BY-LAWS

 

of the

 

COCHISE GUN CLUB

 

 

 

 

As adopted July 30, 1964 and revised July 10, 2002

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE I – NAME

 

            The name of this organization shall be, Cochise Gun Club, hereafter referred to as CGC and/or the Club.

 

 

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

 

            The purpose of the Club is to encourage interest in firearms, the shooting sports, good sportsmanship and firearms safety and to develop marksmanship with firearms among its members and the citizens of the community.  Toward these ends, the Club is organized as a non-profit corporation under the provisions and laws of the State of Arizona, Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 10.  Further, insofar as it helps to meet the purpose of the Club, the Club will maintain an affiliation with the National Rifle Association of America (NRA).

 

 

ARTICLE III – MEMBERS

 

            Section 1 – Members.  Any legal resident of the United States 18 years of age or over may become a member upon application, an affirmative vote and payment of dues.  Members whose dues are current are members in good standing and shall enjoy full membership privileges and voting rights.

 

            Section 2 – Junior Members.  Any legal resident of the United States 8 years of age through 17 years of age may become a member upon providing their parent’s/guardian’s written consent, acceptance by the Chair of the Junior’s Program Committee and payment of nominal dues as set by the Chair.  Younger Juniors may be accepted at the discretion of the Chair.

 

            Section 3 – Life Members.  Those members currently designated life members shall remain in that status.

 

ARTICLE IV – EXECUTIVE BOARD

 

            Section 1 - Composition.  The Executive Board shall consist of five elected officers:

 

            a.        President

            b.        Vice President

            c.        Treasure

            d.        Secretary

            e.        Sergeant-At-Arms

 

            Section 2 – Term of Office.  Newly elected officers shall assume office in July and serve a one year term or until successors are elected.  An officer may resign by submitting a letter of resignation to any member of the Executive Board.

 

            Section 3 – Duties.  The Executive Board shall have general supervision and control of all Club business.  Each member of the Executive Board is authorized to spend up to $250.00 per month in the conduct of Club business.  All such expenditures shall be reported at the next meeting.

 

            a.        The President shall preside at all meetings of the Club and the Executive Board, provide policy guidance on all Club matters, make all appointments required or permitted by these by-laws and as he or the Executive Board deem appropriate and perform such other tasks as may be specified in these by-laws.

 

            b.        The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in his absence.

 

            c.        The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all Club funds, maintain same in banks or other appropriate financial institutions, disburse funds only by check, voucher all receipts and expenditures, provide all reports deemed appropriate by the Executive Board and deliver audited books and associated financial records to any successor in office.  Expenditures in excess of $250.00 in a month require a vote.

 

            d.        The Secretary shall record and maintain minutes of each meeting of the Club and its Executive Board and manage correspondence in accordance with the President’s directives.

 

            e.        The Sergeant at Arms shall, at the direction of the President, maintain order at all meetings and perform such other tasks as the President may direct.

 

 

ARTICLE V – VACANCIES

 

            Section 1 – President.  The Vice President shall automatically fill a vacancy in the office of president.

 

            Section 2 – Others.  The Executive Board shall determine a replacement and the President shall make the appointment.

 

 

ARTICLE VI – COMMITTEES

 

            There may be various committees in the furtherance of Club business and activities.  Committees may include the Juniors’ Program, Membership, Coalition, Entertainment, i.e.

 

 

ARTICLE VII – MEETINGS

 

            Section 1 – Executive Board.  The Executive Board shall meet as needed upon the call of the President.  The President shall publish date, time and location.

 

            Section 2 – Annual.  The annual meeting shall be held during the month of June in each year.  The Executive Board shall publish date, time and location.

 

            Section 3 – Regular.  Regular business meetings shall be held each month.  The Executive Board shall publish date, time and location.

 

            Section 4 – Special Meeting.  Special meetings may be held at any time upon the call of the President or Executive Board, or upon demand by a member in good standing.  Any call for a special meeting must be made in writing to the Executive Board.  Such demand shall state the reason for the call and business to be conducted.  At least three members of the Executive Board must endorse such demand whereupon the Executive Board shall publish the call and the date, time and location of the meeting except that no meeting may be held within the 15 days immediately following such call’s publication.

 

            Section 5 – Publish.  To publish means to attempt via U.S. mail, telephonically, email, message, newsletter and/or personal contact to notify all members in good standing or members of the Executive Board.

 

            Section 6 – Quorum.

                        a.        A quorum for an Executive Board meeting shall consist of three members.

                        b.        A quorum for an annual, regular or special meeting shall consist of those members in good standing present.

 

            Section 7 – Voting.  All actions of the Club, except as otherwise provided in the by-laws, shall be carried by a majority vote of those members in good standing present at a meeting pursuant to these by-laws.  All issues shall be decided by voice vote or a show of hands except that contested offices shall be by secret ballot.  Proxy voting shall not be authorized.

 

            Section 8 – Rules governing meetings.  Except as otherwise provided in these by-laws, meetings are conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII – DUES

 

            Annual dues, as may be set from time to time by vote are due and payable in July except that dues for current elected officers shall be forgiven.  Dues for members who join at other times may be prorated.  Dues for those designated life members are forgiven.

 

 

ARTICLE IX – REMOVALS, SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS

 

            Section 1 – Removal from office.  Any officer may be removed from office by a two-thirds majority vote of the members at any meeting pursuant to these by-laws.  No vote on removal from office may be taken unless at least 15 days’ notice in writing shall have been given to the officer stating the reason for his removal and of the date, time and place of the meeting at which such ballot on his removal is to be taken. 

 

            Section 2 – Suspension and Expulsion.  Any member may be suspended or expelled from the Club for cause deemed sufficient by the Executive Board by a two-thirds majority vote of the members at any meeting pursuant to these by-laws.  No vote on suspension or expulsion may be taken unless at least 15 days’ notice in writing shall have been given to the member of the charges preferred and of the date, time and place of the meeting at which such charges will be considered.  Upon the member’s request prior to or at the meeting, a full hearing shall be given.

 

            Section 3 – Charges.  Any member in good standing may bring charges by notifying the Executive Board in writing of the cause of action and providing all supporting documentation.  The Executive Board shall make a determination as to the sufficiency of cause and if deemed sufficient, the provisions of Section 2 shall be initiated.

 

 

ARTICLE X – AMENDMENTS

 

            Section 1 - Effective date.  These revised by-laws shall become effective on the date of their adoption.

 

            Section 2 – Amending.  These revised by-laws may be amended by a majority vote at any meeting called in accordance with these by-laws provided that a copy of the proposed amendment with an explanation of the purpose to be served and the reasons in support thereof was given to members present at the previous meeting.

 

            Adopted and ratified this _________day of ___________________, 2002.

 

  By, ______________________________

       Karl R. Welker, President

 

 

Attested by:

 

 

 

________________________________

      David W. Kelso, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST AMENDMENT

 

TO THE BY-LAWS OF THE

 

COCHISE GUN CLUB

 

 

 

VOTING ON APPLICANTS

 

All applicants for membership, except those renewing their current membership, shall be voted on at an Annual or Regular meeting.  An applicant who receives three or more negative votes shall be deemed to have failed to receive an affirmative vote and shall be denied membership.  In addition to voting by voice or a show of hands, voting on applicants may be by secret ballot.  Except as provided herein, all provisions of voting as reflected in, Article VII – Meetings, Section 7 – Voting, shall apply.

 

 

Adopted and ratified this 9th day of October, 2002.

 

 

By, __________________________________
         Karl R. Welker, President

 

 

 

Attested by:

 

 

____________________________________

David W. Kelso, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

TO THE BY-LAWS OF THE

 

COCHISE GUN CLUB

 

 

 

 

DISPOSITION OF FUNDS

 

In the event the CGC dissolves, any and all funds remaining in Club accounts, after all financial obligations have been met, shall be disbursed to clubs and/or organizations in Cochise County that are organized for purposes similar to those enumerated under, Article II – Purpose, of these By-Laws and which are non-profit corporations under Arizona law.  If no such clubs or organizations exist, funds shall be gifted to the Friends of the NRA.  It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Board to ensure such disbursement occurs and is in accordance with this amendment.

 

 

Adopted and ratified this 9th day of October, 2002.

 

 

By,______________________________________

          Karl R. Welker, President

 

 

 

Attested by:

 

 

______________________________________

           David W. Kelso, Secretary

 

 

 

 

         

SECOND AMENDMENT

(Amended)

 

TO THE BY-LAWS OF THE

 

COCHISE GUN CLUB

 

 

 

 

DISPOSITION OF FUNDS

 

In the event the CGC dissolves, any and all funds remaining in Club accounts, after all financial obligations have been met, shall be disbursed to clubs and/or organizations in Cochise County that are organized for purposes similar to those enumerated under, Article II – Purpose, of these By-Laws and which are non-profit corporations under Arizona law.  If no such clubs or organizations exist, funds shall be gifted to the Friends of the NRA.  All property owned by the CGC will be sold or auctioned off with current members having priority of purchase and those monies added to the Club accounts.  It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Board to ensure such disbursement occurs and is in accordance with this amendment.

 

 

Adopted and ratified this 14th day of October, 2009.

 

 

By:_____________________________________                                          

       Richard G. Rosengreen, President

 

 

 

Attested by:

 

 

______________________________________

      Charles L. Ostrander, Secretary