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The name of the Corporation shall be The Greater Pittsburgh Dalmatian Club.
The term Club shall refer to the Corporation, whereas the corporation is a
membership corporation, not for profit, to be operated as a club with full
powers to do all things authorized by the statutes of the commonwealth of
- To encourage and promote through education the breeding of quality
pure-bred Dalmatians and to do all possible to bring their natural
qualities to perfection;
- To urge members and hobby breeders to accept the standard of the breed
as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence
by which Dalmatians shall be judged
- To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the
breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows
- To conduct sanctioned and licensed Specialty shows under the rules of
the American Kennel Club.
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
insure to the benefit of any member of individual.
There shall be one type of membership open to all natural persons (18)
eighteen years of age and older who are in good standing with the American
Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this Club. There shall be
one type of membership open to all natural persons who have not reached
their eighteenth ( 18) birthday, but who are at least ten years of age;
Junior members shall have all rights or privileges of membership, except
that of the right to vote.
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
- The Club will not accept application for membership from those persons
who do not fulfill the purposes as outlined in Article 1, Section 3, or
from those persons who sell their stock to persons who do not fulfill the
purposes as outlined in Article 1, Section 3.
- The Club will not accept application for membership from those who
permit their dog's stud services to be available through negotiations
arranged by any person or persons who would not be eligible for membership
as stated in Article II, Section 1(a).
||Dues (Amended November 20, 1976)
Dues shall be determined annually for the forthcoming year by the Board of
Directors; subject to the approval of a majority of those present at the
next general Membership Meeting.
||Election to Membership
Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form, as approved by the
Board of Directors, which shall provide that the applicant agree to abide by
this Constitution and By-Laws, and the 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. Accompanying
the application, the prospective member shall submit dues payment for the
All applications are to filed with the Secretary and each application is to
be read at the first meeting of the Club following its receipt. Prior to
this meeting, a listing of the new member applications will be mailed to the
membership, along with notification of the meeting, so that the membership
will be prepared to vote on the applications at that meeting. An affirmative
vote of three-fourths (3/4)of the members present at that meeting shall be
required to elect the applicant as a member.
Applicants for membership, who have been rejected by the Club, may not
re-apply within six months after such rejection.
||Termination of Member
Memberships may be terminated:
- 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.
- 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 for payment by 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.
- By Expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided
in Article VII of this Constitution and By-Laws.
MEETING & VOTING
Meetings of the Club shall be held at a convenient location in or near the
City of Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania, during the months of January, March, May,
July, September, and November in each year, at such date, hour and place as
may be designated by the President. 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 a meeting shall be three-fourths (3/4) of the
members present at the meeting.
||Special Club Meetings
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, or 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 at a convenient location in or near the City of
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and at such hour and place as shall be designated
by the person or persons authorized herein to call such meetings. Written
notice of such meetings shall be mailed by the Secretary at least five (5)
days and not more than fifteen (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 a Special Meeting shall
be three-fourths(3/4) of the members present.
||Board Meetings (Amended March 19,
Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at a convenient location in
or near the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania bi-monthly at such date, hour
and place as may be designated by the President. Such regular Board Meetings
shall be held prior to the regular meetings of the membership. Written
notice of each Board Meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least five
(5) days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for a Board Meeting
shall be three-fourths (3/4) of the Board members present at the meeting.
||Special Board Meetings
Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President or by the
Secretary upon receipt of a written request signed by at least three (3)
members of the Board. Such special meetings shall be held at a convenient
location in or near the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and at such hour
and place as may be designated by the person authorized herein to call such
meeting. Written notice of such meetings shall be mailed by the Secretary at
least five (5) and not more than ten (10) days prior to the date of the
meeting, or Telegraphic notice shall be filed at least three (3) days and
not more than five (5) 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 a Special Board Meeting shall be
three-fourths(3/4) of the Board members present at the meeting.
DIRECTORS & OFFICERS
||Board of Directors (Amended March 19,
The Board shall be comprised of the President, Vice President, Recording
Secretary, Corresponding Secretary/Treasurer, all of whom shall be elected
for one year terms at the Club's Annual Meeting, as provided in Article V;
and three other persons to be known as Directors, who shall be elected at
the Annual Meeting. General management of the Club's affairs shall be
entrusted to the Board of Directors, unless overruled by three-fourths
(3/4)of the voting members present at the next meeting.
||Officers (Amended March 19, 1995)
The Club's officers, consisting of the President, Vice President, Recording
Secretary,Corresponding Secretary/Treasurer shall serve in their respective
capacities both with regard to the Club and its meetings and the Board and
- 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 President, in addition to those specified in this Constitution
- The Vice President shall have the power and exercise the duties of the
President in cases of the President's death, absence or incapacity.
- The Recording 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.
- The Corresponding Secretary shall have the 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 this Constitution and
- The Treasurer shall collect and receive all money dues or belonging to
the Club and receipt thereof. He,/she shall deposit the same in a bank
satisfactory, to the Board, in the name of the Club. His/she books shall,
at all times, be open to inspection by the Board and he/she shall report
to them at every meeting, the condition of the Club's finances and every
item of receipt or payment not previously reported; and at the Annual
Meeting, he/she shall render an account of all money received and expended
during the previous fiscal year.
Any vacancies occurring on the Board during the year, shall be filled for
the unexpired term of office by a majority vote of all the members of the
Board at its first regular meeting following the creation of such a vacancy.
THE CLUB YEAR, ANNUAL MEETING, ELECTION
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 in March and shall
continue through the election at the next Annual meeting in March.
The Annual Meeting shall be held during the month of March, and shall be
called in accordance with the requirements and provisions as set forth for
regular meetings in Article III, Section 1.
||Nominations (Amended March 19, 1995)
No person may be a candidate in a Club election who has not been nominated.
No person may be a nominated candidate in a Club election who has not
attended a minimum of four meetings during the current year.
During the month of November, the Board shall select a nominating committee,
consisting of three members and two alternates, not more than one of whom
shall be a member of the Board. The Corresponding Secretary shall
immediately notify the committee and the alternates of their selection. The
Board shall name a Chairman for the committee and it shall be his/her duty
to call a committee meeting which shall be held on or before November 25th.
- The committee shall nominate one candidate for each office and such
candidates as are required for the other positions on the Board, as
provided in Article IV, Section I and after securing the consent of each
person so nominated, shall immediately report their nominations to the
Secretary in writing.
- Upon receipt of the nominating committee's report, the Corresponding
Secretary shall on or before January 3rd, notify each member in writing of
the candidates so nominated.
- Additional nominations may be made at the January meeting, by any
member in attendance, provided that the person so nominated does not
decline when his name is proposed, and provided further that if the
nominated candidate is not in attendance at this meeting, his nominator
shall present to the Recording Secretary, a written statement from the
nominated candidate signifying his willingness to be a candidate.
Additional nominations which are provided herein, may be made only from
among those members who were not nominated by the nominating committee.
- Nominations may not be made at the Annual Meeting or in any manner
other than as provided herein.
The election of the director or directors and officers for the ensuing year
shall be elected by secret written ballot from among those nominated in
accordance with Section 3 of this Article at the Annual Meeting.
The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each
office shall be declared elected. The nominated candidates for other
positions on the Board who received the greatest number of votes for such
positions shall be declared elected.
They shall take office immediately upon the conclusion of the election and
each retiring officer shall turn over to this successor in office, all
properties and records relating to that office within 30 days after the
||Standing and/or Special Committees
The Board may each year appoint standing committees to advance the work of
the Club in such matters as dog shows, trophies, annual prizes, membership
and other fields which may well be served by committees. Such special
committees may also be appointed by the Board to aid it on particular
||Termination of Committee Appointment
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 service has been terminated.
||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
Any member may prefer charges against a member for alleged misconduct
prejudicial to the best interest 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. The Secretary shall promptly notify the Board, which shall meet
and fix a date of a Board hearing not less than three weeks or 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 o the
hearing and an assurance that the defendant my personally appear in his own
defense and bring witnesses if he wishes.
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 (6) months after the date of
And, if it deems that punishment insufficient, it may also recommend to the
membership 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 findings 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
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 proceedings 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
The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his own behalf though
no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall invite the
defendant, if present, to speak in his own behalf if he wishes. The meeting
shall then vote by secret written ballot on the proposed expulsion. If
expulsion is not so voted, the Board's suspension shall stand.
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 prompted, 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 Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by a two thirds (2/3) vote of
the members present 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.
The Club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less
than two thirds (2/3) of the members. In the event of the dissolution of the
Club, whether voluntary or involuntary, or by operation of the law, none of
the property of the Club or any proceeds thereof, nor any assets of the Club
shall be distributed to any members of the Club, but after payment of 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.
ORDER OF BUSINESS
At meetings of the Club, the order of business, so far as the character
a,.10 nature of the meetings may permit, shall be as follows:
- Roll Call
- Minutes of the last meeting
- Report of Board
- Report of President
- Report of Recording Secretary
- Report of Corresponding Secretary
- Report of Treasurer
- Report of Committees
- Election of Officers and Board (at Annual Meeting)
- Election of new members
- Unfinished business
- New business
At meetings of the Board, the order of business, unless otherwise directed
by majority vote of those present shall be as follows:
- Reading of minutes of last meeting
- Report of Recording Secretary
- Report of Corresponding Secretary
- Report of Treasurer
- Reports of Committees
- Unfinished business
- New business