Article I
   Name:     The name of this organization shall be the Fresno Chess Club.

Article II
   Purposes:     The purposes of the club are:
      A.    To provide instruction, entertainment, and social life in chess for its members.
      B.    To promote the popularity of chess.
      C.    To enable its members to play chess.
      D.    To conduct tournaments, matches, and other forms of chess competition.
      E.    To obtain a grant for the purposes of reaching out to the school districts in the Fresno                      community who do not already have the subject of chess integrated into their scholastic                    curriculum.   

Article III
     A.    Any person may become a member of the Club upon payment of the annual dues.
      B.    In the event that any member of the Club should be guilty of conduct which in the
             judgment of three-fourths of the membership shall bring the game of chess into
             disrepute, his membership may be revoked.    
Article IV
     A.     The officers of the Club shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasure,                               Tournament Director, and Tournament Organizer, to be elected to a term of one  year by                 majority approval of the members present at the annual business meeting. The minimum                  voting age of members shall be 13 years of age.
      B.     Should a vacancy occur between elections, it shall be filled by the majority vote of the                       members at a meeting held within one month after the vacancy has occurred.
      C.     The Club shall be affiliated with the United States Chess Federation (USCF) in                                   accordance with the conditions specified by the said Federation.                    
Article V
   Duties of Officers:
     A.    The President shall:
                  1.     Preside at all business meetings of the Club.
                  2.     Appoint a Publicity Director and any other administrative officer the Club
                          may deem necessary;
                  3.     Appoint all committees.
      B.    The Vice President shall:
                  1.     Assist the President:
                  2.     Preside at all business meetings in the absence of the President.
      C.    The Secretary shall:
                  1.     Keep the minutes of all business meetings;
                  2.     Carry on the correspondence of the Club;
                  3.     Send notices of Club tournaments to the members.
      D.    The Treasurer shall:
                  1.     Collect all authorized dues;
                  2.     Deposit all funds received by him/her in a bank designated by the Club.
                  3.     Make disbursements as authorized by the President;
                  4.     Prepare a financial statement for the regular business meeting in January.        
      E.    The Tournament Director shall:
                  1.     Arrange and direct tournaments conducted by the Club;
                  2.     Cause the results of the local tournaments to be published in the local
                  3.     Report to the USCF the results of all rated tournaments which the 
                          Club conducts.
      F.    The Tournament Organizer shall:
                  1.     Organize tournaments conducted by the Club;
                  2.     Report the details of these tournaments to the Club in advance of the 
Article VI(Members voted dues increase effective February 1, 2009)
   Dues:     The annual dues for membership in the Club, unless otherwise established at a                                 business meeting, shall be as follows:
     A.     $40 for married couples (family)
      B.     $25 for a man (Fresno)
      C.     $15 for a woman, college student, minor (under 18 years), and non-resident 
              (Outside Fresno County)
      D.     No part of the net earnings of the Club shall inure to the benefit of, or be 
              distributable to its members of officers or other private persons, except to pay reasonable
              compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in 
              furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article II. 
Article VII
   Meetings:     Regular meetings of the members shall beheld throughout each year on 
                         such day and such place as shall be decided upon by the membership.
     A.     Annual business meetings, in the month of January.
      B.     Other business meetings, including special meetings, shall be called by the President as                  necessary.  Insofar as possible, the business meetings shall be conducted in accordance                 with the Robert's Rules of Order.
Article VIII
     A.     Upon dissolution of the Club, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes 
               within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the                                     corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal                 government, or to a state or local government, for public purpose.
Article IX
      A.    This constitution may be changed or amended by a two-thirds vote of the membership.

                           - As amended at the Business Meeting January 9, 2009 -


Annual Business Meeting 
January 6, 2017
Members are encouraged 
to Vote.
This page was last updated: January 9, 2016