Ragdoll Fanciers Worldwide Constitution


ARTICLE I - NAME
Section 1. The name of this club shall be:
Ragdoll Fanciers Worldwide (RFW)

ARTICLE II - PURPOSES
Section 1. It shall be the purpose of this club:
a. To promote the best interest of the Ragdoll through Education and by sharing this knowledge and information with the Public, Fanciers, Exhibitors and Breeders;
b. To sponsor and support special programs, events and otherwise promote the interest, health and welfare of the Ragdoll;
c. To cultivate friendship and good will among Owners, Fanciers, Exhibitors and Breeders of Ragdolls;
d. To encourage breeding toward the TICA Ragdoll Standard (as a blue Eyed Pointed Cat) and to encourage the registration and showing of Ragdolls  within TICA;
e. To assist in Ragdoll rescue and to promote and encourage kindness to all animals.
f. To encourage the spaying and neutering of any and all cats not specifically being used as part of a viable breeding program in order to reduce the excessive trend to over-population of, and tragedy among, unwanted domestic cats.
 

ARTICLE III - Membership
Section 1. Persons interested in the purposes of this club shall be eligible to apply for membership.
Section 2. Applicants for membership over the age of 18 years shall apply for membership online, through email or postal mail
Section 3. Membership applications shall be acted upon separately.
Section 4. The Club Year shall be from July 1st through June 30th.
Section 5. The dues of this club shall be $20 per year for a single Breeder Membership and payable on or before July 1 of each year for the ensuing year. Dues for two regular members of an immediate family shall be $30 per year payable on or before July 1 of each year for the ensuing year.
Section 6. Any Non-Breeder may apply for membership in this club as an Associate Member; and, if accepted, will pay one-half the dues paid by regular members. Associate Members shall have all applicable privileges of regular members, as well as specific Associate Member privileges when available, but may not hold office or vote.
Section 7. Upon failure to pay dues within 2 months after the due date, the delinquent member shall be automatically dropped from membership. Reminder notice shall be sent via email by the Corresponding Secretary at least 2 weeks before the grace period expires.
Section 8. It shall be the duty of each member to uphold the purposes of the Club by carefully fulfilling the terms of all transactions concerned with cats, such as sales, stud fees and pedigrees, whether such business is carried on with other club members or breeders or with the public at large. Upon receipt of written complaint from any injured party, the member will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with Article IX of these By-Laws.

ARTICLE IV - AFFILIATION
Section 1. This club shall be affiliated with The International Cat Association (TICA). All officers of the club shall be TICA members in good standing; there must be at least five members of the club who are members of TICA in good standing (including the officers).

ARTICLE V - LOCATION
Section 1. This club is intended to serve the Worldwide interests of Owners, Fanciers and Breeders of Ragdoll cats.  The primary address of this club is Internet based at
http://www.rfwclub.org

ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS
Section 1. Club Business and Meetings will be conducted primarily by phone, internet and postal mail on such dates and at such times as the Board of Directors shall designate.
Section 2. Special meetings may be called from time to time if necessary for the transaction of important business, and may be called by the President, Board of Directors or upon written demand of five members. The business at this meeting shall be limited to that mentioned in the call.
Section 3. Members shall be notified of official meetings via email by the Corresponding Secretary.
Section 4. Five regular members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 5. All meetings shall be governed by the parliamentary authority of Robert's Rules of Order, Revised.

ARTICLE VII - OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Section 1. The officers of this club shall be a President, a Vice President, a Recording Secretary, a Corresponding Secretary, a Treasurer, and two Advisors. The offices of Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer may be combined at the discretion of the club.
Section 2. The management of the business and affairs of this club shall be under the direction of a Board of Directors consisting of the elected officers (and two additional elected directors).
Section 3. The positions of President, Treasurer, and one Advisor shall be filled on alternate years to the positions of  Vice President, Secretary, New Member Coordinator and the other Advisor.  Nominations for the available positions shall be opened on January 1 and continue through January 14. Voting will commence on January 15th and continue through January 30th. New officers will be announced and enter service on February 1. All terms will be for a period of two years. No officer shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office. 
Section 4. Vacancies in offices or on the club's Board of Directors shall be filled for the un-expired term by appointment by the remaining members of the Board of Directors.
Section 5. The club's Board of Directors shall elect annually any committees deemed advisable.

ARTICLE VIII - DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the members and of the Board of Directors, and shall perform such other duties as are incidental to his office. He shall be ex-officio member of all committees.
Section 2. The Vice President shall perform all the duties of the President in the absence of that officer.
Section 3. The Recording Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the members and the Board of Directors, and shall present them at ensuing meetings when requested.
Section 4. The Corresponding Secretary shall keep an attendance record and a list of all members in good standing with their names, mailing addresses and telephone numbers. A copy of such list shall be furnished to each member at least once a year. He shall notify the members of regular and special meetings at least 1 week prior to date of meetings, advise applicants for club membership of the action taken on their application and be responsible for all other club correspondence.
Section 5. The Treasurer shall receive and have custody of all monies and shall deposit same in a bank account in the name of the club. He shall keep an account of all receipts and expenditures and shall render a financial report at each regular meeting. He shall furnish names and addresses to the Corresponding Secretary of all membership dues paid.
Section 6. The Advisors shall be members who are familiar with the Association, club, and show procedures and be able to guide and advise the club whenever assistance is needed or whenever the Advisors feel that the club is not acting in the best interest of the fancy as a whole or is failing in some obligation to TICA.
Section 7. On or before April 1 of each year the President, Secretaries, and Treasurer shall make an annual report to TICA which report shall include a list of members of the club with their addresses, a report of any shows held during the year, a copy of the financial report of the club for the year and such other information as may be required by TICA.

ARTICLE IX - DISCIPLINE
Section 1. The Board of Directors may reprimand, suspend, or expel from the membership, any person who, after a fair and impartial hearing, shall be found guilty of violating any rules of this club or TICA or of conduct detrimental to this club or to the cat fancy.

ARTICLE X - Disbanding
Section 1. The Club shall disband on majority vote with all funds going to feline related non-profit organization

 



 

 

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