TRADITIONAL BOWHUNTERS OF GEORGIA, INC. Corporate By-Laws Amended 8/1/07
The name of the organization shall be THE TRADITIONAL BOWHUNTERS OF GEORGIA, INC.
The purpose of the organization shall include, but not be limited to:
A) Promoting the enjoyment of hunting with traditional archery equipment. B) Providing education and information concerning the sport of traditional bowhunting to the general public, the Georgia DNR, and state and federal authorities. C) Providing for members and guests opportunities to gather at social and hunting events. D) Provide members and guests opportunities to improve their hunting and shooting skills. E) Any other purpose agreed upon by the majority of the membership and in keeping with the highest ethics of traditional archery.
“Traditional Bowhunting” is defined for the purposes of the organization as the hunting and taking of game by the use of instinctively aimed traditional archery equipment, commonly known as longbows recurves, self-bows, and flatbows. Traditional bowhunters use no electronic devices attached to bow or arrow, for any purpose, nor is any aiming device attached to the bow.
Membership of TBG. Inc. shall be made up of three classes of membership:
A) Life Members. Life members are those regular members who have chosen to make a financial commitment to the organization such that they have paid their membership dues for the duration of their life. Life membership dues shall be set by a majority vote of the current officers of the organization. B) Regular Members. Regular members are those who have met the requirements for regular membership and have been an associate member for at least one year. Before any person is accepted for regular membership, he must complete an application, which includes the following oath:
1 certify that l am a bowhunter who uses only traditional equipment when bowhunting: that I strictly obey all game laws; and that l am dedicated to preserving bowhunting’s traditional values . Furthermore, the applicant shall have been an associate for one year and have the signature of a sponsoring regular or life member vouching for the applicant’s character and hunting ethics Upon receipt of the application, the Sec/ Treasurer shall copy and transmit the application to officers for their approval or rejection. Upon an approval from the majority of officers, the applicant will be awarded regular membership in a letter from the president. C) Associate Members. Associate members are those who have been members for less than one year or who have not yet made the commitment to bowhunting exclusively with traditional archery equipment. D) All members who have paid their dues in full before September 1, 1998 will be grandfathered in as regular members. E) Only life and regular members are voting members. F) All memberships shall be family memberships, that is; all spouses and children residing with the member shall be eligible to participate in any organization functions for which the member qualifies; while using Traditional archery equipment, but no family shall have more than one voting member unless those additional persons have qualified as a regular or life member on their own. G) Dues are payable during the month the member originally joined. The month and year shall be listed on the mailing label of each club magazine. It is the responsibility of each member to keep his dues current.
The executive board of officers will be elected by the majority of the qualified membership in accordance with the election procedures outlined under Article Eight All terms are for two years. The executive board shall be made up of the following members: 1) President: His duties shall be consistent with the presidency of all similar organizations: to preside at meetings, to appoint committees, to represent the organization at official and unofficial functions, and to ensure that the goals and purposes of the organization are pursued by the other officers and the membership. 2) Vice-President: His duties shall be the same as that of the President but to be exercised only if the particular duty is designated to the Vice-President from the President The V.P. may sit on any committee as designated by the President In the event that the President cannot complete his term, the Vice-President shall succeed him until the next regular election 3) Secretary/Treasurer: His duties shall be consistent with the title and will include maintaining a record of club funds and expenditures (a report will be given annually either at the banquet or in the newsletter), keeping a written record of the minutes of all business meetings, whether held in person, via e-mail, or other means, maintaining a current membership roster, insuring that prospective regular members meet membership criteria, and any other duties designated by the President. 4) District Representatives: Three representatives will be elected by the majority of voting members, each to represent his respective geographical region. His responsibility is to promote the Traditional Bowhunters of Georgia in his geographic area and to carry out any responsibilities designated to him by the President. There will be three geographic regions. They are as follows: A) Northern Rep: represents that area north of 1-20 from Alabama to Augusta, Georgia. B) Central Rep: represents that area south of 1-20 from Alabama to Augusta, Georgia and north of US 80 from Columbus to Macon in western Georgia and north of 1-16 from Macon to Savannah. C) Southern Rep: represents that area south of US 80 from Columbus to Macon and south of 1-16 from Macon to Savannah. 5) Editor: The position of Editor shall be a position appointed by the President. The editor is responsible for putting together the T.B.G. Magazine on a quarterly basis to keep members informed about club news and functions. When any amendments to existing bylaws are made, the Editor shall incorporate the changes into a written copy of the amended bylaws and publish the new bylaws in the next newsletter to be distributed to all members in good standing. The editor is a voting member of the board. 6) The executive board shall meet annually prior to the fundraising banquet, and this meeting shall be open to the membership.
In the event that the organization sponsors or approves the use of it’s name in the promotion of any tournament in the traditional class designations, only bows primarily designed and legal for hunting in the state of Georgia shall be used. Draw weight requirements may be waived for women and children at the discretion of the tournament director. The following rules will also apply: A) No sighting device may be attached to or marked upon the bow, nor shall the archer use any aiming method such as “string walking” or “gap shooting” B) Only one nocking point shall be permitted on the string. C) Arrows shall weigh as least 450 grains. This requirement may be waived for woman and children at the discretion of the tournament director. D) No overdraw devices of any kind will be permitted. E) If the event allows or requires the use of broadheads. They must be a minimum of 7/8” wide and have no moving parts once assembled. F) An official tournament director will be appointed by the President to monitor equipment and shooting techniques at each sponsored event or the President may assume this duty personally. Any contestant using equipment or shooting techniques not in accordance with these rules shall, at the sole discretion of the director of the event, be disqualified from officially competing.
At his discretion, the President may appoint committees from any category of membership to perform functions that are in the best interest of the organization. These may include but are not limited to: A) Legislative Committee B) Tournament Committee C) Annual Hunt Committee D) Election Nomination Committee E) Magazine Committee
Elections will be completed during the month of August and the officers-elect will take office on September 1 of the election year. An election committee chairman appointed by the President shall recruit two regular members to form an election committee. Committee responsibilities will be: A) Recruiting two qualified nominees for each office. No office can be won in an unopposed election. B) Nominees must be regular members in good standing. C) The committee will nominate, qualify and notify all nominees of their acceptance for nomination. D) Regular members may submit names to the committee for consideration. E) Ballots will be printed, addressed and mailed first class by July 10 of each election year. F) Ballots will be returned to the chairman of the election committee by August 1 for tally. G) Ballots shall be maintained by the committee chair for a period of one year following the election. H) Should the election be contested in any way, the challenge must be in writing and can only be submitted by a regular member The election committee shall meet with the complainant within thirty days of receipt of the complaint for a recount The nominees involved in the contested election may be present for the recount if they so choose. The committee’s original tally will be honored until proven to be in error. Special Elections: In the event that any office is vacated with more than one calendar year remaining until the next general election, a special election shall be held. In order to expedite the process, the President shall act as the Special Election Committee Chair and two officers of his choice will make up the committee. In the event that an office becomes vacant with less than one calendar year to the next election, the President may appoint a regular member to that office with a majority approval of the Executive Board.
No articles or sub articles in this document can be changed without either a majority vote by the regular membership, that is to say the entire regular membership roster, or thru a unanimous vote of the executive board.
The above copy of the bylaws includes the amendments approved by the majority of the membership on the election ballots of 2007. The amended bylaws are hereby published in accordance with the amendment to article 9, requiring such publication upon any amendment passage. Summary of Amendments Three amendments passed that require: The executive board to meet annually prior to the fundraising banquet, and that this meeting be open to the membership. The Secretary Treasurer is now required to keep a written record of the minutes of all business meetings, and whenever any amendments to bylaws are passed, a copy of the amended bylaws shall be published in the next newsletter, and distributed to all members in good standing.
-------------------- "Being there was good enough..." Charlie Lamb reflecting on a hunt TGMM Brotherhood of the Bow Posts: 9619 | From: Ranger, GA | Registered: Mar 2003
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Hi, don't know if anyone will see this message, but I'm Don Buckner, life member TBG (but now associate member because I also shoot compound bows?) My address has changed. My new address is 195 Ashley Woods Drive, Newnan, GA 30263 Thanks