Bylaws of Dallas Independent Volleyball Association, Inc. (doing business as DIVA)
A. The Dallas Independent Volleyball Association, referred to as “Association” or “DIVA” is a Dallas-based, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of quality amateur volleyball of all levels of play for persons of any sex, race, color, creed, sexual orientation, sexual identity, ethnicity or national origin, without prejudice, and with special emphasis placed on the participation of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and their straight allies.
B. The Association fosters local, national and international amateur volleyball competitions. The Association also supports and develops amateur athletes for such competition.
C. The Association fosters positive social activity in and encourages charitable activities for the community.
A. The Association shall fulfill its purpose through the following activities:
Conduct community outreach to recruit members.;
Sponsor and organize weekly practices to improve members’ volleyball skill proficiency.;
Sponsor and organize weekly league volleyball competitions.;
Sponsor and organize annual international tournament competitions.;
Sponsor and organize events to foster positive social activity.; and
Sponsor and organize fundraisers in support of community IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
A. The Association shall have Roster and Non-Roster members.
Roster members have been designated on a weekly league’s team.
Non-Roster members, also known as Substitutes, have not been designated on a weekly league’s team.
B. Criteria for membership is:
Completion of the applicable registration form.;
Payment of the applicable membership dues.;
Demonstration of an interest in playing volleyball.;
Demonstration of sportsmanlike conduct; and
Has attained the age of 18 years.
C. A member who continues to meet all of the criteria outlined in Section III(B) above, will be deemed a member in “Good Standing.”
D. Subject to the provisions of these Bylaws, only members during the period beginning the June 1st prior to elections to the date of elections, who are in Good Standing, may vote at a Membership Meeting.
E. All members in Good Standing may attend and participate in Practices and Weekly League Competitions in accordance with Association policy.
F. A membership list shall be maintained by the Association’s Registrar and be used only for activities in furtherance of the Association’s Purpose.
G. Memberships in the Association are not transferrable, nor assignable.
H. Membership Dues will be set by the Board of Directors.
I. A member of the Association may resign by submitting a resignation in writing to the Association. Such members will no longer be deemed a member in Good Standing.
J. The Association shall not condone conduct unbecoming a Member of the Association. For just cause, the status of any member of the Association may be suspended, revoked or reinstated at any time by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors present. These Board actions shall not be reviewable or appealable. For revocation actions, the member must be given fourteen days notice of the proposed action and an opportunity to be heard at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.
A. Governance of the Association shall be vested in its membership, which has the right to control in all respects the Association’s activities, subject to these Bylaws.
B. An Annual Meeting of the members of the Association shall be held during the month of May at a time and place determined by the Board of Directors.
C. The Board of Directors shall ensure that members are notified of a membership meeting at least ten (10) but not more than fifty (50) days before the date of a membership meeting. Notice is sufficient if written or printed notice stating the place, day and time of the meeting is sent to each member’s address or e-mail address of record, or posted at the location of weekly league volleyball play. With respect to a Special Membership Meeting, the purpose for which the meeting is called shall be stated in the Notice.
D. A Special Membership Meeting may be called either by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, or by a petition signed by at least ten percent (10%) of members eligible to vote. Upon the validation of the petition, said meeting must be conducted no later than 60 calendar days from the date the petition was originally delivered to the Board of Directors.
E. The members who are eligible to vote and present at an Annual Meeting will be deemed a quorum and those members will be able to transact business. In order to transact business at a Special Membership Meeting, at least fifty percent (50%) plus one of members eligible to vote shall be present.
F. Voting by ballot shall be the usual voting procedure, unless determined otherwise by the Board of Directors.
- Unless otherwise stipulated by the Bylaws, an item shall be approved by a majority of the votes cast by members eligible to vote and present at an Annual or Special Membership Meeting.
- Absentee voting and voting by proxy shall not be allowed.
G. Unless otherwise directed by the members, by a majority vote of those present and eligible to vote, the order of business shall be determined by the President of the Board of Directors.
H. The Board of Directors may authorize a membership vote for any legitimate purpose, to include but not limited to the election of officers and amendment to these Bylaws, through electronic means with an authenticated sign-on. If voting is done in this way, then any eligible member who casts a vote will be deemed present and a quorum will be established once ten percent of all eligible members cast a vote within the established timeframe. This sub-section supersedes all other membership voting requirements contained elsewhere in these Bylaws.
Board of Directors
A. The Board of Directors is the governing body for the Association.
B. All Association powers shall be exercised by, or under authority of, and the business and affairs of the Association shall be controlled by the Board of Directors, subject to such limitations as imposed by law, the Articles of Incorporation, or these Bylaws. The directors shall act only as a Board and an individual director shall have no power as such.
C. The Board of Directors shall be comprised of six (6) Officers and sixteen (16) Directors.
- The Officers of the Association are: President; Vice President of League Play; Vice President of Membership; Vice President of Marketing and Outreach; Secretary/Historian; and Treasurer.
- The Directors of the Association are:
- Elected Directors: One (1) division representative for each skill division
- Board-Appointed Directors: Director of Officiating; Director of Registration; Director of Communication; Director of Outreach and Fundraising; Director of Tournaments; Director of Skill Development; Director of Evaluations; Director of Social Activities, and Director of Technology.
- Elected Directors: One (1) division representative for each skill division
- All members who are eligible to vote are eligible for election or appointment to the Board of Directors.
- Only members who are eligible to vote and who have served on the Board of Directors for at least one six-month period during the previous five years are eligible for election or appointment as President or a Vice President.
- Any member who is a spouse or family member of, or in a committed relationship with, an Officer of the Association, shall not be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors.
E. Election of the Association’s Officers and Directors shall be conducted at the End-Of Season Tournament for each Spring Season (hereafter, “Annual Election”) by majority vote of the members present and eligible to vote. Should no candidate obtain a majority of the votes cast for a position, a run-off vote will be taken between the two candidates who receive the largest number of votes. The members who are eligible to vote and present will be considered a quorum. Terms for Board-Appointed Directors expire on Mary 31st of each calendar year. The elected/appointed individuals, unless they are removed or resign, serve until their successors are elected/appointed.
- The term of office for an Officer shall be two years. The terms shall be served on staggered basis, with:
- The President, Vice President of Marketing and Outreach, and Secretary/Historian being elected in even-numbered years; and
- The Vice President of Membership, Vice President of League Play, and Treasurer being elected in odd-numbered years.
- The term for Directors shall be one year.
- At least thirty (30) days prior to the date of elections, the President shall appoint a committee of at least three (3) members to serve as the Elections Committee; this committee shall facilitate the nominations for and election of the Officers and Directors. Members of the Elections Committee may not be nominated or run for a position on the Board of Directors.
- The call for nominations shall be made by the Elections Committee by, at a minimum, post the announcement publicly for two consecutive weekly game nights prior to the date of elections.
- Write-in candidates are not allowed. Candidates may only run for one office during an Annual Election.
F. A majority of the directors then serving shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, except to adjourn as hereinafter provided. Every act or decision done or made by a majority of the directors present shall be regarded as the act of the Board of Directors unless a greater number be required by law or by the Articles of Incorporation.
G. The President may be counted to constitute a quorum; however, the President may not make motions and may only vote on Board matters to break a tie.
H. The President, or in his/her absence any Officer or Director selected by the President, shall preside at meetings of the Board of Directors. The Secretary, or any person appointed by the presiding officer, shall take minutes.
I. Meeting minutes and reports shall be available to Association members, upon request, after they are approved by the Board of Directors at the subsequent meeting. Minutes shall include a record of those present and decisions made. A copy of the minutes and reports shall become part of the permanent Association records.
J. Special meetings of the Board of Directors, for any purpose, shall be called at any time by the President, or by the Secretary upon request of any three Officers and Directors. Notice of the special meeting, stating the time, place and in general terms, the purpose or purposes thereof, shall be delivered personally, by telephone or electronically, to each officer and director no later than two days before the day appointed for the meeting.
K. Voting by show of hands shall be the usual voting procedure, unless determined otherwise by the Board of Directors.
- Unless otherwise stipulated by the Bylaws, an item shall be approved by a majority of the votes cast by Board members eligible to vote and present.
- Absentee voting and voting by proxy shall not be allowed.
L. The President may permit the Board of Directors, through telephonic or electronic means, to take any action, except for the removal of a member or director, without a meeting, provided an appropriate motion is made, is seconded, at least two-hours is allowed for discussion or comments, and a majority of all directors vote in the affirmative. These actions shall have the same force as any action taken at a Board meeting and shall be included in the next meeting’s minutes.
M. The Association shall not condone conduct unbecoming a member of the Board of Directors, dereliction of duty or breach of confidentiality on the part of any elected member of the Board of Directors. For just cause, an elected member of the Board of Directors may be removed by either:
- Affirmative votes by a majority + two (2) members of the Board of Directors are required to approve this action; or
- Any petition to call a Special Membership Meeting for the purpose of removing an elected member of the Board of Directors shall be submitted to the Secretary and be signed by at least five percent (5%) of members eligible to vote. At the Special Membership Meeting called for this purpose, a two-thirds vote of all votes cast is required to approve this action. Said member shall be provided an opportunity to speak before the membership prior to the membership voting on the issue of removal.
These actions shall not reviewable or appealable.
N. In the event of a vacancy on the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors shall appoint an eligible member to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term. An appointed member to the Board of Directors is deemed an “elected member” as a matter of policy.
O. A member of the Board of Directors may resign by submitting a resignation in writing to the President or Secretary.
P. Officers and Directors shall not receive any compensation for their service. Any member may be reimbursed for authorized expenditures made on behalf of the Association. The Board may authorize the waiver of future membership dues for an Officer, Director or Committee Chairperson following at least one season (full or partial) of successful service.
Q. Members of the Board of Directors shall not take part in discussion or voting on a matter before the Board involving a matter in which the member has a financial interest or in the event of any other conflict of interest. A member of the Board of Directors shall not vote on a matter before the Board involving said Board Member’s Team.
R. The Board of Directors is empowered to enact policy and procedures which are not contrary to or prohibited by the provisions of these Bylaws, the Articles of Incorporation, or the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act.
S. The Board of Directors may authorize the Association to pay any expense incurred by or to satisfy a judgment or fine rendered or levied against present or former directors or officers of this Association as provided by the Texas Business Corporation Act.
Inspection of Books and Records
Execution of Instruments and Gifts
A. The Board of Directors may, in its discretion, determine the method and designate the signatory officer or officers or other person or persons to execute any corporate instrument of document or to sign the corporate name without limitation, except where otherwise provided by law, and such execution of signature shall be binding upon the Association.
B. Checks in an amount of more than $1,500 must be signed by two authorized signatory officers or persons.
C. Prior approval, by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, is required for any withdrawal which would deplete the Association’s available cash balance below $25,000.
A. The Board of Directors may designate one or more committees or other governing or advisory bodies as necessary, and the duties of any such entity shall be prescribed by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may dissolve any such entity at any time.
B. The Board of Directors shall adopt policies and procedures regarding membership requirements and governance of any designated committee or other governing or advisory body.
C. Conflict of Interest
Any member who is a spouse or family member of, or in a committed relationship with, a Board member shall not be eligible to serve as a Chairperson of a committee or other governing or advisory body.
No more than one individual from the same family or committed relationship may serve on the same committee or same governing or advisory body.
Policies, Procedures and Parliamentary Authority
A. The Board of Directors shall ensure that special rules, policies and procedures for administration and operation remain consistent with these Bylaws.
B. The rules contained in the current edition of “Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised” shall govern the Association in cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and any special rules, policies or procedures.
C. The requirement for approval of an action or choice is by a simple majority of votes cast by members eligible to vote, unless otherwise stipulated in these Bylaws.
Adoption and Amendments
A. These Bylaws shall become effective upon submission by the Board of Directors to the membership and approval by the membership at an Annual Meeting or Election.
B. A proposed Bylaw amendment shall be submitted for vote at an Annual Meeting or Election if either:
The proposed amendment is approved by a majority of the Board of Directors; or
The proposed amendment is accompanied by a petition signed by at least five percent (5%) of Association members eligible to vote. The petition is subject to verification by the Secretary of the Board.
The proposed Bylaw amendment shall be scheduled for vote at the next Annual, Annual Election or Special Membership Meeting, but no earlier than fourteen (14) calendar days after the proposed Bylaw amendment was received by the Board of Directors.
C. The Board of Directors may authorize a committee or other governing body to correct article and section designations, punctuation, and cross-references and to make such other technical and conforming changes as may be necessary to reflect the intent of the membership in connection with the Bylaws.
A. Upon dissolution of the Association, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for payment of all liabilities of the Association, including the costs and expenses of such dissolution, dispose of all the assets of the Association exclusively for the exempt purposes of the Association or distributed to an organization described in IRS Section 501(c)(3), or the corresponding provisions of any future federal law, as shall be selected by the last Board of Directors. None of the assets will be distributed to any officer or director of the Association. Any such assets so disposed of shall be disposed of by, and in the manner designated by, the state court having jurisdiction over the matter.
Statement of Non-discrimination
A. Notwithstanding any provision of these Bylaws, the Association shall not discriminate against any director, officer, employee, member, applicant, or participant on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, sexual orientation, sexual identity, ethnicity or national origin.
- Revised 1995 attested to by President Ron Maughan, Vice President Dave Varner, and Secretary Al McCoy.
- Revised 1996 attested to by President Dave Varner, Vice President Tom Babbington, and Secretary Shannon Brown.
- Revised 1998 attested to by President Shannon Brown, Vice President Annie Scott, and Secretary Peter Vaky.
- Revised 2002 attested to by President Dave Varner, Vice President Annie Scott, and Secretary Chris Williams.
- Revised 2004 attested to by President Brian Borski, Vice President Darrel Loveless, and Secretary Toby Ashabranner.
- Adopted by the membership by resolution and vote on May 11th, 2013 attested to by President Ruben Viveros, Vice President Lorzeno Guerra and Secretary Noel Madrid V.
- Amended by the membership by resolution and vote on May 9, 2015.
- Amended by the membership by resolution and vote on May 14, 2016.
- Amended by the membership by resolution and vote on April 20, 2018 (Special Election).
- Amended by the membership by resolution and vote on May 11, 2020.
- Amendments adopted by the membership by resolution and vote on May 7, 2023.