MINUTE MAN DART LEAGUE, INC. BY - LAWS
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of the organization shall be Minute Man Dart League, Inc.
ARTICLE II - DEFINITIONS
SECTION 1. Whenever the initials “M.M.D.L.” are used in these
By-laws, they shall mean MINUTE MAN DART LEAGUE, INC.
SECTION 2. Whenever the word “BOARD” is used in these By-laws,
it shall mean that body described in Article VI, Section 1.
SECTION 3. Whenever the term “SENIOR BOARD MEMBER” is used in these
By-laws, it shall mean the most Senior Board Member present in terms of
continuous service. If there is no Senior Board Member, in terms of continuous
service, there will be an election for that position among the Board Members
SECTION 4. Whenever the term “GENERAL MEMBER” is used in these
By-laws, it shall mean a League Member other than a Board Member.
SECTION 5. Whenever the term “SPONSOR” is used in these By-laws,
it shall mean an entity sponsoring a participating team in the MMDL.
SECTION 6. Whenever the term “NEUTRAL” is used in these By-laws,
it shall mean a person not involved in the team, location, or division
SECTION 7. Whenever the term “MEMBER CAPTAIN” is used in these
By-laws, it shall mean a person who is either captain elect of a member
team of the MMDL or a representative thereof.
SECTION 8. Whenever the term “AREA DIRECTOR” is used in these By-laws,
it shall mean a person elected for one year to represent and direct all
league activities within a designated geographical area. This area shall
consist of divisions.
SECTION 9. Whenever the term “DIVISION REPRESENTATIVE” is used
in these By-laws, it shall mean a person elected for one season to represent
and direct all league activities within their division.
ARTICLE III - OBJECTIVES
SECTION 1. The objectives of the MMDL shall be to promote Darting,
co-ordinate the functions and activities of Darts, and sanction League
play according to Rules in effect, as well as establish friendly relationships
with similar organizations.
SECTION 2. The MMDL shall be a non-profit, non-political, and non-ectarian
ARTICLE IV - FEES AND DUES
SECTION 1. General Membership and Sponsor fees shall be established
and may be revised by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of those Board
Members present at any Board Meeting.
SECTION 2. Fees, if any, for MMDL sponsored activities shall be
established by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of those Board Members
present at any Board Meeting.
SECTION 3. General Membership and Sponsor fees shall be applicable
to the period established at a Board Meeting, and shall be payable in
advance. An applicant of General Membership or Sponsorship shall be considered
to be properly registered as a Member when within the current policies,
the application form or appropriate fee have been received and approved
by a simple majority of the Membership Committee.
SECTION 4. General Membership and Sponsorship fees shall be applicable
each season. General Members and Sponsors failing to submit their fees
on or before the announced time of registration deadline will not be scheduled
or allowed to participate in league sponsored events. In the event a check
is returned by our bank, for any reason, payment must be made, in cash
or by certified check, plus a twenty-five (25) dollar service charge within
seven (7) days to the Area Director. Failure to do so will result in the
suspension of the team or teams involved.
SECTION 5. Any General Member found guilty of conduct unbecoming
a gentleman or lady, as the case may be, may be fined or suspended for
said offense by the President with the advice and consent of the other
Members of the Board.
ARTICLE V - MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. Application for General Membership is open to anyone
who expresses interest in Darts as a sport and is twenty-one years of
age or the legal drinking age in Massachusetts.
SECTION 2. Application for Sponsorship is open to all organizations
expressing an interest in Darts as a sport, and is encouraged by the MMDL.
SECTION 3. All memberships are subject to approval by a simple
majority vote of the Board.
SECTION 4. A membership may be terminated by a simple majority
vote of the Board if such member creates or behaves in a manner which
is prejudicial to order and discipline. The Board's decision in such matters
ARTICLE VI - THE BOARD
SECTION 1. The Board shall be comprised of at least four (4) persons,
but not more than sixteen (16) persons, which shall include the President,
Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Advisors, Business Administrator,
and up to ten (10) additional members, one of which may be Executive Director
of the MMDL. No joint office may be held.
SECTION 2. The additional members of the MMDL Board of Directors
will be the Area Directors of the MMDL.
SECTION 3. A Board vacancy must be filled no later than the next
scheduled regular Board meeting following the creation of the vacancy
and will be filled by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board members
present PROVIDED: 1) The proposed General Member appointee is a member
in good standing 2) The names of all nominees for appointment are submitted
to the Board 3) A two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board members
present approve the nominee for appointment.
SECTION 4. A Board member‘s status is automatically terminated
when, without sufficient cause, he or she fails to appear at three (3)
consecutive Board Meetings or is over twenty (20) minutes late for three
(3) consecutive Board Meetings.
SECTION 5. Board members removed under Section 4 of Article VI
shall not be permitted to run for any office at a subsequent election.
SECTION 6. The Area Directors/Board Members will be elected by
the team captains of their respective areas and need not be a team captain.
The term of office will be one (1) year irrespective of whether or not
that individual changes divisions during the term of office.
SECTION 7. Area Directors/Board members are subject to recall,
for cause, by a unanimous vote of the team captains in the area. Sufficient
cause must be submitted and approved by the Board prior to any action
being taken by the area.
SECTION 8. Directors may resign from office at any time during
their term of office by submitting oral or written notice to that effect
to the remaining members of the Board of Directors. Such resignations
shall be effective immediately upon receipt by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 9. No more than two individuals with a financial interest
in a sponsorship will be permitted to serve on the Board. EXCEPTION: Those
Board members becoming Sponsors after the date of election shall be permitted
to complete their term of office.
SECTION 10. The term of office for the MMDL Executive Director
and Officers, comprised of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Recording
Secretary, Treasurer, Business Administrator, and Advisors shall be two
(2) years. The additional Board Members shall serve a term of office for
one (1) year. Terms of office commence one (1) week from date of election.
ARTICLE VII - BOARD DUTIES/QUORUM
SECTION 1. The Board must meet at least every two (2) months.
the meeting date, time and location will be determined by the President.
Attendance shall be excused if written notice of the meeting is not received
at least three (3) days prior to the meeting.
SECTION 2. Board meetings shall have a time limit of three (3)
hours from the time the meeting is called to order. A maximum of fifteen
(15) minutes may be allowed for the purpose of completing a point under
discussion. This section may be waived by the unanimous vote of the members
SECTION 3. Seventy-five (75) percent of the Board members in attendance
shall constitute a Quorum. In the absence of the President and Vice-President,
the Senior Board Member shall act as Chairman of the meeting.
ARTICLE VIII - DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
SECTION 1. PRESIDENT: The President shall preside at all meetings
of the MMDL unless excused by the NO VOTE PROVISO, which is Section 8
of Article VIII. He/She may vote only to make or break a tie. His/Her
signature will be one of two valid signatures on the League's Checking
and Saving accounts. He shall be bonded to the amount of three hundred
thousand (300,000) dollars, subject to an increase at any time by the
approval of a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Board. He/She shall decide
all questions of order, sign all orders upon the Treasurer for all sums
of money ordered by the League to be paid, appoint all committees, unless
otherwise ordered, and He/She shall be exofficio a member of all committees.
SECTION 2. VICE-PRESIDENT: The Vice-President shall assist the
President in maintaining the efficiency of the operation, and in the absence
of the President the Vice-President shall exercise the duties of the President.
The Vice-President will serve as the Chairman of the Board. Upon resignation
or recall of the President, the Vice-President will assume the office
of the President for the remainder of the President‘s term of office.
The vacancy of the Vice-President‘s office will then be filled as provided
by Article VI Section 3.
SECTION 3. Should the President and the Vice-President take leave
of office, the Senior Board Member shall assume of the President with
the provision that He/She call for an Election Meeting within thirty (30)
days of their leaving office.
SECTION 4. SECRETARY: The Secretary shall notify members of their
election, issue notices of meetings, conduct the correspondence of the
MMDL and perform such other duties as from time to time may be imposed
upon him, and at the expiration of his term of office turn over all his
books and papers to his successor.The Recording Secretary shall record
the minutes of the meetings and shall be a voting member of the Board.
SECTION 5. TREASURER: The Treasurer shall receive and maintain
custody of all MMDL funds and shall promptly deposit all monies received.
He/She shall keep a correct account thereof and pay all orders properly
drawn on him. He shall be bonded to the amount of three hundred thousand
(300,000) dollars, subject to an increase at any time by the approval
of a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Board. The MMDL shall pay all expenses
of bond for the faithful discharge of his duties. He shall be responsible
for the collection of any fees, dues, and fines from the MMDL members,
and shall be required to submit a Treasurer's report quarterly. His signature
will be one of two valid signatures on the MMDL Checking and Savings Accounts.
The Treasurer, at the discretion of the Board, shall submit the books
for annual audit at the end of each fiscal year (August). An independent
auditing firm or an Auditing Committee, composed of three (3) Board Members,
will be appointed to conduct the audit review and submit their findings
to the Board.
SECTION 6. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: The Executive Director will participate
in the planning and execution of the overall activities conducted by the
MMDL, locally or otherwise, and he/she shall conduct the principal liaison
functions with similar organizations involved in the sport of Darts.
SECTION 6A. BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR: The Business Administrator
shall seek out sponsorships for the MMDL.
SECTION 7. BOARD MEMBERS: Board Members, together with the Board
Officers, shall have and exercise a general supervision of the affairs
of the MMDL and shall control and manage its properties and effects. They
shall assist in the administration of the MMDL policies and provide and
enforce penalties for infractions committed by MMDL members.
SECTION 8. NO VOTE PROVISO: No Board Member may vote on operational
procedures or protests taking place in a Darting establishment which he/she
usually and normally frequents and or which he/she possesses a financial
SECTION 9. All checks issued by the MMDL must be approved by the
two (2) authorized Board Members (President and Treasurer) and may be
signed by either.
SECTION 10. Withdrawals from the MMDL Savings Account may be made
by either of the two authorized Board Members (President and Treasurer)
provided such withdrawals have been approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority
vote of the Board.
ARTICLE IX - MEETINGS
SECTION 1. BOARD MEETINGS: Such meetings shall be comprised of
Board Members only and shall be subject to the provisions set forth in
SECTION 2. PROTEST MEETINGS: Such meetings shall be subject to
the provisions set forth in those rules currently in effect.
SECTION 3. CAPTAINS MEETING: A minimum of one (1) Captains Meeting
per year will be mandatory. Such meetings must be announced by direct
mail to all Member Captains at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting
SECTION 4. RECALL MEETINGS: Such meetings shall be held subject
to the provisions set forth in Article XIV.
SECTION 5. SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS: Such meetings may be called
for, by petition, by a league member and for a specific purpose only.
The specific purpose must be in writing and must be signed by at least
three hundred (300) members of the MMDL in good standing. No other business
will be discussed at such a meeting. The Board must announce the date,
time, and location for said meeting no later than twenty (20) days from
the date the petition is received by the Secretary. The NO VOTE PROVISO,
as described in ARTICLE VIII, Section 8, shall apply to those members
attending a Special General Meeting.
SECTION 6. Unless otherwise specified, all meetings shall be called
at the discretion of the Board.
SECTION 7. Unless otherwise specified, meeting announcements must
be mailed at least five (5) days in advance of the meeting.
SECTION 8. Persons other than the sponsors of Darting establishments
using a sponsoring establishment as their home address, will not be included
in any mailings sent by the Board.
SECTION 9. It is the responsibility of all league members to maintain
a current and valid address with the Secretary. Such address shall be
the address to which notice shall be sent whenever required by the other
provisions of these By-Laws.
ARTICLE X - ELECTIONS
SECTION 1. Elections shall be held between August 1 and August
31. Two elections shall be held on separate dates during this period,
one for the Officers and Executive Director and the other for the Area
Director and Division Representatives. The first election shall be for
the Officers and Executive Director and they shall be elected by the current
Board of Directors and Division Representatives. The second election shall
be for the Area Director and the Division Representatives and will be
held at the respective area captains meetings. Election meeting announcements
must be mailed at least seven (7) days in advance of the election date.
SECTION 2. All elections shall be effected by secret ballot. It
shall be the responsibility of the Secretary to construct and distribute
such a ballot.
SECTION 3. During the first election, separate ballots shall be
held for and in order of Executive Director, President, Vice-President,
Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Business Administrator.
Should more than two (2) candidates be nominated and run for any of the
aforementioned until a final determination is made at a Special Meeting.
In the absence of the Vice-President, his duties shall be assumed by the
most Senior Board Member in attendance.offices, the following shall prevail:
(a) any candidate receiving at least fifty (50) percent of the votes cast
shall be considered elected, or (b) should the conditions under (a) not
prevail there will be a runoff between the two (2) candidates who received
the highest number of votes cast on the first ballot. In order to qualify
for the President's position, the candidate shall have held a position
of Officer or Director in the MMDL or a similar dart league within the
past two (2) years. In order to qualify for the Executive Director's position,
the candidate shall have held the position of President of the MMDL.
SECTION 4. During the second election, separate ballots shall be
held for and in the order of Area Director and Division Representatives.
One ballot shall be issued entitling Member Captains to vote for one (1)
candidate for Area Director and one ballot shall be issued entitling Member
Captains to vote for one (1) candidate within their division for Division
Representative. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall
be considered elected. In case of a tie, a runoff will be held between
the candidates involved in the tie.
SECTION 5.Elections for the President, Secretary, Executive Director
and Advisors shall be on the odd numbered years. Elections for the Vice-
President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Business Administrator shall
be on the even numbered years. All terms shall be for two years. 18.
ARTICLE XI - GENERAL
SECTION 1. The Board is given full power to make, alter, amend,
or appeal any and all By-Laws of the MMDL at any regular or special meeting
without giving prior notice of their intention to so act. A two-thirds
(2/3) majority vote of the Board of Directors is required to make, amend,
or repeal any By-Laws of the MMDL.
SECTION 2. Rules and regulations to supplement these By-Laws shall
be devised for the purpose of clarity and uniformity. Any additions, deletions,
or changes may be made according to the provisions set forth in Section
1 of ARTICLE XI.
SECTION 3. The order of Business and/or procedures of any meeting
called or any subject not covered by these By-Laws or noted in Board Minutes
shall be subject to “Robert‘s Rules of Order Revised”. However, should
there be a conflict with these By-Laws and/or “Robert‘s Rules of Order
Revised”, the latter shall prevail.
ARTICLE XII - CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS
SECTION 1. The Board shall have the sole authority to enter into
contracts and agreements in the name of the MMDL. Such contracts and agreements
must bear the signatures of the President, Vice-President, Executive Director,
or Business Administrator and be attested to by the Secretary or the Treasurer
in order to make such contract or agreement binding upon the MMDL.
ARTICLE XIII - EXPENSES
SECTION 1. Any League Member, under the direction of the Board,
is to be reimbursed for all legitimate expenses incurred in the name of
the MMDL.Mileage allowance is to be forty ($0.40) cents per mile.
SECTION 2. All expenses are subject to the approval of a simple
majority of the Board members in attendance at a Board meeting.
SECTION 3. An expense allowance as determined by a simple majority
shall be allotted for refreshments at all Board meetings, prior to or
at the outset of each meeting.
ARTICLE XIV - RECALL OF BOARD MEMBERS
SECTION 1. Any Board member may be recalled from office by a two-thirds
(2/3) majority vote of the Board. Members other than Board members may
institute Recall under the provisions set forth in ARTICLE IX, Section
SECTION 2. Any Board member recalled by the Board may appeal under
the provisions set forth in ARTICLE IX, Section 5. Such appeal must be
in writing and received by the Secretary (via Registered Mail) no later
than fifteen (15) days after the Board's recall ruling. There can be no
SECTION 3. Recall voting shall be accomplished by secret ballot.
SECTION 4. Should recall take place at a Special Meeting, it shall
be followed by an election to fill the created vacancy or vacancies at
a Special Meeting. If the President is recalled, the office shall be assumed
by the Vice-President, after which a new Vice-President shall be elected.
A subsequent ballot shall be held to fill the new vacancy.
SECTION 5. Any Board Member who is recalled and such recall is
ultimately and finally approved, shall be expelled from the MMDL.
SECTION 6. Should the President be recalled and appeal his case,
his duties shall be assumed by the Vice-President from the date of petition
ARTICLE XV - POLICY
SECTION 1. Policy changes and temporary rulings as approved by
a simple majority of the Board, and general information will be in the
form of announcements issued by the Secretary. These policy changes and
temporary rulings will be considered to be in force immediately. It is
the responsibility of each league member to read such announcements.
ARTICLE XVI - DIVISION REPRESENTATIVES
SECTION 1. The Division Representative will be elected by the
team captains of their respective divisions and need not be a team captain.
The term of office will be one (1) season.
SECTION 2. The Division Representative should meet with their Area
Director at least every two (2) months and within two (2) weeks of the
next Board meeting. The meeting date, time, and location will be determined
by the Area Director. Attendance shall be excused if written notice of
the meeting is not received at least three (3) days prior to the meeting.
SECTION 3. A Division Representative's status is automatically
terminated when, without sufficient cause, he/she fails to appear at three
(3) meetings or is over twenty (20) minutes late for three (3) consecutive
SECTION 4. Division Representatives removed under Section 3 of
Article XVI shall not be permitted to run for any office in a subsequent
SECTION 5. Any Division Representative may be recalled from office
by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board. Division Representatives
may also be subject to recall, for cause, by a unanimous vote of the captains
of that division. Sufficient cause must be submitted and approved by the
Board prior to any action being taken by the division.
SECTION 6. Any Division Representative recalled may appeal. such
appeal must be in writing and received by the Secretary (via registered
mail) no later than fifteen (15) days after the recall ruling. There can
be no further appeal.
SECTION 7. Should a Division Representative be recalled or removed,
an election shall be held to fill the vacancy at a Special Meeting.
SECTION 8. An Area Director may reserve the right to appoint Division
Representatives through a majority vote of team captains at the second
captains meeting of each season.
ARTICLE XVII - REMUNERATION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
SECTION 1. The President, Vice-President, Secretary,
Treasurer, Executive Director, Advisors, Business Administrator, and Area
Directors shall be paid a sum determined by a two-thirds (2/3) majority
vote of the Board.
SECTION 2. The sum of thirty-five (35.00) dollars will be paid
to each member of the Board of Directors for each meeting that they attend.