CBCA Constitution and Bylaws
ARTICLE I Name and Objects
SECTION 1. The name of the club shall be Color Bulldog Club of America ie: CBCA
SECTION 2. The objects of the club shall be:
(a) To encourage and promote quality in the breeding of purebred Color Bulldogs/English Bulldogs, and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.
(b) To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by ABKC and/or AKC as the only standards of excellence by which English Bulldogs shall be judged.
(c) To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sports-manlike competition if applicable, at dog shows, obedience trials, agility trials, field trials.
(d) To conduct, if applicable, dog shows, obedience trials, agility trials, field trials, and any other event for which the club is eligible under the Rules and Regulations of ABKC.
(e) To encourage the training of judges.
(f) To promote cooperation and good sportsmanship among its members in the training and exhibition of dogs.
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.
There shall be several types of membership open to all persons 18 years of age and older who are in good standing with The AKC & ABKC and who 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 breeders and exhibitors in its immediate area.
SECTION 2. Dues.
Membership dues shall not exceed $50. per year, payable on or before the 1st day of each year. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. During the month of December, the Membership Advocate shall send to each member a statement of dues for the ensuing year.
SECTION 3. Election to Membership. Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Membership Advocate and which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the constitution and bylaws and the rules of The CBCA. 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 the current year.
All applications are to be filed with the Secretary and each application is to be read at the first meeting of the club following its receipt. At the next club meeting 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.
Applicants for membership who have been rejected by the club may not reapply within six months after such rejection.
SECTION 4. Termination of Membership.
Memberships may be terminated:
(a) By resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the club upon written notice to the Membership Advocate, but no member may resign when 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.
(b) By lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member’s dues remain unpaid 60 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/election whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting/election.
(c) By expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these bylaws.
SECTION 5. Types of Membership
One or all the following types of membership may be adopted by the club on majority vote by the Board.
*Regular (Individual): Enjoys all club privileges including the right to vote and hold office.
*Household: Two adult members residing in the same household, each eligible to vote and hold office.
*Foreign: for those individuals who are not U.S. residents (or its territories and possessions). Shall be entitled to all club privileges except voting and office holding.
*Junior: Open to children under 18 years of age; a non-voting/non office holding membership which may automatically convert to regular membership at age 18.
*Honorary: An individual who has made significant contributions to the Sport, Breed or the Club; honorary members pay no dues and are not eligible to vote, but can maintain regular (or household) membership if they pay dues.
*Life: For those individuals who have been members for a long period of time. Life members pay no dues but are eligible to vote and hold office.
*Show Stopper: Same as Regular, but includes perks such as merchandise, show discounts/passes, etc.
ARTICLE II Meetings and Voting
SECTION 1. Club Meetings.
Meetings of the club shall be held each month via Internet Chat or other means agreed upon at such hour as may be designated by the National Board. Written notice of each such meeting shall be emailed by the Secretary at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such meetings shall be 20 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 National 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 each month via Internet Chat or other means agreed upon at such hour as may be designated by the National Board. Written notice of such a meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least five days and not more than 15 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 percent of the members in good standing.
SECTION 3. Board Meetings.
Meetings of the National Board or via telephone conference call or via Internet Chat or other means agreed upon at such hour as may be designated by the Board. Written notice of each such meeting shall be emailed by the Secretary at least five days prior to the date of the 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, 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 via telephone conference call or via Internet Chat or other means agreed upon at such place, date as 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 five 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 trans-acted thereat. The quorum for such a 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 or election of the club. Proxy voting will not be permitted at any club meeting or election.
ARTICLE III Directors and Officers
SECTION 1. National Board. The Board shall be comprised of eight officers and one Director, all of whom shall be members in good standing and all of whom, except Director, 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 National Board.
SECTION 2. Officers. The club’s officers, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Events Chair, Communications Chair, webmaster, Membership Advocacy, and Director, 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 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.
(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 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 of their election to office, keep a roll of the members of the club with their addresses, which shall be sent to any member in good standing, upon written request, not more than once every club year, and carry out such other duties as are pre-scribed in these bylaws.
(d) 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 Treasurer shall be bonded in such amount as the board of directors shall determine.
(e) The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be held by the same person, in which case the board shall be comprised of eight persons.
(f) The Events Chair shall produce our annual or bi-annual All Breed Show and Obedience Trial. To set up training class method and procedure, make regulations concerning student handlers, dogs, admittance, etc. To enroll student handlers at the beginning of each new class sequence, check attendance at each session, and keep records of the class, and make graduation arrangements. To represent and promote the CBCA at any given Show.
(g) The Communications Chair shall collect, print, and disseminate news to all members, including notices of meetings, minutes, training classes, etc. To inform Non-member public of all activities of the club in training classes, events for ABKC, etc. To encourage participation in the objectives of the club and promote public understanding of the Club and its Mission. To arrange programs for the regular club meetings and other pertinent events.
(h) The Webmaster shall build, update, and maintain The Official CBCA Website, Domain Name, and Hosting. Makes additions & changes when necessary immediately upon receipt of change. Promotes the Club through the Website as needed. Coordinates with al Officers on needed changes and additions.
(i) The Membership Advocate shall receive and exam applications for membership and report thereon to the club. To encourage present members in view of making a better club. To investigate the turnover of lapsed memberships. To keep a current roster of members, their dogs, and other pertinent information.
(j) Director: This office is a non-elected position held by the Founder of the CBCA. The Director will insure communication between offices and support all Elected Offices as needed.
SECTION 3. Vacancies.
Any vacancies occur-ring 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 January and end on the last day of December.
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 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 30 days after the election.
SECTION 3. Elections. The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each office shall be declared elected. The 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 October, 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 committee 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 the end of October.
(a) The committee shall nominate one candidate for each office, who may but need not be an officer or director of the club 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.
(b) Upon receipt of the Nominating Committee’s report, the Secretary shall, at least two weeks before the meeting, notify each member in writing of the candidates so nominated.
(c) Additional nominations may be made at the 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.
(d) 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, 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. AKC/ABKC Suspension.
Any member who is suspended from all the privileges of The AKC/ABKC automatically shall be suspended from the privileges of this club for a like period.
SECTION 2. Charges.
An individual member may prefer charges against another individual 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 $50, 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 nor more than six weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges and the specifications 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 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 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 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 Amendments
SECTION 1. Amendments to the constitution and bylaws may be proposed by the board or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by 20 percent of the membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the board 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 2⁄3 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 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:
Roll Call, Minutes of last meeting, Report of President, Report of Secretary, Report of Treasurer, Reports of committees, Election of officers, and board (at annual meeting), Election of new members, Unfinished business, New business Adjournment.
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, Report of Secretary, Report of Treasurer, Reports of committees, Unfinished business,s New business Adjournment.
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.
Member in good standing: An individual who is not suspended by The AKC/ABKC and whose dues for the year are already paid.
Types of Membership: Regular (Individual): Enjoys all club privileges including the right to vote and hold office.
Household: Two adult members residing in the same household, each eligible to vote and hold office.
Foreign: for those individuals who are not U.S. residents (or its territories and possessions). Shall be entitled to all club privileges except voting and office holding.
Junior: Open to children under 18 years of age; a non-voting/non office holding membership which may automatically convert to regular membership at age 18.
Reprimand: A written warning to a member after charges have been filed in accordance with the bylaws, and it is determined that the member’s conduct was not severe enough to warrant a suspension or a recommendation for expulsion.
Board: The Nine National Officers