AMERICAN WATER SKI ASSOCIATION, EASTERN REGION
A SPORT DISCIPLINE OF U.S.A. WATER SKI, INC
DATE: Amended and Approved January 8, 2005
The name of this organization shall be the Eastern Region
of the American Water Ski Association, the abbreviation of which
is AWSA ER, as defined in the Bylaws of the American Water Ski
Association Article IV, A.3, as approved August 10, 1998, a
Sport Discipline of USA Water Ski, (USA-WS) which is the national
governing body of water skiing in the United States.
ARTICLE II PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be:
To carry out within the Region the purposes, policies, and directives of AWSA
and USA-WS, as expressed in its constitution, rules and bylaws.
To promote better coordination and understanding between
skiers, clubs, and associations.
To promote membership in the Region, AWSA and USA-WS
of individuals, clubs and associations.
To effectively promote and coordinate AWSA tournaments
and other organized AWSA ER skiing activities
in the Region.
To act as official voice for the Region in matters
pertaining to AWSA and represent the AWSA ER on the USA-WS Board
To establish and maintain standards of safety for the
protection of skiers, spectators and AWSA water skiing in the
To deal with all matters affecting AWSA ER,
(not provided for or governed by AWSA) through the development
of rules and practices for the Region.
To do whatever else may be necessary to promote the
best interest of AWSA in this Region.
Membership in AWSA ER shall be open
to any individual member of AWSA and USA-WS, without discrimination
on the basis of race, color, religion, age, or sex: bonafidely
residing within the Region, as now or hereafter defined by AWSA
and USA-WS shall be considered a member in this Sport Discipline.
The privileges of this membership will be exercised in the region
of the individuals residence as determined by AWSA and USA-WS
membership files. Subject only to payment of dues
as the USA-WS, AWSA and AWSA ER may prescribe from time to time.
Any such affiliated member under seventeen years of
age shall be classified as a junior member. Any such affiliated
member over seventeen years of age shall be classified as a
A member may be disciplined, including suspension
or expulsion, for: unsportsman like conduct; any willful violation
of AWSA ER and/or AWSA and/or USA-WS rules or procedures; criminal
or fraudulent acts; failure to pay indebtedness; or any other
act which is contrary to the objectives and purposes of AWSA ER,
AWSA, USA-WS, IWSF and/or USOC. Suspension
and Expulsion shall be referred directly to the AWSA President
and shall be resolved in accordance with AWSA Bylaws Article XII.
A member may be disciplined only by a two-thirds vote
of the AWSA ER Council on charges made in writing over the signatures
of at least three regular members of AWSA and USA-WS and submitted
to the AWSA ER Council.
Any member of AWSA ER may file a written grievance
with the Executive Vice President of AWSA ER alleging a violation
of the Bylaws or AWSA ER rules, policies or procedures. If
a member is not in agreement with the decision of the Council,
the member shall have the right to appeal the decision to the
AWSA Board. Per Article XII of AWSA Bylaws.
Members shall have the right to due process including
the appeal of actions or decisions by AWSA ER or its representatives
where AWSA ER has ultimate jurisdiction and responsibility for
the action or decision.
ARTICLE IV MANAGEMENT
The management of the AWSA ER
shall be vested in a Regional Council. However, during any membership
meeting any action taken shall be binding on the Council.
The AWSA ER Regional Council
will make the decisions on matters affecting the AWSA
ER Region as a whole. The Executive Vice President and the local
Councilmen will make the decisions on matters affecting the
Councilmen’s state, subject to appeal to the Council
as a whole. In any state where there is no Councilman, the Executive
Vice President shall make the decisions.
ARTICLE V---REGIONAL COUNCIL
The AWSA ER Regional Council
shall consist of the four Directors as described in Section
2 and at least three (3) AWSA ER Regional Councilmen
representing different states, selected in the following manner.
Of the four Directors, three
of them shall serve terms of three (3) years, respectively,
so arranged that the term of one said director shall expire
each year. The remaining Director shall be elected to
a term of one year, during which period he shall, in addition
to his duties as Director, serve as the Executive Head of the
Region, and his official title in this capacity shall be that
of “Regional Executive Vice President.” In the
case where no one candidate receives a majority, there shall
be a runoff and elimination conducted at the Annual Regional
Meeting until one candidate receives a majority vote of the
eligible and voting members present at the said meeting.
A USA-WS Director and an alternate shall be elected at this
said meeting by majority vote.
Each state shall be entitled
to one (1) Councilmen for each 250 AWSA members residing in
that state for a maximum of two (2). Each state shall be entitled
to one councilman regardless of the number of AWSA members residing
in that state. Council members shall be elected at their AWSA
ER sanctioned tournament, if held or at the State Federation’s
The Executive Vice President
may appoint a Councilman for any state it deems necessary, provided
that state has no elected Councilman.
No more than three Councilmen,
other than the Executive Vice President, shall be elected or
appointed from any state, except as provided in Section 3 above.
The Executive Vice President may be elected from any state and
will not be considered an additional member from a particular
state for the purpose of this section.
When a vacancy in
a Directorship occurs for any reason, it shall be filled through
temporary appointment by the Regional Council; and the person
temporarily appointed shall hold office until the next AWSA
Annual Eastern Regional Meeting, at which time such vacancy
shall be filled by election for the unexpired term.
Should any Regional Councilmen become
unable to serve, the remaining member(s) of that state’s
Council and that state’s Federation President shall appoint
a successor to fill this vacancy for the remainder of the term
with the approval of the Executive Vice President.
All Councilmen shall take office
simultaneously with the Executive Vice President as provided
by the AWSA Bylaws.
ARTICLE VI DUTIES
OF THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
It shall be the duty of the
Executive Vice President to act as Chairman of the Regional
Council, preside at all of its meetings and present a report
of activities and plans for the region at each annual meeting.
Subject to these bylaws, he shall be Official Executive
Representative of this organization in the making of all contracts,
arrangements, plans, and appointments; the giving of notices,
the certifying of records, reports, and statements; or other
executive action herein provided for.
It shall be the duty of the
Executive Vice President to carry out the purposes of the Region
as set forth in Article II of these bylaws, and to generally
assist each Councilman in his state.
It shall be the duty of the
Executive Vice President to carry out directives, mandates,
and duties as set forth by AWSA and USA-WS.
It shall be the duty of the Executive
Vice President to enforce these Bylaws and perform all of the
duties, herein expressed or implied, incidental to the office
of the Executive Vice President.
The Executive Vice President may appoint
a Secretary to be the recording officer and custodian of records
during his/her term in office.
ARTICLE VII DUTIES
OF THE REGIONAL COUNCILMEN
It shall be the duty of each
Councilman to carry out the purposes of the Region as set forth
in Article II of these Bylaws, and to generally assist the Executive
Vice President in carrying out his duties.
The Regional Council shall approve
by majority vote all contracts entered into by the organization,
any expenditure in excess of five hundred ($500.00), other than
expenditures occurring in the normal course of business, including
but not limited to items in the approved ER budget if the item’s
expenditure level is consistent with the line item in the approved
ER budget, and such other matters as may be referred to them
by the Executive Vice President.
The Officers herein provided for shall hold office
for terms of one year, or until their successors have been duly
ARTICLE VIII PROCEDURE FOR ELECTION OF OFFICERS
A Nominating Committee composed of at least five (5)
persons, members of the AWSA ER, shall be appointed by the Executive
Vice President no later than sixty (60) days after the AWSA
ER Regional Meeting. As far as practical, the
members of this committee should geographically represent the
The Nominating Committee shall attempt to secure two(2)
qualified and willing candidates for each office of AWSA National
Director and an Alternate (three year term) and AWSA Executive
Vice President and an Alternate (one year Term). In the odd
year, they shall also seek candidates for one (1) USA-WS Director
and an Alternate. Per AWSA Bylaws Article V and USAWS Bylaws
A Tellers Committee with Chairman shall be appointed
by the Executive Vice President from among AWSA ER members who
are present at the AWSA Eastern Region Tournament and AWSA Eastern
There will not be mail (absentee) ballots.
Other qualified candidates for the office of AWSA Executive
Vice President, AWSA National Director and Alternates and the
USA-WS Director and Alternate, may be nominated from the floor
during the AWSA Eastern Region Meeting.
A roll call of all AWSA Eastern Region members present
at the AWSA Eastern Regional meeting may be made to determine
A Report will be made by the Teller’s Committee
on the vote by members present and the winners of the elections
will be announced.
ARTICLE IX OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
The Regional Council may elect such officers and appoint
committees as they deem necessary to conduct the business of
The Executive Vice President shall appoint a Tournament
Committee within (30) days after the Regional Mid-Winter Meeting.
The Council shall elect a Treasurer to be the Chief
Financial Officer of the Eastern Region. The Treasurer shall
be responsible for the control of Eastern Region funds and the
maintenance of appropriate records.
The Regional Council may recommend to the AWSA Board
of Directors the removal of any official from office by a two-thirds
(2/3) vote of the total number of Regional Council, at any time,
with or without a cause.
When a vacancy in a Directorship occurs for any reason,
it shall be filled through temporary appointment by the Regional
Council; and the person temporarily appointed shall hold office
until the next Annual AWSA Eastern Regional Meeting, at which
time such vacancy shall be filled by election for the unexpired
portion of said term.
The committees of the ER may include but shall not be
limited to the following committees: Regional Awards Committee,
Communications/Guidebook Committee, Website Committee, a Regional
Bylaws Committee, Regional Junior Development Committee, Regional
Membership Committee, and a Time and Place Committee. The EVP
may appoint other committees as deemed necessary. The duties
of the committees shall be defined in the Policies & Procedures
ARTICLE X DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEES
The Tournament Committee shall be in charge of all Eastern
Region tournament scheduling. The Eastern Region Tournament
bid process and Tournament schedule shall be outlined and defined
in Section 3.0 of the Eastern Region Policies and Procedures
The Nominating Committee shall:
(A) Notify all members of the Eastern Region when open
nominations are to be accepted. This notification will include
requirements for each office.
(B) Nominate a candidate for any position not having
a candidate nominated under Section 2(A) above. Not less
than one, but not more than two persons may be nominated by the
committee for each position not having a nominee. Any nomination
found defective may be voided by the Nomination Committee.
Special Committees authorized by the Regional Council, as deemed
necessary, shall carry out the duties and functions as prescribed
by the Council. The work of each Special Committee shall be coordinated
with, and conform to, the activities of the corresponding committees
of the AWSA wherein applicable. Selection of such committees
shall be by appointment of the Executive Vice President.
The annual meeting of this organization shall be held
within the bounds of the Eastern Region during the AWSA Eastern
Region Tournament and shall be near the tournament site.
In the event there is no AWSA Eastern Regional Tournament,
the annual meeting shall be at a time and place designated by
the AWSA ER Council.
All senior members of the AWSA Eastern Region shall
be notified in writing of the time and place of the annual meeting
at least ten (10) days in advance of such meeting.
Each senior member of the AWSA Eastern Region shall
be allowed one vote in person.
There shall be at least twenty (20) senior AWSA Eastern
Region members present in person to constitute a quorum for the
purpose of transacting business.
The order of business at the annual meeting shall be:
1. Calling the meeting to order.
2. Roll call of the members present in person.
3. Election of AWSA Regional Directors and Alternates.
4. Election of AWSA Regional Executive Vice President
5. Election of USA-WS Director and Alternate (in odd
6. Reading of the minutes of the prior meeting.
7. Report of the Executive Vice President.
8. Other reports.
9. Old business.
The AWSA Eastern Regional Council may authorize membership
meetings or meetings of the AWSA Eastern Regional Council at any
time; provided that for general membership the notifications procedures
in Section 3 must be followed.
At all meetings of the Council, two-thirds (2/3) of
Council shall constitute a quorum. Unless waived in writing,
ten days notice of the time, place, and purpose of all council
meetings must be given by mail at his/her last known address.
In lieu of special meetings, the Council may take any
action by mail or e-mail and any resolution approved in writing
by a majority of the Councilmen (unless greater majorities are
required by these By-laws) shall have the same force and effect
as if adopted at a called meeting of the Council. The Council
shall be notified by return mail of the results of the ballot
or ballots. All mail or e-mail ballots shall be ratified (in person)
at the next, scheduled meeting of the Council.
The ER Tournament bid process and Tournament schedule
shall be outlined and defined in the ER Policies & Procedures
ARTICLE XII DUES, ASSESSMENTS AND
LIMITATIONS OF AUTHORITY
No dues or assessments of any kind or character may
be levied, assessed or charged against any members of this organization
by act of the Regional Council and same shall be imposed only
by majority vote at the annual meeting, at which time any member
may terminate his membership prior to application of such dues
and assessments. However, the Regional Council may authorize
and approve the collection of reasonable and appropriate entry
fees for any sanctioned competition water skiing event, or may
authorize and approve reasonable entrance fees or charges to be
levied at authorized water skiing exhibition events, under such
terms and provisions as it may deem advisable.
While the Executive Vice President and Regional Councilmen
herein provided for are the Official Authorized Representatives
of this organization, they shall have no authority, expressed
or implied, to impose upon, or subject the membership of this
organization to any financial liability or obligation, or any
personal liability for or in connection with the activities of
said officers, or other members.
Wherever guarantees or financial commitments are required
to be made in the execution of the duties and functions of said
officers, they shall be confined to the personal liability of
the officers and such members as may desire to bind themselves
A tournament registration fee shall be determined by
the Regional Council for every AWSA ER Class C or higher sanctioned
tournament. This fee shall be forwarded by the sponsoring club
with the tournament sanction application to the Executive Vice
President. EVP approval will not be granted until this registration
fee has been received. The Eastern Region Tournament shall pay
a tournament registration fee which shall be set by Regional Council
and the Regional Council may also impose a head tax per skier
skiing in the Eastern Regional Tournament. All tournament fees,
waiver of fees and taxes described in these sections shall be
determined by a 2/3 majority vote of the Regional Council if at
all possible at the ER Summer Regional Meeting.
ARTICLE XIII AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS
These bylaws may be amended, changed and approved by
a 2/3 vote of the AWSA Eastern Regional Council at the AWSA Eastern
Region Mid Winter meeting or the Annual AWSA Eastern Region meeting,
per the standards set forth in the AWSA Bylaws Article XVI.
Any provision of these Bylaws which is or shall become
contrary to or in conflict with the Rules and bylaws of AWSA and
or USA-WS, shall automatically be suspended in application, and
supplanted by these Rules and bylaws of AWSA and or USA-WS, where
such conflict exists, to the end that this organization may be
completely integrated with and conformable to the National organization
as an integral part thereof. Per AWSA Bylaws Article XVI.
The members of the AWSA Eastern Regional Council, as
a Council and individually, and the members for each permanent
standing committee, as a committee and individually, are specifically
held harmless by AWSA ER, AWSA and USA-WS and its membership
for all actions taken in good faith on behalf of AWSA ER, AWSA
and USA-WS, including omissions, unless found culpable in a court
of law of willful malfeasance, illegal activity or gross negligence,
in which case AWSA ER and/or AWSA and/or USA-WS shall be entitled
to recover any payments, costs or expenses incurred in the defense,
compromise or settlement of any claims or suits against such member
prior to such finding.
ARTICLE XV CODE
The AWSA ER shall subscribe to the AWSA written
Code of Conduct and Ethical Practices which includes the requirement
that each Officer, member of the Council, and each committee representative,
annually agree in writing to abide by such code.
XVI FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of this organization shall commence
on the date of installation of officers of each year.
The rules contained in the current edition of the Robert’s
Rules of Order Newly Revised, shall govern the Eastern Region
of the AWSA in all cases to which they are applicable and in which
they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules
of order the AWSA Eastern Region, AWSA and USA-WS
These bylaws supersede all previous Bylaws of the AWSA
Eastern Region of the American Water Ski Association.
As Amended and Approved, January 8, 2005