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The Anatolian Shepherd Dogs International, Inc.®

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CLUB CONSTITUTION
and BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I

NAME AND OBJECTIVES
SEC 1. Name of Club
SEC 2. Objectives
SEC 3. Nonprofit status
SEC 4. Amendments

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I

MEMBERSHIP
SEC 1. Eligibility
SEC 2. Dues
SEC 3. Election to Membership
SEC 4. Termination of Membership

ARTICLE II

MEETINGS
SEC 1. Board Meetings
SEC 2. Special Board Meetings

ARTICLE III

DIRECTORS and OFFICERS
SEC 1. Board of Directors
SEC 2. Officers
SEC 3. Vacancies
SEC 4. Discipline of Officers
SEC 5. Regional Directors

ARTICLE IV

THE CLUB YEAR, VOTING, NOMINATIONS, ELECTIONS
SEC 1. The Club Year
SEC 2. Voting
SEC 3. Nominations for Officers and Regional Directors
SEC 4. Annual Elections

ARTICLE V

COMMITTEES
SEC 1.
SEC 2.
SEC 3.

ARTICLE VI 

DISCIPLINE
SEC 1. Suspension
SEC 2. Charges
SEC 3. Hearing

ARTICLE VII

AMENDMENTS
SEC 1. Proposal of Amendments
SEC 2. Voting

ARTICLE VIII

DISSOLUTION

ARTICLE IX

ORDER OF BUSINESS

ARTICLE X

MAILING ADDRESS, RECORDS, CLUB INSIGNIA, CLUB PUBLICATIONS
SEC 1. Mailing Address
SEC 2. Records
SEC 3. Club Insignia
SEC 4. Club Publications

ARTICLE XI

CODE OF ETHICS

ARTICLE XII

PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY


CLUB CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I

NAME AND OBJECTIVES

SECTION 1

The name of the Club shall be: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs International, Inc.®

SECTION 2

The objectives of the Club shall be:

a. to preserve the Anatolian Shepherd Dog (Çoban Köpegi) as a livestock guardian and to maintain the temperament, soundness and natural instincts which have evolved through centuries as a working partner of the Turkish Shepherd.

b. to encourage and promote the ownership, training, use as livestock guardians and the exhibition of purebred Anatolian Shepherd Dogs.

c. to do all in its' power to protect and advance the preservation of the Breed by encouraging sportsmanlike conduct at all times and to maintain the best of human relations among owners of the breed.

d. to further the advancement and the appreciation of the purebred Anatolian Shepherd Dog through education of its' members and the general public.

e. to urge all Anatolian Shepherd Dog owners to acquaint themselves with congenital and hereditary diseases in dogs and to oppose reproduction from defective stock.

SECTION 3

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

SECTION 4

The members of the Club shall adopt and may, from time to time, review and amend such By-Laws as may be required to carry out these objectives. (Article VII, Section I)


BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I

MEMBERSHIP

SECTION1

Eligibility. Any person eighteen years of age or older who subscribes to the purposes of this club and is the owner of an Anatolian Shepherd Dog, shall be eligible for membership.

SECTION 2

Dues.

a. Membership dues shall be determined annually by the Board of Directors and will be payable on or before the first day of January of each year. During the month of October, the Secretary shall send to each member a statement of his/her dues for the ensuing year. Those members who have not paid by November 20th will be sent a second notice by the Secretary before December 1st. Those who have not paid by January 1st will forfeit their membership. [Article 1, Section 4(b)]

b. Each statement or invoice for membership dues shall carry the following reminder: "With renewal of membership, each member reaffirms his adherence to the club Constitution and By-Laws, and Code of Ethics."

SECTION3

Election to Membership.

a. Each applicant for membership shall complete and sign an application form approved by the Board of Directors which shall clearly state that the applicant agrees to abide by the Constitution and By-Laws, Code of Ethics and the rules of the United Kennel Club, Inc. The application shall contain the name, address, telephone number and occupation of the applicant. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit payment of dues for the current year. Applications shall be sent to the Membership Coordinator.

b. The name, city and state of each person applying for membership shall be submitted within ninety (90) days by the Membership Coordinator to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will vote on the application from a prospective member, submitted to the Board by the Membership Coordinator, within a timely manner not to exceed the quarter of submission. Favorable vote by 2/3rds of the Board of Directors shall be required to elect an applicant. Membership shall be probationary until thirty (30) days after Board approval, during which time all members will have the opportunity to write their views to members of the Board of Directors. A challenge of the election of a member by a letter signed by a majority of membership shall cause the Board of Directors to reconsider the election of said member.

c. The Membership Coordinator will notify new members of their election to membership. He/she will send either a Welcome Packet for new members who have been approved or a letter of denial of membership to a candidate who is turned down, including the restriction that he/she may not reapply before twelve (12) months have elapsed.

SECTION 4

Termination of Membership. Membership may be terminated by:

a. Resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the Club upon written notice to the Secretary.

b. by lapsing. A membership shall be considered lapsed and automatically terminated if such member's dues remain unpaid after January 1st; however, the Board of Directors may grant sixty (60) days of grace to delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case may a person be entitled to vote in any of the Club Meetings or by mail for any election, amendment or motion, or hold any office except as specified in Article V, Section 3, whose dues are unpaid after January 1st for the current year.

c. by expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these By-Laws.


ARTICLE II

MEETINGS

SECTION 1

Board Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board shall be held at such times and places as designated by the President or by a majority vote of the entire Board. The quorum for any type of Board meeting shall be a majority of current Officers and Directors in good standing. Due to the wide geographic location of our members, the ASDI Board holds e-mail meetings. Members can have input via e-mails sent to any Board member. After the Board Meeting and discussion, feedback to the member will be made available by e-mail or written letter from the Secretary.

SECTION 2

Special Board Meetings. Special Board Meetings may be called by the President or by a majority of the members of the Board of Directors. A special Board Meeting shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by a member in good standing. E-mail notice of such meetings, stating the business to be conducted, shall be sent to each Board Member by the Secretary at least (14) days prior to the meeting and no other business shall be conducted at that meeting unless the timing coincides with a regularly scheduled quarterly meeting. When combined, the special issue will be addressed as a “special issue” and separate from other business.


ARTICLE III

DIRECTORS and OFFICERS

SECTION 1

Board of Directors. The Board of Directors (or Board) shall be comprised of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and the Regional Directors, all of whom shall be non-probationary members in good standing who have been members for at least two years and who, in the opinion of the Board, show exceptional knowledge of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog. They shall be elected for two year terms and shall serve until their successors are elected. The Board of Directors shall be a policy-planning body. It shall concern itself with all matters which may affect the interests or welfare of the club and of the breed. General management of the Club's affairs shall be entrusted to the Board. Actions of the President, and/or the Board, may be overruled by a majority vote of the entire membership, specifically polled by secret ballot, sent out by the Secretary on the matter concerned. Such polling may be called for by petition of the members signed by a majority of the non-probationary members in good standing.

SECTION 2

Officers. The Club's Officers, consisting of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer and the Secretary 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 be the chief executive officer of the Club and the Board. He/she shall have the duties and powers normally appurtenant to the office of the President in addition to those specified in these By-Laws. He/she shall have the sole authority to nominate members of all regular and special committees, except the Nominating Committee and, with the approval of the Board, to appoint them and discharge them. The President shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him/her, from time to time, by the Board. If the nominations of a President are declined by the Board, he/she may solicit a petition of a majority of the members of the Club for a vote to override the Board's ruling. If such petition is granted, the non-probationary membership in good standing shall be polled by a secret ballot and a majority vote of said members [Article IV, Section 2(c)] in good standing shall uphold the President's nominations.

b. The Vice-President shall have the powers and exercise the duties of the President, in the case of the President's death, absence for more than three months or incapacitation. The President's absence or incapacitation must be certified by 2/3rds of the Board.

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1. The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the Club, of the Board, of all votes taken by mail and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the Club. He/she shall notify members of meetings, notify Officers and Directors of their election to office, keep an up-to-date roll of the members of the club with their addresses and phone numbers, have charge of all general correspondence and inquiries concerning the Club and the Breed and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these By-Laws. The Board may appoint and discharge members to assist the Secretary in such areas as Correspondence and Membership or any other area of Secretarial responsibility deemed necessary by the Board.

2. The Board shall designate a registry coordinator who will handle all single dog United Kennel Club, Inc. registration requests and litter registration requests that require special consideration. These considerations may require Board approval. The Secretary shall have duplicate copies of all registry coordinator materials. The registry coordinator shall not be a member of the Board unless he/she also holds some other Board position.

3. The President (or any other Officer or Director) may communicate directly by mail with the members of the Board or with the general membership if he/she wishes, but a copy of any communications with the general membership must first be filed with the Secretary.

d. The Treasurer shall collect and receive all monies due, or belonging to, the Club. He/she shall deposit same in a bank designated by the Board, in the name of the Club. He/she shall pay by check, from the funds of the club, all bills approved by the Board. He/she shall keep a record of the sources and amount of all monies received and all disbursements made and shall render complete financial reports to the members of the Club annually as of December 31 st. His/her books shall be open to inspection by the Board at all times. The books can be opened at any time to the general membership as follows: a) at the discretion for the Treasurer, b) by a majority vote of the Board, c) as a result of petition signed by a majority of the membership.

e. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined if deemed feasible by the Board.

SECTION 3

Vacancies. Any vacancy occurring on the Board, or among the Officers during the year, shall be filled until the next Annual Election by a majority vote of the members of the Board at its' first regular meeting following the creation of such vacancy. A Special Board Meeting may also be called for that purpose. 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. Such appointment shall be valid only until the next Annual Election. An Officer's or Director's absence from two (2) consecutive Board meetings over a period of one (1) year may constitute a vacancy of that position and can be subject to Board action, including suspension. The Board of Directors will make every effort to fill Regional Directorship vacancies which may occur during the year, however, circumstances may prevail which make this impossible until annual elections are held.

SECTION 4

Discipline of Officers . Any Officer whose conduct or malfunction in office is deemed injurious to the best interests of the Club may, by a vote of the majority of the Board, be suspended from the rights and privileges of that office at a Board meeting held for that purpose. At the time suspension is sought, the entire membership must be informed by the Secretary, or by some other Officer if the action is against the Secretary, of the action being taken and the charges on which it is based. No Officer may be suspended unless the charges preferred against him/her have been sent to him/her by mail at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting where the charges are to be heard and he/she given an opportunity to appear in his/her own defense and bring witnesses and counsel if he/she deems it necessary. Failure to appear to answer charges, except for good cause as determined by the Board, shall constitute an automatic removal from office and all records pertinent to the office must be returned to the Secretary, or to the President if the Secretary is involved, within ten (10) days. Such suspension or removal by the Board may be over turned by the general membership if a majority of the non-probationary members in good standing petition a polling [Article IV, Section 2(c)] of the membership on this matter and if a majority of the members voting vote to support that petition. Any officer who is expelled will automatically cease to be a Director and will not have access to any further Board activity.

SECTION 5

Regional Directors. The Directors shall represent separate geographical Regions of which they shall be residents at the time of their nomination and election to office. The geographical distribution and number of Regions shall be decided by a 2/3rds vote of the members of the Board, but in no case shall the number of Regions be fewer than three (3) or more than twelve (12). Any change in geographical distribution or number of Regions shall take effect at the beginning of the next Club year in which Regional Directors are elected, unless the changes in Regions are made after the Nominating Committee has submitted its' slate of Nominees, in which case the changes shall be delayed one Club year to the beginning of the second succeeding Club year. The Regions shall be drawn in order to make the representation of members of each Region as nearly equal as possible. Every fifth year the President shall nominate and, with the approval of the Board, shall appoint a Special Committee to reconsider the alignment of Regions in order to maintain the representation of members in each Region to be as nearly equal as possible. Election of Regional Directors of Regions so drawn shall be by the general non-probationary membership.

a. The responsibility of the Regional Directors shall include, but not be limited to, providing assistance to the members and the general public in their Regions. Each Regional Director shall be specifically charged with regular communication with the members of his/her Region, especially with regard to all actions taken in the name of the Club by the President and the Board. Each Regional Director shall also be responsible for organizing and/or coordinating specifically required activities as designated by the United Kennel Club, Inc. in order to gain and maintain recognition as the parent Anatolian Shepherd breed club for the United Kennel Club, Inc.

b. Upon request, all Regional Directors shall be given a current copy for the membership list for their region.


ARTICLE IV

THE CLUB YEAR, VOTING, NOMINATIONS, ELECTIONS

SECTION 1

Club Year. The Club's Fiscal and Official Year shall begin on the first day of January and end on the 31st day of December.

SECTION 2

Voting.

a. At the Annual Meeting, or at Special Meetings of the Club, voting shall be limited to non-probationary members in good standing who are present at the meeting.

b. Election of Officers and Directors, and Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws, shall be decided by written secret ballot cast by mail. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted under any circumstances. From time to time, the Board may decide to submit other specific questions for the decision of the non-probationary members by written ballot cast by mail.
The membership, by a written petition signed by a majority of the non-probationary members in good standing, shall require the Secretary to submit question (or questions) separately and promptly (i.e., within fifteen (15) days of its' receipt) to the membership for their consideration. Such ballots, unless otherwise specified as in the case of Amendments to the By-Laws and Constitution, shall be decided by a majority of the membership voting.

c. Any polling of the membership, whether on special issues or regular elections, must be by secret and separate ballots. No ballot may be part of any other publication as specified in Article VII, Section 2.

SECTION 3

Nominations for Officers and Regional Directors. No persons may be a candidate in a Club election who has not been nominated in accordance with these By-Laws. A Nominating Committee shall be chosen by the Nominating Committee Chairperson and approved by the Board of Directors on an as needed basis. The Nominating Committee shall consist of three members in good standing, not more than one of whom shall be a member of the current Board. The Chair for the Committee shall serve in a permanent capacity at the Boards discretion. The Nominating Committee may conduct its' business by e-mail, or whatever other means of choice. A record must be kept of the Committee's deliberations and actions. That record is to be turned over to the Secretary.

a. The Nominating Committee shall nominate from among the non-probationary members of the Club in good standing, one candidate for each office, and for each other position on the Board and shall procure the acceptance of each nominee so chosen. The Committee shall then submit its’ slate of candidates to the Secretary on or before September 15th. The Secretary shall then mail the list, including the full name of each candidate, to each member of the Club by October 1st, so that additional nominations may be made by the non-probationary members in good standing if they so desire. Nominees for Regional Director will be chosen by the Nomination Committee so there will be one candidate from each geographical Region as defined in the Appendix to these By-Laws.

b. Additional nominations of eligible members for any position may be made by written petition addressed to the Secretary and received at his/her regular address on or before November 1st, signed by five (5) non-probationary members and accompanied by the written acceptance of each additional nominee signifying his/her willingness to be a candidate. No person shall be a candidate for more than one position, same as specified in Article III, Section 2(e) above, and the additional nominations that are provided for herein may be made only from those members who have not accepted a nomination of the Nominating Committee.

c. If no valid additional nominations are received by the Secretary on or before November 1st, no balloting shall be required. The Board shall declare that the nominating Committee's slate has been elected by acclamation and will assume office on the following January 1st.

d. If any position is contested, a regular ballot [See Article IV, Section 4] will be issued for all positions so that members may indicate their positive support by a vote or may abstain from voting for any individual. When the results are published, all votes for each position will be reported to the membership in the next issue of the Choban Chatter.

SECTION 4

Annual Elections.

a. The Nominating Committee recommends the slate of Officers or Directors for the upcoming year to the Board. The Board gives feedback or accepts the Nominating Committees recommendations. The Secretary is then given the slate of nominees to distribute to each non-probationary member in good standing for their approval or additional nominations.

b. If one or more valid additional nominations are received by the Secretary on or before November 1st, he/she shall mail, on or before December 1st, to each non-probationary member in good standing as of November 15th, a ballot listing all nominees for each Office or Regional Directorship. Nominees shall be listed alphabetically for each Office or Regional Directorship. If there is only one nominee per Office or Regional Directorship and voter agrees to the slate of nominees that have been approved by the Board, the voter does not have to return the ballot. However, if there is more than one nominee per Office or Regional Directorship, the ballot will need to be signed by the voter and returned to the Secretary in the envelope provided no later than January 1st. When all of the ballots have been counted, the persons receiving the highest number of votes for each position will be declared elected.

c. In the event of valid nominations to any office, a Counting Committee will be established by the Board of Directors for the purpose of counting votes. No member of the Board shall serve on this committee.

d. Results of the voting shall be published in the next issue of the Club publication.

e. If any nominee at the time of voting shall be unable to serve for any reason, such nominee shall not be elected and, the vacancy so created shall be filled by the Board in accordance with Article II, Section 1.

f. Newly elected Officers and Directors shall take office immediately following the election results each year.

g. Previous Officers and Regional Directors must turn over their Club records to their successors within thirty (30) days of publication of the election results.

h. An Editor of the official Club publication shall be appointed by the Board from the members in good standing by May 1st and shall serve for the Club Year.

i. There may be a Club Historian who shall have access to all Club records for all years prior to the current operating year. He/she may be appointed every two years, by the Board, from the members in good standing, within sixty (60) days after the Board has taken office. He/she may be nominated by the President, as are committee members [See Article III, Section 2(a)]. He/she will have the responsibility of preparing a historical record of the Club's past and keeping the Club's history up to date for the current year. The Club Historian will not be a member of the Board unless elected to one of the regular Board positions.


ARTICLE V

COMMITTEES

SECTION 1

The President may nominate each year and, with the approval of the Board, appoint Standing Committees to advance the work of the Club in such matters as shows, obedience trials, trophies, breed information, membership, stock guard use and other matters which may well be served by such committees. Standing Committees are defined, in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order, as "constituted to perform a continuing function, and remain in existence permanently or for the life of the assembly that establishes them. In an ordinary society, the members of such a committee serve for a term corresponding to that of the officers, and continue their duties until their successors have been chosen. Thus new body of committee member is normally appointed at the beginning of each administration."

Special or Select Committees may also be appointed to aid the President on particular projects. A Special or Select Committee is defined, following Robert's Rules of Order, as "appointed, as the need arises, to carry out a specified task, at the completion of which -- i.e., on presentation of its' final report to the assembly -- it automatically ceases to exist." Membership on such committees will be nominated and approved as specified in Article III, Section 2(a).
The Board, after consultation with the President, may also nominate and appoint a Special Committee to aid it with a special purpose. The committee's function and membership will ordinarily remain intact until that purpose is fulfilled. An example of such a Special Committee would be one formed to organize a future Specialty Show. Its' function would continue until after the Specialty Show was held.

SECTION 2

All Committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the Board. Any committee appointment may be terminated by a majority of the full membership of the Board upon written notice to the appointee. The President may nominate and, with the Board approval, appoint [See Article III, Section 2(a)] successors to those persons whose services have been terminated.

SECTION 3

Ordinarily all committee members must be full members in good standing, but exceptions can be made to the requirement if the Board deems a non-member participant may be of special benefit to the Club. Committee appointees shall receive written notice and accept the position in writing to the Secretary.


ARTICLE VI

DISCIPLINE

SECTION 1

Suspension. Any member who is suspended from the privileges of the United Kennel Club, Inc. shall automatically 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 misconduct 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 $30.00, which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained by the Board or a Trial 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. 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 or the Breed. It may refuse to entertain jurisdiction.

If the Board entertains jurisdiction of the charges, the Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused by Certified Mail with a Return Receipt requested. The Board shall promptly set up a Trial Board consisting of one member appointed by the Board, one member of the club in good standing to be chosen by the defendant and a third member to be chosen by the first two.

The Trial Board shall send notice by Certified Mail, Return Receipt requested, to the defendant of its appointment, requesting that the defendant decide whether the hearing is to be conducted by a Telephone Conference Call, mail or e-mail. The defendant must exercise his/her option within fourteen (14) days of receipt of said notice or the Trial Board shall make the decision. The Trial Board shall set a date for a hearing no less than three (3) weeks nor more than six (6) weeks after the accused has chosen how he/she prefers that the hearing be conducted. [See Article VI, Section 3.] The Trial Board shall act in all respects for the Board, including setting the date, time and place of any hearings of the charges.

The Board of Directors may prefer charges against persons who shall bring to its attention any matter which, upon investigation, shall be found to have been reported to the Board from malicious or untruthful motives or to have been based upon suspicion, without foundation of fact or knowledge.

SECTION 3
Hearing

a. If the hearing is conducted by mail or e-mail, both parties shall be requested to submit all evidence available to the Trial Board within the time limits specified in Section 2 above. Such evidence shall be in written form and must be sworn to. Within (30) days of the date the evidence is submitted, the Trial Board shall render a decision based on a majority vote.

b. The Board of Directors shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend a hearing, but both the complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in this matter.

c. If the defendant elects to have a hearing by Telephone Conference Call, the Trial Board shall determine the date and time of the hearing. The Secretary shall promptly advise the defendant of the date and time of the hearing, with the assurance that the defendant may personally speak in his/her own defense and include witnesses if he/she so desires. Said hearing by Telephone Conference Call shall be held not less than three (3) weeks nor more than six (6) weeks from date of election. Any substantiating documentation must be submitted in written, notarized form prior to the Telephone Conference Call.

d. Whether the hearing is conducted by Telephone Conference Call, mail or e-mail, careful records of what is written or stated shall be kept and all documentation must be submitted in written form and notarized. When the hearing is completed and a verdict rendered, any member in good standing of the Club may request a copy of the full transcript of the hearings. Any member requesting access to the transcript must be given direct access to it by the Secretary or be permitted to have a copy made of the transcript at his/her expense.

e. Should the charges be sustained after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by the complainant and the defendant, the Trial Board may, by a majority vote, suspend the defendant from all privileges of the Club for no less than one (1) year.

If the Trial Board deems that punishment insufficient, it may also expel the defendant. Immediately after the Trial Board has reached a decision, its’ findings shall be put into written form and filed with the Secretary. The Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the Trial Board's decision and penalty, if any.


ARTICLE VII

AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1

Proposal of Amendments. Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws may be proposed by the Board or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by a majority of the non-probationary membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the Board and must be submitted to the members with the recommendation of the Board, by the Secretary, for a vote not later than thirty (30) days after the date the petition was received by the Secretary.

SECTION 2

Voting. The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended at any time provided that a copy for the proposed amendment has been mailed by the Secretary to each full member of the club (i.e., non-probationary member in good standing at the date of the mailing), along with the Board's recommendation, accompanied by a ballot on which he/she may indicated his/her choice for or against the action to be taken. The ballot shall be secret and will be conducted as is the ballot for elections of Club Officers and Regional Directors as specified in Article IV, Section 4. A notice shall specify a date not less than thirty (30) days after the date of mailing by which date the ballots must be returned to the Counting Committee Chairperson to be counted. The favorable vote of 2/3rds of the non-probationary members in good standing, who return valid ballots within the time limit stated by the Board, shall be required to effect any such amendment.


ARTICLE VIII

DISSOLUTION

SECTION 1

The Club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than 2/3rds of the non-probationary members. The membership will be polled by secret ballot on this question if such action is requested by a petition signed by a majority of the non-probationary membership in good standing. In the event of the dissolution of the Club, whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, none of the property, nor any proceeds thereof, nor any assets of the Club, shall be distributed to any members of the Club. After payment of the debts of the Club, its' property and assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the benefit of dogs as selected by the Board.


ARTICLE IX

ORDER OF BUSINESS

SECTION 1

The order of business to be followed at any meetings of the Club or the Board, so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows unless otherwise directed by a Majority vote of those present.

Summary of last meeting - Secretary

Report of Treasurer

Report of Committees

Election of new members

Unfinished business

New business

Adjournment


ARTICLE X

MAILING ADDRESS, RECORDS, CLUB INSIGNIA, CLUB PUBLICATIONS

SECTION 1

Mailing Address. The mailing address of the Club shall be maintained by a Board member and agreed upon by the Board.

SECTION 2

Records . All Club records and ballots shall be made available for examination by any member in good standing upon request, to the Secretary, at the place of custody of said records. All election ballots shall be kept by the Secretary for twelve (12) months. The Secretary shall be the custodian of all records of the Club as specified in Article III, Section 2(c-2) & (d). Officers and Regional Directors shall deposit a copy of all their records within a month of the date of the records, with the Secretary, who must turn all records over to his/her successor within one (1) month of termination of his/her term of office.

SECTION 3

Club Insignia. The official Club insignia shall be a representation of an Anatolian Shepherd Dog, as approved by the membership, and may be used for any purpose in representing the Breed for this Club.

SECTION 4

Club Publications. The official publication of this Club shall be called Choban Chatter™ and shall be published at such intervals as may be determined by the Board. In addition to Choban Chatter™, from time to time, the Board may cause to be published copies of the Official Breed Standard and such other materials which in their opinion would promote the objectives of this Club.


ARTICLE XI

CODE OF ETHICS

SECTION 1

Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics of the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs International, Inc.® as adopted by the club, shall be a part of this Constitution and By-Laws.


ARTICLE XII

PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

SECTION 1

The rules of parliamentary procedure comprised in Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern the proceedings of this Club, and the Board, subject to such By-Laws as have been or may be, adopted.

We hereby certify that the foregoing Constitution and By-Laws, consisting of Article I through Article XII, constitute the By-Laws of the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs International, Inc., a Florida 501©4 Non-profit Corporation, filed and approved 2006.

Revised May 9th, 2013 
Ratified July 7
th, 2013

 

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