NAME This organization shall hereafter be known as the Hotot Rabbit Breeders International and shall be registered as an incorporated body in accordance with prevailing laws pertaining to such matter as funds of the organization permit.
OBJECTIVES Section 1. To promote and encourage the breeding of the Blanc de Hotot rabbit. Section 2. To collectively assist in the government of the Blanc de Hotot rabbit. Section 3. To encourage and educated prospective Blanc de Hotot breeders. Section 4. To advance and protect the interests of the members of this organization. Section 5. To provide a reliable information center, as well as to collect and disseminate data to members. Section 6. To encourage the exhibition of the Blanc de Hotot and to insist upon uniform application of existing standards. Section 7. To assist the disposition of stock to reliable breeders whenever possible. Section 8. To promote the Blanc de Hotot’s advantages for food, fur, and fancy. Section 9. To recommend and insist upon fair dealings by this organization’s membership. Section 10. To place the Blanc de Hotot rabbit before the public for their admiration and approval.
AFFILIATION Section 1: This organization shall be affiliated with the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc. Section 2: Any Local or State Specialty Hotot group whose policies are in accord with those of this organization may be granted a letter of approval by this organization, subject to the approval of the executive Committee for charter in the American Rabbit Breeders association, Inc. Approval requests must be accompanied by the group’s constitution and by-laws, a roster of the organization’s officers and membership. Section 3: All officers of affiliated groups must be members of the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc. (ARBA), and members of this organization before approval will be granted.
MEMBERS Section 1. All members in this organization shall be active members. Section 2. Any person of good character and reputation may become an active member in good standing, application shall be made in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer, and must be accompanied by one or more years membership fee.
OFFICERS Section 1: No officer or director of this corporation shall be personally liable for its debts or obligations of the corporation of any nature whatsoever, nor shall any of the property or assets of the officers or directors be subject to the payment of the debts or obligations of this corporation. Section 2: The officers of this Association shall be: President, Vice-President, Secretary and/or Treasurer, and a minimum of three (3) U.S. Regional Directors and a maximum of six (6) total Directors, one of which shall be an International Director. These officers shall constitute the Executive Committee. Section 3: It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to make such effort to adhere to the policy of having equal representation first and foremost throughout the United States, but not excluding international countries that would like to participate. Section 4: The President, Vice-President and Directors shall be elected by national membership ballot. Section 5: The office of Secretary and/or Treasure shall be elected by two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Executive Committee. Section 6: The President, Vice-President, Secretary and/or Treasurer, and International Director will be a term of two-years. The President and the International Director shall be elected on even years, to start the term of office January 1st the following immediate odd year. The Vice-President and Secretary and/or Treasurer shall be elected on odd years, to start the term of office January 1st the following immediate even year. The initial terms of U.S. Regional Directors will be staggered in one, two and three year terms, respectively. All U.S. Regional Director elections thereafter will continue with staggered three year terms to keep up the one-third regional rotation. No person shall be elected and appointed in the same term. Section 7: Vacancies in offices during the term shall be filled by appointment from the President, with approval by majority vote of the Executive Committee. All appointed officers shall complete the term of office of their predecessor, unless another officer has been voted for through early elections, in which case, the latter shall take office immediately. Section 8: Certain positions shall be fulfilled on a voluntary basis by appointment from the President, with approval by majority vote of the Executive Committee. These shall include, but are not limited to, the Sanctions and Sweepstakes Secretary, Youth Liaison, Committee Chairs, Newsletter Editor, and Webmaster. The Executive Committee may include these appointed positions as part of the Organization’s governing body if a description of their responsibilities and authority are included in the Organization’s Constitution. These appointees have the right to attend and participate at all meetings of the Executive Committee, except when the Executive Committee enters executive session, but shall have no voting powers
DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS Section 1: Failure to perform the duties as required by the Constitution and By-laws and by the Executive Committee may constitute grounds for removal. Section 2: The President shall preside at all meetings of this organization and act as Chairman of the Executive Committee. S/He shall appoint all committees in accordance with this Constitution and By-laws or special committees when necessary. S/He shall perform other duties as that usually pertain to the office, shall have other powers as may be conferred upon him/her by the Executive Committee. S/He shall be an exofficio member of the Executive Committee and all other Committees. Under exceptional circumstances, the President may call an early election, with approval by majority vote of the Executive Committee. Section 3: The duties of the Vice-President shall be the same as those of the President in case of the absence or disability of the President. Section 4: The Secretary and/or Treasurer shall devote sufficient time and attention to the correspondence of the organization and any other duties as directed by the President or Executive Committee, and shall be the custodian of all property of this organization. S/He shall notify all members of meetings, keep accurate record of all minutes, memberships, and notify members of expiration of dues. The Secretary and/or Treasurer shall keep a complete up-to-date membership list, including current addresses. The Secretary and/or Treasurer shall make quarterly reports to the Executive Committee. A yearly report shall be presented to the general membership in a manner that all may hear or read, and ideally on or before the Annual General Meeting of this organization. When directed by the President and Executive Committee, the Secretary and/or Treasurer shall furnish bond in the amount and as called for, expense of same to be borne by the organization. The Secretary and/or Treasurer shall receive and keep appropriate records as approved by the Executive Committee, of all the monies received in the name of the organization and shall maintain a bank account in said name. All expenditures are to bear the Secretary and/or Treasurer’s signature. The Secretary and/or Treasurer may pay normal operating expenses without prior Executive Committee approval. Normal operating expenses shall include but are not limited to shows, website, postage; fewer than two hundred fifty dollars ($250). All other expenditures will require Executive Committee approval. The Secretary and Treasurer duties can be done by the same person. Section 5: The Board of Directors and Officers shall constitute the Executive Committee, who will have full charge of this organization’s business transactions. They shall authorize all special expenditures of money; pass on all special matters found to be desirable, but not in conflict with this instrument. They shall have the executive power to make all contracts in the name of the organization, shall offer and supervise all business matters of this organization. Section 6: The Sanctions and Sweepstakes Secretary shall be responsible for the issuing of sanctions, and keeping a tally of all sweepstakes points, and show results. The Sweepstakes Secretary shall receive and keep appropriate deposit records of any Sanction monies collected for the Corporation and furnish an annual report of all said monies. The Sanctions and Sweepstakes Secretary shall be a second signatory for the club’s bank account. The Sanctions and Sweepstakes Secretary shall have no Executive Committee voting powers. Section 7: The Youth Liaison will keep an up-to-date list of youth members. S/He will represent the voice of youth members and empower youth involvement in the activities of the membership and the Blanc de Hotot breed. The Youth Liaison shall have no Executive Committee voting powers. Section 8: Committee Chair(s) shall submit data and information on the work being carried out at regular intervals, no less than bi-annually to the President and Secretary and/or Treasurer, and shall submit a written report to be read in the January issue of the HRBI newsletter. The Committee Chair(s) shall have no Executive Committee voting powers, unless S/He is a Director or Officer of the Executive Committee.
COMPENSATION OF OFFICERS Section 1: All expenses of the organization shall be paid from and in the name of the organization first, and in no case shall allocation of expenses or allowances be made to any member or officer without prior approval of the Executive Committee. Section 2: The Secretary-Treasurer shall receive twenty percent (20%) commission on all monies received by this organization, except monies received for sanctions and donations. Section 3: The Secretary-Treasurer shall be paid fifty dollars (US$50.00) as expense monies for attendance of the Annual General Meeting of this organization, provided s/he attends. Section 4: The Secretary-Treasurer’s salary shall be computed monthly and paid once quarterly the last day of March, June, September and December. Section 5: No compensation to any officer of this organization will be allowed without majority Executive Committee approval first.
AMENDMENTS Section 1: The Constitution may be amended by submitting a proposal resolution in writing, signed by ten percent (10%) of current membership (or more) in good standing, to the Secretary-Treasurer. Emails may be considered as a signature, if the owner of the account specifically states that is their wish. Section 2: The Secretary-Treasurer shall submit the proposed resolution to the Constitution and Resolution Committee for written opinion of the legality and general effect on the organization which, if unfavorable shall be published. The Secretary-Treasurer shall then mail a copy of the proposed resolution, together with a proper ballot and return envelope, to each member in good standing. Ballots will be mailed within thirty (30) days after receipt of opinion from the Constitution and Resolution Committee. Section 3: All resolutions are to be confined to one subject. Section 4: Not more than thirty (30) days shall be allowed for the return of the ballots to the Election Committee. A majority of ballots received shall be required for passage of any proposed change. Section 5: This Constitution may also be amended by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote of all members present at a General Meeting provided all members have been notified thirty days prior to such meeting of the proposed amendments and at least twentyfive percent (25%) of current membership are present in addition to any or all officers.
Hotot Rabbit Breeders International Bylaws
MEETINGS Section 1: The annual meeting of the Hotot Rabbit Breeders International shall be held, with the approval of the Executive Committee and the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc. (ARBA) during the ARBA Annual Convention. As many sessions may bescheduled as are necessary to transact the annual business. Section 2: The President shall call a special meeting of the membership upon being petitioned by not less than one half (1/2) of the members in good standing. The petition must be signed by each of the petitioners and must state the business to be transacted. During the special meeting, no business shall be transacted except that with has been petitioned. The petition must be made in duplicate and sent to both the President and the Secretary-Treasurer by certified mail. The President may also call a special meeting of the membership at any time as long as the membership has been notified at least thirty days in advance through the newsletter. During the special meeting, no business shall be transacted except what has been presented in the official announcement. Section 3: The President may call a special meeting of the Board of Directors at any time during the annual meeting or a special meeting of the Board may be called during the annual general meeting when petitioned by one half (1/2) the officers, or one fourth (1/4) of the members. At such special meeting no business may be transacted except that stated in the petition. Section 4: At all annual meetings of the organization, the order of business shall be: 1. Call to order 2. Roll call of officers 3. Reading of the minutes of the previous meeting 4. Report of officers 5. Report of committees 6. Unfinished business 7. New business 8. Good of the order 9. Adjournment Section 5: The Executive Committee shall meet quarterly. Meetings shall occur the first weekend of February, May, August, and November, or as close as possible to these dates. Recognizing that members reside in various regions, and travel to meet in person may be difficult, internet chat or teleconference calls must be provided for all meetings unless all Executive Committee members are able to attend the meeting in person.
DUES Section 1: Individual members, except youth members, shall pay a fee of ten dollars (US$10.00) per annum. Youth members under the age of nineteen (19) years shall pay a fee of five dollars (US$5.00) per annum. Youth members shall be entitled the privileges of full membership, but may not exercise the right to vote unless they have reached the minimum voting age of fifteen (15) years old. Combination membership, i.e. husband and wife provided by membership applications are made at the same time for fourteen dollars (US$14.00) per annum. Members may have an option of paying for-3 year membership at the following rates: Individual $25.00; Youth $12.00; Husband and Wife $35.00. No other combinations shall be available. All said fees for membership shall accompany membership application. In addition to membership fees an annual service charge of eight dollars (US$8.00) shall be paid by all members in countries other than the United States, Canada and Mexico. All memberships and service charges shall be paid in United States funds, to be remitted with membership or renewal application. Section 2: Upon expiration of dues, providing renewal has not been received, the Secretary-Treasurer shall at once notify the delinquent member, and those not submitting the required fee within 30 days shall be dropped from the membership file. Renewals received within 60 days after expiration shall be backdated to previous membership expiration date upon the late payment of one dollar ($1.00) plus renewal fee. Membership renewals paid after the 60-day grace period shall be considered as new members. Section 3: All members of this organization with 25-year consecutive, uninterrupted, years of membership shall be granted a Life Membership. Any other member may become Life Members upon payment of One Hundred dollars (US$100.00), which sum shall be received in lieu of all annual dues. Section 4: An Honorary Life Membership may be granted to any member of this organization whose dedication to the Blanc de Hotot breed has been deemed outstanding by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. Section 5: An “E. Bernhard memorial Member of the Year” shall be chosen yearly. Nominations shall be made to the Secretary-Treasurer prior to July 31st for any member whose services and/or achievements merit such an award. The Executive Committee shall review each nominee’s services and/or achievements and shall select a “Member of the Year” Award to be presented at the Annual General Meeting. A plaque bearing the winner’s name shall be kept in this organizations office with a token award presented to the winner. A resume of the winner’s service(s) and/or achievement(s) will be published in the official publication. A member shall be eligible to win only once Section 6: Any member of this organization in good standing may organize a local or State Blanc de Hotot Specialty Club, composed of breeders in his/her area, for the purpose of expanding the popularity of the Blanc de Hotot rabbit. Officers of any such organization shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and three or more Directors. Application for approval of such Blanc de Hotot Specialty Club shall be made in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer of this organization, accompanied by a list of all officers and members, along with a copy of the group’s constitution and by-laws. Officers of Blanc de Hotot Specialties organized within the United States, Canada, and Mexico must be members of the ARBA and Hotot Rabbit Breeders International. Rules and regulations not so listed herein, but set down by ARBA shall apply in said applications.
VOTING PROCEDURE Section 1: Any member in good standing of the Hotot Rabbit Breeders International, wishing to become a candidate for any elective office of this organization, shall write the Secretary-Treasurer for a nominating petition. The nominating petition shall carry the members name and the office s/he decides to be a candidate for and shall carry the signatures of five (5) members in good standing of the Hotot Rabbit Breeders International. When the petition is filed before August 1st, with the Secretary-Treasurer, the Secretary-Treasurer shall then place the member’s name who appears on the petition on the election ballot. The election ballots shall be mailed out and returned to the Election Committee. After the final count is in, the Election Committee shall advise the Secretary-Treasurer as to their findings and the highest for each office shall be declared duly elected. Section 2. Candidates for President and Vice-President shall be elected from the general membership. Section 3: Candidates for President must have raised Hotot and been a member of this organization for a minimum of two (2) years prior to running for the office. Section 4: A self-addressed envelope shall accompany each ballot addressed to the Chairman of the Election Committee and party voting shall seal same and mail directly to the Election Committee Chairman. Committee shall count the ballots within thirty (30) days after closing the polls when all members can meet in person, and send either certified or hand deliver the results to the Secretary-Treasurer either by certifiedmail or by hand delivery. When the ballots are counted, they shall be sealed and forwarded to the Secretary-Treasurer and shall be retained in this organization’s file. Section 5: The Chairman of the Election Committee may not be nominated for an elective office. Section 6: The Election Committee shall be composed of a Chairman and two (2) helpers all of whom must be members in good standing of this club. Section 7: In the event of ex aequo results, the President shall make a tie-breaking decision with approval by majority vote of the Executive Committee.
DEPARTMENTS & COMMITTEES Section 1: The President, with Executive Committee approval, shall appoint all chairmen and members for standing Departments and Committees, as authorized herein. The term of each Department and Committee shall be for a period of one year. The President shall have the authority, with just cause, to make such replacements as are considered in the best interest of the organization. Section 2. Each Department and Committee shall submit data and information on the work being carried out at regular intervals, not less than quarterly to the President and Secretary-Treasurer, and shall submit a written report to be read at the annual general meeting yearly. Section 3. The Advertising, Publicity, and Promotional Department shall consist of a chairman and two members. Of these three, one shall be chosen from the Executive Committee. They shall carry out a promotional and advertising program designed to accrue new members and encourage renewals. It shall be the department’s duties to place advertising in various rabbit and pet journals, in accordance with funds so allotted by the Board of Directors. They shall keep an accurate record of all advertising response, and shall have the authority to revise or drop any advertising considered to be unproductive. The Department shall plan, prepare and issue all promotional booklets, guide books, and other material required for membership solicitation as directed an/or approved by the Board of Directors. They shall see that the Hotot rabbit is kept in the news, by writing and/or soliciting articles for various rabbit and pet journals, both in the United States and abroad. A complete record with all such material is to be sent to the Secretary each quarter, along with proof or tear sheets of said advertisements and/or articles. This Department shall design, originate and obtain all membership insignias and other material, subject to approval of the Board of Directors. Section 4. The Foreign Relations Committee shall consist of a chairman and two committee members. Of these, at least one shall be chosen from the Executive Committee. It shall be the primary duty of this committee to keep in constant touch with various organizations and breeders abroad. This committee shall work closely with all committees and departments, seeking universal standard for the Hotot rabbit, reporting on various shows, granting token awards in the name of the organization, seeking awards for shows in the name of the organization, and encouraging breeders to support foreign shows and vice versa. The committee shall solicit articles for this organization’s official publication, and secure foreign members. Section 5. The Election Committee shall consist of a chairman and two committee members, all residing within commuting distance of each other The Chairman shall receive ballots and ten days after closing of polls shall call the committee together. Election ballots shall not be opened until all committee members are assembled, then the envelopes shall be opened, counted and results tabulated. When the count is complete, the tabulation shall be signed by each committee member, sealed and either personally delivered or sent certified mail to the Secretary within 5 days after count is completed. After publication of results, ballots are to be dated and sealed and placed in the organizations files. Section 6. The Standards Committee shall consist of a chairman and four committee members. When possible the President shall appoint at least one Judge and/or Registrar to serve on the committee. They shall maintain a continuous study of the official standards. The committee shall furnish a detailed interpretation of the standards and their application. They shall consider and propose change in the existing standards. A majority vote of the committee shall be required for adoption of any change, and said change(s) must be approved by two thirds (2/3) majority vote from the general membership. The standards shall not be revised more often than every five (5) years, in the years divisible by five. It shall be the duty of this committee to secure foreign Hotot standards and to work for universal standard adoption. Section 7. The Constitution and Resolutions Committee shall consist of a chairman and two committee members. They shall maintain a continuous study of the Constitution and ByLaws for the purpose of furnishing interpretations when requested. They shall offer improvements and/or clarifications in the form of modifications. They shall offer amendments for the improvement or clarification in the prescribed manner. They shall furnish a current copy of the Constitution and ByLaws to the ARBA each time changes are made. Resolutions shall be handled through this committee. They shall review all Resolutions received, coordinating same and furnish the Board their opinions. The membership shall not be bound by any recommendation for adoption or rejection; however, the committee’s recommendations shall be published and/or read to the membership prior to voting. All resolutions must be in the hands of the Secretary of this organization at least 60 days prior to the annual general meeting. Resolutions may also be voted upon by national ballot. Section 8. Special Committees that are considered by the President and/or by the Board of Directors may be appointed by the President for a specific purpose. Said committee shall be discharged after completion of the assignment.
DISCIPLINE Section 1. Charges of misconduct may be filed by any member against another member. They must be in writing and filed with the SecretaryTreasurer along with a $10 fee. Section 2. Any member against whom charges have been filed shall be furnished a complete statement of the charges by the SecretaryTreasurer and shall be allowed 30 days to file a reply. Section 3. The charges together with the reply if any has been received shall be furnished to each member of the executive Committee for his/her consideration. The Executive Committee may, by twothirds majority vote, suspend, or expel the member. Less than twothirds majority shall constitute acquittal of charges. Section 4. Any member suspended shall not be eligible for reinstatement within one year of the date of suspension. Any member expelled shall not be eligible for membership in this organization at any time. Section 5. If acquittal of charges has been reached, filer shall not be reimbursed his/her fee. If member is suspended or expelled, fee to be returned to complainant.
SANCTIONING SHOWS & SWEEPSTAKE POINTS Section 1. Any member in good standing may sanction Hotot at an ARBA sanctioned show by paying a fee of five ($5). Section 2. To sanction a show the member must complete a Show Sanction Request form, which can be obtained either from the SecretaryTreasure or downloaded from this organization’s website, and return the form to the SecretaryTreasurer along with the appropriate fees. Section 3. Upon receipt of the completed Show Sanction Request form, the Secretary-Treasurer will issue Sanction number(s), and forward the number(s) to the show secretary listed on the Show Sanction Request form. Section 4. Upon receipt of the show report, the Secretary-Treasurer will compile a listing of points for each member attending the show. The points are to be tabulated quarterly and posted on the organization’s website, and published in the organization’s newsletter. There are to be two categories – adult and youth. The Sweepstakes year shall coincide with the ARBA Conventions. The adult and youth Sweepstakes winners are to be awarded a certificate and/or a commemorative plaque. Section 5: No club can sponsor a Hotot Rabbit Breeders International sanctioned show unless their show is sanctioned by the American Rabbit Breeders Association with a code number. Section 6: To qualify for Sweepstake points, the exhibitor must be a member of Hotot Rabbit Breeders International or join during the show. Application for membership must be sent to the Secretary-Treasurer of Hotot Rabbit Breeders International along with membership fee and show report. Section 7: Sweepstake points to be computed as follows: six (6) times number in the class for 1st . Four (4) times number in the class for 2nd. Three (3) times number in the class for 3rd. Two (2) times number in the class for 4th. One (1) times number in the class for 5th. (Pre-Juniors classes not to count). Best of Breed shall receive one (1) point times number in breed (Pre-Juniors excluded) and Best Opposite Sex shall receive one half (1/2) point times number in breed (Pre-Juniors excluded). In the event a Blanc de Hotot wins Best in Show or Reserve in Show award one half (1/2) point will be given times number of rabbits in show. Section 8: Sweepstakes series to run from July 1st of current year and continue through June 30th of the following year in order that winners of Sweepstake Contest may be announced and awards presented at the ARBA Convention each year. Section 9: Points to be computed on actual number of rabbits that are judged and not onnumber of rabbits that are entered.
Blanc de Hotot National Show Section 1: The National Blanc de Hotot show must be sanctioned with American RabbitBreeders Association and Hotot Rabbit Breeders International Section 2: All bids for the Blanc de Hotot National Show shall be submitted to the SecretaryTreasurer by July 1st two (2) years in advance. The Secretary-Treasurer shall submit all bids to the Executive Committee for their consideration. The President is responsible of securing a minimum of two (2) bids before the Executive Committee can vote, and shall proceed with the vote even if the deadline for submission of bids has passed. The Executive Committee shall make all decisions in granting the National Show. Their decision shall be announced two years in advance at the annual general membership meeting and published in the October issue of the newsletter. Section 3: It is the responsibility of the Executive Committee to endeavor to select bids from alternate areas every year in order to reach a maximum number of members. Section 4: All bids should include the following information: (a) Name of the sponsoring club or member (b) All names of the sponsoring club officers or members (c) Tentative date for the show (d) Location of the show (e) Cooping arrangements (f) Lodging, banquet and transportation facilities (g) Listing of Judges for the Specialty show and all other shows, for both open and youth, if different (h) Any change in judges for the Specialty Show must be approved by the Executive Committee as requested by those in attendance at the National Show (i) Entry fees for Specialty show and all other shows (j) Bids shall be furnished on two 8 ½” x 11” pages only by mail or email to the Secretary-Treasurer. (k) There must be a minimum of three signatures of HRBI members willing to work together as a committee to support the bid and plan and manage the show Section 5: Hotot Rabbit Breeders International accepts no responsibility in the payment of any specials guaranteed by the sponsoring club, nor will it be obligated for any debts incurred by the sponsoring club or member. Section 6: No other Blanc de Hotot Sanctioned Shows may be held at any other location closer than 1,000 miles to the awarded National Show during the weekend of the Blanc de Hotot National except those held in conjunction with the Blanc de Hotot National Show by the sponsoring club or member. No other Blanc de Hotot Specialty Show shall be held during that weekend, unless they are in conjunction with the Blanc de Hotot National. Section 7: The Blanc de Hotot National Show must be held at least three (3) months before or after the ARBA Convention
Awards Section 1: An “E. Bernhard memorial Member of the Year” shall be chosen yearly. Nominations shall be made to the Secretary-Treasurer prior to July 31st for any member whose services and/or achievements merit such an award. The Executive Committee shall review each nominee’s services and/or achievements and shall select a “Member of the Year.” Award to be presented at the Annual General Meeting. A plaque bearing the winner’s name shall be kept in this organization’s office with a token award presented to the winner. A resume of the winner’s service(s) and/or achievement(s) will be published in the official publication Section 2: A “Bob D. Whitman Trophy”, named after Bob D. Whitman for his significant contribution to the breed in North America, shall be presented to the Open BOB winners of the ARBA Convention and the Hotot Rabbit Breeders International National Show. Winners will engrave their own name on the trophy using Bernhard Tango font, as follows: (Year) ARBA Conv. or (Year) National First Name Last Name Winners must return the trophy and its case by mail or in person to a club member who officially commits to award the trophy at the next national event (Blanc de Hotot National Show or ARBA Convention). In principle, winners shall keep the trophy for a minimum period of two (2) months Section 3: A “Mary Hughley Award”, named after Mary Hughley for her significant contribution to the breed in North America, shall be presented to the Youth BOB winners of the ARBA Convention and the Blanc de Hotot National Show. Section 4: In order to receive awards from Hotot Rabbit Breeders International, exhibitors must be current members of Hotot Rabbit Breeders International or apply for a membership and pay their dues.
Section 1: These By-laws may be amended by submitting a proposed resolution in writing, signed by ten percent (10%) of membership or more members in good standing to the Secretary-Treasurer. Emails may be considered as a signature, if the owner of the account specifically states that is their wish. Section 2: The Secretary-Treasurer shall submit the proposed resolution to the Constitution and Resolution Committee for their written opinion of the legality and general effect on the organization which, if unfavorable shall be published. The Secretary-Treasurer shall then mail a copy, together with proper ballot and return envelope, to each member in good standing. Ballots will be mailed within thirty (30) days after receipt of opinion from the Constitution and Resolution Committee. Section 3: All resolutions are to be confined to one subject. Not more than thirty (30) daysshall be allowed for the return of ballots to the Secretary-Treasurer. A majority of ballots received shall be required for passage of any proposed change. Section 4: The By-laws may also be amended by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote of all members present at a General Meeting, provided all members have been notified thirty (30) days prior to such meeting of the proposed amendments and that there are at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the membership present at the meeting