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RHODE ISLAND LOBSTERMEN’S ASSOCIATION, INC.

By Laws December 1980

Article I. Name
Section 1. The name of this association shall be Rhode Island Lobstermen’s Association, Inc.

Article II. Purpose.
The purpose of this association shall be as follows:

Section 1. To take such actions as may be indicated to promote economic and biological health in the Rhode Island fisheries.

Section 2. To encourage the enactment of wise State and Federal legislation relating to sea coast fishing, and by all legitimate means to oppose the enactment of unwise legislation that might tend to place an economic burden on this industry or the consumers of its products.

Section 3. To make every legitimate effort to assist and promote efficient law enforcement of Marine Fisheries regulations.

Section 4. To encourage by proper and lawful means, sound and economic trade practices within the industry and strive to eliminate such practices and methods as are unfair, uneconomical and contrary to sound business principles.

Section 5. To conduct investigations, make experiments, and do any and all things tending in any way to increase the knowledge, further the interest, and improve the condition of the members of this association.

Section 6. To provide a forum for the interchange of information, ideas, and viewpoints of all members, and to promote a program to bring about a spirit of cooperation among all lobster fishermen.

Section 7. To promote and protect the welfare of the fishermen on a State and National basis and to affiliate the Association with such Fishermen’s associations as will help opur industry.

Section 8. To acquire, lease, take, and hold for purchase, gift, devise, bequest, or otherwise, personal and real estate, and to use and dispose of same for the purpose for which this Association was organized.

Article III. Meetings.

Section 1. The annual meetings of the association membership for election of officers shall be held at a time and place duly voted by the Board of Directors.

Section 2. Special meetings of the Association membership shall be called by the Executive Secretary on request of the President, a majority of the Board of Directors, or upon petition signed by twenty-five percent (25%) of the members in good standing.

Section 3. Notice of the time and place of all meetings of the general membership of the Association shall be given by the Executive director by phone or email to each member at his last known address, at least one week previous to the time of said meeting.

Section 4. At all meetings, each member of the Association in good standing, shall be entitled to one vote which vote may be given personally, or by agent with written proxy, the proxy to be filed with the Executive director prior to voting on the same.

Section 5. At any meeting of the general membership of the Association, attendance of twenty-five percent (25%) of the members in good standing shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

.Article IV. Membership.

Section 1. Membership in this Association shall be open to all those who hold a commercial fishing license issued by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and other such persons as may be approved by the Board of Directors on the ground that their membership may be of assistance in achieving our purpose.

Section 2. Dues may be established annually by a vote of a majority of the membership present and voting. Dues may be payable before the first day of March of each year. Members must be in good standing to have their vote recorded on any matter. Membership cards will be issued by the Treasurer and signed by him upon payment of the dues.

Section 3. A charter roll will contain names of all members in good standing thirty (30) from date charter application is signed by the President of the Association and all such members shall be deemed to be Charter Members.

Section 4. No member of the Association shall be expelled, and no Officer removed, by vote of less than a majority of all members thereof, nor by vote of less than three quarters of the members present and voting upon such expulsion or removal.

Section 5. Since this Association is for the benefit of its members, no by-laws shall be enacted that will interfere with any lobster fisherman’s way of conducting or her business as a lobster fisherman.

Section 6. These by-laws may only be amended by affirmative vote of fifty-one percent (51%) of the members in good standing of the Association at a meeting duly called by proper notice setting forth the substance of the proposed amendment.

Section 7. Any member of the Association shall be entitled to examine the books and records of the Association.




Article V. Board of Directors

Section 1. The Board of Directors of the Association shall consist of the four (4) officers and the six (6) Directors.

Section 2. There shall be one Director elected to represent each of the following areas:
Area A – Tiverton, Sakonnet, Little Compton, Bristol, Warren.
Area B – Newport, Portsmouth, Middletown, Jamestown.
Area C – Wickford, Quonset, Warwick Cove.
Area D – Point Judith.
Area E – Block Island.
Area F – Westerly.

Section 3. At the annual meeting there shall be elected one Director who shall reside in each area who shall appoint an alternate to serve in his absence. The alternate will be reported to the executive secretary by the next business meeting following said annual meeting.

Section 4. The Board of Directors shall be elected by secret ballot at the annual meeting. Each Director shall be voted upon by other members of the Association who reside in their respective areas.

Section 5. The Board of Directors, together with the duly elected Officers shall conduct the business of the Association.

Section 6. Four (4) members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Section 7. All meetings of the Board of Directors shall be on due notice three (3) prior to the meeting.

Section 8. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors which said meetings shall be conducted pursuant to Robert’s Rules of Order.

ARTICLE VI. --- OFFICERS.

Section 1. The Officers of the Association shall be the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Executive Director These Officers shall be ex-officio members of all committees.

Section 2. The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association. He shall preside at all meetings of the members and the Board of Directors, and shall exercise general supervision over the management of the affairs of the Association as directed by the Board of Directors with the approval of it’s members. He shall do and perform such duties from time to time as may be assigned to him by the Board of Directors. The President shall appoint such committees as may be required for proper operation of the Association. The President shall be elected at the annual meeting for the term of one year and may succeed himself.

Section 3. In the absence or inability of the President, the Vice President shall perform all the duties and posses the power of the President. He shall further perform said duties as the President of the Board of Directors shall direct. The Vice President shall maintain a mailing list of all members and undertake monthly information mailings and other mailings to members. The Vice President shall be elected at the annual meeting for the term of one year and may succeed himself.

Section 4. The Treasurer shall collect and receive all money due to the Association, shall have the custody of all it’s funds, securities and title deeds, and pay, after proper approval as authorized by the Directors, all bills and indebtedness of the Association. He shall keep regular and correct accounts of the Association in books belonging to it, which shall at all times be open to the inspection of the Board of Directors. At each annual meeting of the Association, he shall make a full report of the Association’s financial matters for the preceding year. At the expiration of his term of office or on the election of a successor, he shall turn over to his successor all money, together with all books of account and vouchers. He shall perform such other duties as usually appertain to his office. The treasurer shall be elected at the annual meeting for the term of one year and shall succeed himself.

Section 5. The Executive Director shall keep a record of all members and see that the same are recorded in suitable books. The Executive Secretary shall have custody of all deeds, papers, and documents belonging to the Association. The Executive Secretary shall act as Executive Secretary of all meetings of the members and of the Board of Directors. He shall keep suitable records of all meetings. The Executive Director shall provide, process, and record appropriate nominee lists and ballots for the election of officers, and the Board of Directors. He shall exhibit his books, papers, and records to the President and/or the Board of Directors upon their request. The Executive Director shall be elected at the annual meeting for the term of one year and may succeed himself. 

ARTICLE VII. --- VACANCIES.

Section 1. If a vacancy occurs in the office of the President, Vice President, The Executive Secretary, or of the Treasurer, the Directors shall elect one of their own number to fill the same. If a vacancy occurs in the Board of Directors, the Board shall elect a member from the Association residing in the same area from which the vacancy occurs to fill the same, and the officer or officers so elected shall hold office until the next annual meeting