By Laws

 

VANDERGRIFT SPORTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION INC.

CONSTITUTION  BY-LAWS AND RANGE RULES

Revised 2017

ARTICLE I NAME

The name of this organization shall be the,

VANDERGRIFT SPORTSMEN’S  ASSOCIATION, INC.

ARTICLE II – OBJECT

The object of this club is to promote, aid, and encourage non-partisan policies and legislation looking to the conservation of our natural resources of game, fish, and streams; to maintain shooting ranges; provide social activities; promote good fellowship and a higher standard of ethics among sportsmen.

ARTICLE III– MEMBERSHIP

There shall be two classes of membership:

  1. Any person who is an American Citizen and eligible to buy a hunting or fishing license, may become a member upon payment of fees in the manner prescribed in the constitution, and subject to the following regulations: Any new application for membership must be brought up on the floor during a regular monthly meeting for acceptance or rejection, and if accepted, the new applicant must belong to the Club for ninety days before election voting rights are gained to be eligible to vote in an election for Club officers and directors.
  2. Any person, eligible under section B, who, by reason of extraordinary service to the Club, distinguished devotion to the cause of true sportsmanship, or whose notable achievements in other directions merit our recognition, may be made an Honorary Member and shall be exempt from dues.

Each member of the club shall be entitled to a Certificate of Membership. Each membership certificate shall have on the face the words, “NON-PROFIT CORPORATION”. The annual dues shall be determined by action of the Club at the regular annual meeting. Membership dues shall be payable in advance and terminating on December 31 each year. Any member who allows their dues to lapse after December 31 each year shall become an inactive member. Membership has been established at 700 active members, not including junior members. Inactive members can rejoin the club before October 15 of the year they become inactive without paying the initiation fee (when membership has reached 700) those inactive members will be placed on the waiting list in the order in which they request membership. Any member who allows their dues to lapse more than one year from due date, may be reinstated upon payment of the initiation fee and the current dues, subject to the rules and regulations under ARTICLE III above. Each membership received by the Club must be signed by a sponsor of the Club.

MANAGEMENT

The management of the affairs and property of this Corporation shall be vested in its active members and duly elected officers and directors. The Board of Directors shall have the right to prescribe rules and regulations affecting the members of property of the corporation, and shall have the power to temporarily suspend or expel any member of this corporation for violating the by-laws, rules, or regulations of the corporation, or for conduct unbecoming a member.

ARTICLE IV – MEETINGS

  1. Regular meetings of the club shall be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Special meetings may be called by the President, or the Board of Directors.
  2. If the club shall decide, meetings may be suspended during the summer months.
  3. The time and place of the meetings shall be fixed by the officers and directors of the club.
  4. All officers of the club must attend at least 6 meetings per year to hold office.

ARTICLE V – ELECTIONS

  1. The President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer shall be elected at the annual meeting in October, and shall hold office for the term of one year, or until their successors are elected. The Chairman of the various, committees shall be appointed by the President.
  2. Two Directors shall be elected to the Board for a term of three years..
  3. Nomination of officers shall be at the regular meeting in September nominations remaining open until election at the October meeting. If a vacancy occurs in the Board of Directors, the vacancy may be filled at a subsequent regular meeting by majority vote of the members present. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called by the President, or by special request of one or more members of the Board. A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
  4. Election of all officers shall be by ballot.

ARTICLE VI – DUTIES OF OFFICERS

The duties of the officers, directors, and delegates of this club shall be such as fixed by law and customarily performed by such officers and such as may be additionally assigned them by the club.

  1. PRESIDENT: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Corporation and its Board of Directors, shall appoint such committees as provide by these By-Laws, or otherwise established from time to time, unless otherwise ordered by the Board of Directors, shall be the chief Executive Officer of the Corporation and shall perform as are ordinarily performed by the president of any corporation.
  2. VICE-PRESIDENT: The Vice-president shall perform the duties of the President in his absence or at his request.
  3. SECRETARY: The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the members of the Corporation and the Board of Directors, and shall keep a written record of the same. He shall perform any or all duties as are customary or are required by law to be performed by the Secretary of any Corporation and shall make a report to the Board of Directors concerning any of his records or the management of the corporation when called upon to do so.
  4. TREASURER: The treasurer shall receive all moneys. He shall, in general perform all duties which, by custom, usage,or law, are required by the treasurer of any corporation. The Treasurer shall pay, by check, or draft, upon the funds of the Corporation, all obligations of the Corporation.
  5. DEPOSITORY: The Board of Directors and Treasurer, by mutual consent; shall select at the first meeting of their Board succeeding the annual meeting of the members, a banking institution which shall act as depository of the funds of the Corporation, and such depository shall honor checks or drafts of the Corporation, only when issued in accordance with the provisions of these By-laws.
  6. BOARD OF DIRECTORS: It shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to audit the accounts of the Treasurer and report same to the club at the first meeting of each year and transact all business not otherwise provided for. They shall have the power to appoint sub-committees, for any special purpose and to delegate to such sub-committees, for any special purpose and to delegate to such sub-committees, the power and functions of the Board relating thereto. If they so desire, the Board of Directors shall meet before each monthly meeting to pass on any matters pertaining to the organization. If shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to recommend such measures as they deem advisable. The President shall attend the Board of Directors meetings. In the absence of the President and Vice-president, a Director of the club shall chair the meeting.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO BE CONSULTED

  1. Raffles
  2. Banquets
  3. Picnics
  4. Buying of materials
  5. Money to be spent other than regular monthly bills
  6. No ground to be sold belonging to this organization for personal gain.

ARTICLE VII – FUNDS

  1. All funds of the club s hall be deposited by the Treasurer or membership officer in the name of the Vandergrift Sportsmen’s Association INC. in such bank as shall meet with the approval of the Board of Directors.
  2. All disbursements of the funds of the Club shall be by check drawn by the Treasurer upon its deposit account after such payments have been ordered paid by the Board of Directors or Club members
  3. The Treasurer shall receive all moneys
  4. The treasurer, President, Vice President and Membership Officer’s names shall be on the bank cards for emergency purposes.

ARTICLE VIII- COMMITTEES

The President shall appoint such committees as may be found necessary and for conducting the affairs of the club. The President of the Club shall be the ex-officio member of all committees.

ARTICLE IX – BUSINESS

All shall be carried on by voice. In case of a close vote or a split in the rank and file, any member may call for the parliamentary procedure of a roll call vote. A 2/3 majority of the Club members present may override the decision of the Board of Directors

ARTICLE X – QUORUM

A quorum equals 13 regular members and 2 must be officers.

ARTICLE XI- AGREEMENTS

All leases, Written agreements, and other indentures shall be signed by the President and the Corporation Seal affixed.

ARTICLE XII- AMENDMENTS

The By-laws may be amended by the approval of the membership present at such meeting, provided the proposed amendments have been read at three regularly scheduled meeting of the club.

ARTICLE XIII – EXPULSION

A member may be permanently expelled from the membership for unsportsmanlike action of any description upon 2/3 majority vote of the members present at a meeting, providing an investigation has been made by the Board of Directors and the offending member notified by letter and has been given an opportunity to defend himself.

ARTICLE XIV

Resignation from office shall be made in person or by letter to the Secretary.

ARTICLE XV

This Constitution and By-laws were read to the Club members at the April, May, and June 1957 meetings. Approved and accepted June 1957.

Amendments and additions made as per Article XIII. Constitution, and By-laws up-dated and approved January 1991, January 1998, and January 2003. By-laws shall be updated every five years by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XVI

Upon dissolution of the Club the same being the Vandergrift Sportsmen’s Association, INC all property and remaining assets will be given to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

PISTOL AND RIFLE RANGE REGULATIONS

  1. These range facilities are maintained for the exclusive use of club members, and, to a limited extent, occasional guests.
  2. Shooting hours will be limited to 10:00 AM until sunset, Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours are restricted to 12:00 Noon until sunset.
  3. Use of shotguns of the rifle range shall be limited to sighting with rifled slugs.
  4. Use of handguns on the rifle range shall be limited to bench rest shooting for the purpose of sight correction or trial of loads. Routine practice firing should be confined to the pistol range.
  5. Junior members, under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult. Adequate precaution must be taken to ensure the supervision and safety of any additional younger children in the range area. However, no children under the age of 8 shall be permitted in the range area.
  6. Use of armor piercing or similar type ammo, particularly Military 5.5 (223 cal.), 7.62 NATO (308)and U.S. .30 cal. (30.06) armor piercing, is specifically prohibited.
  7. Use of earplugs, muffs, or other hearing protection is required. This is especially critical when children or inexperienced persons are in the area of the firing line. Where questionable judgment by anyone is observed shooters should offer adequate warning of the damaging effect muzzle blast. Since mandatory regulation cannot be enforced, the Club cannot accept responsibility for claims of this nature. No unsupervised children are allowed.
  8. Although range backstops and wings were designed to minimize ricochets from the target area, there shall be no firing with persons “spotting” from one side of the target area.
  9. Each member shall be responsible for “policing of brass”, cartridge boxes, targets, and all other rubbish.
  10. Each member shall be responsible for ensuring their own, as well as any guests’ safety and compliance with posted target and range rules.
  11. As provided by the conditions outlined in Article XIII of the Club’s Constitution and by-laws failure of any member to comply with or help in the enforcement of Range Rules will result in expulsion from the Club.
  12. In order to minimize overshooting, the target carrier frames and the upper portion of the target carrier have been painted fluorescent orange.Under no circumstances, can any type of target be placed above the painted area.
  13. Any type of paper or cardboard target, commercial or homemade, which can be temporarily attached to the target carrier board, may be used. It shall be each shooters responsibility to remove their targets before leaving the range. This one simple act can be a major contribution to improving the appearance of the range and grounds.
  14. Use of cans, bottles, and/or other objects for targets, will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
  15. Under no circumstances may a temporary target be placed between the firing line and backstop. If sight correction requires firing closer to the target, the shooter shall move forward and fire in the safest possible manner.
  16. Deliberate firing at the target carrier frames or targets placed on or outside the target area, shall he grounds for expulsion from the Club and loss of all membership privileges.
  17. Firing at any wildlife, domestic or wild, which may appear in the range area is forbidden.
  18. All loaded guns must be kept muzzle pointed downrange toward targets at all times. Breeches on all firearms (where possible) are to be open or broken at all times except when shooting.
  19. Absolutely no firing of center-fire rifles on the pistol range.
  20. Absolutely no fully automatic weapons allowed on the ranges. Only 5 (five) cartridges to be loaded in your firearm at any time on the rifle range. No rapid firing on the rifle range.
  21. All alcoholic beverages are prohibited on all CLUB property. Anyone under the influence of any intoxicating substance is forbidden to use any firing range.

SHOTGUN PATTERN RULES JAN. 20, 1991

  1. These range facilities are maintained for the exclusive use of club members and to a limited extent occasional guests.
  2. Shooting hours will be limited to 10:00 AM until sunset, Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours are restricted to 12:00 Noon until sunset.
  3. Only shells containing shot can be fired at the pattern board. No rifled slugs allowed.
  4. Each member shall be responsible for “policing of brass”, cartridge boxes, targets, and all other rubbish.
  5. Junior members under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult. Adequate precaution must be taken to ensure the supervision and safety of any additional younger children in the range area. However, no children under the age of 8 shall be permitted in the range area.
  6. Any type of paper or cardboard target, commercial or homemade, which can be temporarily attached to the target carrier board, may be used. It shall be each shooters responsibility to remove their targets before leaving the range. This one simple act can be a major contribution to improving the appearance of the range and grounds.
  7. Use of cans, bottles, and or other breakable objects for targets, will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
  8. Under no circumstances may a temporary target be placed between the firing line and backstop. If sight correction requires firing closer to the target the shooter shall move forward and fire in the safest possible manner.
  9. Deliberate firing at the target carrier frames or targets placed on or outside the target area shall be grounds for expulsion from the Club and loss-of all membership privileges.
  10. Firing at any wildlife, domestic or wild, which may appear in the range area is forbidden.
  11. All loaded guns must be kept muzzle pointed down range toward targets at all times. Breeches on all firearms (where possible) are to be open or broken at all times except when shooting.
  12. As provided by the conditions outlined in Article XIII of the Club’s Constitution and by-laws failure of any member to comply with or help in the enforcement of Range Rules will result in expulsion from the Club.

TRAP RULES AND REGULATIONS FEB. 12, 1991

  1. These range facilities are maintained for the exclusive use of club members, and, to a limited extent, occasional guests.
  2. Shooting hours will be limited to 10:00 AM until sunset, Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours are restricted, 12:00 Noon until sunset. One exception to shooting hours: Trap range shooting will be allowed till 10:30 PM when using established regulation club trap house, shooting station and overhead electric lights with proper supervision as per club policy.
  3. Shotguns using shot only
  4. Use of earplugs, muffs, or other hearing protection is required. This is especially critical when children or inexperienced persons are in the area of the firing line. Where questionable judgment by anyone is observed shooters should offer adequate warning of the damaging effect of muzzle blast. Since mandatory regulation cannot be enforced, the Club cannot accept responsibility for claims of this nature. No unsupervised children allowed. However, no children under the age of 8 (eight) shall be permitted in the range area.
  5. Each member shall be responsible for “policing of brass”, cartridge boxes, targets, and all other rubbish.
  6. Each member shall be responsible for ensuring their own, as well as any guests’ safety and compliance with posted target and range rules.
  7. As provided by the conditions outlined in Article XIII of the Club’s Constitution and by-laws failure of any member to comply with or help in the enforcement of Range Rules will result in expulsion from the Club.
  8. Use of cans, bottles, and or other objects for targets, will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
  9. Firing at any animals, domestic or wild, which may appear in the range area is forbidden.
  10. All loaded guns must be kept muzzle pointed down range toward targets at all times. Breeches on all firearms are to be open or broken at all times, except when shooting.
  11. No single projectile loads allowed fired on the range.
  12. Absolutely no fully automatic weapons allowed on the ranges.
  13. All alcoholic beverages are prohibited on CLUB property. Anyone under the influence of any intoxicating substance is forbidden to use any firing range.

ARCHERY RANGE RULES JAN 20, 1991

  1. These range facilities are maintained for the exclusive use of club members, and, to a limited extent, occasional guests. However, no children under the age of 6 shall be permitted in the archery range area.
  2. Shooting hours will be limited to sunrise until sunset.
  3. Archery equipment only to be used on the archery range.
  4. Absolutely no broadhead arrows. Targets tips only to be used on archery targets.
  5. Absolutely no firing at archery targets, with a firearm.
  6. All archery shooters must police the target areas.
  7. All archery safety rules must strictly be abided by, and shoot at designated targets only.
  8. All alcoholic beverages are prohibited on all CLUB property. Anyone under the influence of any intoxicating substance is forbidden to use firing range.

COMBAT PISTOL RANGE RULES AND REGULATIONS FEB 12, 1991

  1. Only handguns and shotguns permitted on the range. No single projectile loads in shotguns and handgun ammunition must be of such energy levels as not to damage targets.
  2. Shooting glasses are required at all times by everyone on the range.
  3. All steel plate targets are to remain on this range and not to be used on any other range on the club grounds.
  4. All alcoholic beverages are prohibited on all CLUB Anyone under the influence of any intoxicating substance is forbidden to use any firing range.
  5. No children under the age of 8 shall be permitted in the range area.