NATIONAL SWISS MONDAINE CLUB
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
This Organization shall be known as the NATIONAL SWISS MONDAINE CLUB
Section 1. The object of this club shall be to promote the breeding and exhibition of the Swiss Mondaine Breed, to make the Swiss Mondaine the best utility breed, to sponsor annual District Meets and an Annual Club Meet, creating proper classifications and offering regular and special premiums.
Section 2. To provide any and all information to our members to educate the breeding, loft management & care of the Swiss Mondaine pigeon.
Section 3. The Club shall cooperate with all pigeon agencies, particularly the National Pigeon Association.
Officers (The Executive Board)
Section 1. The officers of the Club shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Publicity Director, a Secretary-Treasurer, District Directors, & Director at large (Immediate past President if no other officers are held.) Each officers vote to count only once, even if more than one office is held.
Section 2. An Election commissioner shall be named by the Board of Directors biannually.
Method of Election
Section 1. No member can be nominated for office, or hold office by appointment unless he has been a member in good standing for at least one (1) year.
Section 2. (A) Nomination of candidates shall take place from the floor of the Annual Meeting, the meeting prior to an election year. Candidates shall be nominated for each office. Election ballots shall contain the names of such candidates that accept their nomination. The election ballot shall also have provided an open line under each office, so that voters can write in any member they wish to vote for.
(B) If an annual meeting is not practicable, nominees shall be elected by mail.
Section 3. After nominations from the floor, the Secretary shall furnish the Election Commissioner with a list of the nominees. The Election Commissioner's duty shall be to secure in writing from each nominee his acceptance or rejection and only those names that accept shall appear on the election ballot. This information shall be furnished to the Secretary not later than April 1st.
Section 4. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to furnish the Election Commissioner with the printed ballots and two envelopes for each, and a list of the members in good standing, not later than June 1st , election year.
Section 5. The Election Commissioner shall mail to each member in good standing, a list to be furnished by the Secretary, on July 1st of each election year, the election ballot, with a return envelope addressed to the Election Commissioner. The election ballot shall have a place provided on the ballot for the signature of the voter. Each ballot must carry voting instructions and a number. The Election Commissioner, to whom each numbered ballot was mailed, shall keep a record.
Section 6. It shall be the duty of the Election Commissioner to receive all ballots by mail, or in person and keep them in his trust unopened until the 18th day of August, and on this date he shall open and count the ballots as cast in the presence of two other members. Any candidate who wishes to be present may also attend. The results of this election shall at once be mailed to each candidate, the President, the Secretary-Treasurer. Ballots and number record of mailing to be kept intact and delivered to the Executive Board at its Annual Meeting.
Section 7. Any member not receiving a ballot by July 10th of election year shall write the Election Commissioner requesting a duplicate ballot, and the new ballot furnished shall be marked "Duplicate".
Term of Office
SECTION 1: The President, Vice-president, Publicity Director, and Directors, shall be elected for a term of two years, to serve until a successor is duly elected and installed. In the event of the death or resignation of any officer during a term of office, the President shall have the authority to appoint a member for the unexpired term of the vacancy so caused, except the office of Secretary-Treasurer.
SECTION 2: The Secretary-Treasurer shall not be an elective office but shall be selected every two years by the Executive Board at its Annual Meeting.
SECTION 3: Each of these offices, President, Vice-president, Publicity Director, Director, & Secretary-Treasurer, The persons holding these offices May be reelected unlimited consecutive terms.
Duties of the Officers
SECTION 1: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Club, and head up all needed affairs.
SECTION 2: He shall sign all agreements and documents requiring his signature and such as are authorized by the Executive Board. He shall see that all officers and committees function and shall maintain a general supervision over the affairs of the Club.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT (DIRECTOR AT LARGE)
SECTION 3: The immediate Past President shall have all the rights and privileges of Directorship and of equal vote with the other members of the Executive Board.
SECTION 4: In the absence of the President from a meeting, or in case of inability to act at any time, the Vice-president shall perform the duties of the President.
In case of absence of both the President and the Vice President, the Director shall provide the duties of the President, In case the absence of the President, Vice President & the Director the Secretary-Treasurer shall provide the duties of the President.
SECTION 5: (1) The Publicity Director shall always endeavor to present the Clubs activities publicly through any and all means available including magazines, computer E-mail, & web page & other channels of communication in a positive manner so as to promote the Club for the purpose of receiving favorable public attention and to increase interest in the Swiss Mondaine Pigeon & the National Swiss Mondaine Club.
(2) The Publicity Director shall be responsible for obtaining news and information from the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Director of the Club pertaining to Club activity; including but not limited to, all shows dates and show information.
(3) The Publicity Director shall furnish quarterly Bulletins to go out to all National Swiss Mondaine Club members.
SECTION 6: The Secretary-Treasurer shall prepare a complete financial statement of the affairs of the club at the end of the fiscal year, which shall run from January 1st through December 31st.
The books of the organization including the revenue and disbursement ledger, bank statements, canceled checks, bank deposits and invoices shall be delivered to the Executive Board at the Annual Meeting for their inspection. The findings shall be discussed at the Annual Meeting.
The Secretary-Treasurer to receive all membership & annual dues. & to send out membership packets, coordinated with the Publicity Director.
SECTION 7: District Directors shall serve as the official spokesman for the members in their districts. They shall direct and co-ordinate club activities within their districts. Each District Director shall endeavor to have a district show in their district each year. All information regarding activities to be forwarded to the Secretary/Treasurer for notification to all members.
SECTION 8: Members shall boost the Club by securing new members, and representing the Club at the different pigeon shows they may attend, To help build the Breed of the Swiss Mondaine, & the Club that sponsors it.
SECTION 9: The Executive Board shall have general supervision and control of the affairs of the club and all of its interest; shall have entire charge of the time, place, management and arrangement of the Annual & District Club Shows; shall adopt all show rules, shall nominate all judges for the Annual & District Shows at the Executive Board meeting prior to the District or Annual Meet, and determine the fees to be paid for judging, if any. (If a meeting in person is not possible, the meetings can be held by phone or by mail.)
The Executive Board shall make assessments upon the membership at any time it deems necessary, but only in the form of a nonspecific appeal for funds, to be voluntarily subscribed.
SECTION 10: 1) This Club is honored to accept Any person interested in becoming a breeder of the Swiss Mondaine Pigeon, & after the first year of membership is eligible for an office. The member must be an actual breeder of the Swiss Mondaine to hold an office within the club.
2) All membership applications must be in writing and sent to the Secretary-Treasurer with payment of the dues. & the new member must accept and agree with the By-laws of this Club.
3) Any member whose dues are six months late will be dropped from the published membership list, but reinstated upon receipt of the dues within a reasonable time.
4) The National Swiss Mondaine Club shall do it's best, within our means to provide Bands with the Club letters of SWS available for purchase, each year by Jan. 1st.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES
Senior ............................................................................................................ $20.00
Family ............................................................................................................. $25.00
Junior ............................................................................................................. $ 15.00
Standard Revision Committee: The President shall appoint five (5) members to the Standard Revision Committee with one being the Commissioner to serve for a term of five (5) Years. In the case of one of the appointees unable to perform their duties for whatever reason, the presiding President shall appoint another member.
(The President may elect himself if he so chooses.)
Duties of the Standard Revision Committee: The standard revision committee shall have charge of all matters pertaining to the proposed changes or revisions in the club standard. It shall be charged with the responsibility of editing all text matter and illustrations and the arrangement of technical form and expression. It is the intent of this section that all members to be encouraged to submit suggestions and recommendations for any desired change in the standard that they believe will be for the welfare and advancement and ultimate breed improvement.
All such recommendations must be forwarded to the chairman of the standard revision committee at least six (6) months in advance of any annual club report, through the chairman, to the members of the Standard Committee at the next annual club meeting. Any proposal rejected by a majority of the Standard Revision Committee will terminate at that point. Any approved proposals by the majority of the Standard Revision Committee members will be submitted by the Chairman to the Secretary to be published in the Bulletin and then mailed to all club members in the form of a ballot returnable to the Election Commissioner with-in thirty (30) days for final adoption.
Note: If the majority of the Committee does not approve the individual’s proposal, that individual by petition form at a minimum of at least (12) members may initiate a proposal through the Revision Committee, which in turn shall be obligated to submit it as received for vote to the total N.S.M.C. membership.
Constitution and By-Laws Committee: The same appointed members that are appointed by the President for the Standard Revision Committee shall also serve as the Constitution and By-Laws Revision Committee. With the duties being the same with this Committee as the Standard Revision Committee.
Master Breeder Award & Hall of Fame Award Committee: The President shall appoint three (3) members to the Master Breeder Award Committee with one being the Commissioner. The MBAC members to serve a term of two (2) years. In the case of the appointees are unable to perform their duties for whatever reason, the presiding President shall appoint another member. (The President may elect himself if he so chooses.)
Master Breeder & Hall of Fame Award
This Club recognizes John Wayne as our first Master Breeder award recipient.
Part 1. Any N.S.M.C. member that is in good standing and has been a member for at minimum of 3 years, being paid up on dues and has obtained enough points (1500 Points) by winning Grand Champion or Reserve Champion or best Old Swiss, Yearling Swiss, or Young Swiss either White or Color classes at N.S.M.C. sanctioned meets. Is eligible to receive the Master Breeder award from the National Swiss Mondaine Club.
Part 2. The individual shall submit the record of proof of points to the N.S.M.C. director of their area, which in turn will submit the information to the Chairman of the Master Breeder Award Committee for presentation to the Committee for review and consideration.
Part 3. The records shall include: (a) Date of Show (b) Location of show (c) Type of show, District or National? (d) Judge (e) Number in class (f) Placing in class (g) Special awards- Champion, Reserve Champion, Best Old, Yearling or Young and what class. (h) Number of Swiss entered in show.
Part 4. The District Director must submit to the Chairman of the Master Breeder Award Committee on or before November 1st of each year so that they may be considered before our annual meeting.
Part 5. The number of Master Breeder Certificate Awards to be given each year is left to the discretion of the Master Breeder Certificate Committee and will be awarded at our annual meet.
Part 6. Points Granted as Follows:
Champion Swiss – 100 points. No single bird that has won Grand Champion can accumulate more then 100 points per show.
Reserve Champion Swiss – 80 points. No single bird that has won Reserve Champion can accumulate more then 80 points per show.
Best Old Swiss, Yearling or Young Swiss Cock and Hen In Show receives 30 pts + the 20 pts. Already received for best of class = 50 pts. total for each Old, Yearling or Young Swiss being best in show.
Old Cock or Old Hen in each class - (1st) place 20 pts. (2nd) place 15 pts. (3rd) place 14 pts. (4th) place 13 pts. (5th) place 12 pts. (1st through 5th place receive points only in each class.)
Yearling Cock or Yearling Hen in each class - (1st) place 20 pts. (2nd) place 15 pts. (3rd) place 14 pts. (4th) place 13 pts. (5th) place 12 pts. (1st through 5th place receive points only in each class)
Young Cock or Young Hen in each class - (1st ) place 20 pts. (2nd ) place 15 pts. (3rd ) place 14 pts. (4th) place 13 pts. (5th) place 12 pts. (1st through 5th place receive points only in each class)
The total number of points to be considered for a Master Breeder award is One Thousand Five Hundred Points (1500 points).
The total number of points to be considered for a Hall of Fame award is Four Thousand Points (4000 points).
Example of counting Points:
Total amount of points awarded to one exhibitor will be figured as follows:
Exhibitor shows 30 birds, 24 birds place and receive points, all 24 bird’s points are recorded and the highest 15 are used to attain the total amount of points for that exhibitor –
Each District with-in the National Swiss Mondaine Club is allowed to
have one District NSMC Sanctioned Show each year. Each District can have as many
shows as they show choose with-in that District, but the only Show that will be
counted for NSMC Master Breeder points, is the One District Meet.
The Annual Meet will also count for Master Breeder points. There is only
one Annual National Swiss Mondaine meet each year for the entire club. This
Annual meet is encouraged to take place at the NPA National location, but due to
the location chosen in the last few years, it has not been possible to hold the
NSMC Annual event at that location. The Districts that request the annual
to be in their areas should submit how many Swiss Mondaine is expected to be
entered. Each submittal will be taken in consideration and the N.S.M.C.
Executive Board will vote on the district that the Annual National Swiss
Mondaine Club event will be held at.
There must be a minimum of (2) N.S.M.C. Breeders showing their Swiss
Mondaine to accumulate Master Breeder points, at the NSMC District or Annual
Each Member of the National Swiss Mondaine Club is allowed to accumulate
Master Breeder points at the District and Annual meets in accordance with
Article IX of the NSMC. The Junior Members of the NSMC can also accumulate
Master Breeder points, when their Swiss Mondaine are shown and entered within
the adult NSMC sanctioned show. There
is no Master Breeder points awarded for a junior that is not competing against
Section 5: For the betterment of our Breed and for representing the Swiss Mondaine in the best representation possible,
At no time will a member of the National Swiss Mondaine Club allow his Swiss Mondaine pigeon to be entered in any breed comparison competition (Open show Utility Grand Champion competition) at any N.S.M.C. sanctioned Swiss Mondaine meet in conjunction with an All-Breed club. Or at anytime.
Order of Business
A) Call to Order
B) Roll Call of Officers
C) Report of Secretary-Treasurer
D) Report of Committees
E) Unfinished Business
F) New Business
G) Good & Welfare Discussion
The business of this Club shall be conducted according to its Constitution and By-laws and as outlined in Robert's "Rule of Order."