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Bylaws
Article I
NAME
The name of the organization shall be the FOREST HILLS BLACK POWDER BRIGADE.

Article II
The object of the organization shall be the encouragement of organized muzzle loading shooting amongst residents in the area, emphasis on safety, marksmanship, and care of firearms. It shall be our further objective to develop honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance which are the elements of good sportsmanship.

Article III
Any person not legally able to own or possess firearms as defined by the State of Oregon cannot be a member.

Article IV
     A. Rights and privileges of membership shall commence upon official receipt of annual dues.
     B. A family membership shall be available at one and one-half (1 ½) the single membership rate. A family membership shall consist of two adults in an established relationship and their dependent children. Anyone under 18 cannot be club members.

Article V
MEETINGS
     A. Regular meetings shall be held each month and shall be open to members and non-members alike.
     B. Special meetings: A special meeting of the club ma be held at any time upon the call of the President, Executive Committee or upon written demand, signed by twenty (20) percent of the voting members, stating the object of the meeting. Notice of the time, place and object of the special meeting shall be sent to all officers and members in good standing by mail not less than seven (7) days prior to the date of the meeting. The planning of a special meeting shall be the responsibility of the executive committee. Only the proposed subject shall be discussed at a special meeting.
     C. Quorum: A quorum will be those in attendance, including two (2) officers at a meeting, after full membership have been notified, in writing, of the meeting.

Article VI
EXECUTIVE BOARD AND THEIR DUTIES
     A. The club shall be governed by an executive board consisting of the following offices: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Range Officer, Safety Officer, Shoot Recorder and Past President. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined by a majority vote of the membership which constitutes a quorum (Article V, sec. C).
     B. To be eligible to run for office of President or Treasurer, a person must have been an active member of the club for a minimum of twelve (12) months. Vacancies shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. The term of office shall be one (1) year.
     C. Elected officers shall have the following duties:
          a. President: The President shall preside at meetings of the club and the Executive Committee. The President shall appoint all special committees.
          b. Vice President: The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in their absence or at their request. The Vice President shall procure the item/s for the monthly club raffle and oversee the drawing. The Vice President shall chair the annual awards committee.
          c. Secretary: The Secretary shall keep a record of all correspondence and shall notify members of all meetings. Application for membership shall be made to the Secretary.
          d. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of all fees and dues. The Treasurer shall have the primary responsibility for all funds of the club. All bills shall be paid by check and signed by two members of the Executive Committee. The Treasurer may also keep up to twenty ($20.00) dollars in petty cash. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate accounting of all transactions and render a detailed report with vouchers at all regular club meetings.
          e. Range Officer: The Range Officer shall be responsible for setting up and operations of regular monthly shoots. The Range Officer may appoint assistants as needed. The Range Officer is the final authority on scoring at shoots.
          f. Safety Officer: The Safety Officer shall have final authority on range safety matters and may appoint assistants as needed.
          g. Shoot Recorder: The Shoot Recorder shall include organization and distribution of targets and scoring sheets. The Shoot Recorder is responsible, in consultation with the Range Officer, for marking, scoring, and recording monthly aggregate scores. The Shoot Recorder shall have the power to recruit assistance, if necessary.

Article VII
EXPULSION OF SUSPENSION
     A. Members not complying with club rules or acting in the nature of good sportsmanship shall be subject to loss of membership. Reasons for removal from membership may include the following:
          a. Misuse or unsafe handling of firearms
          b. Chronic game law violations
          c. Conduct in general not representative of the aims and purpose of the club
     B. Charges against any member may be made by another member in good standing. Charges shall be in writing clearly stating the evidence. Such charges shall be filed with the President, who will immediately notify the Executive Committee to hear the charges at a meeting for this purpose.
     C. Any member may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the quorum at a special meeting (see Article V, sec. C) called for this purpose. No vote can be taken unless at least fifteen (15) days notice in writing by registered US Mail is given to the member for the reasons for their removal. At all such special meetings, the member shall be given full opportunity to present a defense prior to a vote by the membership.

Article VIII
BYLAWS ADMENDMENTS
Any proposed amendments to the bylaws must be introduced in writing by a member of the club to the Executive Committee at least ten (10) days before the regular September meeting. Proposed amendments are to be put before the membership for discussion at the regular September meeting. The vote on the proposed amendments shall take place at the October meeting. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the quorum (Article V, sec. C) will be necessary to change the bylaws. Absentee ballots will be available.

Article IX
All National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA) registered rifle and pistol competitions held by the club will be governed by the most recent rules of the NMLRA.

Article X
The Treasurer shall be authorized to pay the annual club insurance premium upon receipt or as soon as adequate funds are available.