Constitution & By-Laws Of the Balboa Angling Club

Founded November, 1926 – Incorporated February 26, 1927

Revised and Approved By the Board of Directors November 2002

Section 1 – Name and Objectives

The name of this organization shall be the Balboa Angling Club. It’s objectives are to promote the conservation of fish in local waters, compile and distribute scientific data relating to sport fishing, promote salt water rod and reel fishing as a sport and to promote sportsmanship among its members and sport fishermen in general.

Section II – Membership

1. There shall be one class of members:

A. Members – Any sportsman angler in sympathy with the objectives of the Club and not interested directly or indirectly in the marketing of fish is eligible for active membership.

A member may belong to any one of the following categories:

1. Family Membership: This includes a man, his wife, and all children under the age of 21 years.

2. Single Membership: Anyone 21 years of age or older.

3. Junior Membership: Anyone under 21 years of age whose parents do not belong to the club.

2. Application for membership shall include the signed endorsement of two active members in good standing.

3. Suspension – In the event a rule’s violation protest, or complaint of unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of a member, is filed with the Club, the Board of Directors will take the following action:

A letter describing the violation or complaint will be sent to the person to whom the complaint was issued asking them to appear before the Board, at which time they may voice their side of the issue. Failure to appear and answer to the charges will be considered as sufficient evidence for the Board to take disciplinary action as they see fit.

4. Membership shall be limited by the Board of Directors. Such membership or any right arising therefrom, shall not be transferable, unless the By-Laws shall so provide and all the rights of a member in the corporation, or its property, shall cease on death or other termination of membership.

Section III – Annual Dues

The annual dues are required to be paid by January 1st and are considered past due February 1st. A member three months delinquent in payment of dues shall be automatically dropped from the club roster. Members may be reinstated upon application, payment of delinquent dues, and favorable action by the Board of Directors.

Section IV – Officers and Directors

1. The officers of this organization shall be a Board of Directors consisting of six members.

2. The immediate Past President and immediate Past Vice-President shall automatically become members of the Board for the ensuing year election by the membership.

3. The balance of the Board of Directors shall be the six members receiving the greatest number of votes in the annual election. (Revised October 7, 1993.)

4. Past President, except as specified in Paragraph 2, Section IV, shall automatically become member of Past-President Advisory Council, and receive notices to attend all regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors, but shall have no voting privileges at such meetings, except as one or more of those present shall temporarily be ordered to complete a Quorum of the Board. Such duty shall be filled in order of seniority. Past Presidents shall be eligible for nomination to elective positions in the Club.

5. From their own number, the Directors shall elect the President, First Vice-President, and Treasurer.

6. A Secretary shall be appointed by the Board of Directors and shall serve at the will and pleasure of the Board.

7. The Club shall indemnify every Officer or Director against any and all expenses, including attorney’s fees, reasonably incurred by or imposed upon such Officer or Director in connection with any action, suite, proceeding or claim (including settlement thereof if approved by the Board) to which he or she may be a party by reason of being or having been an Officer or Director, whether or not such person is an Officer or Director at the time such expenses are incurred. However, such action, suit, preceding or claim must arise out of the performance of duties of the Board of Directors. This special indemnity is intended to cover the actions of the Board in the performance of its duties based upon studied analysis of available data. It does not cover willful misconduct or negligence.

Section V – Election

1. The Directors, in less than thirty (30) days prior to the October Board Meeting, shall appoint an Election Committee of three or more active members who shall nominate a list of members for election as Directors. Further nominations may be made by petition if signed by one or more members in good standing and submitted to the Secretary not less than thirty days prior to the October Board meeting.

2. Twenty-one (21) days before the Board Meeting in November, the Election Committee shall mail to each active member a ballot containing a list of nominees. There shall be a line for a “write-in.”

3. No member shall cast more than one vote. No member shall be entitled to vote unless his dues for the preceding year have been paid. There shall be not vote by proxy.

4. All ballots received prior to seventy-two (72) hours before the date and hour set for the November Board Meeting shall be counted by a committee appointed for such purpose by the Board of Directors. The results of the annual election shall be announced at the November Board Meeting per Section V of these By-Laws, at which time the turning over of the November Board Meeting by the now Past President. For purposes of ceremony only, the gavel will be passed to the new president at the Annual Awards Ceremony.

Section VI – Duties of Officers

1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Directors and of the membership and cast the deciding vote in case of a tie, but otherwise shall not vote. He shall perform all duties usually incident to the office of the President.

2. The First Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in the latter’s absence.

3. In the absence of the President and First Vice-President, the Second Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President.

4. The Secretary shall:

a. Keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the Board of Directors and of the Organization.

b. Call meetings as provided by the By-Laws.

c. Keep an accurate record of the membership and payment of dues, etc.

d. Keep the books and accounts and a detailed statement of receipts and expenditures and furnish a copy of same to the Treasurer each month as the Board of Directors may designate.

5. The Treasurer shall:

a. Receive all funds and place them in a depository designated by the Board of Directors so all funds may be regularly deposited and accounted for.

b. Issue all checks as ordered by the Board of Directors, authorizing the withdrawal of funds from the depository and see that the signatures required by the Board are affixed thereto.

c. Present at each regular meeting of the Board of Directors, a statement of financial condition.

Section VII – Duties of the Directors

1. The Directors shall:

a. Attend meetings of the Board of Directors.

b. Have general supervision of all matters that come before the Club and to act upon the same as they deem proper.

c. Adopt rules for government of the Club not provided in the By-Laws.

d. Fill vacancies on the Board of Directors until succeeding annual election.

Section VIII – Attendance at Meetings

1. If a member of the Board of Directors misses two consecutive meetings of the Board he shall be automatically dropped from his seat on the Board if absences are “unexcused” by the Board and shall be automatically ineligible for election to any Club office for the ensuing year unless reinstated by the Board.

2. A new director shall be elected by the Board to complete any expired term.

Section IX – Quorum

1. At meetings of the Board of Directors, four shall constitute a quorum.

2. At meetings of the membership, 10% of the active membership shall constitute a quorum.

Section X – Meetings

1. The Annual Meeting shall be held in January or February, at such time as the Directors may decide.

2. The Directors shall hold a minimum of four regular meetings per year at such times and places as they may decide. Special meetings of the Directors may be called by the President. Members may attend Director’s meetings.

3. Membership meetings other than the Annual Meeting shall be held at such times and places as the Directors may decide, or when ten or more members request such a meeting in writing duly given to the President or the Secretary.

Section XI – Adjournment

1. In the absence of a quorum at any meeting those present shall have the right to adjourn until a time when a quorum can be obtained.

Section XIII – Amendments

1. By-Laws may be adopted, amended or repealed by any of the following:

a. Any means provided in the articles or By-Laws, except that a By-Law fixing or changing the number of Directors may not be adopted, amended or repealed without the vote or written consent of members entitled to exercise a majority of the voting power, or the vote of a majority of a quorum at a meeting of members to the articles or By-Laws.

b. Except as provided in subdivision (a.), by the Directors, subject to the power of the members to change or repeal the By-Laws.

c. The vote or written consent of a majority of the members entitled to vote, or the vote of a majority of a quorum at a meeting duly called for the purpose according to the articles or By-Laws.

Section XIV – Order of Business

1. The following shall be the order of business at meetings:

a. Reading of minutes of previous meetings;

b. Business arising from minutes;

c. Reading of correspondence and action thereon;

d. Reports of committees;

e. Unfinished business;

f. New business.

Section XV – Property

The property belonging to this Corporation, or which may be acquired by it, is and shall be irrevocably dedicated to charitable, information education, recreational and citizenship training purposes, and upon the liquidation, dissolution or abandonment of said Corporation, will not inure to the benefit of any private person except a fund, foundation, or corporation organized or operated for charitable, informal educational, recreational or citizenship training.

Section XVI – Rules of Order

1. Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall govern unless any disputed point is covered by the By-Laws or otherwise.

2. The By-Laws shall take effect immediately after adoption. These By-Laws are those adopted March 30, 1939, with the incorporation of amendments adopted subsequent to that date.

Affiliated Associations

International Game Fish Association

300 Gulf Stream Way – Dania Beach, FL 33004 (954) 927-2628

Pacific Ocean Research Foundation – HIBT Tournament

P.O. Box 4800 – Kailua-Kona, HI 96745 – (808) 329-6105

Pacific Fisheries Enhancement Foundation

200 A Street – Balboa, CA 92661 (949) 673-6316

Billfish Foundation

177 Riverside Avenue, Suite F1034

Newport Beach, CA 92663 (800) 438-8247

House Rules

1. The Clubhouse will be open seven (7) days a week from noon to 5:00 p.m. (June through September) or end of marlin season. During the off-season (October through May), the clubhouse will be open for the weighing of fish from noon to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

2. The Club slip shall be used only for the weighing of fish and for persons conducting business in the Clubhouse. Boats shall not be left unattended in the slip at any time.

3. The parking area in front of the Clubhouse is reserved for persons conducting business in the Club. Due to our limited space, members are requested not to use this parking otherwise.

4. The Clubhouse will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

5. All house rules are subject to change as necessary.

Balboa Angling Club

Angling Regulations and Tackle Specifications

Revised and Adopted by the Board of Directors

It is the intent of the Balboa Angling Club to promote sportsmanship and fellowship amongst those who love the thrill of a strike and a fair battle on sporting tackle. Since participation in the sport of Game Fishing is motivated by the thrill of a sportsmanlike method, the take or release of the fish are assumed to be made on the angler’s honor an in good faith.