1. This organization shall be known as the National West
of England Tumbler Club. This organization herein shall be referred
to as the N.W.O.E.T.C.
Section 2. The object of this club is to encourage the breeding
and exhibiting of all varieties of the West of England Tumbler pigeon
(referred to herein as West). To promote friendliness and good fellowship
between fellow members and all persons interested in the West. To
supply helpful and interesting information through literature, and
help assist in the further development and popularity growth of
the West. This club will be affiliated with the National Pigeon
Section 3. Memberships may be any of the following classes:
Individual membership: Any individual interested in the West and
their development, and agrees to abide by this Constitution and
By-Laws is eligible for membership.
(b) Family membership: This membership to consist of husband,
wife, and two junior memberships. This membership shall entitle
both husband and wife to all N.W.O.E.T.C. rights and privileges
except only one bulletin will be issued for a family membership.
(c) Organization membership: Any West club or organization devoted
to the West may become a member by applying to the Secretary and
paying the required membership fees, the same as an individual
(d) Membership fees: For an individual senior, club or organization
shall be $20.00. Membership for a family shall be $27.00. Junior
membership, 16 years or under, shall be $3.00. A junior member
must be between the ages of 8 through 16 years to qualify for
a junior membership. The annual dues shall become due and payable
on January 1st of each year, and must be paid before March 1st
or membership automatically ceases.
(e) Removal: Any member can be removed from membership by a two-thirds
vote of the Board of Directors.
(f) Voting Privileges: Each individual, both husband and wife
of a family membership, club or organization in good standing
is entitled to one vote on all club matters requiring a vote.
The representative of a club organization casting a vote must
provide the proper credentials, showing he or she is the accredited
representative. The proper credentials being a statement so indicating,
signed by two officers of the club or organization being represented,
other than the voting representative.
(g) The amount of membership dues may be changed at anytime with
a two-thirds vote of the members voting.
(h) All present life memberships shall be honored, but no new
life memberships shall be accepted. There shall be no honorary
Meeting and Show
Section 4. The annual show shall be held at the National
Pigeon Association Grand National Pigeon Show. Also at this show
the annual meeting will be held. The Director of the district in
which the show is being held will be responsible for setting up
a room for the annual meeting. The date and place for holding the
district shows shall be approved by the Director of the district
in which the show is to be held.
Section 5. In order to hold an annual meeting, at least
two officers and/or directors, and at least five members must be
present. This shall be the number for a quorum (this number subject
to change by the Board of Directors with growth of members and districts).
Because of the large area that the N.W.O.E.T.C. covers, it is impractical
to expect a large representation of the membership to be present
at any meeting, therefore meetings will serve as a meeting of minds
to prepare motions to be presented to the entire membership. The
Secretary/Treasurer will prepare a ballot on any motion arrived
at, at any meeting, and shall mail same to all members in good standing.
Ballot to be marked, and returned to the election commissioner
on or before the closing date indicated on the ballot. A two-thirds
majority vote of the members voting will make the motion an Article
or By-Law of the N.W.O.E.T.C.
6. The officers of this club shall consist of a President,
Eastern Vice President Western Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer,
one Director from each district, a Band Director, and a Election
Commissioner. The Board of Directors will consist of the President,
Eastern Vice-President, Western Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer,
one Director from each of the eight districts and the Band Director.
Methods of Election
7. Officers shall be elected in the following manner:
(a) All officers with the exception of the Election Commissioner,
shall be elected by mail ballot to be conducted by the Election
Commissioner, and certified by the President as provided in the
(b) The Election Commissioner shall be elected by a majority vote
of the members present at every other annual meeting, and shall
not be eligible for any other office.
Section 8. The President, Eastern Vice-President, Western
Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, Election Commissioner, Band
Director, and District Directors shall be elected every other year
for a term of two years, to serve until their successors are elected
Section 9. The newly elected officers shall assume
office during the beginning of new business at the annual meeting
of the year in which the election takes place.
10. The President, Secretary/Treasurer, Band Director, shall
be elected from the entire membership at large. The Eastern Vice-President,
Western Vice-President shall be elected from members in their respected
regions. (Eastern Vice-President elected from members in Districts 1, 2, 3, 4
and Western Vice-President elected from members in Districts 5, 6, 7, 8). The District
Directors shall be elected from members within their respective districts. (One Director for
each district.) Only members residing in a district shall vote for
the Director of that district.
District 1: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland,
District 2: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin,
Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and District of Columbia.
District 3: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama,
Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.
District 4: Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
District 5: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota.
District 6: Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
District 7: Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho,
Wyoming and Alaska.
District 8: California, Nevada and Hawaii.
**Canadian Members: Canadian members shall be
included in the district that is directly south of their residence.
If no district is directly south, they shall be included in the
district nearest to their residence.
As a district grows, a new district can be established with the
approval of the Board of Directors, and the existing districts
or district that the proposed district will be formed from. It
will take a two-thirds majority vote of the members in the districts
involved in the expansion.
Realignment of a district in forming a new one can only be done
in an election year.
The number of N.W.O.E.T.C. districts will not exceed those of
the National Pigeon Association.
of the President
1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the N.W.O.E.T.C.
and shall act as Chairman of the Board of Directors, appoint all
committees not otherwise provided for, appoint a publicity person,
and fill all vacancies in office taking place between elections.
- He/she shall sign all documents requiring his/her signature, certify
to the Election Commissioner's report, and perform all other duties
pertaining to his/her office. If a Judge has not been selected
for either of the Regional Young Bird Shows, or one of the District
Shows by September 1 of each year, the President will then have
the authority to appoint a Judge for that show. In an emergency
situation (Judge cancels at the last minute, and not leaving enough
time to contact the Board of Directors), the President may appoint
a Judge for the Annual Show.
of the Vice-Presidents
2. In the absence of the President, or in case of his/her
inability to act, the Vice-President in whose region the annual
meeting is being held, shall perform the duties of that office.
In the event of death or resignation of the President, the Secretary/Treasurer
and the District Directors, by majority vote, shall elect one of
the Vice-Presidents to fill out the unexpired term.
of the Secretary/Treasurer
3. The Secretary/Treasurer shall conduct all correspondence
of the club, keep all the minutes of meetings and shall be custodian
of all monies, books, papers, and other records belonging to the
4. The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep such books as are
necessary in which shall be entered the amounts of monies received
and disbursed by his/her office, and a complete list of the names
and addresses of all club members and the dates of their memberships.
5. The Secretary/Treasurer shall prepare an annual
report to be presented at the Annual Meeting. giving an itemized
account of all receipts and expenditures for the current year, together
with any suggestions and recommendations for the future welfare
of the club.
6. On the first Monday in July of each election year, the
Secretary shall mail to the last known address of each individual,
club or organization, husband and wife of a family membership, a
printed or mimeographed ballot to be so designated, and returnable
to the Election Commissioner on or before August 15th. The ballot
shall designate the offices to be filled (but give no names or prospective
candidates) with lines on which the names of candidates may be written,
allowing each member to express his or her preference for each office.
7. The two persons for each office (or more in case of ties)
receiving the largest number of votes shall be the candidate for
that office, and upon permission from the person nominated, the
Secretary shall on or before September 1st, prepare and mail a printed
or mimeographed ballot, to be so designated, to all club members
in good standing, these ballots to be voted and returnable to the
Election Commissioner on or before October 15th. The names and addresses
shall be plainly printed thereon and at the beginning of each line
where the name is printed a space should be indicated in which the
voting mark may be placed. The ballots shall contain full instructions
as to the manner of marking it, and designate the district from
which Directors are eligible. No names shall appear on the ballot
for more than one office.
8. The Secretary will also serve as Bulletin Editor, unless
otherwise determined by the Board of Directors, responsible for
providing quarterly club bulletins informing all club members as
to the activities that have been held and are to be held and provide
general club information. The Board of Directors will have the right
to designate someone other than the Secretary/Treasurer as Bulletin
Editor without revising the club's by-laws.
9. Any remuneration of the Secretary/Treasurer for services
rendered shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
of the Board of Directors
10. The Board of Directors shall have general supervision
and control of all club affairs, promote the annual show, and in
intervals between meetings shall have full authority to take action
on any and all matters not in conflict with this Constitution and
By-Laws, as may be deemed for the best interest of the club. Board
may make motions, as deemed necessary, for club approval between
10(a). It will be the responsibility of the Board of Directors
to choose the Judge and an alternate Judge, from the Certified Judges
list, for the Annual Show held with the N.P.A. Grand National. This
should be done as early as possible, either at or shortly after
the Annual Meeting.
of the District Director
11. To promote the welfare of the club towards all members
within their district. Will approve all district meets. Will appoint
and assist show secretaries in matters concerning the proper conducting
of all N.W.O.E.T.C. sponsored meets within their districts (e.g.
making applications for certificates if applicable; informing show
secretary of N.W.O.E.T.C. rules; assist in all other matters that
need to be resolved). Forward show report to Secretary/Treasurer
and Bulletin Editor. Provide Bulletin Editor with quarterly reports
for publication in the club bulletin. Assist the newly elected District
Director. Perform all other duties as may be necessary.
of the Band Director
12. The duties of the Band Director shall be to order
from the manufacturer and be custodian and dispenser of all club
bands. To keep strict account of the total number received from
the manufacturer and sold on order to each individual, as well as
an accurate record of the series numbers of each band sold and the
name and address of the purchaser. All band orders must be sold
in increments of 25 or more. Payments by check or money order only, made out to the N.W.O.E.T.C., no cash,
must accompany the order. No bands
may be returned for refund.
13. One must be an individual or family member of the N.W.O.E.T.C.
in order to purchase WOE bands from the N.W.O.E.T.C. Band Director
(Organization or club membership may not purchase N.W.O.E.T.C.
Bands will be mailed or can be picked up from the Band Director
on or after December 28th, of the year (1992 bands can be picked
up after December 28th 1991).
of Election Commissioner
14. Within ten (10) days after closing date for voting
(August 15th) or the receipt of nomination ballots, the Election
Commissioner shall count the ballots returned to him/her and promptly
announce the names of candidates for each office, and the number
of votes received.
15. Within (10) days after closing date from the receipt
of election ballots (October 15th) the Election Commissioner shall
count all ballots returned to him/her and immediately furnish the
President and Secretary with a report of the results as shown on
the face of the returns.
16. No votes shall be counted except those on official
ballots, properly marked and signed by the voting member. No change
may be made on the ballot once cast, and no ballot shall be counted
that is altered or changed in any way.
17. After counting the nomination and election ballots,
the Election Commissioner shall carefully preserve and deliver them,
either personally or by registered mail, to the President within
30 days after closing date for his verification. The official results
of the election, after verification by the President, shall be forwarded
to the Secretary/Treasurer for publication in the bulletin.
18. Any special election, or Motion Ballots sent from
the Secretary to the general membership) for a vote, will be handled
by the Election Commissioner. As with the General Election, he/she
will count the ballots within ten (10) days after designated closing
date, and will forward his/her count and ballots, to the President
for his/her verification, the same as in the General Election.
19. All rules pertaining to operation of the
N.W.O.E.T.C. will be part of the By-Laws.
A. Show rules to be followed
at all district or national meets:
Birds must wear seamless band of correct size (1 only). Split
banded birds may be shown, but must be entered as old birds only.
All birds must have bands checked before and after judging.
The Judge for any N.W.O.E.T.C. Show, must be a qualified
and Certified Judge from the N.W.O.E.T.C.
The Judge for the Annual Show, held with the N.P.A. Grand National,
will be appointed by the Board of Directors.
The regional Vice President will appoint a Judge for the Young Bird
Show held in his/her region. The District Director will appoint
the Judge for the District Show held in his/her district.
NO ONE, but no one, will be allowed to talk to a judge
while he or she is judging a class or classes.All
questions are to be asked between classes.
Judges decisions to be final at all N.W.O.E.T.C. meets.
A correct and accurate account of placement of birds must
be kept and available to all that show, upon request.
All coop tags are to be made on each bird with color, sex
class, and band number.
Birds withdrawn from the show before completion of judging
will forfeit all winnings unless approved by
Keep a steward on hand to keep aisles clear so birds can
be transported to and from the judging area.
Anyone identifying his/her bird in the presence of a judge,
gives the judge the right to disqualify the bird. Under this rule,
any exhibitor may request a disqualification.
Awards given at all N.W.O.E.T.C. meets should be as follows:
Junior Bird Shown
Judges Qualifications (To be added at later time).
Master Breeder Award Qualifications (Refer to the NWOETC
Master Breeder Award Program).
Master Judge Award Qualifications (Refer to the NWOETC
Master Judge Award Program).
Certificate System (To be added at a later time if wanted
20. Unless provided for by two-thirds vote of
the club, the order of business at the annual meeting shall be as
Roll call of the officers.
Report of the President.
Report of the Secretary/Treasurer including the minutes
of the last meeting.
Induction of officers (in election year only).
Election of the Election Commissioner (in election year
Section 21. The Law of Common Courtesy shall be the
guide of this club and the manner in which the annual meet will
be handled, subject to the Constitution and By-Laws, and to such
other official rules as may be adopted by the N.W.O.E.T.C.
Section 22. The N.W.O.E.T.C. Standard of Perfection
will be part of these By-Laws, with all changes or proposed changes
governed by this Constitution and By-Laws.