Piedmont Gun Club


Constitution

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2010

CONSTITUTION

PIEDMONT RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB, INC.

A/K/A PIEDMONT GUN CLUB

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C.

Affiliated with the

National Rifle Association

Civilian Marksmanship Program

International Benchrest Shooters

Constitution and By-Law Committee of the Piedmont Rifle and Pistol Club, INC.

Alwyn Brock

Fred Burgin Jr.

Bob Howard

Scott Walker

ARTICLE I

NAME

The name of the organization will be “Piedmont Rifle and Pistol Club, INC.”

A/K/A Piedmont Gun Club.

YEAR

The club shall run from January One to December Thirty First of each year.

ARTICLE II

OBJECT

The object of this organization shall be the encouragement of organized shooting and shooting sports among citizens of the United States, residents of our community, with a view toward a better knowledge

on the part of such citizens of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship. It shall be our further object and purpose to forward the development of the characteristics

Of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance, which are essentials of good

Sportsmanship and the foundation of true patriotism.

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ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

Any citizen of the United States, 21 years of age or over and subscribing to the following pledge may become a member of this organization.

THE NRA PLEDGE

I certify that I am a citizen of the United States of America and that I am not a member of any organization or group which has as any part of its program the attempt to overthrow the Government of the United States or any of its political subdivisions by force or violence; that I have never been convicted of a crime of violence, and if admitted to membership, I will faithfully endeavor to fulfill the obligations of good sportsmanship and good citizenship.

  1. Potential members must be present and present their application to the club to be

Considered for membership at a regular scheduled meeting with applicable fees attached.

  1. They would not attend the next monthly meeting at which time the vote would be taken for acceptance.
  2. Membership shall be decided by 2/3 vote of the club provided a minimum of 20% of the active members are present.
  3. The club shall vote on all new members by secret ballot.
  4. The club membership shall be limited to 100 active members.

TEMPORALLY INACTIVE

A Temporally Inactive member is a member who shall retain all rights and privileges of an active member except voting rights.

To become Temporally Inactive, member of the club shall vote on a member based on humanitarian health reasons.

  1. A Temporally Inactive member is a member owing no dues and membership fee is paid in full.
  2. Their shall be no yearly dues for Temporally Inactive members.
  3. Temporally Inactive status shall be reviewed on a yearly basis by the Executive Committee. Not to exceed three years. At the end of the three year time limit the club will decide what action to take.
  4. Temporally Inactive members that can wish to return to active membership can do so at any time, with payment of the current year’s dues.
  5. Their must be 20% of active club members for vote, majority vote to pass.
  6. The vote will be secret ballot.

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HONORARY

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Honorary Life Membership is an honorary position given to a member by the club.

  1. No more dues are required.
  2. There must be 20% of active club members for vote.
  3. Majority vote to pass
  4. The vote will be secret ballot.

TO DROP MEMBERSHIP

  1. Members must make a written request to the club.
  2. Their full membership fee and dues are paid in full.
  3. The request will be accepted.
  4. The club secretary will send a letter of acceptance to the individual.
  5. The club secretary will give a report to the club at the next meeting.

TO RETURN TO CLUB

  1. Should a previous member in good standing desire to return as an active member they must make a written request to the club.
  2. Submit a check for the first year’s dues. In the amount of current dues.
  3. Provided a vacancy exists.
  4. Membership shall be decided by a 2/3 vote of the club provided a minimum of 20% of the active members are present.
  5. Vote will be by secret ballot.

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ARTICLE IV

DUES AND INITIATION

Total Membership Fee $1,500.00

Time Payment Fee $250.00 plus 100% of yearly dues

Upon application to join the club, the Time Payment fee of $250.00 plus all the yearly dues shall accompany the application for membership.

  1. The remaining balance of membership fee [$1250.00] is payable within 5 years.
  2. A minimum of $250.00 per year is to be paid on membership fee and dues by each Individual member’s anniversary date. If payment is not received within 90 days after the anniversary date, the member will be dropped from the membership roster.
  3. Annual membership dues are due and payable in full on January one of each year.
  4. If dues are not paid by the close of the membership meeting in April, members will be dropped from the membership roster.
  5. In March the Executive Committee will review any hardship case and bring a recommendation before the members.

LEVY or ASSESSMENT

The club may levy an assessment or special tax or special club dues upon the membership.

  1. Provided 30% of active members plus 1 are present.
  2. A 2/3 majority to pass.
  3. The vote will be secret ballot.

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ARTICLE V

MEETINGS

The regular meeting of the club shall be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, at 7:00 p.m.

Regular club meetings shall be conducted as follows:

  1. Minutes of last club meeting.
  2. Financial report.
  3. Minutes of Executive Committee meetings.
  4. Old business.
  5. New business.
  6. Program (optional).
  7. December meeting – minutes and business may be dispensed with.

SPECIAL MEETING

A special meeting of the club may be held at any time upon the call of the President or upon the call of the Executive Committee.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Meetings of the Executive Committee shell be held at such time and place as the committee may determine.

  1. Special meeting may be held at any time on call of the President.
  2. Special meeting may be called on demand, in writing to the Secretary of the club, by three members of the Executive Committee.

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ARTICLE VI

OFFICERS

The officers of the club shall be a President, Vive-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Range Officers who acting together shall constitute the Executive Committee.

  1. Range Officers may be elected for each discipline.
  2. All officers shall be elected by a majority vote by ballot of members present at the November meeting of the club.
  3. They shall hold office one year or until their successors are elected.

ELECTION of OFFICERS

The President shall appoint a nominating committee of three people at the September meeting of the club. They shall present a slate of officers to be considered at the October meeting.

  1. Election of club officers will be in November.
  2. Nominations for officers may be made from the floor at the November meeting of the club.
  3. Each office shall be voted on separately.
  4. Vote shall be secret ballot if there is more than one candidate per office.
  5. Any officer, if elected, may succeed (himself / herself) until their successors are elected.
  6. The term of office for elected officers shall be from the meeting in January until the January meeting of the following year.

VACANCY in the EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A vacancy in the Executive Committee may be filled.

  1. If 20% of active club members are present at regular club meeting.
  2. A2/3 majority to pass.
  3. The vote shall be secret ballot.

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ACTICLE VII

DUTIES of OFFICERS

PRESIDENT

  1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the club and Executive Committee.
  2. (He / She) shall be member ex-officio of all regular and special committees.
  3. Shall perform all other duties as usually pertaining to such office.
  4. Appoint all committees.

VICE-PRESIDENT

  1. The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in (his / her) absence or at the request of the President.
  2. Will serve as Chairman of Program Committee.

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SECRETARY

  1. The Secretary shall conduct all official correspondence to the proper preparation and forwarding of all reports required of the club by the NRA.
  2. (He / She) shall after receiving funds from the Treasurer forward to the NRA the dues for the club.
  3. (He / She) shall notify the members of the Executive Committee of all meetings.
  4. Shall notify all members of special meetings, as required under Article V meetings and Article X amending the Constitution and By-Laws.
  5. (He / She) shall keep a true record of all meetings of the Executive Committee.
  6. (He / She) shall keep a true record of all meetings of the club.
  7. (He / She) shall have custody of the books and papers of the club, except the Treasurer’s books of accounts and check books.
  8. All applications for membership in the club shall be made to the Secretary.
  9. (He /She) shall be responsible for the collection of the membership fee and shall remit the same to the Treasurer upon membership approval.
  10. The Secretary shall send a dues reminder in January to all members.

TREASURER

  1. The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds of the club and place the same in such bank or banks as may be approved by the Executive Committee.
  2. Such money shall only be withdrawn by check signed by the Treasurer and for the payment of such bills as shall have been approved by the club, except that the Treasurer will immediately and without action draw checks for National membership fees in the NRA, such checks to be turned over to the Secretary for transmission to the NRA.
  3. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of all transactions and render a detailed report with vouchers at any meeting of the Executive Committee when requested.
  4. A monthly report to organization at its monthly meeting.
  5. At May and November meetings give a complete account of financial records and report number of members current.
  6. The Treasurer will record the anniversary date of all new members, to be able to track membership fee payments. [ARTICLE IV b]

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RANGE OFFICERS

  1. The Range Officers shall have charge of all instruction within their discipline.
  2. (He / She) shall have charge of the range of (his / her) discipline.
  3. The Range Officers shall work together to do shoot schedules so that matches shall not conflict between disciplines.
  4. Shall see that all ranges rules and fees are posted on the respective ranges.

ARTICLE VIII

SUSPENSION or EXPULSION

OFFICER REMOVAL

  1. Any officer may be removed by 2/3 vote of the members present at any regular monthly meeting.
  2. The individual officer or officers in question shall be given an opportunity to speak on their behalf if they so desire.
  3. There must be a minimum of 30% of active members present plus one.
  4. This vote shall be secret ballot.

MEMBER REMOVAL

  1. Any member may be suspended or expelled from the club for any cause deemed sufficient and recommended by the Executive Committee and voted on by the club membership.
  2. The individual member or members in question shall be given an opportunity to speak on their behalf if they so desire.
  3. There shall be a minimum of 30% of active members present and it must pass by 2/3 vote.
  4. The vote shall be secret ballot.

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ARTICLE IV

MATCH RULES

The sanctioning body shall govern all rifle, revolver, pistol and shotgun competition.

ARTICLE X

CONSTITUTION and By-LAW COMMITTEE

  1. There shall be a standing Constitution and By-Law Committee appointed by the President.
  2. Committee consisting of four (4) club members in good standing.
  3. The committee shall maintain and keep accurate and up to date copies of said documents.
  4. The committee should receive all suggestions for changes to the Constitution and By-Laws.
  5. Committee will make recommendations to the club on Constitution and By-Laws issues.

AMENDING the CONSTITUTION

  1. Any member of the club at a regular meeting may introduce amendments to this Constitution or at a special meeting called for that purpose.
  2. Any amendments introduced shall be voted on at the next membership meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose.
  3. A letter and or e-mail shall be sent out to all members of the club notifying of a Constitutional vote at the next meeting.
  4. The Constitution may be changed or amended with 20% of active members present plus one with 90% of members present voting in the affirmative.
  5. The vote shall be secret ballot.

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AMENDING the By-LAWS

  1. Any member of the club at a regular meeting may introduce amendments to the By-Laws or at a special meeting called for that purpose.
  2. Any amendments introduced shall be voted on at the next membership meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose as long as C, D and E below are met.
  3. A letter and or e-mail shall be sent out to all members of the club notifying of a By-Law vote at the next meeting.
  4. The By-Laws may be changed or amended with 20% of active members present with 2/3 of the members present voting in the affirmative.
  5. The vote shall be secret ballot.

ARTICLE XI

MEMBERSHIP and VOTEING PRECENTAGES

Membership and voting percentages to constitute a quorum are set that any fraction moves to the next higher person.

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ARTICLE XII

Member

(GRANDFATHERED)

From old inactive status

John McMahan

Member with all rights and privileges as an active member except.

No Voting rights.

Yearly dues are ½ that of an active member.

May return to active stasis with payment in full of current year’s dues.

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