By-laws & Constitution of Glacier Lakes Bass Club
ARTICLE I – Name and Purpose
Section 1: Name
This chapter shall be called the Glacier Lakes Bass Club and shall reside in Adrian, MI 49221.
Section 2: Purpose
The purpose of the Glacier Lakes Bass Club is to:
a) Stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport.
b) To offer our state conservation department our organized moral and political support and encouragement.
c) To promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards.
d) To detect and report any polluter and call public and political attention to his/her crime.
e) To improve our skill as bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchange of expert bass-catching techniques and ideas, and to promote and encourage youth fishing and a love for this great recreation.
f) To function as a dynamic and effective link with other chapters of the State B.A.S.S. Nation Chapter embracing the principles and purposes of BASS®.
ARTICLE II – Membership
Section 1: Number of Members
The chapter shall begin with and maintain at least six members.
Section 2: Requirement for Regular Membership
To become a chapter member, a person shall:
a) Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.
b) Be a member of BASS (See ARTICLE VI for affiliation requirements.)
c) Be recommended by two members at a regular monthly meeting.
d) Be voted on by membership. Vote shall be by secret ballot and affirmation shall be unanimous.
e) Be 16 years of age.
Section 3: Membership Dues
The membership dues shall be $75 annually, initially payable upon being voted into the chapter, $30 (as of 1/1/10 or current rate) of which shall be for B.A.S.S Federation Nation dues, $25 (or current rate) of which shall be for Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation, and $20 of which shall be for Chapter dues. BASS membership dues are also required at the current rate and shall be renewed at member’s expense as necessary. (See ARTICLE VI, Section 1 for state affiliation requirements.)
Section 4: Meetings of Members
The membership shall hold regular meetings at The Big Boy Restaurant in Adrian, MI on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm. The meetings shall occur during months of October through April. There will be one mid-season meeting/family picnic held in July. Date and Time to discussed and voted on by April meeting.
ARTICLE III – Officers, Elections, Vacancies, and Eligibility
Section 1: Officers and their Duties
Officers shall conduct the affairs of the Chapter in a manner consistent with these Bylaws. To protect the Chapter, B.A.S.S. Nation members and B.A.S.S., Chapter Officers may not hold positions higher than the club level within any other bass federation-type organization including but not limited to TBF/FLW. In addition, the State B.A.S.S. Nation board is required to be comprised of members who are free to serve the State without a conflict of interest. B.A.S.S. Nation State Board Members and Officers will not be allowed to hold positions within any other bass Nation-type organization including, but not limited to, TBF/FLW. Any State Board Member or State Officer, or an employee of any other bass federation-type organization will not be allowed to hold an office within the B.A.S.S. Nation at any level.
The officers of the chapter shall consist of:
a) President: Preside over all meetings and direct all official business. Appoint and be an ex-officio member of all committees. Supervise all club functions.
b) Vice President: Act as program chairman, assists the president in his/her duties and presides in the absence of the president.
c) Secretary: Develop agenda’s for and maintain accurate minutes of all regular and special meetings as called for by the chapter president. Publish monthly newsletter via email and website monthly. Maintain regular liaison between the chapter and the B.A.S.S. Nation and the state B.A.S.S. Nation Chapter.
d) Treasurer: Collect and disburse all monies. Maintain accurate financial records and present a current balance report at each regular meeting. Prepare an annual audit for review by the Chapter Board of Directors. The chapter may vote that the treasurer and any other officer handling chapter funds must be bonded.
e) Tournament Director: Will be responsible for all weights and measurements and maintain accurate records of all chapter tournaments. Shall coordinate the dates, times, and launch locations of a tournament.
f) Activities Director: Organize all activities and programs.
Section 2: Elections
The election of officers shall be held annually at a regular meeting during the month of December. Election shall be by simple majority of members present. Election for each officer shall be held separately in order listed in ARTICLE III, Section 1.
Section 3: Eligibility of Vote
Each current, paid member is entitled to one vote. Proxy votes are not permitted.
Section 4: Term of Office
The term of office is for one year, which shall begin on
January 1st, and end on December 31st or until the successor assumes office.
Section 5: Vacancies
In the event of an office becoming vacant, nominations shall be asked for and an election held to fill the unexpired term of the individual vacating the office. National B.A.S.S. Headquarters shall be notified immediately of the change of any officers.
Section 6: Eligibility for Holding Office
To be eligible for an office a member must:
a) Have been a member for six months. (Six months’ requirement waived during first 12 months of chapter existence.)
b) Have attended at least 75% of the chapter meetings and 75% of chapter functions during a 12-month period.
c) Have shown an active interest in all chapter functions.
d) Maintain current BASS membership.
ARTICLE IV – Standing Committees
All Standing Committees will serve for one year or until a new committee is appointed. The terms of the committee members will coincide with that of the president. Each committee shall elect a chairman.
a) Board of Directors: The Board of Directors will consist of seven (7) members: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past-President and two (2) members elected at large by majority vote of the members present at the December regular meetings.
1) The president will call all meetings of the Board of Directors and preside at such meetings.
2) The secretary will record the minutes of these meetings.
3) The board will decide all protests and rule on all violations of the tournament rules and bylaws of the chapter when appropriately received.
b) Tournament Committee: The purpose of the tournament committee shall be to plan, organize and operate all Chapter tournaments. The tournament committee will draft tournament rules, which must then be approved by the general membership. The committee will keep tournament records, enforce all tournament rules, investigate all protests concerning tournaments, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Tournament Committee shall consist of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Tournament Director.
ARTICLE V – Removal of Membership
Section 1: Removal of Membership
A member may be dropped from the membership roll for the following reasons:
a) Failure to pay dues.
b) Any action which would reflect dishonor and disgrace on the chapter and/or BASS.
c) Failure to attend 50% of the chapter meetings and 50% of chapter functions during a 12-month period.
d) Disqualification for any reason from participating in BASS sponsored events, including disqualification for use of drugs or alcohol.
ARTICLE VI – Affiliation
Section 1: Requirements for Affiliation
a) Approval of Chapter Charter by BASS.
b) Update BASS with chapter membership roster once each year upon receipt of current BASS roster at year’s end.
c) Names and addresses of new members joining the chapter during the year must be submitted to BASS as they occur. (See ARTICLE II, Section 3 for dues requirements.)
d) Maintain 100% BASS membership (to include B.A.S.S; Federation Nation; and Michigan Federation Nation).
e) Must affiliate with State Federation and support its conservation and youth programs. Any additional requirements that the State Federation establishes for chapters, such as membership, dues, attendance at meetings, etc., would be necessary for the chapter to participate in the B.A.S.S. State Nation qualifying tournament(s), and any other B.A.S.S. Nation-sponsored tournaments or events.
ARTICLE VII – Method of Amending the Bylaws
Section 1: Amending the Bylaws
The bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-third vote of the members present, provided written notice of the proposed amendment has been presented to the membership at least one regular meeting prior to the vote.
A. Interpretation of these guidelines shall be left exclusively to the Tournament Committee. Penalties up to disqualification may be assessed for infractions or justified protests. It is the intention of the Tournament Committee, in the best interest of good sportsmanship, to let the “spirit of the guidelines” prevail in all judgment cases.
A. Club tournaments are limited to members in good standing only. An exception to this would be any contestant that has been recommended by a club member and is considering club membership. This person would be permitted to fish 1 club tournament but must fish with a member in good standing. The Club Classic is strictly limited to club members in good standing only.
B. All members are responsible for knowing the Tournament Guidelines and conducting themselves in a sportsmanlike and ethical manner in all aspects of Club functions.
C. The same Tournament Guidelines will be used for all tournaments, except as noted in XVII – Types of Tournaments.
A. Participants understand that conduct displayed during a tournament is a reflection of the Club as a whole. Good sportsmanship and safety at all times are essential for quality tournaments. For this reason, anyone not observing the following Guidelines are subject to disqualification at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.
1. No Alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs will be allowed at the tournament site before, during, or after the tournament
2. No littering.
3. Speed to pass a still or obviously fishing boat is NO WAKE at a distance of not less than 150 feet. If the still or obviously fishing boat is blocking a defined navigable channel, less distance is allowable. NO WAKE speed is mandatory. The first contestant in a confined area has the right of way. Other contestants must honor this right of way when possible. Contestants must not, at anytime, fish within 100 feet of another contestant’s boat.
4. Contestants will honor and observe all State and Federal boating and safety regulations at all times. The Tournament Committee will check all boats for the proper equipment. No boats will be allowed to compete if found to be lacking mandatory equipment.
5. A USCG approved life jacket must be worn while the gasoline-powered engine is running. You will be allowed to use any Coast Guard Approved PFD including SOSPENDERS Automatic type floatation jackets as set forth by the USCG guidelines. Each contestant is responsible for bringing his or her own life vest unless other arrangements have been made.
6. Contestants fishing together will share tournament expenses for the out of town events. This includes gas used by the tow vehicle and boat, motel, launching fees, etc. Contestants fishing, as a Co-angler on local lakes are required to pay a minimum riders fee as described later in the guidelines. Consideration for fuel costs (both tow vehicle and boat) should be given to ensure the boater is compensated properly.
7. Consideration to both contestants fishing methods and choice of location MUST be given, equal time for each contestant.
8. Communications devices shall not be used during the tournament to acquire fishing reports or information for the tournament being currently fished.
9. In the event of a break down and the broken down competitors are unable to return to the weigh-in check point (on time), The broken down competitors must call the Tournament Director (or another Club Officer if the Tournament Director is directly involved in the break down or “rescue”) to inform them of the situation, then the broken down competitors may be removed from their boat and placed in another competitors boat, for the purpose of returning to the weigh-in check point on time, to have their catch counted. This can happen two different ways:
1) One broken down competitor can remain with the boat while the other broken down competitor returns to the weigh-in check point with both limits of fish in another competitor’s boat for the purpose of on-time weigh-in. Fishing must stop for the broken down competitors if this option is chosen.
2) Both broken down competitors can get into another competitor’s boat for the purpose of on-time weigh-in. Fishing will be permitted for the broken down competitors in this situation.
In both situations, the “rescue” boat must be at the weigh-in check point on time for all “involved competitors” weights to be counted on-time. (ex: If a non-broken down competitor assists the broken down competitors and is late to the weigh-in check point, ALL competitors weights will be penalized accordingly, both the broken down competitors and the “rescue” competitors.) (12/14)
A. All boats must be equipped with a functional aerated live well system large enough to hold two limits of bass.
B. Landing nets are allowed.
C. Only artificial baits are allowed.
D. Each contestant may only fish with one rod at any given time.
E. All boats must be powered by an electric trolling motor.
F. All boats entered in tournaments must be covered by liability and property damage insurance.
1. NOTE: CURRENT PROOF OF INSURANCE MUST BE PRESENTED FOR ALL BOATS USED IN CLUB TOURNAMENTS PRIOR TO THE FIRST TOURNAMENT. ALL boat proof of Insurance's are due before the first tournament of the season.
A. Contestants must check in with someone on the Tournament Committee at the tournament site no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time, unless otherwise communicated to a member of the Tournament Committee.
B. Boats will be inspected for proper equipment and a live well check done prior to fishing. All live wells must be empty of all water at this time. Live wells shall be dry prior to any tournament blast off.
C. All weigh-ins will be conducted by Tournament Director and supervised by at least one other club officer. Weights will be recorded by Secretary and monies distributed by treasurer.
D. Tournament winners will be announced at the weigh in site..
E. If conditions warrant, the Tournament Director may delay the start of the tournament or modify the blast off to ensure everyone's safety. The delayed start time will be communicated as a group when blast off numbers are drawn.
F. If circumstances arise that affect the fish-ability, site, or safety of the members, the Tournament Director in conjunction with the President has the authority to change the lake, close certain waters, or reschedule the tournament. The contestants, with a majority vote, will choose the new location of a lake deemed more fishable. The Tournament Director will facilitate the voting process.
G. No leaving a boat for purpose of catching or retrieving fish. You must maintain contact with your boat at all times with exception of serious weather or bathroom use at launch site only.
H. No contestant may be in possession of more than the legal limit of fish at any time.
I. All fish in the live well at official check in time must be brought to the scale; any culling of fish after the official check in time will result in disqualification.
J. At no time will money be refunded for a tournament that was already paid for, after the tournament payment deadline.
A. Only Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted Bass will be scored.
B. Bass measuring 14 inches from the tip of the closed mouth to the tip of the tail may be weighed. If state regulations dictate otherwise, the state regulations will be upheld.
C. The Club will maintain one official measuring device. A member may “bump” any number of fish but must be measured and witnessed prior to official weigh-in by Tournament Director and one other officer. Short fish will be penalized by lose of the short fish and the contestants largest fish.
D. Each dead fish will be penalized 1 pound. A fish brought to the scales "belly up" will be considered "dead". No dead fish will be eligible for the Big Bass pot.
E. Weights for all fish will be the weight after the penalty has been assessed (i.e. a 4 pound 12 ounce big fish would be a 3 pound 12 ounce fish if it is dead at weigh in).
F. Big fish followed by most fish will break ties. Further ties will split the prize money for the two positions in question and a trophy will be awarded to each individual as if they fished in the higher of the two positions.
G. Participant’s late for weigh in will be penalized one pound per minute and be disqualified after 10 minutes. On-time is defined as: off plane, within 100 yards of the boat ramp by the Tournament end time. (2/11) Late arrival penalties will not be carried over to future tournaments.
H. The accumulated points will determine contestant’s places in the final standings during the regular club tournament season.
I. In the event of a tie in the final regular season point’s standings, ties will be broken by the total weight of all fish caught during the regular season.
A. Verbal protests must be made to the Tournament Director prior to the announcement of the tournament winners. Protests will not be accepted after winners are announced.
B. Prior to the announcement of winners, the Tournament Committee will investigate and question all parties involved if possible.
C. Formal written protests must be presented to the Tournament Committee within five days of the incident.
D. The Tournament Committee must acknowledge the protest prior to the announcement of the winners. The announcement of the final decision on the protest may be delayed until the following meeting if necessary.
E. A valid protest will subject the contestant to a penalty to be determined by the Tournament Committee. This penalty may include disqualification.
A. Violation of any of the Tournament Guidelines may result in disqualification of both anglers in the boat at the time of the infraction. The Tournament Committee will determine this.
A. The Tournament Committee consists of:
1. The Tournament Director is responsible for organizing the weigh-in site including setting up the scale and seeing that all fish are measured and weighed at the tournaments.
2. The President is charged with witnessing the weigh-in of all fish
3. The Secretary is charged with recording the weigh in results as needed.
4. The Treasurer is charged with collecting and distributing of monies
B. The Tournament Committee shall be responsible for the following duties:
1. Facilitating the regular season tournaments
2. Tracking the weights and scores for each tournament and presenting that list to the membership for final approval.
3. Assisting the Tournament Director with all duties at the Weigh-in site after each tournament
4. Organizing and facilitating each tournament at the site including vehicle traffic control and boat launching.
5. Making general lodging arrangements when fishing out of town tournaments requiring overnight lodging.
6. Arranging launch sites and obtaining all necessary permits.
A. The Tournament Director and one other officer has the authority to change any partners prior to the start of the tournament.
B. Contestants may fish with the same partner during the year if agreeable by both parties.
A. All boaters shall be prepared to launch 30 minutes* prior to scheduled blast off time.
B. Boaters arriving after the designated prep time shall be moved to the back of the list for launch.
C. Boats will be inspected by a representative of the Tournament Committee prior to launch.
D. Each boat shall be flagged when prepared for launch.
E. Boats not ready for launch shall be moved to the bottom of the launch position list.
F. Boaters are expected to be courteous and considerate at all times.
A. Prior to each tournament, all boaters are expected to prepare their respective boats for launch. The tournament committee will inspect each boat to insure they are prepared for launch, the inspection shall include:
1. The drain plug is in place
2. The live wells are empty
3. All lights are operational
4. There are Life jackets for each passenger
5. That all boat tie downs released
A. The blast off will not be delayed because boaters were sent to the back of the line. If everyone else is ready to blast off, the blast off will commence as scheduled, with the remaining late boaters going in their respective order after the rest of the boats have blasted off.
B. If the number of boats requires additional launch time, it will be announced at the time the numbers are drawn.
C. If inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances cause a delay of blast off time, all other guidelines will still apply.
D. A "Blast Off Boat" will be assigned as follows:
1. The last boat drawn in the blast-off order shall be responsible for sending boats off in order of numbers drawn and will be placed at the front of the line. (2/11)
2. The Blast off Boat will insure all boats are in position for blast off. When everyone is in position, the Blast Off Boat will call out the Blast Off positions and confirm each boater acknowledges their release for blast off. As each boat blasts off and clears the immediate area (at least 100 yards), the next blast off number should be announced, etc. until all boats are released.
A. Participants will be expected to be prepared to weigh in.
B. Weigh in shall commence no more than 30 minutes after the official end of the tournament.
C. If a participant is not prepared to weigh in when their name is called, they will be penalized 4 Ounces and they will be moved to the back of the line for weigh in.
D. Participants will be expected to release their fish in a manner that would facilitate survival of their fish.
E. The number of fish considered a "Limit" for the tournament will be 5.
F. All Boats must be out of the water prior to start of weigh in
G. If you didn’t catch fish you are responsible for letting record keeper of the weigh in know this.
*Note: additional time may be required if a significant number of boats participate in the tournament.
A. At the beginning of each season everyone shall be zeroed out
B. Regular season standing points awarded shall include the following. Points shall be awarded to individuals if they take the place or tie for the place.
1. Place Points
16 & below 0
2. Tournament Participation Points - 1 point will be given to everyone who actually fishes, for each tournament day, in addition to any place points the contestant receives. Anyone disqualified from the tournament shall receive no points. Anyone not fishing a tournament shall receive zero points.
3. Angler of the Year will be the angler with the highest number of accumulated points from regular season tournaments at the end of the season. Only points awarded from tournaments are used to calculate Angler of Year.
a. The anglers largest fish caught during the regular season shall break ties.
4. Classic Winner shall be based on the accumulative total weight of qualifying Bass caught on the day of the Classic.
a. Ties shall be broken based on the largest (weight) Bass caught by the anglers who tied.
b. The Classic winner shall be awarded a (to be determined emblem) that can be sewn onto their Jacket or Shirt as well as a trophy.
A. This club holds various types of tournaments. The Tournament Director and Committee in conjunction with input from the Club Members determine exactly what type of Tournament they want to hold.
B. Tournament types include:
1. Individual Tournaments
a. All tournament rules shall apply as written for Individual tournaments
2. Team Tournaments (2 per season)
a. Anglers shall be paired up to fish tournaments. First team tournament anglers shall choose their own partners. Second team tournament shall be decided by all non-boaters being thrown in a hat with boaters drawing.
b. Both Anglers weights will be added together and used as their team weight for the day.
c. Points will be added to each individuals annual cumulative scores based on the points schedule contained with-in these tournament guidelines.
d. Total net number of fish and total weight caught by the team will be added to each individual's annual cumulative total.
e. When one angler is forced to fish alone, some adaptations may be required to accommodate the single angler.
f. Team tournaments may not switch to an Individual format in the event a partner doesn’t show. A Team Limit of 5 may be put in place and Tournament Director will keep Team format. Teams (one or two anglers) will weigh their (5) largest fish (this limit to be culled prior to boat returning to the weigh in) this announcement will be made prior to Blast off…. don’t come in with any more than a limit of fish! You will be penalized, THE EXTRA FISH and YOUR BIG FISH! When adding weights to individuals scores for their season totals, the total 5 fish weight for the team will be added to the individual’s total weight.
g. Team tournaments to be decided
3. Night Tournament (1 per season)
a. Tournament Lake to be decided by tournament committee based on safety of lake for night fishing.
4. Catch & Release Tournaments
a. TOTAL length of (5) longest, legal fish logged will be used for tournament “weigh-in”. NOTE: only log legal fish.
b. Measure to the nearest 1/4”. Round up OR down, whichever is closest to1/4” increment.
c. Partner is responsible for measuring and logging length of each other’s fish.
d. Each Boater’s measuring board will be used, but it must be inspected prior to launch for bent condition, etc. Presumably during livewell check
e. A log sheet will be provided for each competitor.
f. Partners will be drawn at random. Non-boater(s) will first draw from “hat”. After non-boater(s) have completed draw, two names will be drawn and paired up, then another two names drawn and paired up, etc. until pairings are complete.
g. If an odd number of anglers participate, the Tournament Committee will either invite an outside angler to participate (Must pay entry fee, but not required to join the Club for this one particular Tournament, or one boat will carry three anglers. This is a Tournament Committee decision prior to the Tournament
5. Two Day Cumulative Tournaments
a. Two-day tournaments will be the Club Classic at the end of the season.
b. When the 2-day Club Classic tournament is held, anglers shall weigh in each day.
c. Those weights will be added together after the second days weigh in.
d. The total weight will be used for the purpose of scoring and standings for the tournament.
e. Points will be added to each individual annual cumulative scores based on the points schedule contained within these tournament guidelines.
f. Club Classic shall be fished on the same body of water both days. Lake must be of suitable size to accommodate number of anglers for both days. Lake to voted on at last tournament and approved by tournament committee
g. All members in good standing may place their vote for Club Classic. Written absentee ballots must be submitted to Club Secretary prior to final tournament.
6. Kids Tournament (1 per year)
7. Inter State Club Challenge (ICC)
GLBC can field up to five 2-angler Teams to participate in the ICC. Anglers will be chosen by the following criteria:
Going down the most recent Angler of the Year list, the highest place boater is the first eligible angler to take their boat and will be boat #1 of the GLBC Team. The second place boater has second choice of participating as a boater and will be boat #2, etc. until all boating positions are filled. The highest placed non-boater OR non-eligible boater OR boater who chooses not to take their boat (whichever is higher on the most recent AOY list) will have first choice to participate as a non-boating partner. This will continue until five full Teams are fielded. Team partners can be paired without regard to AOY position, etc. NOTE: If five full 2-angler Teams cannot be filled, it is in the best interest of GLBC to send the maximum number of boats if feasible. (2/11)
A. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners of each Tournament shall be awarded as follows:
1) 1st Place - 60%
2) 2nd Place – 30%
3) 3rd Place – 10%
B. One place will be awarded for Big Bass for each Tournament at a 100% payout.