STERLING GROVE PICKLEBALL CLUB
CHARTER CLUB BYLAWS
ARTICLE I – GENERAL
Section A. Name of Club: Sterling Grove Pickleball Club
Section B. Purpose of Club: To promote the sport of Pickleball to all ages within the Sterling Grove community by providing court rules/procedures, beginner lessons, skill building clinics, fun tournaments, socials and USAPA sanctioned tournaments.
USAPA rules, regulations and skill level assessment tools will be used at all times to ensure fair and balanced play.
Section C. These bylaws willfully comply with the Sterling Grove Homeowners Association’s (Association) bylaws, and club rules, regulations and procedures. In the event of a conflict between these club bylaws, the governing documents of the Association shall prevail. Anything not stated in the bylaws shall be referred to Roberts Rules for parliamentary rule.
Section D. This club shall be operated as a Non-Profit Organization in accordance with Arizona statutes, and the bylaws of the Association. Nonprofit is defined as: With few exceptions, club income should not greatly exceed expenses (operating expenses and capital requirements) resulting in a net operating gain. Where revenues do exceed expenses, the net gain should be used to foster continued club growth and activity. Club dues may be adjusted to comply, or the excess may be donated to the association facility reserve fund.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
Section A. Membership shall be open to all members in good standing of the Association.
Section B. There shall be no precondition for membership, nor will members be required to join any national, state, or regionally affiliated organizations other than the mandatory handicap requirements. Affiliation to other organizations may be required for various competitive reasons.
Section C. Guest Privileges: Potential members or newcomers may participate in Club activities two (2) times before being required to join the Club.
Section D. Dues: Annual dues in an amount recommended by the Club Executive Board and approved by Sterling Grove Lifestyle Director are payable in advance. Timely payment of dues by each member shall be required for membership in good standing.
1. New members joining January thru September: Dues = Total annual amount
2. New members joining October thru December: Annual dues amount will be good for the remainder of the current year and all of the next year.
ARTICLE III - OFFICERS
Section A. Executive Board: There shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, or (Secretary /Treasurer, (Optional) Immediate Past President, (Optional) and as many Elected Directors needed for member representation. The Club Board may appoint members to fill an unexpired term. The General Club Membership must elect all voting Club Board Members, except those members who are appointed. The Club Executive Board may be assisted by the chairperson of such committees as may be established by the Club Executive Board to carry out the club’s function and purposes.
Section B. Election: All officers and directors shall be elected by a majority vote of those present at an annual membership meeting once a quorum has been established, and shall serve without compensation.
Section C. Term of Office: All Officers and Directors are elected for a one (1) year term and can succeed themselves provided they receive a majority vote of those in attendance at the election.
Section D. Duties and Responsibilities:
President: Shall preside over all club meetings and be accountable for the administration of club business. The Club President shall carry out the direction and policies established by the Club Executive Board. The Club President shall act as principle liaison between the club and the Sterling Grove Lifestyle Director, and shall appoint members of all committees that have been authorized by the club board, and shall also appoint the chairpersons of such committees. In the event of vacancies on the Club Executive Board, the Club President shall appoint, with Club Executive Board approval, interim replacement Club Executive Board Members to finish out the term until official elections can be held. The Club President shall ensure that all club Officers and Directors read, understand and willfully comply with Sterling Grove HOA Governing Documents (Documents) and Club Rules and Procedures (Rules.)
Vice-President: Shall perform all duties of the Club President in the event of the Club President’s absence or inability to perform and shall also perform other such duties and responsibilities as may be assigned, with Club Executive Board approval, from time to time by the Club President.
Secretary: Shall keep the club records, issue notices of all meetings of the Club Executive Board or General Membership, shall keep minutes thereof, conduct all correspondence relating to the club’s business, and furnish whatever reports to the Sterling Grove Lifestyle Director or other persons or organizations as may be required.
Treasurer: Shall receive and deposit all monies due to the club and pay all obligations that may be incurred by the club in the regular course of its business, shall keep an up-to-date ledger of all financial transactions and provide financial reports as may be required at all meetings of the Club Executive Board or General Membership. Prepare and submit Year End Reports as instructed by the Sterling Grove Lifestyle Director or Controller and maintain previous years’ financial records.
Section E. Board Members: The officers of the club specified above, plus (optional) Immediate Past President, and Directors, shall serve as members of the Club Executive Board. The Club Executive Board shall have overall governing authority over the club consistent with the provisions of these bylaws and shall establish all committees necessary to carry out the purposes and objectives of the club.
Section F. Election of Officers and Board Members QUORUM – A minimum of 10 members in good standing (depending on size of club, higher levels of attendance can be documented in the club’s Operating Procedures) excluding the Club Executive Board must be present and eligible to vote at any election specified in these bylaws. If more than one member is nominated for any elective position, voting shall be by secret written or online ballot. The Club Executive Board shall determine the particular procedures for nominations and elections to be followed at such meetings. Should these vacancies not be filled at the General Meeting, the Club Executive Board shall fill the vacancies as it sees fit. An election committee of at least 3 members in good standing who are not candidates or current board members will be appointed by the executive board. Nominations for office will be accepted and announced in March and the election will be held in April.
ARTICLE IV – MEETINGS
Section A. Meetings of the Members: Membership meetings shall be held not less than twice annually, the time and place of such meetings to be determined by the Club Executive Board. The Club President shall preside at all such meetings and Robert’s Rules of Order - Newly Revised shall be followed. A minimum of 10 members eligible to vote excluding the Officers and Directors shall be necessary to conduct any business of the club at the General Membership meetings, and except as otherwise specified in these bylaws a simple majority vote of the membership present shall be sufficient to conduct any business requiring the vote of the membership.
Section B. Meetings of the Officers and the Board: The Club President may call meetings of the Club Executive Board at any time by giving notice orally, in writing, or email. The President shall determine the time and place of such meeting. A majority of the Club Executive Board Members shall constitute a quorum of the Club Executive Board and therefore, may conduct any business brought before the Club Executive Board at such meetings.
ARTICLE V – FINANCIAL
Section A. Maintenance of Financial Records: Financial records and related documentation shall be maintained by the Treasurer.
Section B. Expenditures: Unbudgeted single expenditures not to exceed $500.00 must be approved by the Club Executive Board in its discretion. Unbudgeted single expenditures in excess of $500.00 must be approved by a majority vote of those present at a general membership meeting.
Section C. Reimbursements: All expenditures must be submitted to the club treasurer and approved by the club President.
Section D. Financial Records: Qualified persons or organizations, at the discretion of the Club Executive Board, club members, or the Activities Director, may audit the club’s financial records.
Section E. Annual Budget, Cash, and Inventory of Club Assets: The Club Executive Board shall prepare an annual budget to be presented to the General Membership at a regularly scheduled membership meeting. All funds/revenues shall be deposited in a bank account established in the club’s name with the Association as may be necessary in the opinion of the Club Executive Board to properly conduct the club’s business. All cash receipts shall be deposited in one or more of said accounts. All expenditures over a $10 maximum made by the club or any member on behalf of the club must be made by check, credit or debit card only. The club may maintain a Petty Cash Fund not to exceed $50 and allow disbursements from this fund for receipted incidental expenses not to exceed $10 each disbursement; cash float funds are permitted not to exceed $50. The Treasurer shall keep appropriate receipts and invoices covering all such transactions as part of the club’s financial records. The Club Executive Board shall designate not less than two Club Executive Board Members as persons authorized to sign checks drawn of the club’s bank account(s) preferably the Treasurer and the Club President. All assets of the club shall be physically inventoried at least once annually and the Treasurer thereof shall maintain a written record.
Section F. All monies received by the club from special activities and events must be deposited into the club’s bank account. All associated disbursements must be made by check, credit or debit card. No disbursements may be made from “un-banked” monies.
ARTICLE VI – COMMITTEES
Section A. Appointment: All committees, including standing committees, and the Chairmen thereof, shall be appointed by the Club President with Club Executive Board approval.
ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS
Section A. Individual committees are not permitted to amend this document; however, requests for changes may be submitted to the Sterling Grove Lifestyle Director for review.
ARTICLE VIII – DISSOLUTION
Section A. This Club may not be dissolved until all of its outstanding debts have been paid; upon dissolution, all assets and all property of the Club shall be surrendered to the Sterling Grove HOA in accordance with the Association’s bylaws, and club rules, regulations and procedures.
FOR THE CLUB: FOR THE ASSOCIATION:
Club President: Signature Date Lifestyle Director: Signature Date
REVIEWED AND APPROVED