BY-LAWS OF THE C & R MUSKY CLUB, INC.
A WISCONSIN NON-PROFIT CORPORATION
TO CHAPTER 181, WISCONSIN STATUTES
The name of the Corporation shall be the C & R Musky Club, Inc.
The primary purposes of the Corporation shall be (1) to educate the public with respect to the Muskellunge including preservation of habitat, stocking programs, and the practice of catch and release, (2) also to promote the preservation and conservation of the Muskellunge as a natural resource, (3) to engage in any other activity authorized by Chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
The Corporation shall not be operated for the primary purpose of carrying on a trade or business for profit.
The Corporation shall neither have nor exercise any power, nor shall directly or indirectly engage in any activity, that would: (1) prevent it from obtaining exemption for federal income taxation as a Corporation described in Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or (2) cause it to loose such exempt status.
No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members or any trustees, Directors, Officers, or other private persons, except that the Corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in its Articles of Incorporation and by-laws. No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of and candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Articles of Incorporation or By-Laws, the Corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on: (a) by a Corporation exempt from federal income tax under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or (b) by a Corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Sec.170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
Meetings Meetings will be held the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at Christopher Allenís Bar in Dale, Wisconsin.
Election of Officers The election of officers shall be held at the December meeting of each year.
Dues Dues will be: $20 for an annual single membership, $30 for an annual husband and wife membership, and $10 for children under 18 years old. First time members shall receive a C & R Musky Club hat at no charge.
Fiscal Year The fiscal year of the C & R Musky Club, Inc. shall begin on the 1st day of January and end on the 31st day of December each year.
Members A member will be considered anyone in good standing with the C & R Musky Club, Inc. with regard to the dues being paid in and for that particular calendar year. Anyone paying their dues after October 1st of any year will be considered in good standing for the year immediately following.
Voting All members in good standing will be entitled to one vote on all matters coming before the membership of the Corporation.
Proxies There shall be no proxy votes. All votes shall be cast in person by the members.
Quorum A quorum shall consist of twenty percent (20%) of the owner members listed on the most recent membership roll. A vote of a simple majority of the members present shall be an act of the membership.
Scholarship A $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a local student pursuing a degree in Natural Resources. Proof of first semester passing grades required before payment of award will be made.
Outings The club will have two musky fishing outings. The spring outing will be held on the second Saturday in June. The club will purchase the soda for the spring outing. The largest legal musky caught by a member by legal means will receive a musky rod at the annual banquet.
Big Fish of the Month The club will award a prize at the annual banquet for the largest legal musky caught by a member for each month, May through November. A photo or tournament registration verification is required to enter a catch.
Big Fish of the Year The club will award a musky rod at the annual banquet for the largest legal musky caught by a member each fiscal year. The musky must have been caught in Wisconsin. A photo or tournament registration verification is required to enter a catch.
50"+ Replica Award An award of $200 will be made towards a replica mount for a 50 inch or better musky caught by an active member. The award may be accepted only once per memberís lifetime, more than one member may win this award per year. An active member is one who participates in the club by: attending some meetings, partakes in some of the clubs fund raising ventures, and/or helps the clubs existence in some way or form. The Officers of the club will have the final decision as to whether or not an award will be made. A photo is required to enter a catch. The payment of the award will be made to the taxidermist of the replica. The member will be required to bring the mount to the next club banquet after mount is completed.
Club Trip Prizes Any trip or lodging prize given away by the club to a member must be used by that member or returned to the club in a reasonable time period prior to itís usefulness. The club will then decide what to do with it. At the time of choosing the prize the member should only do so if able to use it. The member may not trade or sell the prize.
No Smoking No Smoking will be allowed in the clubís monthly meeting area or the room of the annual banquet.
General Affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by the members, including the election of Officers.
Officers The duties of the corporate Officers shall be those which usually pertain to their titles in Corporations. The President shall be the principal Officer of the Corporation and, between meetings of the members, shall have general supervision of its business and affairs, subject to the right of the members to designate any specific power, not by statute, exclusively conferred upon the President. The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in the absence of the President or in the event of his/her death, inability or refusal to act, or in the event for any reason it shall be impracticable for the President to act personally. The Secretary shall record of cause to be recorded minutes of all proceedings to be kept for the records of the Corporation which he/she shall maintain. The Treasurer shall maintain the Corporationís bank accounts and financial records. At the expiration of an Officerís term he/she shall promptly deliver to the members all property and records of the Corporation in his/her possession or control.
These By-Laws may be amended at the monthly meetings by a simple majority vote of the members present, as long as there is a quorum.
Upon dissolution of the C & R Musky Club, Inc. the members after reserving for or paying all just bill, dispose of all the assets of the C & R Musky Club, Inc. to like minded organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Any assets remaining, shall be turned over to the county court of the country where the records are currently kept for disposition.
These By-Laws were adopted the 3rd day of October 1995 and amended the 5 day of March, 2002.
Joseph Junion, President
Roger Watters, Vice President
Dewey Thiel, Treasurer
Les Baehman, Secretary
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