Due to the
recent television exposure of magic, please be aware of the Code of Ethics
in Article VII of The International Brotherhood of Magicians Constitution
and By-Laws states as follows:
Sec. 1. (b) Members
shall refrain from all exposures of tricks, illusions and magical
principles and conform to signed pledges of this organization and as
prescribed in the Ritual now in effect or hereafter adopted.
(c) Members shall not furnish information concerning modus operandi of
magical effects to the lay public through the medium of magazines,
periodicals, newspapers, radio, telephone, television, motion pictures,
giveaways, premiums, or through the use of any other means whatsoever
whereby the same may be transmitted.
Ring No. 81 Of The International Brotherhood of
Magicians Ring Constitution
This organization shall be
known as the Inez Blackstone Kitchen Ring No. 81 of the International
Brotherhood of Magicians. This name is in memory of Inez Blackstone
Headquarters of this organization shall be Sarasota, Florida, United
States of America.
name of Ring 81's newsletter shall be Magic Monthly.
organization shall be governed under the laws of the State of Florida as a
organize, associate, and encourage those interested in the art of magic
and its advancement.
foster and advance the magical talents, creativity and Knowledge of the
promote fellowship and social interaction, exchange of ideas and
cooperation between those interested in the magical arts.
cultivate and advance the art of magic in the fields of entertainment,
education, and other cultural areas.
promote to the magical community an applicable code of ethics as
established by the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
shall be three classes of Ring membership: Active, Family and
Active member must be at least 12 years of age and shall have been
interested in magic for at least one year.
family member must be a spouse or child of Active member.
Honorary membership may be awarded to an Active Ring Member who has
significantly advanced the Magical Arts.
Ring members must join the International Brotherhood of Magicians and
remain members in good standing.
condition of membership, all Ring members shall pledge to be bound by the
International Brotherhood of Magicians code of ethics.
condition of membership, prospective members must perform a magical effect
or routine for the membership at a regular meeting and be voted into
membership by a majority of members present at that meeting.
affairs of the Ring shall be conducted by a Board of Directors comprised
of the following Elected Officers and Directors: President, Vice
President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President. Terms of
office shall be for one year. The President shall not hold that office for
more than two consecutive terms.
least three (3) members of the Board of Directors must be present at any
Board Meeting to constitute a quorum.
least thirty percent of the members of the organization must be present at
any regular Ring meeting to constitute a quorum.
VII: AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
Amendments to this Constitution may be made at any regular business
meeting of this organization by a two thirds vote of the membership
present, provided that this proposed amendment or amendments have been
posted and/or read at the two immediately previous regular Ring meetings,
or provided that such proposed amendment or amendments have been
distributed to the membership and received two thirds votes of those votes
cast by mail.
VIII: GOVERNING BODY AND INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF MAGICIANS
provisions within the Ring Constitution and By-laws that are in conflict
with the Constitution an By-law of the International Brotherhood of
Magicians and/or laws covering the State of Florida will be superseded by
the rules and laws issued b y the latter governing bodies.
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AND PRIVILEGES
Application for Active membership must be made on an approved
membership form and be properly signed by the applicant. The application
must be endorsed by two Active of Honorary members of the Ring stating
that the applicant is of good moral character and worthy of membership.
The application will be accompanied by the current membership fees
established by the Board of Directors.
Memberships are secured by the same procedures as is required for Active
membership. Family members shall enjoy the same privileges as Active
members except they shall have no vote in the meetings or hold office,
however they may serve on committees.
Honorary Membership in Ring 81 may be granted to Active Ring 81
members who have attained distinction in the Magical Arts. Recommendation
for Honorary Membership shall be initiated by a unanimous recom-mendation
of the Board of Directors and shall be decided by a three fourths majority
vote of members present at a regular meeting in which this item of
business is on the published the agenda or via mail ballot. In addition to
their distinction, Honorary Ring Members shall possess the same privileges
as an Active member but pay no Ring dues.
MEMBER SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION
Members may be suspended or expelled from membership or removed from
the executive offices of the Ring for: any conduct which is not in the
best interest of the Ring; violation of the Code of Ethics; and violation
of Ring 81 Constitution an By-laws. The decision to expel, suspend or
remove from office restson first recommendation by the Board of Directors
to do so, followed by a three fourths majority vote of the membership at a
meeting in which the membership is notified of the issue at least one
month prior to voting.Members considered for expulsion, suspension or
removal from office will be formerly notified and be given the opportunity
to meet with the Board and membership prior to any vote on such
dues for all membership classes shall be established by the Board of
Directors during the annual budgetary review. Any changes in rate will be
published in the Ring Newsletter. Dues shall be payable before January 1
for the following calendar year.
member who becomes in arrears may be subject to late payment fees, and if
for a period greater than two months shall, subject to a decision by the
Board of Directors, forfeit their membership an be subject to
reinstatement only upon making application as a new member.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
shall be the duty of the President to: be the Chief Executive Officer of
the Ring, guiding it with due counsel with the Board of Directors; preside
at all meetings of the organization; and serve as an ex-officio member of
President may, after due counsel with the Board of Directors, appoint
standing and ad hoc committees as necessary to carry out the Ring's
activities and functions. The following positions and committees may be
assigned by the President upon assuming office:
1) An Auditing
Committee, which shall audit the books of the treasurer at the end of the
fiscal year and provide a written record of their audit to the Ring Board
2) A Budget
Committee, which shall present a proposed annual budget to the Board of
Directors within forty-five days after the start of the fiscal
3) A Scribe who
shall submit monthly reports and other articles to the Linking
4) A Historian who
shall maintain the historical archives and critical permanent records of
5) An Editor who
will be responsible for the publication of the Ring Newsletter.
6) A Program
committee responsible for lectures and program themes.
Vice President shall assist the President in the duties of that office,
and in the absence of the President serve as the Ring's presiding officer.
The Vice President may serve as an ex officio member of committees in
substitution for the President and assume other duties delegated to him.
The Vice President will serve on the Budget Committee.
Secretary shall: keep a true record of all meetings; files of significant
correspondence related to the Ring; execute in a timely manner the Ring
correspondence including submission of required reports and requested
information to the executive office and officers of the International
Brotherhood of Magicians; and perform other duties as delegated by the
Board of Directors.
Sergeant at Arms will assure that the hospitality of the Ring is extended
to members and guests, The Sergeant at Arms will assure that all persons
attending Ring closed meeting are members of the Ring in good standing or
Treasurer shall oversee all deposits and receipts of money of the Ring and
shall assure prompt payment of all properly approved Ring obligations. The
Treasurer shall maintain accurate accounting records of all receipts and
disbursements and report the status of these against the Ring's budget to
the Board of Directors.The Treasurer will also chair the Budget Committee
and review the Ring's financial accounts and recommend alternative banking
facilities and investments.
routine business of the Ring shall be administered by the Board of
Directors. They shall consider and take action on any proposals submitted
to it by members of the Ring. They may act upon such proposals or prepare
from them a suitable motion to be presented for consideration at any
regular meeting of the Ring.
case of the death, resignation or inability of any officer to serve, the
Board of Directors shall appoint a successor. Such successor will serve
until the next annual election.
Board of Directors shall investigate all grievances arising from conduct
unbecoming a Ring officer or member. They may present proposals to the
membership for action to expel, suspend or remove from office members for
officer or other member of the Ring shall make any expenditure or enter
into any contract that becomes a financial obligation of the organization,
unless the expenditure or contract has been approved be the Board of
Directors either as a special commitment or as part of its annual budget.
Committee Chairs of major functions, e.g. public shows and banquets, shall
submit a budget to the board for approval prior to commitment of
METHOD OF ELECTION
Board of Directors will annually recommend candidates for nomination for
the elected offices of the Ring. This shall be completed by sixty days
prior to the date of the annual election, the first regular meeting in
December. Such recommendations shall not exceed two candidates for each
office and shall be publish-ed in the Ring newsletter at least thirty days
prior to the election. In addition any qualified member may be nominated
for office of the Ring petition, provided said petition is submitted to
the Ring Secretary before October 15 and is signed by fifteen
days prior to the annual election, an official ballot containing the names
of all qualified nominees, shall be distributed to each Active and
Honorary member. Ballots shall be marked and returned no later than the
date designated on the ballet and to the address shown. The ballots shall
be sent in an envelope marked "Election Ballot" and delivered to a Ballot
Committee, consisting of three members appointed by the Board. The Ballot
Committee shall secure and count all ballots and report the results to the
Board within one week of the election. The decision of the Ballot
Committee shall be final in instances involving the validity or
questionable marking of a ballot. Election to all offices shall be by a
simple majority of the ballots cast. Nominees named for elective offices,
who are uncontested, shall be elected without balloting.
Board of Directors shall in establishing the rules and timetables for the
conduct of the election be guided by the principle that all the qualified
members should have the privilege of voting.
Elected Officers assume their responsibilities at the first regular
meeting in January.
Ring shall hold its regular meetings on the first Thursday of the month.
At the discretion of the Board of Directors, meeting dates that conflict
with holidays or other events may be canceled or moved to a different
date. The Board of Directors may shift the meeting night to accommodate
special events and it may add additional meetings for lectures and other
magic or social activities.
VIII: AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS
Amendments to the By-laws may be made at any regular business meeting
of this organization by two thirds vote of the members present, provided
that the membership has been notified of the proposed changes by mail at
least two months prior to meeting and the proposed amendments have been
postedin the two business meetings immediately prior to that in which the
vote is taken.
Roberts Revised Rules of Order shall govern Ring
meetings when not in conflict with the Ring's Constitution and By-laws or
Florida laws covering this organization.