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Club Bylaws

Article I.  

The name of this association is the Carolina Schutzhund Club and shall be known as such.

Article II.             

Object of the Club

  1. To train dogs for the sport of Schutzhund.

  2. The promotion of working dogs for the sport of Schutzhund, police work and search and rescue work.

  3. Support movements that demonstrate the advantages of Schutzhund training.

  4. Support and organize trails for Schutzhund.5.Support the use of dogs by police departments.

  1. To interest and educate the public about Schutzhund, police and search and rescue training.

  2. To preserve the Working Dog in accordance with breed standards as working dogs.

  3. to promote humane training methods for the working dog and to support responsible dog ownership and breeding practices.

Article III.           

Club Status

   1.This club shall be conducted as a nonprofit organization. All dues, levies and other income shall be disbursed to promote the objectives of this club, along with associated social activities.

Article IV.           

Club Dissolution

  1. The club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of two thirds (2/3) majority vote of its active members in good standing. In such case, after payment of all debts and liabilities of the club, its assets and property shall go to a 501(c)(3) organization.

Article V.            

Membership

  1. The club shall consist of two types of members:

  1. Active members – These members shall be entitled to vote, hold office and benefit in all the advantages of this organization. All active members must also be members of USCA.

  2. Honorary members – These members may be elected at large from those who have rendered valuable service to the Club or the police dog movement. They are not entitled to vote or hold office.

  1. Section B: Application for Election to Membership

  1. Applicant shall attend three (3) training sessions as a non-member. The Training Director will at these sessions evaluate the applicant’s dog for its prey and defense drives. If a dog’s prey and/or defense drives or temperament are not suitable for the sport of Schutzhund, the applicant will be informed of this by the Training Director.

  2. Applications for membership shall be made to the secretary in writing upon forms provided.

  3. The application shall be voted upon at the next meeting of the club. Election to active membership shall require approval of the club. Election to active membership shall require approval by three-quarters (3/4) of the members present.

  4. Honorary Members shall be appointed by the Board of Directors.

  1. Resignation

  1. Any member may resign at any time and may be deleted from the membership upon receipt of resignation, in writing, by the Secretary.

Article VI.           

Dues and Special Levies

  1. Dues and Fees

  1. The individual Membership dues, for one person with one dog, are $200.00 per year and every anniversary date there-after.

  2. The Family Membership dues, for two people living at the same address each with one dog, is $250.00 per year and every anniversary date there-after.

  3. There is a training fee ($20.00 per dog) for nonmembers who wish to have a dog evaluated.

  4. Membership dues are paid by the end of every January. A photocopy of a USCA membership card showing the expiration date shall be included when membership dues are paid.

  5. Members joining after January dues are broken down as follows.

1st Quarter – Full Price

2nd Quarter – Individual $150 Family $187.50

3rd Quarter – Individual $100 Family $125

4th Quarter – Individual $50 Family $62.50

  1. Special Levies

  1. The membership may approve by a majority vote the collection of special equal levies against the membership, to meet the expenses of the club.

  1. Nonpayment of Dues or Special Levies

  1. An active member whose dies remain unpaid by the end of Feburary shall be notified in writing by the Secretary/Treasurer. If said dues remain unpaid for another thirty (30) days, the membership shall be automatically suspended. If said dues remain unpaid for another sixty (60) days, the membership shall be automatically terminated.

  2. Any member whose share of a special levy remains unpaid for one (1) month after approval by membership vote shall be so notified in writing by the Secretary/Treasurer. If said levy remains unpaid for another thirty (30) days, the member shall be automatically suspended. If said levy remains unpaid for another sixty (60) days, the member shall be automatically terminated.

Article VII.          

Board of Directors

  1. The control and management of the affairs of the club shall be vested in the Board of Directors, consisting of at least three (3) but not more than five (5) members.

  2. The Board of Directors shall consist of :

  3. President

  4. Vice President

  5. Secretary/Treasurer

  6. Sergeant at Arms

  1. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called by the President at least quarterly. Board meetings may precede or follow regular general membership meetings.

  2. Special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called by the President or three Directors acting in concert.

  3. A majority of the Directors in office being present shall constitute a quorum to conduct regular business. The Board shall have the power to fill any vacancy that may occur between elections except that of President.

  4. The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep minutes of the Board meeting, which shall be available to any member at any time.

  5. The Board shall have the power to appoint committees and assistant officers from among the membership.

Article VIII.        

Officers and their responsibilities

  1. President – The President shall preside at all meetings and act as the chief executive of the club. He/she shall be a member of all committees.

  2. Vice President – The Vice President shall in the absence of the President, perform all the duties of the President.

  3. Secretary/Treasurer – The Secretary/Treasurer shall have charge of all correspondence; keep the records and roll of members, the minutes of meetings and Board meetings, and election results. He/she shall receive, collect, and disburse all funds of the club. Disbursements shall be made only by signed vouchers, which shall be kept as a part of a permanent record system, which shall include an account book of receipts and disbursements. He/ she shall render a formal statement regarding the club funds annually and informally at all regular meetings.

  4. Sergeant at Arms – the Sergeant at Arms shall be in charge of maintaining all equipment used in the training program, and all club property. He/she shall provide or otherwise arrange for various equipment necessary to keep the training program operating.

Article IX.           

Annual Meeting of the Club

  1. The club shall hold an annual meeting at least once every twenty four (24) months to elect officers and conduct business. All members of the club in good standing will be invited to participate.

Article X.             

Election of Officers and Directors

  1. The Officers and Directors shall be elected by the active members in good standing for a term of two (2) years by show of hands, at the annual meeting of the club. All Officers and Directors shall assume office immediately after the election has occurred. Each active member may vote for only one (1) nominee for each office.

  1. Nomination for Officers and Directors shall be make from the active membership at the annual meeting. All nominations must be seconded. Prior to the election, the Secretary/Treasurer shall receive consent to hold office from all nominees, this may be written or verbal.

  2. Any active member whose membership fees or levies remain unpaid on Election Day shall be disqualified from voting or holding office.

Article XI.           

Parliamentary Authority

  1. The current edition of Roberts Rules shall govern this association in all parliamentary situations that are not covered in the law, or in these constitution and bylaws, or adopted rules. In case of conflict between the provisions of the constitution and bylaws and the parliamentary provisions of Roberts Rules, the provisions of these constitution and bylaws shall prevail.

Article XII.          

Constitutional Amendments

  1. The Constitution and Bylaws may be amended, altered or repealed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the active members in good standing.

  1. Any proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws shall be formally read at the monthly meeting preceding the meeting at which actual voting takes place, and shall appear in the minutes of that meeting.

Article XIII.         

Training Director

  1. A Training Director shall be appointed for an indefinite term, but not to exceed two (2) years, by the Board of Directors. He/she shall fulfill all requirements to maintain a satisfactory and successful training program. He/she shall be in charge of all club activities at the training grounds during normal training hours. He/she shall be a member of the club. The Training Director is a member of the Board of Directors by appointment; should he/she already be holding office, the Assistant Training Director would then become the appointed Board member.

Article XIV.        

Empowered Representative

  1. This club at each annual meeting will elect from the general membership one person who will be the club delegate to the parent organization, the United Schutzhund Clubs of America.

  1. This delegate must be an active member in good standing with the club; he/she must not have any disciplinary action pending from the United Schutzhund Clubs of America. All dues payable to both this club and the United Schutzhund Clubs of America must be paid in full.

  2. This delegate must be empowered to represent the club in all matters, as he/she will be a member of the Board of Directors of the United Schutzhund Clubs of America.

  3. This delegate will begin his/her one (1) year as the Club’s empowered representative to the Board of Directors of the United Schutzhund Clubs of America effective with the annual meeting of the United Schutzhund Clubs of America.

Article XV.          

Club Dues to the United Schutzhund Clubs of America

  1. The club must pay to United Schutzhund Clubs of America, an annual fee as prescribed by that organization, by June 1st.

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