BY-LAWS OF THE AMERICAN LINEBACK CATTLE REGISTRY
The American Lineback Cattle Registry, Inc. is a corporation established under the laws of the State of Vermont. The objectives are to establish and maintain registries of the various breeds of Lineback Cattle through-out North America, preserve and promote the breeds, and set standards for registry. This non-profit membership organization may engage in research, education, communication and all other acts necessary to promote the above purposes.
ARTICLE I – NON-PROFIT NON –STOCK
Section 1. The operation of said corporation is without stock and without profit. No pecuniary profit to be paid to any member thereof.
Section 2. The assets of the ALCR will be any property essential to the maintenance of the general operations.
Section 3. In the event of dissolution of this corporation, its assets shall be distributed only to one or more organizations described in Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
Section 4. In the event of dissolution of this corporation its records shall be deposited with one or more organizations.
ARTICLE II – ACCEPTANCE AND EXPULSION OF MEMBERS
Section 1. Any person may become a member of the ALCR by completing appropriate membership application and pay the appropriate dues to the registrant.
Section 2. Membership fees shall be paid annually and submitted to the treasurer of the corporation by the first of January.
Section 3. Membership fees shall be set according to the following categories:
A – Junior Membership (under 21 years of age, as of January 1st,) at one time fee of $20.00 with no voting privilege. *Must include date of birth on application
B – Individual Membership (single person over the age of 21) at annual fee of $20. This membership is granted 1 vote.
C – Family or Farm Membership (Individual, spouse, and children under 21 years of age) at annual fee of $30. This membership is granted 1 vote.
D – Lifetime Membership (Individual, spouse and only children under 21 years of age) at one time fee of $300. This membership is granted 1 vote.
Section 4. Members may be expelled from the corporation upon two thirds vote of the membership.
Section 5. Non-payment of membership fees shall offer sufficient grounds for termination of membership. A grace period of four months shall be provided before termination of the membership goes into effect.
Section 6. In order to be nominated to the Board of Directors, the nominee MUST be a current member, in good standing.
ARTICLE III – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The Directors of the corporation shall consist of seven members who shall be elected to the Board of Directors by the members at large of the corporation at the Annual Membership Meeting. Officers of the corporation shall be ex officio members of the Board of Directors, with full voting privileges.
Section 2. The Directors shall serve for three years in office, and not to exceed two consecutive terms.
Section 3. In the event of a vacancy, the Board of Directors shall appoint a person to fill the vacancy until the next Annual Meeting. A vacancy will be declared by a quorum of the Board if: (a) a Board member resigns; (b) a Board member fails without good cause to participate in the meetings of the Board.
Section 4. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for (a) Establishing policy for the corporation; (b) Developing an annual budget; (c) Developing projects to carry out the Board’s policy and evaluating said projects; (d) Chairing committees established by the Board; (e) Hiring senior staff necessary to implement projects of the board; (f) Approving contracts and grant applications, and authorizing expenditures; (g) Directing fundraising; (h) Promoting membership; (i) Participating at Director’s meetings; (J) Participating in annual review of Board membership; (k) The Board of Directors should be responsible for arranging for an audit of financial records whenever it is necessary.
ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS
Section 1. The Officers of the corporation shall consist of a President, Vice-President, a Recording Secretary and a Treasurer.
Section 2. Said Officers shall be selected annually by the members at the Annual Membership Meeting.
Section3. No Member may hold more than two Offices at one time. No Member shall serve as President or Vice-President for more than three consecutive terms.
Section 4. The duties of the Officers shall consist of the following; (a) The President shall call and run the meetings of the Board and regular or annual Membership Meetings and shall be responsible for setting the agenda of the said meeting; (b) The Vice-President shall assist the President and in the event of his /her absence shall run the meetings; (c) the Recording Secretary shall record and distribute the minutes of all Board and Annual Membership meetings; (d) The Treasurer shall oversee the deposit and payment of expenses and maintain the financial records of the organization.
ARTICLE V – MEETINGS
Section 1. The regular Annual Meeting of the corporation shall be held each year. The specific time and location of the meeting shall be decided by the Board of Directors or President. Notice of the date and place of the meeting shall be published by the Corporation not less than one month in advance of said meeting.
Section 2. Special meetings of the corporation may be called by the President, by any three of the Directors, or by any five members, upon notice, such notice to specify the date, hour and place of the holding of such meeting and the purpose or purposes thereof, and such notices shall be deposited in the United States Mail not less than five days before the date fixed for the holding of said meeting.
Section 3. The Directors shall meet at least twice a year. Minutes of the Directors Meetings shall be made available to all members of the corporation. A quorum, consisting of four Directors and an Officer, shall be necessary to conduct the business of the corporation.
Section 4. Special meetings of the Directors may be held upon notice specifying the date, hour and place of the holding thereof and the purposes of such meetings, mailed to each Director not less than fifteen day before the date fixed for such meeting, or (in the event of an emergency) communicated by telephone or personal contact, and such meeting may be called by the President or by any four Directors of the corporation.
ARTICLE VI – AMENDMENTS
Section 1. These By-Laws may be amended at any meeting of the Corporation, regular or special, by two-thirds vote of the members present at such meeting
Section 2. Proposed Amendments to the By-Laws shall be published by the corporation not less than one month in advance of the said meeting.
Section 3. Proposed amendments to the By-laws shall be published by the corporation not less than one month in advance of the said meeting.