The First Independent Club of Adam Binder Collectors in
The Club Bylaws Approved on June 1, 2003, amended on October
23, 2004 and on December 1, 2005
1. Name of the Club
The name of the Club is the "Adam Binder Club" (ABC) and it
is a nonprofit organization.
The purpose of the ABC is to promote interest in the artwork
of Adam Binder and to share information about the artist and
his work with his collectors.
3.1. The ABC is a Virtual Club - that is, an entity which
carries out its activities on the Internet. The Club's operations
are carried out via two primary mediums: email alerts and a
specialized website. The Club operates on a minimal budget and
is open for anyone interested, according to the rules of Membership
stated in paragraph 5.
3.2. The Club makes all reasonable efforts to get its
public actions and published materials approved by Adam Binder
and The Adam Binder Editions, to ensure accurate representation
and positive value.
4.1. The Club distributes email alerts to its members.
The alerts contain up-to-the-minute information about the subject
of the Club, which is art by Adam Binder, and about the activities
of the Club.
4.2. The Club's website contains the Master List of Adam
Binder's Art, a chronological news section, and supporting information.
The Master List is a detailed, indexed, illustrated resource
formally approved by Adam Binder. The news and supporting sections
of the site contain information of interest to both the club
members and Adam Binder collectors in general. The Club's website
also serves as a venue for advertising by the Club Sponsors.
The website activities also include web contests, puzzles, or
4.3. Other activities carried out by the Club may include
raffles, contests (besides those carried out on the website),
and other activities.
4.4. If there is sufficient interest and assistance,
and if appropriate accommodations can be found, an annual "live" meeting of the ABC will be held.
4.5. As funds permit, the ABC will support charitable
5.1. As this is a Virtual club and many Club activities
occur online, Membership is open to all interested collectors
13 and older. Only one membership is allowed per person.
5.2. Members will pay the designated dues annually. The
membership year will begin July 1 and end June 30 of the following
calendar year. An email notice of annual dues for the upcoming
membership year will be sent to members no later than June 1
of each calendar year. If dues are not paid within 30 days after
membership expires, the membership will be terminated. If a
member decides to terminate his or her membership, there will
be no refund of paid dues. Dues are not pro-rated.
5.3. There are four types of Club Membership:
a. Regular Individual Membership (18 years old and older)
These members are eligible to participate in Club activities,
such as contests and raffles. They may hold office and are eligible
to vote. They may not own a business which sells or distributes
products by Adam Binder. They must pay the designated annual
dues. It is the member's responsibility to notify the officers
of the ABC if their personal information has changed.
b. Membership for a Minor (13 to 17 years of age) These
members are eligible to participate in Club activities, with
parent or guardian supervision. The parent/guardian must approve
the application by signing the application. They may not hold
office nor are they eligible to vote. They may not own a business
which sells or distributes products by Adam Binder. They must
pay the designated annual dues. Their email address will not
be shared. It is the member's/guardian's responsibility to notify
the officers of the ABC if their personal information has changed.
c. Sponsor Membership This membership is given as a courtesy
to sponsor stores of the ABC. In lieu of annual dues, sponsors
may donate at least two pieces per year to the ABC to be used
as raffle or door prizes. This membership is treated as a single
person and will be listed in the name provided by the store.
Sponsor members are not eligible to hold office and are not
eligible to vote. They will be listed as ABC sponsors.
d. Honorary Membership Adam Binder, Lisa Binder, Lueze
Edwards of Adam Binder Editions are granted honorary membership
in the ABC. These members are not required to pay dues. They
may not hold office or participate in ABC votes, but may offer
suggestions for improving the Club and its mission.
6. Officers of the the Club:
6.1. The Club is coordinated and managed by the Club
Officers. The Club Officers are elected according to the paragraph
6.3. The Club Officers perform their duties on a voluntary basis.
The Club Officers shall actively promote Club membership and
6.2. There are five Club Officers:
a. President: The President coordinates the activities
carried out by the Club. The President formally approves new
members and relieves those leaving the Club. The President may
substitute for any vacant position of an Officer. The President
may delegate duties to the other elected officers. Other duties
include, but are not limited to, presiding at general Club meetings,
communicating regularly with Club members via email alerts on
ABC matters, managing the Club website and sharing information about the ABC with Adam
Binder Editions. The President of the Club represents the Club
to all external contacts and will act as spokesperson for the
ABC in all matters concerning the Club.
or his/her designee will design and maintain the Club website and
will coordinate the
release of information on the website in accordance with Paragraph
7.2.1., plan the Club website activities in accordance with
Paragraph 4.2., and provide a medium for virtual elections and
voting. Should the need arise for additional technical support,
the President may appoint a person
or a committee, with the approval of the other officers, to
assist with technical aspects of the Virtual Activities of the
Club. The President or his/her designee must have the skills
necessary to create and maintain a website in compliance with
the requirements of Paragraph 4.2.
b. Vice President: The Vice President will assist the
President in any official function and will perform all duties
delegated by the President. In the absence of the President,
the Vice President will perform all duties and responsibilities
of the President. If an annual "live" meeting of the ABC is
planned, the Vice President will head the committee in charge
of making the arrangements.
c. Treasurer: The Treasurer will keep a full and accurate
record of all monetary transactions of the ABC and will be responsible
for depositing all monetary funds into the ABC bank account.
Duties include maintaining a record of all current paid members
and providing that information to the Vice President. Duties
also include preparing an annual fiscal report to be emailed
to all ABC members. The Treasurer is responsible for paying
the expenses incurred by the ABC from Club funds.
d. Secretary/Membership Chair: This officer will keep
a full and accurate record of the minutes of all general membership
meetings and a record of attendance at these meetings. Duties
include maintaining a full membership list and providing updated
rosters to officers of the ABC as needed. In addition, the Secretary/Membership
chair will maintain a "shared email list" of Club members who
have indicated that their email addresses can be shared. This
list will be emailed to Club members and sponsor stores by September
1 of each year, and may be shared more frequently, if needed.
The Secretary/Membership Chair will be responsible for all official
correspondence of the ABC and for sharing Membership information
with ABE, if requested to do so to verify membership. If warranted
in the future by the growth in size of the ABC, the office of
Secretary/Membership Chair may be separated into two separate
e. Charity Coordinator: The Charity Coordinator will
be responsible for maintaining records of all donations made
to the ABC and their disposition. Additionally, the Charity
Coordinator will work with the Treasurer and other officers
to announce and run Club raffles and to make donations to the
Club's designated charity or charities.
6.3. Elections of the Officers
6.3.1. Officers of the ABC will be elected by email ballot
for a term of two years. There is no limit on the terms in which
an officer can serve, provided that the general membership elects
said officer by a majority vote of those votes received. Any
eligible member may run for elected office, provided that they
meet all qualification requirements for that office stated in
Paragraph 6.2. Eligible members are defined under Regular Individual
Membership. A list of nominees will be emailed to all current
ABC members and elections will be decided by a simple majority
vote of all email ballots received.
6.3.2. To provide for the continuity of leadership, the
terms of office will be staggered, with President, and Treasurer
to be elected in even numbered years, and Vice President, Secretary/Membership
Chair and Charity Coordinator to be elected in odd numbered
years. Elections will be held in November, with the newly elected
officers beginning their tenure on January 1. The first ABC
elections will be held in November, 2003.
6.4. Special Committees The Club Officers have the authority
to form special committees, either through election or on a
voluntary basis for, but not limited to, the following purposes:
events and "live" general meetings, Collectible Shows, Membership
Programs and Techical Support.
6.5. Meetings of the Club Officers The elected Officers
of the ABC may meet via email or on an Internet forum. Any Club
Officer may initiate a "virtual" meeting to discuss Club business
as the need arises.
6.6. Removal of an Officer An officer can be relieved
from his/her duties by voting among all Club Officers, under
the following conditions: failure of the officer to perform
official duties as outlined in these bylaws and/or said officer
acts in a way which is not in accordance with the purposes of
this Club as stated in these Bylaws.
7. Permissions, rights and publishing policy
7.1. The Club's Logo
7.1.1. The Club's official logo is approved by Adam Binder.
It is a copyrighted design, and may not be used or distributed
without written permission from the Club.
7.1.2. The copyright of the Club's official logo belongs
to the Adam Binder Club.
7.2. The Club's website
7.2.1. The Club pledges to publish only the accurate
and verifiable information, and to observe the non-disclosure,
or timed disclosure, requirements set by Adam Binder Editions.
7.2.2. All materials presented on the ABC website, including
but not limited to research, compilation, site design, and images,
are subject to copyright protection, and may not be used in
whole or in part without written permission from the ABC website.
Images and quotations that are property of third parties are
used on this site under express permission from their owners
and with appropriate credits.
7.2.3. All materials presented on the ABC website may
be used for personal educational purposes only. Use in any commercial
endeavor, including online auctions and other for-profit venues,
is expressly prohibited under all circumstances.
8. The Club's finances
8.1. The Club's finances come in the form of monetary
contributions from members (annual membership dues, raffles,
ad hoc donations and other contributions) and collectibles donated
by the Club's Sponsors.
8.2. The finances are used to issue Club memorabilia,
and to support the Club Activities described in Paragraph 4.
Any Club expenditure of over $25 by a Club Officer needs to
be pre-approved by a majority vote of the Club Officers.
8.3. No part of the Club finances can be paid to a Club
Officer for performing his/her duty.
8.4. The Club has no profits.
8.5. The Club issues an annual fiscal report for all
members of the Club.
9.1. The Club pledges not to disclose any information
concerning its members to any third parties.
9.2. With the exception of minor members, unless otherwise
denied in writing by a member, permission is granted to the
ABC to use the member's name, photographs, or other likeness
on ABC's website, emails, or at meetings. The names and email
addresses of minor members will not be published without parental
consent. Use by and/or release of the membership list to Adam
Binder Editions is implicit in acceptance of membership in the
10. The Club Bylaws
10.1. The proposed Bylaws will be emailed to all current
Club members. It is ratified by a simple majority vote of all
eligible returned ballots.
10.2. Amendments to the Bylaws will be emailed to all
current ABC members. Acceptance of an amendment will be by a
simple majority vote of all returned ballots.
11. Disbanding of the Club
Should the ABC be disbanded, all Club members will be informed
via email. Any remaining Club funds will be donated to the Club's
charity or charities.
***** Special Acknowledgements *****
The ABC would gratefully like to acknowledge the generosity
of the Lone Star Harmony for providing us with a copy of their
Club Bylaws to use as a model.