ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP (as extracted from Association Bylaws)
Section 1. Any reputable natural person 18 or over, who lives in Kleberg or Kenedy County, Texas, and who is in accord with the purpose of the organization, and who is a supporter of the Livestock Show as deemed by the Board of Directors and who is willing to cooperate in the accomplishment of its purpose, may become a member.
Section 2. For each exhibitor in the Junior show, whose entry fee(s) meets or exceeds the amount of the current membership, one (1) parent or guardian is entitled to one (1) complimentary membership in the association. If a parent or guardian only has one exhibitor in the annual show and another parent or guardian wishes to become a member, he/she must pay the current membership fee to become a member. Individuals who do not have an entry in the annual show and wish to be a member of the association may join the association by paying the current membership fee at least thirty (30) days before the annual meeting. Payment may be paid at the membership desk at the annual show or through the show office. Complimentary membership must be activated during the annual show at the membership desk or through the show office at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting.
Lifetime Membership is available to those members that do not wish to update their membership each year by paying an annual fee. A member may become a Lifetime Member by paying a one time fee of ten times (10X) the current membership fee. A member who chooses this category of membership will enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other member for their “Lifetime”. This membership is not transferable to any other member and remains the benefit of the member that pays the Lifetime Membership fee.
Section 3. No member shall become, in any manner, liable for any expense or other indebtedness of this organization other than an annual membership fee.
Section 4. Each member in good standing shall be entitled to one vote on any business matter coming before the house at a membership meeting.
Section 5. The annual meeting shall be held within 75 days following the livestock show for the purpose of reviewing the past show and the election of directors and two executive committee members. The date for the next livestock show shall be set at the last regular meeting of the Board of Directors prior to the current livestock show.
Section 6. A special meeting of the membership may be held at anytime upon call of the president of the Board of Directors. The purpose of the meeting to be stated in the notice.
Section 7. Notice of all membership meetings shall be mailed/emailed by the secretary to each member at his last know address, no later than ten (10) days prior to the date of the meeting.
Section 8. Ten (10) members present at any meeting of the membership shall constitute a quorum to transact business and any matter brought before the meeting may be decided by a majority of those present and voting.
Section 9. Expulsion of a Director, Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent or Member. Upon evidence submitted to the Board of Directors, that any director, superintendent, assistant superintendent or member
(i) has violated any applicable requirements of these bylaws; or
(ii) (ii) has willfully violated rules or regulations of the Kleberg-Kenedy County Junior Livestock Show Association adopted by its Board of Directors and disseminated to its members; or
(iii) (iii) has acted in such a way as to bring damage, disrepute, civil or criminal liability, financial or other harm to the Association, its directors, superintendents, assistant superintendents or members,
such director, superintendent, assistant superintendent or member may be expelled from the Association in accordance with the provisions set forth below:
(a) If, upon submission of such evidence to the Board of Directors, it determines by a majority vote, that there is probable cause to hold an expulsion hearing, the director, superintendent, assistant superintendent or member who is to be considered for expulsion shall be given fifteen (15) days advanced notice of the hearing and shall be entitled to attend and present evidence on his or her behalf.
(b) Promptly following the hearing, the Board of Directors shall determine, by a majority vote, whether or not he/she shall be expelled. If the Board of Directors determines that the director, superintendent, assistant superintendent or member shall be expelled, he/she shall have five (5) days, by giving written notice thereof, to appeal such decision. If the director, superintendent, assistant superintendent or member does not elect to appeals uch decision, then he/she shall be expelled effective upon the expiration of said five (5) days. If the director, superintendent, assistant superintendent or member does elect to exercise the right of appeal, the Board of Directors, at the next succeeding meeting of the Board, shall review the record of the hearing and shall then determine, by a majority vote, whether to sustain or overrule the decision; and
(c) If the Board of Directors sustains the decision to expel the director, superintendent, assistant superintendent or member, then he/she shall be expelled effective as of the date of such decision by the Board of Directors.
An expelled director, superintendent, assistant superintendent or member shall have the opportunity to re-apply for membership after one (1) calendar year has passed from the original date of expulsion. The Board of Directors will at that time determine, by a majority vote, whether to re-admit the expelled director, superintendent, assistant superintendent, or member as a member of the Association.