SRRL By-Laws

SRRL BY-LAWS

ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS

The procedure for being elected to the Board of Directors

Member must be in good standing for no less than 12 calendar months prior to being nominated for election

  • Member may be nominated by any member in good standing, by contacting any member of the Nominating Committee, Board of Directors or Officer.
  • Perspective candidate must complete and sign a Confidential Disclosure Questionnaire
  • With submittal of required documents and Board approval, said members name will be placed on the ballot.

RESIGNATION FROM AN OFFICE OR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Each Board member shall have the right to resign at any time upon written notice thereof to the President, Secretary, or Board of Directors. Unless otherwise specified in the notice, the resignation shall take effect upon receipt thereof, and the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.

REMOVAL FROM OFFICE OR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A Board member may be removed, with or without cause, at any duly constituted meeting of the Board, by the affirmative vote of 2/3rds of the Board of Directors.

VACANCIES OF OFFICE OR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • A vacancy on the Board of Directors may exist at the occurrence of the following conditions:
  • The death, resignation, or removal of any director
  • The declaration by resolution of the Board of a vacancy in the office of a director who has been declared unsound mind by a final order of court, convicted of a felony, found by final order or judgement of any court to have breached a duty pursuant to the Act of law dealing with standards of conduct for a director, or has missed 3 consecutive meetings of the Board of Directors, or a total of 5 meetings of the Board during any one calendar year.
  • The Board of Directors, by the way of affirmative vote of a majority of the directors then currently in office, may remove any director without cause at any regular or special meeting, provided that the director to be removed has been notified in writing in the manner set forth.
  • Except as provided in this paragraph, any director may resign effective upo given written notice to the President, Secretary or the Board of Directors, unless the notice specifies a later time for the effectiveness of the resignation. If the resignation is effective at a future time, a successor may be designated to take the office when the resignation becomes effective.

VOTING

Each Board member shall only have one vote.

AUDIO-VISUAL MEETINGS (5/19/2020)

Definition: An “Audio Visual” meeting, referred to as “Video Conferencing” allows participants at 2 or more locations to see and hear each other at the same time using computer and /or communications technology.

This format will only replace an in-person meeting when extenuating circumstances such as severe weather, any attack, quarantine, absence due to travel restrictions imposed by federal order, or in the event of declared local emergencies prevent the Board members from physically attending the meeting. 

The switch from a face to face to an audio-visual meeting will take a majority vote of Board members via email, and notice must provide a 48 hour notice to members of the Board of the switch.

Quorum requirements for audio-visual meeting are the same as for face to face meetings (see Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution).

Voting results during an audio-visual meeting will done by a tally of a roll call, conducted by the acting secretary. Each Board member will be called by last name, with a response of “Yay” (in favor of the motion), “Nay” (in decent of the motion). Upon completion of the vote the acting secretary will announce the outcome of the vote (motion carried or motion defeated), the the vote totals for each.

During face to face meetings, audio-visual participation is not allowed.

MEMBERSHIP FEE WAIVER (5/19/2020)

(Majority approved 1/20/2015)

Founding and 80 year old members will receive a lifetime membership.  Member must complete and sign a registration form each year if they participate in any SRRL event and/or Circuit Race within that calendar year.

STANDING COMMITTEES

ALL COMMITTEES

The Chair of each committee will contact the members of the committee before the January to determine if members of the committee will continue to serve that committee for another calendar year.

The Chair will provide a report at the January meeting of members who have volunteered to continue on the committee, and those that will step down. The Board will act on replacements for those stepping down.

In the event the Chair of a committee were to step down, a replacement would be selected by the committee.

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Purpose of committee is to provide guidance and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding financial matters of the club.

Committee will set recommended budgets for club owned races and clubs operating expenses.

Committee shall meet at least once in January to bring a proposed budget to the February Board meeting. Additional meeting will be schedules as/if needed throughout the remainder of the year.

CIRCUIT COMMITTEE

Purpose of committee is to evaluate races on the Circuit, provide guidance and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the Circuit schedule for the upcoming running season.

Committee shall meet at least once in prior to the December Board meeting, bringing a proposed Circuit Race Schedule and Recommended Races schedule to the December board meeting

CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS COMMITTEE

Purpose of committee is to provide guidance and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding amendments or changes to the Constitution and/or By-Laws of the Starved Rock Runners LTD.

Committee shall meet at least once in January to bring proposed changes to the February Board meeting

NOMINATION COMMITTEE

Purpose of committee is to seek out members in good standing (and meet the necessary criteria set forth), who would be interested in running for election for the Board of Directors. 

The committee will seek nomination starting July, presenting a list of nominated members to the Board of Directors at the September Board meeting.

The Board will verify the nominated members are in good standing, have read the “Conflict of Interest” agreement, and have filled out and signed the “Confidential Disclosure Questionnaire”.

Once all criteria are met, the perspective members name will be placed on the ballot.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to properly and completely fill out and have all necessary paperwork given to an Officer on or before November 1st.  Incomplete forms will result in a candidate name being omitted from the ballot.

 

PACESETTER COMMITTEE

Purpose of committee is to set calendar for upcoming year, outlining articles and flyers that should appear in issues though out the year to highlight club owned races, Clinics and events.

Committee shall meet at least once in January and July to strategize articles and advertisement for the upcoming issues.

ANNUAL BANQUETTE COMMITTEE

Purpose of committee is to make plans and organize the Annual Banquet to be held the first Saturday of March each year.

Committee will seek bids for venues and menus for the banquet starting in April, and present recommendations to the Board of Directors at the June Board meeting.

Venue for Banquet will be voted on and approved by the Board.

Committee’s duties will include:

  • Seeking bids for banquet location and meal
  • Upon Board approval, securing location and meal
  • Solicit and organize volunteers for banquet
  • Secure decorations and center pieces/giveaways for banquet
  • Secure entertainment/speakers (if needed).

BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE

Purpose of committee is to send appropriate sympathy/ condolences cards or donations to members, or family members that suffer a loss of a family member. Actions taken are outlined in Donations section of the By-Laws.

DONATIONS

In the event of a death of a member, members spouse and/or child, the Starved Rock Runners may make a donation of either flowers, or a check to a charity in the name of the deceased in an amount not to exceed $75.00.

BALLOT MAILING

All mailings involving an election (election of Board Members, changes to constitution, etc.) will be mailed to every member in good standing over 18 years of age via First Class US Mail.

RECOMMENDED RACES

  • Race must be in existence for 2 running seasons and must be established as a participant stable quality race.
  • Race must show potential for growth and improvement.

WILDCARD RACES

  • A Wild Card race will be chosen off the Recommended Races list.
  • A race designated as a Wild Card race will be a Circuit Race for the period of one year, and will carry the same points as any other Circuit Race.
  • Wild Card Races will be selected on a revolving basis from the Recommended Race list by the Circuit Committee to be approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Wild Card Races can be used to fill vacancies in the Circuit Schedule.
  • A race being appointed to Wild Card status does not imply or guarantee a race a future position on the Circuit Schedule.
  • Wild Card races will be evaluated by the Board at the meeting after the race has occurred, to determine if the race meets the standard set forth to become a SRRL Circuit Race.
  • Wild Card races must meet SRRL Award Age Group requirements (3 places, Male & Female, 5 year age groups starting with 9  and under, 10-14…. Up to 70 and over. It is the races discretion to add additional age groups.
  • Course must me accurately measured if not certified
  • Race must provide proof of insurance with SRRL listed as an “also insured”.

REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A CIRCUIT RACE

  • Race must be in existence for at least TWO years with no less than one year being on the Recommended Race list.
  • Race must show stability in participation with potential for growth.
  • Race Director must be established with at least two years of race directing experiencing.
  • Course must be certified within one year of becoming a Circuit Race.
  • Must meet SRRL Award Age Group requirements. (Overall male and Female awards, Top 3 places, Male & Female, 5 year age groups starting with 9 and under, 10-14…….. up to 70 and over. It is the races discretion to add additional age groups.
  • Circuit Fees for races where the finish line is not being done by the Starved Rock Runners must pay the Circuit Fee on or before race day. Failure to pay the Circuit Fee within the terms outlined may result in removal from the Starved Rock Runner Circuit.
  • Race must provide proof of insurance with SRRL listed as an “also insured”.
  • A Wild Card race chosen to become a permanent Circuit Race must have the course certified prior to the race.

REASONS FOR REMOVAL FROM SRRL CIRCUIT

  • A race can be removed from the Circuit for failure to meet any of the following criteria:
  • Failure to pay Circuit Fee within Terms outline under “Circuit Fees”.
  • Race does not adhere to the awards structure set forth by SRRL
  • Traffic control is considered inadequate or unsafe putting runners at risk
  • Course is poorly mark or not staffed with adequate volunteers
  • Overall quality of race does not meet the standards set forth by the Starved Rock Runners
  • Race has a history of not submitting paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Race does not provide results in the format needed or in a timely manner

EXCLUSIONS FOR CONSIDERATION TO BECOME A CIRCUIT RACE

Races organized by groups or organization where the Race Director may be a revolving position, where inexperienced individuals could be appointed as race director, will be excluded from Wild Card or Circuit Race consideration.

CIRCUIT FEES AND FINISH LINE FEES

Terms for payment of Circuit Fees and Finish Line fees for races using SRRL for their “Finish Line will be NET 30 from the day of the race.

Terms for payment of Circuit Fees for races not using SRRL for their finish line will be on or before race day.

PACESETTER EDITOR DUTIES

  • Distribute ballots to all members in the December Newsletter
  • To issue news releases to the media

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

DEFINITION/EXAMPLE: A conflict of interest exists when two or more contradictory interests relate to an activity by an individual or an institution. The conflict lies in the situation, not in any behavior or lack of behavior of the individual. That means that a conflict of interest is not intrinsically a bad thing.

Examples include a conflict between financial gain and meticulous completion and reporting of a research study or between responsibilities as an investigator and as a treating physician for the same trial participant.

 Conflicts of interest are “situations in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, an investigator’s judgement in conducting or reporting research.” AAMC, 1990

“A conflict of interest in research exists when the individual has interests in the outcome of the research that may lead to a personal advantage and that might therefore, in actuality or appearance compromise the integrity of the research.” NAS, Integrity in Scientific Research

I.  DEFINITIONS

Conflict of interest: A conflict will be defined as; when an officer or Board Members uses information obtained through, or provided to Starved Rock Runners LTD. before it is “released to the general public”, for competitive advantage or financial gain.

In addition to the descriptions provided in the “Code of Conduct”, an officer or Board Member cannot conduct business that will be in competition with services or products offered by Starved Rock Runners LTD., which will adversely affect the Starved Rock Runners LTD. monetarily or publically.

A conflict of interest may exist when the interests of a director or officer may be seen as competing with the interests of Starved Rock Runners LTD. A director or officer may be considered to have a conflict of interest whenever they or their relative has an existing or potential financial or other material interest that impairs or might appear to impair their independence or objectivity in the discharge of their responsibilities to Starved Rock Runners LTD.  Additionally, personal and business relationships may cause “dual loyalties” that are unrelated to personal financial gain, but nonetheless may raise conflict of interest concerns.

A financial or other interest is not necessarily a conflict of interest. A financial or other conflict of interest exists only when the Starved Rock Runners LTD board of directors (Board) decides a person with an interest has a conflict of interest.

Relatives: For purposes of this policy, “relatives” include the spouse, parent, child and any other relative by blood or marriage with whom Starved Rock Runners LTD officer or director has similarly close personal ties as well as any other member of their household.

Financial interest: A Starved Rock Runners LTD director or officer has a “financial interest” if through business, investment or a relative they have an ownership or investment interest in, or a compensation arrangement with, any entity or individual with which Starved Rock Runners LTD has or is contemplating a transaction or arrangement.

Business associate: A “business associate” is any person or entity with which a Starved Rock Runners LTD officer or director or any of their relatives, engages in the exchange of goods or services for remuneration.

II. FULL DISCLOSURE

Any officer or Board member doing business with Starved Rock Runners LTD will submit a “Full Disclosure” statement (to be provided by SRRL), to the President or Board of the Directors. When presented, the “Full Discloser” statement will be discussed and voted on by the Board of Directors (in closed session), to determine if the proposed business dealings will present a conflict of interest that will:

  • Is in competition with products or services offered by Starved Rock Runners LTD
  • Conflict adversely affects Starved Rock Runners financially
  • Conflict adversely affects Starved Rock Runners LTD socially
  • Conflict hinders Starved Rock Runners in any way.

Based on the discussion, the Board will vote to determine if the business in question; should be conducted (no negative conflict or impact found), or business should not be conducted (negative impact or conflicts found).The officer or Board Member in question of the conflict of interest will be excused from the vote, and any subsequent discussion. The existence and nature of the potential conflict of interest shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

III. PROCEDURES FOR REVIEW OF POTENTIAL CONFLICTS

Whenever there is reason to believe that a potential conflict of interest exists between Starved Rock Runners LTD and any board member or officer, the Board will promptly convene a meeting to determine whether a conflict exists and the appropriate response.

Any response by the Board will include, but may not necessarily be limited to, invoking the procedures described below with respect to a specific proposed matter.

If there is reason to believe that a potential conflict affects Starved Rock Runners LTD. interests, the Board will vote to determine if business should or should not be conducted.

 IV. PROCEDURES FOR ADDRESSING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

When a potential conflict exists between the interests of Starved Rock Runners LTD and a director or officer, the Board will consider the matter during a meeting of the board.

Other than taking steps necessary to protect the interests of Starved Rock Runners LTD until a meeting of the Board may be convened and a decision made, Starved Rock Runners LTD will refrain from acting on the matter that invoked the potential conflict of interest. The following procedures will apply:

  • Board Review. A director, officer or employee who has a potential conflict of interest with respect to a proposed Starved Rock Runners LTD decision, policy or transaction or arrangement (an “interested party”) will not participate in any way in, or be present during, the deliberations and decision-making vote of Starved Rock Runners LTD with respect to such matter. However, that person will have an opportunity to provide factual information about the proposed conflict and/or matter that provoked the potential conflict. Also, the Board may request that an interested party be available to answer questions. Board options include, but are not limited to:
    • Allowing the proposed matter to go forward upon finding that it is in the best interests of Starved Rock Runners LTD;
    • Prohibiting the proposed matter;
    • Approving mitigating actions (including but not limited to recusal, limitation of duties, transfer or reassignment, additional supervisory review or other action considered appropriate by the Board); or
    • Recommending an alternative arrangement.
  • Vote.  A decision by the disinterested members of the Board will be made by vote of a majority of members in attendance at a meeting at which a quorum is present. An interested director will not be counted for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present, or for purposes of determining what constitutes a majority vote of directors in attendance.
  • Minutes. The minutes of the Board meeting will reflect that the conflict disclosure was made to the Board, the vote taken and, when applicable, the abstention from voting and participation by any interested party. Whenever possible, the minutes should frame the decision in such a way that it provides guidance for consideration of future conflict of interest situations.

 V.  VIOLATIONS OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY

If a director or officer of Starved Rock Runners LTD, has reason to believe that any other director or officer has failed to disclose an actual or potential conflict of interest, such person has a responsibility to inform the Board of Directors or the President of the basis for their belief. In such event, the President will refer the matter to the Board. The Board will inform the person of the allegation and will allow the person an opportunity to explain the alleged failure to disclose.

If after affording a Starved Rock Runners LTD officer or Board member with a potential or actual conflict an opportunity to disclose all material facts, the Board decides that such an individual has in fact failed to disclose a possible conflict of interest, the Board will determine the corrective steps to be taken and/or disciplinary action.