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Article 1. Name The name of the organization shall be The Somali Breeders and Fanciers Association, Inc.

Article 2. Affiliation This association shall be non-affiliated

Article 3. Location This association shall serve the interests of owners, fanciers, and breeders of the Somali cat worldwide

Article 4. Purposes
a.) To promote and advance the interests of the Somali cat
b.) To protect the Somali from obliteration of any of its naturally evolved features
c.) To encourage and promote the quality and ethical breeding of purebred Somali cats and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection
d.) To promote and encourage closer harmony and exchange of information among breeders and owners of Somali cats, maintaining the highest spirit of cooperation and devotion to the principles of good sportsmanship

Article 5. Dissolution This association shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profit or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the association shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual, except for the legal defense of an association official carrying out the duties of his/her position. In the event of dissolution of the Association for any reason, all of its assets after payment of its just obligations, shall be transferred to the Winn Feline Foundation, In the event that said foundation cannot receive said assets, or is not then in existence, then said assets are to be transferred to some similar nonprofit organization to be selected by a two-thirds majority vote of the Executive Council.

Article 6. Membership Persons interested in the purposes of this association are eligible for membership as set forth in the by-laws.

Article 7. Officers This association to be governed by a Board of Trustees, consisting of two lifetime appointees and three elected trustees. These five individuals comprise the Executive Council.

Article 8. Meetings Meetings shall be held as set forth in the By-laws

Article 9. Amendments This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of the ballots received from members in good standing. All amendments to be pre-noticed to the membership and include rationale for change. Unless otherwise stated in the specific amendment, said amendment shall take effect on the date of the meeting at which the results of the voting are announced.

By Laws

Article 1. Membership
a. Membership is attained upon completion of the Application for membership and payment of first year's dues, and is renewable annually no later than the end of the anniversary month in which dues were first received.
b. A member in good standing is considered a member whose dues are current. Only members in good standing are eligible to vote in any matters requiring a vote of the membership.
c. A member has ninety (90) days from the date dues are payable in which to pay their dues before being dropped from the membership roster. During this time, the member is considered in poor standing and is ineligible to vote or receive benefits of membership.

Article 2. Officers
A. Duties of the Executive Council

1. The Executive Council shall have general control over all club affairs.
2. The Executive Council shall select a Chair and a Treasurer.
3. The Executive Council shall fill vacancies which occur in any office.
4. The Executive Council shall schedule club meetings.

B. Duties of the Chair.
5. The Chair shall preside at meetings of the Executive Council and at membership meetings.
6. The Chair shall have such duties as properly pertain to this office.
7. The Chair may delegate these duties.

C. Duties of the Treasurer.
1. The Treasurer shall manage the club finances, shall keep financial records of the club, shall collect all money due to the club, and shall regularly report on the state of the club funds.

Draft Only - final version yet to be approved by board of trustees.



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