By-Laws

BY-LAWS OF THE

LEAVENWORTH B.A.S.S CLUB

LEAVENWORTH, BASS NATION 66048

February 12th, 2016

Article I – Name and Purposes:

Section 1: Name

This chapter shall be called the Leavenworth Bass Club (LBC) of Leavenworth, Bass Nation.

Section 2: Purposes

(a) To stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport.
(b) To offer state conservation departments our organized moral and political support and encouragement.
(c) To promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards.
(d) To detect and report any polluter and call public and political attention to their crime.
(e) To improve our skill as bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchange of bass catching techniques and ideas.
(f) To promote and encourage youth fishing and foster their appreciation for this great recreation.
(g) To function as a dynamic and effective link with other chapters of the Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society (BASS)
(h) To embrace Federation principles and purposes of the BASS.

ARTICLE II – Membership:

Section 1: Number of Members

The chapter shall begin with and maintain at least six (6) chapter members. Total general membership shall not exceed (70) members.

Section 2: Requirement for Membership

To become a chapter member, a person shall:

(a) Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.
(b) Be a member of the BASS.
(c) Be recommended by a current member in good standing, who shall give testimony of the new member’s sportsmanship, at a regular monthly meeting.
(d) Must be 16 years of age. All members less than 18 years of age must provide a letter signed by their parent or guardian that approves their membership in the club and provides desired medical procedures in the event of a medical emergency during a club event.
(e) Be voted on by members present. Vote shall be by a show of hands and affirmation must be by a majority. With majority vote, full membership shall then be awarded and membership credentials presented. New members can resign with full refund after the first tournament after their membership and before the second tournament. Their desire to resign must be made to a club officer and should include why they desire to resign.
(f) Newly elected officers shall pay their yearly dues prior to the close of the December meeting
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(g) Requirements for Junior Membership.
(h) To become a Junior Member of an adult chapter, a person shall:
1. (a) Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.
2. (b) Be under 16 years of age.
(c) Junior Members are not required to pay national membership or State Federation dues and are not entitled to the benefits of a regular member. The acceptance of Junior Members will not affect a club’s liability insurance policy. Junior Members may not hold office in an adult club nor may they be voting members. At age 16, Junior Members may continue membership by joining the club as a regular member. Junior membership ceases on a person’s 16th birthday.
(d) A Junior Member can only attend a club function if his parent or legal guardian is an LBC member in good standing and if that parent or legal guardian also attends the function.

Section 3: Membership Dues

(a) The membership dues shall be $65.00 annually.

Section 4: Member in Good Standing Requirements

A member must meet the following criteria to be a member in good standing:
(a) Paid annual dues.
(b) Not be on probation.

ARTICLE III – Officers, Elections, Vacancies, and Eligibility:

Section 1: Elected Officers and their Duties.

The Officers of the chapter shall consist of:
(a) PRESIDENT: Preside over all meetings and direct all official business. Appoint all committee directors, except tournament committee director, and be an ex-officio member of all committees. Supervise all club functions. Maintain a current copy of the Club By-Laws and upon completion of his duties pass on the official written and bound copy to the next President.

(b) VICE- PRESIDENT: Act as the program chairman, assist the president in his duties, and preside in the absence of the president.

(c) SECRETARY: Maintain accurate minutes of all regular and special meetings as called by the chapter president. Maintain regular liaison between the chapter, BASS and the BASS Nation.

(d) TREASURER: Collect and disburse all monies. Maintain accurate financial records and present a current balance at each regular meeting. All checks issued by the club require the signature of treasurer or president. The treasurer will prepare the annual Leavenworth Bass Club budget to be presented to the general membership at the November meeting for the period 1 Nov XX to 31 Oct XX. After discussion, the membership shall then vote to approve the budget by simple majority.” Any changes to the budget thereafter must be approved by a simple majority at a club meeting.

(e) TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: With assistance of the tournament committee plan, organize, and operate all Chapter tournaments, maintain tournament records, enforce all tournament rules, and investigate all protests concerning tournaments and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

(f) YOUTH DIRECTOR: With assistance of the youth committee plan, organize and operate all youth activities. Direct all official business of the chapter sponsored B.A.S.S. affiliated youth club. Lead and mentor chapter sponsored youth club officers. Supervise youth club functions. Maintain records and report to the Leavenworth Bass Club membership at monthly meetings and make recommendations to the board of Directors.

(g) MEMBERS-AT-LARGE (2): Act as voting members of the Board of Directors. Relay membership comments, concerns, and recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Section 2: Elections

The election of officers shall be held annually at a regular meeting during the month of October. Election shall be by a simple majority of members in good standing present. Election for each officer shall be held separately in the order listed in Article III,
section 1.

Section 3: Eligibility to Vote

Each member in good standing 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 November 1st, and end on October 31st, or until the successor assumes office.

Section 5: Vacancies

In the event of an office becoming vacant, nominations shall be asked for and an election held to fill the un-expired term of the individual vacating the office. National B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation headquarters shall be notified immediately of the change of any officer.

Section 6: Eligibility for Holding Office

To be eligible for an office, a member must:

(a) Have paid dues prior to the first tournament of that year.
(b) Have shown an active interest in all chapter functions.
(c) No member on probation shall be allowed to serve as an officer or on a committee.

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 shall consist of eight (8) members; President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Tournament Director, Immediate Past-President and two (2) members elected at-large by majority vote of the members, at the December regular meeting. The president shall call all meetings of the Board of Directors and preside at such meetings. The secretary will record the minutes of these meetings. The board will decide all protests and rule on all violations of the tournament rules and by-laws of the Chapter when appropriately received. Develop agenda for the monthly meetings.
(b)
(c) YOUTH COMMITTEE: The purpose of the committee shall be to plan, organize, and implement a Chapter Youth Program; to introduce young people to the goals of BASS; to give them a basis for respect of our national heritage, an appreciation of the basic rules of honesty, integrity, fair play and good sportsmanship, and to give them an introduction to the sheer joy of fishing.

(d) CONSERVATION COMMITTEE: The purpose of this committee shall be to protect our natural environment from harmful change; to document and report to the proper authorities violation 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 to our environment; and to take a leadership role in repairing the harm that has already been done to the life-giving waters of America.
(e)
(f) TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE: The purpose of the tournament committee shall be to plan, organize, and operate all the Chapter tournaments. The tournament committee will draft tournament rules, which must then be approved by the members in good standing. The tournament director selects at least 4 other members in good standing to serve on the committee. The committee will keep tournament records, enforce all tournament rules, and investigate all protests concerning tournaments and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE V – Removal of Membership

A member may, as determine by vote of the Board of Directors, be dropped from membership roll for any of the following:
(a) Failure to pay dues, or
(b) Any action, which reflects dishonor and disgrace on this chapter.
(c) Any boater committing any unsafe boating act is subject to loss of boating privileges in club events and depending on the seriousness of the incident, removal from the club. Unsafe boating should be reported by all club members. The board of directors will make the final decision on unsafe acts.
The member must be notified prior to any hearing concerning his dismissal or possible disciplinary action and be afforded the opportunity to appear on his behalf at the hearing.

ARTICLE VI – Requirement for Affiliation

(a) Approval of Chapter Charter by BASS.
(b) Update BASS with Chapter membership roster once each year, immediately following the December meeting.
(c) Names and address of new members joining the Chapter during the year must be submitted to BASS as they occur.
(d) Maintain 100% BASS membership.
(e) Support State Federation conservation and youth programs. Any additional requirements that a state federation establishes for chapters, such as membership dues, attendance at meetings, etc., would be necessary in order for the chapter to participate in a state federation qualifying tournament(s), and any other federation sponsored tournaments or events.

ARTICLE VII – Methods of Amending the By-Laws

The By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting by a 2/3 vote of the members in good standing present, provided written notice of the proposed amendment has been presented to the membership at least one regular meeting prior to the vote

ARTICLE VIII – Sportsman of the Year.
The “Sportsman of the Year” will be elected by secret ballots at the October meeting. Each member in good standing and present votes for 3 club members; the most deserving sportsman receives 3 points, the next 2 points, and the next 1 point. The current Sportsman of the year and Tournament Director tally the votes and announce the top three to the members present. The members then vote for only one of the three from the announced list. The President appoints a club member that is not one of the top three to count the final votes and procure the Sportsman of the Year award. The results of the Sportsman of the Year election will not be announced until the award is presented at the annual banquet.
Article IX – Annual Awards
The following references are several awards that are presented at the annual banquet to recognize achievement from the previous tournament year. This is NOT an absolute list and can be amended by a vote to change the By-Laws.
Currently, the list includes: Sportsman of the Year, Top Ten Anglers, Guide of the Year, Co Angler of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Guide of the Year, 1st Big Bass, 2nd Big Bass, 3rd Big Bass”
Article IX – Annual Awards
The following reference is several awards that are presented at the annual banquet to recognize achievement from the previous tournament year. This is NOT an absolute list and can be amended by a vote to change the By-Laws.
Currently, the list includes: Sportsman of the Year, Top Ten Anglers, Co Angler of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Guide of the Year, 1st Big Bass, 2nd Big Bass, 3rd Big Bass”.
a. Sportsman Of The Year; See Article IIX.
b. Top Ten: The Top Ten anglers are designated as a result of the points each has earned over the course of a single tournament year. Points will reflect the anglers best 7 of 9, 8 of 10, 9 of 11 etc. regular tournaments. The anglers will be ranked in order from the highest number of points being designated at first place through the tenth place angler.
c. Guide Of The Year: The angler massing the largest total of “Guide Points” for the anglers best 7 of 9, 8 of 10, 9 of 11 etc. regular tournaments.
d. Co-Angler Of The Year: The points each has earned over the course of a single tournament year determine standings. Points will reflect the co-anglers best 7 of 9, 8 of 10, 9 of 11 etc regular tournaments. The co-anglers will be ranked in order from the highest number of points to the lowest.
e. Rookie Of The Year; (Rookie) Any member that joins the club and has an opportunity to fish at least 7 of 9, 8 of 10, 9 of 11 etc. regular tournaments is considered a rookie for that year. If not, his rookie year would be the next year.
f. First Big Bass
g. Second Big Bass
h. Third Big Bass

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