ARTICLE I. Name

This organization shall be formally known as the “ACTION TRAINING GROUP, INC.”. The organization name may be abbreviated as “the ATGI”, “ATG”, or “ATGI.org”, when use of the abbreviation is unambiguous, and when the formal organization name has already been stated in the same context.

ARTICLE II. Mailing Address

The corporation’s mailing address of official record shall be:

ACTION TRAINING GROUP, INC
1195 W. Deschutes Avenue
Post Falls, ID 83854

ARTICLE III. Territory

The corporation’s principle operations shall be within the States of Washington and Idaho.

ARTICLE IV. Objectives

We advocate that individuals have both the right and the responsibility of self-defense, and help our members, churches and various organizations and individual members of the public develop their preparedness and knowledge through organized skill-building activities, demonstrations and more.

  1. We promote the safe and ongoing development of responsible self-defense skills.
  2. We organize regular events (including live-fire, no-fire, interactive demonstrations, seminars, and social outreach events) to build interest in responsible self-defense and to provide training opportunities for individuals to practice and improve their defensive skills and knowledge.
  3. We assemble involved, like-minded individuals, that as a group we can access unique resources and facilities including establishment of future SHOOTING ARTS CENTERS in Washington and/or Idaho.
  4. We advocate that all individuals consider their roles as rational, self-determined, law-abiding individuals who may someday be required to immediately act in defense of life, either their own or their loved ones.
  5. We participate in our communities of family, friends, neighbors, cities, and region, for growth and health.

The organization is organized exclusively as a club organized and operated for service to the public and communities that include churches and other members of the public within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any future United States internal revenue law. The social and recreational facilities of the organization shall be for the use of the organization’s members but shall also be available to law enforcement, churches, other organizations and individuals in order to promote firearms safety and more secure communities.

ARTICLE V. Membership and Voting

Section 1. Membership

There shall be three classes of membership. "CHARTER MEMBERS" are those members who join the ACTION TRAINING GROUP, INC. prior to January 1, 2017 and maintain an ongoing, uninterrupted membership in good standing. "ANNUAL MEMBERS" are those members who join the ACTION TRAINING GROUP, INC. on or after January 1, 2017 and pay membership dues annually. "PER MONTH MEMBERS" are those members who join the ACTION TRAINING GROUP, INC on or after January 1, 2017 and pay membership dues monthly. All subsequent references to Members in this document shall be meant to include Charter Members, Annual Members, and Per‐ Month Members, except with regards to dues, voting rights, and office rights, which may vary between the three classes of membership.

Section 2. Qualification

To be eligible for membership, a person must be of good moral character, and promote the purposes of this organization. To be eligible to participate in member live-fire and no-fire events involving the handling of firearms or ammunition, a person must have good character, sufficient maturity to engage in advanced firearms drills and exercises and not advocate any action intended to overthrow the United States government.

All applications for membership must be in writing, delivered via paper or electronically, on a form specified by the Board. Each application will be reviewed for completeness by the Membership Coordinator, and receipt confirmed of the member’s first year’s dues, prior to a member being instated.

Section 3. Membership Date

The date the Membership Coordinator approves the applicant shall be the member’s instatement date, and the subsequent anniversary by which the Member’s annual dues are to be received.

Section 4. Voting Rights

Each Charter Member or Annual Member in good standing at the time of voting is entitled to cast one vote on every matter submitted to a vote of the members. Neither voting by proxy nor cumulative voting will be permitted. A Member in "good standing" is a Charter Member or Annual Member whose annual dues are current, who has not resigned or been otherwise removed from membership, and is not under current censure or discipline by the Board. Per‐ Month Members do not have voting rights.

Section 5. Transfer of Membership

Memberships cannot be transferred. Each single membership is granted to one and only one individual, as named and identified on that member’s original application. A Member may not assign or delegate their membership rights or privileges.

Section 6. Termination

for Cause A Member who makes false statement on their membership application or whose conduct is deemed detrimental to the safety or principles of this organization or its members may be dropped from membership by a vote of a two-thirds majority of the Board of Directors in office. The Board of Directors shall have authority, but not an obligation, to hold hearing procedures on any contested termination of membership.

Section 7. Suspension of Membership

A Member who fails to maintain their prerequisite documentation or other conditions of membership shall be suspended from membership as of the date such documentation or ability to meet the condition expires. The membership shall be reinstated if and once the Membership Coordinator approves materials submitted by the Member demonstrating that the prerequisite documentation or condition of membership has been resolved.

Section 8. Resignation and Reinstatement

A Member may resign by filing with the Secretary his or her written resignation. Dues and fees paid by him or her in advance shall not be refunded or pro-rated. Such resignation shall not relieve the resigning Member of the obligation to pay dues, fees, or special assessments which have accrued up to the date of such resignation and which were unpaid. Reinstatement of a former membership may be accepted. However, such applicant for reinstatement, as a condition of their reinstatement, shall be required to pay all dues, fees, and special assessments which were previously due and unpaid by him or her at the time of their resignation. A Charter Member, if reinstated within thirty (30) days of resignation, shall retain Charter Member status. Charter Members reinstated after thirty (30) days of resignation will revert to Members.

Section 9. Guest Privileges

The organization may periodically conduct events designated as open to guests and/or the public. Members may bring non-member guests to these events. Members are responsible for the conduct of their guests. The organization reserves the right to restrict a member’s guest privileges, should they be abused. Guests may be required to pay a fee to participate in events.

ARTICLE VI. Dues and Fees

Section 1. Initiation Fees

There is no initiation fee required for membership.

Section 2. Annual Dues

Each Charter or Annual Member shall pay an annual member fee ("Dues"), due at the start of each year of membership. The Member's membership year and subsequent membership anniversary is the date upon which their completed membership application was approved by the Membership Coordinator. The Member's first annual dues should be submitted with their membership application. The amount of the annual member fee may vary between Charter Members and Annual Members.

Each Per Month Member shall pay a monthly member fee ("Dues"), due at the start of each month of membership. The Member's membership day and subsequent recurring monthly day is the date upon which their completed membership application was approved by the Membership Coordinate. The Member's first monthly dues should be submitted with their membership application. A Per Month Member may convert to an Annual Member plan. Dues paid as a Per Month Member within the prior 12 months shall apply directly towards the Annual Member dues. The amount of the annual member fee may vary between Charter Members and Members.

Section 3. Refund of Applicant Dues on Rejection

Should an applicant to the organization have submitted an application but must be rejected within the sole discretion of the ATGI Board of Directors, the applicant shall be due a refund of their first annual dues within thirty (30) days, if such was submitted with the application and deposited by the organization. Any expenses associated with the application and assessed fee shall not be deducted from the refund.

Section 4. Revision of Dues

A Charter Member’s annual dues amount is intended to remain constant for so long as the Charter Member remains current and in good standing without interruption. The annual dues amount for Charter Members may be modified by a two-thirds majority vote of the Charter Members. Annual dues for Members other than Charter Members may be changed by a two-thirds vote of the whole Board, but such changes are limited to no more than a $100 increase over any two (2) year period.

Section 5. Dues - When Delinquent

If payment of annual dues is not received prior to that Member’s membership anniversary date, the dues are considered delinquent, and the Member shall be considered to have voluntarily resigned membership.

Section 6. Event Fees

For any event, the organization may establish a fee, separate from the annual membership dues and required for participation. The fee may vary between Members, Member Guests, and Non-Members. Event fees must be paid prior to attending the event. Most events will require a fee to participate.

Section 7. Special Assessments

In cases of emergency, the Board may propose a special assessment to the membership. A full explanation of the emergency and the need for a special assessment must be mailed or emailed to all members no later than 30 days prior to a Board vote to enact the assessment.

ARTICLE VII. Meeting of Members

Section 1. Annual Meeting and Order of Business

An annual meeting of the members shall be held in December each year. The order of business shall include:

  1. A complete report by the Treasurer of the financial condition of the organization.
  2. A review by the President on the activities of the Board and Officers for the same period.
  3. The election of the Board and Officers for the upcoming year.
  4. Such other new and old business as may properly come before the meeting.
  5. Minutes of this meeting shall be taken and published to the membership. Notice of the date and location of the annual meeting will be mailed or e-mailed to all members, and posted on the organization’s member web site at least 30 days prior to the meeting date.

Section 2. Special Meetings

Special meetings of the members may be called by the President when he or she deems such a meeting is in the interest of the organization, or by a simple majority vote of the Board. Notice of the purpose, date and location of the special meeting will be mailed or e-mailed to all members, and posted on the organization’s member web site at least 7 days prior to the meeting date.

Section 3. Address Corrections

It shall be the duty of each Member to give the Secretary, in writing, the Member’s correct mailing address and e-mail address. Any required notice to a Member shall be sufficient if mailed or e-mailed to such Member at the most recent address furnished.

Section 4. Recommendations to Board of Directors

At any meeting of the members, the members may make recommendations to the Board. The Board shall not be bound by such recommendations, but shall give them careful and unbiased consideration, and shall report to the membership at the next regular meeting or on the members’ website what action, if any, was taken.

Section 5. Action by Members

Action by the members on any matter may be taken only at a regular or special meeting. The vote of a simple majority of the members, with a quorum present at the time of the vote, shall be the act of the membership, unless a greater percentage of votes on any question are required by these by-laws.

Section 6. Quorum of Members

A quorum of members exists at a regular or special member meeting when at least twenty-three (23) members in good standing are present, or when at least half of the total number of members in good standing are present, whichever is less.

ARTICLE VIII. Board of Directors

Section 1. Board of Directors

The property, affairs and business of the organization shall be managed by a Board of Directors. The Board shall consist of seven (7) Members in good standing.

Section 2. Election and Terms

Board members shall be elected by the membership at the annual meeting of the membership. Such elected Board members shall then take office at the end of this meeting and shall hold office until the conclusion of the next annual meeting, unless re-elected at that meeting for a subsequent term. Nominations of Members who are willing to serve, or Members announcing intention to be a candidate for the Board, must be made known to the Secretary at least thirty days prior to the annual meeting of the membership. After the first year of the organization’s existence, candidates for the Board must have participated in the organization as Members in good standing for at least the one year prior to the election. Directors shall be elected by secret ballot provided by the Secretary. Election shall be by the preferential voting method. The official printed ballot shall have the names of the candidates for the Board, that each Member may mark their ordered preference of candidates to constitute the Board. The top seven preferred candidates, as tallied across the membership, shall become the elected Board of Directors.

Section 3. Preferential Voting Procedure

  1. The Secretary shall present and explain this procedure to the attendees prior to the vote.
  2. Each voter will be provided a ballot listing all candidates.
  3. Each voter will be asked to indicate the order in which he prefers the candidates, writing a numeral “1” beside his first preference, a numeral “2” beside his second preference, and so on for every possible choice. It will be emphasized to each voter to only use each sequential numeral once, and to include a sequential numeral for each candidate. It will be emphasized that not marking a preference for all candidates or marking the same preference for more than one candidate may result in the voter’s ballot being set aside prior to the conclusion of the election.
  4. In counting the votes, the ballots will be arranged in piles according to the indicated first preferences, one pile for each candidate. Ballots mistakenly indicating more than one first preference will be set aside and tallied as eliminated. The number of ballots in each pile will be recorded for the tellers’ report. These piles remain identified with the names of the same candidates throughout the counting procedure until all but seven are eliminated as described below.
    1. The ballots in the thinnest pile (the least popular candidate) are redistributed into the other piles according to the highest-preference candidate that is remaining, as marked on each ballot.
    2. If a ballot having one or more names not marked with any numeral comes up for placement at any stage of the counting, and all of its marked names have been eliminated, the ballot should be set aside and no longer counted.
    3. If at any point a ballot mistakenly marked the same preference for two or more candidates arises, and that preference is the present to be considered for redistribution of the ballot, the ballot shall be set aside and tallied as eliminated.
    4. If at any point two or more candidates are tied for the least-popular position, and there would be at least seven piles remaining after elimination of all the tied least-popular candidates, the ballots in both of the least-popular piles shall be redistributed in a single step, with all of the tied names being treated as eliminated.
    5. If at any point two or more candidates are tied for the least-popular position, and there would not be at least seven piles remaining after elimination of all the tied least-popular candidates, the weakest candidate or candidates should be eliminated (such that seven piles remain), where the “weakest” candidate is determined by having the least number of first choices (by referring to the record of the first distribution).
    6. The number of ballots are again recorded.
    7. If more than seven piles remain, this procedure is repeated, again with the thinnest remaining pile.
  5. The tellers’ report consists of a table listing all candidates, with the number of ballots that were in each pile after each successive distribution. 6. If ballots are submitted electronically, the tallying may also be performed electronically, provided such tallying adheres to the procedure and record requirements stated. The election shall be tallied and the result mailed or e-mailed to the membership within seven (7) days following the election, and posted to the organization’s member web site.

Section 4. Vacancies

Vacancies occurring on the Board may be filled by a majority vote of the Board then in office. A Director, so elected to fill a vacancy, shall hold office until the next annual meeting.

Section 5. Quorum of Directors

A majority of the Directors then in office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Telepresence permitting at least bidirectional audio communication is an accepted method of participation.

Section 6. Action by the Directors

With a quorum present, the vote of a majority of the Directors present at the time of the vote at a regularly- or specially-called meeting shall be the act of the Board of Directors, unless a greater percentage of votes on any question are required by these by-laws. Proxies are not allowed.

Section 7. Notice of Meeting of the Board of Directors

Notice of the purpose, agenda, time, date and place of regular meetings shall be given by resolution of the Board, or in a manner provided for special meetings. Notice of all special meetings shall be given at least 48 hours before the meeting, and may be given by telephone, in person, by mail, or by e-mail, as approved by a majority of the Board. Attendance of a Director shall constitute his waiver of notice, unless he attends for the sole purpose of objection to the transaction of any business thereat, on the grounds that it was not properly called.

Section 8. Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held at times to be determined and published by the Board of Directors. Publication of meeting dates on the members’ website constitutes notice to the Members and Directors. The Board shall be permitted to conduct business at any annual or special meeting of the organization. Action at such meeting of the Board shall be subject to review at the next regular Board meeting. A Board member’s absence at such a meeting will not imperil their standing as a Board member.

Section 9. Special Meeting of the Board of Directors

A special meeting of the Board may be called by the President or upon request by a majority of the Board. Notice of all special meetings shall be given via mail or e-mail to all Directors, and notice of the special meeting placed upon the members’ web site at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Section 10. Special Vote when Impractical to Meet

In the event that it shall be necessary for the Board to carry out the corporation’s business during a time when it is impractical for the Board to meet, the President may cause the Secretary to poll all Directors by personal contact, telephone, or e-mail on any specific matter or matters being placed before the Board. A matter may be passed by the affirmative vote of a simple majority of all elected Directors then serving, unless a greater percentage of votes on any question are required by these by-laws. If the vote shall have been made in writing, the Secretary shall record the specific mailer or mailers being placed before the Board and attach thereto the ballots received. If the vote shall have been taken verbally, the Secretary shall record a written memorandum of the vote including the names and votes of those Directors voting in the minuets of the Board and shall, as soon as practical, obtain from each Director a written confirmation of such memorandum. This section shall not be construed as permission to call Directors not in attendance at a regular or special meeting to obtain their vote. Only those members present at the meeting may cast a vote.

Section 11. Minutes

The minutes of the preceding meeting of the Board shall be read at each meeting unless dispensed with by a vote of the Directors.

Section 12. Treasurer’s Report

At each regular meeting of the Board the Treasurer shall make a report of the receipts and expenditures and report the financial condition of the organization.

Section 13. Removal of Directors and Officers

The Board shall have the power at any regular or special meeting, by a two-thirds majority vote, to declare the office of any Director or Officer vacant, either for or without cause. Upon written request of any Director or Officer so removed, the matter shall be reconsidered and voted upon again at the next regular Board meeting.

Section 14. Participation Required to Retain Office

Officers and Directors, in order to retain office, must attend at least one in any three consecutive regular Board meetings, or have a legitimate excuse for not attending. The Board in a regular or special meeting shall determine what is a legitimate excuse. Upon loss of his or her position, the Officer or Director may be replaced as provided by these by-laws, Vacancies.

Section 15. Resignation of Directors and Officers

The resignation of Directors and Officers in good standing may be accepted by the President at any meeting after notice in writing has been to given the Secretary. Resignation of the President may be accepted by the Vice-President.

Section 16. Compensation

Officers and Directors shall not receive compensation for their service as such. Nothing here shall be construed to prevent an Officer or Director from serving the organization in any other capacity, and receiving compensation therefore.

Section 17. Expenses

All claims for reimbursement of expenses shall be made in writing accompanied by receipts to the Treasurer. The Board must pre-approve payment of all expenses by an Officer or Director, except for normal operating expenses not major in nature. Receipts and/or bills must accompany the organization’s bank checks for both signatures.

ARTICLE IX. Officers

Section 1. Names and Qualifications of Officers

The Officers of the organization shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. No two of said offices may be held by the same person, with the exception that the Secretary and Treasurer offices may be served by one person as Secretary-Treasurer, at the discretion of the Board.

Section 2. Election of Officers

The Board, following its election at the annual meeting of the membership, shall as its first duty elect by majority vote of the Board, or from all Members in good standing who have been such in the immediately preceding year, the offices of the President and Vice President, and Secretary and Treasurer, or at the Board’s option the combined office of SecretaryTreasurer.

Section 3. Compensation

No Officer may receive compensation for his or her performance of duties of the office.

Section 4. Term of Office

Officers shall be elected for a term of one (1) year. The President and Vice President may not hold office for more than three (3) consecutive terms in their respective offices.

Section 5. Duties and Powers of the President

The President, subject to the authority of the Board, shall:

  1. Have the general supervision of the organization’s day to day operation.
  2. Have direct supervision of all employees of the organization.
  3. Act as Chair of the Board, and conduct Board meetings appropriately.
  4. Preside at all membership meetings, and is authorized to call a special meeting of the general membership.

Section 6. Duties and Powers of the Vice President

In the absence of the President, or in the event of his or her inability or refusal to act, the President’s duties shall be performed by the Vice President. If the Vice President shall also be absent or unable or unwilling to act, the Secretary shall perform such duties as the President or the Board may assign to the Secretary.

Section 7. Duties and Powers of the Secretary

The Secretary shall:

  1. Keep the minutes of the meetings of the membership and of the Board in the books provided for that purpose.
  2. Mail the minutes of each Board meeting to all Directors, prior to the next Board meeting.
  3. See that all notices of meetings of Members and Directors are given in accordance with the provisions of these by-laws, or as required by law.
  4. Be custodian of the organization’s records.
  5. Keep a register of addresses of each Member of the organization, including the date of their entry into the organization. The Board may appoint a Membership Coordinator to assist with this duty.
  6. Mail membership materials to new members. The Board may appoint a Membership Coordinator to assist with this duty.
  7. Conduct correspondence.
  8. Read correspondence and other communications at the meeting of the Board and general meeting as the leadership may direct or request to be read.
  9. Shall hand over to his or her successor in office all records and books within ten days after the election of the successor.
  10. Perform such other duties as the President or Board may specify.

Section 8. Duties and Powers of the Treasurer

The Treasurer shall:

  1. Have charge, custody of, and be responsible for all funds and securities of the organization, from all sources, and shall deposit all such money in the name of the organization in such depositories as the Board may designate.
  2. Receive and give receipts of money due and payable to the organization. The Board may appoint a Finances Coordinator to assist with this duty.
  3. Pay all obligations of the organization, upon approval by the Board. Any claim or bill (checks) shall require dual signatures on expenditures over $250; the Treasurer and a separate Director from the Board. The Board shall assign the Treasurer and at least one Director as “authorized signatures” to sign the organization’s checks.
  4. The Treasurer may not sign checks payable to themselves. Such checks require the authorized signatures of two Directors.
  5. Keep a complete record of all organization income and expenditures. The Board may appoint a Finances Coordinator to assist with this duty.
  6. Make a report to the Board of the financial condition of the organization at every Board meeting.
  7. At the annual meeting in December make a complete report of the financial condition of the organization for the immediately preceding calendar year.
  8. Give an up-to-date report of the financial condition of the organization to the general membership either annually or within 15 days following the request of the majority of the Members present at any meeting.
  9. Shall hand over to his or her successor in office all records, all books, and a current and accurate financial statement within ten days after the election of the successor.
  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned to him or her by the President or the Board. The Board may, at its discretion and by a two-thirds majority vote, require the Treasurer to furnish a bond as security for the faithful performance of his or her duties, the expense of such bond to be paid by the organization. The Board may keep the Treasurer bonded in an amount to be determined by the Board.

Section 9. Removal from Office

An Officer may be removed from office by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board.

Section 10. Resignation of Officers

The resignation of Officers in good standing may be accepted by the President at any meeting, after notice has been given in writing to the Secretary.

ARTICLE X. Coordinators and Committees

Section 1. Appointment

The President, immediately upon his or her election, may appoint Coordinators (individual Members in good standing) or standing Committees (of not less than three (3) Members in good standing per committee) in the following areas deemed necessary by him or her, subject to the Member's willingness to serve, such as:

  • Membership.
  • Finance.
  • Events.
  • Safety.
  • Technology.
  • Community Outreach.

Section 2. Action and Reporting

Each Coordinator, or each Chair of a committee shall follow through to its conclusion the action called for in any resolution adopted by the organization and assigned to the Coordinator or the committee, so that the object and purpose of each resolution shall be obtained. The Coordinator or Chair shall make a report of the progress and results of their efforts to the organization at each regular Board meeting.

Section 3. Committee Members

At least one Director from the Board shall sit on each major committee.

ARTICLE XI. Amendments

Section 1. Passage by the Board

The Board shall first vote upon any proposed change to these By-laws. Upon a simple majority vote of the Board, the proposed change will be presented to the membership.

Section 2. Notification to the Membership

The full membership shall be duly notified by mail or e-mail at least 30 days in advance of any meeting proposing changes to these By-laws, and such notification shall also be placed upon the organization’s member web site. Such notification will include an outline of all proposed changes.

Section 3. Passage by the Membership

These By-laws may be repealed, amended, or new by-laws adopted by a two-thirds majority vote of the membership present at the meeting so called.

Section 4. Effect of Passage

Any change to these By-laws duly passed by a vote of the membership must be copied into the book of By-Laws of the organization. Copies of the revised By-laws are then to be mailed or emailed to all members, and made available on the organization’s member web site, if any, within 30 days.

ARTICLE XII. Contracts and Instruments

No person shall have any authority to expend money or bind the organization by any contract or instrument unless specifically authorized by the Board. Such authorization shall be included in the minutes of a regular or duly notified special Board meeting.

ARTICLE XIII. Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the organization shall commence on January 1 and end on December 31 of each calendar year.

ARTICLE XIV. Rules of Order

Except as otherwise specifically provided in these By-laws, all meetings of the Members, Board, and Committees shall be governed by “Robert’s Rules of Order” (revised), insofar as they are appropriate. At any meeting, the Rules may be temporarily suspended by simple majority vote.

ARTICLE XV. Property Rights

No Member, Director, or Officer shall have any rights, titles to, or interest in any of the assets or property of the organization, except the right to make use thereof as a member in accordance with the authority of the Board.

ARTICLE XVI. Dissolution of the Organization

Upon liquidation, dissolution, termination, or abandonment of this organization, all of the property and assets shall be transferred or conveyed by gift to one or more domestic organizations, foundations or associations exempt from federal and state income tax and engaged in activities substantially similar to those of the organization. The JENSEN MEMORIAL YOUTH RANCH (JMYR), JENSEN RANCH EDUCATION & SHOOTING CENTER (JRESC) and/or the NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION shall be the first considered organization. Any such transfer or conveyance shall be executed in accordance with the laws of the State of Idaho relating to the liquidation, dissolution, termination or abandonment of non-profit organizations. In no event shall any properties or assets of this organization by conveyed or transferred to any member upon the liquidation, dissolution, termination or abandonment of this organization, except for full consideration. The Board shall have the option of trying to relocate the organization in the local area for a period of three (3) years before distributing the property and assets of the organization according to the above instructions.