BY-LAWS OF THE ROTARY CLUB
OF WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK
As Amended and Restated and
Approved by the Members of the Club on
January 20, 2015
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The governing body of the Club
shall be the Board of Directors (“Board”), consisting of eighteen (18) members as follows: twelve (12)
Directors and the Club’s Officers: President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and
Immediate Past President.
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Section 1. Nominating Committee and Election
of Directors and Officers.
Members of Nominating Committee. Commencing with the Rotary year 2015-2016, the Nominating
Committee shall consist of six voting members in three classes of two members each and the President-Elect who
shall be a non-voting member. For the first year, the President shall appoint members for all three classes,
with at least one Past President in each class, as follows:
Class of Rotary Year 2015-2016
Class of Rotary Year 2016-2017
Class of Rotary Year 2017-2018
Thereafter, each incoming President shall appoint
two new members, at least one of whom shall be a Past President, for the next three-year class. In the event
that there is a tie on the part of the six members of the Nominating Committee, the President-Elect shall then
be entitled to vote in order to break the tie. A vacancy on the Nominating Committee may be filled by the
President, but the President, in making such appointment, shall maintain the requirement that there be at least
one Past President in each class.
Responsibility of Nominating
Committee. The Nominating Committee
has the responsibility of making recommendations to the Board for the officers and new Board of Directors of the
Club for the following year commencing on July 1. In formulating its recommendations, the Nominating Committee
shall undertake a comprehensive review of the entire membership of the Club.
Submission of Recommendations to
the Board. The recommendations of the
Nominating Committee shall be submitted to the Board for approval prior to the October Board meeting.
Presentation of Nominations to the Club. The President shall present the approved nominations to
the Club at its annual meeting as required pursuant to Article IV, Section 2. Nominations from the Club’s
membership at large may also be made at the annual meeting.
If the total number of nominations is equal to the number of positions to be filled, the elections may proceed.
If the total number of nominations is greater than the number of positions to be filled, the nominations shall
be placed on a written ballot in alphabetical order under each office, the annual meeting shall then be recessed
and reconvened one week later for the purpose of holding the election. The candidates for President,
President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer receiving a majority of the votes shall be declared
elected to their respective offices. The candidates for the four new director positions receiving the largest
number of votes shall be declared directors-elect.
Terms of Office.
The terms of all elected officers and directors shall begin on the following July 1. The terms of the officers
shall be for one year; the terms of the directors shall be for three years.
Section 2. Vacancies. A vacancy in the
Board of Directors or in any office shall be filled for the balance of its term by action of the Board.
Section 3. Special Members of the Board. After its election, the Board may elect nonvoting directors who
have served the Rotary Club of White Plains with unusual and special distinction, for a term of one year.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1. President. It shall be the
duty of the President to preside at meetings of the Club and Board and to perform such other duties as
ordinarily pertain to the office of President. At the end of the President’s term in office, all books and
records and all other documents and property belonging to the Club which are in his/her possession shall
immediately be turned over to the incoming President, President-Elect or Vice-President.
Section 2. President-Elect. It shall be the duty of the President-Elect to preside at meetings of the
Club and the Board in the absence of the President and to perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the
President or the Board.
Section 3. Vice-President. It shall be the duty of the Vice-President to preside at meetings of the Club
and the Board in the absence of the President and President-Elect and to perform such other duties as may be
prescribed by the President or the Board.
Section 4. Secretary. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the records of the membership of the
Club; supervise the recording of the attendance at meetings; send out notices of meetings of the Board; record
and preserve the minutes of meetings of the Board; make the required reports to Rotary International, including
the semiannual reports of membership on January 1st and July 1st of each year; and perform such other duties as
usually pertain to this office. The Secretary shall be an ex officio member of the Membership Committee. At the
end of a Secretary’s term in office, all books and records or any other documents or property belonging to the
Club which are in the possession of the Secretary shall immediately be turned over to the President, assistant
secretary or successor Secretary.
Section 5. Treasurer. It shall be the duties of the Treasurer to have custody of all funds, submit
quarterly or more frequent accounts to the Board , and perform such other duties as pertain to this office. At
the end of a Treasurer’s term in office, all funds, books of accounts or any other property belonging to the
Club which are in the possession of the Treasurer shall immediately be turned over to the President, assistant
treasurer or successor Treasurer.
Section 6. Immediate Past President. It
shall be the duty of the Immediate Past President to serve as a member of the Board.
Section 1. Regular Tuesday Meetings. The
regular weekly meeting of the Club (“Regular Meeting”) shall be held on Tuesdays at 12:15 PM unless changed by a
majority vote of the Board. Due notice of any change to or cancellation of the regular meeting shall be given
by the President.
Section 2. Annual Meeting of the Membership.
The annual meeting of the membership of the Club shall be the first Regular Meeting date in December of each
year at which time the election of officers and directors to serve for the following year shall be held.
Section 3. Quorum of Membership.
One-third of the membership of the Club shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Club.
Section 4. Regular Meetings of the Board. Regular meetings of the Board shall be held monthly at the
time and place designated by the President.
Section 5. Special Meetings of the Board.
Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President whenever deemed necessary or upon the request of
two (2) members of the Board, notice having been given to all Board members via any telephonic or electronic
means, fax or courier or regular mail at least three (3) days before such special meeting, and attendance at any
such Special Meeting may be by any telephonic or electronic means or by written proxy.
Section 6. Quorum of Board. Half of the voting members of the Board shall constitute a quorum of the
FEES AND DUES
Section 1. Induction Fee. An induction
fee set by the Board shall be paid before a candidate can qualify as a member.
Section 2. Annual Dues. The membership annual dues as determined by the Board shall be payable in whole
on the first day of July. Annual dues for a new, transferring or former member shall be on a monthly prorated
MEANS OF VOTING
The business of the Club shall be transacted by
any voice vote or written ballot. For a special meeting of the Board, votes may also be submitted
telephonically or electronically, by fax or courier or regular mail, or by proxy. In the case of a contested
election of Officers and/or Directors, the vote may only be held by written ballot from the Members present
pursuant to Section 1(e) of Article II.
Section 1. Standing Committees.
(a) The President shall appoint Standing Committee chairpersons through which the work of the Club is carried
out. Such appointments shall be submitted to the Board for its approval at the first meeting of the Board after
the President’s induction. Each Standing Committee chairperson shall be responsible for monitoring the function
of each of the subcommittees within his/her Standing Committee. The Club’s Standing Committees are:
The Rotary Foundation
(b) Each Standing Committee shall transact such business as is delegated to it in the Bylaws, and such
additional business as may be referred to it by the President or the Board. The President shall be an ex
officio member of each Standing Committee and, as such, shall have all the privileges of membership thereon.
(c) Following January 1st each year, the President-Elect, Vice-President and Chairpersons of the six Standing
Committees shall meet in order to assign Club members to each of the Standing Committees and subcommittees
thereof, for the Club year commencing the following July 1. Unless stated otherwise in these Bylaws, there is no
limit on the number of terms that a member of the Club may serve on any particular Standing Committee or
subcommittee, although the benefits of rotation and change of membership on committees should be kept in mind
when establishing committee rosters
(d) Each Standing Committee shall hold at least one meeting per year.
Section 2. Special Committees. The President may appoint, from time to time, Special Committees for
time-limited studies and projects. A Special Committee will cease to exist once its study or project has been
completed and submitted to the Board.
Section 3. Membership Committee.
(a) The Membership Committee shall be responsible for membership recruitment, retention, education, mentoring,
classification, pre-induction, induction, and membership assessment.
(b) The Membership Committee shall consider all proposals for membership. In assessing potential members, the
Membership Committee shall investigate the character, business, social and community standing and general
eligibility of all persons proposed for membership and shall report its recommendations to the Board.
(c) The Membership Committee is responsible for ensuring that new members obtain a comprehensive briefing about
Rotary. This includes the history and objectives of Rotary International, our District and our Club, with
emphasis on a member’s responsibilities. The Membership Committee shall also manage the induction ceremonies for
Section 4. Pubic Relations Committee.
(a) The Public Relations Committee shall be responsible for media relations, advertising and marketing,
publicity for all events, and relations with print, web and social media.
(b) The Public Relations
Committee shall also keep Rotary International and the District informed about our Club's activities.
Section 5. Club Administration Committee.
(a) The Club Administration Committee shall be responsible for managing the operations of the Club including
weekly programs, attendance, sign-in assignments, weekly bulletins, finance, sergeant-at-arms, health & welfare,
website, archives, and social activities.
Section 6. Service Projects Committee.
(a) The Service Projects Committee shall be responsible for projects undertaken by the Club, including,
fundraising, scholarships, vocational, humanitarian and community projects, community service grants,
international projects, RYLA, Interact and Rotaract, ethics and Loucks Games.
(b) The fundraising subcommittee has the responsibility for developing, planning and managing the Club’s
(c) Scholarship Committee of
the Rotary Club of White Plains, New York (“Scholarship Committee”). The Foundation of the Rotary Club of White
Plains, New York, established by an Agreement dated January 24, 1961, as amended, by and among The Rotary Club
of White Plains, New York, Donor, and Philip C. Martin, Carroll F. Johnson and Richard S. Hendey, Trustees (the
“Foundation”), shall annually determine the total amount to be awarded each year as scholarships. The
Scholarship Committee shall then conduct a program of interviewing high school seniors in high schools within
the City of White Plains who have been recommended by their schools for consideration as candidates for
scholarships. After interviewing the scholarship applicants, the Scholarship Committee shall confer and prepare
its recommendations for scholarship awards and submit its recommendations to the Board for its approval which
shall then submit the approved scholarship awards to the Foundation for its adoption. The Scholarship Committee
shall organize the Club’s annual scholarship awards meeting at which the awards shall be announced and given to
Section 7. The Rotary Foundation Committee. The Rotary Foundation Committee shall be responsible for
supporting Rotary International’s Rotary Foundation and its programs, including annual giving, permanent fund,
PolioPlus, alumni giving, grants, EREY, Group Study Exchange and Rotary Peace Fellowships.
Section 8. Strategic
(a) The Strategic Planning Committee shall be responsible for creating a vision for the Club, and for
establishing goals set forth in a written strategic plan that can be regularly measured and adjusted. The
Strategic Planning Committee shall also be responsible for conducting a process annually to review the Club's
Strategic Plan and proposing revisions to the Strategic Plan for the Board’s approval.
(b) The Strategic Planning Committee shall be composed of five members: (1) the Immediate Past President; (2)
the President-Elect; (3) the Vice President; (4) a Past President selected by the President-Elect; and (5) a
member at large, who is not a past President, as selected by the President.
(c) An individual may serve on the Strategic Planning Committee for a maximum of three years consecutively
unless an individual is serving an officer position set forth in Section 8(b) of this Article.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Upon written application to the
Board, setting forth good and sufficient cause, a temporary leave of absence may be granted excusing a member
from attending the meetings of the Club for a period not exceeding the remainder of the Rotary year in which the
leave of absence commences. Upon reactivation of membership, the member will not be required to pay an
additional Induction Fee pursuant to Section 1 of Article V, but he/she will be responsible for annual dues
pursuant to Section 2 of Article V.
Section 1. The Treasurer shall timely deposit all
funds of the Club in a bank or banks to be selected by the Board. A copy of all bank statements shall be
submitted to the Board no less than quarterly and shall be available upon request by any member.
Section 2. All bills and expenses of the Club shall be paid only by checks or credit or debit cards signed by
the Treasurer, President or Secretary upon submission of appropriate documentation.
Section 3. An accounting review by a certified public accountant or other qualified person shall be made once
each year, unless the Board decides otherwise.
Section 4. The President, Treasurer and Secretary shall be authorized signatories on all bank accounts of the
Club. The Board of Directors may authorize additional signatories at its discretion. Officers having charge or
control of the Club’s funds shall give bond as may be required by the Board of Directors at its discretion for
the safe custody of the funds of the Club. The cost of any such bond shall be borne by the Club.
Section 5. The fiscal year of the Club shall extend from July 1st to June 30th of the ensuing year. The payment
of per capita dues and magazine subscriptions to Rotary International shall be made on July 1st and January 1st
of each year, on the basis of the membership of the Club on those dates.
METHOD OF ELECTING MEMBERS
Section 1. New members.
(a) A proposal for membership of a candidate shall be submitted by an active member of the Club to the Club’s
Secretary or submitted on the Club’s website.
(b) The proposal shall be forwarded to the Secretary to assess classification eligibility of the candidate and
to assign a classification.
(c) The proposal shall then be forwarded to the Membership Committee to determine if the candidate meets the
eligibility qualifications as set forth in the Rotary International Bylaws. The Membership Committee shall
confer with the sponsor for elaboration on the qualifications of the candidate.
(d) The recommendation of the Membership Committee shall then be forwarded to the Board for its approval or
(e)(i) If the decision of the Board is
favorable, the name of the candidate and his/her classification shall be published to the Club by the Secretary.
If no written objection, with reasons, to the proposal is received by the Club’s Secretary from any active
member of the Club within seven (7) days following publication of the candidate, the Chairperson of the
Membership Committee shall inform the sponsor who shall then inform the candidate of the decision of the Club.
The sponsor is then responsible for bringing the candidate to a pre-induction meeting as scheduled by the
(ii) If any objection to a candidate has been filed, the Secretary shall notify the Board. The Board
members in attendance at any regular or special in-person meeting, shall consider the objection and shall vote
on whether to admit or reject the candidate. If more than two negative votes are cast by the members of the
Board in attendance at such regular or special in-person meeting, the proposed member shall be rejected.
(f) After having attended the pre-induction meeting, the candidate shall be deemed to be an elected member upon
the payment of the induction fee and dues as prescribed in Article V.
(g) The new member shall be formally inducted at a regular meeting of the Club.
(h) Following the member's induction, the Club’s Secretary shall report his/her name to Rotary International and
update the Club’s membership rolls.
Section 2. Honorary Members. The Board
has the option of electing honorary members each Rotary year. An honorary member shall be an individual who has
served the White Plains community or Rotary in an exemplary fashion, has performed meritorious service in the
furtherance of Rotary ideals, or is considered a friend of Rotary for his/her permanent support of Rotary’s
cause. An honorary member shall be exempt from paying admission fees and dues, shall have no vote and shall not
be eligible to hold any office in this Club. The term of an Honorary Member shall be determined by the Board.
3. Transferring or Former Rotarians.
A Member of the Club or the Board of Directors of another Rotary Club can propose to the Board a
transferring or former Rotarian for admission to the Club. Said candidate shall be in good standing at the time
of the transfer or the time his/her former membership terminated.
The candidate’s classification shall be determined by the classification sub-committee.
Upon the Board’s acceptance of membership, with the payment of dues as prescribed in Article V, such
transferring or former Rotarian shall be deemed an active member of the Club.
No resolution or motion to commit this Club in
any manner shall be considered by the Club at large. Such resolutions or motions, if offered at a regular Club
meeting, shall be referred without discussion to the Board which has the sole authority to make commitments for
ORDER OF BUSINESS
All regular meetings of the Club shall commence
with the Pledge of Allegiance, a patriotic anthem and an invocation.
Section 1. The list of members of the Club shall
not be used by anyone for commercial, political or fundraising purposes.
Section 2. No member shall take any action which might reasonably be construed as acting on behalf of the Club
without prior approval from the President or the Board.
Section 3. All correspondence on behalf of the Club shall only be on the official stationery of the Club.
Section 4. The custody, retention and destruction of the Club’s records shall be governed by guidelines approved
by the Board.
These Bylaws may be amended at
any regular meeting of the Club, a quorum being present, by a two-thirds vote of all members present, provided
that notice of such proposed amendment and a copy thereof shall have been sent via any telephonic or electronic
method, fax or courier or regular mail or personally delivered to each member at least ten (10) days before such
meeting. No amendment or addition to these Bylaws can be made which is not in harmony with the Rotary
International Standard Rotary Club Constitution and with the Constitution, Bylaws and Code of Policies of Rotary
Amended and Restated and
approved by the Members at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of White Plains on January 20, 2015