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ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Dressage Society.

ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
Section 1. The purpose of this chapter shall be to promote the goals of the California Dressage Society: "To foster interest among horsemen in Dressage." Dressage (training or schooling), as an equestrian term, means the gradual harmonious development of the horse's physical and mental condition with the aim of achieving the improvement of its natural gaits and a perfect understanding with its rider. "The program of the Society shall be educational and shall be designed primarily to offer a framework in which individuals can progress with the schooling of themselves and their horses. Activities shall be directed toward a better general understanding of Dressage."
This chapter "shall promote educational activities on the local level and carry out plans of the Executive Board for local competitions" (C.D.S. Bylaws, Art XII, Sec. 1).

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in the California Dressage Society qualifies one to membership in the Sacramento Valley Chapter of C.D.S.
Section 2. C.D.S. rules pertaining to membership shall be applicable for membership in this chapter.
Section 3. Any member who has paid his dues for the current year and owes the chapter no money is considered a Sacramento Valley Chapter "member in good standing."
Section 4. Members shall have priority over non-members and members of other chapters in Sacramento Valley Chapter events.

ARTICLE IV - MEETINGS
Section 1. Chapter business shall be conducted at scheduled business meetings of the Chapter.
Section 2. Business meetings shall be scheduled by the Chapter Chairman. The Chairman will see that the agenda, time and location of scheduled business meetings is announced in such a manner that it will be known to the chapter at large at least one week in advance. Business meetings shall be open to the entire chapter membership.
There shall be an annual business meeting each January in order to: 1) Elect a Chapter Chairman, 2) Hear an annual report from the Chairman, and 3) Plan the year's events and activities. Subsequent business meetings shall be held at least bi-monthly. The Chapter Chairman may schedule additional business meetings if required to conduct chapter business.
Section 3. A quorum of the membership can call a Special Meeting of the chapter to conduct such business as may be necessary for the functioning of the chapter. Twenty-five percent of the total chapter shall constitute a quorum for this purpose. The agenda, time and location of special meetings will be announced in such a manner that it will be known to the chapter at large at least one week in advance.

ARTICLE - VOTING
Section 1. All active members in good standing shall be entitled to attend and to vote at chapter business and special meetings. Each member present is entitled to one vote.
Section 2. All chapter business conducted at properly scheduled and announced meetings, aside from the amendment of the By-Laws, shall be conducted by a simple majority of chapter members who are present at the time that a vote is taken. No votes may be cast in absentia or by proxy.

ARTICLE VI - OFFICERS
Section 1. The Chairman shall be elected by the membership and recommended for appointment by the President of C.D.S. with the approval of the C.D.S. Executive Board (Art XII, Sec. 2, C.D.S. By-Laws).
Section 2. The Chairman shall be the only elected officer. The term of the Chapter Chairman is one year. Elections shall take place at a business meeting held in January. Each active member in good standing shall be eligible for the position of chairman.
Section 3. Prior to the end of each fiscal year, a nominating committee composed of the Board of Directors shall call for nominations from the chapter. The call for will be announced in such a manner that it will be known to the chapter at large. The nominating committee shall review the qualifications of candidates, compile a list of qualified candidates. The list of candidates for election will be included as an item in the announced agenda for a business meeting to be held in January.
Section 4. The Chapter Chairman shall appoint all other chapter standing officers, as well as officers of ad hoc committees that he deems necessary for the functioning of the chapter. Each member in good standing shall be eligible to hold office in the chapter.
Section 5. The Standing Officers are:
Chapter Chairman
Chapter Treasurer
Chapter Secretary
Recognized Shows Secretary
Schooling Shows Secretary
Sport Horse Show Manager
Sport Horse Show Secretary
Newsletter Editor
Section 6. A Board of Directors shall be established, to consist of the current Chapter Chairman, the previous Chapter Chairman, and the remaining standing officers of the chapter.

ARTICLE VII - DUTIES OF CHAIRMAN
Section 1. The Chairman shall see that the chapter complies with the requirement of the C.D.S. Executive Board as outlined in Article XII of the By-Laws of the California Dressage Society.
Section 2. The Chairman shall attend, or appoint a proxy to attend, at least two meetings of the C.D.S. executive board each year.
Section 3. The Chairman is responsible for Chapter Show managers' compliance with C.D.S. standing rules on competitions (C.D.S. Standing Rules II, Sec. A-D).
Section 4. The Chapter Chairman is an ex officio member of all chapter committees.
Section 5. The Chairman is responsible for publicizing and promoting chapter activities through Dressage Letters.

ARTICLE VIII - DUTIES OF STANDING OFFICERS
Section 1. The Chapter Treasurer shall supervise chapter finances and report to the chapter the state of chapter finances at each business meeting.
Section 2. The Chapter Secretary shall keep a record of all chapter business, including the minutes of all scheduled and special meetings. He shall see that a summary of business conducted at meetings is communicated to the chapter at large.
Section 3. The Recognized Show Secretary shall supervise all business associated with chapter-sponsored recognized shows, including scheduling of shows and the appointment of show managers, and shall provide a report of recognized shows finances to the Chapter Treasurer in advance of each business meeting.
Section 4. The Schooling Show Secretary shall supervise all business associated with chapter-sponsored schooling shows, including scheduling of shows and the appointment of show managers, and shall provide a report of schooling shows finances to the Chapter Treasurer in advance of each business meeting.
Section 5. The Sport Horse Show Manager shall supervise all business associated with the West Coast Sport Horse Classic, including scheduling of the show and the appointment of Sport Horse Show Secretary and other show officers.
Section 6. The Sport Horse Show Secretary shall supervise all finances associated with the West Coast Sport Horse Classic and shall provide a report of those finances to the Chapter Treasurer in advance of each business meeting.
Section 7. The Newsletter Editor shall publish a newsletter to the membership on a bi-monthly basis.

ARTICLE IX - CHAPTER FINANCES
Section 1. All financial transactions shall be under the supervision and control of the Chapter Chairman. The Chairman shall select and submit to the chapter for approval at a business meeting the names of members of the chapter who are to serve as co-signers of chapter checks.
Section 2. The list of co-signers of chapter checks will include the Chapter Chairman, the Chapter Treasurer, Chapter Secretary, the Sport Horse Show Secretary, the Recognized Shows Secretary, and the Schooling Shows Secretary. The Chapter Chairman may recommend that the list of co-signers be appended on an ad hoc basis to facilitate the conduct of chapter business, subject to approval at a business meeting.
Section 3 If necessary, members and interested persons on the mailing lists shall be assessed annually to cover costs for Chapter correspondence.

ARTICLE X - DISSOLUTION If, at any time, the chapter dissolves, any funds remaining shall revert to the California Dressage Society.

ARTICLE XI - AMENDMENTS
These By-Laws may be amended by a vote of the membership of the chapter. A simple majority of the ballots cast is required.
ARTICLE XII - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The Sacramento Valley Chapter shall be governed by the Chapter By-Laws and Standing Rules of the California Dressage Society.

Revised 3/97, approved by membership 9/97, filed with CDS 11/97