This club shall be known as Optimist Club of Keego Harbor, an affiliate of Optimist International.
The purposes of this club shall be to develop Optimism as a philosophy of life, utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.
The membership of this club shall represent a compatible cross-section of the business, social, and cultural life of the community and shall consist of adults of good character and community standing, generally compatible with the membership of all Optimist clubs, who reside or have community interests in the city/area of Keego Harbor and who have been duly elected to membership in the manner prescribed in these bylaws. All memberships shall be held by individuals and shall not be transferable.
Members shall be admitted to the dub in the following manner:
a.Proposals for membership shall be submitted to the President and shall bear the endorsement of one or more members in good standing.
b. The President shall immediately refer all such proposals to the Board of Directors for investigation and recommendation.
c. Upon approval by the Board of Directors, the Preeident shall notify the membership of the identity of the proposed member and the date the proposal will be voted upon by the Board of Directors.
d. After all members have had opportunity to express objections, if any, the Board of Directors shall approve or reject the proposal for membership without explanation of its action. A majority vote of those present shall be necessary to give approval as established by Article VII, Section 3 of these bylaws.
Section 1: Any member who is two (2) or more months in arrears in the payment of dues or fees to the club may be suspended from membership. He or she will be provided written notice by the Secretary-Treasurer. Such member, upon payment of arrears and submission of application for reinstatement within thirty (30) days after said notice may be reinstated at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Such member who has not applied for reinstatement within the stated period, shall be deemed to have forfeited membership in the club and shall be so notified by the Secretary Treasurer. NOTE: This Section does not apply if the entire dues are offset by fund raisers.
Section 2: Any member charged with conduct unbecoming an Optimist or with any act prejudicial to the best interests of the club or Optimist International, and against whom such charges are sustained after opportunity to appear before the Board of Directors in his or her own defense, may be expelled from membership, at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Upon such action by the Board of Directors, the Secretary’ Treasurer shall immediately notify the member in writing, of said action.
Section 3: In case of the resignation or expulsion of any member, the Secretary shall immediately notify Optimist International and all members of the club of such action.