LEFT-HANDED GOLFER’S ASSOCIATION
AS OF JANUARY 1, 2020
ARTICLE I -- MEMBERSHIP
CLASS OF MEMBERS: The membership of this association shall be composed of the following classes:
Active: Active members shall be amateurs who play golf left-handed. (an exception to this policy can be made at the discretion of the board).
Honorary: Honorary members shall be those who have been of special service to the association or have been engaged in outstanding activities on behalf of the game of golf generally. Honorary members shall be exempt from payment of dues, shall have voting rights and shall be entitled to hold office.
Special Life: Special life members shall be those members of this association who have performed distinctive services for or on behalf of this association. Special Life members shall be exempt from payment of dues, shall have voting rights and shall be entitled to hold office.
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP: Eligible persons shall submit written application for membership as an active member with payment of dues for the current year to any member of this association, which application will then be presented to the President for approval without delay. In the event of disapproval by the President, the application shall be submitted to the Board of Directors for final action. Honorary and Special Life Members shall be nominated by the Board of Directors for election at the annual meeting of the association.
SUSPENSION AND REINSTATEMENT: Upon written request of not less than five (5) active members or upon the majority vote of the Board of Directors, any member may be dropped from membership. A former member may be reinstated upon written request and application for membership and payment of dues for the current year and such reinstatement fee as the Board of Directors may establish, after acceptance by the Board.
DUES: The annual dues of active members, to be paid in advance and prior to entry in any tournament, shall be fixed by the Board of Directors at the first meeting of the Board immediately following the annual meeting of the association.
ARTICLE II -- DIRECTORS
COMPOSITION: The Board of Directors shall be composed of directors and/or members of the Board of Governors. These Directors shall be entitled to hold Office.
ELECTION: Active members of the association shall be elected as directors as follows:
OFFICERS: Members of the Board who are elected as officers of the association, by such election, shall become directors without further election.
DIRECTORS: The nominating committee shall select not less than three (3) active members of the association as nominees to replace three (3) members of the Board of Directors whose terms expire at the next annual meeting of the association. The nominees so selected, together with any other nominations made by any active members of the association from the floor of the meeting, shall be presented to the annual meeting of the association for the election of not more than six (6) directors by the membership of the association. Any director whose term expires at such annual meeting may be nominated as a director to serve for a full additional term.
TERM: Directors who are elected as officers of the association shall serve as directors for the term of their office. All other directors shall serve for a period of three (3) years from the date of election, unless otherwise specified by the Board of Directors, or until their successors are elected.
VACANCIES: Vacancies occurring for reasons other than expiration of a regular term shall be filled by the remaining directors, or the directors may appoint a member at their discretion, for the remainder of the vacated term, although less than a quorum may exist by reason of such vacancies.
REMOVAL: A Director may be removed from office for reasonable cause, at any meeting of the Board of Directors. Failure of a Director to attend at least 50% of all regularly scheduled board meetings within the calendar year, shall be deemed reasonable cause in the absence of showing of good cause for such absences, as the Directors shall deem appropriate.
ARTICLE III -- BOARD OF GOVERNORS
COMPOSITION: The Board of Governors shall be composed of immediate past presidents of the association, in good standing. These Governors shall be entitled to hold Office.
RIGHTS AND DUTIES: The principal function of the Board of Governors shall be advisory. However, the Governors shall have voting rights.
INACTIVITY: Past Presidents who become inactive by virtue of their lack of participation either from scheduled golfing events or absence from Board of Directors meetings will be considered inactive and dropped from the Board of Governors. A two year absence will constitute inactivity.
ARTICLE IV -- OFFICERS
COMPOSITION: The officers of this association shall be a three member Executive Committee (one being designated the Executive Chairman and two others), Club President, Secretary, and Treasurer. At the option of the Board, the position of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined.
ELECTION: The officers shall be elected by the Board at a meeting thereof to be held prior to the annual meeting of the association, to serve for a term of not less than one year, commencing from the date of the following annual meeting. The Executive Committee members can be re-elected for sequential terms. The Club President, Secretary and Treasurer can be re-elected for sequential terms.
COMPENSATION OF OFFICERS: Allowances for reasonable expenses and services of officers shall be fixed by the Board of Directors from time to time as the Board of Directors may deem necessary and proper.
REMOVAL, RESIGNATION, VACANCY: Any officer may be removed, either with or without cause, by the Board of Directors at any meeting thereof. Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board of Directors and shall be effective upon receipt thereof. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner herein provided for the election of officers.
EXECUTIVE COMMITEE: The Executive Committee shall be the Chief Executive Officers of the association and shall, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, have general supervision and direction of the association. They shall appoint tournament, nominating, and any other committees, and shall perform such other duties as the Board of Directors shall direct.
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN: The Executive Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Board and of the Association. In the absence of the Executive Chairman, any member of the Executive Committee may assume necessary duties.
CLUB PRESIDENT: The Club President shall handle all business transactions with NCGA. Send Dues notices, collect and send dues to NCGA. Maintain a special accounting report. Report any changes of any NCGA policies.
SECRETARY: The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, a book of minutes of all meetings of Directors and members; shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings; shall maintain the roll of all members, and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.
TREASURER: The Treasurer shall receive and keep all funds of the association, maintain and establish bank accounts and make disbursements therefrom in the manner prescribed by the Board of Directors; Render reports; Maintain records pertaining to dues and any other financial matters and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE V -- COMMITTEES
CLASSES: Committees shall consist of permanent and temporary committees.
PERMANENT COMMITTEES: The permanent committees of this association shall consist of the Nominating Committee for the election of the directors and officers, Tournament Committee to recommend venues for the ensuing year, and any other permanent committee to be hereafter created by proper amendments to these by-laws.
TEMPORARY COMMITTEES: The Executive Committee shall appoint such other committees as they shall from time to time deem required necessary in the performance of their duties, which committees shall serve until discharged by the Executive Committee or the expiration of the term established by them or upon the completion of the activity to which assigned.
ARTICLE VI -- MEETINGS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: There shall be not less than four (4) regular meetings of the Board of Directors to be held during any year, and to be held at such times and places as determined and fixed by the Executive Chairman, provided that the first meeting of the Board of Directors in each year shall be held prior to the end of the year, after the annual meeting of the association. Special meetings may be called by the Executive Chairman or by not less than five (5) active members of the Board of Directors.
ASSOCIATION MEETINGS: One (1) annual meeting of the membership of the association shall be held each year, to be held at the time and place fixed by the Executive Chairman during the NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LEFT HANDED GOLFERS ASSOCIATION CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT. Special meetings of the association may be called by a majority of the Board of Directors or by not less than five percent (5%) of the active members of the association in good standing.
QUORUM: Five (5) directors and/or Governors shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of any Board meeting.
Following the notification of all active members in good standing, a quorum at any general meeting of the association shall consist of those in attendance for the conduct of the business of the association.
VOTING: For the removal of a director or an officer, a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors at which a quorum is present shall be required. On all other matters, a majority vote of the Board of Directors or of an association meeting at which a quorum is present, shall be required.
ARTICLE VII -- FISCAL MATTERS
ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE: For the purposes of determining the term of office of any director, officer or governor, a fiscal year is established commencing on the date of the annual meeting of the association.
ACCOUNTING YEAR: The accounting year for this corporation shall commence on January 1st in each year and end on December 31st of the same year.
BANKING AND ACCOUNTING: The Board of Directors shall have sole authority concerning the receipt, investment and disbursement of all funds of this association, and the designation of the banking facilities thereof, provided that all disbursements or withdrawals shall be executed by the Treasurer and that any one of the four officers may sign checks. Only one signature will be required on a check.
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: If for any reason a financial disparity in any business dealing should arise which exceeds twenty percent (20%) or two hundred dollars ($200.00), of the original contractual amount, whichever is the lesser, the Board of Directors must be asked to decide the matter.
ARTICLE VIII -- AMENDMENTS
BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The Board of Directors may amend the Articles of Incorporation or any of the by-laws by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members at a meeting of the Board of Directors at which a quorum is present.
BY MEMBERS: The members of this association may adopt or amend the Articles of Incorporation or any of the by-laws by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the active members at an association meeting at which a quorum is present.