DOWNRIVER WALLEYE FEDERATION CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE I. Name
The name of this organization shall be the Downriver Walleye Federation (abbreviated DWF) and this name shall apply to all articles of the Constitution. The word "Federation" as used hereinafter shall refer to the "Downriver Walleye Federation".
ARTICLE II. Purpose
Section 1. The specific and primary purposes for which this corporation is formed and for which it shall be exclusively administered and operated for the benefit of the public at large are to receive, administer and expend funds for charitable and educational purposes and for the promotion of social welfare, in connection with the following:
a) To promote citizen effort for protection, preservation, and sport utilization of walleyes, wherever they may be.
b) To promote wise management of walleyes as the result of close work with appropriate governmental, university, and professional agencies.
c) To keep appropriate agencies aware of the needs of the fishermen for the enjoyment and advancement of the sport.
d) To encourage the strict observance of sport fishing laws and PRACTICES and to denounce all persons known to be in violation of these laws and practices.
e) To encourage research and developmental programs related to the improvement of the walleye fishery.
f) To develop a better public understanding of walleye.
g) To serve as a source for collecting and dispersing information regarding tackle, fishing techniques laws, legislation, pollution problems, diseases, meetings, research, and other data or pertinent information relating to walleyes.
h) To request and receive funds for the accomplishment of the above purposes.
i) To associate with the Michigan United Conservation Clubs
ARTICLE II - Section 2
This Federation is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. No part of any net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual, and no officer or director of the Federation shall receive any monetary compensation for his services as an officer or director. A director or officer shall be reimbursed for out?of-pocket expenses at the recommendation of the President and upon approval by the Board of Directors. Reimbursement shall only include extraordinary service or participation at the direction of the board and/or President and not include the required services of an officer or director. Out-of-pocket expenses shall encompass telephone expense, postage, and travel expense.
ARTICLE III. Membership
Section I. Membership with full privileges in the Federation shall be open to any person of good character who is interested in walleye without question of race, creed, color, handicap or political preference, upon payment of annual dues as prescribed by the By-Laws.
ARTICLE IV. Officers
Section I. The officers shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, and a Treasurer. The government of the Federation shall be vested in a Board of Directors, consisting of 15 or more members. The immediate past President will be automatically designated as one of the Directors, if he/she so desires.
Section 2. The officers and directors shall be elected in the manner prescribed by the By-Laws.
ARTICLE V. Area of Activity
The area in which the Federation intends to serve lies primarily within the boundaries of the Great Lakes and Michigan.
ARTICLE VI. Dissolution
In the event of the dissolution of this Federation, or in the event it shall cease to exist for the stated purposes all the property and assets shall be distributed to a private or governmental organization or agency serving Michigan Conservation which has been granted exemption from the Federal Income Tax under the provision of Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or to a local state or Federal Government for exclusively public purposes. Under no circumstances shall any of the property or assets of this Federation during the existence and/or upon the dissolution thereof and be distributed to any officer, member or subsidiary of this Federation.
ARTICLE VII. Amendments
This Constitution may be amended by presentation of said amendment signed by 25 members in good standing and presentation to the Board of Directors for further consideration and approval. If approved by the Board of Directors, the amendment shall then be presented to the membership for approval by a two-thirds vote of the members present, provided that written notice has been mailed to the last known address of each member at least ten (10) days prior to the date of such meeting. Voting may also be accomplished by mailing of ballots. ARTICLE VIII. By-Laws
By- Laws not inconsistent with this Constitution may be adopted or amended upon prior approval by the Board of Directors and by a majority vote of the members present and voting at a General membership meeting.
This is the current Constitution as approved and adopted by the membership on October 19, 2004