Our By-Laws

 Bylaws Of The League Of Kentucky Sportsmen, Inc.

Table of Contents

Article I — Name and Purpose                                       

Section 1.         Name

Section 2.         Purpose                                                                                                                                                           Article II — Membership                                                   

Section 1.         Qualifications

  1. Suspension Hearing
  2. Appeal Hearing

Section 2.         Classification

  1. Class A, Member Clubs
  2. Class B, Junior Member Clubs
  3. Class C, State Member Associations
  4. Class D, Sustaining Members
  5. Class E, Non-Voting Clubs
  6. Class F, Associate Members
  7. Class G, Life Members
  8. Class H, Family Members

Section 3.         Representation

Section 4.         Past Presidents

Section 5.         Honorary Members

Article III — Officers

Section 1.         Officers

Section 2.         Election of Officers

  1. President, NRA Representatives
  2. Nominating Committee
  3. Election Procedure

Section 3.         Qualifications

Section 4.         Terms of Office

Section 5.         Duties of Officers

Section 6.         Vacancies

Article IV — Board of Directors

Section 1.         Composition and Tenure

Section 2.         Authority

Section 3.         Meetings

  1. Electronic Meetings

Section 4.         Quorum

Section 5.         Executive Committee

Section 6.         Removal of Members

Section 7.         Report to Convention

Section 8.         Vacancy

Article V — Districts

Section 1.         Number of Districts

Section 2.         District Federation Bylaws

  1. Annual Meetings
  2. Delegates
  3. Alternate District Director
  4. Conflicting Positions
  5. Membership Requirements

 

Article VI — Meetings

Section 1.         Annual Meeting or Convention

  1. Date and Place
  2. Agenda
  3. National Wildlife Federation Delegate

and National Rifle Association Delegate

Section 2.         Special Meetings

Section 3.         Voting

Section 4.         Quorum

Section 5.         Parliamentarian

Section 6.         Credentials Committee and Delegates

  1. Credentials Committee
  2. Delegates and Alternates
  3. Director-at-Large and District Directors

Federation Presidents and Vice-presidents

 

Article VII — Committees

Section 1.         Appointment and Duties of Committees

Section 2.         Standing Committees

  1. Articles and Bylaws Committee
  2. Budget and Finance Committee
  3. Membership Committee
  4. Convention Committee
  5. Public Information/Public Relations Committee
  6. Credentials Committee
  7. Resolutions Committee
  8. Standard Resolutions
  9. Emergency Resolutions
  10. National Wildlife Week Committee
  11. Conservation Education Committee
  12. Farmer/Sportsman Relations Committee
  13. Natural Resources Committee
  14. National Hunting and Fishing Day Committee
  15. Ways and Means Committee
  16. Legislative Committee
  17. Sportsman of the Year Committee

 

Article VIII — Finances

Section 1.         Dues

Section 2.         Use of Corporation Funds

Section 3.         Payment of Accounts

Section 4.         Borrowing Power

Section 5.         Fiscal Year

Section 6.         Audit

 

Article IX — Amendments and General Provisions

Section 1.         Amendments

Section 2.         Interpretation of Bylaws

Section 3.         Parliamentary Guide

 

President’s Certification Signature                                          

 

Article I — Name and Purpose

Section 1.  Name

            The name of this organization, incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of

Kentucky and hereinafter referred to as the “Corporation” shall be “The League of

Kentucky Sportsmen, Inc.”

Section 2.  Purpose

The purposes of the Corporation are purely educational and charitable in nature and

are as follows:

  1. To develop, promote, and support a Comprehensive Educational Program based

upon scientific study and technical research for the advancement, restoration, wise

use, management, and conservation of wildlife and other natural resources;

  1. To coordinate all agencies, societies, clubs and individuals which are or should

be interested in the restoration, wise use, conservation and scientific management of

wildlife and other natural resources into a permanent, unified, active agency for the

purpose of securing adequate public recognition of the needs and values of wildlife

resources and other natural resources;

  1. To stimulate a proper public attitude and appreciation regarding sportsmanship

and the wise use and management of all natural resources, enabling our people to

appraise the value and importance of all resources;

 

  1. To Promote through education of the members and the general public, including

Especially the youth and sportsmen of Kentucky, an understanding of the importance

of  good sportsmanship and the conservation and wise use of the fish, wildlife, and

other natural resources of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the United States of

America as well as the rest of North America and the world;

 

  1. No part of the Corporation’s net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any member

or individual, and no substantial part of its activities shall consist of carrying on

propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation.  The Corporation shall be

conducted in conformity with the provisions of Section 501 of the 1954 Internal

Revenue Code as those provisions are presently constituted, or may exist hereafter.

If the Corporation is dissolved, all of its remaining assets shall be distributed by the

Board of Directors exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.

 

ARTICLE II — Membership

Section 1. Qualifications

The members of this Corporation shall be persons and/or groups of persons who

adhere to the conservation of our natural resources, such persons and/or groups of

persons having complied with the requisites of membership as provided for in these

Bylaws and further determined by the Board of Directors.  All applications for

membership shall be subject to approval by the Board of Directors.  Any person or

group of persons whose application for membership has been denied by the Board of

Directors may appeal such action at the next annual meeting of the Corporation.  The
Board of Directors shall have the power to suspend any affiliated organization,

member thereof, or any associate member for failure to pay dues or for conduct

which in its judgement may be detrimental to the welfare, interests, or reputation of

the League, provided that such members shall be given the right of a hearing before

the Board before suspension.  The suspended member shall have the right of appeal

to the next annual convention, and the League on hearing the appeal in annual

convention shall confirm, modify or annul the suspension, or may expel the offending

member from any further participation in the League.

 

  1. Suspension Hearing
    Before the Board of Directors exercises the right to suspend any affiliated organization,    member thereof or any associate member, the affiliated organization, member thereof or        associate member shall be advised in writing of the proposed action and the specific          reason or reasons for said proposed action. Said written notice shall also advise said affiliated organization, members thereof or associate member of their right to a hearing             before the Board of Directors. Said notice shall include the date, time, and place of the     next Board of Directors meeting. This notice shall be sent by regular mail or hand             delivered to the affiliated organization, member thereof or associate member at least          thirty (30) days prior to said meeting. If said notice is sent by regular mail, it shall be sent    to the most recent address that the League has available. Upon receipt of said notice,                the affiliated organization, member thereof, or associate member shall have fourteen        (14) days to inform the League of their intent to have a hearing before the Board of       Directors. This notice shall be in writing and shall be sent by regular mail to the central             business office of the League of KY Sportsmen. At said hearing, a simple majority of the             eligible voters at the Board meeting shall determine whether the affiliated organization,             member thereof or associate member is suspended or not.
  2. Appeal Hearing
    If after the hearing before the Board has been held, the Board decides to suspend the       membership of the affiliated organization, member thereof or associate member, the   suspended party shall be provided in writing the reason or reasons for said suspension.          This notice shall also include notification to the suspended party or their right to appeal             said suspension to the next annual convention as well as the date, time and place of the             convention. The suspended party shall have fourteen (14) days from the receipt of the     notice of suspension to file, in writing, their intent to appeal the suspension to the next           annual convention. Said appeal shall be filed with the central office of the League of KY       Sportsmen. At the annual convention, the appeal hearing shall be placed on the agenda           to be taken up by the voting delegates. The appeals hearing shall be supervised by the        Chairman of the Resolution Committee. The League Board shall designate who will             present their reasons as to why the suspended member was suspended. The League’s    position shall be presented first and shall not exceed thirty (30) minutes. At any time            during said presentation or after said presentation, any voting delegate may direct any      questions relating to the suspension, to the presenter of the League’s position. After the    League has presented its position, the suspended party shall present their defense to             the position. This presentation shall be given by the suspended party or their          representative and shall not exceed thirty (30) minutes .At any time during said         presentation or after said presentation, any voting delegate may direct any question       relating to the suspension to the presenter of the suspended party’s positions. After the          parties have presented their positions, a vote shall be taken of the voting delegates.           The deciding vote shall be by simple majority of the voting delegates. The voting          delegates must decide whether to confirm, modify, or annul the suspension, or may                 expel the offending member from any further participation in the League.

Section 2.  Classification

 

            There shall be the following classes of members, all generally hereinafter referred to

as “Members”:

 

  1. Class A, “Member Clubs” are those organized groups of sportsmen and wildlife

conservationists, such as clubs, societies, and associations, of a local character

consisting primarily of adults, twenty-five (25) or more League dues-paying members in number, excluding associate members, hereinafter sometimes referred to as “Local Units”.

In counting membership, Local Units may include one or more League Life

Members under the provisions of Article II, Section 2,G.  The League dues of Life Members

Shall be considered as having been paid for the Local Unit indicated by the Life Member as his/her primary affiliation.

No other Local Unit may list him/her as a member unless the prescribed annual

League membership fee shall have been paid on his/her behalf through the secondary Local Unit(s).

 

Class A, 2, “Associate Clubs” are those organized groups of sportsmen and wildlife

conservationists, such as clubs, societies, and associations, of a local character

consisting primarily of adults, fifteen (15) to twenty-four (24) in number League

dues-paying members, excluding associate members, hereinafter sometimes referred to

as “Local Associate Clubs”.

Local Associate Clubs shall be allowed one voting delegate to the Annual

Meeting, such delegate to have all rights and privileges and to be subject to all

regulations applicable to other delegates.

 

  1. Class B, “Junior Member Clubs” are those organized groups of persons, local in

character, consisting primarily of boys and/or girls eighteen years of age and under,

twenty-five (25) or more in number, hereinafter sometimes referred to as “Local

Units”.

 

  1. Class C, “State Member Associations” are those groups of sportsmen and

wildlife conservationists organized on a state-wide basis hereinafter referred to as

“State Units”.

 

  1. Class D, “Sustaining Members” are those persons who shall annually contribute

a minimum amount as determined by the Board of Directors to the Corporation; they

LKS Bylaws—Page 4 may or may not be members of Local  or State Unit.

 

  1. Class E, “Non-Voting Clubs” are those clubs with fewer than fifteen (15)

League dues-paying members who may not send voting delegates to the annual meeting.

 

  1. Class F, “Associate Members” are those persons who are members of a

household of any regular member of a Class A member club.

 

  1. Class G, “Life Members” are those people who contribute a one-time fee as

Determined by the Board of Directors.  Those people shall be entitled to a voice in

any of the annual meetings but shall not have the right to vote unless otherwise

qualified.  Those persons shall receive at no charge for the remainder of their natural

lives the publication, Kentucky Afield, The Magazine, providing it is available.  Those

persons shall also be entitled to other privileges as may be prescribed by the Board of

Directors. A life member may qualify as a Class A League dues-paying member for

only one Local Unit.  To qualify, the Life Member must inform the League Office, in

writing, which Local Unit is his/her primary affiliation and has been authorized to

list him/her on its roster as a League dues-paying member, and should so notify all

other Local Units with which he/she may be affiliated. Except for the Local Unit indicated by the Life Member as his/her primary affiliation, no other Local Unit may list him/her as a member unless the prescribed annual League membership fee shall have been paid on his/her behalf through the secondary Local Unit(s).

 

  1. Class H, “Family Members” are all the members of a family, lining at one

address, who annually contribute an amount and receive benefits as determined by the

Board of Directors.

 

Section 3.  Representation

            All members may attend and, with the Chairman’s consent, have privilege on the floor

at any meetings of the Corporation.  Only Local and State Units, as hereinbefore

described, through their regularly appointed delegates, shall be entitled to vote.  No

person may act as a voting delegate for more than one Local or State Unit.  Members

of Classes A and C shall be entitled to two (2) votes each.  Members of Classes B, D,

E, F, G, and H shall not be entitled to vote unless otherwise qualified.  Such

representation and number of votes shall apply to all meetings of this Corporation.

 

Section 4.  Past Presidents

All Past Presidents of the League shall be honorary members thereof, without being

required to pay dues, and entitled to a voice in any of the annual conventions, but

such honorary members shall not have the right to vote unless they are otherwise

qualified.  Each President as he retires from office shall receive a Past President’s

plaque, and such other benefits as the Board of Directors may prescribe.

The membership of Past League of Kentucky Sportsmen, Inc. Presidents in

Local Units, for the purpose of tabulating Local Unit membership totals, shall be controlledby the same regulations that apply to Life Members. (Article II, Section 2,A and G).

 

Section 5.  Honorary Members

The Board of Directors may elect to honorary life membership any person being

worthy of the honor, who shall be entitled to a voice in any of the annual conventions

but who shall not have the right to vote unless otherwise qualified, and who shall not

be required to pay dues.  Honorary Members shall receive such other benefits as the

Board of Directors may prescribe. No more than two persons shall be elected to such honorary membership in any one year.

The membership of Honorary League of Kentucky Sportsmen, Inc. Members in Local

Units, for the purpose of tabulating Local Unit membership totals, shall be controlled

by the same regulations that apply to Life Members. (Article II, Section 2, A and G).

The Board of Directors may elect to honorary membership any corporation being

worthy of the honor.  Said corporation may elect to send one (1) representative to

the annual convention.  That representative shall be entitled to a voice in any of the

annual conventions, but shall not have the right to vote unless otherwise qualified,

and who shall not be required to pay dues.  There shall be no limit to the number of

such corporations elected to such honorary membership in any one year.

 

Article III — Officers

Section 1.  Officers

The Officers of the Corporation shall be a President, a Vice-president, a Secretary

and a Treasurer.  The Board of Directors may appoint any additional Officers and

agents it deems necessary, prescribing their duties and authority and providing for

their compensation.  No person shall hold more than one office at any one time except that the offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined by order of the Board of Directors.

 

Section 2.  Election of Officers

  1. The President, National Wildlife Representative and the National Rifle Association

Representative shall be elected at the annual meeting by secret ballot.  No member

shall hold more than one office.  The Secretary and Treasurer shall be appointed by

the President, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.  The Board of

Directors shall, at the annual meeting, elect from their membership a Vice-President.

Neither the National Wildlife Representative, the National Rifle Association

Representative, the Secretary nor the Treasurer shall be a District Director.

  1. Nominating Committee: Nominations for President, National Wildlife

Representative and National  Rifle Association Representative shall be made by a

Nominating Committee consisting of five (5) members, two (2) of whom may be Past

Presidents, and three (3) appointed by the President, no two (2) of whom shall be

from the same District..

The President shall designate the Chairman of the Nominating Committee.  Said

Committee shall be named not later than the last day of December of each year.

Nominations for these offices may be made from the floor of the Convention.

  1. Election Procedure: During the election of President, National Wildlife

Representative and National Rifle Association Representative, the Chairman shall

direct the Credentials Committee to require all persons not entitled to vote to go to a

place in the room separate from those entitled to vote.

 

Section 3.  Qualifications

Any member in good standing of a Member Club shall be eligible for office in this

Corporation.

 

Section 4.  Terms of Office

Terms of elected Officers shall commence immediately upon adjournment of the

annual meeting of the Corporation and shall continue for the term of one (1) year or

until their successors are elected and shall have qualified, PROVIDED, the Secretary

and Treasurer shall hold office at the pleasure of the Board of Directors.  The

President shall be restricted to three (3) consecutive one-year terms.  The District

Directors shall be restricted to three (3) consecutive two-year terms.

 

Section 5.  Duties of Officers

  1. The President shall be chief executive officer of the Corporation and, subject to

the control of the Board of Directors, shall have general charge of its affairs.  He

shall preside at all meetings of the Corporation and of the Board of Directors, and

shall have such other powers and duties as are incident to his office and not

inconsistent with these Bylaws, or as at any time shall be assigned to him by the

Board of Directors.  He may attend the National Wildlife Federation and National Rifle

Association annual meeting, at the expense of the Corporation, and serve as alternate delegate.

 

  1. It shall be the duty of the Vice-president to assist the President in the performance

of his duties when called upon to do so by the President or the Board of Directors.

In the event of the disability of the President or his absence from any place in which

business on hand is to be done, the Vice-president shall have all the powers and

perform all the duties of the President.  The Vice-president shall have such other

powers and duties as may at any time by assigned him by the Board of Directors.

 

  1. The Secretary shall perform the duties assigned by the President and those duties

that usually pertain to said office or as defined by and under direction of the Board of

Directors.

 

  1. The Treasurer shall keep full and accurate account of all receipts and dis-

bursements and deposit all money, checks and other obligations to the credit of The

League of Kentucky Sportsmen, Inc. in such depository or depositories as may be

designated by the Board of Directors;  he shall disburse the funds of the Corporation

only in accordance with due authorization of the Board of Directors; and shall

furnish security satisfactory to the Board of Directors in an amount fixed by

them, and shall make a complete annual statement for the past fiscal year at each

annual meeting or the Corporation, which annual statement shall, on determination of

the Board of Directors, by verified by a Certified Public Accountant, to be selected

by the Board of Directors, and in addition, perform all other duties incident to the

office of Treasurer subject to the control of the Board of Directors.  He/she shall make

such other reports and at such time as the Board of Directors may determine, one of        which shall be a complete annual report of the membership of the organization.  This           report shall list all clubs by district and show the total number of members in each club.      It shall also list Life Member totals, State Association totals, and any other special group          totals.

 

Section 6.  Vacancies

In the event of a vacancy in an elected office, the Board of Directors shall, at its next

meeting, elect a qualified member to fill the vacancy until the next annual meeting.

If and when the office of the Secretary or Treasurer becomes vacant, the President

shall immediately cause his books and accounts to be audited and transfer all funds

and properties to his successor upon approval of the Board of Directors.

 

ARTICLE IV — Board of Directors

 

Section 1.  Composition and Tenure

The Board of Directors shall be composed of:  (a) the President,  (b) a Director from

each District provided for in Article V. The Board may also include a Director         representing any State Member Association (State Unit) as defined in Article II, Sec. 2, C if the Association has a minimum of 1,500 dues-paying League members as defined by         the Board of Directors.

 

Section 2.  Authority

The Board of Directors shall manage the property and transact the business of the

Corporation and shall possess such powers and authority, in addition to the powers

and authority herein specifically prescribed, as may be necessary to the complete

execution of the purposes of the Corporation, limited only by the Articles of

Incorporation and these Bylaws.  The Board of Directors shall have authority to

affiliate this Corporation with any other organization having like interests, aims or

purposes.

 

Section 3.  Meetings

  1. The Board of Directors shall hold at least four (4) meetings each year at such times

and places as shall be determined by the Board of Directors, PROVIDED, one of

such meetings shall be held during, and at the place of the annual convention, and

shall be the Board’s annual meeting.  Special meetings of the Board of Directors may

be called by the president upon ten (10) days notice.  Special meetings may also be

called on written request to the Secretary by any five (5) members of the Board of

Directors, upon due notice of at least ten (10) days to each member of the Board of

Directors.  The purpose of said special meetings shall be contained in the notice of

the meeting.

 

  1. Electronic Meetings

At any time that the President of five (5) members of the Board of Directors determines   that an issue has arisen that needs immediate action by the Board, a special ELECTRONIC MEETING may be called. Notice of said meeting shall be emailed to all            members and shall include the specific issue to be addressed.  The caller of said      meeting shall be specifically identified.  A quorum for said meeting shall be a majority of   the Board of Directors. Once the notice of the meeting has been sent, the chair of the    meeting shall call the meeting to order by sending a message containing a subject line             stating:  “The email meeting will come to order.”  The call to order message shall again      state the specific issue or issues to address. The floor will them be opened for a             discussion.  The discussion period shall be for seventy-two (72) hours or closed by a         motion, and a vote, whichever occurs first. All discussions are not required to be           electronic in nature, i.e., phone discussions or face to face discussions are allowed.             However, all email discussion messages shall be made part of the minutes of the             meeting. Upon closure of the meeting, a motion for action shall be made. After the             motion for action has been made, voting will begin. For a vote to be valid at said    meeting, a quorum of votes must be returned.A vote shall state specifically that, “Yes, I    (Name of Board Member) vote for said action” or “No, I  (Name of Board Member) vote                   against said action ”Voting shall remain open for twelve (12) hours or until a majority          vote has been received, whichever occurs first. If there is an equipment malfunction             among the Board of Directors that significantly interferes with the reading, writing or          delivering of emails, the Chair shall recess or adjourn the meeting without a vote.  Email            meetings shall not be held when equipment malfunction is a significant hindrance.

Section 4.  Quorum

At any meeting of the Board of Directors, a majority of the Board shall constitute a

quorum for the transaction of business, and the actions of the majority of the

Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the action of the

Board of Directors; PROVIDED, that if a majority of the whole Board of Directors

shall severally and/or collectively consent in writing to any action to be taken by the

Corporation, such action shall be as valid a corporate action as though it had been

authorized at a meeting of the Board of Directors.  Any vote not unanimous will be

recorded by District.

 

Section 5.  Executive Committees

The Board of Directors may by resolution passed by a majority of the whole Board

of Directors designate three (3) or more of their number to constitute an Executive or

any other Committee, who to the extent provided in such resolution, shall possess

and exercise the authority of the Board of Directors in the management of the

Corporation between meetings of the Board of Directors.

 

Section 6.  Removal of Members

Any member of the Board of Directors who shall absent himself from two (2)

Consecutive meetings of the Board of Directors, unless permission to do so has been

granted by the President, or unless at the next meeting he shall present an excuse

satisfactory to the Board of Directors, shall cease to be a member of the Board of

Directors, and the Board of Directors shall declare the office vacant and a successor

Shall be elected as herein provided.

 

Section 7.  Report to Convention

The Board of Directors shall, through the President or other Officer designated by

the Board of Directors, make a complete but concise report of its activities and

actions during the immediate past year, including any recommendations for future

action, at the annual meeting of the Corporation.

 

Section 8.  Vacancy

In the event of a vacancy of a District Federation Director, such District shall within

sixty (60) days, call a special meeting to elect a Director for the unexpired term.

 

Article V — Districts

 

Section 1.  Number of Districts

The Corporation shall be divided into the same number of Districts as that of the

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources Commission (Kentucky Revised

Statutes Sec. 150.022), said Districts to be coterminous in boundary with the

Districts of said Commission, and each District Federation shall be known as the

“_______ District Federation, of the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, Inc.”

 

Section 2.  District Federation Bylaw

Each District Federation shall, upon affiliation with the Corporation, adopt Bylaws

which shall not (except as to class of members) be inconsistent in any regard with the

Articles and Bylaws of the Corporation and shall contain, as a minimum, the

following provisions:

 

  1. Annual Meetings

Provide for an annual election meeting of the District Federation at which Officers of

the Federation will be elected.  Also, a Director will be elected to serve as Director

of this Corporation as provided by the following:

District Directors in even-numbered Districts shall be elected in even-numbered

years, and odd-numbered Districts in odd-numbered years.  Each such Director shall

serve for a term of two (2) years and may be re-elected.  The District Directors shall

be restricted to three (3) consecutive two (2) year terms.

 

  1. Delegates

At each meeting of any District Federation, each member club shall have the same

number of voting delegates, the number thereof to be set forth in the Bylaws of

each District Federation.

 

  1. Alternate District Director

If any District Director finds he is unable to attend a meeting of the Board of

Directors of this Corporation, he shall appoint an alternate to attend such meeting.  That appointment shall be a League member in good standing and a member of a club of that Director’s District.

 

  1. Conflicting Positions

If any Officer of a District Federation, or its League Director, is appointed to the

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources Commission, he shall forthwith

resign as such Federation Officer or Director.

 

  1. Membership Requirements

No club or other member may be accepted as a member of a District Federation

unless such member is, or becomes, a member of the League of Kentucky Sportsmen,

Inc., and no Club or Class A Member will be accepted as a member of the League,

unless such Club or Class A member belongs to the District Federation in which it is

located.  Clubs and Class A Members in violation of these provisions will not have

Voting and Resolution privileges at the annual convention.

 

 

ARTICLE VI — Meetings

 

Section 1.  Annual Meeting or Convention

 

  1. Date and Place

The Corporation shall convene in annual regular meeting or convention each year.

The definite date and place of said annual meeting shall be determined by the Board

of Directors with due notice given to all members at least forty-five (45) days in

advance thereof.

The annual election of Officers and such other activity as may be determined by the

Board of Directors shall take place at the annual meeting.  In the event5 of emergency

so that the annual meeting cannot be legally held, the Board of Directors may direct

that the election of Officers shall be held by mail.  The minutes of the annual meeting

shall be properly edited and published, subject to approval by the Board of Directors

at its meeting next following the annual meeting.

 

  1. Agenda

The agenda of the annual meeting shall be prepared by the President with the

cooperation and approval of the Board of Directors.  All members shall be notified of

said agenda at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting, and no matter

excluded from said agenda shall be considered at the annual meeting except by an

Affirmative two-thirds (2/3) vote of the convention.

 

  1. National Rifle Association Delegate

            The delegate to the National Rifle Association shall be elected immediately before the       election of the President.

 

Section 2.  Special Meetings

            Special meetings of the Corporation may be called by the Board of Directors,

provided that ten (10) days notice shall be given to all members as to time, place,

and purpose of meeting.  Nothing shall take place at any special meeting that is not

consistent with these Bylaws, or that has not had prior approval of the Board of

Directors.

 

Section 3.  Voting

Only qualified delegates or alternates, may vote at a meeting of the Corporation.  An

alternate delegate, if registered with the Credentials Committee, may vote in the

absence of the delegate he is representing.  Voting shall be viva voce, unless a roll

call or secret ballot is prescribed by these Bylaws, or called for by the Convention or

Chairman.

A majority vote shall be sufficient for the adoption of any motion that is in order

except as these Bylaws and parliamentary law as contained in Robert’s Rules of

            Order shall otherwise prescribe, and except that a three-fourth (3/4) majority vote

shall be necessary on any proposal for a change in State or Federal laws.

 

Section 4.  Quorum

Any meeting of this Corporation a majority of delegates re4gistered with the

Credentials Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

 

Section 5.  Parliamentarian

The Corporation’s legal advisor, and in his absence the Secretary, shall serve as

Parliamentarian at all meetings of the membership and Board of Directors.

 

Section 6.  Credentials Committee and Delegates

 

  1. Credentials Committee

Not later than the first day or the month of any meeting of the membership, the

President shall appoint a Credentials Committee consisting of three (3) delegates or

alternates.  Any person who has given notice of his candidacy for the office of

President, as provided in Article III, Sec. 2b, may designate two (2) additional

delegates or alternates to serve on such Committee.

 

  1. Delegates and Alternates

All delegates and alternates to the annual meeting of the Corporation, to be able to

vote, must be certified to the Board of Directors by delegate card from the Units they

represent, such delegate card to be in the hands of the Secretary not later than the last day of the month preceding the meeting.  Such delegates and alternates must properly

identify themselves to the Credentials Committee and have their credentials checked

against the list of members furnished to the Secretary by their sponsoring Units.

Any Local Unit containing 400 or more dues-paying League members shall be

allowed an additional voting delegate to the annual meeting for each 200 members

over 400.  In no case shall any Local Unit be allowed more than five additional

delegates, for a total of seven.

 

  1. Director-at-Large and District Directors

The Director-at-Large and the Director of each District shall serve as voting

delegates.  The Presidents and Vice-presidents of each District Federation, upon

assuming office shall serve as voting delegates.

The Director-at-Large, since he serves ex officio, may appoint an alternate

by so advising the League Office/Credentials Committee in writing no later than the

end of the month preceding the Annual Meeting.

The Director of each District and the President and Vice-President of each

District Federation may appoint alternates by advising the League

Office/Credentials Committee of their intentions in writing no later than the end of

the month preceding the Annual Meeting.  All such appointments shall be subject

to the approval of the Credentials Committee.

 

ARTICLE VII — Committees

Section 1.  Appointment and Duties of Committees

The President shall, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, appoint all

necessary committees, including the Standing Committees provided for in Sec. 2 of

this Article.  He shall determine the composition and tenure of such committees.  The

Standing Committees shall, except as otherwise provided herein, perform the usual

functions pertaining to such committees and shall have such additional duties and

responsibilities as prescribed by the President.

 

Section 2.  Standing Committees

 

  1. Articles and Bylaws Committee

This Committee shall review all proposed changes to the Articles of Incorporation

and Bylaws of the Corporation.  The Committee shall have the right to initiate

changes in the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and shall review and put in

proper form any amendment submitted to it by any member and shall submit same to

the Board of Directors.

 

  1. Budget and Finance Committee

This Committee shall periodically review the financial status of the Corporation and

submit its recommendations to the Board of Directors pertaining to sources of

revenue and dues structure of the Corporation.

 

  1. Membership Committee

This Committee shall work with District Federation Committees on increasing

Membership and shall bring to the attention of the Board of Directors problems

Presented and recommendation made by members.

 

  1. Convention Committee

This Committee shall make all necessary arrangements for the holding of the annual

meeting or convention of the Corporation.

 

  1. Public Information/Public Relations Committee

This Committee shall cooperate with all news media in seeing that the activities of

The League of Kentucky Sportsmen, Inc. are brought to the  attention of the public.

 

  1. Credentials Committee (See Article VI, Sec. 6.)

 

  1. Resolutions Committee
  2. Standard resolutions: This Committee shall review all resolutions to be

submitted to the annual meeting.  The Committee shall assist in drafting resolutions submitted to it but shall have no power to change the intent or meaning of a resolution submitted by any District or member club, and adhering to the requirements of Article V, Sec. 2 e.

  1. Emergency resolutions will be accepted providing:
  2. The Emergency Resolution meets all other requirements of The

League of Kentucky Sportsmen’s Bylaws for resolutions, and,

  1. There are 300 copies at the registration desk of the Annual

Convention prior to 8:00 AM on the first day of the Convention.

  1. The Convention body will vote to allow or disallow the Emergency

Resolution.  This will take place during the regular business session.  Vote will be by simple majority.  The only motion from the floor on an Emergency Resolution that will be accepted by the chair will be a motion to pass the Emergency Resolution.

 

  1.       National Wildlife Week Committee
  2. Conservation Education Committee
  3. Farmer/Sportsman Relations Committee
  4. Natural Resources Committee
  5.      National Hunting and Fishing Day Committee
  6. Ways and Means Committee
  7. Legislative Committee
  8. Sportsman of the Year Committee

 

This Committee shall consist of the current president of the League of Kentucky

Sportsmen and all living past recipients of the Sportsman of the Year Award in

good standing of the League.  Good standing shall be defined as a member that

is a current member of the League of Kentucky Sportsmen.

This committee shall meet at least once a year and select, from the current

Nominations submitted to it, the recipient of the Sportsman of the Year Award for

that year.

 

 

 

ARTICLE VIII — Finances

Finances of this Corporation shall be under the control of the Board of Directors

except as otherwise provided in the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws

 

Section 1.  Dues

Dues shall be set by the Board of Directors.  Dues shall be paid in such manner and at

such times as are prescribed by the Board of Directors.

 

Section 2.  Use of Corporation Funds

All funds and assets of the Corporation shall be used only for purposes that are

consistent with the purposes of the Corporation, and for the actual administration

expenses in conducting the affairs of the Corporation, under the direction of and with

the approval of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors may purchase land, buildings and equipment whenever the

general interests of the Corporation require the same.  All checks shall be signed by

the Treasurer.

No elective Officer, no Director, or firm of which he is a member or employee, shall

receive or be paid a salary or other compensation for services rendered in behalf of

this Corporation during his term of office, provided, that actual expenses incurred by

such Officer or Director engaged in the work of the Corporation, if authorized by the

Convention or Board of Directors, shall be valid claims against the Corporation.

 

Section 3.  Payment of Accounts

No bills or accounts against the Corporation shall be paid until approval of the Board

of Directors has been granted unless covered by the annual budget approved by the

Board of Directors.

 

Section 4.  Borrowing Power

The Board of Directors may, whenever the general interests of the Corporation

require the same, borrow money and issue its promissory note or bond for the

repayment thereof with interest and may in like case mortgage its property as security

‘           for its debts or other lawful engagements.

 

Section 5.  Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be from May 1st to April 30th.

 

Section 6.  Audit

The financial accounts of this Corporation shall be audited as herein provided and

Whenever the Board of Directors shall so determine.

 

Article IX — Amendments and General Provisions

 

Section 1.  Amendments

These Bylaws may be amended as provided in the Corporation’s Articles of

Incorporation, as amended.  No amendment may be acted upon unless the Secretary

or Chairman of the Bylaws Committee has mailed notice of the proposed amendment

to each member of the Board of Directors not later than thirty (20) days prior to the

date of the meeting at which the proposed amendment is to be considered.

 

Section 2  Interpretation of Bylaws

If any question shall arise relative to the interpretation of these Bylaws, the Board of

Directors shall decide after having been referred to the Bylaws Committee for study

and recommendation.  Any member aggrieved by such decision of the Board of

Directors may appeal at the next annual meeting of the Corporation.

 

Section 3.  Parliamentary Guide

            The Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the Corporation in all cases to which they

are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the Corporation’s Articles

and these Bylaws.

*****

The foregoing Bylaws update, incorporating amendments approved by the Board of

Directors was duly adopted at a meeting of the Board of Directors of The League of Kentucky Sportsmen, Inc. at Owensboro, Kentucky on January 10, 2015 and became the official Bylaws document on approval.

 

 

Kevin Murphy

President

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