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Proposed Constitution & Bylaws for moving to BASS from TBF
7/14/21
Proposed Changes in Red

Article I Section I Name: Puyallup Hawg Hunters Bass Club of Puyallup, Washington.

Article I Section II Purpose:
  To stimulate 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 B.A.S.S. Nation.

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 and maintain at least six members, 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:

1. 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 member.

2. Membership will then be affirmed by a majority vote at a general meeting.

3. Be a member of B.A.S.S. (See ARTICLE VI for affiliation requirements.)

4. Be a member of the state B.A.S.S. Nation.

5. A new member’s 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 Member Reinstatement:

1. Must have left the club in “good standing”. 

2.  Must meet the requirements of Section II, 2 and 3.  

Article II Section III Membership Dues:  The membership dues shall be $85 annually, initially payable upon being voted into the Club, $30 of which shall be for B.A.S.S. Nation dues, $25 of which shall be for Club dues and $30 of which shall be state dues. B.A.S.S. membership dues are also required at the current rate. (See ARTICLE VI, Section 1 for state affiliation requirements.) New member associate dues will be $60 until voted into the club. 

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 B.A.S.S. Nation and State
 dues can be mailed by December 31 of the calendar year.

Article III - Officers, Elections, Vacancies, and Eligibility:  

Section 1: Officers shall conduct the affairs of the Club in a manner consistent with these Bylaws. In addition, the State B.A.S.S. Nation Board of Directors is required to be comprised of members who are free to serve the State and its members without a conflict of interest. B.A.S.S. Nation State Board Members and Officers are not permitted to hold positions within any other B.A.S.S. Nation-type organization, that is not affiliated with B.A.S.S.

Article III Section II Positions & Duties:

The officers of the club shall consist of:

1. President:  Presides over all meetings and directs all official business.  Appoints and directs all committee functions.  Supervises all club functions. 

2. Secretary:  Maintains accurate minutes of all meetings.  Maintains regular liaison between other clubs and the State Federation. 

3. Tournament Director:  Presides over all tournaments and their functions.

4. Treasurer:  Maintains accurate financial records.  Presents the financial report at each meeting.

5. Vice President:  In the absence of the President assumes the Presidents duties.

Article III Section III Elections: The 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.

Article 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 September

Article 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 Holding Office:  To be eligible for an office a member must:

1. Have been a member for six months.  (Six months requirement waived during the first twelve months of the club.)

2. Have attended at least 3/4 of the club meetings and 3/4 of the club functions.

3. Maintain current B.A.S.S. membership.

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.

2. Any action which would reflect dishonor and disgrace to the club.

3. Failure 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. 

4. Any member who qualifies to fish a B.A.S.S. Nation 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.

5. 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:  

Section 1: Requirements for Affiliation

(a) Approval of Club charter by B.A.S.S..

(b) Update B.A.S.S. with Club membership roster once each year. Annual update cycle begins each year on Nov. 1.

(c) Names and addresses of new members joining the Club during the year must be submitted online to B.A.S.S. as they occur. (See ARTICLE II, Section 3 for dues requirements.)

(d) Maintain 100% B.A.S.S. membership.

(e) Must affiliate with the state Nation and support its conservation and youth programs. Any additional requirements that the state establishes for Clubs, such as membership, dues, attendance at meetings, etc., would be necessary for the Club to participate in the state qualifying tournament(s) and any other Nation-sponsored tournaments or events.

Article VII Section I Dissolution:  In the event of dissolution of this club the net assets are to be distributed to Washington B.A.S.S. Nation 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.


 

 
 

                                                  Existing Constitution and Bylaws

Article I Section I Name:
Puyallup Hawg Hunters Bass Club of Puyallup, Washington.

Article I Section II Purpose:  To stimulate 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 Federation.

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:

1.
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 member.

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 member’s 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 Member Reinstatement:

1. Must have left the club in “good standing”.

2. 
Must meet the requirements of Section II, 2 and
3 above. 
 

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:

1. President:  Presides over all meetings and directs all official business.  Appoints and directs all committee functions.  Supervises all club functions.

2.
Secretary:  Maintains accurate minutes of all meetings.  Maintains regular liaison between other clubs and the State Federation.

3.
Tournament Director: 
Presides over all tournaments and their functions.

4.
Treasurer:  Maintains accurate financial records.  Presents the financial report at each meeting.

5. Vice President:  In the absence of the President assumes the Presidents duites.

Article III Section II Elections: The 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.

Article 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 September.

Article 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 Holding Office:  To be eligible for an office a member must:

1.
Have been a member for six months.  (Six months requirement waived during the first twelve months of the club.)


2.
Have 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.

2.
Any action which would reflect dishonor and disgrace to the club.

3. Failure 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.

4.
Any 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.

5.
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:  The 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.
 

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