BYLAWS OF THE EASTERN LOWLINE ANGUS ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE I. NAME AND GENERAL POWERS
The name of the organization shall be the Eastern Lowline Angus Association, hereinafter referred to as the ‘ELAA’.
The organization will operate as a non-profit Section 501(c)(5)
GENERAL POWERS: The affairs of this organization shall be managed by its Board of Directors in accordance with our mission statement.
NUMBER OF DIRECTORS: The number of Directors at any given time shall be no less than five (5) and no more than seven (7) Directors; The board will also be comprised of officers: a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer along with up to three (3) additional Directors
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE AND MISSION STATEMENT
The purpose of the ELAA shall be to promote the Lowline Angus breed of cattle in the Eastern United States.
The ELAA mission is to support all members in their efforts to promote American Lowlines. This support will be in the form of assisting with regional shows, clinics, presentations and beef production. The ELAA has a premier show located in Louisville, KY; the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), the world’s largest all breed, purebred livestock exposition.
ARTICLE III. GEOGRAPHICAL AREA
Generally speaking the ELAA is comprised of the Eastern half of the United States, east of the Mississippi river and Missouri. The ELAA in compliance with the American Lowline Registry RULE X has declared ten (10) core states:
Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
The ELAA will remain focused on supporting ALL of the twenty-three (23) states that currently participate in the association up and until the time other non-core states choose to start their own regional associations, at that time the ELAA will support those states in the formation of the new association.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP RULES
The ELAA has three (3) levels of membership; Active members, Associate members and Junior Members. All members of the ELAA MUST be members of the American Lowline Registry (ALR) and comply with the ALR bylaws.
ACTIVE MEMBERS: Individuals, at least 21 years of age, partnerships, corporations, and firms that are active breeders of registered Lowline cattle who have paid their annual dues to the ELAA. Active members may be elected to and serve on the Board of Directors. Active members have full voting rights, one vote per member.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: Individuals, partnerships, corporations, and firms that are members of the ALR and have paid their annual dues to the ELAA. Associate Members are allowed to participate in all ELAA events, but have no voting rights.
JUNIOR MEMBERS: Young men and women twenty-one (21) years of age or younger who are interested in the Lowline breed and pay annual dues to the ELAA may participate in all ELAA events. Junior members are not eligible for voting or serving on the board.
ARTICLE V. THE BOARD
QUALIFICATIONS: A Director may be any active member of the ALR. Any elected member of the Board must be an ELAA ACTIVE member as defined in ARTICLE IV. The object of expanding parameters for members of the ELAA Board of Directors is to recruit capable individuals across the US who have expressed interest in our region, our activities, and our goals.
NOMINATION AND ELECTION: A Director may be nominated by any ELAA member. All applicants will submit an email to the ELAA Board of Directors with a brief summary of qualifications, initiatives and interests. Elections by ELAA ACTIVE members will be completed by 1) oral vote at the annual meeting held at the NAILE, or 2) email ballot, or 3) USPS ballots. Voting location, method and/or date will be determined by the ELAA Board of Directors. March 1st is the annual target date for installation of board members and officers.
TERMS OF OFFICE: Board rotation will be as follows: on even years, three (3) positions will be up for re-election, odd years, four (4) positions will be up for re-election.
OFFICERS: The ELAA Board of Directors will elect the officers of the Board of Directors. The President will chair and preside over all of the meetings of the Board of Directors.
POWERS AND DUTIES: The Board of Directors will manage the ELAA; have full power to conduct all business of the association subject to the laws of the represented states and by these Bylaws. The Board of Directors will have the power to establish rules and regulations for the association.
MEETINGS: The ELAA will conduct an annual meeting to be held in Louisville, KY at the North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE). Additional meetings may be called at regional events or via phone conferences.
EASTERN LOWLINE ANGUS ASSOCIATION
ELAA initially included a large geographical area primarily because it was not represented by any other regional group. It is and never was the ELAA intention to remain this large except and until other regional groups are initiated. In an effort to help promote Lowline Angus cattle and provide better service to our members, the following ELAA Amendments are proposed:
AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS: III) a.) III) b.); III) c.); III) d.)
GEOGRAPHICAL AREA: Eastern half of the United States, east of the Mississippi River and St Louis, MO area
a.) The ELAA immediately encourages the formation of a new regional group or groups, created from a majority of the voting members of any three (3) or more contiguous states.
b.) ELAA will release any paid voting members as requested for the formation of a new regional group as soon as the required organizational steps are met.
c.) “Grandfather Clause:” Any ELAA voting member may elect to retain that membership, in lieu of joining a newly formed regional group.
d.) Until such time as our members are reduced to ten (10) states and without changing the status of any membership, ELAA will submit ten (10) states from our geographical area to the ALR for the purpose of compliance with Rule X in order receive recognition and funds in connection with the management and operation of ELAA annual shows and sales at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, a “Super Show Event.”