The objectives of this Assn. shall be to collect and preserve the history of the stock dog to promote
      stock dogs through obtaining, maintaining and disseminating information pertaining to their
    breeding and training as working dogs; to promote dog trials, exhibitions, publicity for stock dogs,
                     and to work specifically for the improvement and preservation of working stock dogs.

 

Wyoming Stock Dog Association
BY-LAWS

Revised 1-14-2012

ARTICLE I

The Name of this association shall be the Wyoming Stock Dog Association.  Herein after called the W.S.D.A. The principal  place of business shall be the State of Wyoming and business may be carried on at any place convenient to such members or officers as may be participating.

 ARTICLE II

The objectives of this Assn. shall be to collect and preserve the history of the stock dog to promote stock dogs through obtaining, maintaining and disseminating information pertaining to their breeding and training as working dogs; to promote dog trials, exhibitions, publicity for stock dogs, and to work specifically for the improvement and preservation of working stock dogs.

 ARTICLE III

The income and property of this Association shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objectives of the Association directly or indirectly, as a dividend, bonus or as a profit to the members of the Association.  However, nothing shall prevent the proper sum being paid to any official, servant or member of the Association in return for services actually rendered to the Association or the presentation by the Association to any member any prize or prize money earned by the member in any trial or other competitive event duly  promoted and held by the Association in accordance with its  objectives; or the presentation to any person or organization by payment or award, for special services rendered to the Association.

 ARTICLE IV

Members of the Assn. shall be admitted, retained and expelled in accordance with such rules and regulations as the members may from time to time adopt. Membership fee to be twenty dollars ($20.00) per year per person with one (1) vote; thirty dollars ($30.00) per family membership (spouse-husband-wife) two votes (1 each); effective Jan 1 2001.  All fees required by the Association shall be payable in United States funds,

 ARTICLE V

The Officers shall be selected from the membership at the annual meeting, by the membership and shall consist of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

ARTICLE VI

The President of the Association shall preside at all meetings of the Association.  He/She shall be an ex-officio member of all committees and shall perform such other duties as usually pertain to this office.

 ARTICLE VII

The Vice-President shall perform all the duties of the President in the absence of the President.

 ARTICLE VIII

The Secretary shall give due and proper notice of all meetings of the Association and shall record the proceedings of same. Any member in good standing wishing to vote on any specific matter relating to the Association or who wishes to support any individual for elective office may do so by signing and mailing a proxy expressing his/her wishes, to the Secretary at least fifteen (15) days before the Annual Meeting of the Association.   Proxies may be voted on only by members in good standing.

 ARTICLE IX

The Treasurer shall receive all monies and keep an accurate account thereof.

ARTICLE X

All checks drawn on the funds of the Association shall be signed in the name of the Association by the Treasurer, or by the Secretary, Vice-President, or President. An audit will be conducted by three members of the Association if deemed necessary.

 ARTICLE XI

PLACE AND NOTE OF MEETINGS: Regular and Special Meetings of the Association may be held upon notice sent by any usual means of communication, not less then fifteen (15) days before said meeting. The business to be transacted and the purpose of all special meetings of the Association shall be specified in the notice or waiver of notice of such special  meeting. Action taken by a majority of the members of a Committee without a meeting is nevertheless Board or Committee action if written consent to the action in question is signed by the members of the Committee, as the case may be, and filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board or Committee, whether done before or after the action is taken. If a meeting of members otherwise valid is held without proper call or notice, action taken at such meeting otherwise valid is deemed ratified by an officer who did not attend unless promptly after having knowledge of the action taken and of the impropriety in question, said Officer files with the Secretary of the Assn. written objection to the holding of the meeting or to any specific action so taken. Any one or more members of a committee may participate in a meeting of the committee by means of a conference telephone or similar communications devise which allows all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other and such participation in a meeting shall be deemed present in person at such meeting.

A member, in good standing, may vote by proxy by assigning in writing and signing that written proxy to a member, in good standing, and may provide specific instruction to the holder of that proxy vote, as how his/her proxy shall be voted. Secretary shall be notified at start of each meeting, the number of' Proxy Votes & Who' shall vote those proxy votes.

 ARTICLE XII

An annual meeting of the members shall be held for transaction of any business which may regularly come before the Assn. Special meetings may be called at any time with proper notice. Members shall be given at least fifteen (15) days notice of all such meetings.

 ARTICLE

XIII Membership in the W.S.D.A. is a privilege, not a right.

 ARTICLE XIV

These By-Laws may be amended at any Annual Meeting provided that notice of the intention to amend these by-laws and the substance of such amendment shall have been submitted to the Officers at least thirty (30) days prior to such meeting and mailed to each eligible member of the Assn. by mail at least fifteen (15) days prior to such meeting. The approval of two/thirds (2/3) of the voting members present and those casting votes by proxy shall be required for adoption of any amendment.

 ARTICLE XV SECTION I: AMENDING RULES

The members shall have to power to repeal, revise, modify, or amend the Rules of the Assn. at any annual or regularly scheduled meeting of the Assn. two / thirds (2/3) of votes cast shall be binding.

 SECTION II: DRESS CODE

Contestants (and trial officials) may be required to be properly attired for any competition. Dress should be acceptable for weather and magnitude of occasion. Good judgment should prevail.

 SECTION III: CLASS DEFINITIONS

·          NOVICE - NOVICE HANDLER & NOVICE DOG

·          PRO-NOVICE - NOVICE HANDLER & PRO DOG OR PRO HANDLER & NOVICE DOG

·          OPEN RANCH - NOVICE HANDLER & PRO DOG OR PRO HANDLER WITH NOVICE DOG WITH A CROSS DRIVE

·          PRO HANDLER OR PRO DOG - "HAS RAN" IN AN OPEN TRIAL

·          NOVICE HANDLER OR NOVICE DOG - "HAS NEVER RAN" IN OPEN TRIAL  

SECTION IV: NEWSLETTER

Will be mailed to all paid members at least three (3) times a year. Trial information will be printed at no charge to Trial Hosts. Information must be received in a timely fashion in order to be printed. Trial information must contain, Name, address, phone number, location, Judges Name, Secretary’s Address, fees, and classes.

 SECTION V: HONORARY MEMBER

To be a person who supports the Assn. and is not a competing handler, and is not a member of the Assn. May be given as a Yearly Membership or a Lifetime Membership.  Written request and reasons for, to be presented at the annual meeting, by a member in good standing.

 Revised 1-14-2012