THE CAPE COD SENIOR SOFTBALL LEAGUE
The name of the organization shall be The Cape Cod Senior Softball League (Hereinafter “League”).
The Cape Cod Senior Softball League is a competitive slow-pitch softball league with multiple playing opportunities throughout the year for individuals aged fifty (50) years and older. It is organized into multiple divisions based on players’ ages and skill levels, and its overall purpose is to promote healthy competition and camaraderie in a safe and friendly environment.
B. A member’s age shall be determined by the year in which he/she was born, without regard to the specific date of birth.
B. The Board of Directors shall meet monthly, and at any other time deemed necessary by the Commissioner. A quorum shall be seven (7) Board members.
C. The list of candidates shall be presented to the general membership at the annual meeting in October. At that time, nominations from the floor will be accepted for each contested position. When there is more than one nominee for a contested position, the members present shall cast written ballots and the nominee receiving the most votes for that position shall be duly elected. Each contested position with multiple nominees will be handled in the above manner. When there is only one nominee for a contested position, the Secretary shall cast one ballot for such nominee and that nominee shall be duly elected.
The officers of the league shall be the Commissioner, the President of each division, and the Treasurer, all of whom shall be elected by the league members, and shall have the authority, and perform the duties, prescribed, from time to time, by the Board of Directors. In the absence of the Commissioner, or in the event of an inability to act, the Board of Directors shall appoint a Board Member to perform the duties of Commissioner during the aforesaid absence or inability to act.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A. The Board of Directors shall be comprised of the league officers (Commissioner, the President of each division, and Treasurer), the most recent Ex-Commissioner, together with four (4) members elected at large. The powers of the League shall be exercised by, its properties managed by, and its affairs conducted by the Board of Directors. Directors’ terms shall be for two (2) years, beginning with the first scheduled meeting of the board following the annual meeting, except as follows:
1. In the event of an appointment to fill a vacancy, the term shall be limited to the balance of the vacated term.
2. The Ex-Commissioner shall serve as a non-voting advisory member of the board until he/she is replaced by the new incoming Ex-Commissioner, or for a period of two years, whichever comes first.
3. The Commissioner shall be limited to two terms (4 years) in office. If the Commissioner fills a vacancy in that office, he/she may subsequently run and be elected to office two times.
B. In the event that any position on the Board becomes vacant, the Board shall act promptly to fill the vacancy for the balance of the unexpired term by appointing a league member to the Board unless the Board determines that the position need not be filled until the next annual meeting.
C. Any member of the Board may be removed from his/her position by a majority vote of the Board whenever, in the Board’s judgment, the best interests of the League would be served by such removal. The member subject to such possible removal shall not vote on the question.
A. Team Managers shall be appointed by the Division Presidents and may be removed by the Commissioner whenever in his/her judgment the best interests of the League would be served by such removal.
The Board of Directors may authorize any officer to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the League, and such authority may be general or may be confined to specific instances. Whenever more than one signature is required, the Commissioner shall be authorized to sign along with any other member of the Board of Directors.
BOOKS, RECORDS, AND ANNUAL REPORTS
The fiscal year of the League shall begin on the first day of November of each year and end at midnight on the 31st day of October of the following year.
The Board of Directors shall determine, from time to time, the amount of annual dues payable to the League by the members, and shall give a minimum of 30 days’ notice of the amount to the members. Dues shall be payable at a date specified by the Board of Directors. Dues for members joining the League during the season may be adjusted or waived by the Commissioner.
A. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Articles, the League is organized exclusively for one or more purposes as specified in the provisions of Internal Revenue Code (hereinafter, IRC) Section 501 ( c ) 3, as amended; and as specified in all the applicable provisions of the U.S. Treasury and Internal Revenue Service ( hereinafter, IRS) rules, regulations and procedures.
B. No part of the net earnings of the League will inure to the benefit of any member, Director, or Officer of the League, or any private individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the League), and no member, Director or Officer of the League, or any private individual will be entitled to share in any benefit from the dissolution of the League.
C. No substantial part of the activities of the League will consist of lobbying or propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, except as provided for in the provisions of IRC Section 501 (h), as amended, and as provided for in all the applicable provisions of the U.S. Treasury and IRS rules, regulations and procedures; and this league will not participate in or intervene in (including publishing or distributing statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
D. In any taxable year in which the League is a private foundation as described in the provisions of IRC Section 509 (a), as amended and as provided for in all the applicable provisions of the U.S. Treasury and IRS rules, regulations and procedures, the League will distribute its income for said period at such time and manner as not to subject it to tax under IRC Section 4942 and the League will not:
(1) engage in any act of self-dealings defined in IRC Section 4941 (d) in any such manner as to subject the League and/or any other entity and/or individual to tax as provided under the provisions of IRC Section 4941, as amended, and as provided for in all the applicable provisions of the U.S. Treasury and IRS rules, regulations and procedures;
(2) retain any excess business holdings as defined in IRC Section 4943 ( c ) in any such manner as to subject the League and/or any other entity and/or individual to tax as provided for in the provisions of IRC Section 4943, as amended, and as provided for in all the applicable provisions of the U.S. Treasury and IRS rules, regulations and procedures;
(3) make any investments in any such a manner as to subject the League and/or any other entity and/or individual to tax as provided for in the provisions of IRC Section 4944, as amended, and as provided for in all the applicable provisions of the U.S. Treasury and IRS rules, regulations and procedures;
(4) or make any taxable expenditures as defined in IRC Section 4945 (d) in any such manner as to subject the League and/or any other entity and/or individual to tax as provided for in the provisions of IRC Section 4945, as amended, and as provided for in all the applicable provisions of the U.S. Treasury and IRS rules, regulations and procedures.
E. In the event of a dissolution, all of the remaining assets and property of the League will, after payment of necessary expenses thereof, be distributed to such organizations as will qualify under the provisions of IRC Section 501 ( c ) 3, as amended, and as provided for in all the applicable provisions of the U.S. Treasury and IRS rules, regulations and procedures; and as provided for in all the applicable provisions of the Massachusetts statutes, rules and regulations for public purposes, subject to the approval of a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
These bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed, and new bylaws may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of members at a regular or special meeting of the League with a quorum of no less than forty (40) members present. Notice of the meeting and proposed changes must be given to the membership at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting. An amendment may also be posted for fifteen (15) days and then presented to the membership for a vote by email. At least 40 members must vote and a two-thirds majority vote is needed for the amendment to pass. A proposed change may be presented to the membership in two ways:
1. The Board of Directors may present changes.
2. The Board of Directors shall be obligated to present to the membership proposed changes given to the Board by any League member which is accompanied by forty signatures endorsing such changes, providing there is adequate and reasonable time to meet the fifteen-day notification period specified above.
PLAYER EVALUATION AND ASSIGNMENT COMMITTEE
Amended: November 19, 2016
Amended: January 31, 2018
Amended: August 25, 2018
The Vote on amendments is now closed! All of the proposed amendments were passed by a substantial margin. To approve a bylaw, a 2/3 majority is needed. 159 of our members voted. Thank you!
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