What You Should Know About Our Bylaws
Any time you are called upon to vote, it is a good idea to know what the facts are. Actually, it is critical you know. An educated society is a strong society. If I am elected by the members of Area 2, my promise is to keep people educated. I also expect members to do their part in promoting and supporting the leadership. Even if it is a small part, we should all be involved.
The following is an excerpt of the USPSA Bylaws. The full bylaws can be found here:
I have posted a copy of the Statement into a blog on my page here
My campaign, and my intended goal as the Area 2 Director will be to return to the mandate as explained in the Bylaws. As I have said, I believe President Foley and the Board of Directors is performing well. Other than the occasional bump, things are progressing along.
But, and I mean this as a positive, I also feel that in these current times we should be doing more to locate and attract the millions of gun owners, that do not participate in any form of shooting.
I want to see us return to the purpose as defined in our bylaws.
Promote more national and international competition
Educate the public and gun owners in sports shooting
Train and develop athletes to represent the USA internationally
As far as the purpose of the Board of Directors, these are the areas I intend to actively pursue.
strategic planning and leadership
membership recruitment with retail stores, new ranges and clubs
professional marketing strategies
Develop mutually beneficial relationships with shooting organizations such as USA shooting, NRA and especially IPSC.
Note, highlights are by me, and serve to educate you the voting member why I say we are returning to the basics. (I still support the items not highlighted).
UNITED STATES PRACTICAL SHOOTING ASSOCIATION/IPSC
ARTICLE 3 OBJECTS AND PURPOSES:
The objects and purposes of this corporation shall be
i.) to promote amateur national and international athletic competition,
ii.) to educate the public of the benefits of practical shooting,
iii.) to train Range Officers,
iv.) to set forth rules and regulations for the conduct of practical shooting,
v.) to assist in safely and fairly holding practical shooting contests, and
vi.) to set forth a system under the auspices of the corporation that will train, develop and qualify athletes to represent the United States in international practical shooting competition.
In order to accomplish its stated purposes the corporation shall
i.) set forth and publish rules and guidelines for the conduct of practical shooting contests,
ii.) establish a system for classifying competitors within various classes of abilities,
iii.) establish and publish the corporate newsletter, defined herein as Front Sight Magazine,
iv.) establish and direct the National Range Officer Institute, a division of the corporation, to train and certify range officials,
v.) establish a system for qualifying competitors to participate in national championship contests,
vi.) conduct national championship contests annually in order to determine champions and qualify team(s) of competitors to represent the United States in international competition(s), and
vii.) conduct other business and activities to accomplish the purposes of the organization as the Board of Directors may authorize from time-to-time.
ARTICLE 5 BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
The Board of Directors shall consist of the President and the elected Area Directors.
The Board of Directors shall be responsible for directing the overall policies of the corporation. A primary responsibility of the Board is to provide strategic planning and leadership on key issues to ensure the long-term health and viability of the organization.
Specific areas of Board responsibility include, but are not limited to:
i.) financial strategy, including budget, planning and investment strategies,
ii.) membership recruitment and retention strategies,
iii.) marketing strategies,
iv.) strategies for the format and location of National Championship matches,
v.) strategies for the establishment and/or management of relationships with other shooting organizations, including IPSC, and
vi.) review and ratification of National Range Officer Institute (NROI) policies and procedures.
6.7 Quorum and Majority:
The individual members actually voting shall constitute a quorum and those persons receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be deemed elected.
Majority Required: No candidate for Area Director or President may serve without having received a majority of votes cast. In the event that no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes cast, a run-off election shall be conducted between the two candidates receiving the most votes.