CWCCA Constitution and Bylaws
CARDIGAN WELSH CORGI CLUB OF AMERICA
ARTICLE I. Name and Objectives
Section 1. The name of the Club shall be The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America, Inc. For purposes of brevity, the Club may also be referred to as “the CWCCA.”
Section 2. The objectives of the Club shall be:
Section 3. The Club shall not be 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 objectives.
ARTICLE I: Membership
Section 1. Eligibility. There shall be five types of membership open to all who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this Club.
Section 2 Dues. Annual membership dues shall be set by the Board. Dues are payable July 1st. If the Board should change the amount of the dues, notice must be sent, to the entire membership by the Treasurer or printed in an official Club publication at least 30 days prior to the first dues notice. The first notice for dues shall be mailed, or cause to be sent, by the Treasurer by June 1. Dues not paid by September 1st shall cause membership to lapse. Dues for Regular members shall not exceed $100 per year, dues for Associate members shall not exceed $75.00 per year, dues for Junior members shall not exceed $50.00 per year and dues for Household and Foreign members shall not exceed $150.00 per year.
Section 3. Election to Membership. Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form approved by the Board of Directors and which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the CWCCA Constitution and By-Laws, the Code of Ethics, and the rules of the American Kennel Club. The application shall carry the endorsement of two members in good standing. Sponsors must have been a member of the CWCCA for at least one year and known the applicant for at least 6 months. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit dues payment for the current year.
The names of applicants shall be published in an official CWCCA publication. Written comments are invited from the membership concerning their suitability. If no adverse comments are received within 60 days of publication, the applicant will be notified of their acceptance. Any adverse reports received concerning an applicant shall be reviewed by the Board of Directors, and an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the Board shall be necessary to elect the applicant to membership.
An applicant who has received a negative vote by the Board may be presented by one of the applicant’s sponsors at the next annual meeting of the Club, and a favorable vote of ¾ of the regular members present may elect such applicant by secret ballot.
Section 4. Termination of Membership. Membership may be terminated:
ARTICLE II: Meetings
Section 1. Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Club shall be held at a place, date and hour designated by the Board of Directors, preferably between April 15 and June 15 in conjunction with the National Specialty. Written notice of the Annual Meeting shall be given to each member at least 60 days prior to the date of the meeting. Members in good standing shall have 21 days from the mailing of the written notice of the Annual Meeting to submit items for New Business to the Recording Secretary. A detailed agenda for the Annual Meeting shall be mailed to the members not less than 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The quorum for the Annual Meeting shall be 10% of the regular members in good standing eligible to vote. Members in good standing may bring up, for discussion only, additional items at the Annual Meeting under New Business. Final action may be taken only on subject matter included in the agenda notice for the Annual Meeting. Any properly seconded motion, calling for a vote by mail, e-mail, or in accordance with AKC current policy on electronic balloting, must then be sent by the Corresponding Secretary to all regular members in good standing within 21 days following the Annual Meeting. All votes by mail are to be returned to the Corresponding Secretary within 30 days of the mailing.
The results of the vote are to be sent by the Corresponding Secretary to the entire membership or published in an official Club publication within 60 days following the deadline for voting.
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 at a meeting of the Board or who vote by mail, e-mail, or in accordance with AKC current policy on electronic balloting and shall be called by the Corresponding Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by 10% of the regular members of the Club in good standing. Such meeting shall be held at such date, place, and hour as may be designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of the Special Club meeting shall be mailed by the Corresponding Secretary at least 21 days and not more than 30 days prior to the meeting. The notice of the meeting shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other Club business may be transacted. The quorum for such a meeting shall be 10% of the regular members in good standing.
Section 3. Board Meetings. The first meeting of a new Board shall be held following the Annual Meeting. There shall be a minimum of three Board meetings per year. Meetings of the Board shall be held at such times and places as are designated by the President or the majority of the Board. If agreed upon by the majority of the Board, the Board may hold meetings by conference call or videoconference. Notice of each such meeting shall be sent by the Recording Secretary by mail, e-mail, or electronic methods in accordance with state law where incorporated to the Board members at least 7 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for a Board meeting shall be a majority of the Board. At meetings of the Board, the President shall have discretionary powers to send any properly seconded motion to all of the Board members for a vote by mail, e-mail, or in accordance with AKC current policy on electronic balloting.
Section 4. Board Business: The Board of Directors may conduct its business by mail, e-mail, electronic methods in accordance with state law where incorporated, telephone conference call or videoconference. Items voted by telephone call must be confirmed at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.
ARTICLE III: DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Section 1. Board of Directors. General management of the Club’s affairs shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors. The Board shall be comprised of the President, 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents, Recording and Corresponding Secretaries, Treasurer, AKC Delegate, and 5 other persons, all of whom shall be regular members in good standing and residents of the United States. Except for the AKC Delegate who shall serve for a four-year term, they shall be elected for two-year terms, as provided in Article IV, and shall serve until their successors are announced at the Annual Meeting. Each retiring officer shall turn over to his successor in office all properties and records relating to that office within 30 days after the Annual Meeting. The immediate past-president shall serve on the Board in an advisory capacity until the succeeding Annual Meeting.
Section 2. Officers. The Club’s officers, consisting of the President, 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents, Recording and Corresponding Secretaries, Treasurer and AKC Delegate shall serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the Club and its meetings and the Board and its meetings.
Section 3. Vacancies. Any member of the Board who is absent from three consecutive meetings without just cause, as determined by the Board, will be deemed to have vacated the position. Any vacancies occurring on the Board or among the officers during the elected term shall be filled for the remainder of the term until the next election by a majority vote of all the then remaining members of the Board; except that a vacancy in the office of President shall be filled automatically by the 1st Vice-President, the 2nd Vice-President shall automatically fill the resulting vacancy in the office of the 1st Vice-President, and the resulting vacancy in 2nd Vice-President shall be filled by a majority vote of the then remaining members of the Board until the next election.
ARTICLE IV: The Club Year, Voting, Nominations, Elections
Section 1. Club Year. The Club’s fiscal year shall begin on the first day of July and end on the 30th day of June. The Club’s official year shall be the calendar year.
Section 2. Voting. At the annual meeting or at a special meeting of the Club, voting shall be limited to those regular members in good standing who are present at the meeting. The election of Officers, Delegate, Directors, amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws, and the standard for the breed shall be decided by written ballot cast by mail, or sent in accordance with the AKC's most current procedure on Electronic Balloting for AKC Parent Clubs.***
The Board of Directors may decide to submit to the members by mail ballot or sent in accordance with the AKC’s most current procedure on Electronic Balloting for AKC Parent Clubs*** other specific questions. Such decisions shall be passed by a majority vote of those regular members casting ballots. Voting by proxy will not be permitted at any time in the carrying out of the Club’s business.
Section 3. Nominations. No person may be a candidate in a Club election who has not been nominated in accordance with these By-Laws. A Nominating Committee shall be chosen by the Board of Directors before October 15th prior to an election year at which the new officers and Board assume office. The Nominating Committee shall consist of three members from different areas of the United States and two alternates, all regular members in good standing, no more than one of whom may be a member of the current Board of Directors. The Board shall name a chairman for the Committee. The Committee may conduct its business by mail, in person, electronic methods in accordance with state law where incorporated, or telephone conference call.
Section 4. Elections. The election of Officers, Delegate to the American Kennel Club and Directors shall be conducted by secret mail ballot, or sent in accordance with the AKC’s most current procedure on Electronic Balloting for AKC Parent Clubs*** Such decisions shall be passed by a majority vote of those regular members casting ballots. Ballots to be valid must be received by the Recording Secretary on or before March 15th of the year of the election of the new Board. The Board shall appoint three election tellers who are regular members in good standing and who are neither members of the current Board nor candidates on the ballot to count the ballots and report the results to the Recording Secretary.
The nominated candidate receiving the largest number of votes for each position shall be declared elected, and all candidates shall be so notified in writing by the Recording Secretary by April 1st. If any duly elected candidate withdraws his name or is unable to serve for any reason, the vacancy thus created shall be filled by the majority vote of the new Board of Directors as provided in Article III, Section 3.
*** www.akc.org: Clubs and Delegates / Club Relations / Club Policies / Electronic Balloting for AKC Parent Club
ARTICLE V: Committees
Section 1. The Board may appoint standing committees or individuals to advance the work of the Club in such matters as dog shows, companion events, performance events, trophies, annual prizes, membership and other fields which may well be served by committees. Special committees may also be appointed by the Board to aid it on particular projects. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the Board. The President may make emergency committee appointments until confirmed or replaced at the next Board Meeting.
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 a successor to the person whose service has been terminated.
Section 3. Club Credentials. Use of the Club stationery, past or present, or logos and insignia of the CWCCA, Inc., by any persons other than current officers and members of the Board of Directors, or anyone specifically authorized by the Board of Directors, is prohibited. Also, restricted is use of such stationery for any purposes other than the official business of this Club.
ARTICLE VI: Discipline
Section 1. American Kennel Club Suspension. Any member who is suspended from any of the privileges of the American Kennel Club shall automatically be suspended from the privileges of this Club for a like period.
Section 2. Charges. Any member may prefer charges against another member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or the Breed. Written charges with specifications must be filed in duplicate with the Recording Secretary together with a deposit of $100.00, which shall be forfeited, if such charges are not sustained by the Board following a hearing. The Recording 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 action alleged in the charges, if proven, might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Breed or the Club. If the Board determines that the charges do not allege conduct which would be prejudicial to the Breed or 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 or a Committee of not less than three members of the Board not less than three weeks nor more than six weeks thereafter. The Recording Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused member by certified mail, together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in his own defense, present evidence and/or have witnesses.
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. If the hearing is conducted by Committee, at the close of the hearing, the Committee will submit its recommendations for action in writing immediately to the Recording Secretary. The Recording Secretary will submit the Committee’s recommendations to the full Board for a vote. Should the charges be sustained, the Board by a majority vote may set a penalty ranging from a letter of reprimand to a suspension of the defendant from all privileges of the Club for not more than six months or until the next Annual Meeting if that will occur after six months. And, if it deems that punishment insufficient, it may also recommend to the membership that the penalty be expulsion. Immediately after the Board has reached a decision, its findings shall be put in written form and filed with the Recording Secretary. The Recording Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the decision and penalty, if any. Notice of official disciplinary action shall be published in an official club publication.
Section 4. Expulsion. Expulsion of a member of the Club may be accomplished only at an Annual Meeting of the Club following a hearing and upon the recommendation of the Board as provided in Section 3 of this Article. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his own behalf, though no evidence shall be taken at this hearing. The President shall read the charges and the findings and recommendations of the Board, and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his own behalf. The meeting shall then vote by secret ballot on the proposed expulsion. A 2/3 vote of the Regular Members present and voting at the Annual Meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted, the suspension shall stand.
ARTICLE VII: Amendments
Section 1. Amendments. Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws and Standard of the Breed may be proposed by the Board of Directors or by written petition addressed to the Recording Secretary signed by 20% of the regular members in good standing. The Board of Directors shall promptly consider amendments proposed by said petition. The Corresponding Secretary shall mail, or send in accordance with the AKC’s most current procedure on Electronic Balloting for AKC Parent Clubs, said petition with the Board’s recommendation to the regular members for a vote within three months of the date when the Secretary received the petition. Amendments proposed by the Board of Directors shall be mailed, or sent in accordance with the AKC's most current procedure on Electronic Balloting for AKC Parent Clubs,*** by the Corresponding Secretary to each regular member for comment. Any comments thereon shall be returned to the Corresponding Secretary within 30 days from the date of mailing. All comments will be considered in preparation of the final amendments to be submitted to the members for vote.
Section 2. The Constitution and the By-Laws and the Standard of the Breed may be amended at any time provided that procedures set forth in Section 1 above have been followed. All ballots concerning such amendments shall be by the dual-envelope procedure described in Article IV, Section 3(d), or sent in accordance with the AKC's most current procedure on Electronic Balloting for AKC Parent Clubs.*** Notice with such ballot shall specify a date not less than 30 days after the date of mailing by which date the ballots must be returned to the Recording Secretary to be counted. The favorable vote of 2/3 of the Regular members in good standing who return valid ballots within the time limit shall be required to effect any such amendment.
Section 3. No amendment to the Constitution and By-Laws, or the Standard for the Breed adopted by the Club shall become effective until it has been approved by the Board of Directors of the American Kennel Club.
*** www.akc.org: Clubs and Delegates / Club Relations / Club Policies / Electronic Balloting for AKC Parent Club
Section 1. The Club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than 2/3 of the regular members. In the event of dissolution, other than for the purpose 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:
Minutes of the last 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:
Minutes of the last meeting
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 By-Laws and any other special rules of order the Club may adopt.