By-Laws

North Florida Christian Bass Club, Inc.
By-Laws/ Manual

Anglers for Christ

Vision of Club

The club is founded on the idea of Christian fellowship used as a tool for Christian outreach and to help other Christian outreach ministries.

Our Hope

Our hope is to make a spiritual impact on the lives of other fellow fishermen that they may follow Christ as well as enriching our own christian walk, and to help our community while furthering our skills in bass fishing.

Club Officers and their Responsibilities

President:

  1. Preside and oversee all club meetings and activities.
  2. Maintain and enforce high standards of image for club members.
  3. Preside over annual elections and installation of club officers.
  4. Responsible for performance of all officers and committees.
  5. Has final resolution authority for disagreements between club officers and members.
  6. Responsible for keeping all members informed and directing activities in a safe Christian-like manner.
  7. Assist Tournament Chairman at all club tournaments.
  8. Assist all other officers in the betterment of the club.

Vice President / Tournament Chairman:

  1. Preside and oversee all club meetings and activities in the absence of the president.
  2. Coordinate all activities associated with club tournaments.
  3. Arrange fundraisers and special function Committees.
  4. Inform club members with any problems with tournament sites.
  5. Responsible for member education in reference to new techniques, ideas, equipment, etc.
  6. Assist all other officers in the betterment of the club.

 

Secretary:

  1. Responsible for recording and reporting of minutes for each monthly meeting.
  2. Record and report all points, standings and weights from tournaments at each monthly meeting.
  3. Responsible for keeping and maintaining all member files and club documents.
  4. Assist Tournament Chairman at club Tournaments.
  5. Assist all other officers in the betterment of the club.

 

Treasurer:

  1. Establish and administer club budget.
  2. Maintain counts and balances and signer on bank account.
  3. Receive and disburse all monies and maintain all receipts.
  4. Give financial statement at monthly meetings.
  5. Assist Tournament Chairman at club tournaments.
  6. Assist all other officer in the betterment of the club.

 

Chaplain:

  1. Responsible for opening and closing all club activities with prayer and leading the club in spiritual activities as he feels led.
  2. Responsible for keeping the club prayer requests.
  3. Be available for any spiritual need of any club member at any time.
  4. Assist Tournament Chairman at club tournaments.
  5. Assist all other officers in the betterment of the club.

 

Term Limits, Nominations, Eligibility, Elections and Vacancies

Term Limits:

  1. Term limits for all directors/officers will be twenty-four months. Starting and ending after the Classic Tournament in March. If elected, an officer can have consecutive terms.
  2. Any directors/officers (if nominated) may run for another position, if available, regardless of time served.
  3. The club reserves the right to remove any director/officers at any time with a two-thirds majority vote from the club.

 

Nominations, Eligibility, Elections and Vacancies:

  1. Nominations of directors/officers will be taken for all positions available at the February meeting. You must be present to make a nomination.
  2. Nominees must be at least 16 years of age, full member and show an interest in the business and betterment of the club.
  3. Club members present at the March meeting will hold an election for directors/officers.
  4. In the event an office becomes vacant, an emergency election will be held to fill the vacant position at the next meeting.

 

 

III. Membership

  1. The North Florida Christian Bass Club shall have sole option of closed membership by 70% approval from club members. A member is considered active until he or she resigns or the club officers for a specific reason terminate their member ship.
  2. A vote will be held for prospective members to join, after 2 club meetings and 2 tournament functions are attended. Points accumulated by the prospect for meetings and tournaments before the vote will be counted toward the year’s total. Any prospect that attends 2 club functions the previous year may be voted in the first meeting he or she decides to join.
  3. All members and prospects must have on file a signed and notarized “Liability and Medical Release” form. All members and prospects under the age of 18 must have a form signed by his or her parents or legal guardian.
  4. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, PROFANITY OR TOBACCO USE ALLOWED DURING ANY CLUB FUNCTIONS. Club functions include, but are not limited to, meetings, boat launches, tournaments and weigh-ins. The classic tournament is considered a function that includes activities of pre-fishing, accommodations and the tournament.

 

Membership Dues:

  1. Club dues of $25.00 (Jan-Dec) will be paid annually at time of registration. All members age 65 or older are exempt from annual dues.
  2. Any prospect or alternate that attends more than 2 functions and 2 tournaments must pay the due amount that applies. If the prospect fails to pay these dues after their second tournament, then they will not be eligible to fish until the dues are paid.
  3. All money paid is non-refundable. There will be a $30.00 charge for all dishonored checks.
  4. No money in the Club Treasurer Department is to be spent without the approval of the club officers.
  5. Each year that a person fishes with the club, they are not considered a member of the club that year until they have paid their dues.

 

Club Tournaments

 

Tournament Fees:

  1. Tournament fees of $20.00 per adult angler will be paid each month before the tournament. Tournament fees will be collected at each Captain’s Meeting and at the launch site 30 minutes prior to the safety meeting. If you are late to a tournament, it will be your responsibility to find an OFFICER and pay your fees and have your live well check, before you start fishing the tournament. Refunds are subject to club officers approval.
  2. Boat expenses are to be shared between team members.If ANYONE feels they are not being treated in a fair and Christian-like manner, then they may address the club officers. “DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM TO DO UNTO YOU.”
  3. Alternates will be allowed in the event a member is unable to make a tournament. It is the responsibility of the member using the alternate to ensure that all tournament rules are enforced including collection of fees.

 

Tournament Schedule

  1. All club officers will participate in choosing the tournament sites for the next year. New schedules will be distributed at the first club meeting.
  2. All tournament sites, with exception of the classics will be located within 150-mile radius from the Main Street Bridge in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.
  3. All tournaments will fish the third Saturday of each month, all Captains Meetings will be held the Thursday night before each tournament. The President and Tournament Chairman may reschedule tournaments as needed.
  4. In the event that an alternate site is needed, the club officers will choose a site at that time.
  5. There will be 9 tournaments, beginning in April and ending in February, plus a Classic tournament held in March for all qualifying members.
  6. Tournament times and weigh-in will be announced each month.

 

 

Tournament Rules

  1. Good sportsmanship rules should always be observed.
  2. Boater must have his live well checked by a club officer before fishing.
  3. All boats will be equipped with an aerated live well system and safety kill switch.
  4. All participants must be properly wearing a life jacket while boat is on plane.
  5. All boats must comply with U.S.C.G. rules.
  6. No bank cut-offs in front of a tournament boat, minimum of 200 feet.
  7. No interference of 100 feet radius if a tournament boat is anchored and trolling motor is folded up.
  8. No trolling, live bait or “Jigger Fishing” allowed. Maximum length on rods is 8’.
  9. All fish must be brought to the scales in a bag of water.
  10. Limit will be 5 fish per boat, at least 14’’ long unless club has 12’’ waivers.
  11. One courtesy measurement of one fish per team will be allowed.
  12. All bass will be measured on the “Golden Rule” with closed and tail pinched.
  13. All bass will be property of the North Florida Christian Bass Club to be released.
  14. Dead fish cannot be culled, and must be weighed.
  15. If more than 5 fish are brought to the scale you will be culled down starting with the largest fish.
  16. Penalty for an illegal fish will be the loss of the fish and the largest.
  17. A .50 pounds will be subtracted from the total weight for each dead fish brought to the scales.
  18. There will be a one-pound penalty for each minute late at the weigh in. After five minutes the contestant will be disqualified. No meeting or tournament attendance points will be lost.
  19. If a contestant is 15 minutes late due to mechanical problems or aiding another boater (member or non-member), participant can be given a 15-minute grace toward points or disqualification. (30 minutes if tournament is held on St. Johns River)
  20. If protest is filed and the President and Club Officers find you guilty of that protest or if you are in violation of any state laws, club rules or sportsmanship unbecoming during the tournament hours as specified by the tournament chairman, you may be disqualified.
  21. Each contestant is responsible for verifying his weight. No protest for any reason will be considered after the Tournament Chairman closes scales.
  22. The North Florida Christian Bass Club Officers and members have the right to vote and remove any club member for blatant disregard of the club tournament rules and manual.

 

Tournament Penalties

  1. If more than 5 fish are brought to the scale you will be culled down starting with the largest fish.
  2. Penalty for an illegal fish will be the loss of that fish and the largest.
  3. There will be a one-pound penalty for each minute late at the weigh in. After five minutes the contestant will be disqualified. No meeting or tournament attendance points will be lost.
  4. If a contestant is 15 minutes late due to mechanical problems or aiding another boater (member or non-member), participant can be given a 15-minute grace toward points or disqualification (30 minutes grace given when tournament held on the St.John’s river
  5. A 0.50 pounds will be subtracted form the total weight for each dead fish brought to the scales.
  6. If protest is filed and the President and Club Officers find you guilty of that protest or if you are in violation of any state laws, club rules or sportsmanship unbecoming during tournament hours as specified by the tournament chairman, you may be disqualified.
  7. The North Florida Christian Bass Club Officers and members have the right to vote and remove any club member for blatant disregard of the club tournament rules and manual

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Classic Tournament

A.The North Florida Christian Bass Club Classic Tournament will be held in March and will be open to all qualified members.

  1. Classic site will be decided on by all club officers and announced by the February meeting. It will be held within a 300 mile radius of the Main Street Bridge in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.
  2. The club is not responsible for any expenses of cost or accommodations for the classic.

 

Classic Rules and Fees

  1. All tournament rules apply.
  2. All tournament fees apply with the exception that the classic will be a 100% pay out to the winners.
  3. All protest must be in to the Tournament Chairman before the closing of the scales.
  4. All tournament penalties apply.
  5. Classic winnings will be paid out at the Awards Banquet.
  6. Number of boats paid out is determined by the number of boats participating.

 

Classic Qualifications

  1. Each angler (boater or non-boater) must have accumulated the set forth amount of points set by club officers at the beginning of each year (see yearly point sheet).
  2. Each angler must fish at least 5 tournaments throughout the course of the season in order to qualify for any monies in the Classic. If the angler has not fished the required amount of tournaments, they may still fish in the Classic, but they will not be eligible for any cash payouts.

 

 

As with all club functions, The North Florida Christian Bass Club Inc. does not carry any insurance on its members’ or non-members’ boat, vehicle, and place of meeting, and will not be held responsible for anyone’s conduct, accidents, property damage or bodily harm and injuries.