Constitution

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Article 1: NAME

The name of this club shall be Caledon Soccer Club, hereinafter referred to as The Club. The headquarters of the Club shall be located within the District Boundaries of the Peel Halton Soccer Association, hereinafter referred to as the District Association.

Article 2: OBJECTIVES

The Club shall have the following objectives:

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

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 3: AFFILIATIONS

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

 The OSA

The District Association

The Club

Article 4: MEMBERSHIP

There are three classes of Member, namely, regular Member, honourary Member and life Member.

Membership is open to any person willing to subscribe to the objectives, rules and programs of The Club. 

Regular Member

A regular Member is either:

a registered player

a registered Club coach

a registered Club administrator

 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.   When the player is under the age of 18, the parent/guardian of the registered player will be entitled to one vote. 

Upon application, a Coach shall become a regular Member upon acceptance by the directors of the Club.  A coach is an individual who is registered with The OSA to teach, instruct, train and guide players to play the game of soccer. 

An administrator shall become a regular Member upon election or appointment by the directors of the Club.  An administrator is an individual who is registered with The OSA to be responsible for one or more of the functions required to operate a Club.  For purposes of this definition, a team manager and a Director shall be classified as an administrator. 

Honourary Member

The Board of Directors may designate an individual as a honourary Member for a specific period of time.   As honourary Member is afforded all rights of Membership, including the right to attend and speak at Members' meetings, but is not entitled to vote. 

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' meetings, but is not entitled to vote. 

Fees

Membership fees for regular Members shall be set annually by the Board of Directors and ratified by the Membership at a general meeting of the Club. 

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's and OSA's published rules.  An individual whose Membership has been suspended loses all rights of Membership until the suspension has been terminated. 

Player, team and team official discipline for game infractions is governed in accordance with procedures published by The OSA. 

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. 

Termination of Membership

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

  • if the Member submits a signed letter of resignation to the Club
  • if the Member is expelled by the Club's Board of Directors
  • if the Member is no longer registered with the Club

Article 5:  BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The club shall be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of twelve (12) directors unless changed in accordance with the Act. 

These individuals shall hold the positions of:

                President

                Vice President

                Secretary

                Treasurer

                Directors – 2 (selected annually based on experience and years of service with the club)

These six Directors shall be known as the Officers of the Club. 

The remaining positions of Directors shall be as follows:

                Director of Registration

                Director of Representative Teams

                Director of House League

                Director of Fundraising (sponsorship)

                Director of Equipment

                Director of Communications/Promotions

                Director at Large #1

                Director at Large #2

 A Director may hold more than one 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.  

Partners or spouses residing in the same household may not concurrently serve as Directors on the Board. In the event of extenuating circumstances, a written request to review may be made to, and/or by, the Board of Directors.  The Board reserves the right to waive this restriction, with or without limitation. All decisions are final and binding. 

A Director shall serve for a term of two years or until his or her successor is elected or appointed. 

The positions of President, Treasurer, Directors for Registrar, House League, Director at Large #1 and Director at Large #2 shall be elected in odd numbered years, while the positions of Vice-President, Secretary, Directors for Representative Teams, Fundraising (Sponsorship), Equipment, and Communications/Promotions shall be elected in even numbered years. 

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, 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. 

Removal of Director

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

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

  • if she/he becomes incapable of performing the business of the Club
  • if she/he is absent from two or more meetings of the Board without satisfactory reason
  • if she/he no longer resides in reasonable proximity to the Club
  • if she/he becomes, or is discovered to be, an undischarged bankrupt

 OR:

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

  •  if she/he has been found guilty of an offence under the Harassment Policy of The OSA
  • if she/he has been found guilty of an offence involving violence under the Discipline Policy of The OSA
  • if she/he has failed to properly account for monies or other property belonging to the Club
  • if she/he 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 positions(s), as Director of other positions(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. 

Conflict of Interest and Standards of Conduct

The Directors shall be subject to the Conflict of Interest policy 21.0 in the OSA’s published rules in addition to the Club’s Code of Conduct. 

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 appointment and renewal of appointments of all positions within the Club except for those positions elected by the Membership of the Club.  This 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, any appointment providing that it has followed the procedures for the revoking an appointment as outlined in the Club's published rules. 

Duties of Directors

President

Shall have been a member of the Board of Directors for the previous two years, or had served as an Officer of the Club. 

Except as provided for in the Dispute Resolution Policy of The OSA, the President shall preside at all general meetings of the Club, and of the Board of Directors and shall be ex officio Member of all committees, except for a nominations committee; shall appoint all chairs of standing and special committees subject to ratification by the Board of Directors; coordinate all duties of the Board of Directors, committees, staff; and shall be the spokesperson for the Club. 

Vice President

Shall have been a member of the Board of Directors for the previous year. 

The Vice President shall act in the absence of the President and shall have other powers as assigned by the Board of Directors. 

Treasurer

The Treasurer shall have accounting/bookkeeping experience. 

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. 

Secretary

Shall have been a member of the Board of Directors for the previous year. 

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 bylaws, 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  vice-president, preside until the immediate election or appointment of a new presiding officer. 

Other Director Positions

The duties of other Director Positions shall be determined by the Board of Directors. 

Nominations and Elections

Nominations for positions on the Board of Directors may be made by an Member at the annual general meeting or at a Special General Meeting called for that purpose. 

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

Election 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. 

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 6:  MEETINGS

General Meetings

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 website notice, newspaper announcement, email, regular mail or as determined appropriate by the Board of Directors.   

Twenty voting members shall form a 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. 

Annual General Meeting

The Club shall hold its Annual General Meeting not later than January 31st of the following year. 

The agenda of the Annual General meeting shall include:

Roll Call

Credentials Report

Minutes of Previous Annual General Meeting

President's Address

Officer's Reports

Treasurer's Report

Auditor's Report

Appointment of Auditors

Other Reports

Unfinished Business

 Amendments to the By-Laws

 Roll Call                              

 Election of Officers and Directors

 Any Other Business

 Adjournment 

Special General Meeting

A Special General Meeting of the Club: 

may be called by the Board of Directors, or 

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 25 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. 

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. 

Board of Directors Meeting

The Board of Directors shall meet not less than seven (7) 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 7:  COMMITTEES

The membership, at any General Meeting, or the Board of Directors, at any of its meetings, may establish a standing committee to carry out specific business or programs of the Club.

Article 8:  PROCEDURES GOVERNING MEETINGS

All meetings of the Club shall be conducted in accordance with the most recently published Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised except as may be otherwise stipulated in this By-Law or other Rules and Regulations of the Club.

Article 9:  BY-LAWS AND AMENDMENTS

By-Law amendments may be proposed by the Board of Directors, or submitted by a Member of 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 at a meeting of the Club duly called for that purpose. 

All Members entitled to vote shall be notified with the Club’s notice of the said members’ meeting about By-law amendments as per General Meeting notification procedures.

Article 10:  RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Board of Directors may approve and publish Rules and Regulations which are not inconsistent with the By-Law or 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 11:  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 times 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 12:  FINANCE

The Board of Directors shall direct the financial affairs of the Club in accordance with By-Law #2. 

The financial statements of the Club shall be:

  1.  presented annually subject to the minimum requirements as defined in d) below;
  2. based on a defined fiscal year end as defined in f);
  3.  presented to the members at the Annual General Meeting;
  4.  audited, as defined by the Canadian Institute of chartered accountants (CICA)  by a Public Accountant if the Club’s annual gross revenue is greater than or equal to $150,000 or the Club has greater than or equal to 1000 registered players 
  5. if an auditor is required:

    1)   at each Annual General Meeting, the Members will appoint an auditor to audit the books, accounts and records of the Club who will report to the Members at the next Annual General Meeting.   The auditor will hold office until the next Annual Meeting.  If an auditor is not appointed, the auditor in office will continue in office until a successor is appointed; 

    2)   the Members may, by special resolution passed by at least two-thirds of the votes cast at a general meeting of which proper notice has been provided, remove any auditor before the expiration of the auditor’s term of office; 

    3)   the auditor will not be a director, officer or employee of the Club or any affiliated Club or who is a partner, employer or employee of any such director, officer or employee; 

    1. the auditor will report to the members at the annual general meeting the auditor’s financial statement which represents fairly the financial position of the Club and the results of its operations for the period under review in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; and 
    2. the auditor’s report will be open for inspection by any member of the Club. 
  6.  the fiscal year of the Club shall end on September 30th of each year, unless otherwise ordered by the Board of Directors.

Article 13:  DISPUTE RESOLUTION

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

Any Member of the Club may initiate the Dispute Resolution process by communicating in writing to The OSA, with a copy to the Club and District Association, the nature and facts of the dispute.  The OSA, at its discretion, may proceed with the Dispute Resolution process by assigning one or more neutral persons to the dispute. 

The Dispute Resolution 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 14:  HARASSMENT

The Club shall adhere to the Harassment Policy as published and approved by The OSA 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 15:  APPEALS

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. 

A decision of the Club may be appealed to the District Association with which the Club is affiliated.   The appeal shall be conducted in accordance with The OSA's and District Association's published rules. 

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 has not been followed. 

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

Article 16:  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 not-for-profit soccer related organizations, or any not-for-profit athletic community organizations, which operate solely in Ontario.

Article 17:  DEFINITIONS/TERMINOLOGY

Terminology used in this By-Law shall have the same meaning as utilized by The OSA in its letters patent, By-Laws and published rules.


EFFECTIVE DATE
This By-Law shall come into force without further formality upon its enactment.

A) Enacted as By-Law #1 by the Directors of the Caledon Soccer Club at a meeting duly called, and at which a quorum was present on the 20th day of October, 2008

The foregoing By-Law #1, as enacted by the Directors of the Caledon Soccer Club is hereby ratified, sanctioned, confirmed, and approved by the majority of legal votes cast at a meeting of members duly called and held at Caledon Community Centre in Caledon East, Ontario and at which a quorum was present on the 1st day of December 2008