Dayton Fangs Women's Ice Hockey: Constitution

Tuesday, July 3
Dayton Fangs Women's Ice Hockey Constitution

Dayton Fangs Constitution

Article I – Name

The name of the organization shall be “Dayton Fangs Women’s Ice Hockey Team”, abbreviated DFANGS. It will be referred to as “Team” through the remainder of the document.


Article II – Affiliations

The Team shall abide by and act in accord with the Rules and Regulations and Playing Rules of USA Hockey, unless otherwise specifically stated in the Constitution or Bylaws of this organization.


Article III – Purpose, Aims, Functions

Section 1 – Purpose

The purpose of the POWHA is as follows:


A)    To offer a structured forum for women’s in the Miami Valley to exercise.


B)     To promote women’s hockey at the adult level.


C)    To encourage and develop the mental knowledge, skills, ability and sportsmanship of all participants of the sport of ice hockey governed by this organization.


Section 2 – Aim and Functions

The aim and functions of the Team are: (1) to promote the sport of women’s ice hockey; (2) provide instruction and guidance in the game of hockey; (3) foster good sportsmanship through competition; (4) to have fun by playing hockey.


Article IV – Membership

Section 1 – Requirements


A)    Membership is available to adult women who have registered with (USA Hockey, the governing body of the sport of Ice Hockey) USAH and supplied the Team with their USAH confirmation number. This must be done each year to maintain membership with the Team.


B)     Members must abide by all the rules and regulations set for by USAH, the Team, in its bylaws, constitution and other documents. This includes making payments on time.


C)    All players, coaches, administrators and other individuals or other organizations admitted to the Team shall, by their admission, be deemed to have indicated their willingness to comply with the Bylaws, Constitution, policies and guidelines of the Team and USA Hockey.


D)    Suspension: All players, teams, groups, individuals or other organizations suspended by USA Hockey shall be automatically suspended by the Team and shall remain suspended until such suspension is lifted by USA Hockey.


E)     Transfer of Memberships: Dayton Fangs membership and/or any rights in the membership may be transferred or assigned.


Section 2 – Limitations

A)    Players must have been born female in gender.


Article V – Officers

Section 1 – Number

A)    The Team shall maintain four officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. These officers constitute the Executive Board.


B)     The rank of the Executive Board Officers shall be:

1.      President

2.      Vice President

3.      Secretary

4.      Treasurer


Section 2 – Elections

A)    Members of the Executive Board will be elected at the annual spring meeting except for the first election which takes place at the first meeting of the Team.


B)     A person must be nominated by a current member or a current Executive Board Officer.


C)    Upon nomination a secret ballot vote will be conducted among the voting representatives and the Executive Board, including the President, with the exception that the nominees may not vote.


D)    In the event of a tie, the deciding vote will be cast by the highest ranking, voting Executive Board Officer.


E)     No person may have more than one position on the executive board at any one time.


Section 3 – Term of Office

A)    All Executive Board Officers will serve one year terms.


B)     The term of an Executive Board Officer will begin May 1st of the year in which they are elected, and will conclude on April 30th of the following year.


Article VI – Indemnification

The Team hereby consents and declares that each Executive Board Officer, members of Committees, and all elected or appointed officials in any capacity, shall be deemed to have assumed office or assignment on the express understanding, agreement and condition that each one of them and her/his heirs, executors and administrators, estate and effects respectively shall from time to time and at all times be indemnified and saved harmless out of the funds of the Team from and against all liabilities, judgments, costs, charges and expenses whatsoever which such member sustains or incurs in or about any action, or suit or proceeding which is brought, commenced or prosecuted against her or him for and in respect of an act, deed, matter or thing whatsoever made, done or permitted by her or him in or about the execution of the duties of her/his office and permitted by her or him in or about the execution of the duties of her/his office and also from and against all other costs, charges and expenses which she or he sustains or incurs in or about or in relation to the affairs thereof, except such costs, charges or expenses as are occasioned by her/his own willful neglect, intentional wrongful act or fraudulent act.

Article VII – Meetings

A)    Section 1 – Annual Meetings
The Team shall conduct two annual meetings of all its members. One shall be held in the spring. The second shall be held in the late summer or early fall.


B)     Other Team meetings may be called by the President, by a written request of no less than two-thirds (2/3) of the Executive Board or by a written request of no fewer than sixty percent (60%) of the Members.


C)    All Team meetings shall be held on no less than fifteen (15) days written notice to those entitled to attend.


Section 2 – Action by Ballot

A)    Any action which may be taken at a regular or special meeting of the Team may be taken without a meeting. If an action is taken without a meeting, the Team shall distribute a written ballot to every person entitled to vote on the matter. The ballot shall set forth the proposed action, provide an opportunity to specify approval or disapproval of any proposed action, and provide a reasonable time of not less than thirty (30) days, in which such action is to be taken, within which to return the ballot to the Team. The number of votes cast by ballot must equal or exceed the quorum required to be present at a meeting authorizing the action, and the number of approvals must equal or exceed the number of votes that would be required to approve at a meeting at which the total number of votes cast was the same as the number of votes cast by ballot.


B)     Ballots shall be solicited in a manner consistent with the requirements of giving notice of Team meetings as set forth in this Constitution. All such solicitations shall indicate the number of responses needed to meet the quorum requirement and shall state the percentage of approvals necessary to pass the measure submitted. The solicitation shall specify the time by which the ballot must be received in order to be counted.


C)    The form of written ballots shall afford the opportunity on the form of written ballot to specify a choice between approval and disapproval of each matter or group of related matters intended. The form shall also provide, subject to reasonable specified conditions, that where the person solicited specifies a choice with respect to any such matter the vote must be cast in accordance therewith.


D)    A written ballot may not be revoked once it has been deposited in the United States Mail or otherwise delivered to the Team Secretary.


Article VIII – Quorum

Representation of at least fifty percent (50%) of the Members in good standing and a majority of the Executive Board Officers constitutes a quorum for conducting business at a Team Meeting.


Article IX – Non-Profit Statement

Section 1 – Financial Statement

A)    The Team is and shall remain nonprofit, nonsectarian and nonpartisan.


B)     The Team does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit to any member thereof and is organized solely for nonprofit purposes.


C)    No part of any net earnings of the Team shall inure to the benefit of any member or any individual.


Article X – Amendments

Amendments may be made to this Constitution by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Executive Board and Member Teams in good standing.


Article XI – Ratification

This Constitution shall become effective upon a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the membership, in good standing, present at the meeting on June 25, 2006.


The date of passage is June 25, 2006, by an 11-0 vote of the membership.

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