ARTICLE I MEMBERSHIP



SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS


(a)"Members" of the Association shall be members of the Professional Golfers Association of America employed or residing within the jurisdiction set forth in the Constitution. Before membership in the Association is granted, all regulations pertaining to Sectional Affiliation in Article IX of the PGA of America’s By-Laws shall be met.
(b)“Apprentices” in the Association shall be those Apprentices to the PGA of America who are employed within the jurisdiction set forth in the Constitution.



SECTION 2. RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES


(a)"Members" shall have the rights and privileges outlined in the PGA of America’s Constitution and By-Laws. Members shall have those rights and privileges as outlined by the Board of Directors in accordance with the Constitution.
(b)“Apprentices” shall have rights and privileges outlined by the Board of Directors.




ARTICLE II OBLIGATIONS



SECTION 1. FEES


(a)Exclusive of the fees set by the PGA of America under Article X of the PGA of America’s Constitution and By-Laws, the annual dues of the Association shall be as follows:

Class A-1-2, A-4-7, A-9-10, A-13-24.......................... $600
Class A-3, 8, 11-12................................................ $420
Class F............................................................... $420
Inactive Member.................................................. $420
Life Member - Active or Retired............................... $ 55
Non Member Head Professional............................... $420
Master Professional............................................... $600





SECTION 2. TERMS


(a)All accounts of members of the Association shall be due in full upon presentation of invoice. All accounts past due for more than 90 days shall be reported by the Association business office to the Treasurer and Board of Directors for further action. The Board of Directors shall set finance charges and take disciplinary actions at its discretion.


SECTION 3. ADDRESS


(a) It is the responsibility of each member to report to the Association business office their correct contact information including: mailing address, cell phone, email address and FAX number.




ARTICLE III ELECTIONS



SECTION 1. GENERAL


(a)The five officers, 10 members of the Board of Directors, and the seven members of the Nominating Committee shall be elected at the Annual Meeting at the time prescribed by the Metropolitan PGA of America.



(b)A majority of votes cast shall elect. For elections of Officers, Board of Directors and District Director when there are more than two nominations, and none of the nominations receives a majority of the votes casts, a runoff between the two nominations receiving the most votes on the first ballot shall be held.



SECTION 2. NOMINATIONS


(a)It is the duty of the Nominating Committee to gather all relevant information and background on potential candidates for all section positions. Members of the Nominating Committee are expected to attend each Board meeting. Any member of the Nominating Committee who misses three consecutive board meetings or more than half of those scheduled during the term, may lose the right to vote for candidates for the succeeding term, at the discretion of the Chairman.



(b)Nominating Committee members are charged with the duty of having informal meetings with any potential candidates for the slate of officers, Board of Directors or Nominating Committee through their terms. It is the duty of the Chairman of the Nominating Committee to call at least one meeting of the Nominating Committee for the purpose of evaluating potential candidates.



(c)At least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting, the Nominating Committee shall meet as a Committee with the nominees for officers for the succeeding term, and subsequently publish and mail to the membership a slate of nominees for Officers, the Board of Directors and four nominees for the Nominating Committee.



(d)All nominations made by the Nominating Committee shall be made in writing and signed by at least a majority of the Nominating Committee.



(e)Additional nominations shall be made in writing at least fifteen days prior to the Annual Meeting to the Association business office, and shall be signed by at least 25 voting members of the Association. Additional nominations shall be published to the members at least 10 days prior to the Annual Meeting.



(f) All nominations made by the Nominating Committee or by the members at large shall include one regular member for each of the Officers and ten members for the Board of Directors.
SECTION 3. ELECTIONS OF OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(a) When there are two or more slates in nomination at a meeting, election shall be by written ballots.
(b) Officers and Directors shall serve a one year term.
(c) Officers may not serve in the same office for more than two consecutive terms, except the President who shall not serve more than three terms.
(d) Directors may not serve for more than three consecutive terms.



SECTION 4. ELECTION OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE


(a) Additional nominations for the Nominating Committee may be made by the Board of Directors or by any individual member of the Association. Additional nominations must be made at least fifteen days prior to the Annual Meeting in writing to the Association business office.
(b) Election of the Nominating Committee shall be by written ballot, the seven highest vote total of all nominees shall constitute the Nominating Committee for the succeeding term.
(c) Nominating Committee members shall serve a one year term.



SECTION 5. ELECTION OF DISTRICT DIRECTOR

(a) The date of the Annual Meeting at which the District Director will be elected shall be announced at least one Association Business meeting prior to the date of the election.
(b) The Nominating Committee shall publish to the membership at least 45 days in advance of the Annual Meeting at which the election of District Director will occur, any nominations they propose.
(c) Any additional nominations must be submitted in writing to the Association business office at least thirty days prior to the election, and be signed by at least 25 voting members of the Association.
(d) Elections shall be by written ballot.

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