Constitution and Bylaws
Chartered since 1977
The purpose of this organization is to promote a fellowship between members to help each other to become better anglers and to adhere to all state laws and guidelines.
Article 1 - Constitution
Section A - Name
This organization shall be known as the South Florida Bass Pros?. Voted on the 4th day of October 1977. A not for profit organization. All dues collected shall be used for club activities and to promote the organization.
Section B Fiscal Year
The fiscal year shall start the first day in September and end the last day in August.
Article 2 By laws
Section A Meetings and Tournaments
Club meetings shall be held the first Tuesday of the month. Meetings may be changed one month prior to the meeting along with a 75% vote of the members present. All tournaments shall be held the Saturday following the first Tuesday of the month or Saturday and Sunday for 2 day tournaments. Tournament locations shall be picked by the Tournament committee. Tournaments may be changed at the meeting prior to the event, with a 75% approval of the members present. It shall be the responsibility of the Secretary to notify all members by whatever means necessary of the change of venue.
Section B Dues and Assessments
Club dues are set at $14 per month or, if a member elects to pay one year in advance, he is entitled to a reduced rate of $140 per year. This election may be made in September only. In the case of early withdrawal form the club, any dues paid in advance will be refunded at $10 per unused month, regardless of Payment method selected or amounts paid in advance. Any special assessments made by the membership must pass with a 75% approval of the members present.
Section C Membership
Club membership shall not exceed thirty-six members at any given time. All prospective members must have obtained their 18th birthday prior to beginning their probationary period. All new prospective members will be placed on a 90 day probationary period. During this time they must attend two meetings and fish in two club tournaments. After successfully passing their probationary period, the membership shall conduct a secret ballet. If more than two negative ballots are cast, the prospective member shall be denied entry into the club and will be asked to leave the meeting. The ballot must be tallied by at least two members in good standing.
Section D Boater / Co-Angler designation
Section E Separation from the Club
Section F Awards
End of Season awards will be given for the following:
Angler of the Year - most points.
Second place - second most points.
Third place - third most points.
Largest fish caught in a tournament during the year.
Horses Ass award voted by the members.
Nominations for special appreciation awards.
of the Year, Top Non-Boater (Cannot bring a boat to any
a tournament to
qualify, unless it is for the benefit of the club)
Section G Club Officers / Elections
1. The officers of the club shall consist of:
a. PRESIDENT: The President will preside over all meetings, direct all official business, and will supervise all club functions.
b. VICE PRESIDENT: The Vice President will assist President and preside in absence of the President. The Vice President will secure the fishing exemptions and will fill out the fishing reports.
c. SECRETARY: The Secretary will maintain accurate minutes for all meetings and must report the minutes at all meetings. Secretary will also keep an active club roster.
d. TREASURER: The Treasurer will maintain accurate records of clubs finances, be responsible for club payments, and must give a financial report at all meetings.
e. SERGEANT AT ARMS: The Sergeant At Arms will maintain all tournament results and member standings. He is responsible for maintaining order at meetings and enforces bylaws
f. WEIGH MASTER(S): The Weigh master(s) will ensure that the official weigh in scales, weigh in basket, bags, and golden rule are kept in clean, safe and in working order. If there is a problem with anything, it is their responsibility to inform the club members and propose a resolution.
2. There are no paid positions in this club.
3. The election of officers shall be held annually at a regular meeting during the month of August, with nomination for officers to be held in July. Voting will be 50% plus one affirmative of the members present. Each member is allowed one vote and no proxy votes are accepted.
Section H Bylaw Changes
Changes to Bylaws may be proposed at any meeting with a 75% approval of members present. Ample time for discussion must be provided to the membership. All other proposed By Law changes will be noted in the minutes. The Secretary will document the proposed change along with the name of the person who recommended the change and will repost this suggestion in all subsequent minutes for the season until July. At that time, all proposed By Law changes must be formally submitted with Article/Section reference via email no later than the Friday prior to the August Meeting.