Guyana Girls Academy 

BYLAWS
OF
GUYANA GIRLS ACADEMY, INC.




ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Guyana Girls Academy, Inc. (GGA)
                                                            
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
Section 1.  The purpose of this organization is to create a girls’ soccer academy in Guyana that develops, educates, and trains girls to compete at a collegiate, professional, and international level, and to create a strong girls’ soccer culture that will continuously fuel the women’s national program.

Section 2.  This organization is a non-profit corporation under Georgia State law and is tax exempt in accordance with section 501c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

ARTICLE III – GOVERNMENT
This organization shall be governed by its bylaws and policies and procedures except where superseded by governing soccer bodies.

Section 1.  Board of Directors – The governing authority of this organization whose powers are designated by these bylaws is vested in its Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors shall be comprised of no more than eleven and no less than five members, one of whom is the organization President.

The Board of Directors shall meet at least once a year to review, advice, and vote on organization operations. Meetings are only in session with a quorum of two-thirds.

Each board member has one vote and may only be removed under extreme circumstances by a two-thirds vote or if they chose to step down.  New board members may be elected with a two-thirds vote by the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors may oversee and advice its Executive committee on organization operations as well as remove committee members with a two-thirds vote.


Section 2. Executive Committee – The operating authority of this organization whose powers are designated by organization bylaws and policies and procedures is vested in its Executive Committee. The executive committee shall be comprised of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Executive Committee Chairs. It is the duty of the Treasurer to oversee all financial activities of the organization including but not limited to sponsorships, donations, checks, accounts, and contracts. It is the duty of the Secretary to keep records and track of all records relating to the organizations including but not limited to administrative meetings and player database. It is the duty of the Vice-President to assist the President in any and all areas of the organization’s operations. It is the duty of the President to oversee organization operations including but not limited to marketing, education, equipment, coaching, travel, etc.

The three Executive Committee Chair Members will act as Chair in these three Standing Committees. Policies and Procedures Committee, Ethics and Grievances Committee, and Discipline and Protest Committee. The President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer may act as Chair in Standing Committees if positions are vacant. Executive Committee members serve a term of two years and may apply for the position and be selected through the Board of Directors and/or be voted on by the voting membership annually.

Section 3. Standing Committees – The following Standing Committees report to the Executive Committee. Finance Committee, Marketing Committee, Education Committee, Sponsorship Committee, Player Development Committee, Discipline and Protest Committee, Ethics and Grievance Committee, and Policies and Procedures Committee. Committee chairs are selected by the Executive Committee and hold the position for one year or until a new Executive Committee is selected, whichever comes first.

The Board of Directors may implement new standing committees where and when necessary with two-thirds vote.

Section 4. Operating Committees – The Executive Committee has the right to create and disband Operating Committees.  

ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. General Membership – All Board members, committee members, coaches, staff members, parents, volunteers and players are looked at as organization members affiliated with the organization and hold no voting rights.


Section 2. Voting Membership - To be classified as a voting member with the right to one vote in annual elections, individuals must be registered with the club and pay an annual fee of $20 U.S. in voting membership dues.

ARTICLE V – FINANCES
It is the duty of the Treasurer to oversee all financial activities of the organization including but not limited to sponsorships, donations, checks, accounts, and contracts.  Only the Executive Committee is allowed to sign checks pertaining to the organization.  There shall be records kept for every money transaction involving with the organization.  A budget shall be created and maintaining for each year.  The fiscal and calendar year starts January 1st and ends December 31st.

ARTICLE VI – RULES OF PLAY
The official rules and regulations of FIFA, CONCACAF, CFU and GFF shall be adhered to by this organization.  No local rules of this organization shall be in conflict with rules of FIFA, CONCACAF, CFU, and GFF.  All local rules shall be created by the Rules and Regulations Committee.

ARTICLE VII – NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
This organization shall not discriminate based on color, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, political views, or religion in administration of organization policies, rules and regulations, programs, and facilities.

ARTICLE VIII – INDEMNIFICATION
This organization shall indemnify to the fullest extent permitted by law any and all representatives or affiliates against any loss, liability, costs or expenses incurred in any way arising out of any act or omission taken by or omitted in good faith belief that such act or omission was lawful and in the furtherance of the organization’s purpose.

ARTICLE IX – MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE X – AMENDMENTS
Articles of this constitution may be amended with two-thirds consent from the Board of Directors.  All proposals for amendments to the constitution must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XI – DISSOLUTION
In the event this organization disbands, after liabilities and obligations are satisfied in accordance with government regulations, any remaining monies in the Guyana Girls Academy, Inc. treasury shall be dispersed to Georgia Soccer.  None of the funds will be used for the benefit of individual board members, staff, contractors, or affiliates.