BY-LAWS OF THE AMERICAN BLIND BOWLING ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED

ARTICLE I - NAME

This organization shall be known as the American Blind Bowling Association, hereafter referred to as ABBA or the Association.


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ARTICLE II - OBJECT


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ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1: ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP

Any person at least 18 years of age on or before January 15th of the current season, who is legally blind competing in regularly scheduled games of American Ten Pins in a nationally sanctioned league maintaining a record of individual averages and position standing may become an active member of ABBA.

Legal blindness is defined as vision no better that 20/200, even with glasses, or a limited field of 20 degrees or less.

For the purpose of sanctioned competition, a “totally blind” individual is one whose vision is of no value in bowling in that the individual cannot see the bowling pins, the lane, the channels or “gutters” beside the lane, the foul line or the location marks on the approach to the lane.

The league Board of Directors shall be responsible for determining the visual status of an individual bowler. If this decision is thought to be unsatisfactory, a written appeal may be made by any member of the ABBA to the Rules Interpretation and Enforcement Committee.

SECTION 2: AUXILIARY MEMBERSHIP

Any person at least 18 years of age on or before January 15th of the current season, who is not legally blind may become an auxiliary member of ABBA. Applications for auxiliary membership must be made through ABBA and/or United States Bowling Congress (USBC) sanctioned leagues. Auxiliary members may attend and vote at all Association meetings as authorized by these By-Laws. They shall have the right to vote but shall not have the right to hold office, except for Secretary-Treasurer or Tournament Director. All auxiliary members shall pay to ABBA annual membership fees.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Associate membership must be considered by the Nominating Committee and may be granted by the Board of Directors to individuals in recognition of continuous outstanding service rendered the national organization. Associate members need not be legally blind. They shall have the privilege of sitting with the Board of Directors and shall enjoy full membership on the board with the power to vote, except for the admission of new associate members. Sighted associate members shall be eligible to be elected Secretary-Treasurer or Tournament Director. Associate members may be selected each year and shall be exempt from the payment of membership fees. They shall serve through the first director’s meeting following each national tournament. They must be a current sanctioned member of ABBA.

SECTION 4: LIFE MEMBERSHIP

The outgoing President of the Association and not more than one other person, who has provided at least five years of service, may be considered for Life Membership by the Nominating Committee. Life members shall serve on the Board of Directors and shall be exempt from the payment of membership fees. Sighted life members shall be eligible to be elected Secretary-Treasurer or Tournament Director. The nominees must be current sanctioned members of ABBA.

SECTION 5: MEMBERSHIP FEES

The annual membership fee for each active and auxiliary member shall be determined by majority vote of the delegates at the annual convention for the period beginning August 1 and ending July 31 of the following year. Only those persons whose sanction applications and membership fees are received by ABBA prior to January 15, and who meet the requirements set forth in the tournament rules are eligible to compete in the ABBA championship tournament for the current season.

SECTION 6: JUNIOR DIVISION

Any person between the ages of 7 to 18 years of age who is legally blind or sighted, competing in the game of American Ten Pins in a regularly scheduled league, maintaining a true record of individual averages and position standings, may become a member of the ABBA junior division. The ABBA may conduct tournaments and provide achievement awards for members of the junior division. However, at no time shall the Association sponsor or sanction any tournament in which members of the junior division compete directly with adult ABBA members.

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ARTICLE IV - AREA ASSOCIATIONS

LEAGUES AND TOURNAMENTS
SECTION 1: BASIC STRUCTURE

The ABBA shall be a representative, legislative and executive body and shall have complete and final jurisdiction over all affiliated Area Associations, leagues, tournaments and individual members. Its membership shall be composed of legally blind bowlers affiliated through sanctioned leagues and chartered Area Associations which are represented in ABBA by duly elected representatives and delegates. Except as set forth elsewhere in these by-laws, the Association shall be guided by the rules, regulations and procedures of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).

SECTION 2: AREA ASSOCIATIONS
  • A. The ABBA may recognize one central body in any city, state or geographical area where there are three or more leagues to be known as a bowling Association. The Association shall be named after the area followed by the words, “of the American Blind Bowling Association.”

  • B. Creation of new Area Associations will be made with the joint approval of the Area Association Committee and the Secretary-Treasurer of ABBA.

  • C. All applications for membership must be filed with the Secretary-Treasurer of ABBA together with a certified copy of the Association by-laws, a list of the names and addresses of the officers and a list of member leagues. These applications shall also state the date of organization. The Area Association Secretary shall forward a copy of the Annual Convention and Board of Directors meeting minutes to the ABBA Secretary-Treasurer along with all other necessary reports.

  • D. Area Associations shall collect annual ABBA membership fees and they may collect annual Area Association fees at the discretion of each local Association.

  • E. Each Area Association may conduct an annual championship tournament. Entry fees for these tournaments shall be left to the discretion of each Area Association.

SECTION 3: LEAGUES

A league is defined as consisting of four or more teams or single leagues consisting of four or more individuals engaged in a pre-arranged schedule of match play and having a constitution and/or by-laws and rules. This constitution and/or these by-laws and rules shall be updated at the beginning of each bowling season and shall be made available for inspection by the ABBA to settle any disputes that may arise in the league. This constitution and/or these by-laws and rules must accompany any complaints that are referred to the Rules Interpretation and Enforcement Committee to be considered by the committee. Any organized bowling league consisting of four or more legally blind members of ABBA may be sanctioned by the Association provided all eligible legally blind and sighted individuals, including substitutes, are indeed members of the Association. All ABBA sanctioned leagues must comply with USBC rules 1 through 18. Unless a league prior to the start of the bowling season, by majority vote of the league membership, has made other provisions, USBC rules 104 through 114 and 118 shall apply to league competition. All ABBA certified leagues that award cash prizes shall approve a prize list for the current season no later than the fifth week of the current season. A league duly sanctioned the preceding season shall be regarded as temporarily sanctioned after the start of its current schedule for the following periods:

  • Regular season league 30 days (counting first day of competition)

  • Summer leagues 21 days (counting first day of competition)

During this grace period the league will be eligible for all ABBA membership services, provided the league sanction application, membership dues and related reports are postmarked on or before the expiration of the grace period. Leagues must sanction within 30 days and/or by November 10 to be able to have their director vote at the midyear meeting. Under the same conditions, any league not sanctioned the previous season or a league which organized late in the season may apply for such temporary protection. Membership shall remain valid for participation in ABBA sanctioned tournaments until October 1 following the season in which membership fees were paid.

SECTION 3 A: LEAGUE AVERAGE REPORT

All ABBA sanctioned leagues are required to submit a final report of individual averages and position standings to the ABBA Secretary-Treasurer, postmarked no later than June 15. If the league season extends beyond May 31, the averages shall be reported as of May 31. Additions and corrections to the listings in the printed ABBA average book must be made in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer postmarked prior to November 1 of the following bowling season to be used for handicapping in ABBA sanctioned tournaments. Any league Secretary who fails to submit this final average report is liable for suspension from membership.

SECTION 4: SUMMER LEAGUES

The current membership for legally blind and sighted bowlers participating in ABBA sanctioned summer leagues shall not expire until August 31. New legally blind or sighted members who participate in ABBA sanctioned summer leagues and who pay their membership fees after June 1 shall be entitled to all the benefits offered by ABBA. Their membership shall not expire until August 31 of the following year.

SECTION 5: RIGHTS OF MEMBERS

A bowler who withdraws from a league without giving a satisfactory reason or who is expelled from a league for sufficient cause forfeits the right to league fees, prize money and other assets held by the league. In addition, the bowler shall be liable for suspension from membership in ABBA.

SECTION 6: TOURNAMENTS

A tournament is defined as competition opened to bowlers from two or more leagues. A tournament must be sanctioned for participants to qualify for ABBA awards. All bowlers competing in an ABBA sanctioned tournament must be current members of ABBA. Tournament sanction applications must be obtained from the ABBA Secretary-Treasurer. Applications must be sent to the ABBA Secretary-Treasurer along with a copy of the tournament entry form and rules, postmarked no later than thirty (30) days prior to the opening date of the tournament.

The tournament entry fee must be divided into three (3) parts: prize fee, bowling line fee, and tournament expense fee. The entire prize fee of 100% must be returned to the bowlers to award the winners. The ratio of prize winners to entries must appear in the tournament rules. USBC Rules 1 through 18 shall apply to all ABBA sanctioned tournaments. ABBA tournament sanctions will not be granted to any organization which allows those to participate in the tournament who have been suspended from or refused membership in ABBA. Any ABBA sanctioned tournament official or participant who knowingly permits a bowler to compete in the tournament who has been suspended from or refused membership in ABBA is liable for suspension from membership in the Association. This amendment shall become effective June 1, 1990.

The tournament manager must send to the ABBA Secretary-Treasurer a list of prize winners and a financial report, postmarked no later than forty-five (45) days after the completion of the tournament. The ABBA Secretary-Treasurer shall deny sanction to any tournament that does not comply with the ABBA by-laws. Except for the ABBA Mail-O-Graph Tournament and one Mail-O-Graph Tournament annually sponsored by each of the ABBA sanctioned Area Associations, Mail-O-Graph and Telephonic Tournaments will not be sanctioned by ABBA.

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ARTICLE V - OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SECTION 1: OFFICERS

The officers of this Association shall be President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and Tournament Director. These officers, associate members and life members together with one representative from each sanctioned league and Area Association ad as many additional persons as may be determined by the delegates at the annual convention shall be known as the Board of Directors.

SECTION 2: ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE

The officers of the Association shall be elected by majority vote at the annual convention of the Association. The term of office for the President shall be two years beginning August 1. No individual may hold the office of President for more than one consecutive term. The term of office for the Vice-Presidents shall be one year beginning August 1. The term of office for the Secretary-Treasurer and Tournament Director shall be three years beginning August 1. League representatives shall serve for a term of one year beginning August 1. Area Association representatives shall serve for a term of one year beginning the date determined by each Area Association. The officers of the Association shall be ex-officio officers of the Board of Directors. Any legally blind member of ABBA is eligible to hold office in the Association, and any sighted member is eligible to hold the office of Secretary-Treasurer or Tournament Director.

SECTION 3: REPRESENTATIVES

Each sanctioned league and each sanctioned Area Association shall elect a representative from its membership to serve as a member of the Board of Directors and also an alternate to serve in the absence of its representative.

SECTION 4: VACANCIES

Vacancies occurring in any office shall be filled by an election held by the Board of Directors. Such election shall remain in force until the next annual convention of the Association.

A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the 1st Vice- President. The 2nd Vice-President shall then become 1st Vice-President and another 2nd Vice-President shall be elected. Vacancies occurring in the office of a league or Area Association representative shall be filled by the alternate and a new alternate shall be elected by the league or Area Association. Such an election shall remain in force until the next regularly scheduled election held by the league or Area Association.

SECTION 5: DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association. The President shall:

  • A. Preside at meetings of the Association and Board of Directors.

  • B. Appoint the members of all committees unless otherwise stated in the motion ordering such committees to be named.

  • C. Serve on all committees, except the Nominating Committee, in an advisory capacity without voting privilege.

  • D. Co-sign checks or authorize the 1st Vice-President to co-sign checks for the withdrawal of all funds belonging to the Association.

  • E. Perform such other duties as may pertain to the office of President.

  • F. Submit a written report to the annual convention of the Association.

SECTION 6: DUTIES OF THE 1st VICE-PRESIDENT

The 1st Vice-President shall:

  • A. In the absence of the President perform the duties of the President.

  • B. In the event of the absence of the President or if authorized by the President co-sign checks for withdrawal of all funds belonging to the Association.

  • C. Serve as Chairperson of the Finance Committee.

  • D. Perform such other duties that may be assigned by the President or the Board of Directors.

SECTION 7: DUTIES OF THE 2nd VICE-PRRESIDENT

The 2nd Vice-President shall:

  • A. In the absence of both the President and the 1st Vice-President, perform the duties of the President.

  • B. Serve as Chairperson of the Legislative Committee.

  • C. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

SECTION 8: DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER

The Secretary-Treasurer shall be the chief administrative officer of the Association. The fiscal year shall begin august 1 and end July 31 of the succeeding year. The Secretary-Treasurer shall:

  • A. Enforce the by-laws, rules and regulations of the Association.

  • B. Keep a true record of all proceedings at the meetings of the Association and Board of Directors.

  • C. Maintain a membership roster and such other records as may be determined by the Board of Directors.

  • D. Conduct correspondence of the Association, including sending to leagues and Area Association, notice of meetings and minutes of the Board of Directors and the annual convention.

  • E. Serve as an active member of the Rules Interpretation and Enforcement Committee and as a member of all other committees, except the Nominating Committee, in an advisory capacity without voting privilege.

  • F. Receive any and all monies and other property paid or donated to the Association except where otherwise stated in the by-laws.

  • G. Keep a correct account of all receipts and disbursements and publish an annual report to the Association.

  • H. Deposit all monies received by the Association in a reliable bank or banks to the credit of, and in the name of, the ABBA.

  • I. Draw all warrants for the payments of bills allowed by the Board of Directors. The signature of the Secretary-Treasurer together with the signature of the President or 1st Vice-President shall be required for the withdrawal of all funds belonging to the Association with the exception of the Tournament Fund.

  • J. Based on guidelines established by the Finance Committee, authorize the payment of bills of a general nature.

  • K. Conduct the ABBA awards program.

  • L. File statistical reports received from league secretaries and local tournament officials.

  • M. Annually compile, publish and distribute a book containing the averages of ABBA members who competed in twenty-one (21) or more sanctioned league games during the preceding bowling season.

  • N. Annually compile, publish and distribute, to all leagues, Area Associations, Life Members that are active in blind bowling, Associate members and ABBA Officers a complete and current copy of the By-laws and Adopted Policy Statements. To be sent within ninety days (90) following the Annual Convention. Supplemental copies on request. Additionally Braille copies will be sent on written request.

  • O. File the annual incorporation document and fee with the State of Delaware, annual report form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service and fulfill any other requirements stipulated by government entities.

  • P. The Secretary-Treasurer shall not be compensated at the end of his/her term until all the accounts are closed and transferred to the newly elected/incoming Secretary-Treasurer. In order to receive his/her last stipend, all assets must be turned over to the new/incoming Secretary-Treasurer within thirty (30) days in order to receive his/her last stipend. The amount of stipend reduction will be determined by the RIEC effective 8/01/2007. The last stipend must be issued and signed by the new/incoming Secretary-Treasurer and the President.

SECTION 9: ASSISTANT SECRETARY

The assistant Secretary shall be selected by the Secretary-Treasurer with the approval of the elected Association officers. Expense allowance will be set in the same manner as for the Secretary-Treasurer. The term of office shall be for one year beginning August 1. The Secretary-Treasurer may delegate the duties and responsibilities of the Secretary-Treasurer’s office to an assistant Secretary whenever and wherever necessary.

SECTION 10: DUTIES OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

The fiscal year shall begin August 1 and end July 31 of the succeeding year. The Tournament Director shall:

  • A. Serve as manager of all national tournaments authorized by the Association.

  • B. Have charge of all correspondence pertaining to these tournaments, including application forms and announcements.

  • C. Compile the tournament schedule and distribute this schedule and prize list to tournament participants.

  • D. Receive any and all monies and other property paid or donated to the Association for national tournament purposes.

  • E. Keep a correct account of all receipts and disbursements and publish such record in an annual report to the Association.

  • F. Establish a tournament account in a reliable bank or banks to the credit of, and in the name of, the ABBA and deposit all monies received therein.

  • G. Draw all warrants against the tournament account for the payment of bills allowed by the Board of Directors. The signature of the Tournament Director together with the signature of the President or 1st Vice-President shall be required for the withdrawal of funds in the tournament account.

  • H. Based on guidelines established by the Finance Committee, authorize the payment of bills of a general nature without requesting approval of the Board of Directors.

  • I. Submit a written report concerning tournament activities at each regular meeting of the Board of Directors.

  • J. Make on-site inspection trips to evaluate future national tournament bids, or alternatively appoint a member of the National Tournament Committee to perform this duty.

  • K. Perform such other duties that may be required by the President or Board of Directors.

SECTION 11: ASSISTANTS TO THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

The Tournament Director will be allowed a maximum of three assistants who shall be selected by the Tournament Director and approved by the National Tournament Committee at the mid-year meeting each year. Priority must be given to legally blind individuals interested in serving in this capacity. The term of office for these assistants shall be for one year without limit beginning on December 1.

Their compensation and expense allowance will be determined annually by the national tournament committee and included in the budget of the Tournament Director. Unless otherwise qualified, these assistants shall have no vote on the Board of Directors. No member of the National Tournament Committee may vote for himself or herself to serve as an assistant to the Tournament Director. The duties of these assistants shall be to assist the Tournament Director in:

  • A. Preparing and printing the national tournament schedule.

  • B. Operation of the tournament at the tournament site, including rescheduling substitutions and management.

  • C. Compilation and verification of all national tournament scores.

  • D. Issuance of a list of prize winners.

  • E. Check in of teams and individuals at hotel or other site as determined for this procedure.

  • F. Such other duties as may be deemed appropriate by the Tournament Director or national tournament committee.

SECTION 12: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Management of this Association shall be vested in the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall:

  • A. Act for and on behalf of the ABBA in setting up policies or procedures regulating any matter not fully covered by the by-laws.

  • B. Carry out and enforce all of the objectives of the Association and shall direct the transaction of its business which shall be consistent with the current or established rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the ABBA.

  • C. Approve an annual budget for all funds belonging to the Association based on the recommendations of the Finance Committee.

  • D. Act upon proposed changes in tournament rules as presented by the tournament committee.

  • E. Evaluate proposed by-law amendments presented by the legislative committee and make recommendations for or against adoption to the annual convention.

  • F. Have the authority to conduct a hearing for any officer or representative charged with nonfeasance, misfeasance, malfeasance or other conduct detrimental to the Association and shall be empowered to remove such person from office by majority vote upon proof of such charges.

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ARTICLE VI: DELEGATES

Each ABBA sanctioned league shall select one delegate and one alternate delegate from its legally blind membership for each four legally blind members and one delegate and one alternate delegate from its sighted membership for each four sighted members who paid ABBA membership fees through the league as of April 1st. These delegates or their alternates together with the members of the Board of Directors shall have the right to vote at the annual convention of the Association.

The ABBA Secretary-Treasurer shall send a credential form to all member league secretaries at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Convention. The league secretary shall complete the form by listing the name of the league representative and the names of the delegates who plan to attend the Annual convention. This credential form must be presented at the registration desk in order to receive the proper badges. Only those representatives who are properly registered shall be permitted to vote at the Annual Convention.

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ARTICLE VII: STANDING COMMITTEES

SECTION 1: NOMINATING COMMITTEE

This committee consisting of the immediate Past President as Chairman and two appointed members, shall place in nomination the names of persons to be considered to election to office. The list of nominees must be presented to the Board of Directors prior to the annual convention. The committee is encouraged to nominate any legally blind member who is qualified and interested in holding an ABBA office.

Any member or group of members may nominate at the annual convention any other eligible person for any or all offices to be filled at the annual convention. This committee may also include in its list of nominees the name of the outgoing President and not more than one other person who has provided at least five years of service to the Association for election as life members. Nominations for life member and associate member may not be presented from the floor of the convention or Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee shall not meet at the midyear meeting usually conducted in November.

SECTION 2: NATIONAL TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE

This committee consists of the Tournament Director and four appointed members: three for terms of three years each and one for a term of one year. The President shall annually appoint one member to a three-year term and select one of the appointed members to serve as Chairperson for a one-year term beginning August 1st.

A. The committee shall receive from member organizations all bids for future national tournaments and shall acknowledge receipt of such bids in writing. These bids must be submitted in writing with all necessary data, including name and address of hotel and bowling lanes selected, special room rates and bowling fees. These bids must be directed to the Chairperson of the National Tournament Committee during the six month period terminating on March 1st of the year in which the tournament in question is to be awarded. If no satisfactory bids are received by March 1 the committee may then consider bids from both member and non-member organizations. The Chairperson or another committee member appointed by the Chairperson and the Tournament Director or another committee member appointed by the Tournament Director (if the committee deems appropriate) will visit the proposed host city to inspect the facilities offered and to obtain further pertinent information. The committee shall then consider and evaluate all bids received and present its findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors and to the convention which is to choose the host city. To facilitate the submission of bids, the committee shall establish a “code of information” which shall be available to all prospective tournament host committees upon request.

B.The committee shall evaluate all proposed changes in ABBA Mail-O-Graphic and National Tournament rules and shall submit all proposals for rule changes in writing with recommendations to the Board of Directors. The committee shall determine registration and entry fees prior to printing tournament entry applications.

C. The committee shall establish, or cause to be established, a prize list for each national tournament which shall be made known not later than the annual convention.

D. The committee shall act in an advisory capacity during the running of the tournament with the actual operation being charged to the Tournament Director. The local tournament committee shall make such prior arrangements and shall make available such help and assistance as is stipulated in the “code of information.”

E. After the awarding of a national tournament, the committee shall receive periodic reports from the host organization to assure that the preparations are proceeding satisfactorily. Such reports must be made at least every three months.

SECTION 3: RULES INTERPRETATION AND ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE

This committee consists of the Secretary-Treasurer, Tournament Director and three appointed members for terms of three years each. The President shall annually appoint one member and select one of the appointed members to serve as Chairperson for one year beginning Aug. 1.

  • A. The committee shall be empowered to resolve all ambiguities or doubtful points in the by-laws and issue covering directives which shall become part of the by-laws.

  • B The committee is charged with the enforcement of all rules of the Association. It shall institute necessary disciplinary action required for any infraction during the national championship tournament.

  • C. The committee shall receive and act upon appeals from disciplinary action taken by the Board of Directors of member leagues and Area Associations. In order to assist the committee in making decisions on these appeals, the Chairperson or another committee member appointed by the Chairperson may conduct a hearing in the city of origin.

  • D. The committee, on notification of a violation of Article IV, Section 5: rights of members, shall conduct a relevant investigation and upon proof of the stated violation of a member or members shall cause the following action to be instituted:

  • 1. A written notification shall be sent to the person or persons that an indefinite suspension has been set forth and specifically state the cause of action.
    2. Notification of the action shall be filed with the Area Association and/or the league Secretary.
    3. Submit a report of all findings to the Board of Directors. Reinstatement of membership in all cases where a suspension is imposed shall be available only upon written application to and approved by the rules interpretation and enforcement committee.
  • E. Procedural Requirements for Protests--Appeals. ABBA will not entertain procedural protests--appeals, prior to the conclusion of the appeals process at the local level. Except where local procedures were not followed or the appeals procedures do not provide for a fair resolution of local disputes. Protests--appeals must be submitted in written form and sent to the Chairperson of the Rules Interpretation and Enforcement Committee. The appellant shall have a deadline of 30 days for the submittal of a protest--appeal from a decision on a local level. The appellant must describe in detail all the responses and included must be an explanation of the reasons for the appeal of the decision.

  • F. Disciplinary Procedure: Whenever a suspension or expulsion of a member is to be considered, after the Chairperson of the Rules Interpretation and Enforcement Committee conducts a preliminary investigation and determines that the charges warrant a hearing, the Chairperson of the Committee shall call a meeting of the committee giving at least thirty (30) days notice in writing. Set forth in definite form in this notice will be the time, place, and purpose for holding the meeting. The complainants and defendants shall be requested to appear at the meeting and also any other ABBA members whose testimony may be appropriate. Each person must be sent a notification. This notification must be sent by certified mail with return receipt requested. This notice is to be mailed thirty (30) days prior to the meeting. The date when the receipt is signed showing being received will be the first day of the thirty (30) day period. Mailing to the last known address will be considered to be sufficient notice. All hearings will be in executive session. The Chairperson must supply verification that the accused were sent a copy of the charges. If the accused fails to appear at the hearing at the designated time and place, the hearing will proceed without the accused present. The defendant must be informed of specific charges and have the right to be represented by counsel and to produce witnesses to testify in their behalf. Counsel must be a current member of ABBA in good standing. A majority of the Rules Interpretation and Enforcement Committee shall be in attendance at the hearing meeting. Complete minutes must be taken, and the names of those present must be recorded. All hearings shall be on recorded tape. Unless the total membership of the Committee is present at the hearing, no decision will be made until all Committee members have the opportunity to review the tapes and reach a decision. At least three of the five members of the Rules Interpretation and Enforcement Committee must vote in the affirmative in order for any disciplinary action to be implemented. At the conclusion of the hearing the following shall be made known to all parties:

  • 1. The decision of the committee, unless it is being withheld pending the gathering of additional facts.
    2. A complete report will be filed with the ABBA Secretary-Treasurer and reported to the ABBA Board of Directors
    at the next meeting of the committee’s decision. 3. The status of each defendant is unchanged until the Chairperson of the committee notifies each defendant by certified mail, of the final decision.
    4. The defendant may appeal the decision of the committee by filing a notification of appeal containing the objections. It must be postmarked within thirty (30) days after being notified of the decision. The appeal of the committee’s decision shall be sent to the ABBA Secretary-Treasurer who will read the statement at the next ABBA Board of Directors meeting following the complete report of the Rules Interpretation and Enforcement Committee in which the decision of the committee was reported. The ABBA Secretary-Treasurer shall have copies, certified mail receipts, specific charges, and the decision made by the committee.
  • G. The decision of the committee shall be final on all disciplinary actions unless modified by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

  • H. Should matters arise requiring immediate decision which are not covered in the by-laws, the committee may make such decisions which shall be operative until the next annual convention, at which time permanent rules covering the situation may be established. Should such matters arise after the deadline for submitting amendments, the committee may by resolution introduce such amendments to the annual convention upon permission of two-thirds (2/3) of the delegates present and voting at the convention.

SECTION 4: PAST PRESIDENTS COMMITTEE

This committee consists of the Past Presidents of the Association. The immediate Past President upon consent shall serve as Chairperson. The committee shall advise other committees, officers and the Board of Directors and may make recommendations to promote the purposes and activities of the Association..

SECTION 5: PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE

This committee shall consist of a Chairperson, the “Blind Bowler” editor, and three members appointed by the President. The committee shall be responsible for planning and implementing all publicity for the Association, editing and publishing a newsletter three times a year to ABBA members, promote blind bowling in general and plan and organize youth bowling activities.

SECTION 6: FINANCE COMMITTEE

This committee shall consist of the 1st Vice-President as Chairperson and four appointed members. The committee’s duties shall be:

  • A. To audit or cause to be audited the financial records of the Secretary-Treasurer and the Tournament Director.

  • B. B. After consideration of budgets presented by the Secretary-Treasurer and by the Tournament Director, the Finance Committee shall submit a proposed annual budget for the subsequent fiscal year for the General Fund and for the Tournament Fund at the Board of Directors meeting held in conjunction with the National Tournament. However, this budget is subject to amendment by majority vote at a subsequent meeting of the Board of Directors.

SECTION 7: LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

This committee shall consist of the 2nd Vice-President as Chairperson and four appointed members. The committee’s duties shall be to receive and study all communications regarding changes in the by-laws and to present all proposed amendments to the Board of Directors with or without recommendations.

SECTION 8: LIMITATION OF COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

No member of the ABBA, except the President and the Secretary-Treasurer, may serve on more than one standing committee concurrently. The Past Presidents Committee and Area Association Committee shall not be counted in applying the restriction set forth in this section unless otherwise specifically stated. All committee appointments shall be for one year beginning August 1, except as set forth elsewhere in these by-laws. Any person on or presiding over any ABBA standing or special committee must be a current sanctioned member of ABBA.

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ARTICLE IX: MEETINGS

SECTION 1: ANNUAL CONVENTION

The annual convention of the Association shall be held during the annual ABBA championship tournament. Notice of the annual convention should be circulated by the Secretary-Treasurer to the Secretary of each sanctioned league and Area Association postmarked no later than sixty (60) days prior to the scheduled opening date of the ABBA annual championship tournament.

SECTION 2: BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

At least one Board of Directors meeting shall be held in the city in which the next annual tournament is to take place. Additional meetings may be called by the President.

SECTION 3: MAIL VOTE

The President may submit by mail to the members of the Board of Directors any questions requiring an urgent vote. Each board member shall vote on these questions, in writing, postmarked no later than a pre-determined date set by the President. The Secretary-Treasurer shall record such votes in the minutes of the Board of Directors and note that the vote was taken by mail ballot.

SECTION 4: QUORUM

The number of persons entitled to vote present at any meetings of the Association shall constitute a quorum to transact business.

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ARTICLE X: AWARDS

SECTION 1: ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Any exceptions to the requirements listed below must be explicitly stated in these by-laws.

  • A. All current members, legally blind or sighted, who belong to an OFFICIAL ABBA SANCTIONED LEAGUE, will be eligible for ABBA sponsored awards. Those individuals or members of leagues not holding an OFFICIAL ABBA sanction will only be eligible for ABBA sponsored awards in ABBA sanctioned tournaments.

  • B. Awards must be earned during competition in OFFICIALLY sanctioned ABBA leagues or tournaments with guide rails in place.

  • C. The leagues or tournaments must comply with USBC rules 1 through 18, including the full foul line penalty.

  • D. Applications for awards must be submitted by the league Secretary, the league statistician or Tournament Director to the National Secretary-Treasurer postmarked within thirty (30) days of the date the award was earned. Any award applications postmarked after the thirty (30) day requirement will not be honored. This requirement shall not apply to the National Tournament.

  • E. Only one award per category will be awarded to an individual bowler for each ABBA sanctioned league and each ABBA sanctioned tournament in which the qualifying games are bowled in the period from June 1 to May 31 of the following year. A bowler who qualifies for a silver or a bronze medal in an ABBA sanctioned league has the option of receiving the medal for the first qualifying game or for the highest qualifying game in the league.

  • F. The grace period defined in Article IV, Section 3, will be invoked for early season award winning efforts.

  • G. When a bowler bowls a score which qualifies for more than one award, the bowler must select the award desired.

SECTION 2: HIGH SCRATCH SCORE MEDALS
  • A. Based on gold medal award applications, gold medals will be awarded for the highest game and highest series bowled in membership competition from June 1 to May 31 of the following year in six categories; namely, sighted man, sighted woman, Edward Fitzpatrick partially sighted man, Wayne Keeney totally blind man, Addy Butler partially sighted woman and Angie Burmeister totally blind woman. For these gold medal awards applications must be submitted to the national Secretary-Treasurer, postmarked within thirty (30) days after completion of the league’s bowling schedule or tournament and before June 15th. Should a bowler win more than one gold medal in more than one category the bowler shall receive only one (1) gold medal with both scores engraved on it.

  • B. A silver medal will be awarded to a bowler obtaining the following scores in regular sanctioned league or tournament competition in the period from June 1 to May 31 of the following year:
    • Sighted Man 260 and above

    • Sighted Woman 230 and above

    • Edward Fitzpatrick Partially Sighted Man 225 and above

    • Wayne Keeney Totally Blind Man 175 and above

    • Addy Butler Partially Sighted Woman 195 and above

    • Angie Burmeister Totally Blind Woman 155 and above


  • C. A bronze medal will be awarded to a bowler obtaining the following scores in regular sanctioned league or tournament competition in the period from June 1 to May 31 of the following year:
    • Sighted Man 250 to 259

    • Sighted Woman 220 to 229

    • Edward Fitzpatrick Partially Sighted Man 215 to 224

    • Wayne Keeney Totally Blind Man 165 to 174

    • Addy Butler Partially Sighted Woman 185 to 194

    • Angie Burmeister Totally Blind Woman 145 to 154.


SECTION 3: NATIONAL TOURNAMENT MEDALS

Trophies and gold medals shall be presented to the members of the first -place team in the ABBA masters tournament, and to the scratch champions in the four-member team and doubles events in the ABBA national championship tournament. Trophies and gold medals shall be presented to the bowlers with the highest scratch total scores in singles and in all events in the ABBA national championship tournament in each of the following categories: sighted men, sighted women, Edward Fitzpatrick partially sighted men, Addy Butler partially sighted women, Wayne Keeney totally blind men and Angie Burmeister totally blind women. These gold medals shall differ in style from those in Article X, Section 1.

SECTION 4: PINS ABOVE AVERAGE AWARD

A. member who bowls a game at least 75 pins above average shall be eligible to receive a 75-Pins Above Average Chevron.
B. A member who has an average of 85 pins or less and who bowls a game at least 60 pins above average shall be eligible to receive a Plus-60 pin.
C. A member who bowls a game at least 100 pins above average shall be eligible to receive a 100 Pins Above Average award.

In sanctioned leagues, for these three awards the bowler’s highest previous season’s sanctioned league average based on a minimum of 21 games shall apply until the bowler competes in 21 games in a sanctioned league in the current season. After the bowler competes in 21 games in the current season in the league in which the award is earned, the current average in that league shall apply. A bowler who has not met the 21 game requirement is not eligible for pins above average awards.

In ABBA sanctioned tournaments, for these three awards the bowler’s average used for entering the tournament shall apply.

SECTION 5: TRIPLICATE CHEVRON

Any legally blind or sighted member bowling in any ABBA sanctioned league or tournament who has identical scores for three consecutive games bowled on the same date will qualify for a “Triplicate” chevron.

SECTION 6: SPLIT CONVERSION AWARD

An award shall be granted to any legally blind or sighted member of ABBA who converts any of the following spares in sanctioned competition: 4-6; 4-6-7; 4-6-7-10; 4-6-10; 7-9; 8-10; 7-8-10; 7-9-10; or 7-10

SECTION 7: “MOST IMPROVED BOWLER” CHEVRON

The ABBA shall award a “Most Improved Bowler” chevron annually to each sanctioned league. This award shall be presented to the legally blind bowler who competes in at least two-thirds of the scheduled games and who improved in average in the same league for the immediate preceding season based on a minimum of thirty (30) games. A bowler who did not compete in the same league in the preceding season shall use the highest previous season’s ABBA sanctioned league average based on a minimum of 30 games. Other bowlers are not eligible for this award.

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ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1: SUBMITTING PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

All proposed amendments to these by-laws must be submitted to the ABBA Secretary-Treasurer, as well as a copy sent directly to the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee, postmarked no later than March 1. The Legislative Committee must present all proposed amendments and their recommendations to the Board of Directors, and request its recommendations become motions to the annual convention immediately following their submission.

SECTION 2: NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

Notice of proposed amendments should be circulated by the ABBA Secretary-Treasurer to the Secretary of each sanctioned league and Area Association postmarked no later than thirty (30) days prior to the next annual convention. If the notice of proposed amendments is not sent within the prescribed required time limit, the convention assembled may act on any proposals as long as a four-fifths (4/5) affirmative vote is received from directors and delegates authorized to vote.

SECTION 3: VOTE ON AMENDMENTS

In order to change any provision of the by-laws, an affirmative vote is required by a majority of the persons present and voting at the annual convention of the Association. Except for amendments with specific dates, amendments shall become effective on the First Day of August following adoption.

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ARTICLE XII: ORDER OF BUSINESS

SECTION 1: RULES OF ORDER

“Robert’s Rules of Order” shall govern the proceedings at all meetings of the Association and Board of Directors when not inconsistent with the rules of order or by-laws of the Association. The President shall appoint a parliamentarian to serve at all Association board and annual meetings prior to the start of each meeting.

SECTION 2: CONVENTION AGENDA

The regular order of business for the annual convention of the Association shall be as follows:

1. Call to order
2. Approval of the minutes of the previous convention
3. Officer’s reports
4. Reports of stading committees
a. Nominating Committee
b. National Tournament Committee
c. Rules Interpretation and Enforcement Committee
d. Past Presidents Committee
e. Public Relations Committee
f. Finance Committee
g. Legislative Committee
h. Area Association Committee
5. Reports of special committees
6. Unfinished business
7. Election of officers
8. Selection of future tournament site
9. New business
10. Adjournment

SECTION 3: BOARD MEETING AGENDA

The agenda for meetings of the Board of Directors shall be determined by the President upon consultation with the elected officers.

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ARTICLE XIII: WILL OF THE ASSOCIATION

“In the event that the Association is abolished, all assets will be held in trust for a period of five (5) years beginning the date of the official abolishment, in hopes the organization will be re-established. After five (5) years, if the Association is not re-established all assets will be proportionately divided among the Area Associations that were recognized by ABBA on the official date of abolishment.

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OFFICERS FOR THE 2011-2012 BOWLING SEASON

President: Fred Nickl Arlington Hgts IL
1st Vice-President: Jeff Hawkinson Oak Lawn, IL
2nd Vice-President: AJ Inglesby Greensboro, NC
Secretary-Treasurer: Rozella Campbell Auburn Hills MI
Tournament Director: Judy Mandelkow Chicago IL
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AMERICAN BLIND BOWLING ASSOCIATION LIFE/ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

Leroy Price (deceased)#1 Whitehall PA
Roy J. Ward #2 Richmond VA
Oral O. Miller #3 Washington DC
Charles F. Morgenstern #4 Pittsburgh PA
Leroy F. Saunders #5 Oklahoma City OK
Donald W. Franklin #6 Louisville KY
Walter C. Burmeister#7 Chicago IL
Richard E. Perzentka#8 Madison WI
Ruth Christmas #9 Toronto Canada
Merritt M. Clark #10 Albany NY
Marvin Gang (deceased) #11 Brooklyn NY
James M. Murrell (deceased)#12 Louisville KY
George Coorey (deceased) #14 Cincinnati OH
Trude Ketterer #13 Hollidaysburg PA
Alfred R. Flowers (deceased) #17 Centennial CO
Alice M. Hoover #15 Mercer PA
Angie Burmeister#16 Chicago IL
Edward Stokes #18 Wilmington DE
Adrian Smith#19 Milwaukee WI
Robert Heisel Jr.#20 Milwaukee WI
Doris Flowers#21 Centennial CO
Ronnie Beverly #22 Buffalo NY
Edward Fitzpatrick (deceased) #23 Pittsburgh PA
Wayne Keeney (deceased) #24 Los Angeles CA
Anthony Pezzimenti #25 Buffalo NY
Cathy Fleming#29 Roanoke VA
Kathleen Brockman#27 Milwaukee WI
Travis Johnson #28 Paragould AR
Jim Fleming#26 Roanoke VA
Wilbert Turner#30 Cleveland OH
Arthur Tyson#31 Richmond VA
Mike Staab#32 Pittsburgh PA
Linda Keeney#33 Los Angeles CA
James Benton# 34 Raleigh, NC
Lonnie Cunningham# 36 Greensboro, NC
Donald C. Bleloch#35 Marshall, MN
Keith Edgerton# 37 Peoria, IL
Janice Erkilla#38 Minneapolis, MN