D-Y Senior Citizens Duplicate Bridge Club


Early in 1974, Samuel Gould, of South Yarmouth, put out the first call, via the Dennis-Yarmouth Council on Aging Bulletin, to anyone who might be interested in playing duplicate bridge at the Senior Center. The response was greater than his highest hopes, and a meeting of some of the interested senior citizens was held at the Gould home. Tentative officers were selected and the D-Y Senior Citizens Duplicate Bridge club was born.

An application for a franchise was approved by the American Contract Bridge League on May 8, 1974, and the club became a full-fledged member of this important organization in the contract bridge world.

The first official Annual Meeting of the Club was held at a luncheon on October 28, 1974, at the Country Inn in Harwichport.


By-Laws
  1. Name
    The name of the Club shall be the D-Y Senior Citizens Duplicate Bridge Club.

  2. Purpose
    The purpose of the Club shall be to encourage, promote, and strive for excellence in competitive Duplicate Bridge and, relatedly, to foster good fellowship and sportsmanship among members of the Club.

  3. Membership
    1. [Effective July 1, 2012] Membership in the Club (Club Membership) shall be open to anyone.
    2. Applications for Club Membership shall be subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.
    3. The Club Membership Fee shall be established by the Board of Directors, except that there shall be no Fee for members who were 90 years of age or older at the start of the membership year.
    4. The playing fee for each session shall be established by the Board of Directors.
    5. A Club Membership may be revoked by the Board of Directors for cause.
    6. Upon expiration or revocation of any Club Membership for any reason, the former member shall have no claim for or against any funds or properties of the Club.

  4. Officers
    1. [Amended June 26, 2014] The Officers of the Club shall be a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
    2. Officers shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of the Club for a term of one year (from the next July 1st to the following June 30th). No person shall at one time hold more than one elective office.
    3. In the event of a vacancy in any office, the President shall appoint a successor subject to the approval of the Board or Directors. If there is neither a President nor a Vice-President, the Board shall vote successors to both offices.
    4. The President shall
      1. preside at all meetings of the Club and the Board of Directors.
      2. have general oversight of all affairs of the Club, subject to the control of the Board of Directors.
      3. appoint all committees and designate the chairs thereof.
      4. be an ex-officio member of all committees.
      5. appoint the Club Manager.
    5. The Vice-President shall, in the absence of the President, assume all powers and perform all duties of the President.
    6. The Treasurer shall
      1. receive and have custody or all funds of the Club.
      2. ensure that all valid obligations are settled.
      3. present a statement of accounts at each regular meeting of the Board of Directors.
      4. ensure that all required tax forms and financial reports are prepared and filed.
    7. [Amended June 26, 2014] The Secretary shall record and present the Minutes of all meetings, and shall, at the direction of the President, handle all correspondence relating to the Club's affairs.
    8. [Deleted June 26, 2014]

  5. Board of Directors
    1. [Amended June 26, 2014] The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers and at least two (2) elected non-Officer members.
      1. Club members wishing to serve as Officers or Board Members should have an email account, but an accommodation will be arranged when that is not possible.
    2. The Board of Directors shall exercise all powers of the Club.
    3. The immediate past-President of the Club shall be an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors for one (1) year, replacing the previous past-President. All past-Presidents should be available to serve in an advisory capacity as requested by the Board of Directors.

  6. Finance
    1. The fiscal year of the Club shall be coterminous with the term of office of the Officers of the Club.
    2. The Club's books of account shall be reviewed at least once each fiscal year by a person (other than the Treasurer) chosen by the Board of Directors.
    3. All funds and properties of the Club shall be used for the benefit of the Club or the Friends of the Yarmouth Council on Aging.
    4. Club checks may be signed only by the Treasurer or the Club Manager.

  7. Meetings
    1. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at the call of either the President or of any two Members of the Board.
      1. In order to keep meetings of the Board focused and brief, Members are strongly urged to discuss all proposed agenda items and related issues on the dydirectors mailing list before the meeting. This will allow much more time for detailed exploration and debate.
    2. [Amended June 1, 2015] The Annual Meeting of the Club shall be held on the first Thrusday in June of each year.
    3. [Amended June 1, 2015] A quorum shall consist of 15% of the current Club Membership.
    4. In the event of a vacancy on the Board of Directors, the President shall appoint a successor subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

  8. Club Manager
    1. The Club Manager shall
      1. perform all tasks associated with the Club's relationship to the ACBL.
      2. select and schedule the game director(s).
      3. inventory and order supplies.
      4. sign checks when necessary.
      5. ensure that the Club's computer and software are in working order.
      6. ensure that the Club's web site is maintained.

  9. Amendment
    Amendments to these By-Laws may be made at any meeting of the Club at which a quorum is present by affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Club members present and voting.[Amended June 1, 2015]