Miniature Pinscher Club of Northern California
Constitution & Bylaws
NAME AND OBJECTIVES
Section 1: Name
The name of the Club shall be
MINIATURE PINSCHER CLUB OF
Section 2: Objectives
The objectives of the Club shall be:
(a) to encourage and promote quality in the responsible breeding of pure-bred Miniature Pinschers and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;
(b) to urge members and/or breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club, Inc. as the only standard of excellence by which the Miniature Pinscher shall be judged;
(c) to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows; and,
(d) to provide educational seminars and conduct sanctioned matches, obedience trials, earthdogs, agility, tracking and specialty shows under the rules of the American Kennel Club, Inc.
Section 3: Non-Profit Explanation
The Club shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the Club shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.
Section 4: Bylaws
The Club shall adopt and may, from time to time, revise Bylaws as required to carry out the Objectives of the Club.
Section 1: Eligibility
There shall be three types of membership, open to all persons eighteen years of age and older, who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club, Inc. and who subscribe to the purposes of the club. There shall also be a Junior membership available to anyone under the age of 18.
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 immediate area.
Section 2: Dues
Membership dues shall not exceed $10.00 per year, payable on or before the first day of January of each year. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. During the month of November the Treasurer shall send to each member a statement of dues for the ensuing year.
Section 3: Election to Membership
(Prospects for membership are invited to attend two regular meetings within a six-month period. At the third meeting, their application shall be read and voted on by the membership present.) 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 bylaws and the rules of the American Kennel Club. The application 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 submit a signed Code of Ethics and 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. At the next club meeting the application will be voted upon and affirmative votes of 2/3 of the members present and voting by secret ballot at that meeting shall be required to elect the applicant.
Applicants for membership who have been rejected by the club may not reapply within six months after such rejection.
Section 4: Types of membership
a) Regular: Enjoys all club privileges including the right to vote and hold office.
(b) Associate: Enjoys all club privileges but does not have the right to vote or hold office. Applications and signed Code of Ethics should be filed with the Secretary but need not require sponsors or approval process applicable to prospective regular applicants.
(c) Honorary Lifetime: For those individuals who have been so designated by the board of directors at the MPCNC board of director's annual meeting. Lifetime members pay no dues but are eligible to vote.
(d) Junior: Enjoys all club privileges but does not have the right to vote or hold office. The junior membership is available to anyone under the age of 18.
Section 6: Termination of Membership
(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. Obligations other than dues are considered a debt to the Club and must be paid in full prior to resignation.
(b) by lapsing. A membership shall 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 30 days of grace 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 the meeting.
(c) by expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these bylaws.
MEETINGS and Voting
Section 1: Club Meetings
Meetings of the club shall be held at least six times in the Greater San Francisco Bay area at such 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 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such meetings shall be 20 percent of the members in good standing.
Section 2: Special Club Meetings
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; and shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by 5 members of the Club who are in good standing. Such meeting shall be held in the Greater San Francisco Bay area at such place, date, and hour as may be designated by the person or persons authorized herein to call such meetings. Written notice of such a meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least five 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 thereat. The quorum for such a meeting shall be 20% of the members in good standing.
Section 3: Board Meetings
Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at least six times in the Greater San Francisco Bay area at such hour and place as may be designated by the board. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least 5 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such a meeting shall be the 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. Such meetings shall be held in the Greater San Francisco Bay area at such place, date and hour as may be designated by the person authorized herein to call such meeting. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least five days and not more than 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. Any such notice shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other business shall be transacted thereat. The quorum for such a meeting shall be the majority of the board.
Section 5: Voting
Each 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/she is present. Proxy voting will not be permitted at any club meeting or election.
DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Section 1: Board of Directors
The Board shall be comprised of the officers and three other persons, all of whom shall be regular members in good standing and all of whom 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. In order to be eligible for an officer or director position the members must also:
(a) attend (2) membership meetings per year, and (b) assist with show setup or work at an assigned job during the day of the show, one (1) per year, or (c) participate in other club events and activities as approved by the board of directors)
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 the President in addition to those particularly specified in these Bylaws.
(b) The Vice-President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the 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 of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the club; 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, keep a roll of the members of the club with their addresses, and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these bylaws.
(d) The Treasurer shall collect and receive all moneys due or belonging to the Club. Monies shall be deposited in a bank designated by the board, in the name of the Club. The books shall at all times be open to inspection by the board and a report shall be given at every meeting on the condition of the club's finances and every item of receipt or payment not before reported; and at the annual meeting an accounting of all moneys received and expended during the previous fiscal year. The Treasurer shall be bonded in such amount as determined by the Board of Directors.
(e) The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be held by the same person, in which case the board shall be comprised of four persons.
(f) AKC delegate (for clubs elected member clubs of the AKC)
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 its first regular meeting following the creation of such vacancy, or at a special board meeting called for the purpose; except that a vacancy in the office of 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.
THE CLUB YEAR,
ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTIONS
Section 1: Club Year
The Club's fiscal year shall begin the first day of January and end on the last day of December. The Club's official year shall begin at the conclusion of the election at the annual meeting and shall continue through the election of the next annual meeting.
Section 2: Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Club shall be held in the month of December at which officers and directors for the ensuing year shall be elected by secret ballot from among those nominated in accordance with Section 4 of this Article. They shall take office upon conclusion of the election and each retiring officer shall turn over to the successor in office 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 three nominated candidates for the other positions on the board who received the greatest number of votes for such positions shall be declared elected.
Section 4: Nomination
No person may be a candidate in a Club election who has not been nominated. During the month of September the board shall select a Nominating Committee consisting of three members and two alternates, all members in good standing, no more than one of who may be a member of the board. The Secretary shall immediately notify the committeemen and alternates 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 October 15.
(a) The nominating committee shall nominate from among the eligible members in good standing, one candidate for each office and positions 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, at least two weeks before the November meeting, notify each member in writing of the candidates so nominated.
(c) Additional nominations of members in good standing may be made at the November meeting by any member in attendance, provided that the person 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 the Secretary a written statement from the proposed candidate signifying willingness to be a candidate. No person shall be a candidate for more than one position, (except for the position of Delegate)
(d) Nominations cannot be made at the annual meeting or in any manner other than as provided in this Section.
Section 1: Manner of Appointment
The Board may each year appoint standing committees to advance the work of the Club in such matters as dog shows, obedience trials, trophies, annual prizes, membership, or 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 also be appointed by the board to aid it on particular projects.
Section 2: Termination of Appointment
Any committee appointment may be terminated by a majority vote of the full membership of the board upon written notice to the appointee, and the board may appoint successors to those persons whose service has been terminated.
Section 1: American Kennel Club, Inc. Suspension
Any member who is suspended from privileges of the American Kennel Club, Inc. shall automatically 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 interests of the club. Written charges with specifications must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary together with a deposit of $100.00, 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 in the charges, if proven, might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the club. If the board considers that the charges do not allege conduct, which would be prejudicial to the best interest of the club, it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the Board entertains jurisdiction of the charges, it shall fix a date for a hearing by the board not less than three weeks not more than six 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 his/her own defense and bring witnesses if he/she wishes.
Section 3: Board Hearing
The board shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel 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 from all privileges of the club for not more than six months from the date of the hearing. And, 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 his/her fellow members at the ensuing club meeting which considers the board’s recommendation. Immediately after the board has reached a decision, its findings shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary. The Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the decision and penalty, if any.
Section 4: Expulsion
Expulsion of a member from 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 proceedings 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 date of the board’s recommendation of expulsion. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his/her own behalf though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the board’s findings and recommendation, and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak on his/her own behalf if he/she wishes. The members shall then vote by secret written ballot on the proposed expulsion. A 2/3 vote of those present and voting at the meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted, the suspension shall stand.
Section 1: Procedure for Amendment
Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws may be proposed by the board of directors or by written petition, addressed to the Secretary, signed by twenty (20) percent of the membership 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: Voting Requirement for Amendment
The Constitution and Bylaws may be amended by a 2/3 secret vote of the 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.
Section 3 American Kennel Club, Inc. Approval for Amendment
No amendment to the Constitution and Bylaws that is adopted by the club shall become effective until it has been approved by the Board of Directors of the American Kennel Club, Inc.
Section 1: Manner of Dissolution
The club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than 2/3 of the members. In the event of dissolution of the club, other than for purposes of re-organization, whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, none of the property of the club nor any proceeds thereof, nor any assets of the club shall be distributed to any members of the club. After payment of the debts of the club, its property and assets shall be given to the Miniature Pinscher Club of America Health & Research Fund.
ORDER OF BUSINESS
Section 1 General Membership Meeting
At meetings of the Club, the order of business, so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows:
Ø Roll Call
Ø Reading of Minutes of Last Meeting;
Ø Report of Secretary;
Ø Report of Treasurer;
Ø Report of Committees;
Ø Unfinished Business;
Ø New Business;
Ø Raffles; and,
Section 2: Board Meeting
At meetings of the board, the order of business, unless otherwise directed by majority vote of those present, shall be as follows:
Ø Reading of Minutes of Last Meeting;
Ø Report of Secretary;
Ø Report of Treasurer;
Ø Report of Committees;
Ø Unfinished Business;
Ø New Business;
Section 1: The rules contained in the current edition of "Roberts 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.