Article III - Membership

Article III - Membership

3.01 Membership & Classes

The corporation shall have members who have a right to vote or title or interest in or to the corporation, its properties and franchises.

Section 1

Eligibility: Any person, association, corporation, society or other group who subscribes to and promotes the purposes and policies of this Council shall be eligible for membership in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws.

Section 2

Classes of membership: The Council shall have five classes of membership designated as follows:

(a) Family membership: Family membership is available to any family members living in the same Household. All family members names must be listed on the membership form. This membership will have only one vote in the council.

(b) Individual Membership: This membership is available to any person who is eligible for membership. This member will have one vote in the council

(c) Business Membership: Business memberships are open to; any wholesaler and/or retail business and/or professional services deriving at least a portion of their income from the horse industry, any association, corporation, society, or other group with at least ten members representing horsepersons or any other organized interest in the horse industry or any segment thereof. This membership shall have only one voting delegate in the council.

(d) Honorary Membership: This membership may be granted to such individuals or organizations as the Board of Directors may from time to time direct. These members shall have only one voting delegate in the affairs of the Council.

Section 3

Election to membership: The Board of Directors shall prescribe the requirements for membership and the rules as establishing the number of members within the association and thereby set the amount of dues and number of delegates to be appointed by each association. The Board shall have the right to delegate administration of such rules and regulations to the Membership Committee to be appointed by it.

Section 4

Dues: The members of the Council shall be required to pay annual membership fees in such amount as the Board of Directors shall deem necessary from time to time. The initial membership fee shall be as follows

(a) Family Membership: $50.00

(b) Individual Membership: $20.00

(c) Business Membership: $100.00

(d) Honorary Membership: $10.00

Payments of dues shall be in advance of the first day of each calendar year. When any regular member shall be in default in the payment of dues for a period of four months from the beginning of the period for which such dues become payable, membership may thereupon be terminated by the Board of Directors in the manner provided in Article III of Section 6.

Section 5

Voting: Only association delegates and individual members in good standing shall be entitled to vote at any meetings of the Council

Section 6

Termination of Membership:

(a) Upon resignation of member

(b) When dues become four months overdue, unless prior arrangements have been agreed to by the Board of Directors

(c) By vote of a majority of the Board of Directors present at any regular or special meeting at which a quorum is present, provide that the member in question has been advised at least fifteen (15) days in advance of the complaints against the person

Section 7

Resignation. Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the secretary. Such resignation shall not relieve the member so resigning of his obligation to pay any dues, assessment or other charges heretofore accrued and unpaid

Section 8

Reinstatement: On written request signed by a former member and filed with the secretary, the Board of Directors by an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at a regularly constituted meeting may reinstate such former member to membership on such terms as the Board of Directors may deem appropriate.

Section 9

Transfer of Membership: Membership in this Council and corporation is not transferable or assignable.

3.02 Non-Voting Affiliates

The board of directors may approve classes of non-voting affiliates with rights, privileges, and obligations established by the board. Affiliates may be individuals, businesses, and other organizations that seek to support the mission of the corporation. The board, a designated committee of the board, or any duly elected officer in accordance with board policy, shall have authority to admit any individual or organization as an affiliate, to recognize representatives of affiliates, and to make determinations as to affiliates’ rights, privileges, and obligations. At no time shall affiliate information be shared with or sold to other organizations or groups without the affiliate’s consent. At the discretion of the board of directors, affiliates may be given endorsement, recognition and media coverage at fundraising activities, clinics, other events or at the corporation website. Affiliates have no voting rights, and are not members of the corporation.

3.03 Dues

Any dues for affiliates shall be determined by the board of directors.

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