Article I Section I
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.
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
The club shall begin with and
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
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
2. Membership will then be affirmed
by a majority vote at a general meeting.
a member of B.A.S.S. (See ARTICLE VI for affiliation
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:
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 functions.
Secretary: Maintains accurate minutes of all meetings.
Maintains regular liaison between other clubs and the State
Tournament Director: Presides over all tournaments and
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
Article III Section
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
2. Have attended at least 3/4 of the club meetings and 3/4
of the club functions.
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
1. Failure to pay dues.
2. Any action which would reflect dishonor and disgrace to
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.
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
Section 1: Requirements for Affiliation
Approval of Club charter by B.A.S.S..
Update B.A.S.S. with Club membership roster once each year.
Annual update cycle begins each year on Nov. 1.
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.)
Maintain 100% B.A.S.S. membership.
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.
Article VIII Club Tournament Rules: All
club tournaments shall be held in accordance with and
subject to the Puyallup Hawg Hunters Tournament Rules.