Promoting the Boer Goat Industry
in indiana and the midwest

Bylaws

We are a group of Boer Goat and Meat Goat producers, exhibitors and enthusiasts who have organized to serve, support and advance the meat goat industry in Indiana, as well as promote and support youth education and activities within our industry.

Our goal is to bring Indiana's meat goat producers and others interested in supporting this industry together. We believe that by working together we can be more effective in our individual marketing endeavors as well as provide education, support and opportunities for the young exhibitors and producers within our industry.

These By-Laws are written within the guidelines and confines of the Articles of Organization for this association to facilitate the following Goals of the Indiana Boer Goat Classic:

ORGANIZATION & MEMBERSHIP
The IBGC is organized and managed by a group of volunteer members. To participate on IBGC Committees, run for membership on the Executive Committee, and vote on matters relevant to the IBGC, individuals must have current paid-to-date membership. Membership in the Indiana Boer Goat Classic is open to any individual who breeds and/or has an interest in the Boer Goat breed or meat goats, or wants to support activities for junior showmen in Indiana.

Membership fees:

The Family/Farm membership includes a listing in the IBGC online Breeders’ Directory with up to 100 words and a link to the member’s website. An individual may chose a family/farm membership and receive the same listing, etc.

Current paid membership is required for juniors who want to participate and/or receive awards in any Indiana Boer Goat Classic Youth Challenge Series event.   Open show exhibitors do not need to be members to show at any IBGC Open Show.   However, all exhibitors who wish to receive membership benefits must be members.   Attendees at educational seminars do not need to be members.

Membership applications and fees are accepted throughout the year and can be completed when entering any individual show, prior to showing.  Juniors become eligible to earn points on the date membership is paid prior to a show.  The Points Awards Programs will be limited to Indiana Boer Goat Classic members.

All Indiana Boer Goat Classic memberships expire December 31st.

IBGC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Indiana Boer Goat Classic Executive Committee consists of a minimum of three individuals, as outlined in the Articles of Organization - a President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer.

IBGC ELECTION OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Members wishing to serve as Executive Committee members in the positions of President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer must submit their names and biographies to the Secretary/Treasurer by May 31st. An election will be held and the results will be made available at the Annual Meeting.

IBGC JUDGES COMMITTEE
A Judges Committee consisting of either the President, or the Vice President should the President choose not to serve, and no less than 2 and no more than 6 members shall be regrouped each year at the Annual Meeting whose sole duty is to gather suggested judges, research and determine which judges will be selected. Volunteers for this committee may begin submitting their names 6 weeks prior to the annual meeting and the executive committee will announce committee members at the annual meeting. All volunteers must be members in good standing.

SHOW COMMITTEE
A Show Committee consisting of the Vice President and no less than 2 and no more than 6 members shall be regrouped each year at the Annual Meeting whose sole duty is to organize and review suggested show locations, select show locations, and coordinate with local sponsoring groups to insure all volunteers, food vendor, and other show details are addressed, Volunteers for this committee may begin submitting their names 6 weeks prior to the annual meeting and the executive committee will announce committee members at the annual meeting. All volunteers must be members in good standing.

SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE
A Sponsorship Committee consisting of the Secretary-Treasurer and no less than 2 and no more than 6 members, whose sole duty is to organize and solicit sponsorship money to fund the activities of the organization, shall be regrouped each year at the Annual Meeting. Volunteers for this committee may begin submitting their names 6 weeks prior to the annual meeting and the executive committee will announce committee members at the annual meeting. All volunteers must be members in good standing.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall make items and information available to the committee to assist in this. The President and Vice President shall work with this committee to maximize everyone’s effort.

Other committees may be organized as events and the Executive Committee deems appropriate.

IBGC RULES

MEMBER ETHICS

IBGC SHOW RULES

IBGC JUDGE SELECTION AND GUIDELINES

Judges Criteria: Judges will be selected from the roster of the sponsoring Registry Association. All efforts should be directed towards selecting judges who are capable of judging both market wethers and breeding stock, who are willing to work with juniors and judge showmanship, and who can put aside political agendas for the junior show.

Judges Selection: Suggestions for Judges will be solicited from members at the annual Indiana State Fair Meeting. These names will be passed on to the Judges Committee. As soon as a Show is sanctioned, an appropriate judge will be selected – first from this list, and if no name on the list is available or eligible for that particular show, than a new short list will be put together after collecting names from members of the Judges Committee and the Executive Committee. The Judges Committee should take care to insure that a variety of judges are used for the show series shows in the same year so as to not benefit any individual breeder or exhibitor. The Secretary/Treasurer should make available to each chosen judge a copy of the guidelines from the association of his/her affiliation as a reminder of what the IBGC wants.

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
All educational activities offered by the IBGC will be available to any individual interested in attending and willing to pay any registration fee required. All planned educational activities must have the approval of the Executive Committee prior to finalizing any plans.

BY LAW REVISIONS
Requests to revise these By-Laws may be made at the end of the show season, at the Annual Meeting, in writing by a minimum of ¼ of the current members. The Executive Committee will review the requested change. In the case where the Executive Committee believes a modification to the original change request is needed, the members originally requesting the change will be notified of the modification and given 30 days to provide input. If, after review, the Executive Committee approves the requested change, and the proposed change receives a 2/3 majority vote of the members at the Annual Meeting the following year, the change will go into effect immediately following the Annual Meeting. Any such changes to the By-Laws will be published on the member’s page of the website once the Executive Committee has reviewed and approved the change, for review by the general membership.

These By-Laws have been reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee as amended this date: August 9, 2016.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
Britton Sobkoviak, President
Roy Binkley, Vice President
Brenda Lightner, Show Secretary
Tina Hirsch, Communicaton Secretary
Becky Bischoff, Treasurer

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