 3 - Article 2 (Name) and Article 3 (Locality of the Club) of the constitution shall be amended at any regular meeting of this club, a quorum being present by the affirmative vote of not less than two-thirds of all voting members present and voting, provided that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been mailed to each member at least ten (l0) days before such meeting, and provided further, that such amendment shall be submitted to the board of directors of Rl for its approval and shall become effective only when so approved.