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Constitution and By-Laws

PENINSULA DOG OBEDIENCE GROUP

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I The name of the organization shall be the Peninsula Dog Obedience Group. Its proper abbreviated form shall be
Pen D. O. G.

ARTICLE II The mailing address for the transaction of business shall be 43530 Kalifornsky Beach Rd Unit 15
Soldotna, 99669.
The registered agent shall be the duly elected president.

ARTICLE III The objectives of the organization shall be:

A. To protect and advance the interest of all dogs, to encourage participation in dog-related events, promote good sportsmanship in the training and exhibition of dogs, to enhance the natural abilities of dogs and their handlers, and to nurture the bond between people and their dogs.

B. To exemplify before the general public the highest standards of dog training, and to associate with other organizations with similar ideals to advance common goals.

C. To lease, own, purchase, hold and maintain real and other property of any and all kinds in the state of Alaska to facilitate the accomplishment of these ends.


ARTICLE IV The organization shall not be conducted or operated for profit, and no part of any income or remainder of any dues, fees, or donations to the club shall benefit any member or other individual over and above expenses.


ARTICLE V This constitution may only be amended by a three-fourths vote of the certified members at a meeting of the general membership, and then only in the manner prescribed in the bylaws which shall be duly adopted, set in place, and revised as may be required to carry out. these objectives and the normal business of the Peninsula Dog Obedience Group.




BYLAWS

ARTICLE I MEMBERSHIP


Section 1 Eligibility

Membership in the organization shall be open to all those who subscribe to the stated purposes of the Peninsula Dog Obedience Group. Membership in Pen D. O. G. (hereafter called the "club") shall not be denied because of race, sex, or creed.

Section 2 Types of Membership

A. Regular Membership: A member 18 years of age or older. Any regular member shall be entitled to vote and hold office. All regular members shall enjoy all club privileges on an equal basis.

B. Junior Membership: A member under the age of 18 years. Junior members shall not be entitled to vote or hold office. Use of club facilities shall be under the direct supervision of a regular member.

C. Associate Membership: A member 18 years of age or older. Associate members are not entitled to vote, hold office, receive class discounts, and are not required to be on the cleaning schedule.

Section 3 Membership Dues

A. Membership dues will be decided by the Board of Directors. Any changes in dues shall not become effective until the first day of the next membership year.

B. The club's fiscal year shall begin on the first day of October and extend through the last day of September of each year. Membership dues must be paid in full by November 1.

Section 4 Liability

No member shall be personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or obligations of the club. This section does not release a member from being liable for their own reckless, negligent, or unlawful actions.


ARTICLE II THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Section 1 The Board of Directors shall be comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director of Trials and Training. General management of the affairs of the organization shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors.

Section 2 The club's officers shall be elected for a one-year term at the annual meeting, as provided in these bylaws.

A. President: The president shall preside at all meetings of the club and the Board of Directors, and shall have the duties and powers normally appurtenant to the office of president in addition to those specified in these bylaws, and also the delegation of responsibilities. The president shall not have veto power.

B. Vice President: The vice president shall assume the duties and powers of the president in the event of the death, incapacity, or absence of the president. The vice president shall assist the president in the discharge of the duties of that office. The vice president may serve as a committee chair.

C. Secretary: The secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the club and of the Board of Directors, and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the club. The secretary shall have charge of all correspondence, perform required notifications to members, and keep a roll of club membership. Care of the permanent records and documents of the club shall be the responsibility of the secretary. The secretary shall preside at any meeting not attended by the president or vice president.

D. Treasurer: The treasurer shall collect and receive all monies due or belonging to the club, and deposit in the club's name all funds in a bank designated by the Board; have the club's books open at all times for inspection by the Board, or the Board may designate a bookkeeper to perform this function; report at every meeting the condition of the club's finances, and show every item, receipt, or payment not previously reported; disburse from the club's funds all bills approved by the Board of Directors. At the annual meeting, the treasurer shall render an account of all monies received and expended during the previous fiscal year. The Treasurer shall also check Pen D.O.G.'s mailbox.

E. Director of Trials and Training. The director shall oversee performance events held by the club, and be responsible for their administration. The director shall ensure that training conducted by, for, or through the club meets accepted standards. Qualifications for the position may include experience teaching structured dog classes, performance dog titles held, experience relating to performance dog events, or education relating to dog behavior/ performance. If no member qualified under this subsection is nominated or willing to serve, the office shall be filled by the Board of Directors, as would a vacancy. The Board shall seek and appoint the most qualified member willing to serve.


Section 3 Vacancies

Any vacancy occurring on the Board of Directors, except that of president, during the term of office shall be filled until the next annual meeting by appointment of an eligible member by a majority vote of the remaining Board members. If the office of president becomes vacant, the vice president shall immediately ascend to the presidency, and the office of vice president shall be vacant.

Section 4 Removal from Office

An officer who does not attend three (3) consecutive regular meetings of the Board may be removed from office by a majority vote of the remaining Board members at a regular meeting of the Board. The office shall be filled, as would a vacancy.


ARTICLE III MEETINGS & VOTING


Section 1 Meetings of the Membership

The annual meeting shall be held in October and shall include elections. The newly elected Board of Directors will automatically take office as the last item of business. If requested, the audit committee shall present their report to the membership at this meeting.

Section 2 Special Meetings of the Membership

Written notice of a special meeting shall be sent to all members at least ten (10) days before the time set for the special meeting.

Special meetings may be called:

A. By a vote of the majority of the Board of Directors.

B. By the members, upon the filing of a petition signed by a majority of the regular members.

Section 3 Board of Directors Meetings

Board meetings shall be held regularly. A quorum shall consist of the majority of the Board members. The Board of Directors reserves the right to go into executive sessions as needed.

Section 4 Special Board Meetings

Special meetings shall be held and notice sent to all Board members in the same manner as for special meetings of the membership.

Special meetings of the Board may be held:

A. If the full membership of the Board actually convenes by mutual agreement.

B. When a majority of the Board mutually agree to convene, and at least 24-hours notice is given telephonically or in person to the rest of the Board.

Section 5 Elections

The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each office shall be declared elected at the annual meeting.

Section 6 Nominations

Prior to the annual meeting, a person designated by the Board shall poll all members for nominations to the Board of Directors.

Section 7 Notification required

The secretary shall send notice to each member no later than twenty (20) days prior stating the time, date, and place of the annual meeting.

Section 8 Voting

Each regular member shall be entitled to one vote at any meeting of the membership.

Section 9 Parliamentary Authority

The rules of parliamentary procedure contained in the most recent revision of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of the membership and Board of Directors, unless superseded by the bylaws.


ARTICLE IV COMMITTEES


Section 1 Audit Committee

An audit committee may be appointed to present a report at the annual meeting concerning the financial affairs of the club, and the state of the books of the treasurer. Members of the Board of Directors may not serve on the audit committee.


ARTICLE V DISCIPLINE

Section 1 The expulsion of a member from the club may be accomplished if the member is found guilty by a Humane Society or law enforcement agency of cruelty, neglect, or abuse of any animal or failure to comply with the policies and procedures of the club and voted on by the Board of Directors.


ARTICLE VI AMENDMENTS

The constitution may be amended by a three-fourths vote, and the bylaws by a two-thirds vote of the general membership at a meeting as provided in the bylaws.

ARTICLE VII DISSOLUTION


The club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than three-fourths of the members. In the event of the dissolution of the club, whether voluntary or involuntary, or by the operation of law, none of the property, proceeds, nor assets of the club shall be distributed to any member. After payments of club debts, all property and assets shall be given to a nonprofit charitable organization in Alaska selected by the Board of Directors for the training or other benefit of dogs.

ARTICLE VIIl: GENERAL

We are adopting
Roberts Rules of Orders as our Parliamentary authority on items not formally addressed by the By-Laws.
Here is the on line Roberts Rules of Order for reference:
http://www.rulesonlin...

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We hereby certify that the foregoing document, make up the Constitution and Bylaws of the Peninsula Dog Obedience Group, of Soldotna, Alaska, adopted by its membership on Oct 1, 2016




Faith Hays, President
Barb Eagle, Vice President
Mary Jane Hanley, Secretary
Jan Erwin, Treasurer
Traci Knutson, Director of Trials and Training



_____________________________ Date: Oct 1, 2018
Faith Hays, President

_____________________________ Date: Oct 1, 2018
Barb Eagle, Vice President

_____________________________ Date: Oct 1, 2018
Mary Jane Hanley, Secretary


_____________________________ Date: Oct 1, 2018
Jan Erwin, Treasurer


_____________________________ Date: Oct 1, 2018
Traci Knutson, Director of Trials & Training

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
2018 Alaska Dog Shows and Trials January 16, 2018 7:29 PM Faith H.
NACSW Trial 2017 - Thank You April 13, 2017 4:06 PM Jeannie F.
Shelter Discount April 1, 2015 11:50 AM Faith H.
PenDOG Classes Price List April 1, 2015 11:48 AM Faith H.
PenDOG Policy Handbook January 10, 2019 9:41 PM Faith H.
Constitution and By-Laws January 10, 2019 9:46 PM Faith H.
PenDOG Items for Sale April 1, 2015 11:45 AM Faith H.
The History Of Peninsula Dog Obedience Group April 1, 2015 12:44 PM Faith H.
Ways of Saving on Classes April 1, 2015 12:21 PM Faith H.
PenDOG Membership Application January 10, 2019 9:37 PM Faith H.
Types of PenDOG memberships available September 2, 2015 3:35 PM Faith H.
PenDOG Board of Directors January 10, 2019 9:49 PM Faith H.

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