|Association of Professional Rodeo
THE BYLAWS * As approved
on 6 February 2006 Revised Edition #3, 13 March
purpose of the Association shall be to advance the art and
profession of rodeo photography; to encourage and maintain
relations, cooperation and interchange of ideas among its
members; to foster the practical benefits to be derived from
personal acquaintances and the discussion of rodeo
photographic subjects; to conduct educational activities such
as programs and seminars; and to cooperate with government
agencies and departments having to do with the profession of
photography and rodeo organizations.
The principal office for the transaction
of business of the corporation is fixed and located at 7203
Somerset Rd. #1 San Antonio, Texas 78211. The Board of
Directors is granted full authority and power to change the
principal office from location to another. Any such change
shall be noted by the Secretary opposite this article, but
shall not be considered an amendment of these bylaws.
There shall be two classifications of membership in this
association: General Membership, Professional
Membership. The Board will have final decision on
the classification of applicants.
3.1.1 - General
Membership: Any individual engaged in a primary occupation
Benefits: - Listing on the APRP website Rodeoshooters - Submission to our monthly photograph contest - Ability to
respond to the discussion forum - Ability to
actively join our chat room meetings - Image critique upon
- Ability to vote
Requirements: Complete this application form and send it
with check or money order. $25.00 Annual
3.1.2 - Professional Membership: - A person who
works in all fields of rodeo photography. i.e. Freelance,
media, and runs their photography as a business selling images
on a consistent basis.
Benefits: - Listing on the APRP website Rodeoshooters with link
to your email and web address in the members section.
Submission to our monthly photograph contest. Ability to
submit and respond to the discussion forum. Ability to
actively join our chat room meetings. Image critique upon
request - Basic one page listing your bio, contact
information, up to 5 approved images highlighting your
work, your web address link on our website - Ability to vote
Requirements: To qualify for our Professional membership the quality of your work must be approved by the majority of the 4 member review board. Your images must meet industry standards for approval. Substandard work will not be approved for Professional membership. You may send in samples of your work on a cd with 10 images at 8x10 at 200 ppi or
10 images as 8x10 prints. Send at least 10 images or more as
needed to show the range of your expertise. $50.00 Annual or
$25.00 upgrade from general membership.
3.1.3 CHARTER MEMBERS: All
those becoming members by February 14, 2006 shall be known as
Charter Members. This will be an add on to the members
classification (example: General Charter Member)
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
General membership meetings of
this association shall be held on the second Tuesday of each
month, with exceptions noted in the standing rules of the
Special meetings of the association may be called
by the President or the Board of Directors and shall be called
upon the written request of at least five members of the
association. At least forty-eight hours notice shall be given
to all members. The business to be transacted at any special
meeting shall be limited to the quorum mentioned in the call.
4.3 VOTING PROCEDURES
4.3.1 Board Members: Shall have a vote on running of
the Association and minor financial matters not to equal more
4.3.2 General Members issues that do not effect
the running of the Association, to include the electing
officials and financial items costing $1001 or more.
Non- Members (visitors) do not get a vote
4.3.3 No member shall be allowed
to cumulate his vote. Each member entitled to vote shall have
a single vote on each issue before the
Membership dues shall be recommended by the Board of
Directors, and ratified by the General Membership at a
monthly meeting, having received at least 21 days prior
5.2 ANNUAL DUES
Annual dues shall be due on
the member's anniversary date each year. The anniversary date
will be the 1st of the month after the member’s
application is approved by the Board of Directors.
MEMBERSHIP TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Membership in a
photographic organization other than the Association of
Professional Rodeo Photographers (APRP) is encouraged, and
members may elect to belong to other Photographic
Organizations in there respective areas, local, state.
Example: Professional Photographers of
5.4 NON-PAYMENT OF
Non-payment of dues shall be cause to forfeit
membership and privileges in this association.
Code of Ethics
6.1 CODE OF ETHICS
to membership in this association, a person must, without
reservation, solemnly agree to:
1. Endeavor to maintain a
dignity of manner in their behavior, in the presentation of
their photography and photographic services, in their
appearance and that of their studio or while conducting
business as Photographer, and in all other forms of public
2. Observe the highest standard of honesty in all
transactions, avoiding the use of false, confusing, inaccurate
and misleading terms, descriptions and claims.
3. At all
times endeavor to produce photographs of a quality equal or
superior to the samples they display; to apply their best
efforts toward providing the best possible photographic
services and to play their part in raising the general
standard of photographic craftsmanship.
4. Show a friendly
spirit of cooperation to their fellow professional rodeo
photographers and assist them whenever possible, should they
be in trouble or difficulty.
5. At all times avoid the use
of unfair competitive practices as determined by any court of
competent jurisdiction, the Federal anti-trust laws and
6. Assist their fellow
photographers and share their knowledge with them and
encourage them individually and collectively to achieve and
maintain the highest standards of quality.
Recognize the authority of this association in all matters
relating to the interpretation of this Code in accordance with
statutes of the governmental agencies of competent
The membership of any
person who repudiates this Code shall be terminated in
accordance with the rules of this association.
7.1 Applications for membership shall be
examined by the Board of Directors for their
8. Liability of Members
person who is now, or later becomes a member of this
association shall be personally liable to its creditors for
any indebtedness or liability; and any creditors of this
corporation shall look only to the assets of the corporation
9. Officers and Directors
The Officers of this association shall be a President, Vice
President, Secretary and Treasurer, who with the immediate
Past President and four elected members called Directors,
shall constitute the Board of Directors.
9.1.2 If a
vacancy occurs on the Board or among the officers for any
reason, the President may appoint a replacement to fill the
position for the unexpired portion of the term, subject to
approval by the Board of Directors.
9.2 BOARD OF
9.2.1 The Board of Directors shall meet monthly
on a date convenient for the Board members transacting
business pertaining to the functions of the association. The
Board may hold special meeting upon four business days notice
by e-mail or 48 hours notice delivered by telephone. In all
cases the notice shall specify in reasonable detail the
business to be transacted. Special meetings of the Board of
Directors may be called by the President, or upon written
request of three or more members of the Board of
9.2.2 The Board of Directors shall have and
exercise all administrative powers of the association except
such as are otherwise delegated herein.
9.2.3 Four members
of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
9.2.4 The Board of
Directors shall make condensed reports of its actions monthly
to the general membership.
9.2.5 Any Director who misses
two consecutive Board meetings without excuse may be replaced
by a majority vote of the Board.
individuals, directors shall have only that authority provided
by board action in the form of position descriptions
for those directors.
Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer)
shall be elected for a term of one year or until their
successors are elected. Directors may be elected for a maximum
of two consecutive two-year terms. After serving the
maximum number of elected terms as a Director, the member must
be off the Board for a minimum of one year before he or
she is eligible to run for re-election as a Director.
9.4 ELECTIONS – Officers and Directors shall be
elected by the voting members of the association during the
October general meeting.
9.4.1 Newly elected Officers
and Directors shall assume their duties at the January Board
9.4.2 All voting for Officers and Directors
shall be by secret ballot when more than one member is
nominated for the same office.
9.5 The various
offices of this association shall be honorary only; no
salaries will be paid to any officer, nor will any form of
monetary award accrue to any officer or director for services
to the association.
9.6 DUTIES OF
9.6.1 It shall be the duty of the President to
preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and the
monthly meetings of the of the association; to direct the
activities of the association in the manner prescribed by the
members and the Board; to review all bills and accounts
presented for payment by the Treasurer or other duly
authorized members and to be satisfied that they are in
accordance with the provisions of the budget and to
countersign checks in payment for such bills as he or she
approves; to act as a member ex-officio of all committees
except the auditing committee; and to perform the duties
normally imposed upon a like officer of other similar
9.6.2 It shall be the duty of the Vice
President to assist the President in the discharge of his or
her duties, and in the absence or in case of vacancy in the
office of the President, to act as President, and they shall
become President for the unexpired term.
9.6.3 It shall
be the duty of the Treasurer to supervise the custody of the
funds of this association; to provide for an annual financial
statement prepared by a public accountant satisfactory to
himself and other members of the Board; to furnish copies of
the financial statement to all other members of the Board; to
review all bills and accounts presented for payment and be
satisfied they are in accordance with the requirements of the
budget; to countersign checks in payment of such bills as he
or she approves; to verify and approve, after consultation
with other members of the Board, the annual budget; and to
perform the duties generally imposed upon a like officer of
9.6.4 It shall be the duty of the
Secretary to produce the minutes of the Board and the general
meetings of the members, and issue such notices as the Board
or membership may direct.
The President shall appoint a
nominating committee of three Professional category members at
least three months prior to the elections. The proposed slate
shall be mailed to the membership at least fourteen (14) days
prior to the election. Nominations will also be open from the
floor at the August and September general membership
10.1 OTHER COMMITTEES
The President, with
the approval of the Board of Directors, shall appoint any
other committees deemed necessary to conduct the work of
questions of Parliamentary procedure not covered by the
Bylaws, the latest revision of Sturgis Standard Code of
Parliamentary Procedure shall