By-Laws

Article I:  Name

The name of the organization shall be the American Powerlifting Committee, Inc. (APC).

Section 1.  Regional Boundaries

The American Powerlifting Committee, Inc. shall consist of all the 50 states of the United States.  Each state shall have a director to oversee the activity of his/her particular state.

Article II:  Purpose

     a.  Promote education, training, and development of the sport of powerlifting.

     b.  Encourage the development of the sport of powerlifting at the community, high school and college
          level.

Article III:  Membership

The APC shall consist of the following types of membership:

     a.  Officer
     b.  Board member
     c.  Open competitor men & women
     d.  Junior men & women ranging from age twenty (20) to age twenty-three (23).
     e.  Teenage men & women ranging in age from thirteen (13) to fifteen (15) and age sixteen (16) to age 
          seventeen (17) and age eighteen (18) to age nineteen (19).
     f.   Master men & women in five (5) year increments starting at age 40.
     g.  Sub-Master men & women ranging from age thirty-five (35) to age thirty-nine (39)
     h.  Police and Fire men and women in all categories listed above

 Article IV:  Management and Elections

1.  The affairs of the APC shall be managed by the membership through a Board of Directors and Executive Committee in accordance to these by-laws.

2.  The Board of Directors shall consist of a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 11, including the immediate President of the APC.

3.  Candidates for nomination to the Board of Directors shall be solicited from the active membership. Candidates for the Board of Directors will be nominated by the nomination committee or by membership petition.  Members of the Board of Directors will be elected by the voting membership.  There will be no vote cast by proxy, however a vote may be cast by email.
    a. Candidates for the elected offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Technical Officer must present notice to the APC   office 60 days prior to the election their intentions to seek reelection or election to office.  Such notice can be by US Mail, or email.  Such notice will be posted on the APC forum.

4.  The members of the Board of Directors shall be elected for term of three (3) years to be staggered so that ideally no more than four terms expire in any same year.

5.  The Officers will be elected by the Board from the members of the Board of Directors.

6.  The Officers shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary,  Treasury, and Technical Officer.

7.  All Officers shall serve two (2) year terms subject to reelection with no limit as to reelected terms.

8.  If a vacancy occurs between terms the Board of Directors shall appoint a successor to serve the remainder of the term.

9.  The President shall serve as president of the Board.

10.  The Executive Committee shall have four (4) voting members consisting of the President as the presiding Officer, the Vice-President, and two (2) more other voting members of the Board appointed by the President.

11.  The Board of Directors will appoint a state Chairman for each state.

12.  The Board of Directors shall determine the numbers and places of the Board meetings

Article V:  Duties

Section 1.  Duties of the Board of Directors shall be:

a.  To manage the business of the APC, functions, programs, and activities.

b.  To establish the annual dues for active members and sanction fees for powerlifting meets.

c.  To establish policy and take such action as seems desirable and appropriate to promote the objectives of the APC.

d.  To examine, if necessary, the eligibility of applicants for membership and convey its findings to the APC.

e.  Meet at such times and places as required by these by-laws.

f.  To appoint such committees as necessary.

g.  To determine when, where and who will chair the Annual Meeting or any powerlifting meet at a time early enough to ensure proper set-up and running of the meets.

Section 2.  Duties of the President

The President shall:

a.  Supervise and control the affairs of the APC and the activities of the Officers.

b.  Perform all the duties incidental to the office of President and such other duties as may be required by these By-Laws, or which may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Directors.  Preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors.

c.  Supervise the activities of the state Chairmen.

The Vice President shall:

a.  In the absence of the President, or in the event of the President's inability to act, the Vice-President shall perform all the duties of the President, and when so acting shall have all the powers of, and be subject to all the restraints on, the President.

b.  The Vice-President shall have other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by these By-laws, or as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.

Section 4.  Duties of Secretary

a.  The Secretary shall: Certify and keep the original, or a copy of these By-laws as amended or otherwise altered to date.

b.  Keep a record of minutes of all meetings of the directors, and if applicable, meetings of committees of directors and of members, recording therein the time and place of holding, whether regular or special, how called, how notice thereof was given, the names of those present or represented at the meeting, and the proceedings thereof.

c.  Exhibit at all reasonable times to any director the By-laws and the minutes of the proceedings of the directors of the Board of Directors.

d.  In general, perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as may be required by these By-laws, or which may be assigned to him/her from time to time by the Board of Directors.

Section 5.  Duties of the Treasurer

The Treasurer has the responsibilities of fulfilling the duties as treasurer, registrant of meetings, membership director, and director of corporate sponsorship programs.

Subject to the provisions of these By-laws, the Treasurer shall:

a.  Have charge and custody of, and be responsible for, all funds of the APC, and deposit all such funds in the name of the APC in such banks or other depositories as shall be selected by the Board of Directors.

b.  Receive, and give receipt for, monies due and payable to the APC from any source whatsoever.

c.  Disburse, or cause to be disbursed, the funds of the APC as may be directed by the Board of Directors, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements.

d.  Keep and maintain adequate and correct accounts of the APC's properties and business transactions, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, and losses.

e.  Prepare and present a financial report at each Board meeting and whenever requested, within forty-eight (48) hours an account of any or all of his/her transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the APC.

f.  Prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify, or cause to be certified, the financial statements to be included in any required reports.

g.  Maintain a current membership directory containing the name and address of each and any member, and their status as a member.

h.  Preside as the registrant for the APC functions and collect all registration fees.

i.  Direct and obtain corporate sponsorship funds.

j.  In general, perform all duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as may be required by these By-laws, or which may be assigned to him/her from time to time by the Board of Directors.

The Technical Officer shall

a.         Co-ordinate practical testing for new APC judges.

b.        Organize and supervise referees at the annual APC Championships.

c.         Organize and conduct a rules briefing with participating referees before each national championships.

d.      Review the rules and judges tests on a regular basis.

e.     In general, perform all duties incidental to the office of the Technical Officer and such other duties as may be required by these by-laws or which may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

Section 8:  Duties of the Executive Committee shall be determined by the Board of Directors of the APC.

Section 9:  Resignation

An Officer or Board Member may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board of Directors or to the President or Secretary of the APC.  An Officer may choose to resign as an Officer, but not as a Board Member.  Any such resignation shall take effect at the date of receipt of such notice or at any later date specified therein and, unless otherwise specified therein, the acceptance of such resignation shall be necessary to make it effective.

Section 10:  Removal

The Executive Committee called by the President shall have the right to evict a disruptive individual at any APC function.
It will be the duty of the President to act on the findings of the board.

Any Board Member, Officer, Judging Official, or APC member can be removed from his or her elected position or membership with cause.  Procedures for removal are:
a.  Any Board Member can recommend to a member of the Executive Committee for the removal of a Board Member.
b.  The Executive Committee can ask a Board Member to resign.
c.  If the person refuses to resign, then the Board of Directors by a two-thirds (2/3) vote by secret ballot can remove the Board Member.
d.  If one of the members of the Executive Committee is being asked to resign, then a two-thirds (2/3) vote by the Board of Directors can determine removal.

Section 11:  Vacancies

Any vacancy caused by death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise of any Officer, except the President, shall be filled by the Board of Directors.  In the event of a vacancy in any office other than that of the President, such vacancy may be filled temporarily by appointment of a Board Member by the President until such time as the Board shall fill the vacancy.  Should the post of President become vacant for any reason the Vice-President shall assume the post of President and serve the remainder of the term as acting President and shall succeed to the presidency.  Vacancies occurring in offices of Officers appointed at the discretion of the Board may or may not be filled as the Board shall determine.

Section 12:  General conduct of officers and judges of the APC.

Each Board Member, elected official, or certified judge of the APC  must at all times conduct themselves in a manner that is supportive of the APC and APC functions.  

Article VI:  Meetings

Section 1.  Place of Meetings

Board meetings shall held at the APC National Championships or such other times as designated by the Board of Directors.  Any Board meeting, regular or special, may be held by conference telephone or email, so long as all Board members participating can communicate with each other.

Section 2.  Regular and Annual Meetings

a.  The Board of Directors shall determine the number, times, and places of the regular meetings.  There shall be at least four (4) meetings of the Board of Directors in each year.

b.  One meeting each year shall be designated the Annual Meeting.  At this meeting, there shall be a business meeting for the APC membership for reports of Officers, for a report on the election of Officers, for the nomination for Board of Directors, and for other items of business.

 

Section 3.  Special Meetings

Special meetings may be called by the President, or any other Officer, and such meetings shall be held by telephone conference or by email.

 

Section 4.  Conduct of Meetings

Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be presided over by the President of the APC or, in his absence, by the Vice-President.  The Secretary of the APC shall act as secretary of all meetings of the Board, provided that, in his/her absence the presiding Officer shall appoint another person to act as Secretary of the meeting.

Meetings shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order, as such rules may be revised from time to time, insofar as such rules are not inconsistent with or in conflict with these By-laws.

Section 5.  Quorum

A simple majority of the voting members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum; a simple majority of the voting members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.

Article VII:  Amendments

An amendment of these By-laws may be proposed in writing by the Board of Directors or the voting membership of the APC.  An amendment is consummated and ratified when approved by a quorum vote of the Board of Directors.

Article VIII:  Procedures

Procedures and other items not specified in this Constitution or in the By-laws or by action of the Board of Directors shall be in accordance with he Robert's Rules of Order.

Article VIIII:  Dissolution

Dissolution of the APC, for any cause, shall follow the same procedure as Constitutional amendments.  The selection of the successor organization must be approved by a two-third (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors of the APC.

These Constitution and By-laws are in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Corporate laws of the state of Georgia.

The American Powerlifting Committee, Inc. is a privately owned Corporation incorporated in the State of Georgia, USA.  These By-Laws are authorized by the stock holders of the American Powerlifting Committee, Inc and subject to revision by such stock holders.

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