WISCONSIN KITTY CAT RACERS, INC.
ARTICLE 1: Name
The name of this Organization is the Wisconsin Kitty Cat Racers, Inc. and is referred to as WKCR.
ARTICLE II : History
WKCR was started in 1990 by interested families who wanted to have kids race Kitty Cat snowmobiles.
ARTICLE Ill: Purpose
WKCR is a non-profit organization that has competitive oval ice and grass races for children ages 4 to 15. These races are intended to be fun family orientated events. Good sportsmanship and family involvement are encouraged. Racers make friends, practice their racing skills, and learn to strive to achieve goals through friendly and safe competition.
WKCR is an all-volunteer organization and race families are expected to participate in putting on the race day event and other needs of the organization.
ARTICLE IV: Organization
WKCR is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding sections of any future Federal Tax Code.
ARTICLE V: Meetings
The WKCR membership and interested racers will meet at least twice annually.
The Annual Meeting will take place at the end of the year Banquet and awards ceremony, in spring. This meeting involves electing officers, share ideas, discuss rules, and talk about the upcoming race year.
Other meetings will be held at the summer picnic and various races to discuss the upcoming race schedule, rule clarifications, and other needs of the organization.
ARTICLE VI : Race Rules
Race Rules are published in the yearly WKCR Program. The rules section within the program includes details on racer age and experience requirements, different classes, how races are to be run, safety requirements, registration fees, and more.
Rules that govern racing and each class are published in the annual International Snowmobile Racing, Inc. (ISR) and are to be followed. The WKCR Rules, as published within the annual program, may modify or enhance these rules, and are to be followed. The WKCR Rules may be in addition and/or supersede the ISR Rules. Both the annual ISR Rules and WKCR Rules, as published, are to be followed by all racers. Penalties, as listed in either set of rules are to be enforced by the appropriate WKCR Officers for violations of either rules.
Besides for the Officers of WKCR, the membership of WKCR is expected to participate/volunteer in needed duties to put on a race event, at each race. Each family is expected to properly participate in the needed duties, throughout the race day. The Board of Directors may establish certain rules and fees to gain needed participation in the volunteer duties.
ARTICLE VII : Board of Directors
Officers shall be the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
The four officers shall make up a Board of Directors for WKCR to run the organization and shall be responsible for the day to day operations of the organization. The officers should seek the opinion of the membership whenever feasible and practical. The Board may change rules or establish emergency rules as needed. Changing rules during the season should be avoided, when possible, other than for emergency rules affecting safety.
Each elected officer holds office for two years. The election of officers is held each spring at the Annual Meeting and awards ceremony. Nominations will be taken either prior to or at the Annual Meeting. Voting will be done at the Annual Meeting via written ballot. All equipment and information will be transferred to the new appointee at the annual Meeting. Each paid membership race family for the current year will have one vote for officers
The President will appoint the following positions: Race Director, Head Tech, PR Director, Head Flagger, and Head Stagger. These positions, once appointed, will be held at the enjoyment of the Board of Directors once appointed by the President. Any appointment can be removed or added by vote of the Board of Directors.
Should the Board of Directors be unable to reach a majority vote (51%) on any issue, the Board may seek vote of the appointed Race Director to determine the vote on that
issue. The Race Director would not be a member of the Board of Directors and his or involvement, for this purpose, would be limited to that particular vote.
The President may invite Appointed Positions and members to Board of Directors meeting and seek input from those invited and any topic.
No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause hereof. The organization shall not participate or support any political candidates or campaigns. Notwithstanding any other provision of the document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding sections of any future Federal Tax Code or by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding sections of any future Federal Tax Code.
ARTICLE VIII: Duties of Officers
PRESIDENT: The President will lead WKCR meetings and each races Driver's Meeting. The President will make pertinent announcements during the Driver's Meeting and Trophy presentation. The President will work with all race families to help them understand and abide by the designated rules. The President will be responsible for communication with ISR and other correspondence and communications. The President will be responsible for setting the yearly Race Schedule with final approval by the Board of Directors. President and Vice-President may determine what other duties each will handle, such as setting up weekly insurance or whatever else is needed.
VICE-PRESIDENT: The Vice-President will assist the President in all her or her responsibilities and will assume those responsibilities in the absence of the President. The Vice-President will supervise and work with the Race Directors to conduct each race event. President and Vice-President may determine what other duties each will handle, such as setting up weekly insurance or whatever else is needed.
SECRETARY: The secretary is responsible to maintain a list of paid memberships and to register racers at the beginning of each race. The secretary will be responsible for lap counting the entirety of each race, with assistance of designated member helpers. The Secretary records all places during each race and keeps track of racer points throughout the season. The secretary will record minutes at each Board of Directors meeting and the annual meetings of the membership.
TREASURER: The treasurer is responsible to collect and deposit all membership fees, registration fees, sponsorship fees, and other monies coming into the organization. The treasurer reconciles all financial activity for the organization. The treasurer shall be responsible for attaining insurance for each race. The treasurer shall provide reports of financial activities and account balances at each Board of Directors and Annual Meetings.
ARTICLES IX: Duties of Appointed Positions
RACE DIRECTOR: The race director is responsible for track setup and race day events as listed in the Annual ISR Book.
TECH DIRECTOR: The Tech Director determines a fair level and extent of technical inspection for each sled at each race. The Head tech will conduct or lead any technical
inspections and recommend decisions regarding further education or disqualification when a racers sled does not meet established ISR or WKCR Rules. The Head Tech will notify the President (or Vice-President in the President's absence) prior to any disqualification of any race participant. The Head Tech , along with the Race Director, shall have the authority to determine structural integrity of the snowmobile. The Head Tech shall carry, and be responsible for, the official specifications and certain instruments for measurements concerning verification and control of contestant's snowmobile. The decisions of the Head Tech may be reviewed by the Board of Directors and appealed, per the WKCR Rules, to the Board of Directors. The Head Tech will select the snowmobiles for mandatory teardown and inspection.
HEAD FLAGGER: The Head Flagger will work to educate all flaggers on proper race flagging. The Head Flagger will work to have proper flagging of all races by all volunteers.
HEAD STAGGER: The Head Stager will work to educate all staggers on proper race stagging. The Head Stager will work to have proper stagging of all races by all volunteers.
PR DIRECTOR: PR Director will work to advertise and promote each Race in the local communities in which the organization races within. This may entail press releases, put up signs at local business, and other similar promotions of an upcoming race. PR Director is responsible for putting up race day banners and safety signs as directed by ISR and Insurance company mandates.
OTHER APPOINTED POSITIONS: Other appointed positions may be appointed to fill the need of running the organization by the President. Examples of the positions are Webmaster, Banquet Committee, Fund Raising Committee, and others.
ARTICLE X: Membership Dues
An annual membership fee will be required for racers wanting to race for year end points. Those Racers in the membership will receive a discount on race registration fees.
ARTICLE XI: Dissolution of Organization
The organization may not dissolve and join any organization without the approval of 85% of all paid members from the last race season.
Should the organization dissolve for any reason, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding sections of any future Federal Tax Code, or be distributed to the State of Wisconsin, for the public good.
ARTICLE XII: Removal of Officers
To remove an officer from their position who is not fulfilling “or” abusing their position, can and will be removed from office by a unanimous majority vote of the remaining officers and a majority vote by the club members at a point race or the annual member meetings. If an Officer is determined in violation of the WKCR Code of Conduct, they will be removed from their position by the remaining Officers.
ARTICLE XIII: Rules of Conduct
All members and non-members shall abide by the WKCR Race Rules and Code of Conduct. Refer to WKCR Race Rules and WKCR Code of Conduct.
Electing a replacement officer. Officers may choose a present officer to fill the open position or leave the position open. To choose a new officer, the club members must nominate and vote a new officer to the position at a regular season points race.
President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary positions cannot be held by two members of the same family.
ARTICLE XIIII: Amendments to these Bylaws
These bylaws may only be amended by a majority vote of the Board of Directors once first announced to the membership at the Annual Meeting that said Bylaws are to be review and possibly amended.
Said Bylaws are hereby amended and approved: