LABoL By-Laws

ARTICLE I: CREATION, MISSION, AND PURPOSE

SECTION 1: NAME

The organization shall be known as the “Los Angeles Boys of Leather”; also referred to as “LA Boys of Leather” or abbreviated “LABoL”.

SECTION 2: EMBLEMS AND COLORS

LOGO: The Seal of the LA Boys of Leather is as follows:

COLORS: Traditional boy colors: black, hunter green, white and red

SECTION 4: OWNERSHIP

The copyright, trademark, and ownership of the name “LA Boys of Leather” and of the seal of the LA Boys of Leather are the sole property of the LA Boys of Leather.

SECTION 4: MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Los Angeles Boys of Leather is to provide leatherboys a forum to have fun, learn, educate, socialize, contribute, and support each other and their community.

SECTION 5: PURPOSE

The purpose of this group is to provide a social and educational forum for those who desire the camaraderie of like minded individuals and to learn and grow in a safe environment.

SECTION 6: HISTORY

LABoL was originally founded in 2001 November 25 and ceased to exist in 2003 July (http://www.leatherarchives.org/collections/catalog/ORG0007.html). On 5 June 2016, a group of six boys came together to re-establish the LA Boys of Leather.

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1: NUMBER

The number of brothers shall not exceed seventy-five (75). Forty-five (45) Active, Thirty (30) Associate.

SECTION 2: AGE

No member shall be under the age of twenty-one years. (21).

SECTION 3: MEMBERSHIP CLASSES

Founding Member

A founding member* is any individual who was involved with the re-founding of LABoL in 2016. Such member must subscribe to the aims and purposes of the club and can meet the requirements of such membership. Each founding member holds all of the rights and responsibilities of membership, including the right or responsibility:

  • to abide by the LABoL Club Rules and Mission Statement;
  • to wear the authorized insignia of the LA Boys of Leather;
  • to attend at least 51% of designated LABoL Club Functions;
  • to attend monthly meetings;
  • to attend meetings and events closed to all but full members;
  • to embody the spirit of LABoL at community events;
  • to serve as and to elect officers;
  • to chair and serve on committees;
  • to vote on club business;
  • does not have to identify as a boy;
  • to pay 100% of Annual dues.
    *Founding members must remain in good standing in order to enjoy these rights. The Executive Board of Directors shall notify any member in violation of these rules and take appropriate action.

Full Member

A full member* is any individual who subscribes to the aims and purposes of the club and can meet the requirements of such membership. Each full member holds all of the rights and responsibilities of membership, including the right or responsibility:

  • to abide by the LABoL Club Rules and Mission Statement;
  • to wear the authorized insignia of the LA Boys of Leather;
  • to attend at least 51% of designated LABoL Club Functions;
  • to attend monthly meetings;
  • to attend meetings and events closed to all but full members;
  • to embody the spirit of LABoL at community events;
  • to serve as and to elect officers;
  • to chair and serve on committees;
  • to vote on club business;
  • to pay 100% of Annual dues.
    Full members must remain in good standing in order to enjoy these rights. The Executive Board of Directors shall notify any member in violation of these rules and take appropriate action.
    *‘Full Member’ in this document refers to an active member in good standing unless stated otherwise. An unqualified statement of ‘Member’ refers to a Founding or Full Member.

Associate Membership – Emeritus

An associate member is, in general, any individual who is a friend or supporter of the club. Associates have the same rights and responsibilities as full members except: associate members are not allowed to vote, hold office, or chair a committee. Associates are encouraged to wear the insignia of the Los Angeles Boys of Leather. Associates are not expected to attend LABoL events or meetings, but should keep themselves informed of club happenings and contribute where and when able. Associates must pay 50% of the Annual dues per year.

Alumni Membership

Full members who maintain membership for no less than four (4) years may elect to become alumni members. Alumni retain all rights and responsibilities of a full member, except the right to vote, hold office, or chair committees. Alumni must pay 50% of the Annual dues per year.

Friend of the Los Angeles Boys of Leather – Sponsors
Friends are community members or organizations who wish to show their support of the purpose and aims of LABoL by being associated with the group. To become a friend a person must be presented to the group by a full member and receive a simple majority vote. Friends will be presented with a friendship pin, be listed on the official roster, and receive membership rates at LABoL organized events, but will not be eligible to wear the group colors, hold office, or vote.

SECTION 4: DUES

Founding and Full Members: $50 annual
Associate and Alumni Members: $25 annual

The Annual Due Amount will be reviewed by the full members at the Annual Meeting held in November.

All members must pay their annual membership dues within 30 days upon joining. Current members must pay their dues for a given calendar year by the January meeting for that year, unless special payment arrangements have been made with the Treasurer. All members must pay annual dues by the last day of December of each year.

When a new member is accepted into the membership during the months of January, February, March, April, or May, the member is required to pay the full amount appropriate to their membership class. If acceptance into the club is made during the months of June, July, August, September, October, November, or December the member shall pay one half of the annual amount for their membership class.

A full member with dues in arrears of 60 days or more will be considered to be voluntarily resigning. The member may within 30 days of that resignation request, in writing, reinstatement of membership accompanied by dues paid in full. The membership may deny reinstatement of any delinquent member by a 66% or higher approval vote.

An associate or alumni member with dues in arrears of 60 days or more will be considered to be voluntarily resigning. The member may within 30 days of that resignation request, in writing, reinstatement of membership accompanied by dues paid in full. Such a petition will be accepted without need for a vote.

SECTION 5: PATCH FEES

Upon initiation, an embroidered patch will be given to the initiate as a gift of LABoL.
Upon initiation, a full member may, at a time of their choosing, request a full leather back patch. A deposit equal to the cost of the back patch will be required.

Upon return of the patch and resignation of membership, the deposit will be returned in full.

SECTION 6: APPLICATION

Any individual who self-identifies as a leatherboy may apply to Full membership by completing a membership application.

Each applicant, upon completion of six months and/or six events of pledging as defined by the membership, will present in writing their desire to be presented to the floor for a closed vote. The membership of the club or the applicant may request, in lieu of a vote, a one-time extension of pledging time for up to an additional three months.

Associate and alumni membership classes do not have pledge periods and may be voted on immediately upon receipt of their application or request. In all cases, a written statement of intent to join or be elected must be presented.

All applicants must receive a 66% or higher approval by all eligible votes presented to be accepted.

SECTION 7: GOOD STANDING

A member is considered in good standing if that member has:

  • paid all dues and monies owed the club within sixty (60) days of notification;
  • attended sufficient club functions per their membership class

Additionally, Full members may not miss more than two (2) consecutive business meetings without notifying a member of the Executive Board. The Executive Board may make exceptions for hardship at the request of the member.

Should three consecutive meetings be missed by a Full Member, that member will lose voting privileges until they attend two consecutive meetings; they will be allowed to vote at the second meeting.

SECTION 8: INACTIVE MEMBERSHIP

An inactive member is any individual who has been accepted by the club, but because of personal or other reasons cannot maintain an active status in the club. An inactive member shall not have the right to vote or hold office in the club. Any active member desiring to become inactive must submit their request in writing to the club and have their dues current. Inactive status may be granted to members by a favorable vote of 51% or higher of the full membership present at a duly said meeting. Such a status can only be granted to a member for a period of three (3) months, renewable upon the vote of the club.

Inactive status may be conferred upon any member who moves outside of the club area, if the member so requests in writing and is such request is approved by a 51% or higher vote of the active full membership. Such status is to be given for a period of one (1) year, at which time the member must advise the club in writing of their anticipated return.

A member cannot return to active status unless a vacancy exists in the rolls. Inactive members are not allowed to attend closed sessions business meetings.

An inactive member must notify the Executive Board of Directors to request reinstatement to active membership. An inactive member may return to active status by paying one-quarter year’s back dues.

SECTION 9: REMOVAL

A member of the club may be removed from the club by a 75% or higher approval vote of all active members eligible to vote at any duly called business meeting. Removal may be appropriate when said member is non-cooperative with the aims and purposes of the club and/or is engaging in any other cause or activity that may bring the organization, its officers or members into public disrepute or disgrace.

ARTICLE III: ORGANIZATION

SECTION 1: MONTHLY MEETING

Full members of the Club shall meet for business every month as called by the President. All official club business will take place during duly called meetings, as well as announcements, discussion, and official events, and activities. The President reserves the right to call for an emergency or special meeting or vote of the Executive Board of Directors or the active membership at any time seen fit in extraordinary circumstances.

SECTION 2: ANNUAL MEETING

A duly called annual meeting shall be held in November of each year for the elections and installation of officers of the Executive Board of Directors as well as any further business directed by the President.

SECTION 3: QUORUM

At any regular, annual, special, or emergency meeting, a quorum of the full active voting membership shall consist of more than 50% of the total active eligible members. More than 50% of the duly elected officers of the Executive Board of Directors must be present at any duly called regular, annual, special, or emergency meeting.

SECTION 4: IN GENERAL

A membership meeting of the organization shall be conducted on an informal and relaxed basis. Common sense rules of good sportsmanship and good fellowship shall prevail. Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised Edition, shall govern in each and every controversial case.

SECTION 5: NOTICE OF MEETINGS

All membership shall be informed of all duly called meetings and will be informed of the date, time, and location not later than 30 days prior by the Executive Board of Directors. In the event of an emergency or special meeting as much notice as is feasibly possible shall be given to every full member.

SECTION 6: VOTING

At all business meetings of the club each full active voting member shall be given one vote. The act of a majority of the active membership present at a duly said meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the general membership. Votes may be cast in person or by written proxy. Roberts Rule’s of Order, Revised Edition will resolve tie votes e.g. the chair of such meeting may cast the tie vote, as he or she does not vote on regular issues. The chair of any duly said business meeting shall not make a motion, nor second a motion at any time. The Chair will be afforded the right to cast a vote on any and all membership votes. In the event of a tie vote on membership with the chair voting, the vote shall be recast until a decision has been determined by the rules of these bylaws.

SECTION 7: PROXY

Each proxy must be executed in writing by the member of the club or their duly authorized attorney. No proxy shall be valid after the expiration of eleven months from the date of its execution unless it has this specified therein its extended duration. Every proxy shall be revocable at the discretion of the person executing it or of their personal representative(s) or assignee(s). A voting member can hold a maximum of two proxies at any one time. A proxy vote for membership and election of officers must be in writing specifying intent and must be presented to the Secretary of the organization for execution prior to the vote.

ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS, ELECTIONS, AND DUTIES

SECTION 1: OFFICERS

The Executive Board of Directors shall consist of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Member at Large. No officer may hold more than one elected office concurrently.

SECTION 2: DUTIES IN GENERAL

The officers of the Executive Board of Directors shall have control and general management of the affairs and business of the organization. Such officers shall in all cases act as a board, regularly convened, by a majority and they may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of their meetings and the management of the organization as they deem proper, not inconsistent with these by-laws and the laws of the State of California.

SECTION 3: TERM OF OFFICE

The term of office of each officer of the Executive Board of Directors shall be one year. No member shall hold the same elected office for more than four consecutive terms.

SECTION 4: ELECTIONS

All officers of the organization shall be elected annually by the members at duly annual business meeting in November of each year.

SECTION 5: ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for nomination and election to office, a member must have completed six months as an active member of the organization

SECTION 6: NOMINATIONS

All officers of the club shall be nominated from the floor at the duly said regular meeting occurring approximately one month before the Annual Meeting in November of each year; i.e. the October meeting. Nominations shall be accepted from the floor at the November meeting only if necessitated by a vacant office. A member may be nominated for more than one office and may be self-nominated. Each nomination requires a second.

SECTION 7: VOTING

Voting will take place at the Annual Meeting in November and will be by secret ballot. A member who cannot attend the annual meeting may designate a proxy in writing to the Secretary in advance of the meeting. The Secretary shall hold the responsibility for tallying the votes for all offices except Secretary; for which the President shall tally the votes.

The candidate receiving a simple majority of all eligible voting members’ present and/or written proxy shall be the duly elected officer for that office. If no candidate receives a majority on the first ballot the plurality will decide the vote. The candidates elected to these offices shall constitute the Executive Board of Directors for the ensuing year.

SECTION 8: EXECUTIVE BOARD

Regular meetings of the officers of the Executive Board shall be held within 30 days following the Annual Meeting in November and at such other times as the President determines necessary.

At all meetings of the officers of the Executive Board, each officer has one vote. The act of a majority of the officers present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Executive Board. Quorum is defined as at least 51% of the Executive Board.

SECTION 9: VACANCIES

Vacancies in the board occurring between annual meetings shall be filed for the unexpired portion of the term by a majority vote of the active membership at a specified meeting duly called for that purpose within 30 days of the vacancy’s opening.

SECTION 10: REMOVAL OF OFFICERS

Any of the officers of the Executive Board of the organization may be removed with cause, at any time by a vote of at least three-fourths majority of the eligible voting members present and/or written proxy at a special meeting duly called for that purpose. Notice of such a meeting will be not less than 30 days.

SECTION 11: WAIVER OF NOTICE

Whenever by statute the provisions of these by-laws or the officers of the Executive Board are authorized to take any action after notice, such notice may be waived, in writing, before or after the holding of the meeting, by persons entitled to such notice.

SECTION 12: DUTIES OF OFFICERS

The duties and powers of the officers of the organization shall be as follows:

President

The President shall enforce these by-laws and perform all the duties incident to the position and office as well as those which are required by law.

The President or the President’s proxy shall call regular and special meetings of the members, and of the Executive board, in accordance with these by-laws; and shall chair said meetings. The president shall set the agenda for all meetings.

The President shall represent the club for all external meetings, committees, and functions where the presence of the club is requested or required; and may, with the consent of the Executive Board, designate other members as the representative.

The President shall see that the books, reports, and statements required by statue are properly kept, made, and filed according to law. At the annual meeting, the President shall present a report of the condition of the club’s activities and status of the organization.

The President shall appoint and remove all chairmen of all committees, excepting those specified below as the province of another elected officer.

The President shall counter-sign with the Treasurer and make all contracts and agreements in the name of the organization.

The President, with the Treasurer shall countersign all disbursements of the funds for the organization.

Vice President

The Vice President shall serve in absence or incapacity of the President to render and perform his duties or exercise his powers as set forth in these by-laws.

The Vice President shall be considered the duly elected and appointed chairperson of the Events and Social Committee and shall serve as volunteer coordinator for all events unless having delegated that responsibility.

Treasurer

The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of and be responsible for all the funds in the name of the organization and deposit all such funds in the name of the organization.
The Treasurer shall keep correct books of account of all the club’s business and transactions and other such books of account as the officers of the Executive Board may require.

The Treasurer shall, together with the President and/or the Vice President, countersign, make, and endorse in the name of the organization all checks, drafts, and orders for the payment of money, and pay out and dispose of the same and receipt thereof.

The Treasurer shall render a statement of the conditions of the finances of the club at each regular meeting of the club, and at such other times as shall be required of him, as well as a full financial report at the Annual Meeting. A copy of the monthly balance sheet shall be made a permanent part of the monthly minutes. Members of the club will be provided copies if they so desire.

The Treasurer will provide the Secretary a monthly list of members who’s club account balances are more than 30 days past due.

It shall be deemed sufficient cause for removal from office if this requirement is not followed.

Secretary

The Secretary shall keep minutes of membership and Executive Board meetings, and shall be the custodian of these records, and any other records of assets of the club which may be hereinafter acquired.

The Secretary shall give and serve all notices of the club, and shall distribute minutes and agendas of all regular meetings to the members.

The Secretary shall keep and maintain the complete club roster, which shall include the names and addresses of the members, the time at which each person became a member, and their status with respect to the organization.

The Secretary shall also receive and send all correspondence (US Postal, electronic, etc.) of the business of the club as determined by the Executive Board.

The Secretary shall be considered the duly elected and appointed chairperson of the Communications Committee. The Communications Committee may consist of the sub-committees of a newsletter, a website, and other sub-committees as deemed necessary.

Member-At-Large

The Member at Large shall act as liaison between the club membership and the Executive Board and shall represent the concerns of the membership at the regular executive board meetings.

The Member at Large shall be responsible for the sponsorship and mentoring program.

The Member at Large shall see that all official club actions are performed in accordance with the by-laws of the organization and shall as necessary propose revisions to those by-laws.

The Member at Large may, upon agreement of the other officers, undertake any other official duties in such a manner as to assist the executive board and the general membership. In the event that the position of Vice President or Secretary is vacated, the Member at Large shall act as officer pro tem until the office can be filled by a vote of the membership.

SECTION 13: BOND

The Treasurer shall, if required by the Executive Board, give to the organization such security for the faithful discharge of his duties as the officers of the board may direct. If the Treasurer is unable or unwilling to be bonded, the member will be removed from office without a vote.

SECTION 14: COMPENSATION

No compensation shall be paid to any of the officers of the organization.

ARTICLE V: FISCAL YEAR, BILLS, AND NOTES

SECTION 1: FISCAL YEAR

The Fiscal Year shall begin the first day of January each year.

SECTION 2: DRAWING

All bills payable, notes, checks, drafts, and other negotiable instruments of the LA Boys of Leather shall be made in the name of the organization, LA Boys of Leather, and shall be signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the President or Vice President.

The President shall have the discretion of spending the club funds for special or emergency situations up to a specified amount which shall be determined by the full active membership at the annual meeting each year. The expense must be for the common good of the club and/or the community and may be done without a vote. The President is required to inform all members of this purchase within 48 hours.

In general, no subset of the membership of the LA Boys of Leather may spend club funds in excess of an amount prescribed be the full active membership at the annual meeting each year without a vote to that effect.

No officer or agent of the LA Boys of Leather, either singly or jointly with others, shall have the power to make any bills payable, notes, checks, drafts or other negotiable instruments or cause to be contracted any debt or liability in the name of or on behalf of the organization, except as herein expressly prescribed and provided.

ARTICLE VI: RATIFICATION AND AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1: RATIFICATION

The ratification of a majority of all active members with full membership as of December 1, 2016 shall be sufficient for the establishment of these by-laws.

Upon ratification, these by-laws shall supersede any and all previously written by-laws of this organization. The President shall cause the club to be in compliance which all provisions of these by-laws within ninety (90) days; except that the ratification of these by-laws shall not cause current officers to be removed from office, discharged from their duties, or change the expiration date of their terms.

SECTION 2: AMENDMENTS

These by-laws may be altered, amended, repealed or added to by an 80% or higher vote of all eligible active full members at the duly called Annual Meeting in November of said members, or at a special meeting duly called for that purpose. Proxies may be submitted in writing to the Secretary. All by-laws that are proposed to be altered, amended, repealed, or added to shall first be presented to the eligible voting members in writing 30 days prior to meeting where a vote shall be taken.

ARTICLE VII: DISSOLUTION

Upon dissolution of the LA Boys of Leather, the Executive Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the organization, dispose of all of the assets of the organization exclusively for the purpose of the organization in such manner, or to such organization(s) maintained and operated for charitable, education, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization(s) under section 501(c)(3) and/or section 501(c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding future amendments thereto, as the Executive Board of Directors shall determine at a special meeting of all the members duly called for the purpose.

ARTICLE VIII: GENERAL PROVISION

SECTION 1: NOT FOR PROFIT

The organization shall be without capital stock and will not operate for profit.

SECTION 2: FIXED ADDRESS

Upon motion duly made and carried, the principle office of the organization is fixed at <intentionally blank> , or at such other place as the Executive Board of Directors may from time to time determine.

SECTION 3: CLUB COLORS

Club colors are defined as the LABoL embroidered or leather back patch, an associate members embroidered or leather patch, and a member’s only t-shirt if any such exist. Other LABoL t-shirts and friendship pins are therefore NOT considered Club Colors.

Individuals who no longer maintain a membership are not permitted to wear any LA Boys of Leather patches or colors of any kind and must return their leather back patch to the LA boys of Leather.

Individuals who purchased their own patches prior to the ratification of these by-laws may retain their patches as keepsakes, but may not wear them.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Los Angeles Boys of Leather is to provide leatherboys a forum to have fun, learn, educate, socialize, contribute, and support each other and their community.