ARTICLE I - NAME
This organization shall be known as Global Egyptian Mau Society (G.E.M.S), also known as Green Eyed Monsters
ARTICLE II - AFFILIATION
This organization shall be a nonprofit club affiliated with The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. (CFA)
ARTICLE III - OBJECTIVES
The objectives of this organization shall be to establish an association of members for the following purposes:
A. To promote and improve the breeding of Egyptian Maus to the standards as accepted by CFA and to promote the Egyptian Mau breed within CFA;
B. To sponsor CFA sanctioned cat shows and/or exhibits;
C. To maintain, develop and publish information regarding the breed to educate the public and promote the breed;
D. To promote sportsmanship and friendship among both Egyptian Mau Fanciers and Breeders;
E. To offer education to members and the general public about the Egyptian Mau;
F. To promote a standard of Breeding Ethics for member breeders;
G. To promote the welfare of Egyptian Maus by discouraging both the sale of Maus through pet shops and the proliferation of “backyard” breeders;
H. To encourage the altering of all pets; and
I. To establish and maintain an Egyptian Mau Rescue Fund.
ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP
Persons interested in the objectives of this organization shall be eligible for membership, subject to completing the requirements as delineated in the By-laws. Each applicant will have a voting member in good standing as a sponsor.
ARTICLE V - OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
The officers of this organization shall be a President, Vice-president, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer. The Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary positions may both be held by one individual, but when held by one person, the combined position will carry only one vote on the Board. In addition to the four or five officers, there shall be three at large Board Members. The Offices of President and Secretary and two Board Members shall be elected by the membership in June of odd-numbered years and the Offices of Vice President and Treasurer and one Board member shall be elected in June of even numbered years. Both shall serve as the executive board here after referred to as the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is empowered to conduct business on behalf of club in accordance with the Constitution and By-laws. Four members shall constitute a Quorum for the transaction of business.
ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS/CLUB PARTICIPATION
The G.E.M.S Annual meeting may be held at the GEMS annual show, or another major CFA event such as the International, the Annual meeting, or a major cat show. A majority shall be defined as at least 51% of the members either participating in the meeting or via proxy with a quorum being a minimum of at least 50% of Board members and 2 voting members.
Club Participation shall be defined by
A member must participate in at least two activities a year to maintain membership status and voting privileges
ARTICLE VII - DUES
Annual dues shall be payable on or before May 1st. The amount of dues shall be provided for in the By-laws and voted on by the Board of Directors
ARTICLE VIII – DISSOLUTION
In the event of the dissolution of this organization, any property and assets shall be distributed to a non-profit organization consistent with the policy of The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. In no event shall any such property or assets be distributed to any member of the organization, or to any private individual.
ARTICLE IX – AMENDMENTS
This Constitution and the accompanying By-laws may be amended by a 60% vote of the eligible membership. Proposed changes must be noticed on the G.E.M.S. e-mail list at least 30 days prior to balloting deadline. Ballots shall be tallied no more than 2 Weeks after the close of balloting deadline. Any proposed amendment must be approved by a 60% majority of the votes received from the eligible membership.
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