ARTICLE I - NAME
Section 1. The name of this club shall be:
Ragdoll Fanciers Worldwide (RFW)
II - PURPOSES
Section 1. It shall be the purpose of this club:
a. To promote the best interest of the Ragdoll through Education and
by sharing this knowledge and information with the Public, Fanciers,
Exhibitors and Breeders;
b. To sponsor and support special programs, events and otherwise
promote the interest, health and welfare of the Ragdoll;
c. To cultivate friendship and good will among Owners, Fanciers,
Exhibitors and Breeders of Ragdolls;
d. To encourage breeding toward the TICA Ragdoll Standard (as a
blue Eyed Pointed Cat) and to encourage the registration and showing
of Ragdolls within TICA;
e. To assist in Ragdoll rescue and to promote and encourage kindness
to all animals.
f. To encourage the spaying and neutering of any and all cats not
specifically being used as part of a viable breeding program in order
to reduce the excessive trend to over-population of, and tragedy
among, unwanted domestic cats.
ARTICLE III - Membership
Section 1. Persons interested in the purposes of this club shall be
eligible to apply for membership.
Section 2. Applicants for membership over the age of 18 years shall
apply for membership online, through email or postal mail
Section 3. Membership applications shall be acted upon separately.
Section 4. The Club Year shall be from July 1st through
Section 5. The dues of this club shall be $20 per year for a single
Breeder Membership and payable on or before July 1 of each year for
the ensuing year. Dues for two regular members of an immediate family
shall be $30 per year payable on or before July 1 of each year for the
Section 6. Any Non-Breeder may apply for membership in this club as an
Associate Member; and, if accepted, will pay one-half the dues paid by
regular members. Associate Members shall have all applicable
privileges of regular members, as well as specific Associate Member
privileges when available, but may not hold office or vote.
Section 7. Upon failure to pay dues within 2 months after the due
date, the delinquent member shall be automatically dropped from
membership. Reminder notice shall be sent via email by the
Corresponding Secretary at least 2 weeks before the grace period
Section 8. It shall be the duty of each member to uphold the purposes
of the Club by carefully fulfilling the terms of all transactions
concerned with cats, such as sales, stud fees and pedigrees, whether
such business is carried on with other club members or breeders or
with the public at large. Upon receipt of written complaint from any
injured party, the member will be subject to disciplinary action in
accordance with Article IX of these By-Laws.
ARTICLE IV - AFFILIATION
Section 1. This club shall be affiliated with The International Cat
Association (TICA). All officers of the club shall be TICA members in
good standing; there must be at least five members of the club who are
members of TICA in good standing (including the officers).
ARTICLE V - LOCATION
Section 1. This club is intended to serve the Worldwide interests of
Owners, Fanciers and Breeders of Ragdoll cats. The primary
address of this club is Internet based at
ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS
Section 1. Club Business and Meetings will be conducted primarily by
phone, internet and postal mail on such dates and at such times as the
Board of Directors shall designate.
Section 2. Special meetings may be called from time to time if
necessary for the transaction of important business, and may be called
by the President, Board of Directors or upon written demand of five
members. The business at this meeting shall be limited to that
mentioned in the call.
Section 3. Members shall be notified of official meetings via email by
the Corresponding Secretary.
Section 4. Five regular members shall constitute a quorum for the
transaction of business.
Section 5. All meetings shall be governed by the parliamentary
authority of Robert's Rules of Order, Revised.
ARTICLE VII -
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Section 1. The officers of this club shall be a President, a Vice
President, a Recording Secretary, a Corresponding Secretary, a
Treasurer, and two Advisors. The offices of Recording Secretary,
Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer may be combined at the
discretion of the club.
Section 2. The management of the business and affairs of this club
shall be under the direction of a Board of Directors consisting of the
elected officers (and two additional elected directors).
3. The positions of President, Treasurer, and one Advisor shall be filled on alternate years to the positions of
Vice President, Secretary, New Member Coordinator and the other
Advisor. Nominations for the available positions shall be opened
on January 1 and continue through January 14. Voting will commence on
January 15th and continue through January 30th. New officers will be
announced and enter service on February 1. All terms will be for a
period of two years. No officer shall be eligible to serve more than
two consecutive terms in the same office.
Section 4. Vacancies in offices or on the club's Board of
Directors shall be filled for the un-expired term by appointment by
the remaining members of the Board of Directors.
Section 5. The club's Board of Directors shall elect annually any
committees deemed advisable.
ARTICLE VIII - DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the members
and of the Board of Directors, and shall perform such other duties as
are incidental to his office. He shall be ex-officio member of all
Section 2. The Vice President shall perform all the duties of the
President in the absence of that officer.
Section 3. The Recording Secretary shall keep the minutes of all
meetings of the members and the Board of Directors, and shall present
them at ensuing meetings when requested.
Section 4. The Corresponding Secretary shall keep an attendance record
and a list of all members in good standing with their names, mailing
addresses and telephone numbers. A copy of such list shall be
furnished to each member at least once a year. He shall notify the
members of regular and special meetings at least 1 week prior to date
of meetings, advise applicants for club membership of the action taken
on their application and be responsible for all other club
Section 5. The Treasurer shall receive and have custody of all monies
and shall deposit same in a bank account in the name of the club. He
shall keep an account of all receipts and expenditures and shall
render a financial report at each regular meeting. He shall furnish
names and addresses to the Corresponding Secretary of all membership
Section 6. The Advisors shall be members who are familiar with the
Association, club, and show procedures and be able to guide and advise
the club whenever assistance is needed or whenever the Advisors feel
that the club is not acting in the best interest of the fancy as a
whole or is failing in some obligation to TICA.
Section 7. On or before April 1 of each year the President,
Secretaries, and Treasurer shall make an annual report to TICA which
report shall include a list of members of the club with their
addresses, a report of any shows held during the year, a copy of the
financial report of the club for the year and such other information
as may be required by TICA.
ARTICLE IX - DISCIPLINE
Section 1. The Board of Directors may reprimand, suspend, or expel
from the membership, any person who, after a fair and impartial
hearing, shall be found guilty of violating any rules of this club or
TICA or of conduct detrimental to this club or to the cat fancy.
ARTICLE X - Disbanding
Section 1. The Club shall disband on majority vote with all funds
going to feline related non-profit organization