The Divide Horsemen's Association is interested in:

  • Supporting and preserving the Rural Lifestyle on the Divide.

  • Promoting interest in horses and horsemanship

  • Bringing people together to share in this common interest.

  • Establishing, expanding and protecting new and existing equestrian trails and hiking trails on the Divide.

  • Aiding and supporting activities concerning the welfare of horses.

Accomplished Goals:

  • Divide Trail Patrol , a DHA volunteer organization, has been formed to help educate trail users on land conservation and trail etiquette in addition to providing regular work parties at Cronan Ranch.

  • Divide Horsemen's Association has made 'land purchase' donations to the American River Conservancy, towards the goal of extending the trail system in the Divide.

Long Term Goal:

  • Developing and maintaining an equestrian facility which all area riders or groups can use for a fee.

DIVIDE HORSEMENíS ASSOCIATION
BYLAWS
 
ARTICLE I
 
1.1 NAME
The name of the Association shall be Divide Horsemenís Association, hereinafter referred to in these Bylaws as the Association.
 
1.2 PURPOSE
The objectives of the Association are:
A: To establish, expand and protect new and existing equestrian and hiking trails on the Divide.
B: To develop and maintain an equestrian facility which all area horsemen or groups can use for a fee.
C: To promote interest in horses, horsemanship and to bring people together to share this common interest.
D: To aid and support activities concerning the welfare of horses and support the needed civic duties in order to do so.
E: To support and preserve the Rural Lifestyle on the Divide.
 
ARTICLE II
 
 2.1 DUES
A: Annual dues are due and payable no later than March 1st for the ensuing calendar year. The Communication Director shall publish in the January and February Newsletter a notice that dues are due and payable no later than March 1st.  Dues received in October, November or December will be considered for following yearís membership period.
B: Dues are delinquent as of March 1st and membership will be terminated.
2.2 DUES AND ASSESSMENTS AND FUNDS
Annual dues and special assessments recommended by the Board of Directors may be levied or changed by a majority vote of the membership present at a regularly constituted business meeting when at least thirty (30) days written notice is given to the membership regarding such change in dues or levying of an assessment.
2.3 PROPERTY REPLACEMENT FUND
A property replacement fund will be created upon the development of a Regional Equestrian Park with a starting balance of $500.00. The fund will be increased using interest accrued on the DHA Savings Account. A maximum balance of $1500.00 will be held in the fund. Amounts exceeding $1500.00 will be placed in the Arena Development Fund. The property replacement fund may only be used to replace damaged or stolen DHA property and must have a 2/3 vote of the Board of Directors to do so.
2.4 EXPENDITURES
A: Any expenditure over the amount of $100.00 and under $2000 must have a 2/3 vote of the board of directors unless approved in the budget as a necessary cost.
B: Any expenditure over the amount of $2000 must be approved by the board of directors by a 2/3 vote.
 
ARTICLE III
 
3.1 CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP
 The Association shall be composed of the following membership:
A: General Membership:  A Member of the Association shall be a person within a household with a limit of 4 members per household and shall have paid such dues or fees ($30.00) as established by the Association. Each additional household member will pay fees of $5.00. Adult members (18 years or older) of the Association shall have voting privileges, will be asked to participate in a committee of their choice, and shall be eligible to hold any office of the Association.
3.2 APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
A: Any person desiring membership in the Association as an adult or junior shall submit to an officer or Director an appropriate application for membership, accompanied by the necessary dues.
3.3 TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
A: Membership in the Association is non- transferable and shall cease upon resignation or the death of the Member or upon non-payment of dues or fees.
B: A Member may be suspended or expelled by a 2/3-majority vote of the Board of Directors for failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the Association, for unsportsmanlike conduct, or for an action, which is opposed or detrimental to the objectives/purposes of the Association. The Association shall deliver a 10-day written notice, so that this Member may be allowed a closed and private hearing at a meeting with the Board of Directors that will be called for that purpose. If a membership is terminated, a prorated portion of the current dues shall be remitted to the expelled Member and he/she shall have NO other rights to interest in the Association or property held by the Association.
 
 
ARTICLE IV
 
4.1 GENERAL POWERS
A: Subject to the limitation of the Articles of Incorporation of the Bylaws and the Laws of the State of California as to action to be authorized or approved by the members, all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the authority of, and the business and affairs of this Association shall be controlled by, the Board of Directors.
B: The Board of Directors will have the right, power, authority to create from the membership any committee or committees as may be deemed necessary and advisable to promote and accomplish the purposes and objectives of the Association.
C: The Board of Directors will have the right, power and authority to grant unto said committees any or all of the rights powers and authority possessed by the said Board of Directors.
4.2 OFFICERS
The elected officers of the Association shall be President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer, and Communications Director. The elected officers must be members of the Association and shall constitute the Board of the Association. The Board of Directors shall appoint other officer and committee chairman as necessary. Directors may serve as committee chairmen.
4.3 TERM OF ELECTED OFFICE
The term of office of the Board of Directors shall be two years. Starting with the adoption of these said Bylaws. The Communications Director will be an annual position and may be automatically renewed without membership vote for a period of one additional year.
A nominating committee will submit each Board position and each candidate must obtain a 2/3-majority vote from the current members present at a designated meeting to gain a position on the Board of Directors.  If any less than a 2/3 of those present vote in favor of all the candidates for a Board position, the previous Board member will remain in the position.
4.4 REMOVAL AND RESIGNATION OF OFFICERS
A: Any member of the Board of Directors may be removed from office by a 2/3 vote of the members present at any regularly constituted meeting.  The member (or members) asking for removal or resignation of a Board member must have been present at no less than six general meetings in a given year.   Such action needs to be introduced as a motion at a regularly constituted meeting.  Written notice of such action shall be distributed to the membership at least 10 days prior to the monthly meeting.
B: Any member of the Board of Directors may resign by giving written notice to the Board of Directors or to the President. Such resignation may take effect at the date of receipt of such notice or at a later time specified therein. The failure of any officer or Director to annually attend three regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be construed as a resignation of that officer subject to the approval of the Board. Any Officer appointed by the Board of Directors may be removed by a majority vote of the Board.
4.5 VACANCIES IN THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
In the event of a vacancy in the office of President of the Association, the Vice President shall become President; a successor from among the members of the Board of Directors shall be elected by a majority of the remaining members of the Board of Directors. In the event of a vacancy of any other member of the Board, the vacancy shall be filled by presidential appointment, subject to majority approval of the existing Board of Directors. The appointed Board member shall hold office until the next regular Association meeting during which a replacement Board member will be selected by a 2/3-majority vote by those present and eligible to vote.  
4.6 PRESIDENT
 The President shall be the chief executive of the Association and shall be subject to the control of the Board of Directors. The President shall have general supervision, direction and control of the business and officers of the Association. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors. The President shall, with the Treasurer, or other designated Board member, sign all written contracts authorized by the Board of Directors, and have general powers and duties of management usually vested in the office of President of the Corporation. He/she shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the Bylaws. The President is to have the understanding of the undertaking and responsibility that was put forth to establish this club, itís membership and such community effort put forth to obtain properties held by this Association and to ensure its future. It is the Presidentís responsibility to remain involved with the community as per General, County, Community or Club meetings and or membership/issues of the Divide that could and will effect our Association and its Bylaws.
4.7 VICE PRESIDENT
In the absence or disability of the President, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and, when so acting, shall have all the powers and be subject to all the restrictions of the President. The Vice President shall have other powers and perform other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors including attending monthly General, Community, or Club meetings regarding issues of the Divide that could effect our Association and its Bylaws.
4.8 SECRETARY
The Secretary shall keep or cause to be kept, at the principal office or such other place as the Board of Directors may order, a book of minutes of all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors.
The Secretary shall deliver a copy of the Bylaws and Standing Rules to each new Board member and to all new and current members.
The Secretary shall be responsible for correspondence, minutes of meetings, posting monthly potluck or event signage and any other documents needed by other Board Members and shall have other powers and perform other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors including attending monthly General, Community, or Club meetings regarding issues of the Divide that could effect our Association and its Bylaws.
The principal address of Divide Horsemenís Association is: P.O. Box 64 Cool, CA 95614
4.9 TREASURER
The Treasurer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions of the Association. The Treasurer shall deposit all monies and other valuables in the name of, and to the credit of the Association with such depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall countersign all checks, drafts and notes of the Association and shall pay bills duly approved by the Board of Directors.
The Treasurer shall have other powers and perform other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors including attending monthly General, Community, or Club meetings regarding issues of the Divide that could effect our Association and its Bylaws.
4.10    COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
The Communications Director shall be responsible for production and distribution of monthly Association newsletters, developing and maintaining the DHA website, maintaining news contacts, keeping DHA events in the news and developing and keeping a current DHA email/phone list. Prior to production the Board of Directors shall review all newsletter contents.  The Communications Director shall have other powers, including recruiting members for Communications Committee activities, and performing other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors including attending monthly General, Community, or Club meetings regarding issues of the Divide that could effect our Association and its Bylaws.
 
ARTICLE V
 
5.1 MEETINGS
Regular Meetings shall be called by the Board of Directors and are subject to change.
5.2 SPECIAL MEETING WILL BE SCHEDULED
A: By the President of the Board of Directors, or any two or more Directors thereof, for the purpose of conducting extraordinary business of the Association.
B: By the executing a petition properly signed by 20 current adult members.
Two-thirds (2/3) of the voting membership present shall constitute a quorum of the transaction of business at any regular or special meeting.
5.2 VOTING
Each current adult member shall have one vote, and voting by proxy shall be allowed.
5.3 MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at least once a year in a place determined by the Board of Directors. Special Meetings of the Board of Directors may be held at any time upon two (2) days notice in writing or by consent of a majority of the Board of Directors and provided an attempt to poll all of the Board of Directors was made. Regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be open meetings and any member may attend.
A quorum consisting of a majority of the Directors shall be required for the transaction of business except as specified in Article II Section 2.3 herein. In the absence of a quorum, the Directors may adjourn the meeting to a specified time and place, but may transact no other business.
5.4 PARLIMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in Robertís Rules of Order Revised shall govern meetings of the Association in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the Bylaws or special rules of order of this Association.
5.5 REVISIONS AND AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS
Current Board of Directors shall propose revisions and Amendments to the Association Bylaws.  Proposed changes must be handed out at next regularly scheduled meeting and shall become effective when voted upon and passed by a 2/3-majority of those present and eligible to vote at the following meeting.
 
ARTICLE VI
 
6.1 NOMINATIONS
Nominations for the elected officers of the Association shall be accepted from the Nominating Committee and from the floor at an October meeting of the Membership. Current members of the Association are eligible to run for any office of the Association subject to limitations in Article IV. Nominees for Officers and Directors must have been previously contacted and have agreed to run before their names are placed in nomination.
6.2 ELECTIONS
The election of the Directors of the Association shall take place at a November meeting. The elections shall be by written ballot if the slate is not accepted by the Membership at the November meeting.  An Officer shall be deemed duly elected when he/she receives a majority of the ballots cast at the November meeting of the Membership or a voice vote if the slate has been accepted by the Membership at the November meeting.
 
 

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