Alta Mesa Gun Club
10100 Reigl Road Wilton CA 95693
BY-LAWS OF ALTA MESA RIFLE AND GUN CLUB
1. This corporation shall have a seal inscribed as follows:
ALTA MESA RIFLE AND GUN CLUB, CALIFORNIA, INCORPORATED OCTOBER 29, 1948.
2. These original by-laws have been adopted by the directors of this corporation. Henceforth, these by-laws may be amended: (a) by resolution adopted by the affirmative vote of a majority of those present at a meeting duly and regularly called and held for the General Members of this corporation; or (b) by resolution adopted by the vote of at least a majority of the entire Board of Directors of this corporation at a Directors’ meeting duly and regularly called and held. If the By-laws are amended by the Directors, at least three days shall intervene between the date of the Directors’ meeting at which the resolution of amendment is introduced and the date of the Directors’ meeting at which such resolution is adopted.
3. All voting shall be done only at a lawfully held meeting and shall be oral “aye” or “nay” or a hand count or a secret ballot, if demanded.
4. Unless otherwise provided by law, the Articles of Incorporation, or these By-laws, any proposition can be carried or any action can be taken by the affirmative vote of a majority of those present at the particular meeting if there is a quorum present at such meeting.
5. All notices shall be conclusively presumed to have been received by the addressee thereof when mailed, either regular, electronically, or by that which is currently acceptable to the last address of the particular Director or member, which is of record with the corporation.
6. Unless otherwise provided by law, the Articles of Incorporation, or these By-laws: (a) a majority of the entire number of Directors shall constitute a quorum for a Directors’ meeting; (b) over twenty percent of the General Members shall constitute a quorum for General Members' meetings.
7. Officers and Directors shall become such immediately upon being elected and shall hold office until their successors are elected.
8. The principal office of this corporation shall be located in the County of Sacramento, State of California, at such address as may be designated by the Board of Directors of this corporation.
9. The annual meeting of this corporation shall be a general membership meeting and shall by held on the first Thursday in November of each year at the time and place established by the Board of Directors, the first annual meeting to be held on the first Thursday in November of the year 1948. There being a quorum present at the annual meeting, the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Range Officer shall be elected by the majority vote of all members present at that meeting and such officers shall be installed at that meeting; a general report shall be made of the activities and affairs of the corporation for the year immediately last past and opportunity shall be given to any member to inquire further into any activities or affairs of the corporation for such period; and such other business shall be transacted as may properly come before the meeting. Notice of the annual meeting shall be given either personally or by mail, either regular, electronically, or that which is currently acceptable, to all Active members at least two weeks before the meeting, except whatever notice given of 1948 meeting is sufficient.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
20. The corporate powers of this corporation shall be exercised by or under the authority of and the business and affairs of this corporation shall be controlled by its eight (8) Board of Directors.
21. The Directors shall be elected at the general membership meeting, which shall be held during the annual meeting of this corporation. At such meeting of the General Members, the entire Board of Directors shall be elected from among the General Members of the corporation for a term of two years, except the first election where four Directors will serve a term of one year.
22. Any vacancy in the eight member Board of Directors shall be filled by the General Members at the next meeting thereof immediately following the time when such vacancy occurs.
23. The Board of Directors shall elect from its own number each year a Chairman to preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors.
24. The Board of Directors shall transact its business immediately following the regular monthly member meeting as needed at regular meetings, each regular meeting to be held at the place of the regular monthly meeting and immediately upon the adjournment of every regular monthly meeting of the General Members as needed. If there shall be no regular meeting of the General Members because of lack of a quorum or otherwise, the regular monthly directors meeting shall be held one-half hour after the time for the General Members’ meeting. No notice of the time or place of the regular meetings of the Board of Directors need be given.
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25. At the request of two directors, the Chairman of the Board shall call a special meeting of the Board of Directors. Additionally, the Chairman of the Board at his/her discretion may call a special meeting of the board of directors. Notice of any special meeting of the Board of Directors shall be given not less than twenty-four (24) hours before the meeting by personal notification by the Chairman or Secretary and the and the notice sent by mail, or any such form of current communications that provide immediate delivery.
30. In addition to the officers specified in the Articles of Incorporation of this corporation, there shall be a secretary.
31. Any two or more offices, except those of President and Secretary, may be held by the same person.
32. The President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Range Officer shall be elected as provided by section 9 of these By-laws. 11-3-2005, 10-01-2015
33. The President shall preside over all general membership meeting; shall sign all contracts and other written instruments authorized or approved by the Board of Directors or the General members; and shall perform such other duties as the Board of Directors may designate.
34. The Vice-President shall act as and have all the powers of the President whenever the President is absent or is unable or wrongfully refuses to act.
35. The Secretary shall keep a full and complete record of minutes of all Directors’ meetings, of all General membership meetings, all annual meetings and any other meeting that is duly called and shall sign all of such minutes and affix the seal of the corporation thereto; shall keep the seal of the corporation and affix it to such papers and instruments as may be required in the regular course of the corporation’s affairs; shall serve all required or proper notices, either personally or by mail; either regular, electronically, or that which is currently acceptable; and shall perform such other duties as ordinarily pertain to the office of Secretary or as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.
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36. The Treasurer shall receive and safely keep all funds of the corporation and deposit them in such bank or banks as the Board of Directors may designate, such funds to be disbursed by debit cards, or checks signed by such person or persons as may from time to time be authorized the Board of Directors; and shall perform such other duties as ordinarily pertain to the office of Treasurer or as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.
37. The Range Officer shall have the following qualifications at a minimum:
a. Shall have appropriate documentation of the completion of a gun safety course taught by an NRA (RSO) Range Safety Officer or equivalent; or
b. has been at least an active deputy within the club for the past two years,
The Range Officer:
a. shall supervise all activities of the corporation involving the use or handling of firearms;
b. shall have complete responsibility for the safety of persons or property when firearms are being used or handled in or about the corporation’s premises; shall have complete authority to regulate or forbid the use or handling of firearms by any person upon the corporation’s premises, whether such person is a member of the corporation or otherwise;
c. shall have the power to appoint such deputies as he may find necessary or desirable, and qualified to assist them, all such deputies to have all of the power, authority, and responsibility of the Ranger Officer; and
d. shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.
38. If at any time a person is unable or wrongfully refuses to perform the duties of his/her office, the Board of Directors may appoint an officer pro tempore to perform the duties of such office.
40. A General Member shall be defined as an individual voting member with a current NRA Membership when their club dues are paid, and be of 18 years of older. The General Members shall hold a regular General Member Meeting on the first Thursday of every month as such time and place as may from time to time be specified by the Board of Directors. No notice of any regular General Member Meeting need be given.
41. Ten General Members or the President may call special meetings of the General Members.
42. General Members may attend any meeting.
43. Every General Member shall be entitled to one vote when present.
44. A person's General Membership in the corporation is terminated:
a. By his/her death;
b. by his/her resignation;
c. by failing to pay dues on or before the first Thursday of January;
d. by failing to comply with by-laws.
45. The dues for General Members shall be in such amount as may from time to time be established by the Board of Directors of this corporation. All dues shall become payable in advance on the first Thursday in November of each year; and, if any General member does not pay his/her dues on or before the first Thursday January immediately following, he/she thereby and thereupon loses his/her membership in the corporation.
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46. If any General Member is admitted after the first Thursday in January immediately follwing, his/her dues shall be pro-rated on a quarterly basis, such dues being payable in advance.
TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP FOR CAUSE
50. The membership and all rights of membership may be terminated for cause;
Upon the recommendation of the Board of Directors by a vote of two-thirds of the directors, that in the opinion of the Board , the member’s conduct has or is likely to endanger the welfare, character, or best interests of the club, or that the member has violated the bylaws or established rules of the club, or that the member has engaged in an illegal act or an act of moral turpitude affecting the club, its assets, or its members, subject tot he limitations and procedures set forth in Section 51 of these bylaws.
51. The membership of a member who has been the subject of a vote of the Board of Directors as provided in Section 60 shall terminate, provided such member was given both a twenty (20) days’ prior written notice of the termination stating the reasons therefore and an opportunity to be heard on the matter of the termination upon the written request of the subject member delivered to the Board of Directors within ten (10) days of the date of the notice, requesting a hearing and designating two General Members to serve on the hearing committee. The notice shall be given to such member sent by first-class mail to the last address of such member as shown on the records of the club and additionally, the notice may also be sent or delivered by any other means. The hearing shall be, at the election of such member, oral or in writing and shall occur not less than five (5) days before the effective date of the termination. The hearing shall be conducted at 10100 Reigl Road, Wilton, California, by a hearing committee composed of seven General Members who are willing to serve, two of whom shall be those designated by the subject member in his or her request for a hearing, two selected by the Board of Directors, and three by these four members. If any of the final three committee positions cannot be agreed upon by the four initially selected members within six days of the hearing, the President may appoint any General Members who are not Board members to serve on the committee. The President may extend these time periods in the interest of substantive justice. The hearing shall be closed to all persons other than the participants, and shall be presided over by an officer of the club, who shall perform the following duties;
51.1 Read the charges against the subject member;
51.2 Require that the charges be verified by the testimony of the person or persons making them;
51.3 Hear any other witnesses against the subject member;
51.4 Allow the subject member to cross-examine each witness following the testimony of the witness;
51.5 Allow the subject member to make a statement in his or her own behalf;
51.6 Allow the subject member to call witnesses in his or her own behalf; and
51.7 Allow the Hearing Committee to question the witnesses after they have been questioned by the member.
51.8 The committee shall conduct the hearing in good faith and in a fair, timely, and reasonable manner, and shall decide all issues by an affirmative vote of four members. The committee shall have the exclusive power and authority to decide that the proposed termination takes place or does not take place. In lieu of the proposed termination, the committee may vote to substitute a suspension of the subject member’s rights and privileges to use the facilities of the club for up to six (6) months and under such terms as it finds reasonable under the circumstances.
51.9 The President of the club shall include “Termination of Membership for Cause” as an agenda item for the next general meeting where the President will report the following:
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52. All rights of a member in the club shall cease upon the termination of such member’s membership. Termination shall not relieve the member from any obligations or charges incurred, services or benefits actually rendered, dues, or fees, or arising from contract or otherwise. The club shall retain the right to enforce any such obligation or to obtain damages for its breach.