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Lone Star Airedale Terrier Club


ARTICLE I - Name and Objects

Section 1. The name of the Club shall be Lone Star Airedale Terrier Club.

Section 2. The objects of the club shall be:

(a) to encourage and promote quality in the breeding of purebred Airedale Terriers and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;

(b) 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;

(c) 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 American Kennel Club for Airedale Terriers;

(d) to conduct sanctioned and licensed specialty and obedience trials under the rules and regulations 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 inure 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 these objects.


ARTICLE I - Membership

Section 1. Eligibility.  Membership is open to all persons eighteen years of age or older who are in good standing with The American Kennel Club and who support 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 area.

Section 2. Membership Types.  There are two types of membership, full or associate.  All members may participate in all club activities.  Only full members can hold office or vote.

Section 3.  Dues.  The Board of Directors shall set the amount of full/associate dues on an annual basis. The membership shall be notified in writing of any changes in the dues, 30 days prior to the time dues are payable. Membership dues become due and payable on January 1st of each year.  A full member whose dues are not paid for the current year will not be eligible to vote. During the month of November, the Treasurer will send to each member a statement of current membership type and dues for the ensuing year.

Section 4. Conversion of Membership.  Members may convert between membership types by written request at the time of membership renewal and payment of the applicable dues. 

Section 5.  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 by-laws and the rules of The American Kennel Club. The applicant shall state the name, address, and occupation of the applicant and it shall carry the endorsement of two members in good standing. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall designate the type of membership requested and 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. The application will be voted upon and affirmative votes of 2/3 of the full members present and voting by secret ballot shall be required to elect the application.

Applicants for membership who have been rejected by the Club may not re-apply within twelve months after such rejection.

Section 6.  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 60 days after the first day of the fiscal year; however, the Board may grant an additional 60 day grace period 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 by-laws.

ARTICLE II - Meetings and Voting

Section 1. Club Meetings. Meetings of the club shall be held in the Greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area six times per year.  Written notice of each 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% of the full members in good standing.

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 full members of the club who are in good standing. Such special meetings shall be held in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area 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 5 days and not more than 15 days prior to the date of the meeting, and said notice shall state the purpose of the meeting, and no other club business may be transacted there at. The quorum for such a meeting shall be 20% of the full members in good standing.

Section 3. Board Meetings. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area at least 6 times per year 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 5 days and no more than 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such a meeting 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. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least 5 days and no more than 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. Such special meetings shall be held in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area 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 there at. A quorum for such a meeting shall be a majority of the board.

Section 5. Voting. Each full 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 five other members in good standing, all of which 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 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 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 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 all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the club; shall 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, and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these bylaws.

(d) The Treasurer shall collect and receive all monies due or belonging to the club. The Treasurer shall deposit all monies in a bank designated by the board, in the name of the club. The books shall at all times be open to inspection of the board. The Treasurer shall report to them at every meeting 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 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 it's 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 Meeting, Elections

Section 1. Club Year.  The Club's fiscal year shall begin on the first day of January, and end on the last day of December.  The Club's official year shall begin immediately at the conclusion 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 five (5) nominated candidates for other positions on the board who receive the greatest number of votes for such positions shall be declared elected.

Section 4. Nominations. No person may be a candidate in a club election who has not been nominated. The board shall select a Nominating committee on or before November 1st 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 December 1st.

(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 notify the membership in writing before December 15th.

(c) Additional nominations may be made at the January meeting by any full member in good standing in attendance provided that the member 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. Standing Committees. The board may each year appoint standing committees to advance the work of the club in such matters as specialty shows, obedience trials, trophies, annual prizes, membership, and other fields which may be well served by committees. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the board. Special committees may be appointed by the board to aid it on particular projects.

Section 2. Committee Termination. Any committee appointment may be terminated by a majority vote of the 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 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.

Section 2. Charges. Any member may prefer charges against a member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best 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 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 less than 3 weeks nor more than 6 weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly 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 their own defense and bring witnesses if they so wish.

Section 3. Board Hearing. The board shall have complete authority to decide whether council 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, reprimand or suspend the defendant for not more than six months from the date of the hearing. 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 fellow club members at the ensuing club meeting which considers the board's recommendation. Immediately after the board has reached a decision, it's 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, 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 2/3 vote of full members 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% of the full 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 Secretary.

Section 2. Amendment Approval. The constitution and bylaws may be amended by a 2/3 secret vote of the full 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 of not less than 2/3 of the full members in good standing.  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, it's 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 the meetings of the club, the order of business, so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows:

Roll Call
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
Unfinished Business
New Business

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 Meeting
Report of the Secretary
Report of the Treasurer
Reports of Committees
Unfinished Business
New Business

ARTICLE X - Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order, 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.

-- approved March 23, 2002
-- amended December 8, 2002
-- amended October 12, 2003

--amended August 22, 2004



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