Membership Bylaws

THE PRIDE: FC CINCINNATI SUPPORTERS CLUB

OFFICIAL REGULATIONS AND BYLAWS

Revised: 03/10/2016

 

| ARTICLE I: NAME |

 

The name of the organization shall be “The Pride: FC Cincinnati Supporters Club,” hereinafter referred to as “The Pride” or “The Club.”

 

The Pride shall be a non-profit organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio, and no part of money collected or proceeds given to The Pride shall be paid or distributed to any member as compensation.

 

| ARTICLE II: PURPOSE |

 

Section A. Mission Statement:

 

The Pride exists to gather those who wish to grow the game of soccer, within our region and across our nation, to welcome everyone and be an accepting place to share our passion for soccer, and to be faithful and ever-proud supporters of our home club: FC Cincinnati.

 

Section B. Purpose:

 

The Pride is organized and shall operate as a non-profit supporters group for the FC Cincinnati professional soccer club. The Pride will be an organization that allows members to gather and implement ideas to enhance the supporter experience at FC Cincinnati matches, to grow awareness and enthusiasm for the game of soccer and the club FC Cincinnati, to socialize with other members who share a passion for this city, this sport and this club, and contribute meaningfully to the community of FC Cincinnati supporters and the city of Cincinnati.

 

| ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP |

 

Section A. Eligibility for Membership:

 

Membership is open to any and all persons. Preliminary Membership is granted after the completion and receipt of an official club membership application, payment of dues, and an affirmation of The Pride’s Honor Code.

 

Membership is open to persons under the age of eighteen (18) with the understanding that some events of The Pride may be inaccessible due to venue requirements.

 

 

Section B. Responsibilities of Members:

 

Members of The Pride (hereinafter “Members,” collectively “the Membership”) are required to pay annual dues and abide by all requirements set forth within these bylaws as well as The Pride Honor Code and any other requirements set forth by the Executive Board or vote of the Membership.

 

Section C. Annual Dues:

 

Dues for membership in the inaugural year (2016) of The Pride shall be $20, plus any processing fees associated with electronic payment methods, unless otherwise changed by vote of the Membership and Executive Board.

 

Membership dues shall be collected on the first day of membership and thereinafter be required annually in order to maintain membership in good standing. Dates for payment of annual membership dues shall be set by order of the Executive Board.

 

Section D Privileges of Membership:

 

Members in good standing of The Pride shall be entitled to the following privileges:

 

1.    Access to all officially sanctioned Pride events,

2.    Speaking privileges at Pride meetings,

3.    Ability to propose motions, when appropriate, for voting by the Membership,

4.    Right to vote during all proposed motions, referenda, amendments and other questions to the Membership at any Membership Congress,

5.    Right, subject to the requirements of Article V, Section E, to vote during all officeholder elections, and

6.    Ability, if all other qualifications specified in Article V are met, to hold elected office within The Pride.

Section E. Resignation and Termination of Membership:

 

Any member may request termination of his or her membership by written request of the Secretary. A member may also have his or her membership terminated by means of a lifetime ban in accordance with Article X of these bylaws.

 

Dues will not be refunded to any member following resignation or termination for any reason.

 

Section F. Honorary and Non-Voting Membership:

 

Upon a unanimous vote of the Executive Board, or a supermajority (2/3) vote of the Membership, an honorary or non-voting membership in The Pride may be granted to an individual.

 

An honorary member of The Pride shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of other members of The Pride, except that an honorary or non-voting member may not vote on any matters before the Membership, vote for officeholders, or hold office in the Club.

 

| ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS |

 

Section A. Regular Meetings:

 

Regular meetings of The Pride shall be held monthly, at a time and place designated by the President and the Executive Board. Announcements for meetings must be made at least seven (7) days in advance on regular Pride communication channels.

 

Regular meetings are open to all members of The Pride and guests.

 

Section B. Order of Regular Meetings:

 

Regular meetings of The Pride will be conducted according to Roberts Rules of Order. All regular meetings shall be conducted according to a standard format, unless extraordinary circumstances call for different procedure. This procedure shall, generally, include:

 

     Call to order by the President or other members of the Executive Board,

 

     Adoption of the Minutes from the previous meeting by the Secretary,

 

     Updates from the Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer on the financial status of The Pride,

 

     Report of any Administrative Board activities from the Vice President,

 

     Updates from any other members of the Executive Board on matters important to The Pride,

 

     Open floor for comments from any members in attendance, conducted by the President, and

 

     Adjournment.

 

Section C. Membership Congress Meetings:

 

The Pride Membership Congress shall occur twice annually, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Dates and location for a Membership Congress shall be set by the Executive Board at a regular meeting and published at least thirty (30) days in advance of a Membership Congress.

 

1.    Attendance: All members of The Pride are encouraged to attend the semiannual Membership Congress. Members who are not able to attend may notify the Secretary, in writing, 24 hours prior to the Membership Congress if they have business they wish the Secretary to bring before the Congress on their behalf.

2.    Agendas: The agenda for the Membership Congress shall be distributed to the Membership, prior to the Membership Congress, via regular methods of communication and be published on The Pride’s official website and social media accounts.

3.    Order of Membership Congress Proceedings: A Membership Congress shall proceed as follows unless otherwise directed by a vote of the Executive Board:

·         Call to order by the President,

·         Adoption of the minutes from the previous Membership Congress by the Secretary,

·         Report on the financial health and status of The Pride by the Treasurer and the Finance Board,

·         Report from the Vice President on any projects or plans of the Administrative Board,

·         Report from the Membership Chair on state of the Membership, upcoming Membership activities, new members since the previous Membership Congress, and any issues impacting the Membership,

·         Report from the Matchday Coordinator on the status of FC Cincinnati matchday activities and plans, updates for the Membership on new plans for matchday, as well as any other matters impacting The Pride and FC Cincinnati matches,

·         Report from The Creative Director on any Club outreach activities, Club branding, Club merchandise, or other matters impacting the public perception of The Pride or partnerships involving The Pride,

·         A reading of any proposed motions or amendments to the bylaws by the Secretary and voting on any motions or amendments which are properly seconded,

·         During the fall Congress in which elections are scheduled, elections for all Executive Board officers,

·         Open floor for any member in good standing to address the Executive Board and the Membership on issues impacting The Pride, and

·         Adjournment by the President.

4.    Motions and Amendments: Members of The Pride seeking to have motions or amendments to the Bylaws heard at the Membership Congress must submit said motions and amendments, in writing, to the Secretary no later than seven (7) days prior to the Membership Congress.

The Executive Board, for good cause shown and by 2/3 supermajority vote, may grant a member of The Pride a waiver to present motions or amendments not properly submitted to the Secretary.

5.    Nomination and Election of Officers: Members of The Pride are eligible, at the Fall Membership Congress, to stand for election as officers for The Pride for any position which is open or on which the term of office has expired. Eligibility requirements for officeholders are listed in Article V of these bylaws. An individual may only stand for office if he or she meets eligibility requirements and has his or her nomination seconded by another member of The Pride.

Members of The Pride standing for office may make remarks in support of their candidacy at the discretion of the President and Executive Board. Officeholder elections are to be conducted according to the requirements of Article V.

Section D. Special Meetings:

 

Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Executive Board. These meetings may be for any such purpose as the Executive Board deems fit, and shall be open to all members of The Pride.

 

Section E. Quorum:

 

Any regular meeting, for which proper notice has been given in accordance with these bylaws, and which is attended by at least the 3 members of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum. For a Membership Congress, a quorum will only exist if the President or Vice President, and 50% of the remaining members of the Executive Board are present.

 

Section F. Voting:

 

Unless otherwise specified in these bylaws, voting for motions at meetings shall be by voice affirmation or show of hands and a simple majority shall carry a motion that has been seconded.

 

| ARTICLE V: EXECUTIVE BOARD |

 

Section A. Composition of the Executive Board:

 

The Executive Board of The Pride shall be composed of the following officers:

 

1.    President

2.    Vice President

3.    Secretary

4.    Treasurer

5.    Membership Chair

6.    Matchday Coordinator

7.    Creative Director

 

B. Duties of the Executive Board Officers:

 

The Executive Board officers shall have the following responsibilities:

 

1.    President: The President of The Pride shall be the leader of the The Pride Supporters Club. The President shall preside at all meetings and be responsible for setting meeting agendas and seeing that the agenda is followed. The President shall ensure that all members have the ability to speak at meetings and see that debate is orderly.

 

The President shall serve as the public face of The Pride and serve as the official representative of The Pride to FC Cincinnati.

 

2.    Vice President: The Vice President shall assist the President in all of his or her duties and perform the duties of the President when the President is unavailable or unable to perform said duties.

 

The Vice President shall be responsible for conducting meetings with the Administrative Board and reporting on the activities of the Administrative Board to the Executive Board.

 

3.    Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes and records of all meetings of The Pride. The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping and maintaining the Bylaws and ensuring that the Bylaws are followed at all meetings. The Secretary shall also keep the records of The Pride, be responsible for conducting all elections and votes at meetings, and function as the parliamentarian at all meetings of The Pride to ensure proper order is followed.

 

4.    Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be responsible for conducting all budgeting and financial matters for The Pride and taking all reasonable actions required to keep The Pride in good financial standing. The Treasurer shall chair meetings with the Finance Board and report on the activities of the Finance Board to the Executive Board.

 

The Treasurer shall keep accurate records of all finances and be responsible for depositing all revenue collected by The Pride and dispersing club funds as required and directed by vote the Executive Board. The Treasurer shall provide updates regarding finances at all regular meetings and shall be responsible for keeping the President updated with any financial issues that shall arise. The Treasurer shall present a full accounting for presentation to the Membership prior to each Membership Congress.

 

5.    Membership Chair: The Membership Chair shall be responsible for coordinating all Membership activities and events for The Pride. The Membership Chair shall provide regular updates about membership to the Executive Board and be responsible for new member outreach. The Membership Chair shall also serve as the primary conduit for information to members of The Pride regarding events and activities.

 

The Membership Chair shall also be responsible for upholding the Honor Code and shall conduct all meetings of the Honor Board.

 

6.    Matchday Coordinator: The Matchday Coordinator shall be responsible for conducting and coordinating all activities of the Membership on FC Cincinnati matchdays. The Matchday Coordinator shall inform the Executive Board and the Membership of all planned activities and planned expenditures for matchday.

 

Additionally, the Matchday Coordinator shall be the representative of The Pride in all dealings with other FC Cincinnati supporters groups and shall work to coordinate efforts to promote a matchday experience consistent with the Mission Statement and Purpose of The Pride.

 

7.    Creative Director: The Creative Director shall be responsible for all official external club communications and responsible for all issues regarding the logo and branding of The Pride. The creative director shall maintain access to The Pride website, and all Pride social media accounts.

 

The Creative Director shall ensure that the use of The Pride logo is consistent with the mission and purpose of The Pride and ensure that the integrity of The Pride is maintained. The Creative Director shall be responsible, along with the Membership Chair and Matchday Coordinator, for all items sold by the Pride and any items that display The Pride logo and/or The Pride wordmark.

 

Section C. Eligibility to Serve on the Executive Board:

 

To qualify for election to the Executive Board, a member must be eighteen (18) years of age, must have been a member in good standing with The Pride for a period of twelve (12) months prior to the date of election, must have no outstanding sanctions from the Honor Board, and must be willing to follow the Bylaws and serve for a full term of office.

 

Members seeking office on the Executive Board must swear and affirm that they have never been convicted of a felony offense, an offense that would be a felony in the State of Ohio, or a crime of dishonesty.

 

Section D. Responsibilities of the Executive Board:

 

The Executive Board shall supervise and direct all activities of The Pride and manage club finances. The Executive Board shall exercise authority consistent with the wishes of the Membership and serve to facilitate the stated Purpose and Mission Statement of The Pride contained in these bylaws. The Executive Board shall be responsible for protecting any and all branding of The Pride and shall have exclusive authority regarding sanctioning of Pride events and activities. The Executive Board shall also be responsible for hearing any and all reports from the Honor Board.

 

Section E. Elections and Terms:

 

Elections to the Executive Board shall take place at the Fall Membership Congress. Each individual elected to the Executive Board shall serve a term of two (2) years. Executive Board officials may be nominated to stand for re-election when their terms have expired.

 

All members of The Pride who have been members in good standing for at least sixty (60) days prior to the election shall be eligible to vote in officer elections.

 

Elections shall be conducted by the Secretary, under the supervision of the Executive Board and shall utilize a secret ballot format. Should the Secretary be standing for re-election, the election shall be conducted by the President or Vice President.

 

A candidate must receive a majority of votes cast in order to be certified as winner of an election. Should no candidate receive a majority of votes cast, the candidate with the lowest vote total shall be removed from consideration and a second ballot shall be taken with the remaining candidates. This process shall repeat until a candidate has received a majority of the votes cast for a given position or only one person remains nominated for office. A vote cast for an ineligible candidate shall be considered as if the vote had never been cast.

 

Section F. Resignation of Executive Board Members:

 

Any member of the Executive Board may resign at any time by serving notice, in writing, to the President and Secretary. If the resigning member of the Executive Board is the Secretary, notice must be served on the President and Vice President. In the event that the President of the Executive Board seeks to resign, he or she must serve notice, in writing, to all members of the Executive Board. Resignations are effective the date of receipt of written notice.

 

Section G. Replacement of Executive Board Members:

 

The President shall have the power to nominate a replacement to the Executive Board to fill any vacancy that arises due to resignation or removal from office. The nomination must be seconded and approved by majority vote of the remaining members of the Executive Board. Following approval of the Executive Board, the replacement Executive Board member shall have all powers and privileges of the office for which he or she has been appointed, but shall only serve until the next Membership Congress, at which time an election shall be held to determine a full replacement for the Executive Board member's unexpired term. The replacement Executive Board member may stand for election to the unexpired term.

 

Should more than fifty percent (50%) of the Executive Board resign or be unable to perform their duties, the remaining members of the Executive Board shall immediately call a special meeting, with proper notice given under Article IV, for the purpose of holding special elections to the Executive Board.

 

Section H. Replacement of the President:

 

Should the President resign or be otherwise unable to perform his or her duties, the Vice President shall assume the duties of the President and appoint a new Vice President under the procedure described in Article V, Section G. Should the President and Vice President resign or be otherwise unable to perform their duties, the remaining members of the Executive Board shall immediately call for special elections as described in Article V, Section G.

 

Section I. Grounds for Removal of an Executive Board Member:

 

Executive Board members are required to maintain their membership in good standing at all times during their term of office. Failure to maintain membership in good standing shall be grounds for removal. Additional grounds for removal of an Executive Board member include, but are not limited to, excessive absenteeism, abuse of discretion or authority, or any prolonged incapacity to perform officeholder duties.

 

Should grounds for removal of an Executive Board member exist, a motion for removal shall be made at a regular meeting, with grounds for removal stated in the motion. A unanimous vote of the Executive Board is required to remove an Executive Board member, or a 2/3 supermajority vote of both the Membership and the Executive Board at a Membership Congress.

 

Section J. Authorization of Revenue Generation and Expenditures:

 

The Executive Board shall have the right, by majority vote, to authorize reasonable expenditures from Club funds to pay for expenses related to Club purposes. In the event that a meeting of the Executive Board cannot be called, or in the event of need requiring emergency disbursement of club funds for club related expenses, the President and Treasurer shall have the right to disburse not more than greater of $100 or 10% of club cash holdings. In the event of such a disbursement, the President and Treasurer shall make every effort to contact other members of the Executive Board to make them aware of the need for disbursement and seek consensus before taking action.

 

The Executive Board shall also have, consistent with non-profit status and the Mission Statement and Purpose, the power to raise reasonable revenue to fund operation of The Pride.

 

Section K. Non-Liability of Executive Board:

 

The members of the Executive Board shall not be personally liable for any debts, liabilities or other obligations of The Pride.

 

| ARTICLE VI: FINANCE BOARD |

 

Section A. Purpose of the Finance Board:

 

The Finance Board's purpose shall be to manage the finances of The Pride, ensure that Club money is properly managed, collect dues and revenue from Club activities and authorize disbursement of funds consistent with the mission and purpose of The Pride and at the direction of the Executive Board.

 

Section B. Members of the Finance Board:

 

The Finance Board shall be led by the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall nominate an Assistant Treasurer to assist with the Finance Board. The Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer shall comprise the Finance Board, along with any other members of The Pride who wish to participate.

 

Section C. Duties of the Assistant Treasurer:

 

The Assistant Treasurer shall work with the Treasurer in all matters relating to the finances of The Pride. The Assistant Treasurer must be a member in good standing and must meet the same qualifications, including requirement to swear or affirm lack of past criminality or dishonesty, as the Treasurer under Article V, Section C. The Assistant Treasurer must be confirmed by a vote of the Executive Board, following nomination by the Treasurer.

 

Once confirmed, the Assistant Treasurer shall serve for the same length of term as the Treasurer, have access to finances of The Pride, and shall be allowed to sit for the Treasurer at all Executive Board meetings if the Treasurer is unavailable.

 

Section D. Meetings of the Finance Board:

 

The Finance Board shall meet quarterly, or more frequently as needed, to maintain and manage the finances of The Pride. Meeting location and dates shall be at the discretion of the Treasurer and shall be announced as part of the regular updates from the Treasurer at regular meetings of The Pride.

 

| ARTICLE VII: ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD |

 

Section A. Purpose of the Administrative Board:

 

The Administrative Board's purpose shall be to create an open forum for the Membership to interact with one another and take active role in charting the course of The Pride. The Administrative Board shall be responsible for bringing ideas and plans for all aspects of The Pride to the Executive Board for approval.

 

Section B. Members of the Administrative Board:

 

The Administrative Board shall be led by the Vice President and shall include the Membership Chair and the Matchday Coordinator, as well as any other members of The Pride who wish to participate.

 

Section C. Schedule of Administrative Board Meetings:

 

Meetings of the Administrative Board shall be scheduled regularly at the discretion of the Vice President and a time and place determined by the Vice President. The Vice President shall make every effort to schedule meetings with a goal of encouraging the maximum amount of participation among the Membership.

 

Section D. Creation of Committees and Committee Chairs:

 

The Vice President shall, with the advice and consent of the Administrative Board, create any committees and appoint any committee chairs as he or she sees fit. The purpose of any committee shall be set by the Vice President, consistent with the Mission Statement and Purpose of The Pride. All committees and appointments for committee chairs shall be presented to the Executive Board for ratification by a simple majority vote.

 

| ARTICLE VIII: HONOR BOARD |

 

Section A. Purpose of the Honor Board:

 

The Honor Board's purpose shall be to enforce The Pride Honor Code, uphold the mission statement of The Pride, and ensure that The Pride remains an organization that is open, welcoming, and accepting to all persons regardless of age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical appearance, political affiliation or any other characterization.

 

Section B. Members of the Honor Board:

 

The Honor Board shall be led by the Membership Chair. The Membership Chair shall nominate up to four (4) additional members in good standing of The Pride to serve on the Honor Board. The additional members shall be presented to the Executive Board for ratification by a simple majority vote, and shall serve, upon ratification, for a term of (6) months.

 

The Secretary shall also be present at any official meeting of the Honor Board, but shall not have a vote in any decisions of the Honor Board.

 

Section C. Duties of the Honor Board:

 

The Honor Board shall impartially and diligently investigate any and all reported violations of The Pride Honor Code. Upon receipt of a report of a potential violation of The Pride Honor Code, the Honor Board shall open an investigation and collect evidence to prepare a report to the Executive Board and recommendation of disciplinary action.

 

Section D. Power of the Honor Board:

 

The Honor Board shall be authorized to issue requests to members of The Pride to give statements regarding any allegation involving a violation of The Pride Honor Code. The Honor Board, at it's discretion, can request members of The Pride to appear in person at a meeting of the Honor Board for the purpose of giving testimony regarding allegations of Honor Code violations.

 

Once an investigation has been completed, the Honor Board shall report all findings to the Executive Board, including a determination of whether an Honor Code violation exists and a recommended course of action for the Executive Board to take.

 

Section E. Recommendations of the Honor Board

 

When issuing a finding that a violation of The Pride Honor Code has occurred, the Honor Board shall also recommend a course of action to the Executive Board.

 

·         For a first infraction or minor infraction of The Pride Honor Code, the Honor Board shall recommend one or more of the following courses of action:

 

     A written warning

     Public reprimand

     Requirement of an apology

     Temporary ban from all Pride activities

 

·         For a repeat infraction or major infraction of The Pride Honor Code, the Honor Board shall have the following courses of action available for recommendation in addition to the previously listed courses of action:

 

     Season long ban from all Pride activities

     Revocation of membership (with option to re-apply)

     Revocation of membership and lifetime ban from all Pride activities

 

Section F. Responsibilities of Members Appearing Before the Honor Board:

 

Members who appear before the Honor Board, or who are asked to submit written statements to the Honor Board, shall abide by The Pride Honor Code, which requires a duty of candor and honesty in all dealings with the Honor Board and a duty to report all knowledge of Honor Code violations.

 

Section G. Confidentiality of Reports:

 

The Honor Board shall exercise all reasonable efforts to respect a request for confidentiality from any individual coming forward to request an investigation or report a violation of The Pride Honor Code.

 

Section H. Schedule of Honor Board Meetings:

 

The Honor Board shall meet only as necessary. Dates and times for meetings of the Honor Board shall be at the discretion of the Membership Chair and in consultation with the other members of the Honor Board. 

| X. DISCIPLINE |

 

Section A. Disciplinary Powers:

 

The Executive Board shall have full authority over all disciplinary matters within The Pride, including all violations of The Pride Honor Code. Disciplinary options available to the Executive Board include, but are not limited to: warnings, reprimands, suspensions, requirements to take corrective action, bans, and lifetime bans.

 

Section B. Disciplinary Actions:

 

Disciplinary action may only be brought by a motion of a member of the Executive Board, after hearing a factual report and recommendation from the Honor Board. Any member of The Pride requesting disciplinary action be taken against another member must first submit his or her request to the Honor Board.

 

Once a motion to enact disciplinary sanctions against a member has been made and seconded, a 2/3 supermajority vote of the Executive Board is required to pass the motion. For a lifetime ban to imposed, a unanimous vote of the Executive Board is required.

 

If a disciplinary action motion is passed, the Secretary shall note the vote and the sanction authorized in the official minutes of The Pride and draft a letter or e-mail to the sanctioned party informing them of the decision of the Executive Board and the type of sanction imposed.

 

Section C. Disciplinary Enforcement:

 

The Executive Board, and specifically the Membership Chair, shall be responsible for seeing the discipline is enforced. The Membership Chair shall make reasonable efforts to enforce activity bans and suspensions, understanding that certain events for The Pride, such as matchday gatherings in the supporters section of the home pitch, do not lend themselves to excluding individuals easily.

 

No member of The Pride shall engage in conduct that violates the laws of the State of Ohio, the ordinances of any city, college or municipal entity where the home pitch is located, or the rules of FC Cincinnati in order to enforce Club discipline.

 

Section D. Disciplinary Enforcement for an Honor Board Member

 

Should a member of the Honor Board be accused of any violation of The Pride Honor Code, the accusation shall be immediately reported to the Executive Board, and an ad-hoc special committee of the President and four (4) other members in good standing of The Pride shall be created for the purpose of evaluating the accusation, gathering information, and presenting a recommendation to the Executive Board.

 

Section E. Appeals:

 

The decision of the Executive Board on matters of discipline other than bans lasting longer than one year is final.

 

For bans lasting longer than one year, the Honor Board may move for reconsideration of a ban by the Membership at a Membership Congress. If the Honor Board so moves, the Honor Board must present the case for lifting the ban, as well as the reasons for the ban initially, to the Membership Congress for a vote. A ban lasting longer than one year may only be overturned by a supermajority 2/3 vote of all members present at the Membership Congress as well as a 2/3 supermajority vote of the Executive Board.

 

Should a ban be overturned, the Secretary shall note the vote in the minutes and draft a letter to the banned party, notifying them their ban has been overturned.

 

Section F. Reinstatement:

 

Any member who has served a term of suspension longer than six (6) months, or who has a lifetime ban or suspension lifted by means of a successful appeal, must re-apply for membership upon the conclusion of the suspension or lifting of the suspension or lifetime ban. Granting of the re-application shall be conditional upon payment of dues and a re-affirmation of The Pride Honor Code.

 

| XI. AMENDMENTS |

 

Section A. Process of Amendments:

 

Amendments to the Bylaws may be proposed by any member of The Pride prior to a Membership Congress. The amendment shall then be distributed via normal communications channels to the Membership at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

 

Section B. Voting of Amendments:

 

Amendments to the Bylaws require a second and a 2/3 supermajority vote of both the Executive Board and the Membership.

 

All members of the Pride who have been members in good standing for at least sixty (60) days shall be eligible to vote on proposed amendments to the bylaws.

 

Section C. Voting Procedure:

 

Voting shall be conducted by the Secretary and utilize a secret ballot format. Voting shall consist of a Yes or No question on the issue of adopting the proposed amendment.

 

| XII. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS |

 

Section A. Review of Regulations and Bylaws:

 

The Executive Board shall order review of the Regulations and Bylaws of The Pride not less than once every three (3) years. The President shall appoint an ad hoc committee for the purpose of reviewing the Regulations and Bylaws and making any recommendations for changes.

 

Section B. Invalid Provisions:  

 

In the event that any portion of these Bylaws is found to be in violation of any local, state, or federal regulation, ordinance, or statute, the remaining portion of these Bylaws shall be unaffected and remain in full force and effect.

 

Section C. Disposition of Assets:

 

Should The Pride cease to exist, the remaining assets and funds of The Pride shall be disbursed consistent with the Mission Statement and Purpose at the direction of the Executive Board prior to dissolution.

 

Section D. Statement of Independence:

 

The Pride asserts and declares that it is a fully independent and autonomous supporters club and is answerable to no entities or individuals other than the Membership and any state, local or federal governmental agencies.