Article I - Name and Purpose
Section 1: Name
This chapter shall be called the Quality Bass Anglers Sportsman Society of San Antonio, Texas. Its short name shall be "Quality BASS Club".
Section 2: 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. To detect and report any polluter and call public and political attention to the crime. To improve our skill as bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchange of expert bass-catching techniques and ideas, and to promote and encourage youth fishing, and a love for this great recreation. To function as a dynamic and effective link with other Chapters of the State B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation embracing the principles and purposes of Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (c).
Article II - Membership
Section 1: Number of Members
Total general membership shall not exceed 50 members.
Section 2: Requirements for Membership
To become a charter member, a person shall:
(a) Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.
(b) If the prospective member is not a member of B.A.S.S., they shall be required to join. (See Article V for affiliation requirements.)
(c) Be recommended by a member at a regular monthly meeting.
(d) Be voted on by membership with affirmation by majority of members present at the meeting.
(e) Club membership dues shall be $5.00 annually, payable upon being voted into the Chapter. B.A.S.S. membership and Texas B.A.S.S. Federation membership is required.
(f) The new member(s) should receive a "New Members Information Package" to include: Chapter By-Laws, Tournament Rules and Schedule, Chapter roster and Application for B.A.S.S. membership (if needed).
Section 3: Club Members and their Duties
(a) Vote on what expenses will be paid for by the club each year for Top 6.
(b) Vote on the number of two versus one day tournaments for the year.
Section 4: Removal of Membership
A member is subject to be dropped from the membership role for the following:
(a) Failure to pay dues.
(b) Any action which would reflect dishonor and disgrace on this Chapter, as decided by the Board of Directors.
(c) Failure to attend a minimum of 10 functions during the calendar year.
(d) Appeals for termination may be submitted to the Board of Directors for final resolution.
Article III - Officers, Elections, Vacancies and Eligibility
Section 1: Officers and Their Duties
The officers of the Chapter shall consist of:
(a) President: Presides over all meetings and directs all official business. Appoints and is an ex-officio member of all committees. Supervises all Chapter functions. Allowed discretionary spending up to $25 per month and $150 per year; any spending must be accompanied by receipt and presented at the next club meeting.
(b) Vice President: Acts as program chairman, assists the president in his/her duties, and presides in the absence of the president.
(c) Secretary: Maintains accurate minutes of all regular and special meetings as called by the Chapter president. Maintains regular liaison between the Chapter and the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and the B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation. Ensures that the results of the Meetings and Tournaments are posted on the Internet at the Quality Bass Club Home Page.
(d) Treasurer: Collects and disburses all monies. Maintains accurate financial records and presents a current balance report at each regular meeting. Prepares an annual audit for review by the Chapter Board of Directors. Allowed discretionary spending up to $25 per month and $150
per year; any spending must be accompanied by receipt and presented at the next club meeting.
(e) Sergeant at Arms: Controls and maintains order during Chapter functions. Assures members sign in at each meeting.
(f) Tournament Director: Presides at meetings not attended by the President and Vice President and chairs the Tournament Committee.
Section 2: Elections
The election of officers shall be held annually at a regular meeting during the month of December. Election shall be by simple majority of members present. Election for each officer shall be held separately in order listed in Article III, Section 1. Additionally, members will vote on the Sportsman of theYear during the annual elections.
Section 3: Eligibility of Vote
Each member is entitled to one vote. Proxy votes are not permitted.
Section 4: Term of Office
The term of office is for one year, which shall begin on January 1, and end on the last meeting day of December or until a successor assumes office. Original slate of officers shall serve until the last meeting day of the following December.
Section 5: 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. National B.A.S.S. headquarters shall be notified immediately of the change of any officers.
Section 6: Eligibility for Holding Office
To be eligible for an officer, a member must:
(a) Have been a member for six months.
(b) Have attended at least 3/4 of Chapter meetings and 3/4 of Chapter functions.
(c) Have shown an active interest in all Chapter functions.
Article IV - Standing Committees
All standing committees will serve for one year or until a new committee is appointed. The terms of the committee members will coincide with that of the president.
(a) Board of Directors: The Board of Directors will consist of nine (9) members; 1] President, 2] Vice President, 3] Secretary, 4]Treasurer, 5] Immediate Past-President, 6] Tournament Director, 7] Sergeant At Arms, and two (2) members elected at-large by a majority of the members present at the December regular meeting.
(1) The President will call all meetings of the Board of Directors and preside at such meetings.
(2) The Secretary will record the minutes of these meetings.
(3) The Board will decide on all protests concerning tournaments with the Board of Directors to serve for appeals only after the Tournament Committee has ruled.
(4) Develop agenda for monthly meetings.
(b) Youth Committee: The purpose of this committee shall be to plan, organize, and implement a Chapter Youth Project; to introduce young people to the goals of B.A.S.S.; to give them a basis for respect of our national heritage, an appreciation of the basic rules of honesty, integrity, fair play, and sportsmanship; and to give them an introduction to the sheer joy of fishing.
(c) Conservation Committee: The purpose of this committee shall be to protect our national environment from harmful change; to document and report to the proper authorities violations of local, state, and federal anti-pollution laws, statutes, regulations, ordinances, and other regulatory devices; to take political action to improve our environment; to take legal action where appropriate; to undertake informational and educational programs to bring public awareness to threats on our environment; and to take a leadership role in repairing the harm that has already been done to the life-saving waters of America.
(d) Tournament Committee: The purpose of this committee shall be to plan, organize, and operate all Chapter tournaments. The Tournament Committee will draft tournament rules which must then be approved by the general membership.
(e) Other Committee: The purpose of this committee shall be to organize other club activities as required for the club, such as the annual Fish Fry.
(f) Distribution of Fund-Raising Proceeds: A minimum of 20% of fund-raising proceeds will be designated to selected charities by the club membership annually by vote.
Article V - Affiliation
Section 1: Requirements for Affiliation
(a) Approval of Chapter Charter by B.A.S.S.
(b) Update B.A.S.S. with Chapter membership roster once each year, immediately following election of Chapter officers and directors.
(c) Names and addresses of new members joining the Chapter during the year must be submitted to B.A.S.S. as they occur. The necessary forms are included in the B.A.S.S. Chapter handbook.
(d) Maintain 80% B.A.S.S. membership.
(e) Support State Federation conservation and youth programs. Any additional requirements that the State Federation establishes for Chapters, such as membership dues, attendance at meetings, etc., would be necessary in order for the Chapter to participate in the State Federation qualifying tournament(s), and any other federation sponsored tournaments or events.
Article VI - Method of Amending the Constitution
Section 1: Amending the Constitution and By-Laws
The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting by 2/3 vote of the members present, provided written notice of the proposed amendment has been presented to the membership at least one regular meeting prior to the vote.
Section 2: Changing Meeting times
Meeting time and location will be the same unless changed and approved by 2/3 vote.
[This version amended the 15th day of May, 1999]
[Original signed and submitted the 16th day of May, 1988.]
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