Constitution and Bylaws
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Article I: Name & Objects
Article 1: Membership
Article II: Meetings
Article III: Directors and Officers
Article IV: The Club Year, Voting, Nominations, Elections
Article V: Committees
Article VI: Discipline
Article VII: Amendments
Article VIII: Dissolution
Article IX: Order of Business
Article X: Parliamentary Authority
Name and Objects
SECTION 1. The name of the club shall be Hungarian Pumi Club of America.
SECTION 2. The objects of the club shall be:
- to encourage and promote quality in the breeding of pure‑bred Pumik and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;
- to encourage the organization of independent local specialty clubs in those localities where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of The American Kennel Club;
- to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by The American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which the Pumi shall be judged;
- to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, companion events, performance events, and other dog-related activities where the Pumi is suitable to participate.
- to conduct sanctioned matches, specialty shows, and companion and performance events under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.
- to advance canine health and well-being.
SECTION 3. The club shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the club shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.
SECTION 4. The members of the club shall adopt and may from time to time revise such bylaws as may be required to carry out these objects.
SECTION 1. Eligibility. There shall be four types of membership open to all persons 18 years of age and older and one type of membership open to all persons younger than 18 years of age who are in good standing with The American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this Club
- REGULAR membership shall be open to all persons who are residents in the United States of America who are eighteen (18) years of age or older. A regular member shall have full privileges of the club and shall have the right to vote and shall be eligible to serve on committees and the Board of Directors.
- HOUSEHOLD membership shall be open to two (2) adults residing in the same household within the United States of America. Household members shall have the right to vote and shall be eligible to serve on committees and the Board of Directors.
- JUNIOR membership shall be offered to persons over 9 years of age and under 18 years of age. Such members are not entitled to vote or hold office. They automatically convert to Regular or Foreign Membership upon notifying the Secretary of their 18th
- FOREIGN membership shall be open to persons who are not residents in the United States of America and who are eighteen (18) years of age or older. This is a non-voting, non-office-holding membership. Foreign members must be in good standing with their respective country’s kennel club.
SECTION 2. Dues. Membership dues shall not exceed $50 per year, payable on or before the 1st day of May of each year. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. During the month of March, the Treasurer shall send to each member a statement of his dues for the ensuing year.
SECTION 3. Election to Membership. Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Board of Directors and which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by these constitution and bylaws and the rules of The American Kennel Club. The application shall state the name, address and occupation of the applicant and it shall carry the endorsement of two members in good standing. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit dues payment for the current year.
Applicants may be elected by secret ballot at any meeting of the board of directors or by secret vote of the directors by mail. Affirmative votes of 2/3 of the directors present at a meeting of the board, or of 2/3 of the entire board voting by mail, shall be required to elect an applicant.
An application which has received a negative vote by the board may be presented by one of the applicant’s endorsers at the next annual meeting of the club and the members may elect such applicant by secret ballot and a favorable vote of 75% of the members present.
Applicants for membership who have been rejected by the club may not reapply within 12 months after such rejection.
SECTION 5. Termination of Membership. Memberships may be terminated:
- by resignation Any member in good standing may resign from the club upon written notice to the Secretary; but no member may resign when in debt to the club. Dues obligations are considered a debt to the club and they become incurred on the first day of each fiscal year.
- by lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member’s dues remain unpaid for 90 days after the first day of the fiscal year; however, the board may grant an additional 30 days of grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case may a person be entitled to vote at any club meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting.
- by expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these bylaws.
SECTION 1. Annual Meeting. If possible, the annual meeting of the club should be held in conjunction with the club’s national specialty show. The meeting shall be held during the months of September, October or November at a place, date, and hour designated by the board of directors. Notice of the annual meeting shall be sent by the Secretary to each member at least 30 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for the annual meeting shall be 10% of the members in good standing.
SECTION 2. Special Club Meetings. Special club meetings may be called by the President or by a majority vote of the members of the board who are present at a meeting of the board or who vote by mail; and shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by 10% of the members of the club who are in good standing. Such meeting shall be held at such place, date and hour as may be designated by the board of directors. Notice of such meeting shall be sent by the Secretary at least 14 days and not more than 30 days prior to the meeting. The notice of the meeting shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other club business may be transacted. ‘The quorum for such a meeting shall be 10% of the members in good standing.
SECTION 3. Board Meetings. The first meeting of the board shall be held immediately following the election. Other meetings of the board of directors shall be held at such times and places or via telephone conference call or via video conference as are designated by the President or by a majority vote of the entire board. Notice of each such other meeting shall be sent by the Secretary, or other such person that is designated by the Board of Directors, to each member of the board at least 14 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for a board meeting shall be a majority of the board.
SECTION 4. Board Business. The board of directors may also conduct business by telephone conference call, mail, fax or email, provided it does not conflict with any other provision of these bylaws. Items voted upon by telephone conference call, mail and fax must be confirmed in writing by the Secretary within seven days. In order for business to be conducted by e-mail the following precautions must be in place:
Every Board member must be provided with the means to participate;
- A procedure must be in place to verify the identity of the individuals participating to ensure that they are the eligible Board members;
- A mechanism must be in place to verify that the eligible Board members are “listening”;
- All Board members must agree to participate in this manner.
Directors and Officers
SECTION 1. Board of Directors. The board shall be comprised of the officers and three other persons, all of whom shall be members in good standing who are residents of the United States. Officers shall be elected for one‑year terms as provided in Article IV, and shall serve until their successors are elected. General management of the club’s affairs shall be entrusted to the board of directors.
- The Board of Directors shall be comprised of five (5) elected officers, the immediate past President, and three (3) other persons, all of whom shall be in good standing with the Hungarian Pumi Club of America.
- The immediate past President shall automatically become an ex-officio Board member for a period of one (1) year upon election of a different President.
- The AKC Delegate shall be an ex-officio, nonvoting member of the Board of Directors. The delegate shall be appointed by the Board of Directors at its first meeting of the club year and serve for a term of one year. Among other duties, the Delegate shall report to the Club all actions and matters discussed at the AKC’s quarterly meetings.
- The three other persons shall be elected for three (3) year terms, in staggered years.
SECTION 2. Officers. The club’s officers, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer,, shall serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the club and its meetings and the board and its meetings.
- The President shall preside at all meetings of the club and of the board, and shall have the duties and powers normally appurtenant to the office of President in addition to those particularly specified in these bylaws.
- The Vice President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President’s death, absence or incapacity.
- The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the club and of the board and of all votes taken by mail, and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the club; have charge of the correspondence, notify members of meetings, , and notify officers and directors of their election to office. The Secretary, or other such person that has been designated by the Board of Directors, shall notify new members of their election to membership, keep a roll of the members of the club with their addresses, which shall be sent to any member in good standing, upon written request, not more than once every club year, and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these bylaws.
- The Treasurer shall collect and receive all moneys due or belonging to the club. Moneys shall be deposited in a bank approved by the board, in the name of the club. The books shall at all times be open to inspection by the board and a report shall be given at every meeting of the condition of the club’s finances and every item of receipt or payment not before reported; and at the annual meeting an accounting shall be rendered of all moneys received and expended during the previous fiscal year. The Treasurer shall be bonded in such amount as the board of directors shall determine.
SECTION 3. Vacancies. Any vacancies occurring on the board or among the officers during the year shall be filled until the next annual election by a majority vote of the members of the board; except that a vacancy in the office of President shall be filled automatically by the Vice President and the resulting vacancy in the office of Vice President shall be filled by the board.
The Club Year, Voting, Nominations, Elections
SECTION 1. Club Year. The club’s fiscal year shall begin on the 1st day of January and end on the last day of December.
The club’s official year shall on May 1 and shall continue through April 30 of the following year. The elected officers and directors shall take office on the first day of the month following the election and each retiring officer shall turn over to his successor in office all properties and records relating to that office within 30 days after the election.
SECTION 2. Voting. At the annual meeting or at a special meeting of the club, voting shall be limited to those members in good standing who are present at the meeting, except for the annual election of officers, directors, and AKC Liaison and amendments to the constitution and bylaws (and the standard for the breed), which shall be decided by written ballot cast by mail. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted. The board of directors may decide to submit other specific questions for decision of the members by written ballot cast by mail or in accordance with AKC’s procedure on Electronic Balloting for AKC Parent Clubs.
SECTION 3. Annual Election. The election of officers and directors shall be conducted by secret ballot. Ballots to be valid must be received by the Secretary (or independent professional firm designated by the board) by April 15. Ballots shall be counted by three inspectors of election who are members in good standing and neither members of the current board nor candidates on the ballot (provided, however, that the board may designate an independent professional firm to send, receive and count the ballots apart from the annual meeting).
The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each office shall be declared elected. If any nominee, at the time of the meeting, is unable to serve for any reason, such nominee shall not be elected and the vacancy so created shall be filled by the new board of directors in the manner provided by Article III, Section 3.
SECTION 4. Nominations and Ballots. No person may be a candidate in a club election who has not been nominated in accordance with these bylaws. A Nominating Committee shall be chosen by the board of directors before January 1. The committee shall consist of three members from different areas of the U.S.A., and two alternates, all members in good standing, no more than one of whom may be a member of the current board of directors. The board shall name a chairman for the committee. The Nominating Committee may conduct its business by a method that is agreed upon by the committee.
- The Nominating Committee shall nominate from among the eligible members of the club, one candidate for each office and for the position on the board of directors that is up for election and shall procure the acceptance of each nominee so chosen. The committee should consider geographical representation of the membership on the board to the extent that it is practicable to do so. The committee shall then submit its slate of candidates to the Secretary, who shall mail the list including the full name of each candidate and the name of the state in which he resides, to each member of the club on or before February 1, so that additional nominations may be made by the members if they so desire.
- Additional nominations of eligible members may be made by written petition addressed to the Secretary and postmarked on or before March 1, signed by five members and accompanied by the written acceptance of each such additional nominee signifying his willingness to be a candidate. Except for the position of AKC Liaison, no person shall be a candidate for more than one position.
- If no valid additional nominations are postmarked on or before March 1, the Nominating Committee’s slate shall be declared elected and no balloting will be required.
- If one or more valid additional nominations are postmarked on or before March 1, the Secretary (or an independent professional firm designated by the board) shall, on or before March 15, mail or send (in accordance with AKC’s procedure on Electronic Balloting for AKC Parent Clubs) to each member in good standing a ballot listing all of the nominees for each position in alphabetical order, with the names of the states in which they reside, together with a blank envelope and a return envelope addressed to the Secretary (or designated professional firm) marked “Ballot” and bearing the name of the member to whom it was sent. So that the ballots may remain secret, each voter, after marking their ballot, shall seal it in the blank envelope, which in turn shall be placed in the second envelope addressed to the Secretary (or designated professional firm). The inspectors of election (or designated professional firm) shall check the returns against the list of members whose dues are paid for the current year prior to opening the outer envelopes and removing the blank envelopes, and shall certify the eligibility of the voters as well as the results of the voting, which shall be sent, by the Secretary, to all members prior to May 1st.
SECTION 1. The board may each year appoint standing committees to advance the work of the club in such matters as dog shows, companion events, herding work, and performance events, trophies, annual prizes, membership and other fields which may well be served by committees. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the board. Special committees may also be appointed by the board to aid it on particular projects.
SECTION 2. Any committee appointment may be terminated by a majority vote of the full membership of the board upon written notice to the appointee; and the board may appoint successors to those persons whose services have been terminated.
SECTION 1. American Kennel Club Suspension. Any member who is suspended from any privileges of The American Kennel Club automatically shall be suspended from the privileges of this club for a like period.
SECTION 2. Charges. Any member may prefer charges against a member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the club or the breed. Written charges with specifications must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary together with a deposit of $25, which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained by the board or a committee following a hearing. The Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to each member of the board or present them at a board meeting, and the board shall first consider whether the actions alleged. in the charges, if proven, might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the club or the breed. If the board considers that the charges do not allege conduct which would be prejudicial to the best interests of the club or of the breed, it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the board entertains jurisdiction of the charges, it shall fix a date of a hearing by the board or a committee of not less than three members of the board, not less than three weeks nor more than six weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused member by certified mail together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in his own defense and bring witnesses if he wishes.
SECTION 3. Board Hearing. The board or board committee shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in that regard. Should the charges be sustained after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by complainant and defendant the board or board committee may by a majority vote of those present reprimand (A written reprimand directed exclusively to the member may be somewhat detailed but an official (published) reprimand should only indicate that subsequent to a board hearing “… member (X) was officially reprimanded as a result of charges filed by member (Y).”) or suspend the defendant from all privileges of the club for not more than six months from the date of the hearing, or until the next annual meeting if that will occur after six months. And, if it deems that punishment insufficient; it may also recommend to the membership that the penalty be expulsion. In such case, the suspension shall not restrict the defendant’s right to appear before his fellow members at the ensuing club meeting, which considers the recommendation of the board or board committee. Immediately after the board or board committee has reached a decision, its findings shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary. The Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the decision and penalty, if any.
SECTION 4. Expulsion. Expulsion of a member from the club may be accomplished only at the annual meeting of the club following a hearing and upon the recommendation of the board or board committee as provided in Section 3 of this Article. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his own behalf, though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the findings and recommendations, and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his own behalf. The members shall then vote by secret ballot on the proposed expulsion. A 2/3 vote of those present and voting at the annual meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted, the suspension shall stand.
SECTION 1. Amendments to the constitution and bylaws (and to the standard for the breed) may be proposed by the board of directors or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by 20% of the membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the board of directors and must be submitted to the members with recommendations of the board by the Secretary for a vote within three months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary
SECTION 2. The constitution and bylaws (or the standard for the breed) may be amended at any time, provided a copy of the proposed amendment has been mailed or sent in accordance with AKC’s procedure on Electronic Balloting for AKC Parent Clubs by the Secretary to each member in good standing on the date of mailing, accompanied by a ballot on which a choice for or against the action to be taken shall be indicated. Dual‑envelope procedures described in Article IV, Section 4(d) shall be followed in handling such ballots, to assure secrecy of the vote. Notice with such ballot shall specify a date not less than 30 days after the date postmarked, by which date the ballots must be returned to the Secretary to be counted. The favorable vote of 2/3 of the members in good standing who return valid ballots within the time limit shall be required to effect any such amendment.
SECTION 3. No amendment to the Constitution and Bylaws (or to the standard for the breed) that is adopted by the Club shall become effective until it has been approved by the Board of Directors of The American Kennel Club.
SECTION 1. The club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than 2/3 of the members. In the event of the dissolution of the club, other than for purposes of reorganization, whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, none of the property of the club nor any proceeds thereof nor any assets of the club shall be distributed to any members of the club, but after payment of the debts of the club its property and assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the benefit of dogs selected by the board of directors.
Order of Business
SECTION 1. At meetings of the club, the order of business, so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows:
Minutes of the last meeting
Report of President
Report of Secretary
Report of Treasurer
Reports of committees
Election of officers and board (at annual meeting)
Election of new members
SECTION 2. At meetings of the board, the order of business, unless otherwise directed by majority vote of those present, shall be as follows:
Reading of minutes of last meeting
Report of Secretary
Report of Treasurer
Reports of committees
Election of new members
SECTION 1. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern the club in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any other special rules of order the club may adopt.