CONSTITUTION OF THE MANATEE KENNEL CLUB. INC.

ARTICLE I - NAME AND OBJECTIVES

SECTION 1: The name of this organization shall be the MANATEE KENNEL CLUB, INC. Pursuant to the general corporation laws of the State of Florida.

SECTION 2: This club is one which does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit to the members and no part of its net earnings thereof shall inure to the benefit of any member or another individual.

SECTION 3: The objects of the Club shall be:

(a) to encourage, educate and promote quality in the breeding of quality pure-bred
Dogs, to encourage, support and conduct dog shows and exhibitions, to
emphasize the value of pure-breeding, to promote legislation for the benefit of
purebred dogs and their owners.

(b) to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of pre-bred dogs, to
Encourage sportsmanlike
competition at dog shows.

(c) to do all in its power to protect pure-bred dogs and eliminate indiscriminate
Breeding, puppy mills and importing and exporting litter lots of purebred dogs
To promote spaying
and neutering.

(d) to discourage false advertising, claims, and statements pertaining to purebred
Dogs.

(e) to abide by the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club at all times.

BY-LAWS OF THE MANATEE KENNEL CLUB. INC. ARTICLE I - MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1: Any person, at least 18 years of age, who is in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribes to the objectives of this organization, must either attend two meetings and work on two (2) projects, is then eligible to make application for membership in this organization. A member in good standing will enjoy all privileges of the club, including voting and holding office.

SECTION 2: Honorary membership may be extended by a majority vote of the Board of Directors to persons meeting the qualifications for fall membership and who have rendered an outstanding service to this club. Honorary membership is usually conferred in recognition of long term (20-25 years) or outstanding service to the club. Honorary members may not vote or hold office and pay no dues. They may maintain active/voting status upon payment of dues. While membership is to be unrestricted as to residence, the club's primary purpose is to be representative of the breeders and exhibitors in its immoderate area..

SECTION 3: Applicants for membership shall fill out an official form. Applicants attend two (2) meetings, verifiable in the club minutes, within six (6) months, prior to the date of application and have worked on or scheduled to work on two projects. The application shall be forwarded to the corresponding secretary who will submit it to the membership chair for investigation; they in turn will submit it to the Board of Directors.

While the board may make recommendations on membership applications, final say on all applications should come from the members themselves. Election to membership shall be by secret ballot by a 2/3 majority of the club members present and voting. The corresponding secretary will notify the applicant that they should not attend this meeting that their application will be voted upon. In order for members to have voting privileges and be able to vote at annual meeting, and also be listed in any breed referral directory, they must have attended at least two meetings and/or worked on two verifiable club projects.

 

ARTICLE II DISCIPLINE

SECTION 1: Any member who is suspended from the privileges of the American Kennel Club automatically shall be suspended from the privileges of this Club for a like period.

SECTION 2: Any member may prefer charges against a member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club. Written charges with specifications must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary together with a deposit of $10.00 which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained by the Board following a hearing. The Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to each member of the Board or present them at a Board Meeting and the Board shall first consider whether the actions alleged in the charges, if proven, might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the club. If the Board considers that the charges do not allege conduct which would be prejudicial to the best interests of the Club it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the Board entertains jurisdiction of the charges it shall fix a date of a hearing by the Board not less than 3 weeks nor more than 6 weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused member by registered mail together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in his own defense and bring witnesses if he wishes.

SECTION 3: The Board shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in that regard. Should the charges be sustained, after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by complainant and defendant, the Board may be majority vote of those present suspend the defendant from all privileges of the club for not more than six months from the date of the hearing. And, if it deems that punishment insufficient, it may also recommend to the membership that the penalty be expulsion. In such case, the suspension shall not restrict the defendant's right to appear before his fellow members at the ensuing Club meeting which considers the Board's recommendation, immediately after the Board has reached a decision, its rending shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary. The Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the Board's decision and penalty, if any.

SECTION 4: Expulsion of a member from the Club may be accomplished only at a meeting of the Club following a Board hearing and upon the Board's recommendation as provided in Section 3 of this Article. Such proceedings may occur at a regular or special meeting of the Club to be held within 60 days but not earlier than 30 days after the date of the Board's recommendation of expulsion. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his own behalf, though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the Board's finding and recommendation, and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his own behalf if he wishes. The members shall then vote by secret ballot on the proposed expulsion. A two-thirds vote of those present and voting at the meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted, the Board's suspension shall stand.

SECTION 5: Should any member resign or be expelled, no dues or portion of dues will be returned.

ARTICLE III - DUES

SECTION 1: Annual dues shall be a reasonable fee determined by officers for each member payable at the time of application of membership and by Annual Meeting. Members are in default after last day of February. Persons becoming members of this club within 5 months of the end of the club year shall be entitled to membership for the following year without additional dues.

SECTION 2: Initiation Fee shall be a reasonable one-time fee determined by officers for each member payable at the time of application of membership.

SECTION 3: Honorary members pay no dues and have no votes.

SECTION 4: For all members, the fiscal year shall be from March 1st to and including the last day of February.

ARTICLE IV - NOMINATION COMMITTEE AND ELECTIONS

 

SECTION 1: In December the Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of (5) five members and (1) one alternate, not more than (2) two of whom may be a member of the Board. The committee shall meet and report their nomination's to the Secretary after securing the consent of each nominee. The Secretary shall, at least two weeks prior to the February meeting, notify each member in writing of the committee's slate. Additional nominations may be made at the February meeting but under no circumstances may nominations be made at the Annual Meeting. There will be no proxy/vote.

SECTION 2: Elections may be by secret ballot if there is more than one nominee. When there are more than two candidates, and no candidate has received a majority of the votes cast, a ballot will be held immediately, limiting candidates to those who received the two largest pluralities. A majority vote shall elect. Newly elected officers shall take office immediately.

SECTION 3: No person shall hold office unless he or she has been a member for at least one (1) year ideally.

ARTICLE V - DIRECTORS AND THEIR DUTIES

SECTION 1: The Board of Directors shall be comprised of the Officers, the immediate Past President, and five other persons; all of whom shall be members in good standing.

SECTION 2: The Directors shall be elected to a three-year term.

SECTION 3: The Directors shall be responsible for reviewing the requested operating budgets of the Standing Committees, Ad Hoc committees, and of the Show Committees, and shall make recommendations for modification of budgets, where appropriate.

SECTION 4: General management of the club's affairs not covered specifically elsewhere in the Constitution and By-Laws shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors.

SECTION 5: The specific duties of the Board of Directors shall be as follows:

(a) to act on applications for membership.

(b) to act upon appointments of the President for Chairman of Standing Committees,
except for Judges and Show
Chairman.

(c) to approve where funds are to be deposited.

(d) to fill vacancies occurring in any elective office.

(e) to approve a slate of judges to be presented to the membership for final approval.

 

(f) to approve official forms of the club.

(g) to hear and determine complaints.
(h)
to approve budgets.

SECTION 6: The Board of Directors may declare a vacancy in any office for failure to attend meetings without proper excuse, or for failure to perform the respective duties of the office.

SECTION 7: Regular meetings of the Board of Directors may be held monthly at a separate time, but prior to the regular meeting of the club that month.

SECTION 8: Special meeting of the Board of Directors may be called by the President or by written request of five (5) members of the Board with a least seven (7) days written notice to all Board Members.

SECTION 9: Seven (7) members shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Board.

SECTION 10: The resignation of an officer or director of the club shall be submitted to the Board of Directors through the office of the President The resignation shall become effective six (6) full days preceding the day of the next regular meeting and the resignation will not become effective until this provision can be satisfied. The resignation may be withdrawn before it becomes effective the first time it is presented, but not on being presented a second time for the same position.

ARTICLE VI - OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES

SECTION 1: The Officers of the club shall be the President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer.

SECTION 2: Duties of Officers

(a) President shall:

1. preside over all meetings of the club and all Board of Directors meetings.

2. appoint all committee chairmen, except Judges and Show Chairman, with
approval to the Board of Directors.

3. be ex-officio member of all committees with the exception of the
Nomination Committee.

4. have general supervision of the work of the Club.

5. appoint a parliamentarian.

6. appoint special committees as deemed necessary subject to the approval of
the Board of Directors.

7. sign and make all contracts and agreements in the name of club, providing
the Board of Directors has authorized such official action.

8. appoint delegates to any association subject to the approval of the Board of
Directors.

(b) Vice Presidents (First and Second)

1.  First Vice President: During the absence or inability of the President to perform
his/her duties or exercise his/her powers as set forth herein; the same shall be
performed and exercised by the First Vice President; When so acting; he/she
shall have all the powers and be subject to all the responsibilities hereby given to
or imposed upon the President.

2.        Second Vice President shall be Chairman of the Program and Education
Committee and be responsible for all programs and classes.

(c) Recording Secretary shall:

1.              record minutes of all meetings.

2.              send notices and reports of meetings to the Chairman of the Newsletter
committee.

(d) Corresponding Secretary shall:

1.  notify all applicants for membership of acceptance or rejection; and when
accepted the secretary shall forward membership card and copy of the
Constitution and Bylaws to each new member.

2.               maintain a list of all members, their addresses, telephone numbers, and the
breed in which they are interested, and list to all members by August 1.

3.               be custodian of and maintain a complete and orderly file of all club records
and correspondence.

4.               conduct all correspondence of the Club.

5.               present at regular meetings all correspondence received.

(e) Treasurer shall:

1.  be custodian of all funds, and deposit all receipts in a bank approved by the
Board of Directors.

2.              keep an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements.

3.              render a current report at each regular meeting giving statement of receipt,
disbursements, and balance.

4.              disburse money by check and as directed by the Board.

5.              be bonded in such amount as the Board of Directors shall determine.

6.              The Treasurer's accounts shall be audited quarterly.

7.              notify all members when membership fees are due for renewal at the end of
the club year and at least 30 days before elections.

SECTION 3: Upon termination of office all Officers shall turn over within fifteen (15) days to their successor, the complete records of the club and all property in their possession belonging to the club.

 

ARTICLE VII - COMMITTEES

SECTION 1: The Board may each year appoint standing committees to advance the work of the Club in such matters as dog shows, trophies, annual prizes, membership and other fields which may well be served by committees. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the Board. Special committees may also be appointed by the Board to aid it on particular projects.

SECTION 2: Any committee appointment may be terminated by a majority vote 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.

ARTICLE VIII - MEETINGS

SECTION 1: The regular meeting of this club shall be held monthly in Manatee County at a time and place recommended by the Board of Directors and approved at a regular meeting of the members of the club.

SECTION 2: Ten percent (10%) of membership in good standing shall constitute a quorum.

SECTION 3: The Annual Meeting shall be held in March, shall be a regular monthly meeting of the club, and election of Officers shall be the order of business.

SECTION 4: Special meetings of the Board may be called 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 ideally be held in Manatee County area, date, and hour 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 5 days and not more than 10 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. A quorum for such a meeting shall be a majority of the Board.

ARTICLE IX - DISSOLUTION

SECTION 1: The Club may be dissolved at any time upon written consent of not less than two-thirds (2/3) of the membership in good standing. After payment of all debts of the Club, its property and assets may be given to a recognized club, charity or civic organization.

 

ARTICLE X - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

SECTION 1: The rules contained in the current edition of "Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised", shall govern the club in all cases to which they are Applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and Any other special rules of order that the club may adopt.

ARTICLE XI - RULES OF ORDER

SECTION 1: The Order of Business for General and Board Meetings shall be:

Call to Order

Roll Call

Reading of Minutes

Treasurer's Report

Report of Board of Directors

Communications and Notices

Committee Reports

Unfinished Business

Elections/Appointment of Officers, Board Members or Committees

New Business

Adjournment

 

SECTION 2: The Order of Business may be suspended by majority vote of the Members in attendance and voting.

ARTICLE XII - AMENDMENT

SECTION 1: The Constitution and By Laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3)

Vote of the members in good standing, present and voting at the regular Or special meeting called for that purpose. The proposed amendment Must be included in the notice to members, at least fifteen (15) days Prior to such a meeting.


 

BY-LAWS OF THE MANATEE KENNEL CLUB INC. (Cont.)

This Constitution and By-Laws of the Manatee Kennel Club, Inc. are hereby approved and adopted at a regular meeting held for that purpose at the Palmetto Federal Savings & Loan Association Community Room in Palmetto, Florida, on Tuesday, October 14, 1969.

Attested to: Manatee Kennel Club, Inc.

 

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SECRETARY By: EARL D. EDGE, PRESIDENT

Article X (Meetings), Section 1 of the Constitution and By-Laws amended and approved at a regular meeting held for that purpose at Palmetto Federal Savings & Loan Association Community Room in Palmetto, Florida, On May 12, 1970.

Attested to: Manatee Kennel Club, Inc.

 

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SECRETARY By: EARL D. EDGE, PRESIDENT

All Articles of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Manatee Kennel Club, Inc. amended, re-numbered, and approved at a special meeting held for that purpose at Hope Lutheran Church, Bradenton, Florida, on October 7, 1986.

Attested to Manatee Kennel Club, Inc.

 

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SECRETARY By: ANDREW J. RIGGSBEE, JR, PRESIDENT

All Articles of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Manatee Kennel Club, Inc. amended, and approved at a special meeting held for that purpose at Hope Lutheran Church, Bradenton, Florida, on June 4, 1991.

Attested to: Manatee Kennel Club, Inc.

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SECRETARY By: JEAN KAUFMAN, PRESIDENT

 

 

All Articles of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Manatee Kennel Club, Inc. amended and approved at a special meeting held for that purpose at Hope Lutheran Church, Bradenton, Florida, on August 4,1992.

Attested to: Manatee Kennel Club, Inc.

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SECRETARY By: JIM HAYES, PRESIDENT

All Articles of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Manatee Kennel Club Inc., amended and approved at a special meeting held for the purpose at Hope Lutheran Church, Bradenton, Florida on ____________, 2000.

Attested to: Manatee Kennel Club, Inc.

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SECRETARY By: JAN WALKER, PRESIDENT