Article I: NAME AND PUPOSE
Section 1: The name of this association shall be Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association and for reasons of brevity shall herein after designated. This Association.
Section 2: The purpose of this Association shall be to promote turf management as it pertains to the Golf Course Superintendent and to unify the Golf Course Superintendents of the State of Florida.
Article II: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Applicants for membership in this Association must be a member of a local Superintendents Association (see Section 1A for exception). Any superintendent or assistant superintendent who becomes a member of a local Superintendent Association must become a member of This Association at the same time.
Section 1A: Those Florida superintendents wishing to be members of This Association shall have the right to petition through a special membership category (i.e. At-Large Membership) of the FGCSA to the Executive Committee of the FGCSA for membership. In order to qualify, applicants must demonstrate hardship or special needs that prevent them from joining their local chapter of the FGCSA. All rights, privileges and rules of the FGCSA will apply to these special memberships except holding office.
Section 2: Membership in This Association shall be in compliance with the qualifications for voting membership in GCSAA as set forth in the GCSAA Bylaws:
Class A - Golf Course Superintendent: To qualify for Class A membership, an applicant shall have, at the time of application for membership, at least three (3) years' experience as a golf course superintendent, be employed in such capacity and comply with all additional qualifications adopted by the membership. Class A Members shall have all the rights of the Association, subject to the provisions of Article VI, Section 1 hereof.
Superintendent Member: To qualify for Superintendent Member membership, an applicant shall, at the time of application, be employed as a golf course superintendent and does not meet the additional qualifications for Class A membership. Superintendent Members shall have all the rights of the Association, except that of holding office.
Class C - Assistant Golf Course Superintendent: To qualify for Class C Membership, an applicant shall be, at the time of application for membership, an assistant to a golf course superintendent, and shall be presently employed in such capacity. Class C Members shall have all the rights of the Association, except those of voting and holding office.
Student: To qualify for Student Membership, an applicant must be a turfgrass student enrolled in a formal course of education, or have completed his or her formal education less than one (1) year prior to the date of application for membership provided one’s current employment does not qualify for membership under any other classification. Student Members shall have such rights of the Association as the Board of Directors may specify by Standing Rules, except those of voting and holding office.
Class AA - Life Members: To qualify for Life Membership, one must have retired as a golf course superintendent or assistant golf course superintendent and have been a golf course superintendent or assistant golf course superintendent member of GCSAA for 25 years of which a minimum of 20 years has been as a golf course superintendent. A life Member shall have all the rights of the Association except that of holding office. Class AA-Life Members will pay no membership dues.
Honorary: To qualify for Honorary Membership, the individual must be recognized by the Board of Directors for contributing in an outstanding manner to this Association or profession or related field. This membership shall continue in effect unless otherwise revoked by the Board of Directors. Honorary Members shall not be required to pay dues or assessments of the Association and shall have such rights of the Association as the Board of Directors may specify by Standing Rules, except those of voting and holding office.
Section 2A: Effective July 1, 1997 all new class A and Superintendent Member applicants must submit an application for membership or evidence of membership with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
Section 3: Conduct of members shall be governed by the GCSAA Code of Ethics.
Article III: OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Section 1: The affairs of This Association shall be managed by an Executive Committee comprised of a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasure, Immediate Past President and Directors. Said Directors shall number (1) from each local Superintendents Association choosing to be affiliated with This Association.
Section 2: The President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasure shall be elected for a (1) one year term, with said election taking place at the annual meeting of This Association. These officers shall not hold office more than two (2) consecutive terms.
Section 3: The Directors shall be elected by their respective local associations for a period of three (3) years. The Executive Committee of This Association shall designate an election schedule and date which will ensure continuity by allowing one third (1/3) of the Directors to be replaced each year.
Section 4: The control and management of the association and its affairs and its property shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors, consisting of its officers and at large directors. All officers and a majority of the entire board of directors shall be GCSAA Class A or Superintendent Members.
Section 5: Vacancies occurring in any office shall be filled by appointment by the Executive Committee.
Section 6: Vacancies occurring in any directorship shall be filled by appointment by the respective local association.
Section 7: The duties of the Officers and Directors acting as the Executive Committee shall be such as generally required of officers and directors of like organizations.
Section 8: The affairs of This Association which require immediate decision making shall be managed by an Executive Council comprised of a President, Secretary/Treasurer and Immediate Past President.
Article IV: DUES
Section 1: Annual membership dues shall be set by the Executive Committee.
Section 2: Dues shall be payable annually in advance for the fiscal year July 1 through June 30.
Article V: MEETINGS
Section 1: The annual meeting of This Association shall be held as close to the beginning of the fiscal year as reasonably possible.
Section 2: Special meetings may be called if deemed necessary by the majority of the Executive Committee provided proper identification of said meeting is presented to the membership thirty (30) days prior to the meeting date.
Section 3: The Executive Committee shall meet at least four (4) times during each fiscal year.
Article VI: COMMITTEES
Section 1: Committees deemed necessary for the progressive operation of this Association shall be appointed by the President and approved by Executive Committee.
Article VII: VOTING AND QUORUMS
Section 1: A simple majority of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special Executive Committee Meeting.
Section 2: Voting at any regular or special meeting of This Association shall be limited to two (2) votes per local association affiliated with This Association.
Section 3: A simple majority of qualified voters present at any regular or special meeting of This Association shall constitute a quorum.
Article VIII: AFFILIATION
Section 1: It shall be required of each local association wishing to be affiliated with This Association to submit to the Secretary of This Association a membership list (name and classification) of all their members of their respective associations who are currently qualified voting members of GCSAA.
Section 2: It shall be the duty of the Secretary of This Association to keep an accurate updated record of qualified GCSAA voting members in This Association and to inform GCSAA headquarters of same.
Section 3: A voting delegate and alternate shall be appointed by the Executive Committee at the annual meeting of This Association and said delegate shall be instructed to carry a block vote representing the wishes of This Association in GCSAA annual and special elections.
Section 4: Let it be known to all interested parties, it is the intent of This Association to amass the voting power of the superintendents of the State of Florida into one block vote representing the collective needs and desires of a majority of its members and further, to be recognized by GCSAA as the official affiliated chapter of the GCSAA representing all the Superintendents in the State of Florida.
Article IX: BY-LAWS AMENDMENT
Section 1: The By-laws of This Association my be amended at a meeting of This Association provided the proposed amendment(s) are submitted in writing to the Executive Committee ninety (90) days prior to the said meeting and presented to the membership thirty (30) days prior to said meeting.
Section 2: An affirmative vote of three quarters (3/4) of the qualified voters of This Association present and voting at the meeting shall approve said By-law changes.
Article X: INDEMNIFICATION
Section 1: The Association shall indemnify any all persons who serve or have served at any time as officers or directors, and their respected heirs, paid administrators, successors and assign, against any and all expenses, including amounts paid upon judgments, counsel fees and amounts paid in settlement (before or after suite commenced) actually necessarily incurred by such person in connection with the defense or settlement or any claim, action, suit or proceedings in which they or any reason of being, or having been, an officer or director of This Association, except in relation to matters as to which any such officer or director, or former officer or director, shall be adjudged in any action, suit or proceeding to be liable for those acts and omissions arising out of his or her willful misfeasance. Such indemnification shall be in addition to any other rights to which those indemnified may be entitled including such immunities under any law, bylaw agreement, or otherwise.