MTS is a not-for-profit organization, with goals of expanding the love of tango, encouraging instruction in the Madison area, reaching out to other dance communities, and continuing a positive learning environment for dancers at all levels.
MTS is run by a Board of Directors, elected by the membership. The Board elects Officers. The members of the MTS Board, along with their Officer positions and their email contact information, are:
Jennifer Sutherland (President)
Tony DeGregoria (Treasurer)
Madison Tango Society Inc. is a Wisconsin non-stock corporation with bylaws and policies.
Madison Tango Society Policies
Due to the nature of contact between dance partners during Argentine Tango, participants must be one of the following:
1.1. 18 years of age or older
1.2. Between the ages of 16 & 18 and have turned in a “Permission slip for participation” form signed by their parent or legal guardian
1.3. Accompanied by and under direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian.
2.1. It is the policy and intention of MTS to provide an environment for its participants that is free from all forms of intimidation, discrimination, harassment, and other inappropriate conduct.
2.2. Misconduct is defined as behavior(s) which, under normal circumstances, a reasonable person would have anticipated that the other person would be offended, humiliated, or intimidated.
2.3. Sexual Harassment
Section III.32(13) of the Wisconsin Statutes defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature includes but is not limited to the deliberate repeated display of offensive sexually graphic materials which is not necessary for business purposes.
If you feel that you have been the target of any of these behaviors, please contact a member of the MTS board of directors, a club officer, or, in the case of cosponsored events, any other event host as soon as you are able.
Misconduct will not be tolerated and MTS will take corrective action to prevent reoccurrences of such behavior that are brought to its attention. These actions may include imposing disciplinary measures up to, and including, termination of the offender’s membership in The Madison Tango Society and prevention in the attendance and participation in events hosted
3. Physical Injury
Due to the nature of any physical activity, the following shall be prominently displayed at the entrance to all MTS events:
Dancing challenges balance, strength and endurance and with this comes a risk of injury. Madison Tango Society Inc. (MTS) and its officers and board members are not liable for any injury that may occur while participating in our activities. The MTS officers and board will attempt to identify and be proactive in changing any environmental hazards to decrease or prevent the risk of injury from occurring. MTS, its officers and board members, are not responsible for any floor conditions, such as slippery floors as a result of water, wax or dirt on the floor. In addition, we request that all participants promptly report any environmental concerns or injuries, including those caused by other dancers, to a board member or officer.
Madison Tango Society Bylaws
September 13th, 2006
Amended and Passed
November 2, 2013
Amended and Passed
November 7, 2015
1. Name & Structure
1.1. The name of the organization is The Madison Tango Society (MTS). It is a non-stock corporation in the State of Wisconsin with members.
1.2. MTS is governed and represented by a board of directors elected by general membership, and by officers elected by the board of directors.
2. Primary Purpose & Goal
2.1. MTS is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to encourage, provide and promote Argentine Tango in and near the area of Madison, WI.
3. Board of Directors
3.1. Board member positions have a term length of two years,
commencing on November 8th.
3.2. There is no limit to the number of terms a person may serve
on the board of directors.
3.3. All elected board members will have one vote during board
3.4. Board members will receive no special compensation other that which is defined by §9.2.
3.5. The list of the board of directors and their email contact information shall be made publicly available on the MTS website
and by request.
3.6. Upon leaving the board, board members shall transfer any
records or other assets in their possession to the board of
directors within 30 days.
3.7. A board member may be expelled by a unanimous vote of all
other board members
4. Elections for Board of Directors
4.1. The board of directors is to be elected by a general membership vote.
4.2. The board will be divided into term classes, with up to 4 members for each two year term.
4.3. General members in good standing are eligible to be nominated for a position on the board of directors. The board shall nominate candidates for the vacant positions in each class.
4.4. Each member will be given a ballot listing all eligible nominees for each term class. Voting to elect the board of directors
consists of marking up to four candidates yes on the ballot for each term class. Any ballot with more than four yes votes will be
4.5. The four candidates with the most votes, including those tied with them, become board members.
5. Voting by the Board of Directors
5.1. Any board member may call for a resolution to be voted on by
the board. Another board member must second the resolution
for further discussion and vote.
5.2. Proxy voting is not permitted.
5.3. Anonymous voting is not permitted.
5.4. A Quorum is required for the board to vote. A quorum is a simple majority of the board. A vote is passed with the majority of the quorum.
6. Board Meetings
6.1. The Board will meet once after November 8th to elect officers for the following calendar year. The officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. An individual may hold more than one title. The officers shall run the day-to-day business of MTS.
6.2. The Board will meet during the year in the event of the resignation of an officer or an officer becoming incapable of
performing his duties or being deemed incapable by the Board of performing his duties, to elect a replacement.
6.3. The Board may hold a Special Meeting to discuss and vote on a specific item proposed by at least two Board members. The
meeting shall be strictly limited to discussion and vote on that
6.4. The President may call for a Special Meeting of the Board to discuss and vote on a specific item. The meeting shall be strictly limited to discussion and vote on that specific item.
6.5. The chair of each meeting will be the President. The chair will lead the meeting. In the event the President is not available, the Vice President will chair the meeting. In the event the Vice President is also unavailable, the Treasurer will chair the
6.6. Minutes of the meeting will be recorded by the Secretary and will be sent out to board members and Officers. If the Secretary is not available, the chair will appoint a secretary for the meeting.
6.7. All MTS members and invitees may attend open meetings. MTS meetings are open unless the board closes the meeting for the purposes of discussing confidential matters, including, but not limited to, complaints, allegations and other matters requiring adjudication, and all matters related to litigation. All Officers are allowed to attend closed meetings.
6.8. Minutes from board meetings will be provided on request, unless the meeting is closed. 6.9. The President will schedule the date, time and location of every Board meeting, and determine if the meeting is closed. All Board members must be given at least one week of advanced notice of the meeting. The receipt of the advanced notice must be confirmed.
6.10. The Secretary will create the agenda for the meeting and send out a general email to all members announcing an open
Board meeting, at least one day prior to the meeting.
7. Financial Administration
7.1. The Treasurer will administer finances. These responsibilities include but are not limited to:
7.1.1. Provide a yearly financial status report to the Board of Directors
7.1.2. Make payments and reimbursements from MTS’s checking account or cash box
7.1.3. Make MTS funds available to make change for admission to MTS events.
8.1. Committees may be formed by the President. These conditions apply:
8.1.1. The President provides the committee with a primary purpose.
8.1.2. The President provides the committee with a statement outlining expenses and/or income.
8.1.3. Only an officer has the signature authority to commit MTS into any binding agreement.
8.1.4. The committee must include at least one MTS member and may also have other invitees.
8.1.5. The chair of the committee is appointed by the President and must be an MTS member. The chair will report back to
the President on the findings of the committee.
8.1.6. The President may overrule any decision made by a committee and may replace the chair at any time.
9. General Membership & Participants
9.1.1. Membership and participation in MTS and events hosted by MTS are open to all members of the community without
discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexuality, disability or national origin.
9.2.1. People providing goods and/or services under the direction of the Board of Directors can be appropriately compensated. This includes the Officers.
9.2.2. People providing goods and/or services under the direction of the Officers can be appropriately compensated.
9.2.3. Board members will be MTS members during their terms of service on the Board without having to pay membership
renewal. Board members must pay admission to MTS events. MTS membership ceases when membership on the Board
9.2.4. Officers will be MTS members during their terms of service without having to pay membership renewal. MTS
membership ceases when the term as Officer has ended.
9.2.5. Committee chairpersons will have the same membership privileges as Board members.
9.3. Member Dues
9.3.1. The board shall consider the amount of dues once per year at the annual meeting. A change in the amount of dues
requires a vote of the board.
9.4. Member Rights
9.4.1. Each member is entitled to:
184.108.40.206. One vote in general elections;
220.127.116.11. Attend meetings of the general membership and all other members’ only events;
18.104.22.168. Attend open board meetings;
22.214.171.124. Published membership discounts at MTS events, businesses, et al.;
126.96.36.199. Access to records of the club as specified by §11;
9.5.1. Participants shall demonstrate courtesy and respect for all persons involved. Due to the physical nature of dance, we
emphasize that participants respect each other’s personal boundaries and choose a dance position or style within the
comfort level of their partner. If a comfort level cannot be agreed upon, then either person may choose not to dance
with that partner; all participants must respect and comply with such a request. All members are expected to cooperate
fully on matters of club policy.
9.6. Member Resignation
9.6.1. Any member may resign his/her membership by filing a written resignation with the board. Resignation shall not
relieve the member of the obligation of paying unpaid fees or other charges. Membership fees or other charges already
paid are not refundable.
9.7. Membership Transfer
9.7.1. Memberships are not transferable.
9.8. Member & Participant Suspension, Termination, Restriction & Expulsion
9.8.1. For a single event only, any board member or officer has the right to expel or deny entry to anyone. This expulsion is
for the duration of the event. The board member or officer must attempt to notify all board members and officers as soon
as is reasonably possible.
9.8.2. The board may vote to suspend, terminate, expel or otherwise restrict any member or participant for good cause
after a right to a hearing before the board to which the member or participant is given at least one week's written
9.8.3. Any member suspended or expelled from the club shall not be allowed to participate in any MTS sponsored activities.
The duration of suspension shall be clearly stated in the written notice of suspension. 9.8.4. Good cause includes, but is not limited to, the following:
188.8.131.52. Inappropriate physical or verbal behavior;
184.108.40.206. Improper or disruptive conduct;
220.127.116.11. Other violations of MTS policy as determined by the board of directors
10. Record Keeping
10.1. The Secretary shall collect and maintain records to include but not be limited to the following:
10.1.1. Membership directory
10.1.1.1. The Secretary will maintain current listing of the each member’s membership form, which will minimally
include name and email address.
10.1.2. Attendance records
10.1.2.1. The Secretary will maintain records of the number of members/non-members attending events with admission. 10.1.3. Minutes of board meetings and general member meetings
10.1.5. Contact information for instructors, event organizers, volunteers and venues
10.1.6. Events calendar for previous and upcoming events
10.1.7. Current Bylaws and Policies
10.2. The Treasurer will maintain financial records to be organized by calendar year and will contain at least the following: 10.2.1. Financial transaction forms
10.2.2. Financial statements presented at board meetings
10.2.3. Bank statements
11. Record Access
11.1. Upon written request and within a reasonable period of time, no longer than 30 days, MTS members may have access to all records. Records specifically excluded from this policy are:
11.1.1. Membership directory, full details
11.1.2. Minutes and notes from closed board meetings
11.1.3. Other records, as determined by the board of directors, to protect the identities of everyone involved in alleged
12. Amending Bylaws
12.1. A proposal to amend the bylaws requires a unanimous vote of board members. The proposed amendments must be approved by a simple majority vote of the general membership in attendance at the annual meeting in November.
13.1. MTS may be dissolved by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors.
13.2. MTS may be subject to administrative dissolution by the State of Wisconsin if it doesn’t meet the requirements of at least
three directors and one officer, or if it cannot pay the annual non-stock corporation fee due to lack of funds.
13.3. Upon the dissolution of MTS, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the
liabilities, dispose of all remaining assets in such manner or to such organization or organizations organized and operated
exclusively for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or
organizations under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any such
assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of MTS
is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine,
which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
We would also like to express our enormous gratitude to these people for supporting Madison Tango Society and contributing their time, energy and ideas to MTS as part of the MTS Board of Directors. (Did we mention that this list is in no way complete to all who have given their ideas and time?)
|Krista Spiro||Director: 2005 - 2010|
|Can Bora||Director: 2005 - 2006|
|Angie Fadness||Director: 2005 - 2010|
|Ben Klam||Director: 2005 - 2006|
|Marek Szotkowski||Director: 2005|
|Diana Leystra||Director: 2006 - 2007|
|Karen Ostrov||Director: 2007|
|Steve Fosdal||Director: 2005 - 2008|
|Martha Stephenson||Director: 2005 - 2009|
|Rebecca Vanderpool||Director: 2008 - 2010|
|Marquis Childs||Director: 2008 - 2010|
|Joseph “Joe” Bequette||Director: 2010 - 2011|
|John Curran||Director: 2012 - 2013|
|Doug & Katie Reuhl||Directors: 2014 - 2019|
|Janna Jilnina||Director: 2019 - 2021|
|Mark Gahler||Director: 2019 - 2021|