Safari Boston Golf Club By-Laws
Article I – Name
The name of this club shall be: Safari Boston Golf Club.
Article II – PURPOSE
First: A golf networking services organization located in NE bringing Golfers together to have fun & engaging golfers to fundraise and contribute to the society’s well being via charity. To promote and foster among its members a closer bond for their mutual benefit, and to promote and conserve the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions.
Second: To enforce uniformity in the rules of the game (USGA) by creating a representative authority. To maintain a uniform system of handicapping as set forth in this regulations of the Safari Boston Golf Association in cooperation with the United States Golf Association.
Third: To afford a convenient and authoritative body to govern club tournaments held at various courses..
Fourth: To engage in charitable giving.
Article III – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership shall be available to Massachusetts & Diaspora Residents that meet the minimum age requirement of 18-yr. Old (the exception being if we have a junior program). Guests and new members will be required to participate in at least 3 golf outings with SBGC members to be eligible for the monthly mug competition.
Section 2. Memberships are individual and nontransferable. Dues include one time membership in the Safari Golf Association in the amount of $55 ($20 for membership & $35 for Ghin membership) and a monthly $15 donation beginning April through October with the monthly donation going towards purchasing awards for the season ender. The SBGC provides tournament eligibility and any other special member services available.
Section 3. The Fiscal/Membership year for the Club will be April 1 through October 31.
Section 4. In the event any member of this organization shall commit any act which reflects discredit or dispute thereon, or shall refuse or neglect to comply with the rules and regulations adopted by the Board of Directors or the duly appointed officers, such member shall be subject to suspension or expulsion after ten days written notice and the right to be heard, by a vote of two-thirds of the Board of Directors at any regular meeting or special meeting called for such purpose
Section 5. The Annual Meeting of the Safari Boston Golf Club shall be held in the month of December. The Board of Directors shall provide for the holding of such other meetings as may be deemed necessary or desirable, and they shall call special meetings upon written petition signed by not less than ten percent of this membership.
Section 6. A legal quorum at any meeting shall be four (4) members present in person or by proxy. Each active member in good standing shall be entitled to one vote.
Section 7. The Board of Directors shall establish all membership fees and dues from time to time in such amounts as they deem to be adequate to operate and maintain the club.
Article IV – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall consist of the club President and Co- Chairmen and at least three members in good standing of the Safari Boston Golf Club and they shall exercise all powers of management of the club not specifically excepted by these by-laws. The club President will select these members. The Club President shall over rule a board decision if considered in the best interest of the club.
Section 2. Voting for officers shall be by verbal ballot and those names receiving the greatest number of votes cast by those present at the annual meeting shall be declared to be elected. The Board shall appoint a committee of three judges who are not members of the Board or candidates for election to supervise the election.
Section 3. The Board of Directors shall meet at such times and places as they may select and a majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum at any meeting.
Section 4. In the case of any vacancy through death, resignation, disqualification or other cause, the club president may elect a successor to hold office for the unexpired term of the director whose place shall be vacant, and until the election of his/her successor.
Article V – OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
Section 1. The officers shall consist of President, Co-Chairmen, Secretary, Treasurer, and their duties shall be such as their title would indicate or such as may be assigned to them respectively from time to time. It is permissible for 1 person to hold 1 or more officer positions.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall authorize and define the powers and duties of all committees. Chairmen and members of all committees shall be appointed by the president, and shall be ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee. Board members are appointed by the President.
Section 3. The following committees shall be appointed every two years, with such other committees, as the president may deem necessary or advisable:
Tournament Committee to arrange and schedule tournaments.
Handicap Committee to establish a fair and proper system of handicaps in accordance with procedures laid down by the Safari Boston Golf Association.
Membership Grievances Review Committee to investigate and act upon all grievances and to recommend appropriate action to the Board of Directors.
2015 – Current Club Officers:
Tony Ngari- President/ Commissioner
Francis Kibugi- Handicap-Chair
William Emase- Secretay
Fredrick Chege – Treasurer
Chris Esikumo – IT & Activities Director
2015 – 2017 Board of Directors:
Tony Ngari – President / Commissioner
Article VI – TOURNAMENTS
Section 1. Safari Boston Golf Club tournaments will be open to all members in good standing. All tournaments are first come first served. All players are responsible for making sure that payments for each tournament are received by the announced date.
Section 2. Guests are welcome to all Safari Boston golf tournaments unless otherwise stated . Guest will pay the same tournament fees, as members but will not be eligible for any tournament prizes.
Section 3. Payment must consist of either a check payable to the Treasurer. If the bank returns a members check that member will be responsible for the following:
Section 4. Members are required to be current on their monthly/annual dues/donation to be eligible for the season ender tournament prizes.
1st Time: Any and all bank fees and a $15.00 returned check charge.
2nd Time: Any and all bank charges and a $25.00 returned check charge and we will no longer accept checks from that member (cash in advance only)
3rd Time: Expulsion from club.
Article VII- Player Conduct
Section 1. All members are to conduct themselves in a sportsman like manner. Any member displaying acts of poor sportsmanship will be disciplined under the following guidelines:
1st occurrence- Written warning detailing details of said occurrence
2nd occurrence- Membership suspension to be determined by Board of Directors
3rd occurrence- Membership expulsion
The Board of Directs must vote on and approve all disciplinary actions. In the event that the disciplined member wishes to dispute said discipline, a special club meeting will be called in order to resolve said dispute.
In the event that any member is caught cheating at one of the Safari Boston Golf Club tournament, that member will be suspended from tournament play and subject to the disciplinary process.
How To Sign-Up For Tournaments
When a tournament is announced Via Facebook or Whatsapp it is open for sign-ups. All tournaments are on first come first served basis. Please confirm to RSVP your spot. If you have other members or guests that you plan on playing with, confirm that too.
THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR NOT SHOWING UP OR FOR CANCELING AFTER THE ANNOUNCED DUE DATE!
Tournament Day Procedures
Plan on arriving at least 1 hour prior to announced starting time. Check in will be with the pro-shop personnel. There will be a MANDATORY meeting of ALL participants 15 minutes prior to the first groups starting time. At this time will discuss the days events and contests.
Bad Weather Days Procedures
It’s at the discretion of the golf course management to determine if we play or not. In the event of bad weather please call the golf course before calling me. I will have already talked to them and they can tell you the status of our tournament.
In the event that the tournament is canceled refunds will be issued.
How Do I Get An Index?
It takes at least 5 posted rounds to have an SBGC index. You must have an index to be eligible for any of our low net contests. If you have any scores that you need posted please post them on line At www.playerlink.com, USGA, GHIN, Golf Digest handicap, Golf Channel Free Handicap
Collared shirt, Golf shoes (soft spikes preferred)
Member of the Year Contest
Here is how you earn Member of the Year points:
- Playing in tournament: 40 pts
- Referring new member :100 pts
- Monthly Mug Winner: 25 pts
- Attending Charity Golf Related activities/ Events:100 pts
- Attending annual meeting: 25 pts
President & Commissioner
Safari Boston Golf Club