Bylaws

1.  Name:

The official name of this organization is The Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen (FCS).

II.  Statement of Purpose:

FCS is a non-denominational, non-political, non-profit sportsmen’s organization, founded in Austin, Texas in 1988 by a group of Christian sportsmen.  FCS is a religious organization that has not applied for tax exempt status because our gross receipts do not exceed $5,000 annually.  FCS is a ministry to the hunting and fishing world.  We exist to:

  1. Share the experience of hunting, fishing, and shooting with other Christian Sportsmen.
  2. Provide Christian fellowship opportunities for people who hunt, fish, and shoot.
  3. Challenge people to establish and maintain a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  4. Encourage serving the Lord Jesus.
  5. Encourage fellowship with a local body of Christians.

III.  Membership:

A. FCS membership is not required in order to participate in FCS events.

B. FCS membership is available to men and women, 18 years old and older, without regard to race, national origin, age, denominational preference, or political persuasion.

C. FCS members shall consist of those men and women who have expressed a desire to be an FCS member by completing an FCS Membership Application, have paid at least a one-year FCS membership due, and have signed an FCS Release of Liability Waiver. The FCS Membership Application and Release of Liability Waiver only need to be completed once (they do not need to be completed again when a member renews his or her membership).

D. Membership due options, if paying by check or cash, include:

  • One-year membership/membership renewal – $20.00
  • Two-year membership/membership renewal – $35.00 (a 13% discount)
  • Three-year membership/membership renewal – $50.00 (a 17% discount)
  • Five-year membership/membership renewal – $80.00 (a 20% discount)
  • Lifetime membership – $300.00 (equivalent to 15 one-year membership renewals)

Membership due options, if paying online, include:

  • One-year membership/membership renewal – $20.90
  • Two-year membership/membership renewal – $36.35 (a 13% discount)
  • Three-year membership/membership renewal – $51.79 (a 17% discount)
  • Five-year membership/membership renewal – $82.61 (a 20% discount)
  • Lifetime membership – $309.30 (equivalent to 15 one-year membership renewals)

Online options include 3.0% plus 0.30 PayPal fees.

E. New and renewing FCS members do not receive an FCS Gear membership benefit; however, they can purchase FCS Gear at any time.

F. All supporting FCS members have the following benefits:

  • make amendment proposals to the FCS Bylaws and/or Statement of Faith;
  • make expenditure proposals;
  • participate in all supporting FCS member discussions and votes;
  • check out (borrow) FCS equipment items, videos, and books; and
  • have their articles, hunting and fishing stories, jokes, link recommendations, members’ profiles, pictures, poems, product and service reviews and recommendations, recipes, safety tips, and useful information for sportsmen submissions posted on the FCS website.

G. All FCS members will have their devotional, classified ad, praise, and prayer request submissions posted on the FCS website.

H. A prospective FCS member will receive FCS emails at his or her request or the request of an FCS member on the prospective member’s behalf.  Submissions from prospective FCS members (men and women who are not FCS members) will not be posted on the FCS website.

I. Future supporting FCS members (men or women who have not joined FCS or at one time were supporting FCS members but who have not renewed their memberships) become supporting FCS members upon receipt of a membership renewal due.  FCS members who are not active in their dues will not receive FCS membership benefits (with the exceptions of receiving FCS emails and having their devotionals, classified ads, praises, and prayer requests submissions posted on the FCS website) until they renew their FCS memberships.

J. A directory of members will be maintained by the FCS president or secretary.

K. FCS members may be removed from FCS membership at their own request or as is determined necessary by a unanimous vote of the FCS executive officers (presidents and vice presidents) who cast a vote.

L. Minors cannot become members until they turn 18. Minors must secure parental, guardian, or conservator permission in order to participate in FCS events or purchase FCS Gear.

IV.  Officers:

A. Officer positions shall consist of a president and such other positions that he or she deems necessary.

B. Officer elections will be held no later than the month before the expiration of the present officer’s terms.  Officer elections will be held every two years.  An unopposed FCS officer will automatically receive another term.  An unopposed supporting FCS member will automatically receive the job he or she applied for.  Elections for unopposed FCS officers/supporting FCS members (as determined by Ballot Surveys) will not be held.

C. General Expectations:

  1. All FCS officers are expected to be current in their membership dues.
  2. All FCS officers are expected to set the example for the FCS membership by following the bylaws and through attendance at FCS events.
  3. All FCS officers are expected to participate in officer discussions and votes.

D. FCS President:

  1. Responsible to oversee all of the FCS chapters.
  2. Responsible to attend at least one of each of the other chapters in the Austin area meetings a year.
  3. Responsible to lead all Officer and FCS meetings.  Responsible to obtain an officer to lead Officer or FCS meetings when circumstances beyond his or her control prevent him or her from leading a meeting (in the following order of preference: vice president, event coordinator, treasurer, secretary, a Chapter president, or a Chapter vice president).
  4. Responsible to ensure that the other Chapter president(s) and the FCS officers in his or her own Chapter (if he or she is also a Chapter president) fulfill their job descriptions.
  5. Responsible to fulfill the other FCS officers and FCS officers in his or her own Chapter (if he or she is also a Chapter president) job descriptions in their absence.
  6. Responsible to enter first time guest information on the first time guests page after a first time guest attends an assigned event and to update the total number of first time guests for that year.
  7. Responsible to ensure that contact information is obtained from all guests at his or her chapters Chapter meetings (for sharing of information on the Club and Chapter).
  8. Responsible to ensure that all supporting FCS members are given an opportunity to ponder and discuss amendment proposals to the Bylaws and/or Statement of Faith for a minimum of one week before a vote on the proposal is scheduled to be held.  Discussions can be held by e-mail, mail, phone, or in person.
  9. Responsible to ensure that votes on bi-annual and called officer elections and on amendment proposals to the Bylaws and/or Statement of Faith take place and the results are tabulated and reported to the supporting FCS members within seven days of the vote.  An attempt must be made to obtain votes from all supporting FCS members via email, mail, phone proxy, or in person.  All supporting FCS members must be given, at a minimum, one week to respond to all votes (if possible).  Any candidate approved by a majority vote or any proposal approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the supporting FCS members who cast a vote shall constitute as an official FCS action.  If there is a tie during an officer election a runoff election must be held.

E: Vice President (Events)/Event Coordinator:

  1. Responsible to lead FCS meetings in the absence of the FCS President (as delegated).
  2. Responsible to develop a proposed FCS Annual Calendar of Events, for assigned events, and submit it to the FCS President no later than the first day of November each year.
  3. Responsible to plan and promote assigned events far enough in advance to ensure maximum participation (convey adequate information, make reservations, collect outfitter/guide fees and submit them by the due date, ensure that attendees either have a ride or know how to get to the event, ensure that attendees are paired together for motel rooms, unless they want to be solo).
  4. Responsible to communicate to individuals who have signed up for an assigned event when the event has been cancelled (such as due to a rain outs, cancellation by the outfitter or guide, etc.)  If it is an event that does not require individuals to sign up, will communicate to all three distribution lists.
  5. Responsible to enter assigned events onto the Upcoming Events web page a minimum of one week prior to the day of the event and to update the page as needed.
  6. Responsible to announce and answer questions about upcoming assigned events at FCS meetings.  Responsible to inform the FCS President when circumstances beyond the event coordinator’s control preclude the event coordinator from attending a scheduled FCS meeting so the president will be prepared to discuss the absent event coordinator’s assigned events.
  7. Responsible to lead assigned events or secure an event leader (if the vice president or event coordinator will not be able to lead the event).  Can delegate non-website based tasks to the event leader by mutual agreement.
  8. Responsible to enter post event reports for assigned events on the appropriate web page within one week of an event’s conclusion.
  9. Responsible to enter the number of people who attended an assigned event on the Events Statistics page and calculate the new average within one week of an event’s conclusion.
  10. Responsible to enter the number of people who attended an assigned event on the Attendance Summary page and update the total number of attendees for that month and year within one week of an event’s conclusion.
  11. Responsible to enter first time guest information on the first time guests page after a first time guest attends an assigned event and to update the total number of first time guests for that year.
  12. Responsible to ensure that contact information is obtained from all guests at his or her chapters Chapter meetings (for sharing of information on the Club and Chapter).
  13. Responsible to notify the FCS President after updating the website within one week of the update.

F: Vice President (Ministries):

  1. Responsible to lead FCS meetings (as delegated by the FCS president).
  2. Responsible to lead devotionals at FCS events and meetings, as assigned by the FCS president.  Responsible to obtain a devotional leader if he or she is not able to attend.
  3. Responsible to plan and lead at least an Annual FCS Ministry Project. Responsible to obtain a leader for ministry projects that he or she is not able to attend.
  4. Responsible to contact individuals who have posted a prayer request on the FCS website that have a specific event scheduled (e.g., surgery, medical tests, medical examination) within seven days of the event to determine their status. Will notify the webmaster of needed changes to the Prayer Requests web page.
  5. Responsible to contact all other individuals who have posted a prayer request on the FCS website on at least a quarterly basis to determine their status. Will notify the webmaster of needed changes.
  6. Responsible to contact FCS members who have volunteered to be prayer warriors to remind them to pray for an upcoming event (e.g., surgery, medical tests, medical examination, etc.) before the event occurs.

G. Chapter President:

  1. Responsible to lead his or her Chapter’s meetings.  Responsible to obtain a Chapter officer, as per Bylaw IV(D)(3), to lead Chapter meetings when circumstances beyond his or her control preclude him or her from leading a meeting.
  2. Responsible to distribute an agenda of his or her Chapters Officer meetings to all of his or her Chapters officers seven days prior to all of his or her Chapters Officer meetings.
  3. Responsible to ensure that the other officers in his or her Chapter fulfill their job descriptions.
  4. Responsible to fulfill the other officers in his or her Chapter in their absence.
  5. Responsible to enter first time guest information on the first time guests page after a first time guest attends an assigned event and to update the total number of first time guests for that year.
  6. Responsible to ensure that contact information is obtained from all guests at his or her chapters Chapter meetings (for sharing of information on the Club and Chapter).

H. Chapter Vice President:

  1. Responsible to lead his or her Chapter’s Officer and Chapter meetings (as delegated by his or her Chapter president).
  2. Responsible to complete assignments as delegated by his or her Chapter president.

I. FCS Treasurer/Chapter Treasurer:

  1. Responsible to lead FCS meetings (as delegated by the FCS president or FCS Chapter president, for his or her Chapter, if applicable).
  2. Responsible to deposit FCS funds promptly.
  3. Responsible to pay debts promptly.
  4. Responsible to promptly balance the FCS check register on a monthly basis with the bank statement.  Responsible to submit a report of this reconciliation to the FCS president or FCS Chapter president, if applicable.
  5. Responsible to submit annual budget reports to the president or FCS Chapter president, if applicable.

J. FCS Secretary/Chapter Secretary:

  1. Responsible to lead FCS meetings (as delegated by the FCS president or FCS Chapter president, for his or her Chapter, if applicable).
  2. Responsible to record the minutes of all FCS meetings and his or her Chapter’s meetings and to write a report on all of the events that he or she attends.  Responsible to submit meeting minutes and event reports to the FCS President and his or her Chapter’s president, if applicable, within seven days of the event.
  3. Responsible to print or email flyers, sign up sheets for events, and other documents at the request of the president and his or her Chapter president, if applicable.
  4. Responsible to distribute an agenda of FCS officer meetings (as supplied by the President) to all FCS officers at least one week prior to all FCS officer meetings.
  5. Responsible to ensure that ballot surveys are distributed to all supporting FCS members at least one week prior to Bi-annual and called elections via email, mail, phone proxy, or in person.

K. Membership Director:

  1. Responsible to lead FCS meetings (as delegated by the FCS president).
  2. Responsible to remind supporting members that their memberships are about to expire and encourage them to renew their memberships.
  3. Responsible to send all new members a “Welcome to FCS” email or letter.
  4. Responsible to send renewing members a thank you email or letter.
  5. Responsible to be the contact person for membership questions about FCS from prospective members and new members.  Responsible to answer questions promptly.

L. Webmaster:

  1. Responsible to lead FCS meetings (as delegated by the FCS President).
  2. Responsible to complete website assignments from the President within seven days of receipt.
  3. Responsible to promptly notify the FCS President when website assignments have been completed.

M. FCS Chaplain/Chapter Chaplain:

  1. Responsible to preach, lead devotionals, etc. at FCS events and meetings as assigned by the FCS president or Chapter president, if applicable.  Responsible to obtain a devotional leader if he or she is not able to attend.
  2. Responsible to lead FCS meetings and his or her Chapter’s meetings (as delegated by the FCS president or FCS Chapter president, if applicable).

N: Prayer Coordinator:

  1. Responsible to lead FCS meetings (as delegated by the FCS president).
  2. Responsible to contact individuals who have posted a prayer request on the FCS website that have a specific event scheduled (e.g., surgery, medical tests, medical examination) within seven days of the event to determine their status. Will notify the webmaster of needed changes to the Prayer Requests and Praises web page.
  3. Responsible to contact all other individuals who have posted a prayer request on the FCS website on at least a quarterly basis to determine their status. Will notify the webmaster of needed changes.
  4. Responsible to contact FCS members who have volunteered to be prayer warriors to remind them to pray for an upcoming event (e.g., surgery, medical tests, medical examination) before the event occurs.

O. Assistant to the FCS President:

  1. Responsible to contact members and guests who have placed advertisements on the Classified Ads page on at least a quarterly basis to determine their status. Will notify the webmaster of needed changes within seven days of learning of a needed change.
  2. Responsible to conduct polls as requested by the FCS president promptly.
  3. Responsible to tabulate polls that he conducts and report the results to the FCS president within seven days of the conclusion of the poll.
  4. Responsible to complete other assignments as delegated by the FCS president.

V. Chapters:

A. A minimum of two supporting FCS members are needed to start a Chapter. These two supporting FCS members must serve as officers for their local Chapter (one as Chapter president and one as Chapter vice president).  Additional approved Chapter officer positions include Chapter treasurer, Chapter secretary, and Chapter chaplin.  All Chapter officers must also be supporting FCS members.

B. Each chapter will be governed by the FCS Bylaws and Statement of Faith. Chapters may organize their own meetings and events and maintain their own funds that are exclusive from membership dues.

C. Officers can vote in chapter officer elections for their chapter only.

VI. Events:

A. In order for an FCS event to happen, an FCS member(s) must commit to leading it.

B. Leading includes trip planning, communicating to members and guests who have committed to go on the trip and ccing the Club president in all emails, as well as ensuring the particulars of the trip occur (such as collecting and mailing in deposits, travel arrangements, meeting the guide, arranging for specific groups to hunt or fish together, ensuring as much equity as possible in fish and game harvest opportunities, collecting tips from the group or reminding participants to tip, ensuring the vehicle owners, boat owners, and the person who bought the food are reimbursed, etc.).

C. Communication includes, but is not limited to: communicating what the participants can expect for the event (what can be harvested, costs, recommended tip, lodging, food, beginning and end dates and times, rotating of boats, blinds, hunting areas, what they must bring and should bring, who will drive, who will ride together, who will bring a boat, who will hunt or fish together, the meeting place and time, any special rules, etc.) and answering questions promptly.

D. The FCS and Chapter presidents and vice presidents/event coordinators shall maintain an Annual FCS Calendar of Events.

VII.  Budget

A. The FCS and Chapter presidents and treasurers shall maintain the Budgets.

B. Any proposed unplanned purchase(s) of $50.00 or more must be approved by the FCS and Chapter presidents and treasurers, as applicable.

VIII. Amendment proposals to the Bylaws, Statement of Faith, and/or Proposals to Remove Members from FCS Membership:

A. Supporting members (only) can make amendment proposals to the Bylaws and Statement of Faith and/or proposals to remove FCS members from FCS membership.  Amendment proposals to the Bylaws and Statement of Faith and/or proposals to remove members from FCS membership must be made to the FCS President and can be in written (preferably) or oral form.

B. Amendment proposals to the Bylaws and Statement of Faith and/or proposals to remove members from FCS membership do not require a “second” in order to be considered.

C. The FCS president will present amendment proposals from supporting members pertaining to the Bylaws and/or Statement of Faith to the supporting FCS members for a minimum one week discussion and a minimum one week vote.

D. The FCS president will present amendment proposals from supporting members pertaining to the Annual Calendar of Events to the FCS officer who is in charge of the event(s) for a discussion and decision.  Any such decision can later be overturned by a two-thirds majority vote of the supporting FCS members who cast a vote (a supporting FCS member would have to propose a full vote on the decision to the FCS president).

E. The FCS president will present expenditure proposals from supporting members pertaining to the Budget to the FCS treasurer for a discussion and decision.  Any such decision can later be overturned by a two-thirds majority vote of the supporting FCS members who cast a vote (a supporting FCS member would have to propose a full vote on the decision to the FCS president).

F. Any proposal on an amendment to the Bylaws and/or Statement of Faith approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the supporting FCS members who cast a vote shall constitute as an official FCS action.

G. The FCS president will present proposals from supporting members to remove members from FCS membership to the FCS executive officers for discussion and a vote. The member who has been proposed to be removed will have the right to offer testimony on his or her own behalf. If an executive officer has been proposed to be removed he or she will have the right to offer testimony on his or her own behalf but will be excluded form executive officer discussions and votes pertaining to his or her proposed removal. A unanimous vote of the FCS executive officers who cast a vote is required to remove a member from FCS membership.

IX. Release of Liability Waiver:

A. All members and guests must sign a life time FCS Release of Liability Waiver prior to participation in FCS events that involve the use of: landowners’ land and bodies of water, outfitters, guides, guns, bows, knives, other weapons, and vehicles used in hunting, shooting, and classes that involve the use of weapons (concealed handgun license, shooting, etc.); landowners’ land and bodies of water, outfitters, guides, vehicles, boats, bows, and knives used in fishing, canoeing, and kayaking; vehicles used in car racing; vehicles and trailers used in camping; and any other FCS events that involve potential hazards.

B. The FCS president shall maintain completed FCS Release of Liability Waivers.

C. It is at the sole discretion of the FCS president as to whether an event requires participants to sign a life time FCS Release of Liability Waiver prior to participation in the event.

D. A member or guest who refuses to sign an FCS Release of Liability Waiver will not be allowed to participate in FCS events that involve potential hazards until he or she does so.

E. A minor’s parent, guardian, or conservator must sign an FCS Release of Liability Waiver prior to the minor’s participation in FCS events that involve the use of: landowners’ land and bodies of water, outfitters, guides, guns, bows, knives, other weapons, and vehicles used in hunting, shooting, and classes that involve the use of weapons (concealed handgun license, shooting, etc.); landowners’ land and bodies of water, outfitters, guides, vehicles, boats, bows, and knives used in fishing, canoeing, and kayaking; vehicles used in car racing; vehicles and trailers used in camping; and any other FCS events that involve potential hazards.

X. Conduct:

Fellowship

A. Members agree to uphold the traditions of FCS that were established when its name was The Burp & Poot (B & P) Club. These include:

  1. To burp and poot at every opportunity at FCS functions (with the exception of the events that include ladies).
  2. To never say excuse me when engaging in the above at FCS events.
  3. To play Killer UNO.
  4. To eat chili.
  5. To drink IBC root beer.
  6. To treat Charles Batts with respect.
  7. To sing the “Lumberjack Song” loudly when rising at FCS overnight events (unless at a motel or hotel).
  8. To “let their hair down” and have fun.

Christian walk

A. Members agree to:

  1. To bear other members burdens.
  2. To pray for needs within our membership body.
  3. To never hunt or fish on special occasions (anniversary, wife’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, etc.).
  4. To refrain from consuming alcohol, taking illegal drugs, and using profanity while on FCS events (the use of tobacco products is also strongly discouraged).
  5. Couples who are not married must sleep in separate quarters on overnight events.
  6. To obey all laws of the United States of America while on FCS events (this includes while traveling to and from events).

Safety and Shooting Rules

Members agree to:

  1. To obey the rules of safe weapon/rod handling.
  2. To drive vehicles and four-wheelers and operate boats in a safe manner.
  3. To acquire marksmanship skills that will assure clean kills.

Hunting and Fishing Rules

Members agree to:

  1. To always respect the property of the landowner (e.g., closing gates that they open).
  2. To always learn the rules of the host or landowner and follow them (e.g., staying put until the agreed upon time).
  3. To always carry their fair share of the load. (e.g., paying a fair share of gas money and other expenses and doing a fair share of chores).
  4. To always be aware of where the muzzles of their guns are pointing.
  5. To always keep the safeties of their guns on except when they are actively shooting at game (dove, hogs, etc.) or clay, paper, etc. targets.
  6. To always hunt with any guests and minors that they bring.
  7. To always let the hunters around them know their position, especially when walking up on hunters who have their backs to them.
  8. To always control their dogs in the field.
  9. To always pick up their trash in the field (this includes empty shotgun shells).
  10. To always take dove, duck, etc. waste away with them, if required by the landowner.
  11. To always obey all hunting and fishing regulations (examples of frequently violated laws include: buying your child a hunting and/or fishing license for the purpose of taking more game or fish for yourself and saying that your child bagged them, taking game or fish over the limit and giving the excess to others, taking game or fish over the limit and eating the excess, and shooting across county roads).
  12. To never shoot at unidentified furry or flying objects (UFO’s).
  13. To never kill or shoot at birds, animals, of fish that you do not intend to eat or are not doing so to assist in wildlife depredation (e.g., shooting at sparrows and dragonflies).
  14. To never shoot game that the landowner, outfitter or guide has disallowed from being hunted (check the hunt details or ask the landowner, outfitter, or guide if unsure).
  15. To never take an unsafe shot (e.g., taking shots when they do not know what is beyond their targets, taking low shotgun shots when other hunters are within the ranges of their guns and are within their line of fire, etc.).
  16. To never take a shot that could potentially destroy someone else’s property (e.g., shoot dove off power lines).
  17. To never shoot at game outside of the effective ranges of their guns and of their abilities.

Camping Rules

Members agree to:

  1. To always camp in the designated area only (if camping is allowed).
  2. To always keep guns in camp unloaded.
  3. To always pick up their trash and any other trash that they see in the campground.
  4. To always control their dogs at camp.

Last updated 10/25/16.

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