WCA By-Laws

Working Catahoula Association By-laws
Working Catahoula Association, LLC

CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS

CONSTITUTION:
SECTION I: The name of the Organization shall be the “Working Catahoula Association, LLC”, a Louisiana based organization hereafter referred to as the association.

SECTION II: The objectives of the Association shall be:

  1. To preserve and protect the work ethic of the purebred catahoula leopard dog.
  2. To maintain a registry that actively promotes the working abilities of the catahoula leopard dog.
  3. To provide information to association members to support the promotion of the breed.
  4. To promote breed rescue programs, as well as, programs that support responsible breeding practices.
  5. To promote the associaton/and or breed by educational programs and public events.
  6. To recognize the individual catahoula with superior working abilites in field trial events and by recognizing catahoulas for their daily work ethic and hunting abilities.

SECTION III: The association shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or residue from fees or donations to the association shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.

SECTION IV: The Board of Directors of the association shall adopt and may from time to time revise such by-laws as may be required to carry out the objectives of said association.

BY-LAWS:

ARTICLE I: Membership
Section I: Eligibility
In order for a dog to be registered by the working catahoula association, a pedigree of at least 3 generations shall be provided. With this pedigree, an affidavit which must be witnessed and attested by another individual with knowledge of said dog’s origins and pedigree. A color photo of said dog, with each side view and frontal view must also be attached.

This association will also accept registrations from other recognized catahoula registries and/or registries that recognize the catahoula. A color photo of dog to be registered must be attached to this application as well.

The first 500 adult dogs that apply for registration with this association will be noted as foundation stock.

All adult dogs being registered with this registry must certify that they are a working catahoula. Photos of dog actually working must be attached with application to registry. This ability will be reflected on dog’s registration certificate. If dog does not work or working ability is not verified, regardless of pedigree or breeder, the application will be rejected.

This association will also recognize certified breeders.

Section II: Fees
The fees for the association will be as follows:
Adult Foundation Registration – $10.00
Adult Registration – $12.00
Litter Registration – $20.00
Certified Breeder – $40.00 (annually)
Lifetime Certified Breeder – $200.00

Section III: Termination of Eligibility
In the instance that this association, by vote of the Board of Directors as deemed necessary, eligibilty of registration(s) and/or Association Certified Breeder status may be terminated. Such action requires majority vote of said board.

Section IV: Appeals
In the instance an appeal is necessary to this association, said appeal may be presented to the board of directors at their annual meeting or by electronic ballot. The decision of the board of directors is final and absolute.

ARTICLE II: Meetings
Section I: Annual Association Meeting
The annual meeting of the association shall be at a place, date and hour designated by the Board of Directors and held in conjunction with a designated activity and/or educational program, if possible. Sixty (60) day notice shall be given in the association publication. An annual meeting is not required.

Section II: Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called by the President, majority vote of the Board of Directors, and or by special petition presented to the President which must be signed by 25% of certified breeders. In the event it is deemed an emergency, the President may handle petitioned matter by electronic means.

Section III: Board of Directors Meetings
One business meeting of the board of directors is required each year. This meeting shall be called by the President, and must be held at least 60 days following the election of the new board of directors. Other meetings of the board of directors shall be held at such times and places as designated by the President or by a majority vote of the board. Meetings may take place via electronic means or telephone. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed or sent by electronic means to each board member at least fourteen (14) days prior to meeting date. A quorum for a board of directors meetings shall be a majority of the board. In addition to meetings, any board member may submit a subject for discussion or vote at any time by mail or other means to expedite association business. In the event that the board of directors must conduct it’s business by mail or electronic media, items voted upon must be documented and forwarded by mail or electronic media to board of directors in writing within seven (7) business days.

ARTICLE III: Directors and Officers
The board of directors shall be composed of the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and three (3) at large Director positions.

All Directors shall be certified or lifetime breeders. The at large directors shall be elected for a two year term.

The association officers consist of the President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer and shall serve for a four year term. The general management of the association’s affairs shall be entrusted to the said officers.

ARTICLE IV: Duties and Responsibilities
Section I: President
The president shall preside at all meetings of the Association and of the board and shall have the duties and powers normally assigned to the office of President, in addition to those particularly specified in these by-laws.

Section II: Vice President
The vice-president shall fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the president in his or her absence, and shall assist in the duties as delegated by the President.

Section III: Secretary/Treasurer
The secretary/treasurer shall keep a record of all meetings of the association, board of directors and matters which require a record as ordered by the association. He/she shall notify member of meetings, receive nominations and provide ballots for elections. He/she shall oversee all financial matters of the associaton and provide financial reports for each board meeting. He/she shall also assist the president in preparing an annual budget and an annual financial statement which is to be presented to the board of directors at each annual meeting.

Section IV: Vacancies
Any vacancy occurring on the board of directors during a term of office shall be filled until the next election by a majority vote of the board of directors. If a board member, including officers, does not attend two consecutive meetings, (without excuse submitted to President) or fails to perform his /her job in a manner that is beneficial to this association, the board may declare the position vacant by majority vote of the members in attendance.

Section V: Election of Officers and Directors
After this association officer and directors have served their initial terms as aforementioned in this document, an election of officers and directors will beĀ held by the certified breeders of this association. Candidates may be nominated for office to the secretary/treasurer at least sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of term held by officer or director. At that time, the secretary/treasurer shall distribute pre-addressed return ballots to the certified breeders of this association. Ballots must be received by the secretary by the published closing date to be valid.

The nominated candidate for each office receiving the greatest number of votes shall be declared elected. In the event of a tie vote the current board of directors will select the candidate by a majority vote of the board. If a nominee is unable to serve for any reason, the vacancy shall be filled by the board of directors as proviced in Article IV, Section IV.

Section VI: Committees
The board may appoint committee to advance the work of the association. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the board of directors. All committees shall include one member from the board of directors.