- conduct sanctioned matches, dog shows, obedience trials, agility trials, and any other event for which the club is eligible under the Rules and Regulations of The American Kennel Club;
- pomote education about the Havanese breed.
SECTION 3. The club shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the club shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.
SECTION 4. The members of the club shall adopt and may from time to time revise such bylaws as may be required to carry out these objects.
Article I Membership
SECTION 1. Eligibility.
All members shall be in good standing with the American Kennel Club and shall subscribe to the purposes of this club. While membership is to be unrestricted as to residence, the club’s primary purpose is to be representative of the owners, breeders, and exhibitors in the greater Seattle, WA area. There shall be two types of membership offered.
- Regular (Individual) Membership — Regular Members are persons 18 years of age and older who can hold office and vote.
- Household Membership — Two (2) adult members residing in the same household, each eligible to vote and hold office.
- Associate/Newsletter — Associate members are entitled to all club privileges except voting and office holding (offered to individuals who live outside of the club’s area; also offered to individuals who live in the club’s area but are not active).
- Junior Membership. Junior Membership is available to individuals 9 to 17 years of age. Junior Members cannot hold office or vote. Junior members may automatically convert to Regular membership at age 18.
SECTION 2. Dues. Annual membership dues Regular, Household, Associate/Newsletter and Junior Members shall be established by the board of directors and approved by the club membership. The uppermost limit for dues are; $50 for Regular, $90 for Household, $40 for Associate/Newsletter, and $30 for Junior members. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. If, however, prior to the regularly scheduled meeting the member’s dues are paid in full, voting privileges will be honored. During the month of May, the Treasurer shall send each member a statement of dues for the ensuing year. Dues are payable on or before the 1st day of June of each year.
SECTION 3. Election to Membership. Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the board of directors and which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the constitution and bylaws and the rules of The American Kennel Club. The applicant shall state their name, address, and provide information on their Havanese. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit dues payment for the year. Each application is to be read at the first meeting of the club following its receipt and the application will be voted upon and affirmative votes of 2⁄3 of the members present and voting by secret ballot at that meeting shall be required to elect the applicant.
SECTION 4. Termination of Membership. Membership may be terminated by:
- resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the club upon written notice to the Secretary, but no member may resign in debt to the club. Obligations other than dues are considered a debt to the club and must be paid in full prior to resignation.
- lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member’s dues remain unpaid 90 days after the first day of the fiscal year; however, the board may grant an additional 30 days of grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case may a person be entitled to vote at any club meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting..
- expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided by Article VI of these bylaws.
Article II Meetings and Voting
SECTION 1. Club Meetings. Meetings of the club shall be held bimonthly, or as determined by the board of directors and approved by the membership, within the greater Seattle, WA area, typically at a member’s home, public library, or other meeting facility, at such hour and place as may be designated by the board of directors. Written notice of each such meeting shall be sent by appropriate mail or email, by the Secretary at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. There shall be no club meeting, excluding special club meetings, from November 30 through January 15 of the following year. The quorum for such meetings shall be twenty percent of the members in good standing.
SECTION 2. Special Club Meetings. Special club meetings may be called by the President, or by a majority vote of the members of the board who are present and voting at any regular or special meeting of the board; and shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by five members of the club who are in good standing. Such special meetings shall be held within the greater Seattle, WA area at such place, date and hour as may be designated by the person or persons authorized herein to call such meetings. Written notice of such a meeting shall be sent by appropriate mail or email, by the Secretary, at least five days and not more than fifteen days prior to the date of the meeting; and said notice shall state the purpose of the meeting, and no other club business may be transacted thereat. The quorum for such a meeting shall be twenty percent of the members in good standing.
SECTION 3. Board Meetings. Meetings of the board of directors shall be held each month within the greater Seattle, WA area at such hour and place as may be designated by the board. In the month where there is a regularly scheduled club meeting, the meetings of the board of directors shall typically be held prior to the club meeting. The board of directors may conduct meetings either in person, or by teleconference call, or video conference provided that the participants may be seen and/or heard at the same time. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed or emailed by the Secretary at least five days prior to the date of the meeting. Written notice of cancellation of any monthly board meeting shall be sent by appropriate mail or email by the Secretary at least five days prior to the date of the scheduled meeting. The quorum for such a meeting shall be a majority of the board.
SECTION 4. Special Board Meetings. Special meetings of the board may be called by the President; or 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 a location convenient to most if not all members of the board, or by teleconference call, or video conference provided that the participants may be seen and/or heard at the same time at such place, date, and hour as may be designated by the person authorized herein to call such meeting. Written notice of such meeting shall be sent by appropriate mail or email to board members by the Secretary at least five days prior to the date of the special board meeting. Any such notice shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other business shall be transacted thereat. The quorum for such a meeting shall be a majority of the board.
SECTION 5. Voting. Each adult member in good standing whose dues are paid for the current year shall be entitled to one vote at any meeting of the club at which he/she is present. Proxy voting will not be permitted at any club meeting or election.
SECTION 6. The club will send members notification of club meetings, dues notices, meeting minutes, and newsletters, and will send board members notification of board meetings via email provided that the member or board member has signed an authorization agreeing to this method of communication. The authorization is revocable by the member/board member at any time by the member/board member sending a request to revoke to the club Secretary.
Article III Directors and Officers
SECTION 1. Board of Directors. The board shall be comprised of the officers and three other persons, all of whom shall be members in good standing and all of whom shall be elected for one-year terms at the club's annual meeting as provided in Article IV and shall serve until their successors are elected. General management of the club's affairs shall be entrusted to the board of directors.
SECTION 2. Officers. The club's officers, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, shall serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the club and its meetings and the board and its meetings. The:
- President shall preside at all meetings of the club and of the board, and shall have the duties and powers normally appurtenant to the office of President in addition to those particularly specified in these bylaws.
- Vice President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President's death, absence or incapacity.
- Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the club and of the board and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the club; 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 a roll of the members of the club with their addresses, and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these bylaws.
- Treasurer shall collect and receive all moneys due or belonging to the club. Moneys shall be deposited in a bank designated by the board, in the name of the club. The books shall at all times be open to inspection by the board and a report shall be given at every meeting on the condition of the club's finances and every item of receipt or payment not before reported; and at the annual meeting an accounting shall be rendered of all moneys received and expended during the previous fiscal year. The Treasurer shall be bonded in such amount as the board of directors shall determine, the expense to be borne by the club.
- offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be held by the same person, in which case the board shall be comprised of six persons.
SECTION 3. Vacancies. Any vacancies occurring on the board or among the offices during the year shall be filled until the next annual election by a majority vote of the members of the board at its first regular meeting following the creation of such vacancy, or at a special board meeting called for that purpose; except that a vacancy in the office of President shall be filled automatically by the Vice President and the resulting vacancy in the office of Vice President shall be filled by the board.
Article IV The Club Year, Annual Meeting, Elections
SECTION 1. Club Year. The club's fiscal year shall begin on the first day of June and end on the last day of May of the following year. The club's official year shall begin immediately at the conclusion of the election at the annual meeting and shall continue through the election at the next annual meeting.
SECTION 2. Annual Meeting. The annual meeting shall be held in the month of May,at which time officers and directors for the ensuing year shall be elected by secret ballot from among those nominated in accordance with Section 4 of this Article. They shall take office immediately upon the conclusion of the election and each retiring officer shall turn over to the successor in office all properties and records relating to that office within thirty days after the election.
SECTION 3. Elections. The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each office shall be declared elected. The three nominated candidates for other positions on the board who receive the greatest number of votes for such positions shall be declared elected.
SECTION 4. Nominations. No person may be a candidate in a club election who has not been nominated. During the month of February, the board shall select a Nominating Committee consisting of three members and two alternates, not more than one of whom may be a member of the board. The Secretary shall immediately notify the committeemen and alternates of their selection. The board shall name a chairman for the committee and it shall be such person's duty to call a committee meeting, which shall be held on or before March 15th.
- The committee shall nominate one candidate for each office and positions on the board and, after securing the consent of each person so nominated, shall immediately report their nominations to the Secretary in writing.
- Upon receipt of the Nominating Committee's report, the Secretary shall, at least two weeks before the Aprilclub meeting, notify each member in writing of the candidates so nominated.
- Additional nominations may be made at the April club meeting by any member in attendance, provided that the person so nominated does not decline when their name is proposed, and provided further that if the proposed candidate is not in attendance at this meeting, the proposer shall present to the Secretary a written statement from the proposed candidate signifying willingness to be a candidate. No person may be a candidate for more than one position.
- Nominations cannot be made at the annual meeting or in any manner other than as provided in this Section.
Article V Committees
SECTION 1. The board may each year appoint standing committees to advance the work of the club in such matters as dog shows, education and health, obedience trials, 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 VI Discipline
SECTION 1. American Kennel Club Suspension. Any member who is suspended from any of the privileges of The American Kennel Club automatically shall be suspended from the privileges of this club for a like period.
SECTION 2. Charges. 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 $100, 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 for a hearing by the board not less than three weeks or more than six 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/her own defense and bring witnesses if he/she wishes.
SECTION 3. Board Hearing. 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 by a majority vote of those present reprimand or 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 finding 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. 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 sixty days but not earlier than thirty 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.
Article VII Amendments
SECTION 1. Amendments to the constitution and bylaws may be proposed by the board of directors or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by twenty percent of the membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the board of directors and must be submitted to the members with recommendations of the board by the Secretary for a vote within three months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary.
SECTION 2. The constitution and bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds secret vote of the members present and voting at any regular or special meeting called for the purpose, provided the proposed amendments have been included in the notice of the meeting and mailed to each member at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting.
Article VIII Dissolution
SECTION 1. The club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than two-thirds of the members in good standing. In the event of the dissolution of the club other than for purposes of reorganization whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, none of the property of the club nor any proceeds thereof nor any assets of the club shall be distributed to any members of the club, but after payment of the debts of the club its property and assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the benefit of dogs selected by the board of directors.
Article IX Order of Business
SECTION 1. At meetings of the club, the order of business, so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows:
- Election of officers and board (at annual meeting)
SECTION 2. At meetings of the board, the order of business, unless otherwise directed by majority vote of those present, shall be as follows:
- Reading of minutes of last meeting
SECTION 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 the club may adopt.
Revised on May 8, 2014 for Approval by Members
Approved on May 31, 2014