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
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
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
Article VI Duties of Officers
President shall exercise general leadership of the Club and
promote the purpose and objectives of the Club and the
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
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
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
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
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
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.
4. 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:
Local Show, at least two exhibitors and up to 12 birds
Best of Breed (BOB) = 10 Points
Small Show, two or more exhibitors and up to 50 birds
If show is set up for color classes, Best of Color (BOC) = 5
Reserve Champion = 10 points
Large Show, multiple exhibitors up to 75 birds
Reserve Champion = 25 points
BOC = 5 points
Judging for Show = 25 points
76+ Birds Grand Show
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
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
already recognized Master Breeders that judge, can receive an
additional 100 points to apply to the Silver and Gold levels of
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.
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
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
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
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.