AKC Approval Date: 10/11/2016
Section 1. The name of the Club shall be the American Brussels Griffon Association (hereinafter called the “Club” or “ABGA”).
Section 2. The objects of the Club shall be:
(a) To encourage and promote the correct type in the breeding of Brussels Griffons in conformity with the standard of the breed as set forth by the Club and approved by The American Kennel Club (hereinafter, AKC);
(b) To encourage the organization of independent local Brussels Griffon Specialty Clubs in those areas where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of the AKC;
(c) To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the AKC as the only standard of excellence by which the Brussels Griffons shall be judged;
(d) To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows in conformation, performance events, obedience trials and all AKC events for which the club is eligible under the Rules and Regulations of the American Kennel Club;
(e) To conduct sanctioned matches and specialty shows under the rules of the AKC;
(f) To encourage and promote the exhibition, in conformation, performance events and obedience, of pure-bred Brussels Griffons;
(g) To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed;
(h) To educate the public with regard to breeding, proper care, and maintenance of Brussels Griffons;
(i) To support and encourage research activities designed to improve the health and welfare of Brussels Griffons, supports scientific research regarding the breed;
Section 3. It is the intent and purpose that the Club shall be organized and operated exclusively for the pursuit and attainment of the objects set forth in Section 2 and not for any pecuniary gain or profit to the members thereof; it shall hold and use whatever property it may acquire and whatever income it may accrue only for the furtherance of those purposes. The Club shall not be conducted or operate for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue or donations to the Club shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.
Section 4. The Regular and Life members of the Club shall adopt and may from time to time revise such By-laws as may be required to carry out these objectives.
By-Laws of the American Brussels Griffon Association
The ABGA is a corporation organized under the Illinois Not For Profit Corporation Act. The Corporation shall maintain a registered office in the State of Illinois and a registered agent at such office. The corporation may have other offices within or outside the state.
Section 1. Eligibility – The Club shall open its membership to all persons who are in good standing with the AKC and who subscribe to the objectives of the ABGA.
Section 2. Classes of Membership
(a) REGULAR Membership — The ABGA shall provide a Regular membership open to all eligible persons who are eighteen (18) years of age and older and are residents of the United States of America. A Regular member shall have full privileges of the Club, including the right to vote and to serve as an officer, governor and/or on committees. To apply for Regular Membership the applicant must meet all of the following requirements at the time of application for membership (All requirements are listed at the ABGA website and included with the membership packet the perspective member can obtain from the ABGA Secretary). All prospective members will be notified of the necessary requirements at the time of receiving the application at the website or when receiving the membership packet from the Secretary or current member.:
- The applicant currently is an owner of record of one (1) or more AKC registered Brussels Griffon(s).
- The applicant has been active in the AKC recognized events for a minimum period of the past four (4) years.
- The applicant has attended at least two (2) ABGA national or roving specialties or ABGA supported entries within the past four (4) years. Documentation of attendance is to be provided to the Membership Committee.
- The applicant has attended one ABGA Breed Seminar within the past four (4) years. Documentation of attendance is to be provided to the Membership Committee.
The ABGA will offer two (2) types of Regular membership as follows:
- Single – defined as one (1) member who meets the requirements for Regular membership and has one (1) vote. A regular single membership receives one (1) ABGA Bulletin.
- Couple – defined as two (2) persons living at the same address who each as a separate entity meet the requirements for regular membership and who each as a separate entity has one (1) vote for a maximum of two (2) votes per Couple membership. A regular couple membership receives one (1) ABGA Bulletin.
(b) ASSOCIATE Membership — The ABGA shall provide an Associate membership open to all eligible persons who are eighteen (18) years of age and older. An Associate membership is offered to those who subscribe to the objectives of the ABGA, who show an interest in the breed, who wish to be involved in club activities and who wish to receive the ABGA Bulletin. An Associate member shall have full privileges of the club except the right to vote and to serve as an officer, governor or chair a committee.
The ABGA shall offer two types of Associate Membership as follows:
- Associate – defined as all eligible persons who are residents of the United States of America. This type of membership is entitled to all club privileges except voting and office holding.
- Foreign – defined as all eligible persons who are not U.S. residents (or its territories and possessions). Shall be entitled to all club privileges except voting and office holding.
(c) JUNIOR Membership — The ABGA shall provide a Junior membership open to all eligible persons who are ten (10) years of age and under eighteen (18) years of age, who are a resident of the United States of America and who subscribe to the objectives of the ABGA. A Junior member shall have full privileges of the club except the right to vote or to serve as an officer, governor or on committees. Junior members can apply for another class of membership upon reaching age eighteen (18).
(d) LIFE Membership — The ABGA Board may confer a Life membership upon any Regular member who has rendered twenty (20) or more years of service to the Club. Life members shall have full privileges of the Club, the right to vote and to serve as an officer, governor and/or on committees. The Club exempts all Life members from paying dues.
(e) Affiliate Club Membership – The ABGA shall provide a club membership open to all eligible local or regional clubs that have attained the AKC membership or licensure. Such clubs shall be designated “Affiliate Club” and have the right to one (1) vote in all club matters on which the Regular and Life members may vote. The vote of the member Affiliate Club must be expressed by the associate affiliate clubs President or his/her designee of the affiliate club.
Section 3. Dues
(a) Membership dues shall not exceed forty-five dollars ($45.00) per year.
(b) Annual dues shall be reviewed annually with the amount to be set by action of the Board prior to the mailing of dues notices.
(c) Members shall pay annual dues on or before the first (1st) day of January of each year.
(d) No Regular members may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year.
(e) During the month of November, the Treasurer shall send to each member a statement of dues for the following year.
(f) Each change of membership status shall require payment of an initiation fee as established by the Board, not to exceed twenty dollars ($20.00).
(g) Members admitted on or after the first (1st) day of October of any year shall be exempt from payment of dues for the following year.
Section 4. Election to Membership – Each applicant for all types of membership shall apply on a form approved by the Board, which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the Club Constitution and By-laws, use the ABGA Code of Ethics as a guideline, and abide by the rules of the AKC. The application shall state the name and address of the applicant and any other information deemed pertinent by the Board. It shall also carry the signature of endorsement of two (2) Regular or Life members representing separate households (in good standing attesting to their belief that the applicant will abide by the Club Constitution and By-laws. The endorsing members shall also attach written statements to the application indicating their knowledge of the applicant and the application. The prospective member shall submit dues payment for the current year and the initiation fee.
Every application for all types of membership shall be presented to the Board, but only after at least thirty-days (30) has passed since the name of the applicant was published in the ABGA Bulletin. The Board shall consider applications for membership at each regular board meeting. Applicants may be elected by secret ballot at any meeting of the Board or by secret vote of the Board by mail. Affirmative votes of two-thirds (2/3) of the Board present and voting at a meeting of the Board, or of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire Board when voting by mail shall be required to elect an applicant.
A rejected applicant may not re-apply for the same class of membership until at least one (1) year after being rejected.
An application, which has received a negative vote by the Board of Governors, may be presented by one of the applicant’s endorsers at the next annual meeting of the Club and the members may elect such applicant by secret ballot and a favorable vote of seventy-five percent (75%) of the Regular and Life members present.
Section 5. Termination of Membership – Membership may be terminated by means of the following:
(a) Resignation – Any member in good standing may resign from the Club upon written notice to the Secretary. Such resignation is immediately effective. No member may resign while in debt to the Club. The Club considers dues obligations a debt to the Club. A member incurs a dues obligation on the first day of every fiscal year.
(b) Lapsing – The Club will consider a membership, except for Life members, as lapsed and automatically terminated when a member’s dues remain unpaid sixty (60) days after the first (1st) day of the fiscal year. The Board may, however, grant an additional sixty-days (60) of grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case may a Regular member be entitled to vote at any Club meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting.
(c) Expulsion – The Club may terminate a membership by expulsion as provided in Article IX of these By-laws.
Governors, Officers, AKC Delegate, and Registered Agent
Section 1. Board of Governors (hereinafter the Board) – The Board shall be comprised of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and five (5) Governors, all of whom shall be Regular or Life members in good standing. The Club shall elect its Officers and Governors in alternate years, to serve two-year terms and shall serve until their successors are elected. The Club shall vest its administration and the care and custody of its property in the Board.
Section 2. Officers – The Officers of the Club shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer who shall serve in their respective capacities both with regards to the Club and its meetings and the Board and its meetings. The officers shall function as the Board of Governors for the purposes of the Illinois Not For Profit Corporations Act.
(a) Duties of the President – The President is the chief executive officer of the Club and shall preside at all meetings of the Club and of the Board, and shall have the duties and powers normally appurtenant to the office of President in addition to those particularly specified in these By-laws.
The President shall appoint all committees except the Nominating Committee and shall serve as a non-voting ex officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. Within the framework of these By-laws and approved policy as set forth by the Board, the President shall conduct the business of the Club between Board meetings.
(b) Duties of the Vice President – The Vice President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President’s death, absence or incapacity.
(c) Duties of the Secretary – The Secretary shall keep a complete record of all meetings of the Club and Board and of all votes taken by mail, FAX and telephone conference call and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the Club. The Secretary shall have charge of the correspondence, notify members of meetings, notify new members of their election to membership, notify Officers and Governors of their election to office, keep a roll of the members of the Club with their addresses, and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these Bylaws.
In the absence of the Secretary, the President may appoint a Regular or Life member to perform these duties.
(d) Duties of the Treasurer – The Treasurer is the chief financial officer of the Club and is in charge of all Club moneys and financial records. In this capacity, the Treasurer shall collect, receive and disburse all moneys due or belonging to the Club and give receipt therefore. The Treasurer shall deposit the same in a bank approved by the Board in the name of the ABGA. The books shall at all times be open to the inspection of the Board and a report shall be given at every meeting of the condition of the Club’s finances and every item of receipt or payment not before reported. The Treasurer shall develop a budget and other aids or procedures for establishing and monitoring the financial policies of the Club. The Treasurer may be bonded in such an amount, as the Board shall determine.
Section 3. Delegate to The American Kennel Club – The Club shall send a delegate to attend the AKC delegate meetings. The delegate shall advise the Board and membership of all pertinent matters. The delegate shall be a Regular or Life member elected bi-annually by the Board at the annual Board meeting in odd-numbered years.
The delegate shall serve as liaison between the AKC and the Club in all matters authorized by the Board, and shall act upon the Board’s instructions.
A vacancy shall be filled by appointment of the Board.
Section 4. Registered Agent — The Board shall annually appoint from among the Regular or Life Members a Registered Agent. The Registered Agent must be a resident of the State of Illinois. The Registered Agent is responsible for filing any change of the registered agent or address to the Secretary of State of Illinois and shall record any change of agent or address with the Clerk of the County where the agent resides. The Registered Agent must complete annual reports due before the first day of the corporation’s anniversary month each year and send the Annual Reports to the Illinois Secretary of State to maintain the ABGA’s corporate status. The position of Registered Agent shall not have voting rights on the Board.
Section 5. Board Properties and Records – Following a term of office, each retiring officer shall turn over to the succeeding officer all properties and records relating to the Club within thirty-days (30) from the election or appointment of the succeeding officer.
Section 6. Vacancies – Any vacancies occurring on the board, or among the officers, during the year shall be filled until the next annual election by a majority vote of all the then members of the Board except that in a vacancy in the office of the President shall be filled automatically by the Vice President. The Board shall fill the resulting vacancy, in the office of Vice President.
Section 1. Annual Meetings – The Club shall hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the Club’s Specialty Show at a place, date and hour designated by the Board.
The Secretary shall mail written notice of the annual meeting to each member at least thirty-days (30) prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for the annual meeting shall be ten percent (10%) of the Regular, Life and member Affiliate Club(s) in good standing.
Section 2. Special Club Meetings – The President may call special club meetings. A majority vote of the members of the Board who are present at any regular or special meeting of the Board, or who vote by mail to do so, may also call a special meeting. A special meeting shall be called by the Board upon receipt by the Secretary of a petition signed by ten percent (10%) of the Regular, Life and member Affiliate Club(s) in good standing. The Board shall designate the place, date and hour for such special meetings according to the following:
(a). The secretary shall mail written notice of such meeting to all members in good standing at least fourteen (14) days and not more than thirty (30) days prior to the meeting. The notice of the meeting shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other Club business may be transacted.
(b). The quorum for such a meeting shall be ten percent (10%) of the Regular, Life and member Affiliate Club(s) in good standing.
Section 3. Board Meetings – The Board shall meet annually at a designated time during the week of events of the National Specialty. The President or a majority vote of the entire Board shall designate the times and places for other regular meetings of the Board. The Secretary shall mail written notice of each such other meeting to each member of the Board at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for the Board meeting shall be a majority of the Board voting in person, or by mail, or telephone conference call. The Board may hold meetings and conduct business in person or electronically by videoconference, teleconference, mail or email.
Section 4. Conduct of Business – In order for business to be conducted electronically, the following conditions shall apply:
(a) Every Board member must be responsible to provide or have available the means to participate;
(b) A procedure shall be in place to verify the identity of the individuals participating to ensure that they are eligible Board members;
(c) Board members who do not agree to participate in this manner must be provided with ballots in only those mediums that the Bylaws allow.
The Club may send members notification of Club meetings, dues notices, minutes and newsletters via email or via posting on the club website.
Written minutes shall be prepared of all business conducted and be subject to confirmation within fifteen (15) days whether by mail, email or at a meeting of the Board.
Board members without access to email must submit written notification to the Secretary indicating that they wish to receive communications through the regular mail.
Section 5. Special Board Meetings – The President shall call special meetings of the Board upon written request signed by at least three (3) members of the Board. The President shall designate the hour and place for special meetings according to the following:
(a) The Secretary shall mail written notice of such meetings at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting. This notice shall state the purpose of the meeting. The Board may transact no other business at that meeting.
(b) The quorum at special board meetings shall be a majority of the Board voting in person, by mail, email or telephone conference call.
The Club Year, Voting, Nominations, Elections
Section 1. Club Year – The Club’s fiscal year shall begin on the first (1st) day of January and end on the thirty-first (31st) day of December. The Club’s official year shall begin on the first (1st) day of the month following the election and shall continue through the next election. The elected Officers or Governors shall take office on the first (1st) day of the month following election.
Section 2. Voting – At the annual meeting or a special meeting of the Club, voting shall be limited to those the Regular, Life and member Affiliate Club(s) in good standing who are present at the meeting except for the annual election of Officers, Governors, Amendments to the Constitution and By-laws and Standard for the Breed, which shall be decided by written ballots cast by mail. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted. The Board of Governors may decide to submit other specific questions for decision of the Regular and Life members by written ballot cast by mail.
Section 3. Annual Election – The election of Officers and Governors shall be conducted by secret ballot. Ballots to be valid must be postmarked by the Secretary (or independent professional firm designated by the Board) by September 15. Ballots shall be counted by three (3) inspectors of election, who are Regular, Life and member Affiliate Club(s) in good standing, are neither members of the current Board nor candidates on the ballot, and who shall be appointed by the Board. The Board may, in the alternative, designate an independent professional firm to send, receive and count the ballots.
The person receiving the largest number of votes for each position shall be declared elected. If any nominee, at the time of the counting of the ballots, is unable to serve for any reason, such nominee shall not be elected, and the vacancy so created shall be filled by the Board of Governors, in the manner provided by Article V, Section 6 (Vacancies).
Section 4. Nominations and Ballots – No person may be a candidate in a Club election who has not been nominated in accordance with these By-laws. The Board on or before May 15th shall choose a Nominating Committee. The Committee shall consist of three (3) Regular and/or Life members from different areas of the U.S.A., and two (2) alternates, all in good standing. The chairperson of the Nominating Committee must be a Board member and must be appointed by the Board. The Nominating Committee may conduct its business by mail, email, fax or telephone conference call. Items voted upon by telephone conference call must be confirmed in writing within seven (7) days.
(a) The Nominating Committee shall nominate, from among the Regular and Life members of the Club, one (1) candidate for each office or Governor position to be filled and shall procure the written acceptance of each nominee so chosen. The Committee shall consider geographical representation of the membership on the Board to the extent that it is practicable to do so. The Committee shall then submit its slate of candidates to the Secretary who shall mail the list, including the full name of each candidate and the name of the state in which the candidate resides, to each member of the Club on or before June 15th so that additional nominations may be made by the members if they so desire.
(b) Additional nominations of Regular or Life members may be made by written petition addressed to the Secretary and postmarked on or before July 15. The written petition must be sent certified return receipt or registered mail. The written petition must be signed by ten (10) Regular or Life members and accompanied by the written acceptance of each such additional nominee signifying the member’s willingness to be a candidate. No person shall be a candidate for more than one (1) position and the additional nominations, which are provided for herein may be made only from among those Regular and Life members who have not accepted a nomination of the Nominating Committee.
(c) If no valid additional nominations are postmarked on or before July 15, the Nominating Committee’s slate shall be declared elected thus no balloting will be required. The newly elected Board shall take office on October 1.
(d) If one or more valid additional nominations are postmarked on or before July 15, the Secretary (or an independent professional firm designated by the Board) shall, on or before August 1, mail to each Regular and Life member in good standing a ballot listing all of the nominees for each position in alphabetical order, with the names of the states in which they reside, together with a blank envelope and a return envelope addressed to the Secretary (or designated professional firm) marked “Ballot” and bearing the name of the Regular or Life member to whom it was sent. The Secretary shall enclose the candidates’ biographical sketches not exceeding one page and received by the Secretary on or before July 25.
So that the ballots may remain secret, each voting member, after marking their ballot, shall seal it in the blank envelope which in turn shall be placed in the second (2nd) envelope addressed to the Secretary (or designated professional firm), with an independent firm a blank envelope is not necessary. The inspectors of election (or designated professional firm) shall check the returns against the list of Regular and Life members whose dues are paid for the current year prior to the opening of outer envelopes and removing the blank envelopes, and shall certify the eligibility of the voters as well as the results of the voting. The Secretary to the membership on or before October 1 shall report the results. No ballot will be considered valid which includes more than one (1) vote for each position.
- Nominations cannot be made at the Annual Meeting or in any manner other than as provided above.
Section 1. All voting Members in good standing may serve on any committee, however only Regular and Life members may chair a committee.
Section 2. Special Committees – All special committees shall be appointed by the President unless otherwise ordered by the motion creating the committee.
Section 3. Standing Committees – The Board may each year appoint standing committees to advance the work of the Club in such matters as specialty shows, obedience trials, trophies, ways and means, annual prizes, membership and other fields which may well be served by committees. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the Board.
Section 4. Termination – Any committee appointed, or the appointment of any member to a committee may be terminated by a majority vote of the Board. The Board may appoint successors to those persons whose service has been terminated.
Section 1. American Kennel Club Suspension – Any individual member or affiliate club who is suspended from any AKC privileges shall automatically be suspended from the same privileges of this Club for the like period.
Section 2. Charges – Any member may prefer charges against a member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or the Breed. Written charges with specifications must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary together with a deposit of one hundred dollars ($100), which shall be forfeited if the Board or a Committee following a hearing does not sustain such charges. The Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to each member of the Board or present them at a Board meeting, and the Board shall first consider whether the actions alleged in the charges, if proven, might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the Club or the Breed.
If the Board considers that the charges do not allege conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the Club or the Breed, it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the Board entertains jurisdiction of the charges it shall fix a date of a hearing by the Board or a Committee of not less than three members of the Board, not less than three (3) weeks nor more than six (6) weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one (1) copy of the charges to the accused member by certified, return receipt or registered mail together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in their own defense and bring witnesses if the member wishes.
Section 3. Board Hearing – The Board or Committee shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in that regard. Should the charges be sustained after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by the complainant and the defendant, the Board or Committee may by a majority vote of those present suspend the defendant from all privileges of the Club for not more than six (6) months from the date of the hearing, or until the next Annual Meeting if that will occur after six (6) months. And, if it deems that punishment insufficient, it may recommend to the membership that the penalty be expulsion.
In such case, the suspension shall not restrict the defendant’s right to appear before fellow members at the ensuing Club meeting which considers the recommendation of the Board or Committee. Immediately after the Board or Committee has reached a decision, its finding shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary. The Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the decision and penalty, if any.
Section 4. Expulsion – Expulsion of a member from the Club may be accomplished only at the Annual Meeting of the Club following a hearing and upon recommendation of the Board or Committee as provided in Section 3 of this Article. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing on his or her own behalf though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the finding and recommendations, and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in their own behalf. The Regular and Life members present at the meeting shall then vote by secret written ballot on the proposed expulsion. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting at the Annual Meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted, the suspension shall stand.
Section 5. The Board may delegate in writing such powers of the Board as it shall deem advisable (and that are not in conflict with Illinois Law) to a Committee, and in such case, the action of the Committee shall be deemed the action of the Board. In all other cases, the actions of the Committee shall be deemed advisory to the Board and subject to the Board approval.
Section 1. Amendments to the Constitution and By-laws and the Standard for the Breed may be proposed by the Board or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by twenty percent (20%) of the Regular, Life and member Affiliate Club(s) in good. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the Board and must be submitted to the Regular, Life and member Affiliate Club(s) in good standing with recommendations of the Board by the Secretary for a vote within three (3) months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary.
Section 2. The Constitution and By-laws and the Standard for the Breed may be amended at any time provided a copy of the proposed amendment has been mailed by the Secretary to each Regular, Life and Member Affiliate Club in good standing on the date of the mailing, accompanied by a ballot on which a choice for or against the action to be taken shall be indicated. Dual-envelope procedures described in Article VII, Section 4(d) shall be followed in handling such ballots, to assure secrecy of the vote. The notice with such ballot shall specify a date not less than thirty-days (30) after the date postmarked by which date the ballot must be returned to the Secretary to be counted. The favorable vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Regular, Life and Member Affiliate Club in good standing who return valid ballots within the time limit shall be required to effect any such amendment.
Section 3. No amendment to the Constitution and By-laws or the Standard for the Breed that is adopted by the Club shall become effective until the Board of Directors of the AKC has approved it.
Section 1. The Club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than three-fourths (3/4) of the Regular, Life and Member Affiliate Club in good standing. In the event of the dissolution of the Club, other than for purposes of reorganization, whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, none of the property of the Club nor any proceeds thereof nor any assets of the Club shall be distributed to any members of the Club, but after payment of the debts of the Club its property and assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the benefit of dogs, as selected by the Board.
Order of Business
Section 1. At meetings of the Club, the order of business so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows:
I. Roll Call
II. Minutes of Last Meeting
III. Report of President
IV. Report of Secretary
V. Report of Treasurer
VI. Report of Committees
VII. Unfinished Business
VIII. New Business
Section 1. Parliamentary Authority – The rules contained in the most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern the Club in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Club Constitution and By-laws or any special Rules of Order the Club may adopt.
Each person who at any time is or shall have been a member of the Board, Officer, or agent of the ABGA shall be indemnified by the ABGA to the full extent permitted by the Illinois General Not For Profit Corporation Act. The Board of Directors may authorize Officers and Members to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person to the full extent permitted by the Illinois Not For Profit Corporation Act.
The language in this last Article is required by the State of Illinios for incorporation.