SECTION OF THE AMERICAN BRIDGE ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED
The name of this organization shall
be the Northwestern Section of the American Bridge Association, Incorporated,
hereinafter referred to as the Section.
The Objective and purpose of the
Section shall be to:
encourage, and develop the game of duplicate contract bridge;
bridge clubs of the Section into one group using identical laws and procedures
for the purpose of competitive bridge play in both public and private games;
supervise, and conduct duplicate tournaments through which contestants may be
scholarships for worthy students, contribute to charitable organizations and
improve the general welfare of the community and;
E. sponsor and
participate in those endeavors in cooperation with other groups and
individuals, that involve the American Bridge Association, Incorporated in the
concerns of the greater community.
Section 1. Types of Memberships. There shall be two types of memberships
individual and group (chartered affiliates).
- Individuals residing within a 35-mile radius of a
city in which a chartered club exists must affiliate with an open chartered
- Members-at-large are individuals residing beyond
a 35-mile radius of a city in which a chartered club exists may apply to
the National Office for membership-at-large and assignment to the
- Members in good standing are those individuals
who have paid their dues in accordance with provisions of these bylaws.
- The minimum number of individuals permitted to
form a new club shall be at least eight (8) individuals in an area where
there is a Unit of less than 100 members.
- The minimum number of individuals permitted to
form a new club in an area where there is a Unit of more than 100 members
is 16 new members.
- Any new group of individuals beyond the
perimeter of the 35-mile radius described in Section 3, B2 may apply
directly to the ABA National Office for a Charter, or may be affiliated
with the nearest Unit.
- Applications for membership shall be in writing
and mailed to the Section Vice-President with a list of complete names,
home addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of the members of
the applicant club.
- All group affiliations require the endorsement
of the Section Vice President.
- The Section must establish a Unit when three or
more clubs lie within the 35-mile radius of a city.
- The Section must establish a Unit when the total
membership of the three clubs had 50 members or more.
- The Section may establish a Unit when two
Chartered Clubs meet the requirements in B1 or B2.
- The Section may establish a Unit when two or
more Clubs that are independent decide to unite and are located beyond
the mandated geographical boundaries of any Unit,
Section 4. Rights of Members (Individual and
- Members shall have the right to:
- vote on all issues as provided in these bylaws;
- compete in Regional, Section, or National
Tournaments, except as those rights may be limited, circumscribed or abrogated
under the requirements of the laws of duplicate bridge, and any other
special rule or regulation;
- have master points recorded and receive a record
of earned master points;
- form chartered clubs according to ABA laws;
- face accusers regarding a charge of impropriety;
- appeal any charge of misconduct or impropriety
in accordance with the Disciplinary Code of the Association; and
- be reinstated, after a lapse of membership, upon
payment of financial obligations and at the discretion of the Board of the American Bridge
Association the Section.
Section 5. Rights of Chartered Clubs.
- Chartered Clubs shall have the right to:
- conduct tournaments in accordance with the
privileges and limitations provided by the ABA Constitution and Bylaws;
- have representatives of their own choosing as
members of the Unit;
- form a Unit according to ABA laws;
- exercise all other rights as may be contained in
- censure players for violations or improprieties
in accordance with the ABA Disciplinary Code;
- recommend penalties for violation(s) or improprieties
as described in ABA
- be heard within thirty (30) days when charges
have leveled. The line of
authority shall be Club/Unit/Section and National levels; and
- assess fees including club dues and playing
- Chartered Units, Comprised of Affiliated Clubs,
Shall have the right to:
Tournaments of Grade “A” Status;
the tournament schedule for clubs within its area of jurisdiction subject to
the review and approval of the Section Vice-President; and
the financial obligation of both its individual and group members.
- Members shall pay annual dues as prescribed by
the American Bridge Association.
- Section dues paid by individual members shall be
established during the fall meeting.
Members shall pay annual dues as prescribed by the Section.
- Members-at-large shall pay dues to the American
Bridge Association and to the Section.
Section 2. Dues Payment Date.
- Dues are payable by the 15th of
December and continue in force until the 31st of December in
the following year. This is to
insure that dues arrive at the designated location in a timely
manner. Dues are not refundable or
The fiscal year shall be January 1
through December 31.
Section 1. Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Section shall be held
during the spring and fall tournaments twice a year – in the Spring (April or
May) and in the Fall (September or October).
Section2. Annual Meetings. The regular meeting held during the Fall
Tournament in the Fall shall be known as the annual meeting and shall be held
for the purpose of electing officers, receiving reports of officers and
committees, and any business that may arise.
Section 3. Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called by the Section
Vice-President or by the Executive Committee.
Section 4. Quorum. A quorum shall consist of those members
attending the meeting.
The Executive Committee
Section 1. Composition. The members of the Section Committee
Executive Committee, hereinafter called the Executive Committee shall be the
Section Vice-President, Section Secretary, Section Assistant Secretary, Section
Treasurer, Section Parliamentarian, Section Sergeant-at-Arms, Section
Historian, Section Editor, and Presidents of the Units and Clubs.
- The Executive Committee shall have general supervision
of the affairs of the Northwestern Section between business meetings, make
recommendation to the organization, and perform such duties as specified
in these bylaws. The Executive
Committee shall be subject to the orders of the Section and none of its
acts shall conflict with actions taken by the Section.
- Other Duties
- The Executive Committee shall approve all
obligations with a monetary value exceeding one hundred dollars
The Executive Committee shall hold a minimum of one regular meeting
during each Sectional Tournament each year. two meetings per year -- one in
the Spring (April or May) and one in the Fall (September or October).
Special meetings of the Executive Committee may be called during
other times. and locations.
- Electronic and Other Communications. The Executive Committee and standing
committees and special committees may conduct the business of the Section
by postal or electronic mail, facsimile (Fax) transmission, or telephone
so long as all members are participating.
With the exception of executive sessions, members of the American
Bridge Association Section may attend Executive Committee meetings, though
they have no voting rights.
- Quorum. A majority
of the members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.
Section 1. Elected Officers. The elected officers shall be the
Section Vice-President, Section Secretary, Section Assistant Secretary, and
Section 2. Qualifications.
- Eligibility for the Section Vice-President. To be eligible for the office of Section
Vice-President a person shall have:
- served for at least two years as an officer at
the Club, Unit, or Section level or served in an appointed position at
the Section or National level;
- attended at least one National Tournament within
six years immediately before the year of nomination; and
- attended at least one Sectional Tournament in
the Northwestern Section during the six years immediately before the year
Section 3. Appointed Officers. The appointed officers shall be the
Parliamentarian, Sergeant-at-Arms, Historian, Librarian, and Editor.
Section 4. Election of Officers.
- Election of Officers. Officers shall be elected by ballot to
serve for two years or until their successors are elected. The technique shall be by mail. The procedure is described in the
Northwestern Section Policy and Procedure Manual.
- Holding Office Limitations. No member shall hold more than one
office at a time, and no member shall serve more than two consecutive
terms in the same office. The new
officers assume office on October1.
Section 5. Filling Vacancies.
- Should a vacancy occur in the office of Section
Vice President, the ABA National President shall appoint an acting Section
Vice-President, pending a special election to be conducted during the next
regular meeting of the Section.
(See National Bylaws, Chapter VII, Section e, B – Filling Section
- Should a vacancy occur in the remaining elected
offices, the Section Vice-President shall appoint individuals to fill
those vacancies. An officer who has
served more than half a term is considered to have served a full term.
Section 6. Benefits of Office. Benefits of elected office, appointed office
or committee chairs shall not be available to family members.
Section 7. Duties of Officers. Elected and appointed officers shall perform
the duties outlined in this section and such other duties as are prescribed for
the office in these bylaws or in the adopted parliamentary authority.
- Duties of the Section Vice-President. The Vice-President shall:
- be the executive officer and official
spokesperson for NWS;
- attend national meetings and represent the
Section for NWS;
- coordinate, approve, and sanction all
tournaments conducted by the Section, Units, and Clubs;
- appoint the committee chairs and appointed
- be signer on all banks accounts and drafts;
- adjudicate disputes within the Section before
appeal to the National Office;
- serve as ex-officio a member of all committees
except the Nominating Committee;
- have the authority to make decisions in
- report actions and changes in policy of the ABA to the Section
- review Unit calendars for compatible schedules
- bring to the attention of the Executive Committee
any elected officer who is not properly performing the duties of the
- schedule at least one Section Tournament
annually and appoint the tournament director; and
- negotiate and sign all contracts for Section Tournaments
in consultation with the Treasurer.
- Duties of the Section Secretary. The Section Secretary shall:
the official files and records of the Section;
2. be a source
of official published information;
accurate record of Individual, Club, Unit, and Section memberships;
4. be a signer
on checks in case of an emergency;
minutes of Executive Committee and General Membership meetings and transmit
copies to all section offices;
responsible for all NWS correspondence as directed by the Section
Vice-President and Executive Committee; and
7. notify all
member clubs of meetings as advised by the Section Vice-President.
- Duties of the Section Assistant Secretary. The Section Assistant Secretary shall:
1. serve as
chair of the Courtesy Committee;
2. create a
Section Membership Directory which includes addresses, telephone numbers,
e-mail addresses, and designations of officers and clubs for distribution
before the first business meeting of the fiscal year;
3. perform the
duties of the Section Secretary in the absence of the Section Secretary; and
4. assist the
Section Secretary in the performance of the duties of the Section Secretary
- Duties of the Section Treasurer. The Section Treasurer shall:
custodian of all NWS funds;
2. serve as
Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and be a member of the National
Budget and Finance Committee;
3. pay all
expenses and issue checks only on a voucher signed by the Section
Vice-President as follows; receive the voucher from the Section Vice-President,
and send one copy to the Section Secretary; return one copy to the Section
Vice-President (when paid), and retain one copy for the official records of the
checks drawn on the accounts of the Section;
5. present the
budget for adoption during the fall business meeting; and
6. make a
complete financial report during the fall business meeting.
- Duties of the Parliamentarian. The Parliamentarian shall:
1. give advise
to the chair and any other member, during meetings, when requested; and
2. serve as
chair of the Bylaws and Procedure Manual Committee.
- Duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall preserve
order at the meeting of the Section and the tournament, and serve as a
member of the Ethics Committee.
- Duties of the Historian. The Historian shall:
1. compile and
maintain the historical record of the Section;
tournament affairs, meetings and other occasions; and
3. serve as
chair of the History and Archives Committee.
- Duties of the Librarian. The Librarian shall:
1. elect a
committee of three to work with the committee to review and add/delete donated
books, tapes, and other teaching materials;
new materials when necessary;
the library by collecting, reviewing, and keeping all books, tapes, and other
materials in good repair;
all materials and label materials with donor’s name if donated;
5. submit a
yearly budget and fund raise as necessary to maintain the Library;
6. mail or
deliver material to requester;
7. assure that
all materials are returned; and
all Clubs to submit a yearly summary of their activities and membership list
and with the Historian to have the NWS History available through the Library.
- Duties of the Editor: The Editor shall:
1. compose and
edit the official publication of the Section at least two (2) times a year;
articles for the ABA Bulletin; and
3. serve as
chair of the Publicity and Public Relations Committee.
Section 1. Nominating Committee.
Members shall elect five members and an alternate during the fall
meeting in even numbered years.
There shall be at least one member from the Portland Unit.
- Eligibility to Serve. No member shall serve more than two
- Election of Members. Nominations for members of the
Nominating Committee shall be made from the floor. Members shall be elected by ballot
before the close of the meeting.
The Executive Committee shall fill vacancies.
- Election of the Chairman. The chairman of the Nominating Committee
shall be the member who receives the largest number of votes and the
member receiving the least number of votes shall be the alternate.
The Nominating Committee shall consider the qualifications of all candidates
for elected offices proposed by Northwestern Section members. The Nominating Committee shall submit at
least one name for each position to be filled.
- Committee Report.
The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of officers during
the spring membership meeting in odd numbered years and submit it for
inclusion in the next issue of the NWS official publication.
Section 1. Standing Committees. The Standing Committees shall be:
- Bridge Home
- Budget and Finance
- Bylaws/Procedure Manual
- History and Archives
- National Headquarters
- Site Selection
- Staff Development and Directors’ Certification
- Section Tournament
- Member Relations
1. Appeals and
Education and Certification
5. Merit, Life
Membership, and Section Awards
6. New Players
- Public Relations
Incentive and Scholarship
and Public Relations
Section 2. Term. The term of office for committee chairs shall
be consistent with the elected officer.
Section 3. Duties of Standing Committees:
- Audit Committee.
The Audit committee shall conduct the annual audit for the previous
year and report during the spring membership meeting during the Spring
Tournament having collected records by January 30, and presented results
and recommendations to the Section Vice-President and the Budget and
Finance committee by February 28.
- Bridge Home Committee. The Bridge Home Committee shall search
for an affordable site for the NWS Bridge Home and develop a fund raising
- Budget and Finance Committee.
1. Composition. The Budget and Finance Committee shall be
composed of the Section Treasurer, Section Secretary, two members selected by
the Section Treasurer, and the immediate past treasurer. The Section Vice-President shall fill vacancies.
2. Duties. The Budget and Finance Committee shall:
a. review and
analyze the fiscal activities of the Section;
recommendations for raising revenue; and
c. present the
proposed budget for adoption by the membership.
- Bylaws/Procedure Manual Committee. The Bylaws/Procedure Manual Committee
1. review all
submitted amendments and edit for composition; and
- History and Archives Committee. The History and Archives Committee shall
compile a history of the Section.
- National Headquarters Committee: The National Headquarters Committee
shall develop programs to support the work of the National Headquarters.
- Site Selection Committee. The Site Selection Committee shall
recommend sites for Section Tournaments at least two (2) years in advance
and report during the membership meeting at the Spring Tournament.
- Staff Development and Directors’ Certification
Committee. The committee shall:
train, and evaluate directors;
the certification of directors to the Section Vice-President;
accurate files for each director in the Section;
progress reports quarterly to the Section Vice-President and National Staff
Development Coordinator; and
highlights for “Ruling the Game” to members.
- Section Tournament Committee. The Section Tournament Committee shall
prepare a budget, appoint subcommittees, coordinate the program, and
arrange hospitality for Section Tournaments.
- Appeals and Ethics Committee. The committee shall:
evaluate, and decide all appeals regarding the application and or
interpretation of duplicate bridge laws;
2. receive and
investigate all complaints regarding player ethics, and recommend appropriate
action in all matters according to the Disciplinary Code of the ABA; and
the Zero Tolerance Policy of the ABA.
- Bridge Education and Teacher Certification
Committee. The committee shall:
educational programs for current, new, and prospective members;
2. recruit and
train teachers; and
teachers for their outstanding service.
- Courtesy Committee. The committee shall:
1. send appropriate
acknowledgments to members who are sick, shut-in, and appropriate
acknowledgments to families of deceased members, and
Section Officers, Unit and Club Presidents of illnesses or deaths.
- Membership Committee. The committee shall:
guidance, consultation, and program development to the Section relating to
recruitment, reactivation, and retention of members;
periodically from the Units an up-dated list of new players; and
3. serve as a
member of the New Players and Bridge Connection Committees
- Merit, Life Membership, and Section Awards
Committee. The committee shall:
1. receive and
process nominations for the National Life Membership and Merit Awards according
to the procedure defined by the ABA
(see, the Procedure Manual); and
2. receive and
process nominations for the Edward Chatman Award (see, the Procedure Manual).
- New Players/Membership Committee. The committee shall:
various organizations and individuals to ascertain their interest in joining
the Northwestern Section of the American Bridge Association and report the
results to the chair of the Membership Committee;
2. serve as a
member of the Membership and Bridge Connection Committees; and
direct, and coordinate New Players education and social activities.
- Trophies and Awards. The Trophies and Awards Committee shall
purchase trophies and awards as instructed by the appropriate entity.
- ABA/ACBL Liaison Committee. The ABA/ACBL Liaison Committee shall
plan and coordinate joint social and bridge programs between the American
bridge Association and the American Contract Bridge League.
- Bridge Connection Committee. The Bridge Connection Committee shall
recruit individuals to play card games such as social bridge, pinochle,
hearts, and spades during NWS Tournaments, and serve as a member of the
New Players and Membership Committees.
- College Incentive and Scholarship Committee: The committee shall:
bridge clubs at secondary schools, colleges, and universities, and assist in
making sure that these students can travel to compete in Unit, Section, and
National Tournaments; and
individuals for the NWS Martha B. Jordan Scholarship and the F. Alberta
Peterson National Scholarship (see, the Procedure Manual for instructions).
- Publicity and Public Relations Committee. The committee shall:
the NWS Web Page;
interesting and pertinent articles or stories for the ABA Bulletin;
information periodically via the Internet;
the NWS e-mail Directory; and
5. send news
releases to the media concerning tournaments and other newsworthy events.
The Albert Walker Jr. Library will
be placed in the Librarian’s home until a bridge facility is built. The Library
shall then move to the
facility. A plaque and picture of Albert
Walker, Jr. will be added.
In the event of dissolution of the
Northwestern Section, the assets shall be liquidated and distributed to the ABA, a 501 (C) (3)
organization, in accordance with government regulations. None of the funds shall inure to the benefit
The rules contained in the current
edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the
Northwestern Section in all cases in which they are applicable and in which
they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules the Section
These bylaws may be amended at any
regular meeting by a two-thirds vote, provided the amendment has been published
in the Northwestern Section newsletter, at least 14 days before the meeting.