Star Airedale Terrier Club
ARTICLE I - Name and Objectives
Section 1. The name of the Club shall
be Lone Star Airedale Terrier Club.
Section 2. The objectives of the club
To encourage and promote quality in the
breeding of purebred Airedale Terriers and to do all possible to bring their natural
qualities to perfection;
To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of
the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by
which Airedale Terriers shall be judged;
To do all in it's power to protect and advance the
interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, obedience
trials, and any other event recognized by the American Kennel Club for Airedale Terriers;
To conduct sanctioned and licensed specialty and
obedience trials under the rules of the American Kennel Club.
Section 3. The Club shall not be
conducted or operated for profit and no part of any income or remainder or residue from
dues or donations shall insure to the benefit of any member or individual.
Section 4. The members of the Club
shall adopt and may from time to time revise such Bylaws as may be required to carry out
ARTICLE I - Membership
Section 1. Eligibility. There
shall be one type of membership open to all persons eighteen (18) years of age or older
who are in good standing with The American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes
of this club. While membership is to be unrestricted as to residence, the Club's primary
purpose is to be representative of the breeders and exhibitors in its immediate area.
Section 2. Dues. The Board of Directors shall set the amount of dues on an
annual basis. The Membership shall be notified in writing 30 days prior to the time dues
are payable of any changes in the dues. Membership dues become due and payable on January
1st of each year. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. During
the month of November, the Treasurer will send to each member a statement of dues for the
Section 3. Election to Membership. Each
applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Board of Directors and
which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the Constitution and Bylaws and
the rules of The American Kennel Club. The applicant's form 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 and each 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 one-half of the members present at that meeting shall be required to elect the
Applicants for membership who have been
rejected by the Club may not re-apply within twelve (12) months after such rejection.
Section 4. Termination of Membership.
Memberships may be terminated:
(a) By Resignation. Any member in
good standing may resign from the Club upon written notice to the Secretary; but no member
may resign when in debt to the Club. Dues obligations are considered a debt to the Club
and they become incurred on the first day of each fiscal year.
(b) By Lapsing. A membership
will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member's dues remain
unpaid 90 days after the first day of the fiscal year. However, the Board may grant an
additional 90 day 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 to the date of
(c) By Expulsion. A membership may be
terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these Bylaws.
ARTICLE II - Meetings and Voting
Section 1. Club Meetings. Meetings of
the Club shall be held in or within 75 miles of the Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas, metroplex on
the first Saturday of each odd numbered month, or as designated by the Board of Directors,
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 10 to 30 days prior to the date of the
meeting. The quorum for such meeting shall be a majority of the members in good standing
that are in attendance.
Section 2. Special Club Meeting. Special
club meetings may be called by the President, or by a majority vote of the members of the
Board who are present and voting at any regular or special meeting of the Board; or shall
be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by five members of the Club
who are in good standing. Such special meetings shall be held in or within 75 miles of the
Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas, metroplex at such place, date and hour as may be designated by the
person or persons authorized to call such meetings. Written notice of such a meeting shall
be mailed by the Secretary at least five days and not more than 15 days prior to the date
of the meeting, and no other club business may be transacted thereat. The quorum for such
a meeting shall be 20 percent of members in good standing.
Section 3. Board Meetings. Meetings
of the Board of Directors shall be held in or within 75 miles of the Dallas/Ft Worth,
Texas, metroplex the months of March and September in each year, or at such date, 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 five days prior to the date of the meeting. The
quorum shall be a majority of the Board.
Section 4. 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 or within 75 miles of the Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas,
metroplex at such place, date and hour as may be designated by the person authorized to
call such a meeting. Any such notice shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other
business shall be transacted thereat. A quorum for such a meeting shall be a majority of
Section. 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 or she is present. Proxy voting will not be permitted at
any club meeting or election.
ARTICLE III - Directors and Officers
Section 1. Board of Directors. The
Board shall be comprised of the Officers and three other members in good standing, all of
which shall be elected for a one year term 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 2. 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 it's meetings and
the Board and it's meetings:
(a) The President shall preside at
all meetings of the Club and the Board, and shall have the duties and powers normally
appurtenant to the Office of President in addition to those particularly specified in
(b) The Vice-President shall have the
duties and exercise the power of President in case of the President's death, absence or
(c) The Offices of Secretary and
Treasurer may be held by the same person, in which case the number of Officers and board
would be reduced by one (1) person.
(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. The Treasurer shall report to the Board at every meeting the
condition of the Club's finances and every item of receipt or payment not 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 an amount the Board of
Directors shall determine.
(e) The Offices of Secretary and
Treasurer may be held by the same person, in which case the number of Officers and Board
would be reduced by one (1) person.
Section 3. Vacancies. Any vacancies
occurring on the Board or among the Officers during the 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 the 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.
ARTICLE IV - The Club Year, Annual
Section 1. Club Year. The
Club's fiscal year shall begin on the first day of the election at the Annual Meeting and
shall continue through the election at the next Annual Meeting.
Section 2. Annual Meeting. The Annual
Meeting shall be held in the month of March at which Officers and Directors for the
ensuing year shall be elected by secret, written 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 his successor all
properties and records relating to that office within 30 days after the election.
Section 3. Elections. The nominated
candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each office shall be declared
elected. The two (2) nominated candidates for the other positions on the Board who receive
the greatest number of votes for such position shall be declared elected.
Section 4. Nominations. No person may
be a candidate in a club election who has not been nominated. Before February 1, the Board
shall select a Nominating Committee consisting of three members and two alternates not
more than one of which may be a member of the Board. The Secretary shall immediately
notify the committeemen 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 February 15th.
(a) The Committee shall nominate one
candidate for each office and two candidates for the other two positions 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 March 15th notify the membership of the
candidates so nominated.
(c) Additional nominations may be
made at the March meeting by any person in attendance provided that the person so
nominated does not decline when their name is proposed, and provided further that if the
proposed candidate is not in attendance at this meeting, the proposer shall present to the
Secretary a written statement from the proposed candidate signifying willingness to be a
candidate. No person may be nominated from the floor if that person declined a nomination
to the same position by the Nominating Committee in this election.
(d) Nominations cannot be made at the
Annual Meeting or in any manner other than provided in this section.
ARTICLE V - Committees
Section 1. American Kennel Club
Suspension. Any member who is suspended from privileges of The American Kennel Club
automatically shall be suspended from the privileges of this Club for a like period.
Seciton 2. Charges. Any member may
prefer charges against a member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests
of the Club or breed. Written charges with specifications must be filed in duplicate with
the Secretary together with a deposit of $10.00 which shall be forfeited if such charges
are not sustained by the Board following a 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 consider whether the actions alleged, if proven, might constitute
conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club. If the Board considers that the
charges do not allege conduct which would be prejudicial to the best interests of the
Club, it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the Club entertains jurisdiction of the
charges, it shall fix a date of a hearing by the Board not not less that three weeks
nor more than six weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the
charges to the accused member by Registered Mail Return Receipt Requested together with a
notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in their
own defense and bring witnesses if (he wishes) they so wish.
Section 3. 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 the complainant and
defendant, the Board may, by a majority vote of those present, suspend the defendant for
not more than six months from the date of the hearing. If it deems that punishment is
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 fellow
club 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 4. Expulsion. Expulsion of a
member of 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
proceeding 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 Board's recommendation of expulsion. The defendant
shall have the privilege of appearing on their own behalf though no evidence shall be
taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the Board's findings and
recommendations, and shall invite the defendant(s), if present, to speak in their own
behalf if they so wish. The meeting shall then vote by secret ballot on the proposed
expulsion. A two-thirds vote of those present shall be necessary for expulsion. If
expulsion is not so voted, the Board's suspension shall stand.
ARTICLE VII - Amendments
Section 1. Proposed 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 25 percent of the members 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
Section 2. Amendment Approval. 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
Section 1. Dissolution. The Club may
be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not 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 the operation of law, none of the
property 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.
ARTICLE IX - Order of Business
Section 1. Club Meetings. At meetings
of the Club, the order of business, so far as the character and nature of the meeting may
permit, shall be as follows:
Reading of the Minutes of the Last Meeting
Report of the President
Report of the Secretary
Report of the Treasurer
Reports of Committees
Election of Officers and Board (at annual meeting)
Election of New Members
New Business Adjournment
Section 2. Board Meetings. At
meetings of the Board, the order of business, unless otherwise directed by a majority vote
of those present, shall be as follows:
Reading of the Minutes of the last Board
Report of the Secretary
Report of the Treasurer
Reports of Committees
ARTICLE X - Unspecified
Section 1. Roberts Rules. Roberts
Rules of Order will be used for all procedural matters not specified in these bylaws.
-- approved June 5, 1999