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Porter Ranch, CA 91326

Contact: Jonathan Mather
Main: (818) 522-9785
Email: slagcofca@gmail.com
  



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The purpose of the Sri Lanka America Golf Club of California, (SLAGC of Ca):

i) To stimulate and promote Golf amongst members of the Sri Lankan community, their friends, associates and realtives by bringing to gether a group of golfers through the formation of an independant golfing organziation.

ii) To promote and foster among the members a closer bond and fraternity for their joint and 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.

iii) To encourgae conformance to the USGA Rules of Golf by creating a representative authority.

iv) To maintain a uniform system of handicapping as set forth in the USGA Handicap system and issue USGA handicap indexes to members.

v) To provide an authoritative body to govern and conduct Golf tournaments amongst its members.

vi) To operate this club as a not for profit organziation.

The club does not discrimnate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Members must be of good standing in the community.

Members of the SLAGC of ca and participants in tournaments organized by the SLAGC of ca agree to hold harmless the SLAGC of Ca and its personnel and agents from all liabilities,expenses,damages or claims whatsoever resulting from tournaments, social events or any other activity arranged by the club.

The club was approved as an affilate club of the SCGA on the 9th of October 2014.

Approved by the IRS as a 501 (c) (7) tax exempt organzation.

 

Executive Committee : 2017/2018:

President : Mohan Chandramohan;                Vice President: open

Secretary: Naresh Moonesinghe;                     Treasurer: Jonathan Mather

Committee members:

i) Tournaments: Chairman: Chris Chitty; Naresh Moonesinghe,  Rajinda Jayawardene & Jonathan Mather. 

ii) Rules & Discipline: Chairman: Clifford Baptist.

iii)Membership: Chairman: Rajinda Jayawardene.


The Sri Lanka America Golf Club of California. (SLAGC of CA).

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
(Amended by majority of members – 2/27/2016)

 

Article I - NAME

The name of this golf club shall be The Sri Lanka America Golf Club of California. (SLAGC of CA).

Article II - PURPOSE

FIRST: To stimulate and promote the interest in golf, amongst members, of the Sri Lankan American community residing in California, their friends, associates and relatives, by bringing together a group of golfers desirous of forming a golfing organization.

SECOND: To promote and foster among the members a closer bond and fraternity for their joint and 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.

THIRD: To encourage conformance to the USGA Rules of Golf by creating a representative authority.

FOURTH: To maintain a uniform system of handicapping as set forth in the USGA Handicap System and issue USGA Handicap Indexes to a group of members.

FIFTH: To provide an authoritative body to govern and conduct Golf tournaments amongst its members.

SIXTH: To formalize under the auspices of the SCGA, the previous association of golfers amongst the Sri Lankan community, operating since 2011 as the Sri Lanka Golf Association of California (SLGA of CA).

SEVENTH: To operate this club as a not for profit organization.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP AND MEETINGS:

Section 1. Membership shall be available to all (men/women) 18 years of age or older residents in the State of California and other states as approved by the Executive committee. There shall be a least 10 members with a maximum membership of (300).

Executive committee may permit as junior members, golfers under 18 years of age. The executive committee may also set an annual membership fee for the junior members.

Membership: Membership shall be extended without regard to race, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Members must be of good character and in good standing in the community. Membership is open to all active golfers participating in tournaments organized by this club (SLAGC of CA), and joining the SCGA roster through this club (SLAGC of CA). Members may elect to maintain their official SCGA handicap, using the handicap system through this club as their primary club, be listed in the SCGA roster. Every member will be eligible to participate in any SCGA competitions through this club. SLAGC members may also belong to another SCGA affiliated club and elect to maintain their official SCGA Index through that club as their primary club for using the handicap system and a belong to the SCGA roster through that club, and also enjoy the same privileges as SLAGC member. The SLAGC of CA will pay the annual dues to the SCGA for all its members.

 

All members of this club are required to have an official SCGA handicap within 6 months of becoming a member, unless special extension is granted to such member by the executive committee.

 

 

Section 2. Memberships in the club are individual and non-transferable.

Section 3. Only golfers with a reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf with fellow members and who can personally return scores for posting may be members and will be entitled to receive USGA Handicap Indexes from the club

Section 4. Membership confers no voice in the operation of any golf courses, clubhouses or any facilities of the courses.

Section 5. Membership confers no special privileges in connection with any golf course.

Section 6. Memberships in the club are for a calendar year, with all memberships expiring on December 31st. In the first year of the formation of this club i.e. 2014. Membership will begin at time of application and end on December 31st, 2015. Thereafter membership runs from January 1st. to December 31st. every calendar year.

Section 7. The fiscal year for the club will be October 1st to September 30th. each year. Financials will be prepared for the 12-month period, October 1st to September 30th.each year

Section 8. Each candidate for membership shall be proposed by an active member in good standing. The executive committee shall act upon each proposal by vote of a simple majority in attendance. The executive committee may authorize the chairman of the membership committee with one other executive committee member consent to accept a new member. Rejection of an application must be approved by a simple majority of the executive committee at a meeting and in attendance.

 Section 9. The Executive committee may confer honorary memberships upon those whom they feel have contributed to the advancement of golf within the Sri Lankan American community. The unanimous affirmative vote of the committee shall be required to approve such action.

Section 10.  In the event a member of the club commits an act that reflects bad sportsmanship or acts in a manner that brings disrepute to the club, such member is subject to suspension or expulsion from the club. Such member shall have the right to a hearing after a written notice of 14 days of such hearing being given to the member. Any decision to suspend or expel a member must have a two-thirds majority of the executive committee taking up the matter in question at a regular meeting or a special meeting called for such purpose.

Section 11. All membership fees and dues shall be established by the Executive committee from time to time in such amounts as they deem to be adequate to operate and maintain the club.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP AND MEETINGS:

MEETINGS:

Section 12. The annual meeting (AGM) of The Sri Lanka America Golf Club of California shall be held no later than three months after the Fiscal year end i.e. December 31st. An AGM must be held every calendar year. The Executive committee 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 50% of the membership or by the executive committee. Minimum two weeks’ notice via email is required to be sent to each member in good standing.                                                                           

Section 13. A legal quorum at any meeting shall be 50% of the members present in person or by proxy. Each active member in good standing shall be entitled to one vote.

Each year the Executive committee will propose the annual dues for its members. Payment of the SCGA membership dues and belonging the roster will entitle the member the use of the SCGA Handicap system. The SLAGC of CA will pay the SCGA the annual SCGA fee, on behalf of each Gold member and thereby included in the SCGA roster. The SCGA fee is imposed annually by the SCGA Board of directors. Members shall be liable for dues until their written resignation has been received and accepted. All monies collected shall accrue to the benefit of the membership.

ARTICLE IV: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Section 1. The Executive committee shall consist of Seven members in good standing of the Sri Lanka America Golf Club of California and they shall exercise all powers of management of the club not specifically excepted by these By-Laws. The Executive committee will serve until the next Annual General meeting and the new office bearers being elected.

Mr. Sathy Chandramohan will be the President of the Sri Lanka America Golf Club of California until the next Annual General meeting. The initial seven members will be made up of the present executive committee of the Sri Lanka Golf Association who will retain their present positions in the newly formed SLAGC of CA until the next Annual general meeting. The new position of Vice President will be filled by Mr. Naresh Moonesinghe until the next Annual General meeting.

The Executive committee of Seven will be made up of the following posts:

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Three Committee members:

Tournament Committee

Rules and Handicap committee

Membership and Member Welfare Committee

 

ARTICLE IV: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

The Executive committee of the Sri Lanka Golf Association of California shall nominate at least one member and not exceeding three at a given time to become the Handicap Marshall, who will be the Handicap Marshall for the newly formed Sri Lanka America Golf Club of California. The term of the Handicap Marshall is unlimited, until the individual is unable to perform that responsibility and has communicated with the Executive committee or is removed and replaced by the Executive committee. The Executive committee has the power to appoint and remove a Handicap Marshall at any time. The executive committee will nominate one of the certified Handicap Marshall or Marshalls to be the Chair and responsible for all the duties and responsibilities required of a Handicap Marshall.

SLAGC team Captain: The Executive committee will nominate and appoint the Captain of the Sri Lanka SLAGC team for the same fiscal year as the term of that executive committee. To qualify as a Captain the individual is required to have a 12-month Lowest Index that does not exceed 18. The Captain must also be a member of the SLAGC of CA and be in good standing.

SLAGC team Vice Captains: The Executive committee in consultation with the new Captain will nominate and appoint two Vice Captains of the SLAGC team for the same fiscal year as the term of that executive committee. The Vice Captains selected must have a 12-month lowest Index that does not exceed 18 at the time of appointment. The Vice Captains must also be a member of the SLAGC of CA and be in good standing.

In the initial year of the formation of the new SLAGC of CA, the new executive committee will ratify the appointment made by the prior SLGA of CA of the Captain and two Vice Captains.

Section 2. Election of Officers & Annual general meeting (AGM): At least Four weeks prior to the Annual Meeting (AGM), The Executive committee shall appoint a nominating committee with a chair person consisting of three members of the SLAGC of CA. The nominating committee will nominate an election commissioner who with the assistance of the nominating committee will be responsible to conduct the election of new officers under a secret ballot. At least four weeks prior to the Annual Meeting (AGM), the nominating committee shall communicate to all members via e-mail, a list of nominees to fill any vacancies for the term of office beginning on the day of the Annual meeting. Names of other members in good standing may be nominated by petition signed by a least 10 members in good standing or 25% of the members and submitted to the Nominating committee at least two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. At least one week prior to the Annual Meeting, a list of all candidates nominated shall be emailed to each member at their last known email address.  

In the first year of formation of this club i.e. 2014, the notice requirement as in section 2 above will be reduced to 50% of the required time as stated. Notice to general membership shall not be less than 1 week before the first AGM. The outgoing Executive committee at the AGM will present the financials for the prior fiscal year of the new club and review of the club activities in the past year. Then the election of new officers will be conducted by the Chair of the elections. The first year for financials to be presented will be for the year ended September 30th, 2015. There after each fiscal year end financials will be sent to the members with the notice of the Annual general meeting.

Section 3. Voting shall be written secret ballot and those names receiving the greatest number of votes cast shall be declared to be elected. The nominating committee shall appoint a committee of three judges one within them will be the chair. The three judges will not be candidates for election to supervise the election nor candidates running for office.

Section 4. The Executive committee shall meet at such times and places as they may select and a majority of the committee shall constitute a quorum at any meeting. The Executive committee is required to meet at least once every trimester to discuss and deliberate the progress of the Club

Section 5. In the case of any vacancy through death, resignation, disqualification or other cause, the remaining executive committee, even though less than a quorum, may elect a successor by majority vote to hold office for the unexpired term of the committee member whose place shall be vacant, and until the election of his successor. The Executive committee will elect a member within to fill any posts open due to the vacancy as described above.

Article V – THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND SUB COMMITTEES

Section 1. Each Calendar year an annual meeting (AGM) will be held and seven officers to the Executive committee will be elected and hold office until the next AGM.

 Section 2. The officers shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, three committee members, and their duties shall be such as their titles would indicate or such as may be assigned to them respectively from time to time.

Section 3. The Executive Committee shall nominate, authorize and define the powers and duties of the respective subcommittee and also appoint the Chairman of each subcommittee. The chairman of each subcommittee will be a member of the Executive committee; other members of the subcommittee can be from the general membership. The subcommittee must be appointed within 4 weeks from the date of the election of the new Executive committee.

Section 4. The following sub committees shall be appointed each year, with such other committees as the president may deem necessary or advisable:

Tournament Committee of minimum three members and not exceeding five members, appointed to arrange and schedule tournaments with the management of any golf tournament as necessary, and conduct all competitions.

Rules and Handicap Committee:  will be made up of three members, one of whom must be the chair of the Handicap Marshalls appointed by the executive committee. The Rules and Handicap committee has the responsibility to establish a fair and proper system of handicaps in accordance with procedures set forth in the USGA Handicap System Manual. Also, responsible to investigate and act upon the establishment of any variations to the rules for a particular tournament or at a course and also resolve any disputes and finalizes the interpretation of any rule in question.

Membership and Member Welfare Committee:  to campaign and recruit new members, to investigate and act upon all applications for membership and to recommend annual membership fee and any other appropriate action to the Executive committee for approval. The Committee to encourage and arrange social entertainment features and events for special occasions.

Article VI – Accounts:

The Sri Lanka America Golf Club of California will maintain proper financial records in accordance with USA GAAP, and such accounts will be Certified each year and presented at the Annual meeting. The accounts for the first year ended September 30th, 2015 was certified by the treasurer.

Treasurer of SLAGC will present quarterly financials to the Executive Committee for ratification. Annual Financials duly ratified by the executive committee and certified by the Treasurer will be presented by the Treasure to the membership at the AGM.

Article VII - AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS

Section 1. The Executive committee shall have the power to repeal or amend any of these By-Laws provided that such action shall not be effective until approved by a simple majority vote of the members.

For the purpose of consent of majority of the membership to amend these by-laws, a simple majority of membership either at a meeting in person and proxy vote or with signatures of majority membership obtained would suffice.

Article VIII – Tournaments.

Section 1. The SLGAC of CA will ensure that at least 4 tournaments are held each year, minimum one in each trimester.

 Section 2. There will be at minimum the following tournaments held each year:

The annual SLAGC “Challenge Cup” TOURNAMENT SERIES.

One annual tournament, a challenge between Sri Lanka Schools; at least 6 schools required to be represented, minimum 48 Golfers participating at the tournament. Combined school team will be included as a representative school team.  Participants should have attended a Sri Lanka school or be a family member, relative or related to a person who attended a Sri Lanka school. Members who may have attended schools outside Sri Lanka may field a team to represent schools from their alma mater or country of origin or country of residence vying for the challenge trophy, entitled, The World Cup

One annual Golf tournament held to raise funds for a charity identified by the Executive committee.

SLAM two days of Golf, individual golfers participating to win the first three places of best performers at that tournament. 

Section 3: The Subcommittee organizing the tournament i.e. The tournament committee is required to submit a budget and the format of the rules prior to organizing tournaments, to the Executive committee for approval. They are encouraged to keep the fee affordable for members to participate.  

SLAGC of CA is a nonprofit organization and formed for the benefit of its membership to play and enjoy Golf. Some final actual financials of the tournament will be submitted to the executive committee within 28 days of the completion date of the tournament.

Section 4.  The Tournament committee will set the rules for each tournament and course selection and tees to play from will be part of such rules set by the committee.

Section 5. All participants in the tournaments organized by the SLAGC of CA are encouraged to have valid and up-to-date SCGA indexes. The annual Sri Lanka school’s tournament and the SLAM tournaments will be played to the most recent 12-month Lowest Index as reported by the SCGA. Players without a valid SCGA #, and 12-month lowest Index will be able to participate only if approved by the tournament committee and to the Index as approved by the tournament committee.

Section 6. The organizing subcommittee and the Executive committee will always ensure that minimum of $ 1 (one) million General liability occurrence and Aggregate Insurance coverage has been purchased and paid for, from a dependable carrier prior the start of a tournament and proof of coverage is in hand.

Section 7. The Executive committee in office will ensure that all regulatory requirements applicable to this club as required if any by Federal and State laws will be adhered to and the SLAGC of CA is operating well within the regulations of the State of California and the United States of America.

Executive committee 2015/2016:

…………………………….                             ……………………………..

President of SLAGC of CA                           Vice President of SLAGC of CA

Mr. Sathi Chandramohan                              Fred Artim

…………………………..                           ……………………………………

Secretary of SLAGC of CA                          Treasurer of SLAGC of CA.

 Roger Weerasinghe         Mr. Jonathan Mather.

Committee Chairman’s:

…………………    ……………………….       ………………………………

Chris Chitty    Bobby Chandran      Tony Pathirana

 

 

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