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Our Mission

Robust populations of wild turkeys

Vision: The NWTF will use the best available science and techniques to achieve healthy, well managed wild turkey populations in all suitable habitats to provide quality hunting experiences.

Objective: Increase the nationwide populations of wild turkey to 6.7 million in agreement with state wildlife agency management objectives.

Conserving healthy habitats

Vision: Through our volunteers and partners, the NWTF will provide the highest quality habitats that foster abundant wild turkey populations and other wildlife and create exceptional places to pursue hunting and other outdoor activities.

Objective: Conserve or enhance at least 4 million acres of wildlife
habitat by 2022.

Preserving our hunting heritage

Vision: The NWTF will uphold and preserve our hunting heritage by engaging our passionate volunteers to share the culture and lifestyle they cherish through efforts focused on recruitment, retention and reactivation and providing a social support network to new or reactivated hunters.

Objective: Recruit 1.5 million hunters by addressing barriers to participation and opening 500,000 acres to hunter access by 2022.

Building an organization for the future

Vision: The NWTF will focus on long-term organizational growth and stability to ensure efficient mission delivery.

Objective: The NWTF will increase annual gross revenues to $82 million and grow adult membership to 225,000 by 2022.

 
 
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“To me, hunting is all about getting out into nature and enjoying it,” she said. “It’s just an added bonus if I am able to get an animal. It is a wonderful opportunity for new hunters to be able to try the sport without having to buy all the gear before knowing if they really want to commit to it. It also helps to preserve our hunting heritage by introducing more people to the hunting community.”

— Angie Grimm, Mentor

 

 

Texas State Chapter

Constitution and Bylaws

National Wild Turkey Federation, Inc.

 ARTICLE I

 NAME, TERRITORY OF OPERATIONS AND SEAL

 Section 1 - NAME

 The name of this organization is The Texas State Chapter of The National Wild Turkey Federation, Incorporated, hereinafter referred to as theState Chapter”.

Section 2 - TERRITORY OF OPERATIONS

 The State Chapter shall operate principally in the State of Texas

 Section 3 - SEAL

 The State Chapter may have a seal of such design as the National Board of Directors may approve.

 ARTICLE II

GOALS, PURPOSES AND POWERS

Section 1 - GOALS

The goals of the NWTF and the State Chapter are:

 (a) To promote public awareness of, and support for, the conservation and wise management of the wild turkey;

(b) To initiate programs to protect and improve habitat and to increase the number and distribution of the wild turkey;

(c) To promote the preservation and growth of hunting traditions;

(d)  To foster cooperation among both individuals and organizations on an international, federal, state or providence, and private level toward the accomplishment of such goals.

Section 2 - PURPOSES

The purposes of the NWTF and the State Chapter within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code are:

 (a) To establish, maintain, and promote public interest in the management, protection, and restoration of the wild turkey;

(b) To develop, preserve, restore, and maintain wild turkey populations and their habitats;

(c) To encourage, initiate, and coordinate research relating to the wild turkey;

(d) To acquire, store, and disseminate biological information regarding the wild turkey;   

(e) To give and promote entertainments, lectures, and exhibitions for the general information of the public and of members of the NWTF;

(f) To promote the preservation and growth of hunting traditions;

(g)  To do all other things necessary and proper in furtherance of stated goals consistent with the exclusively educational and nonprofit nature of the NWTF.

 The State Chapter will operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes as defined in the United States Internal Revenue Code and may engage in any and all lawful activities, incidental to the foregoing purposes, except as restricted herein.  The State Chapter shall neither have nor exercise any power, nor shall it directly or indirectly engage in any activity that would prevent it or the NWTF as a whole from obtaining exemption from federal income taxation as a corporation described in the Internal Revenue Code or cause it or the NWTF as a whole to lose such exempt status.  The State Chapter shall not be operated for the purpose of carrying on a trade or business for profit; nor shall the State Chapter engage in any activities that are unlawful under applicable international, federal, state, provincial, or local laws.

 The State Chapter shall not engage in any prohibited transactions as described in the Internal Revenue Code, shall not accumulate income, invest income, or divert income, in a manner endangering its exempt status or the exempt status of the NWTF as a whole, and shall not engage in any other activity which will result in the denial or loss of exempt status.

 The State Chapter shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.  The carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation shall be limited to the extent permitted under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations of the Internal Revenue Service applicable to organizations enjoying the tax-exempt status.

In the event of the liquidation, dissolution or termination of the State Chapter, whether involuntary or by operation of law, the remaining assets of the State Chapter, after payment of all debts and necessary charges and expenses, shall become the property of the NWTF.

Section 3 - POWERS

 The State Chapter shall have all the powers necessary or convenient to carry out its purposes, subject only to limitations provided by the National and State Constitutions and Bylaws.  Such powers shall include:  the control of its affairs; the designation of the time for holding and the manner of conducting its meetings; terms of office, official designations, powers and duties of its officers, directors, and members of committees; defining what constitutes vacancy in any office or committee and the manner of filling the same; the number of members or directors necessary for a quorum and for the regulation of all other matters within its purpose and power; the adoption of such bylaws, consistent with law, and this Constitution, with the right from time to time to amend or repeal the same, as it shall deem proper; approval of the annual budget, oversight of financial affairs of State Chapter, and any or all other powers normally vested to a State Chapter Board of Directors.

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 - MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION

Any person interested in furthering the purposes for which a State Chapter is organized is eligible to become a member of NWTF if such person meets the terms established by NWTF.  A State Chapter may solicit and provide for membership on such conditions as the NWTF Board of Directors may determine.  Any member may be recommended for dismissal to the NWTF Board of Directors.  However, the National Board must provide such member thirty (30) days written notice prior to the dismissal vote and provide such member with the opportunity to appear before the National Board of Directors to be heard prior to such vote. 

 Members shall not be liable on any NWTF obligations unless a member specifically agrees to such liability.

NWTF contributors to the State Chapter shall be classified into the same membership categories and accorded the same privileges, dues, and responsibilities as that membership category carries within the NWTF as a whole.

 All NWTF members in good standing who hold permanent residency within the State shall be considered members of the State Chapter.      

 This State Chapter may not charge dues for an individual to become or continue being a member of this State Chapter.  The only dues required of members shall be those payable to the Federation.

            Every Member shall act with undivided allegiance and in the best interest of NWTF at all times.

ARTICLE IV

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1 – POWERS AND ACTIONS

The affairs of the State Chapter shall be directed by the Board of Directors, except as otherwise provided by State statute or by this Constitution and Bylaws or by the National Constitution and Bylaws

 Every Director shall act with undivided allegiance and in the best interest of NWTF at all times.

Section 2 - NUMBER

The Board of Directors shall consist of no fewer than six (6) nor greater than twenty-four (24) members, one of whom shall be the State Chapter President and President of the Board. 

Section 3 - QUALIFICATIONS OF DIRECTORS

 All Directors shall be at least (18) years of age and shall be NWTF members. No employee or family member of an employee of the NWTF shall be eligible to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.  Family member for the purposes of this section is defined as a parent, child, spouse, sibling, aunt, uncle, or grandparent. No person holding an elected office that could cause an actual or perceived conflict of interest shall serve as a member of the Board of Directors. No person who has been convicted of any crime involving fiscal theft, fraud, significant game violations, or other similar crime shall serve as a member of the Board of Directors. No State Chapter Director may hold any office or directorship at the national level during his/her term in office as a State Director.

Any member of the State Chapter who is significantly involved in a business enterprise that has or could have a potential conflict of interest with the NWTF shall not be eligible to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.  Any member of the NWTF that is being considered to serve as a member of the Board of Directors must disclose any and all actual, existing, or perceived conflicts in writing to the full Board of Directors thirty (30) days prior to the election of Directors.  Immediately following election and each year thereafter, Directors must sign and date a Conflict of Interest statement that identifies any business interest(s) for which they have significant involvement and any elected office they may hold. The Board of Directors shall at its discretion determine whether such actual, existing, or perceived conflicts disqualify the member from directorship. 

 If a State board of directors cannot make a clear determination of a conflict of interest, it must refer the matter to the NWTF National Board of Directors for a final ruling.

 All members of the Board must be active members of a local chapter.  Any Director who fails to attend two (2) consecutive regular meetings without being excused by the Presiding President from attending, or who fails to attend fifty (50) percent of scheduled meetings in any calendar year, will be considered for removal from the board under Article IV, Section 10 hereof.

Section 4 - COMPENSATION FOR DIRECTORS

 Directors may be reimbursed for travel and subsistence during meetings of the Board and meetings of Board Committees, and other official business approved by the Board or Executive Committee.  In addition, at the request of the President and approved as set forth above, Directors may be reimbursed for travel and subsistence for other official business, but otherwise, no Directors shall receive any monetary compensation for serving on the Board of Directors or any committee thereof. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence will be limited to those expenses deemed reasonable.

Section 5 - ELECTION; TERM OF OFFICE

 At each annual meeting of the State Chapter, the Board of Directors shall elect one third of the Directors to serve three (3) year terms commencing at the close of the annual meeting at which they are designated and terminating at the close of the third succeeding annual meeting of the State Chapter.  Any vacancy occurring on the Board of Directors shall be filled pursuant of Article IV, Section 10, Subsection 1 hereof.

             One third of the Directors elected shall be elected by the Board of Directors annually.

Each local NWTF chapter in the State of Texas may submit to the Nominating Committee the name and resume of one candidate annually, outlining their background, qualifications and contributions to the State Chapter Nominating Committee in writing with the signatures of fifteen (15) NWTF adult members including the candidate to be placed on the ballot for election.  All such nominations must be received by the Nominating Committee 120 days prior to the election.   

             Subsection 1 - DIRECTORS ELECTED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

             The Nominating Committee shall select outstanding candidates for the Board of Directors and present the names of these candidates to the Board of Directors for approval.  The Nominating Committee will seek to maintain a balance of representatives from each of the Board Designated Regions. In electing these Directors, the Board of Directors may accept or reject, in whole or in part, this list of candidates by a majority vote of quorum of Directors present in person at the Board of Directors meeting.  If the Board of Directors does not concur with the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, the Board of Directors may unilaterally consider, nominate and select alternative candidates from the Membership as it deems appropriate to serve.  Nothing in this previous sentence shall be construed to mean that the Board of Directors can elect more or less than one third of the directors at the annual meeting. 

Section 6 - ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 The annual meeting of the Board of Directors for the transaction of such business as may properly come before it shall be called no less than thirty (30) days before such meeting by sending, by first class mail, notice of time and place of such meeting to each Director at his or her physical address of record or at the Director’s instructions, to his or her electronic address of record.  The annual meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held at such suitable place convenient to the Directors as they may designate.  It is the responsibility of each Director to furnish the State Chapter Secretary with his or her mailing address of record.  The address of record for each Director for purposes of these Bylaws shall be the address that the Director has most recently provided in writing to the State Chapter Secretary.  The annual meeting will be held in the month of January each year.

 Section 7 - OTHER MEETINGS; NOTICE

Other meetings of the Board of Directors may be called at a time and place approved by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee thereof.  Notice of the time and place of other meetings of the Board of Directors shall be sent by first class mail to each Director at his or her physical address of record or, at the Director’s instructions, to his or her electronic address of record not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date set for such meeting.  All such meetings shall be held at such suitable place convenient to the Directors as they may designate.  Such meetings may be held in person or telephone as long as appropriately noticed.  The State Chapter will establish an annual calendar of meetings and have it published to the membership.

 Special meetings of the Board of Directors may also be called by the President.  Such special meetings shall be held only for the purpose or purposes specified in the notice of such meeting.  Notice of the time and place of special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be sent by first class mail to each Director at his or her physical address of record or, at the Director’s instructions, to his or her electronic address of record not less than ten (10) nor more than thirty (30) days prior to the date set for such meeting.

Section 8 - QUORUM

The presence at any meeting of the Board of Directors in person of 51% of the total number of Directors then in office shall be necessary and sufficient to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.  In the absence of a quorum, a majority of those Directors present in person may by resolution adjourn the meeting, but shall set a time, dates and place specified in the notice for the next meeting until a quorum is present.  At a duly adjourned meeting at which a quorum is present, any business may be transacted which might have been transacted at the meeting as originally called.

Section 9 - VOTING

             At every meeting of the Board of Directors or committees, each voting Director shall be entitled to one vote in person or attendance (attendance being by telephone or other electronic method).  There shall be proxy voting allowed at meetings of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee.  Such proxy must be presented in writing at the meeting in which the proxy is to be used and contain such conveying Director’s original and witnessed signature, or at the President’s discretion, via notice from his or her electronic address of record.

 Upon the demand of any member of the Board of Directors, the vote upon any question before the meeting shall be by confidential written ballot to be read and counted by the Secretary.  For the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee, all matters shall be decided by a majority vote of the Directors in attendance unless otherwise provided for by these Bylaws.  For other committees, all matters shall be decided by Roberts Rules of Order a majority vote of the committee members in attendance or by proxy.    

Section 10 – DIRECTOR VACANCIES, REMOVALS AND RESIGNATIONS

            Subsection 1 - DIRECTOR VACANCIES

            Vacancies of any Director caused by death, resignation, retirement, disqualification, or any other cause, may be filled for the unexpired portion of a term by majority action of the Board of Directors from nominees submitted by the Nominating Committee or by individual Directors. In the event that such sudden vacancies causes the composition of the Board to decrease its total composition to be less than 51% of the members, the presence at any meeting of the Board of Directors of 2/3 such Directors shall be deemed a quorum exclusively for purposes of selecting additional Directors.

             Subsection 2 - DIRECTOR RESIGNATIONS

Any Director may resign at any time by delivering a written or electronic resignation notification to the President or Secretary. If the officer submitting his/her resignation is the State President, notification must be made to the Board of Directors as a whole.

             Subsection 3 - DIRECTOR REMOVALS

 Any Director may be removed from office by vote of seventy five percent (75%) of the entire duly elected Board of Directors then in office at any regular or special meeting for any reason that the Board of Directors deems appropriate. Any Director subjected to such potential removal must be informed by certified mail at his or her physical address of record or to his or her electronic address of record a minimum of ten (10) days prior to the date such vote is taken.

Section 11 – ACTION BY WRITTEN CONSENT

 Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board of Directors or an empowered committee may be taken without a meeting if seventy five percent (75%) of the members of the Board of Directors or an empowered committee shall individually or collectively consent in writing to such action.  Such written consent or consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors.  Such action by written consent shall have the same force and effect as though voted upon by a majority of the Directors at a regular or special meeting of the Board.  A committee may take action without a meeting by verbal or written consent if seventy five percent (75%) of the committee members are in agreement with the action.  Written notice of the action taken without a meeting must be given to all Directors who do not sign within ten (10) days after such action is approved.

Section 12 – ACTION WITHOUT ASSEMBLING

             Any action that may be taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors or a committee thereof with a quorum as required by the bylaws may be taken by the members of the Board or committee thereof in person or by communicating simultaneously with each other by means of telephone or other electronic means providing verbal or electronic communication.

 ARTICLE V

COMMITTEES

Section 1 - DIRECTOR COMMITTEES

 All director committee members shall be Directors or Officers of the State Chapter.  Director committees shall be designated in this Constitution or in the Bylaws and shall include:

Subsection 1 - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A.        POWERS:  The Executive Committee shall act through the President and on behalf of the Board of Directors to conduct the business of the State Chapter between meetings of the Board of Directors.

 The Executive Committee shall have all the authority of the Board of Directors except as to the following matters (all of which shall be reserved to the Board of Directors):

 (1) The submission to members of the NWTF of any action requiring members' approval under state or federal nonprofit corporation laws;

(2) The filling of vacancies and otherwise electing officers or members of the Board of Directors;

(3) The amendment or repeal of the Constitution or the Bylaws or any parts thereof, or the adoption of a new Constitution or new Bylaws;

(4) The amendment or repeal of any resolution of the Board of Directors by which its terms shall not be so amendable or repealable.

 B.        NUMBER AND TERM OF OFFICE: The Executive Committee shall consist of up to eight (8) members.  The members of the Executive Committee shall include the President of the Board of Directors (who shall serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee), the Vice President(s), the Secretary, the Treasurer and one member elected by the Board of Directors.

Members of the Executive Committee shall serve one (1) year terms commencing at the close of the annual meeting at which they take office.

 C.        MEETINGS: The President shall call into session the Executive Committee at times selected by him or her.  Good faith notice of the Executive Committee session will be given to each member of the committee by first class mail or other generally accepted electronic means at their known permanent address.

D.        QUORUM:  Transaction of business by the Executive Committee shall require in person or telephonic or electronic votes of not less than five (5) Committee members, one of whom shall be the Chairman of the Executive Committee or a member of the Board of Directors designated by him.  

             Subsection 2 - NOMINATING COMMITTEE

 A.        RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Nominating Committee shall identify and recommend qualified members of the NWTF to serve as Directors and shall place such members in nomination before the Board of Directors.  The Nominating Committee shall obtain such information about nominees as designated in this Constitution or Bylaws or as deemed appropriate by the fitness of nominees, and shall obtain assent of nominees to serve in their elected capacity.  The Nominating Committee is governed by Roberts Rules of Order.

At each annual meeting, the Nominating Committee shall submit for approval to the Board of Directors a list of persons to serve as officers of the State Chapter. The Board of Directors also has the authority to nominate and elect officers of the State Chapter by a majority vote of a quorum of Directors present in person at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors. 

 B.        NUMBER AND TERM OF OFFICE:  The Nominating Committee shall consist of five (5) or more members that are elected by the Board of Directors.  Members of the Nominating Committee shall serve one (1) year terms commencing at the close of the annual convention at which they were selected.

             Subsection 3 – HUNTING HERITAGE SUPER FUND COMMITTEE

 A.        RESPONSIBILITIES: The Hunting Heritage Super Fund Committee shall be responsible for creating and recommending an annual Super Fund budget and reviewing and recommending to the State Board approval or denial of any Hunting Heritage Super Fund requests that come before the State Chapter.  The committee’s final recommendations will be forwarded to the State Chapter full Board of Directors for approval.

B.        NUMBER AND TERM OF OFFICE:  The Hunting Heritage Super Fund Committee shall consist of the Vice Presidents of the State Chapter and one other director appointed by the President and a nonvoting member who is a designated professional from the state wildlife agency (if available) and a nonvoting member who is the NWTF district biologist. 

Members of the Hunting Heritage Super Fund Committee shall serve one (1) year terms commencing at the close of the annual convention at which they are selected.

 C.        CHAIRMAN: The President shall serve as Chairman of the committee.

D.        MEETINGS:  The annual meeting of the Hunting Heritage Super Fund Committee for the transaction of such business as may properly come before it shall be held at a time and place that is convenient to the members and is timely with the state’s funding cycle.  Other meetings of the Committee may be called at a time and place designated by the chairman of this committee.

             Subsection 4 - CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE

            The Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall consist of three (3) or more members appointed by the President of the State Chapter and shall be responsible for proposing amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws and changes thereto.  The Constitution and Bylaws, and amendments thereto, submitted for Board of Directors approval, shall be reviewed by this Committee before considered by the Board of Directors.

 Section 2 - SPECIAL COMMITTEES 

Special committees, boards, councils, and task forces may be established and appointed by the President of the State Chapter and may consist of directors, officers, state NWTF members or any combination thereof.

ARTICLE VI

   OFFICERS

Section 1 - TITLES AND QUALIFICATIONS

The officers of the State Chapter shall be; A President of the Board of Directors, a Vice President representing each Board Designated Region, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and such other officers, if any, as the Board of Directors may from time to time elect.  All officers must be members of the NWTF during their full term of office.  No two members of the same family may serve as officers concurrently.  No individual may hold multiple offices concurrently. 

Section 2 - ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE

 The President of the Board, Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected at the annual meeting by simple majority vote of the full Board of Directors. 

The term of office for each officer shall commence following the election and at the close of that meeting at which he or she is elected and shall continue until the term is over or for a term of two years and not to exceed more than two full consecutive terms, or until his or her death, resignation, removal or disqualification.

 If additional terms are needed under extra ordinary conditions the National Board of Directors may approve an extension of no more than one full term of two years.

Section 3 – OFFICER VACANCIES, RESIGNATIONS AND REMOVALS

            Subsection 1 - OFFICER VACANCY
Any vacancy of the Officers caused by death, resignation, retirement, disqualification, or any other cause, shall be filled for the unexpired portion of a term by majority action of the Board of Directors from nominees submitted by the Nominating Committee or by individual Directors. The office of President shall be filled by the most Senior Vice President who shall hold said office for the remainder of the vacated term.

            Subsection 2 - OFFICER RESIGNATIONS

Any Officer may resign from office and/or the Board of Directors at any time by delivering a written or electronic resignation notification to the President or Secretary.  If the officer submitting his/her resignation is the State President, notification must be made to the Board of Directors as a whole.
            Subsection 3 - OFFICER REMOVALS

Any Officer may be removed from Office by vote of seventy five percent (75%) of the Board of Directors for any reason the Board of Directors deems appropriate

 Any officer subject to removal from the board shall be subject to Article IV, Section 10 of the State Constitution and Bylaws.

Section 4 - PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 The President of the Board shall preside at all meetings of the entire Board, shall keep the Board of Directors fully informed, shall freely consult with them concerning the affairs of the State Chapter, and shall have such other powers and duties consistent with this Constitution as may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the Board of Directors.

 The President shall preside at Executive Committee meetings, at general membership meetings, and at full Board meetings.  The President shall have the responsibility of appointing those members and Chairmen of Director Committees who are not specifically appointed or specified by this Constitution, and establishing and appointing the members and Chairmen of special committees, boards, councils, and task forces.  The President, together with any other officer, shall have the power to sign, unless the Board of Directors shall specifically require otherwise, in the name of the State Chapter, all agreements and other documents authorized generally or specifically by the Board of Directors.

 The President shall have the responsibility of appointing such subcommittees of the Executive Committee as he deems necessary and appropriate.  The President shall be responsible for keeping the other officers, the Board of Directors, the National staff, and the general membership of the State of Texas fully informed concerning the affairs of the State Chapter and shall have other powers and duties not inconsistent with this Constitution as may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the Board of Directors.

Section 5 - VICE PRESIDENT(S)

 There will be a Vice President elected representing each Board Designated Region in the state.  The Vice Presidents shall have such powers and duties as may be assigned to him or her by the Board of Directors.  In absence of the President, the Senior Vice President shall perform the duties of President.  The Vice Presidents shall keep the local chapters in their respective regions informed on matters concerning State Chapter issues, including any policy or procedural changes.  The Vice Presidents shall represent their entire region by being their voice on the State Chapter.

Section 6 - SECRETARY

 The Secretary shall act as such at all meetings of the general membership of the State Chapter, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors and shall keep the minutes of all such meetings in the books proper for that purpose.  The Secretary shall have charge of all lists, records, books, documents, and papers as the Board of Directors deems appropriate.  The Secretary shall also keep the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall maintain a record containing the names of all persons who are Members and who are Directors.  Such record shall include the Members and Directors’ place of residence, telephone number, and electronic mail address and will be known as the Address of Record for purposes of these Bylaws.  The Secretary shall perform all the duties customarily incident to the office of the Secretary and shall perform such other duties as from time to time shall be assigned to him or her by the Board of Directors.

The Secretary may delegate his or her functions and duties to assigned individual(s) but shall oversee the functions and duties and retain responsibility for them.

 The Board of Directors may designate an Assistant Secretary, responsible to the Secretary, who acts on behalf of the Secretary in the event the Secretary is unavailable, provides other assistance to the Secretary as called upon, and performs such other duties as may be imposed by the Board of Directors.

Section 7 - TREASURER

 The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds and securities of the State Chapter which may come into his or her hands.  The Treasurer shall keep or cause to be kept full and accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements of the State Chapter and shall deposit all moneys and other valuable effects of the State Chapter in the name and to the credit of the State Chapter in such banks and depositories as the Board of Directors may from time to time designate.  Whenever required by the Board of Directors, the Treasurer shall render a statement of his or her accounts and shall at all reasonable times exhibit his or her books and accounts to any Director of the State Chapter.  The Treasurer shall perform all duties customarily incident to the office of Treasurer, subject to the control of the Board of Directors. 

 The Treasurer may delegate functions and duties to assigned members but shall oversee the functions and duties and retain the responsibility for them.

The Board of Directors may designate an Assistant Treasurer, responsible to the Treasurer, who acts on behalf of the Treasurer in the event the Treasurer is unavailable, provide other assistance to the Treasurer as called upon, and performs such other duties as may be imposed by the Board of Directors.

 The Treasurer must provide the Board of Directors an accounting of funds received and dispersed at each Board of Directors meeting and for the annual report.

Section 8 – PROHIBITION AGAINST LOANS

             State Chapter shall not make loans to its Directors. 

  ARTICLE VII

MANAGEMENT

 Section 1 - FINANCIAL STANDARDS

 The State Chapter shall adhere to generally accepted standards of financial management.

a)      Relationship of State Chapter to Federation.  This State and its Local Chapters are unincorporated divisions of the Federation, and all chapter assets, liabilities, and income are ultimately those of the Federation. The State and Local Chapters shall conduct their affairs in a manner that provides full information and accounting to the Federation, and does not expose the Federation to unreasonable liabilities.

b)      Reporting. The Federation files an annual tax return with the Internal Revenue Service reporting all financial activity at the national, state and local levels. Using forms provided by the Federation, this Chapter shall report financial activities at the State Chapter level, and transmit all of this information to the Federation in a timely fashion so the Federation can prepare its federal tax return.

 c)      Transactions Outside the Ordinary Course of Business. This State or Local Chapter shall not borrow any funds from any institution or individual. This Chapter shall not commit the Federation to any financial liabilities outside the ordinary course of business without prior approval by the Federation. This Chapter shall report any major contributions, bequests, or other large donations to the Federation with regard to the disposition of such donations.

Section 2 – RECORD MAINTENANCE

             All financial documents regarding any statement, audit, or other financial document reviewed or considered by the Board of Directors will be maintained for a minimum of seven years and shall not be destroyed without affirmative vote of the Board of Directors thereafter.

Section 3 – HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION

 The State Chapter and its chapters shall not discriminate in any manner against any person by reason of race, color, sex, national origin, disability, pregnancy, or religious or political affiliation.  The State Chapter and its chapters shall take a positive approach to assuring each individual equal opportunity for employment, membership and election with their organizations. The NWTF is committed to an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.  Therefore, NWTF expects that all relationships among persons in office will be businesslike and free of prejudice and bias.

ARTICLE VIII

 STATE AND LOCAL CHAPTERS

Each state of the United States shall have only one (1) chapter which shall carry the State Chapter designation.  State Chapter names shall begin with the name of the state and end with the phrase, "Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation."

Section 1 – MEMBERSHIP

Except as indicated below, each State Chapter shall consist of NWTF members whose permanent residence lies within the boundaries of the state and who desire membership in the chapter.

 An NWTF member may become a member of a state or local chapter other than that which would be designated by his or her place of permanent residence if he or she desires by sending written notice of same to NWTF.  An NWTF member may be a member of only one State Chapter and one local chapter at any one given time.

Section 2 - FUNCTIONS, POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Each State and Local Chapter shall govern its operations and affairs as set forth in the Constitution for State Chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Inc.

 Each local chapter shall govern its operations and affairs so as to support the policies and activities of the NWTF and the State ChapterState and Local chapters shall not have the authority to hire or contract any employee without the written permission of the National Wild Turkey Federation Management Team.  The afore-mentioned written permission shall be reviewed annually by the National Wild Turkey Federation Management Team.  The activities of a local chapter shall not conflict with the NWTF Constitution and Bylaws, the NWTF Certificate of Incorporation, or the Constitution for State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Inc. 

The chain of authority shall be that local chapter presidents are responsible to their appropriate state chapter presidents, who in turn, shall be responsible to the President of the NWTF National Board of Directors.  Each local chapter president will be provided a copy of this Constitution and Bylaws.

 ARTICLE IX

AWARDS, INCENTIVES, RECOGNITIONS

Section 1 - GENERAL

 The State Chapter may present such State awards and recognitions as may be approved by the Board of Directors.  All such awards shall be made in the name of the State Chapter.

Section 2 – STATE AND LOCAL CHAPTERS

 All State and local chapters may grant such awards and recognitions as may be consistent with their purposes and not duplicative of or in conflict with the national awards of the NWTF.

 ARTICLE X

NOTICES

All notices required by law or by this Constitution shall be in any of the following manners: writing, e-mail, texted, phone, voice mail, or fax.  A member of the board may specifically request to be notified in a particular manner.  Notice may be waived, either before or after the meeting for which it is required, by any person entitled to receive the same.

 ARTICLE XI 

DISCONTINUATION OF CHAPTER(S) 

            Should this State, or any Local Chapter be discontinued, dissolved, or otherwise liquidated; all assets, receivables, outstanding liabilities, and all other financial assets and records shall be turned over to the Federation immediately.

ARTICLE XII

FORMAT OF MEETINGS

Unless otherwise specifically designated in the Constitution or Bylaws, all local, state and national meetings of the NWTF members, officers, directors and committees shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order.

ARTICLE XIII

AMENDMENTS

The Constitution and Bylaws may be amended by a vote of 2/3 plus one of Board of Directors then in office at a meeting for which a copy of the proposed changes are contained in the notice of the meeting.

 

Amendments and changes to State or local chapter’s Constitution and Bylaws shall be submitted to the National Board of Directors for review and approval as outlined in Article V Section 1 Subsection 7 of the National Constitution and Bylaws prior to ratification. 

ARTICLE XIV

CONTRACTS 

            The Board of Directors may not authorize any Officer or other agent to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of NWTF without NWTF staff review and approval.

 ARTICLE XV 

FISCAL YEAR 

The fiscal year of NWTF and the State Chapter shall be September 1st through August 31th.  For planning purposes only, the Hunting Heritage Super Fund annual budget and review period shall be calendar year January 1st through December 31st.

ARTICLE XVI 

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES

 Unless otherwise noted within this Constitution and Bylaws, no employee, Officer, Director, Volunteer or other agent or representative of the State Chapter or local chapter is authorized to take any action or engage in any activity on behalf of NWTF that is not permitted to be taken under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and its Regulations.