Constitution and Bylaws

PALM BAY BASSMASTERS

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

ARTICLE I      NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1 – Name

This Club shall be called the PALM BAY BASSMASTERS of Palm Bay, Florida.

Section 2 – Purpose

To stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport.  To offer our State Conservation Department our organized moral and political support and encouragement.  To promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards and legal enforcement of existing regulatory.  To detect and report any polluter and call public attention to his crime. To improve our skill as bass anglers through fellowship and friendly exchange of expert bass catching techniques and ideas and a love for this great recreation.

Section 3 – Affiliations

The Club will maintain 100% BASS membership at all times.

A complete roster of all members will be submitted to BASS and the Florida BASS Federation Nation once per year following the election of club officers.

The Palm Bay Bassmasters will support any State Federation conservation and youth programs.

ARTICLE II      MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 – Number of Members

Total General Membership shall not exceed forty (40) members.

At no time shall new applicants be granted membership if doing so would cause the number of non-boaters to exceed the number of boaters currently in the club.

Section 2 – Requirements for Membership

To become a member a person shall:

  • Be at least Sixteen (16) years of age.
  • Submit an application at a regular meeting of the club.
  • Be voted in by a two thirds majority of the members present at the meeting.

Section 3 – Removal from Membership

An individual’s membership may be revoked if two (2) club members make a complaint against a member and recommend expulsion from the Club.  At the following club meeting a vote will be taken. A majority will determine if membership will be revoked. The person who is up for removal will be allowed to defend himself before the vote.  

Membership may also be revoked for: failure to pay dues on a timely basis, non-support of the Club, or any action which would reflect dishonor and/or disgrace on the Club.  A member charged with any of these may have his case reviewed by a committee appointed by the President consisting of at least two (2) elected officers and three (3) members in good standing. Regarding non-support of the Club, the committee shall consider attendance at club meetings and participation in Club functions.  A member being reviewed shall be given an opportunity to defend himself before the committee prior to recommendations to the Club, as well as before the Club membership prior to any vote. Removal of a member shall then require a majority vote by the membership present at a regularly scheduled meeting before removal is final.

Section 4 – Membership dues

The membership dues shall be Sixty dollars ($60.00) annually.

After the 5th tournament of the season, new members may join for the reduced rate of $35.

Section 5 – Member Meetings

A meeting of the general membership shall be held prior to each tournament, or as directed by the President and/or Executive Committee.

ARTICLE III      OFFICES AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1 – Officers and their duties

Officers shall consist of:

  • President

Shall preside at all meetings of the membership and of the Executive Committee. Shall be official spokesman for the club. Shall chair the Executive Committee. Shall appoint chairmen of the committees not provided for herein.

  • Vice President

Shall assist the President when directed by the President.  Shall fulfill the duties of the President if the President is temporarily absent. Shall serve on the Executive Committee.

  • Treasurer

Shall be responsible for all fiscal matters of the Club, and report to the Club at every meeting on the financial status of the Club.  Shall serve on the Executive Committee.

  • Secretary

Shall be responsible for recording the minutes of all meetings of the membership and of the Executive Committee, and shall present those minutes to the membership at the following meeting.  

Shall be responsible for the preparation of all correspondence of the club.  

Shall be responsible for archiving and maintaining the official records of the club, including but not limited to the Constitution and Bylaws, the Tournament Rules, and records of all changes made thereto.

Shall be responsible for archiving monthly financial statements and financial reports from the Treasurer.

Shall be responsible for ensuring that archives mentioned above are available for review by club members.  

Shall serve on the Executive Committee.

  • Tournament Director

Shall serve on the Executive Committee.

Shall be responsible for all things related to the operation of the Palm Bay Bassmasters tournament trail.

Shall be responsible for ensuring adherence by all club members to the PBBM Tournament Rules.

Shall be responsible for interpreting said rules to the best of his ability, and in the best interest of the Club.

Shall be responsible for making and enforcing final decisions with respect to all things tournament-related.

  • Directors at Large (Optional, not more than two)

Shall serve on the Executive Committee and perform other duties as directed by the President.

Section 2 – Eligibility to Hold Office

To be eligible to hold office a member must:

  • Have been a member in good standing for three (3) months, except for the office of President.  To be eligible for the office of President one must have been a member in good standing for a period of one year.
  • Have attended at least three (3) quarters of the Club meeting and three (3) quarters of the club functions.

Section 3 – Election of Officers

Election of officers shall be held annually at the August regular Club meeting.  Election shall be by a simple majority of members present. Election of each officer shall be held separately in the order listed in ARTICLE III, Section 1.

At the discretion of the Executive Committee and with the concurrence of a majority of members voting:

(a) The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be held concomitantly by the same individual.

(b) One or both of the offices of Director at large may be left vacant if such action is deemed appropriate.

Section 4 Eligibility to Vote for Officers

Each member in good standing is entitled to one vote.  Proxy votes are not permitted.

Section 5 – Term of Office

The term of office is for one year, which shall begin on December 1 and end on November 30, or when the successor assumes office.

Section 6 – Vacancies

In the event an office becomes vacant, nominations shall be asked and an election held to fill unexpired term of the individual vacating the office.

ARTICLE IV      EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1 – Executive Committee

  • The Executive Committee shall consist of all the elected officers of the Club and shall be the governing body of the Club.
  • The Executive Committee shall meet at such time and place as directed by the President.
  • Three quarters of the members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for a committee meeting.
  • The Executive Committee shall have the sole right to decide on all motions made and seconded at regular meetings and on all issues affecting the Club with the following exceptions:
  • Those motions or issues which would make the Club liable for more than one hundred dollars ($100.00).
  • Those motions for amending the Constitution and Bylaws of the Club.
  • Those motions for election or removal of officers.
  • Those motions or issues which three quarters of the members of the Executive Committee desire be voted on by the membership at a regular meeting.

ARTICLE V      AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION

Section 1 – Amending the Constitution

The Constitution may be amended at any regular meeting by a two thirds majority vote of the members present, provided notice of the proposed amendment (s) has been presented to the membership at least one (1) regular meeting prior to the vote.

AMENDMENTS
The following amendments will supersede the applicable sections of the Constitution and By-Laws.