Revised Friday, March 29, 2002
- NAME...The name of the organization shall be the Northeast Section.
- OBJECTIVES...The members of this association have voluntarily associated together in order to achieve certain civic and athletic objectives:
To encourage the growth of safe and practical shooting in our community by presenting an annual program of Practical Shooting matches open to all qualified shooters.
To encourage participants in this sport to develop those characteristics of self-control, honor, integrity and politeness which are the hallmark of the Practical Shooter.
- CLUB MEMBERSHIP...
- A USPSA affiliated club that wishes to become a member of the Section must apply to the Section Executive Committee, which will vote on its application.
- If accepted, the club will sign the Section Bylaws, signifying its acceptance of an intention of abide by Section rules, policies and procedures.
- Assignment of Match Days... The Section Executive Committee will work to coordinate match days, but the final authority on a match date rests with the individual clubs.
- CLUB ACTIVITY FEES...Each club within the Northeast Section will, within two weeks of a match, forward to the Section Coordinator (or to the Section Treasurer) a Section Activity Fee set by the Executive Committee not to exceed $.50 per shooter for each IPSC match. Fees will be deposited into a Sectional Fund general account.
Each club will submit classifier reports and payments for all USPSA Activity Fees to USPSA headquarters within two weeks of the match at which those fees were incurred.
- EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE...The Section shall be governed by an Executive Committee. The committee shall be composed of the following officers:
- Section Coordinator...The Section Coordination shall act as Chairman and conduct all business meetings. He is elected by the clubs, or appointed, per USPSA/IPSC bylaws, which are controlling.
- Deputy Section Coordinator...The Deputy Section Coordinator shall be elected by the Executive Committee. He shall serve in the absence of the Section Coordinator.
- Club Representatives...The President or designated representative of each of the IPSC-affiliated clubs within the Section shall represent his club on the Executive Committee. If he cannot attend a meeting, he must designate an official representative and so inform the Section Coordinator prior to the meeting.
- Past Section Coordinator...May participate at sectional meetings, but without vote.
- Special Council...Each club representative as well as the Section Coordinator may choose one person, as special council, to participate at scheduled meetings, but without vote. Additional USPSA members may attend the meetings as observers, but only representatives and special counsel may participate in the meeting, unless the Section Coordinator recognizes additional speakers.
- Treasurer...Appointed by the Section Coordinator and approved by the voting members of the Executive Committee. The treasurer shall maintain a separate checking account for the business of the Section. The Treasurer may participate at sectional meetings, but without vote.
- The Section Webmaster...Appointed by the Section Coordinator and confirmed by the Executive Committee, will be invited to participate in Sectional meetings as a non-voting member, since (s)he will be responsible for maintaining the Section's primary method of disseminating information for the Section.
- Voting Members...Voting members of the Section Executive Committee are: the President or official representative from each club. The Section Coordinator, or the Deputy Section Coordinator in his absence, shall vote in the event of a tie.
- MEETINGS...The Executive Committee shall meet no less than once in each calendar year. A notice of the meeting together with a draft agenda shall be mailed, e-mailed, or telephoned to all Executive Committee members no less than 14 days prior to any regular meeting, stating the time and place of such meeting.
Special meetings may be called by the Section Coordinator and shall be called upon the written request of three or more of the voting members of the committee. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call. Except in cases of emergency, at least three days written or telephonic notice shall be given to all committee members.
Special meetings may also be conducted and votes taken by telephone or electronic mail.
One half of the voting members must be present or participate by telephone or e-mail for the committee to conduct business. All actions taken during an emergency meeting are subject to review at the next regular meeting.
- ELECTIONS...The Section Coordinator and Deputy Section Coordinator for the following year will be elected at the Annual Executive Committee meeting held between 1/1 and 3/31, with the fiscal year ending 3/31. Nominations will be made from the floor.
These officers shall be elected by secret written ballot of the voting members of Executive Committee to serve for one year or until their successors are elected. Their term of office shall begin at the close of the meeting at which they were elected.
The Executive Committee may replace any elected section officer who misses two consecutive meetings without the approval of the committee.
The Executive Committee may appoint or confirm an Deputy Section Coordinator, Treasurer, or Webmaster, should a vacancy in any of these positions occur prior to a regular scheduled election.
- FINANCES...The Section Coordinator is responsible for the finances of the Section. He may appoint a Secretary/Treasurer to assist him.
Any IPSC match fired within the section by any member club for which an entry fee of $25.00 or more is to be charged must provide to the Executive Committee the following:
Before the match: a proposal of the entry fee and prize structure.
After the match: an audit report detailing expenditures and prize payouts.
The sectional fund shall be maintained in a separate checking account by either the SC or the Sectional Treasurer. Expenses up to $200 may be authorized directly by the Section Coordinator. Any larger expenses shall be authorized by the Executive Committee. The section coordinator may use sectional funds to cover expenses of his office (phone, postage, etc.), however, (s)he shall provide a report to the Executive Committee within 10 days of the close in any month in which expenses exceed $50. The Section Coordinator shall maintain records of all office expenses and provide the Executive Committee with an annual report of all funds received and disbursed on a fiscal year basis.
The Section Coordinator is encouraged to support and assist the clubs in the Northeast Section by participating in matches at these clubs. To encourage this sectional participation, the Section Coordinator will be given the opportunity to shoot at any regular section club match at no cost.
An auditing committee of three Executive Committee members or their designated representative shall be appointed by the Section Coordinator prior to the Annual Meeting, whose duty it shall be to audit the Section accounts and report their findings to the Executive Committee at the Annual Meeting. The audit will take place within the last 30 days of the term of office.
- USPSA/IPSC Rules And Policies...In matters concerning compliance with USPSA/IPSC rules and policies, the Section Coordinator, who represents the President of USPSA, shall not be subordinate to the Section Executive Committee. However, the Committee may appeal his ruling directly to the President.
- Jurisdiction Of The Executive Committee...The Section Executive Committee may properly consider any and all other issues pertaining to IPSC activity in the Northeast Section.
- Delegation Of Authority To The Section Coordinator...The Section Executive Committee delegates to the Section Coordinator the authority to act in behalf of the Committee when it is not in session.
The actions of the Section Coordinator on behalf of the Committee shall be subject to review and approval at the next Committee meeting.
The Committee empowers the Section Coordinator (or Deputy Section Coordinator in his absence) to make rulings at matches and between Committee sessions on these matters.
- Questions concerning the proper conduct of an IPSC match.
- Questions on the proper interpretation of USPSA/IPSC shooting rules and principles.
- The Arbitration Committee...Nothing in this article shall give the Section Coordinator or any other official at a match the authority to overrule the decision of a match Arbitration Committee as provided for by USPSA rules.
The club conducting the match agrees to abide by the ruling of the Section Coordinator, provided that the matter does not go to the Arbitration Committee.
- SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP...It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to see that a Section Championship Match is held annually.
The Executive Committee shall act as the Championship Steering Committee. It shall approve championship policies, the selection of a host club and Match Director, his staff appointments and the terms of an agreement between the Section and the host club.
Upon the conclusion of the Championship, the Executive Committee will audit the Championship books.
- USPSA/IPSC MATCHES DEFINED...The clubs signing this agreement, agree that any match they conduct that is not run in conformance with the published USPSA/IPSC rules and guidelines listed below will not be represented as an approved USPSA/IPSC match. Additionally, the clubs signing this agreement, agree to run a minimum of four matches, as defined below, each fiscal year. This minimum of four matches is established due to the severe winters and extreme rain frequently experienced in the Northeast.
- A match will consist of a minimum of three stages.
- A minimum of 50 rounds will be required to complete the match.
- A minimum of fifteen shooters must compete for the match to be considered valid and proper.
- The match must be open to the public and properly advertised in advance either in the annual section newsletter or by direct mailing.
- PUBLISHED POLICY STATEMENTS...The section shall publish and periodically update policy statements on the following subjects:
- Safety/New Shooter Policy
- Slots Allocation
- Classification System
- AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS...These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Executive Committee by a majority vote provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing at a previous regular meeting or written notice has been given to all voting members at least 15 days prior to the meeting.
The Internet web site of http://www.uspsa-ne.org/ shall be recognized as the official web page of the section and will serve as the official "newsletter" for the section. All policy notices and announcements shall be made available at this web site.