NAME AND OBJECTIVES
The name of the Club shall be Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.
The objectives of the Club shall be to:
B. Urge members and breeders to accept the AKC approved standard of the breed as the only standard by which Bernese Mountain Dogs shall be judged.
C. Protect and advance the interest of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike conduct in and out of the ring.
D. Conduct matches and specialty shows under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.
E. Provide a medium for Bernese owners and appreciators to join in social activities.
F. Educate members and others concerning Bernese Mouontain Dogs and dogs generally and the responsibilities of dog ownership.
G. Promote the Club Code of Ethics.
H. Maintain and protect the integrity of the AKC Stud Book.
The Club shall not be conducted nor operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder of residue from activities, dues of donations to the Club shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.
The members of the Club shall adopt and may from time to time revise such By-Laws as may be required to carry out the Club's objectives.
B. During the month of November the Treasurer shall send to each member a statement of dues for the ensuing year.
C.A schedule of dues and initiation fees shall be established by the Board of Directors annually and may be changed as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.
ELECTION TO MEMBERSHIP
TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
A.Resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the Club upon written notice to the Secretary, but no member may resign while in debt to the Club.
B.Lapsing. Membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member's dues remain unpaid sixty (60) days after the first day of the fiscal year; however, the Board may grant an additional sixty (60) days grace period to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case is a person entitled to vote at any Club meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting.
C.Expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided for in Article VI of the By-Laws.
B. A quorum for all meetings shall be twenty (20) percent of the membership in good standing.
B. At its February meeting, or at another time that the Board may designate, the Club shall honor members' Bernese Mountain Dogs during the prior year earned titles recognized by the Board.
B. Officers and Directors must attend Board meetings or provide the Club Secretary with information concerning any projects in which they are involved. During the Board meeting, the Club Secretary shall present the absent member's report. In the Secretary's absence the President shall present such information to the Board.
C.Any member in good standing may attend the Board meeting as an observer, however, the Board may recess to meet in executive session,as it deems appropriate.
D. The quorum for Board meetings shall be a majority of the Officers and Directors.
E. Special meetings of the Board may be call 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 special meetings shall be held in the greater Waukesha area at such place, date, and time as may be designated by the person authorized herein to call such meeting. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least five days and not more than ten 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 meeting shall be a majority of the Board.
COMPOSITION AND POWERS
B. Any regular member in good standing with the Club and the AKC, and who has attended at least two general membership meetings in the year prior to the election may hold office in the Club. Nominees must be able to attend all Board meetings.
C. General management of the Club's affairs shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors.
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 all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the Club, shall record all votes of the Board of Directors, shall 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 an attendance record of all members and guest or guest(s) attending a meeting, keep a roll of the members of the Club with their addresses and carry out such other duties as prescribed in the By-Laws.
D. The Treasurer shall collect and receive all monies due and belonging to the Club, and shall deposit them in the name of the Club in a bank that the Board shall designate. Books shall be open to Board inspection. The treasurer shall report to the Board at every Board meeting the condition of the Club's finances and every item of receipt or payment not before reported, and at the Annual Meeting shall render an account of all monies received and expended during the fiscal year to date. The Treasurer's books and records shall be subject to a yearly internal audit by an individual appointed by the Board, and the Treasurer shall be bonded.
B. The Nominating Committee shall nominate from among the eligible members of the Club, one candidate for each office and for each other position on the Board of Directors and shall procure the acceptance of each nominee so chosen. No person shall be a candidate for more than one position. The Committee shall submit it slate of candidates to the Secretary with a copy to the Newsletter Editor for publication in the July newsletter.
C.Additional nominations may be made by a new member in good standing in attendance at the September meeting providing that the person nominated does no decline when person's name is proposed, and provided further that if the proposed candidate is not in attendance at this meeting, the proposer shall have obtained the written consent of the nominee before such nomination.
D. If no valid additional nominations are made the Nominating Committee's slate shall be declared elected and no election will be required. If additional nominations are made, the election will be held at the Annual Meeting.
Not withstanding Section 1, the Board shall appoint persons to chair the following standing Committees: Membership - to administer the membership requirements as stated in the Club Constitution and By-Laws. Newsletter Editor - to be responsible for publishing the Club newsletter adhering to the newsletter policy, and appointing assistants as necessary. Ways and Means - to develop with Board approval, and market revenue sources for the Club. Constitution and By-Laws - to review and ensure maintenance of those documents and undertake major revisions as needed. Rescue - to administer the Club's Rescue Program in accordance with the BMDCSEW rescue policy.
If for any reason a Chair resigns before the end of a term, the Board shall appoint a replacement for the remainder of the term.
Any Committee appointment may be terminated by a majority of the full membership of the Board upon written notice to the appointee, and the Board may appoint successors to those persons whose services have been terminated.
- Report of the President
- Report of the Secretary
- Report of the Treasurer
- Reports of the Committees
- Election of Officers and Directors (Annual Meeting only)
- Election of New Members
- Unfinished Business
- New Business