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Constitution and Bylaws
2002 Revision


Article I  Names & Objects

Section 1
The name of the Club shall be: The Woodstock Dog Club, Inc.

Section 2
The object of the Club shall be:

(a) To further the advancement of all breeds of purebred dogs.
(b) To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of breeds of purebred dogs and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, obedience trials and all other purebred dog events.
(c) To conduct Sanctioned Matches, Dog Shows, Obedience Trials and other purebred dog events under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.

Section 3
The Club shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues er 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 by-laws as may be required to carry out these objects.


Article I  Membership

Section 1

Eligibility. There shall be four types of membership open to all persons 18 years of age and older who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purpose of this Club.

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 immediate area.

(1) Regular membership
(2) Family membership shall mean all related persons residing in the same household. Junior members shall have no vote.
(3) Junior membership for persons under 18 years of age, that shall have all rights and privileges of regular membership except that they may not vote or hold office.
( 4) Life - an Honorary membership with full privileges given to a member who has a minimum of 25 years of active service and with Board Approval

Section 2
Dues. Membership dues shall be set by the Board no later than July 15; any changes in amount shall be ratified by a vote of the Membership at the August Meeting. The proposed amount will be stated in the notice for the August Meeting and shall not exceed:

(1) $25 for Regular membership
(2) $35 for Family membership
(3) Junior membership shall be $5 less than Regular membership
(4) Life members do not pay dues

Dues are payable on or before the first day of September each year. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. Within five days of the August meeting the Treasurer shall send to each member a statement of his dues for the ensuing year.

Section 3
Elections To Membership. After attending two meetings, 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 this constitution and by-laws and the rules of the American Kennel Club. The application shall state the name, address, and occupation of the applicant and it shall carry the endorsement of two members in good standing. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit dues payment for current year.

All applications are to be filed with the Corresponding Secretary at least two weeks prior to a regular meeting. The next meeting notice carry the names of all new applicants for membership. These names will be read at the next regular meeting. If after fifteen (15) days no written objections are filed with the Club President, the applicants shall be notified in writing by the Secretary of their acceptance for membership.

If a written objection is received, the Board will review the application and report to the next members meeting, following receipt of such objection at which time the application shall be voted upon. An affirmative vote of 3/4 of the members present and voting by secret ballot shall be required to elect the applicant to membership. Applicants for membership who have been rejected by the Club may not re-apply within six (6) months after such rejection.

Section 4
Termination of Membership. Membership may be terminated:
(a) By resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the Club upon written notice to the Secretary, but no member may resign when in debt to the
Club. Dues obligations are considered a debt to the Club and they become incurred on the first day of each fiscal year.
(b) By lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such members' dues remain unpaid 30 days after the first day of the fiscal year, however, the Board may grant an addition 30 days of grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. A late fee will be set by the Board. In
no case may a person be entitled to vote at any Club meetings whose dues are unpaid as of that meeting.
( c) By expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these by-laws.

Article II  Meetings and Voting

Section 1
Club Meetings. Meetings of the Club shall be held in the greater Woodstock area on the first Wednesday of each month at such hour and-place as may be designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum of such meetings shall be 20% 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 any petition signed by five members of the Club who are in good standing. Such special meetings shall be held in the greater Woodstock area at such place, date, and hour as may be designated by the Secretary at least 5 days and not more than 20 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 20% of the members in good standing.

Section 3
Board Meetings. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held in the greater Woodstock area in the months of November, March and the month preceding and following our annual Point Show, in each year, at such hour and place as maybe designated by the Board. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting, The quorum of 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, 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 be held in the greater Woodstock area at such place, date and hour as may be designated by the person authorized herein to call such a meeting. Written notice of such meetings 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. A quorum for such meeting shall be a majority of the Board.

Section 5
Voting. Each 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 is present. Proxy voting will  not be permitted at any Club meeting or election.

Article III  Directors and Officers

Section 1
Board of Directors. The Board shall be comprised of the officers and four other persons, all of whom shall be members in good standing. All Board members shall be elected for two (2) year terms; two (2) to be elected in even years and two (2) to be elected in odd years 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, (Corresponding & Recording), AKC Delegate and Treasurer, shall serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the club and its meetings, and the board and its meetings.

(a) The President shall preside at all meetings of the club and 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.

(b) The Vice President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President's death, absence, or incapacity.

( c) The Corresponding Secretary shall 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.

(d) The Recording Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the Club and of the matters of which a record shall be ordered by the Club.

(e) The 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 books of the Treasurer shall be audited every other fiscal year by a competent accountant selected by the Board of Directors.

(f). The offices of Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary may be held by the same person, in which case the Board shall be comprised of one less person.

(g) The AKC Delegate is a voting officer. The Delegate shall attend AKC Delegate meetings as directed by tlie Board and shall keep the club informed of all pertinent AKC business. The Delegate will vote as directed by the membership on all proposed amendment to the constitution and bylaws.

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 all the then 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  Club Year, Annual Meeting, and Elections.

Club Year. The Club's fiscal year shall begin on the first day of October and end on the thirtieth day of September.

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 October at which time the Officers, Delegate to the American Kennel Club and Directors for the ensuing year shall be elected by secret printed ballot from among those nominated in accordance with Section 4 of this article. Those elected shall take office immediately upon the conclusion of the election and each retiring officer shall turn over to his successor in office all properties and records relating to that office within thirty (30) days after the election.

Section 3
Elections. The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each position shall be declared elected.

Section 4
Nominations. No person may be candidate in a Club election who has not been nominated. During the month of June the Board shall select a Nominating Committee consisting of three members and two alternates not more than one of whom shall 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 his duty to call a committee meeting which shall be held on or before August 1.

(a) The Committee shall nominate one candidate for each office and the AKC Delegate who may but need not be an officer or director of the Club and candidates for the other positions' of the Board, and after securing the consent of each person so nominated; shall immediately report their nominations to the Secretary in writing.

(b) Upon receipt of the Nominating Committee's report the Secretary shall notify in writing each Club member at least two weeks before the September meeting of the candidates so nominated. Such notice to be mailed no later than August 15 .

(c) Additional nominations may be made at the September meeting by any member in attendance provided that the person so nominated does not decline when his name is proposed, and provided further that if the proposed candidate is not in attendance at this meeting, his proposer shall present to the Secretary a written statement from the proposed candidate signifying his willingness to be a candidate.

Except for the position of Delegate, no person may be a candidate for more than one position, and the additional nominations which are provided herein may be made only from among those members who have not accepted a nomination by the Nominating Committee.

(d) The Secretary shall notify the Club members of the full slate of nominees to be voted upon at the annual October meeting by September 15th.

(e) 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 each year may appoint standing committees to advance the work of the Club in  such matters as Dog Shows, Sanctioned Matches, 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 Suspensions. Any member who is suspended from the privileges of'the American Kennel Club shall automatically be suspended from privileges of the 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$25 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 that 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 or more 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
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 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.
If it deems that punishment insufficient, it may also recommend to the membership that 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 findings 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 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 findings and the recommendation, and shalt invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his own behalf if he wishes. The meeting shall then vote by secret written ballot on the proposed expulsion. A 2/3 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

Section 1
Amendments to the Constitution and bylaws may be proposed to the Board of Directors or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by 20% 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 to 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 2/3 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.

Section 3
No amendment to the constitution and bylaws that is adopted by the Club shall become effective until it has been approved by the Board of Directors of the American Kennel Club.

Article VIII  Dissolution

Section 1
Dissolution. The Club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than 2/3 of the members. In the event of dissolution of the Club, whether voluntary or involuntary 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 charitable organizations 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:

Roll Call
Minutes of the last meeting
Report of the President
Report of the Corresponding secretary
Report of the Treasurer
Report or-committees
Election of officers and board (at annual meeting.)
Election of new members
AKC Delegates report
Unfinished business
New business

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 the minutes of the last meeting
Report of Corresponding secretary
Report of Treasurer
Report of committees
Unfinished business
New business

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 the club may adopt.

Standing Rules
Duties of Officers

a) To call the monthly meetings promptly
b) To be sure meeting site is available for each meeting
c) To notify the Corresponding secretary at least two weeks in advance of the next meeting as to place, time and program
d) To be responsible for naming a refreshment committee for each meeting
e) To follow the Order of Business Article IX Section 1 & ask for Brags following adjournment
f) To notify the Vice President when he will be absent and to send along an agenda
g) To tune over all records to successor within 30 days.

President Vice: 
a) To be responsible for arranging meeting programs
b) To conduct meetings when the President is not in attendance, and
c) To be responsible for sending cards, flowers, etc., to club members in the event of birth, death or illness.

Recording Secretary:
a) Shall keep attendance of members and guests at every meeting
b) Shall send a copy of'the minutes to the President and to the Editor for publication in the next newsletter
c) The out-going secretary shall take the minutes at the annual meeting
d) Shall turn over all records to a successor within 30 days.

Corresponding Secretary:
a) To handle and respond to all correspondence and report at the monthly meeting
b) In the event that there is no newsletter planned, the corresponding secretary will send out meeting notices
c) The Corresponding secretary shall turn all records over to successor within 30 days.

a) Shall manage the financial affairs of the Club
b) All bills are to be sent to the treasurer
c) Present books for audit every other year
d) Shall turn all records over to successor at the annual meeting

AKC Delegate:
The AKC Delegate is a voting officer. The Delegate shall attend AKC Delegate meetings as directed by the Board and shall keep the club informed of all pertinent AKC business. The Delegate will vote as directed by the membership on all proposed amendment to the constitution and bylaws

Board of Directors
a) Shall have a meeting within a month after the point show and shall invite all applicable committee chairmen.
b) No Board of Directors member shall be absent from any meeting without notice to the President.
c) If the immediate past President or the current Show Chairman are not an officer of on the Board, they will be invited to attend all Board meetings as non-voting guests.
d) The Board will set the late fee for payment of dues after the 30 days grace period
e) Accurate minutes shall be kept at all Board meetings
f) Any person accepting a nomination as officer or Board member will be expected to attend at least 1/2 of all regular and Board meetings during his term of office if elected.
g) If in the opinion of a majority of the Board, an officer or member of the Board has not attended the required number of meetings and/or has not carried out the duties of his office, he will be required to resign his position.

Point Show
a) Officers, Board of Directors and Show committee shall not exhibit dogs in any way at the WDC point Show.
b) Free lunch will be given to the show workers at the discretion of the show committee.
c) Motel expenses to be paid for the out of town Show Chairman and spouse for the night preceding the show.
d) Judges fees: It shall be the responsibility of the Show Chairman and his committee to hire arr judges. Payment for judges is by previous mutual agreement on the initial invitation. All money contracts are written out as specifically as possible in advance.
e) All committee chairmen shall be appointed by the Show Chairman
f). No person who has not paid their previous advertising or trophy pledge will be allowed to do further advertising or to have his name printed as a trophy donor in the show catalog.
g) The veterinarian and ambulance attendants will be hired by the show chairman

Annual Meeting
Members must attend six (6) or more regular meetings to benefit 1/2 price for meals at annual meeting dinners and any other Board· specified event.
Retiring officers shall bring all properties and records pertaining to that office to the Annual Meeting.

a) No program fee over $100 may be booked without approval by the President or Board of Directors.
b) Guest speakers, at the discretion of the Vice President, shall either be taken to dinner, receive a gift, or a donation sent to a favorite organization.
c) The following expenses for authorized club activities will be reimbursed: Phone calls, printing, postage, stationary, and mileage when representing the Club
(i,e., circuit meetings, VT Federation or other events authorized by the Board. An itemized bill shall be presented to the club Treasurer for payment within 60 days.
d) All committee chairmen shall turn over all records within 30 days of completion of project
e) All committee chairmen shall keep accurate records: reports to be given at the annual meeting. These reports are to be turned over to the club secretary to be
filed with the regular minutes.

Sanctioned Matches
a) The chairman shall be appointed by the Board of Directors for the annual match at the November Board meeting.
b) The Match Chairman is to follow all AKC rules and regulations and for the Woodstock Dog Club match outline which is on file with the club secretary.
c) The Match Chairman shall notify the Board of Directors in writing where all the match equipment is stored.

a) (1)Any person approved for membership after the August meeting shall be accepted as paid for the following year. (2) Any person joining after April will receive a 1/3 discount on dues.
b) Life memberships are available at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
c) A $10 late fee will be assessed after the first 30 day grace period.