WHPA Constitution and Bylaws
Wisconsin Horseshoe Pitchers Association
We, the horseshoe pitchers of the State of Wisconsin, in order to promote, foster and develop the game of Horseshoe Pitching both as a competitive sport and a recreational pastime, provide the proper facilities and insure the continued growth and existence of the game, do hereby establish this Constitution for the Wisconsin Horseshoe Pitchers Association.
ARTICLE I (Name)
The name of this organization shall be the Wisconsin Horseshoe Pitchers Association, Division of the NHPA.
ARTICLE II (Purpose)
The purpose of this State Association shall be to promote an orderly means for it's members and prospective members to participate in and enjoy the game of horseshoe pitching.
ARTICLE III (Affiliation)
This State Association shall affiliate with and cooperate with the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America, NHPA. All pitchers in the Wisconsin State Tournament must be NHPA members.
ARTICLE IV (Membership)
The requirements for membership shall be set out in the Bylaws.
ARTICLE V (Officers)
The officers of this Association shall consist of a President, three (3) Vice-Presidents ( a first Vice-President, a second Vice-President, and a third Vice-President) and a Secretary-Treasurer. These officers are to be elected for a term of two years by a majority vote of all regular members present and entitled to vote at the annual meeting of the Association. They shall hold office until their successors are elected and qualified. The President and second Vice-President election to be held on odd numbered years. The first Vice-President, third Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer on even numbered years. Any member running for such office shall notify the President and Newsletter Editor by July 31, of the current year.
a. The President of this Association shall receive up to, but
not to exceed, $100 per year for expenses.
ARTICEL VI (Duties of the Officers)
The duties of the President shall be to preside at all meetings, to administer the business of this Association and pass on any obligations the Association may wish to incur. The President shall handle whatever other duties may come to the President's attention in promoting the best interests of the Association.
The Vice President shall have the same duties as the President but will assume them only in the absence of the President. The Vice-President shall also carry out any specific duties assigned by the President.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of the minutes of all meetings, attend to correspondence and any other necessary duties to promote the best interests of the Association. The Secretary-Treasurer shall act as custodian of all funds and properties of the Association, sign all warrants for expenditures and keep accurate financial records of the Association. A financial report shall be published in the Wisconsin Horseshoe Newsletter after the annual fall meeting.
ARTICLE VII (Executive Board)
The elected officers shall constitute the Executive Board and may act on behalf of the Association in all matters. Meetings of the Executive Board shall be held at such times and places as it may decide. A quorum of its members must be present.
ARTICLE VIII (Committees)
The President shall appoint such committees as deemed necessary. These committees may be dissolved and individual members replaced whenever the President deems it necessary.
ARTICLE IX (Bylaws)
The Association may adopt such Bylaws as it deems necessary. Bylaws shall be submitted by or at the Fall Meeting in odd numbered years. Then they will be published in the January issue of the Newsletter. Bylaws shall be adopted when approved by a majority vote of the members in good standing present at the spring meeting held in the even numbered years. A special new Bylaw may be adopted at any regular WHPA Meeting, providing a timely need exists and that fact is verified by a two-thirds majority of members present.
ARTICLE X (Meetings)
An annual meeting for election of officers shall be held each year on the 3rd Saturday of October. A spring meeting shall be held each year on the 3rd Saturday of March. Other meetings may be called by the President or any other officer. The Secretary shall notify all members in good standing of the time, place, and purpose of each meeting at least one week in advance.
ARTICLE XI (Amendments)
This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds affirmative vote of all voting members present at a regular or special meeting providing the notice of the meeting contains a brief announcement relative to the proposed amendment.
ARTICLE XII (Removal of an Officer)
Any vacancy on the Executive Board caused by the death, serious illness, or resignation of a member shall be filled by a unanimous vote of the remaining members. The person selected shall serve for the duration of the un-expired term of office. An officer can be removed from office only for criminal conduct or neglect of his duties. This must be accomplished by a two-thirds vote of the members present in a special meeting called for that purpose.
ARTICLE XIII (Order of Business)
Robert's Rule of Order shall be followed in conducting the meetings of this Association. The Rules and Bylaws of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association shall govern all cases not covered by this Constitution and Bylaws.
ARTICLE XIV (No Longer Function)
In the event this organization should take action to no longer function, the assets of the organization shall be awarded to the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association to be used for the promotion of Junior Horseshoe Pitching.
Section 1B. The Executive Board shall be the Judicial Body to define and interpret the Constitution and Bylaws. Technical points shall be submitted to them for decision and ruling declared official unless members in a meeting rule otherwise by a two-thirds affirmative vote.
Section 1B. A member may be suspended for:
b. participating in a tournament under an assumed name,
being found guilty of fraud, fixing games or other conduct unbecoming a member;
For any of the above violations, a member may be suspended for aperiod of one year and the Secretary of the NHPA shall notify all State Associations and State Representatives of said suspension.
Section 1B. A State Tournament entrant must be
legal resident of Wisconsin at least six (6) months prior to the State
Section 1B. State Tournament entry deadline is July 31.
ARTICLE VI (Ties)
Section 1B. Tie games will be decided by pitching four
extra shoes until the tie is broken.
Section 1B. All contestants in the State Tournament must
be members in good standing in the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association by
July 31, the tournament deadline date.
Section 1B. State approved tournaments.
Section 1B. State Doubles Tournament.
Section 1B. Awards may be given by the Association where it is deemed appropriate by the Executive Board . Awards may include but are not limited to, Pitcher of the Year, Hall of Fame, State Tournament Team, and the Presidents Achievement Award.
Section 1B. In all other cases, not specified in this Constitution and Bylaws, the official NHPA rules apply.