EAU CLAIRE FURY
Amended March 15, 2017
Article 1. General
1.1 Eau Claire Fury
(hereinafter “League”) is a non-profit League under the laws of the State of
Wisconsin whose purpose is to promote the development of youth through girls
fastpitch softball activities within the Chippewa Valley.
1.2 The League shall only
engage in activities that are in the purview of section 501(C) (3) of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as now or hereinafter amended. No part of
the net earnings of the League shall inure to the benefit of any of its members
or any other individual; and the League shall not participate in, or intervene
in, any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
1.3 The League’s registered agent
shall be the treasurer, or such other officer as appointed by the Board.
Article 2. Boundaries
2.1 The League shall
primarily serve the Eau Claire and the broader Chippewa Valley, but any youth
otherwise qualified for the League and willing to travel to practice and games
may join regardless of permanent address.
Article 3. Membership
All parents or legal guardians of registered and paid in full
players in the League shall be members as shall all League coaches, other
League volunteers, and such other individuals who are interested and supportive
of the League’s purpose. Members shall be expected to volunteer and
support the League financially as they are able beyond registration fees.
Article 4. Board
4.1 The Board of Directors
(the “Board”) of the League shall consist of the team parent or other
individual selected at the beginning of each season to represent each League
team (regular season and travel); coaches from each League team (regular season
and travel); one representative from any team or higher level sponsor,
past-executive board members who remain active in the League (for up to 2 years
following their service on the executive board); and other emeritus members or
those with a special interest in the League as allowed by the Board.
4.2. Any Director may resign by
submitting notice of resignation to the secretary.
4.2.1 After written notice and an opportunity to be
heard, any Director may be removed from office at any time, for cause, by the
affirmative vote of two-thirds of the directors in office.
4.3 All directors shall serve
without compensation, but they may be reimbursed for actual or necessary
expenses incurred on behalf of the League, if approved by the Board of
Directors or Executive Committee.
4.4 The past-president and
other past-executive board members may serve in an advisory capacity as a
member of the Board of Directors for up to two years after serving as president
or on the executive board. The past-president or executive board members
shall be non-voting member unless he or she is serving on the Board of
Directors in another capacity as a voting member.
Article 5. Officers
5.1 The officers of the League
shall be a president (a.k.a. “commissioner”), vice-president, secretary, and
treasurer. The president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer shall
be elected from the membership of the Board of Directors by a majority vote of
the then present Board of Directors, at the first regularly scheduled meeting
after each annual meeting. Officers shall serve for annual terms.
The president may not serve more than two (2) consecutive years in office
unless extended for up to two (2) additional terms by a 2/3 vote of the
Board. It is expected that the vice-president shall follow to the
presidency. Board members may hold more than one officer position;
however, the president and treasurer shall never be held by the same or related
5.2 The president shall
preside at all meetings of the League except as otherwise authorized by
resolution of the Board of Directors, shall serve as an ex-officio member of
all committees of the League, and shall represent the League to its members and
the community. The President has authority to make payment of League obligations
up to $250.00 and execute agreements on behalf of the League and make such make
such larger payments following Executive Committee or Board approval.
5.3 The vice-president shall
perform the duties of president in the absence or incapacity of the president;
in case of the resignation or death of the president, the vice-president shall
perform such duties as are imposed upon the president until such time as the
Board of Directors shall elect a replacement president.
5.4 The secretary shall be responsible
for all records, documents, and other papers required to be maintained.
The secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of the Board and the
League, and shall perform such other duties as may be designated to the
secretary by the Board of Directors or required by law.
5.5 The treasurer shall
oversee the financial records of the League, and together with the president is
authorized to sign checks or make payment on financial obligations of up to
$250.00 and to review and sign financial obligations in greater amounts upon
approval of the Executive Committee or Board. The treasurer shall approve all
vouchers for expenditures of funds of the League and make periodic financial
reports to the Executive Committee, the Board, and file a complete financial
report, audited periodically at the direction of the Board, at the Annual
5.6 The tournament director
shall organize and lead the annual Eau Claire Fastpitch Tournament with
assistance from all members.
5.7 The equipment director
shall manage the use of the League’s indoor practice facility and have
responsibility for all League equipment, its distribution and return following
Article 6. Meetings
6.1 An annual meeting shall be
held within the first month of the start of the league season of each calendar
year. The League shall send written or e-mail notice of each annual
meeting to all directors at least 20 days in advance of each annual
meeting. Said notice shall state the date and time at which the annual
meeting is to be held. The annual meeting may be held at a convenient
location reasonably accessible to all members. The annual meeting shall
be open to all members and a notice of the annual meeting shall be posted on
the League website or other location allowing for broad distribution at least
10 days prior to the meeting.
6.2 The Board shall hold
meetings on dates and at locations determined by the Board of Directors,
provided that the Board shall meet at least once each calendar quarter.
These meetings may be recessed and continued to another date as necessary.
6.3 Special meetings of the
Board may be called by the president of the League at a convenient place and
time, provided that not less than five (5) days notice has been given to all
Board members (notice to typically be by e-mail list and on the League
Article 7. Quorum
7.1 The quorum necessary for a
meeting of the Board of Directors shall be eleven directors. All meetings
of the Board of Directors and the annual meetings shall be conducted under the
most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order, revised.
7.2 The quorum necessary for a
meeting of the Executive Committee shall be a majority of the members (4 as
presently constituted) of the committee.
Article 8. Committees
8.1 The president,
vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, tournament director, equipment
director, and an additional director selected by the president, shall
constitute an Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. The
Executive Committee shall perform duties at the direction of the Board of
Directors. The past-president shall be a non-voting member of the
Executive Committee unless he or she is serving on the Executive Committee in
another capacity as a voting member. Unless withdrawn by the Board by
prior action, the Executive Committee shall have all powers of the Board except
the power to appoint, approve financial obligations in excess of $1,000.00, and
to amend these by-laws. Executive Committee actions shall be reported to
the Board at the next subsequent Board meeting and reversed or modified, expect
for financial obligations already executed, by the Board upon a 2/3 vote of
Board members present.
8.2 The Board of Directors may
appoint one or more Standing Committees.
8.3 A Nominating Committee of
the president, vice-president, past-president, and two (2) other board members
elected by the Board each year at the annual meeting shall convene for the purpose of presenting
a qualified slate of candidates for
election to the Board of Directors and for election to the offices
of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer, and other officers of
the League. The Nominating Committee shall also review the performance
and qualifications of League coaches and shall present a qualified list of
coaches for selection by the Board.
8.4 A Fundraising Committee of
the treasurer, two (2) other board members selected by the Board, and such
other interested members appointed by the treasurer shall meet as needed and
take action to obtain sponsorships or donations for the League, its teams,
tournament, facility and such other capital and operational purposes as
approved by the Board.
8.5 A Tournament Committee of
the tournament director, two (2) other board members selected by the Board, and
such other interested members appointed by the tournament director shall meet
as needed and take action to organize and host the annual tournament. The
Committee shall seek volunteers from the entire membership with parents of
players and other members expected to volunteer for this major event and
fundraiser of the League.
8.6 A Competition Committee of
the vice-president, two (2) other board members, the Fury travel team head
coaches and such other coaches as appointed by the vice-president shall meet as
needed and at least once prior to the start of the season and once immediately
following its completion. The committee shall review and recommend
changes to League game and tournament rules, develop and maintain a softball
skills development curriculum for each age group, and promote coach and player
safety, skill development, and best practices.
Article 9. Liability
9.1 The directors shall not be
personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or other obligations of the
9.2 The directors and officers
of the League shall be indemnified by the League to the fullest extent
permissible under the laws of the State of Wisconsin.
9.3 Except as may be otherwise
provided under provisions of law, the Board of Directors may adopt a resolution
authorizing the purchase and maintenance of insurance on behalf of any agent of
the League (including director, officer, employee, or other agent of the
League) against liabilities asserted against or incurred by the agent in such
capacity or arising out of the agent’s status as such, whether or not the
League would have the power to indemnify the agent against such liability under
the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or provisions of law.
Article 10. Amendments
10.1 The By-Laws of the League may be amended at
any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors by a two-thirds vote
of the Board members present. No such amendment shall be adopted unless
at least ten (10) days written notice thereof has previously been given to all
by a vote of the Board of Directors on March 15, 2017.