IBL – ByLaws
ARTICLE I: Name Of Corporation
The name of the association shall be the Aquidneck Baseball League. It is organized as a non-profit corporation under the laws of Rhode Island. Hereafter, the word “Island Baseball League or IBL” shall refer to the Aquidneck Baseball League.
ARTICLE II: Purposes
The purposes for which this organization are formed are: ISLAND BASEBALL LEAGUE IS A NON-PROFIT AMATEUR BASEBALL SOCIAL CLUB ORGANIZED FOR PLEASURE, RECREATION, AND OTHER NONPROFITABLE PURPOSES FOR WHICH SUBSTANTIALLY ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES OF WHICH ARE FOR SUCH PURPOSES, NO PART OF THE NET EARNINGS OF WHICH INURES TO THE BENEFIT OF ANY PRIVATE SHAREHOLDER, AND THE CLUB DOES NOT HAVE A WRITTEN POLICY WHICH DISCRIMINATES AGAINST INDIVIDUALS SEEKING MEMBERSHIP ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, OR RELIGION.
ARTICLE III: Membership
Island Baseball shall maintain a non-discriminatory admissions policy with membership available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or disability. Membership is open to anyone wanting to play in Island Baseball between the ages of 18-60+, who pays dues, agrees to abide by the rules set forth in the By-Laws and follows the league rules. League Rules can be found here.
ARTICLE IV: Fees and dues
The cost to play in Island Baseball is $200 dollars. The fees cover insurance, baseballs, Umpire Fees, Field costs, and other league/administrative fees.
ARTICLE V: Board of Directors
1. Directors. There shall be a Board of Directors whose number equals the total number of corporate members plus three (3). Each corporation shall be represented by one member on the Board of Directors, this member to be designated by the publisher or general manager. Additionally the Board of Directors shall elect two directors from the rolls of the active membership and one director from the rolls of the associate membership for one-year terms. The Board of Directors shall have supervision, control and direction of the affairs of the Association; shall determine its policies or changes therein within their bylaws and the laws of the State of Rhode Island, shall actively prosecute its purposes and shall have discretion in the disbursement of funds.
2. Executive Committee. The executive committee shall comprise the five officers of the board: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President. The executive committee shall assume all powers and duties of the Board of Directors when the board is not in session, except as otherwise delegated by the bylaws. All acts of the executive committee shall be presented to the Board of Directors for ratification at the board’s next meeting.
3. Meetings. The Board of Directors shall meet at least four times during the calendar year at times and places determined by the board or the President. There shall be a one-week notice given for Board meetings.
4. Quorum. A quorum of three is required to conduct business at the Board of Directors meetings. Of the three, at least two shall be officers of the board.
ARTICLE VI: Officers
1. President. The President shall preside at all meetings of the membership and at meetings of the Board of Directors, sign all certificates of membership, perform generally all duties normally associated with the office of President and further duties as required by the Board of Directors. The President shall appoint committees as required. The President shall be ex officio to all Standing and Ad Hoc committees. The President may call meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee as is necessary.
2. Vice President. The Vice President shall perform the duties of President in case of the latter’s absence, and shall supervise committees as assigned and perform such other duties as required by the Board of Directors.
3. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of meetings, be custodian of the corporate records and seal, maintain a list of all dues-paying members, and in general perform all the duties assigned by the Board of Directors.
4. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall keep an account of all monies received and expended and shall make a report at all board meetings and at the annual meeting, and in general perform all the duties assigned by the Board of Directors.
5. Immediate Past President. The Immediate Past President shall serve as a member of the board of directors and the executive committee and as chairman of the Nominating Committee.
6. Election of Officers. The officers shall be elected annually by the Board of Directors. They shall be installed into office and assume their duties at the first board meeting.
7. Vacancies. The Board of Directors may fill vacancies in offices at any time between annual meetings.
ARTICLE VII: Committees
Appointment of Committees. The President shall have the authority to appoint chairpersons and members of all Standing and Ad Hoc committees at the annual meeting and at such times as may be needed.
ARTICLE VIII: Association Meetings
1. Annual Meetings. The Annual Meeting of the association shall be at a time and place which shall be set by the Board of Directors.
2. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the association may be called by the Board of Directors.
3. Notice. Notice of the Annual Meeting and any special meeting shall be given to each member at least seven (7) but not more than forty (40) days in advance of the meeting.
4. Quorum. Sixty (60) percent of the corporate members present at any annual or special meeting of the association shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
5. Voting rights. Every corporate member and members of the board of directors who are in good standing shall be entitled to vote at the annual meeting or at any special meeting of the membership.
6. Rules of Order. The most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall be authority in all meetings of this organization, but in case of conflict with these bylaws, the latter shall prevail.
ARTICLE IX: Amendments
The Bylaws of this Association may be amended by either of the following procedures:
1. By the Board of Directors provided that:
A. The proposed amendments are prepared in writing and mailed or delivered to Board members at least seven (7) days in advance of a scheduled Board meeting.
B. The proposed amendments are presented, discussed and approved by two-thirds of those present at two successive meetings of the Board.
C. Any amendments adopted by the Board be reported in written form at the following Annual Meeting of the Association.
2. By the Association at an Annual or Special Meeting provided that:
A. The proposed amendments are prepared in writing and mailed to Association members thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.
B. The proposed amendments are approved by two-thirds of the members present at the meeting.