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The Sheriff's Mounted Posse

The purpose of the GCSMP is to develop and maintain groups of skilled horse persons to be activated in the case of emergency wherein the citizens of Guadalupe County may be benefited. The association's interest is in the welfare and promotion of Guadalupe County, texas by sponsorship of playdays, drill team events, trail rides and contributions to youth 4H and FFA projects.

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Active in the community, GCSMP displays family oriented patriotism through superior horsemanship and dedication. By practicing and performing drills, the GCSMP shares their skills and experience by inviting riders to come and enjoy the exciting fun. From trail rides to parades, GCSMP has been riding for more than 50 years across the warm South Texas land.

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Regular meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 7:30 P.M. at the Posse grounds.

The GCSMP Drill Team meets each Friday night at the Posse Arena at 7:45 P.M. for practice.

The Drill Team welcomes new riders. Contact Erica Foster at (830)534-7362 for more information.


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Constitution and By Laws

Part I

Updated February 2012

Preamble

We, the civic-minded citizens, interested in the welfare and promotion of Guadalupe County, Texas, are united in the Association known as the Sheriff's Mounted Posse of Guadalupe County, Texas, and do hereby adopt this constitution for our Association.

Article I. Name and Purpose

Section 1. Name:

The name of the associations is Sherrif's Mounted Posse of Guadalupe County, Texas.


Section 2. Purpose

The purpose of this association is to develop and maintain a group of skilled horse persons to be activated in case of emergency wherein the citizens of Guadalupe County may be benefited.


Article II. Officers

Section 1. General Membership

The officers of this association shall consist of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Public Relations, and five Directors.


Section 2. Drill Team

The officers of the Drill Team shall consist of Drill Captain and Assistant Drill Captain, which may or may not be officers of the Association for the General Membership.

Article III. Quorum

A quorum shall consist of the total membership in good standing and a simple majority of those present which will constitute a quorum that shall transact such business as may come before the membership.

Article IV. Membership

Membership shall be open to all persons who meet the eligibility criteria of the By Laws. All applicants shall be approved by the current Sheriff.

Section 1. Member in good standing

To remain a member in good standing, annual dues must be kept current and failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of that member's voting privilege until dues are paid. If a member does not pay his/her dues by the first of March, he/she will be dropped from the rolls. In order for a delinquent member to be reinstated, he/she must follow the same procedure as a new member or be reinstated by a majority vote of members in good standing and paying back dues.


Section 2. Active Member in Good Standing

Active member in good standing must attend a minimum of 12 posse functions during the current calendar year, (new members who join after the June meeting, 6 posse functions since becoming a member), and failure to do so shall result in the forfeiture of that member's privileges to hold office. A member's office privileges may be reinstated by the Board of Directors if his/her absence has been due to extenuating circumstances. The member must submit his/her case in writing to the Board for their consideration and decision, prior to the membership meeting in which he/she wishes to be reinstated as an active member in good standing.


Section 2. Posse Functions

Posse functions are defined as any function approved by the general membership to include but not limited to clean-up days, work days, parades and Drill team performances. Drill team practices are excluded.

Article V.
Nominations and Election

Section 1. Nominations

A Nomination Committee for nomination of eligible members for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Public Relations and Board of Directors for the December election will consist of the past President and four members appointed by the Board of Directors. A Nomination Committee for nomination of eligible riding members for Drill Captain and Assistant Drill Captain for the December election will consist of the Past President and two riding members appointed by the Board of Directors. The committees will be appointed by the second Monday in September. The proposed slate will be presented at the October meeting. Nominees proposed by the Committees will be presented at the November meeting. Nominations will be accepted from the floor for any office. Upon adjournment of the November meeting, nominations will cease, and no additional nominations will be accepted.


Section 2. Election

Election of officers will be held at the December meeting. The President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Public Relations, and five directors will be elected by members in good standing. The Board of Directors shall consist of the retiring President and four additional members. If the President is elected two consecutive terms, the fifth member will be elected in the same manner as the usual four. The Drill Captain will be elected by only active riding members. Voting will be by written ballot of members in good standing.


Section 3. Voting By Proxy

Application for voting by proxy shall be presented to the Board of Directors at the December meeting for their review and approval. The proxy shall include (1) the reason for proxy and (2) the selection of officers. In the event that there is a runoff election, proxies will not be accepted.

Article VI. Revenue

Revenue shall be derived from annual dues, initiation fees, snack bar revenue, and other such fees as voted on by the membership and set forth in the By Laws.

Article VII. Amendments

Amendments made to the Constitution or By Laws shall be posted at one regular meeting and announced in the newsletter. A two-thirds majority vote of the members present in good standing will be required to effect an amendment to the Constitution or By Laws. For any meeting to be valid, enough members to constitute a quorum must be present. A meeting must be held to conduct official business in the Association.

Part II

Updated 23 August 2012

Article I. Membership

Any person (being 18 years old or older) desiring to become a member of the Association shall submit a request for membership to the Secretary. The application shall be filled out in full, once the applicant has been voted on and passed by the members the new members dues will need to be paid.The prospective member will be present and introduced to the members at one meeting by his/her sponsor and will be present at the next meeting for voting. Voting will be conducted by written ballot. A simple majority vote (>50%) of the members in good standing present is required to admit a new member. Any member may accept an application for membership to be forwarded to the Secretary. There shall be five types of membership.


Section 1. Riding Member

One who states his/her desire to be a member of the drill team and parade unit. Upon approval of his/her horse and rigging by the drill team officials, one may become a riding member. In order to retain riding member status, members must attend at least 50% of the practice drills and 50% of public appearances. They will be required to keep their horse and rigging in the best condition at all times and to furnish their own transportation. All members of the drill team shall be attired in the prescribed uniform at all performances and upon failure to comply with this provision shall not be permitted to take part in any such performance. Each member rides at his/her own risk and neither the organization nor any member thereof can be held responsible for injuries to any person, mount, or equipment incurred by any member while participating in any activity of the organization. Riding members shall be 16 years of age prior to the drill performances and posting of colors unless otherwise designated by the rodeo contractor or arena.


Section 2. Non-Riding Member

One who is not a member of the drill team, but to whom all other rules and regulations similarly apply. Non-riding members will not have a vote on matters pertaining to the drill team.


Section 3. Honorary Member

One who is elected to honorary membership in the same manner as a new member. Any person elected to honorary membership shall have no vote nor shall he/she be required to comply with the provisions of these By Laws relating to active members. Honorary members shall not be required to pay membership fees or dues.


Section 4. Life Membership

An honorary membership awarded to an outstanding regular member for which the Association shows its appreciation and gratitude, may, by a majority vote of the members in attendance, be elected to Life Membership. Life members will have all the privileges, and not be required to pay any dues.


Section 5. Family Membership

This membership shall be extended to those wishing to join as a family (immediate family members only, living in the same household), voting privileges provided to those members 18 years of age or older.


Section 2. Probationary Member (Approved 6-12-06, Effective as of 1 January 2006)

Everyone who has paid their dues for the current year and has been duly elected into membership will be a Probationary member during the first calendar year of their membership. They must meet the requirements to be an active member in good standing during this time. At the end of this probationary period, the Board of Directors will review the member's performance during the calendar year. Anyone who has not proven to be an active member in good standing will not be automatically renewed upon payment of the next year's dues. Their continued membership will require a vote of the members in good standing present at the first business meeting of the new calendar year. If their membership is approved, they will once again be placed in a probationary status. Those probationary members who meet the requirements to be an active member in good standing will be eligible for continued membership without being in a probationary status.


Article II. Dues

Dues will be twenty dollars a year for individual members, and thirty dollars a year for family membership. Initiation fee will be five dollars. New members' first year's dues will be prorated over the remaining months after approval of membership. Dues shall be payable on or before the December meeting for the period of 1 December through 30 November. Members that enter the Armed Services will have free dues for their first enlistment.


Article III. Uniform

Uniform shall consist of a western shirt and trousers voted on by riding members; suitable tie decided as proper attire; any of which all will wear alike and neat as to suitably signify the dignity of the uniform. The hat worn as part of the uniform shall be alike as to color and voted on by the riding members; normally straw in Spring and Summer (April-September) and felt in the Fall and Winter (October-March). Dark colored western belt and boots will be clean and neat. Horses will be neatly groomed, tack will be clean and made of leather, black nylon or brown nylon.


Article IV. Meetings

Meetings shall be the second Monday of each month and the Association shall elect their officers for the year at the December meeting. New officers' duties will be effective upon adjournment of the December meeting.


Article V. Duties of Officers

Section 1. President

Who shall direct the ordinary business activities of the Association, shall preside over all meetings thereof, over the Board of Directors, and shall present to the membership such recommendations as he/she deems advisable for the best interest of the Association. He/she shall appoint such committees as he/she may deem necessary.


Section 2. Vice-President

Who shall succeed the President, if the office of the President becomes vacant, and shall perform the duties of the President in his/her absence.


Section 3. Secretary

Who shall record and make a matter of record all meetings of the membership and of the Board of Directors. He/she shall keep an accurate and current attendance record. He/she shall further handle and shall read all correspondence received, at the regular meetings. He/she shall be the co-custodian of all excess inventory (non-riding related), and stored off the posse grounds. He/she shall maintain an accurate record of Posse inventory. At the end of the year, the Secretary shall make a list of all the By Laws passed that year and present a copy to each.


Section 4. Treasurer

Who shall be the custodian of the funds of the Association and of the financial records. He/she may at his/her discretion place the funds of the Association in a joint account with the President. He/she shall prepare an annual Report (January-December of his/her tenure) to be available to members at the January meeting. He/she shall act as Hospitality Host/Hostess in obtaining flowers, plants, cards, etc. for specified occasions.


Section 5. Director of Public Relations

Who shall maintain a permanent record of the organization and its activities, and shall issue appropriate publicity releases to the press and radio regarding the activities of the organization. He/she shall publish and distribute newletters as required.


Section 6. Drill Captain, Assistant Drill Captain, and Lieutenants

The Drill Captain shall have absolute authority to direct the activities of the drill team, be responsible for its activities, and for the training and discipline for all its members. His/Her authority over the members of the drill team outrank any office any rider may hold outside of the drill team. He/She shall also keep records of all training drills, parades, and local and out of town public performances/functions. The Assistant Drill Captain shall be second in command and shall assume the duties of the Drill Captain in his/her absence. He/she shall be the executive officer of the orders of the Drill Captain. He/she shall be the co-custodian of all excess inventory (riding related), stored off the Posse grounds. Each First Lieutenant shall assist the Drill Captain or Assistant Drill Captain in carrying out orders issued by them. Further, the First Lieutenant shall be responsible for the training, discipline, and presence of each member of his/her platoon at each function of the organization.


Section 7. Board of Directors

The Directors will not act as governing body but will act as a planning and investigating committee and will present their ideas to the members for approval. The President will act as Chairman of the Board and shall have no vote on matters before the Board. The Directors shall assist the President in the discharge of his/her duties. They will have an expenditure limitation of $100.00 per item. When time will permit, all expenditures will be presented to the members for approval. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to approve or disapprove the use of G.C.S.M.P. properties in a situation when time does not permit General Membership approval. Any one member of the five (5) Board of Directors, who misses three consecutive meetings will be dismissed from the Board of Directors and a new member will be appointed by the President.


Article VI.
Eligibility Requirements
For Officials

To hold office one must be an active member in good standing. An active member may hold only one elected office at a time. Before a member can be elected to any office in the Association, he/she must attend at least six meetings of the preceding twelve meetings. Eligibility requirements may be waived, if warranted, by a majority vote of the members


Section 1. President

The President may be elected to serve two, one-year terms in succession, but he/she may not be elected to a third consecutive term.


Section 2. Drill/Assistand Drill Captain and Lieutenants

Drill Captain and Assistant Drill Captain must be riding members and elected by only active riding members. First Lieutenants will be appointed by the Drill Captain.


Article VII. Conduct

Misconduct of members and/or their families will subject one to possible dismissal from the organization. Any member refusing to comply with a reasonable order of a superior officer shall be summarily suspended or dropped from the rolls upon a two-thirds majority vote of the membership present at any meeting and thereupon he/she shall surrender any Posse property in his/her possession to the Treasurer of the Organization. Such member shall be notified at least fifteen days in advance of such meeting of the action to be taken.


Article VIII. Property

Property belonging to or hereafter acquired by the organization shall belong to each, in the proportion that his/her membership bears to the total membership of the organization. Upon the dissolution of the organization, all property thereof shall be sold and under the supervision of the Board of Directors to highest bidder and the proceeds of the sale distributed among the active members in good standing in equal shares.


Article IX.
Eligibility For Drill Team

Eligibility for riding members to make public appearances will depend on the amount of drill team practices the member attends. A roll is to be kept by the Drill Captain and available for viewing at drill practice. The Drill Captain has final word on which member rides at a performance. Non-riding members who wish to ride in parades are encouraged to do so,but will be required to wear the same uniform as the drill team and they will ride behind the drill team. Drill team members may vote on drill team matters if they are at least 18 years old.


Ground Rules

  1. Posse sponsored functions will have an established curfew. This curfew will be established by the entertainment committee, subject to the approval of the President. At this time all members and their guests will vacate the grounds. No additional functions will be allowed for the next 12 hours.
  2. The gates to the Posse grounds and building will be locked when no one is present. Drill nights, the gates will be unlocked and left opened and it will be the responsibility of the last party to leave to lock the gates and turn off the lights.
  3. Each posse member will be allowed access to the grounds. Members are welcome to take guests to the grounds when they are present and a member of the group. Normally non-Posse members will not be permitted to use the grounds for any reason when unaccompanied. When approved by the GCSMP members, non-Posse members of organizations may use the grounds only after signing a hold harmless agreement.
  4. Gates to the arena will be kept closed at all times when the arena is not in use. Horses and other stock may be temporarily (24 hour limit) left in the arena pens, but under no condition will they be allowed to remain in the arena or loose on the grounds.
  5. There will be no horses allowed beyond the established barrier at the drill arena on drill nights. Horses will not be allowed in the immediate picnic area during Posse sponsored picnics.
  6. On drill nights, children will not be allowed beyond the fence on the north end of the arena. They must leave the arena as soon as the first whistle blows for the drill. They will not be permitted to return until the drill is completed and horses have returned to the east side of the arena. Return to the arena will be only for the purpose of riding. Children not mounted will not be permitted in the arena while others are riding.
  7. Members using the picnic grounds will be sure that the area is cleaned prior to leaving. Glass containers will not be thrown in the river.
  8. There will be no firing of firearms on the grounds unless approved by the Board of Directors and Sheriff.
  9. Each member uses the grounds at his/her own risk.
  10. All members and visitors to the Posse grounds will abide by the Alcohol Consumption Regulations set forth by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
  11. Glass containers are not allowed on the Posse grounds.

Hospitality Rules

  1. Plant / flowers to a member / immediate family in case of death. Immediate family consists of a member's spouse, children, parents, and siblings.
  2. Plant / flowers to a member / spouse in case of hospitalization for serious illness or accident.
  3. Greeting card to acknowledge death or illness when plant / flowers are not sent.
  4. Acknowledgement of members' marriage or birth of a child by a gift, flowers, or plant.
  5. It will be the responsibility of the member to notify the hospitality host / hostess of the necessity of sending plants / flowers / card. If no acknowledgement is desired, please advise.

Buckle Committee Proposal

The following guidelines are presented to the GCSMP general membership for discussion and voting regarding the eligibility requirements for being able to get a drill team or general membership buckle, with the club paying half on the cost of the buckle.


Drill Team Buckle
  1. Must have been an active riding member for the previous calendar year.
  2. Must have at least a minimum of 75% participation in all GCSMP Drill Team performances during the year. This will include parades, rodeos, Rio Cibolo drill exhibitions and “meet and greet” appearances, Seguin Birthday, Texas Independence Day ceremony, or any other events where we are scheduled to appear in uniform to represent the GCSMP Drill Team.
  3. GCSMP will pay a maximum of 50% toward the cost of the buckle, with a maximum of $ 100.00 as the total cost of the buckle.
  4. This is to be a one time occurrence (once you have qualified for and co-payed a buckle, you may not repeat the procedure.

General Club Member Buckle
  1. Must have been an active participating member for the previous calendar year.
  2. Must have a least a minimum of 75% participation in all GCSMP functions, including drill team performances, cleanup days, playdays, Seguin Birthday, Texas Independence Day ceremony or any other events designated as posse functions. The only exception to this would be parades.
  3. GCSMP will pay a maximum of 50% toward the cost of the buckle.
  4. This is to be a one time occurrence (once you have qualified for and co-payed a buckle, you may not repeat the procedure).

Longevity Buckle

Committee Members: The Board of Directors of the current year. The committee will meet once a year and decide who is eligible and select deserving person(s) for the award of “The Buckle”.


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Must have been a member in good standing for 10 continuous years
  2. This person/these persons must demonstrate through their active participation for at least the two (2) previous years that they themselves are worthy of this award. (just a dues paying member does not qualify).
  3. There will be a maximum of 3 buckles awarded to deserving individuals each year, provided adequate funds are available.
  4. The committee will decide in August as to who is eligible for the award (if any), from the above criteria. The person(s) who is/are selected to receive “The Buckle” will be presented with their award at the Christmas Party.
  5. The committee will be responsible for the design and purchasing of the buckle from Posse funds.
  6. Funds will be set aside for each buckle(providing that funds are available).


Contacts

Guadalupe County Sheriff's Mounted Posse

PO Box 93 Seguin, Texas 78156

Drill Team


Erica Foster

Playdays


Kristy Leasman

Arena


Mike Hallmark

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GCSMP Officers 2014

Position Name Horse
President Mike Hallmark Pepper
Vice President Lora Ragland Hollywood
Secretary Vera Lane Mis Te
Treasurer Debra Lehmann Sandy/Whiskey
Director of Public Relations Theresa Wiseman Twister
Drill Team Captain Erica Foster Daisy
Assistant Drill Team Captain Rodney Carter Jet
Board of Directors
Aubry Foster Midnight
Bronk Trice Quanna
Donelle Meyers Lucky
Rodney Carter Jet
Wayne Lehmann Sandy

President


  • Mike Hallmark
  • Horse: Pepper

Vice President


  • Lora Ragland
  • Horse: Hollywood

Secretary


  • Vera Lane
  • Horse: Mis Te

Treasurer


  • Debra Lehmann
  • Horse: Sandy/Whiskey

Director of Public Relations


  • Theresa Wiseman
  • Horse: Twister

Drill Team Capt.


  • Erica Foster
  • Horse: Daisy

Asst. Drill Team Capt.


  • Rodney Carter
  • Horse: Jet

Board of Directors

  • Aubry Foster
  • Bronk Trice
  • Donelle Meyers
  • Rodney Carter
  • Wayne Lehmann