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CALIFORNIA STATE HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION
STATE PROGRAM CHAIR GUIDELINES
(Updated June 2016)
The California State Horsemen’s Association, Incorporated (CSHA) is a California Nonprofit
Public Benefit Corporation operated for the purpose of promoting and preserving
equine related activities in California. CSHA supports a number of standing and special
purpose committees which are designed to manage various programs offered to the
membership for the purpose of education and/or competition, as well as the
management of the Corporation.
The State Committee Chair Handbook was created to:
- Ensure adherence to the objectives of CSHA or its approved procedures by each
new program administration.
- Assist in preventing individuals from placing the non-profit status of the
Corporation in jeopardy.
- Aid the committee in submitting the appropriate forms and information to the
- Encourage the committee operate in effectively.
- Serve as a practical guide to be used in conjunction with the CSHA Bylaws and
The rules and regulations outlined herein are guidelines drawn from the CSHA Bylaws
and Administrative Practices rules, CSHA policy and procedures, Roberts Rules of
Order and California Corporation Code in CSHA governance. Any question regarding
proper procedure should be directed to the appropriate CSHA State Officer. For the
purpose of administration, each committee is required to operate within these bylaws,
rules, policies and procedures.
The chair and all committee members should familiarize themselves with the CSHA
Bylaws and Administrative Practices rules, as well as all CSHA policies especially the
specific sections that apply directly to their respective program. This handbook is not
meant to be a substitute for reading and understanding the Bylaws or Administrative
Practices rules as published yearly by CSHA.
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APPOINTMENT TO A COMMITTEE
Unless otherwise noted in the CSHA Bylaws or Rulebook, each committee will consist of a chair, vice
chair, immediate past chair, junior representative, a representative from each active Region and 2
A. All state committee chairs are appointed by the State President with the confirmation of the State
Board of Directors.
B. The vice chair, junior representative and members-at-large are appointed by the committee chair.
C. The Region representatives are appointed by the Region President
a) Please see Administrative Practices with regard to action if no appointment is made
Unless otherwise noted in the bylaws or rule book, each appointment is for a period one calendar year.
A. There is no limit to the number of times a person may be appointed to the same position.
State Chair Requirements
A. Must maintain a direct membership during tenure as chair
B. May not serve concurrently in same capacity at the Region level
C. May not serve concurrently as a chair or vice chair to another state Standing committee
D. May not concurrently be the State President, First Vice President or an Area Vice President
Vice Chair Requirements
A. Must maintain a direct membership during tenure as chair
Each committee will have a meeting at all regularly scheduled Board of Directors meetings and at the
All meetings are to be conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order.
25% of the votes eligible to be cast shall constitute a quorum for the meeting.
If a quorum is not present, the committee may not vote on any action.
A. If an item of business cannot be tabled until the next meeting, the committee may develop a
consensus opinion and present this to the Board of Directors for their approval in order to permit
action to be taken in a timely manner.
A written record is to be maintained of all meetings including actions taken and be maintained along with
all event and financial records of the committee.
a) Ensure that all necessary appointments, as necessary, are made in a timely manner
b) Ensure that all members are notified of upcoming meetings
c) Preside over all meetings including the annual meeting
d) Ensure that accurate minutes are taken at all meetings
e) Report to the Board of Directors and/or Council of Members as required on the actions of the
committee and provide a written committee report to the Recording Secretary
f) Seek approval from the Board of Directors and/or Council of Members for committee action as
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g) Ensure that all state policies and procedures are followed especially with regard regarding
h) Ensure that appropriate communication methods are used to keep all program participants
informed of developments within the program.
i) Ensure that the program is conducted in accordance with the established rules working with the
Region representatives to achieve this objective.
j) Verify membership as needed for the program competition
k) Prepare and submit a yearly budget as directed and ensure that the program operates within
the parameters of that budget and the reality of the committee’s fundraising efforts
l) Ensure that a historical file is maintained of all committee records including minutes, reports,
financial records, event records, etc. in accordance with the CSHA Retention Policy.
m) Prepare and turn over to the duly appointed successor a complete record of committee actions,
events, finances and procedures at the end of the calendar year, including records from past
n) Ensure that all forms pertaining to the State Program are updated immediately following the
close of the yearly convention
o) Work with the Resolution Secretary to ensure that all resolutions to be included in the updated
bylaws/rulebook are correctly worded and placed
p) Be familiar with the CSHA Bylaws and Rulebook as they pertain to the particular program
a) Assist the chair as requested
b) Assume responsibilities of the chair in his/her absence
c) Attend all committee meetings
d) Be familiar with the CSHA bylaws and rulebook as they pertain to the particular program
a) Represent the junior members of the association and promote their participation in this
b) Be familiar with the CSHA Bylaws and Rulebook as they pertain to the particular program
a) Provide an unbiased view and opinion with regard to matters under discussion without
consideration to a particular Region.
b) Be familiar with the CSHA Bylaws and Rulebook as they pertain to the particular program
a) This individual is generally the Region Chair when there is both region and state level
b) Develop and run the Region program within the parameters established by CSHA
c) Represent the Region at all state committee meeting providing feedback as appropriate, to the
Region on the actions and decisions of the State Committee
d) Be familiar with the CSHA Bylaws and Rulebook as they pertain to the particular program, as
well as any rules imposed by the individual Region
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Other Committee Positions
Recording Secretary (may be a separate individual or existing member of the committee – generally not
a voting position in itself)
a) Take accurate minutes during all meetings
b) Prepare accurate minutes and submit to the committee chair
Rating or High Point Secretary
a) See program rules regarding voting rights and duties
The chair must take the lead in ensuring that the committee acts in a financially responsible manner.
The yearly budget must be developed with an eye to the experience of the past, as well as the
realities of the fundraising abilities of the group with a strong consideration for the present general
economic situation. “Funds available” should be he guide words when it comes down to making the
a) The budget must be submitted by the Chair to the Finance Committee Chair no later than
January 15 for consideration and approval at the first meeting of the year; i.e., January.
b) No funds may be expended on behalf of the committee until the budget is approved by the Board
c) If a budget line incorporates more than one item, the line must be itemized for each subcategory;
e.g., awards $5,000 – buckles $3,000; plaques; $1,000; ribbons $1,000.
d) Any new/added expenses over $400 which are not included in the approved budget must be
presented to the Board of Directors for approval prior to making the expenditure.
At year end, unless a carryover request is submitted the profit from the program reverts to the CSHA
General Fund to support the corporation’s overhead.
a) Carryover request must be submitted in writing by the Chair to the CFO no later than one week
prior to the annual convention.
b) Request must include specific details for use of the funds and the requested amount must be
c) Requests will be reviewed at the Finance Committee’s convention meeting and a committee
representative must attend the meeting to be available for questions.
d) The CFO will present all carryover requests and the Finance Committee’s recommendations to
the Council of Members for approval.
C. Checks – General
a) All checks are to be made out to The California State Horsemen’s Association, Inc. or to CSHA.
b) CSHA does not accept invalid checks. Presentation of such a check does not qualify as having
met any pertinent deadline affecting membership, program/event registration or license renewal.
Invalid checks are: Post-dated checks; Third party checks; Unsigned checks; and Checks with
only one signature when multiple signatures are required.
c) The individual accepting a check is responsible for reviewing the check to ensure that the check
is valid and acceptable to CSHA.
1) If an invalid check is received in person, the check is to be immediately returned to the
person and a valid check requested.
2) If an invalid check is received by mail, the check is to be returned to the individual with a
letter requesting a replacement check.
i)The letter must warn that deadlines still apply and that competition points will not accrue
until a valid check is received.
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ii) If an address is available, a copy of the letter is to be sent via email to facilitate receipt of a
d) It is the responsibility of the State Chair to obtain a valid check. Do not send an invalid check to
the State Office for deposit or handling.
D. Checks – Program Registration/Application Fee(s)
a) No check covering program registration or application fee(s) is to be deposited by anyone
unless CSHA membership of the appropriate level for the intended purpose has been verified
b) It is the responsibility of the State Chair to ensure that form(s) used for registration/application
1) An “Office Use” box to document membership verification and result.
2) The disclaimer “Program registration/application acceptance subject to active CSHA
membership verification. No points will accrue prior to activation of membership.” (In
bold type and underlined)
3) Space for individual to specify membership type and, if appropriate, club name.
c) Prior to sending program registration/application fee(s) to the State Office and/or depositing
monies, each State Chair is to verify the person’s CSHA membership status and document
the result in the “Office Use” box on the registration/application form.
1) This will involve requesting verification from the State Office or utilizing membership
rosters which are available to the State Chair.
d) If the person is not a member, the check is to be held and the Chair is to immediately contact
the person to discuss and resolve the issue of membership.
1) This may involve holding the check until a membership application with appropriate
monies is received, waiting for a club to update their roster with the State Office to reflect
the person’s membership or ultimately returning the check if the person declines to obtain
membership in CSHA.
2) No check is to be held longer than 20 days. If there is no resolution within that period,
the check is to be marked “void” and returned to the person with a written explanation.
Forms: Deposits; Reimbursements; Advance Checks
a) All Chairs and members responsible for purchases, deposits and reimbursements of
region/program related expenses will use the appropriate CSHA Forms. Forms are to be
complete and accompanied by required documentation; e.g., approvals, receipts, explanations,
b) Submitted forms are to be complete and accompanied by required documentation; e.g.
approvals, receipts, explanations, etc.
c) All expenditures should be detailed in the annual committee budget. All those not listed in the
budget in excess of $400 require Board of Directors advance approval.
d) No expenses may be paid until the budget is approved.
e) All members should refrain from making large monetary purchases in their name and requesting
reimbursement. Whenever possible, the State should be invoiced in advance and the vendor paid
f) Approved forms are available on the CSHA website.
Fundraising is an ongoing activity which supports the equine activities, as well as underwrites the
necessary support costs to programs, e.g., rentals, arena fees and insurance. For the most part each
committee is self-supporting and must devise various methods of raising funds — from social events to
Whatever the type of function, be certain to obtain the proper State or local permits and/or licenses.
Raffles must be registered with the State of California through the CSHA State Office annually.
Do not jeopardize CSHA by operating a temporary business without a license, if required. Remember,
CSHA could lose its charitable non-profit status due to missing documentation.
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Unless otherwise noted, all programs require current CSHA membership of the participants, either direct
or indirect based on the program rules.
Unless otherwise stated, a person must reside within the particular Region in order to participate in a
program’s region-level competition.
Note: See CSHA Bylaws/Rulebook for information on residency exceptions and/or Region transfers.
All rosters and contact lists developed from registration or entry forms at both the region and state levels
are to be treated as confidential documents, shared on a “need to know” basis and used solely for official
State, Region and/or program purposes. The information is not to be shared with an outside entity for
Travel & other Expense Reimbursement Policy
It is recognized that CSHA Board members, Region officers and program chairmen may be required to
travel or incur other expenses from time to time to conduct the business of the Corporation and to further
the mission of this non-profit corporation. Each Program Committee wishing to reimburse individuals is
required to review the CSHA Accountability Plan and comply its requirements.
Full and Correct Name of the corporation is “California State Horsemen’s Association, Incorporated.
a) This name is to be used in all documents, publications, advertisements, accounts, etc., related to
the operation of the program. Once the full name has been used once in minutes or
correspondence, you may indicate that the organization is thereafter referred to as CSHA in that
Example: The California State Horsemen’s Association, Incorporated, hereafter referred to as
CSHA, met on August 20, 2014
Example: A flyer titled “CSHA Gymkhana Spring Event” with the full organization name printed at
the bottom of the form.
b) This name is to be used any time an application asks for the “name” of the organization.
c) Use the full name anytime the Corporation’s name, address and/or phone number is listed.
Promotional items and other logo items *
Example: Awards, jackets, “give aways”, etc., are considered service marks or trademarks. A short
version of the name; i.e. “CSHA” may be used on such items along with the Region designator; e.g.
Fundraising when the corporation’s name, address and/or phone number is listed *
a) Use the full name of the corporation at least once as referenced above.
b) Wherever possible add “a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation” to the name in
order to establish our non-profit status. Also include an address for further information.
c) On any request for donations, you can add “a state and federal exempt corporation” or “a tax
exempt corporation under IRC 501(c) (3) and R&TC 2370d”. These titles are the correct
language to use as they provide recognition as to the type of corporation.
d) Do not use language that states “donations are fully tax deductible”. Per the IRS donations
are not fully deductible.
Example: A fundraiser dinner with tickets sold at $20 and a cost of $13 leaves a “fair market”
donation value of $7….that is the deductible donation per the IRS and is how the Corporation is
required to report fundraising.
Reporting donations must be done*
a) NCR donation slips are available from the CSHA State Office. These, along with the tally sheet
(available on line), are to be submitted to the CSHA State Office.
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b) The donation slips should be generated by the Region Treasurers and Program Chairs. This is
particularly important for any single donation of $250 or more. This includes any exchange of
goods; i.e. quid pro quo – something for something.
Raffles*– Be Aware of the 90/10 ratio – Only 10% of the proceeds may be used for expenses to cover all
purchases including printing and purchase of the raffle item itself. Review the CSHA raffle policy prior to
conducting a raffle to ensure that you are in compliance with all reporting requirements.
*See complete guidelines on the CSHA website and in the CSHA Bylaws/Rulebook
All information contained in this Handbook is subject to change based on the actions of the CSHA Board
of Directors and/or Council of Members. Please be sure that you are reading the most current version.
This Handbook is provided as a guideline and is in no way meant to provide the reader with a complete
listing of all CSHA bylaws or rules affecting the operation of a specific CSHA program or committee.
Each person is responsible for reading, understanding and following the established bylaws and rules of