Unit Bylaws



Section 1.1: Name. The name of this organization is ACBL UNIT 509: SANTA ROSA/PETALUMA (referred to in these Bylaws as the “Unit”).

Section 1.2: Purposes. The purposes for which the Unit is organized are: (l) to foster community welfare in the furtherance of the game of contract bridge in its various forms of competition; (2) to promulgate high standards of conduct and ethics to its members and to enforce such standards; (3) to provide organized bridge activities and services to satisfy the social recreational, and competitive needs of the membership and the community; (4) to conduct tournaments and other competitive events as permitted by the American Contract Bridge League; and (5) to conduct such other activities as may be in keeping with its principal objectives.


The Unit is a separate legal entity that interacts with the ACBL through the Unit charter process and exists for the purposes specified in Article I of these Bylaws. As such, the Unit and its members shall be subject to and abide by the Bylaws and regulations of the ACBL as in existence and amended from time to time by the ACBL. No rule, regulation or Bylaw adopted by the Unit shall be inconsistent with or be in contravention of the rules, regulations and Bylaws of the ACBL. The Unit shall conduct its affairs in a manner consistent with the rules, regulations, policies, procedures and Bylaws of the ACBL.


Section 3.1: Dues. Annual dues shall be determined by ACBL laws.

Section 3.2: Assessments. The Board of Directors shall have no power to levy any special assessment.


Section 4.1: Members. Any person who is a member of the ACBL and resides within the geographical area over which this Unit has jurisdiction shall be a member of the Unit. Any person who lives outside the geographical area over which this Unit has jurisdiction may apply for membership in the Unit according to regulations established by the ACBL. Any person who resides within the geographical area of the Unit may apply to become a member of a different Unit according to regulations established by the ACBL.

Section 4.2: Rights and Obligations. In accordance with the procedures established by the ACBL Board of Directors, the members of the Unit shall have voting rights and any other legal rights or privileges in connection with the governance of the Unit. Members of the Unit shall be required to abide by, and to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with, the Bylaws, regulations, policies, code of conduct and ethics standards established by the ACBL.

Section 4.3: Termination of Membership. A member shall remain a member of the Unit unless and until he/she changes his/her residence to a place outside the jurisdiction of the Unit, without taking the necessary steps to retain membership in the Unit, per ACBL regulations.


Section 5.1: Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting of the Unit shall be held at such time and place as may from time to time be fixed by the President or the Board and on a day prior to the 1st of January of the following year. The agenda of the Annual Meeting shall include presentation of annual reports and transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Failure to hold an annual meeting shall not work a forfeiture or dissolution of the Unit or invalidate any action taken by the Board of Directors or Officers of the Unit.

Section 5.2: Special Meetings. Special meetings of the membership of the Unit may be called by the President or by the Board of Directors. A special meeting shall be called by the President upon ten (10) days of written notice to members. Notice shall contain an agenda of matters to be taken up at such meeting.

Section 5.3: Place of Meeting. All membership meetings of the Unit shall be held within the geographical limits of the Unit.

Section 5.4: Notice of Meetings. Notice, written, printed or by electronic transmission, stating the place, day and hour of the annual meeting and, in the case of a special meeting, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, shall be delivered not less than ten (l0) days before the date of the meeting, by or at the direction of the President, Secretary or officers or persons calling the meeting, to each member entitled to vote at such meeting.

Section 5.5: Quorum. Quorum consists of thirty (30) members in good standing.

Section 5.6: Proxy Voting. No proxy voting shall be permitted at membership meetings.


Section 6.1: Powers and Duties. The management of all business, property, interests, and other affairs of the Unit are vested in its Board of Directors. Among the powers hereby conferred is: (1) the power to appoint a Disciplinary Chairperson who will then convene a committee to act in accordance with ACBL Rules and Regulations; (2) to delegate non-policy making authority to members who are not Directors; and, (3) in general to take such other and further actions as may from time to time be necessary to further and implement the purposes and aims of the Unit as set forth in Article I. The Board of Directors is the sole judge of its own membership.

Section 6.2: Directors’ Fiduciary Duties and Standards of Conduct. Each Director is subject to a duty of loyalty to the Unit and a duty of care in the performance of his duties as a Director.

Section 6.3: Nomination and Election of Directors. At a time reasonably in advance of each annual meeting of the Unit, the President shall appoint a nominating committee. The nominating committee shall determine and present to the members a list of nominees for election as Directors to fill the positions of those Directors whose terms shall expire at the end of the year. The members shall, by the affirmative vote as required by the provisions of Section 5.5 of these Bylaws, elect the requisite number of Directors from among the list of nominees.

Section 6.4: Number. The Board of Directors shall consist of seven (7) members. All Directors must be members in good standing of the ACBL as well as members of the Unit.

Section 6.5: Term of Office. Directors shall be elected each year for terms of office of two (2) years, the terms to commence January 1st of the year following the election. All Board Members shall hold office until their successors are elected and qualified or until their sooner death, resignation or removal.

Section 6.6: Regular and Special Meetings. The Board shall establish a schedule for regular meetings. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held, with proper notice, not less frequently than once per year. Special meetings of the Board may be called at any time by the President, the Board, or upon the written request of three (3) or more Directors.

Section 6.7: Notice. Notice, written or printed, of any regular or special meeting stating the place, day and hour of the meeting shall be made available no fewer than ten (10) days prior to the date of the meeting. Notice may be provided only by electronic transmission (e-mail) to those members of the Board of Directors who so consent.

Section 6.8: Waiver of Notice. Attendance of a Director at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a director attends for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened. A waiver of notice signed by the Director or Directors, whether before or after the time stated for the meeting, shall be equivalent to the giving of notice.

Section 6.9: Participation in Motions by E-mail. The board may pass motions by e-mail only if the motion is voted on by every board member and is unanimous.
Section 6. 10: Quorum. A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board of Directors.

Section 6.11: Vacancies. All vacancies in the Board of Directors, whether caused by resignation, death or otherwise, may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining Directors. A Director elected to fill any vacancy shall hold office for the unexpired term of his predecessor and until a successor is elected and qualified.

Section 6.12: Removal. A Director or member of the Board of Directors may be removed for cause at any meeting of the Board of Directors provided two-thirds of those present shall so vote. The Director subject to removal for cause shall be notified in writing of the grounds for such removal. Such notice shall be delivered by certified mail. The grounds for such removal must be submitted with the notice of said meeting and said Director shall have a reasonable opportunity at said meeting to object to and argue his removal with representation by counsel of his choosing.

Section 6.13: Resignation. Any Director may resign at any time by delivering written notice to the President or the Secretary, or by giving oral or written notice at any meeting of the Board of Directors. A Director’s resignation will take effect upon delivery of notice unless the notice of resignation specifies a later effective date. Acceptance of a Director’s resignation will not be necessary to make it effective.

Section 6.14: Voting by Proxy. Voting by proxy is not permitted.


Section 7.1: Designations. The officers of the Unit shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The Board of Directors shall elect all officers for terms of one (1) year. Officers shall hold office until their successors are elected and qualified.

Section 7.2: President. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors, shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Unit and shall perform such other duties as are incident to the office or are properly required of the President by the Board of Directors. The President serves at the approval of the Board of Directors.

Section 7.3: Vice President. During the absence or disability of the President, the Vice President shall exercise all the functions of the President.

Section 7.4: Secretary. The Secretary shall issue notices for all meetings, shall keep minutes of all meetings, shall have charge of the Unit books, and shall make such reports and perform such other duties as are incident to the office, or are properly required of the Secretary by the Board of Directors.

Section 7.5: Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have the custody of all monies and securities of the Unit and shall keep regular books of account. The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the Unit in payment of the just demands against the Unit or as may be ordered by the Board of Directors and shall render to the Board of Directors, from time to time as may be required, an account of all transactions undertaken as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Unit. The Treasurer shall perform such other duties as are incident to the office or are properly required by the Board of Directors.

Section 7.6: Delegation. If any officer of the Unit is absent or unable to act and no other person is authorized to act in such officer’s place by the provisions of these Bylaws, the Board of Directors may, from time to time, delegate the powers or duties of such officer to any other officer, director or other person it may select.

Section 7.7: Vacancies. In case any office shall become vacant by reason of death, resignation, and removal or otherwise, the Directors then in office may appoint a successor or successors for the unexpired term.

Section 7.8: Compensation and Reimbursement of Officers. The officers of the Unit shall serve without compensation but may be authorized to receive reimbursement of expenditures made on behalf of the Unit.

Section 7.9: Resignation of Officers. Any Officer may resign at any time by delivering written notice to the President, the Secretary, or the Board of Directors, or by giving oral or written notice at any meeting of the Board of Directors.


Section 8.1: Establishment. The President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, shall have the power to create and appoint the members of such standing and special committees as he or she may deem necessary or appropriate, designate the chairs thereof and assign functions thereto. The members of committees need not be members of the Board of Directors.

Section 8.2: Executive Committee. The Board may designate, from among its Directors, an Executive Committee with powers as provided by resolution of the Board of Directors except as prohibited by nonprofit law. Rules governing meetings of the Executive Committee shall be as established by the Board of Directors, or in the absence thereof, by the committee itself.

Section 8.3: Other Committees. Other committees shall be established at the discretion of the President. Each committee may adopt rules for its meetings, which are not inconsistent with these Bylaws.

Section 8.4: Term of Office. Each member of a committee shall serve until a successor is appointed, unless the committee is sooner dissolved.


These Bylaws may be amended, altered or repealed and new bylaws may be adopted by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at any meeting of the members at which a quorum is present, and not otherwise.


Section 10.1: Tournaments. The unit shall have complete authority over all tournaments conducted by it, subject to the regulations of ACBL.

Section 10.2: Publication. Any publication of the Unit shall be as designated by the Board of Directors and shall be published by the Unit.

Section 10.3: Inoperative Portion. If any portion of the Bylaws shall be invalid or inoperative, then, to the extent reasonable and possible, the remainder shall be valid and operative, and effect shall be given to the intent that portion held invalid or inoperative manifests.

Section 10.4: Books and Records. The Unit shall keep correct and complete books and records of accounts and shall keep minutes of all proceedings of its Board of Directors and membership meetings for at least four years.

Section 10.5: Fiscal Year. The fiscal year for the Unit shall run from January 1st to December 31st.

Section 10.6: Loans. The Unit will not make loans to any Director or Officer. Any Director or Officer who assents to or participates in the making of any such loan shall be liable to the Unit for the amount of such loan until the repayment thereof.


The Unit is not organized, nor shall it be operated, for pecuniary gain or profit, and it does not contemplate the distribution of gains, profits or dividends to its members. It is organized solely for nonprofit purposes. On the dissolution or winding up of this Unit, assets remaining after payment of, or provision for payment of, all debts and liabilities of this Unit shall be distributed according to the regulations and policies of the ACBL. If this Unit holds any assets in trust, they shall be disposed of in such a manner as may be directed by judgment of a court of appropriate jurisdiction.