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Old German Owl Club Bylaws

As amended December 15, 2015


Article I Name
The name of the organization shall be the Old German Owl Club.

Article II Purpose
The purpose of the organization is to establish and maintain a club through which pigeon breeders may work together for the promotion of Old German Owls as a hobby, and to maintain a social setting where pigeons can be discussed and ideas exchanged regarding pigeon breeding in a friendly and cooperative manner. The primary focus of this club will be the breeding and exhibition of quality Old German Owls.

Article III Membership
Section 1: Open to all those interested in pigeons as a hobby, and especially those whose focus is on Old German Owls.

Section 2: Members shall be removed, without prejudice, from the active role whenever dues are in arrears for over two months.

Section 3: Members shall be removed from the active role whenever their actions and behavior do not conform to the purposes and objectives of the Club. Any member so removed shall have their dues refunded on a pro-rated share of dues paid.

Any five or more members may request removal of any member whose behavior does not conform to the purposes and objectives of the Club. They may initiate a request for review of the allegations by an Investigative Committee by writing to the Club Secretary, fully describing and documenting the alleged actions that violate the Club Bylaws or are not in keeping with the best interest of the Club and hobby. The Secretary shall forward the review request to the President within 30 days.

The President shall convene an Investigative Committee consisting of three neutral members, who are not party to the request or alleged actions. The Committee shall investigate the complaint, interviewing all parties it finds may have relevant information about the alleged complaint, and shall submit its findings in writing to the President within 60 days. Along with the Committee’s findings, the Committee shall recommend one, but only one, of the following: no action, one-year suspension, or permanent removal from the Club. The findings may contain a minority report.

The President shall immediately forward the findings and recommendation to the Newsletter Editor if the Investigative Committee recommends suspension or removal. The Editor shall publish the findings and recommendation and provide a non-concurrence ballot in the next available newsletter. Any member that does not concur with the committee’s recommendation shall return the ballot to the Club Secretary within 30 days of the newsletter mailing or by the date specified on the ballot, whichever is later.

The Investigative Committee’s recommendation becomes effective on the date of the ballot expiration period, and is final, unless overturned by a majority of the members. In the event that the members do not concur with the Committee’s recommendation, no action will be taken and the complaint will be considered resolved with no prejudice.

Article IV Dues
The annual dues shall be $20.00 per adult member, $25.00 for a family membership, and $10.00 for a junior member. A family membership covers parents and children under age 18. Two family members will have voting rights. For additional family members to have voting rights, they must join as single or family members.

Dues are payable at the time of joining the Club, and on the anniversary date thereafter.

Article V Officers
The elected officers shall consist of the President, three Vice-Presidents, and the Secretary Treasurer. The three Vice- presidents shall consist of the Eastern U.S. Vice-President, Central U.S. Vice-President and the Western U.S. Vice-President. Nomination and election of the three Vice Presidents and the Secretary-Treasurer shall be conducted in November and December in every even digit year, (e.g.2000) and so on. Nomination and election of the President shall be conducted in November and December in every odd digit year, (e.g.2001) and so on. Terms of the office shall be two years except for the implementation of the initial amendment to this section of the bylaws. The President will serve a one year term commencing January 1, 2007 and ending on December 31, 2007. This will allow for an orderly transition to this new voting process. Terms of office shall be two years. Minimum age for elected officers shall be 18 years of age. The officers shall be the Executive Committee of the Club and are authorized to act on behalf of the Club as the need arises.

Article VI Duties of Officers
The President shall exercise general leadership of the Club and promote the purpose and objectives of the Club and the membership

The President shall set up and make appointments to committees as needed to do the business of the Club. The President can appoint someone to fill a vacant officer position until the next election, at which time the position will be filled by election. The President shall do the business of the Club, but may call a meeting or conference call of the Executive Committee when certain Club decisions must be made. The President shall see that the Club is operated according to its bylaws at all times.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall perform all duties of the President in the absence of the President.

The Vice-presidents shall perform all the business of the club that focuses exclusively on their respective districts. Only members in the respective districts may vote for their Vice-president.

The Secretary Treasurer shall keep all business records of the Club, including membership roster, a record of dues paid by the membership, and financial records to account for handling of the funds, and shall publish a current report in every club newsletter.

The Secretary Treasurer shall keep written minutes of all Executive Committee meetings. These minutes shall be printed in the next Club newsletter.

Article VIII Changes to the Bylaws and Standard
Changes to the Bylaws may be offered at any time at the request of five members.

Standard changes my be offered at the request of five members at any time, provided that the standard has not been modified in at least five years

If the standard review process has been opened within the previous five years, the request to open the standard review process must come from 10% of the membership. A draft of such a proposal will be printed in the next news bulletin, along with any supporting reasoning.

Any member may offer amendments to the proposed draft noted above, along with supporting reasoning. These proposed amendments and/or comments, either pro or con, will be published in the following bulletin.

The next bulletin will include any other comments received on the original proposal and amendments thereto, either pro or con, and a “ballot” on the proposed amendments.

Any amendment that receives more yes than no votes by member ballot, will modify these bylaws unless some other majority is specified as part of the amendment. Results of the vote will be reported in the next bulletin.

Article IX Standard
Modifications to the Old German Owl Standard require a 60% majority of the member ballots returned. The comment section of the standard, being subservient to the main section, requires only the standard 50% + majority of member ballots returned for modification.

Article X OGO Recognition Awards
The Master Breeder, Member of the Year, and the Junior Member of the Year Programs have been developed by the Old German Owl Club for the purposes of promoting the pigeon hobby, active club participation, and encouraging excellence in the breeding, development, and showing of the Old German Owl breed of pigeon. These programs have been specifically developed to encourage members to actively participate in the promotion of the breed through all club functions, because without such activity the Old German Owl would not prosper.

These programs are open only to members in good standing of the Old German Owl Club.

Section 1: Introduction
The main objectives of the Master Breeder Program are to encourage excellence in breeding, promoting, showing, and improvement of the Old German Owl.

Section 2: Director of the Master Breeder Program
The President of the Old German Owl Club shall serve as the Director of the Master Breeder Program (DMBP) or appoint a Director. It is hoped that the Director of the Master Breeder Program will be allowed to serve an extended term in order to help maintain continuity in the program. The Director of the Master Breeder Program will have the overall responsibility for the program and will report directly to the President of the club. Disputes are subject to appeal and will be heard and voted on by the elected officers of the club.

Section 3: Record Maintenance
The Director of the Master Breeder Program will not maintain individual records but will maintain all show records presented for a period of ten years. It should be noted that it is not the Director of the Master Breeder Program’s responsibility to solicit results from the members participating in the program or the members in charge of the various shows. The Member in Charge of each show, as part of their duties, will forward a copy of the official show results to the DMBP.

It is each individual participant’s own responsibility to keep track of their master breeder points, and to verify these points with the DMBP when making an application for points toward the Master Breeder award designation.

Since records become stale over time, members are encouraged to have points certified with the DMBP on a regular basis, not just when it is believed sufficient points have been accumulated. New points certified by the DMBP, as well as accrued points, and the Master Breeder Award will be published in the newsletter and will be presumed to be accurate unless protested to the DMBP within 30 days of publication.

Only new points may be challenged. The DMBP will report the challenge to the Officers of the club who will make the final determination.

When it is believed that required number of points have been accumulated by a member, any member may submit the nominee to the DMBP for point and award certification.

Section 4: Master Breeder Program Official Rules
1. The individual requesting Master Breeder recognition for any person must be a member in good standing.

2. Members must maintain an active membership to retain accumulation points. All points are lost when membership expires for more than 6 months.

3. Show points are only awarded to active members. Membership may be activated the day of the show and still receive points for the show. The bird(s) being shown must have been bred, and shown by the individual in order to receive the show points. The exhibiter/breeder does not have to be present to have master breeder points awarded for the show.

Only officially sponsored Old German Owl Club meets with two or more breeders and at least 12 birds entered will be eligible for show points.  Point show location and judge must be approved by the club President and applicable regional VP, prior to date of the show.  The OGOC will furnish certificate awards to all approved meets for the following; Champion, Reserve Champion and Best Young in all categories (shield, talimark & self) where entry numbers are sufficient. Any additional awards, i.e. cash, trophies, etc may be provided by individual members or host club.

5. Any exhibitor found to have committed any type of fraud, not limited to falsifying records, showing other fanciers’ birds, etc., will be permanently expelled from the program.

6. Judging Procedure:  Color classes will be judged in the following order: Young Hens, Young Cocks, Old Hens, Old Cocks.  A Best of Color will be determined from the four class winners, as well as a Best Young of each color class.  Once the Best of Color is selected, the second place bird to the winner, will be brought up and a Reserve Best of Color will be selected. Champion of the show will be selected from the color class winners.  When the Champion is picked, the Reserve of his/her color class will be brought up to compete against the remaining color class winners for Reserve Champion of the show.  If the Champion is a young bird, it automatically becomes Best Young Bird.  However, if this is not the case, Best Young Bird will be selected from the Best of Color Young Birds.

Section 5: Determination of Show Points awarded at sanctioned shows

Master Breeder Point System

Master Breeder: 1000 points

Silver Master Breeder: 2000 points

Gold Master Breeder:  3000 points

1-12 Birds
Local Show, at least two exhibitors and up to 12 birds
Best of Breed (BOB) = 10 Points

13-50 Birds
Small Show, two or more exhibitors and up to 50 birds
If show is set up for color classes, Best of Color (BOC) = 5 points
BOB=25 points
Reserve Champion = 10 points

51-75 Birds
Large Show, multiple exhibitors up to 75 birds
BOB=50 points
Reserve Champion = 25 points
BOC = 5 points
Judging for Show = 25 points

76+ Birds Grand Show
BOB=100 points
1st Reserve Champion = 50 points
2nd Reserve Champion = 30 points
(For National, Canadian District, US Regional or NYBS Shows=
Add 25 additional points to TOP 3 places if 100+ birds are shown)
3rd, 4th and 5th Reserve Champion = 25 points BOC =5 Points
BOS at all breed show = 50 points
Judging of Show = 50 points


A maximum of 100 points earned by judging OGOC meets with entries of 50 or more birds, can be applied to Master Breeder points.  However, already recognized Master Breeders that judge, can receive an additional 100 points to apply to the Silver and Gold levels of Master Breeder.

In OGOC shows with total entries of 50 or more birds, best of color points will be awarded to color class winners with at least 2 birds exhibited by 2 breeders.

Color Projects:
New colors not currently in the Standard, can be awarded up to 75 Master Breeder points.  The Judge will determine the number of points that can be awarded, not to exceed 75.

For birds that are shown and win, but were not bred by the exhibitor; the exhibitor would keep the recognition and all awards, but the points for Master Breeder would go to the original breeder.

Imported birds can be shown, but will not receive any points towards Master Breeder.

The point system will be used on shield marked, tail marked and self colored Old German Owls; for example, if in a show there are 25 tail marked and /or 25 self colored OGO’s, the points for a Small Show would be used. Master Breeder distinction awarded after attaining 1000 points and five years of continuing membership. Loss of points would result if membership should lapse longer than three (3) years.

Section 6: Member of the Year Award
The Member of the Year award has been designed to recognize club members who have gone above and beyond the norm in service to the club and the promotion of the Old German Owl breed of pigeon. Examples of such service may include holding an appointed position in the club, serving as a Member in Charge of a show, helping new fanciers or juniors with the breed, writing articles, promoting the breed, or other extraordinary service.

To be eligible for this award, the individual must be a member in good standing for at least three full years. There can be at the most 1 senior and 1 junior Member of the Year Awards given during any calendar year. Any member in good standing can nominate another member for this award. Nominations are due by December 1st of each year. All nominations will be reviewed and voted on by the club officers during the month of December and the results will be announced in the winter newsletter, if possible.

Section 7: Junior Member of the Year Award
Same as the Member of the Year. Members must be 18 or under in the year the award is provided.

Article XI Double Banding

All birds being shown in a recognized Old German Club meet must wear a seamless band of the correct size and year. Each bird being shown may wear one band only and no split bands, spiral rings or mating bands are allowed. Any Officer, Judge of the show, Member-in-Charge of the show or Show Steward may request directly to the member attempting to show a double banded bird that the extra band(s) be removed. Any other member may make such a request to one of the above mentioned individuals. If a member refuses to remove an extra band(s) from a bird or the bird is taken to the judging area with multiple bands, the bird will automatically be disqualified from the show. All Judges are required to enforce this provision of the Bylaws. Failure to do so will result in the individual being banned from judging further shows unless the Executive Committee of the Old German Owl Club votes in the majority otherwise.




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