Oak Orchard River Bass Anglers

Constitution & By-Laws

OAK ORCHARD RIVER BASS ANGLERS
Constitution and By-Laws
(Amended 2016) 

ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE

SECTION 1:  NAME


                             
This chapter shall be called the Oak Orchard River Bass Anglers

 

SECTION 2:  PURPOSE


                            
  The purpose of this chapter shall be:
                                 a)  To stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport;
                                 b)  To offer our state conservation department our organized moral      
                                       and political support and encouragement;
                                 c)  To promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to
                                      demand adequate water standards and legal enforcement of
                                      existing regulatory standards;
                                d)  To detect and report any polluter and call public and political 
                                     attention to his crime:
                                e)  To improve our skills as bass anglers through a fellowship of
                                      friendly exchange of expert bass catching techniques and ideas;
                                 f)  To promote and encourage youth fishing and a love for this great
                                      recreation;
                                g)  To function as a dynamic and effective link with other chapters of
                                      the NY State BASS Federation Nation embracing the principles
                                      and purposes of B.A.S.S.

 

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

 

SECTION 1:  REGULAR MEMBERS


                          
All individual members of this chapter must also be members in good
                          standing of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S. S.).  Total
                          membership shall not exceed forty (40) members.  This number may
                          be altered by amendment.

SECTION 2:  REQUIREMENTS FOR REGULAR MEMBERSHIP


                             
To become a regular chapter member an individual must:
   a)  Be at least sixteen (16) years of age.
               b)  Be a member, in good standing, of B.A.S.S.
                                      c)  Submit a membership application sponsored by at least
                                                         two (2) chapter members along with appropriate dues and fees.
                                                    d)  Be voted on by the membership.  The vote must be unanimous.

 

SECTION 3:  MEMBERSHIP DUES

  
                                Membership dues shall be in an amount established by the
                                general membership.  Individual membership in the Bass
                                Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) is also required at the current
                                annual rate.  An initiation fee, as determined by the general
                                membership, shall be charged to all new members. 

                               Family memberships include the individual chapter member,
                               his or her spouse (significant other), dependent children
                               and grandchildren under the age of eighteen (18) years.

 

SECTION 4:  LIFE MEMBERSHIP


                              
 Members may be recommended for lifetime membership.  Such
                               recommendation shall be voted on by the members present at any
                               regular Chapter meeting and the vote must be unanimous.  Life
                               members shall not pay annual chapter dues.

 

SECTION 5:  ARMED FORCES


                              
Any chapter member, in good standing, who is called into active
                               service with the Armed Forces of the United States shall retain full
                               rights and privileges of chapter membership.  The chapter shall
                               waive annual chapter dues of the member during their active duty.

 

 

 

ARTICLE III: OFFICERS, DUTIES & VACANCIES

 

SECTION 1:  OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES

                              The Officers of this chapter, and their duties, shall be:

 

PRESIDENT


   
The President shall:
    1)  Preside over all meetings and direct all official business;
    2)  Appoint and direct all committees and their functions;
    3)  Supervise all Chapter functions;

 

VICE PRESIDENT

                            
                                         The Vice President shall:
                                           1)  Act as program chairman;
                                           2)  Assist the President in his duties;
                                           3)  Preside in the absence of the President;
                                           4)  Assume the office of President, if vacated, until an 
                                                 election can be held to fill the vacancy;

 

SECRETARY/TREASURER


                                         
The Secretary/Treasurer shall:
                                             1)
  Maintain accurate minutes of all meetings and report
                                                  to the membership at meetings;
                                             2)
  Maintain an accurate club roster and handle correspondence
                                                  as directed by the President;                                       
                                             3) Maintain accurate financial records and report same at all
                                                 meetings;
                                             4) Maintain bank records and act as liaison between the
                                                 chapter and the bank;
                                             5) Assume the office of President, if the offices of
                                                  President and Vice President are both vacated             

                                             

SECTION 2:  NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

 

NOMINATIONS

1)      Nominations shall be held annually prior to elections being held;

 

ELECTIONS


                                      
1)  Elections shall be held annually;
                                      2)  Election shall be by simple majority vote of the members present;
                                      3)  Election for each office shall be held separately, in the order
                                            listed under Article III, Section 1;  

 

ELIGIBLITY TO VOTE


                                     
Each chapter member shall be entitled to one vote.  Proxy votes
                                      are not allowed.  In the case of family memberships, the family 
                                      shall have one vote only and that vote may be cast only by the 
                                      individual in whose name the family membership is registered.

 

TERM OF OFFICE


                                     
The term of office for all officers shall be one calendar year.

 

VACANCIES


                                     
 In the event of an office becoming vacant, nominations shall be
                                       asked and an election held to fill the remaining term of the
                                        individual vacating office.

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE

                            
                                       
To be eligible to hold office, a chapter member must have 
                                        been a member in good standing for at least one year and
                                        shown an active interest in all chapter functions.  He (she)
                                        shall swear to abide by and uphold the chapter's Constitution
                                        and By-Laws as well as all chapter rules and regulations.

 

ARTICLE IV: AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS

 

SECTION 1:  AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

             
                                       The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended at any regular
                                        chapter meeting by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the members
                                        present provided that notice of the proposed amendment has
                                        been presented to the membership at least one meeting
                                        prior to the vote.

 

ARTICLE V: LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP

 

SECTION 1:  AUTOMATIC LOSS

 
                                        A chapter member shall be automatically removed from
                                        membership for failure to pay annual dues by December
                                        31st of each year.

 

SECTION 2:  DISCRETIONARY LOSS


                                      
A chapter member may be removed from the membership
                                       for the following reasons:
                                          a)  Violation of the chapter's Constitution and By-Laws and/or
                                          chapter rules and regulations;
                                          b)  Any action which reflects dishonor and/or disgrace on this
                                          chapter.*


                                    (*Removal of membership for any reason listed under section 2b,
                                       shall occur only upon majority vote of the members present at a 
                                       chapter meeting.  The vote shall be by secret ballot and the
                                       member to be voted on shall have the right to be heard before
                                       the vote is taken.)

ARTICLE VI: AFFILIATION

 

SECTION 1:  REQUIREMENTS OF AFFILIATION

a                                                          Approval of chapter charter by B.A.S.S.   

b)                                               Update B.A.S.S. with the chapter membership roster once each year

c)                              Names and addresses of new members must be submitted to B.A.S.S. as they occur

d)                        Must affiliate with the state federation and support its conservation and youth program

Any additional requirements that the state federation establishes for chapters such as membership, dues, meeting attendance, etc.,  that would be necessary for them to participate in the state federation qualifying tournament(s) and any other federation sponsored tournaments or events.

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