Constitution and Bylaws
Article I Section I Name:
Puyallup Hawg Hunters Bass Club of Puyallup,
I Section II Purpose:
public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport. To
offer our state conservation department our organized moral and political support and
encouragement. To promote full adherence to
all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards and legal enforcement of
existing regulatory standards. To detect and
report any polluter and call public attention to their crime. To improve our skill as bass anglers through a
fellowship of friendly exchange of expert bass catching techniques and ideas, to promote
and encourage youth fishing, and a love for this great recreation. To function as a dynamic and effective link with
other clubs embracing principles and purpose of the Washington State
Article I Section III Term of
Existence: The term of existence shall be infinite or until
such time as 100% of the membership vote to
dissolve the club.
Article II Section I Number of Members:
The club shall begin with at least six, but not more than ten charter members. During the clubs first six months of existence,
the total general membership (this means individual non-related club members) shall not
exceed 25 members. After six months this may
be altered by amendment. On 9/14/94 this
was amended to 40 members.
On 5/11/05 this was amended to 50
members. In August 2015 this was modified to 75 members.
Article II Section II Requirement for
Membership: To become a member of this club a person must:
Express an interest in bass fishing. Become
an associate member for a period of 6 months during which time 2 club meetings and 1 club
function must be attended. (Club function -
any pre-scheduled (10 days minimum prior notice) club activity other than a regular
scheduled or special monthly meeting.) Notification
of a club function may be given in written or verbal form. Successfully
complete a boating safety course within 3 months of becoming an associate
2. Membership will then be affirmed by a
majority vote at a general meeting.
3. New members must belong to FLW and
satisfy all Washington State Federation requirements.
4. A new members tournament points
count towards the following years State Championship providing that all other membership
requirements were met at the time of the event.
Article II Section II continued - Past
have left the club in good standing.
Must meet the requirements of Section II, 2 and
Article II Section
III Membership Dues:
Membership dues shall be $100 annually payable by the October
club meeting of the calendar year. New members will pay $70 for the first
six months as a probationary member.
Article II Section IV Late Fees: Late fees of $30 shall be
imposed on any club member paying their dues after December 20th of the
calendar year. The late fees are necessary so that annual TBF dues can
be mailed by December 31 of the calendar year.
Article III Section I Officers and
Their Duties: The officers of the club shall consist of:
Presides over all meetings and directs
all official business. Appoints and directs
all committee functions. Supervises all club
accurate minutes of all meetings. Maintains
regular liaison between other clubs and the State Federation.
Presides over all tournaments and their functions.
accurate financial records. Presents the
financial report at each meeting.
5. Vice President: In the absence of
the President assumes the Presidents duites.
III Section II Elections:
elections of officers shall be held annually at a regular meeting during the month of
September. Elections shall be done by
write-in ballot. Election into office shall
require a simple majority of members present. Election
for each office shall be held separately in the order listed in Article III Section I.
III Section IV Term of Office: The
term of office is one year, which begins on October 1 and ends on the last meeting of
September or until the successor assumes office. The
original slate of officers shall serve until the last meeting day of the following
III Section V Vacancies: In the event
of an office becoming vacant, nominations shall be asked and an election held to fill the
unexpired term of the individual vacating the office.
Article III Section VI Eligibility for
To be eligible for an office a member must:
been a member for six months. (Six months
requirement waived during the first twelve months of the club.)
attended at least 3/4 of the club meetings and 3/4 of the club functions.
Article IV Section I Amending the
Constitution and By-Laws:
The constitution may be amended at any regular meeting by 2/3 vote of the members
present, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been presented to the membership at
least one regular meeting prior to the vote.
Article V Section I Removal of
Membership: A member shall be dropped from the membership roll
for the following:
1. Failure to pay dues.
action which would reflect dishonor and disgrace to the club.
to attend 50% of the club meetings and 50% of the club functions during a 12 month period,
unless prior notification of absence intent is presented to a club officer and absence is
authorized. Acceptable reasons for excusal
shall be limited to work commitment, other higher level BASS business or activity,
illness, immediate family illness, injury or emergency and/or situations beyond members
reasonable control. Final determination of
excusal acceptability will be made by a majority vote of club officers. If unable to determine a majority vote, a third
party club member (charter member if available) shall be selected by the club president to
resolve the vote.
member who qualifies to fish a Federation tournament from the Puyallup Hawg Hunters Club
must fish for the Hawg Hunters (no other club to which they belong) or relinquish their
membership in the Puyallup Hawg Hunters Bass Club.
Failure for a second
time to pay launch, camping or other agreed upon fees at an event where
special arrangements were
made for the entire club.
Article VI Section I Affiliation:
club must maintain 100% FLW membership and submit a membership roster to
FLW every 12
months. This roster must include names and
complete addresses of club members.
Article VII Section I Dissolution:
In the event of dissolution of this club the net assets are to be distributed to
Washington State Federation for conservation projects.
Article VIII Club Tournament Rules:
All club tournaments shall be held in
accordance with and subject to the Puyallup Hawg Hunters Tournament Rules.