If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
-Doug Larson

Metroplex Bass Assassins
By-Laws

Article I – Name and Purpose

Section 1:  Name
This club shall be known as Metroplex Bass Assassins.  Our members are located in and around the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex, with the club based in Keller, Texas.  

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. To detect and report any polluter and call public and political attention to his/her crime.  To improve our skill as bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchange of expert bass-catching techniques and ideas, and to promote and encourage youth fishing and a love for this great recreation.  

Article II – Membership


Section 1:  Number of Members

The club shall begin with and maintain at least six (6) members.​​

Section 2:  Requirement for Regular Membership

To become a club member, a person shall:
Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.​
Be recommended by two members at a regular monthly club meeting.
Be voted on by the membership.

 
Section 4:  Membership Dues

The membership dues shall be $40 annually, initially payable upon being voted into the club.  At the halfway point of the regular season, dues are reduced to $20.00.

Section 5:  Meetings of Members

The membership shall hold regular meetings, on the first (1st) Wednesday of every month.  the meetings may be held in various locations, rotating between the metroplex area.
 
ARTICLE III – Officers, Elections, Vacancies, and Eligibility


Section 1:  Officers shall conduct the affairs of the club in a manner consistent with these bylaws.

  
Section 2:  Officers and their Duties
The officers of the club shall consist of:
President:  Preside over all meetings and direct all official business.  Appoint and be an ex-officio member of all committees.  Supervise all club functions.  Be the stand in for the vice president if he/she is not available during the weigh in of scheduled club, fun, or open tournaments hosted by the club throughout the year.  
Vice President:  Assist the president in his/her duties and preside in the absence of the president. He/she shall also take charge of the weigh in of scheduled club, fun, or open tournaments hosted by the club throughout the year, in essence, the tournament director.  As such, his duties will also include scheduling the dates, times, and launch sites of the voted in lakes for all tournaments.  Measures and weighs fish, maintains club scales and weigh station, entry fees and dispenses winnings at each scheduled club, fun, or open tournament during the year.  

Secretary:  Maintain accurate minutes of all regular and special meetings as called for by the club president.  To work with the treasurer in planning our annual banquet / Christmas party, and award ceremony.
Treasurer/Webmaster:  Collect and disburse all monies.  Maintain accurate financial records and present a current balance report at each regular meeting.  Prepare an annual audit for the review by the club board of directors.  To work with the secretary in planning the annual club banquet, Christmas party and award ceremony. To ensure web presence is upheld in efforts to drive both club engagement as well as marketing to prospective new members in the metroplex fishing community.  Can be called upon to act as an assistant to the tournament director. 


Section 3:  Elections
The election of officers shall be held annually, at a regular meeting during the month of November.  Election shall be by simple majority of members present.  Election for each officer shall be held separately in the order listed in ARTICLE III, Section 2.

Section 4:  Eligibility of Vote
Each member is entitled to one vote.  Proxy votes are not permitted.

 
Section 5:  Term of Office
The term of office is for one (1) year, which shall begin on January 1st and end on December 31st or until the successor assumes the office and duties.


Section 6:  Vacancies
In the event of an office becoming vacant, nominations shall be asked for and an election held to fill the unexpired term of the individual vacating the office at the next regularly scheduled club meeting, following the announced vacancy.

 
Section 7:  Eligibility for Holding Office.
To be eligible for an office, a member must:
Have been a member in good standing for six (6) months.  
Have attended at least 75% of the club meetings and 75% of the club functions during a twelve (12) month period.
Have shown an active interest in all club functions.

ARTICLE IV - Standing Committees
All standing committees will serve for one year or until a new committee is appointed. The terms of the committee members will coincide with that of the president.  Each committee shall elect a chairman.
Board of Directors:  The board of directors will consist of seven (7) members:  president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, immediate past president providing available, and/or enough at large members to total seven (7), the at large members elected by majority vote of the members present at the November meeting. The president will call all meeting of the board of directors and preside at such meetings. The secretary will record the minutes of these meetings. The board will rule on all tournament rules infractions, club bylaws violations, and all protests when appropriately received. The board will develop agendas for the monthly meetings.​

ARTICLE V – Removal of Membership

Section 1:  Removal of Membership
Members may be dropped from the membership roll for the following reasons:
Failure to pay dues.
Any action that would reflect dishonor and disgrace on the club.
Failure to attend 50% of club meetings and 50% of club functions during a 12-month period.
Military deployment exempt.
Removal of a member must be the result of a majority vote of active club members.


ARTICLE VI – Method of Amending the Bylaws


Section 1:  Amending the Bylaws
The bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a majority vote of the members present, provided written notice of the proposed amendment has been presented to the membership at least a wekk prior to the vote taking place. 

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