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This is the final revised version of the proposed Constitution changes as approved and adopted by your Board at its October 6 meeting. All comments received from the membership were addressed and are indicated in the left column.

We have not determined a mailing date for the ballot, but my guess is it will go out very early in January. The mailing will include a cover letter, proposed Constitution, ballot(s) and envelopes for return to the independent teller. The result will be officially reported as a special meeting which will be held during the Louisville weekend in March.

Passage will require a 2/3 favorable vote of those voting. If the vote in favor is less than 2/3 than the current Constitution will remain in place.

An interpretation by the AKC's Director of Club relations will allow us to announce the result of the balloting by email and posting on the website prior to the special meeting.

It is important that you vote.

Jim Smith
President



American Fox Terrier Club Constitution and Bylaws

Additions are in RED and underlined

Deletions are in BLUE with a strikethrough

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Member requested clarification that they may only vote for the standard they are designated for. YES. Members may be designated for one breed only for voting purposes.
Moving to mail ballot due to low meeting turnout. Board believes those who own and breed should control their breed standard.
For voting purposes a member must designate either breed as their designated breed.











Member commented there should be limits on members who are qualified to serve on the Board. Board discussed. No limits on Board membership as this would deny members their right to run for and serve on the Board.






Member questioned why the difference in number of votes to remove a member is greater than the number to elect. Board believes it should be harder to remove a member than to elect a member. Member recommend verbal be added. Retain language as verbal does not allow for a recorded vote.










































Member commented the Nominating Committee be expanded to 5. Board reviewed and determined the current number would remain.

Member suggested "videoconference" be added. Board felt that other means of communication may be developed in the future and it was best not to try to anticipate all communication methods.


















A member asked why the increase to 20 signatures. 20 signatures represents less than 5% of the membership and given the cost to send a ballot out the nominee should have that minimum support. There is also a greater chance the nominee may succeed with a larger % of signatures.
A member indicated that if 20 signatures are required, 10 signatures would represent 50%. Board agreed and changed the language to indicate 10 signatures on the petition must be from the breed designated by the nominee.



Member commented that the counting of ballots should return to being counted at the Annual Meeting and not known until then.
Board's decision to remain with Independent Teller as requested by the membership in the 1990's and approved by the membership as a Constitutional amendment.

Member commented that voting for Board members be limited to the member's breed designation. Discussed by the Board. Current process allows for all members to be full participants in the process and leads to Club unity. Board believes that the membership needs to be respected and not be harassed by mass e-mailing.
Member commented that seating a newly elected Board member before the Annual Meeting excludes the outgoing Board member from participating in a Board meeting occurring prior to the Annual Meeting. The Board does not always hold a meeting immediately prior to the Annual Meeting.



***See end of this document for comments regarding Article VIII regarding Officers and Their Election.













Member questioned doing business electronically and that business must be recorded in the minutes that are subsequently approved by the Board. Votes taken on motions presented electronically are re-confirmed at the next face to face or teleconference meeting of the Board and are then included in the minutes of that meeting.










































































Member commented that proposer and secondary should be from different households. Board discussed and determined current requirements would remain. Requiring two households would deny the rights of a member in the same household their membership rights to nominate a candidate.

A member requested the sponsors of a person denied membership should be given the reason. The Standing Rules now require the Board to discuss any application denied and another vote taken before informing the applicant of the Board's rejection.
Increase to 3, the number of negative votes to reject an applicant.







































General Note: Article XV - regarding Charges and Suspensions was taken directly from AKC Parent Club sample.





































Member commented that allowing the Board to set the deposit could limit members except those with affluence. Board discussed. Language from the AKC. Fee set yearly and based on cost of mailing and investigation. Protests have frequently been without substance and have prevented the Board from doing other business.



















Member commented that a member brought up on charges should have the right to bring legal counsel. Taken from AKC sample.

A member requested clarification to the term "Board Committee"; Persons appointed by the Board for a specific purpose and is time limited.

Member suggested insertion of language to allow for fines not to exceed $1,000. Board believes it does not have the authority to levy fines. That is for a court of law to determine.


























































































Member requested the club reconsider the ownership of performance dogs be reconsidered to allow a dog to win a performance award even though an owner was not an AFTC member. Board discussed and will maintain current requirement for all owners to be AFTC members and to encourage membership.

New Language inserted as drafted by a New Jersey attorney with expertise in Not For Profit Law. The attorney was referred by the AKC and was hired by the AFTC to assure compliance with NJ regulations regarding dissolution.


















































































































Members commented the inclusion of the Board's recommendation to an amendment be eliminated. This was taken from the AKC Parent Club sample.





































Member commented that by deleting the trophies from the Constitution allows the Board to change the trophies without member input. AKC does not allow the terms of awarding the trophy to be altered or the trophy will be eliminated. The ability to change the award given to the winner may need to be changed based on cost in the future. To do that there would need to be a Constitutional amendment.



















































































































































CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE AMERICAN FOX TERRIER CLUB


ARTICLE 1 – NAME
The name of the Club shall be "The American Fox Terrier Club."

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
To promote the breeds of pure fox terriers; to define precisely the true type and to urge the adoption of such type by breeders, judges, dog show committees and others as the only recognized standards by which fox terriers should be judged, and to do all possible to protect and advance the interest of the breeds.
  • To promote the breeds of pure-bred Fox Terriers;
  • To define precisely the true type and to urge the adoption of such type by breeders, judges, dog show committees, others, and members as the only recognized standards by which Fox Terriers should be judged;
  • To do all possible to protect and advance the interest of the breeds;
  • To encourage sportsmanlike conduct at dog shows and all Club related events for which the Club is eligible under the rules and regulations of The American Kennel Club;
  • To conduct sanctioned matches, specialty shows, obedience trials and working tests under the Rules and Regulations of The American Kennel Club.

ARTICLE III – NOT FOR PROFIT
The Club shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the Club shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.


NEW ARTICLE IV – MEMBERS
Throughout this Constitution and Bylaws the term "member" is defined as a "Member in Good Standing". "Members in Good Standing" is defined as those members who owe no billed debt, including dues for the current year to the Club and are not suspended from any privileges with the club or AKC. Membership categories shall be: individual membership, dual membership, defined as two members, age 18 and over, residing in the same household, and junior membership. Junior members must be under the age of 18. An honorary membership may be granted at the discretion of the Board of Governors. Junior and Honorary members are ineligible to vote and may not hold office.


ARTICLE III V – STANDARDS
The Fox Terrier Standards shall be changed only upon recommendation by the Board of Governors of the American Fox Terrier Club. Any change in said standards which shall be recommended by said Board of Governors can be made only after it shall be approved by a two-thirds affirmative vote of valid ballots returned of the members voting within the member’s breed designation for which the breed standard is being changed. of the Club taken at any Annual Meeting Vote shall be by mail and the ballot notice shall specify a date not less than thirty (30) days after the date of mailing by which date the ballots must be returned to an independent teller who shall report the results to the Secretary and the President. and All changes are subject to the approval of the American Kennel Club; and shall not take effect until six months after its approval.

Remove the standards from the constitution.

ARTICLE IV VIOFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND THEIR DUTIES
SECTION 1. The club shall be governed by a Board of Governors consisting of twelve (12) members; six (6) Smooth Fox Terrier members, and six (6) Wire Fox Terrier members. The Board shall be elected as follows: Each year the members shall elect three Governors from those nominated as provided in Article V to hold office for four (4) years or until their successors are elected in manner hereinafter provided in Article V.; Make-up of the Board of Governors must reflect equal breed representation for Wire Fox Terrier and Smooth Fox Terrier members at all times.

SECTION 2. The Board of Governors shall have full power at any time to remove any officer of this Club and any member of the Board of Governors for conduct that in their opinion that is prejudicial to the best interest of the Club. A two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the total Board of Governors taken at any Board meeting shall be required for removal., and The Board to may fill any vacancy by an affirmative vote of seven (7) members of the Board which vote may be taken by mail or e-mail.

SECTION 3. The Board of Governors shall have general charge of the management and affairs of the Club.

SECTION 4. The Board of Governors shall have full power; (a) to make all arrangements for all shows which the Club shall give, OR (b) To designate and appoint a committee of not less than three members of the American Fox Terrier Club, one of whom must be a member of the Board of Governors, (b) to appoint a show coordinator to make all facilitate all arrangements for any such shows, under the direction of the Board of Governors, (c) to determine the amount of any prize money which the Club shall offer at any show to be held by any other club or clubs at which Fox Terriers shall be exhibited.

SECTION 5. The Board of Governors shall have full power to appoint and remove the delegate of the American Fox Terrier Club to the American Kennel Club. The delegate so appointed shall serve until his/her successor has been appointed and duly elected by the American Kennel Club.

ARTICLE V VII - NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF GOVERNORS
SECTION 1.
The Board of Governors, on or before the 15th day of May in each year, shall designate a Nominating Committee consisting of three members and two alternates, chosen from different areas of the United States, no one of whom shall be a sitting Governor of the Club. The Board of Governors shall name a Chairperson for the Committee. The committee shall be comprised of breed designated members consistent with the breed designated board members to be elected.

SECTION 2. The duty of the Committee shall be to nominate three candidates for Governor from the membership to hold office for four years or until their successors are elected in the manner provided in Article VII. Nominations by the committee must be consistent in number with breed representation of those members whose terms are expiring in order to ensure balance between Wire Fox Terrier and Smooth Fox Terrier members on the Board of Governors. Members of the Club who are active in both breeds must notify the Secretary of the club in writing which breed they choose to represent before they are eligible for nomination as a candidate for the board. The Committee should consider geographical representation of the membership on the Board to the extent that it is practical to do so. The Nominating Committee may conduct its business by mail, e-mail, or teleconference.

SECTION 3. The Nominating Committee shall report its nominations in writing to the Secretary of the Club, signed by all committee members, on or before the 15th day of June. The Secretary shall mail the list including the full name, state of residence and a brief biographical sketch of each candidate to each member of the Club on or before the 30th day of June, so that additional nominations may be made by the members if they so desire.

SECTION 4. Additional nominations of members in good standing may be made by written petition addressed to the Secretary and received at his/her regular mailing address on or before July 31st. Such petition must be signed by at least 10 twenty (20) members, and be accompanied by the written acceptance of the nominee. In order for an individual to be nominated in this manner, there must be at least one upcoming vacancy on the Board in the same breed that this individual has chosen to represent. A minimum of ten (10) of the signatures must be of the breed represented by the nominee. No other nomination can be considered.

SECTION 5. If no other valid nominations are received by the Secretary on or before July 31st, the Nominating Committee’s slate shall be declared elected at the Annual Meeting and no further balloting shall be required.

SECTION 6. If one or more valid additional nominations are received by the Secretary on or before July 31st, the Secretary shall, on or before the 15th day of August, mail to each member in good standing a ballot listing all the nominees in alphabetical order, their state of residence, the breed that they have chosen to represent, and a brief biographical sketch of each. Also included shall be a blank envelope marked "Ballot" and a return envelope addressed to an independent teller marked "Ballot" and bearing the name of the member to whom it was sent. Each voter shall seal their marked ballot in the blank "Ballot" envelope and place it in the envelope provided with the independent tellers address for mailing.

SECTION 7. In order to be validated, all ballots must be received, by mail, by the independent teller, in the envelopes provided no later than September 15th. Any ballots not so received shall be invalid and will not be considered.

SECTION 8. All ballots shall be opened and counted by the independent teller prior to the Annual Meeting, and the results reported to by the Secretary and the President. at the Annual Meeting. The candidates receiving the highest number of votes within each breed, consistent with the number of breed representatives whose terms are expiring, shall be declared elected and seated as of then. The Secretary shall immediately notify the candidates of the results. The membership shall be advised as soon as results are available. The Secretary shall report the results at the Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE VI VIII - OFFICERS AND THEIR ELECTION
SECTION 1. The officers of this Club shall be a President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, a Treasurer and a Secretary with the powers and duties of Clerk. Officers shall be elected at a meeting of the Board of Governors immediately following the Annual Meeting of the Club.

SECTION 2. No person shall hold the office of President for more than four consecutive years and no holder of the office shall be eligible for re-election until at least one year shall have passed from the end of his/her previous term.

ARTICLE VII IX - GOVERNORS’ MEETING
SECTION 1. A meeting of the Board shall be held immediately following the Annual Meeting. Other meetings of the Board shall be held at such times and places as are designated by the President or by majority vote of the entire Board. Written notice of such meetings shall be mailed or e-mailed by the Secretary at least fifteen (15) days prior to the date of the meeting. Five (5) Seven (7) members shall constitute a quorum. Consent of the Governors to any particular action may be given by mail. The Board may conduct business outside of regular board meetings and consent of the Governors to any particular action may be given by mail or e-mail. The actions must be re-confirmed at the next board meeting.

SECTION 2. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President upon receipt of a written request, presented by mail or e-mail, by at least five (5) seven (7) members of the Board. Such special meeting shall be held at such hour and place as may be designated by the President. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed or e-mailed by the Secretary at least (15) days prior to the date of the meeting. Any such notice shall set the purpose of the meeting. Five (5) Seven (7) members shall constitute a quorum. Consent of the Governors to any particular action may be given by mail. The board may conduct business outside of regular board meetings and consent of the Governors to any particular action may be given by mail or e-mail . The actions must be reconfirmed at the next board meeting.

ARTICLE VIII X - PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENTS
In addition to such duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Governors, the President, or in his absence the ranking officer, shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Governors, and shall have power to call special meetings of the Board of Governors and of the Club.

ARTICLE IX XI - SECRETARY
In addition to such duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Governors, the Secretary shall keep the complete record of all meetings of the Club, and of the Board of Governors, and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the Club to be kept. He The Secretary shall have charge of the correspondence of the Club. On the election of a member, the Secretary or Membership Chairperson shall send the member a written notice of his or her election, and a copy of the Constitution and By-Laws. and request payment of entrance fees and dues . He The Secretary shall notify officers and members of their election or appointment, and shall issue notices to members of all meetings. He The Secretary shall keep a roll of the members of the Club, with an indication of their breed representation and with their addresses, and report at the Annual Meeting the number of members and any other matters of interest to the Club.

ARTICLE X XII - TREASURER
The Treasurer shall collect and receive all moneys due or belonging to the Club, and receipt therefore. He The Treasurer shall deposit the same in a bank in the name of the Club, and notify the Board of Governors of the same. His The books shall be open at all times to the inspection of the Board of Governors, and he the Treasurer shall report to them at every meeting the condition of the finances of the Club when requested; and at the Annual Meeting of the Club he the Treasurer shall render an account of all moneys received and expended during the year previous, which account must be audited by a committee of one or more selected by the Board of Governors. The Treasurer shall be bonded in such amount as the Board of Governors determines.

ARTICLE XI XIII – MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. Any person who favors the objects of the Club is eligible for election to membership. Every candidate for membership shall be personally known and proposed by one member and seconded by another member of the Club. The name, profession, and residence of the candidates shall be sent by the proposer to the Membership Chairperson. Every candidate must complete the Club’s Membership Application, sign the Club’s Code of Ethics and submit the application to the Secretary or Membership Chairperson.

SECTION 2. The Board of Governors shall have full power to elect as a member of the Club any candidate so proposed and seconded, which may be done by mail or e-mail, a minimum of six favorable votes must be cast to elect a candidate, but two three (3) negative votes will reject any candidate.

SECTION 3. Every candidate for membership who has been duly elected shall become a member effective with the date of election by the governors. Initiation fees and dues must be received by the treasurer within thirty (30) days of notification, by the Membership Chairperson. In case of failure to remit such fees and dues, the election shall be void at the discretion of the Board of Governors. submitted with the application prior to the board considering the candidate for membership.

SECTION 4. The Board of Governors shall have power by a two-thirds vote of the entire Board, which may be taken by mail, to suspend the membership of any member of the Club for conduct on his or her part likely in the opinion of the Board of Governors to endanger the welfare of the Club. Members so accused shall be entitled to a hearing, and if the hearing is requested final action of the Board shall be postponed pending the hearing.

SECTION 5. 4. All resignations must be made in writing and addressed to the Secretary of the Club; no member can resign while he/she is in debt to the Club.

SECTION 6. 5. The interest of any member in the property of the Club ceases with the termination of his/her membership.

ARTICLE XII XIV - INITIATION FEE AND ANNUAL DUES
Dues shall be payable on the first day of January each year. The Board of Governors shall have the authority to increase dues and initiation fees as it deems necessary. The initiation fee shall not exceed $30.00. Candidates elected after the first day of July between July 1 and September 30 in any year shall pay only half the amount of the Annual Dues in addition to the Initiation Fee. Candidates elected between October 1 and December 31 in any year shall pay the full Annual Dues that will cover their dues for the subsequent year along with the Initiation Fee. Any member whose Annual Dues remain unpaid sixty (60) days after same are due and payable shall thereby forfeit membership in the Club. In the case of absence from the country, membership may be retained if the Board of Governors shall so vote.

ARTICLE XIII – PROTESTS XV – CHARGES AND SUSPENSIONS
Any protest of complaint by any member of the Club about any other member of the Club or any dog owned by a member of the Club shall be considered by the Board of Governors of the Club, whose decision shall be final. But no such protest or complaint will be considered unless and until such protesting or complaining member first has made such protest or complaint in writing, addressed to the Secretary of the Club, and shall have deposited with said Secretary the sum of $15.00 to cover any expenses incident to the investigation of such complaint or protest, which sum shall be returned to said complaining protesting member if and when his compliant or protest shall be sustained and in that event the member found to be in error shall forthwith pay to the Club that amount which shall not be so made or if said member found to be in error shall not comply with the decision of the Board of Governors his membership may be forfeited in accordance with the provisions of Article XI, Section 4 of these By-Laws.

SECTION 1 . Any member who is suspended from any privileges of The American Kennel Club shall automatically be suspended from the privileges of this Club for a like period of time.

SECTION 2. Any member may prefer charges against a member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the club or the breeds. Written charges with specifications must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary together with a deposit in an amount set by the Board of Governors, which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained by the Board or a committee following a hearing. The deposit amount shall be reviewed by the Board yearly and the membership shall be notified of the amount on a yearly basis. The Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to each member of the Board or present them at a Board meeting, and the Board shall first consider whether the actions alleged in the charges, if proven, might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or the breeds. If the Board considers that the charges do not allege conduct which would be prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or of the breeds, it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the Board entertains jurisdiction of the charges, it shall fix a date of a hearing by the Board or a committee of not less than three members of the Board, not less than thirty days (30) nor more than ninety days(90) thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused member by certified mail together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in his/her own defense and bring witnesses if he/she wishes.

SECTION 3. The Board or Board Committee shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in that regard. Should the charges be sustained after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by complainant and defendant, the Board or Board committee may by a majority vote of those present reprimand (a written reprimand directed exclusively to the member may be somewhat detailed but an official [published] reprimand should only indicate that subsequent to a board hearing " member [X] was officially reprimanded as a result of charges filed by [Y].") or suspend the defendant from all privileges of the club for not more than six months from the date of the hearing, or until the next annual meeting if that will occur after six months. And, if it deems that punishment insufficient, it may also recommend to the membership that the penalty be expulsion. In such case, the suspension shall not restrict the defendant’s right to appear before his fellow members at the ensuing Club meeting, which considers the recommendation of the board or board committee. Immediately after the Board or Board committee has reached a decision, its findings shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary. The Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the decision and penalty, if any.

SECTION 4. Expulsion of a member from the club may be accomplished only at the Annual Meeting of the Club following a hearing and upon the recommendation of the Board or Board committee as provided in Section 3 of this Article. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his/her own behalf, though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the findings and recommendations, and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his/her own behalf. The members shall then vote by secret ballot on the proposed expulsion. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting at the Annual Meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted, the suspension shall stand.


ARTICLE XIV XVI - ANNUAL MEETING
The Club shall hold its Annual Meeting once each year at a time and place designated by the Board and all members shall be advised of the date, time and place at least thirty (30) days in advance thereof. Said meeting shall be held, whenever possible, at the general location of the club’s fall specialty show. Twelve Twenty (20) members shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE XV XVII - ORDER OF BUSINESS
At each meeting of the Club the order of business as far as the character and the nature of the meeting may admit, shall be as follows:
     1. Call of roll and reading of minutes
     2. Report of officers
     2. 3. Report of committees
     3. 4. Report of election
     4. 5. General business
     5. 6. Adjournment
All special committees shall be appointed by the chair unless otherwise designated in the motion.

ARTICLE XVI XVIII - FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the Club shall end on the thirty-first day of December of each year.

ARTICLE XVII XIX - SPECIAL MEETINGS AND GENERAL MEETINGS
SECTION 1. A special meeting of the Club shall be called by the President upon written request of ten (10) twenty-five (25)members of the Club and the notice of the time and place of such Special Meeting and the purpose of same shall be mailed by the Secretary to each member of the Club fifteen (15) days prior to the date fixed for same. Twelve (12) members shall be a quorum.

SECTION 2. A General Meeting of the Club may be held at any of the Club’s Traveling Specialty shows as designated by the President. Written notice of time and place shall be mailed by the Secretary to each member of the Club fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting. Twelve (12) Twenty (20) members shall be quorum. The order of business shall be of a general nature.

ARTICLE XVIII XX – INTERPRETATION OF BY-LAWS
Any interpretation of these By-Laws shall be made by the Board of Governors.

ARTICLE XIX XXI - OWNERSHIP OF DOGS
In case a dog is owned by a partnership or by a kennel, composed of one or more owners, each member of said partnership or kennel must become a member of the American Fox Terrier Club before the dog is eligible to compete for American Fox Terrier Club specials.

ARTICLE XX XXII - DISSOLUTION
The Club may be dissolved at anytime by the consent in writing of not less then two-thirds of the members for the time being. After the payment of all debts and liabilities of the Club, the property and assets of the Club shall be donated to the Dog Museum of America, a non-profit organization. The Board of Governors must recommend the dissolution of the Club following the laws for dissolution of a non-profit corporation of the state of New Jersey in place at the time.

The Club shall be dissolved by action of its Board of Governors and its members under the procedures as set forth in the New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act, N.J.S.A. 15A:1-1 et seq., as amended from time to time (the "Act").

As provided by the Act, the Club’s Board of Governors shall recommend that the Club be dissolved, adopt a plan of dissolution pursuant to the Act and direct that the plan of dissolution be submitted to a vote by the Club’s members, by written consent. The plan of dissolution shall include, but not be limited to, provisions to implement (a) the payment and discharge of the Club’s liabilities and obligations, (b) compliance with the Club’s tax-exempt status, (c) the transfer or disposition of assets subject to restrictions, if any, and (d) the transfer or disposition of any and all other remaining assets. Consistent with Article III of this Constitution and By-Laws, on dissolution, none of the Club’s assets shall be distributed to any member of the Club or private individual, but rather to such nonprofit organization or organizations then located in the United States and qualified under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), Section 501(c)(4) or Section 501(c)(7) (as such sections may be amended from time to time), or to a state or local government for a public purpose.

The Club’s Board of Governors shall submit the proposed dissolution for approval by the Club’s members voting by written consent. In so doing the Board shall provide notice of the proposed dissolution to each of the Club’s members of record, whether or not entitled to vote. Such notice shall set forth the existence of a 10-day period from the giving of the notice to the members, during which the proposed dissolution shall not be consummated, and the proposed dissolution shall not be consummated until after the expiration of such 10-day period.

Written notice of the proposed dissolution shall be mailed not less than fifteen (15) days nor more than sixty (60) days prior to the date on which the members’ returned written consents are required to be received by the Club, to each of the Club’s members of record, whether or not entitled to vote.

The proposed plan of dissolution shall be approved upon receiving the affirmative written consents of two-thirds (2/3) of the total number of members of the Club eligible to vote.


ARTICLE XXIII – TRANSFER OF 30% OR MORE OF the CLUB’S ASSETS
A transfer, sale, lease, exchange or other disposition of thirty percent (30%) or more of the Club’s assets (collectively, a "Transfer") shall be accomplished by action of the Club’s Board of Governors and its members under the procedures as set forth in N.J.S.A. 15A:10-11 and other applicable sections of the Act, as such sections may be amended from time to time. Under these procedures the Club’s Board of Governors shall recommend the proposed Transfer, including the terms and conditions of the proposed Transfer, and direct that it be submitted to a vote by the Club’s members, by written consent.

The Club’s Board of Governors shall submit the proposed Transfer for approval by the Club’s members voting by written consent. In so doing the Board shall provide notice of the proposed Transfer to each of the Club’s members of record, whether or not entitled to vote. Such notice shall set forth the existence of a 20-day period from the giving of the notice to the members, during which the proposed Transfer shall not be consummated, and the proposed Transfer shall not be consummated until after the expiration of such 20-day period.

Written notice of the proposed Transfer shall be mailed not less than twenty (20) days nor more than sixty (60) days prior to date on which the members’ returned written consents are required to be received by the Club, to each of the Club’s members of record, whether or not entitled to vote. The notice shall include or shall be accompanied by a statement summarizing the principal terms of the proposed Transfer.

The proposed Transfer shall be approved upon receiving the affirmative written consents of two-thirds (2/3) of the total number of members of the Club eligible to vote.

If a Transfer consists of 30% or more of the assets of one or more subsidiaries of the Club it shall be considered to be a Transfer subject to the approvals required by this Article if the subsidiary or subsidiaries constitute 30% or more of the Club’s assets.


ARTICLE XXI XXIV - AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
SECTION 1. Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws may be proposed by the Board of Governors or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by 20% of the membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the Board of Governors and must be submitted to the membership, along with the recommendation of the Board of Governors if it so desires, for vote two (2) three (3) months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary.

SECTION 2. The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended at any time provided a copy of the proposed amendment has been mailed by the Secretary to each member accompanied by a ballot on which the member may indicate a choice for or against the action to be taken. The notice shall specify a date not less than thirty (30) days after the date of mailing by which date the ballots must be returned to an independent teller.

SECTION 3. The Constitution and By – Laws can be amended only by a two-thirds (2/3) secret affirmative vote of the valid ballots returned.

SECTION 4. Ballots returned will be counted by the independent teller and the results reported by the Club Secretary at the Annual Meeting or the date of a Special Meeting requested to be called for that purpose. to the Club Secretary. The Secretary shall then post or publish the results in the Club Newsletter and on the Club’s membership electronic bulletin board or a mass e-mailing to the membership.

SECTION 5. No Amendment to the Constitution and By-Laws adopted by the Club shall become effective until it has been approved by The Board of Directors of The American Kennel Club.

ARTICLE XXII-PERPETUAL TROPHIES (MEMBERS ONLY)
Remove from the constitution and prepare a full trophy listing including the addition of trophies for Haring, Farrell, and Keator, as Annual Trophies given for wins at MCKC specialty. (This will not be printed in the constitution.)

BEST SMOOTH FOX TERRIER, DOG OR BITCH

GRAND CHALLENGE CUP, SILVER.
This cup shall remain the property of the Club and shall be a Perpetual Trophy to be offered to Members of the Club for the Best Smooth Fox Terrier, dog or bitch, at each of those three shows during each year which the Board of Governors shall consider most desirable, and the dog or bitch winning it twice will be proclaimed the American Fox Terrier Club Smooth Fox Terrier Champion for the following year. If no one dog or bitch shall be decided two times to be the Best Smooth Fox Terrier, at said three shows, the Board of Governors of The American Fox Terrier Club will designate a fourth show, at which this trophy shall be offered, to be competed for by those three Smooth Fox Terriers only, each of which have won a leg on this trophy at the three shows referred to-provided, however, that these three Smooth Fox Terriers must be entered either in the Regular Classes or in the class for Specials Only and must be shown in the competition for which they have been entered. A Club Medal (Bronze) shall be given to commemorate each win and the winner of the Cup shall be presented with the American Fox Terrier Club Championship Silver Medal.

CHAMPION SABINE RESULT TROPHY, SILVER.
This trophy was presented to the American Fox Terrier Club by the Sabine Kennels and shall remain the property of the Club and shall be a Perpetual Trophy to be offered to Members of the Club for the Best Smooth Fox Terrier, dog or bitch, at each of those three shows during each year at which the Grand Challenge Cup shall be offered, and the dog or bitch winning it twice will be proclaimed the American Fox Terrier Club Smooth Fox Terrier Champion for the following year. If no one dog or bitch shall be decided two times to be the Best Smooth Fox Terrier, at said three shows, the Board of Governors of The American Fox Terrier Club will designate a fourth show, at which this trophy shall be offered, to be competed for by those three Smooth Fox Terriers only, each of which have won a leg on this trophy at the three shows referred to-provided, however, that these three Smooth Fox Terriers must be entered either in the Regular Classes or in the class for Specials Only and must be shown in the competition for which they have been entered. The Club Meal (Bronze) offered for the Grand Challenge Cup will be suitably engraved to reflect each win, as will The American Fox Terrier Club Championship Silver Medal.

BEST WIREFOX TERRIER, DOG OR BITCH

GRAND CHALLENGE CUP. SILVER.
This cup shall remain the property of the Club and shall be a Perpetual Trophy to be offered to Members of the Club for the Best Wire Fox Terrier, dog or bitch, at each of those three shows during each year which the Board of Governors shall consider most desirable, and the dog or bitch winning it twice will be proclaimed the American Fox Terrier Club Wire Fox Terrier Champion for the following year. If no one dog or bitch shall be decided two times to be the Best Wire Fox Terrier, at said three shows, the Board of Governors of The American Fox terrier Club will designate a fourth show, at which this trophy shall be offered, to be competed for by those three Wire Fox Terriers only, each of which have won a leg on this trophy at the three shows referred to-provided, however, that these three Wire Fox Terriers must be entered either in the Regular Classes or in the class for Specials Only and must be shown in the competition for which they have entered. A Club Medal (Bronze) shall be given to commemorate each win and the winner of the Cup shall be presented with the American Fox Terrier Club Championship Silver Medal.

CHAMPION MEERSBROOK BRISTLES CHALLENGE CUP, SILVER.
This trophy was presented to the American Fox Terrier Club by Charles W. Keyes, Esq., and shall remain the property of the Club and shall be a Perpetual Trophy to be offered to Members of the Club for the Best Wire Fox Terrier, dog or bitch, at each of those three shows during each year at which the Grand Challenge Cup shall be offered and the dog or bitch winning it twice will be proclaimed the American Fox Terrier Club Wire Fox Terrier Champion for the following year. If no one dog or bitch shall be decided two times to be the Best Wire Fox Terrier, at said three shows, the Board of Governors of The American Fox Terrier Club will designate a fourth show, at which this trophy shall be offered, to be competed for by those three Wire Fox Terriers only, each of which have won a leg on this trophy at the three shows referred to-provided, however, that these three Wire Fox Terriers must be entered either in the Regular Classes or in the class for Specials Only and must be shown in the competition for which they have been entered. The Club Medal (Bronze) offered for the Grand Challenge Cup will be suitably engraved to reflect each win, as will The American Fox Terrier Cub Championship Silver Medal.

ANNUAL TROPHIES

THE HOMER GAGE, JR. MEMORIAL TROPHY.
This sterling silver trophy shall be awarded outright to that one of its Members who shall own the dog which shall be decided two times to be the best American-bred Smooth Fox Terrier Dog and the best American-bred Wire Fox Terrier Dog exhibited at each of the three shows at which the Board of Governors of the American Fox Terrier Club shall offer for competition the Grand Challenge Cup. If no one dog shall be decided two times to be the best American-bred Smooth Fox Terrier Dog and the best American-bred Wire Fox Terrier Dog at said three shows, the Board of Governors of The American Fox Terrier Club will designate a fourth show at which these trophies shall be offered to be completed for by those three dogs of each coat only, each of which have won a leg on this trophy at the three shows referred to.

THE WELWIRE KENELS MEMORIAL TROPHIES.
These sterling silver trophies shall be awarded outright to the Members who shall own the bitches which shall be decided two times to be the best American-bred Smooth Fox Terrier Bitch and the best American-bred Wire Fox Terrier Bitch exhibited at each of the three shows at which the Board of Governors of the American Fox Terrier Club shall offer for competition the Grand Challenge Cup. If no one bitch shall be decided two times to be the best American-bred Smooth Fox Terrier Bitch and the best American-bred Wire Fox Terrier Bitch at said three shows, the Board of Governors of the American Fox Terrier Club will designate a fourth show, at which these trophies shall be offered to be competed for by those three bitches of each coat only, each of which have won a leg on this trophy at the three shows referred to.

NOTE: To compete for the foregoing Trophies, Fox Terriers need not be entered for competition in the Regular Breed Classes in any show, but may be entered in the class for Specials Only, which is open only to Champions of Record.

ARTICLE XXIII - ALL CLUB STAKES
All Club stakes including the American Fox Terrier Club Puppy Stakes, the American Fox Terrier Club Birthday Stakes for stud dogs. The American Fox Terrier Club Breeders’ Stakes and The American Fox Terrier Club Novice Stakes and all other cups or trophies may be offered and held at the discretion of the Board of Governors on conditions approved by the Board of Governors. To compete for all Club stakes, Article XXIII, and for other special prizes offered from time to time by the American Fox Terrier Club, only dogs which have competed in one or more of the breeds classes provided by the show management shall be eligible except where the special prize so offered shall call for two or more dogs to compete as a unit.


ARTICLE XXV – PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE
The Rules of Parliamentary Procedure, contained in "Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised", shall be the authority governing all meetings of the Club and of the Board of Governors, subject always to the existing laws of the State of New Jersey and these By-Laws.


Members commented that members want election of officers directly by the members and current system promotes one breed control of the officers.
  • Board is elected by the membership and given the responsibility to manage the activities of the Club.
  • Officers who are not members of the Board have no vote. Officers work on behalf of the Board.
  • Board is better able to evaluate the officers for ability to do the required work of the office , ability to communicate, and reliability.
  • The Board represents both breeds with equal number of designated Board members. The Board is in fact able to maintain parity in respect to officers.
  • Officers do not have to be Board members. Any member in good standing may express their interest in serving the Club.
Member commented that there should be term limits for all officers.
  • Changing officers yearly or every 2 years does not allow for continuity of club activities and required business. Officers who have been in office provide valuable information and a historical event perspective. This is especially true for the Secretary and Treasurer.
General comment related to AFTC policy:
  • No officer or Show Chairman shall handle dogs at any AFTC National Specialty Shows. Show Coordinator does not exhibit Fox Terriers at AFTC events. Officers may exhibit. Since officers do not negotiate or communicate with judges the Board's decision is to retain current policy.