OFFICIAL CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I: Name


This club shall be known as FLYING TIPPLER CLUB of NORTH AMERICA. Wherever the acronym "FTCNA" or the word "Club" is used in this document it shall stand for the fall name of the organization.

ARTICLE II: Purposes

  1. Provide a centralized club for flying Tippler fanciers in North America.
  2. Promote and regulate the sport in Club competitions, exhibitions, and by the general management and control of the tippler fancy. And
  3. Further the interest of all fanciers in the flying tippler pigeon.

ARTICLE III: Membership

  1. Any Resident of North America regardless of race, color, sex, creed or national origin, shall be eligible for active membership in this Club.
  2. Every member has the right to vote.
  3. The Club may award Life-Time Member during the bi-annual election. Eligibility will be determined by Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IV: Dues

  1. Annual dues for members to be set by the Executive Board and reviewed as needed for the financial stability of the Club.
  2. The membership will be effective for the January 1, through December 31, calendar year. Dues are received by Treasurer/Secretary.

ARTICLE V: Flying Systems

  1. Official System. A FTCNA member may fly under the Official system by securing a Timer. It is only necessary that the Timer be known as a Tippler Fancier and a member of the FTCNA in good standing but not related to the flyer by blood or marriage or his or her loft partner. Non FTCNA members are permitted to be Timers in the Club's Official System contests if reviewed and accepted by a recognized Tippler organization as a Timer and notification of such acceptance is forwarded to the Club President and Central Timer prior to the fly.
  2. Honor System. The Honor System relies on the honesty of the flyer. Times flown in the Honor System shall be kept separate from the Official System. Also any record flown under this system may not be honored as club record, with the exception of the FTCNA Honor System Record.

ARTICLE V: Flying Systems

  1. Official System. A FTCNA member may fly under the Official system by securing a Timer. It is only necessary that the Timer be known as a Tippler Fancier and a member of the FTCNA in good standing but not related to the flyer by blood or marriage or his or her loft partner. Non FTCNA members are permitted to be Timers in the Club's Official System contests if reviewed and accepted by a recognized Tippler organization as a Timer and notification of such acceptance is forwarded to the Club President and Central Timer prior to the fly.
  2. Honor System. The Honor System relies on the honesty of the flyer. Times flown in the Honor System shall be kept separate from the Official System. Also any record flown under this system may not be honored as club record, with the exception of the FTCNA Honor System Record.

ARTICLE VI: Officers

  1. Any member of this Club is eligible for election or appointment to Office if said member has been a member in good standing of this Club for the two years immediately before election.
  2. Duly elected officers shall assume their duties on the first day of January and the term of Offices shall be for two (2) years.
  3. The elected officers of this Club shall be:
    1. President
    2. Vice-President
    3. Secretary/Treasurer
    4. Central Timer
  4. Duties of Office
    1. President - It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all Club meetings and to govern the Club and exercise the usual functions of the presiding officer; he shall cast the deciding vote in all cases of a tie. He conducts the Club's Officers' communications on any proposed amendments to the Constitution or Fly Rules. If an Officer vacates his office, the President has the authority to appoint another member to fulfill that term of office
    2. Vice-President - In the absence of the President, or in the event of his inability to act, the Vice President will act as the presiding officer at any Club meeting or functions.
    3. Secretary/Treasurer - It is the duty of the Secretary/ Treasurer to conduct all correspondence to the members, work with the President on important matters and report the results of the files. He furnishes a receipt to the President for such funds as are turned over to him by outgoing Officers and executes an inventory for such property as he may receive from his predecessors upon entering office. He is custodian of all funds and properties belonging to the Society and pays all bills and expenses when authorized to do so. He orders and then issues seamless bands beginning in January of each year and throughout the year (unless sold out) until November of said year. There will be a charge set by the Executive Board for FTCNA seamless bands which are sold only in multiples of twenty-five (25) and ONLY TO FTCNA MEMBERS. He keeps an accurate record of all bands sold and to whom. At the end of each year (December 31) he prepares a financial statement showing income, expenditures, book balance, amount of deposit in bank and any cash assets. He must be prepared to present all receipts and documents relating to such financial statement. He should take inventory of all FTCNA belongings

      The complete financial and inventory report is to be published in the February newsletter. He is responsible for receiving all correspondence from members and replying if necessary. He is responsible for publishing a periodical newsletter. And, he is responsible for giving or mailing new members upon receipt of dues, a current Constitution and other training/ flying information as available and promoted by the FTCNA and notifies members in advance of their membership renewal dates

      Secretary may receive a salary of 10% of the year end book balance plus dues and bands paid.
    4. Central Timer -All correspondence concerning Club participation in flying competitions shall be the Central Timer's duty. Central Timer will receive Timer's Report Forms from fly participants and, in a timely manner, compile fly results and report such results to the participating flyers after the competition of each fly, send entrant's Timer's Report Forms and a complete flying report to the Secretary/Treasurer.
  5. Executive Board. - The Executive Board shall be made up of the following officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Central Timer. The duty of the Executive Board shall be to decide upon all Club policies until the next biannual election.

    The Board may suspend or expel a member for any discreditable act, dishonesty or other undesirable conduct that is considered harmful to the Club, Tippler Sport, fancy or hobby. If occasion demands, sit as a trial body for consideration and disposition of complaints that may be filed with the Secretary. In the event of a trial or hearing before the Board, both complainant and accused shall have the right to appear via correspondence with witnesses if so desired. The decision of the Board shall be final. Any person expelled from membership shall not be allowed to participate in National fly contests for a period of three (3) years or allowed to re-affiliate during that time. An expelled member may only be re-elected to membership by a majority vote of the Board.

ARTICLE VII Flying Competition

  1. Flying Competition - The Club shall set dates for 11 competitions consisting of both a Saturday and Sunday. These 9 flying dates shall be broken down into two flying series.
  2. Weekday flying - Those who cannot participate in the weekend FTCNA competitions may petition the Board to be allowed to choose consecutive weekdays during the week prior to the fly weekend
  3. Flying Competition: Old Birds Series and Young Birds Series.
  4. OLD BIRDS SERIES
    1 April 30/May 1
    2 May 14/15
    3 May 28/29
    4 June 11/12
    5 June 18/19 Long Day
    YOUNG BIRDS SERIES
    1 May 28/29
    2 June 18/19 Long Day
    3 June 25/26
    4 July 9/10
    5 July 23/24
    6 Aug 6/7
  5. Entry Fees - There shall be a NO ENTERY FEES for flying competition (fees is included in the annual dues).
  6. Awards - There shall be a recognition awarded to the winner of each Flying Competition who fly's according to the Flying Rules of the Club, provided such fly has reached TEN (10) hours or more. Diplomas are awarded to all kits which fly EIGHT (8) or more hours in FTCNA competition.

SPECIAL CUPS


Nine fly cup: all competitions flown and timed without disqualification and minimum of 10 hrs in each fly.

Three fly cup: Aggregate of at least one old and one young series fly and a minimum of 12 hrs in each fly

(Example: 1 old 2 young or 2 young 1 old)

Five bird cup:Aggregate of five birds or more to be flown in any three competitions without disqualification.

Old bird cup:Winner of old bird competitions (Need to win 3 years in a row to keep this cup)

Young bird cup:Winner of young bird competitions (Need to win 3 years in a row to keep this cup)

ARTICLE VIII: Exhibitions

There will be an annual show each year for classes made up as follows:

  1. Best in Show
  2. Old Bird Winner
    1. Old Hen
    2. Old Cock
  3. Young Bird Winner
  4. Any age Cock flown 10 hours or more in organized FTCNA completion
  5. Any age Hen flown 10 hours or more in organized FTCNA completion
  6. Any age Cock flown 16 hours or more in organized FTCNA completion
  7. Any age Hen flown 16 hours or more in organized FTCNA completion

Medals will be awarded to the winners in all classes. Please note ring numbers must be entered for all classes to have time verified by FTCNA Secretary.

The club whilst taking every care of exhibits will not be responsible for any mistakes, loss or change whatsoever and it is on this understanding that entries are accepted. All the birds will be handled by experienced pigeon fanciers. During the show the whole of the exhibits will be in the custody of the club and must not be touched or handled either by the owner or any unauthorized person without the permission from the club.

ARTICLE IX: Amendments

  1. All amendments to either the Constitution or Fly Rules must be accepted by a majority vote of the Association membership during the time of the bi-annual election or a special election if deemed warranted by the Executive Board.
    1. Proposed amendment must be submitted in writing to the Association President and Secretary.
    2. During Officers' Communications, the Executive Board will discuss the merit of the proposed amendment and, no sooner than two communications later, they will ballot as to whether the proposal merits general membership consideration.
    3. By majority vote, if the Executive Board decides the proposal warrants membership consideration, the proposed amendment will be carried with a brief discussion of its ramifications in the FTCNA Magazine.
    4. Membership will be allowed until the next bulletin to forward their comments to the President and Secretary for publication in the Magazine.
    5. The proposed amendment will be listed on the next general membership ballot, issued no sooner than the bulletin after proposal introduction, and the decision rendered by a majority vote of ballots returned.