Charles County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Charles County 9-7-1982 by Res. No. 82-62. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Senior citizens clubs are designated by the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland, to provide an harmonious atmosphere for social and recreational activities for older Charles Countians. As such, the goal of the senior citizens clubs is to reduce social isolation and enhance the quality of life for older Countians.
A. 
Senior citizens clubs are designated by the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland, and funded on an annual basis.
B. 
A group of fewer than 11 active members may not be eligible for designation as a club.
A. 
Membership in the Charles County senior citizens clubs is open to anyone over 55 or over age 50 and disabled, regardless of race or national origin, sex or religious or political affiliation.
B. 
It is preferred that members belong to only the one club nearest the member's place of residence (primary club).
C. 
Membership in any club should first be open to those who are not members of another appointed club.
D. 
If a person's membership in a club which is not the member's primary club prevents the membership of a senior citizen who lives near that club and is not a member of any other club, the club leader will advise the coordinator, who may request that the person having dual membership withdraw from the secondary club.
A. 
Upon creation of a club, representatives of the club meet with the Charles County Aging Services Director and Area Council on Aging Chairperson, or their designees, to identify a club leader.
B. 
Club leaders are selected by the club members through a fair process which will permit the selection of a person capable of carrying out the responsibilities of leadership.
C. 
Club representatives will meet with and advise the Aging Services Office of their selection of a leader.
D. 
The Director of Aging Services will advise the County Commissioners of the club leader selection, and, upon their approval, the club leader becomes a stipended volunteer.
E. 
By the same process, club members may request appointment of a different individual to serve as club leader.
A. 
The club leader provides the link in communication from Aging Services to the membership, conveying to the club information on available services and programs and/or announcements in the interest of senior citizens.
B. 
The club leader reports to the Aging Services Coordinator.
C. 
Club leader duties include conducting weekly senior citizens club meetings and submitting to the coordinator a weekly report of club activities and services and other related information as requested. The leader is to attend quarterly club leaders' meetings as scheduled and report appropriate information to the club members.
D. 
The leader arranges trips or activities on behalf of the membership, or a member or committee of members is selected to handle these arrangements.
E. 
Additionally, the leader makes arrangements for presentations/guest speakers on topics of interest to the membership, e.g., services to the aging, energy/weatherization, health and/or income maintenance, or a club member is selected to do this. The leader may suggest topics to the membership and invite indication of their interest in the subject matter, or members may suggest an agenda to the leader and invite indication of interest from the membership. Club meeting time is not to be used in support of specific political activities.
F. 
If club members prefer, they may provide financial support to the club treasury. Financial records should be open to review by a finance committee, which committee may submit a report to the leader and membership.
G. 
As a representative of the club, the club leader is not to engage in political activity. The leader may not show favoritism toward nor discrimination against club members or persons seeking membership in the club.
H. 
As a volunteer receiving a stipend from the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland, the club leader is not eligible for fringe benefits or leave time.
I. 
If a club leader chooses to take a vacation from club activities, the leader may pay a club member to act as a substitute leader, assuming full responsibility in the leader's absence.
A. 
Clubs are free to operate in an harmonious manner which provides positive support of the interests of the membership.
B. 
Bylaws are not required. Clubs may choose to adopt bylaws specific to the interests and needs of their group that are not contrary to law or County rules, regulations or policies.
C. 
Clubs are not required to have officers. Clubs may elect to have officers in support of club activities.
D. 
Clubs may not discriminate against nor show favoritism toward members/individuals on the basis of race or national origin, sex or religious or political affiliation.
E. 
Moneys collected or funds raised in support of club activities become the property of the club, to be used as members deem appropriate.
F. 
Each club should establish adequate records of fiscal activity to ensure proper controls of receipts and expenditures.
G. 
The organization of the local aging network is such that it allows the club members to communicate directly to the club leader, who reports to the Aging Services Coordinator.
H. 
Club issues which are unresolved at the level of the leader and coordinator may be referred to the Director of Aging Services. Unresolved matters at the level of the Director are referred to the County Administrator and finally, if necessary, to the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland.