Fish Tales Fishing Club
Revised August 2017
Fish Tales Fishing Club
BY-LAWS FOR FISH TALES FISHING CLUB
ARTICLE I - NAME AND OBJECTIVES
SECTION 1: NAME
This club shall be known as and called “Fish Tales Fishing Club”
A. Establish that founding member status be awarded to Jerry Sus, Tom
Stahulak, Dean Carlson and Jim Pinson.
SECTION II: OBJECTIVES & GOALS
Fish Tales Fishing Club was founded to promote the sport of fishing among families
and individuals, young and old fit and handicapped, with the purpose of improving
the skill of anglers through an open exchange of ideas and methods.
ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
SECTION I: MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS
To become a member of Fish Tales Fishing Club, a person or family shall:
A. Be sponsored at a regular meeting by at least one member in good standing;
B. Definition of family is mother, father and all children under the ages of 18 years
old residing at the same address. Questions about "FAMILY' will be decided upon by
officers of the club.
SECTION II: MEMBERSHIP NUMBER
Membership shall not be limited as to number until the officers deem it advisable or
necessary, and in the best interest of the organization.
SECTION III: DUES
Annual dues shall be determined and set by the previous year’s board of directors
payable in one lump sum. To be considered a member in good standing you must
pay you annual dues no later than the close of business at the January meeting.
Maximum arrears shall not exceed two successive meetings. If dues arrears
exceed two successive meetings your name will be stricken from the club roles.
SECTION IV: HONORARY MEMBERSHIP
An honorary membership to the Fish Tales Fishing Club shall be issued to those
individuals who perform in such a way as to demonstrate a higher level of
participation for the benefit of the club. An honorary membership shall not be limited
to current members of the club, and can be issued to non members for their
outstanding service, donations, or support of the club.
An honorary membership shall be valid for one calendar year beginning January 1st
and concluding December 31st of the same year.
Any member in good standing may submit, in writing to the Secretary, the name of
an individual to be issued an honorary membership. The submission shall also include
the reasons for the submission. All honorary memberships shall be reviewed and
approved by the seated board and if granted shall commence January 1st of the
following year. Any honorary memberships issued prior to April 1st, 2016 shall begin
immediately with any paid dues being returned to the member.
In the event that an honorary member no longer provides the service or support to
the club, the honorary membership will be rescinded, and dues collected as needed.
Honorary Members shall carry all rights and privileges as those of members in good
ARTICLE III - OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS
SECTION 1: OFFICERS
The officers shall consist of:
A. President: who will preside over all meetings, appoint all committees, and
oversee all club business.
B. Vice President: who will assist the President in his duties and preside in his
absence. The Vice President will chair the membership committee and organize
membership drives. Additional duties also include arranging guest speakers for
regularly scheduled meetings.
C. Secretary: who will keep accurate minutes of all meetings and make reports
of such minutes and provide an accurate membership directory along with pertinent
D. Treasurer: who will keep and maintain accurate financial records, provide the
Secretary with information regarding new paid members and maintain a list of non-
paid attendees. The Treasurer shall also control the distribution of membership
E. Publicity Chairman: who will maintain and publish a club newsletter in a timely
F. Trip Chairman: who will be responsible for the planning and directing of all
club outings. The trip chairman will be empowered to form and-chair a committee of
volunteers as required, from the general membership to assist in the execution of
the duties of the office.
G. Social Chairman: who will be responsible for the planning and directing of all
social functions. The Social Chairman will be empowered to form and chair a
committee of volunteers as required from the general membership.
H. Webmaster: To take care of the Fish Tales web site and the F.T.F.C. group
site, and make sure all new members get invited to join.
I. Board of Directors: shall consist of the current club officers.
SECTION II: ELECTIONS
A. Elections for Club Officers shall be held annually at the regular November
meeting. Elections shall be by a majority vote of the members present. Each office
shall be voted on separately by secret ballot.
B. An election committee shall be appointed by the president from the general
membership to conduct the business of the elections. All decisions regarding
elections made by election committee shall be considered to be final.
C. Term of office for all Club Officers shall be from January 1st through
December 31st. There shall be no limitations to the number of times a member may
be nominated or elected to one office. No person shall hold two offices concurrently.
D. Nominations for board positions will be accepted from the membership
beginning at the regularly scheduled September meeting. In the event that a
member is unable to attend either of the nominations meetings, the member shall
be entitled to give a Letter of Intent to the President of the club, notifying the
membership that he or she would accept the nomination, if nominated, for a specific
office. Members may accept a nomination to one board position per election year.
E. A member must be in good standing in order to vote in an election.
F. Voting eligibility shall entitle each member of a single membership or family to
only one vote for each office to be elected.
G. Absentee ballots shall be valid with the following provisions:
1. Absentee ballots can be sent to voting members from the Secretary designee by
E-mail or regular mail.
2. After ballot is completed it’s to be placed in a sealed envelope, signed across the
back flap, and sent or given to the Secretary before the election.
3. Secretary will turn over all absentee ballots to the election chairperson sealed.
4. Absentee ballots will only be counted once. They will not be recounted for any
H. In order to be eligible for any office, the individual is required to:
1. Be a member in good standing;
2. Have been a member of the club for a period of at least twelve months prior the
elections meeting; and
3. Have attended a minimum of 50% of the regularly scheduled meetings during
the past twelve months
4. Attendance sign in sheets shall be used to fulfill the above requirement.
5. In the event a member is running for a position unopposed by a member,
meeting the above listed qualifications, said qualifications may be waived pending a
majority vote by current club officers.
ARTICLE IV - AMENDMENTS
SECTION I: PROCEDURE
The by-laws may be amended when the following provisions have been satisfied:
A. The proposed amendment must be made in writing, presented to the
Secretary at a regular meeting, and be read before the membership present.
B. The proposed amendment shall have a second reading at the next regularly
scheduled business meeting, after which it shall be voted upon.
ARTICLE V - TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
SECTION I: PROCEDURE
Membership shall be terminated by:
A. Written notification of resignation.
B. Non-payment of annual dues as stated in Article II, Section III of these by-
C. Oral notification verified by the Secretary.
D. Any act of poor sportsmanship or willful disregard of state conservation or
boating laws shall be grounds for membership termination. This action shall require
a unanimous vote by the board of directors.
ARTICLE VI - QUORUM
A Quorum only applies to board of directors’ meetings. No order of business or
voting may be transacted unless there are at least five (5) members of the board
ARTICLE VII - MEETINGS
A regular member meeting shall be held once a month at a time and location
designated by the Club. Should the member meeting fall on a recognized holiday,
the meeting will be changed to another date with the membership being duly
ARTICLE VIII - VACANCY OF OFFICE
SECTION 1: PRESIDENT
If for any reason the office of President is vacated. The Vice President shall
automatically assume the office for the remainder of the unexpired term. The then
open or vacated office of Vice President shall be assumed by an appointee selected
by the new President, Secretary, and Treasurer. This appointment is to be made at
the next regularly scheduled meeting. The appointment will require a simple
majority of the voting officers.
SECTION II: VICE PRESIDENT
See Article VIII, Section I
SECTION III: SECRETARY, TREASURER, TRIP CHAIRMAN, PUBLICITY CHAIRMAN
AND SOCIAL CHAIRMAN
These offices will be filled when vacated by appointment as outlined in ARTICLE
VIII, Section I.
ARTICLE IX: GENERAL RULES
The following rules have been developed with safety and sportsmanship in mind. All
rules have loopholes. The "Spirit of the Rule" shall prevail in all judgment cases.
1. BOATING RULES: Safety is of the utmost importance. Safe boating conduct
and safety precautions must be observed at all times. Each boater should wear a U.
S. Coast Guard approved type I, II or III flotation vest or jacket at all times when
the main propulsion motor is running.
2. SPORTSMANSHIP: Sportsmanship, courtesy and conversation is expected
from each outing participant. Infractions of these basic sporting principles may be
cause for membership revocation. Drunkenness on the part of any participant while
in operation of a water craft will not be tolerated and shall constitute cause for
revocation of membership.
3. BOAT EQUIPMENT: Each boat must meet all requirements of the U.S. Coast
Guard and the State of Illinois. Current state registration is required on all
4. BOAT OPERATION: A full discussion should be held between the two
partners prior to a morning departure as to a schedule of the boat operations. Non-
boaters are required to split all expenses 50/5O with the boat owner. These
expenses include, but are not limited to, fuel and oil for the boat and tow vehicle,
bait, tolls, and daily ramp fees. Repair or replacement of any lost or damaged
equipment caused by the non-boater is an expense that shall be the sole
responsibility of the non-boater. Damage resulting from negligent or reckless
operation of the boat shall be the responsibility of the boat operator.
5. OUTING PAIR-OFFS: Boat owners and non-boaters seeking partners for
future events should advise the trip chairman as soon as possible, after a trip is
announced. Those individual names will be put into the clubs monthly newsletter so
arrangements can be made.
6. DISPUTES: Any disputes occurring at an outing will be brought to the next
regularly scheduled board meeting and shall be resolved by the board of directors.
The decision reached by the board is final.
7. ACTIVITY EXPENSES: In the event of any club activity, in which the club
exposes itself to expenses, funds will be collected in advance to cover said
expenses. Members paying deposits to cover said expenses have no guarantee of
refund in the event of their nonparticipation. Any attempt to recover expenses by
the selling of their reservation is strictly the responsibility of the member. In as much
as the purpose of this advance payment policy is to eliminate club losses; any
remaining funds in excess of three dollars collected for that outing, will be returned
to each individual unless said member signs a release of said funds. Any shortage of
funds will be collected from all individuals signed to participate in the outing
regardless of their participation. Failure to compensate the club for said funds are
grounds for termination of membership pending the decision of the board. In the
event the club incurs no cost as the result of a members nonparticipation a full
refund of advance payments will be supplied. Any reservations made by club
members outside of the club or on their own are the sole responsibility of the
8. GUESTS ON OUTINGS:
When a member hosts a guest on an outing involving boats, the member hosting the
guest or guests on such an outing shall be in the same boat as the Guest(s) for
purposes of introduction, identification and responsibility. Prior to an outing on
which a member plans to take a guest, the hosting member will properly identify the
guest to the outing director. In the event there are limited spaces for an outing such
as a Lake Erie charter trip, members will be given first priority on any sign ups
before the trip is opened to guests. A guest can be guaranteed a space, thirty days
prior to the trip. Further, a person may attend a club outing as a guest one time
only. Thereafter, the guest must join the club to attend any future outings within
said calendar year.
ARTICLE X - MATTERS AND BUSINESS
NOT INCLUDED OR COVERED BY THESE BY-LAWS
SECTION 1: Such occurrences not included or covered by these by-laws
shall be resolved by the officers and board of directors in concurrence with "Roberts
Rules of Order."