The name of this Club shall be "NY World Runners" (hereafter referred to as “NYWR” or the "Club").
A. The prime objective of the Club shall be the promotion and encouragement of distance running by fostering a running community that organizes weekly group running activities that will be posted publicly, including minimum standards, as well as frequent casual and formal social events.
B. In furtherance of objective "II.A," the Club may hold, sponsor or participate in competitive races, lectures, fun runs, workouts, other athletic activities, educational activities, demonstrations, clinics and social events; may print and publish books, magazines, websites, articles and newsletters; and may present awards; and in addition, may do all such other things as may be conducive to the encouragement of distance running.
C. Other objectives of the Club are to engage in community activities, and to publicize by appropriate means the benefits of distance running as a means of physical fitness.
This Club shall be a member club of the New York Road Runners Inc. (“NYRR”) including submission of annuals dues and the club will adopt all measures as stated in the agreement between this Club and the NYRR. The Club may evaluate affiliation to the USA Track & Field Inc. (“USATF”).
After a brief trial period, individuals who wish to continue to participate in the activities of the Club shall submit an application for membership along with a waiver. Membership shall not be restricted on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation or national origin. No person deemed to be a youth (under the age of eighteen in the state of New York) shall be permitted to become a Member. The Club reserves the right to deny membership to any prospective member who has previously violated the rules and laws outlined in the Code of Conduct in section VII., at the discretion of the Club President. Individuals who have fulfilled all these requirements, are referred to hereinafter as “Members”.
V. MANAGEMENT OR GOVERNMENT
The management of this Club shall be vested in a Board of Directors acting on a voluntary basis.
A. The Club will not seek to earn a profit. No membership fees will be requested. Any contribution received by the Club will be spent entirely for carrying out the stated purposes of the contribution.
B. This Club shall be empowered to participate in fundraising activities in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
VII. CODE OF CONDUCT
All members will be required to follow all rules of the NYRR, USATF, and any race or event in which they participate including local traffic/pedestrian laws. Members shall always reflect positively on the Club by acting in a positive, respectful and safe manner to team members, all other participants, and all race employees, volunteers, spectators and passersby. Runners who join the Club are attesting that they are legally an adult, which in the state of New York is eighteen, and that they have agreed to the terms and conditions of joining which are located here:
Members shall create and maintain a hospitable and comfortable environment for their teammates and guests. Members are expected to respect the race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation or national origin of all other runners. Any act whether physical, verbal, or visual that can be construed as harassment or discrimination will
not be tolerated.
Members are responsible to ensure that this Code of Conduct is followed and are expected to report any inappropriate action(s) or behavior(s) to a Club Officer. Violations of this Code of Conduct can result in a written warning and/or a temporary or permanent ban from the Club by a majority vote of the club officers. The Club Council will allow the accused member(s) an opportunity to be heard in person or in writing, prior to the levy of any sanctions.
VIII. TAX STATUS AND DISSOLUTION
No part of the net earnings of the Club inures to the benefit of, or is distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons.
No substantial part of the Club’s activities can be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. The Club may not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Regardless of any other provision of these articles, the Club may not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation (a) that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or (b) contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
In the event of dissolution of the Club, the funds in the treasury, after all creditors have been paid, shall go to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with a similar purpose to the Club’s as determined by a majority vote of the Officers.