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NATIONAL BEAGLE CLUB OF AMERICA, INC.

Incorporated as a non-stock Corporation under the Laws of Virginia

September 24, 1970

BY – LAWS

Last amended



April 17, 2010

ARTICLE I

Offices

Section1.1 The principal business office of the Corporation shall be at the Institute Farm in the town of Aldie, County of Loudoun and State of Virginia.


Section 1.2 The Corporation may also have offices at such other places as the Board of Directors may from time to time determine.

 

ARTICLE II

Membership 

Section 2.1 There shall be six types of individual Membership open to all persons who subscribe to the purposes of this Club; each type having certain rights and privileges, obligations and liabilities which may differ in respects from those appertaining to another type or types:




  1. A Regular Member, as defined in Section 2.2


2.  A Junior Regular Member, under 18 years of age, as defined in Section 2.3.

3.  A Supporting Member, as defined in Section 2.4.

4. A Junior Supporting Member, as defined in Section 2.5.

5.  An Associate Member, as defined in Section 2.5




Section 2.2. Regular Member – shall be an individual 18 years of age or older, who shall be entitled to the use of the Club’s grounds and facilities in accordance with the Club’s established rules and regulations, and shall be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Regular Members in accordance with Article III. Each application for Regular Membership must be presented in writing to the Secretary by at least two Regular Members of the Club, one of who will be the proposer and the Secretary will refer such application to the Directors. Applicants may be elected at any meeting of the Board of Directors by the affirmative votes of 2/3rds of the Board of Directions, who may vote by mail if nor Present at the meeting, and such election shall be recorded in the Minute Book.


Section 2.3. Junior Regular Member – shall be the same as a Regular Member, but shall not be entitled to vote nor to hold office. Upon reaching 18 years of age a Junior Regular Member shall become a Regular Member.


Section 2.4. Supporting Member – shall be an individual, 18 years or older, who owns an AKC Registered basset or beagle or who is a member or subscriber in good standing of a recognized Beagle or Basset, private or subscription pack or who wishes to support the objectives of the Club.  A Supporting Member shall not pay an initiation fee, nor shall such Member be entitled to run his hounds on the grounds. Each applicant for Supporting Membership shall apply to the Supporting Membership Secretary on a form as approved by the Board of Directors, which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the Club’s By-Laws and the rules of the American Kennel Club.  Dues payment for the current year shall accompany the application. The Supporting Member Secretary is authorized to accept all properly executed

Supporting Membership applications. The Supporting Membership Executive Committee shall review the Supporting Membership applications. The Supporting Membership Secretary shall report such new Supporting Memberships to the Directors at their next regular meeting. Supporting Members shall have no vote except to elect one Supporting Member in accordance with Section 4.11, who shall be a Member of the Board of Directors.




Section 2.5. Junior Supporting Member – shall be the same as a Supporting Member, but shall not be entitled to vote nor to hold office. Upon reaching 18 years of age, a Junior Supporting Member shall become a Supporting Member.
Section 2.6. Associate Member – shall be an individual   who wishes to assist the Club in pursuing its objectives. An Associate Member shall not pay an initiation fee, nor shall such a Member be entitled to participate in hound activities on the grounds except insofar as such Member may be entitled to do so from time to time as a Member of a recognized club or pack, and any reduced lodging fees provided to any other type of Membership shall not be applicable to Associate Members. Each applicant for Associate Membership shall apply to the Secretary on a form as approved by the Board of Directors, which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the Club’s By-Laws  and rules of the American Kennel Club. The Secretary is authorized to accept all properly executed Associate Membership applications and shall report such new Associate Memberships to the Directors at their next regular meeting. Associate Members have no vote.


Section 2.7. Honorary Member. An Honorary Member is appointed in recognition of long and valued service to the Club, or for other desirable purposes by a majority vote of the entire Board of Directors. The Honorary Secretary of the Masters of Harriers and Beagles Association of England; the Honorary Secretary of the Irish Masters of Beagles Association, and the

Honorary Secretary of the Masters of Basset Hounds Association (of England) will be ex-officio Honorary Members. An Honorary Member shall not be required to pay any dues nor be entitled to vote.




Section 2.8. Any type of Member in good standing can resign from the Club by sending his resignation to the President or Secretary in writing; upon its acceptance by the Directors, the resignation shall be recorded in the Minute Book and his Membership in the Club shall cease from the date of such resignation.


Section 2.9. Any Member, whose dues shall remain unpaid for six months after the year in which they become due, shall be liable to forfeit his Membership at the discretion of the Directors and shall forfeit all rights to vote or to hold office and any other interest in the Club.


Section 2.10. If, in the opinion of the Directors, the conduct of any Member is disorderly, or injurious to the Club, or in violation of its By-Laws or rules, the Directors shall inform the Member thereof in writing, and if the nature of the

offense requires it, the Directors shall request the Member to resign from the

Club. A Member may be expelled from the Club by the Directors, in its Discretion, if the request that the Member resign is disregarded by The Member. A Member is entitled to request and to have a hearing of the charges against him, before expulsion. Upon expulsion of any Member, he shall forfeit all interest in the Club.



Section 2.11. The Directors, by a majority vote of the entire Board of Directors, whether present or in writing, have the authority to fix, from time to time, the initiation fees and the dues for Membership as well as Pack Registration Fees.

ARTICLE III

Meetings of Regular Members

 Section 3.1. Meetings of the Regular Members shall be held in the State of

Virginia at the principal business office of the Corporation or at such other place as may be fixed from time to time by a majority vote of the then Board of Directors. Written notice of such meetings stating the purpose or purposes for

which the meeting is called and the time and place thereof, shall be given not less than ten nor more than forty days before the date of the meeting, to each Member entitled to vote thereat.



Section 3.2. Annual meetings of the Members shall be held of Friday during the Fall Beagle Pack Trials in November each year at 8 P.M., at which they shall elect by vote of a plurality of a quorum, a Board of Directors, and transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.


Section 3.3. Special meetings of the Members may be called by (a) the President and shall be called by the President or Secretary when directed by resolution of the then Board of Directors or (b) at the request in writing of

Members representing a majority of the entire Membership of the Corporation entitled to vote. Such resolution or request shall state the purpose or purposes

of the proposed meeting. 



Section 3.4. Business transacted at any special meeting of the Members shall be limited to the purposes stated in the notice.


Section 3.5. Ten percent (10%) of the Members entitled to vote whether present in person or represented by proxy, shall constitute a quorum at all meetings of the Members for the transaction of business except as otherwise provided by Statute, by the Certificate of Incorporation or by these By-Laws. If, however, such quorum shall not be present or represented at any meeting of the Members, the Members entitled to vote thereat, present in person or represented by proxy, shall have power to adjourn the meeting from time to time without notice other than announcement at the meeting, until a quorum shall be present or represented. At such adjourned meeting at which a quorum shall be present or represented any business may be transacted which might have been transacted at the meeting as originally notified.


Section 3.6. When a quorum is present at any meeting, the vote of the majority of the Members having voting power presenting person or represented by proxy shall decide any question brought before such meeting, unless the question is one upon which by express provision of the Statutes of the

Certificate of Incorporation or of these By-Laws, a different vote is required in which case such express provision shall govern and control the decision of such question.



 

Section 3.7. Each Member shall at every meeting of the Membership be entitled to one vote in person or by proxy providing said Member shall not be an Honorary Member, a Junior Member, an Associate Member, nor a Supporting Member, and shall not be in arrears in the payment of his Membership dues and shall be a Member in good standing. No proxy or Power of Attorney to vote shall be used to vote at a meeting of the Membership unless it shall have been filed prior to the meeting with the Secretary of the meeting. All questions regarding the qualification of voters, the validity of proxies and

the acceptance or rejection of votes shall be decided by the Secretary of the meeting.




Section 3.8. The order of business at meetings of the Regular Members shall be as follows:


1.  Calling the meeting to order

2.  Roll Call

3.  Reading of minutes.

4.  Report of Treasurer.

5.  Election of Members of Board of Directors.

6.  Reports of Board of Directors.

7.  Reports of Special Committees.

8.  Communications.

9.  Unfinished business.

10. New Business.

11. Adjournment.


ARTICLE IV

Directors

Section 4.1. Commencing at the annual meeting in 1991, the number of Directors which shall constitute the whole Board shall (as specified from time

to time by resolution of the Board of Directors) be at least fifteen but not more than twenty. By amendment of the By-Law above permitted number may be increased or decreased from time to time by the Board of Directors within the limits permitted by law, but not decrease in the number of Directors shall change the term of any Director in office at the time thereof.




Section 4.2. All Directors must be Regular Members. Commencing at the Annual Meeting in 1991, the President of the Institute Corporation, the President of The Loudoun Agricultural & Chemical Institute Foundation, Inc., (hereinafter called the "Foundation"), the President of the National Beagle Club of America (hereinafter called the "NBC"), shall each be a Director. One Director shall be elected to a three year term by the Supporting Members as provided for in Section 4.11.  The remaining eleven to sixteen, as the case may be, Directors shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee in Accordance with Section 7.2 and shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of the Regular Members, except as provided in Section 4.4 and 4.11, and each Director shall hold office until his Successor is elected or such Director shall be removed from office. 

At each annual meeting, to fill the then upcoming vacancies, the Regular Members shall elect five (5) to ten (10) Directors as required by the number specified by resolution pursuant to Section 4.1.
One to serve a 2 year term

One to serve a 3 year term

One to serve a 4 year term

Two to seven, as required by said specified number, each to serve a 1 year term


Each Director, excluding the President of the Institute Corporation, the President of the Foundation, and the President of the NBC, shall be eligible for re-election as a Director except as follows. Upon having served ten consecutive years as a Director, no Director, except for the President of the Institute Corporation, the President of the Foundation, and the President of the NBC, shall again become eligible for election to the Board of Directors until a period of one year has elapsed.


Section 4.3. Any Director of the Corporation may be removed by the affirmative vote of three-quarters of the Directors then in office at a meeting duly held.


Section 4.4. Vacancies and newly created Directorships resulting from any increase in the authorized number of Directors, may be filled by a majority of the Directors then in office, though less than a quorum and the Directors so chosen shall hold office until the next annual election and until their successors are duly elected, unless sooner displaced.


Section 4.5. The business of the Corporation shall be managed by its Board of Directors which shall exercise all such powers of the Corporation and do all such lawful acts and things as are not by nature or by the Certificate of Incorporation or by these By-Laws directed or required to be exercised or done by the Members.


Section 4.6. The first meeting of each newly elected Board of Directors shall be held immediately following the Board adjournment of the Annual Meeting of Members and at the place thereof. No notice of such meeting shall be necessary to the Directors in order legally to constitute the meeting, provided a quorum shall be present. In the event such meeting is not held, the meeting may be held at such time and place as shall be specified in a notice given as hereinafter provided for special meetings of the Board of Directors.


Section 4.7. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors may be held without notice at such time and place as prescribed by the Board of Directors.


Section 4.8. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President and shall be called by the Secretary on the written request of no less than one-third of the full Board of Directors. Notice of special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be given to each Director at least three days before the meeting if by mail or at least 48 hours before the meeting if given in person or by telephone or telegraph. The notice need not specify the business to be transacted. Special meetings may be held within or without the State of Virginia.


Section 4.9. At all meetings of the Board of Directors a majority of the full Board of Directors in office at the time shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, provided that such quorum is not less than 4 Directors.
The act of a majority of the Directors present at any meeting at which there is a quorum shall be the act of the Board of Directors. If a quorum shall not be present at any meeting of the Board of Directors, the Directors present thereat may adjourn the meeting from time to time, without notice other than an announcement at the meeting, until a quorum shall be present.


Section 4.10. The Directors shall serve without compensation and shall not be reimbursed for their expenses of attendance at any meeting of the Board of Directors. Members of special or standing committees shall not be allowed reimbursement or compensation for attending committee meetings.

Section 4.11. Supporting Members election of one Director to serve for a three year term, beginning 2011 and every third year thereafter:

1. No Supporting Member may be a candidate who has not been nominated in accordance with these By-Laws

2.  A Supporting Members Nominating Committee shall be chosen before June 1 of each election year, by the President, consisting of the Supporting Member Secretary, who shall act as the Chairman, and two Supporting Members from different areas of the USA.

3. The Nominating Committee shall solicit nominations via USPS mail or electronic mail (according to member-indicated choice) from all the Supporting Members no later than July 1, and nominations shall close by July 31. Said ballots must be USPS-mailed to the Secretary of the NBC and postmarked no later than July 31.

4.  The NBC Secretary shall forward to the Supporting Membership Director the names of the three candidates receiving the highest number of nominations. The Supporting Membership Director shall confirm each nominee’s willingness to be a candidate.

5. The Supporting Membership Director shall USPS-mail or electronic-mail (according to member-indicated choice) a ballot to each Supporting Member no later than August 15. Said ballot must be USPS-mailed to the Secretary of the National Beagle Club of America, Inc. and postmarked no later than September 15.

6.  The Secretary of the National Beagle Club of America, Inc. shall count the ballots and advise the Board of Directors no later than September 30 of the Supporting Member elected to serve as a regular Member of the Board of Directors for the next three fiscal years (October 1 through September 30). In the event of a tie, the Nominating Committee shall select the winning candidate.

7. If such candidate is unable to complete his term of office, the vacancy so created shall be filled by the Board of Directors.

8.  For the three years, or part thereof, that the elected Supporting Member shall serve as a Director, he (or she) shall (delete “automatically”) become a Regular Member.

9. The duties of the Supporting Membership Director shall be the same as listed in ARTICLE IV, Section 5.



ARTICLE V

Notices to Directors and Members

Section 5.1. Notices to Directors and Members may be mailed to them at their addresses appearing on the records of the Corporation and shall be deemed to be given at the time when mailed.

 

Section 5.2. Whenever any notice is required to be given under the provisions of the statutes or of the certificate of incorporation or of these By-Laws, a waiver thereof in writing, signed by the person or persons entitled to said notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be deemed equivalent thereto.

 

ARTICLE VI

Officers; Terms; Duties

 Section 6.1. The Officers of the Corporation shall be Regular Members and shall be chosen by the Board of Directors at its first meeting after each Annual Meeting of Regular Members and shall be a Chairman, a President, a First Vice-President, a Second Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, an Assistant Secretary and an Assistant Treasurer. The Board of Directors may also choose additional Vice-Presidents, and one or more Assistant Secretaries and Assistant

Treasurers. Two or more Offices may be held by the same person




Section 6.2. The Board of Directors may appoint such other Officers, including Honorary Officers, and agents, as it shall deem necessary who shall hold their Offices for such terms and shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as shall be determined from time to time by the Board. Honorary Officers shall serve ex-officio without vote. 



Section 6.3. The Officers of the Corporation shall hold Office at the pleasure of the Board of Directors. Any Officer or appointed by the Board of Directors may be removed at any time by the Board of Directors. Any vacancy occurring in any Office of the Corporation by death, resignation, removal or otherwise, shall be filled by the Board of Directors. In case of the absence of any Officer of the Corporation, or for any other reason that the Board of Directors may deem sufficient, the Board of Directors may delegate the powers or duties of such Officer to any other person or Officer, or to any Director for such period as the Board of Directors may determine.

 

Section 6.4. The Chairman shall be the senior Member of the Board of Directors.


Section 6.5. The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, shall preside, if present, at all meetings of the Members and the Board of Directors, shall have general and active management of the affairs of the Corporation and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect. He shall execute on behalf of the Corporation and may affix or cause the Seal to be affixed to all instruments requiring such execution except to the extent the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Board of Directors to some other Officer or Agent of the Corporation. The President shall have full power and authority on behalf of the Corporation to attend and to act and vote at any meeting of stockholders of any Corporation in which this Corporation may hold stock, and at any such meeting shall possess and may exercise any and all the rights and powers incident to the ownership of such stock, which as the owner thereof, the Corporation might have possessed and exercised if present.


Section 6.6. The First Vice-President shall act under the direction of the

President. Upon the disability of the President, the First Vice-President or the Second Vice-President, as designated by the President or the Board of Directors, shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President. He shall assist the President in the management of the Corporation and shall have authority to execute and to affix or cause the Seal to be affixed to all instruments requiring such execution. He shall perform such other duties and have such other powers as the President or Board of Directors may designate

one or more additional Vice-Presidents and may specify the order of seniority of the Vice-Presidents and in that event the duties and powers of the President shall descend to the Vice-Presidents in such order of seniority.



Section 6.7. The Second Vice-President shall act under the direction of the President. Upon the disability of the President the Second Vice-President or the First Vice-President as designated by the President or the Board of Directors, shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President. He shall assist the President in the management of the Corporation and shall have authority to execute and to affix or cause the seal to be affixed to all instruments requiring such execution. He shall perform such other duties and have such other powers as the President or Board of Directors may from time

to time prescribe. The Board of Directors may designate one or more additional Vice-Presidents and may specify the order of seniority of the Vice-Presidents and in that event the duties and powers of the President shall descend to the Vice-Presidents in such order of seniority.




Section 6.8. The Secretary shall act under the direction of the President. Subject to the direction of the President he shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and all meetings of the Members and record all the proceedings of the meetings of the Corporation and of the Board of Directors in a book to be kept for that purpose and shall perform like duties for the Standing Committees when required. He shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the Membership and special meetings of the Board of Directors and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the President or Board of Directors. He shall keep in safe custody the Seal of the Corporation

and, when authorized by the President or the Board of Directors, cause it to be

affixed to any instrument requiring it and, when so affixed it shall be attested

by his signature or by the signature of the Treasurer or an Assistant Secretary or an Assistant Treasurer.




Section 6.9. The Assistant Secretary, unless otherwise determined by the Board of Directors, shall, in the absence or disability of the Secretary, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the Secretary. He shall perform such other duties and have such other powers as the President or the Board of Directors may from time to time prescribe.



Section 6.10. The Treasurer shall have general responsibility for the funds and finances of the Corporation. He shall cause to be kept full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the Corporation and shall render to the President and to the Members at the Annual Meeting, an account of all transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Corporation. He shall cause all funds of the Corporation to be deposited in the name of the Corporation in such depositories as may be approved by the Board of Directors. Any bank account in the name of the Corporation may be by order over the signature of either the Treasurer or the President or such other person or persons as the Board of Directors may from time to time approve. He shall have full power of authority to sign and endorse checks, notes, drafts and all other instruments. He shall perform such other duties and have such other powers as the President or the Board of Directors may from time to time prescribe.


Section 6.11. The Assistant Treasurer, unless otherwise determined by the Board of Directors, shall, in the absence or disability of the Treasurer, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the Treasurer. He shall have full power and authority to sign and endorse checks, notes, drafts and all other instruments with full power and authority of the Treasurer. He shall perform such other duties and have such other powers as the President or the Board of Directors may from time to time prescribe. 


Section 6.12. Effective from and after November 8, 1991, all Officers of the NBC shall be limited to hold Office for a total of ten years from the date of first being elected to the Office involved, but with the proviso that any Officer presently holding Office shall have a limitation of, whichever is greater, (a) ten years from the date when initially elected or (b) five years from and after November 8, 1991.

ARTICLE VII

Standing Committees

Section 7.1. There shall be four or more Standing Committees as follows:

Nominating Committee, Building and Grounds Committee, Keepers of the Stud Book Committee, Battin Fund Committee and any other Committees as directed by the Directors. The Chairman of each Standing Committee shall be a Director, or an Officer, and the other Committee Members must be Regular Members and may also be Directors or Officers. Committee Members, except as provided for by Section 7.2 and 7.4, shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee and voted upon by the Regular Members at their annual meeting and shall serve for one year as long as they remain a Regular Member, and a Director or Officer in the case of the Committee Chairman. The President of the Club shall be an ex-officio Member of all committees, without vote. All Standing Committees shall from time to time report their activities to the Board of Directors and shall make recommendations directly to the Board on matters referred to them or falling within their respective fields of interest.



Section 7.2. The Nominating Committee shall be chosen by the President, and shall be approved by majority vote of the Board of Directors then in office at the regular quarterly April meeting, or any adjournments thereof. The Nominating Committee shall consist of three Regular Members of the Club, the Chairman shall be a Director of the Board or an Officers and the remaining two shall be from the Regular Membership at large. It shall propose and submit to the Board of Directors names of persons nominated for election as Directors, a recommendation of Officers of the Corporation, and Members nominated for

all Standing Committees other than the Nominating Committee and other than those Members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee to be appointed by its Chairman.




Section 7.3.  The Battin Fund Committee shall consist of four Committee Regular Members, one of whom is to be a Director of the Corporation, to be nominated by the Nominating Committee. The Members are to be qualified to invest and manage funds. The Committee’s responsibility shall be to:

Invest the principal and income of the Battin bequest to be called the Battin Fund.   All investments and cash of the Battin Fund shall be retained in a special account in the name of the Corporation and designated as the National Beagle Club – Battin Fund.

All investment decisions shall require the affirmative vote of three of its four Members and the primary investment objective is income and protection of principal.
The Committee shall elect a Chairman who shall keep a record of all transactions, submit quarterly statements to the Board of the fund transactions and the amount of earned income in the fund account. The Committee has no authority to distribute, spend, hypothecate, pledge or collateralize the monies or securities of the Battin Fund.  The Battin Fund Committee shall have sole responsibility for the dispensation of the monies, capital and/or income in the

Battin Fund. The Directors of the Corporation shall request the Battin Committee for dispensation with the reason for such request in writing.




Section 7.4. The Building and Grounds Committee is to be responsible for the maintenance and repair of all buildings and Committee property. The Building and Grounds Committee shall consist of three or more Regular Members, including a Chairman who shall be a Director or an Officer, and a Vice Chairman. The Chairman and the Vice-Chairman shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected for a term of one year by majority vote of the Regular Members at the annual meeting of Members. The additional

Member or Members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Chairman with the total number of Committee Members being such as the Chairman deems desirable.





ARTICLE VIII

Miscellaneous

Section 8.1. In addition to other provisions made in these By-Laws, all checks or demands for money and notes of the Corporation shall be signed by such Officer or Officers or such other person or persons as the Board of Directors may from time to time designate.


Section 8.2. The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be from October 1 to September 30



Section 8.3. The seal of the Corporation shall be circular in form and contain the name of the Corporation, the year of its Organization and the words "Corporate Seal, Virginia."


Section 8.4. Any Director, Officer, or Standing Committee Member may resign his Office at any time, such resignation to be made in writing and to take effect from the time of its acceptance by the Corporation.


Section 8.5. The Board of Directors shall determine from time to time whether, and if allowed, when and under what conditions and regulations the accounts and books of the Corporation (except such as may be statute be specifically open to inspection) or any of them, shall be open to the inspection of the Members and the Members’ rights in this respect are and shall be restricted and limited accordingly.


Section 8.6. No payments shall be made to an Officer of the Corporation such as salary, commission, bonus, interest, or rent.


Section 8.7. The Treasurer shall maintain a fund to be known as the Masters Memorial Fund with the following provisions: Funds will be accepted in the name of the decreased Master who had been a Member of the National Beagle Club of America, Inc. The funds contributed to the National Beagle Club of

America, Inc. in Memory of a Master will be placed in an investment account or savings account. The funds will be invested by the Board of Directors, at their discretion without individual or collective liability as to the security of principal received. Income there from shall be accumulated or expended for the benefit of the Corporation as directed by the Board of Directors.   The principal

of the fund, or part thereof, may be disbursed on the unanimous action of the Board of Directors that such disbursement is necessary for the continued operation of the Corporation, provided such action is ratified by a majority vote of Members present at the next annual meeting. In addition to the Masters Memorial Fund, the Board of Directors may receive, by gift, bequest or otherwise, other funds and property for the purpose of the Corporation.



Section 8.8. The Registration Rules, Pack Running Rules, Running Standards for Judging of Packs and Specification for Beagle Description and Standards of

Points, as enumerated in the "Rules, Regulations and Procedures of the National Beagle Club," shall continue in effect until changed by majority vote of Directors entitled to vote.




Section 8.9. As used in these By-Laws, the word "he" means a person and is to be understood as referring to persons whether they be female or male.

ARTICLE IX

Amendments

Section 9.1. The By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of all the Members entitled to vote at any annual or special meeting of the Members, provided notice of intention to amend the By-Laws shall have been contained in the notice of the meeting.


Section 9.2. The Board of Directors by a two-thirds vote of the total Board entitled to vote may amend these By-Laws, including By-Laws adopted by the Members, provided that the Members may by amendment to these By-Laws in

the manner set forth in Section 9.1 of this article specify from time to time particular provisions by the By-Laws which shall not be amended by the Board of Directors.



ARTICLE X
Supporting Membership Executive Committee
Section 10.1. The Supporting Membership Executive Committee shall consist of the Supporting Membership Director, the Supporting Membership Secretary, and the Supporting Membership Treasurer.
Section 10.2. No Supporting Member may be a candidate for, nor serve on the Supporting Membership Executive Committee, who has not been nominated and elected in accordance with these by-laws.

Section 10.3. The Supporting Membership Director to the NBC Board of Directors shall serve as the chairman of the committee.


Section 10.4. A Supporting Membership Executive Committee Nominating Committee shall be chosen before June 1 of each election year, by the President, consisting of the Supporting Member Director, who shall act as the Chairman, and two Supporting Members from different areas of the USA.
Section 10.5. The Supporting Membership Secretary shall be elected in accordance as the Supporting Membership Director in ARTICLE IV, Section 4.11, except that the Supporting Membership Executive Committee Nominating Committee shall be determined in accordance with ARTICLE X, Section 10.4 and will seek nominations before July 1, 2012, and every third year thereafter.
Section 10.6. The Supporting Membership Treasurer shall be elected in accordance as the Supporting Membership Director in ARTICLE IV, Section 4.11, except that the Supporting Membership Executive Committee Nominating Committee shall be determined in accordance with ARTICLE X, Section 10.4 and shall seek nominations before July 1, 2013, and every third year thereafter.
Section 10.7. In the event of a tie, the Nominating Committee shall select the winning candidate.
Section 10.8. The Supporting Membership Secretary shall perform the usual duties and exercise the usual powers of secretary for the Supporting Membership. The Supporting Membership Director, the President, or the

Board of Directors may, from time to time, prescribe other duties or powers.


Section 10.9. The Supporting Membership Treasurer shall perform the usual duties and exercise the usual powers of treasurer for the Supporting Membership. The Supporting Membership Director, the President, or the Board of Directors may, from time to time, prescribe other duties or powers.

Section 10.10. These by-laws shall consider the terms Supporting Member and Supporting Membership as interchangeable.


Section 10.11. For the three years, or part thereof, that the elected Supporting Members shall serve as the Supporting Membership Secretary and the Supporting Membership Treasurer, they shall become Regular Members.
Section 10.12. If either the Supporting Membership Secretary or the Supporting Membership Treasurer is unable to complete his (her) term of office, the vacancy, so created, shall be filled by the Supporting Membership Executive Committee.




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