Article I. Membership
Section 1.01 Eligibility.
There shall be two types of membership: individual and family. An individual membership is open to all persons 18 years of age and older who subscribe to the purposes of this Club. A Family membership is open to an immediate family unit, including parent(s) and/or guardian(s) and all their legal children living in the same single-family residence, who subscribe to the purposes of this Club. Minor children of Family members may be present at, and may participate with parental or guardianship supervision in the conduct of the Club as appropriate to these Bylaws, but shall not exercise a vote. While membership is to be unrestricted as to residence, the Club's primary purpose is to be representative of the breeders and exhibitors in the Greater Sacramento Area.
Section 1.02 Dues.
Membership dues shall not exceed $25.00 per year for individual members and $45.00 per year for family members, payable on or before the 1st day of January of each year. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. During the month of November the Treasurer shall send to each member a statement of dues for the ensuing year.
Section 1.03 Election to Membership.
Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as
approved by the
board of directors. The application shall state the name and address of
applicant and it shall carry the endorsement of two members in good
standing. Accompanying the
application, the prospective member shall submit dues payment for the
current year. All applications are to be filed with the Secretary
application is to be read at the first meeting of the club following
its receipt. At the next club
meeting the application will be voted upon and affirmative votes of 2/3
of the members present
and voting by
Section 1.04 Termination of Membership.
Memberships may be terminated:
b) by lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member's dues remain unpaid (either 30/60/90 days) after the first day of the fiscal year; however, the board may grant an additional (either 30/60/90 days) of grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case may a person be entitled to vote at any club meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting.
c) by expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these bylaws.
Article II. Meetings and Voting
Section 2.01 Club Meetings.
Meetings of the club shall be held quarterly in Sacramento (or within the greater Sacramento area) at such hour and place as may be designated by the board of directors. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such meetings shall be 20 percent of the members in good standing.
Section 2.02 Special Club Meetings.
Special club meetings may be called by the President, or by a
vote of the
Section 2.03 Board Meetings.
Meetings of the board of directors shall be held quarterly in Sacramento (or within the greater Sacramento area) at such hour and place as may be designated by the board. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least five days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such a meeting shall be a majority of the board.
Section 2.04 Special Board Meetings.
Special meetings of the board may be called by the President; and shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a written request signed by at least three members of the board. Such special meetings shall be held in Sacramento (or within the greater Sacramento area) at such place, date, and hour as may be designated by the person authorized herein to call such meeting. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least five days and not more than 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. Any such notice shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other business shall be transacted thereat. The quorum for such a meeting shall be a majority of the board.
Section 2.05 Voting.
Each member in good standing whose dues are paid for the current year shall be entitled to one vote at any meeting of the club at which he is present. Individual members shall hold one vote; family members shall hold two votes. Proxy voting will not be permitted at any club meeting or election.
Article III. Directors and Officers
Section 3.01 Board of Directors.
The board shall be comprised of the officers and three other persons, all of whom shall be members in good standing and all of whom shall be elected for one-year terms at the club's annual meeting as provided in Article IV and shall serve until their successors are elected. General management of the club's affairs shall be entrusted to the board of directors.
Section 3.02 Officers.
The club's officers, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, shall serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the club and its meetings and the board and its meetings.
a) The President shall preside at all meetings of the club and of the board, and shall have the duties and powers normally appurtenant to the office of President in addition to those particularly specified in these bylaws.
b) The Vice President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President's death, absence or incapacity.
c) The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the club and of the board and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the club; have charge of the correspondence, notify members of meetings, notify new members of their election to membership, notify officers and directors of their election to office, keep a roll of the members of the club with their addresses, and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these bylaws.
d) The Treasurer shall collect and receive all moneys due or belonging to the club. Moneys shall be deposited in a bank designated by the board, in the name of the club. The books shall at all times be open to inspection by the board and a report shall be given at every meeting on the condition of the club's finances and every item of receipt or payment not before reported; and at the annual meeting an accounting shall be rendered of all moneys received and expended during the previous fiscal year. The Treasurer shall be bonded in such amount as the board of directors shall determine.
e) The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be held by the same person, in which case the board shall be comprised of six persons.
Section 3.03 Vacancies.
Any vacancies occurring on the board or among the offices
year shall be filled until the next annual election by a majority vote
of all the then
members of the board at its first regular meeting following the
creation of such vacancy, or at
a special board meeting called for that purpose; except that a vacancy
in the office of
President shall be filled automatically by the Vice President and the
resulting vacancy in
the office of Vice President shall be filled by the board.
Section 4.01 Club Year.
The club's fiscal year shall begin on the first day of January
on the last day of December.
Section 4.02 Annual Meeting.
The annual meeting shall be held in the month of January, at which officers and directors for the ensuing year shall be elected by secret ballot from among those nominated in accordance with Section 4 of this Article. They shall take office immediately upon the conclusion of the election and each retiring officer shall turn over to the successor in office all properties and records relating to that office within 30 days after the election.
Section 4.03 Elections.
The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each office shall be declared elected. The nominated candidates for other positions on the board who receive the greatest number of votes for such positions shall be declared elected.
Section 4.04 Nominations.
No person may be a candidate in a club election who has not been nominated. During themonth of Ocotber, the board shall select a Nominating Committee consisting of three members and two alternates, not more than one of whom may be a member of the board. The Secretary shall immediately notify the committeemen and alternates of their selection. The board shall name a chairman for the committee and it shall be such person's duty to call a committee meeting, which shall be held on or before November 15.
a) The committee shall nominate one candidate for each office and position on the board and, after securing the consent of each person so nominated, shall immediately report their nominations to the Secretary in writing.
b) Upon receipt of the Nominating Committee's report, the Secretary shall before December 31 notify each member in writing of the candidates so nominated.
c) Additional nominations may be made in writing to the Secretary by any member, provided that the proposer presents to the Secretary a written statement from the proposed candidate signifying willingness to be a candidate. No person may be a candidate for more than one position.
d) Nominations cannot be made at the annual meeting or in any manner other than as provided in this Section.
Article V. Committees
The board may each year appoint standing committees to advance the work of the club in such matters as race meets, trophies, annual prizes, membership and other fields which may well be served by committees. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the board. Special committees may also be appointed by the board to aid it on particular projects.
Any committee appointment may be terminated by a majority vote of the full membership of the board upon written notice to the appointee; and the board may appoint successors to those persons whose services have been terminated.
Article VI. Discipline
Section 6.01 Charges.
Any member may prefer charges against a member for alleged
prejudicial to the best interests of the club or the breed. Written
specifications must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary together
with a deposit of $50.00
which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained by the board
hearing. The Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to
each member of
the board or present them at a board meeting, and the board shall first
whether the actions alleged in the charges, if proven, might constitute
prejudicial to the best interests of the club. If the board considers
that the charges do
Section 6.02 Board Hearing.
The board shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in that regard. Should the charges be sustained after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by complainant and defendant, the board may by a majority vote of those present suspend the defendant from all privileges of the club for not more than six months from the date of the hearing. And, if it deems that punishment insufficient, it may also recommend to the membership that the penalty be expulsion. In such case, the suspension shall not restrict the defendant's right to appear before his/her fellow members at the ensuing club meeting which considers the board's recommendation. Immediately after the board has reached a decision, its finding shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary. The Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the board's decision and penalty, if any.
Section 6.03 Expulsion.
Expulsion of a member from the club may be accomplished only at a meeting of the club following a board hearing and upon the board's recommendation as provided in Section 3 of this Article. Such proceedings may occur at a regular or special meeting of the club, to be held within 60 days but not earlier than 30 days after the date of the board's recommendation of expulsion. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his/her own behalf, though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the board's finding and recommendation, and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his/her own behalf if he/she wishes. The members shall then vote by secret ballot on the proposed expulsion. A two-thirds vote of those present and voting at the meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted, the board's suspension shall stand.
Article VII. Amendments
Amendments to the constitution and bylaws may be proposed by the board of directors or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by 20 percent of the membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the board of directors and must be submitted to the members with recommendations of the board by the Secretary for a vote within three months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary.
The constitution and bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at any regular or special meeting called for the purpose, provided the proposed amendments have been included in the notice of the meeting and mailed to each member at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting.
Article VIII. Dissolution
The club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent
less than two-thirds of the members. In the event of the dissolution of
the club other than
for purposes of reorganization whether voluntary or involuntary or by
operation of law,
none of the property of the club nor any proceeds thereof nor any
assets of the
club shall be distributed to any members of the club but after payment
of the debts
of the club its property and assets shall be given to a charitable
organization for the
benefit of dogs selected by the board of directors.
At meetings of the club, the order of business, so far as the
and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows:
At meetings of the board, the order of business, unless
directed by majorityvote of those present, shall be as follows:
Article X. Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in the current edition of "Robert's Rules
Newly Revised," shall govern the club in all cases to which they are
applicable and in
which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any other special
rules of order the
club may adopt.