REBEL BASS CLUB CONSTITUTION
(TWENTY FIRST REVISION) JANUARY 2013
The purpose of the REBEL BASS CLUB shall be to promote:
The club and its members, in pursuit of the purposes stated in Article I, shall ace in accordance with the following principle: All members shall, in good faith, fulfill the obligations stated in Article I of this constitution.
The club shall begin with at least six members, but no more than twelve charter members. Total membership is not limited.
Charter members shall be afforded lifetime irrevocable membership as long as dues are kept current and they abide with this constitution and club tournament rules.
A.) Prospective members must fish at least one club tournament, attend at least one club meeting, read and agree to abide by the club By-Laws and Tournament rules of Rebel Bass Club prior to being eligible for membership. Exceptions:
B.) After acceptance, membership shall be awarded and dues collected as per Article V.
C.) Club members shall be allowed to go inactive if dues are kept current and the period of inactivity does not exceed six months. The member shall make a personal request to the membership committee to be inactive; this member shall be dropped from the club membership automatically.
D.) A majority vote, at a club event, will be required to reinstate membership.
E.) A club member may be a member of another bass club; however, said club member shall not compete against Rebel Bass Club in any fishing event. Rebel members fishing as a member of another bass club within the Metropolitan League of Bass Clubs will be construed as a conflict of interest; therefore, their Rebel membership must be relinquished. All members shall represent Rebel Bass Club to the fullest expectation of membership and in the best interest of the club.
F.) For continuity purposes, a member must be an active participant for one full year before he/she is eligible to hold an elective office.
G.) Rebel members are highly encouraged to participate in club sponsored charity events (i.e. Boysville). Charity events provide goodwill and support to activities, events, and persons who are less fortunate or who do not have access to fishing and outdoor activities.
H.) Annually, Rebel Bass Club will hold a fundraising activity, normally the Rebel Open. Fundraising activities provide financial support to Rebel Bass Club charities as well as support our active members. Active members are required to participate either as a paid competitor, event day volunteer, or through an individual cash sponsorship equal to their annual dues. Exceptions to this requirement must be submitted to the secretary and require executive committee approval.
A.) Annual dues shall be $60.00. Dues for new members shall be prorated on a quarterly basis for quarters remaining in the dues year and collected at the meeting of membership award. Dues for former members will be $30.00 with no prorating. Club officers dues will be waived for each term served. Club officers’ are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Tournament Director.
B.) Annual dues shall be payable at the first scheduled meeting of the new calendar year and shall be paid to the club’s treasurer. Dues must be paid before the member fishes a tournament in order to receive points from that tournament.
REMOVAL FROM MEMBERSHIP
A.) Any member may be subject to removal for cause.
B.) Member or Members witnessing violations as listed below shall report violations to the membership committee for their investigation and further action. The club shall rule on any action that would be deemed grounds for removal, and simple majority of membership vote at a regularly scheduled meeting will determine removal.
C.) Causes for removal:
OFFICERS AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES
B.) Vice President
F.) Membership Director as per Article VIII (A)
G.) Tournament Director
H.) Entertainment and Fundraising Director as per Article VIII (C)
A.) Membership Committee
B.) Tournament Committee:
C.) Entertainment and Fundraising Committee:
D.) Executive Committee:
The elections of officers shall be held at the regular meeting in the month of November. Elections shall be by simple majority of members present. Elections for each officer shall be held separately in order as listed in Article VII. Also, elected shall be representatives from the membership at large to serve on the executive committee.
ELIGIBILITY OF VOTE
Each member is entitled to one vote. The President must refrain from voting except to break a tied vote.
TERM OF OFFICE
The term of office shall be for one year beginning on January 1st and ending on December 31st of each year.
In the event of an office becoming vacant, nomination shall be requested and an election held to fill the unexpired term of the individual vacating the office.
All proposed changes to the constitution and tournament rules are to be submitted in writing at the January meeting of each year. The proposing member shall have the opportunity to offer explanation of the proposed amendment. No other discussion will be permitted until called for at the next monthly meeting. The proposed amendments shall be published in the meeting minutes and voted on at the following monthly meeting. Proposed changes shall commence with a motion from the floor duly seconded, which will be placed to the membership for discussion. At the close of discussion, the proposed change will be placed to vote and must carry a majority vote to amend the constitution or tournament rules. Any other proposed changes during the remainder of the year may be presented in writing at a regular meeting for review by the executive committee who will in turn decide whether or not the proposed amendment will be put to club for vote at the next regular meeting.
As amendments are made, they will be added into a revised constitution and made available to the membership. The Secretary will be charged with the duty of retaining all previous versions of the constitution.
Any procedure or point not specifically defined in this constitution and by-laws will be ruled on by the majority vote of the club.