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ROTARY CLUB OF CHARLESTON

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA


BYLAWS
ROTARY CLUB OF CHARLESTON
 
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA
 
Article I
Board of Directors
 
Section 1 - The governing body of this club shall be the Board of Directors, elected in accordance with Article II, Section 1 of the bylaws.
 
Article II
Election of Directors and Officers
 
Section 1 - At a regular meeting of the club in November of each year the members of the Nominating Committee shall be announced. At the first regular meeting of the club in December the Nominating Committee shall report its nominations of candidates for the Board of Directors, which shall consist of a slate of candidates equal to the number of Board seats up for election, and the Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall call for nominations from the floor. The nominations by the Nominating Committee and any nominations from the floor shall be placed alphabetically upon a ballot and voted for at the annual meeting and the candidates securing the highest number of votes, equal to the number of Board seats up for election, shall be declared elected. In addition to the candidates elected, the retiring President shall be an ex officio Board member and the President-elect shall become President of the newly elected Board.
 
Section 2 - The Board of Directors-elect shall meet within two (2) weeks after the annual meeting and shall elect from its members a President, President-elect, Secretary and Treasurer, provided, however, that the Board at its discretion, may elect as Secretary, or as Treasurer, or both, members (or a member) of the club who are not members of the Board of Directors-elect and may elect a Sergeant-at-arms from the membership of the club.
 
Section 3 - The remaining members of the Board shall fill a vacancy in the Board of Directors or any office.
 
Section 4 - The term of a Director shall be three (3) years, provided, however, that the election of a board member to the position of president-elect or president shall automatically extend the board member’s term on the Board of Directors for the term of the office. Such an extension shall not bar the election of a new Board of Directors member to the Board seat that would have otherwise been open but for the extended term of the officer.
 
Section 5 – If any officer or board member vacates his or her position, the remaining members of the Board of Directors shall appoint a replacement.
 
Section 6 – If any officer-elect or director-elect vacates a position, the remaining members of the board-elect will appoint a replacement.
 
Article III
Duties of Officers
 
Section 1 - President.  It shall be the duty of the President to preside at meetings of the club and Board of Directors and to perform such other duties as ordinarily pertain to the office. The President shall have a one-year term.
 
Section 2 - President-elect.  It shall be the duty of the President-elect to preside at meetings of the club and Board of Directors in the absence of the President and to perform such other duties as ordinarily pertain to the office. The President-elect shall have a one-year term before ascending to the office of the President.
 
Section 3 - Secretary.  It shall be the duty of the Secretary to oversee the administrative records of membership, record the attendance at meetings, send out notices of meetings of the club, Board and committees, record and preserve the minutes of such meetings, make the required reports to Rotary International, including the semi-annual reports of membership, which shall be made to the General Secretary of Rotary International on January 1st and July 1st of each year, the report of changes in membership, which shall be made to the General Secretary of Rotary International, the monthly report of attendance at the club meetings which shall be made to the District Governor immediately following the last meeting of the month, collect and remit to Rotary International subscriptions to The Rotarian magazine, and perform such other duties as usually pertain to the office.
 
Section 4 - Treasurer.  It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to have custody of all operating funds, accounting for same to the club not less than annually and at any other time upon demand by the Board of Directors and to perform such other duties as pertain to the office. Upon retirement from office the Treasurer shall turn over to the Treasurer-elect or to the President all funds, books of accounts or any other club property in their possession. 
 
Section 5 - Sergeant-at-arms.  The duties of the Sergeant-at-arms shall be such as are usually prescribed for the office and such other duties as may be prescribed by the President or the Board of Directors.
 
Article IV
Meetings
 
Section 1 - The annual meeting of this club shall be held in December of each year, at which time the election of Directors to serve for the ensuing year shall take place.
 
Section 2 - The regular weekly meeting of this club shall be held at a time and place to be determined by the Board of Directors, provided that the Board of Directors may:
 
(a) change the regular meeting of any week to a different day of the same week or to a different hour of the regular day, or (b) cancel the regular meeting of any week when it falls on a legal holiday, or because of the death of the club President or an epidemic or disaster affecting the entire community.
 
Due notice of any changes in or canceling of the regular meeting shall be given to all members of the club.
 
Section 3 – Not less than one-third of the membership shall constitute a quorum at the annual and regular meetings of this club.
 
Section 4 - Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at least once each month provided that a quorum is available. Special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called by the President, whenever deemed necessary, or upon the request of two members of the Board of Directors, due notice having been given. Upon the discretion of the President, the Board of Directors may convene by email, telephone, or other fashion so as to efficiently advance the interests of the club. Any action taken by the Board of Directors sitting in alternative fashion, with the required quorum, shall have the same force and effect as a regular Board of Director’s meeting.
 
Section 5 - A majority of the Board members shall constitute a quorum of the Board, whether of a regular or alternative meeting.
 
Article V
Fees and Dues
 
Section 1 - The amount of the club admission fee shall be set from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Directors and shall be paid before the applicant can qualify as a member.
 
Section 2 - The amount of the club membership dues shall be set from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Directors, payable semi-annually on the first day of July and of January. Membership dues shall include each member's subscription to The Rotarian magazine. By affirmative vote of a majority of the members present at any regular meeting, a quorum being present, special assessments may be levied upon the members for the purpose of supporting special projects of the club.
 
Article VI
Method of Voting
 
Section 1 - The business of this club shall be transacted by voice vote, except the election of Directors, which shall be by ballot, provided, that any member may call for any vote to be by ballot.
 
Article VII
Committees
 
 Section 1 - The President may, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, appoint the following committees on particular phases of club service:
 
Community Investment Committee
 
Fellowship Committee
Membership Committee
Membership Orientation Committee
Nominating Committee
Program Committee
Public Relations Committee
Rotary Foundation/Scholarship Committee
International Committee
 
and appoint any other committees that are deemed necessary for the administration of club affairs.  These committees shall consist of no fewer than three (3) members.
Section 2 - Where feasible and practicable in the appointment of club committees, there should be provision for both continuity and rotation of membership.
 
 Section 3 - The Nominating Committee shall consist of at least five (5) persons who hold or have held the office of President or President-elect of the club. The President-elect shall chair the nominating committee.
 
            Section 4 - The President shall be an ex officio member of all committees and, as such, shall have all the privileges of membership therein.
 
            Section 5 - Each committee shall transact such business as is delegated to it in the bylaws and such additional business as may be referred to it by the President or the Board of Directors.
 
 
Article VIII
Duties of Committees
 
Section 1 – Community Investment Committee. This committee shall be responsible for selecting and carrying out service projects in the community which are consistent with the overall mission of Rotary and in alignment with the priorities of the Board of Directors.
 
            Section 2 – International Committee. This committee shall be responsible for reviewing, reporting on, and implementing projects of an international scope that have been approved by the Board of Directors for participation in by the club.
 
            Section 3 - Fellowship Committee. This Committee shall promote acquaintance and friendship among the members, promote participation by members in organized Rotary recreational and social activities, and do such work in pursuance of the general object of the club as may be assigned by the President or the Board of Directors.
 
Section 4 – Rotary Foundation / Scholarship Committee. This committee shall be responsible for coordinating projects with the Rotary Foundation, to promote charitable giving with and through the Foundation, to coordinate grant writing, and to facilitate the awarding of scholarships to deserving youth.
 
Section 5 - Membership Committee. This committee shall consider all proposals for membership and shall thoroughly investigate the character, business, and community standing and general eligibility of all persons proposed for membership and shall report their decisions on all applications to the Board of Directors. The committee may in its discretion or upon the request of a prospective member assign a classification to the member.
 
Section 6 - Orientation Committee. This committee shall from time to time meet with new members and provide an orientation session that will inform the new members of the history of Rotary and the club, that will advise the new members of the club structure and ways to become involved, and that will educate new members on the requirements of Rotary membership.
 
Section 7 - Nominating Committee. This committee shall be responsible for presenting to the members the candidates for the Board of Directors at the annual meeting in accordance with the provisions of Article II, Section 1 of these Bylaws.
 
Section 8 - Program Committee. This committee shall prepare and arrange the programs for the regular and special meetings of the club.
 
Section 9 - Public Relations Committee. This committee shall devise and carry into effect, plans (a) to give the public general information about Rotary, its history, object and scope; and (b) to secure proper publicity for the club.
 
           
  
Article IX
Leave of Absence

            Section 1 - Upon written application to the Board of Directors, setting forth good and sufficient cause, a leave of absence may be granted excusing a member from attending the meetings of the club for a specified length of time.
Section 2 - Membership dues and/or special assessments shall not be waived during leaves of absence except for good cause as approved by the Board.

Article X
Finances
 
Section 1 - The Treasurer shall deposit all operating funds of the club in a financial institution to be named by the Board of Directors
 
Section 2 - All bills shall be paid only by checks signed by two (2) officers whose authority is approved by the Board of Directors upon vouchers signed by any two (2) officers. An accounting of the club’s financial condition and activities shall be presented for the review and approval of the Board not less than once each fiscal year.
 
Section 3 - The fiscal year of this club shall extend from July 1st to June 30th, and the collection of members' dues shall be divided into semi-annual periods extending from July 1st to December 31st, and from January 1st to June 30th or such other periods as may be determined by the Board of Directors. The payment of per capita dues to Rotary International shall be made on July 1st and January 1st of each year on the basis of the membership of the club on those dates.
 
Section 4 - At the beginning of each fiscal year the Board of Directors shall prepare or cause to be prepared a budget of estimated income and estimated expenditures for the year, which, having been agreed to by the Board, shall stand as the limit of expenditures for the respective purposes unless otherwise ordered by action of the Board.
 
 
 
Article XI
Method of Electing Members
 
Section 1 – Regular members.
 
            (a) The name of a prospective regular member, having been proposed by a member of the Membership Committee or by an active member in good standing, shall be submitted first to the Membership Committee with the appropriate application for membership completed.
           
(b) After making due investigation of the character, business standing, reputation, and general eligibility of the person proposed for membership, the Membership Committee shall then proceed to vote. If approved, the name of the proposed member shall be considered eligible and so recommended to the Board of Directors. The Membership Committee shall then report to the Board of Directors the action it has taken thereon.
 
(c) The Board of Directors shall then review the action of the Membership Committee and sustain or reject its decision or refer it back to the Membership Committee for further consideration and action.
 
(d) If the Membership Committee has reported adversely upon the name of the newly proposed member and the Board of Directors has sustained the action, the proposer shall be so notified by the club Secretary or Administrator.
 
(e) If the Membership Committee has reported favorably upon the name of the proposed member and the Board of Directors has sustained the action, the club Secretary or Administrator shall notify the proposer.
 
 
 
            (f) After permission to do so has been secured from the proposed new member the club Secretary or Administrator shall notify each member of the club by means of a written or electronic communication, giving the name of the proposed candidate and the firm represented.
 
 
 
(h) After having received the completed application and the remittance for the admission fee as provided for in Article V, the proposed member shall be considered duly elected to membership and the club Secretary or Administrator shall issue to the newly elected member a Rotary membership name badge. The new member shall then be introduced to the membership.
 
(i) The club Secretary or Administrator shall then fill in a new membership report form for the newly elected member and forward the completed form to the General Secretary of Rotary International.
 
Section 2 - Honorary Members. The name of a proposed candidate for honorary membership shall be submitted to the Board of Directors and the election shall be in the same form and manner as prescribed for the election of an active member, provided, however, that such proposal may be considered at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors and that the Board of Directors may at its discretion waive any of the steps as set forth in Section 1 of this Article and proceed to ballot on the proposed member.  If not more than two (2) negative votes are cast by the members of the Board of Directors in attendance at the regular or special meeting, the proposed member shall be considered duly elected to honorary membership.  
 
 
 
Section 3 – Corporate Members. An entity (for profit or non-profit) may join the club as a corporate member. A corporate member’s application process shall be the same as for a regular member, but the membership belongs to the entity. A corporate membership shall consist of three representatives from the entity, of which one should be the owner, CEO, managing member, or an individual of similar standing. The Board of Directors has discretion in approving the composition of an entity’s membership. A corporate member must pay dues equal to that of two regular members. Moreover, it must pay for one pre-paid meal plan. More than one representative from the corporate member may attend any meeting, but payment for additional meals must be made at the door. The corporate member will collectively have the same attendance requirements as a regular member, which can be met by any one of the three representatives attending. 
 
If a corporate member’s representative resigns from employment, then the corporate member may nominate a replacement representative, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. The corporate member will be responsible for any additional expense to the club due to replacing a corporate member’s representative.
 
            Section 4 – Young Professional Members. This membership classification is open to new members and current members who have not reached their 40th birthday as of the date that dues and pre-paid meals are billed. Young Professional members may, in the discretion of the Board of Directors, pay lower dues and be subject to less stringent attendance requirements.
 
            Section 5 – E-members. Any member, for good cause shown, may elect to convert their regular or Young Professional membership to e-member status, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. Such approval shall be for a stated period of time, but may be extended for an additional, definite period of time by the Board of Directors. “Good cause” may include, but not be limited to, a change in job duties that prevents the member from regularly attending meetings, a temporary job assignment out of town, health issues, or care for a family member. E-members shall view an on-line program at least once per month and report that participation to the club administrator. An e-member is excused from club attendance requirements and the pre-paid meal plan during the term of the e-membership. An e-member must pay at the door for attendance at any regular meeting. A new member may not join the club as an e-member. Rather, this membership class is reserved for regular members who meet the good cause standard as determined by the Board of Directors.

Article XII
Resolutions
 
Section 1 - No resolution or motion to commit this club on any matter shall be considered by the club until it has been considered by the Board of Directors.  
 
Section 2 - Such resolutions or motions, if offered at a club meeting, shall be referred to the Board of Directors without discussion.
 
Article XIII
Order of Business
 
Luncheon
Meeting called to order
Opening formalities
Introduction of visiting Rotarians and guests
Announcements
Committee reports
Address or other program feature
Adjournment
 
The business of the club, Board of Directors, and committees shall be conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order, latest edition, except to the extent a provision in these bylaws specifically determines a different procedure.
 
Article XIV
Amendments
 
These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the club, a quorum being present, by a two-thirds vote of all members present, provided that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been mailed or emailed to each member at least ten (10) days before such meeting. No amendment or addition to these bylaws can be made which is not in harmony with the club constitution and with the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International.
 
 Article XV
Miscellaneous
 
In the construction and interpretation of these bylaws, words of the singular number shall be constructed to include the plural, and the plural the singular, and words of the masculine, feminine and neuter genders shall each include the other genders, unless the context clearly indicates a different construction.


 
Constitution of the Rotary Club of Charleston, West Virginia

Constitution
Rotary Club of Charleston
Charleston, West Virginia
 
Article I  Definitions
                As used in this constitution, unless the context otherwise clearly requires, the words in this article shall have the following meanings:
                1.  Board:  The Board of Directors of this club.
                2.  Bylaws:  The bylaws of this club.
                3.  Director:  A member of this club’s Board of Directors.
                4.  Officer:  A member holding the office of President, President-elect, Secretary or Treasurer.
                5.  Member:  A member, other than an honorary member, of this club.
                6.  RI:  Rotary International.
                7.  Year: The twelve-month period which begins on 1 July.
Article II  Name
                The name of this organization shall be the Rotary Club of  Charleston, West Virginia. The club is a  member of Rotary International.
Article III  Locality of the Club
                The locality of this club is Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Article IV  Object
                The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
                First.  The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
                Second.  High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
                Third.  The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life; and
                Fourth.  The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Article V Meetings
                Section 1 - Regular Meetings.
                (a)          Day and Time.   This club shall hold a regular meeting once each week on the day and at the time set by the Board of Directors.
                (b)          Change of Meeting.  For good cause, the board may change a regular meeting to any day during the period commencing with the day following the preceding regular meeting and ending with the day preceding the next regular meeting, or to a different hour of the regular day, or to a different place.
                (c)           Cancellation.  The board may cancel a regular meeting if it falls on a legal holiday or in case of the death of a club member, or of an epidemic or of a disaster affecting the whole community, or of an armed conflict in the community which endangers the lives of the club members.  The board may cancel not more than four regular meetings in a year for causes not otherwise specified herein provided that this club does not fail to meet for more than three consecutive meetings.
                Section 2 —Annual Meeting.
                An annual meeting for the election of officers shall be held not later than 31 December as provided in the bylaws.
Article VI  Membership
                Section 1 - General Qualifications.
                This club shall be composed of adult persons of good character and good business and professional reputation.
                Section 2 - Kinds.
                This club shall have five kinds of membership:  regular, honorary, corporate, young professional, and e-membership.  The criteria for these memberships shall be set forth in the club’s bylaws, and, moreover, may be further subject to terms and conditions adopted by the Board of Directors.
                Section 3 - Transferring or Former Rotarian.
                A member may propose to membership a transferring member or former member of a club, if the proposed member is terminating or has terminated such membership in the former club. The transferring or former member of a club being proposed to membership under this section may also be proposed by the former club.
                Section 4 - Dual Membership Prohibited.
                No person shall simultaneously hold active membership in this and another Rotary club.  No person shall simultaneously be a member and an honorary member in this club.  No person shall simultaneously hold active membership in this club and membership in a Rotaract club.
                Section 5 - Honorary Membership.
                (a)          Eligibility for Honorary Membership.  Persons who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals may be elected to honorary membership in this club.  The term of such membership shall be as determined by the board. Persons may hold honorary membership in more than one club.  
                (b)          Rights and Privileges.  Honorary members shall be exempt from the payment of admission fees and dues, shall have no vote and shall not be eligible to hold any office in this club. Such members shall not hold classifications, but shall be entitled to attend all meetings and enjoy all the other privileges of this club. No honorary member of this club is entitled to any rights and privileges in any other club, except for the right to visit other clubs without being the guest of a Rotarian.
                Section 6 - Rotary International Employment.
                This club may retain in its membership any member employed by RI.
Article VII  Attendance
                Section 1 — General Provisions.
                Each member should attend this club’s regular meetings.  A member shall be counted as attending a regular meeting if the member is present for at least 60% of that regular meeting.  
                Section 2 - Excused Absences.
                A member’s absence shall be excused if:
                (a)          the absence complies with the conditions and under circumstances approved by the board. The board may excuse a member’s absence for reasons which it considers to be good and sufficient; or
                (b)          the aggregate of the member’s years of age and years of membership in one or more clubs is 85 years or more and the member has notified the club secretary in writing of the member’s desire to be excused from attendance and the board has approved.
                Section 3 - RI Officers’ Absences.
                A member’s absence shall be excused if the member is a current officer of RI.
                Section 4 - Attendance Records.
                Any member whose absences are excused under the provisions of subsection (b) of section 2 of this article shall not be included in the membership figure used to compute this club’s attendance nor shall such absences or attendances be used for that purpose.
Article VIII  Directors and Officers
                Section 1 - Governing Body.
                The governing body of this club shall be the board constituted as the bylaws may provide.
                Section 2 - Authority.
                The board shall have general control over all officers and committees and, for good cause, may declare any office vacant.
                Section 3 - Board Action Final.
                The decision of the board in all club matters is final, subject only to an appeal to the club.  However, as to a decision to terminate membership, a member, pursuant to article XI, section 6, may either appeal to the club or request arbitration. If appealed, a decision of the board shall be reversed only by a two-thirds vote of the members present, at a regular meeting specified by the board, provided a quorum is present and notice of the appeal has been given by the secretary to each member at least five (5) days prior to the meeting. If an appeal is taken, the action taken by the club shall be final.
                Section 4 - Officers.
                The club officers shall be a president and a president-elect, both of whom shall be members of the board, and a secretary, a treasurer, and (optional) a sergeant-at-arms, who may or may not be members of the board as the bylaws shall provide.
                Section 5 - Election of Officers.
                (a)          Terms of Officers other than President.  Each officer shall be elected as provided in the bylaws.  Except for the president, each officer shall take office on 1 July immediately following election and shall serve for the term of office or until a successor has been duly elected and qualified.
                (b)          Term of President.  The president shall be elected as provided in the bylaws, not more than two (2) years but not less than eighteen (18) months prior to the day of taking office. The president shall serve as president-elect for the year immediately preceding the year as president.  The president shall take office on 1 July and shall serve for a period of one (1) year or until a successor has been duly elected and qualified.
                (c)           Qualifications.  Each officer and director shall be a member in good standing of this club.  The president-elect shall attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district assembly unless excused by the governor-elect.  If soexcused, the president-elect shall send a designated club representative who shall report back to the president-elect.
Article IX  Admission Fees and Dues
                Every member shall pay an admission fee and annual dues as prescribed in the bylaws, except that any transferring or former member of another club who is accepted into membership of this club pursuant to article VI, section 3 shall not be required to pay a second admission fee.
Article X  Duration of Membership
                Section 1 - Period.
                Membership shall continue during the existence of this club unless terminated as hereinafter provided.
                Section 2 - Automatic Termination.
                (a)          Membership Qualifications.  Membership shall automatically terminate when a member no longer meets the membership qualifications, except that:
                                (1)          the board may grant a member moving from the locality of this club or the surrounding area a special leave of absence not to exceed one (1) year to enable the member to visit and become known to a Rotary club in the new community if the member continues to meet all other conditions of club membership;
                                (2)          the board may allow a member moving from the locality of this club or the surrounding area to retain membership if the member continues to meet all other conditions of club membership; and
                (b)          How to Rejoin.  When the membership of a member has terminated as provided in subsection (a) of this section, such person may make new application for membership.  A second admission fee shall not be required.
                (c)           Termination of Honorary Membership.  Honorary membership shall automatically terminate at the end of the term for such membership as determined by the board. However, the board may extend an honorary membership for an additional period.  The board may revoke an honorary membership at any time.
                Section 3 - Termination Non-Payment of Dues.
                (a)          Process.  Any member failing to pay dues within thirty (30) days after the prescribed time shall have their membership automatically terminate without further notice.  Membership may be reactivated without penalty.
                (b)          Reinstatement.  The board may reinstate a former member to membership upon the former member’s petition and payment of all indebtedness to this club.
                Section 4 - Termination Non-Attendance.
                Attendance Percentages.  Amember must:
                                (1)          attend or make up at least 25% of club regular meetings during a calendar year;
                                (2)          if a member does not attend or make up at least 25% of club regular meetings, then for the first nine months of the subsequent calendar year, the member shall be on probation; and
(3)          if the member’s attendance at regular or made up meetings is not at least 25% for the probationary term ending on September 30, then the member’s membership shall automatically terminate without further action of the board, and the member shall be so notified in writing.
                Section 5 - Termination - Other Causes.
                (a)          Good Cause.  The board may terminate the membership of any member who ceases to have the qualifications for membership in this club or for any good cause by a vote of not less than two-thirds of the board members, at a meeting called for that purpose.
                (b)          Notice.  Prior to taking any action under subsection (a) of this section, the member shall be given at least ten (10) days’ written notice of such pending action and an opportunity to submit a written answer to the board.  The member shall have the right to appear before the board to state the member’s case.  Notice shall be by personal delivery or by registered or certified letter to the member’s last known address.
                Section 6 - Right to Appeal or Arbitrate Termination.
                (a)          Notice.  Within seven (7) days after the date of the board’s decision to terminate
membership, the secretary shall give written notice of the decision to the member. Within fourteen (14) days after the date of the notice, the member may give written notice to the secretary of the intention either to appeal to the club or to arbitrate as provided in article XV.
                (b)          Date for Hearing of Appeal.  In the event of an appeal, the board shall set a date for the hearing of the appeal at a regular club meeting to be held within twenty-one (21) days after receipt of the notice of appeal.  At least five (5) days’ written notice of the meeting and its special business shall be given to every member.  Only members shall be present when the appeal is heard.
                (c)           Arbitration.  In the event of a request for arbitration, each party shall appoint an arbitrator and the arbitrators shall appoint an umpire.  Only a member of a Rotary club may be appointed as umpire or as arbitrator.
                (d)          Appeal.  If an appeal is taken, the action of the club shall be final and binding on all parties and shall not be subject to arbitration.
                (e)          Decision of Arbitrators or Umpire.  If arbitration is requested, the decision reached by the arbitrators, or, if they disagree, by the umpire shall be final and binding on all parties and shall not be subject to appeal.
                Section 7 - Board Action Final.
                Board actionshall be final if no appeal to this club is taken and no arbitration is requested.
                Section 8 - Resignation.
                The resignation of any member from this club shall be in writing, addressed to the president or secretary.  The resignation shall be accepted by the board as “in good standing,” provided that the member has no indebtedness to this club.
                Section 9 - Forfeiture of Property Interest.
                Any person whose club membership has been terminated in any manner shall forfeit all interest in any funds or other property belonging to this club.
Article XI Community, National and International Affairs
                Section 1 - Proper Subjects.
                The merits of any public question involving the general welfare of the community, the nation, and the world are of concern to the members of this club and shall be proper subjects of fair and informed study and discussion at a club meeting for the enlightenment of its members in forming their individual opinions. This club shall not, however, express an opinion on any pending controversial public measure.
                Section 2 - No Endorsements.
                This club shall not endorse or recommend any candidate for public office and shall not discuss at any club meeting the merits or demerits of any such candidate.
                Section 3 - Non-Political.
                (a)          Resolutions and Opinions.  This club shall neither adopt nor circulate resolutions or opinions, and shall not take action dealing with world affairs or international policies of a political nature.
                (b)          Appeals.  This club shall not direct appeals to clubs, peoples or governments, or circulate letters, speeches, or proposed plans for the solution of specific international problems of a political nature.
                Section 4 - Recognizing Rotary’s Beginning.
                The week of the anniversary of Rotary’s founding (23 February) shall be known as World Understanding and Peace Week. During this week, this club will celebrate Rotary service, reflect upon past achievements and focus on programs of peace, understanding and goodwill in the community and throughout the world.
Article XII Rotary Magazines
                Section 1 - Mandatory Subscription.
                Unless, in accordance with the bylaws of RI, this club is excused by the board of directors of RI from complying with the provisions of this article, each member shall, for the duration of membership, subscribe to the official magazine or to the magazine approved and prescribed for this club by the board of directors of RI.  The subscription shall be paid in six (6) month periods for the duration of membership in this club and to the end of any six (6) month period during which membership may terminate.
                Section 2 - Subscription Collection.
                 The subscription shall be collected by this club from each member semiannually in advance and remitted to the Secretariat of RI or to the office of such regional publications as may be determined by the board of directors of RI.
 Article XIII  Acceptance of Object and Compliance with Constitution and Bylaws
                By payment of an admission fee and dues, a member accepts the principles of Rotary as expressed in its object and submits to and agrees to comply with and be bound by the constitution and bylaws of this club, and on these conditions alone is entitled to the privileges of this club.  Each member shall be subject to the terms of the constitution and bylaws regardless of whether such member has received copies of them.
Article XIV  Arbitration
                Should any dispute, other than as to a decision of the board, arise between any current or former member(s), and this club, any club officer or the board, on any account whatsoever which cannot be settled under the procedure already provided for such purpose, the dispute shall be settled, upon a request to the secretary by any of the disputants, by arbitration. The procedure utilized for such arbitration shall be as provided in article XI, section 6, subsections (c) and (e).
Article XV  Bylaws
                This club shall adopt bylaws not inconsistent with the constitution and bylaws of RI, with the rules of procedure for an administrative territorial unit where established by RI, and with this constitution, embodying additional provisions for the government of this club. Such bylaws may be amended from time to time as therein provided.
Article XVI  Interpretation
                Throughout this constitution, the terminology “mail,” “mailing” and “ballot-by-mail” will include utilization of electronic mail (e-mail) and internet technology to reduce costs and increase responsiveness.
Article XVII Amendments
                Section 1 - Manner of Amending.  Except as provided in section 2 of this article, this constitution may be amended only by the Council on Legislation in the same manner as is established in the bylaws of RI for the amendment of its bylaws.
                Section 2 - Amendment by the Club.   The provisions of this constitution may be amended at any regular meeting of this club, a quorum being present, by the affirmative vote of a majority of members present and voting, provided that the proposed amendment shall have been announced at the two (2) meetings immediately prior to the vote and provided further that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been mailed to each member ten (10) days before the meeting at which the vote is taken.  No amendment shall be made to this constitution that conflicts with the constitution or bylaws of RI.