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By Laws Changes for 2024

Updated January 2023

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South Lanier Bassmasters

Constitution and Bylaws


Section l: Name 2

Section 2: Affiliation 2

Section 3: Affiliation Requirements _______________________________________________________________2

Section 4: Purpose ____________________________________________________________________________2


Section l: Number of Members 3

Section 2: Requirements for Membership 3

Section 3: Membership Dues 3


Section 1: Regular Meetings 3

Section 2: Special Meetings 3

Section 3: Tournaments 3

Section 4: Point Standings Calculation 4


Section 1: Purpose ____________________________________________________________________________4

Section 2: Membership of the Board of Directors ____________________________________________________4

Section 3: Responsibilities 5

Section 4: Term of Office 5

Section 5: Eligibility to Vote 5

Section 6: Vacancies 5


Section 1: Funding/Revenue 5

Section 2: Authorized Expenditures 5

Section 3: Top Six 5


Section 1: Basis for Removal of Membership 6


Section 1: Method of Amending 6


Section 1: Tournament Rules ______6

Section 2: Penalties 7

Section 3: Pay Out ____________________________________________________________________________7


Section 1: Awards ____________________________________________________________________________7

Section 2: Award Funding______________________________________________________________________8



Section 1: Name

The name of the bass fishing club shall be South Lanier Bassmasters.

Section 2: Affiliation

The Club shall be affiliated with B.A.S.S..

Section 3. Requirements for Affiliation

A. Approval of Club Charter by B.A.S.S.

B. Update B.A.S.S. with Club membership roster once a year. Annual update cycle begins each year on November



C. Names and addresses of new members joining the Club during the year must be submitted online to B.A.S.S. as

they occur. See Article II, Section 3 for dues requirements.

D. Maintain 100% B.A.S.S. membership.

E. Must affiliate with the State Federation BASS NATION and support its conservation and youth programs. Any

additional requirements that the State establishes for Clubs, such as membership dues, attendance at meetings,

etc. would be necessary for the Club to participate in the State qualifying tournament(s) and any other BASS

NATION sponsored tournaments or events.

Section 2: Purpose

The purpose of the South Lanier Bassmasters is to improve the bass angling skills of its members through the exchange of

techniques and ideas, to foster sportsmanship, to contribute to the conservation of natural resources, and to embrace the

principles of BASS. The South Lanier Bassmasters are and will continue to be a member of the Georgia BASS NATION



Section 1: Number of Members

The club shall begin with and maintain at least six members. The Club shall cap its membership at a maximum of 30

members. If the membership cap has been reached, potential members may sign up on a waiting list for available

membership slots. Active members are defined as members who are current in club dues.

Couples, that being a husband and wife, or person and significant other, including domestic partner, spouse, legally related

child between 16 and 18 years of age , or an elder relative 70 years old, or older, will be allowed to seek membership as a

“Couple” under the following conditions:

a. Couple must have a sponsor who is an existing member in good standing to vouch for the couple.

b. When seeking membership as a couple, the individuals have to fish “together” 3 club tournaments and attend

together 2 club meetings. Upon completion of their club tournaments and meetings, and all other membership

requirements, the Club shall vote on their membership “as a couple” and the couple must achieve an unanimous

vote for them to obtain membership.

c. When the Couple both fish a club event they will be paired together. They will declare which member is the

boater and who is the co-angler. When only one of them fishes a club event, they will declare themselves as a

boater or co-angler and will be included in the normal random pairings.

d. Each member of a couple will accumulate points on an individual basis and will be eligible for any of the year-

end awards. When voting on Club business each member of the Couple will be entitled to a vote.

For clarification purposes, couples do not include a buddy, sibling, or friend. Members can request to fish with a guest if

the draw permits and the member is not needed to pair up with another member. The Tournament Director will have the

absolute authority to approve or deny this request.

Section 2: Requirements for Membership

Members must be in good standing with BASS.


 2Potential members, not seeking membership as a Couple, shall fish three club tournaments. At least two tournaments

shall be fished as a non-boater. If possible, the third tournament shall be fished as a

boater with a member non-boater. Two regular club meetings must be attended.

The club then shall vote on the membership after at least two reports from current


The club then shall vote on the membership after at least two reports from current members

Upon a motion to accept a prospective member into the club, a unanimous vote of the members

present in favor of the prospective member is required.

Prospective members will accumulate points during their trail period.

Shall allow “ASSOCIATE” members with the following stipulations:

-Unanimous vote by the SLBM Executive Committee/Board

-Must be a previous member or family member

-Must be in good standing and member of BASS ($60 one-time fee per year)

- Must pay $30 to fish (payable the morning of tournament at the ramp)

- Co-anglers will additionally pay $30 to the boater for gas

-Will be put into the draw each month when they notify the Tournament Director of their intentions to fish

Section 3: Membership Dues

Monthly dues shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per month payable by or before each monthly meeting

and not later than the start of the monthly tournament in order to be eligible to fish in that

month’s tournament.


Section 1: Regular Meetings

The regular meeting of the club for the transaction of ordinary business and tournament drawings

shall be on the first Sunday of each month, unless said date falls on a holiday, in which case the

meeting will be held on another Sunday, or another arrangement. Any change in the regular meeting date shall be

approved by the Board of Directors, and notice given to all members of said change. Our normal meeting time will be

6:00 PM.

Section 2: Special Meetings

The Board of Directors may call a special meeting of the club at any time with notice being given

to all members at least two days prior to the meeting.

Section 3: Tournaments

A. There will be 12 tournaments scheduled per year.

B. At least 50% of all scheduled SLBM tournaments, excluding the President’s tournament will be scheduled on Lake


C. At Least two (2) tournaments per year will be two-day tournaments to be held on Saturday

and Sunday.

D. A maximum of two tournaments per year may be night tournaments, and should be held on Saturday night with the

actual weigh-in allowed to be after midnight (Sunday morning). These tournaments should encompass hours of daylight

and darkness.

E. With the exception of the two-day tournaments and any night tournaments, all other tournaments shall be held on


F. The selection of tournament dates, times and lakes shall be made by a tournament committee consisting of the Board of

Directors or Club members selected by the President from the general membership. The Tournament Director will

always be a member of this committee and shall serve as Chairman. The annual tournament schedule shall be determined


 3prior to the regular December club meeting for the upcoming year and presented to the club membership at the December

meeting for approval.

G. The Board of Directors has the latitude to change dates or locations if safety concerns are

present due to hazardous conditions. This change will require a majority vote of the Board. Time

must be available to notify all members of the change in dates or locations.

H. Any member may propose an alternate tournament site (lake) to the annual schedule, such

motion to be made not less than three months prior to that tournament date and must be

approved by a majority of members present for the proposed change to be made.

I. Any member may propose an alternate tournament date to the annual schedule. Such

motion to be made not less than three months prior to that tournament date and must be

approved by majority vote of the members present at such meeting.

J. Drawings for partners for all tournaments shall be conducted at the regular meeting

immediately preceding the tournament date unless it is deemed more appropriate and suitable

to do so at a special meeting, or from the Tournament Directors home, etc., if he so chooses. The drawings

shall be conducted by the Tournament Director.

K. Members electing to be "boaters" will be paired with "non-boaters", insuring those non-boaters

who wish to fish will be drawn out with a partner. In the event that more members select to be

"boaters" than "non-boaters ", the excess "boaters" without partners will have the choice of

pairing up with another "boater", or they may elect to fish alone in their own boat and assume

all risks associated by fishing by themselves.

L. Members who fish as "non-boaters" should offer to split expenses with their partner.

Guidelines for this are to be Thirty ($30.00) dollars for a 1-day or Fifty ($50.00) dollars

for a 2-day tournament. On away tournaments partners should try to ride together and split

vehicle gas expenses.

M. There will be at least three (3) Team Tournaments per Year and they can be all away tournaments, or on Lanier, or any

combination thereof. Any cash awards will be split equally amongst the team members, except the Big Fish award. The

Big Fish money goes to the member that catches the big fish.

N. All members will count their best 11 tournaments. Your attendance for participation in meeting/tournaments will still

be counted if you fish all 12 tournaments.

Section 4: Point Standings Calculation

A. Points shall be calculated according to the following formula.

• 1 point for fishing a tournament

• 2 points for attending a meeting

• 10 points for helping with youth event or conservation project.

• 30 point system for tournament results, i.e. 30 points for 1st, 29 for 2nd, 28 for 3rd, etc.

For those that fish the tournament but catch no scoring fish, they will all receive

Five (5) less points than the lowest finishing club member that catches a scoring fish.

In other words if the lowest finishing member that caught a fish finishes in 10th place

and gets 20 points, those that fished, but had no fish, will all receive 15 points.

Article IV – Board of Directors

Section 1: Purpose

The purpose of the Board of Directors shall be to carry out the policies of the club and define

policy whenever such issues are not described and detailed within the club's Constitution and

Bylaws as well as any other responsibilities and duties assigned it with the approval of the overall

membership by a majority vote.

Section 2: Membership of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall consist of five members who shall be elected from among all

members in good standing, such election to be held in November of each year in order for the

new directors to review the upcoming schedule. The five members receiving the most votes for President. Vice-President,

Treasurer, Secretary and Tournament Director/Weighmaster will be the Club’s Board of Directors. In the case of a tie vote


 4for a Director's position, there will be a runoff between/among the respective candidates for the position. All voting for

elections will be by secret ballot, or electronically to one of the Board of Directors.

Section 3: Responsibilities

President: shall preside over all meetings of the club, serve as chairman of the Board of

Directors and set the agendas for all meetings.

The President or his designee will serve as club fundraiser who will coordinate club fundraising activities including

special tournaments or other fundraising activities to benefit and support SLBM activities.

Vice President: shall assist the President in his duties and preside over all meetings in the

absence of the President. The Vice President shall also assist the Tournament Director/Weighmaster

in the tournament weigh-ins including the recording of each participant's tournament weight. The Vice President shall

prepare the monthly standings of the membership relative to the point totals for all members.

The Vice President or his designee will serve as the youth/conservation coordinator. The Vice president will manage these

events and confirm the award of points for participation in approved event for the SLBM membership.

Secretary: shall conduct all official correspondence of the Club including preparation of and

forwarding of all necessary reports to the B.A.S.S. NATION and any necessary local, state or

federal agencies. Secretary shall also keep a true record of all meetings and maintain such meeting

minutes and other records of the Club. The Secretary may, at his/her discretion, provide a monthly

newsletter to the membership.

Treasurer: shall have charge of all funds of the Club and place the same in a commercial bank

approved by the Board of Directors. Treasurer shall collect all dues on a regular basis and keep accurate

record of all transactions, presenting a report to the membership at each regular meeting. A

detailed financial report shall be maintained and shall be audited by the Board of Directors at

least once per year.

Tournament Director/Weighmaster: shall select the launch and weigh-in sites for each tournament and the

tournament hours, and shall conduct the drawing of partners. He shall also act as Weighmaster with the assistance of the

Vice President. It will be his/her responsibility to measure for “short” fish brought to the weigh in by a contestant. It will

be the duty of the Tournament Director to generate and submit the monthly tournament Creel Census to B.A.S.S.


Section 4: Term of Office

The Term of Office for each Director shall be from January 1 through December 31of the following Year of their election.

Section 5: Eligibility to Vote

Each Member in good standing is entitled to to one vote. Email votes to an Officer will be allowed and accepted and must

be received by 5:30pm the day of the meeting. Proxy votes will not be permitted.

Section 6: Vacancies

In the event a vacancy for one of the Officer positions should occur, a special election will be held to fill that Officer’s

unexpired term.


Section 1: Funding/Revenue

The club shall operate from funds derived from membership dues and, if necessary, fund raising


Section 2: Authorized Expenditures


 5The Treasurer, or other bank account signer, is authorized to issue checks for all normal, usual and customary expenses as

approved by the Board of Directors and/or club membership.

Section 3: Top Six

The club has the option to field a Top 6 team, consisting of the top finishing 6 members and the alternates, as they finished

in the previous year-end club standings, to attend the Georgia BASS NATION Top 6

tournament. This Top 6 team will represent South Lanier Bassmasters in the Georgia BASS NATION

tournament event. All expenses, including tournament entry fees , will be split equally by the participants if a team is

fielded, unless the Club Membership decides to support and fund a portion, or all, of the team’s expenses. A Second Top 6

team, if allowed by the State Federation, may attend and participate if enough interest is expressed by the Club

membership. They also will be responsible for funding all their expenses.


Section 1: Basis for Removal of Membership

A. A member may be removed from the membership roll by a majority vote of the members

present at the meeting for any of the reasons listed below:

B. Failure to pay monthly dues for a period of three consecutive months.

C. Failure to maintain B.A.S.S. membership.

D. Any action that reflects dishonor or disgrace upon the club, it' s members, and /or violates B.A.S.S. guidelines

of conduct

E. Any blatant act of un-sportsmanlike conduct.

F. Any member being brought up for removal shall be notified prior to the meeting and allowed

to present his defense before the vote is conducted.


Section 1: Method of Amending

A. Rule changes concerning safety may be addressed at any time during the year.

B. Members may propose changes to the Club by-laws at the Club's November business meeting, at which time the

proposed by-law change will be discussed. For clarity, members should bring written proposals to distribute to club


C. This Constitution and Bylaws may be amended by a unanimous decision by the Board of

Directors, as they deem necessary in order to support the best interests of the Club, or by a 2/3 majority vote of members

present and club members that properly voted electronically, at the next regular meeting following introduction of the

proposed amendment, this usually being the December meeting.


Section 1: Tournament Rules

A. No alcoholic beverages may be present or consumed during tournament hours.

B. Life vests must be worn at any time the combustion engine is running.


 6C. All boats must have an emergency kill switch attached to driver.

D. No area is off limits except those posted by DNR or lake managers.

E. Fishing must be done from boat only.

F. Only artificial lures may be used, no live bait, trolling, or snagging.

G. There is a maximum of five fish per angler regardless of the lake’s creel limit.

H. Each boat must possess an adequate live well with functional water aeration system.

I. Culling must be done on the water when the daily limit is reached and there shall be no culling allowed at the scales, at

the dock or boat ramp.

J. The Tournament Director or Vice President may elect to measure for a “short” fish of any contestant. Final decision will

be that of Tournament Director.

K. All persons are expected to practice safe boating and courtesy to others.

L. Recklessness or poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated and are grounds to be disqualified from the tournament.

M. One Month Rule will be in effect. No member may fish with the same partner in 2 consecutive

Tournaments, regardless of whether a Team Tournament was the previous event.

N. Tournament Director must be notified of a member’s cancellation to fish an event by 7:00 PM on the

night, prior to the tournament.

Section 2: Penalties

A. Late arrival: At weigh-in l pound per minute, up to 15 minutes. Over15 minutes late, angler/anglers will be

disqualified for that day. In the event of an actual mechanical failure or an emergency situation, the victimized angler/

anglers, along with the towing boat’s occupants, will not be penalized if they arrive at weigh in within 15 minutes after the

actual weigh in time. If they arrive over 15 minutes late, all late anglers will be disqualified for the day.

B. Short Fish: Any person weighing in a fish shorter than lake size limit will be penalized the

weight of his short fish plus one (1) additional pound off his total weight. Double-check your fish before bringing them to

the scales.

C. Dead Fish: Four (4) ounce, (.25), penalty per dead fish.

D. Late cancellation of your ability to fish or you are a no show: this will constitute a 25 points deduction

from your yearly total.

Section 3: Pay Out

Tournament Pay Outs are based on performance in tournaments. At any time during the year, pay out amounts may be

adjusted with a vote of the majority of the Board of Directors to allow the Club to maintain financial solvency.

Such vote must occur at a regular meeting and shall be announced to all members present. Currently the Pay Outs are as


$120.00 – First Place

$75.00 – Second Place

$50.00 – Third Place

$75.00 – Big Fish

$45.00 – Top Co-Angler NOT finishing in the top 3 positions. There are no Co-Angler pay outs in a Team format.

If the event is a Team Tournament and a Team places First, Second or Third, the team members will split that cash award.

As to Big Fish cash award, the team member who catches the big fish will be entitled to the Big Fish pay out, unless that

member has previously discussed a different arrangement with his partner prior to the beginning of the tournament day.


Section 1: Awards

A. Heaviest One-Day Catch of the Year

South Lanier Bassmasters will present a plaque and a cash award to the angler with the heaviest, one

day catch weighed in during our monthly tournaments.


 7B. Big Bass of the Year

South Lanier Bassmasters will present a plaque and a cash award for the largest bass caught in a club

tournament during the year, regardless of species (black bass, spotted bass, smallmouth, or redeye).

C. Angler of the Year

South Lanier Bassmasters will present a plaque and a cash award for the Angler of the Year (AOY). This

award is based on the total number of points accumulated during the tournament year (meeting attendance points,

tournament/event participation points and fish weight/position points).

D. Co-Angler of the Year

South Lanier Bassmasters will present a plaque and a cash award for the Co-Angler of the year. Co-Anglers must fish at

least 8 club tournaments as a non-boater during the year to be eligible for this award.

Sportsman of the Year

A Plaque will be awarded to the individual that Club members feel has most contributed their time, effort and generosity

to help their fellow members.

Section 2: Award Funding

Funding for the AOY pot, Biggest Bass of the Year pot, Heaviest One-Day Catch of the Year pot, and Co-Angler of the

Year pot, will be as follows: Each month, four dollars ($4.00) from all active member dues will be

deposited into these four pots. The funds will continue to accrue during the calendar year at the rate

of $4.00 per member, per month. Any member who joins the club during the current year will have the opportunity to pay

their $4.00 fee retroactively to the beginning of the year. If a new member elects not to pay this monthly retroactive fee

they will not be eligible to be awarded any of the entire annual pots. That member will only be awarded the amount that

accumulates in the pot during the period of time they had been contributing to the fund.

These awards will be paid at the first club meeting after our tournament year has ended, or at the club’s banquet, or at

another time the President so chooses. The members winning the awards will be determined after the last tournament

results are finalized from our yearly tournament schedule. The Cash awards will be divided equally among the four



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