Below are 8 proposed amendments to the club bylaws, which will be voted upon at the annual meeting on January 1, 2015. We are not attempting to make any changes to the actual operation of the club, we are simply attempting to clean up some issues in the bylaws and bring them in line with how the club actually operates. Along with the proposed amendments below are a brief explanation in red.
Amendment 1: Article III, section 1 revised to read as follows:
Regular members: Any citizen of the United States eighteen (18) years or older, who may legally own a firearm under the laws of the United States and the State of Washington, may become a member of this organization after filling out a membership form, payment of the usual dues and initiation fees, providing proof of current membership in the National Rifle Association, and on a vote of Regular members in good standing at a regular meeting.
This portion of the bylaws currently contains a requirement that potential members have not been convicted of a “crime of violence”, but gives no explanation thereof. Further a person convicted of a non-violent crime could still not be legally allowed to own a firearm, but we currently don’t prohibit such a person from joining the club. We have revised to “may legally own a firearm” to clarify this area.
Amendment 2: Article III,section 2 revised to read as follows:
Regular members in good standing have voting privileges at any meeting, and receive access to the range facility.
Currently this article says that members receive a “range key”. We have not had a key lock on the gate in many years. This simply re-words to “receive access to the range” so that we are in line with how we currently operate, and so that we don’t paint ourselves in a corner again if we change to an electronic system or some other access control.
Amendment 3: Article III,sections 3, 4, & 5 repealed, & revised to read as follows:
3. Intentionally deleted
4. Intentionally deleted
5. Intentionally deleted
These 3 sections currently define honorary and associate memberships. We don’t have any honorary or associate members, and never have. The intent of these membership types was to allow non-members to receive our newsletter. We currently have the ability for non-members to sign up to receive our newsletter on the website, at no cost, so these types of memberships have been deemed unnecessary.
Amendment 4: Article IV, section 2 revised to read as follows:
No member of this club in arrears shall be eligible to vote or to enjoy any other of the privileges or benefits offered by this club. Club officers, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Coordinator, and the Board members, for services to the club, will not be assessed dues.
This section currently includes “range master” as one of the club officers, and does not include the Membership Coordinator. We have simply reworded to include those positions that actually exist.
Amendment 5: Article IX, section 3 revised to read as follows:
SECRETARY: The Secretary shall conduct all official correspondence pertaining to the club. The Secretary shall notify the membership of all Annual, Regular, and Special Meetings. The Secretary shall keep a true and accurate record of all meetings and have the custody of the books and papers of the club, with the exception of the Treasurers’ books of accounts, and the Membership Coordinator’s records of members.
The definition of the club Secretary currently includes many duties that are now being handled by the Membership Coordinator. We have removed the duties that include keeping track of current & new members from the definition, and moved them to the Membership Coordinator section below.
Amendment 6: Article IX, section 5 added, reading as follows:
MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR: The Membership Coordinator shall keep a record of all current members of the association. All applications for membership & all renewals shall be submitted to the Membership Coordinator, who shall be responsible for coordinating new member orientation & keeping a record thereof. All dues and fees shall be submitted to the Membership Coordinator, who shall remit the same to the Treasurer.
The bylaws currently do not include the Membership Coordinator, a position that we have had for several years. This amendment codifies the position, & defines the duties associated therewith.
Amendment 7: Article X is repealed, and revised to read as follows:
ARTICLE X – Intentionally deleted
Article X currently defines standing committees, including chief instructor & match director. We do not currently have a chief instructor, and haven’t for several years. Each match discipline has a different director, not one single one like the bylaw sets up. Committees are operated the same as any other operation in the club, and their expenses and other issues are handled in the policy book.
Amendment 8: Article XII is repealed, and revised to read as follows:
ARTICLE XII – Intentionally deleted
Article XII currently gives some very cryptic information about match rules. Each match discipline operates under its own rules, which are laid out elsewhere.