FIFTY CALIBER SHOOTER'S ASSOCIATION, INC.
NAME AND OBJECTIVES
1. NAME: The name of the organization shall be known as the Fifty Caliber Shooter’s Association, Inc. (FCSA)
2. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this organization are to unite all persons within its jurisdiction and provide a vehicle for communication and competition to those people who enjoy all the sporting aspects of the .50 cal. BMG cartridge, and all wildcat derivatives of the .50 cal. BMG.
3. PRINCIPALS: The association is an incorporated non-profit organization founded and united by persons with mutual interests and acting in the spirit of cooperation to best promote their special interests and enjoyment.
4. HEADQUARTERS: The mailing address for the headquarters of this association shall be P.O. Box 111 Monroe, Utah 84754-0111 until changed at the direction of the President with the approval of a majority of the Board of Directors.
5. PUBLICATIONS: The official publication of the Fifty Caliber Shooter’s Association, Inc. (FCSA) shall be a periodical newsletter published four times a year or quarterly. The newsletter will be entitled Very High Power.
6. LOGO: The official logo of FCSA shall be the following design:
The FCSA shall govern the use of the logo.
1. MEMBERSHIP: The membership of the Fifty Caliber Shooter’s Association, Inc., is comprised of individuals as established by these By Laws.
2. There shall be three (3) classes of membership in the FCSA; member, associate members and affiliated organizations.
3. Members are those persons whose membership is paid and current. Members are encouraged to be current members of The National Rifle Association and shall be required to pay fees established by FCSA for participation in competitive shooting matches.
4. Associate members are spouses and children up to the age of eighteen (18) years who reside with the member, or members of the military service on active duty.
5. Affiliated organizations are those organizations that desire membership in FCSA for the purpose of receiving Very High Power magazine. Affiliated membership is restricted to recognized organizations and is not available to individuals.
6. Membership in FCSA shall not be restricted to any person or persons based on race, religion, sex, or political affiliation.
1. All organizations must hold an Affiliated Membership in order to host a sanctioned FCSA match.
Life memberships may be purchased at any age but a discount will be offered after sixty five (65) years of age.
2. Membership in FCSA as a member, established by payment of annual dues shall entitle each member to a one (1) year subscription, or four (4) issues of Very High Power, the FCSA periodical newsletter and to be eligible to compete in all FCSA sponsored shooting competitions. Members shall be eligible to hold elected office and vote on any matter before the membership, except for those items concerning the shooters only. All rule changes concerning the shooting matches can only be voted upon be those who shoot.
3. Membership in FCSA as an associate member, established by the payment of dues shall entitle associate members to participate in all FCSA shooting competitions, hold elected office and vote on any matter before the voting membership, but do not receive the quarterly VHP magazine.
4. The Board of Directors shall determine the amount of dues payable for each class of membership and the duration in time for each class. Special discounts will be made available to active duty members of the military.
5. Any member of FCSA who has received four (4) issues of Very High Power and has not paid a renewal of dues is in arrears and will be dropped from the mailing list by the Secretary/Treasurer. For purposes of match participation and voting, the member’s expiration date will determine eligibility.
AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY
1. The membership meeting shall, when in session, possess the power to amend these By Laws, elect officers and provide direction to the Board of Directors.
2. Subject to the authority of the membership meeting, the activities and affairs of FCSA shall be governed and all corporate powers exercised by the President under the direction of the Board of Directors.
3. The Executive Board shall be comprised of the President, Vice President, and one (1) Member of the Board of Directors selected by the President.
4. Subject to the authority of the Board of Directors, when the Board of Directors is not in session, the Executive Board shall have all the powers of the Board of Directors except as provided by these By Laws.
5. The Executive Board shall have no power to adopt, amend or suspend these By Laws or the direction of the Board of Directors.
6. Except as may be restricted by these By Laws, all members shall have the right to examine the records, accounting books, reports, and the minutes of the Board of Directors upon reasonable written and timely request at a place and time specified by the President or the Executive Board.
OFFICERS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE BOARD
1. The officers of the FCSA shall consist of an elected President, an elected Vice President, an appointed Secretary/Treasurer and one (1) appointed Editor of the FCSA newsletter.
2. The Board of Directors shall be comprised of the President, Vice President, Immediate Past President, the Secretary/Treasurer, the Editor, and eight (8) elected Directors at Large.
3. The President shall appoint a Secretary/Treasurer for a term of one (1) year subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. The Secretary/Treasurer will be non-voting members of the Board of Directors and will be standing members of the Executive Board.
4. The President shall appoint an Editor of the newsletter Very High Power for a term of one (1) year subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. The Editor shall be a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.
5. For the purpose of daily administration, the matters of business of the FCSA shall be governed and directed by the Executive Board.
1. The membership meeting shall be convened by the President at least once annually in conjunction with the "World Competition".
2. Written notice of the time and location of the membership meeting, applications for nomination to elected office and applications for recommended By Law changes shall be given to all members of FCSA in a copy of the newsletter Very High Power that precedes the "World Competition".
3. A quorum shall consist of the members present at the membership meeting.
4. All members and associate members are eligible to attend membership meetings.
5. Only members and associate members shall have the right to vote at the membership meeting.
6. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called for and presided over by the President and in his absence the Vice President.
7. Where practical, the location and time of all Board of Directors meetings will be published in advance in the newsletter Very High Power.
8. At any formal Meeting of the Board of Directors a quorum shall consist of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors, or at least six (6) voting members, except as provided by these By Laws.
9 Current members of FCSA shall be allowed to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors except as provided by these By Laws. FCSA members who are not members of the Board of Directors will only be allowed to address business to the Board of Directors, while they are in session, at the discretion of the President and in accordance with the rules established in Robert's Rules of Order.
10. Formal meetings of the Board of Directors are those meetings that have a published agenda prior to the meeting. Informal meetings do not require a published agenda.
11. Formal and Informal meetings of the Board of Directors may be held at the request of three (3) or more members of the Board of Directors. Decisions arrived at during informal meetings of the Board of Directors are not binding until those decisions are presented and ratified at a formal meeting of the Board of Directors.
1. The president shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors, Executive Board and membership meetings. He will perform such duties given to him by these By Laws and the Board of Directors. He shall be the spokesperson and the official representative of FCSA. He shall call meetings of the Board of Directors and will be a member of all appointed committees. He shall appoint or replace committee chairman’s as provided by these By Laws.
When the President is replaced by election, he will assume the role of Immediate Past President on the Board of Directors for one (1) year following his replacement as President. The Immediate Past President shall be a voting member of the Board of Directors.
2. The Vice President shall succeed the President should the presidency become vacant. He shall at the determination of the Board of Directors, assume the duties of the president in the absence of the president. The Vice President, upon direction of the President, shall be a member of any appointed committee.
3. The Secretary shall be responsible for the preparation and certification of the minutes of the Board of Directors and the Membership Meeting. He shall maintain custody of the Articles of Incorporation, By Laws, and Standing Rules of Shooting Competition. He shall be responsible for keeping an accurate record of the membership of the FCSA, receiving renewal of memberships, enrolling new members and deleting expired members. The Secretary shall be responsible for conduct of the FCSA’s elections each year. He shall also perform such other duties as may be delegated by the Board of Directors and/or the President.
4. The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of FCSA. He will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the fiscal policies of FCSA, these By Laws and the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall provide an annual financial statement of FCSA in the newsletter Very High Power that is published just before the "World Competition" each year.
5. A Director at Large shall perform the duties of a member of the Board of Directors, including duties as a member of any committee upon which he may be appointed to serve, in good faith and in a manner he believes to be in the best interest of FCSA. He will conduct himself with such care, including reasonable inquiry, as an ordinary prudent person in a like position would use under similar circumstances.
6. No officer, member of the Board of Directors or appointed member of a committee shall vote on any question before his committee or board in which they have a direct personal interest not common to other members of FCSA.
ELECTIONS/APPOINTMENTS / REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
1. Only individuals who are members of FCSA are eligible to hold elected office or positions appointed by the President.
2. The President and Vice President shall be elected by a majority of the votes cast by the voting membership during the election process as provided by these By Laws. The President and Vice President shall serve one (1) year terms. Directors at Large shall serve two (2) year terms. Four of the Directors at Large shall be elected each year beginning in the year 1993.
3. Nominations for President, Vice President and Directors at Large shall be submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer of FCSA by members and associate members of FCSA. Nominations must be received at FCSA in writing in a timely fashion prior to the publication of the issue of the FCSA newsletter Very High Power that precedes the election each year. Letters from those persons nominated indicating their willingness to accept the nomination must also be received at FCSA prior to the publication of the Very High Power newsletter before elections are held. Letters of acceptance or position statements by the candidates can be published in the issue of Very High Power preceding the election.
4. Nominees for any elected position within FCSA must include at least two (2) of the following ways they may be contacted by the membership of FCSA if they are elected. Home address, phone number at home, phone number at work, fax number or email address. The selected methods of contact shall be printed in each issue of the Very High Power magazine during their term of office if they are elected.
5. The elections will be conducted with each FCSA member receiving a ballot by mail from the Secretary/Treasurer listing all candidates for prospective positions. Members will vote for the candidates of their choice and return their ballots back to FCSA by mail for tabulation. The results of the election process will be announced at the membership meeting held in conjunction with the "World Competition".
6. All members and associate members of FCSA are eligible to vote in FCSA elections of officers, Directors at Large, proposed By Law changes and proposed Match Rules changes.
7. All newly elected Officers and Directors at Large shall take office at the close of the annual membership meeting.
8. Vacancies in any elected position can be filled within forty-five (45) days of the vacancy. A vacancy of the position of President shall be filled immediately by the Vice President. All other positions can be filled by appointment by the President.
9. Any officer or Director at Large may be reprimanded or removed from his position for any act that has been determined to be detrimental to FCSA by the Board of Directors, in the following manner.
A. A petition requesting a confidential investigation, signed by one third (1/3) of the members of the Board of Directors, shall be filed with the Secretary/ Treasurer or the Vice President if the Secretary/Treasurer is the person accused.
B. An investigation committee shall be appointed by the President, or by the Vice President if the President is the one accused.
C. The investigation committee shall inquire as to the specific allegations made against the accused individual(s). The committee shall conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations and report their findings to the Board of Directors in Executive session. After reviewing the investigative committee’s report, the Board of Directors may drop the allegations or allow the accused to present his views regarding the allegations. The Board of Directors, by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the board shall have the power then to dismiss the allegations, reprimand the accused (verbally or in writing) or remove from office the person accused. All written record of the investigation shall be sealed and remain the exclusive property of the Board of Directors.
FCSA Standing Committees and Chairman’s’ Duties
1. The President shall appoint five members of the FCSA to serve as chairman of five Standing Committees. Each chairman shall serve a one (1) year term, at the pleasure of the President, of the following committees:
FCSA By Laws Committee.
FCSA Competition Committee.
FCSA History Committee.
FCSA Match Committee.
FCSA Membership Committee
2. The FCSA By Laws Chairman will be the person of contact for members of FCSA to submit recommended By Law changes. The By Laws chairman shall write and submit an agenda of proposed By Law changes or additions to the Board of Directors in accordance with Article X. The By Laws chairman will be responsible to ensure that newly approved changes and deletions in the FCSA By Laws are submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer of the FCSA for him to maintain at the FCSA headquarters immediately after the annual membership meeting.
3. The Competition Rules Chairman shall serve as a person of contact for FCSA members who submit recommended changes to the FCSA shooting competition rules. The chairman shall submit all recommendations for match rule changes to the Board of Directors in accordance with Article X.
The Competition Rules Chairman shall hear all grievances filed by members of FCSA, regarding the rules of shooting competition at FCSA sanctioned shooting competitions. The Shooting Rules Chairman shall make a report to the Board of Directors with a recommendation of final judgment on all shooting competition grievances. Grievances shall be resolved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
4. The FCSA Historian shall record and compile all shooting records and equipment lists from all FCSA sanctioned matches. The Historian shall maintain a data base to minimally include; Names, Dates, Locations, Class, Scores, Equipment and Class Winners. The Historian will arrange for and provide all shooting awards for the ‘World Competition’. The Historian will provide all match record information to FCSA members and publish all World Records for all classes in the FCSA’s newsletter Very High Power.
5. The FCSA Match Chairman shall be the contact person for all matters relating to the conduct of regional FCSA shooting competitions and the conduct of the “World Competition”. All FCSA sanctioned shooting competitions shall be authorized, approved, and coordinated through the FCSA Match Chairman. All regional Match Directors shall work for and at the pleasure of the Match Committee Chairman. If possible, a schedule of sanctioned shooting competitions shall be submitted to the Editor for publication in the FCSA newsletter Very High Power.
6. The FCSA Membership Chairman will be the person of contact for expanding the membership of FCSA. It will be the duty of the Membership chairman to attract new members into the FCSA in a manner approved by the Executive Board.
BYLAW AMENDMENTS, RULES OF COMPETITION AND RULES OF ORDER
1. Proposed changes to these By Laws may be submitted by any member or associate member of FCSA. All proposed By Law changes must be submitted to the FCSA By Laws Chairman or a member of the Board of Directors prior to April 1st of the year in which the change will be considered at the annual membership meeting.
Proposed amendments to the FCSA Rules of Competition may be submitted by any member or associate member of FCSA. All proposed amendments to the FCSA Rules of Shooting Competition must be submitted to the FCSA Competition Rules Chairman or a member of the Board of Directors prior to April 1st of the year in which the amendment will be considered at the annual membership meeting.
2. Any member of the Board of Directors who receives a recommendation for a By Laws change shall submit the proposed By Law change to the FCSA By Laws Chairman.
Any member of the Board of Directors, who receives a recommendation for a change to the rules of competition, shall submit the proposed rules change to the FCSA Competition Rules Chairman.
3. The Board of Directors, after due consideration, may amend and/or reject all proposed By Laws and Rules of Competition changes. The Board of Directors shall make a recommendation to the FCSA membership on approved By Laws and Rules of Competition changes. The Board of Directors’ recommendation of the proposed changes to the By Laws and the Rules of Competition shall be published in an issue of the FCSA Newsletter Very High Power that precedes the annual membership meeting at which they will be considered. The President or the chairman of the By Laws Committee or the chairman of the Competition Rules Committee will present the opinion and recommendation of the Board of Directors to the FCSA membership at the annual membership meeting.
4. Amendments or suspensions to the FCSA Match Rules or FCSA By Laws require a two thirds (2/3) vote of the voting membership present at the annual membership meeting for passage. Only current or past FCSA match competitors are allowed to vote on amendments, changes or suspensions to the FCSA Match Rules of Shooting Competition. A match competitor is a current member of FCSA and who has competed in or is currently competing in a sanctioned FCSA shooting competition.
5. Any proposed change to the FCSA Rules of Shooting Competition or to the FCSA By Laws must be presented and petitioned at the annual membership meeting by the member recommending the proposed change or his designated representative. If the member or the member's representative is not present to defend his change, the change will not be considered.
6. Robert's Rules of Order, newly revised, shall govern in all cases not consistent with these By Laws.
As amended by the membership at the annual membership meeting at Raton, NM on 7 July 2006.
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