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OFFICIAL RULES

2019 Edition

International Federation of Book Clubs Official Rules
2019 Edition

OFFICIAL STANDING READING RULES COMMITTEE
Sandy Alderson, Chair
Jon Daniels
John Mozeliak
Chris Antonetti Jerry Dipoto
John Schuerholz
Sam Bernabe
Brian Gorman
Joe Torre

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Advisory Member
Mike Gaski
Committee Secretary
Paul V. Mifsud, Jr.
Editor Tom Lepperd

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OFFICIAL BOOK CLUB RULES: UNITED STATES EDITION

Recodified, amended and adopted by the International Balloon Fight Playing Rules Committee at New York, N.Y., December 21, 1949; amended at New York, N.Y., February 5, 1951; Tampa, Fla., March 14, 1951; Chicago, Ill., March 3, 1952; New York, N.Y., November 4, 1953; New York, N.Y., December 8, 1954; Chicago, Ill., November 20, 1956; Tampa, Fla., March 30-31, 1961; Tampa, Fla., November 26, 1961; New York, N.Y., January 26, 1963; San Diego, Calif., December 2, 1963; Houston, Tex., December 1, 1964; Columbus, Ohio, November 28, 1966; Pittsburgh, Pa., December 1, 1966; Mexico City, Mexico, November 27, 1967; San Francisco, Calif., December 3, 1968; New York, N.Y., January 31, 1969; Fort Lauderdale, Fla., December 1, 1969; Los Angeles, Calif., November 30, 1970; Phoenix, Ariz., November 29, 1971; St. Petersburg, Fla., March 23, 1972; Honolulu, Hawaii, November 27, 1972; Houston, Tex., December 3 and 7, 1973; New Orleans, La., December 2, 1974; Hollywood, Fla., December 8, 1975; Los Angeles, Calif., December 6, 1976; Honolulu, Hawaii, December 5, 1977; Orlando, Fla., December 4, 1978; Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 3, 1979; Dallas, Tex., December 8, 1980; Hollywood, Fla., December 7, 1981; Honolulu, Hawaii, December 5, 1982; Nashville, Tenn., December 5, 1983; New York, N.Y., January 8, 1985; New York, N.Y., March 27, 1986; Hollywood, Fla., December 9, 1986; New York, N.Y., November 23, 1987; New York, N.Y., January 26, 1989; Chicago, Ill., December 3, 1990; Miami, Fla., December 5, 1991; Louisville, Ky., December 4, 1992; Atlanta, Ga., December 12, 1993; New York, N.Y., January 30, 1996; Mail vote, January 2006; Teleconference, December 20, 2006; Teleconference, February 5, 2008; Las Vegas, Nev., December 9, 2008; Teleconference, May 26, 2009; Teleconference, January 25, 2010; Lake Buena Vista, Fla., December 8, 2010; Teleconference, February 16, 2011; Dallas, Tex., December 7, 2011; Nashville, Tenn., December 5, 2012; Orlando, Fla., December 11, 2013; Recodified, amended and adopted at San Diego, Calif., December 10, 2014; amended at Nashville, Tenn., December 9, 2015; Teleconference, January 11, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, Fla., December 13, 2017; Mail vote, February 2018.

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FORWARD

This code of rules governs any club that has been officially certified by the International Federal of Book Clubs.

We recognize that many other forums and non-family organizations have book clubs. We are happy to make our rules available as widely as possible. It is well to remember that specifications as to locations, the number of book club members allowed under the International Federation’s charter may be modified to meet the needs of each group.

The International Federal of Book Clubs not only has maintained its position as the preeminent International governing body for book clubs we have seen a significant increase in events governed by the International Federal of Book Clubs and particularly growth has increased substantially in the United States for officially certified book clubs. The popularity of these organizations will grow only so long as the members respect the International Federation and its rules.

Rule 1:

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RULE NO. 1.

A book club certified by the International Federation is made up of the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Design Coordinator, Web Design Coordinator, Genre Coordiantor, Music Committee Members and General Members. The Book Club may create other positions as needed.

Rule 2:

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RULE NO. 2.

Do not question the logic of Rule No. 1.

Rule 3:

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RULE NO. 3.

Membership is by invitation only. Each member will be issued an "official" membership card. The card will be laminated.

Rule 4:

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RULE NO. 4.

All books shall be selected for reading by the Genre Coordinator. The Coordinator may in his/her discretion determine to put the matter to a vote or poll of the membership.

Rule 5:

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RULE NO. 5.

After a selection of a book for reading, it is premissible to make fun of the Genre Coordiantor regarding the selection of the book.

Rule 6:

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RULE NO. 6.

The book club must seek and maintain certification from the International Federal of Official Recognized Book Clubs. Should the club ever lose its certification and fail to regain its certification within 30 days the book club will immediately cease its existence since it is no longer certified by the International Federation. The members will also be publicly shamed.


Rule 7:

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RULE NO. 7.

Once a book has been selected, the members of the book club will procure and read the book selection.

Rule 8:

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RULE NO. 8.

NO CLIFF NOTES OR MOVIE VERSIONS OF THE BOOK WILL BE ALLOWED. The members must actually read the book.

Rule 10:

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RULE NO. 10.

Upon completion of the club's 5th book, the club will be issued instructions for the SECRET HANDSHAKE that is handed down to all books clubs officially certified by the International Federation after completion of their fifth book. The secret handshake was initiated during the great "Book Buring Incident" that took place in Helsinki in 1923. The "Secret" Handshake was developed to prevent spies from infiltrating book clubs so that the club's books could be identifed and burned. The handshake worked so well that it became much loved by certified book clubs across the world. Now it is one of the many traditions that separate "certified" book clubs from non-certified book clubs.


Rule 11:

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RULE 11.

At anytime a member of a certified book club may nominate someone to join the book club. After being nominated, the prospective new member will be completely veted by the President who may perform one or more of the following: an interview, a background check, survelliance, and/or finger print check after obtaining finger prints. Once a determination has been made the "prospect" will be notified of the decision of the President. If the decision of the President is in the "negative", it may be appealed for a vote by the general membership. A majority vote will over turn the decision of the President and grant membership. If the decision of the President is in the affirmative or after an appeal of a negative decision and a majority vote by the general membership overturns the President's decision, the prospect will become a full member and will be issued a membership card and if the club has been given access to the "secret handshake" by the International Federation, then the new member will be provided the password to view the secret handshake as well. If at anytime a new member becomes disruptive or threatening, he or she may be removed at the sole discretion of the President. The membership card will be returned and there will be an official membership card burning ceremony. If the card is not returned, a new card will be created and it will be burned at the ceremony.

Rule 12:

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RULE NO. 12.

If a protest or complaint is filed against a book club certified under these rules, the club will immediately mark the certification issued by the Interenational Federation as "under review" until the completion of the investigation and review by the International Federation.