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Snake River Cutthroats – TU Chapter #163
Idaho Falls, Idaho

Our Mission

To promote and to provide assistance for the conservation, protection and enhancement of cold water fisheries, and to promote in education the sport of fly fishing and the art of fly tying in Eastern Idaho.

Our Goals

  • Support conservation projects and programs that improve habitat and water quality, or that improve stream flows that benefit fish and fish habitat.
  • Work with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the various state and federal resource management agencies to develop rules, policies and best management practices that benefit fish and fish habitat.
  • Work with government agencies, non-governmental organizations and private individualsto provide high quality stream flows needed to sustain and improve cold water fisheries in the region.
  • Promote and expand fly fishing and fly tying opportunities throughout eastern Idaho. Provide a meeting place to share ideas and meet others who share a passion for the wild
    fish and their waters.
  • Promote angling in a manner which is consistent with our heritage, tradition, ethics.
  • Promote and protect public access to Idaho’s fisheries.
  • Promote and conserve angling resources, inspire it’s angling literature, advance it’s fellowship and broaden the understanding of all angers in the spirit of true sport.

Snake River Cutthroats – TU Chapter #163 Bylaws

ARTICLE I. Organization and Membership
Section 1: The name of the organization shall be the Snake River Cutthroats Chapter #163,
Trout Unlimited, hereinafter referred to as the “Chapter”.
Section 2: The Snake River Cutthroats are also an affiliated club with the Federation of Fly
Fishers (FFF).
Section 3: The Chapter shall operate as a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian
organization. The Chapter shall function exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific
purposes.
Section 4: The Chapter is a subsidiary organization of Trout Unlimited, Inc., a Michigan non-
profit corporation and is under its authority. The Chapter shall carry out the aims and purposes
of Trout Unlimited and all policies, objectives and activities pursued by the Chapter and its
members shall be in conformity with the Bylaws and policies of Trout Unlimited. The Chapter’s
use of the TU name, logo and Chapter affiliation with other organizations and businesses shall
conform to TU policies.
Section 5: The Chapter and all members acting on its behalf shall not finance, promote or
oppose the candidacy of any person seeking election to public office and shall not participate or
intervene in any campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Section 6: Payment of annual dues to Trout Unlimited or the Federation of Fly Fishing shall
automatically make one a member of the Chapter. Separate Chapter membership dues or fees
are prohibited. Members of the Chapter shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of membership
in the Chapter.

ARTICLE II. Officers and Duties
Section 1: The executive officers of this Chapter shall be: a President, an Executive Vice
President, a Treasurer, a Secretary, and a Vice President of Conservation all of whom shall be
full voting members of the Chapter’s Board of Directors. The executive officers shall be
nominated by the Board of Directors and elected by the general membership at the annual
business meeting.
Section 2: The President shall serve as general executive officer and shall appoint the chairs of
all Chapter committees. The President shall oversee all activities of the chapter and preside at all
membership and board meetings.
Section 3: The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President if the President is absent
or unable to perform the President’s duties. The Vice President shall perform the duties assigned
by the Board of Directors and the President.
Section 4: The Treasurer shall have custody of all the funds and property of the Chapter. Along
with the President, the Treasurer may sign and execute in the name of the Chapter all contracts,
agreements and other obligations approved by the Board and so documented in approved
meeting minutes, or as authorized in the Chapter’s annual budget approved by the Board. The
Treasurer shall receive and safeguard all Chapter funds utilizing such banks approved by the
Board, make all authorized disbursements, and pay all authorized Chapter expenses or contracts.
The Treasurer will maintain current and accurate financial books for the Chapter, full and
accurate accounts of monies received or paid, with receipts and authorizations allowing a clear
and complete paper trail for annual audits. The Treasurer shall provide the Board a current and
clear summary of the assets of the chapter at each regular meetings of the Board, together with a
full listing of all monies received, disbursements, and bills paid since the previous Treasurer’s
report, shall timely prepare or have prepared, all annual IRS tax reports as required, and all
necessary annual financial reports to Trout Unlimited’s State Council and National offices. No
bonding of the Treasurer is required. Audits of the financial books shall be conducted annually
or at the request of the board.
Section 5: The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and
the membership. He/she shall be a custodian of all minutes, newsletters, annual reports, records,
papers, files and books of the Chapter. He/she shall provide access to the files to any member of
the Chapter at the direction of the Board. If a membership chairman is not in office the Secretary
shall keep an accurate and current record of all memberships. Except when necessary for the
purpose of meetings, he/she shall not disclose, transfer, sell, barter, or lease to any person the
names, addresses, telephone numbers or email addresses of the members or the membership list
without prior approval of the Board of Directors.
Section 6: The Vice President of Conservation shall be responsible for all the Chapter’s
conservation involvement including but not limited to organizing various conservation projects,
maintaining contact with local agencies to keep up to date with topics of concern, and be the
voice of the chapter in all conservation venues as directed by the Board of Directors. He/she
shall maintain a record of all volunteer hours and dollars spent on conservation activities.

ARTICLE III. Election, Term & Vacancy
Section 1: The President shall be elected by the general membership at the annual business
meeting for a term of two (2) years. The President may serve more than one successive term.
Section 2: The Executive Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President of
Conservation shall be elected by the general membership at the annual business meeting for a
term of two (2) years. Said officers shall be eligible to serve more than one successive term.
Section 3: There shall be a Board of Directors consisting of no fewer than three (3) members or
no more than nine (9) members. These directors shall be elected by the general membership at
the annual business meeting for a term of three (3) years. To provide continuity, their terms shall
be staggered so that no more than one-third of the Director’s terms expire in a given year. Said
directors shall be eligible to serve more than one successive term.
Section 4: In the event of a vacancy by any officer, or director the Board of Directors may
appoint an individual to serve until the next general membership election.
Section 5: A majority vote of those members present at the annual meeting and in good standing
will be sufficient to elect officers.
Section 6: The nominating committee and/or the general membership shall nominate members
for each elected office. Said nominations shall be made and sent to all members with notice of
the annual meeting. Nothing, however, will deny nominations from being made from the floor
during the annual membership meeting.
Section 7: All elected positions shall commence on September 1 st following the election at the
spring annual meeting.
Section 8: All elected positions are required to attend board meetings. A member who cannot
attend a board meeting must inform the president prior to the day of the meeting. A member
who misses more than two meetings per year without informing the president, or who misses an
excessive number of meetings for any reasons, as determined by a majority of the Board, is
subject to dismissal by a majority vote of the board.

ARTICLE IV. Board of Directors
Section 1: The Board of Directors shall consist of no fewer than three (3) or no more than nine
(9) directors in addition to the executive officers listed in ARTICLE III above.
Section 2: The Board of directors shall meet on a regular basis, generally once per month from
September through June of each fiscal year. Special meetings may be called by the President or
upon request from a quorum of the Directors. Generally, Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly
Revised shall govern the meetings on all matters relating to order and procedure, including
nominations and elections.
Section 3: The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the general supervision of the
Chapter’s affairs.
Section 4: A quorum is required for official chapter business including budgets, payments,
nominations, elections, removal of directors/officers, and establishing an official chapter
position. A quorum for the Board of Directors shall be determined by a number of one Director
more than one-half of the total number of Directors and Executive Officers currently serving. If
the quorum number end up being a partial number the count shall be rounded up to the next
whole number. A Board member must be present at the Board meeting in order for his/her vote
to be officially counted. In certain circumstances, a Board member may vote by means of
telephone, cellular phone, video conferencing, or other electronic means as accepted by the
Board of Directors.
Section 5: Notice of any special Board of Directors meetings should, whenever possible, be
given at least seven (7) days in advance.
Section 6: The Board of Directors may create additional elected offices should it deem it
necessary.

ARTILCE V. Committees and Senior Advisors
Section 1: The following functions may be represented by standing committees, (this is only a
suggested list of committees): Conservation, Youth, Expo, Education, Outings, Membership,
and Publicity, additional committees or alternative committees may be formed. The committee
chair shall be approved by the Board of Directors and is not required to be a director or executive
officer. Standing committee chairs are voting members of the Board of Directors. Adhoc
committee chairs are NOT voting members of the Board of Directors.
Section 2: Special committees may be appointed by the President as necessary with the approval
of the Board of Directors.
Section 3: Selection of committee members shall be the responsibility of the respective
committee chairs and the President.
Section 4: Senior Advisors shall be elected by the Board of directors. To be eligible for the
Senior Advisor position an individual has to have served as a director or executive officer for a
period not less than six years. The individual must also have held a position as an executive
officer or standing committee chair for at least 2 years. Senior advisors shall have voting rights
at the Board of Directors meetings.
Section 5: Standing committee chairs and Senior Advisors are expected to be active participants
in chapter affairs. If involvement in chapter affairs is not maintained the person can be removed
from the position by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. An annual review of attendance
shall be conducted to determine continued eligibility to serve as a Senior Advisor.

ARTICLE VI. Chapter Meetings
Section 1: The Annual Meeting of the Chapter shall be held in the spring prior to the summer
break. The date shall be set by the Board of Directors, for the purpose of elections. The
President shall present an annual report to the members. Notice of the Annual Meeting must be
announced at least seven (7) days in advance. Notice must include the time, place and agenda of
the annual Meeting including the nominated slate of the officers.
Section 2: The Chapter shall hold regular general membership meetings monthly from October
through May at a date, time and place chosen by the Board of Directors. Meetings during the
summer months may be waived.
Section 3: Special meetings may be called by the President, the Board of Directors, or called
upon in writing by at least 10% of the membership.
Section 4: At the Annual Meeting or any special meetings, the members present shall constitute
a quorum. A majority vote of only those present is controlling. Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly
Revised shall govern the meetings on all matters relating to order and procedure, including
nominations and elections. Only current chapter members shall be permitted to vote at any
general membership meeting and no proxy voting shall be allowed.
Section 5: A Chapter newsletter shall be published and distributed electronically or by hard
copy to the membership. Electronic copies can be distributed to non-members having interest in
chapter activities. Publication and distribution should be completed in a timely manner before
each membership meeting. Special newsletter editions can be issued at the discretion of the
President and Board of Directors. The newsletter should include an upcoming meeting
announcement, calendar of events, Officer, Board of Director and Senior Advisor roster, and
subjects of interest to the membership and the fly-fishing community. A newsletter editor,
appointed by the President or Executive Board, will have responsibility of producing and
distributing the newsletter. The Chapter treasury will compensate financially for newsletter
production and distribution costs.

ARTICLE VII. Annual Reporting and Recognition
Section 1: The Chapter shall generate an Annual Report summarizing the Chapter activities and
accomplishments for the fiscal year (October 1 st thru September 30 th ) by December 1 st of each
year. The Annual Report shall consist of:
A. Financial Report;
B. Membership Report
C. Conservation Summary: including a summary of all volunteer projects and hours
donated by volunteers;
D. Program Summary: including a summary of the general membership programs that
were presented and a general feel for attendance;
E. Outings Summary: including a summary of the outings that were held by the Chapter
and the attendance at those outings;
F. Expo Summary: including a summary Expo finances and all activities carried out
during the Expo.
G. Education Summary: including a summary of all classes and workshops that were
offered which shall include a financial summary of the events.
H. Standing Subcommittee Summary: including a summary of the activities of any
standing subcommittees
When requested, the Chapter shall report requested details from the Annual Report to the State
TU Council, regional FFF council, National TU and FFF offices. The chapter/State
Council/National TU Handbook sets forth the reporting forms for these reports.
Section 2: The Chapter can recognize outstanding dedication with Chapter awards. These
awards may consist of but are not limited to:
Heritage Award
The Heritage Award is the highest recognition award given by the Snake River
Cutthroats. The award, if given, will be presented at the East Idaho Fly Tying and Fly
Fishing Expo.
The Heritage Award is given to individuals who have made a significant and a sustained
contribution by their commitment to the art of fly tying, the sport of fly fishing, the
conservation or the restoration of critical fish habitat and riparian areas, or the education
of youth or adults in the sport of fly fishing or the art of fly tying.
Priority Focus Area: Eastern Idaho. Nominations need not be a member of the Snake
River Cutthroats.
Nominations should be submitted to an officer or director of the Snake River Cutthroats
prior to the March Board meeting when the decision will be made on whether and to
whom the award will be made. Those making the nomination are encouraged to provide a
short, written justification. The award shall be presented at the East Idaho Fly Tying and
Fly Fishing Expo.
Conservation Award
The Conservation Award is given to an individual or an organization that has made a
major contribution in the protection or the restoration of fish habitat in eastern Idaho.
Focus Area: Eastern Idaho
Nominations should be made to an officer or director of the Snake River Cutthroats,
along with a short, written justification. The award will be given in the most appropriate
venue, which would include but not be limited to the East Idaho Fly Tying and Fly
Fishing Expo. If the award is to be given at the Expo, it must be made prior to the March
Board meeting.
Stewardship Award
The Stewardship Award is given to individuals or organizations that manage the private
land and water resources that they control in a manner that protects, enhances, or restores
fish habitat and riparian areas.
Priority: private land owners/managers in Eastern Idaho
Nominations should be made to an officer or director of the Snake River Cutthroats,
along with a short, written justification. The award will be given in the most appropriate
venue, but generally not the East Idaho Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo.

ARTICLE VIII. Fiscal Year
Section 1: The Chapter’s fiscal year shall be October 1 through September 30.

ARTICLE IX. Amendments of By-Laws
Section 1: The By-Laws may be amended at any Board of Directors meeting, upon proper
notice given, by a vote by at least a quorum of the Board. By-Laws may be amended by the
membership during the annual meeting, upon proper given notice, by a majority vote of those
present.

ARTICLE X. By-Laws Provisions
Section 1: Any of these bylaws that may be in conflict with the Articles of Incorporation,
Bylaws or policies of Trout Unlimited will be void.
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ARTICLE XI. Assets
Section 1: No part of the income, earnings or assets of the Chapter shall inure to the benefit of,
or be distributed to, any member, director or officer of the Chapter or any private individual,
except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the Chapter in
effecting one or more of its purposes. Chapter members, officers and directors may be
reimbursed for expenses incurred for or on behalf of the Chapter.
Section 2: No part of the assets of the Chapter shall inure to the benefit or be distributed to any
organization whose income or net earnings or any part thereof inure to the benefit of any private
shareholder or any other individual.
Section 3: The Chapter may not acquire or hold any interest in real property, including
easements, except with prior written approval from Trout Unlimited.
Section 3: Upon dissolution of the Chapter, all of its assets shall be paid over or transferred to
the State Council or, if none exists, to Trout Unlimited.

ARTICLE XII. Tax Exemption
Section 1: Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, the chapter shall not conduct or carry on
any activities not permitted to be conducted or carries on by an organization which is tax-exempt
under the provisions of Section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended
from time to time.

ARTICLE XIII. Perpetuity
Section 1: The Chapter shall exist in perpetuity or until dissolved or dechartered.