P.A.P.S. Constitution, By-laws & Standing Resolutions

 

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as amended: April
8, 2006
CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS

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ARTICLE I  –  NAME AND OBJECTIVES

 

SECTION 1.     The
name of the club shall be “Papillon Association of Puget Sound.”

SECTION 2.     The
objects of the Club shall be:

   (a)  to encourage and
promote quality in the breeding of purebred Papillons and to do all possible
to bring their natural qualities to perfection;

   (b)  to urge members
and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by The American
Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Papillons shall
be judged;

   (c)  to do all in its
power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging
sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials;

   (d) to conduct sanctioned
and licensed specialty shows and obedience trials under the rules of the
American Kennel Club.

SECTION 3.     The
Club shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits
or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the Club shall inure
to the benefit of any member of individual.

SECTION 4.     The
members of the Club shall adopt and may from time to time revise such by-laws
as may be required to carry out these objectives.

 

BY-LAWS
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ARTICLE I  –  MEMBERSHIP

 

SECTION 1.     ELIGIBILITY.
There shall be three types of membership open to persons who are in good
standing with The American Kennel Club and subscribe to the purposes of
this Club. While membership is to be unrestricted as to residence, the
Club’s primary purpose is to be representative of the breeders and exhibitors
in its immediate area.

   (a) Active Membership. Open
to all persons who are 18 years of age or older and are U.S. residents.
Active members are eligible to vote, hold office and enjoy all the normal
duties, obligations and responsibilities of a member in good standing.

   (b) Associate Membership.
Open to all persons who are 18 years of age or older, including non-U.S.
residents. Associate membership includes all club privileges except voting
and holding office. Associate members do not count in determining a quorum.

   (c) Junior Membership. Open
to persons 10 through 17 years of age. Junior members cannot vote or hold
office, nor do they count in determining a quorum. A Junior member may
convert to Active or Associate membership upon reaching his/her 18th birthday.

SECTION 2.     DUES.
Active membership dues shall be $15.00 per year, payable on or before the
1st day of January of each year.  No member may vote whose dues are
not paid for the current year.  Associate and Junior membership dues
shall be $10.00 per year, payable on or before the 1st day of January of
each year. During the month of November, the Treasurer shall send to each
member a statement of his dues for the ensuing year. Only one (1) club
newsletter will be mailed to each household.

   Upon a recommendation from
the Board and approval by 2/3 of the membership, an annual assessment may
be required from the members and included with the collection of dues.

SECTION 3.     ELECTION
TO MEMBERSHIP.  Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form
as approved by the Board of Directors and which shall provide that the
applicant agrees to abide by these Constitution and By-Laws and rules of
the American Kennel Club.  The application shall state the name, address
and occupation of the applicant, and it shall carry the endorsement of
two members in good standing.  Accompanying the application, the prospective
member shall submit dues payment for the current year.

     All applications
are to be filed with the Secretary and each application is to be read at
the first meeting of the Club following its receipt.  At the next
Club meeting, the application will be voted upon by secret ballot, and
affirmative votes of 3/4 of the members present and voting at that meeting
shall be required to elect the applicant.

     Applicants for
membership who have been rejected by the club may not re-apply within six
months after such rejection.

SECTION 4.     TERMINATION
OF MEMBERSHIP.   Memberships may be terminated:

   (a)  by resignation.
Any member in good standing may resign from the club upon written notice
to the Secretary, but no member may resign when in debt to the Club.
Dues obligations are considered a debt to the Club and they become incurred
on the first day of each fiscal year;

   (b) by lapsing.  A membership
will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member’s
dues remain unpaid 90 days after the first day of the fiscal year; however,
the Board may grant an additional 90 days of grace to such delinquent members
in meritorious cases.  In no case may a person be entitled to vote
at any Club meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting;

   (c)  by expulsion.
A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of
these by-laws.

ARTICLE II  –
MEETINGS AND VOTING
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SECTION 1.
CLUB MEETING.  Meetings of the Club shall be held within the greater
Seattle area on every odd month at such date, place and hour as may be
designated by the Board of Directors.  Written notice of each such
meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least ten days prior to the
day of the meeting.  The quorum for such meetings shall be 20% of
the membership in good standing.

SECTION 2.     SPECIAL
CLUB MEETING.  Special club meetings may be called by the President,
or by a majority vote of the members of the Board who are present and voting
at any regular or special meeting of the Board; and shall be called by
the Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by five members of the
Club who are in good standing.  Such special meetings shall be held
within the greater Seattle area at such date, place and hour as may be
designated by the person or persons authorized herein to call such meetings.
Written notice of such a meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least
five 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
20% of the members in good standing.

SECTION 3.     BOARD
MEETINGS.   Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held
within the greater Seattle area every other month and may precede the general
meeting at such date, place and hour as may be designated by the Board.
Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at
least five days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such a
meeting shall be a majority of the Board.

SECTION 4.     SPECIAL
BOARD MEETINGS.  Special meetings of the Board may be called by the
President; and shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a written
request signed by at least three members of the Board.  Such special
meetings shall be held within the greater Seattle area at such date, place
and hour as may be designated by the person authorized herein to call such
meeting.  Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary
at least five days and not more than ten days prior to the date of the
meeting, or telegraphic notice shall be filed at least three days and not
more than five 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.  A quorum for such a meeting shall be a majority of the Board.

SECTION 5.     VOTING.
Each member in good standing whose dues are paid for the current year shall
be entitled to one vote at any meeting of the Club at which he is present.
Proxy voting will not be permitted at any club meeting or election.

ARTICLE III – DIRECTORS
AND OFFICERS
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SECTION 1.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  The Board shall be comprised of the President,
Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and three other persons all of whom
shall be members in good standing and all of whom shall be elected for
one-year terms at the Club’s annual meeting as provided in Article IV and
shall serve until their successors are elected.  General management
of the Club’s affairs shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors.

SECTION 2.     OFFICERS.
The Club’s officers, consisting of President, Vice-President, Secretary
and Treasurer shall serve in their respective capacities both with regard
to the Club and its meetings and the Board and its meetings.

   (a)  The President shall
preside at all meetings of the Club and of the Board, and shall have the
duties and powers normally appurtenant to the office of the President in
addition to those particularly specified in these By-laws.

   (b)  The Vice-President
shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case
of the President’s death, absence or incapacity.

   (c)  The Secretary shall
keep a record of all meetings of the Club and of the Board and of all matters
of which a record shall be ordered by the Club.  She shall have charge
of the correspondence, notify members of meetings, notify new members of
their election to membership, notify officers and directors of their election
to office, keep a roll of the members of the Club with their addresses,
and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these By-laws.

   (d)  The Treasurer shall
collect and receive all monies due or belonging to the Club.  She
shall deposit the same in a bank designated by the Board, in the name of
the Club.  The books shall at all times be open to inspection of the
Board and she shall report to them at every meeting the condition of the
Club’s finances and every item of receipt or payment not before reported;
and at the annual meeting she shall render an account of all monies received
and expended during the previous fiscal year.  The Treasurer shall
be bonded in such amount as the Board of Directors shall determine.

   (e)  The offices of
the Secretary and Treasurer may be held by the same person in which case
the Board shall be comprised of the officers and four other persons.

SECTION 3.     VACANCIES.
Any vacancies occurring on the Board or among the officers during the year
shall be filled until the next annual election by a majority vote of all
the then members of the Board at its first regular meeting following the
creation of such vacancy, or at a Special Board Meeting called for the
purpose; except that a vacancy in the office of the President shall be
filled automatically by the Vice-President and the resulting vacancy in
the office of the Vice-President shall be filled by the Board.

ARTICLE IV – THE CLUB
YEAR, ANNUAL MEETING, ELECTIONS      
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SECTION 1.
CLUB YEAR.   The Club’s fiscal year shall begin on the 1st day
of January and end on the 31st day of December.

     The Club’s official
year shall begin immediately at the conclusion of the election at the annual
meeting and shall continue through the election at the next annual meeting.

SECTION 2.     ANNUAL
MEETING.   The annual meeting shall be held in the month of November
at which Officers and Directors for the ensuing year shall be elected by
secret, written ballot from among those nominated in accordance with Section
4 of this Article.  They shall take office immediately upon the conclusion
of the election and each retiring officer shall turn over to his successor
in office all properties and records relating to that office within 30
days after the election.

SECTION 3.     ELECTIONS.
The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each
office shall be declared elected.  The three nominated candidates
for other positions on the Board who receive the greatest number of votes
for such positions shall be declared elected.

SECTION 4.     NOMINATIONS.
No person may be a candidate in a Club election who has not been nominated.
During the month of July the Board shall select a Nominating Committee
consisting of three members and two alternates, not more than one of whom
may be a member of the Board.  The secretary shall immediately notify
the committeepersons and alternates of their selection.  The Board
shall name a Chair for the Committee and it shall be her duty to call a
committee meeting which shall be held on or before August 15th.

   (a)   The Committee
shall nominate one candidate for each office and three candidates for the
three other positions on the Board, and after securing the consent of each
person so nominated, shall immediately report their nominations to the
Secretary in writing.

   (b)   The members
should be notified by the Secretary, in writing, of the committee’s slate
at least two weeks prior to the September meeting.

   (c)   Additional
nominations may be made at the September meeting by any member in attendance
provided the person so nominated does not decline when his/her name is
proposed, and provided further that if the proposed candidate is not in
attendance at this meeting, the proposer shall present to the Secretary
a written statement from the proposed candidate signifying his/her willingness
to be a candidate.  No person may be a candidate for more than one
position.

   (d)   Nominations
cannot be made at the annual meeting or in any manner other than provided
in this Section.

ARTICLE V  –
COMMITTEES
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SECTION 1.
The Board may each year appoint standing committees to advance the work
of the club in such matters as specialty shows, obedience trials, trophies,
annual prizes, membership and other fields which may well be served by
committees.  Such committees shall always be subject to the final
authority of the Board.  Special committees may also be appointed
by the Board to aid it on particular projects.

SECTION 2.     Any
committee appointment may be terminated by a majority vote of the full
membership of the Board upon written notice to the appointee; and the Board
may appoint successors to those persons whose services have been terminated.

 

ARTICLE VI – DISCIPLINE

 

SECTION 1.   AMERICAN KENNEL
CLUB SUSPENSION.  Any member who is suspended from the privileges
of the American Kennel Club automatically shall be suspended from the privileges
of this Club for a like period.

SECTION 2.   CHARGES.  Any
member may prefer charges against a member for alleged conduct prejudicial
to the best interests of the Club or the breed.  Written charges with
specifications must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary together with
a deposit of $10.00 which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained
by the Board following a hearing.  The Secretary shall promptly send
a copy of the charges to each member of the Board or present them at a
Board meeting, and the Board shall first consider whether the actions alleged
in the charges, if proven, might constitute conduct prejudicial to the
best interests of the Club.  If the board considers that the charges
do not allege conduct which would be prejudicial to the best interests
of the Club, it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction.  If the Board
entertains jurisdiction of the charges, it shall fix a date of a hearing
by the Board not less than three weeks nor more than six weeks thereafter.
The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused
member by registered mail together with a notice of the hearing and an
assurance that the defendant may personally appear in his own defense and
bring witnesses if he wishes.

SECTION 3.   BOARD HEARING.
The Board shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend
the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly
in that regard.  Should the charges be sustained, after hearing all
the evidence and testimony presented by complainant and defendant, the
Board may by a majority vote of those present suspend the defendant from
all privileges of the Club for not more than six months from the date of
the hearing.  And, if it deems that punishment insufficient, it may
also recommend to the members that the penalty be expulsion.  In such
cases, the suspension shall not restrict the defendant’s right to appear
before his fellow members at the ensuing Club meeting which considers the
Board’s recommendation.  Immediately after the Board has reached a
decision, its finding shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary.
The Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the Board’s
decision and penalty, if any.

SECTION 4.   EXPULSION.
Expulsion of a member from the Club may be accomplished only at a meeting
of the Club following a Board hearing and upon the Board’s recommendation
as provided in Section 3 of this Article. Such proceeding may occur at
a regular or special meeting of the Club to be held within 60 days but
not earlier than 30 days after the date of the Board’s recommendation of
expulsion.  The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in
his/her own behalf, though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting.
The President shall read the charges and the Board’s findings and recommendations,
and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his own behalf
if he wishes.  The meeting shall then vote be secret written ballot
on the proposed expulsion.  A 2/3 vote of those present and voting
at the meeting shall be necessary for expulsion.  If expulsion is
not so voted, the Board’s suspension shall stand.

ARTICLE VII  –
AMENDMENTS
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SECTION 1.  Amendments to the
Constitution and By-laws may be proposed by the Board of Directors or by
written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by 20% of the membership
in good standing.  Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly
considered by the Board of Directors and must be submitted to the members
with recommendations of the Board by the Secretary for a vote within three
months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary.

SECTION 2.   The Constitution
and By-laws may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the members present and voting
at any regular or special meeting called for the purpose, provided the
proposed amendments have been included in the notice of the meeting and
mailed to each member at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting.

 

ARTICLE VIII  –  DISSOLUTION

 

SECTION 1.   Dissolution.
The Club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less
than 2/3 of the members.  In the event of the dissolution of the Club
other than for purposes of reorganization, whether voluntary or involuntary,
or by operation of law, none of the property of the Club nor any proceeds
thereof for any assets of the Club shall be distributed to any members
of the Club, but after payment of the debts of the Club, its property and
assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the benefit of dogs
selected by the Board of Directors.

 


ARTICLE IX  –  ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

SECTION 1.   At meetings of the
Club, the order of business, so far as the character and nature of the
meeting may permit, shall be as follows:

 Roll Call

 Minutes of last meeting

 Report of President

 Report of Secretary

 Report of Treasurer

 Report of Committees

 Election of Officers and Board (annual
meeting)

 Election of new members

 Unfinished business

 New business

 Adjournment

 

SECTION 2.   At meetings of the
Board, the order of business, unless otherwise directed by the majority
vote of those present, shall be as follows:

 

 Reading of minutes of last meeting

 Report of Secretary

 Report of Treasurer

 Reports of Committees

 Unfinished business

 New business

 Adjournment

 

 

ARTICLE X
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SECTION 1.   The rules contained
in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall
govern the club in all cases to which they are applicable and in which
they are not inconsistent with these by-laws and any special rules of order
the Club may adopt.

 


 

Standing
Resolutions
SR #1 

Adopted: Jan 2002

The Conformation Show Chairperson, Assistant
Showperson, and anyone living in their household will not exhibit or have
a dog in their name exhibited at this show. A statement to this effect
must appear in the premium list.

SR #2

Adopted: Sept 2006

It is understood that the Papillon Association
of Puget Sound is a working club wherein all members are expected to contribute
to the Club’s activities to the best of their ability.

Therefore, club members, particularly those
who will be signing as sponsor, will make a potential applicant aware of
this provision.

Before being given an application, the
person must attend two meetings within a 12 month period. At the END of
their second meeting attendance, the application may be turned in to the
secretary.

SR #3  –  CHALLENGE TROPHY

Adopted: Sept 2006

1. A Challenge Trophy shall be offered
by the Club to the Best of Breed winner at its annual specialty show.

2. At the Club’s expense, each year’s Best
of Breed winner will be given a photograph of their win which will include
the trophy.

3. The Club shall engrave each year’s winner
on the trophy base.

4. The Club shall purchase an insurance
rider for its appraised value to cover loss or damage to the trophy.

5. The trophy will remain in the Club’s
possession until permanent possession occurs.

6. For permanent possession, the trophy
must be won three times by the exact same owner(s), not necessarily with
the same dog nor at consecutive shows.

SR #4 – JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP AWARD

Adopted: November 2006

In recognition of Junior Showmanship achievement,
the Club will award $350 to any Junior member who has met the requirements
to enter either Westminster Kennel Club or the AKC/Eukanuba Invitational,
and competes at either event. The qualifying wins and subsequent competition
must be made with a Papillon. The money will be awarded after they have
competed and the Junior will be requested to report on the experience before
the membership.

SR #5 – ANNUAL AWARDS

Adopted: November 2008

Amended: March 2013 (effective Jan 1,
2013)

Awards will be based on the calendar year
starting on January 1 and ending on December 31 of that same year. 

Eligible dogs and bitches must be Owned
or Co-owned by a PAPS member. 

To be eligible for these awards the Owner
and/or Co-owner of the dog or bitch must be a member in good standing with
the Papillon Association of Puget Sound (PAPS) and in good standing with
the American Kennel Club (AKC.) 

The awards will be given at the Annual
dinner meeting. 

Any member actively campaigning a dog or
bitch during the calendar year shall not be a member of the committee.

Section 1. Breed Awards 

PAPS will offer an award for the Top Dog
and the Top Bitch. 

The dog or bitch must have been owned or
co-owned on January 1, or from the date of birth, and continuously through
December 31 to be eligible for this award.

This will be a yearly award using total
number of Breed dogs defeated. Both Best of Breed and Best of Opposite
Sex points will be counted. It is the sole responsibility of the Owner
or Co-owner to supply the committee with a list of each win and points
obtained no later than December 31 of the year eligible. 

The wins must be tallied using the example
shown on Addendum A to this Standing Resolution.

In case of a tie Select Dog or Bitch wins
will be used counting one (1) point for each win.

Section 2. New Titles 

An award for any AKC title achieved during
the calendar year will be given upon proof of title as supplied by the
owner of the dog. Proof will consist of a copy of the title certificate
sent to the owner from AKC. The owner is solely responsible for notifying
the club no later than December 31 the same year the title is won.

 


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