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FIFTY CALIBER SHOOTER'S ASSOCIATION, INC.
NAME AND OBJECTIVES
NAME: The name of the organization shall be known as the
Fifty Caliber Shooter’s Association, Inc. (FCSA)
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this organization are to
unite all persons within its jurisdiction and provide a vehicle
for communication and competition to those people who enjoy all
the sporting aspects of the .50 cal. BMG cartridge, and all wildcat
derivatives of the .50 cal. BMG.
PRINCIPALS: The association is an incorporated non-profit
organization founded and united by persons with mutual interests
and acting in the spirit of cooperation to best promote their special
interests and enjoyment.
HEADQUARTERS: The mailing address for the headquarters
of this association shall be P.O. Box 111 Monroe, Utah 84754-0111
until changed at the direction of the President with the approval
of a majority of the Board of Directors.
PUBLICATIONS: The official publication of the Fifty Caliber
Shooter’s Association, Inc. (FCSA) shall be a periodical newsletter
published four times a year or quarterly. The newsletter will be
entitled Very High Power.
LOGO: The official logo of FCSA shall be the following
The FCSA shall govern the use of the logo.
MEMBERSHIP: The membership of the Fifty Caliber Shooter’s
Association, Inc., is comprised of individuals as established by
these By Laws.
There shall be three (3) classes of membership in the FCSA; member,
associate members and affiliated organizations.
Members are those persons whose membership is paid and current.
Members are encouraged to be current members of The National Rifle
Association and shall be required to pay fees established by FCSA
for participation in competitive shooting matches.
Associate members are spouses and children up to the age of eighteen
(18) years who reside with the member, or members of the military
service on active duty.
Affiliated organizations are those organizations that desire membership
in FCSA for the purpose of receiving Very High Power magazine. Affiliated
membership is restricted to recognized organizations and is not
available to individuals.
Membership in FCSA shall not be restricted to any person or persons
based on race, religion, sex, or political affiliation.
All organizations must hold an Affiliated Membership in order to
host a sanctioned FCSA match.
Life memberships may be purchased at any age but a discount will
be offered after sixty five (65) years of age.
2. Membership in FCSA as a member, established
by payment of annual dues shall entitle each member to a one (1)
year subscription, or four (4) issues of Very High Power, the FCSA
periodical newsletter and to be eligible to compete in all FCSA
sponsored shooting competitions. Members shall be eligible to hold
elected office and vote on any matter before the membership, except
for those items concerning the shooters only. All rule changes concerning
the shooting matches can only be voted upon be those who shoot.
3. Membership in FCSA as an associate member, established
by the payment of dues shall entitle associate members to participate
in all FCSA shooting competitions, hold elected office and vote
on any matter before the voting membership, but do not receive the
quarterly VHP magazine.
4. The Board of Directors shall determine the amount
of dues payable for each class of membership and the duration in
time for each class. Special discounts will be made available to
active duty members of the military.
5. Any member of FCSA who has received four (4)
issues of Very High Power and has not paid a renewal of dues is
in arrears and will be dropped from the mailing list by the Secretary/Treasurer.
For purposes of match participation and voting, the member’s
expiration date will determine eligibility.
AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY
1. The membership meeting shall, when in session,
possess the power to amend these By Laws, elect officers and provide
direction to the Board of Directors.
2. Subject to the authority of the membership meeting,
the activities and affairs of FCSA shall be governed and all corporate
powers exercised by the President under the direction of the Board
3. The Executive Board shall be comprised of the
President, Vice President, and one (1) Member of the Board of Directors
selected by the President.
4. Subject to the authority of the Board of Directors,
when the Board of Directors is not in session, the Executive Board
shall have all the powers of the Board of Directors except as provided
by these By Laws.
5. The Executive Board shall have no power to adopt,
amend or suspend these By Laws or the direction of the Board of
6. Except as may be restricted by these By Laws,
all members shall have the right to examine the records, accounting
books, reports, and the minutes of the Board of Directors upon reasonable
written and timely request at a place and time specified by the
President or the Executive Board.
OFFICERS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE BOARD
1. The officers of the FCSA shall consist of an
elected President, an elected Vice President, an appointed Secretary/Treasurer
and one (1) appointed Editor of the FCSA newsletter.
2. The Board of Directors shall be comprised of
the President, Vice President, Immediate Past President, the Secretary/Treasurer,
the Editor, and eight (8) elected Directors at Large.
3. The President shall appoint a Secretary/Treasurer
for a term of one (1) year subject to the approval of the Board
of Directors. The Secretary/Treasurer will be non-voting members
of the Board of Directors and will be standing members of the Executive
4. The President shall appoint an Editor of the
newsletter Very High Power for a term of one (1) year subject to
the approval of the Board of Directors. The Editor shall be a non-voting
member of the Board of Directors.
5. For the purpose of daily administration, the
matters of business of the FCSA shall be governed and directed by
the Executive Board.
1. The membership meeting shall be convened by
the President at least once annually in conjunction with the "World
2. Written notice of the time and location of the
membership meeting, applications for nomination to elected office
and applications for recommended By Law changes shall be given to
all members of FCSA in a copy of the newsletter Very High Power
that precedes the "World Competition".
3. A quorum shall consist of the members present
at the membership meeting.
4. All members and associate members are eligible
to attend membership meetings.
5. Only members and associate members shall have
the right to vote at the membership meeting.
6. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be
called for and presided over by the President and in his absence
the Vice President.
7. Where practical, the location and time of all
Board of Directors meetings will be published in advance in the
newsletter Very High Power.
8. At any formal Meeting of the Board of Directors
a quorum shall consist of a majority of the members of the Board
of Directors, or at least six (6) voting members, except as provided
by these By Laws.
9 Current members of FCSA shall be allowed to attend
all meetings of the Board of Directors except as provided by these
By Laws. FCSA members who are not members of the Board of Directors
will only be allowed to address business to the Board of Directors,
while they are in session, at the discretion of the President and
in accordance with the rules established in Robert's Rules of Order.
10. Formal meetings of the Board of Directors are
those meetings that have a published agenda prior to the meeting.
Informal meetings do not require a published agenda.
11. Formal and Informal meetings of the Board of
Directors may be held at the request of three (3) or more members
of the Board of Directors. Decisions arrived at during informal
meetings of the Board of Directors are not binding until those decisions
are presented and ratified at a formal meeting of the Board of Directors.
1. The president shall preside at all meetings
of the Board of Directors, Executive Board and membership meetings.
He will perform such duties given to him by these By Laws and the
Board of Directors. He shall be the spokesperson and the official
representative of FCSA. He shall call meetings of the Board of Directors
and will be a member of all appointed committees. He shall appoint
or replace committee chairman’s as provided by these By Laws.
When the President is replaced by election, he will assume the role
of Immediate Past President on the Board of Directors for one (1)
year following his replacement as President. The Immediate Past
President shall be a voting member of the Board of Directors.
2. The Vice President shall succeed the President
should the presidency become vacant. He shall at the determination
of the Board of Directors, assume the duties of the president in
the absence of the president. The Vice President, upon direction
of the President, shall be a member of any appointed committee.
3. The Secretary shall be responsible for the preparation
and certification of the minutes of the Board of Directors and the
Membership Meeting. He shall maintain custody of the Articles of
Incorporation, By Laws, and Standing Rules of Shooting Competition.
He shall be responsible for keeping an accurate record of the membership
of the FCSA, receiving renewal of memberships, enrolling new members
and deleting expired members. The Secretary shall be responsible
for conduct of the FCSA’s elections each year. He shall also
perform such other duties as may be delegated by the Board of Directors
and/or the President.
4. The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer
of FCSA. He will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the
fiscal policies of FCSA, these By Laws and the Board of Directors.
The Treasurer shall provide an annual financial statement of FCSA
in the newsletter Very High Power that is published just before
the "World Competition" each year.
5. A Director at Large shall perform the duties
of a member of the Board of Directors, including duties as a member
of any committee upon which he may be appointed to serve, in good
faith and in a manner he believes to be in the best interest of
FCSA. He will conduct himself with such care, including reasonable
inquiry, as an ordinary prudent person in a like position would
use under similar circumstances.
6. No officer, member of the Board of Directors
or appointed member of a committee shall vote on any question before
his committee or board in which they have a direct personal interest
not common to other members of FCSA.
ELECTIONS/APPOINTMENTS / REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
Only individuals who are members of FCSA are eligible to hold elected
office or positions appointed by the President.
2. The President and Vice President shall be elected
by a majority of the votes cast by the voting membership during
the election process as provided by these By Laws. The President
and Vice President shall serve one (1) year terms. Directors at
Large shall serve two (2) year terms. Four of the Directors at Large
shall be elected each year beginning in the year 1993.
3. Nominations for President, Vice President and
Directors at Large shall be submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer
of FCSA by members and associate members of FCSA. Nominations must
be received at FCSA in writing in a timely fashion prior to the
publication of the issue of the FCSA newsletter Very High Power
that precedes the election each year. Letters from those persons
nominated indicating their willingness to accept the nomination
must also be received at FCSA prior to the publication of the Very
High Power newsletter before elections are held. Letters of acceptance
or position statements by the candidates can be published in the
issue of Very High Power preceding the election.
4. Nominees for any elected position within FCSA
must include at least two (2) of the following ways they may be
contacted by the membership of FCSA if they are elected. Home address,
phone number at home, phone number at work, fax number or email
address. The selected methods of contact shall be printed in each
issue of the Very High Power magazine during their term of office
if they are elected.
5. The elections will be conducted with each FCSA
member receiving a ballot by mail from the Secretary/Treasurer listing
all candidates for prospective positions. Members will vote for
the candidates of their choice and return their ballots back to
FCSA by mail for tabulation. The results of the election process
will be announced at the membership meeting held in conjunction
with the "World Competition".
6. All members and associate members of FCSA are
eligible to vote in FCSA elections of officers, Directors at Large,
proposed By Law changes and proposed Match Rules changes.
7. All newly elected Officers and Directors at
Large shall take office at the close of the annual membership meeting.
8. Vacancies in any elected position can be filled
within forty-five (45) days of the vacancy. A vacancy of the position
of President shall be filled immediately by the Vice President.
All other positions can be filled by appointment by the President.
9. Any officer or Director at Large may be reprimanded
or removed from his position for any act that has been determined
to be detrimental to FCSA by the Board of Directors, in the following
A. A petition requesting a confidential investigation,
signed by one third (1/3) of the members of the Board of Directors,
shall be filed with the Secretary/ Treasurer or the Vice President
if the Secretary/Treasurer is the person accused.
B. An investigation committee shall be appointed
by the President, or by the Vice President if the President is
the one accused.
C. The investigation committee shall inquire
as to the specific allegations made against the accused individual(s).
The committee shall conduct a thorough investigation into the
allegations and report their findings to the Board of Directors
in Executive session. After reviewing the investigative committee’s
report, the Board of Directors may drop the allegations or allow
the accused to present his views regarding the allegations. The
Board of Directors, by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the board shall
have the power then to dismiss the allegations, reprimand the
accused (verbally or in writing) or remove from office the person
accused. All written record of the investigation shall be sealed
and remain the exclusive property of the Board of Directors.
FCSA Standing Committees and Chairman’s’ Duties
The President shall appoint five members of the FCSA to serve as
chairman of five Standing Committees. Each chairman shall serve
a one (1) year term, at the pleasure of the President, of the following
FCSA By Laws Committee.
FCSA Competition Committee.
FCSA History Committee.
FCSA Match Committee.
FCSA Membership Committee
2. The FCSA By Laws Chairman will be the person
of contact for members of FCSA to submit recommended By Law changes.
The By Laws chairman shall write and submit an agenda of proposed
By Law changes or additions to the Board of Directors in accordance
with Article X. The By Laws chairman will be responsible to ensure
that newly approved changes and deletions in the FCSA By Laws are
submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer of the FCSA for him to maintain
at the FCSA headquarters immediately after the annual membership
3. The Competition Rules Chairman shall serve as
a person of contact for FCSA members who submit recommended changes
to the FCSA shooting competition rules. The chairman shall submit
all recommendations for match rule changes to the Board of Directors
in accordance with Article X.
The Competition Rules Chairman shall hear all grievances filed by
members of FCSA, regarding the rules of shooting competition at
FCSA sanctioned shooting competitions. The Shooting Rules Chairman
shall make a report to the Board of Directors with a recommendation
of final judgment on all shooting competition grievances. Grievances
shall be resolved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
4. The FCSA Historian shall record and compile
all shooting records and equipment lists from all FCSA sanctioned
matches. The Historian shall maintain a data base to minimally include;
Names, Dates, Locations, Class, Scores, Equipment and Class Winners.
The Historian will arrange for and provide all shooting awards for
the ‘World Competition’. The Historian will provide
all match record information to FCSA members and publish all World
Records for all classes in the FCSA’s newsletter Very High
5. The FCSA Match Chairman shall be the contact
person for all matters relating to the conduct of regional FCSA
shooting competitions and the conduct of the “World Competition”.
All FCSA sanctioned shooting competitions shall be authorized, approved,
and coordinated through the FCSA Match Chairman. All regional Match
Directors shall work for and at the pleasure of the Match Committee
Chairman. If possible, a schedule of sanctioned shooting competitions
shall be submitted to the Editor for publication in the FCSA newsletter
Very High Power.
6. The FCSA Membership Chairman will be the person
of contact for expanding the membership of FCSA. It will be the
duty of the Membership chairman to attract new members into the
FCSA in a manner approved by the Executive Board.
BYLAW AMENDMENTS, RULES OF COMPETITION AND RULES OF ORDER
1. Proposed changes to these By Laws may be submitted
by any member or associate member of FCSA. All proposed By Law changes
must be submitted to the FCSA By Laws Chairman or a member of the
Board of Directors prior to April 1st of the year in which the change
will be considered at the annual membership meeting.
Proposed amendments to the FCSA Rules of Competition may be submitted
by any member or associate member of FCSA. All proposed amendments
to the FCSA Rules of Shooting Competition must be submitted to
the FCSA Competition Rules Chairman or a member of the Board of
Directors prior to April 1st of the year in which the amendment
will be considered at the annual membership meeting.
2. Any member of the Board of Directors who receives
a recommendation for a By Laws change shall submit the proposed
By Law change to the FCSA By Laws Chairman.
Any member of the Board of Directors, who receives a recommendation
for a change to the rules of competition, shall submit the proposed
rules change to the FCSA Competition Rules Chairman.
3. The Board of Directors, after due consideration,
may amend and/or reject all proposed By Laws and Rules of Competition
changes. The Board of Directors shall make a recommendation to the
FCSA membership on approved By Laws and Rules of Competition changes.
The Board of Directors’ recommendation of the proposed changes
to the By Laws and the Rules of Competition shall be published in
an issue of the FCSA Newsletter Very High Power that precedes the
annual membership meeting at which they will be considered. The
President or the chairman of the By Laws Committee or the chairman
of the Competition Rules Committee will present the opinion and
recommendation of the Board of Directors to the FCSA membership
at the annual membership meeting.
4. Amendments or suspensions to the FCSA Match
Rules or FCSA By Laws require a two thirds (2/3) vote of the voting
membership present at the annual membership meeting for passage.
Only current or past FCSA match competitors are allowed to vote
on amendments, changes or suspensions to the FCSA Match Rules of
Shooting Competition. A match competitor is a current member of
FCSA and who has competed in or is currently competing in a sanctioned
FCSA shooting competition.
5. Any proposed change to the FCSA Rules of Shooting
Competition or to the FCSA By Laws must be presented and petitioned
at the annual membership meeting by the member recommending the
proposed change or his designated representative. If the member
or the member's representative is not present to defend his change,
the change will not be considered.
6. Robert's Rules of Order, newly revised, shall
govern in all cases not consistent with these By Laws.
As amended by the membership at the annual membership meeting at
Raton, NM on 7 July 2006.
note: because of the possibility of human error in this publication,
we ask that all mistakes that are found be brought to the attention
of the President or Secretary/Treasurer of FCSA.