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Mars Area Soccer Club Constitution

Approved: June 3, 2002

1. NAME OF ORGANIZATION

1.1  The name of this organization is the Mars Area Soccer Club.

2. PURPOSE OF ORGANIZATION

2.1  The purpose of the Mars Area Soccer Club (hereinafter MASC or the Club) shall be to develop, promote and administer the game of soccer for youth between the ages of 4 and 19 years of age; MASC will strive to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, loyalty, courage and honesty among the youth of our community and all others participating in the game of soccer.

2.2  The Mars Area Soccer Club is organized and operated exclusively for the above stated purpose, and other related non-profit purposes, and no part of any earnings or income shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to its members, officers or other private parties, except that MASC shall be empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purpose defined herein. Not withstanding any other provisions of this constitution, the Mars Area Soccer Club shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by any organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (26 USC 501 (C)(3) or corresponding provisions of any subsequent Federal Tax Law.

3. AFFILIATION

3.1  The Mars Area Soccer Club shall be an affiliate of the Western Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association hereinafter known as PA West and has been constituted as a Youth Soccer Association as defined in the USYSA (United States Youth Soccer Association) Constitution. MASC shall be subject to the authority of PA West, the United States Youth Soccer Association, hereafter known as USYSA and the Federation Internationale Football Association (hereafter known as FIFA).

4. GOVERNMENT

4.1  The Mars Area Soccer Club shall be governed by its constitution, By-Laws, and Rules and Regulations. MASC shall retain its own autonomy, but will adhere to the Constitution, By-Laws and Regulations of PA West in all matters pertaining to interstate, regional, national and international competition, or in other competitions sponsored by the PA West.

5. MEMBERSHIP

5.1  Membership in MASC shall be open primarily to residents within the boundaries of Mars Area School District. However, any applicant outside of the Mars Area School District, but within the boundaries of PA West, shall be eligible for application of membership. Acceptance for membership of those applications outside of the Mars Area School District is subject to the approval of the In-House or Travel Coordinator.

5.2  The coach of each team officially registered with MASC for a given season's play, shall represent that team as the voting club member at the annual general meeting and any other special meetings. Each team is granted one vote. If a coach cannot be present, a designated team representative may represent the team. Any individual who coaches more than one registered team has the right to cast one vote for each team he/she represents.

5.3  The acceptance of membership obligates the member to comply with the provisions of the Constitution, the By-Laws and the Rules and Regulations of MASC. Penalties for violation thereof shall be imposed as provided in the By-Laws.

5.4  All teams, clubs and associations within the territorial jurisdiction of PA West who are not members of PA West shall be deemed non-affiliated organizations. Members representing MASC shall not play soccer games against non-affiliated organizations without prior approval and authorization of the Board of Directors of PA West.

6. FEES

6.1  Members shall pay a registration fee per session as set forth in the By-Laws.

7. BUSINESS YEAR

7.1  The Business Year shall begin on July 1 and end on June 30. The Constitution, By-Laws and Rules and Regulations shall be in effect during the entire twelve (12) months of the Business Year.

8. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

8.1  The government of MASC with the authority set out herein and in the By-Laws, shall be vested in a governing body known hereafter as the Board of Directors or the Board.

8.2  The officers of the Board of Directors shall be elected at the annual general meeting held in June. The Board shall be comprised of elected and appointed officers. Elected Officers must be residents of the Mars Area School District and will comprise the Executive Committee.

Elected Officers:

President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
In-House Coordinator
Travel Coordinator

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors shall appoint officers to the following positions according to the By-laws.

Appointed Officers:

Registrar
Head Referee
In-House Age Group Commissioner (s)
Travel Age-Group Commissioner (s)

8.3  Each elected and appointed officer, although acting individually in the best interest of MASC, is ultimately responsible to the Board of Directors for their actions.

8.4  All members of the Board of Directors, whether elected or appointed, are voting members for the purpose of conducting Club business or any issue set forth to the general membership for vote.

8.5  The Board shall meet as provided in the By-Laws.

8.6  All members of the Board of Directors, whether elected or appointed, shall serve from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

8.7  The duties and responsibilities of the Board members both individually and collectively shall be as provided in the By-Laws.

8.8  Any vacancies occurring in the Board during the Business Year shall be filled by appointment of the Board of Directors and confirmed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors present. Such new Board members arising from vacancies shall continue in office until June 30.

8.9  Any member of the Board may be removed from office for cause, and relieved of all duties by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors present in accordance with the By-Laws. Notice of the proposed removal must be cited in the minutes of the previous meeting of the Board of Directors.

9. GENERAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP

9.1  Voting membership is defined as described in Sections 5.2 and 8.4.

9.2  There shall be at least one annual general meeting of the voting membership. All voting members shall be notified of the annual general meeting at least 30 days prior to that meeting and that notice may be in the form of a Club newsletter and/or posting at the Club fields.

9.3  The annual general meeting, which shall be held during the month of June, will be designated for election of the Board of Directors.

9.4  The order of business at any general meeting shall follow Robert's Rules of Order:

Call to order
Reading and acceptance of the Minutes of the previous general meeting
Treasurer's Reports
Open public discussion
New Business
Adjournment

9.5  Officers elected at the annual general meeting shall take office on July 1.

9.6  Other general meetings of the voting membership, as may be required from time to time, may be called by the President.

10. AMENDMENTS

10.1  The Constitution may be amended or repealed, in whole or in part, by a two-thirds vote of the voting membership present and in good standing as set forth in Sections 5.2 and 8.4 of this Constitution. Proposals for amendment or repeal of the Constitution must be made in writing and be submitted to the Secretary as to allow thirty (30) days notice to all voting members prior to consideration of such proposals at any meeting.

11. BY-LAWS

11.1  By-Laws will be hereafter adopted and may be amended or repealed, in whole or part, in the manner provided therein.

12. MISCELLANEOUS

12.1  The President or Vice President and the Treasurer must sign any check or draft disbursing funds of the Club.

12.2  In any instance in this Constitution, the By-Laws, and the Rules and Regulations, where a reference is made to gender in the paragraph, "he" shall be interpreted as "he or she.

13. DISSOLUTION

13.1  13.1 Upon the dissolution of the MASC, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all liabilities, dispose of all assets of the Club exclusively for the purpose, or purposes, stated in Section 2.2 of the Constitution. All remaining assets shall be equally divided between the Men's and Women's Mars Soccer Boosters organization(s) of the Mars Area School District for the express purpose of administering youth soccer programs.