This organization shall be known as the National Birmingham Roller Club.
Any person who currently breeds Birmingham Rollers, has bred them in the past, or has a genuine interest in the Birmingham Roller breed of pigeon is eligible for membership by paying the prescribed yearly dues and agreeing to comply with the rules, regulations, and Constitution and By-laws of the club. Family memberships are also available for named individuals, together with their spouses/partners and/or children 12 years old or over and residing in the same household. Those individuals who are NBRC members through family memberships will receive one periodic NBRC Bulletin per family membership in the name of the designated primary member. Family memberships shall be entitled to one vote in the election of NBRC officers or for any other matter brought before the club membership for voting. Each named member of the household that is eligible for family membership is eligible for participation in the annual NBRC National Championship Fly competition and in the NBRC Master Flier program to receive points under his/her own name, independent of the other named family members; however, in each competition, a maximum of four kits may be entered per family membership.
Members will at all times conduct themselves in a gentlemanly and sportsman-like manner and uphold the positive public image of the NBRC and the pigeon hobby, in general. Penalties for misconduct, as determined by the NBRC Executive Committee, may result in a member being suspended or expelled from the club.
The amount payable by club members for annual membership dues shall be determined by the Executive Committee and periodically reconsidered as needed.
Membership dues are due annually on the anniversary date of membership activation. Failure to submit within activation month will result in a member being dropped from the club membership list and future bulletins will not be issued. Each member’s due date will be on each bulletin and it is incumbent upon the member to keep his/her dues current. Section 5. Those individuals who are currently members of the Hall of Fame, or are inducted into the Hall of Fame in the future, will be granted a lifetime membership in the NBRC.
Club leadership shall consist of national and regional offices and officers as follows:
All national and regional officers and directors serving in elected offices provided in Section 1 shall likewise serve on the Executive Committee, with full voting privileges. Appointed national officers may serve on the Executive Committee only upon recommendation of the President. Appointed officers serving on the Executive Committee shall serve in a non-voting capacity only. Officers serving in elected offices shall be considered to have been elected even if they took office initially by appointment of the President in order to fill a vacancy in that office.
The area from which the President is chosen shall be rotated successively among the three general sections of the United States in the following order: (a) East, (b) Central, and (c) West. The area from which the Vice-President is chosen shall be rotated successively among the three general sections of the United States in the following order: (a) Central, (b) West, (c) East.
Those individuals serving in elected national offices shall be elected by the full membership of the club. Those individuals serving as Regional Directors shall be elected by the club members of their respective regions. Newly elected officers and directors shall assume office on January 1 following the election.
Succession in office shall vary according to position as follows:
Individuals may submit their candidacy to run for both national and regional elected office at one and the same time; however, no candidate shall hold more than one elected office, national or regional, at the same time. Exceptions, if any, shall require the approval of both the President and the Executive Committee. Any officer serving in two elected positions, with said approval, shall only be allowed one vote on the Executive Committee.
Vacancies in national offices and regional directorships may be filled as follows:
The President shall preside over all National meetings and committees. He shall appoint all committees not otherwise provided for herein. He shall lead, direct, govern, and supervise all National Officers elected and appointed. He shall conduct all NBRC affairs within the limits of the Constitution and By-laws. He shall enforce the Constitution and By-laws. In any instance where sufficient membership and roller activities indicated the need of additional Regional Director leadership, the President, on counsel of majority of the Executive Committee, shall have the authority to create a new Regional Director office. He shall appoint a Director to serve that area until the next national election is held (see Article VII for minimum qualifications for a Director).
The Vice President shall assist the President in the control and administration of club affairs, promote the annual convention, support the President on all matters relative to the Constitution and By-Laws and generally participate in all roller activity in the best interest of the NBRC.
The Secretary – Treasurer shall serve under the direction of the President and shall:
The Regional Directors shall assist the President in the control and administration of club affairs. They shall promote the NBRC Fall Fly by serving as Regional Fly Directors. They shall support the President on all matters relative to the Constitution and By-laws, and generally participate in roller activities considered in the best interest of the membership.
The Publishing Editor shall be elected by the general membership for a term of four years. The Publishing Editor shall publish the NBRC Bulletin. The Executive Committee shall establish a yearly stipend to be paid on a quarterly basis to the Secretary-Treasurer and to the Publishing Editor. The NBRC treasury shall bear the costs of reasonable travel and room expenses to enable the Publishing Editor to attend NBRC annual conventions.
The Public Relations Director is elected by the general membership for a term of four years. He is endowed with the responsibility of maintaining the positive image of the club. He is, in many ways, a spokesman of the NBRC, communicating its policies and activities to people inside and outside the organization, representing the club to existing members, potential members, the public, the government, the media, and other external sources. To be most effective, he must observe and respond to social, economic, and political trends that might impact membership, establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. The Director of Public Relations will work to identify primary audiences from which new members may be derived; oversee the administration of a new member welcome package, which may include but is not limited to a welcome letter, a notice to the new member’s Regional Director, a current bulletin, and a NBRC token. He will develop and maintain advertising and promotional programs that are compatible with the target audience, maintaining the NBRC image and identity. In order to assist him in these activities, the Public Relations Director may recruit, appoint, assign, supervise, and review the activities of an appropriate number of committee members as he deems necessary to accomplish these objectives.
Upon expiration of his two-year term of office, the President automatically succeeds to the office of Director-at-large with no requirement of additional election to qualify for that office. In this capacity, he serves to assist the President in the control and administration of NBRC affairs, particularly in coordinating the annual NBRC Convention He is responsible for soliciting potential host clubs; for evaluating the qualifications of their particular region of the country as hosts for the convention; for working with the host and the NBRC Secretary-Treasurer in the decisions as to the selection of the hotel convention site, buses, meals, design and fabrication of convention t-shirts and hats; as well as any other related issues necessary in the planning of the annual NBRC Convention. He will communicate and coordinate with the President in his recommendations as to the final recommendations of the Director-at-large and the Secretary-Treasurer regarding these issues. The Director-at-large is also in charge of the fabrication of plaques as required by the President, to award to various members and club officers for their service and accomplishments, excluding the National Championship Competition plaques, which are the responsibility of the National Fly Director.
The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary – Treasurer, Regional Directors, Director-At-Large, Publishing Editor, National Fly Director, and Public Relations Director and shall be the governing body of the National Birmingham Roller Club. Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be recorded for the record and maintained on file by the Publishing Editor.
A quorum of fifty percent plus one is required to conduct the business of the Executive Committee.
The timeline for conducting the biennial election shall proceed as follows (all dates are for the odd-numbered year during which the election is conducted):
No person shall permit his name to be placed on a ballot for election unless that person expects to assume full responsibility of the office and discharge all duties in a manner as to benefit the membership.
Any candidate for any of the elected or appointed offices of President, Vice President, Secretary -Treasurer, Director-at-Large, Publishing Editor, National Fly Director, or any Regional Director must have been a member in good standing for two consecutive years. Only those members residing within the boundaries of an NBRC region shall be eligible to serve in the office of Regional Director of that region. Any exception shall require a majority vote of the members of the region (conducted by the NBRC President) followed by approval of the Executive Committee.
No one shall hold national office in the NBRC if that person holds office in another national roller pigeon club at the same time.
No person shall permit their name to be placed on a ballot for election, or allow themselves to be considered for appointment to any of the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Director-at-Large, Publishing Editor, National Fly Director, or Regional Director, who has been found guilty in a court of law of violating any law protecting birds of prey, for a period of two (2) years after such conviction.
The club shall hold at least one annual meeting a year. This meeting shall be held at the yearly NBRC convention. The convention shall be rotated on a yearly basis among the four time zones in the continental United States in the following order: (1) Eastern, (2) Central, (3) Mountain, and (4) Pacific.
Any meeting sanctioned by a majority of the Executive Committee of the club and attended by 50 members in good standing shall constitute a quorum.
Any business matters discussed at a national meeting must get approval from a majority of the Executive Committee before action can be taken.
Duties. The Grievance Committee is empowered to investigate complaints and charges against NBRC members and officers, to investigate and determine violations of NBRC Constitution and Bylaws, rules or policies; to summon Club members to submit evidence at hearings, to designate Club officers or members to assist in investigating allegations of violations, and to recommend to the Executive Committee disciplinary action against Club officers or members for violations which it has determined to have occurred.
Grievance Committee Membership. The Grievance Committee shall consist of three standing members: (1) the NBRC Director-at-Large, who shall serve as Committee Chairman; (2) the NBRC Vice President; and (3) the NBRC National Fly Director. The Committee shall also include two ad hoc members selected by the President from among the members of the Executive Committee. The NBRC Legal Advisor, if any, shall serve as a non-voting ex-officio member of the Committee. Any standing or ad hoc member of the Committee may recuse himself from hearing any particular grievance matter (such as by reason of conflict of interest or close personal relationship with the alleged offender). In the event a Committee member so recuses himself, the resulting vacancy shall be filled by the President appointing additional ad hoc members chosen from among the members of the Executive Committee. Ad hoc members of the Grievance Committee may serve for a period of months or may be appointed to serve on the Committee with respect to a specific grievance complaint.
Grievance Complaints. Any Club member in good standing may file a grievance complaint alleging a violation by a member or officer. The complaint must cite the Bylaw, rule, or policy provision alleged to have been violated. Any such complaint shall be addressed to the NBRC Secretary-Treasurer, who shall provide copies of the complaint to the President and to the Chairman of the Grievance Committee.
Hearing of Allegations. Within 20 days of receipt of the grievance complaint and in consultation with the President, the Chairman of the Grievance Committee shall convene a hearing to investigate and consider evidence of the complaint. The hearing may be conducted in person, by telephone, or by email or other remote, Internet-available means by which the Committee members can consider, investigate, and deliberate the allegations. The hearing may be recessed and reconvened from time to time by majority vote of the Committee.
Willful Violation. All conclusions and recommendations of the Grievance Committee shall require a majority vote of the Committee members. Before the Grievance Committee can recommend disciplinary action beyond a private warning, it must find by a preponderance of the evidence that the NBRC member engaged in willfully offensive behavior contrary to the provisions of Article III, Section 2 of these Bylaws, or that the NBRC officer willfully violated or ignored an NBRC Bylaw, rule, or policy.
Report to Executive Committee. A full report of the investigation and hearing, together with any recommendation of disciplinary action, shall be submitted by the Committee Chairman to the President within 60 days from the date the grievance complaint is filed with the Secretary-Treasurer. Extensions of time may be granted by the President for good reason in his personal discretion. The Grievance Committee may recommend no action or a range of disciplinary action, such as: privately-issued warning, publicly-issued warning, suspension from participation in fly competitions, temporary or permanent suspension of Club membership, or recommendation to refer the matter for a criminal complaint to a relevant court of law.
Executive Committee Action. Within ten days of receipt of the Grievance Committee report, the President shall provide the full report or, in his discretion, a summary thereof, to the Executive Committee to solicit comments and a vote for imposition of appropriate sanctions or disciplinary action against the Club officer or member subject of the grievance complaint. The Executive Committee may accept, reject, or modify the recommendations of the Grievance Committee. The vote must be a two-thirds majority of a quorum of the Executive Committee. The Secretary-Treasurer shall notify the offending officer or member by certified mail, return receipt requested, within five days of the Executive Committee’s decision.
All members of the Executive Committee shall conduct themselves in accordance with the NBRC Constitution and By-laws.
Executive Committee members shall be held to a high standard of conduct in all matters pertaining to the business and club affairs of the NBRC.
Misappropriation of funds, equipment, or property belonging to the NBRC shall be grounds for dismissal from membership.
Personal attacks against any member will not be published in the NBRC Bulletin.
Members of the Executive Committee shall conduct themselves in accordance with the law and free of any conduct which tends to bring discredit upon, or which is seriously prejudicial to the best interests of the NBRC or the roller hobby. In particular, the NBRC does not condone the illegal or unauthorized injury, harassing or trapping of birds of prey. Any member of the Executive Committee charged in a state or federal court of law of violating any law protecting birds of prey shall be subject to suspension from office pursuant to Article IX of these Bylaws. Any member of the Executive Committee convicted by a state or federal court of law of violating any law protecting birds of prey shall be subject to removal from office pursuant to Article IX of these Bylaws.
The NBRC shall establish and maintain a Hall of Fame to be governed by policies approved by the Executive Committee of the Club, under the direction of the Vice President.
The Hall of Fame Committee shall consist of the Vice-President and members of the Hall of Fame.
The President of the NBRC shall present to the Executive Committee any suggested changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. The Executive Committee shall consider and vote on each change individually. The adopted changes will be printed in the next issue of the NBRC Bulletin. Any member in good standing may submit to the President changes he feels are necessary in the Constitution and bylaws.
Ballots of the vote shall be tallied by the moderator of the Executive Committee. A majority of the Executive Committee vote shall constitute adoption or rejection of the proposed amendments.
The effective date of the amendments will be the date of the vote tally. The Constitution and bylaws shall indicate clearly the date of its approval and the dates of subsequent amendments.
The most recent version of the Constitution and bylaws will be posted on the NBRC Official Website and printed yearly in the NBRC Bulletin.
The Executive Committee shall establish a Master Flyer program to become effective in 1998. This will be in addition to the Hall of Fame.
This award will recognize those flyers that have proved through competition that they have the ability to breed, train, and manage a kit of rollers in a manner that reflects the objectives of the NBRC.
The Executive Committee will establish a point system to recognize success in local, regional, national, and world competitions. A cumulative point total will be determined for the award of the title “Master Flyer”.
The NBRC shall be organized into regions whose boundaries comport with the guidelines set out in this Article.
NBRC regions are formed to assign each Club member to a specific region which corresponds generally to the member’s geographic location. A Regional Director will be appointed or elected for each region, pursuant to Articles IV and V hereof. Regional boundaries shall be established or modified only upon approval of the Executive Committee. In establishing or adjusting boundaries for Club regions, the Executive Committee is encouraged to duly consider the guideline criteria set out in Section 2.
Regional boundaries should be determined so as to benefit the needs of the individual club members residing in each region, the needs of the national Club, and the need for efficient management of the National Championship Fly competition (“NCF”). These needs include, but are not limited to, the following considerations:
NBRC regions shall generally consist of entire U.S. States. Regional boundaries will correspond to U.S. State boundary lines. Only compelling reasons will justify the approval by the Executive Committee of other boundaries.
States with low Club membership or NCF participation may be merged or combined into a single region. Wherever possible, entire States should be combined with other whole State regions, rather than being divided and shared by two (or more) adjacent State regions. Only compelling reasons justify the division of a single state into more than one adjacent State region. Such reasons may include the segregation of small clusters of members distant from one another within a geographically large State, but both of which clusters reside in close proximity to member groups in adjacent states.
States having large populations of members competing in the NCF may be divided into two or more regions within the same State to enhance participation and efficient management of the NCF. Boundaries for intrastate regions shall be determined by county boundary lines.
Individual counties having large populations of members who participate in the NCF may be divided into two or more regions within the same county to enhance participation and efficient management of the NCF. Boundaries for intra-county regions shall be determined first by county boundary lines, and second, by clear, permanent geographic boundaries corresponding to major rivers or highways.
Mergers of State or county regions shall be justified only where one or both regions have experienced difficulty amassing sufficient numbers of NCF competitors to qualify a single entrant into the finals round of the NCF. The merger of two regions shall require approval of the Executive Committee and must merge the entire states or counties, subject only to the types of compelling exceptions recited elsewhere in this Article. Mergers are not justified where clusters of NCF participants are merged into other regions, leaving any NCF participant effectively isolated and without a region in which to compete, or leaving any geographic zone in the U.S.A. not covered by an NBRC region.
Divisions or splits of State or county regions shall be justified only where all of the following conditions are satisfied: ol type="a" li The existing regional NCF participation numbers have been sufficient to generate at least three qualifiers into the NCF finals round over the previous two years; li The new regional boundaries for both surviving regions are defined by state boundary lines, county boundary lines, or, in the case of intra-county regions, other permanent geographic boundaries such as major rivers or highways; li Qualified Club members have volunteered to serve in the position of Regional Director for both surviving regions; and li A majority of the voting NBRC members residing in both surviving regions have approved the split through a vote verified by a national NBRC officer appointed by the NBRC President.
In the case of approved regional splits, if either surviving region shall fail to earn at least one qualifier in either of the succeeding two years following the regional split, the regional split shall be recommended for nullification by vote of the Executive Committee, reinstating the previous single region with its previous boundaries.
Latest Revision Date: May 12, 2016
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