USA Boccia Bylaws

The Bylaw Committee is in process to revise approximately 9 Articles in the present Bylaws .  They have been using the advice from the NGB Template 6.15.2018 suggested by the USOC/USP.

The Bylaw committee is holding Working Forum Meetings-

Timeline:      Forums will be held on March 18, 19, 21.  See below for the forum topics and their presentation date. .All Meetings are at 7pm central. Final amendments are due April 5th for edits / April 25th is the final submission deadline.

March Bylaw Forums

We are presenting working forums ‘showcasing’ the proposed by-law amendment changes. Please be a part of the process by connecting your phone or computer through GotoMeeting  the sign on link listed below

Below is a schedule of the proposed by-law amendment changes discussion forums:

Proposed Working Forum Topics   

March 18th Monday -7 pm (CST)

Changes to:
Article 10 Committees Ethics, Nominating and Governance,
Article 2 add registered office, 
Article 8 Officers (of board) 
Article 16 Code of Ethics

Download and review the documents to be discussed below

March 19th Tuesday -7pm (CST) 

Changes to:
Article 7 Board of Directors- increasing the number by adding Independent Directors
Article 9.4  Elections

Download and review the documents to be discussed

March 21 Thursday -7pm (CST)   

Changes to:
Article 5 Membership types,
Article 6 Dues and Player Eligibility
Article 13  Adding Safesport and Anti Doping
Article 3 combine  Mission and Purpose
Article 11.2 Executive Director Role
Article 10 Judicial committee
Article 12 Grievance Procedure

Download and review the documents to be discussed

Sign on to be a part of the forum using GoToMeeting. 

1.  Please join the meeting.

2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended.  Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (872) 240-3412
Access Code: 749-906-109
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 749-906-109

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Turn your mic back on when you ask a question or make a comment- just say, “this is___ “

There is a chat feature where you can ask a question by typing it in.

Miss a Forum?

  1. Download and read the documents.  Ask questions by e-mail
  2. Listen to the forum by clicking on the MP4 file
    1. March 18th – meeting video
  3. Go to the discussion page via the link below and comment, question, or clarify

The bylaw committee asks the membership to bring to the attention of committee members possible changes for bylaw revisions  during March in order to meet revision deadlines. The new bylaw revision will be voted on at the Annual Meeting in July.

Committee Members

Chair- Cathy Drobny
Secretary Kathy Brinker

  1. Governance Committee: Lucy Berry
  2. Classification Committee: Sam Williams
  3. Referee Committee: Cathy Drobny
  4. Fundraising Committee: Marck Harrison*(Athlete)
  5. Competition Committee: James Thomson
  6. Judicial Committee: Geoben Johnson III
  7. Ethics Committee: Melanie Yules
  8. Youth Committee: Patrick Parkes *(Athlete)
  9. Judicial/Ethics : Charlie Brown *(Athlete)
  10. Founding Board Member : Kathy Brinker
  11. Karen Stallings – (Athlete)

What Are Bylaws?

Bylaws, also spelled as “by-laws,” are the rules an organization sets. They are established by the board of directors during the time the organization is being formed. Written bylaws tell organizations how to handle any new issues or situations that might arise. Having bylaws in place will save time that would’ve been spent on trying to work out complications within the company. It will also help keep things running smoothly and define goals or missions.

What Do Bylaws Do?

Bylaws will define things like the organizations purpose, official name, officers’ titles and responsibilities, requirements for membership, how the officers will be elected, how meetings will be conducted, and how often these meetings will be held. Bylaws will dictate the way the group functions in addition to what the roles and responsibilities of the officers will be. They help lay out an organization map, so everyone will know what the purpose and the daily operations are. Bylaws that are well-written will ensure the organization runs smoothly by providing a solution for any issues, including nominations, elections, and settling disputes among parties.

Why should I as a member of USA Boccia be aware of our Bylaws?

As a current paying member of USA Boccia you have membership privileges which include;

  1. Voting on new board members at the annual meeting
  2. Voting on Bylaw amendments and revisions at the annual meeting
  3. Voting on all other matters as they relate to USA Boccia at the annual meeting
  4. Putting forth amendments to change current bylaws to be voted on at the annual meeting
  5. Ability to apply for board of director position based on job description requirements

Why Revise Bylaws?

Bylaws should be amended and formally adopted as is necessary. The bylaws need to be current and accurate.  Bylaws should be changed every five years, so they stay up to date with the rules and regulations.   USA Boccia’s current bylaws were written 3 years ago.

How are Bylaw amendments/revisions approved?

At the annual meeting all USA Boccia Members (those who have paid for a membership) who are present, will have opportunity to vote on the bylaw amendment/revision.

There are several options at the Annual Meeting:

  • A VOTE of Yes by 2/3 majority of those present will accept the amendments as written. If the bylaws are adopted the amendments will go in effect 30 days following the annual meeting.
  • A VOTE of NO by simple majority will not accept the amendments as written.  A Committee will be formed to receive input from the stakeholders of the organization and work on the bylaws for presentation at our next Annual Meeting.
  • A motion for division of the question can be made with a 2nd, approved by majority Vote. This allows the amendments to be looked at separately.
  • A motion for commit or Refer can be made with a 2nd, and approved by majority vote to take a section of  proposed amendment and assign to a committed for further study.
  • A motion to approve a section with a second to accept a section to the Bylaws – 2/3 vote required.