MOQBA Constitution

Article 1 - Name

  • The name of the organization shall be "Missouri Quizbowl Alliance", officially abbreviated "MOQBA".

Article 2 - Purpose

  • The purpose of MOQBA is to encourage the proliferation of high-quality quizbowl throughout Missouri.

Article 3 - Membership

  • Section 1 - Membership in MOQBA is open to anyone residing in or within reasonable proximity to the state of Missouri who has a proven desire to promote high-quality quizbowl.
  • Section 2 - A candidate for membership shall be nominated by a current member of MOQBA, which shall be seconded by another member. Once a nomination has been seconded, the Secretary shall send an e-mail message to the full membership indicating that a Nomination for Membership has been initiated. All members shall have seven days following the send date of the notification e-mail to contact the Secretary indicating a "Yes" or "No" vote to the nomination. After the seven day period, the nominee shall gain membership if a majority of votes received by the Secretary are in favor of the nomination.
  • Section 3 - Membership is perpetual. A person's membership may be terminated by resignation or through a vote of the membership.
  • Section 4 - Any member may move for the removal of another member from MOQBA. The proposed membership termination shall be presided over by the Secretary, unless the Secretary is the subject of the proposed member removal, in which case the President shall preside. Member removal shall be discussed by the membership for a period not to exceed three days. Should a majority of members vote to proceed to a vote before three days has passed, the vote will then take place. If, during discussion of removal, the subject of removal has given by prior word or deed probable cause to the membership that he or she has engaged in any activity that is illegal, unethical, or would tend to bring MOQBA into disrepute within either the Missouri or national community by an overt act or willful neglect, the presiding officer shall send an e-mail to the membership indicating that a vote for member removal has been initiated. All members shall have seven days following the send date of the notification e-mail to contact the presiding officer indicating a "Yes" or "No" vote to the removal. After the seven day period, if two-thirds of the received votes are in favor of removal, or two-thirds of the total membership has voted to remove, whichever happens first, the applicable person shall no longer be a member of MOQBA.
  • Section 5 - Members shall keep contact information current by notifying the Secretary if and when a change in contact information occurs.

Article 4 - Officers

  • Section 1 - MOQBA officers shall consist of a President, Secretary, and Webmaster.
  • Section 2 - The President shall be the primary representative of MOQBA. Duties of the President include contacting schools about hosting MOQBA-certified events and responding to inquiries addressed to MOQBA via e-mail or any other method. The President shall serve as the official MOQBA liaison to other quizbowl organizations such as the Missouri State High School Activities Association and the Missouri Academic Coaches Association. The President shall also preside over voting proceedings when the Secretary is unable to do so.
  • Section 3 - The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining all official MOQBA documents and presiding over voting proceedings. The Secretary shall also be responsible for handling all finances such as maintenance of the MOQBA bank account, receiving and writing checks in the name of MOQBA, and filling out necessary paperwork in relation to the financial well-being of MOQBA.
  • Section 4 - The webmaster shall develop and maintain the MOQBA website located at moqba.org, and coordinate transactions and activities regarding the technical aspects of the website.
  • Section 5 - Any member may be nominated to fill a vacant officer position by another member, which shall be seconded by a third member. Once a nomination has been seconded, the Secretary shall send an e-mail message to the full membership indicating that a Nomination for Appointment to Office has been initiated. All members shall have seven days following the send date of the notification e-mail to contact the Secretary indicating a "Yes" or "No" vote to the nomination. After the seven day period, the nominee shall be appointed to the office if a majority of votes received by the Secretary are in favor of the nomination.
  • Section 6 - Officers shall remain in office perpetually. A term may be ended by resignation or impeachment.
  • Section 7 - A motion to impeach an officer may be presented by any member. The proposed impeachment shall be presided over by the Secretary, unless the Secretary is the subject of the proposed impeachment, in which case the President shall preside. Impeachment shall be discussed by the membership for a period of three days. If there is sufficient rationale to proceed with impeachment, the presiding officer shall send an e-mail to the membership indicating that a vote for impeachment has been initiated. All members shall have seven days following the send date of the notification e-mail to contact the presiding officer indicating a "Yes" or "No" vote to the impeachment. After the seven day period, if two-thirds of the received votes are in favor of impeachment, the impeached officer shall immediately be removed from office.

Article 5 - Event Affiliation

  • Section 1 - MOQBA may associate itself with quizbowl events by declaring an event as "MOQBA Certified".
  • Section 2 - The criteria for MOQBA certification shall be defined in the "Criteria for MOQBA Event Certification" document, hereinafter referred to as the Certification Criteria document.
  • Section 3 - An event may be proposed for certification by any member.
  • Section 4 - Events shall be reviewed by a minimum of four members who shall comprise a Certification Committee. A member may be added to or removed from the certification committee with majority approval by the MOQBA membership.
  • Section 5 - A minimum of two-thirds of the certification committee must approve an event for MOQBA Certification to be granted to a tournament that meets all criteria outlined in the Certification Criteria document. An event that does not meet all criteria may be granted MOQBA Certification only if all members of the certification committee approve.
  • Section 6 - The MOQBA membership shall review and discuss the "Criteria for MOQBA Event Certification" document annually during the summer.
  • Section 7 - Amendments to the Certification Criteria document may be made at any time, and shall take effect immediately with majority approval by the membership.

Article 6 - Amendments

  • Section 1 - An amendment may be proposed by any member.
  • Section 2 - A proposed amendment must be typewritten with all deletions in brackets and all additions in italics.
  • Section 3 - Once an amendment proposal has been seconded, the Secretary shall send an e-mail message to the full membership indicating that a Constitutional Amendment has been proposed. All members shall have seven days following the send date of the notification e-mail to contact the Secretary indicating a "Yes" or "No" vote to the amendment. After the seven day period, the amendment shall be approved if at least two-thirds of votes received by the Secretary are in favor of the amendment.

Article 7 - Definitions

  • "High-quality quizbowl" defines the style of quizbowl that rewards players for knowledge by using pyramidal questions, a fair format that reduces the likelihood of luck determining the outcome of a game or tournament, and encourages widespread participation.
  • "MOQBA Documents" include the Constitution, Criteria for MOQBA Event Certification document, voting records, member contact information, and any other logistical documents regarding the operation of MOQBA.
  • "Technical aspects of the website" include maintenance of the hosting account and registration of domain names.

Amended: December 5, 2009; August 2, 2010.