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In our club we have currently have 4 types of memberships which I will list below with their descriptions. I will also add the meeting section below that in case it will help answer the question My question is, do associate and breeder sponsored membership retain the right to attend meetings? Clearly they do not have the right to vote, but are they allowed to attend and possibly be heard? Would love to hear answers as I cannot find in the RONR where this is addressed except for a blurb about making distinctions in bylaws. Would appreciate any and all thoughts on this. Thanks in advance. SECTION I. Eligibility. There shall be four types of membership open to all friends of the breed, 18 years of age and older who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of PWDCGC: Single, Family, Associate, and Breeder-Sponsored membership. Membership – That Membership as described in SECTION III of this ARTICLE. While membership is to be unrestricted as to residence, the Club’s primary purpose is to be representative of pet owners, exhibitors, and breeders in the greater Chicagoland area. SECTION II. Dues. Membership dues shall not exceed $50.00 per year, payable on or before the 1st day of June each year. The Board of Directors may adopt such dues policies for purposes of partial year membership and reduced dues from membership as it deems appropriate, but not to exceed the maximum amount herein specified. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for a current year. During the month of April, the Treasurer, or designee, shall send to each member a statement of dues for the ensuing year. SECTION III. Election to Membership. Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Board of Directors and shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the Constitution and By-laws of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Greater Chicagoland, and the rules of the American Kennel Club and the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, Inc. The application shall state the name, address, and interests of applicant and it shall carry the endorsement of two members in good standing. Accompanying the application, the prospective members shall submit dues payment for the current year.All applications are to be filed with the Secretary and each application is to be read and voted upon at the first meeting of the club following its receipt. At the next Club meeting, the application will be voted upon. The affirmative votes of 2/3 of the membership present and voting at that meeting shall be required to elect the applicant. Single membership with all rights, privileges, and responsibilities has one vote at PWDCGC meetings; member must be present to vote. Family membership with all rights, privileges, and responsibilities has up to two votes at PWDCGC meetings; member(s) must be present to vote. Associate membership will receive Shorelines and be able to attend Club sponsored events, but will not have voting rights and will not be able to hold office. Breeder Sponsored membership will be for the balance of the current membership year. Breeder Sponsored membership will receive the Shorelines and be able to attend Club sponsored events, but will not have voting rights and will not be able to hold office. Applicants for membership who have been rejected by the Club may not re-apply within six months after such rejection. SECTION I. Club Meetings. The Club shall have three general meetings during the year. The meeting in the 4th quarter shall be for the purpose of Election of Officers and Directors. This meeting shall be held during the month of October. This meeting shall be held within the greater Chicago area at such hour and place designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such a meeting shall be no less than 20% of the voting members in good standing. SECTION II. Special Club Meetings. Special Club meetings may be called by the President, or by a vote of the members of the Board of Directors who are present and voting at any regular or special meeting of the Board. Such Special Meetings shall be held within the greater Chicago area at such place, date and hour as may be designated by the person or persons authorized herein to call such meetings. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least 5 days and not more than 15 days prior to the date of the meeting, and said notice shall state the purpose of the meeting, and no other Club business may be transacted thereat. The quorum for such a meeting shall be no less than 20% of the voting memberships in good standing. SECTION III. Board Meetings. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held quarterly or more frequently within the greater Chicago area at such hour and place as may be designated by the Board. Meetings may not be held by telephone or fax. Board of Directors meetings may conduct meetings via videoconferencing and teleconferencing. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed or emailed by the Secretary at least 5 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such a meeting shall be a majority of the Board. SECTION IV. Special Board Meetings. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President; or may be called by the Secretary upon receipt of written request signed by at least three members of the Board. Such special meetings shall be held within the greater Chicago area at such place, date and hour as may be designated by the person authorized to call such meeting. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed or emailed by the Secretary at least 5 days and not more than 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. Any such notice shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other business shall be transacted thereat. The quorum for such meeting shall be a majority of the Board. SECTION V. Voting. Each member in good standing whose dues are paid for the current year shall be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Club at which they are present as per the membership paid (either single or family, as stated in ARTICLE I SECTION III). Proxy voting will not be permitted at any Club meeting or election.
Several years back, allegheny county (pa) enacted clean air laws for bars, restaurants and clubs. Certain establishments were eligible for exemption from this, however paperwork had to be filed with the county indicating intent. Our club members chose to remain smoking, the board voted and the paperwork was filed. The current board has decided to overturn this decision to the dismay of many regular members. Is this allowed? Can one board overturn another boards decision? One which will surely effect the club financially? Several members have already indicated they will not come down anymore and will be asking for a refund of their dues? The members have started a petition, to which some of the board said is illegal? Can this be right? Please...any help with this would be greatly appreciated!