BY-LAWS and POLICIES
The Nebraska Fur Harvesters
As revised September 1992, April 5, 1998, September 2011
ARTICLE I – NAME
BY-LAW 1-1 – NAME
The name of the organization shall be the Nebraska Fur Harvesters.
BY-LAW 1-2 – PRINCIPAL OFFICE
The principal office of the organization and the mailing address of the organization shall be that of the Treasurer.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
BY-LAW 2-1 – PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be:
- To preserve and protect the right to trap and harvest for bearers of the stage Nebraska within the legal limits of the law, so as to prevent our wildlife from ever becoming endangered through mismanagement of the resource.
- To actively participate in the growth and direction of the organization.
- To provide guidance and direction to its members.
- To give proper trapping instruction to its members.
- To promote good ethics in trapping.
- To be concerned with other groups, so as to better relationships and strengthen our own.
- To educate the public on the value and need for trapping as a management tool.
- To promote and support the use of wild fur as a sound, economical, environmental practice.
- To work with the appropriate state and federal appointed wildlife agencies to make and understand better laws concerning our wildlife.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
BY-LAW 3 – 1 – MEMBERSHIP
The right to participate in this organization will not be limited to the trapper, but will be open to all interested persons or groups.
ARTICLE IV – NON-PROFIT STATUS
BY-LAW 4 –1 – NON-PROFIT STATUS
The Nebraska Fur Harvesters shall be a nonprofit organization.
ARTICLE 5 – GOVERNMENT
BY-LAW 5 – 1 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBERS
The government of this organization shall be vested in the Board of Directors consisting of all current elected officials, immediate past president, district directors, and not more than three directors at large.
BY-LAW 5 – 2 BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONTROL
The Board of Directors shall have control of the management of the organization, subject to the will of the membership.
ARTICLE VI – ELECTIONS
BY-LAW 6 – 1 ELECTED OFFICES
Elected officials shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Legislative Representative, Public Relations Director, NTA Director, and FTA Director.
BY-LAW 6 – 2 – TERMS
Beginning in 2011, and odd-numbered year, and continuing onward, the election of officers of President, Treasurer, and NTA director, Legislative Representative shall occur. The following year, 2012, and even numbered year in can, and continuing onward, the election of Vice-President, Secretary, FTA Director, and Public-Relations Director shall occur. This pattern will continue with the four of the officers being elected on even years and the other four are in odd numbered years, but terms of office for all positions being two years in length. These elections will occur at the fall meeting of the Nebraska Fur Harvesters.
BY-LAW 6 – 3 – TERM LIMITS
There shall be no limit to the number of terms an officer may serve.
BY-LAW 6 – 4 – NOMINATING COMMITTEE
A special meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held at the discretion of the President, and, at such time, shall serve as a nominating committee for elected positions.
BY-LAW 6 – 5 – ADDITIONAL NOMINATIONS
At least one or more persons shall be chosen for election to teach office of by the Board of Directors, and in addition one or more may be chosen by the general membership, to be voted on accordingly.
BY-LAW 6 – 6 – VOTING
Voting shall be done by secret ballot, each position to be voted on separately.
New officers will take office at the end of the meeting.
BY-LAW 6 – 7 – VOTING RIGHTS
Only members in good standing, dues current, may vote. Any ballot may be contested in either verified or denied by the existing Treasurer. In the event that the Treasurer is absent or in direct conflict of interest, the Vice-President shall determine the voter’s eligibility.
ARTICLE VI – DISTRICT DIRECTORS
BY-LAW 7 – 1 – APPOINTING DIRECTORS
District Directors shall be appointed by the President. In the event that more than one individual expresses an interest in filling it directors petition, election by the Board of Directors will be held to either open or secret ballot, with a simple majority determining the winner or appointment of Co–Directors, if both interested individuals are in agreement.
BY-LAW 7 – 2 DISTRICT DIRECTOR TERMS
District Director shall serve until they are elected to an official office or for a term of not more than five years, unless there is no one else interested in the position.
BY-LAW 7 – 3 NEBRASKA FUR HARVER’S DISTRICTS
(revised spring meeting 2004)
Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Duel, Garden, Kimball, Morill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux
Arthur, Blaine, Brown, Cherry, Grant, Hooker, Keya Paha, Logan, McPherson, Rock, Thomas
Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Lincoln, Perkins, Red Willow
Buffalo, Custer, Dawson, Franklin, Furnas, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, Philips, Sherman, Valley
Antelope, Boyd, Cedar, Garfield, Holt, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Wayne, Wheeler
Adams, Boone, Clay, Greely, Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Merrick, Nance, Nuckolls, Webster
Bert, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, Stanton, Thurston, Washington
Butler, Colfax, Fillmore, Jefferson, Platte, Polk, Saline, Seward, Thayer, York
Cass, Gage, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson
ARTICLE VIII – OFFICERS RESIGNATIONS
BY-LAW 8 – 1 – RESIGNATIONS
When the elected official resigns before their term has expired, the Board of Directors will appoint someone to fulfill the terms of that office.
ARTICLE IX – DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
BY-LAW 9 – 1 – PRESIDENT’S DUTIES
The President, ad chief officer of the organization, shall supervise the organization’s affairs and activities. In addition, the President shall:
- Have the responsibility of conducting an orderly meeting.
- Oversee the activities of each committee chairperson.
- Be responsible for ensuring that there is newsletter in each issue of the organization’s official publication.
- Correlate and edit information for presentation to the membership.
- Be responsible for giving guidance and direction to the organization.
- Be available to all members for ideas and suggestions.
BY-LAW 9 – 2 VICE-PRESIDENT’S DUTIES
The Vice-President will, in the absence of the President, perform the same duties as the President. In addition, the Vice-President shall:
- Be responsible for scheduling of an interesting program at the meetings
BY-LAW 9 – 3 – SECRETARY’S DUTIES
The Secretary shall:
- Be responsible for recording the minutes of each regular meeting as well as all Board of Directors meetings.
- Make attendance records for all elected officials as well as the general membership.
- Assist the president and each committee, with correspondence.
- Be responsible for reading the minutes of the last meeting.
BY-LAW 9 – 4 TREAURER’S DUTIES
The Treasurer shall record all monetary transactions at each meeting, and, if required, at home, and make a written and oral report that the regular meetings as well as all Board of Directors meetings. In addition Treasurer shall:
- Making keep accurate records.
- Make funds available to all committees is approved by the Board of Directors.
- Collect fees for memberships and subscriptions.
- Forward subscription money to the official publication.
- Be responsible for selling the organization’s hats and patches.
BY-LAW 9– 5 – PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR’S DUTIES
Public-relations director shall collect, edit and print all material in the official publication of the organization and/or otherwise directed by thePresident. In addition, the public-relations director shall:
- Be responsible for the printing of all publications, posters, flyers, and related materials.
BY-LAW 9 – 6 DISTRICT DIRECTOR’S DUTIES
The District Directors shall each perform the following duties:
- Right at least one newsletter per year for publication in the organizations of initial publication.
- Attend at least one of the three regular meetings, print sees Board of Directors meeting, general membership, or spring meeting) held each year.
- Contact members of their District concerning the growth of client up for bear populations in the district.
- Promote membership in their district.
- Collect all pertinent data from the area to be presented Board of Directors meetings.
- Make information available to all members in their District,
- Make all meetings of members within their district as need arises.
BY-LAW 9 – 7 NTA DIRECTOR’S DUTIES
The NTA Director shall attend the National Trappers Association meeting and represent the Nebraska Fur Harvesters. In addition the NTA director shall:
- Take a full written and oral report next regular membership meeting on returning from the NTA convention.
- Set up a booth at the fall convention for the purpose would a national trappers Association.
- Keep the membership board through regular newsletters in our official publication.
BY-LAW 9 – 8 LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE’S DUTIES
Legislative Representative shall:
- Monitor all state, national, but local legislation or regulations which affect the members for harvesting privileges
and inform the officers of any pending matters.
- Will, along with the other officers, determine what action to take on these matters and offer testimony to any public or private body or group in order to state the official position of the organization.
- Keep the membership informed through regular newsletters in our official publication.
BY-LAW 9 – 9 FTA DIRECTOR’S DUTIES
The FTA director shall attend Fur Takers of America America meeting and represent Nebraska Fur Harvesters. In addition, the FTA director shall
- Make full written and oral report next regular membership meeting on returning from the FTA convention.
- So that the booth or fall convention for the purpose of promoting Fur Takers of America.
- Keep the membership form through regular newsletters in our official publication.
ARTICLE X – POLICIES
BY-LAW 10 – 1 – POLICIES
In addition to the BY-LAWs, this organization shall be governed by policies as may be adopted by the Board of Directors of members of this organization. No policy shall conflict with these BY-LAWs.
BY-LAW 10 – 2 – FORMATION OF POLICIES
Policies may be adopted amended or repealed at any regularly called meeting of general membership.
ARTICLE XI – CALLING OF THE MEETINGS
BY-LAW 11 – 1 CALLING OF MEETINGS
Notice of all regular membership meetings as well as all Board of Directors and special meetings, shall be given in the official publication.
ARTICLE XII – AUTHORITY TO BIND
BY-LAW 12 – 1 – AUTHORITY TO BIND
No member of this organization shall contract for or incur any debt or enter into any agreement or otherwise obligate this organization except by authorization of the Board of Directors or the membership.
ARTICLE XIII – RULES OF ORDER
BY-LAW 13 – 1 – RULES OF ORDER
Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of all meetings of this organization and a constituent parts except as provided in the BY-LAWs.
ARTICLE XIV – AMMENDMENTS
BY-LAW 14 – 1 –AMMENDMENTS
These BY-LAWs may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present at a spring or fall general membership meeting, provided notice of the boat, along with a brief description of those amendments, is given in
the official publication prior to meeting.
ARTICLE XV – REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
BY-LAW 15 – 1 – REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
Any officer may be removed from office of result of failure to perform the duties of that office or for conduct detrimental to the best interest of the organization. Said removal must follow the following procedure:
- A petition stating that charge shall be filed with the Secretary and signed by two-thirds of the Board of Directors.
- The Secretary shall notify each member, to the newsletter, at least one month for the questions placed in a general membership meeting agenda.
- Said officer shall be given written notice of charge at least five days before the question is presented to the general membership for voting.
- The petitioners shall present their case first, followed by the officer in question. Then the voting takes place. Two-thirds majority is required to remove said officer from office.
- This vote may only take place the general membership meeting at fall convention.
- District Directors may be removed at any time at the discretion of the President, unless the director opposes the removal, in which case the above procedure would be required.