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Vaughan Soccer Club Constitution

(Vaughan Soccer Club Inc.)


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Article 1: NAME

The name of this Club shall be the Vaughan Soccer Club, hereinafter referred to as the Club.


The headquarters of the Club shall be located within the District Boundaries of the

York Region Soccer Association hereinafter referred to as the District Association.

 

Article 2: MISSION STATEMENT


The
Vaughan Soccer Club will endeavour to provide an equal opportunity for players to play indoor and outdoor soccer at the recreational and competitive levels and to assist all participants in achieving their full potential through the development of players, coaches, referees and administrators.

 


Article 3: OBJECTIVES


The Club shall have the following objectives:

1.     To promote and develop the game of soccer within its boundaries.

2.     To help individuals to develop their character as resourceful and responsible members of their community by providing opportunities, through the game of soccer, for their mental, physical, social and leadership development.

 

Article 4: MANDATE

1.     To foster, develop and promote indoor and outdoor soccer, notwithstanding the ability or gender of the player.

2.     To provide teams at the recreational and competitive levels.

3.     To encourage mini soccer.

4.     To work together in harmony with the City of Vaughan Parks & Recreational Department.

 


Article 5: AFFILIATIONS


The Club shall be a Member of the
Ontario Soccer Association, the York Region Soccer Association, and shall follow the published rules of the District Association and the Ontario Soccer Association, hereinafter referred to as the O.S.A.  The Club is subject to the published rules in declining order of authority of the following bodies to which it is affiliated:

1. The O.S.A.

2. York Region Soccer Association

3. Vaughan Soccer Club

 

Article 6: MEMBERSHIP

There are three classes of Members, namely Regular Member, Honorary Member, and Life Member.

 

 

6.1: REGULAR MEMBER

A Regular Member is either: a register player, a registered team coach, a board director, a register parent or a guardian of a registered player or a registered volunteer with the Club. Although an individual may qualify for, and be registered under, more than one of the above categories, each individual holds only one Membership in the Club, and is entitled to one vote at Members’ meetings. A player shall become a Regular Member when approved by the Club’s Registrar. Upon application, a coach, an assistant coach, or a manager shall become a Regular Memberupon approval by the Directors of the Club.  A Coach is an individual who is registered with the O.S.A. to teach, instruct, train and guide players to play the game of soccer.

 

A Register Volunteer shall become a Regular Member when approved by the Board of Director.

A parent or guardian or a registered player shall become a Regular Member of the Club when approved by the Club’s registrar.

 

 

6.2: HONORARY MEMBER


The Board of Directors may designate an individual to be Honorary Member for a specific 
period of time.

Honorary Member is afforded all rights of membership, including the right to attend and speak at Members’ meetings, but is not entitled to vote.

 

 

6.3: LIFE MEMBER

 

The Board of Directors may designate an individual as a Life Member. A Life Member is afforded all rights of membership, including the right to attend and speak at Members’ meeting, but is not entitled to vote.

 

6.4: FEES


Players’ regi
stration fees shall be set annually by the Board of Directors.

 

 

6.5: DISCIPLINE OF MEMBER

A Member may be fined, censured, suspended or expelled from Membership for cause and only after charges have been laid in accordance with the Club’s published rules and a hearing held in accordance with the Club and OSA’s published rules.  An individual whose Membership has been suspended loses all rights of Membership until the suspension has been completed.  Players, team and team official discipline for game infractions is governed in accordance with the procedure published by the O.S.A.

 

Any Member, who infringes the Articles or rules of the Club or brings the Club into disrepute, may be reprimanded, suspended or expelled from the Club after a hearing by the Board of Directors of the Club at which hearing the Member is entitled to attend.

 

 

6.6 TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP


Membership in the Club shall be deemed to have been terminated:

 

1.     if the Member submits a signed letter of resignation to the Club;

2.     if the Member is expelled by the Club’s Board of Director;

3.     if the Member is no longer registered with the Club.

 

 

ARTICLE 7.0: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

The Club shall be governed by a Board of Directors which shall consist of at least President, Executive Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer or such number not to be less than four, as may be amended from time to time in accordance with the Club ‘s by Laws.  The board may consist of the following positions:

 

President

Executive Vice-President

Competitive Boys Vice-President

Competitive Girls Vice-President

Vice-President Recreational (ages 4 – up)

Treasurer

Secretary

Registrar

Director of Tournaments

Director of Indoor Soccer

Director of Equipment

Director at Large (even years)

Director at Large (odd years)

Director of Marketing

 

A Director may hold more than one position upon approval of the Board of Director. (An individual may only hold one elected position). A Director shall be 18 years of age or older, shall not be an undischarged bankrupt and shall be a regular Member of the Club. A Director shall serve for a term of two years or until his or her successor is elected or appointed.

 

After an initial Board of Directors has been appointed, the positions of President, Vice-President Boys Competitive, Vice-President of Girls Competitive, Tournament Director, Equipment Director,  and Director at Large (even) shall be elected for a two year term of office when the year ending is an even number.  The positions of Executive Vice-President, Vice-President Recreational, Secretary, Director at Large (odd), Marketing Director, Registrar, Treasurer, and Director of Indoor Soccer, shall be elected for a two year term of office when the year ending is an odd number.

 

 

ARTICLE 7.1: DIRECTOR VACANCY

 

A Director has the right to resign her or his position by submitting a signed letter of resignation to the Club. A vacancy on the Board of Directors and their respective position(s) held, caused by death, expulsion, or resignation which has been accepted by the Board of Directors, shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.  The successor Director shall hold his or her incumbent’s position(s) for the remainder of the term being filled.

 

ARTICLE 7.2: REMOVAL OF DIRECTOR


No Member of the Board of Director shall be removed for arbitrary reasons but may be removed if:

1.     The Director is unable to perform the duties expected of the position due to, but not limited to, any of the following reasons;

 

-         if he/she becomes incapable of performing the business of the Club

-         if he/she is absent from two or more meetings of the Board without satisfactory reason

-         if he/she no longer resides in a reasonable proximity to the Club

-         if he/she becomes, or is discovered to be, an undischarged bankrupt; or

 

2.     The Director has compromised the integrity of the Club due to, but not limited to, any of the following reasons:

-       if he/she has been found guilty of an offence under the Harassment Policy of the O.S.A.

-       if he/she has been found guilty of an offence involving violence under the Discipline Policy of the O.S.A.

-       if he/she has failed to properly account for monies or other property belonging to the Club

-       if he/she has been found guilty of a criminal offence regardless of whether or not the offence directly affected the Club.

 

A Member of the Board of Directors holding his or her respective position(s), as a Director or other position(s) may be removed from office by the Board of Directors for good and sufficient cause by a 2/3’s vote of the Board of Directors present provided notice to remove the Director, has been given to all Directors of the Club.  If a Director is removed by the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors may appoint a successor to the position(s) for the remainder of the term(s) being filled.

 

 

A Member of the Board of Directors may also be removed from office for good and sufficient cause at a meeting of the Members of the Club provided notice to remove the Director has been given to persons entitled to attend the Member’s meeting.  If a Director is removed at a Member’s meeting, the Members entitled to vote may elect a successor to fill all position(s) held by the removed Director for the remainder of the term(s) being filled.

 

 

7.3: CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND STANDARDS OF CONDUCT 


The Directors shall be subject to the Conflict of Intere
st and Standards of Conduct Policy in the O.S.A.’s published rules. 

 

 

7.4: DUTIES OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

The Board of Directors shall conduct the business of the Club during the periods between general meetings of the Club and in accordance with the authority granted to it in the published rules of the Club.  The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the appointed and renewal of appointments of all positions within the Club except for those positions elected by the Membership of the Club.  Thi shall include the appointment of volunteer and paid positions for coach and administrator positions within the Club’s operations.  The selection process and the appointments shall be based on procedures outlined in the Club’s published rules.

 

 

The Board of Directors may also revoke, for cause, and appointment providing that it has followed the procedures for the revoking an appointment as outline in the Club’s published rules.

 

 

7.5: DUTIES OF DIRECTORS

 

 

7.5A: PRESIDENT

 

Except:

1.     As provided for the Dispute Resolution Policy of the O.S.A., and 

 2.     Where the President delegates the responsibility to another person, the president shall preside at all general meeting of the Club and of the Board of Directors.  The president shall be ex-officio a member of all committees, except any nominations committee; shall appoint all chairs of standing and special committees subject to ratification by the Board; coordinate all duties of the Board, committees, and staff; and shall be spokesperson for the Club.

3.     Shall have other powers as assigned by the Board of Directors. (See Club Rules 3.1)

 

 

7.5B: EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT 

 

The Executive Vice-President shall act in the absent of the President and shall have other powers as assigned by the Board of Directors. (See Club Rules 3.3)

 

 

7.5C: TREASURER

 

The Treasurer shall ensure that full and accurate records are kept of the accounts of the Club; shall report to the Board of Directors at least once per quarter; and shall submit an Annual Report to the Annual General Meeting. (See Club Rules 3.7 for additional duties)

 

7.5D: SECRETARY

 

The Secretary shall maintain a record of all minutes of the organization, maintain copies of all committee reports, notify officers and committee Members of their election or appointment, furnish committees with those documents required to perform their duties, sign all certified copies of acts of the organization (unless otherwise specified in the Club’s published rules), maintain record books in which by-laws, published rules and minutes are entered and have the current record books available at each meeting, send to the Membership a notice of each general meeting, send to the Board of Directors notices of each meeting, conduct the general correspondence of the organization that is not the proper function of another office or committee, prepare, prior to each meeting in consultation with the presiding officer an order of business, and, in the absence of the president and executive vice-president, preside until the immediate election or appointment of a new presiding officer.  (See Rules 3.8 for additional duties)

 

7.6: OTHER DIRECTOR POSITIONS


The duties of other Director Positions shall be determined by the Board of Directors.  Please see 
the following sections of the Club Rules and By-Laws to see the outline of duties for the following position that the Board of Directors have approved.

 

 

Past President (See Rule (3.2)

Vice-President Boys Competitive (See Rule 3.4)

Vice-President Girls Competitive (See Rule 3.5)

Vice-President Recreational ages 4 – up (See Rule 3.6)

Treasurer (See Rule 3.7)

Secretary (See Rule 3.8)

Director of Marketing (See Rule 3.9)

Director of Equipment (See Rule 3.10)

Director of Tournaments (See Rule 3.11)

Director of Registration (See Rules 3.12)

Director of Indoor Soccer (See Rule 3.13)

Director at Large (2) (See Rule 3.14)

 

 

7.7: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS


a. Any eligible candidate who wishes to run for a position on the VSC Board of Directors must declare this in writing
.  This declaration must be dated and submitted to the V.S.C. club office staff at least twenty one day prior to the Annual General Meeting.  Candidates can run for a total of three positions; however can only be elected to one position.  In the event that an existing V.S.C. Board Member wishes to run for another position; that Board Member must resign their current position at least twenty one days prior to the Annual General Meeting.  All nominees will be posted on the V.S.C. website fourteen days prior to the AGM.  In the event that no nominations are received for a position, nominations may be made by any V.S.C. Member at the Annual General Meeting.

b. Nominated person must be an official member of the Vaughan Soccer Cub.

c. Members nominated to run for position of President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary must be a current Board of Director or else nomination is null and void.  In the event that no nominations meet these criteria; nominations may be made by any Member at the Annual General Meeting.

d. Nominations and elections for positions open shall be held in the order of the position listed in the Constitution.

e. Elections shall be by secret ballot, in the event only one candidate has declared to run for a particular board position by following the guidelines has outlined in the by-law 7.7a, no vote is required and the nominated candidate shall be declared elected by acclamation.

f. A majority of the votes cast shall be required to elect Directors.  In the event no candidate receives a majority, the candidate with the least votes shall be dropped from the ballot and another vote shall be held.

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

ARTICLE 8.0: MEETINGS


8.1: GENERAL MEETING
 

 

An official notice of each meeting, shall be given to all Members at least 14 days before the meeting is to be held, at such place, and at such date as the Board of Directors may determine. Such notification shall be by e-mail, and or by the following methods website notice, posting at Club office and phone call.


 

A quorum at a General Meeting shall be a minimum of twenty five (25) voting members.  All matters will be decided by a simple majority of votes cast by members present, except as defined in certain circumstances elsewhere in this Constitution or By-Laws.

 

 

8.2: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

 

The Club shall hold its Annual General Meeting no later that January 31 of the following year. The Agenda of the Annual General Meeting shall include:

 

1.     Roll Call

2.     Credentials Report

3.     Minutes of Previous Annual General Meeting

4.     President’s Report

5.     Officer’s Report

6.     Treasurer’s Report

7.     Auditor’s Report

8.     Appointment of Auditors

9.     Other Reports

10.   Unfinished Business

11.   Amendments to the By-Laws

12.   Roll Call

13.   Election of Officers and Directors

14.   Any Other Business

15.   Adjournment


8.3: SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
 

A Special General Meeting of the Club:

a. May be called by the Board of Directors, or

 

b.  shall be called by the Board of Directors upon receipt of a written request submitted to the Club by registered mail, certified mail, trace mail, courier service, hand delivery, fax or e-mail, signed by not less than 100 Members or 25% of the voting Membership, whichever is less, setting out the items of business to be conducted at the Special General Meeting.  The Special General Meeting shall be held within 30 days of receipt of the written request from the Members.

 

Only the business set out in the notice of the Special General Meeting shall be considered.

 


8.4: VOTING AT GENERAL MEETING

Every regular Member aged 18 and over shall have the right to attend, speak and cast one vote at Members’ meeting of the Club.

 

Every regular Member under the age of 18 shall have the right to attend and speak at Members’ meetings, but any vote must be cast by a parent or guardian who shall also have the right to attend and speak on behalf of that Member at Members’ meetings.

 

 

Eligible voter is a registered senior player, coach assistant coach, manager, trainer, board member, parent or guardian of registered youth player (under the age of 18), registered

volunteer. (One vote for every registered youth player maximum 2 votes per family, no one person can vote twice and no vote for paid personnel).


 

Any member whose voting privileges are challenged will be authenticated by the registrar and or Executive Board, whose decision shall be final.

 

 

8.5: PROXY VOTING AT GENERAL MEETING 


Every Regular Member, or parent or guardian of a Regular Member under the age of 18, is 
entitled to vote at a meeting of Members may by means of a proxy appoint a person, who need not be a Member, as the Member’s nominee to attend and act at the meeting in the manner, to the extent and with the power conferred by the proxy.

 

 

An individual may only hold one proxy. The format for the proxy, and the issue, or issues, for which the proxy may be cast are as defined in the Rules and Regulations.

 

Every Club proxy form must be submitted to the club 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting for authentication.

 

 

8.6: BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

 

The Board of Director shall meet at least four times per year, upon 14 days notice given by the President and Secretary, at such place and time as the Board of Directors may determine. A majority of the Members of the Board of Directors shall form a quorum at all meetings of the Board.  Questions arising at any meeting shall be decided by a majority of votes where each director is entitled to cast one vote.

 

 

ARTICLE 9: COMMITTEES

 

The Membership at any General Meeting, or the Board of Directors at any meeting of the Board, may establish a standing committee or special committee to carry out specific business or program of the Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 10: PROCEDURES GOVERNING MEETINGS


All meetings of the Club shall be conducted in accordance with the mo
st recently published Robert’s Rules of Order Newly revised except as a may be otherwise stipulated in this By-Law or other rules and Regulations of the Club.

 


ARTICLE 11: BY-LAWS AND AMENDMENTS

a. By-Law amendments may be proposed by the Board of Directors, or submitted by a Member to the Club:

 

In writing at least 21 days prior to a general meeting of the Club; and must be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, and by a 2/3’s vote of the Membership voting in person or by a proxy at a meeting of the Club duly called for that purpose.

 

b. All members entitled to vote shall be notified with the Club’s notice of the said Members’ meeting about By-Law amendments.  Such notification shall be by Board of   Directors.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 12: RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

The Club shall have Rules and Regulations which shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

a.   Discipline of a Member: summary of charges regarding misconduct

b.   Discipline of a Member: procedures for discipline hearing

c.   Duties of Board of Directors: authority granted to Board regarding the business being conducted

d.  Duties of Board of Directors: selection process and appointed process for the appointment and renewal of appointments to the League’s paid and volunteer positions

e.  Duties of Board of Directors: process for revoking appointments

f.  Voting at General Meeting: format for the proxy, the issue, or issues, for which the proxy may be cast.

 

The Board of Directors may approve and publish Rules and Regulations which are not inconsistent with this By-Law and are not inconsistent with the Rules and Regulations of a

higher level governing organization. Amendments to the Rules and Regulations may be made by a majority vote of the Board of Directors or the Members at a General Meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 13: INDEMNITY

 

Members of the Board of Directors or other servants to the Club, their heirs, executors, administrators and estate and effects respectively shall be indemnified and saved harmless at all time by the Club against all costs, losses, and expenses incurred by them respectively in or about the discharge of their respective duties, except such as happens from their own respective wilful neglect or default.

 

 

ARTICLE 14: FINANCE

The account of the Club shall:

a.    be audited annually by a Chartered Accountant if the annual Gross Revenue is greater than $30 000; or

b.    be reviewed annually through a Financial Review Engagement completed by a Certified General Accountant, Certified Management Accountant or Certified

Accountant, if the annual gross revenue is $30 000 or less; or 

 c.   with the consent of all its Members, be exempt from any audit or Financial Review Engagement if the Annual Gross Revenue is less than $10 000.

 

 

The audit or the Financial Review Engagement statement shall be presented to the Annual General Meeting for adoption.

 

At the Annual General Meeting of the Club, a chartered accountant firm shall be appointed to perform the audit or the Financial Review Engagement.

 

The Club’s fiscal year end is the period ending October 1st – September 30th.

 

 

ARTICLE 15: DISPUTE RESOLUTION 


The Club shall adhere to the Dispute Resolution process as published and approved by the 
O.S.A. from time to time.

 

Any Member of the club may initiate the Dispute Resolution process by communicating in writing to the O.S.A., with a copy to the Club and District Association, the nature and facts of

the dispute.  The O.S.A., at its discretion, may proceed with the Dispute Resolution process by assigning one or more neutral persons to the dispute. The Dispute Resolution process shall not be used for game discipline which follows the normal discipline and appeals process. The Club shall make available to any Member the Dispute Resolution process when requested.


 

 

ARTICLE 16; HARASSMENT

The Club shall adhere to the Harassment Policy as published and approved by the O.S.A. from time to time. The Harassment Policy shall apply to all employees, directors, officers, volunteers, coaches, game officials, administrators, players, Members and registrants of the Club. Harassment is defined as any comment, conduct, or gesture directed toward an individual or group of individuals which is insulting, intimidating, humiliating, malicious, degrading, or offensive.  It includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment.

 

 

The Club shall make available to any Member the Harassment Policy when requested.


ARTICLE 17: APPEALS

a.  Any Member or registrant of the Club directly affected by a decision of the Club may appeal such decision.  The denial or termination of Membership in the Club may be

appealed by a non-Member. 

 b.  A decision of the Club may be appealed to the District Association with which the Club as affiliation. The appeal shall be conducted in accordance with the O.S.A.’s and District Association’s published rules.

c.  An individual shall not appeal a decision made by the Board of Directors regarding the appointment, non-appointment, re-appointment or revocation of an appointment of an

individual to any coach or administrator position within the Club’s operations, except where the selection, appointment and revocation process outlined in the Club’s published

rules have not been followed.

d.  An individual shall not appeal a decision made by the Club regarding a player’s team assignment.

 

 

ARTICLE 18: SIGNING AUTHORITY

 

1.   All cheques or binding agreements must be signed by both President and Treasurer.

2.    In the absence of either the President or Treasurer, the Executive Vice-President shall be authorized signing officer.

3.   Any other Executive Board member may be granted temporary signing privileges, excluding, signing of cheques, upon unanimous approval of the Executive Board.

 

 

ARTICLE 19: GENERAL RULES

1.   Rules, policies and procedures governing the operation of the Club which are not covered by this Constitution shall be developed, approved and published by the Executive Board.


 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 20: BREACH OF CONSTITUTION

 

Any Board member knowing or is informed of any breach of the Constitution or Club Rules and By-Laws at any time shall report the matter to the Executive Board.  The Executive Board shall investigate the allegation and if verified to be true, shall proceed with a Constitutional protest against the offender and take appropriate action.

 


ARTICLE 21: DISSOLUTION

 

In the event of dissolution of the Club, and after payment of all debts and liabilities, its remaining property shall be distributed or disposed of by the Board of Directors to one or more non-for-profit soccer related organizations, or any not-for-profit athletic community organizations, which operate solely in Ontario.

 


ARTICLE 22: DEFINITIONS/TERMINOLOGY

 

Terminology used in this By-Law shall have the same meaning, as used by the O.S.A. in its letters patent, By-Laws and published rules.

 

 

Revised February 2nd, 2011

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CONSTITUTION

(Vaughan Soccer Club Inc.)


Article 1: NAME

The name of this Club shall be the Vaughan Soccer Club, hereinafter referred to as the Club.


The headquarters of the Club shall be located within the District Boundaries of the

York Region Soccer Association hereinafter referred to as the District Association.

 

Article 2: MISSION STATEMENT


The
Vaughan Soccer Club will endeavour to provide an equal opportunity for players to play indoor and outdoor soccer at the recreational and competitive levels and to assist all participants in achieving their full potential through the development of players, coaches, referees and administrators.

 


Article 3: OBJECTIVES


The Club shall have the following objectives:

1.     To promote and develop the game of soccer within its boundaries.

2.     To help individuals to develop their character as resourceful and responsible members of their community by providing opportunities, through the game of soccer, for their mental, physical, social and leadership development.

 

Article 4: MANDATE

1.     To foster, develop and promote indoor and outdoor soccer, notwithstanding the ability or gender of the player.

2.     To provide teams at the recreational and competitive levels.

3.     To encourage mini soccer.

4.     To work together in harmony with the City of Vaughan Parks & Recreational Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article 5: AFFILIATIONS


The Club shall be a Member of the
Ontario Soccer Association, the York Region Soccer Association, and shall follow the published rules of the District Association and the Ontario Soccer Association, hereinafter referred to as the O.S.A.  The Club is subject to the published rules in declining order of authority of the following bodies to which it is affiliated:

1. The O.S.A.

2. York Region Soccer Association

3. Vaughan Soccer Club

 

Article 6: MEMBERSHIP

There are three classes of Members, namely Regular Member, Honorary Member, and Life Member.

 

 

6.1: REGULAR MEMBER

A Regular Member is either: a register player, a registered team coach, a board director, a register parent or a guardian of a registered player or a registered volunteer with the Club. Although an individual may qualify for, and be registered under, more than one of the above categories, each individual holds only one Membership in the Club, and is entitled to one vote at Members’ meetings. A player shall become a Regular Member when approved by the Club’s Registrar. Upon application, a coach, an assistant coach, or a manager shall become a Regular Memberupon approval by the Directors of the Club.  A Coach is an individual who is registered with the O.S.A. to teach, instruct, train and guide players to play the game of soccer.

 

A Register Volunteer shall become a Regular Member when approved by the Board of Director.

A parent or guardian or a registered player shall become a Regular Member of the Club when approved by the Club’s registrar.

 

 

6.2: HONORARY MEMBER


The Board of Directors may designate an individual to be Honorary Member for a specific 
period of time.

Honorary Member is afforded all rights of membership, including the right to attend and speak at Members’ meetings, but is not entitled to vote.

 

 

6.3: LIFE MEMBER

 

The Board of Directors may designate an individual as a Life Member. A Life Member is afforded all rights of membership, including the right to attend and speak at Members’ meeting, but is not entitled to vote.

 

6.4: FEES


Players’ regi
stration fees shall be set annually by the Board of Directors.

 

 

6.5: DISCIPLINE OF MEMBER

A Member may be fined, censured, suspended or expelled from Membership for cause and only after charges have been laid in accordance with the Club’s published rules and a hearing held in accordance with the Club and OSA’s published rules.  An individual whose Membership has been suspended loses all rights of Membership until the suspension has been completed.  Players, team and team official discipline for game infractions is governed in accordance with the procedure published by the O.S.A.

 

Any Member, who infringes the Articles or rules of the Club or brings the Club into disrepute, may be reprimanded, suspended or expelled from the Club after a hearing by the Board of Directors of the Club at which hearing the Member is entitled to attend.

 

 

6.6 TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP


Membership in the Club shall be deemed to have been terminated:

 

1.     if the Member submits a signed letter of resignation to the Club;

2.     if the Member is expelled by the Club’s Board of Director;

3.     if the Member is no longer registered with the Club.

 

 

ARTICLE 7.0: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

The Club shall be governed by a Board of Directors which shall consist of at least President, Executive Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer or such number not to be less than four, as may be amended from time to time in accordance with the Club ‘s by Laws.  The board may consist of the following positions:

 

President

Executive Vice-President

Competitive Boys Vice-President

Competitive Girls Vice-President

Vice-President Recreational (ages 4 – up)

Treasurer

Secretary

Registrar

Director of Tournaments

Director of Indoor Soccer

Director of Game Officials

Director of Equipment

Director at Large (even years)

Director at Large (odd years)

Director of Marketing

 

A Director may hold more than one position upon approval of the Board of Director. (An individual may only hold one elected position). A Director shall be 18 years of age or older, shall not be an undischarged bankrupt and shall be a regular Member of the Club. A Director shall serve for a term of two years or until his or her successor is elected or appointed.

 

After an initial Board of Directors has been appointed, the positions of President, Vice-President Boys Competitive, Vice-President of Girls Competitive, Tournament Director, Equipment Director, Director of Game Officials, and Director at Large (even) shall be elected for a two year term of office when the year ending is an even number.  The positions of Executive Vice-President, Vice-President Recreational, Secretary, Director at Large (odd), Marketing Director, Registrar, Treasurer, and Director of Indoor Soccer, shall be elected for a two year term of office when the year ending is an odd number.

 

 

ARTICLE 7.1: DIRECTOR VACANCY

 

A Director has the right to resign her or his position by submitting a signed letter of resignation to the Club. A vacancy on the Board of Directors and their respective position(s) held, caused by death, expulsion, or resignation which has been accepted by the Board of Directors, shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.  The successor Director shall hold his or her incumbent’s position(s) for the remainder of the term being filled.

 

ARTICLE 7.2: REMOVAL OF DIRECTOR


No Member of the Board of Director shall be removed for arbitrary reasons but may be removed if:

1.     The Director is unable to perform the duties expected of the position due to, but not limited to, any of the following reasons;

 

-         if he/she becomes incapable of performing the business of the Club

-         if he/she is absent from two or more meetings of the Board without satisfactory reason

-         if he/she no longer resides in a reasonable proximity to the Club

-         if he/she becomes, or is discovered to be, an undischarged bankrupt; or

 

2.     The Director has compromised the integrity of the Club due to, but not limited to, any of the following reasons:

-       if he/she has been found guilty of an offence under the Harassment Policy of the O.S.A.

-       if he/she has been found guilty of an offence involving violence under the Discipline Policy of the O.S.A.

-       if he/she has failed to properly account for monies or other property belonging to the Club

-       if he/she has been found guilty of a criminal offence regardless of whether or not the offence directly affected the Club.

 

A Member of the Board of Directors holding his or her respective position(s), as a Director or other position(s) may be removed from office by the Board of Directors for good and sufficient cause by a 2/3’s vote of the Board of Directors present provided notice to remove the Director, has been given to all Directors of the Club.  If a Director is removed by the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors may appoint a successor to the position(s) for the remainder of the term(s) being filled.

 

 

A Member of the Board of Directors may also be removed from office for good and sufficient cause at a meeting of the Members of the Club provided notice to remove the Director has been given to persons entitled to attend the Member’s meeting.  If a Director is removed at a Member’s meeting, the Members entitled to vote may elect a successor to fill all position(s) held by the removed Director for the remainder of the term(s) being filled.

 

 

7.3: CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND STANDARDS OF CONDUCT 


The Directors shall be subject to the Conflict of Intere
st and Standards of Conduct Policy in the O.S.A.’s published rules. 

 

 

7.4: DUTIES OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

The Board of Directors shall conduct the business of the Club during the periods between general meetings of the Club and in accordance with the authority granted to it in the published rules of the Club.  The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the appointed and renewal of appointments of all positions within the Club except for those positions elected by the Membership of the Club.  Thi shall include the appointment of volunteer and paid positions for coach and administrator positions within the Club’s operations.  The selection process and the appointments shall be based on procedures outlined in the Club’s published rules.

 

 

The Board of Directors may also revoke, for cause, and appointment providing that it has followed the procedures for the revoking an appointment as outline in the Club’s published rules.

 

 

7.5: DUTIES OF DIRECTORS

 

 

7.5A: PRESIDENT

 

Except:

1.     As provided for the Dispute Resolution Policy of the O.S.A., and 

 2.     Where the President delegates the responsibility to another person, the president shall preside at all general meeting of the Club and of the Board of Directors.  The president shall be ex-officio a member of all committees, except any nominations committee; shall appoint all chairs of standing and special committees subject to ratification by the Board; coordinate all duties of the Board, committees, and staff; and shall be spokesperson for the Club.

3.     Shall have other powers as assigned by the Board of Directors. (See Club Rules 3.1)

 

 

7.5B: EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT 

 

The Executive Vice-President shall act in the absent of the President and shall have other powers as assigned by the Board of Directors. (See Club Rules 3.3)

 

 

7.5C: TREASURER

 

The Treasurer shall ensure that full and accurate records are kept of the accounts of the Club; shall report to the Board of Directors at least once per quarter; and shall submit an Annual Report to the Annual General Meeting. (See Club Rules 3.7 for additional duties)

 

7.5D: SECRETARY

 

The Secretary shall maintain a record of all minutes of the organization, maintain copies of all committee reports, notify officers and committee Members of their election or appointment, furnish committees with those documents required to perform their duties, sign all certified copies of acts of the organization (unless otherwise specified in the Club’s published rules), maintain record books in which by-laws, published rules and minutes are entered and have the current record books available at each meeting, send to the Membership a notice of each general meeting, send to the Board of Directors notices of each meeting, conduct the general correspondence of the organization that is not the proper function of another office or committee, prepare, prior to each meeting in consultation with the presiding officer an order of business, and, in the absence of the president and executive vice-president, preside until the immediate election or appointment of a new presiding officer.  (See Rules 3.8 for additional duties)

 

7.6: OTHER DIRECTOR POSITIONS


The duties of other Director Positions shall be determined by the Board of Directors.  Please see 
the following sections of the Club Rules and By-Laws to see the outline of duties for the following position that the Board of Directors have approved.

 

 

Past President (See Rule (3.2)

Vice-President Boys Competitive (See Rule 3.4)

Vice-President Girls Competitive (See Rule 3.5)

Vice-President Recreational ages 4 – up (See Rule 3.6)

Treasurer (See Rule 3.7)

Secretary (See Rule 3.8)

Director of Marketing (See Rule 3.9)

Director of Equipment (See Rule 3.10)

Director of Tournaments (See Rule 3.11)

Director of Game Officials (See Rule 3.12)

Director of Registration (See Rules 3.13)

Director of Indoor Soccer (See Rule 3.14)

Director at Large (2) (See Rule 3.15)

 

 

7.7: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS


a. Nominations for positions on the Board of Directors may be made by any Member at the 
Annual General Meeting or at a Special Meeting called for that purpose.

b. Nominated person must be an official member of the Vaughan Soccer Cub.

c. Members nominated to run for position of President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary must be a board of director or else nomination is null and void.

d. Nominations and elections for positions open shall be held in the order of the position listed in the Constitution.

e. Elections shall be by secret ballot, but in the event only one candidate is nominated, no vote is required and the nominated candidate shall be declared elected by acclamation.

f. A majority of the votes cast shall be required to elect Directors.  In the event no candidate receives a majority, the candidate with the least votes shall be dropped from the ballot and

another vote shall be held.

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

ARTICLE 8.0: MEETINGS


8.1: GENERAL MEETING
 

 

An official notice of each meeting, shall be given to all Members at least 14 days before the meeting is to be held, at such place, and at such date as the Board of Directors may determine. Such notification shall be by e-mail, and or by the following methods website notice, posting at Club office and phone call.


 

Twenty five percent of the voting Membership shall form quorum at all general meetings of the Club.  Any question shall be decided by a majority of the votes unless otherwise required by this By-Law or other Law.

 

 

8.2: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

 

The Club shall hold its Annual General Meeting no later that January 31 of the following year. The Agenda of the Annual General Meeting shall include:

 

1.     Roll Call

2.     Credentials Report

3.     Minutes of Previous Annual General Meeting

4.     President’s Report

5.     Officer’s Report

6.     Treasurer’s Report

7.     Auditor’s Report

8.     Appointment of Auditors

9.     Other Reports

10.   Unfinished Business

11.   Amendments to the By-Laws

12.   Roll Call

13.   Election of Officers and Directors

14.   Any Other Business

15.   Adjournment


8.3: SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
 

A Special General Meeting of the Club:

a. May be called by the Board of Directors, or

 

b.  shall be called by the Board of Directors upon receipt of a written request submitted to the Club by registered mail, certified mail, trace mail, courier service, hand delivery, fax or e-mail, signed by not less than 100 Members or 25% of the voting Membership, whichever is less, setting out the items of business to be conducted at the Special General Meeting.  The Special General Meeting shall be held within 30 days of receipt of the written request from the Members.

 

Only the business set out in the notice of the Special General Meeting shall be considered.

 


8.4: VOTING AT GENERAL MEETING

Every regular Member aged 18 and over shall have the right to attend, speak and cast one vote at Members’ meeting of the Club.

 

Every regular Member under the age of 18 shall have the right to attend and speak at Members’ meetings, but any vote must be cast by a parent or guardian who shall also have the right to attend and speak on behalf of that Member at Members’ meetings.

 

 

Eligible voter is a registered senior player, coach assistant coach, manager, trainer, board member, parent or guardian of registered youth player (under the age of 18), registered

volunteer. (One vote for every registered youth player maximum 2 votes per family, no one person can vote twice and no vote for paid personnel).


 

Any member whose voting privileges are challenged will be authenticated by the registrar and or Executive Board, whose decision shall be final.

 

 

8.5: PROXY VOTING AT GENERAL MEETING 


Every Regular Member, or parent or guardian of a Regular Member under the age of 18, is 
entitled to vote at a meeting of Members may by means of a proxy appoint a person, who need not be a Member, as the Member’s nominee to attend and act at the meeting in the manner, to the extent and with the power conferred by the proxy.

 

 

An individual may only hold one proxy. The format for the proxy, and the issue, or issues, for which the proxy may be cast are as defined in the Rules and Regulations.

 

Every Club proxy form must be submitted to the club 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting for authentication.

 

 

8.6: BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

 

The Board of Director shall meet at least four times per year, upon 14 days notice given by the President and Secretary, at such place and time as the Board of Directors may determine. A majority of the Members of the Board of Directors shall form a quorum at all meetings of the Board.  Questions arising at any meeting shall be decided by a majority of votes where each director is entitled to cast one vote.

 

 

ARTICLE 9: COMMITTEES

 

The Membership at any General Meeting, or the Board of Directors at any meeting of the Board, may establish a standing committee or special committee to carry out specific business or program of the Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 10: PROCEDURES GOVERNING MEETINGS


All meetings of the Club shall be conducted in accordance with the mo
st recently published Robert’s Rules of Order Newly revised except as a may be otherwise stipulated in this By-Law or other rules and Regulations of the Club.

 


ARTICLE 11: BY-LAWS AND AMENDMENTS

a. By-Law amendments may be proposed by the Board of Directors, or submitted by a Member to the Club:

 

In writing at least 21 days prior to a general meeting of the Club; and must be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, and by a 2/3’s vote of the Membership voting in person or by a proxy at a meeting of the Club duly called for that purpose.

 

b. All members entitled to vote shall be notified with the Club’s notice of the said Members’ meeting about By-Law amendments.  Such notification shall be by Board of   Directors.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 12: RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

The Club shall have Rules and Regulations which shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

a.   Discipline of a Member: summary of charges regarding misconduct

b.   Discipline of a Member: procedures for discipline hearing

c.   Duties of Board of Directors: authority granted to Board regarding the business being conducted

d.  Duties of Board of Directors: selection process and appointed process for the appointment and renewal of appointments to the League’s paid and volunteer positions

e.  Duties of Board of Directors: process for revoking appointments

f.  Voting at General Meeting: format for the proxy, the issue, or issues, for which the proxy may be cast.

 

The Board of Directors may approve and publish Rules and Regulations which are not inconsistent with this By-Law and are not inconsistent with the Rules and Regulations of a

higher level governing organization. Amendments to the Rules and Regulations may be made by a majority vote of the Board of Directors or the Members at a General Meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 13: INDEMNITY

 

Members of the Board of Directors or other servants to the Club, their heirs, executors, administrators and estate and effects respectively shall be indemnified and saved harmless at all time by the Club against all costs, losses, and expenses incurred by them respectively in or about the discharge of their respective duties, except such as happens from their own respective wilful neglect or default.

 

 

ARTICLE 14: FINANCE

The account of the Club shall:

a.    be audited annually by a Chartered Accountant if the annual Gross Revenue is greater than $30 000; or

b.    be reviewed annually through a Financial Review Engagement completed by a Certified General Accountant, Certified Management Accountant or Certified

Accountant, if the annual gross revenue is $30 000 or less; or 

 c.   with the consent of all its Members, be exempt from any audit or Financial Review Engagement if the Annual Gross Revenue is less than $10 000.

 

 

The audit or the Financial Review Engagement statement shall be presented to the Annual General Meeting for adoption.

 

At the Annual General Meeting of the Club, a chartered accountant firm shall be appointed to perform the audit or the Financial Review Engagement.

 

The Club’s fiscal year end is the period ending October 1st – September 30th.

 

 

ARTICLE 15: DISPUTE RESOLUTION 


The Club shall adhere to the Dispute Resolution process as published and approved by the 
O.S.A. from time to time.

 

Any Member of the club may initiate the Dispute Resolution process by communicating in writing to the O.S.A., with a copy to the Club and District Association, the nature and facts of

the dispute.  The O.S.A., at its discretion, may proceed with the Dispute Resolution process by assigning one or more neutral persons to the dispute. The Dispute Resolution process shall not be used for game discipline which follows the normal discipline and appeals process. The Club shall make available to any Member the Dispute Resolution process when requested.


 

 

ARTICLE 16; HARASSMENT

The Club shall adhere to the Harassment Policy as published and approved by the O.S.A. from time to time. The Harassment Policy shall apply to all employees, directors, officers, volunteers, coaches, game officials, administrators, players, Members and registrants of the Club. Harassment is defined as any comment, conduct, or gesture directed toward an individual or group of individuals which is insulting, intimidating, humiliating, malicious, degrading, or offensive.  It includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment.

 

 

The Club shall make available to any Member the Harassment Policy when requested.


ARTICLE 17: APPEALS

a.  Any Member or registrant of the Club directly affected by a decision of the Club may appeal such decision.  The denial or termination of Membership in the Club may be

appealed by a non-Member. 

 b.  A decision of the Club may be appealed to the District Association with which the Club as affiliation. The appeal shall be conducted in accordance with the O.S.A.’s and District Association’s published rules.

c.  An individual shall not appeal a decision made by the Board of Directors regarding the appointment, non-appointment, re-appointment or revocation of an appointment of an

individual to any coach or administrator position within the Club’s operations, except where the selection, appointment and revocation process outlined in the Club’s published

rules have not been followed.

d.  An individual shall not appeal a decision made by the Club regarding a player’s team assignment.

 

 

ARTICLE 18: SIGNING AUTHORITY

 

1.   All cheques or binding agreements must be signed by both President and Treasurer.

2.    In the absence of either the President or Treasurer, the Executive Vice-President shall be authorized signing officer.

3.   Any other Executive Board member may be granted temporary signing privileges, excluding, signing of cheques, upon unanimous approval of the Executive Board.

 

 

ARTICLE 19: GENERAL RULES

1.   Rules, policies and procedures governing the operation of the Club which are not covered by this Constitution shall be developed, approved and published by the Executive Board.


 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 20: BREACH OF CONSTITUTION

 

Any Board member knowing or is informed of any breach of the Constitution or Club Rules and By-Laws at any time shall report the matter to the Executive Board.  The Executive Board shall investigate the allegation and if verified to be true, shall proceed with a Constitutional protest against the offender and take appropriate action.

 


ARTICLE 21: DISSOLUTION

 

In the event of dissolution of the Club, and after payment of all debts and liabilities, its remaining property shall be distributed or disposed of by the Board of Directors to one or more non-for-profit soccer related organizations, or any not-for-profit athletic community organizations, which operate solely in Ontario.

 


ARTICLE 22: DEFINITIONS/TERMINOLOGY

 

Terminology used in this By-Law shall have the same meaning, as used by the O.S.A. in its letters patent, By-Laws and published rules.

 

 

Revised February 2nd, 2011

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