The Retired Couples Club consists of a group of retired persons over the age of 55. The purpose of this organization is to provide a channel through which retired persons can find a congenial group with which to socialize. The membership is a resource for mutual support during times of difficult physical, emotional and other situations where support is appropriate.
A regular monthly luncheon takes place on the 1st Wednesday of each month at the Firethorne Country Club. The group meets at 11:15 am to socialize and have drinks (coffee and tea is free and there is an open bar). Lunch is served at 12:00 noon. The President and other members of the group provide news about the membership and explain details of planned events that members can sign up for.
There is a group of Bridge players, Luncheons at restaurants, Poker Groups, Golf, Dining-In, a Book Exchange, a Dinner/Theater Group and other activities such as trips to many interesting locations – museums, plays, picnics, ball games, etc.
The annual membership dues are $10.00 each ($20.00 a couple). The cost of the monthly luncheon is $17.00 each ($34.00 a couple). A check needs to be made out to Retired Couples Club and sent to the Secretary by the Friday prior to the following Wednesday luncheon. His name and address is:
ARTICLE I NAME Section 1. The name of this organization shall be "Retired Couples Club".
ARTICLE II PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
Section 1. The purpose is to provide a channel through which retired couples will find a congenial group with which to socialize. Section 2. This is strictly a non-profit social group and is organized solely for the purpose of planning social functions within the group. Section 3. The membership is a resource for mutual support during difficult physical, emotional and other situations where support is appropriate.
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. New members shall be retired couples who live in the Charlotte area. Section 2. Applicants requesting membership shall contact the chairpersons. Section 3. Applicants shall attend a regular meeting as visitors to become acquainted with the organization, and shall have an additional month to join if qualifications are met. Section 4. New members are expected to participate in club activities and shall assume their share of leadership responsibilities. In order to maintain membership eligibility members must attend at least 4 business luncheons per fiscal year unless health issues prevent it.
Section 5. Total membership in the club shall be limited to 90 dues paying couples plus dues paying single persons who are the surviving spouse of a member couple. Applicants for membership in excess of this limit shall be placed on a waiting list. Couples on the waiting list will be added as members in the order of the date of their applications. Guests are not to be invited more than twice before becoming a member.
ARTICLE IV DUES AND EXPENSES
Section 1. The dues of this organization shall be ten dollars ($10.00) per person per year effective October first of each year. Section 2. Dues shall be used to defray club expenses; any expense over $25.00 must have prior approval of the Board. Section 3. Charter members of this group are not required to pay dues, namely: Elisabeth Klein (Deceased) Connie Molesky (Deceased) Ginette Schroth (Deceased) Section 4. The following listed items will be reimbursable: a. Sympathy/Get-Well cards.
b. Reproductions/Duplications, Printing and Name Tags.
c. Long Distance Telephone Calls.
e. Memorials @ $50.00 per occurrence Section 5. Any money in excess of $200 in the treasury on September 30 of any year may be applied to the Christmas party of that calendar year with the approval of the Board.
ARTICLE V MEETINGS AND QUORUM Section 1. Regular meetings of this organization will be held on the first Wednesday of each month except when it falls on a national holiday. Section 2. The order of business at all regular meetings may be as follows at the discretion of the chairpersons: 1. Number of people present. 2. Announce names of members who are sick or in the hospital. 3. Introduce new members and visitors. 4. Birthday Coffee information. 5. Announce names of people who have birthdays that month. 6. Trips and Activities information. 7. "Lunch Bunch" information. 8. Announcements and new business. 9. Date and details of next meeting. 10. Meeting adjourned.
Section 3. A quorum shall consist of 20% of the total membership. Section 4. Roberts Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern all meeting procedure not provided for by these By-laws. ARTICLE VI ELECTED OFFICERS AND DUTIES
Section 1. The officers of this group shall consist of the following: Chairpersons First Vice Chairpersons Second Vice Chairpersons Secretary/Treasurer Section 2. The above eight elected officers shall constitute the Executive Board and shall meet at least four times a year.
Section 3. The elected Executive Board of the previous year shall constitute the Nominating Committee for the current year.
Section 4. The Nominating Committee shall make their report and officers will be elected at the August Meeting. Nominations from the floor can be accepted but need the prior approval of the nominee.
Section 5. Vacancy in Office -- The First Vice Chairpersons shall move to Chairpersons, Second Vice Chairpersons to First Vice Chairpersons and the Second Vice Chairpersons shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. Section 6. All officers shall be elected annually and shall take office at the conclusion of the first business meeting in September. Section 7. Duties The Chairpersons shall be the Executive Officers of the club and shall preside at all meetings, and shall be chairmen of the Executive Board. The Executive Board may create, appoint or abolish any standing or special committee and delegate to each committee such powers and functions that it may deem proper. Standing Committees can be as follows: Monthly Luncheons Lunch Bunch Callers Christmas Party Roster Update The Chairpersons shall be members of all committees except the Nominating Committee, and be directly responsible for the enforcement of the Constitution and By-Laws. First Vice Chairpersons shall be in charge of activities and trips and will assume the duties of Chairpersons in their absence. Second Vice Chairpersons shall assist the First Vice Chairpersons with all activities and trips and will assume the duties of First Vice Chairpersons in their absence. Secretary/Treasurer The Secretary shall handle correspondence, keep communications received and copies of letters sent out; send Get Well and Sympathy cards as appropriate and issue name tags at the regular meeting. The Treasurer shall receive and keep a record of dues and other money belonging to the organization, and pay funds as authorized by the Executive Board. A financial statement should be read to the general membership at the October meeting by the Treasurer leaving office. ARTICLE VII AMENDMENTS
These By-Laws may be amended at any time, at a regular meeting by two-thirds of those present (assuming a quorum) providing notice of proposed amendment has been given at the prior regular meeting.