(Adopted May 24, 2003)
Revised January 5, 2013
Article I- Name and Purpose
Section 1. This Wildlife Management Association (WMA) shall be called the Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association (ORWMA).
Section 2. The address of ORWMA is P.O. Box 1298, Columbus, Texas 78934. The Banking Account will be at Capital One Bank, Columbus, TX 78934.
Section 3. Our purpose is to enhance Oakridge Ranch’s Wildlife through cooperative habitat, game and wildlife management practices. The Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Soil Conservation Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be utilized as resources for determining proper wildlife management practices.
Article II- Membership
Section 1. Membership is open and voluntary to all Oakridge Ranch landowners with an interest in wildlife preservation or management.
Section 2. Dues:
A) Annual membership dues will be $20.00 payable on January 1 of each year. Donations will be accepted.
B) ORWMA Membership signs will be available to each landowner member for an additional cost.
C) Dues will be reviewed annually and adjusted to the needs of the association.
D) ORWMA Dues and revenues will be used to pay for the Associations membership in the Colorado County Wildlife Management Association (CCWMA), participation costs for the annual CCWMA meeting, ORWMA postage, special equipment, newsletters, recreational and educational program expenses, predator control or other expenses the Board may approve.
E) Dues will be for a calendar year.
Article III-Cooperative Wildlife Management Practices and Groups
Wildlife management practices can be, but are not limited to:
A) Cooperative Habitat management;
- 1. Food & Water supplies- Food plots & supplemental feeding & water
- 2. Shelter- Brush and riparian control practices
- 3. Security- predator control
- 4. Use of native plants and land wildscapes.
B) Cooperative Harvest management;
- 1. Species Population and census data gathering
- 2. Harvest recordkeeping and data management
- 3. Species Population management control
C) Exchange of ideas, practice demonstrations and cross property line cooperation with adjoining neighbors on good management practices.
D) It will not be required that any member of ORWMA agree with every objective or goal of ORWMA, However, all members of ORWMA do support the general principles of cooperative land, species conservation and habitat management.
E) Members will be encouraged to prevent illegal hunting by reporting road hunting, night hunting and all observed illegal hunting, to their neighbors and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPW) game wardens.
F) The association will promote accurate census and harvest data record keeping.
G) New Groups will be added when a new interest is suggested or removed when member interest diminishes. ORWMA will be a member of the Colorado County Wildlife Management Associations (CCWMA) and participate in an annual meeting. Current practice is for each Colorado County Wildlife Management Association to donate items for the annual CCWMA meeting. ORWMA will donate and participate in the annual meeting. ORWMA members will be encouraged to attend the annual March CCWMA meeting.
Article IV – The Executive Committee will administrate the business of the Association. The Executive Committee will consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, Program Director, Habitat Chairperson, Whitetail Deer Chairperson, Predator Control Chairperson, Birding Chairperson. Any ORWMA member in Good Standing is qualified for the Executive Committee.
Section 1 Board Elections and Term:
The Executive Committee will elect the President and Vice-President. The term of the President and Vice-President will be for one year and with no term limits. Group Chairpersons will continue at their pleasure with Committee approval. Each Group Chairman will be a member of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee consisting of eight positions will vote in administrating the business of ORWMA. The Secretary/Treasurer will be appointed or reappointed annually from the entire Association membership by Executive Committee. The ORWMA President, Vice-President and the Secretary/Treasurer appointment will be made in the October Board meeting and announced to ORWMA members. Nominations and appointments for the remainder of the Executive Committee will be an October agenda item.
Section 2 Vacancies:
Any Group Chairperson vacancy can be appointed by a vote of the Executive Committee.
Section 3 Board Responsibilities:
- 1. Provides the administrative leadership, sets the Board Meeting Agenda and presides over Board meetings.
- 2. Maintains the by-laws and interprets by-law questions for the association.
- 3. Signs all ORWMA disbursements prepared by Treasurer and approval of the Board.
Vice-President assumes Prest’s duties in the President’s absence.
- 1. Maintains all Association Records (including membership records).
- 2. Records and distributes minutes of the Association Meetings at least 3 days prior to the next meeting for review and approval at the next meeting.
- 3. Handles Association Correspondence as requested.
- 4. Responsible for accounting of Associations Funds.
- 5. Prepares the Monthly Treasury Report for the Executive Committee.
- 6. Presents checks for President’s signature at Monthly Meetings
- 7. Prepares any tax forms required.
C) Program Director
- 1. Will assist Group Chairpersons in locating speakers for Events and Meetings.
- 2. Will acquire necessary supplies (paper goods, drinks, food items, etc.) for Events.
Executive Committee members will receive no financial compensation.
Section 4 Quorum:
For purposes of regular business meetings a quorum will consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer and 2 other Executive Committee members.
Section 5 Annual Events and Meetings:
- A) The annual Ice-Cream Social the third Saturday in July. The Program Director will host and be responsible for the program for the Ice Cream Social.
- B) The Annual Wounded Warrior Whitetail Deer Hunt the first Saturday in December. The Vice-President and Whitetail Deer Chairperson will be responsible for the program of the Wounded Warrior Hunt.
- C) ORWMA sponsored events and meetings should have a habitat/wildlife theme and all events should not exceed 5 in any one-year. Groups may have more group meetings during the year.
Article V – Changes to By-Laws
These by-laws may be changed at any Board meeting with two weeks written notice of change and background information to all ORWMA Board members with a simple majority vote. For purposes of a by-law change a quorum will be 60% of the Executive Committee present. (5 of 8)
Article VI- Dissolution Of ORWMA
ORWMA’s bank account is established at Capital One in Columbus, Texas. All finances will be deposited in this account. The Treasurer and the President will have signature privileges for checks or withdrawals. In the event of the associations termination any money remaining in the account will be donated to the Oak Ridge Improvement Association, Inc., a Non-Profit Corporation.