Constitution and Bylaws

Section 3. Membership dues. (a) Membership dues shall be payable on or about the first day of January of each year. New memberships paid after September 1st shall be assumed to carry over through the following year.

(b) The Notice of Dues Owed will provide the methods for payment of dues directly to the GSDMCA.

(c)Dues will be set by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of the GSMDCA. On an annual basis, if it is deemed necessary for the financial stability of the GSMDCA, the Board of Directors may vote to change the dues rate.

Section 4. Termination of Membership. Memberships in the GSMDCA may be terminated by resignation, lapse, or expulsion.

(a) Any member in good standing may resign from the Club upon written notice to the Secretary, but no member may resign when in debt to the Club. Dues are considered to be a debt to the Club, and become incurred on the first day of each fiscal year.

(b) A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such Member’s dues remain unpaid 60 days after the first day of the fiscal year, with the exception that the Board may grant an additional 60 days of grace to such delinquent Members in meritorious cases. A person whose dues are unpaid as of the date of a Club meeting shall not be entitled to vote.

(c) A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these Bylaws.

ARTICLE II

MEETINGS

Section 1. Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting of the Club shall be held if possible, in conjunction with the Club’s National Specialty show at a place, date, and hour designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of the Annual Meeting and the agenda shall be mailed by the Secretary to each member at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for the Annual Meeting or any Club meeting shall be ten percent (10%) of the Members with a voting privilege who are also Members in good standing.

Section 2. Special Club Meetings. Special Club Meetings may be called by the President; by a majority vote of the members of the Board of Directors who are present at a Board meeting; during board business (as outlined in ARTICLE II, Section 4); or upon receipt of a petition signed by ten percent (10%) of those Members of the Club who are allowed to vote. Any Special Meeting shall be called by the Secretary and any such Special Meeting shall be held at a place, date, and hour as may be designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of such a meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least 14 days, and not more than 30 days, prior to the meeting. The notice of the Special Club Meeting shall set the purpose of the meeting and no other club business may be transacted. The quorum for such a meeting shall be ten percent (10%) of the voting membership.

Section 3. Board Meetings. The first meeting of the Board shall be held immediately following elections, but it may be deferred until the next Annual Meeting of the GSMDCA. If possible, the Board should meet yearly at the Club’s Annual National Specialty. Other meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at such times and places as are designated by the President or by a majority vote of the Board. Written notice of each such other meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary to each member of the Board at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for all Board meetings shall be a majority of the Board. Business expenses related to Board Meetings may be reimbursed by the Club Treasurer.

Section 4. Board Business. The Board of Directors may also conduct business by telephone conference call, mail, e-mail, and fax provided that the business does not conflict with any other provision of these bylaws. The Club must have Standing Rules in place to verify the identity of the individuals participating in Board business and to ensure that each participant is an eligible Board Member; every Board Member must have or be provided with the means to participate in Board business. Business expenses related to Board business may be reimbursed by the Club Treasurer.

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