Society in America for the Cane Corso Italiano
Constitution and Bylaws
Article I. Association Name.
This association shall be known as the Society in America for Cane Corso Italiano , hereinafter also referred to as “SACCI” or “the Association.”
Article II. Objectives.
The objectives of the Association shall be:
(a) To encourage and promote quality in the breeding of purebred Cane Corso Italiano and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.
(b) To encourage the organization of independent local specialty clubs in those localities where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of the United
(c) To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the United Kennel Club.
(d) To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at all dog shows ,obedience and working test and trials;
(e) To conduct sanctioned matches, specialty shows, obedience and working trials and tests under the rules of the United Kennel Club.
(f) To develop rescue programs needed to provide for the welfare of the purebred Cane
Article III. Association Profits.
The Association shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the Association shall benefit any member or individual. SACCI is a non profit corporation under the provisions of the Code of Alabama 1975, known as the Alabama non profit corporation act.
Article IV. Rules for Licensed Events.
All licensed events sponsored by the Association will be run in accordance with the rules, policies, and procedures of the United Kennel Club®.
No individual or group of individuals known to: promote, support, raise dogs for fighting; knowingly sell, give or trade dogs that will be used for fighting; condone or be associated with the facing off, game testing, rolling or pitting; will be tolerated or allowed membership in this association. Such individuals will be banned from all UKC events and clubs, with no reinstatement at any time.
Article VI. Revisions.
The members of the Association shall adopt and may from time to time revise such bylaws as may be required to carry out these objectives.
Article I. Membership.
Section 1. Eligibility.
There shall be five types of membership open to any breeder, owner, or fancier of the Cane Corso Italiano breed who subscribes to the purposes and objectives of the Association, SACCI Code of Ethics, and who is in good standing with U.K.C.
Section 2. Types of membership.
Section 2.1. Single membership. Open to members 18 years of age or older. Single members are entitled to one vote and are eligible to hold office in the Association.
Section 2.2. Family/Household membership. Open to any two members of a household 18 years of age or older. Each Family/Household membership is entitled to two votes but only one member may hold office at any one time.
Section 2.3 Junior Membership. Open to anyone under 18 years of age. All regular membership benefits except the right to vote or hold office.
Section 2.4 Associate membership. Open to members 18 years of age or older. All regular membership benefits except the right to hold office or vote.
Section 2.5 Prorated membership. Open to members 18 years of age or older. On July 1 membership pricing goes down by ½ the pricing +5.00. All prorated membership benefits except the right to hold office or vote.
Section 3. Dues
Section 3.1. Amount. The amounts shall be set by the board of directors. The dues amounts may be changed when necessary prior to the upcoming year by majority vote of the board of directors at any regular meeting. That amount shall never be raised by more then 20.00 dollars prior to any year.
Section 3.2. Payment of dues. Dues are payable on or before the first day of January of each year.
Section 3.3. Dues statement. On November 15th of each year, the Membership director shall send to each member a statement of dues for the ensuing year.
Section 3.4. Nonpayment of dues. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. The membership of any member who has not paid his/her dues by March 31st of any calendar year shall lapse. The Board of Directors may grant a grace period of an additional 30 days for payment to any member who applies for an extension.
Section 4. Application for membership. Each applicant for membership in the Association shall apply on a Board-approved Application for Membership, which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the Constitution, Bylaws and Code of Ethics of the Association and the rules and regulations of the United Kennel Club. The prospective member shall submit the completed application and dues payment for the current year to the Membership director.
Section 5. Election to Membership. Applicants may be elected by secret ballot at the next meeting of the Board of Directors or by secret vote of the Directors by mail, except that no mail vote may be initiated until each Board member has received a copy of all comments on the application from the Membership director. Affirmative votes of a majority of the Directors present at a meeting of the Board or of the entire Board voting
by mail shall be required to elect an applicant.
Section 6. Rejected Applications. The sponsor of any applicant whose membership application is rejected by the Board may personally present the application at the next meeting of the Association. The Association membership may elect such applicant by secret ballot and a favorable vote of 75 percent of the members present, in good standing, and voting.
Section 7. Termination of Membership. Memberships may be terminated for any of the following reasons:
Section 7.1. Resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the Association upon written notice to the Membership director. Resignation shall not discharge or eliminate any debt owed to the Association. Dues are considered an obligation to the Association and are incurred the first day of each fiscal year.
Section 7.2. Lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member's dues remain unpaid after March 31st The Board of Directors may grant a grace period of an additional 30 days for payment to any member who applies for an extension. In no case may a person be entitled to vote at any
Association meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of the meeting. Dues paid at such a meeting allow that member reinstatement of voting rights.
Section 7.3. Suspension. Any member who is suspended or barred from the privileges of the United Kennel Club is automatically suspended or barred from the privileges of membership in the Association for the same period of time.
Section 7.4. Expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VIII, Section 4 of these bylaws.
Article II. Association Year.
Section 1. Fiscal Year. The Association’s fiscal year shall begin on the 1st day of January and end on the last day of December.
Section 2. Official Year. The Association’s official year shall begin immediately at the conclusion of the election at the annual meeting and shall continue through the election at the next annual meeting.
Article III. Meetings.
Section 1. Membership Meetings. Membership meeting of the Association may be held at such time and place as may be designated by the Board of Directors Written notice of the time, place and location of this meeting shall be mailed not later than 15 days prior to the meeting.
Section 2. Annual membership meeting. The annual in-person membership meeting of the Association shall be held at such time and place as may be designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of the time, place and location of this meeting shall be mailed not later than 15 days prior to the meeting.
Section 3. Special Association meetings. Special meetings may be called by the President or by a majority vote of the members of the Board of Directors who are present and voting at any meeting of the Board or who vote by mail, and shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by 10 percent of the members of the Association who are in good standing. Such special meetings shall be held at a place, date and hour as may be designated by the person or persons authorized herein to call such a meeting. Written notice of such a meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least fifteen (15) days and not more than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting, and said notice shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other Association business may be transacted thereat. The quorum for such a meeting shall be 20 percent of the members in good standing.
Section 4. Board meetings. The first meeting of the Board shall be held immediately following the annual Association meeting and election. Meetings of the Association Board of Directors shall be held monthly at such times and places as the Board of Directors shall from time to time determine by resolution of the Board of Directors. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least 15 days prior to the date of the meeting.
Section 5. Special Board meetings. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the Association President, Vice President, or by the Secretary upon receipt of a written request signed by at least three members of the Board. Such special meeting shall be held at such time and place as may be designated by the person authorized to call such meeting. The Secretary shall mail written notice of such meeting at least 30 days prior to the date of the meeting. Any such notice shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other business shall be transacted thereat. The quorum for such a meeting shall be a majority of the Board.
Section 6. Conducting Association business via electronic communication. Association and Board members may use e-mail, chat rooms, message boards and other means of electronic communication to facilitate Association business.
Section 6.1. Association discussions.
a. Notice. Written notice of Association on-line discussions shall be mailed or e-mailed to all Association members in good standing by the Secretary at least 14 days and not more than 30 days prior to the scheduled discussion. Notice shall include:
1. A designated e-mail list, chat room or message board with instructions how to access the list, room or message board;
2. The purpose(s) of the meeting and the starting and ending dates and times during which discussion may take place. No other Association business shall be discussed.
b. Quorum. No quorum shall be required for Association discussions.
c. Voting. No vote may be taken on any motion.
d. Minutes. The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping minutes of these discussions by using chat room logs, copying messages from the message board, copying e-mail from the list, or by taking notes of the discussion.
Section 6.2. Regular Board discussions. A majority of the Board may designate a regular date, time and e-mail list, chat room or message board for Board discussions.
a. Notice. These regular discussions may be held without notice but the President shall publish an agenda at the beginning of each discussion.
b. Roll call. The Secretary will take a roll call at the beginning of each designated meeting period.
c. Quorum. A quorum for these discussions shall be a majority of the Board members. A Board member shall be considered present if he/she responds within one-half hour in a chat room or within 24 hours on an e-mail list or message board.
d. Voting. Board members may vote on any properly-made motion during these discussions, but no such vote shall be valid unless a written copy of the motion signed by the Board member clearly indicating the Board member’s approval or disapproval of the motion is received via mail or fax by the Secretary within 10 days of the electronic vote. Board members shall be notified by mail or e-mail of the results of all balloting.
e. Minutes. The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping minutes of these discussions by using chat room logs, copying messages from the message board, copying e-mail from the list, or by taking notes of the discussion.
Section 6.3. Special Board discussions. Special Board discussions may be called by the Association President, Vice President, or by the Secretary upon receipt of a written request signed by at least three members of the Board. Such special discussion shall be held at such date and time and in such electronic format (e-mail list, chat room or message board) as may be designated by the person authorized to call for such a discussion.
a. Notice. The Secretary shall mail or e-mail written notice of such meeting at least 14 days prior to the date of the discussion. Any such notice shall state the purpose of the discussion and no other business shall be transacted thereat.
b. Quorum. A quorum for these discussions shall be a majority of the Board members. A Board member shall be considered present if he/she responds within one-half hour in a chat room or within 24 hours on an e-mail list or message board.
c. Voting. Board members may vote on any properly-made motion during these discussions, but no such vote shall be valid unless a written copy of the motion signed by the Board member clearly indicating the Board member’s approval or disapproval of the motion is received via mail or fax by the Secretary within 10 days of the electronic vote. Board members shall be notified by mail or e-mail of the results of all balloting.
d. Minutes. The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping minutes of these discussions by using chat room logs, copying messages from the message board, copying e-mail from the list, or by taking notes of the discussion.
Section 7. Quorum.
Section 7.1. Membership meetings. The quorum for all Association membership meetings shall be 20 percent of the members in good standing.
Section 7.2. Board meetings. The quorum for all Association Board meetings shall be a majority of the Board.
Section 8. Voting. Each Association member in good standing for a minimum of one full year and whose dues are paid for the current year shall be entitled to vote at any membership meeting at which the member is present or by ballot. Proxy voting shall not be permitted.
Article IV. Directors and Officers.
Section 1. Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall be composed of the Officers and five directors, all of whom shall be members in good standing and all of whom shall be elected as provided in Article V and shall serve until their successors are elected. In addition, the immediate past President shall serve as a voting member of the board for a period of one year only. General management of the Association’s affairs shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Term of Office. The Officers and Directors of the Association shall serve for two years or until their successors are elected. No person may hold more than one office per term. Any director who misses three board meetings within an Association year shall be reviewed by the Board of Directors. A majority of the board members present and voting at the meeting from which the director is absent for the third time will vote to excuse one or all of the absences and if any further action is warranted.
Section 3. Officers. The Association’s Officers, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the Association and its meetings and the board and its meetings. All Officers must be in good standing with the United Kennel Club.
Section 3.1. President. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and of the Board of Directors, and shall have the duties and powers normally appurtenant to the office of the President in addition to those particularly specified in these bylaws.
Section 3.2. Vice President. The Vice President shall assist the President when and where possible. The Vice President shall serve as Parliamentarian. The Vice President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President’s death, absence or incapacity.
Section 3.3. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep a written record of all meetings of the Association and of the Board and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the Association; shall have charge of the correspondence, including but not limited to:
a. Notifying members of meetings and events.
b. Preparing, printing, and mailing official Association ballots;
c. Notifying Officers and Directors of their election to office;
d. In the death, absence or incapacity of the President and Vice President, carrying out the duties and exercising the powers of the President; and
e. Carrying out other such duties as prescribed in these bylaws.
Section 3.4. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall collect and receive all moneys due or belonging to the Association. Moneys shall be deposited in a bank designated by the board, in the name of the Association. The books shall at all times be accurate, up to date, and open to inspection by the board. A report shall be given at every meeting of the condition of the Association’s finances and every item of receipt or payment not before reported; and at the annual meeting, an accounting shall be rendered of all moneys received and expended during the previous fiscal year. In the event of the resignation, death or expulsion of the Treasurer, all moneys and account books of the Association shall be handed over to the Board of Directors until the office of Treasurer is filled. The President shall sign all checks during this interim period.
Section 4. Directors.
Section 4.1. Fundraising, media and public relations director.
This director shall be responsible for the coordination of all fundraising activities and directly supervise and advise the board of such matters. In addition this director shall supervise over our club newsletter and promote our organization with this newsletter and any other media means including but not limited to internet, e-mail and direct mail.
Section 4.2. Breeder education and certification director. This director shall supervise and coordinate our certified breeder program. In addition this director shall help educate member breeders through our newsletter and other means in all areas pertaining to the proper breeding practices of pure bred dogs.
Section 4.3. Breed education director. This director shall help educate members and others in the breed specific history and characteristics of the Cane Corso Italiano. In addition this director shall be available to coordinate and assist in judge’s education and
Section 4.4 Membership director. This director shall be responsible for building and maintaining an active membership. In addition this director will maintain and update all membership records to include:
a. Accept membership applications and issue membership cards.;
b. Notifying new members of their election to membership;
c. Keeping a roll of the members of the Association with their addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail;
d. Keeping a roll of the members participation in committees and of the board;
e. Providing the club Secretary with an accurate club membership mailing list.
Section 4.5. Working director. This director shall format and maintain a point system to be used for club awards. In addition this director will coordinate events on a national basis and assist the regional presidents on coordinating events in their regions.
Section 5. Resignations. Any director may resign at any time by giving a written notice to the secretary of the club. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein, and unless otherwise stated therein, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
Section 6. Vacancies. Any vacancies occurring on the Board or among the offices during the year shall be filled until the next annual election by a majority vote of all the then members of the board at its first regular meeting following the creation of such vacancy, or at a special board meeting called for that purpose, except that a vacancy in the office of President shall be filled automatically by the Vice President and resulting vacancy in the office of Vice President shall be filled by the board.
Section 7. Compensation. The members of the board shall serve without compensation for time or labor but may be compensated for reasonable and necessary expenses.
Article V. Elections.
Section 1. Annual Election. The election of Officers and directors shall be conducted by online voting election company. All members in good standing for at least one full year will be eligible to vote. If no nominations are received by the Secretary as provided in Article V, Section 2.4, no ballot will be necessary. In this case, the persons selected by the Nominating Committee will be declared elected by the Secretary at the annual meeting of the Association. If additional nominations have been made as provided in Article V, Section 2.4, the Chairperson of the Tally Committee shall report the results of the election at the annual meeting. The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each office or position on the board shall be declared elected.
Section 2. Nominations. No person may be a candidate for an office or position on the Board who has not been nominated. Minimum requirements for nomination are to be a member in good standing for three consecutive years and one year of committee or BOD participation. Nominations cannot be made at the annual meeting or in any manner other than as provided in this section.
Section 2.1 Nominating Committee. Before May 1, the Board shall select a Nominating Committee, consisting of three members and one alternate, all members in good standing, none of which shall be a member of the current Board of Directors. The board shall name one member of the committee to serve as Chairperson, who shall be responsible for setting times and dates for Committee meetings and for reporting results to the Association Secretary. The Nominating Committee may conduct its business in person or by use of mail, fax, telephone or other electronic communication, provided that all decisions must be confirmed in writing to all members of the Committee within 10 days.
Section 2.2. Tally Committee. At the same time it selects a Nominating Committee, or immediately before submitting a proposed amendment to the Constitution or Bylaws to the Secretary, the Board of Directors shall select an Association member to serve as the Tally Committee, in the event that it becomes necessary to hold an election or vote on a proposed amendment to the Constitution and Bylaws, and officially observe online voting ballots and who shall report the results of the election to the Association Secretary.
Section 2.3. Candidates. The Nominating Committee shall nominate from among the eligible members of the Association, one candidate for each office and for each other position on the Board of Directors and shall procure acceptance of each nominee. The
Committee should consider geographical representation of the membership when selecting nominees to the extent that it is practicable to do so. No person shall be nominated for more than one position. The Committee shall submit its slate of candidates to the Secretary not later than June 1.The Secretary shall mail the list, including the full name of each candidate and the state in which the candidate resides, before July 1, so that members may make additional nominations, if they so desire.
Section 2.4 Additional Nominations. Additional nominations of eligible members may be made by written petition, addressed to the Secretary and received at the Secretary’s regular address on or before August 1, accompanied by a written acceptance of the nomination from each additional nominee. No person shall be nominated for more than one position.
a. If no valid additional nominations are received by the Secretary on or before August the1. Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates shall be declared elected at the time of the annual meeting and no balloting will be required.
b. If one or more valid nominations are received by the Secretary on or before August 1 the Secretary shall email to each member in good standing a ballot listing in alphabetical order all of the nominees for each position, together with an email validation code for each voting member in the household.
Section 2.5. Counting the Ballots. The Tally Person shall check the official online voting election company of the results submitted no later than August 31. The Chairperson shall report the election results to the Association Secretary not later than October 1st. The official online results will be printed off and are to be given to the Secretary who shall keep them for two years as part of the Association’s official records.
Section 2.6. Election Results. Election results will be announced by the Secretary at the annual meeting of the Association.
Section 2.7. Change of Officers and Board Members. The newly-elected Officers and board members shall take office at the conclusion of the annual meeting at which they were elected. Each retiring Officer and board member shall turn over to his/her successor in office all properties and records relating to that office within 30 days after the election.
Article VI. Contracts, Loans, Checks.
Section 1. Contracts. The Board may authorize any Officer, agent or employee to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Association.
Section 2. Loans. No loan shall be contracted on behalf of the Association, and no evidence of indebtedness shall be issued in its name unless authorized by a resolution of the Board of Directors. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.
Section 3. Checks, Drafts, Etc. All checks, drafts or other orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the Association shall be approved by the board of directors and signed by the Association Treasurer and the President.
Article VII. Committees.
Section 1. Appointing Committees. The Board shall each year appoint such standing committees as needed to advance the operation of the Association or to aid the board on particular projects. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the Board.
Section 2. Terminating Committee Appointments. Any committee appointment may be terminated by majority vote of the the board upon full written notice to the appointee, and the board may appoint successors to those persons whose service has been terminated.
Article VIII. Discipline.
Section 1. United Kennel Club Suspension. Any member who is suspended from the privileges of the United Kennel Club shall be automatically suspended from the privileges of this Association for a like period.
Section 2. Charges. Any member may prefer charges against a member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Association or the breed. Written charges with specifications must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary together with a deposit of $25.00, which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained by the Board following a hearing. The Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to each member of the board or present them at a Board meeting, and the Board shall first consider whether the actions alleged in the charges, if proven, might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Association or the breed. If the Board considers that the charges do not allege prejudicial conduct, the Board may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the Board entertains jurisdiction of the charges, it shall fix a date for a hearing by the Board not less than three weeks or more than six weeks thereafter.
The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused member by registered mail together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the respondent may personally appear in his/her own defense and bring witnesses if he/she wishes.
Section 3. Board Hearing. The Board shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and respondent shall be treated uniformly in that regard. Should the charges be sustained after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by complainant and respondent, the Board may by a majority vote of those present suspend the respondent from all privileges of the Association for not more than six months from the date of the hearing. If the Board deems that punishment insufficient, it may also recommend to the membership that the penalty be expulsion. In such case, the suspension shall not restrict the respondent’s right to appear before his fellow members at the ensuing Association meeting which considers the board’s recommendation. Immediately after the board has reached a decision, its finding shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary. The Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the board’s decision and penalty, if any.
Section 4. Expulsion. Expulsion of a member from the Association may be accomplished only at the annual meeting of the Association following a Board hearing and upon the Board’s recommendation as provided in Section 3 of this Article. The respondent shall have the privilege of appearing in his or her own behalf though no evidence shall be taken to this meeting. The President shall read the charges, and the findings and recommendations, and shall invite the respondent, if present, to speak on his/her own behalf. The meeting shall then vote by secret written ballot on the proposed expulsion. A 2/3 vote of those present and voting at the meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted, the suspension shall stand.
Article IX. Amendments.
Section 1. Proposing Amendments. Amendments to the constitution and bylaws may be proposed by the Board of Directors or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by 20 percent of the membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the Board of Directors and must be submitted to the members with the recommendations of the board by the Secretary for a vote at the time of the annual election subsequent to the date when the petition was received by the Secretary.
Section 2. Publishing Proposed Amendments. Proposed amendments must be mailed and include the recommendations of the board. The Secretary shall mail to each member in good standing a ballot listing all proposed amendments, together with an envelope addressed to the Chairperson of the Tally Committee. Ballots may be mailed with a club newsletter. The same ballot form may be used for proposed amendments as for the annual election of Officers and board members.
Section 3. Voting Procedures. Proposed amendments to the constitution and bylaws may be included on the same ballot used for the annual election of board members. Ballots shall be returned, counted, and results announced in accordance with the procedures outlined in Article V, Sections 2.5 and 2.6. The favorable vote of 2/3 of the members in good standing who return valid ballots within the specified time limit shall be required to effect such a proposed amendment.
Section 4. UKC Approval. No amendment to the constitution and bylaws that is adopted by the Association shall become effective until it has been approved by UKC.
Article X. Dissolution. The Association may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than ¾ of the members in good standing. In the event of the dissolution of the Association, whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, other than for purposes of reorganization, none of the property of the Association nor any proceeds thereof nor any assets of the Association shall be distributed to any members of the Association, but after payment of the debts of the Association, its property and assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the benefit of dogs selected by the Board.
Article XI. Order of Business.
Section 1. Association Meetings. At meetings of the Association, the order of business, so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows:
Minutes of last meeting
Report of President
Report of Secretary
Report of Treasurer
Reports of committees
Election of officers and board (at annual meeting in odd-numbered years)
Section 2. Board Meetings. At meetings of the board, the order of business, unless otherwise directed by majority vote of those present, shall be as follows:
Reading of minutes of last meeting
Report of Secretary
Report of Treasurer
Reports of committees
Election of new members
Article XII. Parliamentary Authority.
The rules contained in the current edition of "Robert's Rules of Order, Newly
Revised," shall govern the Association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any other special rules of order the Association may adopt.
Article XIII. Certification.
We hereby certify that the foregoing Constitution and Bylaws, consisting of 16 pages, including this page, constitute the Bylaws of the Association, duly adopted by its Board of Directors at a meeting properly noticed and held, and at which a quorum was present on September 10, 2014