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BYLAWS

ARTICLE I - NAME

The name of this group is IBM Eddie Clever Keystone Ring 20 / SAM Joe Homcheck Assembly 110.
For publicity purposes, this group may be referred to as The Capital Area Professional Magicians.

ARTICLE II - OBJECT

The object of this group is to promote harmonious fellowship among those sincerely interested in magic as an art; to maintain and improve the ethics of the magical profession; and to foster, promote, and improve the advancement of magical arts in the field of amusement and entertainment.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

This group is open to any member of the Society of American Magicians and/or the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Visitors may attend three meetings before being required to join this group. A member three months in arrears of dues shall be automatically suspended. A member may also be suspended or expelled for unbecoming conduct or unethical practice in magic and indiscriminate exposing of magic, in which cases a majority vote shall be required for expulsion. The Executive Committee may award a Life Membership to a member who has served the group in many capacities and with honor.

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS

The officers of this group will consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President and Secretary must be members of both IBM and SAM, while the other officers must be a member of either IBM or SAM. No member shall enter the office of President until he has served in a subordinate office. All officers are elected for a one-year term.

It is the duty of the President to preside at all meetings, set goals and objectives for his term in office, and appoint whatever committees might be necessary in furthering interests of the group. He shall not vote except in case of a tie.

It is the duty of the Vice President to preside over all meetings and duties in the absence of the President.

It is the duty of the Secretary to keep a full and impartial record of the proceedings of all meetings, attend to all correspondence relating to group business, take and preserve all books, papers, and records pertaining to his office and deliver them to his successor in office and to perform such duties as may rightfully be assigned to him by the President or the Executive Committee. The Secretary must coordinate, with the Treasurer, annual membership dues collection and member status. The Secretary must also send reports to the M.U.M. and The Linking Ring on a monthly basis.

It is the duty of the Treasurer to keep a strict and regular account of all monies received and expended by him for the group, and render the necessary reports showing accountability for such funds at regular meetings. He shall pay no bills without authority from the Executive Committee or the approval of the majority of the members of the group present.

ARTICLE V - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee shall consist of 4 elected members and the President, who shall automatically become chairman for the duration of his term in office. Two new members shall be elected each year to serve a two year term. The Executive Committee shall aid the President in achieving the goals and objectives of his term in office and shall further the objectives and growth of the organization.

It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to meet at least 4 times each year, and whenever else it is necessary to maintain the routine functioning of the group. The Executive Committee shall be empowered to approve all expenditures involving the entire organization (i.e. lectures, banquet, newsletter). All other expenditures must be approved by a majority vote of the membership. The Executive Committee shall plan for and provide entertainment for the Annual Banquet. The Executive Committee, at its discretion, shall select by vote, group members who may receive the Master Magician Medal, whenever it deems the award appropriate. The Executive Committee, at its discretion, shall select by vote, group members who may receive Certificates of Appreciation, whenever it deems the award appropriate.

ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS

The club will meet monthly at a time and place determined by the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE VII - FEES AND DUES

Dues will be set by the Executive Committee no later than December 1 for the upcoming year. Membership dues are due by the January meeting, and no later than the March meeting. Any member more than three months behind in his dues will be suspended from the group. Dues shall be waived for designated life members.

ARTICLE VIII - FUNDS

All monies received shall be deposited in a bank designated by the Executive Committee. The monies of this fund shall be disbursed only on checks signed by the President or the Treasurer. The group will pay either IBM or SAM dues for the President and Secretary each year.

ARTICLE IX - NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee by the September meeting. This committee will survey the membership for prospective officers and make their report at the October meeting. Nominations will be open to all members at the November meeting. Nominations and election of officers and Executive Committee members shall be made at the November meeting by way of written secret ballots. Majority rules apply. Elected officers shall serve for one year, beginning Jan 1, and Executive Committee members shall serve for two years, beginning Jan 1.

ARTICLE X - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised shall be the group’s final authority on all questions of procedure and parliamentary law not covered by the Constitution and By-Laws.

ARTICLE XI - MONTHLY COMPETITION

The monthly competition for this group shall be known as the "Bob Myers Grand Prix of Magic". All members in good standing are eligible to compete. After each contestant has performed, a secret ballot shall be cast. The person receiving the highest score shall get three points. The first runner-up shall get two points, and the second runner-up shall get one point. If there is a tie, the points will be shared. At the end of the year, each person’s monthly points will be added and the person with the most points shall get a trophy.

ARTICLE XII - DUCKY WATERMAN CONTEST RULES

Each year in the month of February, all first place winners from the previous year’s monthly competitions are invited to perform their winning effects. Multiple winners may only choose one performance. After each contestant has performed, a secret ballot shall be cast. The person receiving the highest score is the winner. The winner will be awarded a trophy, to be presented at the annual banquet, where the winner will perform the winning effect.

ARTICLE XIII - EDDIE CLEVER CONTEST RULES

Eddie Clever Night shall be held annually at a regular meeting of the group, in a month designated by the Executive Committee. The competition shall be open to all members of the group. A competitor shall perform one effect of his own choosing taken from the Linking Ring Parade. The competitor should state the month and year of the edition of the Linking Ring Magazine from which the effect is taken at the time the effect is performed. After each contestant has performed, a secret ballot shall be cast. The person receiving the highest score is the winner. The winner will be awarded a trophy.

ARTICLE XIV - STAGE ACT AND CLOSE-UP ACT CONTESTS RULES

The stage performance and close-up competitions shall be held annually. The Executive Committee shall designate the dates and locations for the competitions. The competitions shall be open to all active members of the group. Competitors shall perform an act of their own choosing with a fifteen minute maximum time limit. There must be a minimum of three acts entered in competition for an award to be designated. Winners will be selected, if possible, by a panel of lay judges composed of at least three persons. Members who compete cannot bring a potential judge as a guest. In the event that there are less than three eligible lay judges present, the competition shall be judged by the members present, excluding competitors. One trophy each will be awarded for best stage act and best close-up act.

ARTICLE XV - JUDGING CRITERIA

It is suggested that lay judges be offered the following guidelines for evaluating performers; however, the group membership may substitute any other instructions to its lay judges, including a total absence of guidelines, for any competition where it is deemed appropriate:

  • Presentation (Theatrical Appearance) - How does the act look on stage?
  • Entertainment (Content) - Selection of program.
  • Creativity - Is the act interesting and does it show any originality?
  • Audience Appeal - Do you enjoy watching this performance?
  • Professionalism - Is the performance polished?
  • ARTICLE XVI - MASTER MAGICIAN MEDALS
  • The Master Magician Medal is to be awarded to any magician who, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, has achieved a high degree of proficiency and skill in the art of magic so as to be labeled a master of his art. The recipient must have demonstrated through his skill and ability he has enjoyably entertained lay groups as well as magician groups, or raised the art of magic to a higher level, to the extent that his services have been or are presently in demand.

The Master Magician Medal is never to be awarded to anyone of questionable character. Only magicians who have sincerely held high the traditions of the group, and Magic itself, are eligible. Magicians, who have been known to expose secrets and branded thusly, are not eligible.

In extraordinary circumstances, the Executive Committee may propose that the Master Magician Medal be awarded to someone who is not a member of this group. In such an instance, the Executive Committee shall propose the name of the individual to the membership at a regular meeting, and a vote shall be taken among those members present to approve presentation of the Master Magician Medal.

ARTICLE XVII - HISTORIAN

The President shall appoint a Historian to record group activities. The Historian shall maintain an up-to-date record of all group activities. The Historian will also be responsible for keeping the master set of the Constitution and By-Laws.

ARTICLE XVIII - AMENDMENTS

This Constitution and By-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of members present at any regular meeting, provided notice of the proposed amendments was given at the preceding meeting, either in writing or by oral motion made at the meeting. In addition, written notice shall have been given to all members at least ten days in advance of the date when such amendment is to be voted upon, notifying said members that such a meeting and proposal to amend the Constitution and By-laws is to be voted upon and that the text thereof be embodied in such notice. Absentee ballots may be accepted at the meeting at which the vote is taken. All absentee ballots must be signed and delivered prior to the voting meeting to the Secretary, who will verify the signature and record the vote. Absentee ballots so verified shall be counted equally with votes cast by attending members for the purpose for determining a two-thirds majority.

ARTICLE XIX - EFFECTIVE DATE<

These by-laws shall be effective _____________________.

 

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