The name of the
association will be The International York Chocolate Federation and also
known as IYCF.
To preserve, improve,
and promote the entire York Chocolate Cat breed.
Members shall strive to
improve the breed by:
1. Developing and
promoting highest breeding standards, only breeding the best to the
2. Not forcing the cats
living in cages or in narrows enclosures.
3. Keeping in mind IYCF
4. Serving as a forum
for the York Chocolate Cat owners and breeders.
5. Keeping IYCF a
Chartered Member of the International Progressive Cat Breeders
interested in the objectives of the Federation and agreeing to its
Constitution may become a member by paying the dues set by the Board
of Directors which entitles the members to all rights, privileges and
responsibilities set forth in the Constitution. No person will
continue as a member whose dues have not been paid for the applicable
year. Members may be expelled for good cause by a majority vote of
Executive Committee after having been given 30 days notice of charges
and the right to a hearing. Dues run from January 1 to December 31 of
membership can be obtained by paying ten times the yearly dues.
Terms and Elections
first year, there shall be elected annually a President, Vice
President and Secretary/ Treasurer. Terms of office will be from April
1 to May 30 of each year.
1/3 of the
Directors will be elected each year. There will be "6"
Directors with each serving a 3 year term. They can serve two
consecutive terms or parts thereof, then must step down for at least
one term before they can be eligible again.
the Board of
Directors will elect The President, the Vice President and the
Secretary/Treasurer. Candidates will be presented to the membership no
later than March 1st of each year.
will elect The Board of Directors and officers, from a prepared list
of candidates presented by the President. Members should present
candidates to the Directors for consideration prior to February 1st of
each year. The President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer must
each win over 50 percent of the total votes. The Board of Directors
needs only the most votes.
Example: There are four
candidates running for President, when all votes are tallied, not one
has more than 50% of the total number of votes. An election for the
two candidates with the most votes would be held. The one with the
most votes would be the new President.
The Board of directors
will choose a genetic commission. The Genetic commission will be set
up at least two experts. The experts must be IYCA members and could be
removed only by the Board of directors.
following requirements must be met to be elected to an office:
1. All nominated
candidates must be willing to accept the position if elected.
2. They must have been
a member in good standing for the past two consecutive years (after
the second full year) to be eligible for a position.
"Good Standing"; for a member to be in good standing;
a. They must keep their membership current without interruption.
b. They must remain an ethical and reputable member.
"Consecutive"; following in order without interruption.
Officers and Directors
President shall preside at all meetings of the association and the
Executive Committee. At regular meetings, the President shall vote
only in case of a tie, but shall have the right of voting in the
Executive Committee. The President shall appoint committees as
President shall act as an aide to the President and perform the duties
in the absence of the President when not presiding. The Vice President
shall have the right to vote at any time. The Vice President will
maintain the IYCF On-line List and will notify all list members when
and where an on-line membership meeting is being held.
Treasurer office shall be combined. The Secretary/Treasurer will keep
all records, carry on all necessary correspondence, will be the
membership's chairperson, be in charge of the association's funds and
responsible for said funds and spending thereof as directed by the
Association and the Executive Committee as necessary to help with
Committee will consist of President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer,
and the Board of Directors. They shall transact necessary business as
may be referred to them by the membership. They will be responsible
for the official web site, quarterly Newsletter, and to look after the
general welfare of the Association.
They will see to the running of the Association and be a voice and an
intermediary between the membership and the workings of the
Association. Before all regularly called meetings, the Executive
Committee will meet and prepare an agenda to be followed at the
Genetic commission. The
genetic commission has full power about all the rules regarding the
breed methodologies. York chocolate Out-crossing can be delivered only
by genetic commission. Each two years and only one time, the genetic
commission could suggest York chocolate Standard modifications.
Executive Committee must vote the possible standard modifications and
itíll be executive if win over 50 percent of the total votes.
All meetings will be held on-line in open session in the presence of
the whole on-line membership with a prepared agenda. Input from the
whole membership is encouraged, but only the Directors will vote on
operational issues (amendments). In order to amend issues of
organizational or structural importance, the issue(s) must be
presented to the Directors and passed by a 2/3 vote of the Directors
present at two consecutive meetings before it would be put on the
agenda. The membership would then vote by a 2/3 majority before it
would pass and become part of the constitution. If the issue is not on
the agenda and arises from the floor, the first vote of the Directors
is to put the item on the agenda for the next Directors' meeting.
will be removed from office automatically by failing to attend two (2)
consecutive on-line meetings, unless excused by a vote of the
Executive Committee at those meetings. If the failure is not excused
and is at the end of their term of office, they will not be eligible
to run for a new term. The Executive Committee will appoint a new
Director to complete the term of any Director who does not fulfill his/her
Section I: See Article VI - Section VI.
Meeting, Publications and Finances
Meetings will be held on-line and will be open to all IYCF on-line
members. At each annual meeting, the Executive Committee will choose
the time and date for the next year's on-line meeting.
Executive Committee will be responsible for the quarterly Newsletter
and web site.
account will bear the signature of the Secretary/Treasurer and the
President with either signature sufficient to draft checks. A third
signature will be on the checking account which will be chosen by the
Whenever possible, all
annual meetings will be held on the on-line IYCF List chat room and
will be open to all IYCF members.