BY-LAWS OF THE ILLINI BASS FISHING CLUB
Article I. Name and Purpose
Section 1. The name of the corporation is Illini Bass Fishing Club.
Section 2. The purposes of the corporation are: To leisurely, as well as competitively, angle for the largemouth bass and related species thereof; to strive and work together in the conservation, restoration, and propagation of the largemouth bass and related species thereof; to develop a good fellowship and true sportsmanship between bass fishermen; to develop a spirit of mutual understanding between all classes and groups of conservationists, nature lovers, farmers, and sportsmen to the end that the interests of each group may be served to the fullest extent, consistent with the rights and privileges of the others.
Article II. Principle and Registered Offices
Section 1. The principle office of the corporation shall be located in the city of Danville, County of Vermilion and State of Illinois. The corporation may have such other offices, either within or without the State of Illinois, as the business may require from time to time.
Section 2. The registered office of the corporation shall be maintained in the City of Danville, County of Vermilion and the State of Illinois, and need not be identical with the principle office; and, the address of the registered office may be changed, from time to time, by the Board of Directors.
Article III. Membership
Section 1. Membership of the corporation shall be 70 members. (Amended 02/06/91)
Section 2. In order to qualify as a member of the corporation, each applicant must be a male person of the age of eighteen years or over; he must act responsibly, abiding by all local, state, and federal laws; he must be of good moral character and reputation; he must prove or otherwise demonstrate that he is, in fact, a true bass fisherman; and that he believes in and supports the purpose of the man; and that he believes in and supports the purposes of the corporation. (Amended 01/05/2005)
Section 3. The future members fill out a membership application and submit it to the Board of Directors in person, at a monthly meeting. (10/01/80) Anyone who fills out an application and does not fish or attend a monthly meeting for a three month period; the application will be discarded. (Added 02/05/86)
Section 4. By and with the advice of the membership, the Board of Directors shall have the power and authority to discharge any member from the corporation for failure to pay dues, habitually failing to attend meetings or participating in bass fishing contests or other affairs and projects of the corporation and for any and all other good cause shown.
Section 5. (Eliminated 07/01 but pertained to prospective members being required to fish 3 contests and attend 3 meetings prior to being voted on for membership)
Section 6. Prospective members must receive a 2/3 majority vote from members present at any such meeting in order to be accepted as a member of the Illini Bass Club. If an applicant fails to receive the necessary 2/3 majority he may not reapply for 12 months and may not participate in any club functions until he reapplies. (Added 10/01/80)
Section 7. The prospective member can be present at the meeting his membership vote is taken. He will be notified by telephone on the outcome of the vote, the following day, by the President of the Club. (Added 10/01/80)(Amended 02/06/85)
Section 8. A prospective member will not be eligible for club awards, patch bass, trophies, etc. Prospective members' contest points will carry over, if they are voted in as a regular member. (Added 02/05/86)
Article IV. Oath
Section 1. Each applicant, upon being approved and accepted for membership to the corporation, shall subscribe to and recite the following oath which shall be administered by the President:
"I, ________________, do hereby solemnly state, that I believe in actively angling for the largemouth bass. I will join with and work with my fellow bass fishermen for the conservation, restoration, and propagation of this great, mighty, wily, and most unpredictable fish of all game fishes. I believe in good fellowship and true sportsmanship between all bass fishermen.. I believe that there must be a spirit of mutual understanding between all classes and groups of conservationists, nature lovers, farmers, and sportsmen. I believe that the interests of each group must be served to the fullest extent, consistent with the rights and privileges of the others. I believe in the purposes of, and will obey and uphold the bylaws of the Illini Bass Fishing Club.
Article V. Dues
Section 1. The annual dues shall be in the sum of $25.00 (Amended 02/95)
Section 2. The dues shall be due and payable on or before the regular March meeting of each year. (Amended 04/07/71)
Section 3. Special assessments may be made from time to time but only and solely by the membership.
Article VI. Membership Meetings
Section 1. At the regular membership meeting in the month of November, nominations will be held for the office of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Tournament Director. Each prospective officer will be elected to the office for which he was nominated by a ballot cast by the membership present. The nominee receiving the most votes will be the winner of that office. The election for officers will be held at the regular membership meeting in December. Newly elected officers shall assume the duties of their respective offices at the regular monthly meeting in January. The five officers elected shall also be known as the Board of Directors.
Section 2. The regular meetings of the membership shall be held at such time and place as shall be determined by the Board of Directors for the purpose of transacting any business as may come before the membership. If the day fixed for the regular meeting shall be a legal holiday, then such meeting shall be held either on the next succeeding business day or such other date, time, and place as shall be determined by the Board of Directors. (Amended 02/03/98)
Section 3. Special meetings of the membership may be called by the Board of Directors or by two-thirds of the membership. Written notice of any special meeting, stating the time, place, and the purpose for which the special meeting is called, shall be mailed to the membership not less than seven days before the date of such special meeting.
Section 4. A quorum for all regular and special meetings shall be 10 persons. Any vote carried by a majority vote of such quorum shall be binding upon the organization. (Amended 12/03/75)
Section 5. Each member shall be entitled to one vote (Amended 04/07/71)
Section 6. Each member must be personally present in order to vote. Proxy voting shall not be permitted.
Article VII. Dinner Meeting
Section 1. At least one dinner meeting, with ladies present, shall be held annually.
Section 2. The time and place of such dinner meeting shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
Section 3. If any special assessment is required for such dinner meeting, then the same shall be determined by the directors.
Article VIII. Board of Directors
Section 1. The management of the business and affairs of the corporation shall be in the hands of the Board of Directors.
Section 2. At the regular December meeting, the membership shall elect five officers who shall also be known as the Board of Directors, by secret ballot, to serve for a period of one year, or until their successors are elected and installed.
Section 3. Nominating committees for the nomination of Directors shall not be permitted.
Section 4. The membership shall have the sole power and authority to fill any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors, provided that such person elected to fill such vacancy shall serve until his successor is elected and installed.
Article IX. Officers
Section 1. The Officers of the Corporation shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Tournament Director.
Section 2. The President shall be the principle executive Officer of the Corporation and shall preside at all meetings of the membership and Board of Directors, and in general shall perform all duties incident to the office of President and other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directory from time to time.
Section 3. In the absence of the President or in the event of his inability or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting shall have all the powers of the President.
Section 4. The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the corporation; and give receipts and moneys due and payable to the corporation from any source whatsoever; deposit all moneys of the corporation in such banks or other depositories elected by the Board of Directors, and in general shall perform all duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the President or Board of Directors.
Section 5. The Secretary shall keep minutes of the meetings of the membership and Board of Directors; see that all notices are duly given when required; be the custodian of the corporation records and of the seal of the corporation; keep a register of the names and post office address of each member; and in general perform all the duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the President or by the Board of Directors.
Section 6. The Tournament Director with the other committee members will set the time, dates, places, and rules for 8 monthly contests March through October and other pertinent data. (Amended 02/01/94) The Tournament Director will appoint Four Members to work with him as a contest committee who will oversee and be in charge of the monthly contests. It will be the Tournament Directors responsibility to see that the rules as set down by the committee and approved by the Board of Directors is adhered to. A copy of these rules will be printed and a copy issued to each member not later than the first contest of each year. In case of arguments concerning monthly contests the Tournament Director and his committee will make the final decision. The Director will be in charge of all club contests and shall correspond with other clubs pertaining to setting up challenge matches. Each challenge match will be voted on by the membership. (Amended 02/06/85)
Article X. Board of Directors Meetings
Section 1. The regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at such times and places as shall from time to time be determined by the Board of Directors for the purpose of transacting any business as may come before the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President or by a majority of the Board of Directors. Unless otherwise agreed, written notice of any special meeting, stating the time, place, and purpose for which the special meeting is called, shall be mailed to the members of the Board of Directors not less than fifteen days before the date for such special meeting.
Section 3. A quorum for any regular meeting for the Board of Directors shall be three Directors. If a quorum is present at any such meeting, the affirmative vote of the majority of Directors present at such meeting shall be the act of and binding upon the corporation.
Section 4. Each Director shall be entitled to one vote
Section 5. Each Director must be personally present in order to vote. Proxy voting shall not be permitted.
Article XI. Order of Business
Section 1. The following shall be the order of business for conducting all meetings:
1. Call to order 7. Report of Committees
2. Calling of roll 8. Unfinished Business
3. Reading of minutes of last meeting 9. New Business
4. Report of Secretary 10. Good of the Club
5. Report of the Treasurer 11. Adjournment
6. Report of President
Article XII. Finances
Section 1. The moneys of the corporation shall be deposited in the name of the corporation in such banks or other financial institutions as the Board of Directors shall designate.
Section 2. The adequate record shall be maintained which shall reflect the financial status of the corporation.
Section 3. The Board of Directors shall take action monthly on the expenditures or expenses of the corporation.
Section 4. All checks of the corporation, for payment of the moneys, shall be signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the President.
Section 5. At each regular meeting of the membership and Board of Directors, a financial report shall be given by the treasurer.
Article XIII. Fiscal Year
Section 1. The fiscal year of the corporation shall begin on the first day of January in each year and end on the last day of December in each year.
Section 2. The President will appoint an auditing committee of three responsible members to audit the books of the Treasurer two weeks prior to the end of the fiscal year. The books will then be turned over to the incoming Treasurer.
Article XIV. Seal
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall provide a corporate seal which shall be in the form of a circle and shall have inscribed thereon the name of the corporation and words "Corporate Seal, Danville, Illinois".
Article XV. Rules of Order
Section 1. The rules of parliamentary procedure as laid down in Roberts Rules of Order shall govern all meetings of the corporation, when not in conflict with the Certificate of Incorporation or By-laws.
Article XVI. Amendments
Section 1. The bylaws may be amended, repealed, or altered in whole or in part by a two-thirds majority vote of the members at any meetings called for the purpose of considering such change or modification of the bylaws.
Section 2. Written notice of such meeting, stating the time, place, and the purpose for which the meeting is called and stating the manner in which the bylaws are to be amended, repealed, or altered, shall be mailed to the membership not less than fifteen days before the date of such meeting.
Article XVII. Lifetime Members
Section 1. To become a Lifetime Member of the Illini Bass Club, he must be a member in good standing, age of 60 or older, been an active member in the club for 20 years and have served on the Board of Directors or has served on various committees in the club for no less than two terms; and be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the members at any meeting called for the purpose of considering a Lifetime Membership. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed to the membership not less than fifteen days before the date of such meeting. (Amended 12/07/2011)