Southern Okanagan Sportsmen's Association or SOSA.Our club was organized in 1942 and it has been said that the BC Wildlife Federation found its roots here. As a club we affiliate with the BCWF and membership for the BCWF comes with your SOSA membership. If you are into archery we can get you set up with a membership with the BC Archery Association as well. Our main mission is Conservation.
I give my pledge as a Sportsman to save and faithfully defend from waste the natural resources of my country - its soils and minerals, its forests, water and wildlife.
We offer a Archery Range, Black Powder Range, 22 Range for handgun and rifle, Trap Range, and a 100 meter rifle range. Our Archery coaches work with Kids as well as adults.
Our Ranges are open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year.
ArcheryWe are affiliated with the BC Archery Association
We offer coaching and additional programs for the youth
We also coach adults
Bow HuntersWe are also Bowhunters
You will have the use of an outdoor Archery Range; currently set up with four target butts with a range of up to 90 meters. These are target butts only; not designed for use with hunting arrows equipped with broad heads so you will have to bring your own broad head block. There are plans to expand the archery range to include a practice range for broad heads as well as more target butts. At this time there is only one cross bow butt and the is located at the far end just below the cliff. This range is available from dawn to dusk all year round except when there are organized events happening.
We are planning on doing 3D rounds in the future.
When Winter comes we also offer an indoor archery in Oliver and run the program all winter on Monday nights. For more information on this program contact Mary Ostermeier firstname.lastname@example.org
We also offer membership in the BC Archery Association and their programs.
We have a 180 meter range that will accommodate three to six shooters at a time. The 100 meter shots have three pull down target frames that are located behind a bunker making target changes easy. There are also fixed wooden frames set up at two closer distances.
There are two trap ranges one of these are used weekly with an organized practice happening on Tuesday afternoons.
The rest of the time you would have to bring your own throwers to make use of this excellent setup.
We now have lights installed and the Ladies are making use of them on Wednesday nights, this is a great time to try out trap and learn from experienced shooters this is open for all that want to try it. For more information contact Joan McKay 250-497-7031
To all trap shooters and those that wish to shoot clay targets. bring your smoke poles and shells to the range on Tuesday afternoons. For more info contact Terry Thomas at 250 498 2253.
Black Powder Range
Membership will affiliate you with the BC Wildlife Federation.
As a paid up member in good standing, you are protected by an insurance policy where you may be held legally liable for the damage to property of others to a limit of $2,000,000.00 ; this insurance shall be excess insurance to any other valid liability insurance affording indemnity to such club members, such as personal liability. This coverage applies while the member is engaged in any hunting, lawful shooting or fishing. Check out this site for more information on what is happening; see press releases http://www.bcwf.bc.ca/
As well if you are looking for more information in region 8 www.peachlandsportsmen.com/bcwf50.html
Our web site is constantly being updated but it is important to note that:
"The Southern Okanagan Sportsmen's Association" does not Support the Similkameen National Park Reserve
Our Address is 352 Sportsmen's Bowl Road OLIVER, BC V0H 1T5 : we are located approximately 7 K North of Oliver of off Hyw97
SOUTHERN OKANAGAN SPORTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION
1. The name of the society is:
C O N S T I T U T I O N
SOUTHERN OKANAGAN SPORTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION
2. The purposes of the society are:
a) A non-profit organization dedicated to the propagation and preservation of fish and wildlife and their habitat for the benefit of all in B.C. and the South Okanagan in particular.
b) To promote an appreciation of and a sportsman like method of hunting and fishing and encouraging the strict enforcement of the fishing and hunting regulations thereof.
c) Encouraging the conservation of the natural resources of our country, its spoils, minerals, water, forests, wildlife, fish and their food plants.
d) The education and safety in handling of all firearms and encouragement of the recreation of competitive and non-competitive shooting sports.
3. On dissolution or termination of the society, after all debts have been paid or provisions for payment have been made, the assets remaining shall be transferred or delivered to another recognized non-profit society or to the crown. This clause will be unalterable.
As Filed and Registered:
May 11, 1987.
M. A. Jorre de St. Jorre
Registrar of Companies
As passed at the Annual general Meeting, November 26th/2013
“Southern Okanagan Sportsmen’s Association”
Registered on this date: April 21st / 2014
Part 1 – Interpretation
1 (1) In these bylaws, unless the context otherwise requires:
“directors” means the directors of the society for the time being;
“Society Act” means the Society Act of British Columbia from time to time in force and all
amendment to it;
“registered address” of a member means the member’s address as recorded in the
register of members
(2) The definitions in the Society Act on the date these bylaws become effective apply to
(3) Words importing the singular include the plural and the vice versa, and words importing a
male person includes a female person and a corporation.
Part 2 – Membership
2 The members of the society are the applicants for incorporation of the society, and those persons who subsequently become members, in accordance with these bylaws and, in either case, have not ceased to be members.
3 A person or a corporation may become members in the society by paying such fees as may be determined by the Directors from time to time.
4 Every member must uphold the constitution and comply with these bylaws.
5 A person ceases to be a member of the society
(a) By delivering his or her resignation in writing to the secretary of the society or by mail or delivering it to the address of the society,
(b) On his or her death or, in the case of a corporation, on dissolution,
(c) On being expelled,
(d) On having been a member not in good standing for 12 consecutive months.
6 (1) A member may be expelled by special resolution of the members passed at a general meeting.
(2) The notice of special resolution for expulsion must be accompanied by a brief statement of the reasons for the proposed expulsion.
(3) The person who is the subject of the proposed resolution for expulsion must be given an opportunity to be heard at the general meeting before the special resolution is put to a vote.
7 All members are in good standing except a member who has failed to pay his or her current annual membership fees, or any other subscription or debt and owing by the member to the society, and the member is not in good standing so long as the debit remains unpaid.
Part 3 – Meetings of Members
8 General meetings of the society must be held at the time and place, in accordance with the
Society Act, that the directors decide.
9 Every general meeting, other than an annual general meeting, is an extraordinary general meeting.
10 The directors may, when they think fit, convene an extraordinary general meeting.
11 (1) Notice of a general meeting must specify the place, day and hour of the meeting, and, in case of special business, the general nature of that business.
(2) The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting, or the non-receipt of a notice by, any members entitled to receive notice does not invalidate proceedings at that meeting.
12 The first annual general meeting of the society must be held not more than 15 months after the date of the incorporation and after that an annual general meeting must be held at least once in every calendar year and not more that 15 months after the holding of the last preceding annual general meeting.
Part 4 – Proceedings at General Meeting
13 Special business is
(a) All business at an extra ordinary general meeting except the adoption of rules of order, and
(b) All business conducted at an annual general meeting, except the following:
(i) The adoption of rules of order;
(ii) The consideration of the financial statements;
(iii) The reports of the directors
(iv) The report of the auditor, if any;
(v) The election of directors
(vi) The appointment of the auditor, if required;
(vii) The other business that, under these bylaws, ought to be conducted at an annual general meeting, or business that is brought under consideration by the report of the directors issued with the notice convening the meeting.
14 (1) Business, other than the election of a chair and the adjournment or termination of the
meeting, must not be conducted at a general meeting at a time when a quorum is not
(2) If at any time during a general meeting there ceases to be a quorum present, business
then in progress must be suspended until there is a quorum present or until the meeting
is adjourned or terminated.
(3) A quorum is 6 members present or a greater number that the membership may
determine at a general meeting.
15 If within 30 minutes from the time appointed for a general meeting a quorum is not
present, the meeting, if convened on the request of the members, must be terminated, but
in any case, it must stand adjourned to the same day in the next week, at the same time
and place, and if, at the adjourned meeting, a quorum is not present within 30 minutes
from the appointed time for the meeting, the members present constitute a quorum.
16 Subject to bylaw 17, the president of the society, the vice president or, in the absence of
both, one of the other directors present, must preside as chair of a general meeting.
17 If at a general meeting:
(a) There is no president, vice president or other director present within 15 minutes after the time appointed for holding the meeting, or
(b) The president and all the other directors present are unwilling to act as the chair,
The members present must choose one of their number to be the chair.
18 (1) A general meeting may be adjourned from time to time and from place to place, but
business must not be conducted at an adjourned meeting other than the business left
unfinished at the meeting from which the adjournment took place.
(2) when a meeting is adjourned for 10 days or more, notice of the adjourned meeting must
be given as in the case of the original meeting.
(3) Except as provided in this bylaw, it is not necessary to give notice of an adjournment or
of business to be conducted at an adjourned general meeting.
19 (1) A resolution proposed at a meeting must be seconded, and the chair of a meeting may
move or propose a resolution.
(2) In the case of a tie vote, the chair does not have a casting or second vote in addition to
the vote to which he or she may entitled as a member, and the proposed resolution does
20 (1) A member in good standing present at a meeting of members is entitled to one vote
(2) Voting is by show of hands.
(3) Voting by proxy is not permitted
21 A corporate member may vote by its authorized representative, who is entitled to speak
and vote, and in all other respects exercise the rights of a member, and that representative
must be considered as a member for all purposed with respect to a meeting of the society.
Part 5 – Directors and Officers
22 (1) The directors may exercise all the powers and do all the acts and things that the society may exercise and do, and that are not by these bylaws or statute or otherwise lawfully directed or required to be exercised or done by the society in a general meeting, but subject, nevertheless , to
(a) All laws affecting the society,
(b) These bylaws, and
(c) Rules, not being inconsistent with these bylaws, that are made from time to time by the society in a general meeting.
(2) A rule, made by the society in a general meeting, does not in validate a prior act of the
directors that would have been valid if that rule had not been made.
23 (1) The president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and one or more other persons are
the directors of the society.
(2)To be a Director, one must have been a member in good standing of the society for a
minimum of one (1) year immediately prior to being elected.
(3) The number of directors shall be 10 or a greater number determined from time to
time at a general meeting.
24 (1) Directors shall be elected to a term of two (2) years except at the first annual general
meeting and future annual general meetings, after the acceptance of these bylaws, where
one half of the number of Directors will be elected to a term of one (1) year. The object is
to maintain a Board of Directors with experience and knowledge of the society and its
events from the previous year.
(2) The elected Directors, from year to year, shall choose from amongst those elected Directors, a President, Vice President, Treasurer , Secretary or a Secretary Treasurer.
(3) An election may be by acclamation; otherwise it must be by ballot.
(4) If a successor is not elected, the person previously elected or appointed continues to
25 (1) The directors may at any time and from time to time appoint a member as a director to
fill a vacancy in the directors.
(2) A director so appointed holds office only until the conclusion of the next annual
General meeting of the society, but is eligible for re-election at the meeting.
26 (1) If a director resigns his or her office or otherwise ceases to hold office, the remaining directors must appoint a member to take the place of the former director.
(2) An acting or proceeding of the directors is not invalid merely because there are less than the prescribed number of directors in office.
27 The members may, by special resolution, remove a director, before the expiration of his or her term in office, and may elect a successor to complete the term of office.
28 A director must not be remunerated for being or acting as a director but a director must be reimbursed for all pre approved expenses necessary and reasonably incurred by the director while engaged in the affairs of the society.
Part 6 – Proceedings of Directors
29 (1) The directors may meet at the place they think fit to conduct business, adjourn and otherwise regulate their meetings and proceedings, as they see fit.
(2) The directors may from time to time set the quorum necessary to conduct business, and unless so set the quorum is a majority of the directors then in office.
(3) The president is the chair of all meetings of the directors, but if at a meeting the president is not present within 30 minutes after the time appointed for holding the meeting, the vice president must act as the chair, but if neither is present the directors present may choose one of their number to be the chair at the meeting.
(4) A director may at any time, and the secretary, on request of a director, must convene a meeting of the directors.
30 (1) The directors may delegate any, but not all, of their powers to a committee consisting of the director or directors as they think fit.
(2) A committee so formed in the exercise of the power so delegated must conform to any rules imposed on it by the directors, and must report every act or thing done in exercise of these powers to the earliest meeting of the directors held after the act or thing has been done.
31 A committee must elect a chair of its meeting, but if no chair is elected, or if at a meeting the chair is not present within 30 minutes after the time appointed for holding the meeting, the directors present who are members of the committee must choose one of their number to be the chair of the meeting.
32 The members of a committee may meet and adjourn as they think proper.
33 For a first meeting of directors held immediately following the appointment or election of a director or directors at an annual general meeting of members, or for a meeting of the directors at which a director is appointed to fill a vacancy in the directors, it is not necessary to give notice of the meeting to the newly elected or appointed director or directors for the meeting to be constituted, if a quorum of the directors is present.
34 A director who may be absent temporarily from British Columbia may send or deliver to the address of the society a waiver of notice, which may be a letter, telegram, telex or cable, of any meeting of the directors and may at any time withdraw the waiver, and until the waiver is withdrawn,
(a) A notice of meeting of directors is not required to be sent to that director, and
(b) And all meetings of the directors of the society, notice of which has not been given to that director, if a quorum of the directors is present, are valid and effective.
35 (1) Questions arising at a meeting of the directors and committee of directors must be
decided by a majority of votes.
(2) In the case of a tie vote, the chair does not have a second or casting vote.
36 A resolution proposed at a meeting of directors or committee of directors must be
seconded, and the chair of a meeting may move or propose a resolution.
37 A resolution in writing, signed by all directors and placed with the minutes of the directors,
is as valid and effective as if regularly passed at a meeting of directors.
Part 7 – Duties of Officers
38 (1) The president presides at all meetings of the society and the directors.
(2) The president is the chief executive officer of the society and must supervise the other
officers in the execution of their duties.
39 The vice president must carry out the duties of the president during the president’s absence.
40 The secretary must do the following:
(a) conduct the correspondence of the society;
(b) issue notices of meetings of the society and directors;
(c) keep minutes of all meetings of the society and directors;
(d) have custody of all records and documents of the society except those required to be kept by the treasurer;
(e) have custody of the common seal of the society;
(f) maintain the register of members
41 The treasurer must
(a) keep financial records, including books of account, necessary to comply with the Society Act, and
(b) render financial statements to the directors, members and others when required.
42 (1) The office of secretary and treasurer may be held by one person who is to be known as
the secretary treasurer.
(2) If a secretary treasurer holds office, the total number of directors must not be less than
5 or the greater number that may have been determined under bylaw 25 (2)
43 In the absence of the secretary from a meeting, the directors must appoint another person
to act as the secretary at the meeting.
Part 8 – Seal
44 The directors may provide a common seal for the society and may destroy a seal and
substitute a new seal in its place.
45 The common seal must be affixed only when authorized by resolution of the directors and
then only in the presence of the persons specified in the resolution, or if no persons are
specified, in the presence of the president and secretary or president and secretary
Part 9 - Borrowing
46 In order to carry out the purpose of the society the directors may, on behalf of and in the
name of the society, raise or secure the payment or repayment of money in the manner
they decide, and, in particular but without limiting that power, by the issue of debentures.
47 A debenture must not be issued without the authorization of a special resolution.
48 The members may, by special resolution, restrict the borrowing powers of the directors, but
a restriction imposed expires at the next annual general meeting.
Part 10 – Auditor
49 This part applies only if the society is required or has resolved to have an auditor.
50 The first auditor must be appointed by the directors who must also fill all vacancies
occurring in the office of auditor.
51 At each annual general meeting the society must appoint to hold office until the auditor is re-elected or a successor is elected at the next annual general meeting.
52 An auditor may be removed by ordinary resolution.
53 An auditor must be promptly informed in writing of the auditor’s appointment or removal.
54 A director or employee of the society must not be its auditor.
55 The auditor may attend general meetings,
Part 11 – Notices to Members
56 A notice may be given to a member, either personally or by mail to the member at the
member’s registered address or to an e-mail address given to the society by the
member and by posting the notice on the bulletin board at the club house of the society and
by posting the notice on the web site of the society.
57 A notice sent by mail is deemed to have been given on the second day following the day on
which the notice was properly addressed and put in a Canadian post office receptacle.
A notice sent by E-Mail is deemed to have been given on the day in which it was sent.
58 (1) Notice of a general meeting must be given to
(a) every member shown on the register of members on the day notice is given, and
(b) the auditor, if Part 10 applies
Part 12 – Bylaws
59 (1) On being admitted to membership, each member is entitled to view and read the
constitution and the bylaws of the society posted in the clubhouse of the society.
(2) Each member is entitled to obtain a copy of the constitution and bylaws of the society
upon payment of the printing costs as determined by the Board of Directors.
60 These bylaws must not be altered or added to except by special resolution.