Saturday, March 25, 2017

KGBA Proposes By-Law Changes

If you are a current member of the Kinder Goat Breeders Association, you have recently received a Bylaw Amendment Proposal in the mail. If changes to the KGBA bylaws are made, they will affect the Association for years to come and should not be taken lightly. The Board of Directors has carefully considered whether or not these changes are truly needed, and and we unanimously agree that they are necessary and beneficial to the association. We ask that you consider them as carefully as we have, - ask questions, have discussions and consider how they will affect the entire association now and in the future. Once you have made your decision, please vote! The success of our association depends on the interest and involvement of our membership.


  

KGBA BYLAW AMENDMENT PROPOSAL

To remain a vital and relevant non-profit organization, the KGBA must be adaptable, exchanging practices that don’t work for ones that do.  At times, it becomes necessary to amend or change the bylaws to reflect working precedents set by past administrations, and to allow the association to run more smoothly and effectively in years to come.


Accordingly, the Board is advancing several bylaw proposals this year.  What follows are the existing bylaws in question and the changes that are being proposed. The KGBA Board of Directors has approved the proposed bylaw changes, and is presenting them for consideration by the general membership of the Kinder Goat Breeders Association. Please note that any changes to the bylaws require a majority vote of members. 

1) ARTICLE XV - AMMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS - AMENDMENTS BY MEMBERSHIP -
Proposal – To allow for future amendments to the Kinder Goat Breeders Bylaws even in cases of low voter turnout, by changing the requirement for amendment to require a “simple majority vote” rather than a “majority of the eligible voting membership.”
(Currently, if we have 1000 members who are eligible to vote, at least 501 of them must vote for the bylaw change in order for it to pass.)

EXISTING BYLAW: These by-laws may be amended or repealed at any regular meeting or special meeting of the membership, provided that the majority of the eligible voting membership vote in favor of such amendment or repeal, and provided further that copies of the proposed by-law changes have been furnished to each voting member by mail or hand delivered NOT LESS THAN TEN (10) DAYS preceding the meeting at which such proposed changes are adopted or rejected.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT: These by-laws may be amended or repealed at any regular meeting or special meeting of the membership, provided that the simple majority vote in favor of such amendment or repeal, and provided further that copies of the proposed by-law changes have been furnished to each voting member by mail or hand delivered NOT LESS THAN TEN (10) DAYS preceding the meeting at which such proposed changes are adopted or rejected.

2) ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP
Proposal – to implement a standard of behavior by which all members are expected to adhere, (and allow the Association to hold members accountable for their actions) by adding the following Article Sections to existing Bylaws:

PROPOSED AMENDMENT: Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures
Membership in the Association is a privilege, not a right. Any member or non-member who violates in any manner the Code of Conduct or any other rule or regulation duly adopted by the Board of Directors; commits any act of deception to the Association or any attempt to deceive the Association, a member or nonmember in regards to the ownership or pedigree of any KGBA registered animal, or in supplying information for the Association’s records; whose behavior is deemed to be detrimental or counter to the interests of the Association, its programs, policies, objectives, or its members; or whose conduct has or will endanger the welfare, good name or credit of the Association, may be sanctioned, censured, suspended or expelled from membership in the Association and denied all privileges of the Association, including, without limitation of the generality of the foregoing, the privilege of registrations or change in ownership of Kinder goats on the records of the Association by the process as outlined in the KGBA Disciplinary Procedures. Any changes to the Code of Conduct and/or Disciplinary Procedures must be approved by unanimous vote of the entire Board of Directors.

3) ESTABLISHMENT OF CHAPTERS, CLUBS AND GROUPS (REGIONAL, LOCAL OR SOCIAL MEDIA) 
Proposal – to implement a standard procedure for the establishment and dissolution of Chapters, Clubs and Groups affiliated with the Kinder Goat Breeders Association.
PROPOSED – establishment of KGBA (affiliated) chapters, groups, and clubs must be requested in writing as described in “Chapter, Club and Group Establishment,” and must be approved by a majority vote of the KGBA Board of Directors. Once established, will be considered official affiliates of the KGBA, and receive all associated benefits. Affiliates must follow all rules and procedures as described in “Chapter, Club and Group Establishment” documents. The Board of Directors may terminate the Association’s affiliation with any Chapter that does not adhere to Association Bylaws, Code of Conduct or engages in activities detrimental to the Association.

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