BY LAWS OF THE MEEKER SPORTSMAN CLUB, INC.
REVISED SEPTEMBER 26, 2005
ARTICLE 1 - NAME
The name of this organization shall be : Meeker Sportsman Club,
ARTICLE II - OBJECT
To create and maintain an organization for the
promotion of fish and game conservation within the State of Ohio and
particularly in the western part of Marion County, in and about Meeker,
To acquaint its members and the
community generally with the problems of game propagation, management,
conservation and related subjects.
safety measures with respect to the proper use of firearms and other
sporting equipment, and to further public education as to such measures.
facilities for members of the community of Meeker, Ohio and the township
adjacent therto for pistol, trap and rifle shooting, the use of such
facilities not being limited to the members of the organization.
holding and raising pens for pheasants and such other game birds as may be
found suitable for the area.
To build or
otherwise secure a lake in the community for the propagation of fresh
recreational facilities for residents of said locality for the purpose of
holding community square dances, picnics, card parties and social
evenings, the use of such facilities not being limited to the members of
To acquire by
purchase, lease or otherwise, any real estate, land or premises necessary
for the construction of such recreational and sport facilities and for
reforestation of adjacent areas in accordance with sound conservation
money in any proper manner for the financing of said programs and
To do any and
all things necessary and incidental to the accomplishment of these
Any net earnings of the organization shall be devoted
exclusively to the educational and recreational purposes set forth herein.
In the event of dissolution or liquidation of the
organization , any funds remaining after payment of liabilities shall be
distributed equally to the Township Trustees of Montgomery, Big Island,
Grand and Salt Rock Townships, Marion County, Ohio and used by them to
create and promote sound conservation practices within said Townships.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
Any citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older may become a
member of this organization on vote of the general membership at a meeting
at which membership acceptance is being voted on, subscribing to the
following pledge and on payment of the membership dues.
THE MEEKER SPORTSMAN CLUB PLEDGE
I Certify that I am a citizen of good repute of the United States of
America; that I am not a member of any organization or group having as its
purpose or one of its' purposes the overthrow by force and violence of the
Government of the United States or any of its' political subdivisions;
that I have never been convicted of a crime of violence; and that, if
admitted to membership, I will fulfill the obligations of good
sportsmanship and good citizenship.
Club members will also subscribe to
the Meeker Sportsman Club Hunter's Code of Ethics as follows:
I will consider myself an invited guest of any landowner, seeking his
permission to enter upon his premises, and so conducting myself that I may
be welcome in the future.
I will obey the rules of safe gun handling and will courteously, but
firmly insist that others who hunt with me do the same.
I will obey all hunting rules and regulations, and will insist that my
companions do likewise.
I will do my best to acquire those marksmanship and hunting skills which
assure clean, sportsmanlike skills.
I will support conservation efforts which can assure good hunting for
future generations of Americans.
I will pass along to younger hunters the attitudes and skill essential to
a true outdoor sportsman.
ARTICLE IV - DUES
- Annual dues for members shall be
provided for by action of the Board of
- Lifetime memberships may be provided for by action of the Board of
Trustees. A lifetime member shall not be subject to annual dues.
- Members whose dues are
delinquent shall not be eligible to participate in any Club meetings and the privileges and benefits
available to members of the Club.
ARTICLE V - MEETINGS
- The regular business
meetings of the Club shall be held on the last
Monday of the month, at such time and place as may be fixed by the
- Special meetings of the Club may be held at any time upon the call of
the President or upon the call of the Executive Committee, or upon
written demand of a member, stating the object of the proposed meeting.
Written notice of the time, place and object of any special meeting shall
be given all members in good standing.
ARTICLE VI - TRUSTEES
- There shall be seven Trustees for the Club.
- To qualify to serve as a Trustee, a member shall have been a member
of the Club in good standing for a periods of three (3) years or be a
lifetime member in good standing.
- Trustees shall be elected and serve for three years. At the
initial elections of Trustees, two shall be elected for one year, two
for two years and three for three years. Thereafter, successor
Trustees shall be elected as the terms of the various Trustees expires,
terminate or become vacant.
- Trustees shall be nominated by the general membership at the
November membership meeting and voted upon at the December membership
- The Trustee's shall have a general supervision and control of all
the activities of the Club. Meetings of the Trustee's shall be held
regularly at such time and place as they may determine. Special
meetings may be held at any time on the written call of the President
or on the written demand by three of the Trustees. Four members of
the Trustees shall constitute a quorum.
- After elected in December, the Trustees shall meet in December and
elect the Officers for the Club for the following calendar year.
ARTICLE VII - OFFICERS
- The Officers of the Club shall consist of a President, Vice
President, Secretary and Treasurer.
- The Officers shall be
elected for a term of one year commencing
January 1st. To qualify to serve as an Officer, a member shall
have been a member of the Club in good standing for a period of three
(3) years or be a lifetime member in good standing.
- The Trustees, after their election at the December meeting, shall
elect the Officers for the ensuing calendar year.
- Duties of Officers:
- President - The President
shall preside at all meetings of the Club and shall perform all such
other duties as usually pertain to his or her office.
- Vice President - The Vice
- President shall perform the duties of the President in his or her
absence or at his or her request.
- Secretary - The Secretary
shall conduct all official correspondence, prepare and file all
reports required of the Club. He or she shall notify the Trustees of
all meetings of the Trustees and shall notify the members in writing
of all special meetings and of the annual meeting. He or she shall
keep a true record of the minute of all meetings of the Trustees and
of the membership and have the custody of the books and papers of the
Club, except the Treasurer's books of account. He or she shall
be responsible for the collection of all fees and dues and shall remit
the same to the Treasurer. The Secretary shall give written
notices of meetings of the Trustees or memberships as required on
Treasurer – The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds of the
club and place the same in such bank or banks as may be approved by
the Trustees. All bank accounts shall be entrusted with three (3)
signatures, the President, the Trustee Chairman and the Treasurer.
All expenditures and transfers from bank accounts shall done by check
requiring two of the afore mentioned signatures. The signers on all
accounts shall be bonded in amounts determined by the Board of
Trustees. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of all his or
her transactions and render a detailed report with vouchers at any
meeting of the Trustees, when requested, and a monthly report to the
club at its meetings. An annual audit of the Treasurers books shall
be performed prior to the December election meeting by a committee
consisting of one officer, one non-officer and the Trustee Chair.
- The Executive Committee
shall be comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary /
Treasurer and the last two elected Trustees.
ARTICLE VIII - VACANCIES
- Any Officer or Trustee who
misses three consecutive meeting, without good cause, shall
automatically be relieved and removed from the office held by them.
- Voluntary resignation by any
Officer or Trustee shall be submitted in writing to the Board of
Trustees, who may accept such resignation by majority vote on the
- A vacancy in any of the
offices or on the Board of Trustees shall be filled by a majority vote
of the remaining Trustees.
vacancy on the Board of Trustees shall be filled by a majority vote of
the general membership present at the next meeting at which members have
been notified of the vacancy. If more than one vacancy exists on the
Board of Trustees at any given time, a special meeting of the membership
shall be called to elect new Trustees to the vacant terms.
ARTICLE IX - SUSPENSION OR
- Any Officer may be removed
from office for cause by two-thirds vote of the members in good standing
present at any special meeting called for this purpose. No vote on
suspension or removal may be taken unless at least fifteen days notice
in writing shall have been given to the Officer of the reasons for his
removal and the time and place of the special meeting at which such vote
on his/her removal is to be taken. At such special meeting the
officer shall be given a full hearing
- Any member may be suspended
or expelled from the Club for any cause deemed sufficient by the
Trustees by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the members of the Trustees
present at any regular or special meeting. No vote on suspension
or expulsion may be taken unless at least fifteen days notice in writing
shall have been given to the member of the charges proffered and of the
time and place of the meeting of the Trustees at which such charges will
be considered. At such meeting the member under charges will be
accorded a full hearing.
- Charges against any Officer
or member may be proffered by any member in good standing. They
shall be in writing clearly stating the facts relied upon and
accompanied by all affidavits or exhibits which are to be used in the
their support. Such charges shall be filed with the Secretary,
which will immediately notify the President. The President will
call a meeting of the Trustees or membership to hear the charges.
The Secretary will give at least fifteen days notice of the meeting to
each member of the Trustees or membership and to the accuser and the
accused, which notice shall be in writing and will include a true copy
of the charges and the supporting affidavits and exhibits.
- Any member suspended or
expelled by the Trustees may appeal to the full membership of the Club.
such appeal shall be made in writing to the Secretary who shall notify
the President. The President shall call a special meeting of the
Club for the purpose of acting on the appeal. The secretary shall
give at least fifteen days notice of the meeting to the membership
stating the date, time, place and reason for the special meeting.
At the meeting the Secretary shall read the original charges, the
supporting affidavits, and will read or display the exhibits, and will
read the minutes of the special meeting of the Trustees at which the
charges were heard and the action taken. A vote will be
taken by ballot of the members in good standing present and a two-thirds
vote shall be required to reverse the action of the Trustees.
ARTICLE X - AMENDMENTS
Any proposed Amendments to these By-Laws may be introduced by any member
in good standing at a regular meeting of the membership or at a special
meeting called for that purpose. Such proposal shall be acted upon
by the membership at such meeting and shall require an affirmative vote by
two-thirds of the members present to pass the amendment.