ARTICLE I – Name and Purpose
Section 1: Name
This club shall be called the McAllen Bass Anglers
Section 2: Purpose
To enjoy bass fishing while improving our skills as bass anglers, through a fellowship of friendly exchange of bass-catching techniques and ideas.
ARTICLE II – Membership
Section 1: Number of Members
The club shall begin with and maintain at least six members and will be limited to 35 persons.
Section 2: Requirement for Regular Membership
To become a member, a person shall:
(a) Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.
(c) Fish with a member in good standing and be recommended at a regular monthly meeting.
(d) Be voted on by the membership. Vote shall be by secret ballot and affirmation shall be unanimous.
(e) Be 16 years of age.
Section 4: Membership Dues
The membership dues shall be $50 annually, due no later than the February meeting, initially payable upon being voted into the chapter.
If joining after January 1st, the dues are $5/month.
Section 5: Meetings of Members
The membership shall hold regular meetings at pre established times, once per month..
ARTICLE III – Officers, Elections, Vacancies, and Eligibility
Section 1: Officers and their Duties
The officers of the chapter shall consist of:
(a) President: Preside over all meetings and direct all official business. Appoint and be an ex-officio member of all committees. Supervise all club functions.
(b) Vice President: Assist the president in his/her duties and preside in the absence of the president.
(c) Secretary: Maintain accurate minutes of all regular and special meetings as called for by the chapter president.
(d) Treasurer: Collect and disburse all monies. Maintain accurate financial records and present a current balance report at each regular meeting.
Section 2: Elections
The election of officers shall be held annually at a regular meeting during the month of November. Election shall be by simple majority of members present.
Election for each officer shall be held separately.
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 1st of each year and end on December 31st.
Section 5: Vacancies
In the event of an office becoming vacant, nominations shall be asked for and an election held to fill the unexpired term of the individual vacating the office
Section 6: Eligibility for Holding Office
To be eligible for an office a member must have been a member in good standing for one year.
ARTICLE IV – Standing Committees
The President will select the Chairman of each Standing Committee. 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 seven (5) members: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and one regular member, elected by majority vote 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 all protests and rule on all violations of the tournament rules and bylaws of the chapter when appropriately received.
(b) Tournament Committee: The purpose of the tournament committee shall be to plan, organize and operate all club tournaments.
The tournament committee will draft tournament rules and schedules, which must then be approved by the general membership.
The committee will keep tournament records, enforce all tournament rules, investigate all protests concerning tournaments, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE V – Removal of Membership
Section 1: Removal of Membership
A member shall be dropped from the membership roll for the following reasons:
(a) Failure to pay dues.
(b) Any action which would reflect dishonor and disgrace on the club.
(c) Disqualification for any reason from participating in any club or recognized tournaments, including disqualification for cheating, or for use of illegal drugs.
ARTICLE VII – Method of Amending the Bylaws
Section 1: Amending the Bylaws
The bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two thirds 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.