California Deaf Bassmasters Club, Inc.
A Non-Profit Corporation
Article I - Name of Organization
The name of organization shall be known as the California Deaf Bassmasters Club, Inc. hereinafter referred as CDBC.
Article II - Purpose
This corporation is organized for charitable, recreational, and educational purposes, more specifically to bass angling. The primary purpose is to promote bass angling among deaf, hard of hearing and hearing individuals, primarily in California. The secondary purpose is to affiliate the beneficial organization with other similar bass organizations in United States of America.
To this effect, the corporation shall at all times be operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service.
Article III - Membership
Section 1- Type of Membership
There shall be two types of membership, individuals and affiliated organization. It shall be open to all individuals who are over 18 years of age, residing in United States of America, its possessions and territories. All active members and affiliated organizations with dues paid shall have voting rights at all general meetings.
Section 2 - Individual Membership
Individual membership in this organization shall be open to any deaf, hard of hearing and hearing. The dues shall be twenty five dollars ($25) annually.
Section 3 - Affiliated Organization
This category is for organizations for affiliation purposes. The dues shall be fifty dollars ($50) annually.
Section 4 - Hearing Individuals
A hearing individual with the ability of using sign language are encouraged to join and take part in meetings.
Article IV - Board of Directors
Section 1- General
The deaf or hard of hearing officers of this organization shall consist of President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and two (2) Trustees.
Section 2 - Membership, Residency and Terms
All board of directors must be active members throughout the term which shall be three years. All board of directors is allowed to be elected as long as they are resident of state of California. The officers shall be pledged to this organization oath and shall remain in office during three-year term.
Section 3 - Duties
The President shall convene and preside at all meetings. The President shall abide the parliamentary procedures. The Vice President shall act in the place of the President in President's absence from the chair. The Vice President shall advise to the President on all aspects of the organization. The Secretary shall keep accurate records of Board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all Board, General and Special meetings, sending out the meeting and proposed amendments announcements to all members, distribute copies of minutes, and assure the organization records are maintained. All records maintained by the Secretary shall be surrendered to his successor at the end of the term or departure whichever comes first. The Treasurer shall maintain the financial records of the organization including the bank transactions and membership dues. The duties for Secretary and Treasurer shall be combined for one person. The Trustees shall perform other duties as assigned by the President which may includes audit on all records by the Secretary/Treasurer and organization's bass record lists and make reports to the Presidents with their findings.
Section 4 - Removal and Resignation
Any Board officer may be removed with or without cause by a two-third vote of the Board at Board Meetings or General Meetings. Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President or Secretary
Article V - Meetings
Section 1 - Board Meetings
Regular board meeting of this organization shall be held at least three (3) times each year with two (2) weeks notice. The quorum of the board meeting shall be four (4) persons of the Board officers.
Section 2 - Regular Meetings
The General meeting shall take place on the month of January on an annual basis. The notice of General meetings shall be mailed out no less than two (2) months in advance to all active, voting members. General meetings can be held during CDBC sponsored bass tournaments. The quorum of the General meeting shall be ten (10) of the active members.
Section 3 - Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called upon the majority of the Board officers. The President shall call the Special meeting with at least seven (7) day notice. The quorum of the Special meeting shall be four (4) Board officers.
Article VI - Committees
The Board may create both regular and standing committees, as needed, such as tournaments, publicity, fund raising, and minutes committees. The President shall appoint all committee chairs.
Article VII - Elections
Section 1- Nomination
All nominations will take place at the General meeting. The election of officers shall be voted by ballot every three years in the month of January, starting in 2005.
Section 2 - Eligibility
All members shall be active for at least twelve (12) months before nominating for any Board officer positions.
Section 3 - Number of Terms
The number of consecutive terms for any Board position shall be two terms.
Section 4 - Vacancies
In the event of Board vacancy due to resignation, death, removal or disqualification, the Board shall have the power to elect a successor to take office when the vacancy becomes effective.
Article VIII - Amendments of Bylaws
These bylaws may be amended in General Meeting by a two-third vote of members present and voting, providing the proposed amendments are submitted to the Secretary ninety (90) days before the General meeting. The board shall review the proposed amendments for efficiency, adaptability and usefulness. The amendments shall be mailed with the General meeting announcement to all members.
Article IX - Dissolution
CDBC may be dissolved in a Special meeting called for this specific purpose by two-third vote. All of the properties and liquidation shall go to another deaf organization serving similar purpose such as camping, recreation or angling.
Article X - Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be governed.
Approved: April 7, 2002