Chautauqua Lake Bassmasters

By Laws

Article 1 Name and Purpose

Section 1 Name and Purpose

    This Organization shall be called Chautauqua Lake Bassmasters and shall have the mailing address of PO Box 575,Celeron,New York 14720. It is referred to as the "club" in these bylaws

Section 2 Purpose

    To stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport. To offer New York State Department of Environmental Conservation our organized moral and political support and encouragement. To promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards. To detect and report any polluter and call attention to his/her crime. To improve our skill as bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchange of expert bass-catching techniques and ideas. To promote and encourage youth fishing.

Article II Membership

Section 1 Active Status of Club

    The club will be considered active with no less than six(6) involved members.

Section 2 Requirements for Membership

    To become a club member, one must:

    a.) Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership, conservation, and bass fishing;

    b.) Be recommended by a current member at a regular monthly meeting. through oral or written presentation;

    c.) Be 16 Years old or older;

    d.) Be voted on with the affirmation by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present, except for Junior Bassmasters who shall become members without vote;

    e.) Pay the annual dues by the next regular monthly meeting following acceptance and:

    f.) Upon payment of dues, be awarded full membership and be presented membership credentials.

Section 3 Membership Dues

    a.) The membership dues shall be $25.00 annually and are due every January 1st all delinquent members as of the February meeting will be dropped from membership status.

    b.) Any Member with three (3) years of active membership who is sixty years old or older shall not be obligated to pay annual dues.


Article III Officers/Duties, Elections, Eligibility, Terms, Vacancies

Section 1 Officers and Duties

    a.) President-presides over monthly and special meetings  and directs all official business. Appoints committee members and is an ex officio member of all committees. Supervises all club functions.

    b.) Vice President- assists the President in his/her duties and presides in the absence of the President. maintains all membership records.

    c.) Secretary- maintains accurate minutes of all all regular and special meetings as called by the President. Is responsible for the club Newsletter, club mailings, and requested correspondence.

    d.) Treasurer-collects and disburses all funds. Maintains accurate financial records and presents a current financial report at each meeting. Prepares an Annual Report for review by the Executive Committee.

Section 2 Election of Officers

    a.) The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee at the regular October meeting, that will present a slate of nominees at the regular November meeting.

    b.) The election of officers shall be held annually at the December meeting. Election shall be by simple majority vote of members present. Election for each officer shall be held separately in order listed in Article III-Section 1 followed by the election of two(2) Executive Committee persons.

    c.) Each member is entitled to one vote. Proxy votes are permitted provided they are in writing signed and received by the Secretary at least five(5) days prior to the vote.





Section 3 Eligibility to Hold Office

    To be eligible to hold office, the member must have been a member for at least six(6) months, and must have attended at least fifty percent(50%) of the club functions.

Section 4 Terms of Office

    The Term of office is one(1) year. It shall begin on the first day of January and end on the last day of December, or until a successor assumes office.

Section 5 Vacancies of Office

    In the event of an officer position becoming vacant, nominations shall be asked for, and an election held at the next regular meeting. The term will expire at the end of that club fiscal year

Article IV Meetings

Section 1 Regular Monthly Meetings

    Regular Monthly Meetings of the general membership shall be held the first Sunday of each month.

Section 2 Special Meetings

    The President may call special meetings with fifteen (15) days notice.

Article V Committees

Section 1 Standing Committees

    a.) Executive Committee-The president shall preside over meetings of this Committee and the Secretary shall record the minutes. This Committee shall:

        1) consist of the four(4)Officers,the immediate past President, and two(2) members voted upon by the membership.

        2) render disciplinary action necessary to any member found to be in violation of those Bylaws and/or whose actions would reflect dishonor or disgrace on the club or create disharmony.

        3) introduce any proposed amendments to these Bylaws, and

        4) review these Bylaws annually




Section 1 Standing Committees cont.

    b.) Youth Committee-the duties shall be to plan, organize, and implement youth activities; to introduce young people to the goals of the club; to give the youth a basis for respect of our national heritage and an appreciation of the basic rules for honesty, integrity, fair play and good sportsmanship; and to give the youth an introduction to the sheer joy of fishing.

    c.) Conservation Committee-the purpose 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, statues, regulations, ordinances and other regulatory devices, to take action to improve our environment; and to take a leadership role in the repairing of harm that has already been done to the life-giving waters of America.    

    d.) Tournament Committee - shall consist of a minimum of seven (7) appointed members, including the chairman, representing a fair cross-section of geographical locals.  The purpose shall be to plan, organize and operate all tournaments, to draft tournament policies and procedures; to maintain tournament and individual records; to enforce tournament policy and procedures; too investigate all formal protests and make the final decision.  All schedules, policies and procedures drafted by the committee shall be accepted by the general membership, without vote.  All meetings of the committee shall be open to the general membership.


Article VI Amendments to the Bylaws


Section 1 Procedures for Amending Bylaws

    These bylaws may be amended at any regular monthly meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) majority  vote of the members present, provided written notice of the proposed amendment (s) has been presented to the full membership at least fifteen (15) days prior to the vote.  Proxy votes are permitted, provided they are in writing, signed, and received by the Secretary at least five (5) days prior to the vote.  Proposed amendment (s) must be given to the Executive Committee for review and introduction.