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Northwest Fishing Partner Registry

CONSTITUTION, BYLAWS AND STANDING RULES

CONSTITUTION
NWFPR Officially Founded on 22 April 2017

ARTICLE I. The Legal name of the Club shall be NorthWest Fishing Partner Registry (AKA, NWFPR and NorthWest Fishing Partner's) 

ARTICLE Ia. The founding Fathers of the NWFPR Shall be known to all men and women as follows.
Sean Kiaer, First Commodore & Washington LNO
Tom Browning, First Rear Commodore
Scott Sherman, First Vice Commodore
Kurt Schroeder, First Fleet Captain
Bevel Hoffpauir, First Treasure
James Harrison, First Military LNO.  on MDLA (Military Deployment Leave of Absence)
Alan Cobb, First Oregon LNO
Jeremy Peace, First Idaho LNO
Matthew Paulson. Facebook Advisor (Position Retired)

ARTICLE II. The NWFPR shall be a non-profit organization chartered under the laws of the City of Everett, County of Snohomish and State of Washington. And any applicable Federal and Local Laws

ARTICLE III. The object of this Club shall be to promote Fishing, Environmental Stewardship, Motorboating, and any other marine activities that the organization so chooses to pursue and to afford its members that serve or have served our country as First Responders and those in the Military & it’s various components including but not limited to state defense force members as recognized by SGAUS (State Guard Association of the US.) and communities as First Responders (Defined as  paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, rescuers, and other trained members who have received certification to provide pre-hospital care) the opportunities for participation in these activities at no cost regardless of military or first responder affiliation

ARTICLE III-a MISSION STATEMENT
NorthWest Fishing Partner Registry (NWFPR) is a 100% all Volunteer 501(c)3 organization which prides itself in striving to uplift and strengthen our members from their PTSD and other stress-related illnesses. NWFPR enhances this healing experience by connecting with our members in a therapeutic way, by utilizing Piscatorial Therapy (Fishing Therapy). This is aimed at encouraging members toward a mentally positive direction. So many of these selfless, compassionately driven, hard-working, members are in need of relief, but lack the vehicle to make their healing realized. NWFPR is that vehicle, driven by its own passion to deliver peace of mind and a tranquil atmosphere to our members, with other like-minded individuals, without the fear of being judged. This will ultimately benefit our members in a unique and positive way which nothing else can.

ARTICLE IV. The burgee of NWFPR shall be            


                                                       

ARTICLE V. Any person who professes an interest in Maritime Activities, fishing or other similar water sports and who is, in the judgment of the Club members, a person who will share in the responsibilities of the Club and in its spirit of good sportsmanship may be accepted as a member. No person shall be deemed unacceptable for membership in NWFPR on the basis of Race, Sex, Religion, Creed, LGBTQ or National origin.

ARTICLE VI. The Members of this Club shall every four (4) years beginning June 2022, elect a Board of Governors whose duties shall be prescribed in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE VII. Any person whose membership in the Club is terminated by resignation, expulsion or for any other reason shall forever forfeit all rights and interests in and to the property of the club.

ARTICLE VIII. This Constitution shall be amended only by affirmative vote of two -thirds of the voting board at a convocation called for this purpose. Members shall be notified in writing no less than one month in advance of the Convocation of the date, and the amendment or amendments that are proposed. For amendment of this Constitution, a quorum of not less than 2/3 of the voting board in good standing must be present.

BYLAWS

ARTICLE I. – STRUCTURE
SECTION 1 Board of Governors
Structure
The management of  NWFPR will be the responsibility of the Board of Governors.
II. The Board of Governors will be composed of 5 voting members
Commodore
Rear Commodore
Vice Commodore
Fleet Captain
Treasurer/Secretary
Governors will be elected once every 4 years starting with the first election in 2022
III. The Board of Governors will meet once a year on the last Saturday of January to take care of year end and year beginning business. The board of governors shall also have a continual discussion throughout the year via electronic means such as FB Chat, Go to Meeting Etc.
IV. The Board of Governors will appoint one of their members as Treasurer.
Section Between {  } is reserved to be implemented at a later date

{ A Club Manager may be appointed by the Board of Governors for such term and at such compensation as the Board may decide. Such Manager shall be charged with the active management of the Club, including the hiring, discharging and supervising of employees and the performance of such other duties as may be required by resolution of the Board of Governors as contained in the job description for the Club Manager in the Standing Rules. The Club Manager shall only be subject to control of the Board of Governors or executive committee acting as such. The Club Manager shall report to the Board of Governors monthly. }

Duties
The duties of the Board of Governors of NWFPR will be to meet as a body and be responsible for establishing policy and conducting the business matters of the Club.
The Board of Governors are prohibited from using the name of the NWFPR, or their affiliation with same, to take positions on, or lobby for legislation or ordinances or any other political activity without calling a special meeting of the membership to discuss and approve any such political positions or efforts, under the provisions of the Bylaws related to special meetings.
Upon Completion of an investigation Any Board Member to be found in violation will be terminated.

II. The Treasurer will be the principal Financial officer of the Club and will be responsible for:
Collecting and receiving all monies due and owing to the Club.
Depositing all receipts in a financial institution which is fully insured by the FDIC or the FSLIC or other general revenue obligations issued or insured by the U.S. Government, the State of Washington or Municipalities located within the State of Washington and approved by the Board of Governors.
Submitting monthly written financial reports to the Board, making copies available to the General Membership as requested.
Signing, with the Commodore, on behalf of the Club, all contracts, bonds and other written instruments approved by the Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors will obtain an Audit, Review, or informal review at the close of each calendar year. A copy of the Audit or Review, if obtained, shall be available to all regular members upon request.

III. In the absence of the Treasurer, the Secretary will assume the Treasurer's responsibilities.
If the Secretary is unable to take the position of treasurer then the Commodore shall take charge until the position can be filled.
IV. The Board of Governors will establish the Standing Rules of the NWFPR. Changes in Standing Rules will be posted on the clubs Bulletin Board(s)(Facebook Group and or Website Bulletin board for thirty (30) days before taking effect. Members desiring clarification and explanation may apply to the Board members for same.
C. Qualifications.
A candidate for the Board of Governors shall have been a voting Member of the NWFPR for a continuous period of at least one (1) years immediately preceding his/her nomination.
II. No Governor may serve in more than one office at any one time.
IIa. NOTE: If the Secretary and or the Treasurer position becomes vacant, then either office may be subbed by the Secretary and or Treasurer 
III. No Governor shall be an employee or maintain any contract for regular paid services with the club.    
IV. Candidates for the Board of Governors shall have been full time residents of the State of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and the geographical line west of the continental divide within the state of Montana for a continuous period of at least one (1) year/s immediately preceding their nomination.
D. Provisions for Removal or filling vacancies on the Board.
A Governor who fails to attend two consecutive regularly scheduled Board and General Membership meetings, without advance approval of the Commodore, will be notified by the Commodore that removal from office is under consideration and the he/she will be given the opportunity to state his/her case at the next Board meeting. Removal of a Governor shall be by majority vote of the Board of Governors.
II. A member of the Board of Governors may be removed from office by a motion of impeachment, or petition, and approved by a two-thirds vote by secret ballot of the voting board members present at a meeting identified for that purpose. Notification of such action shall be mailed to all voting members at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting. The Governor shall be first presented with a letter setting forth the charges as stated in the petition. Said petition shall be signed by at least ten percent (10%) of the Voting members. This letter shall be delivered at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting. Before a vote may be taken, the Governor shall be allowed a reasonable amount of meeting time to answer such allegations.   
III. Vacancies on the Board of Governors will be filled by appointment by the Board of Governors to serve until the next election. A Governor will be elected at the next election to fill the remainder of the vacated term. Of the nominated candidates the two (2) receiving the most votes will serve the full four (4) year term. The candidate receiving the third (3rd) highest number of votes will serve the remainder of the vacated term.
E. Liability of Governors.
No member of the Board of Governors will be liable for acts, defaults or neglects of any other Governor or Officer, or any loss sustained by the Club, unless same has resulted from his/her wrongful act.

SECTION 2. Officers
Officers.
The elected Officers of the NWFPR shall be:  
Commodore
Rear Commodore
Vice Commodore
Fleet Captain
Treasurer
Secretary  
The term of Office of the elected Officers will be four (4) years beginning with the first election in June 2022
III. The following Officers of the NWFPR will be appointed by the Commodore and will include, but not be limited to:
Recruitment and retention officer 
Recruitment and retention Secretary
State Representatives
Military Representatives
PAO/PIO
Administrative Assistant
IV. Duties
Duties of Officers.
In addition to the specific duties outlined below, the Commodore, other Officers and Committee Chairpersons will meet as the Commodore may designate, but at least once each quarter, to conduct the activities of the Club.
The Commodore and/or individual officers of the NWFPR are prohibited from using the name of the NWFPR, or their affiliation with same, to take positions on, or lobby for legislation or ordinances or any other political activity, without calling a special meeting of the membership to discuss and approve any such political positions or efforts, under the provisions of the Bylaws related to special meetings.
Any officer found in violation will be immediately terminated.
II. The Commodore shall be Chairman of the Board of Governors and Chief Executive Officer of NWFPR. The Commodore will be responsible for:
Enforcement of the Constitution and Bylaws of the NWFPR.
Implementing and maintaining all policies established by the Board of Governors.
Calling and presiding over all meetings of the General Membership, Board of Governors and his/her staff
Signing, with the Treasurer and or Secretary, on behalf of the Club, all contracts, bonds, and other written instruments approved by the Board of Governors.
Appointing additional Officers and Committee persons as may be required to conduct programs appropriate to the purpose of the Club, as stated in Article III of the Constitution.
III. The Rear Commodore shall assist the Commodore and, in his/her absence, will officiate in his/her stead. The Vice Commodore shall also be responsible for:
Preserving and Maintaining all trophies belonging to the Club.
Chairing selection and arrangement of all Club entertainment.
All Club activities during all significant events that are not sponsored by the Club.
Coordinating the Club participation in Fishing Tournaments.
Scheduling and arranging all Club parties.
Participating as a non-voting member of all Standing and AdHoc committees.
IV. Staff Commodore
All past Commodores will be recognized as Staff Commodores.
The immediate Past Commodore will serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Governors. In the event the Commodore is re-elected or elected to the Board of Governors the Advisory Commodore position shall be filled by a vote of the Board of Governors from the list of past Commodores.
V. The Fleet Captain will be responsible for all water-based activities of the Club. These will include, but not be limited to:
a. Establishing a yearly schedule of fishing and cruising events for the club.
b. The structure and functions of Fishing Tournament Committees and that committee's compliance with all rules and regulations pertaining to Fishing Tournaments.
c. Representing the Club with the North American Tournament Association (NATA)or any other national or State Fishing association.
d. Apprising the Membership of applicable Tournament rules and regulations.
e. Maintaining and posting an accurate record of all NWFPR Tournament results and Season's Points standings of all NWFPR Events as well as preserving their trophies.
f. Developing a budget for the year's Fishing and get together activities and a proposed budget for the following year.
g. Will be responsible for all power boat activities of the Club. These shall include, but not be limited to: a. Establishing tournament and other power boat activity schedules.
h. The structure and functions of the Tournament Committee and that committee's compliance with all rules and regulations pertaining to tournaments.
i. Representing the Club with the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) or any other national or State Power/fishing organization.
j. Apprising the Membership of applicable tournament rules and regulations.
k. Maintaining and posting an accurate record of all NWFPR Tournament results season's points standings of all NWFPR fishing boats as well as preserving their trophies.
l. Developing a budget for the year' power boat activities and a proposed budget for the following year.
m. Be responsible for programs and activities of the fleet.
 
Qualifications
 A candidate for the office of Commodore will have been a Voting member of the NWFPR for a period of two (2) years and shall have served as an elected Officer or Board Member for at least one (1) full year.
Candidates for all other elected offices will have been a Voting Member for a period of two (2) years
Candidates for elected offices will have been full-time residents of the States of WA, OR, ID and Western Montana west of the geographical continental divide for a continuous period of at least three (3) years immediately preceding their nomination.
 
B. Liability Bonding. I. The following Board Members, Officers and employees shall be bonded by a corporate surety:
Commodore
Rear Commodore
Vice Commodore
Fleet Captain
Treasurer
Secretary
Employees of the Club having access to cash assets.
NOTE: Section B is pending during the first 4 years
SECTION 3 Committees
Standing Committees
The Commodore will appoint the following Standing Committees:
Finance
Bar
Galley
Planning
House and Grounds
AdHoc Committees.
The Commodore and/or Board of Governors may establish Ad Hoc Committees.
 
ARTICLE II MEMBERSHIP SECTION
 Membership shall consist of the following
Regular Member
All uniformed Military services of the United States of America, Their Reserve components to including any member of any State Defense Force as recognized by the State Guard Association of the US AKA SGAUS.
Any member that is a First Responder and their Reserve & Volunteer units
i.e. Law Enforcement Police, Paid, Reserve and Search & Rescue
Correctional Officers, CBP Officers, and other Law Enforcement agency members
Fire Department, Paid & Volunteer Members.
NWFPR Volunteer Members to remain as a member must be active and supportive of the mission and focus of NWFPR Goal and Mission.
Volunteer Members consist of
Boat Owners,
Charter Boat Skippers
Guides
And anyone that plays a supportive roll to the club.
 
 ARTICLE III – FINANCES SECTION
Club Finances.
1.       The Board of Governors shall be the financial committee
2.    Signers and responsibility of the NWFPR financial account/s
2a. The Commodore and the treasurer shall be the sole signers of all financial accounts provided that they have a minimum Two Thirds (2/3) Majority Vote of the Board of Governors
Process shall be a written request for funds. The request shall be drawn on the NWFPR official Withdraw of funds form no less than 30 days before funds are due.
The request shall be distributed to all voting members of the Board of Governors via Electronic Signature, E-Mail, USPS, UPS or other courier or means as deemed appropriate by the board, and returned to the Treasurer for final approval then sent to the commodore for issuing of funds.
3.       Emergency withdraw of funds.
Should there be an emergency need for funds a Notification via Email shall be issued no less than 24hrs prior to the call of an Emergency meeting via internet messaging i.e. Facebook Messenger, Internal website messenger when established and 2/3 of the members present of which shall be a minimum of th­­­­­­­ree members present, shall give authorization if deemed an Emergency.
 
Revenue
The revenue of the Club will be in the form of fees, dues, assessments, fines, voluntary contributions and through the operation of Club activities.
II. The Board of Governors will submit all recommendations for changes in initiation fees, dues and/or assessments to the General Membership, by mail, not less than fifteen (15) days before the date of the meeting at which the proposed changes are scheduled to be voted upon.
III. Initiation fees and dues may be increased or decreased and assessments may be levied only by an affirmative vote of the majority of the Members present at a regular or special meeting provided proper notification has been given.
B. Fiscal Year. I. The fiscal year of the NWFPR will be the Calendar year.
C. Payment of Dues.
II. Dues will be payable in advance on a yearly basis, semi-annual or in quarterly installments on or before:
January 1
April 1
July 1
October 1
 
Financial responsibility of members
Members in Arrears.
A Member who is in arrears for a period of thirty (30) days shall automatically be barred from the use of the Club premises and from participating in Club sponsored events until his/her Good Standing is restored.
The Membership Secretary will post on the Club bulletin board, and the bar, the names of Members who are in arrears thirty (30) days.
A Member in arrears for thirty (30) days will be notified by certified mail that he/she must meet his financial obligations within the current quarter or be dropped from the Club.
A Member in arrears may regain Good Standing by payment in full of all financial obligations, plus pre-payment for the next quarter.
No member will knowingly have as his Club guest anyone who has been barred from the Club, nor will any NWFPR skipper of a yacht during NWFPR sponsored events knowingly have as a member of his crew a person who has been barred from the Club.
SECTION 4. Forfeiture of Membership
A member in arrears ninety (90) days (one quarter) shall forfeit Membership in the Club and shall be removed from Club Membership rolls in accordance with the procedures contained in 21 these Bylaws.
 
SECTION 5. Financial Hardship
A Member who cannot pay his/her dues on time because of temporary financial hardship may appear before the Board of Governors to request an extension of time for the payment of dues and other obligations provided the Member has not been dropped. The Board may extend the due date for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days. The Member will be allowed the use of Club facilities, without voting privileges, until the date agreed upon by the Member and the Board of Governors at which time he/she must pay all obligations in full or be dropped. In the event the Member cannot appear before the Board of Governors, the Board of Governors may accept a letter requesting an extension of time.


ARTICLE IV – MEETINGS SECTION
Regular and Special Meetings
Regular meetings of the General Membership will be conducted as needed or as specified by the Board of Governors and upon due notice to the Membership.
The January General Membership Meeting will include the installation of Officers and Governors and they will assume their duties at this time.
Special meetings of the General Membership may be called by the Commodore, three members of the Board of Governors or by petition signed by at least twenty-five (25) voting members, and upon fifteen (15) days’ notice to the Membership electronically transmitted or by mail.
Special meetings of the Board of Governors may be called by the Commodore or by three (3) Members of the Board of Governors.
 
SECTION 2. Quorum
At any regular or special meeting of the General Membership, a quorum will consist of not less than 3 members or ten percent (10%) whichever is greater of the current total number of voting Members and will be deemed present throughout the meeting.
A quorum of the Board of Governors will consist of at least fifty percent (50%) of its members.
A motion for a quorum count shall be made only immediately upon the call to Order by the presiding Officer, otherwise a quorum shall be deemed present.
 
SECTION 3. Procedure for Voting
Voting at Club meetings shall be by show of Membership cards of voting members, except as follows:
Officer and Governors will be elected by secret ballot.
II. Voting for the purpose of amending Bylaws or the Constitution will be by secret ballot.
III. Impeachment of Officers or Governors will be by secret ballot.
IV. Voting on any action will be by secret ballot if the majority of the Voting Members present so indicates.
 
 
ARTICLE V – ELECTION SECTION
SECTION 1 Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee will consist of seven (7) members; one of whom shall be Chairman.
All members of the Committee will be Voting Members.
The Vice-Commodore, Rear Commodore will each appoint one Voting member to the Nominating
Committee. Their selections will be announced at the July General Membership meeting.
At the July General Membership Meeting, the Membership will nominate and elect a nominating
committee Chairman. Any Voting Member, excluding elected Officers and Governors, may be
nominated for the position of Nominating Committee Chairman. At the close of nominations,
each candidate may address the meeting after which a vote of those present will be taken. The
candidate with a simple plurality will be elected and will be responsible for appointing the three
(3) remaining members of the Nominating committee. The roster of the Nominating Committee
shall be listed on the bulletin board one week after the July General Membership Meeting.
It shall be the duty of this committee to nominate a slate of qualified candidates who are willing
to serve for each office. No person shall be nominated for more than one position in the Club
structure. At least two-thirds (2/3) of the nominees shall be boat owners at the time of their
nomination.
The Chairman of the nominating committee will be responsible for announcing the nominees at the September General Membership Meeting and posting the slate on the Club bulletin boards immediately thereafter.
 
SECTION 2. Nomination by Petition
Member who is not on the published slate prepared by the Nominating Committee may be added to the ballot by the submission of a petition which shall identify the nominee, his/her qualifications, the office he/she is running for, and shall be signed by at least twenty-five (25) Voting Members.
It will be the responsibility of the Members presenting the petition to ascertain that the nominee is willing to run.
The petition must be presented within twenty (20) days after the September General Membership meeting. Petitions shall be posted immediately upon verification of signatures by the Club office.
Candidates for Officers and Governors may only be nominated in accordance with the procedures contained in these Bylaws. There shall be no nominations from the floor on Election night.
It will be the duty of the Chairman of the Nominating Committee to post the official slate of nominees of the committee or by petition by the 15th of October on the club bulletin board. The slate of nominees will be prepared in accordance with the ballot preparation procedure contained in these Bylaws.
 
SECTION 3 Ballots
All voting will be by official ballots prepared by the NWFPR.
The ballot will be prepared with the offices listed in the following order:
Commodore
Rear Commodore
Vice Commodore
Fleet Captain
Battalion Commander
Treasurer
Secretary  
 
Candidates will be listed in alphabetical order under the office for which they are running.
If a Member determines that he / she may not be able to attend the November General Membership Meeting to cast his / her vote, he/she may request an absentee ballot.
Absentee ballots shall have been counted before the meeting, and no Member who has been issued an absentee ballot shall be issued a ballot at the meeting.
The Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall certify the election as official and inform the Membership of the results at the election meeting and post the results, including ballot counts for thirty (30) days after the meeting.
 
SECTION 4 Voting
Elections will be held during the November General Membership Meeting. The Chairperson of the Nominating Committee will preside over the meeting during. The election and will be responsible for ensuring the integrity of the balloting process. And the counting of ballots.
Each candidate will be allowed no more than five (5) minutes to address the Meeting.
The ballots, other than absentee ballots, will not be available until after all candidates have had the opportunity to speak.
The entire ballot will be voted at one time. The voting shall be by secret ballot.
Absentee ballots shall have been counted before the Meeting, and no member who has been issued an absentee ballot shall be issued a ballot at the Meeting.
The Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall certify the election as official and inform the Membership of the results at the election meeting and post the results, including the ballot counts for 30 days after the meeting.
If, for whatever reason, the Nominating Committee Chairperson cannot certify the election results, the election will be considered invalid and rescheduled for the next scheduled Membership meeting or a special meeting convened by the Board. Currently elected/appointed officials will continue to serve until an official election is conducted and certified.
The Candidate receiving a plurality of votes cast for an elected position shall be deemed to be elected to that position. If there are multiple vacancies for the same office with different lengths of service time, the term length(s) shall be awarded based upon the number of votes garnered with the longest term being awarded to the candidate garnering the greatest number of votes cast for the position.
 
ARTICLE VI - AMENDMENTS
SECTION 1 Introduction of Proposed Changes
Any Board Member or elected Officer may introduce a proposal for changes to the Bylaws to the Board of Governors for consideration.
Members who are not on the Board of Governors may submit a proposal for changes to the Bylaws in writing at any time. Each such proposal must be endorsed by at least twenty -five (25) Members in Good Standing.
 
SECTION 2 Duty of the Board of Governors
It will be the duty of the Board of Governors to examine all proposals for changes and submit them to the General Membership.
 
SECTION 3 Submission to the Membership.
Proposals for changes in the Bylaws shall be printed, together with the Board of Governors recommendation of the proposed changes, and electronically transmitted (Posted on the Club Bulletin board on the clubs website www.nwfpr.org and or the clubs Facebook page. to the General Membership at least fifteen (15) days prior to the date of the meeting at which the proposal or proposals shall be voted upon.
 
SECTION 4 Procedure for Amending the Bylaws.
The Bylaws of NWFPR shall be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of all votes cast at a regular or special meeting of the General membership.
Voting shall be by secret ballot. Blank votes will not count as votes cast.
Proposals which fail to pass may be altered or reconstructed and resubmitted to the Membership by the Board of Governors at a subsequent meeting, in accordance with sections 1, 2 and 3 of this article.
 
 SECTION 5. At the discretion of the Board of Governors, Electronic Polling may be used that may or may not be anonymous.
 
 
GENERAL RULES
All meetings will follow the current Robert's Rules of Order (http://www.rulesonline.com/).  Obeying the 'rules of order' provides a uniform process for conducting meetings in a fair, orderly and expeditious manner.
Foul and/or offensive language, communication, and/or foul or offensive touching, will not be tolerated within the NWFPR. Violation of this rule is subject to reprimand and/or suspension of NWFPR privileges and/or Club Membership by the Commodore.
Except for Certified Service Animals, animals are NOT permitted within the NWFPR Leased and or owned facilities or at it’s events unless otherwise authorized. This Standing Rule shall be construed and applied in such a manner so as to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
See Attachment 1A
Drugs deemed illegal by the federal government and or alcohol are prohibited at all NWFPR Events and or facilities owned, rented or leased.
Reserved.
Members will not conduct or condone any illegal or unlawful activities at any NWFPR events or property Owned Rented or Leased.
Merchandise may not be displayed without prior approval of the Board of Governors.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Reserved
Reserved.
 
GUESTS
All guests must be registered in the guest book by the Member acting as their host/hostess. Guestbook will be maintained at the Office 
Guests are not allowed to purchase liquor at the bar.
Host Members will be held responsible for the conduct and safety of their guests.
Guests may not remain on NWFPR premises after their host/hostess has departed the premises.
Unless otherwise specified in the NWFPR Bylaws, a Member is limited to seven guests at any given time unless proper approvals for a party have been obtained.
No Member shall knowingly bring, as a guest, any person who has been expelled from NWFPR, any person who has applied for Membership in NWFPR, and been refused, or who has been asked to leave because of his/her conduct.
Associate Members and visiting Club members shall sign the Guest Log that is maintained at all events each time they visit NWFPR.
 
 
VI CHECK CASHING
Cashing of personal checks is a privilege extended to Members in Good Standing and their spouses only.
The amount of any one check shall not exceed $25.00.
The total dollar amount of checks cashed on any given day by a Member and/or spouse shall not exceed $50.00.
Non-members shall not be afforded the privilege of cashing personal checks and may only cash one (1) Travelers check of $50.00 or less per day.
Non-personal checks will not be accepted for cashing.
Members will be charged a fee if a cashed check does not clear his/her bank and is returned unpaid.
A Member's check cashing privilege may be withdrawn by the Board of Governors or Commodore if it is abused.
 
 
VII. MINORS.
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult member/parent while on NWFPR premises or events unless they are participating in Junior activities, in which case they may be under the guidance of the Fleet Captain or his/her designee.
Parents/Guardians are expected to keep their children in sight at all times and are responsible for their actions.
Parents/guardians shall not allow their children to run on moles, catwalks or docks or disturb Members.
 
 
VIII. VOLUNTEER BOATS
All Volunteer boat owners must carry insurance on their vessel and list NWFPR as an additional Insured.
All Volunteer Boats must have a completed Annual USCG/Law Enforcement Safety inspection and current year Inspection Decal affixed to the designated area by the USCG prior to taking part in any NWFPR Event
USCG VSC’s can be scheduled with the USCG Auxiliary at the following URL: http://cgaux.org/vsc/
 
As required by all Local, State & Federal Laws Each Volunteer Vessel shall have all required Safety equipment properly installed and be properly equipped

IX. PRIVATE MAIL
Members may, for a fee, have their mail delivered to the NWFPR.
Mail received for a Member that is not collected in a reasonable amount of time (30 Days) unless otherwise arranged will be returned to sender.
NWFPR mail facilities shall not be used for business purposes.
Parcels, registered mail, certified mail, etc., may only be picked up during regular posted office hours.
 
X. SAFEGUARDING OF CLUB PRIVILEGES.
The Commodore may request the Membership Committee to conduct an ongoing surveillance of Membership Card usage to ensure that:
Access to Club property & Events is restricted to Members and their guests.
Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on premise.
 
XI. INFORMAL INVESTIGATION OF ALLEGED MISCONDUCT.
The Commodore or the Board of Governors shall have the authority to initiate an informal investigation into the alleged misconduct of any Member, and / or their family or guests.
The investigation will be conducted by no less than three (3) board members.
Any Commodore can conduct the investigation in accordance with the NWFPR Bylaws.
The accused, accuser, interested parties and witnesses shall have the right to make an oral or written statement.
The accused shall have the right to question the accusers and all witnesses.
The board shall report their findings and recommendations to the requesting authority.
 
STANDING RULES for GENERAL ELECTION PROCEDURES
General Election Procedures
All Elections will be conducted in a manner as the board of governors sees fit.

The date and time of General Elections shall be in accordance with Article V of the NWFPR Bylaws.
Absentee ballots shall be given out to those Members in good standing who have requested such ballots in writing.
Each absentee ballot and its accompanying return envelope will be given a matching number. If the number on the returned ballot and envelope do not match, the ballot will be considered invalid and destroyed.
The names of all Members provided an absentee ballot will be retained on a list by the office staff.
Absentee ballots will be counted before the General Election by the office staff, two (2) members of the Board of Governors and the Nominating Committee Chairperson. The actual counting procedure outlined in Paragraph K of this section should be used to count the absentee ballots lots.
The General Election Meeting will be closed to all NWFPR members.
A Voting Member listing will be generated from the Member database by the office staff. All Members given absentee ballots or Not in good standing will be redlined and annotated as a Member Not in Good Standing or as an absentee voter by the office staff before the list is given to the Chairman of the nominating Committee.
Voting eligibility will be verified by having each Member check in at the check-in table. The names of those Members determined to be eligible will be lined out and the back of their left hand will be stamped. The unique stamp will be selected by the office staff and must vary from year to year.
Following the election speeches, the Chairman of the Nominating Committee will instruct the Voting membership to pick up their ballots. Voters will proceed to the ballot distribution table and show the ballot distributor the back of both hands. If only the left hand is stamped, the voter will be given a ballot and his/her right hand will be stamped. Individuals with no stamp on their left hand or a stamp on both ands will not be given a ballot.
After a reasonable period of time, the Chairman of the Nominating Committee will notify Members of the planned voting cutoff time. When voting is cut off, the ballot boxes will be removed from the tables and taken to the Boardroom.
The integrity of the vote counting will be maintained by separating the votes into two boxes and having one part of them counted in the office and the other part counted in the Boardroom. The actual counting will be done by four (4) people in each room. One person will announce the content of the ballot and two (2) people will record the votes on separate tally sheets. The fourth person will be a Flag Officer or Board Member and serve as the observer.
Once the ballots have been counted, the recorders will compare tally sheets. If the counts are identical, the observer will sign the tally sheets and give them to the Chairman of the Nominating committee. If the counts are not identical, the counting process will be repeated.
The Chairman of the nominating Committee will total the tally sheets from each room and the previously counted absentee ballots. All ballots and tally sheets will be wrapped into a single package and stored in the office safe.
The Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall announce the election results to the Membership.

Discrimination Policy
No Member or Board Member shall discriminate against and cause harassment of any employee or any applicant for employment, Any member or member candidate, because of race, color, nationality,  ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law and the rules and bylaws of NWFPR in addition No Member or Board member will discriminate against any other member or board member based on the previous including discrimination based on service I.E. Military or First Responder. All personnel who are responsible for hiring and promoting employees and for the development and implementation of NWFPR programs or activities are charged to support this effort and to respond promptly and appropriately to any concerns that are brought to their attention.
No Member or board member will be permitted to post to any group social media site Trip announcement/s to exclude any member. If a trip or open seat is announced It will be open to all members based on the above Discrimination Policy







ATTACHMENT 1A
ADA Information pertaining to Service Animals.

U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section
Service Animals
The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (State and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These requirements, or rules, clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new, and updated, requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards).
Overview
This publication provides guidance on the term “service animal” and the service animal provisions in the Department’s new regulations.
Beginning on March 15, 2011, only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA.
A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
Generally, title II and title III entities must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.
How “Service Animal” Is Defined
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
This definition does not affect or limit the broader definition of “assistance animal” under the Fair Housing Act or the broader definition of “service animal” under the Air Carrier Access Act.
Some State and local laws also define service animal more broadly than the ADA does. Information about such laws can be obtained from the State attorney general’s office.
Where Service Animals Are Allowed
Under the ADA, State and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. For example, in a hospital it would be inappropriate to exclude a service animal from areas such as patient rooms, clinics, cafeterias, or examination rooms. However, it may be appropriate to exclude a service animal from operating rooms or burn units where the animal’s presence may compromise a sterile environment.
Service Animals Must Be Under Control
Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
Inquiries, Exclusions, Charges, and Other Specific Rules Related to Service Animals
When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.
Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals. When a person who is allergic to dog dander and a person who uses a service animal must spend time in the same room or facility, for example, in a school classroom or at a homeless shelter, they both should be accommodated by assigning them, if possible, to different locations within the room or different rooms in the facility.
A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: (1) the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it or (2) the dog is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal’s presence.
Establishments that sell or prepare food must allow service animals in public areas even if state or local health codes prohibit animals on the premises.
People with disabilities who use service animals cannot be isolated from other patrons, treated less favorably than other patrons, or charged fees that are not charged to other patrons without animals. In addition, if a busiess requires a deposit or fee to be paid by patrons with pets, it must waive the charge for service animals.
If a business such as a hotel normally charges guests for damage that they cause, a customer with a disability may also be charged for damage caused by himself or his service animal.
Staff are not required to provide care or food for a service animal.
Miniature Horses
In addition to the provisions about service dogs, the Department’s revised ADA regulations have a new, separate provision about miniature horses that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. (Miniature horses generally range in height from 24 inches to 34 inches measured to the shoulders and generally weigh between 70 and 100 pounds.) Entities covered by the ADA must modify their policies to permit miniature horses where reasonable. The regulations set out four assessment factors to assist entities in determining whether miniature horses can be accommodated in their facility. The assessment factors are (1) whether the miniature horse is housebroken; (2) whether the miniature horse is under the owner’s control; (3) whether the facility can accommodate the miniature horse’s type, size, and weight; and (4) whether the miniature horse’s presence will not compromise legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operation of the facility.
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