Upper Snake River Trappers of Idaho, Inc
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By-Laws of the Upper Snake River Trappers of Idaho, Inc.
Approved: December 18, 2001
Article 1: Name and Primary Goal of The Organization
Section 1: The name of the Organization shall be: Upper Snake River Trappers of Idaho, Inc.
Section 2: The primary goal of the Organization shall be: To promote and protect trapping in southeastern Idaho( in particular) and throughout the United States (in general) through education of the public and by providing service to its members.
Article 2: Membership
Section 1: Membership in the Organization shall be limited to individuals with interests and goals matching those of the Organization. Members may reside in any part of Idaho or any other state.
Section 2: Membership in the Organization shall be determined by payment of annual membership dues, the amount to be determined by the Board of Directors and approved by a simple majority of members present at a regular meeting. Three forms of membership shall be recognized: Regular Membership for any individual with interests and goals of the organization; Junior Membership for persons under the age of 18 years and with interests and goals of the Organization; and Family Membership for members of an immediate family, including husband, wife and all unmarried children under the age of 18 years, with interests and goals of the Organization.
Article 3: Officers
Section1: The officers of the Organization shall include 5 directors, who together will form the Board of Directors of the Upper Snake River Trappers of Idaho, Inc. as follows: Fur Sale Director, Public Relations Director, Elections Director, Legislative/Fish & Game Director, and National Trappers’ Association (NTA) Director. Through a majority vote of all directors, Chairman of The Board shall be appointed from the members currently serving on the Board of Directors and will serve in this capacity at the will of the Board of Directors; no additional voting privileges above that provided him/her as a director is associated with his/her appointment of Chairman. The Secretary/Treasure, without voting rights on the Board of Directors, shall be appointed from the general membership by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
Section 2: In addition to general responsibilities associated with day to day operation of the Organization, specific duties of the respective officers of the Organization shall be as follows:
The Fur Sale Director shall have primary responsibility for organization and operation of the annual fur sales and other similar activities as determined by the Board of Directors; the Public Relations Director shall have primary responsibility for organization of the fair booth at the Eastern Idaho State Fair and other public education activities as determined by the Board of Directors; the Elections Director shall have primary responsibilities for conduction of annual elections and other activities as determined by the Board of Directors; the Legislative/Fish and Game Director shall have primary duties associated with development and conduct of relationships of the Organization with agencies and groups outside of the Organization particularly the Idaho Legislature and Idaho Department of Fish and Game and other similar duties as determined by the Board of Directors; the National Trappers’ Association (NTA) Director shall have primary responsibilities for representing the Organization with the National Trappers’ Association and other duties as determined by the Board of Directors. In addition to those responsibilities assigned above to the specific director serving as Chairman of the Board, the chairman shall have primary responsibility of presiding at all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the general membership. The Secretary/Treasurer shall have responsibilities to keep accurate records, in the permanent form, of all business transacted and perform other duties as the Board of Directors shall designate; the Secretary/Treasurer shall also have the duty to receive all monies accruing to the Organization, to deposit them in a federally insured bank, banks, or credit union, and to account for the same at general meetings or at any other time at request of the Board of Directors.
Section 3: It shall also be the responsibility of the Secretary/Treasurer to maintain membership roles, collect membership dues, and maintain affiliate memberships of the Organization in other organizations deemed necessary by the Board of Directors; the Organization shall maintain affiliate with the National Trappers’ Association. The Secretary/Treasurer shall notify in advance of at least one month all current members whose memberships are about to expire and to request renewal.
Section 4: All elected members of the Board of Directors and the appointed Secretary/Treasurer must be a resident of one of the following counties in the State of Idaho: Bear Lake, Bannock, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, Minidoka, Oneida, Power, or Teton.
Section 5: All members of the Board of Directors shall be elected by a simple majority of the general membership for terms of 2 years each. The offices of Fur Sale Director and Legislative/ Fish & Game shall be elected in odd-numbered years; and those of the Public Relations Director, Elections Director, and NTA Director elected in even numbered years. The Chairman of The Board and the Secretary/Treasurer shall be appointed by the Board of Directors to serve 1year terms. There shall be no limit on the on the number of terms a member of the Organization may serve within a position as long as that member is periodically elected or appointed to the position according to rules outlined in this section.
Section 6: Day to day operations of the Organization conducted by the Board of Directors shall be by Standard Operational Procedures. Said procedures can be changed, deleted, or added to at any time by approval of all five (5) directors.
Section 7: Any director or other officer in the Organization may be removed for cause, provided the charges are made known to him/her at least 14 days in advance of a hearing before the Board of Directors and further provided that all other board members (4) shall cast their ballots to remove providing that such director or officer to be removed shall have been given a full and complete hearing on the charges. Final removal of said director or officer shall be by a majority vote of the general membership. Any director or officer so removed shall forfeit all rights in any funds or property belonging to the Organization and, in case of such severance, shall thereafter be denied the use of the Organization’s name, insignia and logo.
Article 4: Finances
Section 1: There shall be a general fund for the Organization with the monies being deposited by the Secretary/Treasurer of Chairman of the Board in such bank, banks, or credit unions which are federally insured, as may be designated by the Board of Directors.
Section 2: All disbursements from the general fund of the Organization shall be by numbered check. Checks shall require a signature of the Chairman of the Board or Secretary/Treasurer. All disbursements must have been ordered by the Board of Directors, except that the Chairman of the Board and Secretary/Treasurer may together approve payment of bills for current, general and re-occurring operational expenses.
Article 5: Meetings
Section 1: There shall be four (4) general membership meetings and a minimum of 4 meetings of the Board of Directors each year. Conduct of meetings of the general membership and of the Board of Directors shall be by parliamentary procedures provided by Robert’s Rules of Order.
Section 2: Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be open to the general membership, except when issues relating to personnel are discussed, and shall include an unspecified period(s) for input from general members to be decided by the Board of Directors. At minimum, ¼ hour at each meeting will be set aside for membership comment.
Article 6: Committees
Section 1: The Board of Directors shall appoint any committees as deemed necessary.
Section 2: It shall be the privilege of any member to attend and take part in discussions with any committee.
Article 7: Amendment of By-Laws
Section 1: These By-Laws may be amended, repealed, or altered, in whole or in part, by the Board of Directors of the Organization with 4/5 majority of the board membership. Final approval of any amendment, repeal, or alteration of the By-Laws shall be by ballot mailed to the general membership ( a majority of returned ballots must be in favor of the changes to be effective) or preferably by the majority of the general membership attending a general meeting with at least 15% of the total membership present.
Article 8: Dissolution
Section 1: Should the membership decide by a 75% majority that the Organization should be dissolved, all moies and other property of the Organization shall be transferred to the National Trappers’ Organization for use in their general operations or to other trappers’ or sportsman’s organization (s) for specific uses as deemed appropriate by the current Board of Directors. Final approval for disbursement of resources shall be by ballot mailed to the general membership ( a majority of returned ballots must be in favor of the changes to be effective).