ORIB Logo (tm) Constitution

v1.02
Ratified June 14, 1996

Last Amended March 18, 1998

 
  1. NAME AND MISSION

    The name of this organization shall be the Oakland Raiders Internet Boosters (ORIB).

    The mission of this club is:

    1. To promote the Oakland Raiders organization throughout the world via the Internet.

    2. To operate as a non-profit voluntary association, with no funds used to benefit individual members.

    3. To perform charitable work, as determined by the Executive Board and/or the voting membership pursuant to the club's bylaws.

  2. MEMBERSHIP

    Any person may apply to become a member of the Club upon payment of yearly dues, and if accepted for membership will be subject to the terms contained within the Constitution, provided that nothing in this section shall be construed to require the Club to accept any particular application for membership. Once an application is accepted, membership dues shall not be refundable. There are three classes of membership:

    1. Regular

      Regular members are those members who meet all of the requirements for membership as set forth in the bylaws, including eligibility requirements for normal voting or voting by proxy as set forth in the bylaws. This is the normal form of membership.

    2. Associate

      Associate members are those members who meet all of the requirements for membership as set forth in the bylaws, but who not meet the eligibility requirements for normal voting or voting by proxy as set forth in the bylaws. Minor children of regular members will be recognized as associate members, with no further dues payment required.

    3. Honorary

      Honorary members shall be appointed by the Executive Board. Honorary members are lifetime Club members, and are exempted from dues payments.

  3. FISCAL YEAR

    The Club fiscal year will begin on June 1 and end on May 31 each year.

  4. CONDUCT

    Members shall be responsible for the actions of their guests, and the damages arising from any act due to misconduct by a member or guest shall be paid for by the member. The Club shall not be responsible for individual actions of misconduct, and may take such administrative and/or legal action as is necessary to protect its interests.

    Any act that brings embarrassment or endangerment to the Club constitutes sufficient cause to have membership terminated, or to have a non-member barred from attending future Club functions, by vote of the Executive Board.

  5. EXECUTIVE BOARD

    1. The Executive Board shall be composed of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Information Officer, Benefits Officer, Webmaster, and a number of Regional Directors as set forth in the bylaws. All officers shall be elected by the membership and serve a two-year term. The rules for elections for the Executive Board, as well as the conditions and procedures for removal from office, shall be set forth in the Bylaws.
      (Amended 3/18/98)

    2. The Executive Board shall supervise and control all business and affairs of the Club. Board members shall be expected to carry out the duties of their office to the best of their ability, and to ensure that the Club and its membership needs are given the highest priority. Board members may, at their discretion and as necessary to implement Club operations, delegate certain tasks or functions of their offices to other Club members.
      (Amended 3/18/98)

    3. Board members' unique responsibilities are as follows:

      1. PRESIDENT

        Shall supervise and control all business and affairs of the Club. Must sign, with the Treasurer, any contracts or other instruments which the executive staff has authorized to be executed, except in cases where the signing and execution is expressly delegated by the Executive Board to another designee of the Club. May expend funds as set forth in the bylaws to benefit the Club in the event that an Executive Board meeting cannot be held in time for authorization.

      2. VICE PRESIDENT

        In the absence of the President, or in the event of his inability to act, the Vice President shall assume all duties of the President. When so acting, shall have all the powers of, and be subject to the same responsibilities as the President. Shall keep minutes of any physical meetings conducted by local Oakland officers that the Secretary is unable to attend, and forward them to the Secretary.

      3. SECRETARY

        Shall keep archives of Executive Board e-mail discussions and make copies available for inspection. If located in the Oakland area, shall take minutes of any physical meetings conducted by local Oakland officers and make copies available for inspection. Shall be custodian of all Club records, except financial. Shall maintain a register of the Internet e-mail address and mailing address of each member. Shall conduct the duties incidental to the office of Secretary.

      4. TREASURER

        Shall have charge and custody of all funds and securities of the Club. Shall receive and give receipts for moneys due and payable to the Club in banks or other depositories. Must give quarterly reports to the Executive Board via e-mail, and at any other time the Board requests. Shall maintain accurate records of funds, manage Club account(s), and make payments for the operation of the Club from said funds.

      5. PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER

        Shall be responsible for recruiting new members. Shall manage all dealings with news media. Shall assist Regional Directors in their efforts to recruit charities for the Club to benefit.
        (Amended 6/27/97)

      6. BENEFITS OFFICER

        Shall be responsible for the design, production, storage, and distribution of any promotional or commemorative items the Board requests. This includes, but is not limited to, items designated to be part of the benefits package given to members and items to be offered for sale. Shall maintain all necessary records related to the provision of benefits and/or additional club products to members.
        (Added 6/27/97)

      7. WEBMASTER

        Shall be responsible for the design and ongoing maintenance of the club's World Wide Web site. Shall maintain backup copies of all site-related computer files. Shall liaison with the Treasurer to see that the club's Internet access account and domain name registration are paid for on a timely basis, and shall archive any e-mail correspondence involving those matters. Shall also be responsible for establishing and administering such electronic mail lists as the club maintains.
        (Added 3/18/98)

      8. REGIONAL DIRECTORS

        Shall solicit opinion on Club issues from members in their geographic region and represent that opinion in Board discussions. Shall coordinate Club charitable efforts in their region. Shall assist other officers with any other Club business that concerns their region. The number of Regional Directors shall be set forth in the Bylaws.
        (Amended 3/18/98)

  6. FINANCES

    Finances shall be managed in the following manner:

    1. Members will pay dues annually. The dues amount, date and method of dues submission, any Club merchandise to be awarded upon payment of dues, and percentage of dues to be given to Club charities shall be set forth in the bylaws.

    2. The Club may offer other merchandise to be sold to members. Such merchandise will be sold for the cost of manufacture and shipping plus an amount to be donated to Club charities.

    3. When money is received for any Club function, a percentage of any funds received over Club expenses, shall be set aside for Club charities. This percentage shall be set forth in the bylaws. Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude the Club from having events or functions where the purpose is to raise money solely for the benefit of Club charities.

    4. Finances not designated for charitable donation shall be used exclusively by the Executive Board for administrative/operating costs, and other expenses necessary for the sole benefit of the Club. These finances are for the legitimate expenses required to conduct Club business and shall not be diverted for any other purposes.

  7. MEETINGS

    1. Regular meetings of the Club membership shall be held at such intervals as are set forth in the bylaws. In addition to membership meetings, the Club, or any of its various Regions, may from time to time, hold such other events as may be authorized and approved under the appropriate bylaws.

    2. Regular meetings of the Executive Board shall be held at such intervals as are set forth in the bylaws.

    3. Reflecting the Internet-based nature of this organization, membership meetings are defined to constitute discussions conducted using all such means, including electronic, as may be authorized in the bylaws, with the purpose of ensuring the capability to participate, of all members in good standing having Internet access, regardless of geographical location. During the Raiders' off-season, a minimum of two weeks notice of date and location shall be given for scheduled membership meetings or other events.

    4. At Club membership meetings, all issues voted upon shall be decided by majority vote of those members present who are eligible to vote, as defined in Paragraph (a) of Section VIII.

    5. The Club bylaws shall provide a mechanism for enabling members in good standing to propose issues for discussion and/or vote at membership meetings. The bylaws shall further provide a mechanism for voting by proxy, in the event a member eligible to vote cannot attend a membership meeting and meets the requirements for voting by proxy as set forth in the bylaws.

  8. ELECTIONS

    1. All regular members in good standing shall be eligible to vote. Other members shall not be eligible to vote.

    2. For purposes of electing the Executive Board, including Club officers, a quorum shall exist only if a minimum of 25% of the eligible Club membership registers a vote. A minimum of two weeks notice shall be provided to the membership prior to the election of Board members. Members eligible to vote for Board positions shall have no less than a one-week period in which to submit their vote.

  9. AMENDMENTS

    The Constitution of the OAKLAND RAIDERS INTERNET BOOSTERS may be amended only by vote of the Club membership at scheduled meetings or events. Any proposed amendment must be approved by two-thirds (66.7%) of those voting.


Last updated Thursday, March 19, 1998

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