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Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Carbon County Pa/Kidder Township
Re: Hunting Club By-laws
By-Laws are easy to come up with. Most of the clubs I belong to or was an officer or trustee in followed the format of Roberts Rules of Order.
Typical Basic Bylaw Articles
<span style="font-weight: bold">Name.</span>
There must be no ambiguity as to the identity of the group.
<span style="font-weight: bold">Object and Reason for the group's existence.</span>
This alone will help you combat abuse of power, and will help you keep the organization focused.
<span style="font-weight: bold">Members.</span>
This explains the members' rights, limitations, and qualifications. It clarifies issues such as fees, attendance, resignations, and honorary membership.
<span style="font-weight: bold">Officers.</span>
Explains methods for nominations, voting, elections, and filling vacancies, as well as term of office and duties.
<span style="font-weight: bold">Meetings.</span>
Details quorum, regular meetings, special meetings, and conventions.
Often, the remaining Articles are referred to as the Constitution. In many cases, organizations refer to all the 9 Articles as the Constitution and the Bylaws as if they were one document.
<span style="font-weight: bold">Executive Board or Board of Directors.</span>
The board's composition, power, and quorum are clearly stated in this article.
<span style="font-weight: bold">Committees.</span>
Standing committees must be described as to name, composition, manner of selection, attendance, and duties.
<span style="font-weight: bold">Parliamentary Authority.</span>
The rules of order must be clearly established. It could be Robert, Sturgis, Cannon, Demeter, Riddick, etc. The important thing is to have a document which assures order under fire. Regardless of the rule book, an organization is ruled first by local, state, and federal laws; and then by its parent organization; followed by any adopted special rules of order; and finally by its adopted parliamentary authority.
<span style="font-weight: bold">Amendment of Bylaws.</span>
Typically, a Bylaw can be amended with 2/3 of the collected votes, if a prior notice has been given during the prior meeting. Otherwise, it takes a majority of the entire registered membership to amend any Bylaw.
Since you mentioned gas royalties I assume you jointly own the property, I would make sure it is very clear what a member leaving the club is entitled to (eg. )what buy out they receive, if they can sell their share to someone else and that the remaining members have the right to turn down without cause someone you don't approve.
You also might want to check out incorporating. Good Luck
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