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JVA's bylaws are the governing rules of the association.  The bylaws set the standards for membership, committee and board service and much more.  Members are encouraged to read the bylaws to become better informed of their association

BYLAWS
OF
JUNIOR VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION

A Non-Profit Corporation

 
ARTICLE I
 
NAME AND PRINCIPAL OFFICE
 
1.01 Name. The name of this organization shall be the Junior Volleyball Association, and may also be known as the JVA.
 
1.02 Principal Office. The principal office for the transaction of business of the organization is hereby fixed at 2365 Harrodsburg Rd, Suite A325, Lexington, KY  40504. The Board of Directors is hereby granted full authority to change the principal office from one location to another.
 
ARTICLE II
 
 MISSION AND PURPOSES
 
Mission. The mission of the Junior Volleyball Association is to promote the growth of youth and junior volleyball through program and resource development, education and events.
 
2.01      Guiding Principles.
JVA exists to serve our members and respond to member needs.
B.     Player Welfare
JVA will consider the athletes’ health, welfare and interests as a top priority in all decisions
JVA will strive to make volleyball affordable and accessible for all members while maintaining financial responsibility. 
E.     Best Practices
JVA is committed to developing and sharing best practices across member clubs while assisting its membership with growth and development goals.
 

 ARTICLE III

 
MEMBERSHIP
 
3.01 Categories. There shall be two active categories of membership within a club entity.
 A. The Club Director membership shall consist of an authorized representative of the single club/entity (a director, coach, official, and/or designated representative) who are actively engaged in running the membership organization, club or volleyball program. Each club director member shall have the privilege of voting.
             Not more than one Club Director Member shall exist for each club/entity.
 B. Associate membership shall consist of volleyball enthusiasts, member coaches, trainers, administrators of a recognized volleyball entity or any other interested individuals who are part of the designated Club Director’s programs. Associate members may not vote in the JVA elections, but may serve on the Board of Directors or on JVA committees.
 
3.02 Admission to Membership.  Application for membership shall be made to the JVA Executive Committee. Applicants shall furnish credential information sufficient to determine the membership to which they are entitled. Applications shall be accompanied by applicable membership dues. If submitting their application online, the applicant must designate that they have read and agreed to the JVA Mission and Purpose. Within 30 days after receipt of the application, the Executive Committee shall inform the candidates for membership that the application has been approved or disapproved, and, if approved, to which class of membership they will be admitted.  Disputes arising over membership issues shall be resolved by the Board of Directors.
 
3.03 Dues. The dues for Regular, Associate and Patron members shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Life members and Honorary members shall be exempt from the payment of dues.
 
3.04 Membership Meetings.
 A. Annual Meeting. The annual membership meeting of the association shall be held each year at the time of the Annual Convention, which shall be held in conjunction with the AVCA Annual Convention. A simple majority vote of those voting members present at the annual membership meeting shall be sufficient to transact all business.
 B. Other Meetings. Special and other meetings of the membership may be called by the Board of Directors upon reasonable notice or by request of at least 25% of the voting membership.
 
 
3.05 Code of Ethics and Conduct, Membership Misconduct and Grievance Procedures. Membership in the JVA is a privilege granted by the JVA. Where the conduct of an individual or organization is determined to be inconsistent with the JVA's Purpose and Mission, as adopted by the Board of Directors and approved by a majority of voting membership, or the best interest of the sport of volleyball and of the individuals and organizations the JVA serves, that membership may be suspended or terminated by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall follow the Mission and Guiding Principles.
 
3.06 Membership list. The Secretary shall maintain the membership list and ensure that each member is notified about any voting or attendance event. Notice is defined by electronic, telephonic, fax, mail or any other standard business practice.
 
3.07      Membership transfer. The Club Director membership is transferable to a new representative within the same club in the event of sale/change/resignation in administration within a member organization.
 
ARTICLE IV
 
 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
4.01 Composition. The business and affairs of the JVA shall be governed by the Board of Directors (hereinafter, "the Board"). The Board shall consist of 7 elected members and 2 appointed members and one non voting Past President if applicable.
A. Elected MembersSeven Board members shall be elected from the general membership in a prescribed general election. After the board is elected, one person shall be elected by the Board members for each of the following two positions unless there is an existing President-Elect who will automatically assume the position of Board President:
B. Appointed Members. Two (2) members shall be appointed by the Board of Directors.
  1.  At-Large representative that shall represent clubs with 10 or less teams.  This representative shall be appointed by the Board of Directors and shall be a voting member.
  2. At-Large representative that shall represent clubs with over 10 teams. This representative shall be appointed by the Board of Directors and shall be a voting member.
        C.  President elected by the Board;
 1.  President-Elect elected by the Board (succeeds the President as Board President);
 2.  The positions of Treasurer, and Secretary shall be filled from the remaining 8 members of the Board by Board vote.
 
 
4.02 Eligibility. To be eligible for election or appointment to the Board, candidates shall be at least 21 years old and shall be active and financially current members in good standing on the date of election or appointment and through their terms on the Board. All current members have the right to seek election as an Officer or Director of the organization if they are active members at the time of the election.
 
4.03 Powers. The Board of Directors shall have the following powers:
A. Establish policies of the organization including fiscal policy. 
B. Appoint the At-Large representatives to the Board. 
C. Recommend voting issues to the general membership.
D. Election of Board President
E. Recommend Patron or Life Memberships to the general membership
F. Negotiate on behalf of the JVA on issues to present to the general membership for a vote.
G. Sign and commit the organization to service contracts, leases and other legal agreements.
 
4.04 Terms of Office. The Initial Board President shall serve for a one year term, the President Elect and the Secretary shall serve for a two-year term. The next three (3) highest vote getters shall serve for three-year terms, and may be reelected or reappointed for additional three-year terms, and the final two (2) vote getters shall serve for two-year terms and my be reelected or reappointed for additional three year terms. All future Directors shall be elected to three year terms following the original Board terms. Appointed Directors shall serve terms as follows: At-Large over 10 teams-three years; At-Large 10 or less teams-two years. All At-Large appointees shall serve three year terms beginning with the expiration of the original appointed term. Any Directors elected or appointed to fill vacancies caused by resignation shall fill unexpired terms only and be eligible for re-election per election process.
 
4.05 Elections. The election process shall be open to any current member of the organization. The membership shall vote on the slate presented and voting will be organized and tabulated by AVCA or another designated third party.
 A. Nomination Committee. A Nomination Committee of three (3) persons shall be appointed by the President or the Interim President. The Chair of the Nomination Committee shall be a member of the Board, and one additional member of the Board shall serve on the Nomination Committee. No other person holding office in the organization shall be a member of the Nomination Committee. No person intending to run for an elected position shall serve as a member of the Nomination Committee. The Nomination Committee shall solicit the membership for candidates for the positions on the Board of Directors. The members of the Nomination Committee shall prepare its slate before the election. If voting is to be conducted in person at the Annual Convention, the slate of nominees shall be presented to the membership at least twenty-four (24) hours before the vote. If voting is to be conducted by mail, fax or email, the slate of nominees shall be presented to the membership at least fourteen (14) days before the vote, but in no event later than 30 days after the annual meeting.
 B. Elections. The election of the Board may either be held at the Annual Convention of the organization or made by mail or email ballot in accordance with procedures established and approved by the Board. Persons, not on the Nomination Committee, desiring to be a candidate for office and not nominated by the Nomination Committee shall present their names to the President for inclusion on the ballot. In either election scenario, the Nomination Committee shall work closely with the JVA Board of Directors to develop the appropriate timelines and process.
                    
4.06. Vacancies. Should there be a vacancy on the Board, including vacancies resulting from an increase in the number of Directors, between normal elections, it shall be filled with persons elected by a majority vote of the remaining Directors. The Nomination Committee shall be responsible for soliciting candidates for the replacement position and managing the process of securing the required majority approval from the remaining Directors. Each person so elected shall be a Director for the remaining term of the position and shall be a Director until that person or a successor is elected by the membership during the regular election cycle of the organization. Nominees for filling any vacancies shall meet all eligibility requirements for the position of Director. Selection of Directors to fill any such vacancy may be made by mail ballot or email ballot.
 
4.07 Meetings.
 A. Regular Meetings. The Board shall meet regularly but not less than once per year at which time a quorum of the Board shall be present in person. Regular meetings of the Board may be held at such times and places as shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Board at a duly convened meeting, or by a two-thirds majority of the Directors giving written consent. Notice of each regular meeting of the Board shall be written, shall specify the date, place and hour of the meeting and shall be delivered to each Director at least five (5) days before the meeting, either personally or by mail, fax or response-requested e-mail.
 B. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President or -Treasurer on twenty-four (24) hours written notice to each Director, either personally or by mail, fax or response-requested e-mail. Special meetings may be called, in like manner, upon the written request of two (2) or more Directors. Notice of each special meeting of the Board shall specify the date, place and hour of the meeting. The notice should, but need not, state the general nature of the business to be conducted at such special meeting. Special meetings of the Board may be conducted through telephone conferences or other electronic means, coordinated by the President, if a quorum of the Directors can participate in the discussion.
 
4.08 Voting.  Each Director shall be entitled to one vote. The President may not vote except to break a tie. The President-Elect shall not vote if acting as President.
 
4.09 Waiver of Notice. Whenever written notice of a meeting of the Board is required to be given, a waiver thereof, in writing, signed by the person entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice. Neither the business to be transacted nor the purpose of the meeting need be specified in the waiver of notice of such meeting. Attendance or participation in any meeting of the Board shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting except where the person attends or participates for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business because the meeting was not lawfully called or convened.
 
4.10 Quorum. At all meetings of the Board, whether the Board is meeting as a Committee of the whole or in regular or special session, at least five (5)  Directors shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The acts of a majority of the Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the acts of the Board, except as may be otherwise specifically provided by law, by the Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws. It shall not be necessary to give any notice of the adjourned meeting or of the business to be transacted other than by announcement at the meeting at which such adjournment is taken.
 
4.11 Rules of Order.  Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be followed.
 
4.12 Actions Without A Meeting. Any action which may be taken at a meeting of the Board may be taken without a meeting if a written consent setting forth the action so taken is signed by a majority of the Directors. Such consents shall be filed with the Board President.
 
4.13 Conflict of Interest. No Director or Officer of the organization, member of any committee, employee, paid consultant to or agent/representative of the organization shall participate in the negotiation, evaluation or approval by the organization of any contractual arrangement to which it is proposed that the organization become a party, if such individual would financially benefit, directly from the organization becoming a party to such arrangement. Individuals with a conflict of interest, upon learning that the organization is proposing to enter into an arrangement in which they have a financial interest, shall promptly notify the President in writing of the existence of such interest, and the President in turn shall disclose such interest to the Board. The Board may approve further participation by the individual upon an affirmative vote of the Board and recommendation of the President. In the event of a violation of this Section 4.13, the organization shall have the right to recover from the individual in question his or her financial benefit and to void the arrangement.
 
4.14 Removal. Removal of a Director may be initiated in one of two ways—by petition by the general membership or by Board of Director motion.
A. Any current member of the association, upon ten (10) days notification in writing to the President, and accompanied by a petition signed by twenty percent (20%) of current association members in good standing may appear on the agenda of the next regular Board meeting, and in a presentation not to exceed ten (10) minutes state their case for removal of a Board member. The President shall notify the Board member that they shall be given a time not to exceed ten (10) minutes for rebuttal. The matter shall then be tabled until the next regular Board meeting at which time discussion and vote shall be taken. The vote to remove a Board member shall require two-thirds (2/3) of the Directors voting in the affirmative to remove the Director.
B. Any Director may make a motion to remove a fellow Director for any one of the following reasons:
1. For failure to attend a sufficient number of meetings (less than 75% of board meetings in a year);
2. If a Director cannot pass a background screening test at any time;
3. For non-performance of duties as described by association documents; or
4. For violating the current Code of Conduct, as defined from time to time by the association.
C. The process for removal shall be:
1. Written notice of reason for removal shall be delivered to the Director no later than seven (7) days prior to the next regularly-scheduled Board meeting; then
2.   A vote shall be taken at the next regularly-scheduled Board meeting, which vote shall require two-thirds (2/3) of the Directors voting in the affirmative to remove the Director.
 
 
ARTICLE V
 
 OFFICERS
 
5.01 Officers. The officers of the organization shall be the President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. Other officers may be added to facilitate running the organization consistent with the stated parameters of the organization.
 
5.02 Election. The President-Elect, who shall automatically advance to the office of President, shall be elected from the elected Board members.  The election of officers shall be held at the Annual Convention of the organization or by mail or email ballot in accordance with procedures established and approved by the Board.
 
5.03 Term. The Initial Board President shall serve for a one year term, the President Elect and the Secretary shall serve for a two-year term. All other elected Directors shall serve for three-year terms or two-year terms, and may be reelected for an additional three-year term. All future Directors shall be elected to three year terms following the original Board terms. Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board or the Treasurer of the organization.  Any officer may be removed by a majority of the Board whenever in its judgment the best interest of the organization shall be served thereby.  Such removal shall be without prejudice to the contractual rights, if any, of the person so removed.  Any vacancy shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board, such person serving until the next annual election.
 
 
5.04 Duties.
 A. President. The President shall preside at all meetings of the organization, the Board and the Executive Committee, shall appoint all committees not otherwise provided for and shall act as general chair for the Annual Convention. The President is authorized to sign contracts or agreements as approved by the general membership and the Board of Directors.
 B. President-Elect. The President-Elect shall act as President in case of absence or physical disability of the President and present the business issues to the Board.
 C. Past President. The Past President shall act as President in case of absence or physical disability of the President and the President-Elect.
 D. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have the following duties:
 1. Maintain custody of the organization's fund records and keep adequate and correct accounts of the organization's properties and business transactions;
 2. May assign fiscal management duties to the AVCA or other approved entity.
 3. Perform such other duties as the Board or the President shall prescribe.
 4. Appoint and maintain oversight of the Executive Committee.
E.    Secretary. The secretary is responsible for minutes of all meetings, notification of votes, list of membership and general information.
F.  Parliamentarian. The parliamentarian is responsible for meeting rules, legislation, and legal issues.
 
ARTICLE VI
 
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
6.01  Duties of the Executive Director. The Executive Director (if such position is recommended by the board and voted for by the general membership) shall direct the day-to-day business of the organization. The Executive Director shall perform the duties of the Secretary or may assign these duties to another party. The Executive Director shall perform such other duties prescribed by the Board or the President.
 
6.02 Executive Director Selection. The Executive Director shall be selected by the Board of Directors. An annual evaluation shall be conducted by the Board and coordinated by the Executive Committee.
 
 
ARTICLE VII
 
 COMMITTEES
 
7.01 Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the President, the President-Elect, the Past President, the Treasurer, and the Secretary. Only the President, Treasurer and Secretary shall serve in voting capacities on the Executive Committee. The Executive Director shall serve in an ex-officio non-voting capacity. The Executive Committee, to the extent provided in these Bylaws, shall have and exercise the authority of the Board in the management of the business and affairs of the organization between Board meetings.
 
7.02 Standing Committees. The executive board may appoint standing committees of the organization, the members of which, except as otherwise stated, may include any member of the organization in good standing. All standing committees will be chaired by executive board appointment and that appointee can be from general membership or the appointed board.
 
 7.03 Ad Hoc Committees. The President shall have the power to appoint ad hoc committees as needed.
 
ARTICLE VIII
 
 INDEMNIFICATION
 
8.01 Indemnification. This association, to the fullest extent permitted by law, shall indemnify all persons made or threatened to be made a party to any civil or criminal action or proceeding by reason of the fact that they are or were Directors or Officers of this organization or served as a member of any committee hereof provided that;
  1. They acted in good faith
  2. They used ordinary care; and
  3. They reasonably believed their actions to be in the best interest of the organization. 
 
ARTICLE IX
 
 FISCAL YEAR
 
9.01 Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the JVA shall start on July 1 and end on June 30.
 
 
ARTICLE X
 
 AMENDMENTS
 
10.01 Amendments. These Bylaws may be amended or revised at the Annual Convention or mid-year meeting of the organization by a two-thirds vote of the general membership. Between the Annual Convention or the mid-year meeting, these Bylaws may be changed by a two-thirds proxy vote of those voting members responding to the proxy vote request. Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing and delivered to the general membership prior to the Annual Convention or mid-year meeting or a proxy vote.
 
 
ARTICLE XI
 
 DISSOLUTION
 
11.01 Dissolution. Upon the dissolution of this association, the Board shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the organization, dispose of all of the assets of the organization to such an organization, preferably volleyball-related, that shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization under Section 50 1 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by a court of general jurisdiction of the State of Illinois according to law.
 
ARTICLE XII
 
DEFINITIONS
  
12.01 Definitions.
12.02 Club. A legally organized entity whose primary purpose is teaching, coaching, or causing players and teams to compete in the sport of indoor or outdoor volleyball and is a current member in good standing of AVCA.
 
12.03 Club Director Membership. The Club Director membership is the person responsible for making decisions, recommending policy, approving budgets for a Club or the person designated by the club to fill that post.
 
12.04 Associate Membership. The Associate membership can be anyone associated with the Club whose interest is in improving and supporting volleyball.
 
12.05 Patron Members. A Patron member is defined as a member who has contributed with money, goods or services of such significance to be recognized by the membership. The Board of Directors will forward appropriate names and information to the general membership in order to vote to accept a person as a Patron Member. A simple majority vote of those voting members present at business meetings shall be sufficient to name a person a Patron Member.
 
12.06 Life Member. A Life Member is defined as a person who has contributed significantly to the sport of volleyball and to the JVA concept; and who is retiring from active membership in the volleyball community. The Board of Directors will forward appropriate names and information to the general membership in order to vote to accept a person as a Life Member. A simple majority vote of those voting members present at business meetings shall be sufficient to name a person a Life Member.
 
12.07 Honorary Membership. An Honorary member is defined as a person who may or may not be involved in the running of a club, but who has contributed to the sport of volleyball significantly. The Board of Directors will forward appropriate names and information to the general membership in order to vote to accept a person as a Life Member. A simple majority vote of those voting members present at business meetings shall be sufficient to name a person an Honorary Member.
 
12.08 Legally Recognized Entity. A legally recognized entity will be defined as a volleyball entity that is recognized by USAV, AAU, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, any High School Association or other similar organization.