GREAT NORTHERN ROTTWEILER CLUB
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
ARTICLE I: NAME AND PROFIT STATUS
SECTION A- Club Name
1. The name of this club shall be GREAT NORTHERN ROTTWEILER CLUB and shall be known as such.
2. The proper abbreviation of this name shall be GNRC.
SECTION B- Non-profit Status
1. This club shall be conducted as a non-profit organization. All dues, levies and other income shall be disbursed to promote the objectives of this club and its associated activities.
2. No member may derive any income from this club. Individuals who incur expenses in the course of official duties, or in the service of the club, may apply to the Treasurer for reimbursement of said expenses. Reimbursement, if any, must be approved by a 3/5 majority of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE II: OBJECTIVES
The objectives of this club shall be to preserve the Rottweiler in accordance with the ADRK breed and performance standards. Activities shall include but not be limited to:
1. Breed Suitability Tests (BST).
2. Schutzhund trials (VDH), training and seminars.
3. ADRK-type shows which evaluate the conformation of the Rottweiler as a working breed.
4. Tracking tests and seminars.
5. Endurance tests (AD).
6. Tests for the development of the Rottweiler as a working breed.
7. Tattoo seminars.
8. Support of the Breed Registry of the United States Rottweiler Club (USRC).
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
SECTION A- Types of Membership
There shall be two types of membership.
1. Single membership, to include any one individual.
2. Family membership, to include two adults living in one household and their respective children, as agreed upon by club members.
SECTION B- Election to Membership
Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Board of Directors. This application shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of the USRC. All applications are to be filed with the Secretary, and to be read at the first meeting following receipt. The application is to be voted on, and an affirmative majority vote of members present and in good standing shall be required to elect the applicant. This may never be less than five members. Applicants that have been rejected by the club may not re-apply for six months after such refection. All members of GNRC must be members of USRC.
Amended 9.28.02: All new members must be sponsored by two (2) current club members in good standing.
SECTION C-Termination of Membership
Membership may be terminated under the following conditions:
1. Resignation. A membership shall be considered terminated upon receipt of written resignation to the Secretary.
2. Lapsing. A membership shall be considered lapsed and automatically terminated if such member’s dues remain unpaid 60 days after the first day of January. However, the Board may grant an additional 30 day grace period to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. At no time may a person be entitled to vote whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting.
3. Expulsion. A member may be expelled from club membership as provided in Article VII of these Bylaws.
SECTION D- Dues
Membership dues shall be an amount determined by the Board, payable on or before the first day of January each year. During the month of November, the Treasurer shall send to each member a statement of dues for the ensuing year. New members joining between January 1 and June 30 shall pay full yearly dues. New members joining July 1 to November 30 shall pay half the annual dues.
ARTICLE IV: MEETING AND VOTING
SECTION A- Club Meetings
The members present at the previous meeting shall determine the following meeting place, time and date. Failing this, the President shall determine the meeting place, time and date. The Secretary shall notify members at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such meetings must include one officer and must never be less than five members.
SECTION B- Board Meetings
Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held as needed. A quorum shall consist of a majority.
SECTION C- Voting
Each member in good standing shall be entitled to one vote
at any meeting of the club at which there is a quorum.
SECTION D- Good Standing
To be considered in good standing, a member must have all dues up to date and not be under any disciplinary action by this club or USRC.
ARTICLE V: DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
SECTION A- Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall be comprised of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and one Member at Large. All members of the Board must be members in good standing and shall be elected for one year terms. Board members shall serve until their successors are elected. General management of the club’s affairs shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors.
SECTION B- 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 to the Board and its meetings.
1. The President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the normal pertinent to the office of President.
2. The Vice-President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President’s death, absence or incapacity, and additional duties as assigned by the President.
3. The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the club and the Board, and of all matters for which the club shall order a record. The Secretary shall notify new members of their election to membership, and notify Officers and Directors of their election to office. He/she shall keep a roll call of the members present at meetings, keep a roll of the membership with their addresses and phone numbers, and the application forms. The Secretary shall send out notices, and carry out such other duties as prescribed in these Bylaws.
4. The Treasurer shall collect, receive and disburse all monies due, belonging or payable. The Treasurer shall report the club’s finances at any meeting when requested. At the annual meeting, the Treasurer shall render an account of all monies received and expended during the previous fiscal year.
5. The Member at Large shall perform duties as prescribed by the President.
SECTION 3- Vacancies
Any vacancy occurring of the Board or among the officers during the year shall be filled until the next annual election by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Board. A meeting of the Board must be called within 60 days of the occurring vacancy. An exception shall be the office of the President. The Vice-President shall automatically fill a vacancy in the office of President, and the Board shall fill the resulting vacancy in the office of Vice-President.
ARTICLE VI: CLUB YEAR, ANNUAL MEETINGS, ELECTIONS
SECTION A- Club Year
The club’s fiscal year shall begin on the first day of January and end on the thirty-first day of December. The club’s official year shall begin immediately upon the conclusion of the election at the annual meeting and shall continue through the election at the next annual meeting.
SECTION B- Annual Meeting
The club’s annual meeting shall be held in June of each year, the date of which to be assigned by the President.
SECTION C- Elections
1. Nominations may be made from the floor.
2. The nominated candidate for each office receiving the greatest number of votes shall be declared elected.
ARTICLE VII: DISCIPLINE
SECTION A- Suspension
Any member suspended from USRC shall automatically be suspended from the privileges of this club for a like period of time.
SECTION B- Charges
Any member may prefer charges against another member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interest of the club. Written charges with specifications must be filed with the Secretary, together with a fee of $50.00, which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained. Charges must be filed within 30 days of the alleged misconduct.
SECTION C- Board Hearings
Within ten days of receipt, the Secretary shall send a copy of the charges to each member of the Board. If the Board determines that the charges do not constitute conduct contrary to the interests of the club, it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the Board entertains jurisdiction of the charges, it shall fix a date for a hearing within 30 days. The Secretary shall send one copy of the charges to the accused member by registered mail, together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in his/her own defense and bring witnesses if so desired. Having heard all the evidence and testimony presented by the complainant and the defendant, the Board may, by majority vote of those present, dismiss charges or recommend suitable discipline.
SECTION D- Disciplinary Action
The Board’s recommendation shall be presented to the members at the next club meeting. The defendant shall have the right to appear before his fellow club members before any action is taken. If charges are upheld by a majority vote of those members present, the defendant may be suspended for a period not exceeding 60 days, or expelled from membership.
ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS
The constitution and bylaws may be amended, altered, or repealed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of present members in good standing. Any proposed changes to the constitution and bylaws shall be formally read at the preceding meeting to which the voting takes place, and shall appear in the minutes of that meeting.
ARTICLE IX: DISSOLUTION
The club may be dissolved, at any time, by written consent of three-fourths (3/4) of its members. In the event of dissolution, other than for purposes of reorganization, whether voluntary or involuntary, or by operation of the law, none of the property, proceeds or assets of the club shall be distributed to any of the members. After payment of debts of the club, its property and assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the benefit of dogs. The Board shall select this organization.
ARTICLE X: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The current edition of Sturgis shall govern this club in all parliamentary situations that are not covered by the law, or in these constitution and bylaws, or adopted rules.