Formation of a new unit
To form a new unit there must be at least 100 current ACBL members in the geographical area of the proposed new unit, the area must contain satisfactory facilities for the hosting of at least one sectional tournament annually, and the area should not isolate any “islands” of other ACBL members. A petition must be submitted to ACBL Headquarters containing the reason for requesting the formation of the new unit, the specified geographical boundaries and postal codes for the proposed new units and valid signatures with ACBL player numbers of the majority of members residing in the boundaries of the proposed new unit.
Upon receipt of the petition, ACBL will verify the signatures thereon in order to assure that a majority of the ACBL members in the proposed area of transfer have signed the petition requesting a transfer of Unit affiliation. If the number of signatures proves to be a majority, the units involved will be advised of receipt of the petition and their approval requested. The approval of the appropriate district organization and the District Director will be sought. The ACBL Board of Directors will make the final decision.
In the case of a special election, all current ACBL members, with a registered email address, residing within the affected geographical area will be included as an elector. All ballots will be sent via email with a follow-up email after seven days later for those who have not voted.
In general, areas for transfer from one unit to another should follow postal code boundaries. An area seeking to transfer to an adjacent unit must include all postal code boundaries between the proposed area for transfer and the existing area of the unit being joined. It is not permitted to transfer an area to a unit if such transfer would create an island.
A majority of the current ACBL members living in the area to be transferred must sign a petition expressing their wishes to be transferred.
The petition must include:
- The reason for the proposed transfer
- The ACBL number and addresses of the members signing
- The boundaries of the proposed area
- The postal codes of the proposed area
- The beginning date of the first circulation of the petition. All signatures must be obtained within six months of the beginning date.
In the case of a special election, all current ACBL Members, with a registered email address, residing within the affected geographical area will be included as an elector. All ballots will be sent out via email. The end date of the election will be 14 days from the date on which the ballot is sent with a reminder going out to all electors who have not voted after 7 days.
The ACBL will contact the parent Unit, the Unit of proposed affiliation, the District Organization and the District Representative to the ACBL Board of Directors seeking the opinion of each regarding the proposed transfer. Should all parties agree that it is in the best interests of all concerned to effect the proposed transfer, the ACBL will take the necessary steps to make the change including ACBL Board of Directors approval. All parties will be informed of the effective date of transfer and new Charters distributed.
After the ACBL Board of Directors has denied a request to grant a Unit Merger, Unit Boundary Change, or Unit Change of District, the affected unit may not begin the circulation of another petition for a Unit Merger, Unit Boundary Change, or Unit Change of District for at least six months.
Division of a unit
If a Unit is divided so as to form a second Unit, assets of the original Unit are subject to division on an equitable basis. If an equitable division of assets cannot be reached voluntarily by the parties and mediation by the District fails, both parties shall submit to binding arbitration. All costs for the arbitration process shall be paid for from Unit funds.