By-Laws and Range Rules

Koppel - Big Beaver Sportsmen’s Association

Amended and Restated Constitution


House and Range Rules

As of December 1, 2011


  Norwood Drive, Big Beaver Borough, Pennsylvania, USA

“Good Sportsmen set good examples”

Article I
Section 1. Regular meetings of the members shall be held on the fourth (4th) Thursday of each month with the exception of November and December; when Thanksgiving and Christmas days conflict, meeting nights shall be on the Third (3rd) Thursday of those months.

Section 2. Special meetings shall be called by the President when necessary.

Article II
Section 1. At any regular or special meeting of the members, ten (10) members of the voting organization shall constitute a quorum, and are permitted to transact any business that may come before them.

Article III
Section 1.Officers shall be elected at the membership annual meeting in September of each year and shall serve for the term described in Article IV, Sections 3 and 4 of the Constitution or until relieved by their successors.  (Amended 3/1/06) 
Section 2. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes cast shall be elected to that office. 
Section 3.  A vacancy in any office shall be filled by election at the next regular member meeting as provided in Article IV, Section 2 of the Constitution. 
Section4.  Any member in good standing, who is 18 years of age or older, may be elected and hold office within this Association, regardless of where they reside.  A member in good standing means one who is current in the payment of dues and any fees owed to the Association. 
Section 5.  A member must be 18 years of age or older, and a member in good standing for the three (3) previous years to vote, at an election of officers for the Association, financial matters over one thousand dollars ($1000.00),  legal matters and Constitution or By-Law changes.  (Amended 3/1/06) 
Section 6.  Any elected officers, directors, or delegate to the County League, that does not perform the duties prescribed to him as set forth in recording, or the by-laws of the Koppel-Big Beaver Sportsmen’s Association, shall be relieved of his duties.  Normal procedure is by motioning, seconding, and the majority of the votes of the members present at any regular meeting of the Koppel Big Beaver Sportsmen’s Association, or by voluntary resignation.  Any officer, director, or delegate of the County League relieved of his duties, may appeal the dismissal at that or the next regular meeting.   Any member of the Koppel-Big Beaver Sportsmen’s Association may, appeal for the officer, director, or delegate relieved of his duties.  Nominations and elections will be made at the meeting of the first action, pending an appeal. 

Article IV
Section 1.  Majority vote shall decide all propositions placed before the membership at meetings. 
Section 2.  The expenditure of three hundred dollars ($300.00) or more by this organization must have the approval of the majority of the directors. 

Article V
Section 1.  The annual dues, initiation fee, and key charges, may be adjusted annually prior to the September meeting to go into effect at the September meeting. 
Section 2.  Dues shall become payable on the first day of September of each year. 
Section 3.  This section has been deleted in its entirety (3/1/93).
Section 4.  A per capita due set by the Beaver County Sportsmen’s Conservation League shall be paid to that organization from each member’s annual dues.  (Amended 3/1/06). 

Article VI
Section 1.  Sportsmen point with pride to the fact that the game and fish funds, created through the license fee system, is in no sense a tax.  They should insist that the Game and Fish Commissions be kept free of political influence.  This Association shall therefore set the example by opposing any political influence in these two Commissions. 
Section 2.  Political discussions are strictly forbidden at meetings of this Association. 
Section 3.  Alcoholic beverages shall not be a part of any activity that includes shooting or solely to increase the finances of the Association.  Alcohol may only  be a part, by vote of the membership, of picnics or club house parties for which a committee has been appointed to control such a specified occasion. 

Article VII
Section 1.  Propositions to repeal, alter, add to, or amend any of the foregoing articles of this Constitution or by-laws, must be in writing and presented at a regular meeting of this Association and voted on by the membership at the next three (3) regular meetings.  (Amended 3/1/06).
Section 2.  Members shall be notified of any amendments to the Constitution and by-laws of this organization at the regular scheduled meeting on the fourth (4th) Thursday of the month.  It will be posted on the Association's bulletin board. 

Article VIII
Section 1.  If at any time this Association desires to be dissolved, the Executive Board shall recommend dissolution to the membership. (Dissolution can only be realized with the written consent of not less than three fourths (3/4) of the membership at that time.)  If dissolution is approved by the members, the Executive Board shall proceed with an orderly liquidation.  After payment of all debts and liabilities of this Association, all properties and other assets of the Association will be donated to the Pennsylvania Game Commission in existence at the time of such dissolvement. 

Article IX
            To the fullest extent that the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as in effect on the date of the adoption of this Article IX or as such laws are thereafter amended, permit elimination or limitation of the liability of directors, no director of the Association shall be personally liable as such for monetary damages for any action taken, or any failure to take any action, as a director.  Specifically, a director shall not be personally liable for monetary damages, unless (1) the director has breached or failed to perform the duties of his office and (2) the breach or failure to perform constitutes self-dealing, willful misconduct or recklessness.  Any amendment or repeal of this Article IX or adoption of any other provision of these By-laws and Constitution or the Association’s Articles of Incorporation which has the effect of increasing director liability shall operate prospectively only and shall not have any effect with respect to any action taken, or failure to act, prior to the adoption of such amendment, repeal or other provision.

            In performing his duties, a director may rely in good faith upon information, opinions, reports or statements, in­clud­ing financial statements and other financial data, prepared or presented by (i) one or more officers or employees of the Association whom the director reasonably believes to be reliable and competent in the matters presented, or (ii) counsel, public accountants or other persons as to matters which the director reasonably believes to be within the professional or expert com­petence of such person, or (iii) a committee of the Board upon which the director does not serve, duly designated in accordance with law, as to matters within its designated authority, which committee the director reasonably believes to merit confidence.  A director shall not be considered to be act­ing in good faith, however, if such director has knowledge con­cern­ing a matter which would cause his reliance on any of the foregoing to be unwarranted.

            In discharging the duties of their respective posi­tions, the Executive Board, committees of the Executive Board and individual directors may, in considering the best interests of the Association, consider the effects of any action upon employees, upon suppliers of the Association and upon com­munities in which offices or other establishments of the Association are located, and all other pertinent factors.  The con­sideration of those factors shall not constitute a violation of such person’s fiduciary standard of care.  In addition, absent breach of fiduciary duty, lack of good faith or self-dealing, actions taken by a director or any failure to take any action shall be presumed to be in the best interests of the Association.

            This Article IX shall not apply to a director’s respon­si­bility or liability under any criminal statute or a director’s liability for payment of taxes under any local, state or federal law.

Article X
Section 1.  Judgments, Fines, Settlements and Expenses.

            The Association shall indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative by reason of the fact that such person is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the Association or is or was serving at the request of the Association as a director, officer, employee or agent of another Association, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enter­prise, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with such action, suit or proceed­ing if the act or failure to act giving rise to the claim for indemnifica­tion is not determined by a court to have consti­tuted willful misconduct or recklessness.

Section 2.  Expenses.

            To the extent that a director, officer, employee or agent of the Association has been successful on the merits or otherwise in defense of any action, suit or proceeding referred to in Section 1 of this Article X or in defense of any claim, issue or matter therein, such person shall also be indemnified against expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection therewith.

Section 3.  Advancement of Expenses.

            Expenses incurred in defending a civil or criminal action, suit or proceeding may be paid by the Association in advance of the final disposition of such action, suit or pro­ceeding upon receipt of an undertaking by or on behalf of the director, officer, employee or agent to repay such amount if it shall ultimately be determined that such person is not entitled to be indemnified by the Association pursuant to this Article X.

Section 4.  Nonexclusivity of Article X.

            The indemnification provided by this Article X shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights to which those seeking indemnification may be entitled and shall continue as to a person who has ceased to be a director, officer, employee or agent of the Association and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors and administrators of such a person.

Article I
Section 1.  This organization shall be known as the Koppel-Big Beaver Sportsmen’s Association.

Article II 
Section 1.  Membership may consist of any American citizen meeting the requirements set forth in Article III, Section 5 of the Bylaws.
Section 2.  Any member may be suspended from membership for a period of time to be
determined by the Executive Board for a reason of which in its opinion warrants such action.
Section 3.  Only members holding current membership cards who are in good standing (as defined in Section 4 of Article III) shall have the right to vote on any issue at the general membership meetings, and only those members holding current membership cards and who are in good standing currently and for the three (3) previous years may be elected into office.
Section 4.  All Honorary memberships shall exist from year to year and shall be considered as a member in good standing.  Honorary membership shall be voted for acceptance by the member only at regular member meetings.  A member will be considered for Honorary status after being a member in good standing the previous ten (10) years, AND the member is eligible to receive social security benefits, or when the Executive Board recommends the member.  ( Amended 3/1/06) 

Article III
Section 1.  The object of this Association shall be to unite all sportsmen and sportswomen in this area and surrounding areas for the  protection and promotion of the community's interests in good marksmanship, safe handling of firearms, community fishing and gaming resources, and the interests of the community's sportsmen and sportswomen in general.  (Amended 3/1/06)

The general purposes and powers of this Association are set forth below:

Section 2.  The purposes for which this Association is organized are exclusively for social welfare purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), and the Regulations promulgated thereunder as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended.
Section 3.  Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles of Incorporation, the directors of this Association shall not engage, participate or intervene in any activity or transaction that is not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(4) of the Code or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue law.
Section 4.  No part of the net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.

Article IV
Section 1.  Elected officers of this Association shall consist of the President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, County League Delegate, Alternate Delegate, and five (5) Directors.  (Amended 10/27/60).  These persons shall constitute the Executive Board.  The Executive Board shall oversee the management of the Association.
Section2.  The procedure for election of officers is as follows:  A Nominating Committee appointed by the President shall present a slate who in the opinion of the committee are best suited to serve as officers.    All nominations must be approved by the Nominating Committee.  Members will cast ballots for their choice and in the event of no opposition of a candidate, the president shall instruct the secretary to cast a ballot for the unopposed candidate. 
Section 3.  The President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer will serve two (2) year terms with the President and Secretary being elected on even years and the Vice President and Treasurer being elected on odd years.  The Delegates will serve one (1) year terms.  (Amended 3/1/06).
Section 4.  The Directors shall be elected to serve a term of five (5) years, with one (1) Director elected every one (1) year.  ( Amended 3/1/06 ) 
Section 5.  The Executive Board shall be comprised of all elected officers and directors.
Section 6.  An elected officer or director who does not properly perform the duties prescribed to him by these by-laws can be relieved of his duties by a motion accepted by the majority of members at a regular membership meeting.  An officer or director relieved of his duties in this manner may appeal such action at that or the next membership meeting.  Any member reserves the right to appeal for an officer of director relieved of his duties. 

Article V
Officer’s Duties
Section 1.  It shall be the duty of the president to preside at all meetings of this Association and call special meetings when necessary.  He shall sign all official documents pertaining to the business of this Association.  The president shall appoint chairmen to all necessary committees and is an ex-officio member of all committees.
Section 2.  The vice-president shall preside at meetings during the absence of the president or when the president shall debate a question on the floor during a meeting.
Section 3.  The recording secretary shall keep an accurate record of all meetings of this Association.  He shall conduct all correspondence and clerical work.  He shall read all letters of communications at the meetings and have same voted upon when necessary. 
Section 4.  The financial secretary shall record all receipts and expenditures, transact all financial business and forward all money to the treasurer.  He shall give a monthly report of this Association's financial business.  (added 1-27-60).
Section 5.  The treasurer shall receive all money from the financial secretary and deposit it in an accredited bank in the name of this Association.  He shall pay all approved bills.  He will keep a record of all money expended and received and submit a written monthly financial statement.  He shall keep his books in such order that an audit may be made at any time.
Section 6.  The county league delegate shall attend all league meetings and act as the representative on behalf of this Association.  He shall act in its behalf in all matters.  The alternate delegate shall perform these duties in the absence of the delegate.
Section 7.  The directors shall hold acting power over emergency maintenance of property, renting of club grounds and buildings, and meeting dates of sponsored organizations.  The directors shall have the power to expend a sum not exceeding three hundred dollars ($300.00) by a majority vote of the directors, without the vote of the membership.  The directors shall regulate and enforce all house rules.
Section 8.  No real property owned by this Association can be sold, leased, mortgaged or transferred nor shall any rights of way be granted without the majority approval of the membership of this Association.
Section 9.  Only elected officers have the power to purchase goods or services for this Association and all such purchases must be countersigned by the officer making the purchase.

Article VI
Section 1.  At the first meeting of each year, the president shall appoint the following committees:
  1. Auditing Committee:  This committee shall audit the books of the treasurer and financial secretary at the end of each fiscal year or whenever it is requested by the membership and they shall make a report of the audit to the membership. 
  2. Game Committee:  This committee shall aid in the feeding and releasing of game and shall assist with any county or state programs.
  3. Fish Committee:  This committee shall aid in the release of fish in any county or state programs.
  4. Nominating Committee:  See Article IV Section 2.
  5. Junior Sportsmen Committee:  This committee will aid in providing a suitable program for the persons under age 18 who are not eligible for membership in this Association due to age.
  6. Program Committee:  This committee shall provide entertainment for the Association's meetings.
Section 2.  The chairman of each committee may appoint the number of members to his committee as he deems sufficient to accomplish the duties of his committee.
Section 3. Alcoholic beverages shall not be included in any activities that include shooting or other fund raising activities of this Association and may only be included by a majority approval of the membership, for picnics or clubhouse parties for which a committee must be appointed to control such a specified occasion. 

1.     Anyone using the clubhouse or grounds when leaving must:
A.   Clean area when done
B.   Lock all doors
C.   Turn furnace down to 55
D.  Turn AC off
E.   Turn lights off
F.    Close windows
G.   Lock gate
H.   Remove refuse from property

 2.     All clubhouse activities must cease by 1am.

 3.     Any member destroying club property will be discharged from this Association.

 4.     Any member or person found using firearms on club property while intoxicated will be told to leave the grounds.  Disciplinary action to follow.

 5.     Speed not to exceed 10mph on club grounds.

 6.     Gambling is not permitted.

 7.     Only members and guests accompanied by a member are permitted on shooting ranges.  Guests are expected to join this Association after three (3) visits.

“Good Sportsmen Set Good Examples”

 8.     Lending of club keys is grounds for dismissal from this Association.

 9.     There are to be no Quads or dirt bikes on club grounds without the Executive Boards approval.

 10.   There is to be no shooting from the tower.

11. No vehicles allowed anywhere but on the driveways and parking areas.

12.    Indoor range, 40mm maximum, no jackets, no magnums.

13.    If an accident occurs, material or personal, please notify an officer as soon as possible.  Officer names and phone numbers are listed in the clubhouse.

“Good Sportsmen Set Good Examples”

Koppel - Big Beaver Sportsmen’s Association

Outdoor Range Rules:
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1: Absolutely no fully automatic or rapid fire on the outdoor range.

2: No alcohol permitted on club grounds while shooting activities are in progress.

3: Tables 1, 2, and 3 are to be used for the 250, 200, 150 and 100 yard targets.  (Tables numbered left to right when sitting.)

4: Tables 4, 5 and 6 are to be used for the 75, 50 and 25 yard targets.

5: The 12 ½ yard target may be used from table 1 or standing outside the left side of the building immediately beside table 1.
6: Do not cross fire.  Example: table 1 shooting at the 100 yard target and table 3 shooting at the 250 yard target.

 7: Any spinners or portable targets must be placed in front of an existing target.

8: If you observe any unsafe actions, notify an officer immediately. (Names and numbers posted in the clubhouse.)

9: If you bring it, take it home.  Burning pit for paper only, do not leave fire unattended.

10: Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 or over.

11: The member is responsible for his guest.  Two guest per member maximum per visit. Please note: Guests are permitted two visits, after this, they must join to use facilities.

These rules were established by the Executive Board and approved by the membership of the KBBSA on 1-24-08 in conjunction with a NRA Range Survey.

Failure to comply with these rules will mean automatic revocation of  membership privileges!

“Good Sportsmen Set Good Examples”
Koppel - Big Beaver Sportsmen’s Association

Indoor Range Rules:
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  1. Hearing and eye protection recommended

  1. 22 rimfire- 38 special- 9mm lead bullets only

  1. No medal jackets or magnum loads

  1. Muzzles must be pointed down range at all times

  1. Firearms must be unloaded with action’s open when anyone is down range

  1. Clean up all empty brass and clean up targets from range

  1. Turn down heat to 50 degrees and turn lights off

  1. Any accidental shots in ceiling or lights must be reported to an officer or director

  1. Do not throw live rounds or misfired rounds in trash cans

  1. Anyone abusing any club rules will be dismissed from using the club ranges and facilities until reviewed by the executive board. 

These rules were established by the Executive Board and approved by the membership of the KBBSA on December 2009

Failure to comply with these rules will mean automatic revocation of  membership privileges!

“Good Sportsmen Set Good Examples”

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