The name of this association shall be
“Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association.” This organization will operate as a non-profit organization.
following categories of membership are established, of which the first 250 will be chartered members.
a) Regular Membership Open to
active duty Marines, retired Marines, former Marines and/or dependents who have been awarded Distinguished Badges.
b) Associate Membership
Open to active duty Marines, retired Marines, and former Marines who served a minimum of one full summer shooting season in direct
support of the United States Marine Corps Shooting Team.
c) Honorary Membership The Board of Governors, upon written recommendation
from the membership may award honorary life membership status upon a person who by his position, office or being held in high esteem
and has made a contribution to the Marine Corps marksmanship.
The objectives of the Association are to
a) Provide a means to further the camaraderie established among Marines who have distinguished themselves in the Marine Corps Competition-in-Arms
b) Foster the preservation and promotion of Marine Corps Marksmanship and the Marine Corps Competition-in-Arms Program history.
Act as a vehicle by which distinguished Marine shooters can maintain contact with one another.
d) To hold an annual social gathering
for the membership.
The association’s officers will consist of a nine (9) member Board of Governors elected by a
majority of the regular membership voting. Four members of the Board will be elected for a term of three (3) years and five (5) members
for term of two (2) years. The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be elected for three-year terms and the
next five candidates will be elected for two-year terms. If at least one of the top nine candidates is not elected from the opposite
coast of the United States as the remainder of the Board of Governors, the candidate with the highest number of votes from the opposite
coast will become the ninth member of the Board of Governors regardless of the number of votes received. The dividing line between
East and West coast will be the Mississippi River. The board will elect a President from within its membership who will preside over
Board meetings and the regular meetings of the association. An Executive Secretary/Treasurer will be appointed by the Board from the
Regular membership. The Secretary/Treasurer will not have a vote on the Board’s deliberations unless holding a dual position as a
Article V-Duties of Officers
Board of Governors The board of Governors will govern the association activities using the
majority rule when voting on its deliberations. Proxy voting is authorized. Proxies must be in writing and are limited to the board
meeting at which they are presented. The Board will oversee the activities of the Executive Secretary/Treasurer.
President of the Board
the President of the Board will preside over all Board meetings and regular meetings of the association. The President will appoint
a three (3) member audit team from the regular membership to audit the Secretary/Treasurer account books annually. The President may
appoint other committees as required.
Executive Secretary/Treasurer the Executive Secretary Treasurer will attend all meetings of the
Board of Governors and the association and keep minutes of their proceedings. The minutes of all meetings will be provided to the
Board of Governors within thirty (30) days of the adjournment of said meeting. The Executive Secretary/Treasurer will maintain the
funds of the association and make disbursements as authorized by the Board of Governors within the bounds of the association Constitution
There shall be one meeting of the Distinguished Shooters Association each year.. The Board of
Governors will meet by the call of the President. All meetings will be conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order.
VII-Amendments and By Laws
Amendments to this constitution will be made by a two-thirds vote of regular members whose ballots
are received. The proposed amendment(s) will be mailed to all members with a request for a reply within thirty (30) days. The Board
of Governors will have the votes tabulated and the results will be announced in the next newsletter. A By Law will be adopted or repealed
in the same manner as an amendment to the Association’s Constitution.
In the event of the association
disillusionment, all real property on hand will be sold and all funds from the sale and monies from all accounts will then be donated
to the Marine Military Academy, Harlingen, Texas.
By Laws Of the Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association
Section I – Membership
The initial membership fee will be $15.00. Subsequent annual fees will be determined by the Board of Governors and will
be kept at the minimum to cover the association operating expenses. Life membership is offered to all members as follows: Age 17 to
49, $150.00, age 50 and up $100.00. Life membership can be made in payments, but must be paid in full within one calendar year. All
general membership dues will be due on January 1st of the calendar year.
Section II – Disbursement of Funds
The Executive Secretary/Treasurer
may expend association funds not to exceed $50.00 for association operation expenses. Disbursements over $50.00 and up to $100.00
require approval from the President of the Board of Governors. Disbursements over $100.00 require approval of a majority of the Board
of Governors. No member of the Board of Governors or the Executive Secretary/Treasurer shall be reimbursed for services or travel.
III – Board of Governors Membership
Members of the Board of Governors serve at the pleasure of the regular membership. A Board
member may be removed from office by two-thirds vote of the regular membership at a regular meeting. The Executive Secretary/Treasurer
may be removed from office by two-thirds vote of the Board of Governors.
Section IV– Newsletter
The Board of Governors will cause the
Badge (Journal of the Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association) to be published annually and mailed to all members. Periodic
newsletters may be published at the direction of the Board of Governors. The updated membership roster and the roster of Distinguished
Marine Corps Shooters shall be made available to the membership on a bi-annual basis.