ARTICLE 1 - MEMBERSHIP DUES
Membership dues shall include funds necessary to operate the
office of the Combine Secretary and provide funds for the Piedmont Racing
Pigeon Combine, Inc.
The total amount of annual dues shall be fixed, assessed
annually, and ratified by the active members at the January meeting and are to
be paid by each member. Club Secretaries are to collect these dues and remit
them to the Combine Secretary/Treasurer before the February meeting.
ARTICLE 2 VOTING
Only active members in good standing shall be entitled to
vote on issues coming before the Combine membership. Active members must be
present at the meetings to have the privilege of voting.
In the event of a tie vote, the President or Presiding
Officer shall cast the deciding vote.
A written ballot is required for:
-Amendments to the Constitution and By-laws -Change in race
course and station -In all other voting at the discretion of the President or
Presiding Officer when deemed necessary or expedient
Proxies shall not be permitted.
ARTICLE 3- DUTIES OF OFFICERS
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Combine
and perform such other duties pertaining to his office as required by these
By-laws. He shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Race Committee in it's deliberation and will cast the deciding vote in the
event of a tie except on the Race Committee. He shall appoint such special
committees as may be required during his term of office.
The Vice President shall in the absence of the President or
his inability to act, assume, and/or perform all duties of that office.
The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep and preserve the minutes
of all Combine and Committee meetings, receive and dispatch all correspondence,
and maintain an accurate account of all financial transactions. He will be
responsible for issuing copies of the minutes to all members in attendance at
each meeting. His account books shall be available for inspection or audit by
the President or the President's designated committee. He shall maintain a list
of all clubs, indicating the names, home and loft addresses, and telephone
numbers of the respective members.
The Race Secretary will take exclusive charge of and manage
the races, be accountable for the application of the prescribed and/or proper
methods of entry, countermarking, and transportation of Combine racing pigeons
in competition, opening of clocks, and the computation and recording of time
and speeds. He sha!! prepare
and distribute all diplomas and certificates of record.
He shall prepare and distribute race reports to member clubs
within a reasonable time. In the performance of these responsibilities, he is
empowered to establish such committees, appoint and designate individuals to
assist him as he deems proper and necessary, and assemble the Race Committee to
hear and judge protests. The Race Secretary shall plan and arrange for the
liberation of the pigeons at all stations. He shall ascertain the weather and
atmospheric conditions prevailing at the release points, at home, along the
race course, and order liberation at a specified time when conditions are
favorable and no smash is evident. The decision of the Race Secretary shall be
final and any interference with him in the performance of his duties will not
be tolerated. He shall serve as a member of the Race Committee.
The Race Committee shall consist of the Race Secretaries
from each member clubs, the Combine President, and the Combine Race Secretary.
The Race Committee shall hear and judge all matters, questions, disputes, and
protests pertaining to the races. The Combine Race Secretary will cast the
deciding vote to resolve any ties on issues before the Committee. In incidents
where a Committee member is involved in a dispute, that member shall be
disqualified and the President shall appoint a one time substitute. The Race
Committee shall assist the Race Secretary in any matters when called upon .
When the level of lofts and/or number of birds competing in
a Combine race
series drop to a number that is not
in the best interest of the Combine, a request can be made by a Race Committee
member to the Race Secretary to close or alter the race series. If a request is
made, the Race Secretary will pole the remaining Race Committee and render a
decision. If the race series is altered or closed, any remaining fees collected
will be refunded back to the clubs based on lofts committed for that series. ,
The Board of Directors of the Piedmont Combine shall consist
of all Combine Officers plus the Presidents and Race Secretaries of all member
At the discretion of the Combine President, a Combine
Publicity Director may be appointed. The role of this appointed position is to
promote the Combine and it's activities through
whatever media is deemed appropriate. The individual holding this position
would also be responsible for the publication and rendering of a Combine
newsletter as deemed appropriate.
ARTICLE 4- PENAL TIES
Any member charged in writing with dishonorable conduct,
fraud, or impropriety shall be cited to appear before the Combine Board of
Directors which will investigate the charges. If substantiated, the member
shall be penalized to the degree that the Board of Directors deems appropriate.
If a Director is involved in a dispute, he shall be disqualified and the
Combine President shall appoint a one time substitute.
ARTICLE 5 - MOTIONS
By vote of the active Combine members, various motions may
be passed. Such motions shall not conflict with this Constitution and By-Laws
and such motions must be entered into the permanent records of the Combine.
ARTICLE 6 - RULES OF ORDER
All questions on parliamentary usage that may arise shall be
disposed of as provided for in Robert's Rules of Order.
ARTICLE 7 - DISSOLUTION
In the event the Combine is dissolved, all assets will be
liquidated by the Board of Directors and the proceeds donated to a non-profit
This Document was updated by Clint Burgess on January 21'