Club by-laws

All club members are required to review the by-laws below:

  1. PURPOSE
    1. Mission statement: To bring home brewers, and the greater community together to increase their knowledge of beer and brewing through education and experimentation, and having fun doing it.
    2. The purpose of  this 501 C(7) social club is an educational non-profit, namely to provide a medium for qualified persons to learn about, share information on, and skills in responsible brewing methods in the home environment.
    3. Dissolution Clause: In the event of dissolution, all of the remaining assets and property of the organization shall, after payment of necessary expenses, be distributed to sub organization determined by the ExComm as shall qualify under section 501 C (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding provisions of any subsequent Federal Tax Law or to the Federal Government, a State or Local government for public purpose, subject to the approval of a court of competent jurisdiction  within the State of Minnesota.
    4. Nondiscrimination Clause: The Nordeast Brewers’ Alliance shall not permit in their conduct of club affairs, any restriction or limitation whatsoever based upon sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.
  1. AREA – Though the intent of the club is to have members from diverse geographic areas, the area served by the organization shall be the area primarily adjacent to and including Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota
  1. DUES
    1. Annual dues of $20.00 are payable as of the first meeting of the calendar year. Dues shall be determined by the Executive Committee and Subject to approval by the membership. All dues are non-refundable.
    2. There will be a 50% discount applied to members joining after the July meeting.
    3. Payment of dues implies consent to adherence of the by-laws.
  1. MEMBERSHIP
    1. Eligibility – Individuals who are at least 21 years of age and who have paid annual dues shall be eligible for membership.
    2. Duration – Membership shall be on an annual basis effective the first meeting of the calendar year.
    3. Founding Member – A Founding member is one who has remained eligible without interruption or lapse since January, 2012
    4. Senior Member – A member will be considered a senior member at their 25th consecutive month of membership.
    5. Liability – All members shall be responsible for his/her own actions and shall hold the alliance blameless from any liability which may result there from
  1. VOTING
    1. Voting Rights – Each member shall have one vote per person in the affairs of this alliance. Absentee votes will be accepted by an ExComm member prior to the meeting where the vote takes place.
    2. Quorum – 25% of the total membership shall constitute a quorum provided that the club members present include a majority number of elected directors.
  1. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES
    1. Definition – The Executive Committee shall consist of the directors of the association and the immediate past president, who shall serve ex-officio. The elected directors shall serve for a term of two (2) years.
      1. President and Director of Operations elected and installed during the January meeting of odd years
      2. Vice President, Director of Finance and Director of Communications elected and installed during the January meeting of even years
      3. Officers will be listed and publicly displayed on the club’s website.
    2. Responsibility – The executive committee shall have full power to manage this organization, the responsibility for carrying out its purpose, and the establishment of rules for its operation.
    3. Vacancies – The executive committee shall fill vacancies of elected director through appointment by the remaining members of the committee. Each person so appointed shall hold the position for the remaining period of vacancy and until a successor is duly elected.
    4. Meetings – The executive committee shall hold regular meetings and may hold special meetings. BAMF members and committee chairs are invited to attend these meetings. A quorum of the board shall consist of a majority of the elected officials.
  1. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND NON-EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE POSITION DEFINITIONS
    1. President – Primary leader monthly meetings, if the President is unable to lead he or she will need to select another ExComm or Senior Member to lead the meeting, primary point of contact with other organizations, enforces the by-laws and serves as a backup to the Director of Finance.
    2. Vice President – Organizes all club education sessions, and serves as a back up to the President.
    3. Director of Finance – Handles the finances for the group, reports monthly to all members the current financial state of the group and serves as a backup to the Vice President.
    4. Director of Technology and Communications – Maintains our social media presence, employs any and all marketing endeavors, records the meetings minutes and serves as a backup to up to the Director of Operations.
    5. Director of Operations – Organizes club events, maintains any documentation and serves as a backup to the President.
    6. BAMF members consist of ExComm members as well as founding and senior members as well as committee chairs
  1. COMMITTEES
    1. The executive committee may appoint committees and chairpersons as required for the conduct of the aims of the alliance and consistent with its purpose. Chairpersons may select members of the alliance for the purpose of assisting them in their respective undertakings.
    2. Each committee must attain sponsorship from at least one ExComm member.
  1. MEETINGS
    1. Monthly Meetings – Regular meetings of the alliance shall be held monthly. The executive committee can change the date of a meeting. Club business will begin as soon as a quorum, as defined by Article V, is present. Meetings will generally be held at a designated public facility but also may be held at a member’s home.
    2. Notification – The time, date, and location of the next month’s meeting shall be discussed and, if possible, decided upon during club business and will be posted on the blog. The Communications Director shall be responsible for notifying the membership of any change in time, date or location of the monthly meeting
    3. Meetings may be attended by dues paying, and prospective members.
  1. ELECTIONS
    1. Nominations – Nominations for club directors will be held at the November meeting. One or more persons shall be nominated for each position at the meeting and nominations may be made from the floor.
      1. Nominations may be refused.
    2. Elections – Elections for club directors will be held at the January meeting and the elected directors will be installed immediately
    3. Removal – Any ExComm member may be removed for cause by a 2/3 vote of the directors present and voting at any meeting of the executive committee in which a quorum is present. Final voting for removal of an ExComm member will be performed by the general membership, provided a quorum is present.
      1. Cause – Frequent absence from the membership and executive committee meetings is sufficient cause for removal
      2. Notification – Prior to taking final action on any motion to replace a director, the executive committee shall email the director at the address as it appears on the membership records, giving reasonable notice of the date, time and place of the meeting at which such action is proposed to be taken
    4. Vacancy – The Executive Committee may by majority vote of the directors present and voting, fill any vacancy caused by the death, resignation, removal, or incapacity of a director.
  1. BUSINESS
    1. Any matters of business brought before the alliance shall be presented to and acted upon by the Executive Committee
    2. Any motion first made at a meeting of the general membership shall be referred to the Executive Committee and proper committee, if any, for action. The Executive Committee shall act on such motion within 60 days and report its action to the next meeting of the general membership.
    3. If a motion has not been enacted by the executive committee, the motion may be acted upon by the general membership at the general membership meeting following the expiration of the 60 day period, or the first membership meeting after the membership is advised that the committee has failed to take action on the motion or has failed to enact said motion.
  1. BUDGET
    1. Annual dues for each calendar year shall be set in the budget and payable on or before the January general meeting.
    2. The dues collected for any given calendar year shall constitute income for the following fiscal year of the Alliance which shall be one (1) year beginning February 1.
    3. The newly elected ExComm members shall prepare and shall present to the executive committee at its first meeting of the fiscal year a budget showing the receipts already received for the fiscal year and the proposed expenses. This budget shall be approved by the Executive committee and presented to the membership for approval.
    4. Upon approval, this budget shall be the authority of the Director of Finance to disburse funds not in excess of the amounts budgeted.
    5. In order to disburse any funds in excess of the amount budgeted, specific approval of the executive committee shall be required. In order to expend, during any fiscal year, funds in excess of receipts, specific approval shall be obtained from both the Executive committee and general membership.
    6. The Director of Finance shall, at each general meeting and executive committee meeting, report the current and year-to-date expenditures of the alliance and report on the amounts remaining in each item of the budget.
  1. AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS
    1. These by-laws may be amended or repealed by the affirmative vote of a majority in the presence of a quorum, at any regular or special meeting of the membership called for that purpose, or by the affirmative vote of a majority of the executive committee at any regular or special meeting of the committee called for that purpose, provided, however, that no change of time or place for the election of ExComm members shall be made within sixty (60) days preceding the day on which such election is to be held, and that in case of any change of such time or place notice thereof  shall be given to each member in person or by letter mailed (or emailed) to his/her last known address at least twenty (20) days prior to the election being held.
  1. ACCESS TO BY-LAWS
    1. A Current copy of these articles shall be available on the website to all members.
    2. A Paper copy will be provided upon request.
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