Club Rules

  1. The club will hold monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm unless otherwise notified. There will not be a meeting in December or January.
  2. Monthly dues are $10.00 per month plus annual BASS dues of $30 and annual MBN dues of $20. New members must pay a one time fee of $25.00. If a member falls behind three months in dues, that member may be ineligible to fish club tournaments and that member will be subject to be dropped from the club after consideration of the membership. The Treasurer will inform the club of any member in this situation during the Treasurer’s report at the club meeting. It is a member’s responsibility to see that dues are paid if he cannot attend a meeting.
  3. Only members attending meetings may vote on issues considered at a meeting.
  4. Membership will be maintained with a minimum of 60% boaters.
  5. Requirements for membership are:
    1. A member is required to join B.A.S.S.
    2. A member will be on probation for his first 2 tournaments in the club. During which time he can not vote on club issues.
    3. After this time a member on probation will be voted upon by the membership and affirmation of full membership will be by majority vote.
    4. After a majority vote, full membership will be awarded.
    5. A member must be at least 21 years old.
    6. A member is required to join the Maryland Bass Nation.
  6. All club and tournament rules will be published in each January’s club newsletter/email. During the February meeting, any member can make a motion to amend any club or tournament rule. There will be no discussion of rules unless or until a motion is made to change a club or tournament rule.  Rule changes considered during the February meeting will be passed or rejected by a simple majority vote of the members present at the meeting.
  7. There will be no changes to any rules during the year after the rules are in place.
  8. The club will pay the entrance fee for the club champion (Mr. Bass) and the runner up for that year to the Mr. Bass tournament. The club will also pay a $50 cash prize to the club champion (Mr. Bass) for that year as well.
  9. The club will pay a $50 cash prize to the Co-Angler-of-the-Year for the co-angler finishing highest in the tournament standings in a year where at least 2 co-anglers compete. If you fish as a Boater and a Non-Boater during the year, you must fish the majority of your tournaments as a non-boater to be eligible for this prize.
  10. The club will pay a $50 cash prize to the Rookie-of-the-Year for the rookie finishing highest in the tournament standings in a year where at least 2 rookies compete. You must be eligible to fish all club tournaments your first year, if not then the following year will be your rookie year regardless of how many tournaments you fish.
  11. The club will pay a $50 cash prize to the Lunker-of-the-Year for the largest fish caught during club tournament competition for the year.
  12. Mr. Bass, the Co-Angler-of-the-Year, the Rookie-of-the-Year, and the Lunker-of-the-Year winners will receive plaques in recognition of their accomplishments.
  13. The following shall be the duties and responsibilities of officers elected by the club:
    1. President:
      1. Preside over the regular meetings of the club.
      2. Assure that all rules adopted by the club are enforced.
      3. Keep club appraised of the activities of the Southern Region or the Maryland Bass Nation (MBN)
      4. Respond to requests from the Southern Region or the MBN.
      5. Schedule all meetings for the club.
      6. Present issues to the club for vote as requested by the Southern Region or the MBN.
      7. Represent the club or appoint a representative at the Southern Region or the MBN meetings.
      8. Attend the MBN Presidents Conference.
      9. Appoint committees as needed.
    2. Vice President:
      1. Assist the President in all roles.
      2. Substitutes for the President in his absence at a Tournament or meeting.
      3. Assume the role of the President should the President resign or be removed from office for the remainder of the term.
      4. Substitute for the Tournament Director in his absence at a Tournament or meeting.
      5. Monitor the meeting to assure the club is following current rules to assure compliance.
    3. Secretary:
      1. Take minutes at each club meeting and present those minutes at the following meeting.
      2. Be responsible for presentation of correspondence or information at each club meeting.
      3. Be responsible for maintaining a current roster of the club and distribute that information to club members and the MBN.
      4. In addition to the role as Secretary, the Secretary will fill the role as Vice President should that office become vacant.
    4. Treasurer:
      1. Collect all dues, fees and income and provide monthly reports to club members of all debits and credits.
      2. Issue a receipt for all Monies collected from club members if so requested by a member.
      3. Maintain the club checking/savings account.
      4. Pay all club obligations.
    5. Tournament Director:
      1. Implement the Tournament schedule approved at the February meeting.
      2. Investigate allegations of misconduct and present such allegations to the officers for further consideration.
      3. Validate and make official all Tournament results.
      4. In any instance where a judgment call is required, including but not limited to the cancellation of a Tournament, the Tournament Director shall poll club officers available and make a decision based upon a majority vote of the officers.
      5. Shall be in charge of the blast off and be the official time keeper at the weigh in.
      6. Be responsible for accepting all inquiries regarding Tournaments.
      7. Assist in the pairing up of non-paired members.
    6. Webmaster:
      1. Maintain and keep current all official club business published on the club website.
      2. Ensures the timely posting of official tournament results, rules, rosters, angler profiles, and sponsor information.
      3. Ensures web fees and web accounts are current and in good standing.
      4. Ensures the information posted on the club website is of ethical standards.
      5. Ensures the posting of website information is voted on and approved by club officers and club members.
  14. Election of Officers:
    1. An officer’s term shall run from Dec 1 through Nov 30 of the following year.
    2. Nomination of Officers shall take place at the October meeting. Election of officers will be held at the November meeting.
    3. Names will be placed in nomination for an office based upon a motion and second and acceptance by that nominee for that office.
    4. Members in attendance at the November meeting shall continue to take secret ballots in a contested election until a nominee obtains a simple majority of the vote.
    5. No person shall hold more than two offices in a term.
    6. In the event that an office becomes vacant, nomination and election shall take place at the meeting during which the vacancy becomes known to the club and shall be accomplished by a nomination, second and simple majority vote along with acceptance by that nominee for that office.
  15. Removal of an Officer
    1. An Officer may be removed from office under the following procedures:
    2. A member must bring a motion and show cause to remove an Officer and that
    3. motion must be seconded during a regularly scheduled club meeting.
    4. The motion shall be published in the club newsletter before the following months
    5. meeting.  If no newsletter is published, members must otherwise be notified in writing/email of the pending motion before the following months meeting.
    6. There shall be a vote at the following months meeting with 2/3 of the club members present. Officers may be removed after motion, second and a simple majority vote of the members present.
  16. Removal of a member from the club
    The following shall be cause for consideration for removal of a member from the club:

    1. Non-payment of club dues for three consecutive months.
    2. Cheating in a club tournament.
    3. Operating a boat or vehicle while intoxicated during a club event.
    4. Failure to report at a weigh-in in accordance with tournament rules.
    5. Repetitive failure to show up for a tournament without notifying their partner.
  17. Removal of a member from the club shall take place using the following procedures:
    1. A member must bring a motion and show cause to remove a member and that
    2. motion must be seconded during a regularly scheduled club meeting.
    3. The motion shall be published in the club newsletter before the following months
    4. meeting.  If no newsletter is published, members must otherwise be notified in writing/email of the pending motion before the following months meeting.
    5. There shall be a vote at the following months meeting and the motion will require 3/4 majority of attending members to pass.
  18. Expenditures of Money – Authorization
    1. All expenditures of money should be accompanied by a motion, second and a
    2. simple majority vote.
    3. There is no need for a motion to pay regular club obligations included in the budget.
    4. If the need to spend money arises before a scheduled meeting, authorization to spend money shall be achieved by a simple majority vote of the Officers.
    5. The club President may without a vote spend up to $100.00 per occasion for special occasions which may arise that may require immediate attention.
    6. The club may pay out funds to cover accommodations for weekend tournament trips. The amount to be determined at a club meeting.
  19. Payment By Members
    1. The club Treasurer or his designate, will issue a receipt if requested for any money received from a club member.  If a club member disputes the accounting of the Treasurer, the member must present a receipt to the Treasurer to reconcile the books.  If  the member cannot present a receipt for the money paid, the Treasurer’s accounting shall be considered accurate.
  20. SQT
    1. If more members wish to participate in the SQT than the club has spaces allotted, then priority will be given based upon the previous years standings.
  21. Club Votes to MBN
    1. After the club votes on an issue presented by the MBN or Southern Region, regardless of the actual vote tally, the club will submit the vote of the majority of club members as a unanimous vote to the MBN or Southern Region.
  22. Tournament Schedule
    1. The tournament schedule shall be selected at the February meeting. Mr. Bass gets to pick a 2 day tournament location. The club will vote on the second 2 day tournament location. Members get to pick a 1 day tournament location based on the end of the year standings until all remaining open tournament dates are filled.
  23. There will be a minimum of 2 weekend (2 day) tournaments per year unless voted on by the club. The Tournament Director and/or Treasurer may issue conditions upon which members must pre-pay for two day tournament accommodations.
  24. The club will, at all times, maintain 100% BASS membership.
  25. The club will submit a complete membership roster to BASS Nation once a year.
  26. The club will belong to and support the Maryland BASS Nation (MBN).
  27. By the November meeting, all dues and tx fees for the current year and BASS & MBN registration fees for the following year, must be paid or the club will not re-register you for the next season. There will be a $25 late payment fee for all payments after the November meeting.

Rev. 2/12/2017